Acorn Class – Foundation Stage/Year 1

Welcome to the Acorn Class home learning zone

On this page we aim to signpost you to websites that can support your child’s learning journey as it continues at home. We will also be sending home packs of activities for the children to complete.

Little and often remains the key. During the day the children are used to lots of free ‘play’ time – we call it ‘choosing for learning’ Small world play, construction, singing, dancing, play dough, cooking, playing board games, chatting, drawing, making activities and being physically active are all valuable learning opportunities. Don’t underestimate the everyday activities that you do with your children.

Daily activities

Phonics – Please encourage your child to access the website ‘Phonics Play.’ Here you will find lots of games and activities that will support and consolidate your child’s current learning. Foundation Stage (FS) children should use the phase 2 and 3 section. Year 1 children should use the phase 5 section.

Please use the username march20 and the password home

Writing – Encourage your child to draw/stick in a picture and write a sentence (or more!) in their book.  They are working hard to leave finger spaces between their words and using their phonic knowledge to write independently. Year 1s should aim for 4 or 5 sentences. The Year 1s have been doing lots of work on using interesting vocabulary and are working hard to remember capital letters and full stops. The children have sound mats and tricky word cards that they can use to support their writing.  – Lots of picture stimulus for creative writing

Reading  – This could be books, comics, recipes etc. Practice reading common exception words and the tricky words in your child’s phonics folder. Reading to your child is just as important.

Big Cat Collins have a login for parents where you can read leveled ebooks. These are books that the children use in school.

Username   password Parents20!

The Oxford Owl website has lots of online age appropriate reading books that you can access.

David Walliams is releasing 30 free audio stories for children to listen to. One story a day will be available every day for the next 30 days


Maths – There is so much opportunity for maths in real life – cooking is a great way of developing maths skills. Telling the time is another great maths skill to practice at home. In addition we have sent home some practical maths ideas for the FS children and some addition and subtraction practice sheets for the Year 1s.

At school we follow the Whiterose maths scheme for our planning. They have created a parents/carers page with 5 lessons per year group (more will be added so keep checking.) Each lesson has a video explaining the concept being worked on as well as activities for the children. It is well worth a look.

The following websites/links have lots of maths games and ideas  – The topmarks website has lots of other great games

Year 1 Free Maths Home Learning Pack -to download and print or for ideas.

Year-1-Maths presentation Addition and Subtraction Week 1 

Maths and Addition Workbook

Maths and Addition Workbook Maths and Addition Workbook – ANSWERS

Additional resources and ideas

Starting on Monday 23rd, Joe Wicks will be doing a live 30 mins workout session everyday at 9am aimed at children on his YouTube channel


Year 1 Science Learning from Home (Animals, Including Humans) Activity Booklet – a video dramatisation of the life of Mary Anning (linked to our science work and history work) Use the offer code UKTWINKLHELPS

This website is packed with lots of learning resources covering all areas of the curriculum, organised in year groups. Lots of educational games Virtual museum and gallery tours National Geographic for kids  Lots of outdoor activities lots of arts and crafts ideas lots of arts and crafts ideas practical ideas and suggestions for educational apps There are some really good cbeebies programmes. Numberblocks in particular 50 outdoor activities for kids go crazy with some dancing routines to follow more crazy dancing the children have been doing these yoga routines this week and really love them

TheDadLab on Facebook has some really good science activities to try

With Easter coming up quickly there are some Easter activities using the following link. click here

We know that is an uncertain time for all of us, and as always we appreciate your continued support and understanding.

With very best wishes,

Mrs Gawadzyn and Mrs Watt


“We are looking forward to sharing our adventures with you!”

Welcome letter 2019-20

Topic Web Acorn Spring 2020 – Dinosaurs and Dragons

Acorn Class (Year 1) Homework – Spring 2020 Dinosaurs and Dragons


Topic Web Acorn Autumn 2019 – Marvellous Me

Homework Acorn Class (Year 1) Autumn 19


Each day the children have lots of opportunities to explore, imagine, create and learn through their own play as well time with an adult to learn new skills and knowledge and apply these through practical play based activities. Wherever possible our planning will take account of the children’s developing interests.

We want to encourage the children to become independent learners and thinkers.

Their learning is focused around the three prime areas and four specific areas of the Early Years Curriculum.

These are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical development
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Please take a look at the links above to give you more information about our Foundation stage class, our current learning, how we learn and the assessment methods we use.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us

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