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.

Harvest EYFS

Yesterday, Red and Blue class had their first Harvest celebrations. They sat beautifully and sang well, making us very proud!

I’m sure you would agree that although they had a lot of words to learn, they were enthusiastic in their singing. The children have enjoyed practising, with a favourite being ‘Let’s Harvest’.

We particularly enjoyed the Tomato song where the children played instruments on a cue and counted confidently. We heard maracas, drums, bells and other instruments.

Unfortunately, due to so many children not being allowed on the blog, we have not uploaded any photos.

We hope you enjoyed the morning or afternoon! (or both!!)

Have a lovely half term

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

 

 

Another eventful week in Year 1

Autumn is definitely settling in and the children had more opportunities this week to observe its signs and collected leaves, twigs and seeds which they sorted in different ways during some lovely outdoor science sessions.

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In both classes the children have used clay to make leaves using the ones they collected in Highfield Park on Monday as models. They really enjoyed rolling and cutting the clay and drawing all the details on. Next week we will be painting these using the colour mixing skills they have been practising this half-term.

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Following up our RE theme of looking into the wonders of the world, the children have listened to and discussed the story of Creation according to some religious faiths and recreated it in groups, with Mrs Lyal, using play doh.

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In Maths we have started on Addition and Subtraction within 10 so that the children can secure their understanding of how they can combine two sets of objects to find out how many there are altogether. We then represented the addition in the abstract form and explored the commutative law of addition, showing that there are different ways to represent the same addition sum.

We have been talking about our walk to Highfield Park in several occasions this week and today the children wrote recounts of the day. The children rose to the challenge of this writing style and remembered the day in detail. We were very impressed how they used the time connectives to start their sentences: first, next, then, finally…

The children continued to practise for the Harvester Concert and we are all looking forward to listening to them in both sessions next Wednesday. They are giving their very best to their songs and you are in for a treat if you have reserved your seats already. If you haven’t yet, please remember to send in the slips.

Thank you to the parents who have already signed in and booked slots for the Parent Consultation evenings next week. We look forward to seeing you.

Have you all a lovely weekend and see you on Monday for our last week before the half-term break.

Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Gibbons

 

Puddles, Digging and Dressing up

Red and Blue class have continued their learning outdoor and have started to show us how they can learn cooperatively.

Mrs Barwin wished rain upon us and did not fail! Yesterday, some children decided to embrace the small bout of rain. They dressed in waterproofs and wellies and went to sweep the puddles. We had some sponges outside too and explored to see if we could suck up the water from the puddles.

 

We have continued to explore the digging patch, with a group of children uncovering a group of woodlice! Akhil even found a potato good enough to eat! A group of children found some beans and predicted what they may grow into. They predicted a flower, a beanstalk and a pink and black beanstalk.

 

Thank you to Dr Payne and Mr Witton for the donation of dressing up clothes. We hope these will enhance the learning indoor and out!

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Red and Blue Class – Outside Learning

This week we have been talking to the children about learning outside.  We explained that “learning” is different to playing.

We asked the children what would make their learning “better” at school.

They asked for more wellies, forks and spades, more dolls house accessories, builders tools, more “things to do” in the Summer House and painting. They also said that they wanted to move the shed for the toys to be nearer the mats.  So the children helped us to push and pull the shed into its new place.

So, this week we have tried to give the children what they asked for, to enhance their learning.  The results have been, engaged children, lots of teamwork and more focused learning.

Well done Red and Blue Class for being so confident to tell us what you need.

The sunshine has helped!!!!   We are looking forward to a rainy day to use the wellies and waterproof coats too!

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Democracy Week 2016

This week we have been thinking about Democracy Week.  On Monday, Sandy Walkington came to visit to talk to the children about voting and being a Member of Parliament.

On Tuesday the children visited the Cunningham Hill Voting Station to cast their vote.  The children had to vote to wear;

  • own clothes
  • something red
  • dress up as a character.

Our School Councillors helped to register the voters on arrival and counted the votes.

The result was;

  1. Dress up as a character 78 votes
  2. Wear own clothes 62 votes
  3. Wear red clothes 32 votes.

There was 1 spoilt paper.

On Friday 21st October the children are able to come in dressed as a character of their choice.  We look forward to seeing their costumes.

Many thanks

Mrs Barwin

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Week 5 in Purple Class

The weeks in Purple Class seem to be flying by and today during Maths Meeting the children said this has been our fifth week and so far we have had 25 Maths Meetings. 13 of these were held in sunny days and we have only had  2 days when it rained at that time of the day. Everyone was looking forward to the weekend, though, and I could feel it by how enthusiastically they chanted “Tomorrow will be Saturday”. And this is how most our days start, with some practical Maths.

We have been learning about double and half this week and exploring the relationship between these. The children investigated which numbers can be halved and which cannot and from then we talked about odd and even numbers. If you would like to practise these skills with your child, go to nrich Double or Halve? for an interesting dice game.

In Science, the children have been talking about changes through Seasons and signs of Autumn. They will be observing these more closely during our visit to Highfield Park this coming Monday. We use this opportunity to ask you to dress your child accordingly to this trip (please don’t forget coats, wellies ~ if they don’t already have one at School and you can also provide them with waterproof trousers if they would like to wear them).

We are continuing to practise to log on to the school laptops using their individual logins and in Computing we also talked about soundtracks and they recreated the sounds to a familiar story. They will use these skills when we start  to record sounds electronically soon.

On Tuesday the children produced lovely art work, working on their colour mixing skills, to make the panels for our Year 1 display in the Hall. When you come to the Harvester Concert, please look for our Window into Autumn. Thank you Mrs Hogan for displaying the children’s work so skillfully.

Talking about the concert, we are really looking forward to show casing the children’s hard work this half-term in their music lessons with Mr Bainbridge. We hope you’ll be able to attend it. More information to come home in due time.

The children are learning about our local area in Geography and they have started by exploring our own playground. They were given these close-ups of some of the features and asked to identify them. Can you guess which are they?

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Following up their Geography learning, your children’s writing really impressed me today when they wrote about their favourite part of the School’s playground. They were very convincing when explaining why they like a particular place the most and some of them even suggested some improvements: William would like the apparatus (clearly a favourite) to have more monkey bars and Lucca suggested that the quiet area would be even better if there was a box with chalk for them to write on the boards with.

Only when I read this post back I realised how busy we have been! I wish you all, children and parents, a lovely ~ and restful ~ weekend. See you all on Monday, ready for a great adventure in the park.

Mrs De Vynck

Rosh Hashanah

Today in Purple Class we talked about the Jewish New Year Festival, which lasts two days, and occurs during Autumn. The children watched a video about how the Rosh Hashanah is celebrated. After discussing which food is used during the celebrations, the children had a taster of apple and honey. We also talked about what other religious celebrations have they heard of and they mentioned Eid, Christmas, Easter, Diwali.

We wish you all a “Sweet New Year”.

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Tasting apple and honey in Purple Class.

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