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.

Gardening Fun

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.

Wildlife Fun at Paradise Wildlife Park

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.

 

Paradise Wildlife Park

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.

Thank you

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

Reception Children – School Councillors

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.

 

 

Bug Day for Science Week

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!

 

Outdoor Learning Day – 18th May 2017

Today we have been learning outside (even more than normal) for Outdoor Learning Day.  We have been learning in groups of 15;

  • making one large train track, working cooperatively, taking turns, problem solving
  • doing observational drawings of flowers, then picking our favourite to place in water with string to have a hanging ice sculpture. Working in groups of 3, cooperating, listening and taking turns
  • Making junk modelling boats, one per group of 3/4.  Testing it to see if it floats and making changes to make it even better. Thinking about working as a team, making only 1 boat and problem solving to make it even better
  • Making a kite, listening to instructions, and being accurate, to ensure it will fly

We have had a brilliant morning and we are looking forward to more fun this afternoon.

Thank you for your donations towards the kites, your child will bring it home this afternoon.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

Sainsbury vouchers

Sainsbury’s is – sadly – not selling any more vouchers – though it’s useful to check if the store has any left when you shop. We have until 30TH JUNE to bring the vouchers in; and then we’ll need to place the order for the items in their special catalogue.

The box is looking nice and full and I hope to count all the vouchers (or see if my sons will help!) this weekend and will look forward to telling you the grand total.

In the meantime, please do double-check with the store if they have any and search purses, wallets and with relatives and friends to see if there any more to bring in to boost the total as high as possible.

Thank you very much for your continued support with the vouchers – together, you have done a great job to boost the school’s PE resources.

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