Early Years Foundation Stage
Ducklings, Goslings and Cygnets are hatching new ideas and exploring and beginning to learn about the world around them.
We dive into new learning experiences, always making a splash, do our best to get along swimmingly and are discovering how to spread our learning wings and fly.
WELCOME TO FOUNDATION
Mr Liam O'Sullivan is the Ducklings' class teacher, Mrs Nicky Howard is the Goslings' class teacher and Mrs Rebecca da Costa the Cygnets' class teacher.
Our learning is also supported by Miss Rebekah Holmes, Miss Lucie Durbidge, Mr Mat Vanes, Mrs Becky Varney and Mrs Angelique George.
Our Early Years Teaching and Learning lead is Mrs Rebecca da Costa.
Our Key Stage One lead is Mrs Nicky Howard.
If there are any issues or concerns, please feel free to come in and see the teacher or contact the Team Lead.
Tuesday 13th June 2017: PHSE - Foundation Games
Year 6 have been working with the children in Foundation. They set up some games for them to complete. Year 6 showed some great leadership skills and the Foundation pupils had a great time!
Sports Day - Thursday 9th June 9:05
Ducklings visit Churston Farm Shop
Phonics and Early Reading Workshop
Tuesday 19th January
A big thank you to those parents who attended this session.
The materials shared can be found below.
This week we are continuing to recap all of our learnt sounds so far and use them to help us blend and segment to build and write words.
In maths we will now be looking at '1 less' than a given number. We will look at the count down to Christmas, putting decorations up and seeing how many decorations we have left when we take one out of the box and eating a variety of yummy things to help us see 1 less after we have eaten 1.
In literacy we are looking at The Nativity Story. We have created a role play stable to help us re-enact the story and we will be focusing on writing captions to go with the story. The children will also be using their reflective skills and helping the teachers to write their own end of term reports.
Our main theme for the next 3 weeks will be Christmas. This week we will be looking through catalogues and writing some letters to Father Christmas. We are being creative asking stockings and decorations and we are having a big focus on scissor skills. As well as all of this we will be starting to practice for our Foundation Stage Nativity. The children had their first rehearsal today and they did a great job. Do remember to book your tickets to come and see us perform, it will be amazing!!!
This week in phonics we will be reminding ourselves of the letters learnt so far. We will recap the sounds, how to form the letters and how to use them to blend them together to read and form words.
In maths we will be learning about '1 more'. we will be practising our counting to 10 and beyond and then working on what 1 more looks like using Numicon, and beads.
This week we will be looking at the celebration of Thanks Giving. We will be looking at the voyage of the first pilgrims that landed at Plymouth Rock in 1626. In literacy we will begin to label some pictures linked to the story of the first Thanks Giving and writing about the things that we are thankful for.
We will be making some bow and arrows like the Native Americans used to hunt for fish, deer and bears. We are creating a float in the woodland for a parade, making turkeys out of handprints, map making and experimenting with different ways to cook sweet potatoes once we have peeled them ourselves.
This week we are looking at the diagraphs ss, ll, ff and recapping on the tricky words we have previously learnt - the, go, to, no, I and into and applying them in our writing.
We are looking at the stories 'The owl babies', and still linking to Diwali, 'The run away chapatti'. We are using these stories to think about story characters and settings.
In maths we will be learning about and using prepositions. We have been hiding toys and then getting our friends to find them and then tell us where they are hiding, using the words: on, in, around, under, next to behind. We will also be looking at directions and using left and right. We have been practicing our left and right during dancing the cha cha slide. Why not play this song at home and see if we can remember our left and right with you.
We have been continuing to look at the celebration of Diwali. We have learnt some new dance moves to the song 'Jai ho' and will perform them to each other. We have also been decorating and preparing our own role play house for Diwali by making our own cards, making and decorating Diwa lamps and decorating the sticks to dance with that we sawed ourselves last week. Linking to light, we will be mixing different shades of colours by adding black or white and looking at the differences.
This week we are looking at the graphemes h, b, f, l, and recapping on the tricky words we have previously learnt - the, go, to, no, I and into.
In maths we have been looking at 3d shapes. We have been searching for 3d shapes in our lunchboxes and in the kitchen. We have also been building spectacular buildings using the 3d shapes we have learnt about.
Our focus this week has been Diwali. We have learnt about how people get ready to celebrate Diwali and have been preparing for the celebration ourselves. We have been making sweets and Diwali cards to share, retelling the story of Rama and Sita and we have been using our fine motor skills to produce rangoli patterns outside. We have also been assessing our own risk when using saws to make our own Diwali dancing sticks.
Home learning this week:
This week we have been looking at the graphemes ck, e, u, r and the tricky words I and into.
In maths we have been looking at different 2d and 3d shapes. We have been searching for shapes in our environment and using shapes to create rocket pictures. We also helped find the missing shapes stolen by the Shape Shifter!
We have focused on the celebration of Firework Night and produced some amazing firework themed pieces of art using a variety of resources and skills. We have made our very own Guy Fawkes using good teamwork and learnt the 'Remember, remember, the 5th of November' poem. We will also be using our bodies in a variety of ways to make firework movements and music. We will also start to look at onomatopoeia words and created some cvc glitter words.
This week we have been looking at the graphemes g, o, c, k and the Tricky words the, go, no and to.
In maths we have been working on our number recognition and formation. We have been on a number hunt, sorting and filling number socks on a washing line, and making up our own mobile phone numbers to name just a few activities.
We have been using our senses to create textured trees out of autumn coloured pulses, mixing colours by rolling apples, and using our fine motor skills to produce some spiders webs, funny faced pumpkins and made cvc words out of play dough. We've been using our imaginations and created a camp fire where we pretended to toast some real marshmallows. We held real marshmallows over our pretend fire and counted to 20 together to make sure we didn't burn them. We then enjoyed eating the marshmallows and singing camp songs around our imaginary fire.
We have also started to look at changes by starting to grow some cress seeds and beans. Do come and have a look at them and see how they are growing and changing as you bring the children in in the mornings together.
This week in phonics we have learnt the new graphemes i, n, m, d and the Tricky words no and go.
In maths we have been using our estimating skills. We have been estimating how many cubes would fill one of our shoes, how many marshmallows and buttons were in a jar, how many children we could fit into a hoop and how many would fit onto a wooden pallet.
We have started to look at Autumn this week. We have created textured leaves, mixed colours and made leaf prints. We have had great fun in our water zone and enjoyed looking at our new Autumn books in our reading areas.
We are learning about celebrations! To start with we are looking at the season of Autumn.
We are looking at signs of Autumn and asking questions for our learning.
Iona asked "Why do leaves fall off the trees?"
Tallulah asked "Why does it get colder?"
Reece asked "What trees stay green in Autumn?"
Jack C asked "What's inside a pumpkin?"
Lilly R asked "What makes fireworks fly?"
Then we begin our learning in the different areas of our curriculum.
We start with phonics then off to provision. We stop again for Maths together then off to provision.
To finish our morning we take part in motor skills altogether.
We finish off our day with outside and active.
What a busy day we have!
We wanted to know what was inside a pumpkin so we have been have been using our fine motor skills to make some funny pumpkin faces and produced some lovely observational drawings of inside pumpkins as well. We have also used the pumpkin seeds to help us with our maths and we have been discussing their textures.
We have begun to learn the letters of the alphabet. We learn each new phoneme and grapheme with Jolly phonics actions.
Phoneme: the sound the letter makes.
Grapheme: the recording of the letter.
The phonemes we have learnt are: s, a, t, p, I, n, m, d
This week we are learning g, o, c, k
We begin to put letters together to read words - we call this blending.
We have also learnt tricky words which you cannot blend: go, no, I ,you, the
Our Harvest Celebration
On Friday 9th October we held our harvest celebration. Thank you to all the parents who donated food in aid of anode.
We listened to some harvest songs. If you want to listen to this with your child then click on the link below.
We have been enjoying settling in to our new environment. Learning our way around our class and our outside spaces.