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 Plummer

Red Class Teacher

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.

Anti Bullying Week

This week we are thinking about Anti Bullying Week, thinking about how we can make a change for the good of others.  Today we have worn odd socks to celebrate that we are all different and different is good.  We then had an Assembly to talk about “Change starts with us.”  Thinking how we can make a difference to somebody else’s day. We played the videos from the Anti Bullying Alliance, which you can watch at home, they are useful for children and adults.  We recapped what bullying is, how it is different to unkind or mean behaviour.

Yesterday we had a talk regarding Behaviour and Bullying from Karin Hutchinson for parents.  We hope you found it useful.  She shared her wealth of experience in this area, focussing on;

  • Explaining what bullying is
  • Teaching us the kindness virus for our children
  • Explaining that all behaviour is communication
  • Teaching us how to help our children to resolve their differences themselves (with our initial support)
  • How to help build our children’s resilience and self esteem
  • Protective behaviours for our children
  • Cyberbullying

Please do refer to our Behaviour Policy and Anti Bullying Policy on our website and do ask for help from any of the staff.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin

Care Home – cancellation

Hi

The Care Home have had to cancel our visit on Wednesday 20th November, as they have a day trip on that day.  If you had volunteered to walk with us, hopefully you will be able to help in January or February instead.

The 4th is happening as normal.

Many Thanks

 

Care Home Timings

Hi

Thank you for responding if you were free to come to the Care Home.  Hopefully you have received your letter saying which dates we require your help.

If you are helping, please arrive at Reception at  1:40, we will leave school at 1:45 and return at 3:00.

Many thanks for your support.

The EYFS Team

Sport for Champions Sponsorship

Hi

Today your child has come home with a Sponsorship form for an athlete who is visiting school on November 25th.

If you could help your child to receive sponsorship for doing circuits with Kimberley Renicks, a Judo Champion.   She won the Commonwealth gold in the Women’s 48 kg Judo event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

All children will train with Kimberley and see a demonstration, however, those children who raise the most, will have a photograph with her and there are gifts from her team too.

Mrs Hostein and I launched this exciting opportunity in Assembly today and explained that every £1 will help the athlete to train and buy the necessary kit.  Any profit then goes to our school for PE equipment!

All sponsorship forms must be completed and money handed in by the 18th November.

Thank you for supporting us with this exciting opportunity to show our children opportunities open to them, if they follow their passion.

Happy half term to you all.

 

 

Visit to the Foodbank

Today was a very exciting day for 6 children. We went to the Foodbank Warehouse in Harpenden to see what happens to all of our food donations from our Harvest Festival. We were so excited to go on the minibus with 6 children from the Junior School. We met a foodbank volunteer who explained to us what happens when we donate food. We then sorted food into crates by best before dates. Finally, we sorted all of the carrier bags, ready for the picked food to be packed into.   We had a great morning and feel really good that we made a difference by helping others.

 

Week 7

Another busy week in Reception.  All children should now have a reading book, please do look at them a minimum of 3 times, discussing the pictures, if the book has words, help your child to use their sounds, c a t then blend them together, cat.  If your child has a lilac book, you can use the sound chart on the first page to see which sounds they know.  You can tick the ones they know and see which they are less confident with.  Keep us updated in their purple books how they are getting on, by writing us a comment.  Please remember, we want the children to be able to read fluently, with good pace and tone and a good understanding of the story, so make reading fun and enjoyable.

We hope you are enjoying Tapestry, you should see a range of observations from their first lunch in school, to maths lessons with a learning partner, to learning in self chosen areas.  Please remember that you can write a comment about the learning, but we won’t be able to comment back.  We hope you enjoy seeing the wide range of opportunities available to your child and you can discuss their experiences with them.

Have a lovely weekend.  One week to go!

The EYFS Team

Week 6 in Reception

We had a great week in Reception. On Monday, we took part in a dance and drama workshop based around the film, ‘The Greatest Showman’. We imagined that we were a lion, the bearded lady, a tightrope walker and the Greatest Showman. We learnt different actions for these characters before putting them altogether to perform a dance routine.  In maths, we have been learning addition and subtraction.

We were also very busy making Christmas cards last week. There were three different designs to choose from; The children voted for their favourite.  Some of the children made snowmen and discussed the different types of shapes we would need. Some chose to make a wreath using our fingerprints. The other type of card we could make was a Christmas tree. They drew around a stencil and considered how they could decorate the tree.

We had the Harvest Festival on Thursday. Reception sang ‘One tomato two tomato’ and ‘the supermarket song’ which involved remembering lots of different types of food!  We also joined in with the whole school songs. We particularly enjoyed learning ‘Let’s harvest.’

2 weeks until half term,reading books will be coming home this week.  Do ask us if you have any questions.

Miss Plummer and Mrs Barwin

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