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Foundation - Elm

Welcome to the Elm class page. I'm Miss Riggs and here we will be sharing pictures and information so that you can see what we've been learning in school and what super stars we are!

Reward Cards and On way way home


Some parents have been asking for help understanding what our reward cards are for as the children have had some interesting interpretations of what they are, just in case you're not sure here's a recap:


Reading card

This is given when children are showing good effort and progress with their letter recognition and reading


Bronze, Silver and Gold cards

These cards are cumulative and are given when children show respectful behaviour in class linked to our school rules - being good listeners, being independent and on task, taking turns etc


Monkey card

These cards are given when children are demonstrating kind, friendly and helpful behaviour towards other children or adults.


Magic, Space ship, Planet cards (These cards are interchangeable with each other and mean the same thing)

These cards are given when children are showing good effort in their learning e.g. Lots of Elms had one of these cards this week for excellent effort writing a cursive n in phonics.


This week we have been reading On my way home by Jill Murphy. It's all about a girl called Claire who uses her imagination to tell fantastical stories to her friends about how she hurt her knee before telling her mum that she fell off a swing. We learnt a shortened version of the story using pictures and a story map to help us. Can you use the storymap below to retell the story to your family?

Forest School and Sukkot


This week we learnt about the Jewish celebration of Sukkot. We learnt how during Sukkot Jewish people build a Sukkah which is a 3 walled hut with a roof covered in leaves. They spend time in it for 7 days sometimes eating or sleeping in there. They decorate them with fruits and decorations. They say thank you to God for helping their family from long ago travel from Egypt to find new homes.


We went to the forest and collected leaves the size of our fingers to create our own Sukkah. Any leaves the size of our hand we used to create a giant Sukkah in the forest.

Our First Full Week


This week we continued to explore our school. We had our first P.E. lessons in the hall and practised finding spaces. We visited the ICT suite and found out about people who help us in school. We attended assembly with KS1 and practised our school fire drill.


We have been learning about rhyme, practising counting and letters this week. For more detail about our learning each week you can find information on our Autumn Curriculum Page.


Next week we will be visiting the forest on Monday. If you haven't brought in your wellies yet please bring them on Monday.



Thank you for the great turn out tonight, and a big thanks to the parents who helped us finish getting the handout packs ready!

It was great to see so many of you. If you weren't able to attend we will be sending you home a pack with the handouts this week. You can find the presentations and copies of the handouts on our Letters page.

Visiting Our New Playground


This week the Foundation children visited their new playground for snack time. They did some super Woodford walking through the school and had lots of fun playing games outside. The Foundation children also had their first lunch in school and got to find out who their class teacher is!

Welcome to Foundation!


We have had a fantastic first week at school and the children have enjoyed exploring their new classrooms and making new friends.