Category Archives: Foundation Blog

Dinosaurs

This week we have gone dinosaur crazy! We’ve been mixing up chocolate ‘swamp’ pudding, creating dinosaur skeleton pictures and role-playing going on a Jurassic journey where we assembled a jeep and used binoculars to find dinosaurs – unfortunately, we didn’t see any but it was fun to use our imaginations!

Other activities this week have included: exploring the Discovery garden in this beautiful weather, writing letters to anyone and everyone (including dinosaurs) and starting to practise the races for our Sports Day.

We were very lucky to have Stacey from the Dog’s Trust on Thursday who came to tell us all about dog safety. She talked about how to keep ourselves safe around dogs we don’t know and what to do if we would like to stroke a dog that does not belong to us. During independent learning, we chatted to Stacey about her dog, Midnight. We all had such a great time – thank you Stacey!

We have been exploring how to make our vocabulary grow and have learnt three new words for ‘think’. These are: ponder, reflect and deliberate.

Notes:

  • Please could we ask you to bring in any clear, empty plastic bottles for us to use for lava lamp science experiments.
  • Also, we would really appreciate it if you have any clean jam jar lids to be brought in for us to experiment with making musical instruments.

We are missing lots of the clothes that have been sent home when your child has been changed. Please could you check if you have any pants, socks, t-shirts, dresses etc. Also if you have any spare pants and socks that we could use we would be very grateful.

Our signs this week have been ‘dinosaur’ and ‘strong’.  

Monsters, Beasts and Dragons

Monsters, Beasts and Dragons!

This week in the Foundation Stage our theme has been monsters, beasts and dragons which the children have been engrossed in. They really have adored some new stories and we have seen some fantastic learning going on as a result.

To link to our story ‘Bears don’t eat egg sandwiches’ the children have had a choice of egg or cheese sandwiches which has been well received. Our dough area has been taken over by monsters and the playdough ended up brightly coloured which the children have enjoyed manipulating and showing their fine motor skills.

As the weather has been particularly windy this week the children have been making kites using different shaped card, raffia and hole punches. This was a popular activity and we have seen some wonderful kites being made.

Our theme during mathematics has been ‘patterns’ and the children have been able to show their ability to continue, create and recreate a whole host of different patterns using a range of resources and colours.

Some children have chosen to write about beasts and some decided to tell us their favourite foods, as the ‘Ravenous Beast’ from one of our stories ate almost everything!

Finally, during our P.E sessions this week we have learned and experimented with numerous different ways of moving and negotiating space, the children had a marvellous time when doing so.

Our signs this week have been; hungry, sandwich.

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Jack and the Beanstalk week 2

This week the children have continued to show great enthusiasm at retelling their favourite events from Jack and the Beanstalk within their role play, writing and through song. The children have also used their fantastic imaginations to describe what they would like to see if they had climbed a gigantic beanstalk. We’ve had colourful unicorns as well as spiky dinosaurs and strong superheroes living up above the clouds.

In the kitchen, we have been making ‘Jack’ sized scones, which were delicious!

Other activities have included building dens; creating small and large sized paintings and aiming at targets near or far away. The children have especially enjoyed measuring distance by dipping their wellies into paint and counting how many footprints long things are.

Our class beans are beginning to grow roots and shoots but some children are disappointed that no beanstalks have grown over night. Let’s hope we have some more warm and sunny days to give those beans an extra boost!

We have been exploring how to make our vocabulary grow and have learnt three new words for ‘big’. These are: enormous, gargantuan and gigantic.  

We have recorded the children singing four different songs from the story. We hope you enjoy listening to them and maybe even learning a couple with your child!

 

Notes:

We are still collecting cooking donations please and bags of compost or plants that you have spare. Thank you

Jack and the Beanstalk

We hope that you all had a lovely two week break and enjoyed the fabulous spring sunshine. The children all seemed excited to be back in school; quickly catching up with their friends and settling back into the learning routines.

Over the following few weeks, we are continuing to talk about the signs of spring, in particular linking this to plant growth. Consequently, our focus texts are linked to this, beginning this week with ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. This story is always a favourite for the foundation children as they love shouting the repeated phrases from the giant. There are so many different versions of the story to read and the children continually enjoy all the different tweaks.

Linking with the above themes, we have been investigating and experimenting with what conditions plants and seeds need to grow and flourish. The children have been discussing how plants need: water, warmth and light. The ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ story naturally lends itself to growing bean seeds, but as they are not as quick growing as the ones that Jack had, alongside we have sown cress seeds to see their quick results.

The children have also enjoyed digging in the soil pit in the garden. If you have any plants, seeds or bags of soil at home, we would be very pleased to receive your donations to add to our garden area.

As we’re teaching about plant growth and Jack and the Beanstalk for 2 weeks, the new home learning will be on the blog next week. However, we would like to set you and your child a challenge to see if you could grow something from a seed or bulb. Perhaps you could keep a diary with photographs that your child has taken, and bring this or your actual plant to school to show your class.

Notes:

  • As we are in a new term, we are now collecting the cooking donations of £3.00 per child and also a box of tissues per child. Many thanks.
  • This week we have learnt the signs for bean and cow.

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt

This week we have been looking at the story ‘We’re Going on an Egg Hunt’, which has made everyone very excited about Easter time. The children have thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as bunnies and hiding eggs around the playground for their friends to find.

Throughout the book, the characters are counting the eggs that they have found. To promote this, we have had lots of different opportunities for children to be able to practise their counting forwards, backwards and number bonds to ten. For example, we have numbered skittles and the children have been counting how many they knock down and how many are left.

We have also been such a ‘Creative Chameleons’ by decorating different eggs, making glittery playdough and creating beautiful paintings of the cherry blossom trees in the playground.

We have been exploring how to make our vocabulary grow and have learnt three new words for ‘hunt’. These are: search, scour and rootle about.

 

We have learnt the signs: spring, chick and where.

Notes:

We would appreciate any clean recyclable materials to use for making models in school.

We hope that you have a wonderful Easter break and look forward to seeing you in the summer term.