It is hard to believe another school year has passed and we are eagerly awaiting our summer break.
Acorns have had an amazing year this year. We have seen the introduction of Wilderness Wednesday, which has been popular with children, staff and parents. An outstanding Ofsted inspection in January gave Acorns the much deserved recognition we had worked long and hard to achieve. The Committee have worked endlessly fundraising and have introduced a new marketing strategy to promote our pre-school. After a slow start to the year with low numbers of children, it has gradually picked up as the word about our wonderful setting has spread and we have a far more positive outlook for next year.
Learning at Acorns
As always at Acorns the children have been learning through play, stories and first hand experiences, ensuring they gain knowledge about the world around them as well as covering all six areas of the curriculum. They found out about houses through the story of the Three Little Pigs, the weather through the story of Rosie’s Hat and Christmas through the story of Little Owl and the Star. A project box borrowed from the local fire station helped the children to learn about people who help us as well as fire safety. They have celebrated harvest festival, Diwali, Halloween, Remembrance Day, Easter, the Queens Jubilee and the forthcoming Olympics!
More recently the children have learnt about the lifecycle of frogs, having frogspawn, tadpoles and this week some little froglets in our pond area! In addition to all this we have followed children’s own interests making maps, being pirates and superheroes. As you can see a very busy time has been had by all.
Staff have been particularly busy improving their knowledge and skills through the year. Michelle has completed training in ECAT and BLAST, both of which have had a significant impact on the children. Sam has renewed her paediatric first aid qualification and attended the introductory session for the revised EYFS due to start in September. Amanda has spent the year working on Level 3 Forest Skills, she completes this in our final week of term when she attends her assessment week. With Amanda qualified next year we will finally be able to advertise Acorns as a Forest School! Paula has completed the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies and graduated at Bath Abbey on 5th July, she has already begun to study for a BA (hons) in Early Education and Care and will be looking for some parents to help with her research project next term! The constant training that the staff undertake is instrumental in the continued improvement of the setting.
A Fond Farewell
We say a very fond farewell to Charlie, Samuel, Willis, Kieran, Maya, Joseph, Leon, Theo, George and Daisy and wish them luck, happiness and success in their new schools. Whilst this is always a sad time for Acorns Staff as we say our goodbyes, we do so with pride as we know we are sending the children on having made considerable progress in their learning and development.
Acorns staff wish you all a happy and safe summer holiday with, hopefully, some sunshine, and look forward to seeing many of you in September.
Paula, Michelle, Sam and Amanda