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.

This week in Red and Blue Class

We hope that you enjoyed “Learning with your child day” and enjoyed reading about your child’s progress in the mid year report.  If you haven’t yet returned the feedback form, please do so, it really helps us to have your input.

We are having another great week in reception.  We have planted cress seeds and we are enjoying watching them grow, with the help of the beautiful sunshine.  The children have been making little books about the stages of growth for seeds, learning the correct vocabulary such as root, shoot, stem, leaves, flower etc.  There is a lovely plant activity on Purple Mash if you would like to support your child at home.

We are practising hard for our Spring Concert next week, please do book online as it’s very popular.  The children this term have not only been learning more new songs, but creating the lyrics too!

This week we have been completing maths assessments, looking for the gaps in learning.  Money, capacity and weight are often areas that children find tricky, so please do revisit at home.  Can your child recognise coins.  Can your child use the correct vocabulary for weight, such as heavy, light, heavier, lighter, balanced, same.  Can your child talk about capacity, filling containers in the bath or sink for example, using the vocabulary of full, empty, half full, half empty, nearly full, nearly empty.

Thank you

Litter Picking with our Eco Ambassadors

This lunchtime, 6 of our Eco Ambassadors came outside and picked litter with us.

They looked out the front of the school, thinking where litter is most likely to be blown.

They thought it was good that we didn’t find much litter, maybe because there is a bin outside that is being well used.

They explained that we need to pick litter

  • To look after our environment
  • So that it doesn’t end up in rivers or lakes
  • So that it doesn’t hurt animals such as birds.

We will continue to litter pick, please be mindful to put rubbish in bins!

Thank you

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

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