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.
Blue Class Teacher
Red Class Teacher
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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.
Thank you for all of the beautiful entries to our Woodland Trust Photograph Competition.
We had a range of photos from different perspectives and of different forms of nature.
We saw trees, bark, flowers, nests, buds and bamboo made into fences.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the competition and who’s photos will be sent to the Woodland trust.
Valentina, Alba, Noah, Joshua and Adam
Here are some of the winning entries.
On Thursday, the whole school took part in Outdoor Classroom Day. Outdoor Learning Day promotes mental well being, working together, curiosity, physical opportunities and can link to all aspects of the curriculum.
We spent the day engaging in a range of activities, outside.
In the morning, we had outdoor music lessons. We retold the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ adding in instruments and looking for appropriate places for each section of the story.
We then thought about the environment using our senses, considering what we could see, smell, hear when outside. We were impressed by the language used, for example I can hear the birds chirping, the wind blowing the trees.
The children were very enthusiastic for outdoor phonics. Some groups made sounds using grass and daisies. Some wrote large letters with chalk. Some used clipboards to write what they could see, using set 2 sounds.
In the afternoon we worked in groups to make nests, linked to our focus on growth of birds. The children thought about what shape they would make it, as well as the materials. Many children used dried grass as it is soft, some used sticks to protect the nest, others used flowers to make it look attractive.
In 2 groups, we explored either floating and sinking or shadows. The children predicted which items would float and sink, then tested their ideas. We encouraged the children to link back to their predictions, like scientists, to say if they were right. When learning about shadows, the children drew round their friend then thought about what affects the length of the shadow as they moved.
The children and adults thoroughly enjoyed the day.
Thank you for the amazing entries, the deadline is Friday 18th May.
Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin
It was a very exciting weekend in EYFS, our chicks hatched! Unfortunately the children were unable to see them hatch, however we have 1 egg left.
We currently have 2 yellow chicks, 2 brown chicks and 1 black chick.
The children have enjoyed handling the chicks, showing care for them and holding them gently. They remember to wash their hands each time they hold them.
They have begun asking questions about the chicks, observing them eating and drinking, describing how they feel and look. We have had descriptions such as fluffy, soft, smooth, scratchy, spikey, pointy to describe their feathers as well as their claws.
Some children have drawn and written about the chicks too.
This week started with the election and parade of our May King and Queen. On Tuesday all children in school sang their favourite songs to entertain the school royalty.
The children have started writing the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They remember the story so well, in so much detail, that they didn’t have time to finish writing today! We were really impressed.
In Maths we will start using the strategies we have learnt to add and subtract numbers within 100. They are confident in place value and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Please continue to practice number bonds with your children to help with strategies such as making ten first when adding ones to two-digit numbers.
In Science we planted our beans and we are going to observe and record their growth. We have planted two types of beans so we can compare differences and similarities between them. The children have been very curious and we hope that over this long weekend we will have some roots for them to see.
We are still discussing special books, so if your child has a special book, please bring into class. It will be looked after and sent home shortly.
We also had a visitor from Childnet who talked to the children about how to stay safe when playing with their electronic devices. It was lovely to see some parents who came to the workshop during the day.
Enjoy the long weekend and see you all back on Tuesday.
Mrs De Vynck and Mrs Foulds
For the last fortnight, Red and Blue Class have been thinking about Healthy Eating, they have been;
- Thinking about what is healthy and unhealthy and wrote about it
- Grouped food by, can eat lots of, can eat sometimes, can eat as a treat
- Learnt songs about fruit and vegetables and 5 portions a day
- Discussed the wide range of colours of fruits and vegetables and painted them/collaged
- Tasted pomegranate, kiwi, mango, mange tout and pepper
- Completed observational drawings
In CIL some children decided to complete a fruit survey, asking their friends for their favourite.
It’s been a great fortnight and is demonstrating to the Team how ready for Year 1 our children are.
See you Tuesday, Day 21, so our chicks will hatch this week. We are all very excited.
Have a lovely sunny Bank holiday weekend.
As part of our Woodland Trust Award, we would like to challenge your child to take photos of nature from different perspectives.
Can they lie on the ground and take a picture? Can they look out of a window for a bird’s eye view? Can they look up or down and all around to see how the view changes?
Please send us their best pictures from different view points, including their name, class and where they took the picture from. You can either print them or email the pictures to email@example.com with the subject as Woodland Trust Competition.
We will choose the 4 best pictures and send these to the Woodland Trust for our Gold Award and these children will receive a prize.
Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis
We are really short of people to help us walk to the Care Home on Wednesday 2nd May. If you are free and could help us on that day, we would really appreciate it.
This term in Reception we are growing eggs and observing as they change into chicks.
On Tuesday, we had a visit from Aldenham Country Park who showed us a Hen, Rooster and ducks. We looked at the difference between the male and female chicken and then the difference between chickens and ducks.
The children noticed how the beaks are different as well as the feel of the feathers. They were very keen to stroke the birds.
We learnt about the chicks comb and wattle, understanding that these keep the birds cool.
We have discussed the lifecycle and each day, we say how the growth is progressing. The chicks should already have a beating heart, and their head, eyes, wings and tongue have begun forming.
We will update you as the project progresses, including which stage we are at and whether the chicks are hatching. Please bare in mind, this is due to take 21 days at least.
Thank you so much to Harvey in Year 1, for entering the Aldi “Get Set To Eat Fresh” competition. He won their design a bag competition, which raised £50 for our school.
For our Discovery Room, we are now the proud owners of;
- cooling racks
- tea towels
- wooden chopping boards
- cleaning cloths
Plus some activity books for lunchtimes.
Thank you Harvey and congratulations.