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Foundation Stage Blog – 12 January 2018

The FS staff would like to wish all the parents and children a very Happy New Year. It has been fantastic to see the children saying goodbye to their parents at the green gate and independently walking into school, such a positive start to the term. A highlight this week was when the children chose their first ‘Library Book’ and ‘Free Choice’ book (linked to their level of RWI phonics). Please ensure your child’s books, flashcards and yellow reading diary come into school every day in their book bag. We encourage parents to record when they have looked at the library book with their child and whether their child was able to answer questions about the story, in addition to this it would be lovely to see records of when your child has read their ‘free choice’ book at home. The ‘Library’ and ‘Free Choice’ books will be changed on a weekly basis (FSR books will be changed on a Tuesday and FSF books will be changed on a Wednesday). Alongside the Library book, Free choice book and RWI home learning (for some children this will be practising their sound sheets and some children will have a red ditty book) please practise your child’s RWI flashcards on a regular basis. If your child is confident with their RWI flashcards they are now ready to start making words, so feel free to take the flashcards off their treasury tag and use them to make simple CVC words e.g. cat.

This week the children were introduced to the topic of Winter. During this week’s inputs the children have talked about the four seasons and hibernation; talked about signs of Winter; looked at information about Winter and explored a snow scene; talked about clothes people wear in Winter and why; and we have also learnt about Arctic animals. The children have continued to explore the topic of Winter during their English exploration times this week and some of the activities have included: making snowflakes; breaking magnetic letters out of ice and then identifying sounds / making simple words; tracing Winter words; building an igloo with sugar cubes; building an ice castle using junk modelling materials; CVC snowmen word matching; making snowmen with glittery white play dough; making a snowman using different media & materials; and weaving ribbons through baking trays to develop fine-motor skills. During this week’s adult-led English activity the children have been reading words/ captions and then drawing a corresponding picture to match, which has enabled them to demonstrate and develop their blending skills. In the outdoor learning environment the theme of Winter was explored through activities, such as, painting ice cubes to explore colour mixing and tracing snowflake shapes onto tracing paper.

This week’s Maths has focused on counting up to 20 objects, ordering numbers and counting back. During our Maths inputs we have been helping Muddles the puppet to put numbers in the correct order; counting objects on a plate and then comparing them with an amount on another plate to identify is there are more or less; counting with 1:1 correspondence; exploring people getting on and off a bus, using a dice, to explore addition and subtraction; explored how a 20 bead string is separated into groups of 5 and then used the bead string to count back from 20. During this week’s Maths exploration times activities have included: painting snakes with a given amount of stripes on them; hunting for different amounts of shells and pebbles hidden in the sand; cutting and sticking to continue a winter themed pattern; throwing the correct number of bean bags onto a number card; playing a smaller version of the bus activity; sorting using compare bears and counting elephants; making play dough snow balls to match a given number; snowmen size ordering; winter counting sheets; making lego towers and then finding the corresponding number card. During this week’s adult-led Maths activity the children have been working on identifying numbers up to 20 and matching the correct number to a group of objects, some children have been estimating and then counting groups of objects.

It’s that time of term where we kindly as you for a termly voluntary contribution of £10, alternatively a ½ termly voluntary contribution of £5 can be made, to help replenish our messy play and creative activities. Please send any donations to the school office. We also appreciate any junk modelling donations. Thank you for your continued support.

For help with your Childs reading please take a look at our Reading guidance 2018 booklet.

Foundation Stage Blog – 15 December 2017

The Foundation stage children ended the term in style with a wonderful Christmas Production! The school hall was full to capacity and the performance was a huge success. Many parents were beaming with pride as they watched their child on stage singing songs and retelling the nativity story. The play included narrators, Angel Gabriel, soldiers, a donkey, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, sheep, innkeepers & their wives, angels and 3 kings. It was fantastic to see the children saying their lines with loud and clear voices and hearing their beautiful singing. Miss Rolfe would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Frain, Miss Williams and Mrs Soutter for helping the children to put on such an amazing production.

Alongside this the children have been busy making Christmas cards and participating in Christmas themed activities. As the excitement about Christmas grows the Foundation Stage staff would like to wish all the children and parents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your continued support.

Foundation Stage Blog – 15 December 2017

The Foundation stage children ended the term in style with a wonderful Christmas Production! The school hall was full to capacity and the performance was a huge success. Many parents were beaming with pride as they watched their child on stage singing songs and retelling the nativity story. The play included narrators, Angel Gabriel, soldiers, a donkey, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, sheep, innkeepers & their wives, angels and 3 kings. It was fantastic to see the children saying their lines with loud and clear voices and hearing their beautiful singing. Miss Rolfe would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Frain, Miss Williams and Mrs Soutter for helping the children to put on such an amazing production.

Alongside this the children have been busy making Christmas cards and participating in Christmas themed activities. As the excitement about Christmas grows the Foundation Stage staff would like to wish all the children and parents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you for your continued support.

Foundation Stage Blog – 8 December 2017

On Monday the children were excited to be going on their first school outing to visit the local library! First they listened the librarian talking about what a library is and how to use a library, then the children were given time to explore the library and look at some books, lastly some children were helped to borrow a book from the library with their own library card.

The theme of The Little Red Hen has continued this week and it has been wonderful to see the children retelling the story with such enthusiasm. The children have shown that they can talk about the story setting, events and characters.

During Maths this week the children have been consolidating their previous learning about 2D shapes whilst being introduced to and exploring 3D shapes. Some of our Maths exploration activities this week have included: printing 2D shapes using 3D shapes, finding hidden 3D shapes in the sand tray, 3D shape bingo using pictures of real-life objects, making 3D shapes out of playdough, 3D shape sorting activity, drawing 2D shapes and copying shape names from a word mat, making 2D shape pictures, building models using 3D shapes and making 2D shape pictures on Geoboards using loom bands.

Amongst all of their learning the children have been busy practising for their Christmas production and they are very excited about performing to their parents next week.

Home learning activity idea:

  • Please practise your child’s Christmas play words at home and encourage them to use a big voice so that they will be heard on the day of the performance.
  • Go on a 3D and 2D shape hunt around the house. This will encourage your child to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D and ‘flat’ 2D shapes and use mathematical terms to describe their features.

Foundation Stage Blog – 1 December 2017

This week the children were introduced to the story of The Little Red Hen! During this week’s inputs the children have learnt actions to use when retelling the story, talked about the characters, retold the story, talked about the main parts of a story and learnt how to draw a story map to show the main events of a story in the correct order. It has been wonderful to see the children so engaged when joining in with repeated phrases during story times. They have continued to explore the story of The Little Red Hen during their English exploration times this week and some of the activities have included: acting out the story using props, sequencing pictures from the story, orally retelling the story, making character finger puppets, following instructions to make objects for the story in the playdough area, free choice writing opportunities on Little Red Henpaper with word mats for support, making a Little Red Hen handprint picture and making CVC words using foam letters in the water tray and beads and pipe cleaners in the fine motor skills area. During this week’s adult-led English activity the children have been labelling characters from the story, which has supported their ability to segment sounds and then blend them together to spell simple words. The children were encouraged to say the word and then say it again slower, unpicking the individual sounds, then the children recorded the sounds they could hear. E.g. hen-h-e-n.

This week’s Maths has focused on comparing the length and height of objects and during our Maths inputs we have compared the height of our classmates, discussed who was the tallest and who was the shortest; put towers of cubes into height order from smallest to tallest; ordered different length snakes from longest to shortest; and measured the length of objects using a ruler. The children have enjoyed explored the concept of measuring during their Maths exploration times this week and activities have included: measuring junk modelling resources using a ruler and making comparisons about the length and height of objects; comparing lengths of sea creatures in the water tray; beanstalk size ordering cut and stick;  measuring the length of their shoe using cubes and then comparing whether their shoe is longer or shorter than their peers; making different length playdough snakes and then putting them in order from shortest to longest; using tape measures and rulers to measure the lengths of classroom objects; measuring the height of different penguins using cubes and measuring the length of different classroom objects using cubes. The measuring was taken outside where the children competed to see who could jump the furthest, building different height sandcastles and making different height towers using crates and other construction materials.

It was lovely to hear such positive feedback from the parents during the school’s parent consultation meetings over the last couple of weeks. The FS staff have been pleased to hear parents saying how happy their children are at school and that they can see the children making progress with their phonics and writing.

The FS staff welcome parents to be part of their child’s learning during the Foundation stage and you can help to consolidate what your child has been learning at school by supporting them to engage in Maths and English activities, linked to the ideas shared in the blog each week, at home. It would be fantastic to see the children bringing in photos, pictures or some of their writing to show what they have been doing at home. Please provide a short explanation to the context (e.g. Laura was playing with the lego and made three different height towers, she told me which was the shortest and which was the tallest), any quotations of what your child has said (e.g. “This one is taller than this one, that’s the shortest.”), whether your child completed the activity independently or with some support, the date and a title saying ‘Home learning’. This evidence will form part of your child’s learning journey and will enhance the FS staff’s understanding of what your child knows and can do.

Please ensure your child has a warm, waterproof coat in school every day  as we are now entering the colder winter weather and the children will continue to have access to the outdoors on a daily basis come rain or snow. Thank you for your continued support.

Foundation Stage Blog – 17 November 2017

The Jolly postman topic arrived in the Foundation Stage this week and the children were very excited to hear the first letter from Goldilocks. The children have engaged in a selection of rhyming activities during their English exploration time such as, matching rhyming words using picture clues, rhyming bingo matching, writing letters to the Jolly Postman, rhyming clip cards, Goldilocks and the Three Bears story sack, and making rhyming towers using mega blocks.

During Maths this week the children have been exploring the story of 5 and have learnt about the various ways to make 5 using counting objects, numicon and cubes. Maths exploration time activities included finger printing ways to make 5 using two different colours of paint, children to find ways to make 5 using numicon, mega block towers to make 5, on the bus counting game, ten green bottles number ordering game, making 5 using playdough balls, and the children were challenged to complete calculations which showed an amount and the children had to identify how many more they needed to make 5.

Our Topic discussions this week have focused on looking at the story of The Jolly Postman and developing the children’s understanding of rhyming words, an example of an activity which helped the children to identify rhyming words was when an adult gave the children a clue (e.g. I’m thinking of a word that sounds like cat, you wear it on your head and the word is…) and the children were encouraged to identify the rhyming word.

During PE this week the children explored different ways of moving through the theme of animals. It has been another busy week outside and the children are enjoying their new outdoor area, they have been busy building dens.

On Friday the FS staff were very busy preparing to move into the new FS classroom and are very excited about having an open plan area for the children to explore, alongside the outdoor environment.

FSF parents evening’s will take place next Monday 20th (3:30-6pm) and Wednesday 22nd (6-8pm) and Miss Rolfe’s parents evenings are being re-arranged for the following week.

Foundation Stage Blog – 3 November 2017

This week the children started their new topic about Autumn. To inspire the children we started with a circle time to explore the inside of a pumpkin and the children talked about what a pumpkin feels like, looks like and smells like, which then enabled them to think of describing words during their English work this week.

It has been fantastic to see the children’s progress with learning their sounds and identifying initial sounds in words. Alongside this the children developed their fine motor skills when hammering golf tees into pumpkins and in the outdoor area they used knives, spoons and tools to cut up and dig out the inside of a pumpkin. The children listened to the story of Pumpkin Soup and were given props to retell the story during their learning time. Additional autumn themed English activities have included conker paint rolling, making leaf shapes with playdough, identifying initial sounds on autumn themed picture cards, autumn themed cutting sheets and making trees out of mobilo.

This week’s Maths focus has been ‘repeating patterns’ and during their maths inputs the children have been exploring patterns using colours, shapes and movements. We have also been continuing to develop our counting skills by playing number swap and being given clues to identify a number. As part of an adult-led activity the children have been creating repeating patterns using 2D shapes. Additional autumn and pattern themed Maths activities have included fishing for numbered conkers, matching the correct amount of minibeasts to a number on a leaf, making autumn patterns with playdough using natural autumn materials (e.g. sticks, conkers, acorns, leaves), making patterned necklaces using pasta and using compare bears to follow and complete a pattern card.

During PE this week the children were excited because they were able to go outside where they practised their throwing and catching skills using large balls. The Foundation Stage outdoor area is now in use and will be developed into an outside learning environment for the children in the forthcoming weeks.

Foundation Stage Blog – 24 November 2017

This week the Foundation Stage children have enjoyed exploring their new classroom and we have been free-flowing between the two classrooms during English and Maths exploration times, which has given the children even more learning opportunities. We have continued The Jolly Postman theme this week and the children have been applying their phonic knowledge to label and write about Goldilocks. Some of this week’s English exploration activities have included retelling the story of The Jolly Postman using stick puppets, making houses using junk modelling, writing CVC words on whiteboards and making CVC words out of playdough.

This week’s Maths has focused on counting a group of objects which cannot be moved, showing increasing 1:1 correspondence when counting a group of objects, counting back from a given number and matching numbers to groups of objects. During this week’s adult-led maths activities the children have been counting groups of objects and then identifying the correct numeral to represent how many are in the set, identifying one more and one less than a group of objects and counting 2 groups of fixed objects and then saying how many objects there were altogether. This week’s Topic inputs have focused on exploring different reasons for writing and the children have learnt about writing a letter, writing a postcard, writing an invitation, writing a list and writing a label.

During this week’s PE the children were excited about using apparatus to practise their jumping skills and they learnt how to land appropriately.

Within the outdoor environment the children have been practising their balancing skills using stilts and they have particularly enjoyed getting messy in the mud kitchen.

Foundation Stage Blog – 20 October 2017

This week the Foundation Stage children have been thinking about people who help us and it has been wonderful to see the children drawing pictures of what they want to be when they grow up.

The children have participated in a quiz where they had to answer multiple choice questions about people who help us. E.g. who travels in an ambulance to help us if we are not well? We have also played ‘Who is it?’ and it was fantastic to see the children’s enthusiasm to guess who the professional was before the whole picture was revealed.

To finish our topic of people who help us the children learn’t some songs about the emergency services and how people help us.

We continued our topic of people who help us during English this week when labelling pictures of a builder and a postman, the children have been starting to identify initial sounds in words and some children are segmenting sounds and then blending them together to write simple words.

During Maths this week we have been exploring 2D shapes and the children have enjoyed making their own shape monsters. The children have been learning how to describe 2D shapes according to their properties (sides & corers) when using a feely bag and their peers had to draw the shape they thought was being described. Some children were asked to put their hand in a bag of shapes and select a particular named shape, without peeking inside the bag.

The Foundation Stage staff hope that all the children have a wonderful and restful half term, we are looking forward to seeing the children in their official classes when they return to school on Monday 30th October.

Ideas of things to do during half term:

  • Go on a shape hunt in the environment.
  • Practise RWI flashcards and writing the letters, using the handwriting rhymes on the back of the flashcards
  • Go on an autumn walk and collect leaves, acorns, conkers, pine cones, etc, to bring into school after half term.

Foundation Stage Blog – 13 October 2017

In Foundation Stage this week the children have been talking about what they want to be when they grow up. We will be continuing this topic next week with discussions about different occupations and how people help us (e.g. police, fire and ambulance services).

During Read Write Inc. this week the children have been learning the sounds c, k, u, b, f and sounds sheets and flashcards will be coming home with the children on Friday for them to practise their sounds at home.

Throughout our English learning time this week some children have been practising writing their names, whilst other children have been starting to make words using magnetic letters. The children have engaged in a range of activities which include making words using letters on wooden blocks, making letters out of playdough and printing over letters using paint and cotton buds.

This week’s Maths has continued to focus on recognising, ordering and matching numeral to quantity for the numbers 1-10. The children have been busy making towers with wooden blocks and cubes. Some children were challenged to put their towers in the correct order starting from the smallest number/ shortest tower and going all the way up to the biggest number/ tallest tower. During an adult-led activity the children were asked to put numbers in the correct order and then find the corresponding amount of objects to match a given number.

This week’s PE focused on making different balancing shapes with our bodies and the children enjoyed thinking of their own balances to show to the rest of the class.

Foundation Stage Blog – 6 October 2017

There were many tired Foundation Stage children at the end of Friday after their first week of full days at school.

The children enjoyed their first PE lesson this week and looked very smart in their PE kits. The staff were impressed to see the children changing with some independence, which will continue to increase throughout the year. We explored finding a space of their own and played a traffic light game where the children had to listen to a colour and complete simple movements (red = stop/ orange = walk/ green = jog).

Please could I ask that you check all of your child’s school uniform and PE kit is clearly named as many items of clothing have been going missing.

During Maths this week we have been looking at the numbers 1-10 using a variety of activities e.g. using our fingers to show a number, recognising numbers on number cards and using a dice to count spots. We have been singing lots of number rhymes, which count up to and back from 10 and the children were excited about using the interactive whiteboard to complete counting and matching activities.

We have introduced our first topic called ‘ourselves’ and the children have been busy singing songs about their body, naming parts of their body, labelling parts of the body and talking similarities and differences. They have also painted a self-portrait of themselves which will be up in the classrooms soon.

One highlight from the week was seeing the children’s enthusiasm to participate in dough disco, this activity supports fine motor skills by developing your child’s hand strength.

The week ended in a sea of red, white and blue as we remembered the families of our servicemen and women who have been injured or killed in conflicts. The children took home their first set of flashcards today, please see letter which explains how you can use these flashcards to support you child with learning their phonics at home.

We hope the children have a restful weekend and come back to school on Monday ready for another busy week of learning.

Foundation Stage Blog – 29 September 2017

The children were very excited about having lunch at school this week and it has been wonderful to see so many friendships developing.

They have been showing increasing independence when making choices about their learning and have begun to share what they know with the Foundation Stage staff. Some children have been exploring magnets outside and during their exploration of what is magnetic and what isn’t they explained “Look I have a magnet, it can stick to things.” When asked “What things does the magnet stick to?”  the children explained “Metal and other magnets.”

During our group times this week the children have started to look at numbers 1-10 and have been challenged to recognise and order them, we have also been playing a variety of circle games to help the children get to know each other, a particular favourite being the ‘Knock, knock who’s there?’ book where the children had to lift a flap in a book and say who was hiding underneath.

The children participated in their first phonics sessions this week, following the Read Write Inc. scheme written by Ruth Miskin. They have enjoyed learning the sounds m, a, s, d, t and will be bringing home sound sheets this weekend to consolidate their learning at home. The children will continue to learn five new sounds each week and will receive sound sheets on a Friday.

Next week the children are in full time 8:35am-3:15pm and will be having their first PE lesson so please can all FS children bring in their PE kits on Monday and leave them in school until Friday.

Please ensure your child has a coat in school every day and it would be wonderful if your child could bring in a pair of wellies in a named carrier bag due to being on the field during their outdoor learning time.

 

Foundation Stage Blog – 22 September 2017

It has been an exciting and busy couple of weeks in the Foundation Stage. The children have settled in really well and are starting to make friends.

We have been learning about school rules and routines and have been busy exploring the indoor and outdoor areas.

Next week the children will be staying at school for lunch, please ensure all of your child’s belongings are clearly named.  Please read the blog each week to find out what we have been busy getting up to.

Foundation Stage Blog – 24 July 2017

The last full week of term has been very busy with move up day, the FSR trip to Bucklebury farm, sports day and head teachers awards. Firstly we would like to say a massive well done to all the children who were presented with a head teachers award for their hard work this year. It was lovely to see the children beaming with pride when they stood on stage with their certificates, a late night for all involved!

The children were very excited about meeting their new teachers on Monday morning and all came back to the classrooms enthusiastic about September, they were keen to tell us all about how lovely their new teachers were and what they had been doing during the morning.

After a rainy day at Bucklebury Farm last week FSR were pleased to see the sunshine for their trip this week. The children arrived at school animated and eager to go on their school trip. They thoroughly enjoyed the bumpy tractor ride and feeding the deer. Many children overcame their initial fears of feeding the animals and by the end of their petting session couldn’t wait to get more food and feed the animals independently. Another highlight for the children was climbing the tower to look over the field of deer’s. All children returned to school safely and very tired from their busy day. Miss Rolfe would like to thank Mrs Grainger, Mrs Keats and Mrs Graham for coming on the trip to help.

The children arrived bright and colourful dressed in their house colours rearing to go for their first Beechwood Sports Day. It fantastic to see so many children supporting each other and demonstrating their sportsmanship. The children looked like athletes on the day and demonstrated all the physical skills they have been developing throughout the year. All staff were amazed by the children’s running for the final lap race and the encouragement from the parents motivated the children to get to the finish line.

It has been a wonderful year and the staff have all enjoyed supporting your children to reach their full potential. It has been a delight to see their progress throughout the year and they have developed into more confident and independent learners.

We would like to thank all the parents for their ongoing support and hope you have a lovely summer.

We look forward to seeing the children all grown up when they move into Year One in September.

Foundation Stage Blog – 14 July 2017

As part of their topic about farm animals the children have enjoyed making and designing their own milkshakes, it was interesting to see which ingredients they mixed together. Some children wanted to try and make a gravy milkshake!

On Tuesday FSN went to Bucklebury Farm and despite a wet start to the day luckily the children had a dry afternoon. The children were not phased by the rain and had a great time exploring the farm and splashing in the puddles. They went on an adventure around the farm and it was wonderful to see the children overcoming their fears when feeding the animals. The children were very careful when holding the guinea pigs and stroking the rabbits, it was lovely to see their kind and gentle attitude towards handling animals. The children enjoyed going on a tractor ride to see and feed the red deer, the children were fascinated to learn about how they grow new horns every year. When asked about their favourite part most children commented about going on a minibus or playing on the equipment. It was a busy day for the children filled with lots of fun and excitement, which was followed by a quiet minibus ride home with most of the children fast asleep. Miss Rolfe and Miss Norman would like to thank Mrs Zelenka and Mrs Hancock for their help on the day. FSR are very excited about their trip to Bucklebury farm next week and are asking every day “When are we going to the farm?”

The children have continued to practise their physical skills in preparation for sports day and we look forward to seeing you there next Wednesday. It is very going to be a very busy week next week as we are approaching the end of term so please make sure your child gets lots of sleep and rest this weekend.

Foundation Stage Blog – 7 July 2017

On Tuesday the Foundation Stage children participated in Art day and explored the work of Jackson Pollock. They were fascinated to learn how he became famous and enjoyed looking at examples of his ‘drip paintings’ and ‘movement Art’ which inspired the children’s creativity when making their own masterpieces using paint, spoons, cocktail sticks, quills, match sticks and straws. After lunch the children looked around other children’s artwork and learnt about different painting styles. The children went to an assembly where Miss Ford read a story about fish and the importance of everybody being unique, leading on from this the children painted a fish onto a pebble, which will be used to create a path in the reflective garden.

On Wednesday afternoon the children participated in their first sports day practise and we were delighted to see their enjoyment and team spirit when participating in the events. The main challenge for the children was to stay in their line when running their races! The children’s physical skills have developed well this year and this was evident when they carried out each of the events, some of which included shuttle relays, beanbag throw and obstacle course.

During the week we have been talking about farm animals and their babies in preparation for our trip to Bucklebury Farm.

A reminder of upcoming events for FS children:

  • 11th July 2017 FSN trip to Bucklebury Farm (Please ensure children wear their PE on the trip)
  • 17th July 2017 Move up morning
  • 18th July 2017 FSR trip to Bucklebury Farm (Please ensure children wear their PE on the trip)
  • 19th July 2017 FS & KS1 Sports Day (am) – Children to come into school wearing house coloured t-shirt with PE shorts, socks and trainers
  • 25th July Last day of term (school ends at 1:15pm)

Gentle reminder: Please ensure your child has a water bottle and sun hat in school every day until the end of term. Please apply sun cream before bringing your child to school.

Foundation Stage Blog – 30 June 2017

We have continued our ‘Under the Sea’ theme this week and the children have learnt about water pollution. We have been thinking about ways to save our environment during talks about recycling and some children chose to create their own eco-saving posters, which will be put on display in the classrooms as reminder to the children.

The children have developed their understanding of place value (tens and ones) and addition. We have also been ordering numbers from smallest to largest and largest to smallest.

During English the children have explored different types of writing linked to the under the sea theme, such as writing a list for going snorkelling, writing about a snorkelling adventure, thinking of descriptive words and putting them into sentences, writing rhyming sentences and writing captions.

On Thursday Miss Norman brought in her pet tortoise ‘Fluffy’ and the children enjoyed watching her move around the classroom and asked some fantastic questions about reptiles. After snack time some children were very engaged and excited when they were given the opportunity to touch and feed Fluffy.

Sports Day preparations have begun and the children have shown their competitive steak when racing against their peers, next week we will be practising the bean bag throw and obstacle course. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school from Monday ready for Sports Day practises.

Foundation Stage Blog – 23 June 2017

The children took responsibility for organising a new outdoor area this week when the builders arrived to start building a new magical classroom ready for September.

They have enjoyed lots of water play in the sun and have been busy making water slides with pieces of guttering. On Monday afternoon the children were visited by PC Townsend, who talked about all of the things a policeman has to wear and explained what each piece of equipment was used for. The children were amazed to see a real police car in the school car park and covered their ears as they listened to the loud sirens.

On Wednesday the children participated in Languages Day and explored different activities within their country teams. Some activities included Spanish singing, visiting the café to taste food from around the world, sign language, learning about parts of the body in French and learning how to count in Spanish.

The topic of under the sea has continued this week and the children have been creatively making animals and have enjoyed learning more about sea life. We have been watching videos about animals under the sea filmed by David Attenborough. The children have made their own under the sea area in FSR and have been enjoying travelling around the ocean in a submarine.

Foundation Stage Blog – 16 June 2017

When the Foundation Stage children came into school on Monday they had a surprise waiting for them…. some of the butterflies had come out of their cocoons!! They enjoyed watching the butterflies flying around the butterfly net and looked carefully at the parts of the butterfly. We have been recapping the life cycle of a butterfly during class discussions and on Wednesday afternoon the children were excited about releasing their butterflies back into the wild and watching them fly away.

The children have dived into the deep blue sea with their new topic this week, where they have learnt about animals which live in the ocean. They have been actively making a new hall display to showcase their creative and writing skills, whilst also sharing some animal facts. It has been wonderful to see the children going on their own underwater adventures and dressing up as mermaids in the outdoor area.

During recent weeks, the children have shown increasing confidence to write sentences independently and are developing their understanding of using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. This week the children have been writing about sharks, dolphins, jellyfish, octopus and clown fish. 

During Maths this week the children have been continuing repeating patterns, halving groups of objects, following directional clues to move around a treasure map and developing their understanding of addition using dominoes. It would be fantastic to hear that the children have carried out their own research about sea animals using non-fiction books and the internet.

Foundation Stage Blog – 9 June 2017

It was lovely to see the Foundation Stage children’s enthusiasm as they rushed back into school to see how their caterpillars had changed. They were amazed to see that the caterpillars are now in their cocoons and are watching every day, hoping to see some butterflies emerging soon. After being shrunk with some magical ‘shrinking spray’ the mini-foundation stage children went on an adventure around the school grounds, through the eyes of a mini-beast. When they returned to the classroom the children were amazed to see their mini-me pictures displayed on the interactive whiteboard and this provided much excitement and inspired the children’s writing.

During ICT this week the children were set the challenge of using a school iPad to take a photo, some children showed their confidence to take their own selfies (some examples of these can be seen below)!

Within maths this week the children have been recapping their knowledge of finding one more/one less than a given number up to 20, practising writing their numbers as far as they can and have engaged in problem solving activities.

It has been lovely to see that so many children have completed their half term home learning challenges with such detail and creativity, we have been amazed with the mini-beast models they have brought into school.

Thank you for your continued support, it is always a delight to see the children engaging in their learning at home.