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.

Tapestry Activation

Hello

We have logged onto Tapestry today, if you haven’t activated your account, you will have been sent a link to click to activate it.

Please take the time to do so, as you will see all their fabulous learning since September and can upload any learning from home.

Kind Regards

The EYFS Team

Author Julia Donaldson, her illustrator and social distancing.

This article may be of interest to some of you as many of our children enjoy books by Julia Donaldson: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52149055

The Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson shows her characters social distancing
The makers of the children’s book The Gruffalo have drawn their characters practising social distancing to help children understand the regulations.

They feature The Gruffalo, Stickman and The Smeds and The Smoos – all keeping a safe distance from one another.

As well as social distancing, the characters stress the importance of exercise and making video calls to their family members.

Donaldson hopes the images will emphasise best practices and help with home schooling, without being seen as “preaching”.

The characters are also seen helping the vulnerable with their shopping.

While on lockdown, the author is also producing a weekly broadcast on The Gruffalo Facebook page, reading stories, poems and singing songs.

Enjoy!

Friday 3rd April

Good morning everyone.

This is our last blog for 2 weeks.  The first thing we wanted to say was well done to you all for such super learning.  I think some of the Parents have found an inner teacher in them.  Have a look at Teacher Training Courses, it’s such a rewarding career!!!

We won’t be setting work or responding to e-mails for the next 2 weeks, so take the time to do some fun family things and hopefully enjoy the sunshine in the garden.

For those of you who need tasks to keep the routine going, here are a few things I’ve seen that might help you;

  • Have a look at Year 1’s blogs, they have been doing some super learning, I particularly liked the shadow art.
  • Premier League are releasing activities if your child likes football
  • Purple Mash is super for games and learning
  • St Albans Football Club are doing fitness skills online
  • Harptoons – on you tube, art, every picture starts with a number or letter
  • Draw a picture to thank Key Workers and display it somewhere
  • If you have an elderly neighbour, draw them a picture and write a message to make them smile
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga, is another good online resource, sessions are 30 minutes, everything from Harry Potter to Frozen

Please post anything you would like us to see on Tapestry, as opposed to e-mail for the next 2 weeks, to prevent us having lots of e-mails to respond to.

We will be back online on Monday 20th April.

Happy Easter and Happy Holidays

Please keep safe and well.

The EYFS Team

 

 

Thursday 2nd April

Good morning everyone! Yesterday, I was considering your challenge for today, I was thinking about this after I’d just finished reading a book. I had made myself all snuggly with blankets and pillows and that’s when the idea came to me… Your challenge today is to create a reading den using things around the house such as blankets, sheets, pillows etc. Once you’re reading den is complete, snuggle up with your favourite book. Can your grown up ask you the following questions:

  • “What is happening here?”
  • “What might happen next?”
  • “Can you tell me the characters names in the story?”
  • “Is _____ friendly/ mean/ nice?”
  • “What do you think will happen at the end of the story?”
  • “Can you point to a tricky word? E.g. the, he, she, me, we, be, you, all, they, was, her, my.

After reading the story, can your grown up ask you these questions:

  • “What was your favourite part of the story and why?”
  • “Who is your favourite character and why?”
  • “Why did that character (give a situation from the story)?”

The author of your book needs you to redesign the front cover of the story, on a piece of paper, can you create a new front cover? Remember to upload pictures of your reading den and your front cover design to tapestry, we really enjoy seeing your learning!

Take care,

The EYFS Team

Wednesday 1st April

Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s April already!? If we were at school, as part of our maths meeting, we would have sung a months of the year song to work out which month comes after March. Can you join in with Jack Hartmann’s months of the year song? (To access the song, click the YouTube link)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omkuE6Wa5kQ

 Can you tell your grown up what the date is today and what the weather is like outside? It’s Wednesday 1st of April and it is also April Fools’ Day. Have you received any April Fools’ ?

Joe Wicks has been in the news a lot recently, discussing the importance of exercising to not only keep your body healthy but your mind too. Have you been joining in with his live workouts/ taking part in other forms of exercise? I know how much Reception enjoy taking part in our 5 a Day fitness videos at school so I have found an alternative that can be accessed at home on YouTube.

Below are a selection of Just Dance Videos. Your challenge today is to take part in a Just Dance routine. If you want to challenge yourself further, you could make up your own mini dance routine to your favourite song and perform it to your family.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe_HDfdmnaM  – A Pirate You Shall Be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziLHZeKbMUo -I Like To Move It

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SH-7A3NVQbY -Under The Sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBqJkS0wpdA -Hickory  Dickory Dock

All the best,

The EYFS Team

Tuesday 31st March

Good afternoon.

Sorry that the blog is later today, Miss Plummer and I are both in school today.

I was wondering what today’s challenge could be, then I had a thought as Miss Cooper welcomed her nephew into the world last night.  One of the Early Learning Goals is “children know the difference between past and present events in their own lives.”  I thought that you could find their photo albums and sit with them and show them photos of themselves as babies/toddlers/children.  Talk about what they can do now, that they couldn’t do when they were a baby.

If they see a picture of a relative, such as an Auntie, Uncle, Grandparent, could they design a card to say hello?  Then either post the card to make their day special or send a photo of it to them.

Keep well and warm!!

All the best

The EYFS Team

 

Monday 30th March

Good morning everyone, we hope you have all had a nice weekend and have managed to get some fresh air! With Easter just around the corner, we thought it would be nice to provide you with a selection of Easter and spring activities. In order to access these activities, please press the link below which says ‘Easter activities’ (It will then provide you with a word document to download).

Easter activities

We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at all the learning you have been uploading onto tapestry and we can’t wait to see your Easter/ Spring creations!

I’m sure some of you will be doing Easter egg hunts on Easter Sunday. This week, you could also create your own hunt to help you become experts at finding things ready for your Easter Egg hunt. Your grown ups could hide a selection of objects, toys (anything you have available in your home) for you to find and on a separate sheet of paper, write clues for you.

E.g. -“Can you find something that begins with the sound o” (Can you say this sound aloud then find an object containing o, for example, orange)

-“Can you find something with contains the sound sh” (Can you say this sound aloud then find an object containing sh, for example, shoe)

If you’d prefer to complete a treasure hunt based around maths, why not try one of these:

  1. Length hunt: Hide a selection of objects which are different lengths (Eg scarf, piece of spaghetti pasta, a piece of string, a straw etc). Once you have found all of the objects can you put them in size order from shortest to longest? Can you use the words long, short, longest, shortest to describe the objects you have ordered?
  2. Calculation hunt: Hide a specific quantity of objects for your child to find. Encourage calculating by saying  “I hid (number of objects hidden e.g. 10), you have found (number of objects found e.g. 4) I wonder how many more you need to find.” When hiding up to 10 objects, encourage your child to use their fingers to work out how many more they need to find. Once they have found all the objects say the number sentence to them, E.g. 6 plus 4 equals 10. See if they can also have a go at saying the number sentence.

Have a lovely day,

The EYFS Team

 

Purple Mash – Mini Mash

Hi

Miss Plummer has being looking at Purple Mash and has advised that the best resources for Reception are Mini Mash.

Have fun exploring it and enjoying all it has to offer.

Regards

The EYFS Team

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