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.

What a busy Spring Week

Red and Blue Class have had a great start to Spring, the weather has been what we predicted, “a bit of sunshine and a bit of rain.”

The children have been learning inside and outside with a range of activities;

Outside

  • Investigating the mud kitchen – weighing, transferring from bowl to bowl, stirring, sieving, mixing etc
  • Using Poddely to make transport – an aeroplane
  • Planting seeds and writing their own label using their phonic knowledge
  • Digging in the Gardening Patch – digging to Australia/finding lava/discovering potatoes

Inside

  • Using our new range of technology – easi ears/phones/walkie talkies/remote control bugs
  • Sorting by colour and size
  • Making pictures with tap a shape
  • Making our own phonic tiles
  • Sorting by size, smallest to biggest, using colour acrobats

Our Adult led sessions have been

  1. learning how to make our own pop up books, following our visit from John O’Leary
  2. learning to add 2 groups together, thinking about the whole and the parts for example if the whole is 5 the parts could be 3/2, 4/1, 5/0, 2/3 etc
  3. thinking about spring, planting seeds and starting an investigation about do seeds really need sun, air, food and water to grow.

If you are looking for ways to support your child at home, you could be looking for signs of spring when you are out and about and perhaps buy a plant that the children can water and nurture to develop their understanding of growth and decay.

Enjoy the sunshine.

Many Thanks

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

 

Washing Powder bags please

Hi

To help Early Years with their next topic, if you have any washing powder bags, or Satsuma nets, could you please send them to Red and Blue Class.

Many Thanks

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

 

World Book Day – Red and Blue

Yesterday, Red and Blue class were thoroughly excited for World Book Day. They came in dressed as characters and every child could tell us who they were. They even stood up in Meeting and told the school which character they were.

We were very grateful to Valentina, Jessica-Rose and Thomas’ mums who came in and read to us in Afrikaans, French and Brazilian respectively. Thank you for giving up your time, the children enjoy hearing books in other languages.

The children were joined by some parents who read them a range of stories and joined in with our celebration of books.

If you read with your child at home, please encourage them to tell you what they enjoy about the book and discuss the characters with them.

John O’Leary Paper Engineer

Today we were really lucky to have the Author, Illustrator and Paper Engineer John O’Leary in school, as part of our World Book Day Celebrations.

We started the day with whole school meeting, where John showed us his range of books and amazed the children with his optical illusions!

We then had time as a Year Group to talk about how to make our own pop up book, based on the Book Tiddler, by Julia Donaldson.  We will be making our own pop up books next week.

Please come into school any afternoon, other than on a Tuesday to have a look at our learning.

Have a lovely weekend

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

 

Pancake flipping and eating in Red and Blue

Today in Red and Blue class we had our pancake flipping competition.

Some of us were better than others, but we all managed to get our pancakes form one side of the playground to the other. Oscar managed to throw his pancake higher than anyone else, closely followed by Muadth, Tristan and Ollie. Back in the classroom we all tasted a piece of pancake (don’t worry, not the ones from outside).

We discussed why we have pancakes, telling them it is known as Shrove Tuesday.

Some children explained what topping they like on pancakes, these included sugar, Nutella, strawberries and syrup.

 

Food tasting in Red and Blue

Today, Red and Blue spent the morning tasting a range of foods.

They tried cucumber, peppers, kiwi, plum, pineapple and pomegranate. We discussed how we were eating a rainbow of foods, with some being green, some pink, some orange and some yellow. We spoke about skins not always being the same colour as the actual fruit, this was noticeable with kiwi and plum.

We encouraged the children to smell, touch, lick and taste each food. We were so impressed with how many children tried and enjoyed all of them.

We used cucumbers as smiles, peppers as swords, plums as fangs, this was enjoyed by all.

The children described how each felt and tasted. We had descriptions such as sour, fresh, watery, yummy, delicious, crunchy, sweet, juicy and slippery. Cucumber and pineapple were clear favourites, however many children enjoyed the pomegranate too.

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.

 

 

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