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.

2nd December 2016

Another exhausting week in Year 2!

Lots of play practise this week and we will continue next week. It would be greatly appreciated if you could help your child to learn the words of the songs as the letter which has been sent home today as their home learning this week.

In writing this week we have written a character description. We encouraged the children to include expanded noun phrases (2 adjectives and a noun) and start sentences in different ways.

We continued with division this week. The children are good at understanding that the numbers / counters need to be shared out equally. We will deepen their understanding by using division to solve word problems and number puzzles and relating it to multiplication facts. You might like to ask your children if they can come up with any rules for division: for example – an even number can only be divided by an even number, and prove it!

We enjoyed our visit to the local Islamic centre. This really helped the children to see how a different religion is followed.

Silver class have had the wonderful opportunity of looking closely at some Roman artefacts. They then sketched them and carried out another activity where they had to talk together and decide what use the artefact was to the Romans.

Enjoy your weekend, happy singing!

Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

Red and Blue Library Trip

Today, Red and Blue went on their first school trip to the Library in St Albans.

We started the day by getting on the coach then walked calmly up the stairs to the library. All of us were so impressed with how sensibly everyone walked and listened as we got off the coach and walked through to the library.

Once in the library, we heard a story, had a tour of the library, used the computers and some children got to take out a book using their library cards. We were told that you can take 30 books out at a time!

We asked the children what they enjoyed about the trip then every child drew their favourite part of the day and had a go at labelling it using initial sounds or some words.

Some children told us what they enjoyed….

Ridhay “My favourite part was going down the hill with the bus”

Skyla “The bus”

Evelina “Choosing book”

Isla “The computer”

James “My favourite part was when I readed a book”

Tasnim “Bus”

Paige “Going on the coach”

Hiba “I like princess book”

Harry M “My favourite was going on the bus”

Aiden “Coach”

Isha “The library is my favourite”

Akhil “When we were coming back it went really fast on the bus”

Adam “My favourite bit was the whole thing! Even the bus.”

If your child has a book from the library in their bag, please ensure you look at the receipt to see when it needs returning.

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Thank you

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

 

 

Week 4 in Year 2.

In Maths we have looked at greater than and less than signs and doubling and halving numbers. We have sent an activity home to practise doubling and halving numbers. If your child needs to use resources to help solve the puzzles please use them. They need to understand the halving concept before we move on to division next week. It is better for the children to split them into groups of rather than sharing.

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In science we have continued looking at materials and their properties, in particular transparent, translucent and opaque.

This week in writing we concentrated on using different adverbs of time: eventually, meanwhile, suddenly, a while later and so on. The children described how the old man from The Tin Forest spent a day sifting and sorting other people’s rubbish. We are also encouraging all the children to now write with joined up cursive letters. They included some wonderful adjectives and are thinking more about which conjunctions to use to join ideas together to write compound sentences. We have added an activity to Purple Mash for the children to have fun adding adjectives to nouns. We have also sent an activity home to complete to practise adverbs.

We followed up our visit from Mrs Ali by completing some writing or posters about the colours in the book she read to us and signs and symbols of Islam. The children are looking forward to visiting the local Islamic centre next week. If there are any parents free to join us on Wednesday afternoon we would really appreciate the help in walking. Please see Miss Spencer if you would like to join us.

We have been practising the play! If your child has lines please help them to read it aloud clearly and loudly. Song words will start coming home next week. Thank you for your support with the costumes. We look forward to receiving them back next week on labelled hangers.

Off to have a dance at the disco…

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Fernandes and Miss Spencer.

 

Sweeping, Clearing and Duplo

This week, Red and Blue have been enjoying learning in the outdoor area. Despite the cold weather they have embraced learning outdoors.

We have had children helping us to build a new counting wall with balls, helping to thread through holes.

Some children have enjoyed the Duplo wall, thinking carefully about how to build their models horizontally instead of vertically. Some children noticed that they could build the model and then place it on to the wall. We have been observing to see how tall we can build the models before they fall off, or will they?

Today, we had a go at clearing leaves that were covering our playground. They swept leaves using a range of brooms and brushes, gathered them using boards and cardboard then helped to get rid of them. We were impressed with how the children pushed 2 boards together to collect the leaves, then carried them like a sandwich to a large bucket or wheelbarrow.

 

We have heard lots of excitement for this evenings disco!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

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Donations for Red and Blue

Hi,

If you have any of the following items that you are happy to donate to reception, please hand them to either Red or Blue class to enhance our learning outdoors.

  • Old CDs or DVDs (with or without the case)
  • Empty plastic bottles with lids
  • Doll accessories such as cots, car seats and baths.
  • Large washing up bowls.
  • Crates
  • Logs in a variety of shapes and sizes.

If anyone knows of a tree surgeon who may be happy to donate logs or similar please let us know.

Thank you

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Library Visit – Red and Blue Class

Hi

If your child has their own Library card, could they please bring it into school.  We will keep them safe and return them on Monday afternoon.

If you haven’t yet paid for the trip, we would appreciate the £3.25 towards the cost of the 70 seater coach.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin

Our Islamic Workshop – Red and Blue Class

Red and Blue Class enjoyed their Islamic Workshop with our visitor Mrs Ali.  We started off in the hall for “Meeting” with the whole school, followed by workshops in our Classrooms.  We listened to the story of “Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.”  The children thought about the colours in the story and remembered the object it related to.

We then gave the children choices about what to draw – a prayer mat, a mosque or a henna pattern.  We created fantastic class books – come in and have a look.

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Eco Ambassador Blog

Today, the Eco Ambassadors met with Mrs Barwin and I.

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Amelia “We done some recycling of wasting papers”, this included some children taking the recycling boxes from each class to the recycle bin outside.

Lily “We had a look at them to see how much to be recycled”

Ben “We’ve been getting paper waste and then we were looking to see how much has been wasted”

Lots of paper is being wasted!

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Toby “We’ve been thinking about electricity, we have to turn off the lights”

We discussed our jobs we have been doing for Switch off Fortnight and saw that our ambassadors and monitors have been keeping an eye on these.

At lunchtime, 2 children will monitor Purple class to check that paper towels are not wasted and are being put in the bin, and the taps turned off.

Today our ambassadors are taking certificates and stickers back to their classes to celebrate a successful Switch Off Fortnight.

Our ambassadors have requested a display board for certificates and photos, this will be commencing next week.

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Red and Blue outdoor learning, PE and Poppies

This week, Red and Blue class have enjoyed a range of activities indoor and outdoor.

They have explored splatting paint against a sheet to make fireworks, unscrewing technology, throwing quoits over cones with sounds on, exploring guttering and enjoying our new outdoor literacy shed, including the puppet theatre.

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They enjoyed PE indoor and out this week, using a range of big and small apparatus such as hurdles, bean bags, ladders and benches. dscn3922 dsc07256 dscn3937 dscn3930

 

 

Today, some children also had a go at making Poppies to practise their cutting skills. They then displayed these in Meeting today as we participated in the 2 minute silence.

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Eco Ambassadors Meeting

Today I met with the Eco Ambassadors for the first time to get some ideas of what they would like to focus on for Switch off Fortnight.

We looked at our posters and decided where to put them so that everyone could see them.

Jessica-Rose suggested “The library”

Ben suggested “The Hall”

William suggested 1 should go on a window in  the library where we line up for lunch.

Amelia said “In the hall because when we go to meeting, everyone can see them”

Eleanor agreed with Amelia.

Spencer said “So when we go to the library to get new books you can see them and then when you come in to lunch you can see them”

We went round looking for good places and decided to put 1 in the hall, 1 in the library and 1 in the dining room.

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We then discussed ideas for what we would like to look at in Switch off Fortnight.

Yusuf suggested “Paper” “We could sometimes turn off the lights and we could sometimes have the light on”

Toby suggested “turn the oven off when we’ve finished making dinner”

Ben suggested we look at the lights “When we go home” and “we just turn it off when we’re coming out of the classroom”

There were so many ideas that we chose 1 idea for the ambassadors and their monitors to look at for each year group.

Red and Blue will be checking lights are off

Purple and Green will be checking computers are turned off when they aren’t being used

Gold and Silver will be making sure paper isn’t wasted and helping to recycle paper.

 

Thank you Ambassadors for such fantastic ideas!

 

 

 

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