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.

Danger Dragons Crossing

This week we have started our whole school focus on Dragons.  We are breaking the topic down into chunks;

  • We read Zog, by Julia Donaldson
  • We closed our eyes and visualised a dragon
  • We drew our dragon, that we had pictured in our heads
  • We described and wrote about our dragons
  • With our Learning Partner, we, made an Egg Box Dragon and painted it.

Next week, we are continuing to make our dragons, we will then read our focused book called The Egg Box Dragon, stopping at a certain point, the children will then write or draw what they think will happen in the story.

In addition, we had our Chinese Dragon Dance Workshop, which was great fun, next week we are learning about Chinese New Year.

Today we have played in the snow, working cooperatively to make a snowman, thinking about what we need for his arms, eyes and nose.

It’s been a very busy week, but great fun.

Have a lovely, hopefully, restful and warm weekend.

Mrs Barwin and Miss Lewis

Playground games – we need your help please

To keep our lunchtimes fun and safe, we are reintroducing clapping games and ring games.  If you know any, please teach them to your child.  Here are some that we are teaching the children.

Many Thanks

Mrs Barwin

 

Chicalo (Clapping Game)

Hi lo chickalo

Chickalo hi lo

Hi lo chickalo

Chickalo high

 

 A sailor went to sea (Clapping Game)

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea, to see what he could see, see, see. but all that he could see, see, see was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

A sailor went to chop, chop, chop, to see what he could chop, chop, chop. but all that he could chop, chop, chop was the bottom of the deep blue chop, chop, chop.

A sailor went to knee, knee, knee, to see what he could knee, knee, knee, but all that he could knee, knee, knee, was the bottom of the deep blue knee, knee, knee.

A sailor went to toe, toe, toe, to see what he could toe, toe, toe but all that he could toe, toe, toe, was the bottom of the deep blue toe, toe, toe

 

Give me high, give me low (Clapping Game)

Gimme high, gimme low, Gimme three-in-a-row. Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock) Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock) Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock)

 

Hi, my name is Joe… (Action song)

Hi, my name is Joe and I work in a button factory, I got a wife and two kids one day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no” “Then push this button with your right hand”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory, I got a wife and two kids one day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no.” “Then push this button with your left hand.”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory, I got a wife and two kids one day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no.” “Then push this button with your right foot.”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory, I got a wife and two kids one day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no.” “Then push this button with your left foot.”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory I got a wife and two kids One day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “no.” “Then push this button with your head.”

Hi, my name is Joe And I work in a button factory I got a wife and two kids One day, my boss says, “Joe, are you busy?” I said, “YES!”

Have fun and thank you

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

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