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.

Our Mud Kitchen – requests for donations

To enhance our fabulous mud kitchen, we are looking for donations of anything you think children might like to add to mud to experiment/investigate.  Possibly glitter, lentils, pasta, shells, stones….

In addition, next time you are having a clear out in your kitchens, we would be happy to accept donations of saucepans, plastic glasses/cups, chop sticks, cutlery, potato mashers, fish slices etc.

Many Thanks

 

Carpenters tools request for our children

Hi

As part of our focus to encourage children to write outside in addition to inside, we have purchased a wooden tool bench, with wooden tools.  We would love to enhance it with some real life tools, such as goggles, spirit levels etc.

If you have anything you think might be safe and suitable, would you please pass them to myself or Miss Lewis.

If you have plastic or wooden tools that are no longer wanted, we would gladly have those too.

Many Thanks

Eco Ambassadors first important task

This morning our newly appointed Eco Ambassadors conducted a Travel Survey before School.  They stood at the school gates to monitor;

  • anyone cutting through the car park
  • anyone scooting or cycling through school
  • parents parking on the zig zag lines
  • children walking sensibly or holding their parents hands.

We were very impressed today that nobody cut through the car park or parked on the zig zag lines.

Our Ambassadors will be discussing their findings at their next meeting.

Thank you for getting your child to school for 8:35, we do appreciate it.

Kind Regards

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Year 1 – Week three

Another busy week.

In Maths we have been doubling and halving and in Literacy we have continued to look at trees and leaves. Today, each child wrote a poem, describing what they could see in Autumn.

We shall continue to look at Topic books and link our lessons to the changing season.

On that note, Green Class are still three helpers short. If you are able to accompany us, please let Mrs. Haynes know asap.

If you would like to support your child with their letter formation, these are the focus letters for this week: c, a, d and g.

The children have their Purple Mash log-on in their Reading Diary and have been practising using computers at school.

Year 1 have also been Scientists this week, asking questions and finding their own answers by classifying and sorting animals into groups.

We hope you have a lovely weekend, whatever the weather brings. Autumn is definitely here!

Regards,

Mrs. Haynes and Mrs. Caramelo.

First Music Lesson

This week Red and Blue Class had their first Music lesson and Music Assembly with Mr Bainbridge.  They enjoyed the fun warm up about swallowing a wasp.  They then said their name whist shaking a maraca.  We then started to learn songs for our Harvest Festival.

On Monday, we started using Learning Partners on the carpet. This encourages the children to share their ideas with a friend, then with the class. It also ensures they listen to other children’s ideas and explain their own understanding. As partners, we share resources, take turns and speak in full sentences. Learning Partners also encourage new friendships so please talk to your child about who their partner is and encourage making new friends.

Please remember that next week are the Read, Write, Inc meetings, the timings are listed on the website for your reference. Once you have attended, reading books will be sent home.

Sibling Photographs

Photographs for infant children with pre-school siblings and for infant children with siblings within the school.

You are welcome to have your child’s photograph taken with siblings in our school hall from 3.30pm. Parents/Carers will need to collect all children from the classrooms and bring them round via the School Office.

Red and Blue Class celebrating Roald Dahl Day

Today we celebrated Roald Dahl Day. The children chose from a range of activities;

  • Making a fox mask from Fantastic Mr Fox
  • Experimenting and investigating with potions from George’s Marvellous Medicine
  • Making sweets and chocolates from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Making crocodiles from The Enormous Crocodile
  • Drawing around each other to see who was the biggest from The BFG

We had a brilliant day and were very impressed with how many children knew of Roald Dahl’s stories.

Sorry that we are unable to blog photos, until we have our GDPR Data, we don’t know which children can be on the blog.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tonight for ‘Meet The Teacher’ at 6:30.  The meeting should be finished by 7.30.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Week 1 in Red and Blue Class

Well done to all of our new children, who have had a great first week in school.  This week, they have;

  • Had a tour of their new classrooms
  • Had a tour of the EYFS zone and their resources and our expectations
  • Had a tour of the school, meeting all of the teachers in their classrooms
  • Learnt where and how to have snack and how to tidy up after themselves
  • Played on the apparatus and in the zone
  • Had a French Taster Session with Monsieur Cort
  • Learnt how to come to the adults to collect letters and put them safely in their book bags

Next week is a big week, as they will stay for lunch, celebrate Roald Dahl Day and finally stay all day in school.

Whilst many of your children have experienced Nursery full time or part time, please be aware that they are learning lots of new information, including many new adults and expectations, so they may be more tired than normal.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Meet The Teacher on Thursday night at 6:30. This is an opportunity to meet both class teachers as well as learn about the curriculum and expectations.

Thank you

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Small characters for role play request

Hi

We hope you have had a lovely Summer Holiday, it’s the last week countdown now!

We are starting to think about fun resources for our children and realise that we are low on small world role play for girls.  If you are having a clear out, would you please consider donating to Reception.  In particular, we are looking for;

  • Small little plastic characters, like fairies/princesses.
  • small characters like little boys/girls/sylvanian family/happyland/ELC characters.
  • Small animals to role play with, such as the small plastic pets from Happyland/Happy Family.

Thank you very much

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

 

 

Our visit to Aldenham Country Park

Red and Blue Class had a great time on Friday at Aldenham Country Park.  We had a very exciting (loud) coach journey there.  One group of 30 made dens for the teddies and the other group visited the farm and adventure playground.

The dens were incredible, the children rolled logs, carried heavy branches and found food and warmth for the teddies.

The farm was very exciting, as we went to visit our chicks and ducks.  It was difficult to recognise ours, but all looked happy in their new home!

The adventure playground was very challenging and with lots of help from Mr Miah, some children managed the whole course.

The coach journey back was a little bit quieter, but no less exciting!

What a great day!

    

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