The children settled brilliantly back into school this week after their Christmas break. We enjoyed hearing all about their Christmas holiday's and it was lovely to see them all come back refreshed and ready to learn. This week the children learnt the story "Going on a bear hunt" and even went on their own bear hunt in our forest!
This week for our class treat we went to the forest to read Christmas stories, played on the climbing equipment and played games on the field. On the way to get ready for the forest we found a magic elf door! The elves had left a letter asking to see the santa letters we'd written. We followed magic elf dust and found a santa letter box in the forest where we posted our letters and had a party snack with our leftover party food. We had so much fun!
Thank you for all the food donations for our party. We had a fantastic time playing games, eating and dancing and celebrating Christmas together.
Today we're using a website to create our own family portraits and talking about the similarities and differences between ourselves and others.
This week we have been comparing groups of objects using the vocabulary 'more' and 'fewer' to describe the amounts.
This week Emmey shared 'The story of the poppy' with us and we have been collaging our own poppies and then turned them into our own poppy wave on the window.
In assembly this week 34 Foundation children received their Red Reader certificate for reading at least 3 times a week for 5 weeks. Remember we just count the 'pink book band' books that are outside our classes at the end of the day, these are the only books that need to be recorded in the reading diaries. Library books are to share for enjoyment of reading and don't need to be recorded in the reading diary. Well Done to everyone who received their award today and I'm sure there will be more to come!
This week we loved seeing the amazingly imaginative posters and models the children created for characters who Claire might say hurt her knee. The children enjoyed sharing them with the class and talking about how they were made. You can see them all displayed outside Foundation, in our classrooms and in the KS2 hall outside the library.
Today in ICT we used the internet to play a game all about counting and ordering numbers. We practised using a link to get to the page we needed and talked about how we can stay safe on the internet. We looked at Hector the dolphin who we can click if something goes wrong or if we are upset by something before getting an adult to help us.
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:
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
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. for excellent effort writing a cursive n in phonics, retelling a story in Literacy, careful counting in maths
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?
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 visited the forest school 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. We also enjoyed finding different things in the forest to decorate our Sukkah with such as conkers and acorns.
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.
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!
We have had a fantastic first week at school and the children have enjoyed exploring their new classrooms and making new friends.