Autumn Term 2019
Acorns will be writing postcards and newspaper reports, sketching and painting shells and the sea, learning about the seasons habitats all while looking at our fascinating topic – the seaside! Not to mention learning new sports like hockey in PE, starting Spanish and looking at different religions. Have a look at what we will cover this term in more detail by clicking the link below:
Lucky us! We have already had the most fantastic day out to Barry Island, to the sea:
Definitely voted as one of the best parts of the day! Lucky we were all well prepared with a good lunch and warm dry clothes!
And you can’t head to the seaside without having:
Miss Cook: “Acorn Class were a true delight to take on such a wonderful trip and their behaviour was impeccable. They were an absolute credit to the school and should be so proud of themselves.”
The Great Fire of LondonThe day finally came when the 'Tudor' houses, carefully built by the children of Acorn Class, had to meet the same fate as those real ones in London 353 years ago. Miss Cook carried out her fire risk assessment with the children, gathered all the safety gear together, then put a match to the black and white cardboard models. The fire spread quickly in the warm summer breeze replicating the spread of the real blaze in 1666. This was the conclusion of a great topic for Acorn Class, learning about a momentous event which shaped the design and structure of buildings in London for the next 300 years.
Posted by Michaelchurch Escley Primary School on Thursday, 4 July 2019
Acorn Class have spent the day discovering Samuel Pepys’ diary in school! We went on an adventure looking for where he hid all his precious belongings from ‘The Great Fire of London’. We followed clues and found them buried deep in the ground where we then carefully dug them up. Eventually, (after a lot of digging) we uncovered some of his most prized possessions which were kept safe from the fire; Parmesan cheese, a bottle and three incredible diaries.
We are very excited about our upcoming medieval banquet! We are all going to help prepare and cook different medieval foods, make decorations and outfits ready to host a banquet fit for a Queen. We are busily planning our outfits!
Photos to follow…
Click on the link below to see what Acorn Class has in store for the Spring term with the wonderful theme ‘Castles, Knights, Kings and Queens’:
What better place than the very beautiful hills surrounding our school to go out and get inspiration for our latest art project! We’ve seen them look calm and misty early in the morning, wet and wild and dusted with a slight covering of snow already! We are all enjoying our walks this Autumn, admiring the quickly changing landscape – lots to discuss!
This term in Acorn Class…
Our topic this term will be ‘Flowers and Insects’.
Click here to find out about the other topics we explored this year.
Last term in Acorn Class…
Our topic in Term 5 was ‘You are what you eat’.
Previously in Acorn Class…
Our topic in Term 4 was ‘India’.
Our topic in Term 3 was ‘Victorians’.
On Friday 10th February we held a Sponsored Silence in Acorn class to raise money for Barnardo’s Charity inspired by the Victorian phrase “children should be seen and not heard”. We had great fun using signs to communicate important messages and trying to do our Literacy and Maths tasks without speaking. We raised over £60 which will be sent on to Barnardo’s to help disadvantaged children. Well done everyone!
Our topic in Term 2 was ‘Transport’.
Oliver Update Friday 16th December
During the night last night Oliver had made himself a Christmas hat, this morning he was sat on the bottom of the board showing it off to everyone! We thought it looked really nice so we made matching ones for us to wear at our Christmas Party!
Oliver Update Thursday 15th December
This morning we found Oliver in the middle of the small table. He had used the animals and people to make a Nativity scene like in our show! Our kindness challenge for today was to give complements.
Oliver Update Wednesday 14th December
Oliver had a lovely time at the Nativity last night. He rode in Miss B’s coat pocket alongside the donkey and sat on the front pew to see the children in Acorn Class when we got to the church. It was a very late night for such a little elf and this morning Oliver was still asleep in Miss B’s pocket, using her glove as a sleeping bag!
Oliver Update Tuesday 13th December
Oliver brought us a present this morning! He delivered icing sugar and condensed milk and asked us if we wanted to do some cooking. We can use those ingredients to make Christmas sweets! Our kindness challenge today was to offer a hug to someone who looks like they need one.
Oliver Update Monday 12th December
Oliver was a bit stuck this morning! He had squeezed into one of the glitter pots from Christmas Decoration Day and we think he had been trapped for quite a while as he had written a message calling for help in the glitter!
Oliver Update Friday 9th December
Oliver was very excited about Christmas Decoration Day today! He left us a note on the board and was sat on the edge of Miss B’s desk where he could see all the crafts taking place.
Oliver Update Thursday 8th December
This morning we found Oliver in the middle of the classroom table eating biscuits and sweets! He had written us a note on the board to say sorry for scaring us yesterday and promising to only eat our chocolates and biscuits from the kitchen in the future.
Oliver Update Wednesday 7th December
This morning there was a disaster – Oliver was missing! We couldn’t find him anywhere!
When he hadn’t been found by break time we started to get really worried. We wrote some amazing missing posters with great descriptions of Oliver and put them up all over the school so everyone could help us find him.
Luckily we found him in the end. During Assembly we opened the birthday box to celebrate Chloe’s birthday and there he was! He had sneaked into the birthday box to eat the chocolates!
Oliver Update Tuesday 6th December
Oliver was very excited about going to the Pantomime this afternoon. He has used up lots of post-it notes to spell it out! We tucked him in a rucksack and took him with us to the show, we hope he enjoyed it as much as we did!
Oliver Update Monday 5th December
This morning Oliver had set up a shop selling the pieces of our Advent calendar! We had to explain how Advent calendars should be used and give back the money as he had taken real coins from Mrs Hall’s office!
Oliver Update Friday 2nd December
This morning we discovered that Oliver had found the Christmas stickers. He had stuck them all over himself, his new outfit, the table and up the wall! Our kindness challenge for today was “Can you sit next to someone you don’t usually sit with at lunch time?”
Oliver Update Thursday 1st December
This morning Oliver was found snuggled up in a welly in the cloakroom. He had also brought us a present! He gave us a set of challenge cards, enough for every day until the end of term. Each one has a random act of kindness for us to try to do that day. The Class Captain chose which one we started with. Today’s kindness challenge was “Can you hold doors open for others?”
Oliver Update Wednesday 30th November
This morning Oliver was found trying to climb up the computer cabinet. He must have upset the dinosaurs and the wild animals as we think they were chasing him!
Oliver Update Tuesday 29th November
This morning Oliver was found on top of the Christmas tree!
Oliver Update Monday 28th November
Over the weekend Oliver had somehow climbed onto the strings full of snowflakes which criss-cross our classroom – we can’t work out how he did it either!
Oliver Update Friday 25th November
This morning Oliver was found sharing a story with the teddies.
Oliver Update Thursday 24th November
This morning Oliver was found in the caravan. It looks like he made friends with the dolls overnight and they took him for a tour around the room!
Oliver Update Wednesday 23rd November
This morning Oliver was found on the fire station roof, watching TV with a fireman and a policeman. He had even eaten a piece of Ned’s birthday cake! He had also left us a note on the computer to say that he loved the Christmas decorations we made to make him feel at home.
Tuesday 22nd November: AMAZING NEWS!
We arrived at school this morning to find a patch of glitter on the floor.
Acorn Class set out to investigate what had caused it. Soon we noticed a Christmassy door above the board, right above where the glitter was. The sign said “North Pole”, maybe someone or something had come through the door and spilled the glitter?
There was a gap in the middle of the glitter as if something had been there, we drew the shape and tried to guess what it might be. We also noticed a trail of glitter leading across the carpet. We followed the trail along the floor until it disappeared and high on the cabinet we spotted…AN ELF!
We checked him against the gap in the glitter, the elf had definitely come out of the North Pole door! He was holding a letter for the children of Acorn Class. It said that Santa was sending special elves out this year to find out how children celebrated Christmas in different places and we had been chosen to look after one. The letter said his name was Oliver and asked us to take special care of him and make him feel welcome as it was his first time away from the North Pole.
All the children were very excited!
The first thing we did was write some letters back to Santa to thank him for trusting us to look after Oliver. Then in the afternoon we put up our class Christmas tree and made some paper snowflakes to decorate the room so Oliver would feel more at home.
We wonder what mischief Oliver will get up to overnight!
Our topic in Term 1 was ‘Rivers’. This was a whole school topic which meant Sapling and Oak class were exploring this theme too.
Acorn Class planted trees today, they enjoyed digging the holes, positioning the saplings and packing the compost and topsoil back around the roots. They were also especially intrigued by the animals they found in and around the holes and had great fun solving the problem of how to get the heavy bags of compost from one side of the field to the other!
These photos were taken by the children themselves and show our day from their point of view…
Last Year in Acorn Class…
Our topic in Term 6 was ‘Michaelchurch’
This term we are continuing to focus on spelling words accurately. You can find a list of the sorts of high frequency words we are focusing on here. Each child will have a short list of words they are concentrating on each week, please check your child’s bag to find out which words they are concentrating on.
Three Counties Show trip: We had lots of fun at the Three Counties Show, we saw dancing sheep, ducks with amazing hair-dos and lots more!
Our Topic in Term 5 was ‘Let’s Go on Holiday’
Barry Island Trip: We had great fun jumping in the sea, searching the rockpools and building mounds, castles and tunnels in the sand – we even dug holes so deep we thought we might pop out on the other side of the world! Having an ice cream was a very yummy way to end the day too!
On Monday 16th May we went orienteering as part of our Geography lesson. We looked at a map of the school and the surrounding area and talked about the symbols we could see. We then chose 7 places we wanted to visit to find the landmarks we could see on the map.
Previously in Acorn Class…
Our topic in Term 4 was ‘Things People Do’
There are some very talented future chefs in Acorn Class! In the last week of term we worked together to cook sweet and savoury healthy dishes. The children really enjoyed cooking together and asked for the recipes we followed to be uploaded to the website so they could cook them again in the Easter Holidays. You can find our recipes here.
First we made stuffed peppers, they were delicious!
Then we tried to make Apple Dappy (a sort of apple pastry) but discovered we had no butter! We researched how to make our own butter and a little kid power saved the day! (Please excuse the blurry photos, it takes a lot of shaking to turn a jar of cream into butter!)
So far this term we have found out about careers working with animals, being news and weather reporters, the role of designers, inventors and engineers and careers in the emergency services!
On Tuesday 15th March we went to Peterchurch Fire Station to find out about the work they do there. This is what we got up to…
Our topic in Term 3 was ‘What is it made of?’
We took part in lots of scientific experiments and investigation!
Experiment 1: Problem Solving
How could you create a way for the small world people to rescue their friends?
Experiment 2: Ice cubes (Pictures to follow)
What happens when you hold an ice cube?
What happens when you cover an ice cube in milk?
What happens when you hit an ice cube with a hammer?
What happened when you hold an ice cube near a candle?