Welcome to Acorn Class!

Class Information

Welcome to the Reception Class at Ellel St. John’s Primary School. We are looking forward to working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year.

We are a class of 22 children. Our teacher is called Mrs Tyson and our teaching assistant is called Mrs Reeve. We also lucky to have Miss Fisher on a Wednesday. Mrs Marple also supports us in the mornings.

We’d like to say a very big welcome to the new children and their families that are joining us. We hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Reception has to offer!

All learning areas are developed with the children.

Maths Overview – Ellel EYFS Maths Long Term Plan

This video clip explains Number Sense     This video explains Reading and Writing

Red Rose Phonics Overview – Overview of Phase 2-3-4-5

Class Letters – Welcome Letter Autumn 2023  New Year Letter 2024   Acorn Class Spring Term 2nd Half 2024  Class Letter Spring 2 2024

Class Timetables – Acorn Class Timetable 2024  Acorn Class Timetable Summer 2024  Forest School Timetable 2023-2024 

As a school we value the importance in strengthening partnerships between parents/carers and professionals. In Acorn Class we encourage ‘WOW’ moments in order to celebrate children’s home achievements.  We are very keen for parents to become involved in these as we recognise the importance in children connecting what they learn at school to their home and community. We ask parents to share with us children’s ‘WOW’ moments. If your child says or does anything at home that to you, demonstrates a ‘WOW’ moment of learning, then we encourage you to write it down on a ‘WOW’ slip (WOW home slips), cut it out and send it back into school so we can celebrate them in group time and display them on our ‘WOW’ board. If you would like to send in photos to support the ‘WOW’ moment you are more than welcome to do that too!

Topic Information


Topic webs are just possible learning opportunities that will either enrich the class continuous provision or be planned as an Adult Led activity to cover specific Areas of Learning. Topic planning is generated from the children’s interests and ideas and their interpretation of the topic. A mix of this planning and the children’s planning ideas are then developed into weekly plans.

Meeting the needs of specific groups

  • Where possible topic to cater for lower achievers.
  • Develop speaking skills.
  • Differentiated / Intervention where appropriate.

Our topics are led by the children but to give you an idea of progression and coverage (subject to change) please click here – Ellel EYFS Long Term Plan 23-24

Topic Information 2023-2024

Summer Term 2nd Half – What better way to end the school year than a topic all about holidays! Wev’e even created a camp site. Continuous Provision Planning Ideas Summer 2 Fun at the Seaside

Summer Term 1st Half – Our topic for this half term is ‘Ticket to Ride!’ and will initially begin with destination outer space. Where will our learning take us…and how will we get there? Ticket to Ride Initial Topic Web  Ticket to Ride Continuous Provision Initial Ideas

Spring Term 2nd Half

We will be developing our Acorn Class garden area so our topic will be ‘Spring into Life!’ Click here to see our intial activity ideas – Spring into Life Topic Web

Spring Term 1st Half

Following on from Christmas, our topic is all about toys. Each week will focus on a different type of toy e.g. teddy bears, battery operated, vehicles, old toys etc. Toys and Us Topic Web     Toys and Us Continuous Provision Map

Autumn Term 2nd Half

Our topic for the second half term is ‘Let’s Celebrate’ and our learning will be based around Celebrations and Festivals. This will include Autumn, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Birthdays, Advent, Christmas and Hanukkah. Let’s Celebrate Topic Web 2023

Autumn Term 1st Half

After an initial ‘getting to know you’ and settling in period we will begin our first topic of the year ‘Marvellous Me!’

This topic is chosen to ease children into school, so they can get to know their new surroundings and class members. We will be getting to know the members of our class! We will also be covering aspects of Autumn, as well as celebrating Harvest. Our topic will also allow us to cover cross curricular Literacy and Maths activities. The children will learn and reflect through playing and exploring, actively learning and will be encouraged to create and think critically through our topic.

Marvellous Me Topic Web 2023      Marvellous Me Continuous Provision Plan 2023      Marvellous Me Knowledge Organiser 2023

Topic Information 2022-2023

Summer Term 2nd Half – Holiday topic planning

Summer Term 1st Half – Following our children’s interests and where we live, our topic for the first half of the Summer Term is all about farms. We decided to call it ‘Old Macdonald.’ Click here to view our topic web of teaching ideas – Old Macdonald Topic Web

Spring Term 2nd Half – Spring into Life Topic Web

Spring Term 1st Half  – Toys and Us topic web    Toys and Us Continuous Provision Ideas

Autumn Term 2nd Half – Terrific Tales Planning Ideas     This includes Autumn, Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali, Christmas and Hanukkah.

Autumn Term 1st Half – Our initial topic eases us into school, our classroom routines and expectations. We get to know all about each other, ourselves and our families.     Marvellous Me Topic Web     Marvellous Me Knowledge Organiser     Marvellous Me Continuous Provision Ideas

Topic Information 2021-2022

Summer Term 2nd Half – Our final topic of the year has been decided – ‘Fun at the Seaside!’ We have already begun to create a Travel Agents, Beach, Rock Pool and Ice Cream Parlour! Click here to see our initial planning ideas – Fun at the Seaside!

Summer Term 1st Half –  Ticket to Ride Initial Topic Web     Ticket to Ride Continuous Provision Initial Ideas

Spring Term 2nd Half – Spring into Life Topic Web 2022

Spring Term 1st Half  – Toys and Us Topic Web     Toys and Us Continuous Provision Ideas

Autumn Term 2nd Half – Terrific Tales Planning Ideas

Autumn Term 1st Half – Marvellous Me Topic Web    Marvellous Me Continuous Provision Ideas

Topic Information 2020-2021

Summer Term 2021 – Following the interests of the children and our Farm animals work within our Jack and the Beanstalk topic, we have moved on naturally to a new topic of ‘All creatures Great and Small!’ We will take the childrens’ lead and have themed animal weeks. Will we learn about minibeasts, under the sea creatures or jungle animals? Who knows but our options are endless! All Creatures Great and Small

Our new topic for the start of the first half term is all about Jack and the Beanstalk! We will learn all about growing and lifecycles. Jack and the Beanstalk Topic Web

Spring Term 2021 – Our topic for the second half term is all about Space – Destination Outer Space!     Space Topic Web     Space continuous provision ideas

Spring Term 1st Half – Toys and Us Topic Web     Toys and Us Continuous Provision Ideas

See the Acorn Class Blog for lots of teaching ideas, videos, links and activities. Happy learning!

Autumn Term 2020 – Let’s Celebrate Topic Web

Autumn Term 1st Half – Marvellous Me Topic Web     Marvellous Me Continuous Provision