Acorns 2020 - 2021

Mrs Whittaker



A huge welcome to all new children and parents to Roebuck School 

After a very different year we've had so far in 2020, we are going to have a fabulous year together in Acorn Reception class! I can not wait to meet you all and get to know you! We are going to have a FUN and HAPPY year together. Full of laughtersmiles and learning

My name is Mrs Whittaker and I will be your class teacher! I'm so lucky to have you in my class!

Mrs Mumby  will be our wonderful teaching assistant and we will also share our environment with Chestnut  Class with Miss Hughes  and Miss Crewe


Getting ready for school...

Starting school is a HUGE transition for your child and this may even be the first time your child has been away from you for long persiods of time. Here at the Roebuck we support and encourage children to become independent learners and thinkers, who persevere and "have a go". 

Here are ways you can support their independence and also support them for the transition into school...

  • Bed time routine- Having a set bed time routine every night; your child being away from a technological device at least an hour before bed time and story before sleeping will ensure your child wakes the next day after a good sleep ready for the day and new adventures in school. 
  • Dressing and undressing themselves including coats and velcro shoes
  • Helping with chores either cleaning their rooms, tiding away toys and helping lay the table etc.
  • Lots of stories and communication together
  • Using good manners.
  • Using the toilet and washing hands independently (unless a medical condition)
  • Being able to use a knife and fork.

Here at Roebuck we enjoy close links with parents as we really do feel this supports your child holistically. If you have any concerns or would like any advice please talk to a member of staff and we would be very happy to help. We will also be sharing with you your child's learning and information on Class Dojo and also on Evidence me throughout the year.

Spring 2 

We will be  been reading the story of The 3 Little Pigs and looking at the materials the pigs used to buid the houses.

In maths we are investigating Numbers 9 and 10 

In topic we will be looking at the festival of Easter and finding out which roof is the best on the pigs house. In art we will be printing to make Mother's Day cards.

We will continue working on Phase 3 phonic sounds and writing and reading words the graphemes taught so far.

Outdoor classroom we will be looking for signs of spring and cutting and planting the willow to make a willow arch at the entrance to our classroom. 





Spring 1 Happy New Year 

We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas  and New Year.

 We have a busy half term planned with lots of fun and exciting activities planned.


Our topics for the next half term will be Winter, Penguins, Antarctica  and in Science we will be investigating the properties of ice. We will also be looking at the celebrations of Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year

In English we will be reading , retelling and innovating Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

Phonics : Most of the children have completed Phase 2 of the phonics programme and we will be moving onto Phase 3 after a quick recap. Please keep practising their sounds at home and making simple words with the letter sounds they know. We will add weekly support on Class Dojo. Please look at the school website for resources.

 Reading: Please listen to your child read every day , the books they bring home are fully decodable and therefore your child should be able to blend the sounds together to read the word. Positive encouragement and short daily sessions will help your child become a confident reader. Remember they can read their school book and also use their own bug club log in. ( Please let us know if you have lost your password)

Writing: This term we will be working really hard on forming letters correctly and writing simple words and sentences. Please encourage your child to hold their pencil correctly when they are colouring and writing.

In maths we will be concentrating on numbers 1-10 and exploring 1 more/less, positional language , shapes with 3,4,and 5 sides and different ways of making the numbers eg :10 is made up of 3 and 7 .


If you need any help with this please speak to any of us 


Each week I will add a news item onto the website  and on Class Dojo, showing you some of the exciting things we have been up to and how you can further help your child at home.





Autumn 2

Topic: Owl Babies. 

Please see Autumn 2 home learning to see how you can support your child at home with this topic.

Please carry on practising the learnt sounds and reading cvc words which we are sending home as well as reading your reading book :-) Thank you.


We'll keep you up to date on Class Dojo with sounds we've learnt, our weekly blog, topic and lots more. 




Hello everyone. 

I hope you are keeping safe and well. Just a reminder all our homelearning is on Class Dojo. If you haven't connected yet please do so.  I have also put the learning grid and resources on this page under the Home Learning Tab. 

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 28th September .






More information to follow regarding P.E., homework and our curriculum.


EYFS Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS. 

We use the Age Bands in Development Matters to plan, teach, observe and assess our children in Reception, ensuring their progress and to prepare them for Year 1 and beyond (LIFE). We will share observations with you throughout the year which will link to the EYFS standards. 

For more information please see the following website:,nurseries%20and%20school%20reception%20classes.

Our classroom, in doors and outdoors are planned for and organised to support children in the Prime and Specific areas of Learning...

Prime Areas of Learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development 
  • Communciation and Language 
  • Physical Development 

These three Prime Areas are vital for children's development and to ensure they are happy and engaging learners. 

Ways you can support your child at home:

  • Playing games or doing activities together which teach about sharing and taking turns.
  • Lots if talking, reading stories and singing songs and nursery rhymes together
  • Talking about feelings
  • Outdoor activities
  • Using scissors/knives/forks
  • Dressing and undressing- using zips too and fastening buttons 

Specific Areas:

  • Mathematical Development 
  • Literacy Development
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Designs

Ways you can support your child at home...

  • Counting and looking at numbers to 20
  • Looking at shapes in the environment
  • Talking about family and traditions you have
  • Making up own songs and dances together
  • Talking about stories you read together and predicting what might happen next. Talk about what happened in the story at the end.

For any more information or other ways you would like to support your child at home, please speak to a member of staff. smiley





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