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Acorn - Reception

 Celebration of Acorn's Home Learning

Please be proud of your home learning and keep us up to date. You can send photos to and we will upload them onto our website for you. Please remember that sharing your learning helps and inspires others. 

Home Learning Work and Information

Please make sure you have activated your Tapestry account. You will have been sent an activation email and can download the tapestry app on your phone. This will be a great way for us to communicate. We will be able to share activities and information with you and you will be able to post photos and comments of what your child has been learning at home. Your posts will only be seen by you and teaching staff. If you would also like photos added to our website please let Mrs Harris know or email them to


As well as the websites suggested please encourage the following activities and open ended play opportunities:

  • Talking with your child and co-playing with them. Follow their ideas.
  • Reading books, to practise using phonics sounds and reading sight words.
  • Listening to stories and telling stories.
  • Writing for a purpose during play, using phonics sounds and sight words to write short words and sentences.
  • Imaginative role-play with small-world characters or dressing up.
  • Arts and crafts activities. Designing and making with recycled materials, drawing and painting.
  • Maths games, puzzles and building construction models.
  • Solving everyday number problems such as counting or adding groceries or household items.
  • Fine motor activities such as cutting out pictures from magazines using scissors or making and playing with playdough.
  • Playing in the garden to hunt for minibeasts, run, climb or play ball games.


The EYFS 'Development Matters' document shows the Early Learning Goals across all areas of learning including all the steps to get there from birth to 5. This is the document we use at school to assess and plan the next steps for the children's learning. Children are working towards meeting the Early Learning Goals by the end of Reception.


Please find below some websites we use in school to support children’s learning. You will be sent any login details via Tapestry. - Handwriting practise - Phonics games - Phonics games - Reading – Bug Club - Number games - Maths games - Counting - Discover and explore the world around you - Early years creative arts and crafts activities - Yoga and mindfulness


Kind regards,


Mrs Harris and the Acorn Team

Welcome to Acorn Class

Teacher: Mrs Harris


Early Years Curriculum

In Reception the children develop key characteristics of effective learning. These include playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. Every child is unique and we encourage them to follow their interests and develop their own ideas.


There are 7 areas of learning which are divided into the Prime (Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development) and Specific areas (Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design). All the areas of learning are delivered through a balance of teacher-led activities and child-initiated play.


Teacher-led carpet sessions include phonics, maths and story-telling. Teacher-led focus group activities include guided reading, writing and maths. During play sessions adults will observe and then co-play with the children to develop their thinking, extend their language and model skills.



Our Reception Classroom and garden are set up in a way that encourages open ended play opportunities where the children can be imaginative, solve problems and challenge themselves. They can free-flow between indoor and outdoor play. The resources are continuous with access to ‘loose parts’ such as collections of natural materials and block play.


‘When children interact with loose parts, they enter a world of ‘what if’ that promotes the type of thinking that leads to problem solving and theoretical reasoning. Loose parts enhance children’s ability to think imaginatively and see solutions, and they bring a sense of adventure and excitement to children’s play.’ (Daly and Beloglovsky, 2015)


Forest School

We are very excited to offer a weekly forest school session to all Reception pupils. The forest school ethos links very well with early years as they both have a child-centred approach and a strong emphasis on play.


'Forest School is an inspirational process that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem, through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees. Forest School is a specialised learning approach that sits within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.' (Forest School Association)



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