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.

Welcome back Year 1!

It was really nice to see everyone happy to come back to school after the half-term. The signs of Autumn are getting more evident now and our weather chart, once populated with sunny days, has been getting more cloudy and rainny entries and we even started recording foggy days as a tally.

This week we have been re-telling the Gunpowder Plot and below you can see some children enacting Guy Fawkes and his friends talking about their “nasty plan” to blow the Houses of Parliament up. Today they showed what they have learned by describing some of the artefacts related to the topic.

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We have had plenty of opportunities to talk about Bonfire Night: in Music the children played “It’s Bonfire Night” using instruments to play the different fireworks: rockets, catherine wheel. They are also learning a new song about trains, in line with our “All Change” theme for this term. In Art lessons they used lines and mixing colours to create fireworks designs. Some of these can be seen in a display in Purple Class.

In Maths the children have practised adding and subtracting by counting on and counting back and they are getting very confident in trying different strategies to solve missing number problems.

The school value for this half-term is courage and some children have already shown they are able to overcome their fears when they stood in front of their peers and told the class why they should be voted to represent their class as School Councillors. Congratulations to our newly elected councellors in Year 1: Lucca and Eva (Purple Class); Tim and Neha (Green Class).

The home-learning books have been sent back today, together with this half-term overview.

Have a sparkling bonfire weekend and stay safe.

See you on Monday for another week of exciting learning.

Rainy day fun

The rain didn’t stop today, so we decided to carry on regardless!  We listened to the sound of the rain through different materials.  We played hockey, basketball and tennis and swept the puddles.

My quote of the day was from Musa, “I’ve never played in puddles before, it’s fun.”

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

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Diya Lamps in Red and Blue

This week, the children have enjoyed learning about Diwali. They heard the story of Rama and Sita and have enjoyed drawing and colouring pictures of the characters.

At the start of the week, everyone made a Diya lamp out of clay. The children enjoyed manipulating the clay using their thumbs to make a hole, and their ‘pinching fingers’ to make the edges of the pot. Next week we will be decorating the lamps, making sure they are ready for a celebration.

Some children who celebrated Diwali enjoyed telling us about what they had seen and done, such as looking at fireworks, eating special food and seeing friends and family.

Thank you to Akhil’s mummy and Ridhay’s mummy for coming to talk to Red and Blue about your celebrations.

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A Leaf Maze – Red and Blue Class

The children have been thinking about Harvesting this week, Anna’s Grandma brought in a pumpkin, which the children observed, cut and investigated with tweezers and magnifying glasses.  Then they went on a vegetable hunt around the school, to see what other vegetables could be harvested.

Following the windy weather, we went outside and made a leaf maze, which required teamwork, cooperation and hunting skills.  We were thrilled with the outcome.

Have a lovely half term.

See you on the 31st October.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

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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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