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Foundation Stage

Welcome to Foundation Stage

 

Class Teachers: Miss Jowitt, Mrs Hawcroft and Miss Wright

 

This page will contain class newsletters, photos of interesting activities and useful links.

 

Stay and Play sessions

every Thursday morning

9.00am - 10.00am

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Spring Newsletter

Week Commencing 23rd January

We have had another lovely week in Reception and Nursery. Although we are continuing with our winter topic, the children had exhausted our igloo so we decided to create a cafe in reception! It as been wonderful to see and hear lovely role play language and the children playing co-operatively. Some children used their phonic knowledge to write on the menus, whilst others took the roles of waiters and customers. 

In PE the children have been practicing ball control. We played the game of head, shoulders knees and toes with a balls whilst balancing a beanbag on our heads, this was very tricky and very funny!

Stay and Play was also a success this week, the children made polar bears and winter hats with their parents. 

smiley Our Well Done assembly certificates went to Brodie, Kyle and Benas

smiley Our Always people are Sarina and Emily

Week Commencing 9th January

We have had another super week in Early Years this week. The children have been learning about animals that live in cold places and have produced some wonderful Polar Bear Art!

On Wednesday we watched a video about Antarctica and the children were really good at talking about the cold environment. They observed that animals had thick fur to protect them from the cold and some huddled together to keep warm. We also talked about our own favourite animals during circle time. Our challenge was to extend our sentence by using the word "because", Kacper said he likes Dolphins, because they jump out of the sea!

In Nursery the children have been learning about the story of Stick Man. They did some science experiments and found out which objects floated like Stick Man and which objects sank. 

Thank you to all the parents who attended stay and play this week. We really appreciate your involvement and enthusiasm!

smiley Our Always people are Lucca and Kyra

smiley Our Well Done Certificates went to Kacper, Ella and Darcey

Week Commencing 3rd January

Happy New Year and a big welcome back to all our Foundation Stage children. We've had a very busy week, welcoming a few new starters in Nursery and getting straight back into our school routines. In Reception the children wrote letters thanking Santa for their Christmas presents. They used their phonics to create excellent pieces of writing! They were all very excited to see the addition of an igloo in the role play area and have enjoyed exploring inside. The children all enjoyed the new addition of dressing up clothes to the Home Corner in Nursery. We saw lots of Anna and Elsa's! We made some handprint 2023 posters and lots of collages using different colours. Well done for everyone settling back in so well! 

smiley Our well done certificates went to Zendaya, Star and Milan 

smiley Our always people were Zeus and Lia 

Week Commencing 5th December

We have had a very Christmassy week in Early years this week. The children have continued to enjoy wrapping presents in our role play area and we have seen lots of lovely mark making too. We also had a musical week and recorded our Nativity songs, we cant wait for you to see how well your children performed and remembered all the words, they were FANTASTIC! (and very cute) ...... watch this space on Tapestry as it will be uploaded very soon!

The children have made their Christmas cards and I was impressed to see how well they used their phonic knowledge to write in them. 

We made the most of the icy weather today and talked about the changes in the weather and why there was ice on the ground. 

Have a lovely weekend everyone and we will see you on Monday for our final week before the Christmas holidays smiley

Week commencing 28th November 

This week in Foundation Stage we welcomed the start of December and the arrival of Christmas. The children were excited to see the Christmas trees up and enjoyed helping to decorate them. Lots of presents were wrapped and cards posted to Santa in the North Pole. We enjoyed exploring the North Pole in our small world area and creating snowflakes to decorate the windows. In Nursery, we saw the return of Jingle the kindness elf. I wonder what he will get up to over the weekend....  Reception look at how they can keep warm in the Winter, and what clothing they should put on to keep warm outside. Outside in our digging area we found lots of worms and used the magnifying glasses to examine them closely. The children helped to defrost all the blocks of ice to reveal all the animals frozen inside, turning the ice to water. 

smiley Our always people were Nellie and Tobias 

Week commencing 21st November 

This week in Foundation Stage we learnt about the importance of brushing our teeth and how we can keep them healthy. In Nursery and Reception, we looked at our teeth brushing routines and had a go at sequencing pictures in the correct order. During a circle time activity in Nursery, we looked at lots of different foods to create a healthy, balanced lunch bag. We all agreed to keep in a chocolate biscuit as our favourite sweet treat! Reception have been learning about shapes this week, and used different resources to create squares. 

Week commencing 14th November

This week we read the book "My first day at school" we used the book as a starting point to talk about how to be kind at school, the children gave some super ideas about how to help others and kind things we might do and say. We introduced "Respectful Roxy" and "Responsible Robbie" I was amazed at how well the children understood these words and were able to offer suggestions at how to be responsible and kind at school and home. Miley said we must "follow instructions" Melissa said "we keep our hands to ourselves" Felicity said "tidy up" Phoebe things we should "tell a grown up when someone is hurt" and Ella said "its important to look after our toys"

Following on from this the children began independently creating pictures for each other in order to be kind. Phoebe made Brodie a picture for his birthday and Tilly drew me a picture of "you and me holding hands" Well done everyone for all your fantastic ideas this week!

Week commencing 7th November

This week we talked about bonfire night and the children pretended the sit around the fire with hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. We also created some lovely firework art with paint splats.

In Reception the children learnt about the Gunpowder Plot and ordered the events in the story. 

At our stay and play sessions the children enjoyed making some name rockets and crafty fireworks and on Friday we made some collage poppies and talked about remembering people from the past.

We finished the week off with a visit from Tim the stick insect, the children were very brave and enjoyed holding him.

Have a look at the pictures below to see some of the other things we have been doing this week. 

See you next week!

Week commencing 31st October

A warm welcome back to Foundation stage! We kicked off the week by making some delicious pumpkin soup, the children were really keen to be involved in making the soup and enjoyed tasting it when it was finished. 

Outside we explored jelly in our tough tray and the children found some spooky surprises inside! We also created an obstacle course and the children were encouraged to tackle it on their broomsticks. 

Our focus book was Room on the broom and lots of children chose ingredients for their own potions, some even tried hard to label their ingredients. Well done for a super first week back everyone!

smiley Our well done certificates went to Zeus, Kacper and Harry 

smiley Our always people this week were William and Nandini 

 

Week Commencing 17th October

The children have had a super week this week. We have been learning about Diwali and practiced some Indian dancing during our PE lesson. We also made some Diwali biscuits which the children thoroughly enjoyed making and eating!

In our stay and play sessions we made spider headbands and little monster friends! In Reception the children have been learning more phonemes and are getting better each day at saying the sounds. Some children are orally blending and reading short words. Thank you for your continued support this half term! We look forward to seeing you back in school on the 31st October.

smiley Our well done certificates went to Jessica, Mylie and Vito

smiley Our always people are Lucca and Robyn

Week commencing 10th October

We've had a very musical week in Foundation Stage. Following on from the children's interests we created a stage outside. It was wonderful to see the children expressing themselves and being both confident and creative! We hope to continue with this next week too!

Our sensory learning has continued this week and in our tough tray we have had some citrus fruit for the children to explore. We also did some food tasting too, the children tried sweet honey, savoury breadsticks and sour lemons....there were lots of funny faces during this challenge!

Our stay and play morning was another success and the children enjoyed creating an Autumn rocket with their grown ups.

See you next week for lots more fun learning!

smiley Our Well Done certificates went to Tilly, Bronte and Harper

smiley Our Always people are Elisa and Harry

Week Commencing 3rd October

We have been busy bees in Foundation Stage this week! We have been talking about things we can hear and had some lovely discussions during circle time. 

Outside we hunted for leaves and created some fantastic Autumn pictures. The children also continued hunting for worms!

During our stay and play sessions it was lovely to see the children interacting with their grown ups. We made name book marks in Reception and musical instruments in Nursery.

smiley Our Well Done certificates went to Jessica, Elisa and Kyra-Rose 

smiley Our Always people are Phoebe and Lily-Mae

Week Commencing 26th September

The children have been discovering their senses this week and really enjoyed exploring red jelly in our tough tray. Many were able to talk about how the slime felt and used it to hide dinosaurs and cars.

In Nursery the children made eye collages and had lots of discussions about what we use our eyes for.

In Reception we have been recapping 2D shapes and I was so impressed with how well the children remembered the shape names and were able to talk about the properties. They used cut out shapes to create pictures such as rockets, houses, vans and people, we even had an "Elsa mermaid"

We also had our first stay and play session this week which was hugely successful. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and we look forward to seeing you all next Thursday for some more fun!

smiley Our Well Done certificates went to Nandini, Lucca and Zendaya

smiley Our Always people are Milan and Jessica

Week Commencing 19th September

We have had a very creative week this week in Nursery and Reception looking at our class artists. In Nursery the children have been learning about Kandinsky and created their own circle pictures with paint. In Reception the class artist is Alma Thomas, the children showed great interest in her life and works and made both an individual collage based on the painting, "starry night" and also worked together to make a collective piece of art with the paints. 

smiley Our well done certificates went to Melissa, Phoebe, Tobias and Robyn

smiley Our always people are Oliwia and Darcey-Leigh

Week Commencing 12th September

We've had another great week this week and the children have been busy accessing lots of our provision as well as creating their own games. Outside, some children had a tea party and used the mud kitchen to support their play. It was lovely to see the children listening to each other and using role play language. 

On Thursday we picked apples from our apple tree and everyone tasted them. We all thought they were lovely and juicy!

We also had some circle time where we spoke about what we would like to be when we grow up. Nellie wants to be a "mummy" and Phoebe wants to be a "fairy"

smiley Our always person is Miley

smiley Our well done certificates went to Archie and Kelsie

 

Week Commencing 6th September

What a fantastic first week back we have had in Nursery and Reception. The children have come back with a lovely positive attitude and seem very grown up! We have also welcomed some new children who have settled really well and have been quick to make friends and follow routines.

The children have enjoyed exploring the areas of provision and particularly liked playing in our new doctors role play area where we have had some great conversations and acting. They have also loved making and playing with playdough.

Thank you for your support this week. 

smiley Our well done assembly people this week are Zeus and Nellie

smiley Our always person is Star

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