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.

A busy week in Red and Blue

This week, Red and Blue class have been looking at addition and subtraction in Maths, then revisited doubling and halving. They understood that they can use resources to add two groups to find a total. For subtraction, they were given a picture of a train carriage, counted how many people were on it then rolled a dice to take some away. We have used language such as plus, take away, subtract, equals.

The children have learnt about different places such as towns, countrysides and seasides. They explored key features of different places and compared similarities and differences between them. One child even compared beaches in Brazil to the UK. Every child has drawn and written about places, sharing their knowledge and understanding of these. At home, can your child talk about the different places they have learnt about this week? Could they tell you whether they live in a town, the country or at the seaside and how they know?

Today, the children enjoyed an assembly from Rock Steady. They heard an electric guitar, electric drums, keyboard and singing. The children heard how the sound can be changed. It was a very enjoyable assembly and the children sang and danced along with the music. They particularly enjoyed joining in with We Will Rock You and Shotgun.

Have an enjoyable weekend

Seeds please

Hello

To develop our Science learning across the school, we are hoping to broaden the children’s knowledge and understanding of growth.

We hope to be able to show the children some common plants and vegetables as well as those they may not have seen before or have had experience growing.

If you are able to donate any seeds, be it flowers or vegetables, that we could grow across the classes, please bring them to Miss Lewis in Red Class and I will distribute them to all classes.

Many thanks

Miss Lewis

Our first whole school trip!

Today was our first whole school trip to Heartwood Forest.

It was a great day to launch Science Week next week, and luckily the weather held out for us.

Each year group enjoyed a range of activities

EYFS – a nature hunt to think about what we could hear, see, smell and touch (not taste!!) then an afternoon of activities including photos from different perspectives, building homes for Bog Baby, tree rubbings, minibeast hunts.

Y1 and 2 both had an opportunity to build dens, thinking about the best way to create a structure and working collaboratively. They then explored a wide range of activities including sketching and measuring. They made links to many aspects of the curriculum.

Thank you to all of the helpers, parents, grandparents, au pairs for giving up your day to support us, particularly outside in this weather!

Have a restful weekend

Heartwood Forest Trip Reminders

Heartwood Trip – Reminders

  • Packed lunch in a named carrier bag if not having a school lunch
  • Named, school water bottle filled and ready to carry
  • Coat, where possible with a hood
  • School Uniform T-shirt and Jumper
  • Wellies or walking boots
  • No rucksacks
  • No umbrellas

We are predominantly outside from 10:00-2:00, the children are responsible for carrying their own water and coat.

Please be aware, the ground is very wet and muddy.

Heartwood

Hello

We are really looking forward to our trip to Heartwood on Friday, 8th March.

Having visited last week, before the rain, the ground underfoot was very soft and quite slippery in places. Please could we remind that although it has been dry recently, could your child wear appropriate footwear such as walking boots, wellies or old trainers.

If you have any unwanted clipboards or bulldog clips, please bring them in for us to share out for the trip. If your child has a clipboard that they would like returned after the trip, please name it clearly and hand it to your class teacher.

Thank you

EYFS Writing Quivers

We have been looking at ways to enhance writing in our outdoor area.

During Half Term, could you and your child make a writing tube, including a handle?  This could be made using a Pringles tube or any similar containers. Your child could decorate it using stickers, comics, wrapping paper etc. We believe the handle will encourage the children to mark make wherever they feel appropriate, and if they have made the tubes, they may be more inclined to use them.

If you have any spare or unwanted writing tools such as pens, gel pens, crayons, pencils, please include these within the tube. Please check they work before including them.

If you are unable to make one at home, your child will still have exciting mark making opportunities provided in school.

Please bring back your finished tube from Monday 25th February.

We really appreciate all of the donations we have had so far for our weather boxes. We hope the children will enjoy using them.

Many thanks

The EYFS team

Red and Blue windy day and dragons

Red and Blue class have really enjoyed this windy weather.

Some children decided to explore kites and see what would happen in the wind.

They made predictions before going outside, thinking about what may happen to the kites as they ran with them. We then went outside and watched as the wind lifted the kites. One kite even blew out of a hand and round to year 2!

We then came back inside and discussed what had happened and why.

This week the final few dragons were made using a range of junk modelling resources. The children also heard a little more of our book, The Egg Box Dragon and predicted what would happen to the dragon when the moon came out. We had some fantastic suggestions such as

  • he may come alive
  • it may fly
  • it may go up to space
  • it may become real

The children then wrote their prediction before we read the rest of the story, hearing what actually happened.

Please do come in and see our dragons!

A plea for donations for our outside area please

As part of our commitment to learning outside, we are refreshing our provision boxes.  If you have any of the following, would you please bring them to Red or Blue Class.  Many Thanks for your support.

Ribbons
Scarves
Lengths of fabric
Balloons, even if they have numbers/writing on them
Mobiles
Wind Chimes
Feathers
Paper planes
Kites
Kite making equipment
Bubble mixture and wands
Windmills

Umbrellas
Shower curtain/ground sheet (to collect water/make shelters)
Pipes and funnels
Sponges
Containers to collect water

Torches and bike lights

Glow sticks

Decorators paint brushes

Syringes
CDs/DVD’s

Many Thanks for your support

The EYFS Team

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