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Welcome to Foundation

 

Welcome back! Please enjoy these photos from our successful Chinese food tasting session.

Spring 2

Weekly Bulletin:

26th February 2018

This week we are…

  • Learning how to estimate, measure and order objects by height.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and retelling it.
  • Learning about the festival of ‘Holi’ and how to mix colours for a purpose.
  • Meeting a local author and enjoying books and stories about Dragons.
  • Enjoying World Book Day and sharing lots of wonderful stories!

To Do List:

26th February 2018

  • Have a go at ordering objects or people by height at home. Try estimating who is going to be tallest or shortest first. Were you right?
  • Share your favourite story at home and bring it in for us all to share in school. Can you tell us all why you like it?
  • Paint a picture at home using colours that you have mixed. Which colours did you use?

 

Spring 1

Welcome back and Happy New Year to all our children and their families. 

This term we are beginning with a new topic "Great and Ghastly Events." We will begin by focusing on traditional tales with great or ghastly events in them, starting with The Gingerbread Man. 

Weekly Bulletin:

5th February 2018

This week we are…

  • Continuing to think about what our value of ‘Quality’ means.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising using them to read and write independently.
  • Consolidating our knowledge about 3D shapes.
  • Writing speech bubbles for Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf.
  • Learning about the significance of Pancake day and making and tasting our own pancakes.
  • Learning how to move over and under equipment safely in PE.

29th January 2018

  • Thinking about our new value of ‘Quality’ and what this means to us.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising using them to read and write independently.
  • Learning how to double an amount.
  • Reading and retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Exploring instruments and the different sounds they can make.
  • Walking to Howe Park Woods to investigate nature in Winter.
  • Continuing to tell the story of ‘The Gingerbread man’ through movement to music.

22nd January 2018

  • we are thinking about how we can be good learners.
  • we are continuing with our Gingerbread man dance in P.E, creating moves to represent the sly fox.
  • we are learning to recognise small value coins.
  • we are writing about how the fox is feeling in the The Gingerbread Man story.
  • Using ICT to create our own images of the Gingerbread Man.

15th January 2018

  • Thinking about our new value of co-operation.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising using them to read and write independently.
  • Learning how to subtract.
  • Writing our own version of the Gingerbread man.
  • Making our own gingerbread men and talking about how the mixture changes as it is cooked.
  • Walking to Howe Park Woods to investigate nature in Winter.
  • Continuing to tell the story of ‘The Gingerbread man’ through movement to music.

8th January 2018

  • Thinking about our new value of gratitude.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising using them to read and write independently.
  • Learning how to find the total of two amounts.
  • Retelling and reading parts of The Gingerbread man and then altering the story to write our own version.
  • Developing our fine motor skills while cutting and making our own split pin gingerbread men.
  • Sharing our photographs of celebrations at home with our class.
  • Telling the story of ‘The Gingerbread man’ through movement to music.

To Do List:

5th February 2018

  • Take a picture of, or bring in a 3D shape from home. What shape is it and how do you know?
  • Talk about pancake day. Does your child know the significance of it? Have a go at making some pancakes or discuss your favourite filling.
  • Go on a technology hunt around your home. Make a list of what you see or take photographs. Please bring this into school so we can share it.

29th January 2018

  • We are going to talk about hibernating animals on our walk. Find out which animals hibernate and draw a picture of one of them.
  • Practise forming letters 1-9 correctly.
  • Ask your child to show you the gingerbread man dance we have been learning. Can they remember all the moves?

22nd January 2018

  • Ask an adult at home if you can sort some coins. Can you find 1p coins, 2p coins, 5p coins and 10p coins?
  • Help make a list of things that you need at the shops. Don’t forget to use your Fred fingers to help you hear all the sounds!
  • Create your own gingerbread man using your choice of materials.

15th January 2018

  • Ask your child to learn and retell a story they know well. Can they retell it to us at school?
  • We are making biscuits this week. Can you bake something else at home and talk about how the ingredients change?
  • Play a game involving dice and adding and taking away.

8th January 2018

  • Ask your child if they can retell the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ to you. Can they remember any of the actions?
  • Talk about festivals that you celebrate in your family. Is there anywhere special you go or something special that you wear or eat?
  • See which numbers you can spot in the environment. How far can you go?

 

Autumn 2

This week the children have enjoyed searching for patterns in the environment and making their own. They have also been practicing using their sounds to complete their first piece of completely independent writing about fireworks. They have done so well, we are very proud of them. Next week we will begin thinking about Space by looking at the 'Aliens Love Underpants' story. 

Welcome back, we hope you all had a fabulous half term. This week the children have enjoyed exploring pumpkin soup and on Wednesday we made and tasted some! Have a look at the photographs below. 

 Our first topic this year will be 'Amazing Places, Amazing Spaces.' We will begin by looking at life under the sea. Please find our termly newsletter here. 

 

To see what we are doing each week, please click on this week's 'Weekly Bulletin'.  If you would like some ideas of how to support your child with the learning we are doing in school, please click on this week's 'To Do List'.

 

Weekly Bulletin:

11th December 2017

  • Reading stories with a Christmas theme.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Making and decorating party hats to wear during our Christmas lunch.
  • Writing Christmas cards.
  • Going to our first whole school assembly to celebrate Christmas together.
  • Hoping to enjoy a film and popcorn for our reward afternoon.

4th December 2017

  • Learning about the difference between 2D (flat) and 3D (fat) shapes.
  • Learning to describe and name 3D shapes.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Practising and performing our Christmas play.
  • Making Christmas cards.
  • Learning about Christingle and making our own.
  • Thinking of our value of Hope and how we can show this value in school.

27th November 2017

  • Introducing the language of addition and the mathematical symbols for add and equals.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising blending to read words.
  • Reading and retelling the story of The First Christmas.
  • Practising our Christmas songs and learning our parts.
  • Making simple tree decorations.
  • Thinking of our value of Hope and how we can show this value in school.

20th November 2017

  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising blending to read words.
  • Beginning to think about adding two amounts and finding a total.
  • Listening for rhyming words in stories and making a rhyming string.
  • Practising our Christmas songs and learning about the Christmas story.
  • Practising our throwing and catching skills.

13th November 2017

  • Continuing to think about our new value of self-control.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising blending to read words.
  • Learning to recognise 2D shapes and how to describe them.
  • Using our sounds to write a description of an alien.
  • Thinking about our new amazing place- Space. We will be creating star pictures using printing techniques.
  • Practising our throwing and catching skills.

6th November 2017

  • Continuing to think about our new value of self-control.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters ng and nk make. We will be practising saying the sounds out loud and putting them together to read a word.
  • Learning to recognise patterns, talk about patterns and make patterns of our own.
  • Using our sounds to write a description of fireworks.
  • Using ipads to create firework pictures.
  • Printing to create our own poppy pictures after we have talked about Remembrance day.
  • Practising our throwing and catching skills.

30th October 2017

  • Continuing to think about our new value of Kindness.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters z, ch, qu, x and ng make. We will be practising saying the sounds out loud and putting them together to read a word.
  • Learning about capacity and what the words full, empty and half full mean.
  • Retelling the story of Pumpkin soup using puppets and masks.
  • Exploring and describing pumpkins and making pumpkin soup!
  • Practising our throwing and catching skills.

Previously in Early Years...

Autumn 1

16th October 2017

  • Thinking about our new value of Kindness.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters e, l, h, sh and r make. We will be practising saying the sounds out loud and putting them together to read a word.
  • Learning how to find one more and one less of an amount.
  • Retelling the story of The Gruffalo using puppets.
  • Printing our charity Christmas cards
  • Learning and practising ‘The Gruffalo Song’ with the children.
  • Telling the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ through movement to music.

9th October 2017

  • Continuing to about our new value of ‘Honesty.’
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters e, l, h, sh and r make. We will be practising saying the sounds out loud and putting them together to read a word.
  • Learning how to recognise and form numbers 1-10.
  • Reading the story of ‘The Gruffalo’ and using the sounds to label the characters.
  • Looking for signs of Autumn when we walk to our forest school area and will be investigating wooded areas.
  • Using natural materials to create pictures and printing with leaves.
  • Practising moving in different ways as a ‘Gruffalo.’

2nd October 2017

  • Thinking about our new value of ‘Honesty.’
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters c, k, u, b and f make.
  • Recognising numbers to 10 and talking about what the words ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ mean.
  • Retelling the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and answering questions about the story.
  • Practising writing our names and forming letters correctly.
  • Learning songs about the sea that teach us about rhythm.
  • Practising finding a space in our PE lessons and moving in different ways.

25th September 2017

  • Continuing to learn about our new value of Trust and what this means.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters i, n, p, g and o make.
  • Practising counting objects carefully and accurately.
  • Listening to the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and thinking about being a good friend.
  • Learning how to use the mud kitchen.
  • Learning to get changed for our first PE lesson!
  • Practising writing our name.

 

18th September 2017 

To do list: 

11th December 2017

  • Think about the festivals you celebrate with your family. Bring a photograph in to share with the class.
  • Christmas is a time for giving and thinking about others. Can you make a card or gift for someone else?
  • You’ve nearly finished your first term at school. Think about everything you have enjoyed learning about this term. Draw a picture of it.

4th December 2017

  • Help put the shopping away. First get all the shopping that is cylindrical in shape (cans). Next gather all the shopping that is packed in cuboids (cereal and pasta boxes) and lastly can you find any food that is spherical in shape (onions, oranges and apples)?
  • On your way to school look out for signs of winter. Draw a picture of what you find and label it.
  • This week our value is hope. We are coming to the end of your first term at school. Think about what you have achieved and what you hope to achieve next year.

27th November 2017

  • Ask your child if they can sing any of our Christmas songs to you. If your child has a speaking part in the play, practise saying them loudly, clearly and from memory.
  • Ask your child to retell the story of the first Christmas to you.
  • Using lego, fruit or any other objects, ask your child to separate 5 objects in different ways. For example, 2 + 3. How many ways can they find? Can they tell you which part is the ‘whole’ and which are the ‘parts’?

20th November 2017

  • Read a nursery rhyme together. Can you hear any rhyming words?
  • Practise adding two small amounts together. For example, have a look in the fruit bowl. How many apples are there? How many oranges? How many pieces of fruit are there altogether?
  • Practise zipping up jumpers and coats ready for the cold weather.

13th November 2017

  • Go on a shape hunt. Which shapes can you find around your home? Can you take a photograph of them and bring them in to show us?
  • We are learning about Space. Find out an amazing fact and be ready to come and tell us about it.
  • We are going to be reading the story “Aliens Love Underpants.” Design your own alien and make it using a method of your choice. You could use junk modelling, collage or paint. Bring in your alien to show your class.

6th November 2017

  • Go on a pattern hunt. Which patterns can you find around your home? Can you take a photograph of them and bring them in to show us?
  • If you went to a firework display at the weekend, talk about what you saw, what you smelt and what you could hear.
  • We have been reading stories and books about pumpkins, autumn and fireworks. Can you find a book that you would like to share with your class?

30th October 2017

  • Ask your child of they can retell the story of ‘Pumpkin Soup’ to you.
  • Make a pumpkin or vegetable soup. Ask your child to tell you if the contained are full, empty or half empty and how do they know?
  • Please teach your child to get changed by themselves, including how to turn their clothes round if they are inside out!

 

Previously in Early Years...

Autumn 1

16th October 2017

  • Ask your child of they can retell the story of The Gruffalo to you.
  • Practise making a tower of cubes, duplo or lego and asking your child to add one more. How many do you have now?
  • Practise saying the sounds in your sound book every night.

9th October 2017

  • Go for a walk in your local area. What signs of Autumn can you see? Did you spot any animals?
  • Practise counting out a small amount from a larger group of objects. For example count out 6 conkers from a pile of 10.
  • Practise saying the sounds in your sound book every night.
  • Make sure all items of PE kit are clearly named.

2nd October 2017

  • Practise recognising numbers around you- go on a number hunt. Take a picture of the numbers you find and bring them in!
  • What animals live under the sea? Draw a picture of your favourite sea creature and talk to your adult about it.
  • Go to the library and find a book or use the internet to find out about the amazing space under the sea.

25th September 2017

  • Practise writing your name by yourself and forming the letters in your sound book.
  • Practise counting things you can hear…for example, ask your grown up to drop a small number of coins into a tin. How many did you hear? Check by counting carefully.
  • Read your new reading book with your grown up. Talk about what you can see in the picture and make up a story. 

Week beginning Monday 18th September

 

Summer Term 2

Weekly Bulletin:

WC: 10/07/17

WC: 03/07/17

WC: 26/06/17

WC: 19/06/17

WC: 12/06/17

To Do List:

WC: 10/07/17

WC: 03/07/17

WC: 26/06/17

WC:19/06/17

WC: 12/06/17

Summer Term 1

Weekly Bulletin:

WC: 05/06/17

WC: 22/05/17

WC: 15/05/17

WC: 08/05/17

WC: 02/05/17

WC: 24/04/17

To Do List:

WC: 05/06/17

WC: 22/05/17

WC: 15/05/17

WC: 08/05/17

WC: 02/05/17

WC: 24/04/17

 

Our topic this term is 'Heroes and Heroines', to see our Spring 2017 newsletter and curriculum overview, please click here.

 

To see what we are doing this week, please click on this week's 'Weekly Bulletin'.  If you would like some ideas of how to support your child with the learning we are doing in school, please click on this week's 'To Do List'.

Spring Term 2

 

Weekly Bulletin:

WC: 18.04.17

WC: 27/03/17

WC: 20/03/17

WC: 13/03/17

WC: 06/03/17

WC: 27/02/17

To Do List:

WC: 18/04/17

WC: 27/03/17

WC: 20/03/17

WC: 13/03/17

WC: 06/03/17

WC: 27/02/17

Spring Term 1

Happy Chinese New Year!

The children in Foundation have had lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year.  Today we all had a chance to try a variety of Chinese food, we had: spring rolls, prawn crackers, chow mein and rice.

Autumn Term 2

To see what we are doing this week, please click on this week's 'Weekly Bulletin'.  If you would like some ideas of how to support your child with the learning we are doing in school, please click on this week's 'To Do List'.

This half term we have been very busy.

In maths we have been thinking about capacity. We made potions and filled containers up so that they were full, half full and empty. We have also worked on length and height. The children have solved one more and one less problems.

In Literacy, we have been retelling simple stories and writing words using our Fred fingers! The children have enjoyed using their new writing skills in our role play areas!

The specialist P.E teacher has shown us lots of different ways to travel. Ask your child to show you how they can be a 'happy hopper', 'jolly jogger' and a 'super skipper'.

The run up to Christmas has been very exciting. We have been rehearsing our Christmas nativity play,  'Whoops a Daisy Angel' and making some special presents to take home.

 

Weekly Bulletin

WC: 5/12/16

WC: 12/12/16

To Do List

WC: 5/12/16

WC: 12/12/16

 

 

Autumn Term 1 

The new Foundation children are doing a fabulous job of settling in Foundation and you should be very proud of them!

Each child has now been issued a reading book, please try to listen to your child read every day and record this in your child's reading diary.  Listening to your child read frequently, really helps with progression!

We are really enjoying learning about moving in different ways in our Physical Education (P.E.) lessons, please ensure your child's P.E. kit is in school every day so they can join in with every part of the lesson.

Our topic this term is 'All Around the World', to see our Autumn 2016 newsletter and curriculum overview, please click here.

 

 

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Foundation have been busy exploring the different activities which help us to learn, please have a look through our photos to see what we have been doing.