Sacred Heart

Catholic Voluntary Academy

01162 624418


Mere Close, Leicester, Leicestershire LE5 3HH

Welcome to Foundation 1  Acorns

Scroll down for all our songs, phonics games, stories and disco dough!

.Foundation  1 Curriculum Plans

Foundation 1 English Curriculum Plan

.Foundation 1 Maths Curriculum Plan

Whole Year Curriculum Overview

In our first week we explored our new classroom and found lots of different things to do!

Winter Wonderland Day

We had a Winter Wonderland Day to end our topic about winter. We had spent three weeks learning about the season of winter.


During our topic we thought about what the weather is like outside. Sometimes there is rain, hail, frost, wind, ice and snow. We explored how snow and ice feel, how they melt and what you can make with them. We played in the snow, saved our artic animals from the ice they were trapped in by melting it and painted snowmen. We learnt about the things people do outside in the winter such as building snowmen, having snowball fights, skiing, snowboarding, and sledging. We built a snowy area in our classroom for snow play. We made snowflakes with our cutting and sticking skills. We thought about what people wear in the winter and designed our own warm winter hat, scarf and gloves. We looked at the work of famous artists who had painted winter landscapes and explored colour mixing to paint our own winter landscape.


But we hadn’t thought about what we do inside during the winter! So we decided to have a cosy day. We came to school in our pyjamas with our teddies and blankets. We made shape penguins, had a cosy talk time and maths lesson in pyjamas and had hot buttered toast which we buttered ourselves. Then in the afternoon we made hot chocolate. When it was ready we all snuggled down with our teddies to listen to winter stories while we drank our hot chocolate with marshmallows!

Time for a Rhyme!

We have been learning number songs in our 'time for a rhyme' sessions to help us with our counting.

At home sing or say the number songs with your child. Your child will also have puppets to use with the song which are sent home in their red 'Time for a Rhyme' packs. Remember the most important part is to HAVE FUN!!!


Try singing a different rhyme each day with your family to keep up your counting skills!

Our rhymes are:

Five Little Ducks Went Swimming one Day


To help us learn the names of our 2d shapes we have also been singing some shape songs! Can you sing along?

Parents you can talk about shapes you see around your house or on the way to or from school to help your child recognise and name some shapes.

Positional Language

This song will help your child to learn position words.

Encourage them to use the words: in front, behind, on, in, under, above, next to, in between, near, and far when describing where things are.


We have been getting ready for phonics by starting with phase 1 Letters and Sounds. We have been listening to different kinds of sounds such as animal noises, sounds around our home, school and sounds outside. We have played games such as guess the sound and sound bingo. We have also had a try at making some of the different sounds.


This term we are beginning to recognise our phase 2 sounds. We are learning that letters have a name but say something else; for example a dog is called a dog but is doesn't go around saying dog! It says woof! Letters can be a little like this, the letter s says ssssssssss.


Listen to to sounds below to help your child say the pure sounds for each of the letters.

Talk Time & Literacy: Traditional Tales

This term we have been focusing on traditional tales especially those with repeating refrains.

                                  The stories we have read are:

The Gingerbread Man

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Little Pigs

The Little Red Hen

We have added the stories to our page for you to watch and read along at home. If you have the story book at home please read it with your child encouraging them to join in with you. Then in their rhyme packs we have sent home a copy of the story with the puppets and a story map for your child to retell the story to the whole family!


Physical development is one of the most important things we do in F1. It helps your child with most of their basic life skills such as going to the toilet, running, climbing, playing, exploring, getting dressed by themselves, being independent and it also prepares them for writing! Each day the children do lots of different gross and fine motor activities such as threading, using pegs, creating things with play dough, balancing on stepping stones and using hula hoops.


We also have daily dough disco sessions where we improve our skills through music and the use of play dough. Here are some ideas of what you can do to help your child at home.

We think you'll love the dough disco at home as much as we do! So if you want to have a try here's a recipe for play dough that you can make at home, not only will it save you money but your child can choose what colour dough you have that week! If like us you want to make it even more 'DISCO' you can add glitter or different scents using herbs, spices or food flavours.

Play dough ingredients:

  • flour x 2 cups
  • salt x 1/2 cup
  • oil 2 tbsp
  • cream of tartar x 2tbsp
  • boiling water from the kettle 1 1/2 cups
  • food colouring of your choice!Extras: glitter, herbs, spices, food flavours 


  1. Measure out the flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar and food colouring into a large bowl.                                           (If you are putting in glitter or a scent add it now!)                                     
  2. Mix it all together using a spoon or you hands. (ALWAYS wear gloves if mixing by hand!)
  3. Add the hot water a little at a time, mixing as you add it.
  4. Once you have made a dough, knead it till it is smooth and you can't feel the salt granules anymore.
  5. Leave it to cool, then it is ready for the dough disco! 


You are now ready for your own DOUGH DISCO!!!

Once you've learnt the moves you can mix it up by putting the dough disco moves into different orders and choosing your favourite music, it's your disco!