Happy children learn well. With plenty of opportunities for imaginative play and creative and physical activities, our Little Acorns are soon ready to grow!
We accept girls into Little Acorns as soon as they turn three. They then move into Acorns Reception in the September after their fourth birthday. Our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) education offers structured learning through play and activity, with small classes and specialist teaching.
Bright, airy and well-planned classrooms and outdoor areas contain a rich array of quality resources and attractive displays that inspire and motivate the children’s learning.
Inspector, ISI Report 2015
Music, dance and drama are taught by specialist teachers and give girls many chances to perform. We also introduce French at this stage (with formal lessons later in the Junior School) and help girls to develop intuitive computer skills.
The building blocks for reading come from activities that encourage matching and pattern recognition: jigsaws, threading beads, and matching games go alongside listening to and enjoying books and stories and learning rhymes and songs. Soon, girls recognise familiar letters, including those in their own name. The ‘Letters and Sounds’ Phase 1 phonics programme is used in Little Acorns. The Jolly Phonics scheme, a programme of phonic acquisition skills, is used from Reception and throughout the whole of the Acorns. Skills for Mathematics are also developed in the same style, beginning with matching numbers and quantities up to ten.
Early Years classrooms are on the ground floor of the Junior School building, each with direct access to a secure outdoor learning and play space. We are lucky to share a site with our Senior School, giving us the use of an indoor swimming pool, all-weather pitches and a gymnasium. Children sit down with their teachers to enjoy a healthy lunch, prepared on site, and also mid-morning and afternoon snacks.
We are proud to announce that we've been awarded The Bristol Standard again this year!
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