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Foundation Stage Blog – 9 February 2018

The Foundation Stage children have immersed themselves in the topic of Chinese New Year this week. On Monday morning the children learnt about how people celebrate Chinese New Year and looked at where China is located on a globe. During their adult-led activity the children made Chinese lanterns and Chinese dragons to decorate the Foundation Stage area. In a class discussion after lunch the children learnt about the Great wall of China, animals found in China, the types of food people eat in China and the music Chinese people like to listen to. The children ended the day by learning the Chinese New Year song ‘ Gung Hay Fat Choi.’

On Tuesday the children started their day by watching a Chinese dragon dance video and explored the differences between the Chinese New Year dragon and the dragon from the Room on the Broom story they had recently been learning about. Then the children listened to the Chinese New Year story about animals crossing the river. During their adult-led activity the children wrote a list of the animals in the Chinese New Year story. The children participated in dragon addition during their Maths input, exploring the different ways to make 10 using Chinese dragons. It was wonderful to see the children attempting to record additions on a whiteboard.

On Wednesday they learnt about children receiving red envelopes with money in as part of their Chinese New Year traditions. Then the children used 10 gold coins and 2 Money pouches to explore different ways to share the coins and then they were challenged to find the corresponding addition card. During their adult-led activity the children continued to develop their understanding of pairs to make 10 using gold coins and money pouches. In the afternoon the children role-played the Chinese New Year story.

On Thursday the children explored how many Chinese dragons were hidden in the river (under a blue cloth). The children counted how many dragons they could see and then showed this on their fingers. After this the children were challenged to find out how many dragons were in the river by looking at how many fingers they still had folded down. The children were introduced to completing missing number additions e.g. 4 + _ = 10. During their adult-led activity the children explored different ways to make 10 using Numicon. After lunch the children tasted a selection of Chinese food (noodles, rice, prawn crackers).

To end the week the children explored the concept of subtraction using animals from the Chinese New Year story. The children counted how many animals were waiting to cross the river (blue cloth), some animals were moved into the river because they were trying to get to the other side. Then the children had to check how many were still on the land and an adult modelled how this would be recorded as a subtraction. As a class the children read the subtractions and then the adult emphasised what had happened (e.g. There were 10 animals waiting to cross the river, 2 jumped in, which leaves 8 animals still waiting to cross the river.) It was lovely to hear about what the children had achieved during this week’s celebration assembly.

During this week’s PE the children carried out their own dragon dance and then engaged in a dragon themed Yoga session. In PSHE this week the children talked about how to be a good friend. Additional Chinese New Year activities the children have engaged in this week include: Chinese dragon ordering game https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ordering-and-sequencing/chinese-dragon-ordering ; exploring noodles with chopsticks and tweezers; making animals masks to act out the story; making egg box dragons; constructing the great wall of china using different construction materials; exploring the Chinese café; acting out the animal race; and looking at non-fiction books about China and Chinese New Year.

After half term the children will be learning all about Space.

Below are some ideas for home learning during half term: (It would be lovely to see pictures of what the children have been doing in Half Term on Tapestry)

  • Make words using Read Write Inc. flashcards.
  • Read and write simple words and sentences.
  • Go outside/ look out the window when it is dark and talk about what you can see. Can you count the stars? Can you find the moon? Does the sky change from one night to the next?
  • Make some pancakes following a recipe. Add chocolate chips or blueberries into the mix. Which is your favourite?
  • Hunt for shapes and numbers in the environment when you are out (e.g. road signs).
  • Go to the park to develop your physical skills.
  • Take photos using an electrical device e.g. Camera, Phone, Ipad.

Foundation Stage Blog – 2 February 2018

The theme of Room on the Broom continued this week and the children started by learning how to make a story map, retelling the story using pictures and key words. During this week’s English adult-led task the children were challenged to independently  draw pictures and write simple words and sentences about the Room on the Broom story.

During Monday’s Maths input the children made a potion where they had to add together how many objects had been put in the cauldron. The children learnt how to record an addition number sentence and how to use a numberline to count on to find the answer to an addition.

On Tuesday the children made their own potion and were amazed to see the potion fizz up when they added baking soda. The children were supported to write a list of ingredients they had used to make their potion, the children learnt that each object needs to start on a new line when they are writing a list and they continued to develop their blending and segmenting skills. During their Maths input the children re-visited the concept of addition and recapped how to record an addition number sentence. The children learnt that they had to count how many altogether to find the total of two groups and developed their 1:1 counting correspondence.

On Wednesday the children retold the story Room on the Broom using Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for writing’ approach where the children put actions to the story which helped them to become more familiar with the storyline. During their Maths input the children used the characters from Room on the Broom to complete additions, they counted how many animals were on the broomstick to start with, then they added some more characters and counted how many characters were on the broomstick altogether. During this week’s adult-led Maths activity the children have demonstrated their mathematical skills through a range of activities such as recognising numbers, ordering numbers, matching numerals to a quantity, naming 2D shapes and describing their properties, sequencing events and identifying one more or one less than a given number.

On Thursday the children thought of a spell they would make or what magic they would do if they were a witch. While passing a witches hat around the circle the children recited the rhyme “If you were a witch and you were going to make a spell, what would it be? Put on the hat and tell.” Whoever the hat stopped at shared their ideas. During their Maths input the children role-played going on a bus, a number of children started on the bus and then the bus stopped and some more children got on. The children were then asked a problem-solving question (e.g. There were 4 on the bus and then 3 more got on. How many children are on the bus now?)

On Friday the children consolidated this week’s Maths learning by developing their use of mathematical vocabulary linked to addition and then recording additions using marks they could interpret and explain. The children laid out a 1-20 numberline on the carpet and a child rolled a dice. The child stood on the corresponding number on the number line and then another child rolled the dice. The child on the numberline then jumped that amount along the number line. Another child was asked to record an addition number sentence to correspond with what the child on the numberline had done e.g. 5+4=10.

Throughout the week the children have engaged in a variety of activities linked to the Room on the Broom theme, such as making potions, making witches hat biscuits, writing lists of ingredients to go in a potion, using bugs and cauldrons to make additions, role-playing in the witches cave and using different sized bowl and spoons in the sand to make potions. During PE this week the children played a variety of parachute games. This week’s PSHE focused on the children thinking about how it feels when people are unkind to them and if it is ok to be unkind with their words and actions. The children thought about how their unkind words and actions affect others and discussed what they could do to resolve conflicts with their friends, whilst emphasizing what a good friend is.

To end the week the children participated in an assembly where their achievements for the week were celebrated and proud clouds were shared.

It has been wonderful to see so many parents uploading observations to show what their child has been doing at home, this helps the Foundation Stage staff to gain an insight into children’s interests which we then include in our future planning. It would be great to see if the children’s interests in witches, making potions and the Room on the Broom story have continued at home.

Foundation Stage Blog – 26 January 2018

On Monday the children arrived at school with a problem to solve! Somebody had left some items in a tree (a witches hat, a wand and a broomstick which had been snapped in two). The children had to think about who the items belonged to and how the items got there. This sparked their imaginations and during their child-initiated learning the children made broom sticks and wands and some children wrote letters to the witch to ask her some questions. During the English adult-led activity on Monday the children worked in groups to create mind maps to share what they had found in the tree and any ideas or questions they had. The children were asked what they could do at school that links to this problem e.g. writing letters to the witch. At the end of the day the children shared the letters they had written and pinned their messages to the tree so that they could be sent to the witch. During their Maths input the children developed their previous learning about 2D shapes. The children started by trying to guess a hidden shape which was gradually revealed from behind a scene. Then the children were shown two sorting hoops labelled squares & triangles. The children had to put a shape in the correct place, if they had a shape which wasn’t in one of the labelled hoops they put their shape outside of the hoops. The children were encouraged to use mathematical vocabulary to explain how they knew what each shape was (e.g. what makes it a triangle?).

On Tuesday the children received a letter from the witch thanking them for their help making broomsticks and wands the previous day. The witch explained what happened to her and told the children that her friends were scaring a dragon away. Following this the children created their own terrible beasts using junk modelling materials. During their adult-led English activity the children discussed how the witch was feeling at different points in the story and then they wrote simple words and sentences in speech bubbles to explain what the characters from the story would be saying. At the end of the day the children listened to the story Room on the Broom and started to make links with recent events at school and events from the story. During their Maths input the children had to use their mathematical vocabulary to describe a shape which had been taped onto a child’s back. Following this they explored the concept of symmetry by making a symmetrical butterfly painting. The children were challenged to think of other animals which were symmetrical.

On Wednesday the children continued the theme of Room on the Broom by acting out the story. During their Maths input the children were challenged to sort a group of Furbles (coloured shapes with eyes) in different ways (e.g. colour, shape, number of eyes). The children explored different sorting criteria with different groups of Furbles. Following this the children engaged in a Maths based adult-led activity where they explored and described 2D shapes using a feely bag.

On Thursday the children put the witch in the hot seat and the children were encouraged to ask the witch some questions about how she was feeling and what happened in the story (e.g. how did you feel when your broomstick broke in two?). The Furbles returned for Wednesday’s Maths input and the children were introduced to bar graphs, pictograms and pie charts as ways of recording data. During today’s Maths adult-led activity the children sorted 2D shapes in different ways and other children thought of their own sorting criteria for 2D shapes.

On Friday the children explored the topic of Room on the Broom through a variety of creative activities. The children continued learning about data collection during their Maths input by gathering information about which fruit/vegetable they preferred. The children looked at their data presented in groups and then this information was created into a bar graph. They were asked which type of sorting was the easiest for them to understand. Finally the children were asked questions to interpret the data (e.g. which was the most popular fruit/vegetable? Which was the least popular fruit/vegetable? How many people like apples?)

During PE this week the children continued their learning about 2D shapes by playing a selection of games. Firstly the FS staff put a shape on each wall, an adult would call out a shape and the children had to run to the corresponding shape. Next the adults would call out shapes and the children had to use their bodies to make a shape (e.g. 4 children to make a square). Then the children were put into shape teams and had races where they had to move in different ways from one side of the hall and back again. This week’s PSHE focused on the children thinking about something they want to get better at, this was referred to as their goal/ next step, and then they were encouraged to think of ideas of how they will achieve this.

It was fantastic to see so many parents attending our Tapestry parent workshops this week. We look forward to seeing parents uploading observations to show what their child has been doing at home and it would be lovely to see parents adding comments to their  child’s school observations.

Foundation Stage Blog – 19 January 2018

It has been fantastic to see so many children have been reading at home this week, well done and keep up all of your hard work! This week the children continued to explore the topic of Winter. During PE this week the children engaged in a winter themed cosmic Kids yoga session, where they showed good attention and concentration when listening to and following instructions. This week’s Topic inputs allowed the children to use their creativity and critical thinking skills when exploring biodegradable packaging peanuts during the following activities: melting snowmen, making sticky models, making models using cocktail sticks and making goo!

The children have further explored the topic of Winter during their English exploration times this week and some of the activities have included: building winter themed objects with sugar cubes; CVC snowmen word matching; making winter themed pictures using charcoal and light blue tissue paper; exploring the texture of Gelli Baff slime with arctic animals; making a snowman using a cut and stick template; Write the room – where the children hunted for winter words around the room and then copied the words onto the correct blank label template; writing words in the snow (salt/ shaving foam); Snow Baff exploration with arctic animals; tracing winter words; and making name snowmen. During this week’s adult-led English activity the children have been writing simple words and sentences using a winter themed picture as a stimulus, which has enabled them to demonstrate and develop their ability to identify initial sounds in words and segment sounds to spell simple words.

In the outdoor learning environment the children have been playing hopscotch, sorting objects according to their initial sound, using their imagination when engaging with ‘people who help us’ playmobil figures and transport, making music following musical tune cards, exploring ways to make 5 and ordering numbers up to 10 using large numicon, writing CVC words on a chalkboard and constructing using the wooden construction blocks, tyres and crates.

This week’s Maths has focused on estimating, ordinal numbers and counting actions, objects and sounds. During our Maths inputs we have been exploring what ‘estimating’ means, doing actions to match a given number, playing finger aerobics where the children showed an amount of fingers to match a number card, counting up to and down from 10 using rocket counting, listening to sounds and saying how many, using ordinal numbers to say which position they are in a line, matching a position rosette to a number, matching ordinal number words to their position number and identifying numbers that are one more/ one less than a given number using clues e.g. I’m thinking of a number that comes before 4. This week’s Maths exploration time activities have included: counting how many objects in a bag and then recording the total amount; apple playdough Maths where the children rolled a dice and made that amount of playdough balls (apples), roll the dice again and then decide if they needed to add or subtract playdough balls (apples) to make the new amount on the dice; snowman size ordering cut and stick; number and action cards; having car races and then recording 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions using a tally  chart; positional penguins where the children matched positional words to positional penguin picture cards; hiding numicon in the sand and then making a 1-10 number line; winter themed pattern cut and stick; feeding the penguin activity where the children had a penguin and had to follow an instructions card e.g. feed the penguin 2 fish; and throwing the correct amount of bean bags onto a number card. During this week’s adult-led Maths activity the children have been exploring estimating through guessing if there is more or less than 5, 10 and 20 objects.

Next week we are holding our introduction to Tapestry parent workshops (FSR parents on Tuesday 23rd January 2:30-3pm and FSF parents on Wednesday 24thJanuary 2018 2:30-3pm). Tapestry is an online learning journey on which we record your child’s learning during the Foundation Stage, during the workshop you will be given your login details and shown how to view your child’s learning journey from home. If you are unable to attend the workshop an information sheet and your login details will be sent out by the end of the week.

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.

 

PTA Disco – Friday 20th October

The PTA would like to invite your child(ren) to a Superheroes disco on Friday 20th October in the school hall.

Foundation and Years 1 & 2 disco: 6:30pm – 7:15pm – Cost: £1

Years 3 – 6 disco: 7:30pm – 8:30pm – Cost: £1.50

Tickets will be on sale in the school office from Monday 9th October and MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. No tickets will be sold on the door.

Please note, only Foundation stage parents are permitted to stay with their children.

Kind Regards,

Beechwood School PTA

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.