Category Archives: Foundation Blog

Merry Christmas from the Foundation Stage

It has been a very exciting week this week in the Foundation Stage. The children were so excited to see Santa on Tuesday, he called in via video link to say “Merry Christmas” to us all. We had our Christmas party on Thursday, where we enjoyed munching our Christmas party food and having a relaxing afternoon with our friends.

Note: The home learning set last week can also be for completion over the Christmas holiday.

The Foundation Stage team would like to say a very big thank you for all our Christmas cards and gifts that we have received. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy a wonderful break and look forward to seeing you in January.

Stick man

The children have been so excited by this week’s story; the much loved ‘Stick Man’. Even the youngest children have been able to join in with key phrases and notice that some of the words rhyme. The story has been read so many times this week, but each time it has been received with such enthusiasm.

To help Santa over the next few days, we have created an ‘elf workshop’. The enthusiastic elves have been designing and constructing with toys. The busy atmosphere in the work shop has been delightful to observe!

Outside, our builders have been industriously constructing a variety of brick homes for us to work in and the dumper trucks have busily distributed sand all over the playground!

Each class has been continuing the count down to Jesus’ birthday and Christmas day using our advent calendars. Everyone is becoming very excited with just four days of school to go before we can begin more Christmas festivities.

  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school, we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.

The Nativity

The Nativity

The children have enjoyed learning about the Nativity story and have been able to act out the story using our Nativity scene characters.

We have been getting into the Christmas spirit by opening our class advent calendar’s each day, creating decorations for our classrooms and writing Christmas lists for Father Christmas. 

Our party themed role play has been very popular, the children have loved dressing up in fancy dress, preparing party food, decorating as well as writing cards to friends and family. 

  • Our cooking activity next week will be making savoury biscuits. We will be using: dairy and soya free margarine, self-raising flour, dried oregano, dried basil, dried garlic, and water.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school, we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.

 

Message for Reception parents:

Every Tuesday and Friday your child can change their home reading book. This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into, he, she, be, we, me). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading.

If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask. We are always happy to help!

 

Ten in the Bed

Ten in the Bed

We have had a week full of stories that involve counting. We looked at ‘Ten in the Bed’ and ‘Ten go Hide and Seek’ by Penny Dale. We also explored books such as ‘Five Enormous Dinosaurs’ and ‘One Mole Digging a Hole’. Perhaps you have some counting books at home you could look at?

We have continued looking after all the babies in our baby clinic as well as practising our road safety skills outside. The children have really enjoyed getting very messy whilst exploring colour mixing with powder paints. They’ve really shown their creative skills in the making and designing area. We have seen everything being made from wings and crowns to houses and rockets.

  • Our cooking activity next week will be making fairy cakes. We will be using: eggs, dairy and soya free margarine, self-raising flour, sugar and icing sugar.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school, we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.

 

Message for Reception parents:

Every Tuesday and Friday your child can change their home reading book. This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into, he, she). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading.

If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask. We are always happy to help!

 

Nursery Rhymes

This week we have had a fantastic time introducing the children to a variety of different nursery rhymes. The children have thoroughly enjoyed joining in with the singing and actions and should have built up a repertoire to entertain you with! These might include; Old MacDonald, Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider as well as many more.

This week concluded our ‘bikeability’ in which all three Reception classes had a wonderful time honing their biking skills and learning how to ride safely. We have also been learning about road safely this week – we watched a video about how to keep safe near roads and all about the ‘Green Cross Code’. We then set up our outside role play with bikes and scooters and a ‘roadway’ with a zebra crossing where we had to stop our vehicles to let pedestrians cross safely! The children have really enjoyed this and are now experts at crossing roads with the support of their adult. Perhaps they can share all they have learnt with you.

  • Our cooking activity next week will be making apple crumble. We will be using: apples, dairy and soya free margarine, flour and sugar.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school, we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.

Message for Reception parents:

Every Tuesday and Friday your child can change their home reading book. This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into, he, she). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading. If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask. We are always happy to help!

Each, Peach, Pear, Plum

Each, Peach, Pear, Plum

This week we have been retelling an old, but still very popular rhyming text. ‘Each, Peach, Pear, Plum’ is an ‘I-spy’ text. As you read through the story, characters are hidden within the pictures. The children have found much delight in finding them and in re- finding where everyone is hiding. They have also enjoyed commenting where the characters were from. Many knew the nursery rhyme: ‘Jack and Jill’ and were equally pleased to be able to re-cap the ‘Three Bears’ story from last half term.

The children were all very eager to try the fruit pies made this week; they were so popular that they only lasted for one day.

Outside, the children have continued to use the ‘fire- fighters’ role play equipment, and have been creating fire engines using the big wooden bricks; tackling fires and rescuing more animals!

The Foundation children took part in a 2-minute silence on Wednesday for Armistice Day.

Children in Need activities were well received today. It has been lovely to see so many happy faces having fun whilst dancing; hand painting; playing ‘find-the-bear’ and taking part in craft activities. Thank you for your kind donations.

Our cooking activity next week will be making oat biscuits. We will be using: flour, dairy and soya free margarine, eggs, sugar, vanilla extract and oats.

  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you.

 Message for Reception parents:

Every Tuesday and Friday your child can change their home reading book. This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading.

If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask. We are always happy to help! 

Firefighters

Fireworks and firefighters

This week we have watched a D.V.D. about the role of fire fighters and what happens behind the scenes at a fire station. We then created our very own fire station in school and the children were very excited to ‘save the day’. Our busy fire fighters have been: creating fire engines using the big wooden bricks; making safety checks before the fire engine is used; tackling fires and rescuing cats amongst other tasks. The fire control centre has been busy taking calls and directing the fire engine to help others with their problems.

We talked about how important the fire fighters were not just during the fireworks season, but all year round, and that they not only attend fires but help us in many different ways. 

The children were all very eager this week at the thought of seeing fireworks and did not forget that it was ‘firework’ night on the fifth. They enjoyed making many different colourful firework pictures. It was also a golden opportunity for us all to talk about fire and ‘match’ safety and the need to look after our pets during this time of year.

Our cooking activity next week will be making fruit pies. We will be using autumnal fruit, such as apples and berries. We will also be using flour, dairy and soya free margarine and sugar.

Just a reminder: next Friday, the 13th November, is a non- uniform day where a £1.00 donation is made towards the Children in Need charity. We ask that you make this donation via the School Gateway App. Please do not bring in any money donations in cash. There will be a variety of exciting activities happening that morning, including the use of face paints on their hands. If your child has an allergy to these, then please inform your class teacher before next Friday. Many thanks.

 

Message for Reception parents:

Next Tuesday your child will bring home a reading book.  This book will be matched to their current phonic knowledge; therefore, they should be able to read the text using their phonic skills, as well as their knowledge of the tricky words they have learnt to date (i.e. I, the, to, no, go, into). Please ensure that they read these books as often as possible, to encourage fluency in their reading. The reading books will go out every Tuesday, returned on Friday and then a new book will be given out.  

If there is any further support or guidance that we can provide regarding home learning, please do not hesitate to ask.  We are always happy to help!