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Week Commencing 17.01.22
Hello all,


In Phonics this week we have….
- Learnt the new Phase 3 phonemes y, z, zz, qu (see phonics booklet).
- Played ‘silly soup’ with things starting with ‘y’. Would you like some yak, yoghurt soup? Is it yucky or yummy?
- Created a list of words from Sid and Squeak’s picture clues including zip, yum, zap.
- Played ‘digraph detectives’. We read a word and went to one end of the room if it had a ‘z’ in it and the other end of the room if it had a digraph ‘zz’ e.g. buzz, fizz, zig zag.  
- Helped feed the penguins by writing a word that matched the picture clue on their belly e.g. quit, quiz, quick.
- Played ‘swapping seats’. We read a word and swapped seats if we had the corresponding picture e.g. quack, jazz, yell.

- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘Dad had to yell “no!”, ‘He can fix a zip.’ ‘Can a web buzz?’, ‘The duck quacks.’

In Maths this week we have…
- Identified the ‘whole’ when shown 1 part of a picture.
- Identified that parts are still visible when they are assembled to make the whole.
- Heard the language ‘whole’ and ‘parts’.
- Investigated ways to compose and de-compose sets of 2, 3 and 4.
- Explored using non-standard units of measure to measure penguins.


In English/ Topic time this week we have…
- Shared our focus story ‘Lost and Found’.
- Answered how and why questions about the story.
- Used visuals and actions to help retell parts of the story.
- Discussed new vocabulary from the book such as ‘delighted’, ‘lonely’ and ‘discovered’.
- Engaged with mark making activities in provision linked to our story such as making ‘Found’ posters for our penguin, creating a suitcase of things to take to Antarctica, designing a house for a toy penguin out of LEGO, and writing about what mode of transport the penguin might have used to travel from the South Pole.
- Started working in small groups to create a moving vehicle for the penguin out of junk modelling (thank you so much for all your donations). This will continue next week so that everyone gets a turn.


In R Time this week we have…
- Shared the story ‘Magical Yet’.
- Reflected on how the character in the story showed resilience.
- Discussed what we find difficult and how we could be resilient.
- Learnt that “I can’t do it yet but if I keep trying one day I will do all the things I can’t do today”.


In Handwriting this week we have…
- Practised holding our pen in a tripod grasp.
- Practised writing our name.
- Continued to practise correctly forming the one armed robot letters r, b, n, h, m, k, p. These are particularly tricky as we have to remember to always start at the top of the letter and bounce back up!

The Foundation Team

Week Commencing 10.01.22

Hello all,


First of all let’s start with an egg update as I am sure you have been waiting to hear. Each day the children eagerly inspected the egg to see whether it had hatched. On Monday we discovered a small crack, which the children were very excited about. The crack got bigger each day until…. it finally hatched! We are now the proud owners of a penguin chick.

In Phonics this week we have….
- Recapped all of our Phase 2 phonemes.
- Recapped our tricky words a, as, is, go, no, I, into, to, the, his, of.
- Learnt the new Phase 3 phonemes j, v, w, x (see phonics booklet).
- Played ‘speedy snowman’. We had to read a set of words before the snowman melted e.g. jam, jig, jet, jug.
- Played ‘bouncy blending’. We had three hoops with phonemes in. We took turns to jump into each hoop to sound out the word and then blend it back together at the end. If we blended the word correct we could throw a snowball at Jack Frost!
- Played ‘cross the *frozen* river’. We segmented and blended to read words containing j, v, w and x. If we had the corresponding picture we could attempt to cross the river.
- Segmented to spell words by writing a list of what was in Jack Frost’s bag and making words with snowflakes that have letters on them.
- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘Jack can jog up the hill.’ ‘I can jog to get fit’. ‘The fox is in a van’. ‘Jack will get wet’.

In Maths this week we have…
- Practised subitising dot patterns.
- Played a game of ‘who has more?’ and ‘who has fewer?’
- Compared groups of objects by matching them one to one.
- Explored making groups of objects equal.

In English/ Topic time this week we have…
- Explored the story ‘The Emperor’s Egg’.
- Learnt about the habitat for Emperor Penguins. We researched Antartica and found out that it is the coldest and windiest continent on Earth! Did you know that it is home to an active volcano called Mount Erebus? We enjoyed looking at maps in provision.
- Discussed the appearance of an Emperor Penguin. We learnt how they are adapted to live in Antartica. Did you know that an Emperor Penguin is the tallest species of penguin?
- Discussed the diet of an Emperor Penguin. We know that they have a hooked beak and barbs on their tongue to help them catch squid, krill and fish.
- Learnt about the life cycle of an Emperor Penguin.
- Been news reporters! We had a go at writing what has happened to our egg this week to update everyone around school.

In R Time this week we have…
- Helped Cyril and Bruce (the squirrels who squabbled) resolve their conflicts in different scenarios such as not sharing toys and not allowing others to join in with games.

In Handwriting this week we have…
- Practised holding our pen in a tripod grasp.
- Practised writing our name.
- Practised correctly forming the one armed robot letters r, b, n, h, m, k, p. These are particularly tricky as we have to remember to always start at the top of the letter and bounce back up!

The Foundation Team

Week Commencing 04.01.22

Hello all,

We have had a wonderful first week back and are very excited to get started with our new topic ‘Winter Wonderland’. On Thursday we received a letter and a special parcel from Jack Frost. He informed us that whilst he was sprinkling some frost on the floor in the morning he discovered some lost eggs. Unfortunately, he is far too busy during the Winter months to take care of lost eggs so he asked his friends in the North Pole (Elfie and Buddy the elves) what he should do with them. They suggested sending the eggs to Ladybirds and Butterflies to look after! So, Ladybirds and Butterflies are now the proud owners of two lost eggs. We don’t know what they are, or where Jack Frost found them but we are keeping them safe. Some children even made blankets and cushions to keep warm! Currently the eggs haven’t hatched although, some children are convinced they heard noises coming from them today! We are eagerly awaiting the day that they hatch, watch this space!

In Phonics this week we have….
- Recapped all of our Phase 2 phonemes (next week we will be moving on to Phase 3).
- Recapped our tricky words a, as, is, go, no, I, into, to, the, his, of
- Played ‘swapping seats’. We segmented and blended a word and then the children with the corresponding picture swapped places.
- Played ‘bouncy blending’. We had three hoops with phonemes in. We took turns to jump into each hoop to sound out the word and then blend it back together at the end.
- Played ‘box of words’. We passed a box around the circle. When the song finished we picked out a word, read it and then matched it to the corresponding picture.
- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘The kid fell into the mud.’ ‘The man put his cap on’. ‘The sun is up.’

In Maths this week we have…
- Played ‘simon says’ to practise accurately counting actions e.g. clap three times, jump 4 times, touch your nose 2 times etc.
- Learnt a counting song.
- Practised representing numbers using our fingers in different ways.
- Created collections of objects by accurately one to one counting.
- Explored five frames and learnt that 5 and 5 make 10.

In English/ Topic time this week we have…
- Identified the seasons and discussed the signs of Winter.
- Had a mysterious egg delivered to our classroom.
- Shared books about eggs including ‘The secret of the egg’, ‘Guess what’s growing inside this egg’ to help inform our ideas.


In R Time this week we have…
- Practised our speaking and listening by sharing news about our 2 week break.
- Discussed New Years Resolutions and reflected on what we want to get better at this year.

In Handwriting this week we have…
- Practised holding our pen in a tripod grasp.
- Practised writing our name.
- Practised correctly forming all the long-legged giraffe letters l, i, t, u, j, y.

The Foundation Team

 

Week Commencing 13.12.21

Hello all,


First of all, can you believe that the children have been in school for a whole term?! That is 64 full school days. Time really does fly when you're having fun. It has been a joy to see how the children's confidence has blossomed, friendships have been formed and new learning milestones have been reached already. We can't wait to see what they achieve in the New Year.

In summary, this week we have...
worn brilliant Christmas outfits, ate special food, sang Christmas carols, played with festive small world characters, made toys and cards in the elf workshop, created maps of the classroom to help Santa collect the elves, been given a present from Santa, had a Polar Express day, read lots of Christmas advent books, made heart-felt presents and cards for our families and PARTIED! 🎅🎄

Finally, and most importantly, we just wanted to say an enormous THANK YOU for your very thoughtful words, cards and gifts and also for your support so far this year. 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

The Foundation Team
 

Week Commencing 06.12.21

Hello all,

In Phonics this week we have….
- Recapped all of the Phase 2 phonemes.
- Recapped all of the tricky words we have learnt so far.
- Practised our segmenting and blending by playing lots of games! We have read words on presents and put them onto the sleigh if it was a real word or into the bin if it was a silly word. We have read words on baubles when the cheeky elf knocked them off the tree so we could put them back on again. We have also played ‘quick draw’ where we segmented a word and then had 20 seconds to draw it to show we had blended it back together again e.g. p-i-g, b-e-d etc.
- Segmented to spell words such as hat, log, red, cup.
- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘A man in a hat.’ ‘Put it on top’. ‘Get into bed’.

In Maths this week we have…
- Learnt about 2D shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle).
- Been on a shape hunt around the classroom to see whether we could spot shapes in everyday objects.
- Learnt about 2 part repeating patterns.
- Explored, continued and created 2 part repeating patterns using colours, Christmas pictures and actions.

In English/ Topic time this week we have…
- Continued to chant our Christmas story ‘We’re Going on a Baby Hunt’.
- Discussed how to keep our teeth healthy by brushing them twice a day, going to the dentist, drinking water/ milk and eating healthy food.

In Music this week we have…
- Practised singing our Christmas songs and performing them on stage.

Today we performed our Christmas show ‘We’re Going on a Baby Hunt’. I am sure you will agree that the children were absolutely amazing! They sang beautifully, remembered lots of words/ actions, and were super brave on stage. I speak on behalf of all the adults in Foundation when I say we were bursting with pride. We would like to say another BIG thank you to all of you for your support with the costumes. The children were really excited about their outfits and they looked absolutely brilliant. Also thank you for coming along to see our show, it was lovely to be able to welcome you into school and celebrate together. We welcome any feedback (positive or constructive) regarding the Christmas performance as it is helpful when planning future events.

The Foundation Team

 Week Commencing 29.11.21

Hello all, 


In Phonics this week we have….
- Learnt the phonemes l and ll, ss (which are digraphs as they are two letters that make one sound).
- Learnt the new tricky words ‘his’ ‘of’.
- Practised segmenting and blending the high frequency words ‘back, if, off’
- Played ‘silly soup’ by only including items that started with the ‘l’ sound e.g. lion, letter, lamp, lolly etc.
- Played ‘fastest finger’. We segmented and blended a word then pointed to the corresponding picture as fast as we could. All of the words contained our new ‘l’ and ‘ll’ phonemes e.g. doll, leg, bell, lip.
- Played ‘digraph detectives’. We had to underline all the digraphs we could spot in a list of words before the timer ran out.
- Played ‘cross the river’. We segmented and blended a word and if we had the corresponding picture we could try and cross the river.
- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘The dog is on the log.’ ‘ A doll in a cot.’ ‘It is a mess.’

In Maths this week we have…
- Compared 2 sets of objects and said which has ‘more’ and which has ‘fewer’.
- Continued to practise showing numbers on our fingers in different ways.


In English/ Topic time this week we have…
- Started to learn our Christmas performance story ‘We’re going on a baby hunt’. Each day we have focused on a different part of the story to chant while doing actions.
- Had a go at saying parts of our story while also singing our Christmas songs in between. We have even been on the stage in the hall a couple of times to do it.

In R time this week we have…
- Shared the story ‘Peace at Last’.
- Discussed night-time routines and helped order what Baby Bear should do to prepare to go to sleep instead of playing with his aeroplane!


In Handwriting this week we have…
- Practised holding our pen in a tripod grasp.
- Practised correctly forming all the long-legged giraffe letters l, i, t, u, j, y.
- Started to learn the one-armed robot letter ‘r’.


This week we were very excited to get started with advent. Each day in Ladybirds and Butterflies Class we have received a wrapped up Christmas themed book to read at home time. We also currently have Santa’s elves ‘Elfie’ and ‘Buddy’ getting up to all sorts of mischief in our classrooms. Although, they did set up an elves workshop for us to play in so I suppose we can forgive them! (photos to follow).

The Foundation Team
 

Week Commencing 22.11.21

Hello all,
 

In Phonics this week we have….
- Learnt the phonemes h, b, f and ff (which is a digraph as it is two letters that make one sound).
- Learnt the new tricky words ‘no’, ‘go’, ‘I’. 
- Practised segmenting and blending high frequency words e.g. mum, had, him, but, big.
- Played ‘silly soup’ by only including items that started with the ‘h’ sound e.g. hammer, house, hat.
- Played ‘cross the river’. We segmented and blended a word and if they had the corresponding picture they could cross the river e.g. hot, bus, hug, back. 
- Played ‘stand up segmenting’. We segmented a word and blended it before standing up to indicate the correct picture. 
- Played ‘across the room’. We had to be super spotters to see whether a word contained a single ‘f’ or a digraph ‘ff’ then go to the corresponding phoneme in the room e.g. huff, puff.
- Helped the owl mother get back to her babies by reading words. Each time we read a word correctly she got a bit closer to them. 
- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘I got off the bus.’ ‘The hen can dig.’ ‘The bat had a hat’.
 

In Maths this week we have…
- Practised subitised 2, 3 and 4 by saying the number of sounds that they can hear (drum beats) without needing to count. We have also subitised by looking at small quantities. 
- Looked closely at a small selection of objects and discussed whether the quantity had changed or only the arrangement. 
- Represented quantities in different ways by using a number of fingers on one hand. 
- Represented and described 4 in different shapes e.g. 3 in a line and 1 on top, 2 blocks on top of another 2 blocks etc. (This will help develop their understanding of part-whole). 

 

In English/ Topic time this week we have…
- Continued our learning around the story ‘Owl Babies’.
- Created actions for the story and acted it out using visual cues. 
- Made our own owl babies story map to recall key events from the beginning, middle and end.
- Learnt about nocturnal animals (foxes, badgers, bats, hedgehogs, owls). 
- Shared a non-fiction book ‘Owls and Owlets’ in small groups. We used the contents page to choose what we wanted to research and found the correct page number. 
- Watched videos about Barn Owls flying silently and a White-Faced Scops Owl transforming when it is frightened. 

 

In Handwriting this week we have…
- Practised holding our pen in a tripod grasp.
- Learnt some of the long legged giraffe letters l, i, u, t. 

 

Today we had a wonderful visit from Bob the owl expert. We met Archie the Barn Owl and Gizmo the White-Faced Scops Owl. He taught us lots of interesting facts about what they look like, what they eat and how they hunt. We did an experiment where we closed our eyes and listened carefully to see if we could hear the Barn Owl flying. It was completely silent which is why it is often referred to as the ghost owl! Some of us had a go at putting out a gloved hand for the owl to fly and perch on. Owls don’t always do as you want them to though… some highlights included Bob getting pooed on by Gizmo and Archie landing on Miss Boultby’s head! We also got the opportunity to sketch the owls as they stood on their perch. We tried our best to include all the important features of an owl such as their eyes, beak, wings, feathers and sharp talons. It was an amazing, unforgettable experience so thank you for your support with this.

 

The Foundation Team

 Week Commencing 15.11.21

 

Hello all, 

In Phonics this week we have….
- Learnt the phonemes e, u, r and ck (which is a digraph as it is two letters that make one sound).
- Learnt the new tricky words ‘to’ ‘the’ ‘into’.
- Practised segmenting and blending high frequency words e.g. get, up, put, mum
- Played ‘around the room’. We had to look carefully at words to see whether it had a ‘c’ a ‘k’ or a ‘ck’ in it and then go to the correct phoneme in the room. If it was the digraph then the item could be put into a rocket e.g. duck, sock, rock etc.
- Played ‘fastest finger’. We segmented a word and blended it before pointing to the correct image on a sheet of paper as fast as we could.
- Played ‘bouncy blending’. We created words using 3 hoops with a phoneme in each one. As we jumped into each hoop we said the sound and then once we got to the end we blended them back together e.g. m-u-d = mud
- Played ‘cross the river’. We segmented and blended a word and if they had the corresponding picture they could cross the river.

- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘A rip in the rug’, ‘A kid can kick’, ‘Get a pen’.

In Maths this week we have…
- Explored the composition of 2, 3 and 4 by making collections using a variety of objects (including different colours, sizes and types).
- Used stem sentences such as “1 and another 1 is 2”, “1 and 1 and 1 is 3”, “3 and 1 makes 4”.


In English/ Topic time this week we have…
- Shared the story Owl Babies.
- Joined in with repeated refrains such as ‘I want my mummy!’ and ‘all owls think a lot’.
- Created a class story map by reflecting on what happens in the beginning, middle and end.
- Discussed what ‘Children in Need’ is and what we can do to help. We explored lots of things in provision such as cutting out cakes to design a cake stall, designing an Autumn outfit for Pudsey, carefully counting/ sorting pom poms with tweezers and delivering them to the different numbered Pudsey bears, doing a colour by number of Pudsey’s face and making spotty patterns. Everyone also received a special Pudsey sticker at the end of the day.

In R Time this week we have…
- Discussed Anti-Bullying week by celebrating what makes us special and unique, sharing our odd socks and reflecting on how we can use ‘one kind word’ to make a big difference. We created our own odd sock designs within provision.
- Learnt the two STOPs (Several Times On Purpose and Start Telling Other People).
- Created our own ‘helping hand’ by reflecting on the different people at home and at school that we can talk to if we need help.


In Handwriting this week we have
- Practised holding our pen in a tripod grasp.
- Made patterns such as spirals, left to right orientation, waves, joining straight lines, diagonal lines and lazy eights.

You may have noticed that we now have morning missions when we come into school as we are so smart! On a Monday we have a pen disco where we make marks to music on big piece of paper. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we practise writing our name in our special books and on a Friday we have lots of fun fine motor activities to choose from and get busy with. This will help us to become super writers!

Today the children were all given a special role in our Christmas performance. These were carefully selected based on the parts they voiced an interest in, so everyone got to be something they liked. We have placed a letter into book bags that outlines what they are and possible costume ideas. If your child’s letter has been lost, then please let us know and we can send you a message.

Have a lovely weekend!

The Foundation Team
 

Week Commencing 08.11.21

 Hello all,

In Phonics this week we have….
- Learnt the phonemes g, o, c, k. 
- Practised reading the tricky words ‘a’, ‘as, ‘is’.
- Practised segmenting and blending high frequency words e.g. got, not, on, can.  
- Made a silly soup with things that start with ‘g’ 
- Helped Ollie the octopus sort items by finding the correct sound around the room. 
- Practised segmenting and blending words by matching the word on the letter to the picture to post them, reading words off kites and playing cross the river.  
- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘a pig in a pit’, ‘cat and dog’ and ‘a nap in a cot’.

 

In Maths this week we have…
- Sang the nursery rhyme 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive 
- Explored how the last number in the count tells us ‘how many’. 
- Practised counting an object using one to one counting.  
- Explored counting things we can’t see (claps, stamps etc). 
- Recorded the results of our counting using our fingers.

 

In English/ Topic time this week we have…
- Shared the story Leaf Man 
- Found out about the Sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. We discussed what natural materials he used to make his sculptures and reflected on what we liked about them. We then created our own art using natural materials outside inspired by him.
- Named the four seasons focusing on Autumn in particular. We discussed what happens to the trees, the weather, the animals, what we celebrate and spoke about the days becoming shorter in Autumn.   

 

In Handwriting this week we have
- We have practised holding our pen in a tripod grasp.  
- Made patterns such as loops and bridges, angled patterns, eights and joined straight lines.  

 

Thank you to everyone who attended out Phonics Meetings last night, we hope you found it informative and useful. For those unable to attend, the PowerPoint is on our class page on the website to look at. We have also placed a phoneme mat and rainbow words mat in your child’s bag. This shows all the sounds and rainbow words they will learn by the end of the year. An electronic copy of these resources are also on our class page.  


The Foundation Team 

Week Commencing 01.11.21

 

Hello all,

After a 2 week half term the children have all settled back into school brilliantly. We have loved having them back in the classroom and are excited to begin our new topic 'Light and Dark'.
 

In Phonics this week we have….
- Recapped the phonemes s, a, t, p, i, n, m, d and the tricky words a, as and is.
- Practised segmenting and blending high frequency words it, in, an, and, dad.
- Practised our segmenting and blending by reading words on bottles to create a potion, jumping into hoops containing letters to create words and reading words on fireworks to set them off.
- Read short sentences and captions such as ‘tip it in’, ‘it is a pip’ and ‘sit and sip’.
 

In Maths this week we have…
- Practised subitising within 3 looking at different arrangements.
- Represented quantities on our fingers in different ways.
- Identified 1, 2 and 3 within large groups.
 

In Topic time this week we have…
- Shared the story Shubh Diwali.
- Discussed how people celebrate Diwali and  compared similarities and differences between other celebrations.
- Watched videos on CBeebies to find out how Jessica prepared and celebrated Diwali.
- Learnt about firework safety such as wearing gloves while holding a sparkler and standing back from a firework or bonfire.
- In provision we have drawn pictures of what we dressed up as for Halloween, made Diwali cards, designed Mehndi and Rangoli patterns, created fireworks pictures and made firework patterns in sparkly glitter.
 

In R time this week we have...
- Discussed how we celebrated Halloween.
- Practised our speaking and listening skills to share news from half term.
 

This week we have also started Handwriting. In Handwriting we have...
- Warmed up our bodies and our hands before mark-making patterns such as dots, straight lines and crosses, circles and waves.
- Practised holding our pen in a tripod grasp. 
 

It was lovely to see you all at Parents Evening and share your child's achievements with you. Thank you so much for attending.
 

We hope you are all enjoying your 3 day weekend,

The Foundation Team

Week Commencing 11.10.21

Hello all,

In Phonics this week we have….
- Learnt the phonemes i, n, m, d.
- Learnt the rainbow words is (tricky) it, an, in, dad, and (high frequency).
- Made silly soup with things that start with 'i'.
- Helped Sid and Squeak the squirrels find items beginning with 'n' in their net.
- Played 'around the room'. We listened to a word and went to the initial sound that was on the wall somewhere in the classroom e.g. map.... go to the 'm'.
- Played odd one out. Most of the words started with 'd' but one didn't. We had to listen really carefully to spot the sneaky one that was trying to trick us e.g. dog, duck, sun.
- Practised segmenting and blending to read words on a pumpkin such as tin, dim, man.

In English this week we have….
- Learnt about the importance of shop workers and farmers.
- Discussed where food comes from and how it is grown and harvested.
- Shared the story 'Oliver's vegetables'.
- Created a shopping list by drawing pictures and having a go at writing the initial sounds e.g. a for apple, p for pumpkin, s for strawberry etc.

In Topic time this week we have…
- Learnt that we have 5 senses; sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing.
- Explored one sense each day by investigating fruit and vegetables. We created a class word bank of vocabulary to describe them.
- Looked carefully at a pumpkin, aubergine, courgette, potato, lemon and orange. We tried to spot something about it that no one else noticed and looked at it close up on our visualiser.
- Smelt lemon, orange, ginger, cinnamon, onion and mint. We discussed which ones we liked/ disliked and why.
- Tasted blueberries, lemon, orange and pepper. We compared the taste and said which one we preferred.
- Felt pumpkin, orange, aubergine, lemon, courgette and potato.
- Listened carefully to mystery jars that were secretly filled with rice, beans, water and an apple.

To commemorate World Mental Health Day we have...
- Completed a challenge each day to help keep our minds healthy.
- Learnt a new skill. We became artists and learnt how to draw a self-portrait.
- Been active! We completed a fun fit obstacle course mission outside.
- Connected with others. We tried to play with somebody new and invited others to join in with our games.
- Given to others. We made friendship bracelets and gave them to each other.
- Slowed down and focused on something. We did some mindfulness colouring and calming yoga.
- Showed off our fantastic outfits that make us happy!

In R time this week we have...
- Learnt about what Harvest Festival is, how people celebrate it and why it is important to help others.

On Thursday Ladybirds and Butterflies class went into the hall with Year One and Year Two for a special Harvest Festival Assembly. It was very exciting as it was the first time we have been into an assembly. We performed our song '5 little seeds' and we got to listen to the Year 1's and the Year 2's special songs. Then we all sang songs together such as 'big red combine harvester' and 'you can pick a little bean'. The children were very brave and sang beautifully. All the adults were beaming with pride and the children absolutely loved it! It was a lovely way to celebrate all together.

We have had a SUPER first half-term at school. The time has absolutely flown by as we have had so much fun. We can't wait to start our new topic after the 2 week break.

Thank you so much for all your support. We hope you have a relaxing half-term holiday filled with special memories,

The Foundation Team

Week Commencing 04.10.21

 Hello all,


Today we had a very short visit from some fire fighters. They came to tell us about their important job and to show us their fire engine. However, before we had the chance to do anything they got called away on an emergency. Fingers crossed we will be able to reschedule this visit so the children can experience it properly.

In Phonics this week we have….
- Learnt the phonemes s, a, t, p.
- Met Ned and Norma the gnomes who taught us their rainbow words as, a (tricky) at (high frequency).
- Made silly soup with things that start with ‘s’ and ‘p’. Would you like to eat a salt, sock, sandwich soup or a pirate, pumpkin, pie soup?
- Helped sort a very muddled bag of pictures based on whether they started with ‘s’ or ‘a’
- Carefully selected birthday presents for a troll who only likes things that start with a ‘t’. A train, teddy and tractor was very gratefully received!
- Helped Fireman Sam rescue a cat from a tree by robot talking and blending to read words such as sat, pat, tap, sap. Each time we read a word successfully Fireman Sam moved up on the ladder.


In English this week we have….
- Shared the story ‘Real Superheroes’ by Julia Seal.
- Focused on a different ‘real-life superhero’ in our community each day. We have played with themed small world and activities in provision.
- Been introduced to the important job that doctors, nurses and paramedics do. We had our very own teddy, doll and dinosaur hospitals in Ladybirds and Butterflies Class. We made special badges to show our role and filled out patient forms.
- Learnt about police officers and created police badges to use in role play.
- Discussed what postal workers do and had a go at writing our own letters to post into our class post box.
- Briefly met some real fire fighters. We talked about what they do, what they wear and where they work. We designed our own fire engines and put out chalk fires using spray water bottles.


In Topic time this week we have…
- Identified parts of the body including wrist, elbow, thumb, chest etc.
- Labelled a willing friend using word cards.
- Independently had a go at applying this knowledge via a cut and stick activity in provision.


In Maths this week we have…
- Met the number blocks 4 and 5.
- Learnt that 4 is one more than 3 and 5 is one more than 4.
- Discussed that 4 can be represented in different ways, including in the shape of a square.
- Practised ordering numbers 1-5.
- Learnt the three rules of counting…. Count everything once, say the numbers in the right order, the last number is how many.


Next week we will be learning about more superheroes within our community with a focus around harvest.

Have a lovely weekend!

The Foundation Team
 

Evil Pea has been captured!

Week Commencing 27.09.21

Hello all,

We kick started our week with our Superhero Dress Up Day, as mentioned in the previous post. We had lots of fun and looked amazing in our costumes.

In Phonics this week we have….
- Sang ‘Old Macdonald’ but with a twist. The children had to blend the animal back together to work out what it was e.g. p-i-g = pig!
- Played ‘I Spy’. Ron the robot sounded out a word and the children had to find that item in the room e.g. p-e-n = pen!
- Played ‘Changing Seats’. Each child had a picture, when Ron the robot sounded out a word the children with that picture had to swap places.
- Played ‘Around the Room’. We had a variety of images around the room (boat, path, fish, shell, wing, queen etc). When Ron the robot sounded out a word we had to go to correct picture.

In English this week we have….
- Created a class story map of Supertato.
- Used the story map to retell Supertato in our own words.
- Discussed our favourite part of the story and had a go at drawing it.

 

In Topic time this week we have…
- Learnt that fruit and vegetables keep us healthy, and we should try to eat ‘Super 7’ a day.
- Some foods have a lot of sugar, salt and fat in that are unhealthy and although we can have some as a treat, we can’t eat them all the time or we would feel bad.
- Helped Supertato to sort food into healthy and unhealthy after Evil Pea mixed them all up!

 

In Maths this week we have…
- Met the number blocks 1, 2 and 3.
- Learnt that 2 is one more than 1 and 3 is one more than 2.
- Practised recognising different representations of 1, 2 and 3.
- Learnt that 1 and 1 make 2 and 2 and 1 make 3.
- Ordered numbers 1-3.

 

Today we received a letter from Supertato thanking us for rescuing him and his friends on Monday. He also said he was inspired by our ideas to trap Evil Pea and from this he had created a successful ice trap which Evil Pea got stuck in. Miss Potter discovered that Evil Pea is now a block of ice in our staffroom freezer! The children couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw him and told us to quickly put him back in the freezer where he belongs before he could escape again.

 

Next week we will be learning about real-life superheroes in our community.


The Foundation Team

Superhero Dress Up Day 27th September

Superhero Dress Up Day- 27th September

 

Hello all,

Wow, what a super day we have had! We had so many different superheroes in school today from Bat Girl and Spider Man to the children's own original creations. They loved sharing their outfits with their friends and talking about their favourite superheroes. Thank you so much for your help and support with the costumes, they all looked absolutely amazing.

Following our learning around the story 'Supertato', this afternoon we received a letter from Evil Pea that said he had hidden all of the fruit and vegetables. He even captured Supertato! Luckily, we had a classroom full of superheroes who worked together as a team to rescue them all. Thankfully, they were returned safe and sound. Evil Pea is very sneaky though and has currently evaded capture. Keep a look out! Maybe we will need to make some traps or write a letter back to him.

We have also been very busy within provision. We have designed our own superhero mask and capes, traced dots to uncover superhero words, untied stuck superheroes, created our own paper 'Supertato' by carefully cutting out and we also created a Numicon city for all of our superheroes. Mr Peat took the children into the hall this morning for some superhero training...they all passed with flying colours of course!

Also, we have counted up each child's dojo points from last week (Monday 20th- Sunday 26th). Thank you to everyone for signing your child's diary to support this. We will be assigning points on dojo as follows. If your child has read once last week then they will have 1 point added onto dojo, 2 times they will have 2 points etc. Our first dojo prize is awarded at 8 points (8 reads) so your child may already be close!

Finally a friendly reminder that we will be having individual SCHOOL PHOTOS tomorrow (TUESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER). Please ensure your child is wearing full school uniform. We will hopefully be having our photos taken first to prevent children getting too messy. Fingers crossed we do not have more torrential rain in the morning.

We are all looking forward to the rest of the week!


The Foundation Team

Week Commencing 20.09.21

 

Hello all,

Can you believe we have been Ladybirds and Butterflies for 15 full school days now?! Time is flying by.

This week the teachers have been completing the government baseline assessments with the children (information about this is on our meet the teacher slides). The children have been absolutely amazing and have loved having some one to one time with their teacher. Often asking when it was their turn and if they could do it again!

In English this week our learning has been based around the story 'Supertato'. We looked at the book cover and discussed what it might be about. We then listened to the story and joined in with parts, their version of an evil 'mwah ha ha ha' was particularly brilliant. On Thursday we created a character description of Evil Pea by reflecting on what he looks like and how he acts. The children came up with some wonderful ideas including 'cruel' and 'heartless'. On Friday Supertato sent us a message to let us know that Evil Pea had escaped from the freezer again. Supertato asked us to create 'WANTED' posters to inform everyone of his escape. These are currently decorating our classroom so everyone in school is aware.

In Phonics we have been practising our oral segmenting and blending (listening to the sounds in words and putting them back together to make the word e.g. t-a-p = tap). Ron the robot taught us how to robot talk (segment) and showed us lots of fun games to play to practise putting words back together again (blending) including 'what's in the box', 'changing seats', 'what's missing?' and 'cross the river'.

In R time we practised our speaking and listening skills.
We faced our partner, introduced ourselves and then took turns to tell them something. This week we talked about our favourite colour. Once we had both had a turn we shared with the class what our partners favourite colour was to show that we had been a super listener. We also shared a story called 'I'm like you, You're like me' and we reflected on how we are similar and how we are different and that's what makes us all special.

In the afternoons this week we have met even more school superheroes. Captain Responsible set up a learning power battle of 'class versus teacher'. If the children did things all by themselves such as tidying toys away and remembering all of their home time things they received points but if an adult had to do it then they got the points instead. On Friday we awarded a trophy to the team with the most points. This week Ladybirds got 34 points and the grown ups got 26 points. Ladybirds won the trophy and were very pleased about it! A victory cheer could be heard from miles away I am sure. The battle will commence again on Monday to see if I can earn my trophy back! We also met Richie Resilient who taught us about the power of yet. We don't say "I can't do it" we say "I can't do it YET!". He also showed us how sometimes we might get into the learning pit but there are things we can do to get ourselves out such as asking a friend, asking an adult or using things around the room to help. The most important thing is 'don't give up, you can do it!'. Finally we met Professor Reflective who encourages us to reflect on our learning and achievements as well as our behaviour.

We will be continuing our learning around the story 'Supertato' next week.
This will start off with our SUPERHERO DRESS UP DAY on MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER. We can't wait to have lots of fun.
Also, please remember to sign your child's reading diary if they have read at home and ensure they bring them to school in their book bag everyday. On Monday 27th we will be counting up the dojo points for the previous week (Monday 20th - Sunday 26th) and awarding points accordingly.

The Foundation Team.

Ladybirds and Butterflies 'Meet the Teacher' Meeting 16.09.21

Week Commencing 13.09.21 

 

Hello all,

We have completed our second full week of school. It has been super busy and lots of fun.

In English this week our learning has been based around the story 'Super Duper You'. We introduced the book by looking at the front cover, the title and the blurb and then we read through it together. Following this, we focused on one aspect of the story each day to base our discussions on. On Wednesday we reflected on ‘What makes you super?’, on Thursday we considered ‘How have we grown?’ and on Friday we had a brilliant chat about ‘What do we want to do when we are older?’.

In Phonics we have been learning all about alliteration with the super sound squirrels Sid and Squeak. We played ‘I spy’ and listened for children whose names began with the same sound. The squirrels told us about their trip to the zoo and we sorted animals based on whether they started with the same sound e.g. bear, badger, beaver, penguin, panda, pig. We had to listen really carefully to spot the odd one out e.g. sock, sausage, snake, cat. Finally, we made another silly soup which could only include things with the same sound. We ended up with possibly the silliest soup of all time including a boat, a bear, a ball, a beetle and a button!

In R time we met ‘Super Soap’. He has a very important mission… to teach children about germs and how to wash them away. We discussed that germs are so small that you can’t see them, so we used some pepper as pretend germs. We poured the pepper ‘germs’ into some water and watched with amazement as a finger with soap on made the ‘germs’ move away. We then sang a song “Over, under, round and through. Don’t forget to add soap too. Clean, clean, clean and then you’ll know. Down the sink the germs will go. Over, under, round and through. Don’t forget to dry them too” (to the tune of twinkle, twinkle). The children practised their excellent hand washing before lunchtime and super soap was very impressed.

In the afternoons this week we have carried out two practise fire alarms. Fireman Sam told us about smoke alarms and why we have practise fire alarms at school. We learnt that although smoke alarms make very loud noises that aren’t very nice it is important for it to be loud so that everyone can hear it. We acted out stopping what we were doing, walking into a line to go straight outside and then following the grown up all the way to the big playground. We also watched ‘Woolly and Tig’ to show that having a practise fire alarm at school isn’t scary.
We met ‘Super Skipper’ the penguin who taught us all about how to keep safe online. We discussed what we use technology for whether that is playing games on phones and tablets or watching a video on a laptop. We then considered what to do if something pops up that we don’t know or if something makes us feel unsure or worried. We learnt a chant ‘Before you tap and click, you need to stop and think, and TELL SOMEONE!’. Finally, we met our school superheroes ‘Ready Boy and Ready Girl’. We learnt about how to use our listening muscles to do whole body listening and how to use our imitation muscle to copy good choices.

In P.E. this week we got fully changed into our P.E. kit for the first time. We were super independent! We also had a fantastic music lesson with Mrs Watkins where we have been learning lots of new songs about harvest time and we also got to play the claves.

All children should now have a book and a reading diary in their book bag. From today could you please record each time your child reads at home on the left page in their reading diary. Each Monday, starting with Monday 27th, we will count how many times your child has read at home. This will include Monday- Sunday of the previous week e.g. Monday 20th – Sunday 26th. If they have read every day they would receive 7 points, if they have read 3 days, they would receive 3 points and so on. Points lead to prizes!

Thank you to everyone who attended our ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on Thursday. We hope this was valuable and included some useful information. We will let you know when the powerpoint is on the website for you to view.

Next week we are very excited to be focusing on the story ‘Supertato’.

The Foundation Team.

 

Week Commencing 06.09.21

 

Hello all,

We have had an exciting and tiring first full week at school.

This week has been purely focused on settling the children in, getting to know each other, making friends, learning new routines and having lots of fun!
It has been a joy to see how the children have already gained confidence in their new school environment. They have loved exploring the provision whether that is making potions in the water tray, finding fossils in the sand or making beautiful creations with a variety of materials.

Each morning we have come into school super smiley, put our things away all by ourselves and found something to play with. We then sat on the carpet to talk through the calendar and say good morning for the register. After this we did a quick phonics game. This week we have learnt all about rhyming with Rhyming Rabbit. She set us little missions each day such as creating silly soup with rhyming words (fox, box, socks, rocks) and trying to spot the odd one out (pig, wig, dig, tree). Following this we played inside and outside with Ladybirds and Butterflies altogether. While playing we refuelled by visiting the snack table to have our milk and fruit once we had washed our hands. Before lunchtime we all sat on the carpet for English where we shared the story 'The Colour Monster'. During this time we have explored facial expressions, talked about our feelings and reflected on strategies to help manage them. At lunchtime we have lined up so smartly, had a go at using knives and forks and have been brave enough to try new foods. In the afternoon we have calmed down by doing some self-massage and deep breathing. We met Captain Responsible who told us about special jobs we could volunteer for in school these included 'Class Ambassadors', 'School Parliament', Eco Team' and 'Smile Team'. Two children were selected for each job although everyone can help out as we are all a team. We have also reflected on what we can do to make sure our classroom is a happy and safe place to learn. Through discussions we created our own 'Class Promise' which we all signed to show we agree to be kind, take care and have fun!
Once we finished on the carpet we had some more time to play indoors and outdoors before story and home time.

This week we have also met Pantosaurus who taught us the PANTS rule. We know how to behave in the toilets and that privates are private. If you would like to read more about the PANTS rule you can visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

Next week we will be starting our topic 'Super Duper You'. This will begin with us celebrating what makes us super special.

The Foundation Team.

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