‘Trusting in God; Growing in Wisdom’

Acorns 2021 - 2022




Class teacher - Mrs S Ross

Learning Support Assistant - Mrs R Turner


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This term, we are explorers … adventuring into the land of fairy tales




We are thrilled to continue on our exciting learning journey.


This term we are explorers.....adventuring into the land of fairy tales.


Week Beginning: Monday 27th June 2022

This week, Acorns will be embarking on an exciting Forest School morning which will take place in Church Wood.  All activities will be led by Miss Barlow (Forest School lead) supported by Mrs Ross and the Acorns' team. Forest School is an ethos which encourages the development of children's emotional and physical development through outdoor play, activities and exploration in a woodland environment. The philosophy of Forest School is to encourage and inspire individuals through positive experiences and participation in engaging and motivating achievable tasks and activities fostering: 

  • Independence
  • Confidence
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-esteem

During their Forest School morning, Acorns will enjoy lots of exciting activities linked to this term's 'Fairy Tales' topic.



Reading is at the heart of successful learning and a priority across the whole curriculum. Introducing Acorns to the joy of reading is essential in encouraging an early engagement with books, as well as confidence in both reading and writing.  Throughout the year we will immerse ourselves in high quality texts which will help to drive our learning.  Indeed, sharing books, stories and rhymes is a daily part of life in Acorns. We love getting lost in our story books and learning more about the world around us through non-fiction books. 

Each half term we have a spotlight author who has been chosen for their high-quality texts. We will have the opportunity to listen to, read and learn more about these fantastic authors. This half term our spotlight author is the outstanding Julia Donaldson.

We also have access to a library of E-Books! Please use the information below on a computer/laptop/iPad and select the colour band your child is on.

Website: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk   Username: WhitegateKS1  Password: RossMonks2020

Tricky Words: Phase 2 Tricky Words and Sight Words Song - YouTube

Tricky Words: Phase 3 Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To - YouTube



We use Tapestry as an online Learning Journal to record what the children are learning in school. You can also record any observations or photographs of those ‘wow moments’ when your child says or does something that demonstrates their knowledge or a skill learned. This may be linked to school or it may be about an activity that they don’t do at school such as swimming or something done at home. 



Reception are given the opportunity to learn outdoors every day, whatever the weather, so please ensure that your child has a waterproof coat, preferably with a hood in school every day. 


Fruit and Water/Milk

Please do not send water bottles into school. Reception children have fruit, milk and water provided. The children will have access to water throughout the day using disposable cups.  



PE is on Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon. Please can children come into school on Mondays and Tuesdays already dressed in their outdoor, winter PE kits: jogging bottoms, tracksuit top/school hoodie and trainers.


Social Media

To find out all the fantastic things we get up to and lots of up-to-date information, do follow us on Twitter @AcornsWhitegate.



Our door is always open, please come and see us with any concerns, no matter how small you feel they may be.















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Forest School morning, by Mrs Mackenzie

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