Planting Practice

Next term Little Acorns begin their learning on Growing and Changing, they will learn all about humans, animals and plants! In preparation, the children practised planting (yummy) seeds. First, the children made their very own soil, they mixed together eggs, water and chocolate cake mix! Whilst they waited patiently for their soil to cook, they watched Michael Rosen’s poem “Chocolate Cake”. After lunch the soil was ready, the children each added 4 spoonfuls of soil, seeds of their choice (raisins, rainbow drops and marshmallows), covered their seeds with even more soil and then watered their seeds (with chocolate and strawberry sauce!) I wonder if the ‘seeds’ will have a chance to grow?

 

Mrs Fisher’s Babies

Little Acorns had an unexpected but very exciting delivery left in their classroom. Along with the mystery delivery, a note was left too. The note, from Mrs Fisher (a pregnant frog), asked the children to take care of her babies until they were old enough to go back to her pond. Mrs Fisher said she was worried about birds mistaking her eggs as food! The children happily agreed to help Mrs Fisher and followed her instructions to prepare the tank for her babies. The children laid a handful of gravel at the bottom of the tank and collected fresh pond water from the school pond. The next day Miss Philpott brought in Mrs Fisher’s babies. Once Mrs Fisher’s babies had climatised, they were added to their new, temporary home. It was a surprise to see how different Mrs Fisher’s babies looked compared to her! We can’t wait to watch them grow and change from frogs spawn, to tadpoles, to froglets and lastly to frogs. 

Our First Music Lesson

This term Little Acorns began Music lessons on a fortnightly basis. The children enjoyed singing different songs and were introduced to a range of musical instruments (shakers, tambourines, bells, symbols and drums). As a class, we also discussed how we can use our body to create different sounds. As well as using our voices, our hands can make lots of noises! We can clap, tap, rub, scratch, click our fingers and tap our nails. During Choosing, some of the children decided to explore the musical instruments independently and others explored electronic sounds on Andy’s Safari Sounds.  

A visit from a Nurse

Little Acorns had a lovely visit from a nurse, Mrs Philpott. She came in and told us all about the NHS and the Superheroes who work within the NHS. The children were given the chance to ask the nurse questions about her job role. I was really impressed with their questioning, some of the children asked “how do you do blood tests?” and “how do you put bandages on?”. After, the children were shown how to use a stethoscope and how to apply bandages. The visit finished with a carousel of activities and the children were able to have a go at listening to each other’s heart beats and bandage a friend’s arm or leg. The children were really excited to play tricks on their grown ups at home time!

 

Agility

On Monday, Little Acorns had a fun PE lesson on agility. They practised a range of skills, such as: running, throwing, aiming, jumping and balancing. It was lovely to see each group work in a team by supporting and cheering on their team mates!

Mother’s Day

This week in Little Acorns we learnt all about Spring and Mother’s Day. Throughout the week Little Acorns spent a lot of time making beautiful presents for Mother’s day. They each made their own card, thumb print key ring and some children chose to make a vase to put their daffodils inside. They made their key rings using salt dough. Each table made their own salt dough by pouring in the ingredients and mixing it all up. The children spoke about how the dough felt and smelt, as well as how it changed after being cooked in the oven! Some of the children enjoyed watching the Spring lambs.

Little Acorns: World Book Day

Little Acorns have had a fun day celebrating World Book Day. The children listened to Miss Philpott read “Room on the Broom” in the Round House. We met up on Google Meets and presented our fantastic costumes from our favourite stories to each other. We played a game of “guess the story” together and then sang some nursery rhymes. We also took part in some of the whole school World Book Day challenges!  

Time

Last week, Little Acorns learnt all about clocks and telling the time. They examined a clock and discovered there were 12 numbers and 2 hands on the clock face. The children made their own creative clocks out of different materials and were able to show different o’clock times!

Chistmas Fun

Little Acorns have enjoyed celebrating the last day of term with lots of fun Christmas activities. The children have made paintings, baubles and Christmas cards. Some of the children rescued dinosaurs that were frozen in ice. We also enjoyed giving and receiving Christmas cards together. In the afternoon, we played some party games and then finished the day by watching a film with Big Acorns. Have a lovely Christmas everyone!

Addition

This week in Maths, Little Acorns have been learning all about addition. The children have been introduced to two important signs, add and equal. They have been practising writing their own number sentences and have used a range of manipulatives to help them. This morning, the children came in to find that the cheeky Elf had been feeding the dinosaurs smarties! We quickly tidied up the mess and realised there were enough smarties to have a box each. Later in Maths, the children used their smarties to help them with their addition questions.