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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.



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 1: A place like home


We are very excited to welcome the children back and begin our very first topic... A place like home! We have lots of 'getting to know you' activities planned and lots of fun games to settle the children back into school. 


In English we will be focusing upon two texts ‘Beegu.’ and 'The Tunnel' by Anthony Browne. We are looking forward to becoming immersed in these amazing texts and completing lots of role play, creating our own illustrations, completing different writing opportunities like posters, story maps, describing characters and settings. 


During Maths lessons we are going to be focusing on number and place value, completing lots of practical, hands on activities using different manipulatives to support us like, tens frames, Numicon and Unifix cubes.


In Science we are going to be looking at living things and their habitats focusing on; polar habitats, rainforests, oceans, woodland and deserts!


During Topic we are predominately focusing on Geography. We are going to be creating our own map of the school grounds, looking at Sittingbourne town on Google maps, providing compass directions to a friend, comparing Sittingbourne to a town in Africa and creating our own 3D model of Sittingbourne! 


As you can see, we have got lots of great things planned for the children and we are so excited to begin! We hope you have all had a restful, fun summer and can't wait to see you in Blackbirds Class! 

Our texts in Term 1


Term 2: Horrible Histories


We are very excited about our new topic… ‘Horrible Histories.’  We are going to be learning about different eras of history such as the Jurassic Age, Bronze Age, Egyptian Era, Vikings, and Victorians! 


In English we are going to be focusing on Charles Dickens and his text 'A Christmas Carol.' We will be writing a biography on Charles Dickens, writing character descriptions and being introduced to verbs and adverbs. 


In Maths we are going to be focusing on addition and subtraction; specifically, number bonds to 20, comparing number sentences, bonds to 100, 10 more and 10 less, add and subtract tens, adding a 2 digit and a 1 digit number, subtracting a 2 digit from a 2 digit number and adding three single digit numbers.


In Science we are learning about 'Animals including humans' We will be noticing that animals have offspring that grow into adults, finding out the basic needs of animals and humans and describing the importance for humans to exercise and eat the right amounts of different food. 


In PSHE we will be discussing and learning about friendship and compliments, seeing another point of view, managing anger and working together. 


During PE we will be focused on dance, Tri-Golf and Rapid Fire. In dance, the children will use a stimulus to create their own dance. The children will be focusing on team work in rapid fire and aiming for a range of targets in golf.


We are very excited for this brilliant topic 

Term 2 Text

Term 3: Our Planet


Welcome to a New Year and a new term! Our new topic this term is 'Our Planet.' We are going to be focusing on learning the world's continents and oceans, atlas skills and understanding how humans impact the global environment.


In English this term we are going to be focusing on two texts 'The Lorax' and 'The Great Kapok Tree' We are going to be focusing on fiction and non-fiction writing such as; descriptive writing about the rainforest, persuasive writing and creating fact files. 


In Maths we are going to be focusing on money and multiplication and division. When learning about money we will be finding different combinations of coins that equal the same amount, recognise and use symbols for pounds and pence, combine amounts to make a particular value and solve simple problems. With multiplication and division we will be recognising equal groups, making equal groups, adding equal groups and using 'x' to solve multiplication number sentences.


We will be 'working scientifically' in Science taking part in a variety of different investigations. We will be asking questions, observing closely, identifying and classifying and recording data. 


In PE we will be focusing on Boccia and New Age Kurling as well as some Multiskills activities.  


During our PSHE sessions our focus will be 'going for goals.'


We are very excited about our new topic! 

Term 3 Texts


Term 4 - Weather Experts

Welcome to Term 4 'Weather Experts.' The children are going to be building upon their knowledge of seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK, begin to understand the hot and cold areas of the world as well as developing locational knowledge and geographical skills.


In English, we are going to be focusing on the life and adventures of Ernest Shackleton. As well as the story Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters.


In Maths we are going to be focusing multiplication and division and fractions. 


In Science we are going to be learning about plants and identifying different plants at home and in our school environment.


During PE sessions we will be focusing on gymnastics. 


Our Topic sessions are going to be mostly Geography focused. Some of the children's learning opportunities will be; creating a rain gauge and becoming weather reporters.

Term 5

Welcome to term 5. This term our topic is called 'Art Attack'. The children are going to be learning about a number of different artists, sculptors and architects both past and present from around the world.


In English, we are going to be focusing on the text 'William and Missing Masterpiece ' by Helen Hancock. In addition to , learning about Queen Elizabeth 2nd's reign through the decades.


In Maths, we are going to be learning about fractions and also learning to tell the time.


In Science we are going to be little scientists and carryout a number of experiments. We will be  asking questions, designing experiments, making  predictions and observing in order to compile conclusions.


During PE sessions we will be focusing on gymnastics and preparing for our Sports Day event. 

Term 6 - Best of British

This term our Topic is 'Best of British', during topic sessions we will be:

  • Learning about traditional games
  • Looking at the history of British Kings and Queens
  • Focusing on ‘British Values’ in particular ‘Mutual Respect and Tolerance’ and ‘Individual Liberty’
  • We will be looking at the book ‘Coming to England’ by Floella Benjamin and the children will create a welcome pack for a new child coming to England.
  • The children will be looking at British inventions and guessing what they did and what they were called. They will then create their own invention.


In English we will be focusing on Michael Rosen's poetry and  Roald Dahl's text; 'The Enormous Crocodile'. The children will be writing a biography, poetry, as well as thinking about writing descriptively and creating their own poetry. 


During our Maths sessions we will be focusing on 'time', 'length and height' and 'position and direction'. 


In Science our focus will be on 'Materials', the children will be identifying and comparing the suitability of materials for particular uses. As well as finding how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. 


In PE our focus will be Dance. The children will use a stimulus to create their own dance.  



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.

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