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.

Friday 27th March

Good morning everyone

We hope you are keeping well.  As it’s Friday and we have managed to get through a very difficult week, today’s task is a mindfulness one.

Ask your child to think of a word to describe how they are feeling.  Hopefully it will be a positive word!!!  Write it quite big in the middle of a piece of paper, if you can do bubble writing, it works well.  Then draw around the shape of the letters, to create a kind of bubble, and again, and again etc.  Then ask your child to colour it in, using different colours.  Put on some calming music too.  Enjoy the mindful colouring and appreciation of the piece and quiet.

Congratulations on week 1 of home schooling.  Thank you for your e-mails and kind comments, it’s keeping us all going, as we are finding our way just like you!!

Enjoy a well deserved weekend off!

All the best

The EYFS Team

 

26th March- Day 4

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. It has been lovely seeing your fantastic learning over the past few days, please keep uploading photos onto Tapestry for us to see! There are some lovely rainbows appearing in windows of houses too. Have you had a chance to make one? If you have, please email us photos of your artwork using the class email address. Remember, ‘storms don’t last forever.’

Mrs Caramelo has put together a suggested timetable which we are sharing with you. People have different family/work commitments so please use this timetable is a guide.

Doing School at Home

Timetable

Before 9am Wake up Eat breakfast. Make your bed, get dressed, tidy your room
9.00 – 10.00 Morning exercise Family walk/ride/scoot.

We have been enjoying The Body Coach – Joe Wicks on Youtube

10.00 – 11.00 Lesson Time

(no electronics)

Activity from Home Learning Pack
11.00 – 12.00 Creative Time Lego/drawing/crafts/cooking/gardening
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch  
12.30 – 1.00 Jobs Time for chores

Wash up/sort the washing/recycling

1.00 – 1.30 Quiet Time Reading/Puzzles/Rest
1.30 – 2.30 Lesson Time Activity from home learning pack/ Purple Mash
2.30 – 3.00 Reading School Reading / Library books / Activelearn (Bug Club)/ Audio Books
3.00 – 3.15 Mindfulness Play some relaxing music

Make yourself aware of the moment and do some gentle deep breathing

3.15 – 4.00 Afternoon exercise If you are lucky enough to have outside space, enjoy your garden/balcony/ Open a window – do some exercise/play with a ball, etc.
4.00 – 5.00 Games Time Board Games/Puzzles/Electronics
5.00 – 6.00 Tea Time Help with the dishes
6.00 – 7.00 Wind down Time Watch your favourite TV programme/Have a bath/shower
7.00 / 8.00 Bedtime Story Time

 An activity that you could do today is create your own school using your teddies, animals or other toys. Can you teach your toys something new?

You could teach them…

– How to spell words using your phonics such as ‘cat’ ‘ship’ ‘shop’

-How to spell tricky words such as ‘the’, ‘you’, he’, ‘she’, ‘I’, ‘me’

-Different 2D or 3D shapes using shapes around your home

-How to order numbers from 0-20

Have a lovely day,

The EYFS Team

Year 1 – Wednesday 25th March

Good afternoon,

Sorry for the late blog today, I hope you are all well.  I have had so many emails to answer today, but it’s been an absolute joy to read and see what you have been doing over the last few days. Please keep your photographs and experiences coming, we really do enjoy hearing about what you’ve been up to.

I hope you are continuing with your daily spelling practise and using money to buy snacks throughout the day. Maybe you could record the snacks you eat to create a journal and add up the total spent!

Challenge – Can you follow a recipe to make something with a grown -up? It could involve baking some fairy cakes or making a fruit salad. This might involve weighing ingredients or counting pieces of fruit, but make sure you stay safe with sharp knives and make sure an adult puts the items into/out of the oven.

Lastly, one or two parents have requested a daily timetable. As every family is different, with different commitments outside the household, it is difficult to be regimented. We can only do what we can do. Saying that, I have put together a suggested ‘Doing School at Home’ timetable, which I attached:

Take care everyone. The Year 1 team.

Before 9am Wake up Eat breakfast. Make your bed, get dressed, tidy your room
9.00 – 10.00 Morning exercise Family walk/ride/scoot.

We have been enjoying The Body Coach – Joe Wicks on Youtube

10.00 – 11.00 Lesson Time

(no electronics)

Activity from Home Learning Pack/Journal writing/Practical Maths, etc.
11.00 – 12.00 Creative Time Lego/drawing/crafts/cooking/gardening
12.00 – 12.30 Lunch  
12.30 – 1.00 Jobs Time for chores

Wash up/sort the washing/recycling

1.00 – 1.30 Quiet Time Reading/Puzzles/Rest
1.30 – 2.30 Lesson Time Purple Mash /Activelearn (Bug Club)

Spelling / Handwriting practice

2.30 – 3.00 Reading School Reading / Library books /

Audio Books

3.00 – 3.15 Mindfulness Play some relaxing music/

Make yourself aware of the moment and do some gentle deep breathing

3.15 – 4.00 Afternoon exercise If you are lucky enough to have outside space, enjoy your garden/balcony/ Open a window – do some exercise/play with a ball, etc.
4.00 – 5.00 Games Time Board Games/Puzzles/Electronics
5.00 – 6.00 Tea Time Help with the dishes
6.00 – 7.00 Wind down Time Watch your favourite TV programme/Have a bath/shower
7.00 / 8.00 Bedtime Story Time

 

25th March – Day 3

Good morning everyone.

Today we have a little game for you to play.  Can you or your grown up write the alphabet out (lower case, a, b, c, d etc)  in quite big letters.  Then cut each letter out individually.  Then play hide and seek.  Ask your adult to hide them around the house/garden.  When you have found 26, take them back inside and put them in order.  You could time each other to see who is the quickest.

Good luck and have fun.

The EYFS Team

Tuesday 24th March – Day 2

Hello

Hope you are all well.  Today I thought we would let you know some of the questions being asked, so that you are all hearing the same reply.

What RWI sounds should my child know and how can I help them?

This is a good question and my reply is a bit sweeping.  If your child is on lilac and pink/alphablocks, They will be on Set 1.  Set 2 and Set 3 sounds are red books and up (on the whole.)  The best thing to do, is use the front of your reading diary and highlight or tick the sounds they know as you show them.  Then you can fill the gaps.  Use the Ruth Miskin Website for ideas and games.

Will you be marking home learning and how?

No, we will be unable to mark Home Learning, as 3 – 4 pieces per child x 30 would not be feasible.  This is an opportunity for you to see how you child copes with the tasks set and then plan the next task accordingly.  Any learning you would like to share with us, you can post on Tapestry.  Perhaps your favourite piece of learning from that day (or something else fun that you did together.)

Will we be doing live lessons using the internet?

At this point we don’t intend to do live learning, however, as a school this may be discussed.  However, as a parent of 2 children using the internet to complete home learning, the internet is very slow, popular sites keep crashing and not all parents have access to iPads/tablets etc.

Good luck and keep asking questions, we are all learning together.

All the best

The EYFS Team

Staff collections and cards

Hi

I hope you are all keeping well.  In light of the lockdown, the collections for the 3 staff will be extended until the end of the academic year.  I will be in touch when I know more.

Many thanks for your support.

All the best

Mrs Barwin

23rd March – Day 1

Good afternoon

Hopefully you have managed to enjoy the sunshine somewhere safe!!  I thought the blog today could be an example of the timetable in school, so that you can see how we are structuring the day in a non formal way.

We started the day with Joe Wicks the PE coach, that got everyone moving and uplifted. The children then completed an English task from their learning pack, followed by a quick run around.  The children then had some time to read.  Snack and playtime was followed by a Spring Hunt.  After lunch the children completed a maths activity and had a Physical session in the sunshine.  To end the day, the children did some mindfulness activities.

A little task you could complete at home tomorrow is, ask the children to draw signs of spring and label them.  If you have a garden, you could go outside and tick them off when you see them.  Examples would be blossom, birds, flowers, buds etc.

Don’t forget to upload some learning to Tapestry for us to see.

Keep well and safe.

The EYFS Team

My Money Competition Entries

Thank you to the children who have entered the My Money Competition, the entries have been sent off today.  The entries can be seen in School on the Eco Display in the Hall.  Thank you to, John in Year 1 and Jonah, Jake and Georgie in Reception.  Good luck!!

Monday 23rd March

Good morning.

If like me you are feeling overwhelmed with where to start for your child’s home learning, I would suggest just finding a suitable timetable this week, take each day as it comes, work out how long you think your child can concentrate, plan in an activity, then give them a break in the garden or a snack.

Reading a story to them develops their story language, playing a game develops their turn taking and learning to be a good sport,  Gardening develops their gross and fine motor control, playing catch, it all helps.  It doesn’t all have to be about the academics today!

The internet is slow for obvious reasons, so do some of the paper copies sent home.

Good luck, e-mail any questions and we will do our best to support you.

Most of all keep well.

Mrs Barwin

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