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.

Perform Drama Group – Red and Blue Class

Today, Perform came into school to offer all classes a 30 minute session.

Red and Blue Class met a Funky Fairy, who took us on a journey thinking about various Traditional Tales like Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel.

Our children were incredibly well behaved and had such a great time performing.  They all have a letter in their book bags advertising Perform Clubs outside of school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

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Safety in Red and Blue

On Tuesday, Red and Blue class were visited by a Principal Community Protection Officer who works with the police and fire fighters to ensure safety in St Albans.

He explained that there are 250 CCTV cameras in St Albans and 40 monitoring screens. Red and Blue were curious, asking what the cameras were for. He told us how they make sure people are safe at all times and if something happens they can protect us.

The officer then showed us his sons bear. He explained that bear needed help to keep himself safe and asked if we could help. We thought about ‘stranger danger’ and how to be safe around strangers. We learnt…

  • Don’t tell strangers your name
  • Don’t tell strangers where you live
  • Don’t tell strangers your families names

We will follow this up next week during internet safety week.

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Sainsbury Vouchers

The vouchers have started to trickle in. Thank you very much for your contributions so far. I spoke to Sainsburys at London Colney today. You should be given the  coloured, individual vouchers at staffed tills, but the “till receipt” type vouchers from the self-checkouts. If these are not dispensed at the self-checkout tills then you can ask an available assistant, or at customer services. Thank you for your support.

Visitors in Red and Blue Class

This week, we have been really lucky to have some of our parents come into school to talk to us about “People Who Help Us.”  We had Aiden’s Mum who spoke to Blue Class about being a GP.  She let every child use her equipment, which they thoroughly enjoyed and answered questions about the role of a Doctor.

Red Class had Johan’s Dad who spoke to them about medical doctors. He explained that some doctors have specific parts of the body they look at, and other doctors work across all of the body. He let us have a go with his equipment, a particular favourite was the stethoscope as the children could hear each others hearts beating. Some children said they sounded like thunder, others said waves.

Kaylyn’s Mummy then came in on Thursday to talk to the children about Chinese New Year.  She wrote numbers 1-20 for us, both the figure and word for the children to copy and we learnt how to say them.  We heard the story about how the Years were named after the 12 animals and learnt the traditions surrounding Chinese New Year.  Kaylyn’s family very kindly gave every child a Chinese New Year Gift Bag.

Following on from the visit from Kaylyn’s mummy, Red and Blue enjoyed learning which year they were born in, with some of the children being born in the year of the Rabbit and others born in the year of the Dragon. They then watched a clip before dancing as dragons in PE. They used material and worked as a team to move the material up, down and around the room.

Thank you to you all for giving up your time this week.  The children love having their parents in school and we learn so much too.

Next week we have PCSO’s coming into School and our Fire Station visit has been rescheduled for the 22nd February.

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Reading Meeting

A short workshop to support parents with listening to their child reading at home. The session will focus on developing comprehension skills and deepening inference and deduction skills. No need to book.

Reading Meeting

A short workshop to support parents with listening to their child reading at home. The session will focus on developing comprehension skills and deepening inference and deduction skills. No need to book

Reading Meeting

A short workshop to support parents with listening to their child reading at home. The session will focus on developing comprehension skills and deepening inference and deduction skills. There is no need to book.

Sainsbury’s Active Kids – please help!

ak_voucherYes, it’s that’s time of year when Sainsbury’s start giving away the Active Kids vouchers. We collect these and, at the end of June, choose items from their Active Kids catalogue, to refresh and replenish our PE supplies. These  are used for PE sessions and also outdoor, purposeful play at lunchtimes. This will be the only source of revenue for our PE equipment and every voucher goes towards getting better and newer kit for our children.  The pupils at school love good PE lessons and, as we all want to give our children the best we can, it’s essential to keep our equipment in good condition – and also make sure that there is always enough for a whole class to use. The vouchers are also used to buy resources for the children in Reception who love spending time outside and need lots of good-quality equipment to do so.

This year we would love to replace our “shape mats”. As you can see from this picture, they are in a woeful state – “manky” was the word one year one girl used to describe them, and I have to agree. The children are posing showing how they feel about the mats now, and how they

 

mat1mat2would feel if they had some nice new mats!  Needless to say, purchasing 36 of these requires a lot of vouchers – 12,210 to be precise. And if we did get enough for these, there are plenty of other things we could do with. As I have found out at home, it seems that you can never have too many balls of all shapes, sizes and toughness, for children! – as an example…

Whenever you are in Sainsbury’s, please could you ask for the vouchers and your children can take them to the box in the hall every morning. Please ask your relatives who don’t have a school to donate to to please keep them for us. Thank you very much for your support. It is very much appreciated.

Fire-fighters in PE

In PE we were continuing with the theme of ‘People Who Help Us’ and took on the role of Fire-fighters using large apparatus and floor equipment.

Both classes climbed up and back down A frame ladders, used alternating feet to go in and out of floor ladders, rolled along mats, climbed up 2 different ladders on to benches and jumped safely on to mats.

We reminded the children to look at the apparatus as they climbed so they could see where they needed to place their hands and feet. We made links to this weeks Maths that looked at the language of forwards, backwards, side to side, up and down.

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