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The Acorn

The Acorn

Welcome to The Acorn!

Welcome everybody to The Acorn section of the website.

Class Teacher: Mrs Ottiwell 
LSAs: Mrs Belcher-Downs, Miss Farrell, Miss Sutton 

If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask one of The Acorn team.

What is The Acorn?

The Acorn is a special resourced class within Christ Church CE Primary School which caters for children who experience Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. It is based on Nurture Group philosophy.
It is staffed by a full time teacher and learning support assistants.
4 children can access the class at any one time.
The class is an integral part of the school and children join mainstream activities as part of their daily routines and transition programmes.

The Curriculum

All children in the class have a Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP). The curriculum is based on the Statuary Framework for Early Years and Key Stage 1 National Curriculum, and is differentiated according to each child’s stage of development.

All children have a full assessment when they first come to the class and this is then used to plan their learning.

Each child follows their own programme and their progress is closely monitored through observations and more formal assessments. Targets are shared and reinforced on a daily basis and achievement rewarded.
For children accessing the class full time, their transition to mainstream is carefully planned: children may join their peer group for lunchtimes, playtime and enrichment time. As they progress the transition will build on their strengths, allowing them to join classes where they will experience success. Each stage will be monitored and taken at the child’s pace.

There is a strong focus on PSHE and SEAL throughout all activities.

As part of the curriculum in The Acorn your child will also take part in activities in the sensory room, cooking and messy play. Don't worry we have aprons!!

Summer Learning

Reading at Home

Reading is brilliant and we want to encourage children to do it as much as possible. We are going to be reading books together as a class but we would also like the children to read regularly at home. They will have a reading folder to take home and a reading log to record any reading they do. The reading logs will be checked daily. 


Online Learning Journal

Your child's learning journey will be on seesaw. Please check Seesaw daily for updates and tasks set. We will be setting weekly home challenges for you to complete with your child at home. Please send in your responses through Seesaw for us to celebrate in class.


PE lessons will take place every Tuesday. This will begin in small groups and, once ready, with your child's mainstream class. Please make sure they have the correct PE kit and their kit is in school.

Water bottles, snacks

Don’t forget to bring water bottles in each day - it is important for the children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please put a label on bottles and refill them every day.