EYFS

 

A Very Walm Welcome to Foundation Stage

Alexandra Crook Ruth Kyle Craig Hayward Mitchell Sharon Hosker Mel Davis Danielle Birch

Mrs Keeling - Poppy Class Teacher
Miss Draycott - Poppy Class Teacher (Maternity)
Mrs Gunn - Daisy Class Teacher
Mrs McGrath - Bluebell Class Teacher
Mrs Davis - FS Teaching Assistant
Miss Birch - FS Teaching Assistant

 

A Very Warm Welcome to Foundation

Welcome back to the first part of the Summer term 2022 from all the Foundation Stage Team. We are excited to jump into teaching and learning with our new topic, 'Gardens, Parks, Growth and Change’ 

Living things- ‘How do they change and grow?’ 

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This half term the children will be learning all about changes around us. We will look at how we grow and change, the lifecycles of living things such as frogs, chickens and butterflies, as well as how plants change and grow. 

We will also investigate where our food comes from and enjoy some cooking activities which will enable the children to experience the changes in food when it is cooked or frozen.  

 Our topic will help the children to observe more about their local area, as we discuss changes we can see in our local parks and our gardens, for example how trees change through the seasons.  

Our focus texts will be: Avocado Baby, The Growing Story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Jack and the Beanstalk and Farmer Duck. We will also be reading many other fiction and non-fiction texts related to our topic. 

 

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Over the half term, we will also be learning: 

  • PSED- Relationships – Healthy eating - Brushing Buddies daily. 
  • CLL - group discussions focused on the changes we see around us. Asking questions about why and how things happen and talking about what we observe during these changes. Children becoming confident to speak in a larger group clearly using new and developed vocabulary. 
  • PD - gross motor skills focus- throwing, rolling, kicking and catching a ball. Moving with confidence and showing an awareness of space around.  
  • Fine motor: using the correct grip for writing tools and forming numbers and letters correctly. 
  • READING - group reading, using non-fiction books to find answers to questions 
  • LITERACY - non- fiction writing. Writing simple sentences. 
  • MATHS- counting, ordering, subitising, position and direction, counting 0-100, 2s, odd/even, money 
  • UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD- exploring the natural world – observing changes in ourselves and finding out about past events in our lives. Exploring changes in living things such as animals and their lifecycles (butterflies, chickens, frogs etc). Growing plants and talking about their changes as they grow. Observing and talking about changes in the environment as the seasons change. Talking part in simple investigations I 
  • RE- Christianity – Jesus' World  
  • EXPRESSIVE ART DESIGN - observational drawings and paintings of plants and animals. 
  • BEING IMAGINATIVE- re telling focus stories using role play, songs. Role-playing in the Garden Centre and Café. 
  • MUSIC- Exploring instruments and learning about beat and rhythm of songs – using a range musical instruments eg, shakers, triangle, xylophone, tambourine etc. 

We will continue to read with your child each week individually or as a group and we ask you to share your child’s reading book with them as well other books from home. Please find the best time for you and your child to do this, making it enjoyable for all!  Every little bit of reading really does help your child on their learning journey. 

Key Dates for Summer 1

 

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PE

In the Summer term, PE takes place in F2 on alternate Mondays and every Friday afternoon. Please could all children wear their PE kits to school on alternate Mondays and every Friday (please see the grid below). PE kits consist of PLAIN black shorts or jogging bottoms, PLAIN white t-shirt, and trainers. Please continue to NAME ALL PE CLOTHES. Children should wear their school jumper too.  

Outdoor Learning will be on alternate Wednesdays (please see grid below). On Outdoor Learning days children will need to come dressed in old, warm outdoor clothes and bring a named pair of wellies in a named bag.  

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Homework in Foundation

Each week, we ask that all children read with somebody at home at least three times a week. This could be any adult or an older sibling or friend. Every little bit of reading really does help children on the learning journey. 

 

Check out the blogs below to see what we've been doing in our classes!

Bluebell (Nursery)

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Daisy

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Poppy

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  • Weekending 20th May 2022

       Tea & Magic Potions    Green Fingers    Brushing Buddies Over the past week, we continued with our focus story, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. This week, the children told the story looking at the story map.  They then had a go at drawing their own story map.  We were really impressed with their drawings and loved how they talked as they drew the pictures, telling us the story. We also read the story, ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk’ and later, outside in the playground, the children raked, hoed and dug up the soil. They also had a closer look at the different leaves on the bushes in the playground.  We’ve used these...

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  • Weekending 13th May 2022

    This week we started our new focus story, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  Earlier in the week, the children were introduced to the story as we told the story using the small world resources.  Everyone had a go at giving the characters different voices and they asked for the beanstalk to reach up as tall as the alphabet banner.  We were able to remember lots of the words we have focused on in the past such as, long, longer, short, big, small, tall, enormous and huge, as they described the giant and his enormous castle with huge furniture. They used the wooden blocks and had a go at making some large...

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  • Weekending 6th May 2022

    This week, we have continued to explore things that grow and change.  We have read stories such as Avocado Baby, the Growing Story and the children have really become very confident at retelling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Please encourage your child to have a go at telling you this story.  You can see the story on youtube and if you turn the volume down, this may encourage your child to tell you the story.  The children have been using lots of language to describe what they saw, as they looked at the tadpoles Mrs Gunn brought to school. They were so excited to see them swimming...

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  • Weekending 29th April

    It’s been a busy week finding out all about the lifecycle of a butterfly. The children have loved listening to the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as well as retelling the story using the pictures.  They have been having a go at remembering what the caterpillar ate each day. We also talked about healthy and non-healthy food and the children used the food from the role-play Cafe in our class Garden Centre to sort food into healthy and non-healthy food. We have also been rolling playdough into small balls and made some fantastic caterpillars. The children challenged each other to see who...

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  • Weekending 22nd April 2022

    Welcome back everyone! The children have settled back into the Bluebell Class.  This half term, we are learning about how things grow and change. This week, we have started off by looking at how we grow and change.  We have talked about what we were like when we were babies and how we couldn’t walk, talk or feed ourselves.  We looked at pictures of toddlers, girls and boys, men and women and then older people.  The children then ordered pictures of people from being a baby, girl/boy, man/woman and an older person. Our focus book over the first three weeks is The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We will be...

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  • Spring 2

    What a wonderful half term it has been. We loved seeing the children in their fantastic Easter Bonnets yesterday. Thank you for all your support with these. The children were so thrilled to show them off to their friends. It was great to see the children and the parents at the Easter Bonnett Parade.  This week we have enjoyed counting objects such as frogs, rabbits and chocolate eggs. We have looked at groups of chocolate eggs and said which group has more and which has fewer. We also had a go at putting the numbers 1-5 in order and some of us had a go at ordering 1-10.  The children have also...

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  • Maths

    In Maths we've been looking at patterns...

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  • Nursery Rhymes - Please keep practising these!

    Please keep practising these nursery rhymes:      

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  • Weekending 20th May

    Caterpillars      Ducks    Brushing Buddies   Outdoor explorers We have had another busy week and the children have learnt lots of lovely things. We have continued to explore things that grow and changes that happen. Reading. Our book this week has been The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We have become very confident in retelling the story using descriptive language.  We discussed the new vocabulary- chrysalis and cocoon. Talk for writing After reading the story of the Hungry Caterpillar, we told the story to our talk partner. We then wrote all about the caterpillar and what he ate  each day. Art We drew...

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  • Weekending 13th May 2022

    Reading. This week we have been reading Jack and the Beanstalk. We acted out being the giant and using the phrase-‘Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman.' Maths We used our cutting skills to cut out numbered leaves, which we then put in sequential order to make a beanstalk. ICT/MATHS We had our first visit to the ICT suite, where we played NUMBOTS. We were able to use the mouse and identify the numbers needed to answer the questions. This is helping us learn our number bonds. CONSTRUCTION This week’s challenge was to create a beanstalk using a variety of pegs, small shapes and...

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  • Weekending 6th May 2022

    We have had a very busy four days! Since seeing the school ducklings hatch we have gone duck crazy!!!! We started the week reading Farmer Duck and looking at books about different types of ducks ART We learnt to draw ducks using semi circles and curved lines. We then painted ducks and ducklings using fine paint brushes and short strokes. CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGE This week’s challenge was to create a duck using Lego/Duplo blocks. We used our imaginations and created some interesting designs. We even played duck, duck goose during outdoor play. MATHS This week we have been working on spatial...

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  • Weekending 29th April

    The weather has started to look a lot brighter and definitely warmer, so the Daisy Class have been having lots of fun adventures outside! The children have settled back into the Daisy Class and had a great first four days back This half term, we are learning about how things grow and change. This week we have been looking at how we grow ,change and stay healthy by, discussing the life cycle of a human, by sequencing pictures of babies, toddlers, children and teenagers. We have read, The Avocado Baby, The growing Story The Ugly Duckling story and many more related to growing. PLANTING AND...

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  • PSED

    PSED -In our class it is very important that all of the children know and follow the JC promises. It is so important that we share, care and follow the promises.  The JC promises

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  • Our topic this half term is Authors and Books.

    Our topic this half term is Authors and Books. As we are learning about Elmer and friends, here is a website for you to look through: Top 10 facts about elephants: https://www.wwf.org.uk/learn/fascinating-facts/elephants  

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  • Phonics

    In phonics we have been looking at ar, ur and or. Here are some examples of the diagraph being used in a word. Use your blending and segmenting skills c-ar-  car. 

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  • Books and Reading

    We have been making an Elmer collage looking at all of the different colours and how we make them by colour mixing.       Additional books we have been looking at:

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  • What's Been Going On?

    Sun Safety!   Duckling Mania!                       Skipping!      D & T Removals Ltd.     

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  • Library visit! Whoo hooo!

    We visited the library, which was like a mini school trip in itself..... across the FS playground we went, through the 'secret' gate (according to Senna), on to the main playground, through the back door, via the office (hugs for Mrs Waring and Mrs Coyle, waves for Mrs Radley and Mrs Long), up six flights of stairs and we arrived. Phew! 'Quiet' fun was had.........                                                      ...

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  • PE

    We played 'kick rounders' last Friday and a version of 'rounders'. Fun was had! I was so impressed with the children's ability to kick, catch and bat a ball as well as their striking skills! Well done one and all:) Warming up for the big match...            In action....                                 

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  • Week beginning 25th April....

    Welcome back everyone! The children have settled back into the Poppy Class and had a great first four days back.  This half term, we are learning about how things grow and change. We have started off by looking at how we grow and change, discussing the life cycle of a human, linking this to sequencing pictures of babies, toddlers, teenagers etc... Our focus books over week one and two are: Avocado Baby and The Growing Story. We will be re-telling, sequencing and writing about the story Avocado Baby. We had a taste test of avocados last Friday and the children proclaimed to feel stronger after...

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  • Books and Reading

    We have been making an Elmer collage looking at all of the different colours and how we make them by colour mixing.       Additional books we have been looking at:

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  • Maths

    What have we been doing in Maths?

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  • Phonics

    We've been looking at tricky words, and the trigraphs 'air and 'ear'

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  • Story time in Poppy Class

    In Story Time we've been reading The Owl and The Pussycat

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  • Chinese New Year!

    We talked about Chinese New Year and made Chinese Lanterns and Chinese Dragons

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  • Writing

    We have started writing in our books

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