Acorn Class Early Years Unit
We have been running Acorn Class as an Early Years Unit for just over half a term now and last week in assembly we shared a little about how well this new venture is working for the benefit of everybody within the class and even beyond.
Within Acorn Class, our five Year 1 children, some of them very young in their year group, have the opportunity to be the oldest in the class. They know that there are different work expectations for them and they are, quite rightly , proud of the good progress they have made over the last few weeks . These children know that we expect them to be role models and to lead the class by their example and they do this brilliantly.
You can see by the way our reception children behave, in assembly and around the school, that they have settled really well into the routines of school life. If you come into our classroom you can’t help but notice their enthusiasm for all that we do. They are happy, they are engaged and they want to be here – and the learning which takes place is infectious.
And our pre school children – our ‘tinies’ – come into school in the morning just 15 minutes after everyone else. They come into a calm classroom where the reception and year 1 children are already busy with different activities. Parents can stay and settle their children if they wish to do so – though most of them feel there is little need for this as the children tend to come straight in and happily and quickly engage with the activities on offer.
The pictures which follow are typical of a day in our class. In some you see children from different year groups working and playing together, in others, children are engaging in activities planned specifically for their particular age and stage of development. But in all of them you see happy, motivated children in an inspiring and stimulating environment where they know that they are both valued and challenged and where they are loving learning.