Welcome back, everyone. We hope you had an enjoyable Easter break.

 

Our “Developing Excellence in the Early Years” Long Term Project continues to help our children flourish. Thank you for your support with this, particularly when contributing to our Focus Children Tapestry Observations. Please see below for more information about how this will continue this term.

We have had a very exciting start to the new term, with a surprise visit from Percy the Park Keeper! Percy is on the hunt for some trainee 'Park Keepers' who are willing to find out about, and work with a variety of animals, not just the ones from the park. The children are very excited and suggested it would be brilliant to visit farm. This will take place on Wednesday 24th May.

Phonics, reading and writing

Throughout the Summer term, the children will continue to experience daily phonics lessons. Please support this work, by continuing to go through your child’s Sound and Wicked Word books frequently. We will be having a big emphasis on writing using full sentences and will complete weekly news writing sessions to develop the children’s independent writing skills. Please encourage your child to talk about what they have done at home, as this will give them ideas for writing.

 It is wonderful to see how the children are progressing with their reading, and developing their instant recognition of ‘tricky words.’ Your support with this at home is invaluable.

Maths

 

As is the ethos of Foundation, Maths teaching is integrated into the daily routine and continuous provision. However, children will continue to be taught explicit maths concepts on a daily basis. This half term we will be learning how to use a number line to complete addition and subtraction equations. We will also be investigating weight and capacity, as well as exploring symmetry, halving and doubling, money and time. Please look out for information on the notice board with ideas for how you can support your child with these different skills at home.

Focus Children

This term, every week, we will continue to focus on three children from each class. If your child is a Focus Child, you will be given the sheet to complete on the Friday. Please return this to school the following Monday. In addition, please add photos and ‘wow moments’ from home to your child’s online Tapestry Learning Journal. These will be shared with the class and will give your child an opportunity to talk about their home experiences. We will also have a short meeting with each Focus Child’s parent at the end of school on the Friday of your child’s Focus Week, to share their successes and next steps in their learning.                       Many thanks for your support with this.

 

Chips and Buzz
As you are aware, each week we send home our class teddies to support children with their confidence, speech, language and writing skills.
We would like to emphasise that, for the Summer term, the children take ownership of the written diary entry and apply their phonic skills in a meaningful context. We will include a sound mat inside the front of each of the diaries, to support children with the written graphemes. Thank you for your support with this beneficial activity.

We are very proud of our Foundation children: they have had a fantastic learning journey so far, and have begun the new term full of enthusiasm and confidence. We look forward to an exciting term ahead!                                                                                                                                                      Mrs Beal and Mrs Payne                   

 

Wow! It has been a super half term, watching the children take on the challenge to become ‘Apprentice Pirates’. The children have shown great enthusiasm and imagination, by coming up with a range of ideas of what we should do to become ‘Amazing Pirates’! The children started by writing a letter to Mrs Sendall, to ask her if we could invite our families into school and sing them a song! The children were very keen to dress up too. Pirate ships were constructed out of planks and crates and the children have worked together and shared ideas!

The Pirate Dressing Up Day was a success and treats were enjoyed by all!

It has been wonderful to see how each individual child’s learning journey has progressed. The children’s attitudes and willingness to read and write is fantastic. They are also keen to become master mathematicians!

It was lovely to see so many of you at Parents’ Evening and enjoying the Maths Share session.  These opportunities are so beneficial to both you and your child, as you get to experience things they enjoy at school, as well as having those meaning conversations.

                                               

 

Please, please, continue to work through your child’s Sound and Wicked Word books with them, as this really does make a difference.

Thank you   for your continued support

 

Mrs Beal and Mrs Payne

It has been fantastic to see how the children’s learning journey has progressed over the last half term and this half term looks set to be equally exciting! We are so pleased to see how confident the children are at coming in each morning. Please continue to encourage your child to come into school independently. This helps the children to start their learning straight away!

We have introduced the children to Place Farm’s ‘PROUD Values’. We encourage the children to be:

  • Professional
  • Resilient
  • Optimistic
  • Understanding
  • Driven

To help the children understand these we have linked each Proud Value to a character the children are familiar with.  

   Fireman Sam is PROFESSIONAL

 

Princess Tiana is RESILIENT   

 

   PAW Patrol are OPTIMISTIC.

 

Doc McStuffin is Understanding

 

Dory is DRIVEN

 

Many thanks for your continued support Mrs Beal and Mrs Payne

 

 

What a fabulous half term we have had here in Foundation. The Anna Ephgrave approach is proving to be a huge success. The children have each been a focus child for a week, during the term. We will continue with this and the paper work will be given to your child on the Friday before they are our ‘Focus Child’: this gives you the opportunity to complete it and hand it back to us on the Monday. We really appreciate your support with this. Working together really has such a positive impact on your child’s learning and development. The children also love sharing their ‘wow’ moments from home, so please let us know if you are having any problems accessing Tapestry.

As you have probably seen, the children have had great fun exploring our new ‘woodwork’ area. This area encourages risk taking and handling real tools. The language the children are using and the challenges they have overcome are fantastic.

                                                          

As the children do love to create many exciting inventions, please, please continue to bring in any junk modelling materials, as we can never have enough! The box for donations will remain by the Parent Noticeboard.

We are sure you will agree that all of the children made us proud when performing the Christmas Nativity, ‘Shine Star Shine.’ They worked hard to learn their lines, and perfect the songs! They worked brilliantly with the Year One children. The confidence of each child was amazing! We thank you again for coming along to support your child.

We finished the term with our ‘Fairy tale’ dress up day. The children were engaging with each other, acting out different roles and enjoying various role play opportunities. In the afternoon we had our Christmas party. We had lots of fun, playing games, dancing and doing the ‘conga’! The children found footprints from Santa, and he left them all a special gift. It was such a lovely afternoon and so nice to see all children joining in.

                                

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.

Just to remind you, term begins for the children on Wednesday 4th January 2017.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

The Foundation Team

               

Our Learning Journey so far….

Wow, what a busy, productive and exciting first half term the children have had!

The children have embraced our new approach to their learning and it has been wonderful to see their confidence grow. Whether they were inside or in our lovely outdoor environment, the children have shown super cooperative and problem-solving skills, as they worked together, to use the various resources available. They have created some delicious recipes in our Mud Kitchen and constructed large-scale space ships, buses, pet shops and other inventions, using their wonderful imaginations.

    

We would love to extend the range of resources available for large construction, so would appreciate donations of the following items:

  • Planks of wood
  • Milk crates and bread baskets
  • Wood or plastic cable reels
  • Sections of tree trunks

We also need a constant supply of junk modelling resources, which can be deposited in the junk modelling box by our Parent Noticeboard.

It was lovely to see so many of you at our Phonics Share Session and when you were invited to come and have a school dinner with your children. Thank you very much for your support with these events.

     

This half term, we have begun to join the whole school for Singing Assembly, in preparation for our Carols on the Playground event, which will take place on Friday 16th December. In addition, we will soon begin to practise our Nativity play. This will take place on Wednesday 14th December. With Christmas Dinner, Christmas Jumper Day and our Fairy-tale Dressing up Day, this promises to be another exciting term!

Please remember that if you have any questions, do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Foundation team.

Mrs Beal, Mrs Jolley and Mrs Payne