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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!

Healthy Week


We had lots of fun be active and learning how to be healthy this week. We had great fun trying a range of mindfulness activities like deep breathing, visualisation, miming feelings and be keen spotters looking at details in the world around us.


We made 'me mirrors' talking about how sometimes we can all feel sad, grumpy, angry etc but that we can help to change our own emotions by doing things that make us happy - playing friends, family, pets, favourite toys etc and the children also suggested being kind to others and sharing can make us happy by helping our friends be happy. Very proud of them!


Here are some photos and film of some of the activities during the week.

Peer Massage


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Healthy Week




Bringing pictures to life


This week the Foundation children will be bringing home some augmented reality colouring. As part of our 'Let's pretend topic' they have enjoyed using the iPads to make their fairy, dinosaur  and space pictures come to life! If you would like to see this for yourself then download the free Pukka Fun app .


We had fun 'holding' the dinosaur in our hand, following the fairies around the room and sending our astronaut into space. We have some photos/videos but just need to get the off the ipads so we can share them with you!



Can you click on the link (and scroll down) to make Lecky a new friend from a different planet? What will your friend look like...are they the same as any others...which parts are different?




Let's pretend


Our new topic is all about using our imagination to pretend. In the Elms we have our own aquarium and the children have been busy filling the main tank with all kinds of sea life, the fantasy tank has been filled up with lots of mermaids and mermen that the children created. In the Oaks there is a Space station and 'NASA' kindly delivered the children space suits so they could  fly off into space and have adventures on other planets.


This week in ICT we have been creating our own pictures of under the sea. Next week we'll be creating our own aliens and talking about similarities and differences.

Global Week


This week we have enjoyed learning all about Ireland and Northern Ireland. We have learnt to say hello and goodbye and count to 10 in Irish. We shared our landmark models we'd made for homework in our class museum. We learnt some Irish dance moves and learnt to sing a song about leprechauns. We made our own yummy Irish Soda bread practising measuring different amounts. We read traditional stories and made traps to catch leprechauns!


We loved sharing our learning with you during craft afternoon. Thank you for the amazing turn out and the fantastic caring attitudes of both the children and adults in making sure everyone was included and helped with the different activities.

Performing  and Homework


Half term homework of tricky words and blending are in their bookbags tonight. 


The Elms and Hazels have loved learning a song that one of the Elms taught them from a book she has. They practised and organised themselves over several lunch times and then performed for us. They asked to share it with you!

Rabbit foo foo song and dance

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ICT - Float and Sink


Can you predict if these items will float or sink? Test them by putting them in the water.

Past and Present


This week we looked at similarities and differences between how we lived in the past and how we live now. The children couldn't believe that televisions used to be black and white and that toilets used to be a hole in the ground! They also thought an old computer was a tumble dryer. The children then had a go at drawing pictures to imagine that they were living in the past- have a look at their Penny-farthings, carriages, boats, candles and toilets below.

ICT - adding and counting on


Can you add the two groups together to find the total? Remember you can just say the first number then count on using the objects in the second group to find the answer.


Add together


Count on



This week we are continuing to experiment and explore, this time with light and dark.

In these games can you...


Find the light sources


Find the nocturnal animals



This week our butterflies hatched! They popped out of the chrysalis and fluttered around their nets. This afternoon we looked at them and some of us held them before we set them free to fly off and find a new home. the children were very keen to share the photos with you so here they are!

Half Term - optional handwriting homework


We are sending home tricky word reading/spelling homework as well as a maths activity. If you have time here are two different writing activities children can pick from. The first is a CVC tracing and copying sheet (some children may have completed this at school but it is perfect for letter formation and joining practice.) The second are cursive sentences which will allow children to practise their joins as well as their use of Capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. There is a second line where children can practise either copying the sentence or thinking of their own sentence with one of the words from the first sentence.


As part of our topic we have been learning about how minibeasts move and interpreting this into our own dance - check it out!

MInibeast Dance

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We really enjoyed Pennywell today. For now check out our photos and I'll add more information this weekend!


A big thanks to our parent helpers who helped the day run really smoothly. We really appreciated your help.


ICT - Farms


Look at the pictures below, which farm activity will you try?


Listen to the story of the little red hen. Can you click the wand to create the pictures from the story?


Can you put the animals in order of how tall they are, tallest animal gets to eat first!


Can you make the animals the right size for their homes? Their heads should touch the top of the doorway.


Can you sort the animals into two groups so that the animals have things about them that are the same?

Minibeast hunting and Word book day


This week we have been looking at different minibeasts and thinking about their differences. We went on our own hunts and caught different minibeasts. We talked about how to be careful so we didn't hurt them and set them free at the end of our hunt. We also got our own caterpillars that we are going to watch as they grow and change.


The children looked amazing dressed as their favourite characters for World book day!

Mr Tumble and the Minibeasts


Can you help Mr Tumble to find different minibeasts?


Snow Day!


Today, Foundation and Year One explored the snow in their playground. They caught snowflakes, danced in the snow and made snowmen, before heading back inside to warm up!


Don't forget, the school is closed tomorrow (Thursday 1st March) due to the warnings for adverse weather conditions. The school will be re-opening on Friday 2nd March when we will be celebrating World Book Day.


We look forward to seeing all of the children in their wonderful costumes on Friday.


1/3/18 UPDATE

The school will now be closed for the remainder of the week due to the weather and will reopen on Monday 5th March.



This term we are learning about the Circle of Life, how plants, animals and minibeasts change and grow.

This week we have looked at cress and sunflower seeds and learnt about the 5 things plants need to grow - soil, space, water, sun, air. We planted our cress and sunflowers and now we have to wait around 14 days for our cress to finish growing and our sunflowers to start to grow shoots and seedlings.



Can you match the parts of the plant and help them to grow.

Goldilocks and Porridge


This week we watched the adults perform Goldilocks and the Three bears on our new stage in the garden. We have listened to the story and worked together to perform our own versions of the story acting and narrating for our audiences.


In literacy we learnt instructions and followed them to make porridge. Next week we will write our own instructions for the bear's house role play.


See our instructions and us making and trying porridge below-

Our Porridge Instructions

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Today some of the children decided to make their own dances and really wanted to share them with you!



Bear Hunt and Light


The children have been making their own bear hunts in the garden using different crates, tyres and materials to create the different settings.


Then have explored how we get and make light so we can see in the caves. We have looked at the sun, candles, lanterns, rechargeable torches and making our own circuits.

Bear Hunt


Welcome back, we hope you all had a great holiday! This week we came back to school and discovered something extraordinary - footprints.


The children thought that they might be bear footprints and suggested we follow them. We tracked them all the way to the forest!




In the forest we found lots of small bears and a giant bear!! We brought the giant bear back to the cave in our role play to stay as we'd just read 'We're going on a bear hunt' and in that story the bear was sad at the end and couldn't find friends so we decided to befriend this bear.



We had a great time hunting in the woods

Open morning and class treat


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!

We loved sharing our books and learning from this term with our families and it was great to see such a big turn out of parents and grandparents.
Thank you for the lovely thoughtful Christmas card messages and presents we were all very touched. We hope you have a lovely Christmas and we'll see you in the new year!

Christmas Party


Thank you for all the food donations for our party. We had a fantastic time playing games, eating and dancing and celebrating Christmas together.

ICT - My family


Today we're using a website to create our own family portraits and talking about the similarities and differences between ourselves and others.

My Family

Comparing amounts


This week we have been comparing groups of objects using the vocabulary 'more' and 'fewer' to describe the amounts.

We had an in class achievement assembly today as there was a STEM workshop for the KS2 in the hall. Well done to the children who have achieved their red reading certificate - these will be awarded in assembly next week.

Poppies and Red Readers


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!

Divali and 'On my way home' journey characters


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.

This week we learnt about the Hindu celebration of Divali, a festival of light. We used clay to create our own diva lamps and learnt a song that's sung to celebrate the new year.

Using the internet and E safety


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.


Gingerbreadman game

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.