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Welcome to Foundation!

Autumn 1

2019-2020

14th October 2019

This week we are…

  • Thinking about our value of Honesty
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters j, v, y, w, th make. We will be practising saying the sounds out loud and putting them together to read a word
  • Learning how to find one less of an amount
  • Retelling the story ‘The Little Red Hen’
  • Talking about our special photos and why they are special to us
  • Learning to name and describe simple 2D shapes – e.g circle, rectangle
  • Making friendship hearts to give to someone special
  • Learning to move in different ways

 

To Do List

  1. Practise forming the letters in your green phonic books up to the letter we have taught.
  2. Practise solving ‘one less than…’ problems. Use counters or fingers to help.
  3. Retell the Little Red Hen to your family.   

7th October 2019

To Do List

1. Practise recognising the sounds you have been taught. Use the Green Sound book. How many did you know without looking at the picture?

2. Practise solving ‘one more than…’ problems. Use counters or fingers to help. For example, what is one more than 3?

3. We are learning about the emergency services in topic. Can you find a story about the emergency services in your local library? Did you enjoy it? Why?

 

 

This week we are…

learning to form numbers 1-5

learning the story of The Little Red Hen

we are learning how to write our names with the correct letter formation

we are learning the importance of telling the truth

in P.E we are learning to move in a space of our own

 

 

30th September 2019

 

To Do List

  • 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.
  • Practise sorting out your jumper if its inside out and putting it on.

 

Weekly Bulletin

 

 

This week we are…

  • Continuing to look at our value ‘Trust’
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters c, k, u, b and f make.
  • Practising our oral blending.
  • Practising blending using the sounds we know
  • Recognising numbers to at least 5 and talking about what the words ‘more’ and ‘fewer’ mean.
  • Continuing the story of ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and answering questions about the story.
  • Practising writing our names and forming letters correctly.
  • Practising finding a space in our PE lessons and moving in different ways.
  • Continuing to learn about what makes a good friend.

 

Phonics evening information

Reading bug leaflet

Phonics pronunciation 

23.09.19

To Do List

  1. Draw a picture of the friends you have made and practice holding your pencil correctly.
  2. Practise recognising and making the sounds that m,a,s,a,d,t make.
  3. Can you practice counting up to 10 objects accurately? E.g How many red cars can you see on the way to school?

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Learning about the value of trust
  • Starting our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds and how to form the letters i, n, p, g, o and practising our oral blending
  • Finding out about people who help us around the school
  • Learning about how our achievements are celebrated in Howe Park – ‘Star of the week’, ‘Star of the day’, ‘People in the jar’
  • Practising our counting skills
  • Listening to the story ‘Rainbow Fish’ and answering simple questions
  • Learning the rules for our classroom
  • Hosting our important early reading evening on Tuesday 24th September at 5:30pm – please come along

16.09.19

 Weekly Bulletin

 

This week we are…

  • Learning about the value of friendship
  • Starting our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds and how to form the letters m, a, s, d and t
  • Learning about the class rules
  • Learning how to use the different areas in the classroom
  • Learning how to use the different areas outside
  • Thinking about how we can keep our classroom areas clean and tidy

 

To Do List

 

This week we are…

  • Learning about the value of friendship
  • Starting our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds and how to form the letters m, a, s, d and t
  • Learning about the class rules
  • Learning how to use the different areas in the classroom
  • Learning how to use the different areas outside
  • Thinking about how we can keep our classroom areas clean and tidy

 

09.09.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • getting to know each other
  • learning the basic rules in the classroom
  • learning good listening skills and how we use hands up to speak when in a group
  • learning the importance of tidying up and how to do it
  • getting to know the different areas of the classroom and outside
  • eating our packed lunches in the hall

To Do List

  • Create a picture of a hedgehog or ladybird and bring it in to share with the class.
  • Talk to your adults about what you have been doing in school. What has been your favourite toy that you have played with? Have you made a new friend?
  • Practise recognising and writing your name. 

 

Summer Term 2

2018-19

15.7.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are:

  • Watch Year 2 perform in their Leavers’ Assembly.
  • Playing numeracy and literacy games.
  • Having a whole school picnic.
  • Having a day devoted to art and artists.
  • Watching The Little Mermaid to mark the end of our ‘Who Lives in a Rock Pool?’ topic.
  • Having a ‘toys from home’ treat afternoon.
  • Reciting an under the sea poem in our final assembly.
  • Performing a song in ‘The Big Sing.’

To Do List

  • Write about your favourite memories of Foundation and bring them in to share.
  • Draw three things you would love to do over the Summer holidays.
  • Calculate how many days you have until you start Year 1!

Have a lovely Summer and thank you for all your support this year!

 

8.7.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are:

  • Having an Open Afternoon on Tuesday where parents and carers can take part in craft activities with their children.
  • Writing about ourselves and what we enjoyed in Foundation this year.
  • Learning under the sea poems and songs for celebrations in our final week.
  • Continue to create our under the sea boxes.
  • Continuing to subtract by counting back.
  • Recapping the school values we have looked at this year.
  • Exploring different ways to move in P.E. 

To Do List

  • Draw and label a Summer picture and bring it in to share.
  • Practise your cutting skills, making sure you are holding scissors correctly.
  • How many subtraction sums can you think of where the answer is 5?

1.7.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are:

  • Competing in our Foundation Stage Sports Day on Tuesday!
  • Continuing to build our under the sea shoe box scenes.
  • Subtracting by counting back, using different methods to support us.
  • Writing facts about sea creatures to play ‘Who am I?’
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Thinking about our value: Understanding.

To Do List

  • Practise subtracting by counting back – use your fingers, objects or even a number line!
  • Practise forming all your letters correctly, making sure you start in the right place.
  • Take a photo of you doing something fun in the sunshine this weekend – bring it in for ‘Show and Tell.’

 

24.6.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are:

  • Learning about our new value of understanding
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons
  • Looking at non-fiction books relation to under the sea
  • Thinking about our friendships and writing nice things about each other
  • Continuing to develop our understanding of addition by counting on
  • Continuing to create our under the sea boxes
  • Performing or watching Hedgehog class assembly
  • Continuing to practise our races for sports day

To Do List

  • Practise your skipping and hopping skills. Can you do it in time to music?
  • Write about what you have enjoyed whilst you have been in Foundation.
  • Throw two dice, then add the two numbers together. Put the biggest number in your head and count on the smallest number (or draw pictures to help if you need to).  Can you record this in a number sentence or a part, part, whole model?

17.6.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Adding by counting on.
  • Carry on telling the story of Sharing a Shell and writing our own versions.
  • Using the shoe boxes you have kindly donated to make our own rock pools.
  • Learning about the importance of personal hygiene and how washing our hands stops the spread of germs.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Continuing to practise for Sports Day in July.
  • Thinking about our value: Tolerance.

 

To Do List

  • Practise adding two numbers by counting on from the largest one.
  • Choose a sea creature and find facts about it to share with the class.
  • Rehearse a warm up (stretches, balances, jumps, etc) in preparation for Sports Day.

 

10.6.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Looking at sharing objects into groups of equal amounts.
  • Writing our own stories set under the sea.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Making Fathers’ Day cards.
  • Creating our own stories in the rock pool themed Small World area.
  • Continuing to practise for Sports Day in July.
  • Thinking about our value: Tolerance. 

 

To Do List

  • Write a story set under the sea. What multi-syllabic words can you include and spell correctly?
  • Counting in twos, make an even numbered group of toys. Now share them between two people. Can you count how many each person gets?
  • Can you create a creature from under the sea? Please bring it in to share on our display boards.

Farm Fun - 27th February 2019

Here are a selection of photos from the amazing time we spent learning about farm animals up close and personal!

 

Summer Term 1

2018-19

20.5.19

Weekly Bulletin

  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Developing our control of apparatus in preparation for Sports Day.
  • Observing the chrysalises as we wait for the butterflies to emerge.
  • Learning how to subtract by counting back.
  • Creating minibeasts by designing and decorating stones.
  • Thinking about our new value: Responsibility.

To Do List

  • Practise subtracting by counting back. Use objects, fingers or anything to help!
  • Can you skip in time to a piece of music?
  • Write a thank you letter to the staff at Tring for our amazing trip.

13.5.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are...

  • Going on our Foundation Trip to Tring! We learn that living things need shelter, water, air and food.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Creating our own versions of Superworm.
  • Developing different skills in preparation for Sports Day.
  • Crossing our fingers that the caterpillars will begin their transformation.
  • Continuing to learn how to add by counting on from the biggest number.
  • Continue to think about our value of perseverance.

To Do List

  •  Practise adding two numbers by counting on from the biggest one.
     
  • Write about your favourite minibeast and bring it in to share with us. Don’t forget your capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
     
  • Design a plate full of healthy food – bring it in to show what you know.

7.5.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are...

  • Investigating which colours and which foods attract minibeasts.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Reading and retelling Superworm before thinking about what super powered minibeasts we would like to be.
  • Developing our skills in order to get ready for Sports Day, particularly how to take part in running races.
  • Practising finding ‘one more than’ and adding by counting on.
  • Thinking about the value of perseverance.

 

To Do List

  • Share a time with your child where you have had to persevere in order to succeed.
  • Enjoy the lovely weather (fingers crossed) and go on a minibeast hunt. Can you recognise and write about the ones you find?
  • Practise adding numbers where the total can go up to 20. Use fingers, objects, drawings or just your brains!

 

29.4.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are...

  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Comparing the weight of objects using the terms ‘light’ and ‘heavy’.
  • Writing a diary entry from the point of view of the very hungry caterpillar. We will also be writing our own version of the story.
  • Closely observing our classroom caterpillars as they grow.
  • Sorting minibeasts based on their features.
  • Creating collages based on The Snail by Henri Matisse.
  • Continuing to think about our value of respect.

 

To Do List

  • Write a shopping list for the very hungry caterpillar.
  • Compare the weight of objects by holding them in your hands. Which is heavier? Which is lighter?
  • Design your own butterfly and bring it in so we can make a beautiful display!

23.4.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are...

  • Going on a minibeast hunt as part of our new topic 'Marvellous Minibeasts.'
  • Thinking about our value of Respect.
  • Reading and discussing The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • Subtracting using drawings and objects to help us.
  • Continuing to explore different ways of moving in gymnastics.

Spring Term 2

2018-19

1.4.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Learning the Easter story.
  • Practising our cutting skills by making Easter cards.
  • Adding two amounts by counting on.
  • Thinking about our experience with the chicks and writing about it.
  • Having our treat day! Please dress as either a farmer or a farm animal.
  • Continuing to think about our value of Courage.
  • Having our class photo taken on Tuesday.

 

To Do List

  • Pick two numbers, can you add them together by counting on?
  • Practise using a pair of scissors at home. What shapes can you cut out? Can you use them to make a picture?
  • Can you write your very own story about a farm animal and bring it in to share with the class?

 

25.3.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Welcoming our special visitors to the Foundation Stage and carefully observing how they hatch.
  • Thinking about our mothers and special times we have spent together.
  • Continuing to learn the story of The Three Little Pigs.
  • Learning how to find one more and one less than a given number in Maths.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Talking about the value of courage and how we can show it in school.
  • Learning different ways to jump in our gymnastics lessons along with how to land safely. 

 

To Do List

  • Please bring in a photo of you and your mummy and write about a special time you have spent together.
  • Find out what else hatches from eggs, apart from chickens.
  • Practise saying one more than a given number up to 20.

18.3.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Sharing amounts of objects in to groups.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Baking our own bread.
  • Selling our produce in our very own Farm Shop!
  • Talking about the value of patience and how we can show it in school.
  • Learning the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and writing about it.
  • Writing instructions for how to plant cress.

To Do List

  • Practise reading your key words on sight. How many do you know now?
  • After you have taken your cress home, record what happens to it.
  • Practise counting a small amount of objects in twos.

 

11.3.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Learning how to estimate the number of objects and then counting to check.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Counting objects in groups of 2 up to 10.
  • Retelling and writing our own version of The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff.
  • Talking about the value of patience and how we can show it in school
  • Learning different types of movements in our gymnastics lessons.
  • Making a seed shaker and using it to play in time to music.

 

To Do List

  •  Estimate how many apples are in a bag. Now count them. How close were they?
     
  • Draw a picture of your family. Can you see the similarities and differences between you all?
     
  • Go on a walk and look for signs of spring. What did you see? 

4.3.19

Weekly Bulletin

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.
  • Enjoying World Book Day and sharing lots of wonderful stories!
  • We will be matching animals to their young.
  • Learning to move in different ways as we start Gymnastics in PE.

 

To Do List

  • 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?
  • Find a fun fact out about a farm, write it down and bring it in to show the class.

 

26.2.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Learning how to share and halve objects.
  • 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 some gymnastic moves in P.E.
  • Writing about our half term.
  • Having a visit from a farm for the launch of our topic ‘Do Cows Drink Milk’?

To do List

  • Practise sharing out a small amount of sweets or raisins with one other person to find half.
  • Paint a picture at home using colours that you have mixed. Which colours did you use?
  • Draw a picture and write about something or someone you care for at home.

Spring Term 1

2018-19

8.2.19

Chinese New Year food tasting extravaganza!

It's snow fun at Howe Park School!

11.2.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are learning about:

  • Learning about coins and how to recognise them – 1p, 2p and 5p.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Finishing and performing our Gingerbread Man dance in PE.
  • Writing our own fairy tale.
  • Making Chinese lanterns.
  • Learning how to bake bread.
  • Thinking about our new value of ‘Caring.’ 

 

To Do List

  • Practise counting coins – can you recognise 1p, 2p and 5p?
  • Make up your own fairy tale and write it down. Can you bring it in to share with the class?
  • Draw a picture and write about something or someone you care about.

4.2.19

Weekly Bulletin

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.
  • Beginning to look at doubling – using our fingers, Numicon and pictures.
  • Writing speech bubbles for the woodcutter in Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Learning about Chinese New Year and taking part in an exciting Chinese food tasting session. Please send in all permission slips and contributions as soon as possible.
  • Continuing to develop our own unique dance to retell the Gingerbread Man story.

To Do List

  • Go on a technology hunt around your home. Have a grown up take a photo of you using technology at home. Please bring this into school so we can share it.
  • Practise doubling at home. For example, get 3 books, now get 3 more, how many do you have altogether? What else could you try it with?
  • Retell the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Maybe you could act out all the different parts?

28.1.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • we are continuing with our Gingerbread man dance in P.E, creating moves to represent the sly fox.
  • we are learning the names of 3D shapes and how to describe them using the words faces, edges and corners.
  • we are going to explore the traditional tale of Little Red Riding Hood and learn to retell it.
  • using ICT to create our own images of the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood.
  • we are exploring the types of sounds made by musical instruments as we learn a Goldilocks song.
  • we are making swords, goblets and shields using a variety of materials.

To Do List

  • Go on a shape hunt at home. What 3D shapes can you find? Can you describe the shapes’ features?
  • 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!
  • Can you make the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood? It could be a model, a drawing, a collage – it’s your choice!
  • Please can you bring in junk modelling materials? Due to allergies within the school, we cannot accept any packaging that has contained nuts.

21.1.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • 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 add.
  • Writing our own version of the Gingerbread man.
  • Making and testing different materials to create comfy beds (‘Princess and the Pea’) and strong houses (‘The Three Little Pigs’).
  • Continuing to tell the story of ‘The Gingerbread man’ through movement to music.

To Do List

  •  Ask your child to learn and retell a story they know well. Can they retell it to us at school? 
  • Could you make a bridge for ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ and test how strong it is?
  • Play a game involving dice and adding. 

 

14.1.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • 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 order numerals 1-20.
  • Retelling and reading parts of The Gingerbread man and then altering the story to write our own version.
  • Experimenting with different materials in water and seeing the changes they make.
  • Telling the story of ‘The Gingerbread man’ through movement to music.

To Do List

  • Ask your child if they can retell the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ to you. Can they remember any of the actions?
  • Remember to keep reading and getting an adult to write in your diary, don’t forget about the reading bugs!
  • Make your own number cards, can you cut them out and put them back in order?

7.1.19

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • 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 subtract from an amount up to 10.
  • Retelling and reading parts of The Gingerbread man and then altering the story to write our own version.
  • Working together to create our own delicious gingerbread men.
  • Introducing our new topic ‘Will You Read Me A Story?’

To Do List

  • Ask your child (towards the end of the week) if they can retell the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ to you. Can they remember any of the actions?
     
  • Write about what you did over the holidays and bring it in to share with the class.
     
  • Get ten objects and then practise taking away from the group.

Autumn Term 2

2018-19

New Topic: What happens when I go to sleep?

Curriculum map

Curriculum overview

To launch our new Topic in a memorable way, the children wore pyjamas, cuddled their favourite toys, shared stories and drank hot chocolate! Here are some photos to help them tell you about it...

17.12.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Using our ‘Fred Fingers’ and sounding out words to write letters to Father Christmas
  • Continuing to work hard in our Read Write Inc groups
  • Carrying on looking at the part-part-whole for addition
  • Learning about our new value: Hope
  • Having our Christmas lunch and wearing our Christmas jumpers on Tuesday
  • Watching Year 2 perform their Christmas play
  • Singing in the Christmas Carol Concert at 6pm on Wednesday
  • Watching a pantomime
  • Having our class treat (if we get 50 people in the jar!)

To Do List

  • Look at Christmas decorations and then design your own.
  • Read every day to work on blending and fluency.
  • Have a fantastic two weeks off school and enjoy spending time with your family and friends. Can you write about some of the exciting things you do?

 

10.12.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Learning about the Christmas Nativity story.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Continuing to learn how to add two numbers up to 10.
  • Making and decorating party hats to wear during our Christmas lunch.
  • Making Christmas cards.
  • Making Christmas decorations.
  • Performing our amazing Christmas play!

 

To Do List

  • 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?
  • Can you explain how this part-part-whole model works to a grown up? 

 

3.12.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Bringing home out ‘kit kits’.
  • Learning to separate amounts into two groups.
  • Learning to use a part, part, whole model.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Practising our Christmas play.
  • Thinking about ways that we celebrate Christmas.
  • Writing Christmas cards.
  • Thinking of our value of Thoughtfulness and how we can show this value in school.

To Do List

  1. Have a look inside your kip kit, can you tell your adult about each item?
  2. Create your own picture version of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ using the zigzag book in your kip kit. Can you bring it in to show us?
  3. This week our value is thoughtfulness. 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.

26.11.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Spotting patterns in the environment and making up our own.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising blending to read words.
  • Reading and retelling the story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’.
  • Practising our Christmas songs and learning our parts.
  • Using collage to decorate a bear.
  • Thinking of our value of Thoughtfulness and how we can show this value in school.

To Do List

  1. 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.
  2. Have a look for repeating patterns in the environment, can you take a photo?
  3. Have a look around you, what signs of winter can you see? Draw a picture to show them, now label it.

19.11.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising blending to read words.
  • Naming 3D shapes and spotting them in the environment.
  • Listening to the story ‘Whatever Next’ and writing a list of things we would take to the moon.
  • Practising our Christmas songs and learning about the Christmas story.
  • Practising our throwing and catching skills.
  • Making a sleep time ‘thing’ out of a sock.
  • Decorating a star using a variety of materials.
  • We are thinking about how we look after the resources in school.

To Do List

  • Read a nursery rhyme together. Can you hear any rhyming words?
  • Help put the shopping away. What 3D shapes can you see? E.g. satsuma is a sphere.
  • Practise zipping up jumpers and coats ready for the cold weather.

12.11.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are...

  • Continuing to think about our new value of self-control.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and practising blending to read words.
  • Learning how to find one less than a given number.
  • Using our sounds to write simple CVC words.
  • Exploring rhyming words.
  • Practising our throwing and catching skills.
  • Learning about people who work at night.
  • Discussing nice thought to have for when drift off to sleep.

 

To Do List

  • Think of a number up to 10. What is 1 less than it? Now challenge yourself and go as high as 20.
  • We are learning about what happens when we go to sleep. Find out about animals that come out at night. Can you draw a picture of one? Can you label it too?
  • We are 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.

5.11.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Learning about our new value of kindness.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters ng and nk We will be practising saying the sounds out loud and putting them together to read a word.
  • Going into our new differentiated Read Write Inc. groups to continue learning how to read.
  • Looking at the story Aliens Love Underpants.
  • Using our sounds to write about the aliens and their pants!
  • Using iPads to create firework pictures.
  • Using splatter painting to create a firework display picture.
  • Practising our throwing and catching skills.
  • Learning about how to control our emotions when something doesn’t go to plan.

 

To Do List

  • Go on a 2d shape hunt. Which shapes can you find around your home? Can you take a photograph of them and bring them in to show us?
  • If you go to a firework display, talk about what you see, what you can smell and what you can hear.
  • We will be thinking about bedtime after half term. Have you got a favourite bedtime story you could share with the class?

 

Autumn Term 1

2018-19

22.10.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are...

  • Talking about our new value of Kindness.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters z, ch, qu and x make. We will be practising saying the sounds out loud and putting them together to read words.
  • Learning to recognise the words ‘I’ and ‘the’.
  • Learning different ways to find one more than.
  • Retelling our new version of The Little Red Hen – The Little Pink Pig.
  • Talking about what makes a good friend before creating ‘Friendship Cookies.’
  • Enjoying our ‘people in the jar’ treat of bringing toys in from home on Thursday.

 

To Do List 

  • Ask your child if they can retell the story of ‘The Little Pink Pig’ to you.
  • Practise finding ‘one more than.’ How high can you go?
  • Draw a picture of your favourite farmyard animals. Can you label them?

 

15.10.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are...

  • Continuing to learn about our value of Honesty.
  • Continuing our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds that the letters j, v, y, w and th make. We will be practising saying the sounds out loud and putting them together to read words. We will also be practising trying to hear the initial sounds in words we are trying to spell.
  • Learning to find one more than a given number.
  • To count out a given number of objects from a larger group.
  • Carrying on retelling the story of The Little Red Hen and making up our own version.
  • Making friendship hearts with salt dough.
  • Bringing in a special person for our ‘Open Afternoon.’

To Do List

  • Ask your child to retell the story of The Little Red Hen to you.
  • Practise writing the numbers 1 – 9 correctly. Can you remember the songs we’ve learned to help us?
  • Practise saying the sounds in your sound book every night. How many sounds can you recognise? 

 

8.10.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Thinking 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 words.
  • Learning how to form numerals 1 to 10.
  • Learning the story of the Little Red Hen.
  • Looking at the people who help us in the emergency services.
  • Sharing and talking about our special objects from home.
  • We are learning to get ourselves changed for PE and how to find a space to avoid obstacles.

To Do List

  • Practise saying your sounds in your sound book. Have a go at forming them with your perfect pencil grip.
  • Have a go at reading your reading book and get your grown up to write a brief message in your Reading Diary. Read it twice and then you can change it.
     
  • Practise getting changed by yourself. Can you do your buttons and zips without help?

1.10.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Continuing to look at our value ‘Trust’
  • 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.
  • Practising finding a space in our PE lessons and moving in different ways.
  • Continuing to learn about what makes a good friend.
  • Learning the importance of following instructions.

To Do List

  • 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 on a walk and see if you can find some conkers. How many can you find? Can you bring them to school for our outside maths area?

21.9.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are...

  • 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!

To Do List

  • Practise writing your name (with the correct letter formation) 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 pictures and make up a story.

17.9.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • Learning about the value of friendship
  • Starting our Read Write Inc lessons and learning the sounds and how to form the letters m, a, s, d and t.
  • Finding out about people who help us around the school
  • Learning about how our achievements are celebrated in Howe Park – ‘Star of the week’, ‘Star of the day’, ‘People in the jar’!
  • Making up class rules

  

To Do List

  • Encourage your child to zip up and button their own coats. This will really help us as we go out in all weathers!
  • Practise forming the letters and saying the sound of the letters we will be learning this week- m, s, a, d, t. Don’t forget to come to our reading evening on Tuesday 18th September to find out more.
  • Practise counting objects carefully- use lego, cars or any other objects in the house!

 

10.09.18

Weekly Bulletin

This week we are…

  • getting to know each other
  • learning the basic rules in the classroom
  • we are learning good listening skills and how we use hands up to speak when in a group
  • we are learning the importance of tidying up and how to do it
  • we are getting to know the different areas of the classroom and outside
  • we will be eating our packed lunches in the hall

To Do List

  • Draw a picture of a hedgehog or ladybird and practice holding your pencil correctly.
  • Talk to your adults about what you have been doing in school. What has been your favourite toy that you have played with?
  • Can you practice counting up to 10 objects accurately? E.g How many red cars can you see on the way to school? 

 

4.9.18

Welcome to Howe Park School and the start of an exciting journey in the Foundation stage! We hope that the start of your children's primary education is smooth and most of all fun. If you have any questions about routines, how the day works or anything at all, please speak to a member of our team.

 

Summer Term 2

2017-18

Weekly Bulletin:

This week we are…

9th July 2018

  • Reading the story of The Hungry Caterpillar again and retelling it.
  • Continuing to practise counting back to solve subtraction sums.
  • Writing instructions on how to plant a plant.
  • Planting new plants to attract butterflies.
  • Continuing to apply our phonics skills in Read Write Inc.
  • Practising our song for the “Big Sing.”

2nd July 2018

  • Writing about the life cycle of a butterfly.
  • Finding out about plants that attract butterflies
  • Planning and designing our own butterfly garden.
  • Learning how to subtract by counting back using a number track.
  • Taking part in our minibeast themed sports day.
  • Continuing to apply our phonics skills in Read Write Inc.
  • Thinking about our favourite things we have been enjoyed this year.
  • Meeting our new teachers for Year 1
  • We will be using paint to make symmetrical butterflies.

25th June 2018

  • Continuing to observe our caterpillars as they become butterflies. They have now become Chrysalides.
  • We will be reading and retelling the story of the Hungry Caterpillar.
  • th We be adding small amounts and recording our answers.
  • We will be practising for sports day.
  • We will be using paint to make symmetrical butterflies.
  • We will be using what we know about minibeasts to play ‘What bug am I?”

18th June 2018

  • Continuing to observe out caterpillars and snails in our investigation area.
  • We will be enjoying nature on our trip to College Lakes, Tring.
  • We be showing how independent we are in our writing, when we write about our trip to College Lakes.
  • We will enjoy taking part in Sports day.
  • We will look at Spiders and make our own spider webs, using wool.
  • Thinking about how people can affect the environment and how we can care for it.
  • We are naming and describing 2-d and 3-d shapes

11th June 2018

  • Welcoming our class caterpillars to our investigation area.
  • We will be looking at similarities and differences between different types of mini beasts.
  • We will be investigating how snails move and creating collages based on Henri Matisse’s art work “The Snail.”
  • We will revisit the concept of ‘sharing’ in maths.
  • We will continue to look at the story of ‘Superworm’ and create our own superhero mini beasts.
  • In PE we will be practising the skills we will need for Sports day.
  • Thinking about our value of tolerance

 

To Do List:

9th July 2018

  • The World cup is taking place in Russia this year. Can you find it on a map? Can you find England?
  • We have been thinking about how to take care of plants. Tell your grown up how to care for plants or look after the plants in your garden.
  • Practise counting back from 20.

2nd July 2018

  • Play a subtraction game- start at 10. Roll a dice and count back. Who will get to zero first?
  • Find out about different types of butterflies. What are they called?
  • Write about what you have enjoyed doing in the hot weather.

25th June 2018

  • We are reading the Hungry Caterpillar. Can you bring in another book about minibeasts?
  • We have been practising for sports day. Have a race with your family. Who came first? Second?
  • The Hungry Caterpillar eats different foods each day of the week. Every day practise telling your parents what day it is, what day yesterday was and what tomorrow will be.

18th June 2018

  • Make a mini beast out of junk modelling materials. Can you name all the 3-d shapes you have used?
  • Talk to your adult about our trip to College Lakes. Can you draw a picture and write about your favourite part of the trip?
  • We have loved learning about worms, snails and caterpillars. Find out about a different mini beast and write down some facts about them.

11th June 2018

  • Make up some simple sharing problems with your family using objects. For instance, if you had ten pieces of fruit between two people, how many would you get each?
  • Create your own superhero mini beast using materials of your choice. Don’t forget to give them a name and tell us what their superpowers are!
  • Go on a mini beast hunt in your garden or the park. Keep a record of what you find and show it to us.

Summer 1

Weekly Bulletin:

This week we are…

21st May 2018

  • We will be investigating number bonds -for example finding all the pairs of numbers that add up to 5
  • We will be learning the story of ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’
  • We will be learning to recognise and form capital letters
  • It is well-being week so we will be taking part in a yoga lesson
  • We will be learning to name different parts of the body
  • We will be active everyday

14th May 2018

  • Estimating and measuring length and height and solving problems involving height.
  • Creating our own ‘Super vegetable’ and writing a story about it based on the story of ‘Supertato.’
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Continuing to think about keeping healthy, with a focus on how to wash our hands correctly.
  • Learning about the artist Anthony Gormley and creating our own bread sculpture in a similar style
  • Continuing to develop our skills in sending and receiving balls and bean bags.
  • Thinking about the value of responsibility.

7th May 2018

  • We are thinking about time- learning the days of the week and understanding what you can do in a minute.
  • We will be making patterns with shape.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Reading the story of ‘Supertato’
  • Continuing to think about keeping healthy and finding out about how we can do this when the school nurse visits us.
  • Continuing to develop our skills in sending and receiving balls and bean bags.
  • Thinking about our value of perseverance

30th April 2018

  • Learning how to use the comparative language of weight, for example heavier, lighter. We will use balance pans to compare weights.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Showing off our writing skills when we complete our ‘wow writing’ based on our altered story.
  • Designing, making and tasting our own fruit smoothie.
  • Continuing to develop our skills in sending and receiving balls and bean bags.
  • Thinking about our new value of perseverance

16th April 2018

  • Learning how to solve sharing problems.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Continuing to retell the story of The Little Red Hen.
  • Reading a recipe and making our own bread.
  • Learning how to send and receive a bean bag and ball safely.
  • Looking at baby photographs and talking about how and why we have changed.
  • Thinking about our new value of Respect

 

To Do List

21st May 2018

  • Practise forming numbers to 20.
  • Try to take part in something active every day next week. Keep a diary and bring it in to show us.
  • Make a list of your favourite vegetables.

14th May 2018

  • Can you think of a way of measuring your feet? For example, you might use lego cubes.
  • 2Design a healthy plate of food.
  • Can you show your parents how to wash your hands correctly and talk about why we need to wash them?

7th May 2018

  • Make or draw your own superhero vegetable, like Supertato! Bring it in to show us.
  • Make a diary of what you do on each day of the week. Draw and write about it.
  • Write a list of questions to ask our school nurse when she comes to visit us to talk about staying healthy.

30th April 2018

  • We are thinking about weighing this week. Make a list of things that we might weigh.
  • Practise forming letters correctly. Can you make the tall letters tall? Short letters short?
  • We are reading a recipe. Can you read some other simple instructions? What are they instructions for?

16th April 2018

  • We will be making bread. Try different types of bread and think about where they come from and what they taste like. Can you make a list of them?
  • We will be learning how to share small amounts in Maths. Practise sharing sets of objects at home- you could use your teddies or Lego or even sweets!
  • Speak to your parents/carers or grandparents about the toys they played with when they were younger. How do they differ to your toys? Be ready to share it with your class

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Weekly Bulletin:

9th April 2018

This week we are…

  • Adding two amounts by counting on from the first number.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Enjoying our visiting eggs and watching them hatch into chicks!
  • Learning the story of The Little Red Hen.
  • Talking about the value of courage.
  • Making paper plate chicks.

To Do List

9th April 2018

  • Find out about other animals that lay eggs. Can you write a list of them?
  • Complete the short technology questionnaire with your parents.
  • Practise forming numbers 0-20. Can you say which number is one more and ones less than a given number?

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

Spring 2

Weekly Bulletin:

19th March 2018

This week we are…

  • Adding two amounts by counting on from the first number.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Learning about the meaning of Easter.
  • Writing our own Easter cards for our families.
  • Making our Easter cards
  • Talking about the value of patience and how we can show it in school
  • Enjoying our treat afternoon.
  • Learning to balance in our gymnastics lessons.

12th March 2018

  • Learning how to estimate an amount up to 20 and count to check. We will also be learning how to count in twos.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Writing our own version of the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’
  • Our whole school focus next week is anti-bullying. We will be celebrating how we are all different and the same.
  • Learning to balance in our gymnastics lessons.

5th March 2018

  • Learning how to find one more and one less than numbers to 20 and beyond.
  • Consolidating our sounds in our Read Write Inc lessons and using them to write words and sentences.
  • Continuing to retell the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
  • Making and writing our Mother’s day cards.
  • Learning to create new gymnastic shapes and balances in P.E

26th February 2018

  • 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:

19th March

  • Practise counting with small objects- raisins or cubes. Can you hold the first number in your head and count on?
  • Practise reading your key words on sight. How many do you know now?
  • Think about the best thing you have learned at school this term. Draw or write about it

12th March 2018

  • Estimate how many apples are in a bag. Now count them. How close were they?
  • Draw a picture of your family. Can you see the similarities and differences between you all?
  • Go on a walk and look for signs of spring. What did you see?

5th March 2018

  • Practise ordering numbers to 20. Can you find one more and one less? Can you find two more or two less?
  • Practise retelling the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff.’ Can you remember to use story language?
  • Draw a picture of your mum or a motherly figure in your life. Write about why they are special to you.

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.

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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.