Upton Noble

C of E VC Primary School

Acorn - Reception

Welcome to Acorn Class!


Acorn class work within the Early Years Foundation Stage. Miss Bryant is the class teacher and the class LSA's are Miss Lane and Mrs Feltham. Although Acorn has the youngest children, it is the most important year as it is here that the foundations are laid for all future learning. Children develop quickly in the early years, and as early years practitioners we aim to do all we can to help children have the best possible start in life.


 The Early Years Foundation Stage begins at birth and children continue to make progress towards the Early Learning Goals in their first year at school.


Making apple cake.


The Early Years Foundation Stage is seven (three prime and four specific) areas of learning and development. The three prime areas of learning which are crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These are: based on 


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


 The four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied, are: 


  • Literacy; involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
  • Mathematics; involves developing and improving skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shape, space and measure.
  • Understanding of the world involves children making sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
  • Expressive arts and design; involves exploring and playing with a wide range of media and materials, as well as sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a range of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play and design and technology.
  • Learning through play, both inside and outside, is vital in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Through play children can practise, learn and refine their skills, think for themselves, take risks and make mistakes, explore new concepts, and learn to work with others. Your child should feel that they are playing and enjoying themselves, often choosing their own activities. Sometimes they will be encouraged to join in with activities to help them develop a skill, such as listening, using scissors or building a model.



On-going assessments enable staff to understand each child’s level of achievement, interests and learning styles, and plan for their next steps.


We welcome you to our class and our school. We encourage you to come and visit whenever you can.

Miss Martha Bryant