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.

Incubation in EYFS

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.

 

Aldi Get Set to Eat Fresh Winner

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.

 

Science Week Competition

Last week we took part in Science Week.

The focus of this year was to think about materials to make a paper aeroplane. The children chose how they would like to do this, considering which material would be best and why.

They then tested how far the plane flew and thought about ways to improve it.

There were prizes given for the planes which flew the furthest, as well as to those children who thought like scientists and gave explanations as to why they chose the materials.

Well done to these children for making planes which flew furthest

Isa, Jamal and Gowri

Congratulations to these children for their scientific explanations

Sandra, Tomas, Josh, Jake, Ben and Evie.

A final congratulations to Sam H for his perseverance.

A child in Silver Class unfortunately did not get to take their prize home as it has been taken out of her book bag. If your child is not listed above, and has come home with a plane making kit, please return it to either Mrs Hostein, Mrs Fernandes or Miss Lewis to discuss this.

Thank you

Waste Week in EYFS

This week as a school we have been taking part in waste week.

Red and Blue class took this opportunity to focus on reducing and reusing waste. We discussed how many everyday items are thrown into the bin and ways we can reuse them to make something new.

The children worked either individually, in pairs or in groups to create a model using a variety of resources or reusing paper to make a picture. They used glue and sellotape to attach different materials together and used cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, bottle tops, material, tubes and other junk modelling resources to create their models. We had some fantastic creations including a pig, a robot, boats and a tractor.

The children listened to each others ideas and collaborated to make their model or picture. They then explained what they had made and discussed what they liked about their own and other children’s models.

Tennis Taster – Red and Blue

On Thursday, Red and Blue had a tennis taster session.

They explored controlling a ball with a racket, balancing the ball on the racket, stopping on a cue and dribbling a ball to a friend or between their legs.

They then tried to hit a ball over the net once it had been thrown to them. We were pleased to see the children’s persistence and perseverance as they attempted hitting the hall.

They then ran across the playground in a ‘dodgeball’ style game.

Our visit from Adam Guillain

Today, Red and Blue class became fully immersed in a literacy workshop from Adam Guillain, author of George’s Amazing Adventure series as well as many other fantastic books.

Adam told the story of the Gingerbread man through song, involving the children particularly with repeated refrains.

With actions, the children also learnt a story of a fox who had a very noisy house.

We then heard Marshmallows for Martians, where George went on an adventure to Mars to find out which sweets Martians like best. The children participated by making different sounds for a range of aliens that George came across. Red and Blue then worked together to make their own Martian, Restev. They described how it would look such as 8 eyes, a small smiley mouth and a piano attached to its body.

This then led on to the children choosing from a variety of activities. Some children designed their own alien and spoke about it, others wrote sentences about theirs. Some children used a story map or book template to retell Marshmallows for Martians.

The day concluded with a whole school assembly focussing on the story Muffins for Mummies. They met the puppet of George and several other characters as the story was acted out by Adam.

Red and Blue class thoroughly enjoyed their workshop and showed such enthusiasm for the range of stories and ways of telling them.

Can your child help to act out a story at home thinking about repeated refrains, expression for different characters and why they liked the story?

Our New Eco Ambassadors

This week the whole school are taking part in Waste Week, with a focus of reducing, reusing and recycling.

We elected 12 new Eco ambassadors to launch the week and they will be meeting with Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis to discuss the week and how we can be better at reducing waste, reusing waste and recycling more in school.

Congratulations to

Alex and Peggy in Blue Class

Danny and Dixie in Red Class

Tabitha and Adam in Green Class

Johan and Maryam in Purple Class

Cara and Sam in Silver Class

Autman and Natalie in Gold Class

We look forward to working with you this term

Red and Blue Fire Station Visit

Today, Red and Blue class went to the Fire Station. They had a really enjoyable morning looking around the station.

They saw

  • 3 Fire engines
  • 2 smaller vans
  • 1 motorbike

Once we arrived, we saw the sirens and a screen that showed where the emergency call outs are displayed.

We then looked inside the fire engines and saw the equipment, such as large cutters, a range of hoses, axes, hammers and ladders. One group was even sprayed by one of the hoses!! (Accidentally!!)

The children climbed into the fire engines to see the equipment that was in there such as breathing tanks, night vision cameras and torches.

The children were shown the fire fighters uniform and learned how their trousers are tucked over their boots so that they can pull them up quickly.

Finally, we went on a tour of the fire station and saw the bedrooms, the gym, the kitchen and the chill out room. The children saw the old helmets hanging in the dining room and saw how they changed over time.

We had a great morning, a super ending to a great topic about People Who Help Us

A busy half term

The children have had a short, but busy half term.  It’s hard to believe how much they have squeezed into 5 weeks.  Our topic People Who Help Us has been very informative and we’ve been lucky to have a talk off a Police Officer.  After the holiday, the children are meeting a Paramedic and visiting the Fire Station.

If you haven’t returned your consent slip, please do so when the children return to school.

Have a lovely holiday.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

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