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.

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