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.
Blue Class Teacher
Red Class Teacher
Additional Teaching Support
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.
As part of Healthy Eating Week, Red and Blue class took part in a fruit workshop this afternoon.
They had a look at the outside of a variety of fruit and predicted what colour the fruit would be inside. They were surprised that a dragon fruit was white and black inside and that a cantaloupe was orange inside.
They then had the option to try some fruit including dragon fruit, apple, blueberries, star fruit, grapefruit and take part in a lime challenge, eating it without pulling a face.
We watched as 2 children from each class rode a bike to blend a smoothie which they got to try later.
We asked what they thought of the workshop
“I liked trying new things” Caitlin
“I liked eating the fruit” Eli and Isha
“I like drinking the smoothies” Izma
“I enjoyed eating the apple” Chace
“I liked it when the teachers went on the bikes” Valentina – Yes they did get us to have a go!!
“I like eating a dragon fruit” Penny
“I liked when Mrs Cooper ate the lime because her face went red” Toby
“I like trying the new fruit” Johan
What a fantastic day we all had at Kew Gardens. Despite arriving slightly late due to traffic into London, we still managed to have a day packed with exciting adventures.
We had an activity ran by the Kew’s team when the children were looking for mini-beasts in the local trees and trying to identify them. They were trying to find out who had killed the fly in a picture puzzle. Then they visited a green house where they saw and talked about some carnivorous plants.
After lunch under the cool shades of a tree, we had a quick tour around the gardens. We really enjoyed the glass house with its foreign vegetation. The children talked about the plants from the different continents they have been learning (and singing) about. They were particularly surprised with the banana tree! Just opposite the glass house is the lily pad house and the children were really impressed by the size of the pads and the stunning beauty of the lilies.
Before the end of our wonderful trip, we had a stroll towards the beehive where we took our group photo.
On Friday the children will be writing their recount of today’s trip and I’m sure they will add much more detail to my short retelling.
Once again, thank you very much to all the parents who came with us and made this learning experience possible.
All I can say is that the coach sounded much quieter on our way back. Now to a well deserved rest and see you all back tomorrow.
Mrs De Vynck ~ Purple Class
Today Red and Blue Class were digging in the gardening patches. We were;
“Pulling the weeds” – Tristan
“We were plucking out plants” – Akhil
“I found a ladybird and then we found a slug but the ladybird flew away and then we put the slug in his home to live there” – Tame
“Putting the weeds in the bags, in the bin” – Josh
“I was pulling out the grass” – Skyla
There was lots of huffing and puffing in the heat, but the children worked cooperatively and persisted well.
Red and Blue Class had a brilliant day at Paradise Wildlife Park, the weather was very kind to us and we managed to see lots of the animals.
Every group managed to hear at least 1 talk, if not 2. We saw the Penguins, Red Pandas and Lemurs being fed and a talk about wolves. One group heard the “Animal Antics” talk, they saw skunks, ferrets, owls and rats.
We had a picnic lunch and some children managed a quick turn down the bumpy slide.
Thank you to all the helper Mum’s, we couldn’t do the trips without your help.
Wednesday’s trip to Kew
Currently the forecast is for 25 degrees plus at Kew on Wednesday!
- Sun tan cream before you leave home
- Bring a sun hat
- Bring a BOTTLE OF COLD WATER. (We can refill this at Kew.)
- Summer dresses and shorts and sturdy sandals would be best uniform for all children.
Tomorrow is our trip to Paradise Wildlife Park.
We are unsure of what the weather will be like so please dress your child appropriately, ensuring they have their school t-shirt, school jumper or cardigan, comfortable bottoms such as leggings, tracksuit bottoms or shorts if it is sunny. Please send your child with a named coat and sensible footwear such as trainers or school shoes. If it is suddenly sunny, please ensure you have applied sun cream prior to the trip.
Please send your child with their lunch in a named plastic or paper bag, with ONLY disposable items in such as foil, plastic food bags or plastic spoons if they have yoghurt. We would appreciate if you could send your child with a named disposable water bottle too. We won’t be able to bring items back.
Your child will not need a book bag or ruck sack.
Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin
This half term, our Reception Children are invited to stand to be a School Councillor. Please read below for more information about our School Council. Forms will be sent home no later than Monday 12th June
Why do we have a School Council? The School’s Council is an ideal opportunity for pupils to get more involved in the way the school is run. The School Council benefits the whole school, pupils and teachers, because it provides opportunities for pupils to communicate their feelings as well as influence decisions that are made. Councillors develop skills such as confidence, communication and negotiation. It is the responsibility of each Councillor to ensure that they express both their own views and the views of all the other pupils they represent. Who can be a member of the School’s Council?
We have an active School Council with a boy and girl representing their fellow pupils from all classes in Year 1 and Year 2. Each councillor is elected by their classmates after a short presentation explaining why they should be elected. During the Summer Term two children from each Reception class will join the meetings.
What do we do? Members of the Council take part in discussions and votes and also feedback any relevant information to their class. At times they are requested to ask their class for ideas or take class votes relating to discussions by the Council. Members meet regularly with Mrs Barwin. The children invite Mrs Cooper and some members of the Governing Body once a term to their meetings to discuss their thoughts and the ideas they have collated from their peers.
What if your Child would like to stand?
Please ask them to think about why they are standing, and either help them to complete the form, or write it for them, but they will need to stand in front of their class and present their ideas. All presentations need to be handed in by Thursday 15th June 2017. Elections are Friday 16th June and the children will be informed if they have been elected at 10:15 the same day.
Any further questions, please see Mrs Barwin.
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!