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.

The Rain Didn’t Stop Us

The rainy weather didn’t stop Red and Blue class from learning outside today. They embraced the wet weather in order to explore a range of areas.

We continued to develop our Mud Kitchen learning, even finding a worm in there! The children made several mud pies, noticing two were full, and one was overflowing as it had too much in it.

Some children explored the guttering, rolling connect 4 wheels down it. They had to problem solve to find the best way to roll the wheels, testing rolling them flat or on their sides. We found that rolling them on the sides worked best. The children worked collaboratively, taking turns to roll. They then compared which had rolled the furthest, standing by theirs to mark where it had landed.

Some children decided to use the large Numicon, counting holes and ordering the pieces from 1 to 10.

Rock Steady Music Visitor

Matt from Rock Steady came into School this morning to demonstrate to the children a range of musical instruments – guitar, electric drums and keyboard.

He had such a fun way of discussing music and had the children singing and waving their hands in the air.  I think we all enjoyed his visit very much.

 

Our Fantastic New Mud Kitchen

Today, we took the mud kitchen outside and began setting it up ready for use next week.

Some children used spades in the digging patch to fill buckets with mud, while others unloaded our large range of spoons, mashers, pots, pans and trays.

In 1 bowl, we then poured some water in to the mud to make it easier to manipulate and in the other, some children found stones, bark and sticks to add to the mud to give it a different texture.

We then had a go at using it!

One child wrote todays mud menu, Mud Cek (Mud cake). They then proceeded to make them using a ladel to fill the pots, a masher to flatten the cakes, and a spatula to fill the pots right to the edge. They explored filling the bowl on a weighing scale and noticed the mud was heavy.

A group of children found some natural materials to ‘decorate’ the mud cakes and pies with. Stones, shells, leaves and bark were popular choices, while sticks were used as candles.

If you bake at home with your child, please encourage them to use language of weight and capacity and maybe even write their own menu! We would love to see them.

 

 

Eco Meeting by Samuel Ryder 6th Form Students

Yesterday we had a visit from our Sustainable School Partner for Eco Awareness – Samuel Ryder, they work with us to share their knowledge.

The two 6th Form Students took whole school meeting and led a quiz about how to care for our planet.  Our children were incredibly well behaved and made us all very proud. They had lots of prior knowledge about recycling and how we are affecting our planet.

We then showed Samuel Ryder our next Eco project “Upcycling” which you will hear more about very soon.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

 

100th Maths Meeting in Purple Class

The children in Purple Class have been counting down since before last half-term and today we celebrated our 100th Maths Meeting of the year. This is a part of their school day the children really look forward to and participate enthusiastically. The purpose of these short sessions is to consolidate key areas of Maths and introduce new topics daily. We start each meeting with a song or a chant (some Abba chorus too!) and talk about some calendar facts. Lately we started introducing money and you might have noticed your child looking more carefully at the coins in your purse. They can describe most coins so far and are starting to understand the value of each. We will be looking at different ways to make a 100 using the manipulatives we have available in class during Maths Meeting this week.

Internet safety.

This week all the children in the school have been learning about how to keep themselves safe on modern day technology, including lap tops, mobile phones, ipads, kindles and tablets. This was because it was National Internet Safety day last Tuesday 7th February.

Each class has heard a story about Smarti the Penguin to see how he learns to be safe whilst using his new tablet. There is a catchy song that goes with the story so begin singing to your child(ren) Before you click, click, click….This story and song can be found on the Child Net website along with other resources that you might like to use to discuss Esafety with your child.

The children were also introduced to several Esafety characters found on the Think U Know website which has a section which is specifically for 5 to 7 year olds. Superhero SID also has a catchy song!

Please do take time to talk with your child about Esafety and what they should do at home if they were to come across or receive something that was not appropriate or nasty. We talked about seeing things that made us have a butterfly feeling in our tummies and upset us.

Have fun but more importantly, keep safe.

A busy week in Red and Blue

This week, Red and Blue class have been very busy.

We have been continuing with our Maths learning, thinking about numbers to 20. The children revisited ordinal numbers, first, second, third, up to tenth. We also looked at one more/greater and one less/fewer.

Over half term, if your child sees any numbers on houses or car registrations, please encourage them to explain which numbers they have seen. Could they then tell you one more or one less?

Some children decided to explore Maths further in their independent learning, choosing to add 2 groups on a ladybird, exploring 3d shapes, using weighing scales, and a variety of size and positional activities.

At home you could encourage your child to spot 3d shapes in your home. They may also want to help you when cooking, thinking about if ingredients are heavy and light or if bowls are full, half full, empty.

In the afternoons we have been thinking about how to keep safe on the computer. We heard a story about Smartie the Penguin and how he keeps safe on the computer or on tablets.  The children painted their own penguins to go in the classrooms to help us when we are on the computers. Please remind your child that if something comes pops on the computer, to talk to an adult rather than click on it.  We learnt the song: ‘Before you click, click, click, you need to think, think, think and tell someone!’

On Thursday Red and Blue enjoyed another large apparatus session. We continued to think about jumping safely and balancing along a beam. We encouraged the children to think about how they felt before and after exercising.

We had another visit on Thursday, a Paramedic. She spoke about what paramedics do and how they use ambulance vans and cars to get to patients as well as to get patients to hospitals. She answered questions about what the badges on a paramedics uniform mean, including the NHS badge. Our Paramedic explained that sometimes people are taken to hospital for care, and other times can be cared for at home. The children knew that a siren on an ambulance lets cars know there is an emergency and they would drive out of the way so the ambulance can get through.

 

Our New Mud Kitchen!

Red and Blue Class have been treated to a Mud Kitchen!

We are all very excited (and slightly nervous) about using our new Mud Kitchen after 1/2 term to make some magnificent mud cakes, pies and milkshakes!

Mud Kitchens are a creative resource, linking learning to experiences of their kitchens at home, exploring their local area, such as what to add to the mud, such as leaves, grass, water, lentils, pasta etc.  There will be lots of opportunities to use Mathematical language and opportunities for imaginative play, plus PSHE such as sharing and learning cooperatively.

Lots of photos will follow after half term of the mud kitchen in use.

Have a lovely half term holiday.

 

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