Foundation Blog

Welcome to the blog for our foundation classes. The year group blogs are a great communication tool. Teachers will be posting news, photographs, details of homework, examples of work, and anything they wish to share with their pupils and parents. Please speak to your class teacher if you have any question, feedback or concerns.

Mrs Barwin

Blue Class Teacher

Miss Lewis

Red Class Teacher

Mrs Reed

Additional Teaching Support

Mrs Haynes

Additional Teaching Support

Our children usually start school, aged 4, into the Foundation Stage Classes. We believe that they should have a slow and steady start to school so that they can become confident in their surroundings and their teachers, feel safe and supported by the routines and valued as individuals to learn and grow in every way. The children enjoy their learning which follows the guidance in the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. We offer the children a wide range of stimulating and enriched experiences, both indoors and outdoors, so they can develop their skills in an interesting context.

Bug Day for Science Week

Today, we had a visit from Martin Rapley, the ‘Bug Man’

He started the day by teaching us a song about the parts of insects, including legs, abdomen, head, thorax, wings.

We then had a chance to look at and touch

  • a variety of stick insects, including a leaf insect and a spiky insect
  • a Madagascan tarantula
  • cockroaches that hiss
  • giant African millipedes

The children were fantastic, listening sensibly and ensuring they were handling the animals carefully.

Miss Mackay even conquered her fear by having a tarantula on her stomach then shoulder!

 

Outdoor Learning Day – 18th May 2017

Today we have been learning outside (even more than normal) for Outdoor Learning Day.  We have been learning in groups of 15;

  • making one large train track, working cooperatively, taking turns, problem solving
  • doing observational drawings of flowers, then picking our favourite to place in water with string to have a hanging ice sculpture. Working in groups of 3, cooperating, listening and taking turns
  • Making junk modelling boats, one per group of 3/4.  Testing it to see if it floats and making changes to make it even better. Thinking about working as a team, making only 1 boat and problem solving to make it even better
  • Making a kite, listening to instructions, and being accurate, to ensure it will fly

We have had a brilliant morning and we are looking forward to more fun this afternoon.

Thank you for your donations towards the kites, your child will bring it home this afternoon.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

Sainsbury vouchers

Sainsbury’s is – sadly – not selling any more vouchers – though it’s useful to check if the store has any left when you shop. We have until 30TH JUNE to bring the vouchers in; and then we’ll need to place the order for the items in their special catalogue.

The box is looking nice and full and I hope to count all the vouchers (or see if my sons will help!) this weekend and will look forward to telling you the grand total.

In the meantime, please do double-check with the store if they have any and search purses, wallets and with relatives and friends to see if there any more to bring in to boost the total as high as possible.

Thank you very much for your continued support with the vouchers – together, you have done a great job to boost the school’s PE resources.

School Photos

The orders will need to be returned to us by Monday 22nd May 2017 for any class or whole school photographs you wish to order. The prices are as follows (this is also on the order forms):

Class photo

7″ x 5″ – £12.50

10″ x 7″ – £13.50

Whole school photo

12″ x 5″ – £18.50

20″ x 8″ – £22.50 

May Day Celebrations

Yesterday we had our May Day Celebrations. Each class voted for a King and Queen who dressed in their best clothes and wore crowns made of beautiful flowers.

The Kings and Queens paraded round the hall before sitting on thrones in front of the rest of the school.

The children sang songs to the Kings and Queens and the Year 2 children danced for them.

Fire Station Trip

This morning, Red and Blue had a fantastic time at the Fire Station.

The children had a look at a fire engine, seeing what was on it including tools to open doors, hoses and ladders. They then got to have a go at trying on the uniform, thinking about why the boots and trousers were together for speed. Every child had a go at climbing into the fire engine and using a hose to squirt water, mainly at the teachers!!

We asked what they enjoyed about our trip…

Harry S “I liked it when I got in the fire truck”

Hiba “I liked it when I squirt water”

Ziyad “I liked it when I was in the fire engine”

Harry “I liked all the parts of it”

Tabitha “I liked the bit when we sprayed the hose around”

Johan “I like the noises of the fire engine”

Aaliya “I liked everything”

Penny “I like the bit when we went to the fire engines”

Akhil “I liked it when we were spraying water, I sprayed water everywhere”

Oscar “I liked it when we all got wet”

Anna “I liked it when the lights were flashing when we were walking”

Adam “I liked the war helmet, the black one that was stuck on the wall”

Mahdiya “I liked the noise that the fire engine makes”

Toby “I liked the part when they get dressed in the uniform”

Lila “I liked it when the fire engine went to the real fire”

Spencer “I like the bit when they got dressed really fast to go to an emergency”

 

 

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