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The class teacher in Reception is Miss Brook.  Miss Brook is passionate about developing children who have a life long love of reading and who enjoy their time at school.  Acorn Class is supported in their learning and play by Miss Ballard who has worked between KS1 (Elm Class) and Reception for a number of years.

Part of our development in reading is done through a very special visitor, Chip, who comes to school once a week who reads with each child in the class. He also visits with Elm Class.


In Acorn Class we learn primarily through play. Children initiate lots of their own learning around topics. The Topic for this term is 'All About Me'. These topics are carefully planned to give our children freedom of choice, whist still meeting the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage. 

Below gives a flavour of learning in our Reception class

In Reception the beginning of the Autumn term focuses on settling children into their new setting and getting them familiar with the structure and routines of the school day. Once we are more established we begin looking at some different topics, based on the time of year. For the last few weeks of Term 1 we focus on Harvest, where we look at where food comes from and how it grows as well as making some interesting art pieces. We then share our learning with the rest of the school in a harvest assembly where we show some of the work we have created.

After Half Term we are will continue building our friendships in the class and getting to know each other, but also learning about our community and those who are in it. This includes how and why they celebrate different events, such as Diwali and Christmas, which we will be learning about and creating lots of exciting pieces of work around. We are going to be busy this term as amongst all our learning we are also going to be getting ready for our Nativity production which we do with Elm class and perform for parents!


Each child in Reception is paired with a child in Year 6, who becomes their 'buddy'. Before children start school their buddies send them a card to welcome them to the St Michael's community. When we are in school the buddies act as a great support for the Reception children as every week they come down to join us in the classroom and share stories and to share some of their experiences with us, such as teaching us new games or showing us how to do new things.

Throughout the year these relationships are maintained and children get to develop a great bond with their buddy and love it when they see them at playtime!

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