Foundation Stage Blog – 6 July 2018

On Monday the children returned to school with their treasure chests containing special items. They started the day by learning how to make a paper boat. During their independent learning some children followed adult instructions to make their own paper boat, whilst some children wrote about what they had put in their treasure chest and why it was special to them; these activities continued throughout the week. Before lunch the children played Pirate Pictionary, where a child was chosen to draw a picture which related to our topic and the rest of the class had to guess what they had drawn. After lunch the children listened to the story 10 Little Pirates and sang pirate songs. At the end of the day a group of children talked about the special items they had put in their treasure chest. 

On Tuesday morning the children talked about mermaids and mermen, they were asked to share what they already knew about them and whether or not they were real. After lunch the children practised their letter formation for the letters k, l, m, n, o and wrote the tricky words ‘come’ ‘there’ and ‘you’. At the end of the day a different group of children were chosen to talk about the special items they had put in their treasure chest.

On Wednesday morning the children were asked to describe a pirate or a mermaid and were shown how to write descriptive sentences. The children attended a ‘Mad Science’ assembly about a club that will be starting in September and they took home leaflets about this at the end of the day. After lunch another group of children talked about the special items they had put in their treasure chest. 

On Thursday the children recapped their previous learning about subtraction as counting back. During the input they showed increasing confidence and independence when using a number line to count back and find the answer to a subtraction number sentence. Then the children completed a practical subtraction activity where some children had to walk the plank and then the rest of the class had to find out how many pirates were left on the ship. 

During their independent learning the children explored some pirate themed Maths activities: 

Activity 1 –subtracting using shells; 

Activity 2 –pretending to be pirates and stealing other pirates gold coins; 

Activity 3 –completing number sentences using gold coins; 

Activity 4 – subtraction from 10 number line activity; 

Activity 5 – Subtraction game on the interactive whiteboard. Before lunch the children listened to a pirate themed story and sang some pirate songs. During the afternoon the children were treated to a music session with Eva-Jane’s mum, who showed the children how to use a loop station to make different voice effects and pre-record music. The children thoroughly enjoyed singing in the microphone and having a go on the drums and symbols. The children also learnt how to keep a beat and explored making loud and quiet sounds with instruments. 

On Friday the children consolidated their learning about subtraction and explored finding one less than a given number up to 20. 

During PE this week the children warmed up by playing ‘stuck, stuck, shark’ (adapted version of stuck in the mud) and then they engaged in team games which included: throwing a bean bag into a hoop; running races; and an obstacle course.

During ICT this week the children used the software 2Simple 2Paint a Picture to create a a treasure map or a mermaid underwater picture using the pen tools. To end the week the children attended the whole-school celebration assembly.

In addition to this the children have been engaging in a variety of pirate themed activities during their independent learning, some of which include: writing about pirates using pirate themed word mats; making scrolls; making maps; sharing sea shells; under the sea role play area; investigating sea shells, starfish and coral at the investigation table; pirates and pirate ship small world exploration outside; making a submarine using crates; boats and playmobil people in the water tray; guttering and metal stands to make a water stream; making a desert island using playdough; and looking at sea themed stories (e.g. The rainbow fish, Sharing a Shell)

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