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Acorns enjoyed a visit from Mrs James' goat and her kids.

Baby Jack's visit to Acorns - Acorns enjoyed meeting Becky's new baby Jack. He is just two weeks old. The children enjoyed finding out about how hew will grow and change and asked some great questions about how Becky cares for him.

Acorns are enjoying their newly refurbished outdoor area. A big thank you to the volunteers of PETROC college who have worked to make such a fun outside space.

Little Acorns - Forest School Fun. Little Acorns enjoyed exploring the school woodland area. During their time in the forest, they used climbing, balancing, jumping and sliding to move around the forest, went on an adventure through the woodland tracks and looked for signs of Spring. Mostly they had great fun, exploring and imagining in their play and managing their own risks.

A visit from a vet - Today, Acorns enjoyed a visit from a vet and vet nurse. They also brought along their two dogs - Wally and Dizzy. The children enjoyed learning about the role of a vet, using the stethoscope to listen to the dog's heartbeat and scanning to find the microchip.

Author Visit - This week, the lovely Devon author and artist, Laura Wall visited Acorns. She delighted us with stories, illustrations and activities based on her series of Goose books. Thank you to our amazing PTA for paying for this brilliant experience.

Our Mother's Day Tea Party - We sang to our mums and then presented them with cakes we had iced for them. Big Acorns read aloud why they loved their mum.

Collecting Frogspawn - Exploring the Lifecycle of a frog.

Visit from a Paramedic - Today, Acorns enjoyed a visit from Rachel (Freddie's mum) who is a paramedic. She talked to the children about her job as a paramedic, showed the children all of her emergency kit and talked with them about how to contact help in an emergency. She brought her ambulance response car and the children enjoyed looking at all the medical kit inside and were treated to listening to the emergency siren and lights.

World Book Day - Today, we wore our pyjamas and brought our favourite bedtime story to school. We enjoyed exploring different stories and designed our own 'booked potatoes'.

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) : Today Acorns have enjoyed making their own pancakes, tasting different pancake toppings, designing a paper plate pancake with their favourite topping and having pancake races.

People Who Help Us: Today we had a visit from a Police Sergeant who talked to us about his job and showed us some of the tools and equipment that he uses in his role. We also had a tour of his police van, saw the lights flashing and heard the siren. Children had the opportunity to sit in the cell in the back of the van.

NSPCC Number Day - Today Acorn's dressed up in numbered clothes and we completed many number challenges in class. We enjoyed a cake sale and a book sale all to raise money for NSPCC.

Today, Mrs Williams (Lydia's Mum) visited us to talk about her work as a dietician. We learnt about eating a healthy rainbow fruit diet and then we made rainbow fruit skewers.

We brought in our teddies for a sleepover to raise money for CHAT (Churches Houses Action Team) and help homeless people in our locality.

We are learning about People at Work - Hospital Role Play

Little Acorns: Clearing the playground leaves

Having fun outdoors bug hunting and exploring the outdoor equipment.

Technology - Using the Learn Pads to complete a paint programme

Big Acorns enjoyed making their own packed lunches this week. They also made and tasted vegetable soup.

Big Acorns have been exploring 3D shapes including making shape models and going on a shape hunt around school.

Children accessing the continuous provision independently for recognising numerals.

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Children In Need 2017

Follow the link below to see St John's Big Acorns class.

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Big Acorns held a Teddy Bear Sleepout raising money for CHAT (Churches Housing Action Team).

NSPCC - Staying Safe Assembly

Paired reading with our Year 6 buddies

A Creation Walk - Exploring God's Wonderful World

Early Years Dance Club.

Little Acorn children had fantastic fun on their trip to Westexe park. The children attended an event ran by the Tiverton Children's Centre for National Bookstart Week called "Let's Explore Outdoors".  They enjoyed taking part in lots of different activities as well as singing and listening to stories.

Acorns Music Time

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Acorns Music Time

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Planting

The children have been busy planting potatoes this week as part of a competition set by the organisers of the Mid Devon Show. The children will enjoy looking after the potatoes and hopefully accumulate more! A big thank you to Heard and Sendells for supplying all the materials for us to be able to do this.

People who help us.

 

Did someone call 999? - Emergency!  This week, Acorns have enjoyed visits from PC Rob and PC Mel with their police van and then Paramedics Simon and Rachel with their ambulance. 

 

PC Rob and PC Mel talked to the children about their role as police officers and read the children a police story.  The children were able to explore their uniform,handcuffs, radios - even speaking to the Exeter Control centre and the children especially enjoyed climbing in the police van, listening to the siren and seeing the flashing beacons.

 

When the ambulance paramedics visited, Acorns had the opportunity to explore the paramedics kit bag, with children being bandaged, having their blood pressure and oxygen levels taken and listening to the paramedics talking on their radios.  The children then went outside to explore the ambulance, riding on the stretcher lift, trying on paramedic uniform and listening to the ambulance siren.

 

What an exciting week!!

 

Challenge Week

This week, has been challenge week in the Foundation Stage and the children have really enjoyed taking part in a range of science and critical thinking activities.  They have shown amazing perseverance and used their prediction skills to test their knowledge and understanding of how and why things happen. 

Climbing through spiders webs, testing magnetic forces, investigating dissolving and working as a team have been some of the challenges they have faced and there's still more to come!

 

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World Book Day

Acorns celebrated World Book Day, by dressing up as their favorite book characters. The children came dressed as a range of story characters including Fairytale Princesses, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Three Little Pigs, Superheroes, Animal characters, Old McDonald, Pirates and many other favorite story characters.

The children enjoyed a day of story based activities, creating their own puppet shows, story masks and listening to some of their favorite stories they had brought in from home.

The day culminated in a parade of costumes, with winners being awarded a storybook to take home and read.  It was a really fun day and the children all looked brilliant!

Acorns enjoyed creating their own home learning projects 'Black, White and Colour'.  We were so impressed with the projects that the children brought in and have created a wonderful display for them to admire each others' work.

 

Well Done Acorns!