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.

Outside Area in EYFS

Hi

As part of our children’s independence and moving their own learning forward, we are asking the children to take greater ownership of the outdoor area.  They have been deciding what they would like set up all of the time and what they need to enhance those areas.

When you arrive in the mornings and afternoons, you may see some areas and resources outside.  Could you please walk around them and encourage your children not to touch or play with them, for safety reasons and to ensure our children’s learning time isn’t impacted.

Many thanks for your ongoing support.

 

EYFS Photos

Hello and Happy New Year.

As part of our Spring Term topic, the children will be learning about the past and comparing similarities and differences.

We believe this will be most effective if we can make links with the children’s lives and families.

Please could we remind that we would really appreciate it if you could send in photos of:

  • Your child as a baby
  • A family member, such as a parent or grandparent as a baby or child
  • Photos of a parent or grandparent at school
  • Photos of a parent or grandparent celebrating a birthday, you may include a cake if you have a photo of this
  • A photo of a parent or grandparent on their wedding day

These photos could include what the family member used to play with too as we can compare these to the toys the children play with.

Please send in either a named copy of the photo or if it is an original, please let us know and we can take a copy and return your original the same day!

We will be using the photos this week.

Many thanks

Happy New Year

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

 

Reception End of Term

Red and Blue have had a great first term, they have achieved so much already!

A few housekeeping items:

  • Reading books and diaries have been collected in for the Christmas Holidays. We do this for assessment to check the children’s levels. Please use bug club during the holidays or read to your child.
  • Home Learning has also been collected in. You could use this time to consolidate what they have learnt this term.
  • School starts again on Tuesday 8th January.
  • Pick up tomorrow, Friday 21st is at 1:15pm

Thank you for all the support this term. Have a restful, enjoyable break! We wish you happy holidays!

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

EYFS Polar Express

This week Red and Blue have made us so proud by performing in their Christmas Play. Well done to all of the children for such hard work, commitment and enjoyment!

They learnt

  • lines to say in a loud, clear voice
  • cues of when to go on stage
  • to sing 7 songs

They managed to to do all of this as well as performing to packed audiences! We hope you enjoyed the performances as much as we did!

The children had a special visit from 8 residents of the Orchard Care Home who came to watch their play. Some of the children then joined the residents after the play to have a chat, drink tea and eat biscuits.

The Orchard Care Home posted on their Facebook page to show their gratitude for being invited.

Following 2 Christmas performances, the children enjoyed their Christmas lunch and a special visit from Father Christmas. They sang a song for Father Christmas then each told him their name, received a present and remembered to say Thank you.

Exciting month ahead

We are now getting into the festive season.  Your child might have brought home a costume for washing and ironing.  Please return it on a named hanger on Monday.

If your child has come home with lines, please do help them to learn them this  weekend.  They need to know who speaks before them, so that they learn their cue.

The children have been working very hard to learn 7 new songs, we are very proud of them.

Please check the website for forthcoming dates, as it gets very busy!

Have a lovely weekend.

 

A busy first week back in Reception

We have had a great first week back at school.  This week we have been;

  • Learning about 3D shapes, including counting their faces, vertices and edges
  • Learning about positional language, such as on, in, under, behind, next to…
  • Learning about The Gunpowder Plot, making firework pictures by flicking or blowing paint
  • Learning about Diwali, making Diva Lamps, Rangoli patterns and Stick Puppets from the story of Rama and Sita
  • Thinking about Remembrance Sunday, making poppies and acknowledging the 2 minute silence in Assembly with Miss Cooper

This weekend, if you are out and about, please look out for 3D shapes and see if your child can name them.  We have been learning about, cube, cuboid, cone, pyramid, sphere and cylinder.  For example, a ball is a sphere, a tin of beans is a cylinder, a box of tissues might be a cube or cuboid etc.

We are starting our trips to the Care Home on Tuesday, if you haven’t seen the new series, Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, we really would recommend it.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

We’ve made it. Red and Blue Class

Well done to all of our Reception children, who have managed their first half term in School (8 weeks, but nobody was counting.)

They have done extremely well, experiencing many things for the first time.

We hope that you have a great week, enjoy the break/rest and we look forward to seeing you all on the 5th November for lots of fun, including our Christmas Play, more details to follow.

Thank you to all of our parents for your support this half term, we do appreciate it.

Ask your children to tell you all about Remembrance Day and Firework Safety/Guy Fawkes.

Miss Lewis and Mrs Barwin

EYFS had a very busy week

This week, Red and Blue Classes have had a very busy week.

We began the week by introducing addition explaining how two parts combined make a whole. They orally began to use the language of plus, for example the parts are 2 and 1, the whole is 3. 2 plus 1 is equal to 3.

In Literacy, we read a story called Anna and Otis, about a girl who is friends with a snake. The story focused on how people may assume what you are like, for example a snake could be scary, but once they get to know you they see what you are really like. Each child drew a picture of part of the story and then tried to write initial sounds, a label or a simple caption to go with it. This then linked to our PSHE where we discussed what makes a good friend and how to treat others.

This week has been Local Democracy Week. On Monday we introduced the children to the British Value, Democracy. They then went to assembly on Tuesday where they met a Local Councillor who explained their role. This led to the children voting for what they could wear today, Friday. In class, we encouraged the children to think more about Democracy and British Values and they voted for what they wanted as their role play areas. Surprisingly, both classes voted for their role play areas to be Fire Stations. We honoured the vote and encouraged them to use their Individual Liberty to say what they would like inside the Fire Station.

Please could you talk to your child about Fire Fighters and Smoke Alarms. You could explain the purpose of a smoke alarm and the importance of checking them. If you have a smoke alarm, you could even check it works with your child.

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