This year in Foundation we are encouraging the children to challenge themselves by completing special tasks linked to our different curriculum areas. These challenges are designed to build upon the learning that the children are doing during lessons and to encourage them to independently develop their skills. Every 2-3 weeks, the children are given 5 new coloured challenges to have a go at completing. For every challenge that they complete, they receive a coloured star stamp on their personal chart. At the end of each half term each child with 12 or more stamps on their chart will receive a special ‘Star Challenge’ certificate.
At the end of each half term we will update the class page with a list of the challenges. You may sometimes see the challenges your child has attempted on their Tapestry account.
As part of our 'Celebrations' topic, we have learnt about the Jewish festival Sukkot. We read a story about how people celebrate Sukkot. We learnt that they make Sukkah’s with 3 sides and leaves and branches on the top. We also learnt some Hebrew words like mitzvah which means good deed, because they try to do good deeds like inviting their friends into their Sukkah. In their Sukkahs they eat fruits and vegetables together when it gets dark and they can see the stars.
After reading the story, we went to our forest school to collect natural materials to build our own Sukkah’s. We decorated the den in the forest for us to use as our own Sukkah, then brought leaves and twigs back to class to decorate our own mini Sukkah’s. Some of us even had a go at making Sukkah’s out of other materials, such as lego.
The children have had lots of fun exploring the Foundation classrooms and getting to know new routines, adults and friends. They have settled very well and this week have been very excited to share their snack time with Year 1 and are looking forward to their first lunch at school!
Class allocation letters will be coming home on Friday and we are hoping to send your new learning journeys live at the same time to share what we have been doing with you. You will be able to sign up for parents meetings outside the classrooms as soon as you have read your letter.
Parents presentations will be happening on Friday in the Elm classroom from 4-5.30pm, if you can't attend we will send home the handouts for you to read and place the presentation on the website too.
Children will have their first lot of homework on Friday! The homework folder will be in their bookbag and will have an instruction sheet with it to let you know how to support your child.