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.

Eco Ambassadors and Switch off Fortnight

Today Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin launched Switch Off Fortnight.  We discussed with the children how they can save electricity and switch off, such as;

  • Turn off lights when they leave a room
  • Put a jumper on, before heating
  • Only play with technology for a while, then turn it off.
  • Turn off plugs – where possible
  • Don’t waste bath water
  • Turn off the taps and take shorter showers

We then selected 2 children from each class to represent the School as Eco Ambassadors, they are;

  1. Gowri and Alexander
  2. Helena and Osman
  3. Toby H and Aaliya
  4. Aiden and Tasnim
  5. Louis and Lin
  6. Khadija and Joshua

We look forward to working with them to make our school even more Eco friendly.

Positional Language in PE

Yesterday in PE, Red and Blue made links to their Maths learning of positional language.

They explored travelling under, over, through, on, up and down a range of apparatus. After they had tried each piece of apparatus they explained how they moved, using their positional language.

They were very enthusiastic trying the apparatus, remembering to stay safe and wait for their turn. They understood they start on a shape mat then only jump when there was a larger mat.

Leaf collecting and Windy materials

Today we noticed the leaves on the trees were blowing in the wind so decided to explore what would happen to material in the wind. The children had material and held them up in the wind, then decided to run with them.

Some children decided to roll their material up and see if the wind would unravel it as they ran.

A group of children decided to collect piles of leaves from around the apparatus, field and playground and put them in bin bags. They collected 2 bags full!!

Remembrance Day – Poppies

This week we asked the children to make poppies.  They had 3 choices and picked their favourite.  They could choose from;

  • painting poppies with corks
  • cutting out poppies to layer up, adding a black circle
  • cutting out one circle on red paper, adding the black circle

It gave us a good opportunity to see who could use scissors.  Please give your child opportunities at home to use scissors.  They can cut up catalogues or newspapers etc.

We then had a whole school assembly to remember the fallen soldiers.

Traditional Tales in Red and Blue

This week, Red and Blue have been looking at traditional tales, with Red Class exploring The Three Little Pigs and Blue Class exploring Goldilocks and the 3 bears.

They started the week by hearing the story, then learning how to represent this as a story map or story S using pictures. We thought about questions you could ask the wolf and Goldilocks, such as ‘why did you blow the house down?’ and ‘why did you break baby bears chair?’ Both classes described the characters in the story, thinking about what they looked like or their personality.

Blue Class then thought about how to keep safe, such as don’t go in somebody else’s house and wrote a letter of apology to the bears.

Red Class wrote an invitation to a party to encourage the wolf to learn how to be kind. They then thought about different materials we could use to build houses, deciding if they were strong or less strong, they even tested some by blowing blankets, leaves, paper and a plastic box.

Can your child retell the story for you at home? Can they draw the characters and label them with initial sounds or using their phonic knowledge? Can they draw you a story map?

EYFS Singing to the Residents at Orchard Care Home

This week we have started to make links with our local care home, after watching “Old People’s Home for 4 year olds” in the Summer.  We made links with their Entertainment Team and agreed dates and times to go to the Home to sing to their Residents.

10 children from Red and Blue Class and some very kind parents are walking to the Home twice a week for 6 weeks initially, to sing songs, do some simple warm up routines and gradually introduce instruments to accompany the songs.

As always, our children made us very proud, standing up to sing songs to their Residents.  On day two, the children started to shake their hands and the Residents are starting to join in with the songs, which is great.

We are really looking forward to returning next week.  Thank you to the parents who are accompanying us, we couldn’t do it without your support.

Firework fun

Today we have had a day thinking about Bonfire Night.  The children had music with Mr Bainbridge, thinking about the sounds of fireworks, such as a Catherine Wheels, Bangers and Rockets.  The children used their hands and played instruments, whilst singing a song.  They might be able to sing it to you at home.

We then went outside to make firework pictures collaboratively.  We thought about the shapes needed to make our pictures, for the rocket, a rectangle and triangle, for the banger/sparkler, lots of long rectangles and for the Catherine Wheel, spirals.  The children had great fun running around grabbing handfuls of leaves.

We then made firework pictures, thinking about splatting paint, blowing it and using forks to drag the paint.

We read the story of the Gunpowder Plot and the children felt that Guy Fawkes was a “very naughty man.”

We discussed how to keep themselves and any pets safe around fireworks and sparklers.

          

 

 

Diwali in Red and Blue Class

Today, Red and Blue class were visited by Vihaan’s mum and Anish’s parents to talk about how their family celebrates Diwali.

Vihaan’s mum shared the Diwali story and showed some photos of

  • Fireworks, explaining they are important as it is the festival of light,
  • Rangoli patterns which are used as a welcome outside the door, not only for Diwali but other Hindu celebrations
  • Diya lamps that they place both indoors and out, sometimes in a pattern

She kindly brought in some flowers and leaves to make a large scale class Rangoli pattern, as Hindu’s often use flowers or coloured powder. She encouraged us to think about circles as we made it, but explained they come in other shapes too.

Anish’s parents showed a PowerPoint which explained the 5 days of Diwali celebrations. Some examples of preparations for Diwali are

  • Bathing themselves and their children in special oils
  • Cleaning the house
  • Preparing food for the celebration
  • Having a day with their family to celebrate

They explained the 5 days concluded with a special celebration with fireworks as this signifies that it is the festival of light.

Thank you to both families for giving up your time, it was very enjoyable!

Happy Diwali!

 

A rainy day

Today we decided to embrace the rain and play in it!  The children swept the puddles and added washing up liquid to create bubbles.  They had powder paints and sprinkled them on the ground, to see what happened.  We had some lovely colour mixing and rainbow effects.  Sorry if your child came home a little messy, they were having too much fun!

When we were outside, a child noticed the water they were sweeping was coming back to us! We asked why this was happening, here are a few suggestions

Bailey – That’s what water does

John – It’s a pond

Sandra – It’s the stones on the ground

A child said – The wind

Rhys – Its going upward. The ground is.

Harvest Festival

Hi

Some parents have been asking about Harvest Festival.  Reception are sitting in front of the curtains in the hall and will be participating in both performances, 9:15 and 2:15.

Kind regards

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