Welcome to Acorns & Oaks

A warm welcome to our class page.

The children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are encouraged to learn through play and exploration, through being active, creative and thinking critically. The staff aim for the children to be inspired by their experiences; motivated by stimulating environments and equipment; fully engaged in their learning and, ultimately, to be empowered to continue to explore and learn themselves, independently. This is managed through carefully planned lessons and activities and opportunities for adult-led and adult- directed sessions as well as ample opportunity for child-initiated learning.

About the Early Years Foundation stage.

Please see the links below for more information about the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

The Development Matters document outlines how the curriculum progresses through EYFS.


EYFS Profile Links to DfE essential documentation

Early years foundation stage: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA)


EYFS Profile handbook


Exemplification materials


Early Years Outcomes


What to Expect, When?


Phonics and Reading at Bearnes Primary School.

We follow the letters and sounds phonics scheme in Oaks.


Below is an outline of how the scheme progresses through the phases and the decodable and ‘Tricky’ words taught.

High Frequency words

Acorns and Oaks are a fabulous class full of motivated, friendly and hard working children. We enjoy a lively environment where children are inquisitive and keen to explore. Children are encouraged to talk about their learning and we begin on an exciting learning journey. We are always reflecting on our ‘next steps’ and considering how we can squeeze the learning out of every opportunity. Children talk about how they are learning through our Achievosaurs.

Our teacher in Acorns and Oaks is Mrs Kelly Yeo. She will lead our Early Years Unit supported by our pre-school leader Mrs Seddon, Teaching Assistant Miss Gratton and Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Language Link specialist, Mrs Sutton. Mrs Malpas teaches in this class on a Thursday when we enjoy some super hands-on learning!

Things to remember

PE takes place on a Monday and Thursday. A PE kit must be in school every day.

Reading takes place throughout the week. Library and reading books will usually be changed on a Friday.

Home learning packs (Achievosaur Packs) are available to borrow on Monday and Friday mornings, these packs come with questions and activity ideas for you and your child.

Tapestry is our online learning journal system, if you have any questions about this please come and see Mrs Yeo.

Learning in Acorns and Oaks

For weekly updates of all the amazing things happening in Acorns and Oaks please see our weekly newsletter or our regular updates on our Facebook page.


Tapestry Journal

Many of the parents attended our workshop on Tapestry which is our online learning journal. The children’s ‘wow’ moments of learning will be shared on this platform and this also allows you to add your own observations and comment on the photos, videos and text we have added. We hope that this will give you a really clear knowledge of your child’s development.

Our class blog

Acorns International Art Project

Recently, our Preschool Acorns took part in an international art project with a school in Istanbul, Turkey. Acorns produced hand print cards with best wishes messages in them. In return the school from Istanbul sent [...]

Lights, Camel, Action! Strictly the Nativity!

For the Bearnes Christmas production this year, we were incredibly honoured and lucky to be able to perform at The Avenue Church. Thank you to Sarah, Jean and Gill who welcomed us and were so [...]

Parachute games and Picnic in the Park

On Tuesday 17th July, to celebrate Sports Week, the children in Acorns and Oaks visited Courtenay Park for an afternoon of fun. To start off the day the children thought about healthy eating and the [...]

Family Fun Afternoon

On Thursday 24th May Acorns and Oaks invited the parents/grandparents in for an afternoon of Family fun! The children were very excited to show their family members around the [...]

Plymouth Aquarium

On Wednesday 16th May the children from Oaks visited the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. The children had a fantastic day. Our trip however started the previous day when we received a [...]

World Book Day 2018

On Thursday 8th March 2018 the children in Acorns and Oaks celebrated World Book Day. They came to school dressed as their favourite fairytale character and took part in lots of fun activities linked to [...]

A very wet teddy bears picnic!

On Friday morning the Oaks and Acorns were left a message from some teddy bears. It was a letter inviting us to a teddy bears picnic. We searched the school to find them but [...]

Santa’s North Pole Express

Santa's North Pole Express On Tuesday 12th December Acorns and Oaks were lucky enough to take a ride on Santa's North Pole Express at Trago Mills. As we travelled on the train to [...]

Autumn Walk

Acorns and Oaks went on a walk to Courtenay Park looking for signs of Autumn. The children found lots of acorns, pine cones and leaves to bring back to school. After we finished collecting the [...]

Trains and Journeys

In Acorns and Oaks we have been learning all about trains this term. After reading the story of 'The train ride' the children used a variety of construction materials to build a train. We acted [...]

National School Sports Week

This year Bearnes took part in National Schools Sports Week a National Initiative to promote and encourage young children to get involved in Sports and Physical Activity that teaches them to lead a healthy balanced [...]

Forest School

The children in Oaks (reception) have been going up to Hennock Primary School which is situated on Dartmoor National Park , to carry out some fabulous natural learning every week this term. The children have [...]

Acorns and Oaks Newsletter 26.5.17

Acorns and Oaks Newsletter 26.5.17

Summer 1 Topic Overview

Plants and Growth Overview Summer 1

Acorns and Oaks Newsletter 28.4.17

Acorns and Oaks Newsletter 28.4.17

Bearnes In Bloom

Acorns and Oaks worked with Chestnuts and Willows class from Hennock during our 'hook day'. We decided to have a gardening session where we were weeding, planting and tidying the green areas around our school, [...]

Acorns and Oaks Newsletter 31.3.17

Acorns and Oaks Newsletter 31.3.17

Acorns and Oaks Newsletter 31.3.17

Acorns and Oaks Newsletter 31.3.17

World Book Day

On World Book day the Acorns and Oaks concocted their very own marvellous medicines! We began reading our third Roald Dahl book, 'George's Marvellous Medicine' and decided to make our own potions with exciting results! [...]

Daisi (Devon Arts in School Initiative)

We are so lucky to be working with Rachel Thame from Daisi (Devon Arts In School Initiative). Rachel has come in for four mornings this term to share her expertise and passion for child led [...]

Autumn Welly Walk

Autumn Welly Walk. The children in Acorns and Oaks went on a welly walk this week. We went looking for signs of autumn and objects that we could add to our autumn tray. We have [...]

DAISI Parents Music Workshop

We have been so lucky to work with Rachel from the DAISI foundation to explore music across the curriculum. She has been a real inspiration to our music teaching and learning. We invited parents in [...]