Category Archives: Foundation Blog

Happy Holidays!

As we come to the end of another school year and look back and reflect, we are all so proud of all the children within the Foundation Unit. They have all become such super learners and we are sure that you are also just as proud of your children. They have not been phased at the challenges of moving out and back into their classrooms, and we have been particularly impressed at the way the Nursery children have coped with the changes; just taking everything in their stride.

 

We hope that you all have a lovely, busy family time in the holidays and look forward to seeing just how much the children have grown over the summer months. It would also be lovely for this weather to continue for a few more weeks!

 

We would like to thank you for all your help and for supporting all the teachers and teaching assistants this year. From all the team, have a happy holiday and …

Supertato!

Supertato!

This week we have all been in hysterics over the story ‘Supertato’. It is a story about a super hero who is a potato and needs to save the vegetables and fruits from the evil pea! This story has thoroughly engaged the interests of the children. They have been writing about their favourite super heroes, making masks and capes using the reclaimed materials and some have even made their own Supertatoes!

We have had our last two transition sessions this week and have been so amazed at how settled the children are when going into their new classrooms.

Our new signs this week have been: ‘help’ and ‘strong’

Notes:

  • As the weather continues to be warm, please ensure your child brings a sun hat in and has sun cream applied before coming to school in the morning.
  • We continue to need reclaimed materials for our junk modelling corner, the children are so keen to create different things.

Savannah

Savannah

We have continued our wild animal theme for another week having moved from the Jungle to the Savannah this week. The children have continued to enjoy a range of stories and explore all things Savannah. We have learnt all about the animals that are found in the Savannah as well as many other interesting facts. The children particularly enjoyed the story ‘Giraffes can’t Dance’ in which Gerald the giraffe found out that he could dance, he just needed a different song!

It has been yet another busy week for the Foundation children who were all extremely excited on our first transition day when they found out their new teachers and classes for September. The children had a lovely time with their Year 1 teachers and are looking forward to more transition days next week. These will be Monday 8th July and Thursday 11th July. Also next week there will be a ‘meet the teacher’ evening on Thursday 11th July from 3:30pm. Parents and their children are invited to drop into their new classroom and have the chance to chat to their new teacher.

Our signs this week have been; giraffe, elephant and lion.

Notes:

We would be grateful to receive more reclaimed materials: cardboard boxes, kitchen roll tubes, clean pots and containers that have ‘nut-free’ contents.

Help!

We are very short of spare socks. Do you have any you could donate? If so we would be very grateful for them!

Thank you.

 

In the jungle

In the Jungle

Although it has been a very busy week we have still had time to explore ‘the jungle’; discovering what the climate is like and the wildlife there. We used the poetry book ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and discovered that some of the animals mentioned do not live in the jungle!

The reception children have created ‘Guess what I am’ booklets, where they wrote several clues and then you lift the flap to reveal the jungle creature. Perhaps you could ask your child to tell you the about their chosen animal for you to have a guess!

We have been exploring how to make our vocabulary grow and have learnt three new words for ‘scary’: These are frightening, terrifying and fearsome.

Our signs this week have been; snake, elephant and monkey.

Class caterpillar update:

All the classes returned from the long weekend to find butterflies in their nets. Everybody was surprised as the caterpillars had only been in their chrysalis for one week rather than the predicted two.

By Friday all our caterpillars had turned into beautiful orange and black butterflies!

Sports day

Didn’t the children all do well? We expect that you were as proud of them as we were; what great team spirit and enthusiasm was shown! We were also very pleased that the weather was kind to us; it was a great day for both the Nursery and the Reception classes. Thank you for coming to support us.

Also a ‘big’ thank you to all the adults that came to help!

Notes:

We would be grateful to receive more reclaimed materials: cardboard boxes, kitchen roll tubes, clean pots and containers that have ‘nut-free’ contents.

Help!

We are very short of spare socks. Do you have any you could donate? If so we would be very grateful for them!

Thank you.

 

Imagination

Caterpillar update

  • Our caterpillars have grown and changed very quickly- in about a week they were fully grown!
  • Now each class has a pot of caterpillar chrysalis’ and it’s just a waiting game to see who will have the first butterflies
  • The children are just so excited by the whole process; I’m sure they will let you know when it happens!

Imagination

This week we have been talking about how we use our imagination; how we all think creatively about different scenarios. The children have enjoyed a variety of stories where the characters’ either draw pictures or retell stories. Perhaps your child could retell some to you?

Alongside this, we have created our own books and ‘doodle’ pictures using a variety of mark making materials. They have really enjoyed drawing and chatting to their friends about their art pieces.

We have had a little success with practising our Sports Day races – fingers crossed for lovely weather next week. If you have not received your information e-mail regarding sports day, then please speak to your class teacher.

To give us energy to take part in the races, the children have made (and eaten) ‘energy bites’. They were very popular!

We have been exploring how to make our vocabulary grow and have learnt three new words for ‘imagine’. These are: visualise, envisage and picture.

Our signs this week have been; to think, to model and to draw.

Notes: – if you have any spare trousers or shorts at home, we would really appreciate some in school to stock up our spare clothes boxes.

Mad About Minibeasts

Mad About Minibeasts

This week we have been exploring the rhyming book ‘Mad About Minibeasts’ by Giles Andreae and we certainly have been mad about minibeasts! The children have loved going up into the Discovery Garden (when it wasn’t raining) and searching for as many minibeasts as they could find. We looked under logs, in bushes and on flowers; we saw hundreds of different types.

We have learnt two different songs, one about a caterpillar and one about what minibeast we might like to be. We have filmed the children singing these songs – perhaps they can teach you the words at home?!

Our caterpillars are growing very quickly and the children love watching their progress and talking about what has happened. We think Mrs Woodward’s caterpillars are the biggest so far.

We have been exploring how to make our vocabulary grow and have learnt three new words for ‘find’. These are: spot, locate and discover.

Notes:

As we are now in the summer term, please ensure your children have sun cream applied before coming into school and can they be provided with a named sunhat. Hopefully it will stop raining and we can enjoy some summer weather.

We have added two new signs to link with our theme this week, they are: spider and insect.