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Acorn Detectives

This term Acorn Class became Detectives solving problems using rhymes and stories as a stimulus. First the Knave of Hearts stole the Queens jam tarts but WHERE had he put them? Detectives on the case followed clues and found a note from the Knave and yes – he had eaten them! He was very sorry and told us he would not do this again. The next case we solved was discovering WHO had trashed the three Bears Cottage.  Winnie the Witch needed the detectives to discover WHAT we could do to get back her cat Wilbur after her magic wand had been put in the washing machine. Finally Hairy McLary came to visit and he had changed colour from black to brown and white and his friends had shapes all over them! HOW could they get back to their original colours? Acorn detectives were on the case.

Tiddly winks helped us retell stories through music and movement.

We enjoyed solving all the cases. Well done Acorn Detectives!

 

Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig

We have been working for Olive Stein and Lin Dan this term. Lin Dan has travelled all the way from China and wants us to find out about Chinese New Year. We know that China is a long way from here but Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world – even in Newcastle. We found out about and retold the Zodiac story. This year is the year of the Pig. We created good luck banners, lanterns and money packets. We opened up a Chinese Restaurant where we can cook Chinese food, take orders and eat delicious food with chopsticks. We created two animations for Olive Stein, enjoyed dancing with ribbons and making up firecracker dances.

Finally we joined Willow class in a New year Chinese Parade playing instruments and showing off our Dragon.

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready For Winter

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This term we are helping Percy look after his Park. Autumn is a very busy time for Percy and his friends. We found out what happens in Autumn and we looked carefully at Autumn objects. We created pictures  in different ways using cardbaord tubes leaves and corks. We explored leaves inside and outside and talked about the sounds they made. We meade large and small collages and learnt different words to describe the natural  objects we used. Percy has lots of animal friends so we helped them by making cosy homes for all the animals before Winter comes. One day there was a big storm in the Park and a large Oak tree fell down. Many of Percy’s animal friends had homes in this tree. We helped Percy by making new homes in our magic tree. Percy was so pleased that we could help him, he bought us a Christmas tree. This led us into our Christmas celebrations. We had an amazing day with Willow Class at Whitehouse Farm. We decorated our tree, made decorations and gifts to take home including individual Christmas cakes and of course performed our Nativity Play for our family.

 

Marvellous Me

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A New Year and new friends to join us in Acorn Class. It is time to learn the routines in Nursery, find new activities to take part  independently or with friends. We have been learning about ourselves. We painted pictures of our faces and talked about how we look the same yet different from our friends. We have looked carefully at our hands and found out what we can do with them. We have a new friend. Nana often came to visit us  and she told us about herself and things she liked to do. One day Nana burnt her hand on a hot iron. She found it difficult to get an appointment at the doctors so we created our own Doctor’s so Nana could get her hand redressed. We could also look after ourselves, our friends and even our babies. When Nana’s had was better she found that she was having difficulty reading her book. Perhaps she needed to have her eyes tested. So Acorn Class Created an Opticians. We were able to test Nana’s eyes and we made her new glasses using different shapes and colours. We tested our eye sight, wrote out prescription forms and paid for spectacles. What a busy time!

 

Let’s Discover

This term we have exploring our garden and looking for and observing mini beasts. We looked closely at mini beasts we found and found out about them. We enjoyed drawing, painting, writing about the insects we had found. We used mini beasts to support all areas of learning. Inside we made a healthy cafe and ice cream stall and a campsite where we cooked delicious barbecues. We loved our day with hoopstars and we learnt to do different things with our hoops. Our Summer term is great to be outside and as well as learning about mini beasts we have made camps and dens. We can cook magic meals using natural materials such as grass as spaghetti! We also loved exploring water in different ways making water shuts etc. At the end of term some of us are getting ready to move onto Reception with visits to our new class.

 

 

Acorn Theatre

In our theatre we have told stories and performed songs in front of an audience. Tiddlywinks has helped us in our story telling through song and dance. Our first story was the Three Little Pigs. We made homes for the pigs and retold the story in different ways. Whatever next was our next story. We went to the moon with Tiddlywinks and told stories through play and in our theatre. Our final story was going on a Bear Hunt. The Bear left us messages and surprises in our garden. We used the story to explore grass, water mud and trees in different ways.

 

 

Acorn Garden Centre

Welcome to our Garden Centre  where we can buy and sell flowers and garden equipment. Our friend Nana loves our shop and has an idea. She has given us £10 to Acorn Class and would like us to make more money. How can we do this? We decided we could grow our own flowers and then sell them to our Parents and Friends. We learnt about the parts of a plant, what a plant needs to grow. We dug up all the weeds in our vegetable garden. It was now time to decide what to grow, We looked in books and magazines to find nice flowers and vegetables. Everyone planted a sunflower seed and we will see who can grow the tallest! We grew pumpkins and flowers, potatoes, lettuce and other vegetables. Nana also sent us a little pot with 5 tiny caterpillars inside. We watched the caterpillars as they grew and changed into a pupa and finally they emerged into beautiful painted lady butterflies. It was important to let them go in the garden and watch as they flew away.  Finally we held a garden party where we sold our produce and made a good profit. We are buying a table with benches for our outside area and two lovely honeysuckles for our small world area. We hope these will attract more butterflies.

Acorn Digi pod -Art Gallery

We joined the rest of the school in our school project. We all became digi developers to create a web site for Olive Stein. She sent us some very precious paintings for us to look after so we created an Art Gallery to display them all in. We added our own art using different media – paint, chalk, felt tips and crayons. Then we displayed them in our gallery. Olive sent us a very rare painting and she wanted us to find out about it. After looking on the internet we know that the painting was Mona Lisa and painted by an artist called Leonardo Da Vinci. Leonardo travelled through a time machine to visit us!We created our own Mona Lisa’s. We explored Leonardo’s flying machines and made our own. Finally we explored another artist, Vincent Van Gogh and one of his famous paintings – Starry Night. Olive asked us to create videos for the new Portal web site. Look on the web site and see what we made

 

Professor Crackpot needs our help.

This term we became scientists. Professor Crackpot is very absent minded and has asked us to help him find out about different materials. Firstly we found out about natural materials and made collages using leaves, apples, pumpkins and other materials we found outside. We made a collage for Professor Crackpots laboratory. Next we had to find out about paper and card. The Professor asks dos to make a big machine out of paper and card so we made a paper making machine. Our next task was to find out the messiest material we could find and to find different words to describe them. We explored mud, gloop, spaghetti, jelly,paint and shaving foamWe all decided that  mud and shaving foam were the messiest! Fabrics were our next material to explore. Professor Crackpot did not like his white lab coat so he asked us to create a coat using different fabrics. By using different textures and colours of fabrics we made a coat that Professor Crackpot loved.

Our final weeks we celebrated Christmas. We talked about how people celebrate Christmas in different ways and put on our own Nativity Play for our Mams and Dads.

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