Foundation Stage

Summer Term 2021

This term we began by talking about our interests and we shared ideas about what we wanted to be when we grew up. We looked at some great books such as “Clive is a Nurse” and “Dream Big Little Leader” and this inspired some of our discussions.

We have also looked at the Kings and Queens. We made our very own role-play castle in our Foundation Garden and we enjoyed looking at some non-fiction books, learning about castles.  We learnt some new vocabulary such as battlements, moat and enemy.

We are currently sharing the book called “Dear Zoo” by Rod Campbell. We have been talking about the repetitive parts of the book and looked at the describing words for the animals. We all love this book!

This term we are having “Key Skills” groups on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. This is where we undertake reading and writing activities that practise individuals next steps. In our whole -class phonics sessions we have been revisiting Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds and the children are getting really confident now at blending and segmenting – we are super impressed with how hard they are working!

Each Friday we have been going to the hall for our PE lesson. We began the term with a focus on gymnastics and used the benches and ‘A frame’. We have now moved on to some dance lessons and we are enjoying moving to music.

In our maths sessions this term we have been busy talking about adding and taking away -using various songs, games and activities to support our development of these skills. We are all looking forward to 100 day which is coming up later this term. It will be our 100th day in school and we are all ready to do some brilliant maths work on this day!

Autumn Term 2020

Please see remote learning tab for Spring Term 2021
November 2020  – It’s been a busy start to the school year for our new Foundation Stage children. After a careful transition period we began counting our days at school as a whole class and are already looking forward to our celebrating our 100th day of school (when it comes!). We have been busy introducing our daily phonics sessions where we are beginning to recognise the Phase 2 phonemes and practise blending sounds together to read words. Each week the children take home their “Reading challenges” in order to support their phonic work that they do in class. They are all working hard and it is lovely to see their posts on Tapesty which shows us their home learning. We have been undertaking lots of ‘active’ maths activities that have involved treasure hunts and sorting games in the garden. The children particularly enjoyed sharing their baby and toddler photographs with each other – this enabled us to talk about birthdays, celebrations and things in the past. This week we made firework paint creations and talked about how to stay safe around things that are hot. Little Stars Learning: July 2014 We have been up to the woods too – and can’t wait for our Monday forest session! Walking at Tylers Wood | Forestry England Please continue to keep sharing all your super posts on Tapestry as it is fantastic for us to see how you are accessing the “Maths Wallet” challenges as well as the “Reading Challenges” at home.  Thank you. The Tapestry Learning Journal – The Wood School September 2020 – We are so excited to be welcoming back our old Holly and Willow classes for the first few weeks of September. We have lots of lovely activities planned – for the first week many of them will be based around the story of the Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, and in the second week our work will focus upon the topic of Dinosaurs. We plan to go up to the woods to explore and carry out some fun activities. Lots of time will be spent talking to one another, and easing ourselves back into school life, thus settling back into old routines and establishing some new ones too. On Monday 21st September the children will move up to their new KS1 classes.

Summer Term    2020

Holly and Willow Classes

As you know we have begun this new term in a very strange way with home learning occurring due to the coronavirus. We are missing the children so much but it is wonderful to be keeping in touch through Tapestry.  As you are aware, we are sending work each week broken into 3 groups (mathematics activities, literacy based activities and EAD/UW activities), as well as a few videos too. Please pick and choose which activities you do, and we want to reiterate that there is no expectation to complete them all as we appreciate this is a difficult and worrying time. Over the course of this half term we will theme lots of our home learning around our key reading spine texts which are:

Jack and the Beanstalk for two weeks

Jack & the Beanstalk (First Reading, Level Four) (2.4 First ...

Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne for two weeks

Handa's Surprise: Eileen Browne: Books

Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell for a week

The Pig in the Pond: Waddell, Martin, Barton, Jill ... Don’t forget there are lots of websites out there to help support your home learning if you need them….

Spring Term  2020     Holly and Willow Classes

We have begun this new half term talking about our Christmas celebrations. We shared our family experiences and talked about presents that we received. The children drew some beautiful pictures to represent their ideas and we enjoyed chatting with each other after the Christmas break. Over the coming weeks we will be looking at the story “This is the Bear” by Sarah Hayes. It is a fantastic story where the bear finds himself lost in a rubbish dump. This book is great for stimulating lots of discussion about recycling as well as acting as a stimulus for some fantastic label writing. Image result for THis is the bear In phonics sessions this term we are working on Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds. We will continue to use Jolly Phonics to add actions and songs to our newly learnt digraphs/trigraphs. We have daily phonics lessons and both Holly and Willow classes are trying to hard to apply their phonic knowledge to their reading and writing – we are so proud of them all. Image result for phase 3 We are very excited about our whole-class PE sessions that are planned for this term and can’t wait to practise our physical skills, as well as our team-work skills and Image result for bench PE EYFSImage result for PE equipment Here are some useful websites:    Phonic games to play.   Jolly Phonics songs.  General information about Phonics teaching in Primary School.    A useful website to explore.  Counting songs and rhymes.

Autumn Term  2019     Holly and Willow Classes

We have been enjoying the story of, “We are Going on a Bear Hunt,” during this term. The children had a surprise visit from a bear and they asked him lots of interesting questions. We have been sharing the story, “Elmer,” and the children enjoyed making their own Elmer’s from milk cartons.

We continue to have our daily phonics sessions and we are now beginning Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds which is exciting. We are playing lots of games each day to embed our blending and

segmenting skills. The children are working so

hard and we are so proud of their effort and

progress. Well done Holly and Willow children!                 There are some free phonics games to access on this website.