Foundation 2017 - 2018
The Foundation staff are a happy, close-knit team who endeavour to make the children's transition into school an enjoyable experience.
Through the Foundation Stage curriculum, we give children the opportunity to learn from first hand experience by participating in a wide range of activities linked to the 7 areas of learning and development.
The 3 prime areas are:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas - Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.
We like to work in partnership with families and carers to encourage the children to become self-confident and independent learners.
The children have been sharing some of the things that they can do with their class friends. Are there any achievements that your child is proud of that you would like to share with us at school? The email address to send in photos and a short explanation is below:
The children have embraced our daily phonics lessons. We will be learning the letter names, the sounds that they make and will be learning an action and song to go with each of them. We are also trying hard to form each of the letters correctly, starting at the right point. Please have a look for the 'Jolly Phonics' tab at the top of this page. There, you will find all of the letters, with corresponding songs. Enjoy!
We also invite children to bring in any artefacts, toys or books that are related to our topic. Please ensure that any items brought in to school are labeled. The children will be able to share them with their friends at school and will sometimes have the opportunity to show the whole class.
Spring Term 2
What a wonderful week of Julia Donaldson stories we've had so far! Thank you to those who have sent books by this author into School with their child. We have enjoyed measuring length using 'Super Worms' as non-standard units, writing speech bubbles using noises from the animals in 'What the Ladybird Heard' and working out how many football boots are neede for a footbal team of Spiders in 'Spinderella'.
The children have been fully engaged during our Julia Donaldson focus week. We have explored so many of her wonderful stories! Thank you for making such an effort for our World book day celebrations on Friday. We thought you might like to see some of our photos.
Next week, Reception will be getting stuck in to their topic of Water. A very broad topic! We’re starting with the lovely, rhyming book ‘Commotion in the Ocean’. Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about creatures that live in water, how water is used on a daily basis, how water is linked to our weather and we will be taking part in some water related experiments. We also hope to produce some wonderful water themed art and get splashing in the water trays.
We would love to hear about any learning that takes place outside of school that is linked to our topic of Water. Please send any emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
There has been a ‘Commotion in the Ocean’ in our class this week, we think you ought to come and take a look! You will love the lift-the-flap sea creature facts that the children have been busy writing in their literacy books. Take a peek at parents’ evening. You will also see the ‘measuring manta rays’ that we have been busy making. The children chose the length of their manta ray’s tail and then we have used them as non-standard measuring tools. We have seen some marvelous measuring!
Spring has finally sprung and we will be embracing this by getting outdoors and searching our environment for signs of the season. Can you spot any sign of Spring in your garden or on your way to school? Please send us a photo if you do. If your grown up says it is ok to do so, you could always bring in a real sign of Autumn such as a beautiful daisy from your garden. Please remember though, you must not pick flowers without asking first.
Linked to our focus of Spring, we will be looking at new life and the life cycles of plants and animals such as frogs, butterflies and chickens. We will learn that life cycles go on and on and on!
Our book of the week is ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson which ties in nicely with our current topic of Water. It also focuses on the importance of sharing and we will be reflecting on this in our classroom environment. We will introduce our adventurous puppets, Ruby and Pete and will be role playing several sharing scenarios with a view to discuss the best approaches to negotiating compromise with our peers.
We have our pipettes and goggles at the ready and will be getting stuck in to some investigating this week. We will be finding out which materials are best for keeping our bears dry and will be introducing the language of ‘waterproof’ and even ‘water resistant’!
We have been amazed at how much the children have been engaged in our mini topic of Mermaids and Mermen.
The children have all written a letter to a mer-person of their choice and were amazed to have ALL received a response from either Mermaid Mary or Merman Mike. Who knew that mer-people were such good pen pals!
In our maths, the children have been polishing up on their skills of addition. However, instead of combining two groups of objects, the children have been using number lines. We have been finding the largest number first and then counting on by jumping for the correct number of spaces.
Perhaps you could make simple number line at home for your children to explore?
Here is a link to a video about counting on that you could watch with your child:
Some maths problems you could pose are:
- I need to make 3 cups of tea and 2 cups of coffee. Can you use the number line to work out how many drinks I need to make?
- There are 5 eggs in the box and 1 more on my plate. How many eggs altogether? Let’s use the number line.
- There were 6 cows in the field. 3 more came in. Count on to find the total.
Summer Term 1 - 23.4.18
The children have settled in well to the beginning of our final term in Reception.
We have a new 'snug' area in the classroom where the children can take their favourite book and cuddly toy for a chilled - out read.
Our home corner has been re-vamped to follow the children's interest of going on picnics and adventures. They have brightened it up with some summery flower art.
Outdoors, the children have been planting pretend seeds while in the role as Mr or Mrs McGregor in 'Mr McGregor's Garden'. We have spotted lots of cheeky looking rabbits stealing vegetables from there too!
We will soon be planting some real seeds which the children will beencouraged to nurture as we watch them grow. We would love to see some photos of your gardening projects at home.
Thank you to everybody who brought in a recycled planter as part of our eco competition. They have really helped to brighten up a corner of our outdoor area.
We will also be getting 'Mad about Minibeasts' during the next few weeks. We will go on bug hunts, learn about the life cycles of creatures such as butterflies and frogs and will be learning how to identify many different minibeasts.
Do you have any minibeast books or toys at home that you would like to share with us at school?
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