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Foundation Stage Blog – 25 May 2018

Stringman’s adventures continued this week with different areas being tied up with string.

On Monday the children talked about their weekend with a partner. Following this the children drew a picture and wrote about their weekend as part of the days learning mission. Before lunch the children made a friendship web, where they chose a friend to roll the ball of string to and then they said something they liked about that them. After lunch the children listened to the Supertato story and they learnt about the Evil Pea!

On Tuesday  the children received a note from Stringman saying how the children will not be able to stop him. The children’s learning mission was to write a letter to Stringman and some children used their creativity to think of different superheroes who they could ask to help them, one of which was Scissorman so that he could cut through Stringman’s traps. After lunch the children practised their handwriting for the letters d, a, b, p, g and wrote the tricky words ‘go’ ‘are’ ‘they’. To end the day the children looked at their knock, knock book and the child who’s picture was revealed came up to the front of the class and shared something they had been doing at home. It was wonderful to see the children’s confidence to speak in front of a familiar group. The children are developing their ability to ask questions using who, what, where, why and how question words.

On Wednesday the children explored subtraction using Evil Peas. The children counted how many Evil Peas were on a plate and then a child was chosen to take away some Evil Peas, the children counted how many had been taken away and lastly they used a numberline to count back to find out how many Evil Peas were left on the plate. After lunch the children talked about why Evil Pea was unkind and talked about what they can do if they see someone being unkind. The children talked about kind words and kind hands and the importance of being kind to their friends. The children enjoyed going to watch 1J’s class assembly at the end of the day on Wednesday and they are excited about doing their class assemblies after half term (FSF -13.6.18 and FSR – 27.6.18 ).

On Thursday the children learnt how to write an invitation and their learning mission was to write an invitation for a superhero party. Before lunch the children recapped which learning superheroes they have been during the week. After lunch the children practised their handwriting and tricky words. It was lovely to see the parents coming into the Foundation Stage to look at their child’s Learning Journey at the end of the day. The children showed great pride in showing their parents what they have been doing at school.

On Friday the children received a coded message from Stringman, they explored the outdoor area to hunt for letter clues and then they tried to crack the code. Before lunch the children had a class discussion about what Stringman’s message said. The children ended the week with celebration assembly. During this week’s PE the children warmed up doing various superhero actions and then they explored the trim trail equipment on the field and had superhero races. To cool down before returning to the classroom the children played sleeping superheroes. When the children went to the ICT suite this week they played a game where they had to make a healthy lunchbox http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/Activity.aspx?siteId=1&sectionId=61&contentId=56.

The children have engaged in a variety of superhero themed activities throughout the week during their independent learning, some of which included: Superhero word mats and writing templates; vegetable weighing; vegetable measuring using unifix cubes and rulers; making supertatoes; make lolly stick superheroes;  Supertato vegetables speech bubble writing; making superhero hide outs; getting Evil Peas out of the sand using tweezers; making water slides using guttering and metal stands; superhero threading; vegetable printing; painting superheroes; and looking at superhero stories in the book areas.

We hope the children have an enjoyable and restful half term and come back to school ready to learn on 4th June.

Year 6 SATs

SATs week is over and we are extremely proud of how well our year 6 children have coped. We are also very grateful for the care and attention they have received from the year 6 team.

Thank you children for your positivity, resilience and high attendance! Thank you year 6 team for your very hard work.

We also need to say a big thank you to our year 5 children, Mr Gunbie and Mrs Padbury for being so flexible and understanding during this disruptive time.

Clubs News

We have arranged an exciting assembly for next half term from mad science. They will be running an after school science club for us from September.

The first 10 week club will be for years 1 to 3 and the second 10 week club for years 4 to 6.

More details will follow nearer the time but if you would like to check them out please look up madscience.org/bbo

Learning Journey – OPEN AFTERNOON

Please join us from 2.30 on Thursday 24th May to share your child’s learning this term.

Come to Reception and sign in.

The open afternoon will finish at 3.10 to allow children to prepare for home time.

Please remember another family member is more than welcome to come should you be working.

Your child will talk you through their learning and show you their classroom.

The afternoon will be very relaxed and is meant to be a time for you to chat to your child.

Foundation Stage Blog – 18 May 2018

When the children arrived at school on Monday they found that some of their toys had been tied up with string! When the children came into the classroom they found a letter from the person who had trapped the toys but the children were still not sure who had done it. The children were challenged to crack the code by finding letters hidden in the outdoor area to reveal who the baddie was. There were gasps of excitement as the children realised it was Stringman! The children explained Stringman’s super power is that he can tie things up and trap things with string. During the week Stringman has returned with more messages and has trapped toys in different places in the outdoor area. The children have engaged themselves in the superhero theme and have written messages back to Stringman.

On Monday the children developed their understanding of subtraction as counting back using a number line. The children read a subtraction and then they circled the first number and jumped back the second number in the subtraction. Lastly they circled the number they landed on and recorded the answer to the subtraction. It would be lovely to see the children practising this at home to consolidate their learning.

 

During story time on Monday the children listened to the story Superworm by Julia Donaldson and then they talked about Superworm’s adventures and how he saves people.

On Tuesday the children looked at different superheroes and thought about who could help protect their outdoor area from Stringman. The children’s learning mission was to create a superhero passport.

On Wednesday the children learnt how to write a letter to a superhero asking for their help. The children were shown how to write super sentences which included using phonics to spell words, finger spaces, full stops and capital letters. Following this the children’s learning mission was to independently write a letter to a superhero asking for their help.

On Thursday the children were introduced to learning superheroes which linked to the Characteristics of Effective Learning. The children’s mission was to be a learning superhero and plan which superheroes they will be during the morning, afternoon and evening. Before lunch the children played tricky word splat. The children listened to an adult saying a tricky word and then they had to splat the word on their bingo mat. During this activity the children read and identified the following words: no, go, I, into, the, to, back, but, mum, big, dad.

On Friday the children learnt how to draw a story map for the Superworm story and then watched an adult modelling how to write sentences about the Superworm story, remembering to use their phonics to spell words, leave finger spaces between words, include full stops at the end of a sentence and using capital letters at the start of the sentence and for people’s names. The children’s learning mission was to order superhero pictures according to their size.

This week’s handwriting has focused on the letters v, w, m, k, and p. The children have been learning about tricky words and have been reading the words the, to, no, go, he, she, we, my, me, was, they, are. It has been great to see the children recognising common irregular words (tricky words) in their reading this week. Parents can help their child to learn common irregular words by watching the following videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0 (phase 2) and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R087lYrRpgY (phase 3).

During this week’s PE the children warmed up by taking big superhero steps around the field. Then they developed their ball skills by throwing, rolling and kicking a ball to a partner. The children enjoyed participating in team races where they ran, jumped and weaved in and out of cones. To cool down the children laid in a superhero pose on the ground and listened to their heartbeat as it slowed down after exercise.

This week’s PSHE focused on how words and actions can hurt others and how to deal with conflict when interacting with their peers. In addition to our busy week the children have been engaging in a variety of activities during their independent learning. Some of which include: designing a superhero costume; superhero writing frames with superhero word mats; writing secret messages using the wax resist effect; using numicon to make a superhero skyline both indoors and outside; making superhero masks, walkie talkies and bracelets in the creative area; making stick superheroes; playing in the superhero cave and hideout; magnetic and non-magnetic sorting; building a superhero den or bat cat using construction materials; making a superhero obstacle course; making mini sand castles in wet sand; action men in slime; superhero threading; and looking at superhero themed books.

Our Nurture Room – A Request…

Please can I ask you all to have a look and see if you, or someone you know, has any of the items we are seeking for our new nurture room.

We are looking for the following items:

  • mats
  • trampet
  • yoga ball
  • bean bags
  • small tents
  • cushions
  • coloured lights
  • fairy lights
  • CD player
  • CD’s of calming music – classical
  • sensory toys
  • fiddle toys
  • jigsaw puzzles and a
  • lava lamp please.

Many thanks,

Miss Curtis

Foundation Stage Blog – 11 May 2018

This week the Foundation Stage children have been learning about the months and seasons. On Tuesday the children talked to a partner about what they had been doing during the hot and sunny bank holiday weekend and then the children wrote their weekend news during an adult-led activity. During their independent learning the children were supported to make their own Stick Man using sticks, googly eyes and pipe cleaners. At the end of the day the children listened to the Stick Man story and talked about the different adventures Stick Man went on during the book.

On Wednesday the children ordered the months of the year,  learnt a months of the year song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5enDRrWyXaw and engaged in a whole-class discussion about how many months there are in a year; which month we are in now; which month we will be in next; which month their birthday is in; and we talked about what the weather is like during the different months of the year. The children were challenged to use their Stick Man to find classroom objects which were longer than, shorter than or the same length as their Stick Man. It would be wonderful to see the children demonstrating this at home and for parents to upload these observations onto Tapestry. This week’s PSHE discussion focused on feeling lonely and what the children could do if they saw someone looking lonely, which led on to a discussion about how to be a kind friend. The children have enjoyed watching the Stick Man animationhttp://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3ki25z during this week’s story times. Wednesday’s adult-led activity focused on sequencing the Stick Man story, in addition to this some children wrote which season linked to each picture and some children wrote about what Stick Man did for the different seasons, e.g. In Winter Stick Man was used as a snowman’s arm.

On Thursday morning the children recapped their previous learning about the four seasons and looked at which months were matched to which season. Following this the children had to guess which season was being revealed by looking at parts of a picture and then the children matched picture clues with their corresponding season. Thursday’s learning challenge was to write a letter to the stick family from Stick Man asking for their help to save him from his adventures. Before lunch the children acted out the rhyme ‘15 Little Stick Men’ and discussed there being one less each time and counting back. During Thursday’s adult-led activity the children were asked to write about an adventure Stick Man could go on next. It was great to see the children using their imaginations to think of new adventures. We have been supporting the children to use their phonic knowledge to spell words, use finger spaces between their words, using full stops at the end of their sentences, starting sentences with a capital letter, reading what they have written to check it makes sense and trying to sit their letters on the line. Throughout the week it has been excellent to see the children’s writing abilities progressing.

On Friday morning the children explored the concept of addition using Stickmen. The children used their fingers to count on and find out how many Stick Men there were altogether. Friday’s learning challenge was to draw a map of Stickman’s adventures and to write annotations on their map to explain what is happening in their pictures. Before lunch the children explored the concept of addition and counting on using number lines.

This week’s handwriting has focused on the letters b, n, h, r and j. The children have been learning about tricky words and have been reading the words the, to, no, go, he, she, we, my, me, was. It has been fantastic to see the children starting to use common irregular words (tricky words) in their writing this week. During this week’s PE the children acted out Stick Man’s adventures using apparatus e.g. balance along a bench; climbing table with a mat to jump onto; log rolls on a mat; weaving in and out of cones with a bat and a ball; climbing on apparatus. The children ended their PE lesson by playing sleeping sticks.

In ICT this week the children have been using 2Simple 2Paint a Picture to draw a picture of Stick Man and his family. In addition to our busy week the children have been engaging in a variety of activities during their independent learning. Some of which include: Writing about their favourite season; making mini-books; writing tricky words on the chalk board outside; adding with sticks; counting natural objects outside; dress Lecky game on Interactive Whiteboards http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html; cut and stick dress a child for the right season; creating suns and clouds to hang in the outdoor area; exploring the giants castle role play area; investigation table – looking at tadpoles, chrysalis, sunflowers and cress; Stick Man story tray; building a house for Stick Man and his family using sticks; ordering sand castles by height; bottles and funnels in the water tray; painting a seasonal picture; painting with sticks outside; and looking at different Julia Donaldson stories in the reading area.

Car Parking Issues

As parents, carers and educators the safety and security of our children is absolutely our first priority.

Sadly, this week I have been approached by a parent about cars still reversing into drives, performing U turns and generally manoeuvring very dangerously in Ambleside Close when children and their parents are walking on the pavement to school.

In addition to this the school has been approached by very worried library staff who have been verbally abused by parents when they have asked parents to watch out for their children who have been left to run free in the car park.

Common sense clearly needs to prevail here. Nothing is more important than a child’s life, not a meeting, an appointment, a gymclass – nothing.

There is absolutely no excuse to drive dangerously as there is also absolutely no excuse to allow your children to run free in the car park.

For the safety and security of every child would you please stopand think before a child’s life is placed in danger.

Thank you

PTA Afternoon Tea

Please bring in any cake donations on Friday 18th May.

We will have space in school to store them an any cakes that need refrigerating will need to be brought in after school please.

Please make sure all cakes are nut free.

Year 6’s Walking to School

I am aware that some of our year 6 children are beginning to walk to and from school alone in preparation for secondary school. We would like to let you know of a change of policy regarding mobile phones in school.

Children in year 6 will be able to bring a mobile phone into school following the receipt of a parent permission slip. We will be seeking permission from the parent first to ensure families are fully aware the child’s phone is coming into school.

Children will deposit their phones with their teacher when they enter the building and collect them at the end of the day. All phones must be switched off whilst on school premises. No unauthorised phones will be allowed, they will be taken for safe keeping and parents or carers will be contacted. Permission letters to year 6 parents will follow.

Foundation Stage Blog – 4 May 2018

This week the children have continued their topic about growing, with the focus being on plant growth. On Monday the children talked about their weekend news with a partner and then they were challenged to draw a picture and write simple sentences about their weekend during independent learning time. Monday’s Maths focused on the concept of addition and how to count on using a number line to find the answer.
On Tuesday morning the children received a letter from the school care taker about helping him to grow some sunflowers. The children looked at the sunflower seeds and talked about how to plant a seed. During Tuesday’s adult-led activity the children planted their own sunflower seeds, which we are watching grow in school initially and then the children will bring their sunflowers home to plant in their garden. Tuesday’s learning challenge was for the children to write instructions and draw pictures to explain how to plant a seed. In the afternoon the children learnt about the sunflower life cycle and we looked at a non-fiction book to show what will happen to their seed at the different stages of the life cycle. The children are being very patient observing the changes in their sunflowers at school and are ensuring that they water their plants regularly.
On Wednesday morning the children listened to the Jack and the Beanstalk story and the children were challenged to think of different things they would of found if they had climbed the beanstalk as their learning challenge. It was lovely to hear the children talking about their family with the rest of the class and we would like to thank all the parents for sending in their family photos. At the end of the day the children listened to a topic themed book e.g. Eddie’s Garden. Wednesday’s adult-led activity involved the children counting 2 groups of beans and then adding them together. The children continued this learning outside by measuring how many daisies were in their circle and then how many daisies they had with a partner.
On Thursday the children went on a mini-beast hunt around the school grounds. The children worked with a partner to record their observations. When they returned to the classroom the children shared what they had seen and where they had found the different mini-beasts. During their group time some children practised reading CVC words and some children practised reading tricky words. The children scrunched up their word up into a ball and threw it in the middle of the circle and then they chose a new word to read. During Thursday’s adult-led activity the children drew pictures of mini-beasts and labelled them/ wrote a list of the mini-beasts they had seen during the morning/ wrote a list of mini-beasts they had seen with explanations of where they found each mini-beast.  The children’s learning challenge on Thursday was to find the different mini-beast pictures around the classroom and record how many of each mini-beast they saw.
On Friday the children received a letter from Jack asking them to help him with the challenge of finding out which container would hold the most beans. The children chose a container, estimated how many  cups they thought it would take the fill the container and then accurately measured how many cups it took to fill the container. The children’s learning challenge was to write a letter to Jack to explain what they had found out from the investigation. Before lunch the children looked at how their caterpillars had changed since last week and made their own recordings of what had happened. It has been wonderful to see the children developing their confidence to write independently over the last few weeks. Friday’s adult-led activities focused on addition, doubling, halving and sharing.
This week’s handwriting has focused on the letters i, l, t, u and y. The children have been learning about tricky words and have been reading the words the, to, no, go, he, she, we, my, me, was. It would be great if the children could have a tricky word hunt around the house to help the children to read their tricky words. During this week’s PE the children moved like mini-beasts e.g. wiggle like a worm, fly like a butterfly, slither like a snail, buzz like a bee and crawl like a spider or a ladybird. In ICT this week the children have been using 2Simple 2Paint a Picture to draw a picture of a mini-beast.
In addition to our busy week the children have been engaging in a variety of activities during their independent learning. Some of which include: labelling min-beasts; Jack and the Beanstalk writing; mini-beast word hunt; measuring and comparing mini-beasts; hungry caterpillar dominoes; Exploring the giant’s castle in the role play area; measuring the capacity of containers using rice; painting sunflower pictures using forks; and looking at growing books.
We are continuing to inspire the children’s love of reading and additional information about how you can support your child’s reading at home can be found at: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/globalassets/resources/misc/reading-with-your-child/reading-with-your-child-booklet-for-parents.pdf
This document is available in up to 28 different languages. This term we introduced the ‘Book Worm’ challenge where children earn a place on the book worm display when they read every day for seven consecutive days. The FS staff check the children’s reading diaries on a Friday, please ensure that you sign your child’s reading diary to show when they have read at home.

Pendine 2018

The Year 5 Residential to Pendine was a magnificent success. The children had a wonderful time having many new and wonderful experiences. The all behaved impeccably and represented the school with great distinction.

If you haven’t already seen the photos on our Facebook page then here are just a few, there was even a special appearance from Mr Davies.

Thank you, from our library…

A huge thank you to the parents who helped us transform our new library space and who have volunteered to come in each week to help us run it.

We are still looking for volunteers to help us put the school back together after the building work but also to come into classes and support the children.

Our reception classes would particularly like parents/grandparents to hear children read.

Let us know if you think you can help.

Mrs Minter & Mrs Caswell – The Moonwalk 2018

Mrs Caswell and Mrs Minter are participating in this year’s Moonwalk which is being held on Saturday 12th May. They will be walking 26.2miles through London and through the night to raise money for the Walk the Walk charity.

Where the money goes:

Walk the Walk is the largest grant making breast cancer charity in the UK. Being a grant making charity means that everybody taking part in their challenges is raising money for Walk the Walk, they then grant the funds to other charities and organisations throughout the UK, to help them reach their united goals and ambitions of treating breast cancer.

If you would like to donate please do so by visiting: https://bit.ly/2JvOLud or drop a donation into the school.

Good luck to Mrs Caswell and Mrs Minter! We will let you know how they get on.

Celebration Assemblies

Every Friday assembly at Beechwood is a celebration assembly where the whole school come together to celebrate children’s achievements over the week both in and out of the classroom.

I would like to open this assembly up to all parents and carers and allow you the opportunity to celebrate yourchildren’s achievements with us.

Our assemblies will take place every Friday afternoon at 2.45pm in the school hall. Starting from Friday, the 27th of April, please come along and celebrate with us, you will be very welcome and it would be lovely to see as many of you as possible.

Once again if you are working parents or carers and are unable to attend these assemblies we would be very happy to see grandparents, aunties or uncles come along in your place.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible Friday.

Do you have some spare time to help our children?

Please consider whether you have any time to come into school and support our children with their learning. Please don’t feel under pressure to be a whizzy mathematician or a fabulous writer, there will be many opportunities to support us in avariety of ways.

If you have half an hour to spare or half a day it doesn’t matter, any timeis valuable and we would be very grateful for your support.

Please leave your details with the school office and we will arrange a welcome meeting and discuss the ways in which you can help us. I

f you are a working parent or carer we also welcome grandparents, uncles or aunts to come in and support us.

Just let us know!

Foundation Stage Blog – 16 March 2018

The children arrived in Foundation Stage on Monday to find out that the aliens space craft had gone! This sparked many questions such as where have they gone? What planet have they gone to? Where is their home? What does their home look like? Did they go straight home or did they go on a new adventure? The aliens left a letter for the children thanking them for mending their spacecraft. On Tuesday the children worked as a class to describe an alien for their teacher to draw. To support the children’s ideas they were asked questions like: what did our aliens look like? How did the aliens move? Did the aliens make any noises? How many eyes/arms/ legs did they have? What did they feel like? What did they smell like? This week’s adult-led activity the children were supported to think of words to describe the aliens they had previously created. During a circle time this week the children worked together to build up their own space story and then they used this to learn about the three parts of a story. The children used a story mountain template to draw pictures of what would happen at each part of their story. During their handwriting and super sentence writing times The children have been practising the letters i, l, t and b. The children have been learning how to write simple sentences using finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.
During this week’s PSED the children were challenged to sort healthy and unhealthy foods into groups, following this they had a class discussion about what healthy foods do to their bodies, what would happen if they ate unhealthy food all the time, what they have to do to look after their bodies at home (e.g. what would happen if you didn’t have a bath? what would happen if you didn’t wash your hands after going to the toilet? What would happen if you didn’t brush your teeth?) and lastly the children talked about who they went to see to check that their teeth were healthy. The children followed on from their PSHE during a discussion about health & Self-Care, where they talked about keeping clean through exploring hygiene items (e.g. tooth brush, sponge, soap, nail brush, hair brush, etc) and then thinking about how they use them and why they are important.
During this week’s PE the children used different space themed movements to warm up their bodies and then they engaged in space themed physical challenges e.g. space obstacle course, throwing and catching moon rocks, throwing a flying saucer (beanbag) and jumping out of a space craft.
A highlight of the week was when the children visited the ICT suite for the first time! During their time in the ICT suite the children learnt how to control a mouse using 2Simple City software. We are very excited to have access to the ICT suite on a weekly basis from now on J
This week’s Maths has focused on positional language and counting / comparing numbers. On Monday the children explored where the larger and smaller numbers are on a number line. Some children worked on matching a given number card with a number on the number line and then clapping the corresponding amount, some children were looking at numbers that were more than 10 and less than 10 and some children began to explore the meaning of the 1 in 2-digit numbers from 11-19, beginning to explore tens and ones. On Tuesday the children were given a 1-30 picture card and then they were challenged to find their number around the classroom. The children showed great excitement and pride during the number hunt and then they made a class number line from 1-30. On Wednesday the children talked about positional language and started to learn about which is their left hand and which is their right. Following this the children pretended to be beebots and followed instructions using the positional terms forwards, backwards, left, right. On Thursday some children explored missing numbers, some children looked at the pattern between 1-9 and 11-19 and some children started to learn about doubling using ladybirds. On Friday the children continued to use their positional language, from Wednesday, to give their partner positional instructions using mathematical language linked to position (under, next to, behind, in front of, left, right).
Alongside all of this learning the children have engaged in a variety of activities linked to the topic of space and health & self-care such as: ordering rockets 1-20; playing the tummy ache game; playing on the beebot emulator on the interactive whiteboard; wooden blocks and space people; washing dolls in the water tray; washing clothes and hanging them up outside on a number line; and making a healthy plate of food using play dough.
Next week we will be starting our new topic of Spring and Easter.

Foundation Stage Blog – 9 March 2018

The children have enthusiastically immersed themselves in our space topic and it has been wonderful to hear them sharing the information they have learnt about the planets, the phases of the moon and what it is like in space. On Monday the children learnt about star constellations and how joining stars together can make pictures. The children discussed the differences between day and night and the different events that occur during different parts of the day.  On Wednesday the children learnt that the aliens had returned and started to build the spaceship. The aliens had left a letter for the children asking them to make designs for their new rocket. During their independent learning the children were challenged to design their own rockets and it was wonderful to see some children labelling parts of their rocket. The children are making good progress during their super sentence writing sessions, where they have been learning about using finger spaces, full stops and capital letters when writing sentences. They are developing their ability to segment sounds in words, using their ‘Fred fingers’ and then blend them together. This week’s handwriting has focused on correctly forming the letters c, a, d, g.

This week’s Maths has focused on 2D and 3D shapes as well as addition and subtraction. On Monday the children revisited the names of 2D and 3D shapes and during an adult led activity the children went on a shape hunt around the Foundation Stage area, looking for 2D and 3D shapes. On Tuesday the children learnt about the concept of addition using an alien adding machine. They read a number sentence (e.g. 5+3=), then they put the first amount in the first tube (e.g. 5) and the other amount in the other tube (e.g. 3). Then the children had to open the aliens mouth and see how many objects it had eaten, lastly they recorded the answer to the addition by counting how many altogether. The children have enjoyed making their alien addition machines in school and it would be fantastic to see observations of them using their alien adding machines at home. On Wednesday the children looked at pictures of everyday objects and were challenged to identify and name the shapes they could see. After that the children worked with a partner to find a given shape within the Foundation Stage environment. On Friday the children talked about their routines and demonstrated their ability to sequence events.

During this week’s PSHE discussion the children have been talking about how they exercise and what happens to their body when they exercise. Many children were able to talk about the importance of exercise and it was lovely to hear the children talking about the various physical activities they enjoy participating in. The children continued these discussions on Thursday when they talked about healthy eating and how to look after their bodies. During this week’s PE the children ended their music and movement space journey. They listened to space themed music  to move in ways which showed the aliens space craft malfunctioning and the aliens having to leave the space craft.  Another highlight this week was when the children opened the outdoor sand pit for the first time! It was fantastic to see the children working together to remove the sand pit cover. The children have thoroughly enjoyed making cakes and sandcastles. During the week the children have been busy making a surprise for their mummies, we hope you like it.

Foundation Stage Blog – 2 March 2018

The children’s journey into space continued this week amongst the snow and ice. They have been looking back at that the mind maps they made last week and learnt how information can be found in books and using technology.

The children used non-fiction books to find out facts about space and the planets and they also learnt how to search for information on the internet using a computer.

Following this the children recorded their own facts about space and the planets during an adult-led activity.

The children have enjoyed listening to the story Aliens Love Underpantsand have engaged in activities linked to the story during their child-initiated learning time. There were gasps of amazement as the children watched some of Tim Peaks space adventure to find out what life is like in space. During a class discussion the children learnt about the phases of the moon, they were asked “what happens to the sun at night?” and “what happens to the moon to make it change shape?”

The children actively explored the moons phases with one children standing in one place being the sun (holding a torch) while another child walks around the sun being the Earth. The Foundation Stage staff explained that sometimes the sun is shining on the moon, but sometimes the Earth is in the way and causes a shadow so we cannot see the whole moon. It would be wonderful if the children could look out for the different phases of the moon at home.

This week’s Maths has focused on weight and making comparisons between the weight of objects. First the children were given two different sized moon rocks and were encouraged to use mathematical vocabulary to compare them, using words such as lightest, heaviest. Following this the children put their moon rocks into some weighing scales and watched what happened, making comments such as “It’s gone down because it’s heavy.” Then the children used everyday objects to make weight comparisons e.g. a bag of sugar and a bag of cotton wool, a bag of potatoes. Lastly they have been learning how to use non-standard measures (e.g. cubes) to weigh objects by exploring and how many they need to make the scales balance with an object.

During this week’s PSHE the children have continued their discussions about healthy eating and being hygienic. They considered why they need to look after their bodies and how they can do this, as well as exploring why some foods are not good for us by sorting healthy and unhealthy food.

The children played ‘Guess my sport’ using clues and then discussed the sporting activities they participate in both inside and outside of school. The children were asked if they had ever won a trophy, certificate or a badge for a sporting activity, encouraging them to recognise their strengths and achievements. This led onto a discussion about why we need to exercise and what happens to our bodies when we exercise. The children continued their journey into space through music and movement during PE, where they imagined that they were astronauts floating in space  and exploring the inside of the space craft.  

The children have thoroughly enjoyed being outside in the snow this week and carried out their own ice investigation where they made ice gloves. The children were amazed when they came into school the following day and cut open their ice gloves to see the ice they had made.