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.

A visitor in Red and Blue Class

Today when Mrs Durrant was gardening, she found a new friend.  We have named him “Freddie the frog”

He spent a little bit of time in each class and even went to visit Year 2, who have been learning about habitats.

We had fun watching him hop around and enjoy the cool water on a hot day.

“I made the frog jump” Thomas

“I liked the frog jumping.” Roxy

“He jumped on my arm, I liked him jumping on my arm” Harvey

“He jumped off his table onto the floor!” – Toby

“I saw the frog jump in the water.” Muadth

“I jumped off the table.” Taha

“He jumped out and I loved it.” Anna

“I saw the frog jumping in the sand.” Tristan

As our children enjoyed watching the frog so much, as part of our topic “All change” we are going to think about lifecycles.

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Red Class PE

This week, Red Class have had their first PE lessons in the hall.

The children independently took off their shoes, socks, tights and jumpers to get ready for PE then got dressed after too. I was impressed with how quickly and sensibly they could do this!

In PE we looked at:

  • Finding a space in the hall
  • Moving around the hall safely, making sure we could see where we are travelling
  • Stopping on a cue, for example when music stops
  • Making shapes with our bodies

The children then cooled down by thinking about their breathing and having a stretch.

 

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PE in Blue Class

On Tuesday, Blue Class had their first PE lesson in the Hall.  We decided to take off socks and shoes and practise how to;

  • walk into the hall and find a space
  • stop and start on a signal
  • travel safely around the hall
  • travel tall
  • travel small
  • change speed

We then cooled our bodies down ready to return to the classroom.

Blue Class did incredibly well putting their socks and tights back on, however, more practise at home would help.

Well done Blue Class

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Settling in to School life

Red and Blue class have had a busy week settling in to School life.  They are now experiencing Maths Meeting and Phonics every day.  We are singing songs about:

  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Counting Forwards and backwards to 10
  • 2D shapes
  • Colours

In Phonics, we are recapping sounds in preparation for teaching them to read.  All children now have a reading book and diary.  Red home learning books are sent home every Friday, please only do 1 piece of home learning per week, and keep the home learning to the given tasks.  Any colouring in or other learning can be done on paper at home.

Here are some photos of the learning taking place inside and out.

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Red and Blue – End of week 2

This week, Red and Blue class have really made the most of the beautiful weather. They continued to learn outside using Poddley to show their collaborative skills. We have seen a lot of creativity from the outdoor creative den, children accessing materials and glues independently. They asked for the Duplo Zoo and showed us some fantastic models they had made.

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On Thursday, we had our first full day at school. The children did very well, especially in the heat! They enjoyed the long afternoon by exploring on the apparatus as well as indoors. We also went to our first whole school Meeting, Music Meeting. The children sat beautifully and some even had a go at singing some songs.

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On Friday, despite the bad weather, we had our first ‘free flow’ morning where the children could learn in either Red or Blue class. It was lovely seeing the children learn with new friends and this gave them a chance to explore a variety of activities.

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We were also so proud of how well they adapted to the bad weather this morning, coming in through the front!

A few reminders

  • Library day is Friday so please ensure library books are in bags every Friday
  • We collect in Home learning every Wednesday and return it the same Friday
  • Please return lunch choices by Friday, they will be sent out each Wednesday. This allows time for the food to be ordered in.

Thank you

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Hot weather – apparently!

Hi

Please remember to send your child to school with a NAMED sun hat and a full water bottle.  This week is due to be hot and your children will be outside most of the morning and up to an hour at lunchtime.

Please – just a gentle reminder to hold water bottles, rather than put them in Book Bags.

We hope your children enjoyed their first week at school, we were very impressed how they coped with all the information and new routines.

Doors open at 08:50 and collection is 1:05 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 3:15 Thursday and Friday.

Doors and gates close at 9:00, this is so that learning can start straight away and Year 1 and 2 move around the building from 9:00, so we need to keep them safe.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Milk in Reception

As the majority of our children in Reception are under 5 they are entitled to free milk.

This week we have become aware that many of the children are not wanting to drink it. If you know that your child does not like milk or is hesitant to drink it, please let us know to prevent a large amount of wasted milk each week. We will encourage them to drink water instead.

 

Many thanks

Red and Blue Class – staying for lunch

Today Red and Blue Class stayed for lunch for the first time.  They lined up in alphabetical order, took the stick for their choice, collected their knife, fork and spoon and picked their vegetables and dessert.  They then went outside for a lovely playtime in the sun.

Well done to you all.  Some of you even coped with spaghetti bolognaise and jelly!

Tomorrow is pizza and chips – a very popular day!

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Hypoallergenic Plastic Earrings

During Meet the Teacher, we discussed covering earrings with tape or plasters for health and safety reasons at school.

Following this discussion, we have been shown a pair of hypoallergenic, plastic stud earrings. These earrings bend when caught and the butterfly/backing covers any points or ends.

These earrings are suitable to wear for school, and do not require taping for PE.

We have seen them available on ebay for approximately £2.50

 

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