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.

Tuesday 12th May

Good morning Reception!

We know that lots of you enjoy Julia Donaldson’s stories. Today we would like you to read Zog. If you don’t have the book at home, here’s the link to the story on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_LmS3q4E6kes.

When reading the story, stop at the page where the princess dreams of being something else when she grows up. What do you want to be when you grow up? A nurse? A doctor? A teacher? An Athlete? A builder? A Musician? A Scientist? A Magician?

Look at the pictures below, what job do you think each person does? What does their job involve doing? You could use the Internet or a book if you don’t know. Can you discuss the similarities and differences between these jobs?

Once you have decided what you want to be when you grow up, draw a picture of yourself doing that job and write a title so that we know the job you’ve chosen. For an extra challenge, write why you want to go into that profession. E.g. I want to be a ______ because_______.

If you would like to, you could also you have a go at making your own Zog. Click the link to download the instructions. Fire Breathing Dragon Craft Instructions

Have a lovely day, the weather is looking much nicer than yesterday!

The EYFS Team

Keeping your child safe online while they are off school

During the last 8 weeks of lock down, home learning and moving into the future, we have all increasingly been using and relying on the internet, including your children. We would like to hope that all the children are safe using the internet and know what to do if they come across something that makes them feel uncomfortable. Thinkuknow have released some home learning acitivities that will help with e-safety.

Thinkuknow is the national online safety education programme from CEOP, the online child protection
command of the National Crime Agency.

Thinkuknow helps parents, carers, teachers and others keep children safe from sexual abuse, offering
learning activities, advice and support for children and young people aged 4-18 and their families.

While school is closed, here’s what you can do to keep your child stay safe while they are learning and
having fun online.

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I hope this is of help to you and your families.

Monday 11th May – Ping Pong Cannons

Good Morning

Hope you enjoyed the long weekend, sun cream followed by jumpers, how British!

As Miss Cooper said on Friday, following the announcement from the Government, we will now be awaiting guidance from Herts and other bodies to decide how best to have a phased return to school.  Please bear with us whilst we make the best decisions for our children and staff.  I have started week 8 with a fun practical activity!

To make one you’ll need:

  • A small empty plastic bottle, like Lucozade/water.
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Rubber bands – two per toy
  • A large bead
  • A nail – for punching a hole in the lid of the bottle.

Cut off the bottom of the bottle.  Then cut four notches around the edge.  Slide the rubber bands through the notches so that they make an X as shown below.

Make a Ping Pong Ball Launcher

Use a hammer and nail to poke a hole in the bottle lid.  Tie a string to the connection of the two rubber bands.  Run the string down through the hole in the lid, and then tie a bead to the bottom of the string.

Make a Ping Pong Ball Launcher

When you pull back on the bead, the rubber bands gain potential energy.  Release the bead, and the energy is transferred to the ball!

Make a Ping Pong Ball Launcher

Great fun (and not too powerful to cause harm to siblings!!)

Thursday 7th May – Being a good friend

Hello

If we were in school, we would be thinking about our Value Tree.  It would be Blue Class’ turn to choose the value for this half term.  One of our values is “Friendship”  the others are compassion, courage, forgiveness, generosity, justice, perseverance, respect, service, thankfulness and trust.

Listen to or read the story of My Friend Bear, by Jez Alborough or any other story you know about friendship and ask your child to think about how they could be a good friend, such as listening to others ideas, taking turns etc.

Now ask your child to draw their favourite teddy or their best friend.  Ask them to think what colours they need.  Ask them to add detail and write the name of their friend or teddy on their picture.  If they would like to, they could write a sentence about their special friend or how they are a good friend.

Have a nice day.

Wednesday 6th May

Good morning everyone!

Challenge one:

Following on from Monday’s activity linked to birds, we would like you to learn the word to ‘Cuckoo Cuckoo- Beatrice Harrop.’ Miss Spencer has kindly uploaded the music (Please find the music in the previous blog post on our page)

Here are the words below:

Cold winter now is over

The snow has gone away

The grey and speckled cuckoo

Calls from the woods in May

Cuckoo, Cuckoo!

A special song so clear

Sends out a happy message

That summer’s almost here

Challenge two:

There’s so much technology in the world around us. I don’t know about you but now more than ever, I am so grateful that we have technology to keep in contact with one another. We would like you to go on a technology hunt around your home, can you identify the different types of technology that you have and discuss what it is used for?  Record the technology you find on your hunt and how many items you’ve discovered.  One way you could record this information is by using a tally chart (Note: In Reception, children aren’t expected to know that 5 is represented by drawing 4 lines and a line across. Just draw a line every time you find an item). We love completing tally charts in school, below is an example of a survey we carried out in December to find out which item of food is most popular at Christmas.

If you have access to a printer, you could print this chart to complete (please click the link to download) Technology tally chart

Alternatively, you could create your own chart in your home learning book. Once you have completed your technology hunt, count the lines to find out which piece of technology is most common and which item of technology is least common in your home.

Have a lovely day,

The EYFS Team.

 

Tuesday 5th May – VE Day 75 Preparations

Hello

If we were in school this week, we were going to celebrate VE Day 75.  Here are some websites to help you explain it to your child and some fun resources for adults and children.

BBC Teach

BBC Teach Bring The Noise, in collaboration with the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, has launched an online singing and music education activity to inspire children aged 4 to 7 to learn new music-making skills to commemorate VE Day 75. Whether at home with family or with teachers at school or working virtually, children can learn to sing along and perform the bespoke Bring the Noise campaign song Take You Home, and reflect on the impact that leaving, missing and coming home had on those who served and their loved ones. See more here.

Newsround

CBBC’s Newsround will see its viewers sit down with their older relatives to discuss their memories of the day, what happened, what it meant to them and how it made them feel.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48201749

BBC Bitesize

There is a clip aimed at children 7+, but you can pause it and explain it in age appropriate vocabulary.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/history-ks2-ve-day/z7xtmfr

Baker Ross – flag and bunting templates

https://www.bakerross.co.uk/craft-ideas/teachers/ve-day-anniversary-colour-in-bunting/

If we were in school, we might have followed a timetable similar to this;

11:00 – 2 minutes silence

12:00 – Celebratory lunch, finishing with a piece of Victoria Sponge Cake

14:45 – BBC One will broadcast Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech in which he addressed the nation to announce the end of the war in Europe.

20:00 – BBC One will host a unique and unprecedented musical celebration for VE Day 75.

Have fun whilst remembering the safe social distancing rules.  Please send any photos to our e-mail address and upload to Tapestry.

The EYFS Team

Monday 4th May

Good morning everyone.

This time of year we can see and hear lots of different birds because they are looking for their babies. The birds have been busy tweeting away outside, whilst writing this blog post, I’ve heard various birds singing.

Challenge one: Today we would like you to listen out for different bird noises known as “songs.” Either listen out of the window, sit in your garden or during your daily exercise; can you copy these songs? Once you have listened to the birds tweeting, can you identify a bird that you can see; ask your grown up for help. What can we use when we want to find out information about something? We can use a computer/laptop/IPad or a book. Using one of these resources, can you find out one fact about the bird you have spotted? Can you write a sentence about your bird? Remember to use your phonics, finger spaces and a full stop.

Challenge two: Can you complete this bird scavenger sheet? If you don’t have access to a printer, rather than print it out, refer to the pictures so that you know what bird you’re looking for and write down the birds you see in your home learning book.  (Please find the worksheet below) Can you count the birds? How many can you see? Have a go at writing this number down.

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Challenge three: If you have the resources, can you make a bird feeder?  Bird feeders provide food for birds and attracts them into your garden, you might see some different birds stop by and visit.

You will need:

-String, a toilet roll, peanut butter and bird seed (If you don’t have any bird food at home, you could use grated cheese, peanuts, and raisins instead)

Method:

  1. Make two holes in your toilet roll big enough to thread string through.
  2. Cover the outside of toilet paper roll with peanut butter. If you don’t have peanut butter, use lard.
  3. Roll the peanut butter covered toilet roll in the bird seed until covered.
  4. Thread the string through your toilet roll and tie knots.
  5. Hang your bird feeder somewhere for the birds to enjoy!

Have a lovely day,

The EYFS Team

 

 

Friday 1st May

Good morning!

Thanks again to those who have let us know about the next set of home learning packs. Please email the class email for Red or Blue class if you haven’t already to let us know if you prefer an email copy or are happy to collect a paper copy from school on an allocated date and time slot.

It is the start of a brand new month today… Do you know which month we’re in now? If we were in school, as part of our maths meeting, we would have sung a months of the year song to find out which month comes after April. Join in with Jack Hartmann’s months of the year song to find out which month we’re in now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omkuE6Wa5kQ  Can you tell your grown up today’s date and what the weather is like outside? It started to rain VERY heavily whilst I was walking my dog yesterday; we were soaking wet by the time we got home! However, the weather is meant to be improving over the weekend.

As you know, we enjoy sharing our love for reading with you. Today I’m sharing one of my favourite books. It is called ‘The Koala Who Could’. It is a lovely book about Kevin the Koala who didn’t think he could do anything except from sit in a tree. Kevin misses out on many different opportunities, like playing with his friends, because he doesn’t want to leave the comfort of his tree! However, one day a woodpecker comes and taps at his tree causing it to fall down! Kevin learns that sometimes change can be a good thing, and not so scary!

Sometimes change comes along whether we like it or not . . . But if you let it, change can be the making of you.

Here is a link to the book on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grIVoQYVVdI You can either listen to the story or mute the video and ask a grown up to read it to you.

Once you have listened to/read the story, we would like you to make a list of all the things that you are good at and discuss why you enjoy doing these activities more than other activities. Now think of something that you would like to be better at and start practising. Remember to share your learning with us on tapestry. We really enjoy seeing your super learning!

You could draw your own Kevin and display it to remind yourself that you are capable of achieving incredible things. Jim Field is the illustrator for ‘‘The Koala Who Could.’ Here’s a link to his website which shows you how to draw Kevin. You might recognise some other characters that he draws for other books! https://www.jimfield.me/draw

Have a lovely weekend,

The EYFS Team

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