Reception Class News

World Book Day 2020

Posted on Thursday 05 March 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

We just LOVE reading in Foundation! We read and explore stories every day and all year around but it is great to have a special day each year to celebrate the joy of books.

For World Book Day 2020, we dressed as our favourite characters and brought in some of our favourite stories to tell our friends about on the special story-tellers chair!

We were also lucky to have some of our parents join us for a stay and read session this morning- thank you to those who could make it.

Some of us have created book marks, drawn pictures of our story characters and played our ‘guess the story’ game too.

Check out our wonderful World Book Day photos:

Here are some quotes from our children about their favourite stories:

Connor (F1) on his non-fiction Rumble with the Dinosaurs book- This is my favourite book about dinosaurs; T-Rex, anchisaurus, spinosaurus. Look! If you press the button it goes ROAR!”

Willow (F2) on The Gruffalo “I’m a Gruffalo. The mouse took a stroll in the deep, dark, wood!”

Elijah (F1) on his Henry; Thomas the Tank Engine book“It’s a Henry book… see you can buy tickets to the museum to see Henry and Thomas and all the engines. There’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 engines”

Chloe (F2) on Snow White and the buried treasure- “In the story they find some treasure and a necklace- The norths, the seven… THE DWARVES! My favourite part was the prince going away… and this part makes me laugh cause the little dwarf goes under the rug!

 

Pancake Day!

Posted on Thursday 27 February 2020 by Mrs Wood

Foundation had so much fun making pancakes. They carefully cracked the eggs and measured the correct amount of milk and flour. After, they mixed them together to make a smooth mixture. Miss Feldman used the frying pan to fry 10 pancakes! We watched carefully from a distance. The F2 children did some instruction writing after. Of course the best part was… EATING THEM!


One of the challenges this week was to make a playdough pancake. The children have loved pretending to flip and fry them!

Cooking and baking are fantastic real life experiences for children! If you do cooking or baking at home, please send us some pictures. We would love to see these!

Spring one fun is done!

Posted on Monday 17 February 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Phew… what a busy half term we have had! Thank you to all of the parents that joined us at our Parent’s Evenings this week.

We have welcomed new friends into F1, who have settled into class beautifully.

 

F2 have completed all of their sounds in Phonics and made their way to focus number 9 in Maths.

The class have enjoyed their gymnastics coached sessions and exploring new equipment and movements in movement play.

We have explored lots of stories, fact finding, role play and more linked to our interest-led topic of The Royal Family and castles.

We have thought lots about our Christian values of love and friendship. We have learnt about mindfulness and keeping safe online.

Generally, we have seen so much progress with all the children in both their learning and confidence and we can’t wait to see it continue for the final half of our school year!

 

Thank you to all of the parents that joined us at our Parent’s Evenings this week, where we were able to share this fantastic progress with you.

Next half term, the children have expressed an interest in learning about “pirates”, “mermaids” and “unicorns”- we will be developing this Fantasy Land theme throughout the term. There will also be elements of “dinosaurs” to capture another interest. Spring 2 will also see us think about growing in nature with some super exciting feathery friends to look after!

Home-Link Challenge

The home-link challenge is free-style! Pick a Fantasy Land character or topic. You could draw a labelled picture, make a model, find historical facts (pirates) or write a book review for your favourite story linked to Fantasy. We will share the children’s creations during a talk-time session the first week back to school.

Important Dates Coming Up in Foundation

Weds 26th Feb 2020, 6.00-6.45 pm- What is GLD? ;

A discussion about the expectations at the end of Early Years and what practitioners look for to determine a “Good Level of Development” (F2 parents only)

Thurs 5th March 2020, 8.30-9.30 am- World Book Day ;

Stay and Read- We are inviting children to dress up as their favourite book character for the day. Parents are invited to stay and share books with your child and take part in activities for the first hour of the school day. (F1 and F2 parents)

Mon 23rd March 2020, 3.15- 4.15 pm- Writing and Phonics Stay and Play (F2 parents only)

 

Internet Safety and Mindfulness

Posted on Friday 07 February 2020 by Mrs Wood

The foundation classroom is such a busy place!
Mindfulness can help children to take control of their emotions and feelings.
This week, Foundation have started to take part in mindfulness sessions. The children watched a video called Rainbow Breaths which allowed them to practise how to control their breathing. This is a great technique for children to use when feeling upset or frustrated. We used battery operated tealights to help transform our classroom into a calm environment.
Take a look at how focused the children are…

We have made a Friendship Stop area in the classroom. This area allows the children to write kind notes to their peers. At the end of the week we will be handing out the notes. Below are some of the notes already written this week.

Next Tuesday is Internet Safety Day. Foundation have already started to think about how to stay safe when online.
This week, we have been focusing on the story Once Upon A Time Online by David Bedford and Rosie Reeve. The story follows some of our children’s most well recognised and well loved fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs and Little Red Riding Hood on a journey that started when a laptop arrives.  The book delivers an important message about making sure that when you do go online, you always ask a grown up, and use the internet sensibly.
We also read a story about Smartie the Penguin. Ask your child if they remember Smartie’s special song.
“Before you click click click
you need to think think think
and tell someone!”

Techno-links, friendship and more….

Posted on Saturday 01 February 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

This week in Foundation, the F2 children explored one way in which we use technology with purpose; to find information on our topic. The children came up with their own questions about the royal family and with the support of an adult, used a search engine to find their answers. As one of their writing focuses, they recorded their answers. Be sure to check out your child’s writing progression book, on the parent shelves, to see what they asked.

A big well done to our Star Writer this week, Christian, who asked:

“How often does the queen wear her crown?”

The answer he found also introduced us to a new ‘wow’ topic word: Coronation. 

Later in the week, we mixed writing with technology again! After some AMAZING descriptive sentence writing about fairy tale characters, the children used the ‘doodle’ app to draw an illustration that matched their words.

Our technology work leads us into our learning next week, when we will be thinking about online safety.

In maths, we have been using our play ‘shop’ to work on our counting and addition skills. We have also been practising verbalising number sentences and have been introduced to doubling.

We have enjoyed exploring our new ribbons and large elastic in the movement play area to stretch our muscles and make large movements.

Well done to the children who completed their home-link challenge this week and stood at the front of the class to talk about their favourite castle-based story. We loved hearing your ideas in talk time.

Home-Link Challenge

Last week, we had a circle time where we spoke about how it feels inside our bodies when people are kind to us and how it feels when they are not. We then chose five kind things to say about each friend. The ‘friendship hands’ will soon be on display in the classroom.

Foundation is a crucial time for developing communication and socialisation skills. All of the children are learning through their first experiences with friends, how to manage and how to respond to both positive and negative interactions. The Early Years Team focus on personal and social development (as one of the prime areas) in everything we do. We focus on addressing issues positively through lots of emotion exploration and activities that help us to see the good in each other. We know that for parents, it can be distressing to see our children upset or having concerns about their friendships. We are thankful that our parent partners work so well with us to support their children, by letting us know about any concerns they may have. We see beautiful, kind moments from all of the children every day in our class. We are proud to see the steps the children are making towards building emotional resilience and confidence in their relationships.

With this in mind, we would like to join the rest of the school this week by focusing on mindfulness as our home-link challenge.

It is super-tricky to get our youngest children to sit still for thinking and breathing time but we have found a lovely short video with ‘Mindful Ozzy’ that perfectly explains mindfulness and why it helps us:

To watch the video with your child, click here 

Please use the video as a way to open a discussion with your child on their feelings about themselves, school and their friends.

Parents Evening Appointments

Next week, our appointment times will become available to sign up for at the school office. To make places available for all of the children, we have appointments:

Until 5pm on Tuesday 11 February.

Two slots only on Wednesday 12 February (3.30pm and 3.40pm)

Between 5pm and 6.40pm on Thursday 13 February.

If possible, we would like for F1 pupil appointments to be made either on the Tuesday or Wednesday so that Miss Feldman can be present at the meetings. For this reason, we would like for F2 parents (if possible) to opt initially for appointments on the Thursday. We appreciate that our recommendation may not be suitable for all parents and you may of course sign up for any available slot you would like. These are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Thank you.

Fantastic Foundation!

Posted on Friday 24 January 2020 by Mrs Wood

This week, our Living and Learning statement was I know what a drug is.  On Monday, Foundation had a special visitor from D:side called Dave. He talked about: medicine, healthy foods and brushing teeth. The children  sat really well and answered lots of questions – showing off their super knowledge!
Some of the answers…
“You should brush your teeth in the morning and at night.”
“Medicine makes you feel better.”
“I eat lots of fruit and vegetables!”
“I only have medicine when I am poorly.”
The children were eager to put their hands up – this was great to see!

Some more great highlights this week in Foundation…

Foundation’s Home-Link Challenge

Please use this Time to Talk sheet, to talk about and share your favourite story that links to castles.

It could be a traditional tale (like Cinderella or The Princess and the pea) or any other story involving princesses, kings, queens, knights, dragons or anything else that lives in or visits a castle!

This will mainly be a talking focus. We will ask your child about the beginning, middle and end, about characters and settings and their opinions of the story. They could draw a picture and add labels and/or a sentence on the Time to Talk sheet.

If you would like to send us images to print, please send to our email address: stjameseyfs@spherefederation.org

 

We like to move it, move it!

Posted on Thursday 23 January 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

On Wednesday, Foundation had a special visitor who came to show us some movement equipment. We are lucky enough to now have some of this new equipment in class too, so it was a great chance to experiment and explore. The moves work on core strength which in turn supports our ability to write.

As part of our learning this week on the celebration of Chinese New Year, F2 have spent the last two Thursday PE sessions working on a special Chinese Zodiac dance. The movements were inspired by the animals of the zodiac. Check out our moves!

Another busy week…

Posted on Saturday 18 January 2020 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

Here’s a snapshot of another busy week, here in Foundation:

We have also been busy with writing inspired by our story; The Princess and The Wizard by Julia Donaldson. Be sure to take a look at our phonics focused display to see the work by our Star Writer this week. Well done Teddy!

In Monday’s PE, the children enjoyed their first gymnastics session. On Thursday, F2 began to learn a very special dance based on animal movements, which links to next week’s celebration focus.

On Friday we had a lovely reflection time, where we spoke about our special friends and the people in our lives who make us feel loved. You can take a look at our thoughts and feelings in the scrap book located on the reflection cube in the classroom.

Home-link Challenge

Next week in class we will be thinking about the celebration of Chinese New Year. Please introduce your child to the celebration and any facts you can find. We will be watching a video to introduce children to the celebration. You can find the link here if you would like to watch it at home together too.

First week back…

Posted on Thursday 09 January 2020 by Mrs Wood

Welcome back Foundation!
We hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year.

This week, our Turrets and Tiaras topic has got off to a good start! The children have loved exploring the new role play area. They have enjoyed dressing up and acting like Kings and Queens.  In literacy, we looked at different castles around the world and  the different parts of a castle. The F2 children designed their own castles and wrote invitations to a party at a castle.

In maths, we are looking at the number 7. The children used Numicon to make 7 in different ways. The children were brilliant at noticing the numbers within 7.
“I can see 6 and 1.” “I can see 5 and 2.” “I can see 3 lots of 2 and 1 more”

At the beginning of the year, the F2 children did a self-portrait. On Wednesday, the children used the mirrors to draw another self-portrait. It was great to see the progress from September to now! Come and have a look at their updated self-portraits.

Christmas Party!

Posted on Saturday 21 December 2019 by Mrs Allen-Kelly

What a great end to the Autumn term! Have a lovely Christmas Foundation and Year 1/2.