Foundation - Barn Owls & Magpies
The children have yet again made us very proud with our mini ‘Healthy Eating’ project last week where the children planned, bought and made their very own healthy snacks. They were a credit to the school walking to Morrison’s and purchasing their goods using real money. This was a valuable trip that really enabled the children to get to grips with our money system and the value of food today. The children have all gained a good understanding of what it entails to be and stay healthy and the importance of a balanced diet.
Well Done Foundation Stage!
This week we have started our very exciting topic on Dinosaurs. The children have had great fun using their spider learning powers to web together information and facts found to find out all we can about the magnificent creatures of the past. From what Dinosaurs ate to how large different species grew. The children will be using this information to collate, group and sort the dinosaurs to make their own and group information books.
In continuous provision the children have started to take part in archeological digs, fossil making, measuring, comparing, sorting and printing dinosaurs bones, bodies and footprints. This theme will continue on till half term.
The children have settled back into the daily routine of foundation stage and have enjoyed telling the class all about their Easter holiday adventures. Thank you for those parents who gathered photographs or souvenirs for the children to bring in.
The children have been focusing their learning around penguins and being good friends to compliment the theme of our sharing assembly Fluff and Billy. We are all starting to prepare for our sharing assembly which we hope you will be able to attend on Friday the 29th of April. The children are getting very excited!
We have been focusing our guided sessions this week around subtraction and the children have been working in small groups using counters, number lines and Numicon to show their thinking. We will continue with this next week.
The children have enjoyed listening to the story of Handa surprise this week and we have been exploring all of the exotic fruit that is in the story. The children have had the opportunity to taste these exotic fruits and enjoyed finding out where the fruits are grown. They have also had the opportunity to rewrite the story using other fruits that they are more familiar with.
We will be revisiting healthy eating next week and the children will be bringing home a food diary. Please help your child in completing this simple diary, ready to share in class next week.
Enjoy the Sunshine.
We have had a fantastic Science week learning all about Bees and their importance in the environment. The children had a fantastic day at Quince’s honey farm where they extracted and poured their own honey, made candles from the bees wax and made bug hotels from objects found in nature. The children were also allowed to observe and handle a range of different mini beasts finding all about the differences between insects and arachnids.
Back in school the children have had a fun filled week linking their learning experiences all around the topic of bees. We have learnt a bee song and performed this with actions to the whole of Key stage 1. Researched questions that we wanted to find the answers out to using the internet and non-fiction books. Looked at the life cycle of a bee, used pipettes to transfer honey across to the hive, and made model bees. The children have also had the opportunities to taste honey and learn all about tessellation from exploring the honeycomb.
Wow what busy bees you have been foundation stage!
What a fantastic way to return after the half turn to find a message in a bottle that was from a pirate! We have discovered that Captain Sparrow was shipwrecked on Lundy Island and we have spent the last few days finding out all about what materials float and which sink to help give Captain Sparrow ideas on fixing his ship. We have explored Lundy Island and learnt about map reading which finished with every child completing their own treasure hunt to find the lost teddy pirate. The children have written their own messages in a bottle and build their own pirate ships in the role play area, made pirate hats and wanted posters! Beware we have pirates among us!
We have also spent time exploring ‘halving’ and the children have been halving lots of different objects and sharing /grouping amounts and quantities into two equal groups.
In challenge time we have been looking at money along with other challenges and the children are being gradually introduced to the coins in our money system and their value.
The children have had a fantastic day celebrating their love of books and have enjoyed sharing their favourite books with the older children. They have taken part in a whole school costume parade and enjoyed listening to lots of fantastic stories throughout the day.
Chinese New Year /Pancake day.
We have come to the end of our space theme and the children have all finished off the topic by taking home a space rocket and their own astronaut badges. They have all been fantastic astronauts and we hope that they have enjoyed the half term as much as we have.
Tuesday was a fun day in foundation stage. In the morning the children all had the opportunity to make their own pancakes and a choice of their own filling. In the afternoon we had Pancake Day races. Enjoy the pictures
Chinese New Year
We have been exploring the way our body moves in PE this week. Moving to Chinese dragon music the children have used various sized fabrics to work in pairs and move as Chinese dragons. The children have learnt all about the ‘Great Race’ and how the Chinese New Year began.
We have had our very own Chinese take away role play area and the children have loved taking orders over the phone and making up the various Chinese dishes. Chop sticks have been used and the children have tasted some delicious noodles.
After half term we will be basing our learning around the theme of pirates.
Have a restful half term and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday the 22nd of March.
What a busy few weeks we have had. The children have really embraced the space theme and we have now researched, written and published our own class question and answer space books, launched rockets, painted space pictures, learnt all about our solar system, sang songs and this week used fantastic descriptive language to describe a range of different aliens! We have also read lots of different fictional and non fiction space books and answered all the questions that we had about space at the beginning of the topic. WOW!
Next week will be our last week on space and we are hoping that all of the children will have completed their space missions and earnt their astronaut badges. We will also be driving mini space buggies, exploring musical instruments and the different sounds they make and thinking about what items they would take into space with them on their mission and why.
In maths next week we will be exploring the use of a number line and how it can help us to add on and subtract. The children will use this resource to help them write their own simple number sentences.
The children are continuing to work hard on their phonics and their letter formations. Working as young Jedi writers, with light sabers, has really inspired the children to work extra hard on forming their letters correctly and made our handwriting sessions great fun.
May the force be with you!
Happy New Year.
It has been so lovely to welcome all the children back after the Christmas holidays’ and see them so enthused for learning. We have certainly started the Spring term off with a BANG and the children have rocketed straight into learning about Space and have already learnt so much through their curiosity and thirst for knowledge. We have been zooming into space with our number counting and working really hard on understanding our number system and tricky teens.
This week we have been looking at the book ‘Whatever Next!’ and the children have been writing some super sentences about Baby bear’s next possible adventure. Who knew you could have so much fun with a cardboard box!
Over the next few weeks the children will be introduced to various learning challenges that they will have to complete in their independent learning time. This will help to further build their independence, and help support, consolidate and extend their learning.
Please continue to listen to your child read at home on a daily basis, this will really help them to practise and consolidate what they have been learning in school.
To view the Curriculum Overview for the Autumn Term please click here.
Christmas has well and truly arrived in Foundation stage and the children have had a lovely time setting up our Magical Winter Wonderland. They are now enjoying fishing, cooking, decorating trees and camping out in the artic conditions. They have also created a Gingerbread house which we are currently decorating with large sweets.
Our Christmas Nativity is nearly ready for you to watch and the children have worked so hard learning their words and songs. We are now working together making our costumes, ready for the big event. We are learning all about the Christmas story this week and the children are enjoying playing with the nativity scenes on display and preparing for the big day.
The children have had a fantastic couple of weeks from dressing up for Children In Need Day to constructing houses made from different materials in connection to our themed week of the ‘Three Little Pigs’. The children have had great fun role playing the story, comparing different versions and rewriting the story to make the big bad wolf become a good friend in connection to Anti Bullying week.
We have been focusing our maths learning on 2D and 3D shapes and the children have completed a range of activities to enhance their learning, using the shapes in continuous provision to build, draw and describe. We think you’ll be impressed by what they now know!
The children are now used to their quick moto skill sessions in the morning and the funky finger group had a ‘webtastic’ time picking out different sized objects through the web using tweezers and hole punching and threading leaves together.
Mrs Recycle came to visit us this week and the children had a fantastic time learning all about rubbish and how we need to ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’.
We hope you liked their super hero’s made from recycled junk that they made. They certainly did
We have dived straight into the first week back from half term learning all about the Hindu festival of Diwali, the festival of light. The children have listened to different versions of the Rama and Sita story and enjoyed exploring all the ways that Hindu’s celebrate Diwali in the past and present day. The children have created their own Mendhi patterned hands, made Rangoli patterns and clay Diva lamps which we lit on Friday afternoon for our own re-enactment of the celebratory return of Rama and Sita to their Kingdom.
In PE this week the children have been dancing and moving to a range of Bollywood music. The scarves made the activity all the more colourful and fun!
The children have also been creating some fantastic firework paintings and exploring patterns that are found all around us. The children have been set daily challenges around pattern making and it’s been lovely to see them extending and consolidating this in their own learning time.
The children are continuing to work hard on their letter sounds and it’s great to see that this learning is being shared at home with their phonic sheets. Thank you.
We have had a fun few weeks watching the children complete their daily super hero challenges and they have, as ever, risen to these with fantastic ‘Tortoise’ learning. They have loved the Super hero theme and have embraced sharing and improving their ‘super abilities’ in all areas of their development.
We have carried on with our ‘Marvellous Me’ topic and this week we have focused on Friends. What makes a good friend, how can we make friends and how can we be a good friend. The children have even created their own version of ‘If you’re friendly and you know it’… to demonstrate ways of being a good friend. Our favourite was to ‘pass a smile’ ?
We have been listening to different kinds of music in our afternoon sessions this week and the children have really enjoyed exploring different types of music and moving rhythmically along to the beats. We have also been using our body and musical instruments to tap out the beats or pulse to more familiar tunes and replacing words to create our own version of these songs. It is lovely to see the children responding so well to music.
We have also used our body in lots of ‘Super’ ways to travel across equipment and last week the children had great fun using positional language to travel across our very own super hero obstacle course!
Thank you to all the adults who came along to the Harvest Festival service. The children really appreciated you all coming along to see them sing and we hope you agree that they did a marvellous job.
Have a lovely and restful half term and we look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday the 3rd of November.
We have had a busy couple of weeks and all of the children have settled into school life fantastically. The mud kitchen has been extremely popular and the children have created some fantastic new ice cream flavours and smoothies! They have also had great fun using the kitchen equipment to make music.
This week we have started our new topic about ’Ourselves’ and focused our base time learning around the book ‘Marvellous Me!’ This week we have been finding out what ‘super cool’ things we can all do. This has been lots of fun and the children have loved the super hero theme so much so we have constructed a super hero play zone which will open next week! We have also been exploring different emotions that we all have and the children have talked about examples of when they have felt these emotions. Next week we will be looking at our family.
We have explored our numbers to 9 and the children have completed lots of fun activities around this. We are seeing more and more children using number in their everyday play and conversations with each other.
We have now explored the letters S, A, T and P and we have started to blend some of the letters together to make words. They have been fantastic at this!
All of the children should have received a reading book, reading log book and phonic sheets to work on and we hope you are having sharing the book together and consolidating the letter sounds.
We have had a lovely few weeks in foundation stage getting to grips with school life and routines. We have gone on a tour of the school and had two PE sessions in the hall. We have been looking at tortoise learning with the children which is all about building resilience and not giving up-persevering. The children are even noticing these skills with each other which have been fantastic to see.
We have had sensory ice for the children to smell, touch and explore, buried treasure, treasure maps to make, water funnels, jugs and boats to experiment with. Ball tunnels, construction, painting, foam, messy play, textural trays and lots more!
It is no wonder your child has been coming home so tired!
The children have been fantastic this week staying for lunch and they are all getting to grips with the lunchtime routines and expectations. Phase 1 phonics teaching has started and we are all looking forward to spending the whole day with your child next week.