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Blackbirds (The Acorn Centre)


Welcome to Blackbirds

Welcome to Blackbirds Class we are looking forward to learning, discovering and exploring together.


Term One

Our topic is called,

'Me and other animals.'


This term we  are going to be learning about ourselves and other animals. We will learn names for body parts inside and outside the body and investigate using our senses. It is going to be fun!


We have enjoyed reading about the different things you have been doing over the Summer on Tapestry. 


The book we are going to be reading is called, 'The Snail and the Whale' by Julia Donaldson. We will be asking questions about the characters and pretending to be them! We will pretend to explore the different places they travel to.




During Term 1 we went on weekly visits to Curly's Farm.


Home Learning


Check out these links to websites and suggestions of things you can do at home....


  • Use this to model some handwriting patterns or letter formation for your child to watch and copy.


Oxford Owl

  • Oxford Owl is a great website with a wide range of ideas for phonics and maths. Take a look at their free eBook library too.


  • Alistair Bryce Clegg (who has inspired the Early Years ethos at The Oaks) has begun to gather some practical, fun activities to try at home.


  • Share good quality online stories and enjoy fun Literacy and Numeracy activities.


  • Many of our pupils are already enjoying the Numbots resource at home. You should have received your child's login details (they went home in book bags) but please get in touch if there are any problems.

(Select the 'Early Years' tab from the 'Popular Subjects' menu.)


  • For mixed Literacy and Numeracy activities, and links to other sites.


Other websites to try.....


Phonics Play

This website provides lots of free phonics games to play.  This website provides games to help children to practise blending and segmenting skills and sight word recognition.

Go Noodle is a fantastic website that offers lots of free physical activities to children. They can choose to participate in guided dances, relaxation or mindfulness.
ICT games provides lots of fun, interactive English and Maths activities. The Maths activities are broken down into sections such as number, addition and subtraction - all of which will be great to focus on. Many of the English games focus on phonics and recognising and spelling high frequency and tricky words.


Some more..... 

Lots of Maths and English resources for you to try.

This is an American website so when you scroll down the year groups are different..... however there are some fantastic day by day lessons with interactive audio books and activities too. - this website should be up and running by the end of 20.3.20. It will provide speech and language resources for parents to use at home with their child.


And some more.... 

Fantastic outdoor learning ideas. 

Recommended by our SALT.


Please post anything you do on Tapestry, we would love to share it too.

Talking about Coronavirus at home


Me and You. How do you do?


We are very excited to get to know you and your family this year. We can’t wait to spend time with you in class or visiting you at home. We have been working hard to make the environment as stimulating and inviting as possible. We cannot wait for you to play, explore, investigate, discover and create in them! I wonder what you might do here.......





Thanks so much to all of you who have signed up and are already posting on Tapestry. It gives us a fantastic insight into you as a family unit and each child as a unique individual.


If you haven't already posted on Tapestry, please do have a go. Do ask if you need some help with this. We will be looking out for your posts and we are sure you will be looking out for ours too!


Here’s to a settled, happy start to a new school year.



Term 2 - Celebrations


English - Get ready to choose your words carefully to write a sparkly poem all about Bonfire Night. We will be inspired by the poem 'Fire' by Shirley Hughes.


Rama and Sita went on an amazing adventure, meeting some amazing characters. We will learn all about them when we focus on the Hindu festival of light, 'Diwali'.


On the week of Remembrance Sunday we will learn about the lives of two soldiers in a book entitled, 'Where the Poppies Grow.' It is a historic story about bravery and friendship.


We will also retell The Nativity Story.


Maths - This term we will be focusing on shape and adding and subtracting numbers using 'part-whole' models.


Science - We will be learning how materials including food change when we add or take away heat. We will be learning how to work scientifically by asking questions and observing.

Seasonal changes will also be focused on.


Topic - The children will be learning about The Gunpowder plot, friendship, road safety, map work and making decorations.


PE - We will learn how to play team games and link a sequence of movements to create a dance.


Personal Development - The children will be learning about 'Myself and others'. We will be thinking about our own emotions and how to respect the feelings of others.

We have already had lots of fun learning about why we celebrate Bonfire Night!

Term 3

Re-build The World


Come on Blackbirds, let's 'Re-build the World' and make it a better environment for everyone.


This term the children are going to be immersed in Design Technology skills. They are going to learn how to plan, make and evaluate their constructions. The children will be challenged to use joining techniques and investigate how to make their structures stronger.


Geographical skills and knowledge will be taught by finding out about buildings in Sittingbourne, beginning with where we live and then we will ask Paddington to show us famous landmarks in London. We will fly around the world exploring amazing buildings and human and physical features. The children will draw maps and keys and learn the points of the compass.





In Science we will be investigating materials and their origins and properties. We will create simple tests and observe closely using scientific equipment.


The children will celebrate their newly acquired skills by creating a model of London landmarks on the playground. It will be amazing!

Term 4

Welcome back to a term full of growing. We are going to plant, nurture, observe and harvest fruit, vegetables and herbs and then we are going to make them into delicious snacks and eat them.

In English we are going to be inspired by different genres of writing. First we will read 'The Scarecrows Wedding' by Julia Donaldson. The children will learn how to compose a descriptive love letter to Betty.


Next we will be immersed in poetry and learn how to select words to compose a vivid Spring poem.


Then we will learn how to write persuasive sentences to entice our friends to try new fruit and vegetables.


Finally we will learn how to construct a recount beginning with time sentence starters.

Maths -  We will learn how to manipulate numbers to 50. The children will know how to measure accurately using standard and non-standard units.


Science - The children will investigate optimum conditions for growth. They will find out how to plant, nurture and harvest a seed. They will also learn how some plants survive in arid conditions and learn about the diet of plants including carnivorous plants.


Topic - The children will be able to name the 4 countries that make up The United Kingdom and the surrounding seas and oceans. They will discuss the works of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and create their own fruit sculptures and paintings.

Term 5

'Step in Time'


We will be learning about many historical eras in our topic, 'Step in Time.' 

The children will be making a time machine and whizzing back to visit The Dinosaurs, Early people, Ancient Egyptians, The Vikings, The Victorians and then finally zooming into the future. They will be meeting some famous historical figures along the way!


Blackbirds will travel to the following historical eras:

Term 6

3,2,1 Blast off!


Put your seatbelts on and hold on tight...This term we are going to blast up in to space and explore the solar system.


In English we are going to read 'Man on the Moon - A day in the life of Bob' by Simon Bartram. We will be writing stories and facts using a range of sentence starters.

In Maths we will be working with numbers up to 100, learning how to tell the time and using positional and directional language to navigate our way around the planets.

In Topic we are going to revise the four countries that make up The United Kingdom. The children will be challenged to work collaboratively to create and name an alien and to plan, make and evaluate a zooming rocket. 

In Science we are plan to investigate shadows and gravity. The children will also find out more about the season of Summer.