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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 – 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.

Foundation Stage Blog – 26 May 2017

This week started with great excitement when the postman delivered some caterpillars for the Foundation Stage children. They have enthusiastically observed how the caterpillars have changed this week and were been surprised at how quickly the caterpillars have been growing and changing each day. The children are looking forward to seeing how the caterpillars will change and grow while the teachers’ look after them during the half term holiday. The children have created their own caterpillar feeding pots in the making area and are caring for them each and every day.

During the week some children attended a trial session for Balanceability where they practised riding a bike without pedals, showing increasing control of their body whilst also developing their balance skills.

In Maths the children have been learning about halving and the importance of sharing objects/ shapes into two equal groups, they were engaged in their learning when faced with a real-life challenge of sharing a box of raisins equally with a partner. The children were only allowed to eat their raisins once an adult had checked their halving skills, this proved to be a fantastic incentive for accurate counting and halving. It would lovely to see the children halving food at home e.g. smarties.

During our English lessons this week the children have been focusing on writing simple sentences about different minibeasts.

Please look out for the half-term learning challenge in your child’s book bag, which includes some information about how to support your child to write sentences at home.

Foundation Stage Blog – 19 May 2017

The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about mini-beasts and their habitats this week. We are excited about starting up our own butterfly farm, the butterfly net has arrived and the eggs are on their way! We will watch the eggs turn into caterpillars and then hope to see some butterflies hatching out of their cocoons after half term.

The children went on a mini-beast hunt in the school grounds and then continued this in the outdoor area during their independent learning, it was fantastic to hear the children’s screams of excitement when they found mini-beasts.

The children have been busy preparing a vegetable planter ready to plant our seeds on Friday, hoping the weather holds out until the seeds are in. It was lovely to see the children exploring the world around them and finding mini-beasts all around them. We will be continuing the topic of mini-beasts next week and it would be excellent to see the children writing sentences and making their own mini-beast fact books at home.

During Maths this week we have been talking about capacity and the vocabulary of full, empty, half full, quarter full, three quarters full, nearly full and nearly empty. We have looked at doubling ladybird spots and made a mini-beast bar graph.

The children have been very busy showing their creativity through making and painting their own versions of their favourite mini-beast. The theme of mini-beasts continued during our ICT lesson and the children used 2Simple 2Publish to draw a mini-beast and then write sentences underneath.

Tip for home: Make a bug hotel in your garden and see which mini-beasts come to visit.

Foundation Stage Blog – 16 May 2017

This week the Foundation Stage children have been learning about different cultures, beliefs and traditions. We talked about places of worship and festivals/ celebrations. The children listened to two parents talking about their religion and their beliefs. We would like to say a massive thank you to Fatima and Eli’s mums for giving up their time to talk to the children. We have been discussing the importance of respecting others and developing an understanding of how we are different from each other.

During Maths the children have recapped their understanding of finding one more and one less than a given number up to 20, coin recognition and making amounts using coins. The children enjoyed being given positional clues to draw a shape picture and then they had to give a partner positional instructions to create a picture/ pattern. We have been learning about estimating and the children were able to identify whether their estimate was more or less than the actual amount of objects.

The children were amazing during their first swimming lessons this week and it was fantastic to see so many happy, smiling children who are showing increasing confidence in the water.

Lastly the children have been reading words and identifying the ones which rhyme and then they were asked to think of their own words to rhyme with a given word e.g. cat.

Foundation Stage Blog- 28 April 2017

We have continued our journey into space this week and the children were fascinated to find out about our solar system.

  • We have been learning about the planets, the moon and the sun through looking at facts on the computer and in non-fiction books.
  • The children learnt about how the earth orbits the sun and how we are always spinning but they cannot feel it.
  • This has inspired some independent writing about ‘if an alien came to visit our planet’ and the children have been exploring the moon using shaving foam, glitter, moon rocks and alien lego figures.
  • We have watched a video about a real astronaut… Tim Peake and learnt about what life is like in space.
  • We talked about how our planet Earth is different to being in space and developed a basic understanding of gravity.

On Tuesday the children were visited by a road ranger called Lewis who taught the children all about how to keep safe near roads and how to cross the road safely.

  • The children learnt four key words and actions to help them when crossing the road (hand, stop, look and listen).
  • They listened to a story about road safety and met Lewis’ friend.

During Maths this week the children have demonstrated their understanding of addition using counting objects and number lines. They have recapped their previous knowledge of place value and what 2-digit numbers mean/ represent and looked at time (days of the week, months of the year, seasons, hours, minutes, seconds, time related vocabulary e.g. yesterday/ tomorrow).

Top Tip for the week:

When practising addition with your child at home here are some ideas:

  • Ask your child to create an addition using single digits (e.g. 5+2=) or write an addition for them to complete.
  • Using objects: Ask your child to count out the amount of objects for the first number and put them in a group, then ask your child to count out objects for the second number and put this in a different group. Push the groups of objects together and count how many to find the answer.
  • Using a number line: Alternatively if using a number line, circle the first number in the number sentence, jump on the amount for the second number and then circle the number you land on/ the answer. We hope to see the children doing lots of adding at home to consolidate their learning and develop their mathematical understanding further (see picture example).

Foundation Stage Blog – 21 April 2017

This week we have launched our mission into space through the story of Whatever Next! Your children may well wish to follow baby bears idea of making a rocket out of a box, moon boots using wellington boots or a space helmet using a colander to go on their own space adventure at home. Our junk modelling supplies are starting to run low due to the children being keen to make their own jet packs or space rockets, any junk modelling materials would be gratefully received (please ensure these are nut free).

During Maths we have discussed the concept of halving and started to make the link between halving and doubling as opposites. When introducing halving the staff emphasized half being when objects are split into two equal groups/ parts.

We have been very impressed with all the children’s Easter holiday challenge work that has brought in this week and very much look forward to a busy term of learning and fun.

Foundation Stage Blog – 24 March 2017

The children have started to talk about Easter this week and listened to a story about Easter traditions. They showed great excitement when using beebots for the first time and input directions for the beebot to follow, using mathematical language.

During Maths this week the children have continued to develop their understanding of addition and subtraction. Some children have been applying this during their independent learning, which has been fantastic to see!

We have been busy making a surprise for our mummies and nanny’s, we hope you like it.

The children were excited about watching the Year 3/4 dress rehearsal of ‘The adventures of Super Stan’.

We have been writing about who is special to us and why as part of our golden book writing and it has been wonderful to see the children progressing with their writing abilities. They are starting to apply their phonic knowledge when making phonetically plausible spelling attempts and writing simple sentences. E.g. “My mummy hugs me.”

We ended the week with great excitement celebrating Red Nose Day, the children watched short videos about why we raise money for Red Nose Day and how fortunate they are.