Welcome to Foundation Stage at Moulton Primary School
Just a few pieces of information to help your child whist they are with us in Foundation Stage.
P.E. for RA is on a Wednesday morning and P.E. for RB is on a Tuesday afternoon. We ask that all children have their P.E. kit in school for these days. Please could you ensure that you have put your child’s name in their school uniform and P.E Kit. On P.E days could all children who have their ears pierced make sure they have been taken out before coming to school.
Part of the Foundation Stage curriculum is that we must allow free access to the outdoor learning environment. Because of this your child will need the appropriate outdoor wear at all times. Please ensure your child is wrapped up warm for the winter months and also has sunhats etc in the summer months.
Phonics and reading are a key skill to children in the foundation stage. The children will be sent home with activities relating to their learning during phonics that week. This will usually relate to the sounds we are learning. As the children become confident in reading they will also be introduced to reading books through our guided reading sessions. The children will usually be sent home with these on the day that they read. This is usually a Monday but may change due to the timetable being so busy. We therefore ask that the children's reading books/ wallets are in their book bags every day. This allows for us to swap over books and keep you informed on the progress your child is making with their reading skills. We recommend you read with your child whenever possible, in 5/10 minute sessions. It is helpful if you make comments when you do read with your child as we can see how you child is progressing at home too.
It would be really helpful if all children could be provided with a water bottle which is kept in the classroom. The children have access to these whenever they need a drink. This helps to keep them hydrated and ready to learn.
Summer Term 1
Today the Sharks and the Jelly fish had a message from Mr Gent saying he had found something unusual on the school grounds and could we help him find out what could it be. Mr Gent said he heard a loud noise and saw a flash of light last night and wondered if that was linked to the unusual object he found.
The Sharks and Jelly fish brainstormed some ideas of what it could be....
We came up with fantastic ideas. Then Mrs Underwood and Miss Fowler suggested that we go and investigate. We all put our coats on and headed outside to the MASK building to see what it could be. When we got there we noticed a huge hole in the ground and glitter around the area. This developed our ideas further.
The adults decided it was time to have a closer look. They went to look around the hole and found something that shouldn't be there. Mrs Underwood and Miss Fowler picked up the object and brought it over to show us. They said it was very hot (They needed to wear gloves!) and it was heavy.
They children began to share their ideas of what it could be and where it could have come from. The adults asked the children -
How are we going to find out where the rock come from? Or how did it got here? What is it made out of?
Many of the children suggested that the rock had fallen from the sky/ from space. This led the adults to suggest that we find out more about space.
Spring Term 1
Welcome back to a new term and all of the Foundation Stage team wish you a Happy New Year. We came back to school and were amazed by the childrens enthusiasm and by how much they have progressed in thier learning.
Spring term 1 and 2
We have begun a new topic which many of you know through Tapestry is about houses and Homes. This topic will be about not just where we live but where other people live. Within this topic we will also continue our celebrations topic from autumn terms 1 and 2. We will also be starting a new topic in our whole school PSED sessions - Going for Goals.
We started back in the New Year by reflecting on our Christmas and our New Year. We even made new year promises. You will be able to see these if you go into class RA and class RB.
This relates well to our new PSED SEAL topic - Going for Goals. The children have been talking about what they can do and what they would like to do. This will end with us setting our own learning goals. This could be - learning to zip up our coats/ learning to ride a bike/ learning to swim - it doesn't have to relate to classroom learning.
We also started back with the whole school being introduced to Fox and Badger. We are thinking a lot more about how we learn and within school we wanted to relate this to something which would help the children. We voted in our favourite animals and are now being introduced to these by relating their characteristics to our learning. In class RA and RB our animals have their very own woodland home. But we refer to them all the time. We have Fox and Badger posters up in our rooms which have labels reminding us of the characteristics we need to show.
We have learnt that a fox can be: daring, brave, determined and a risk taker. We have also learnt that badgers are: sharing and caring, helpful to others, they support and respect each other as well as helping each other feel safe and valued. Within class we discussed how learning can make us have feelings we don't like but that if we are determined, take risks and are brave we will get there! We also talked about how we need to care for each other, to share, to support and respect each other and to make each other feel safe and valued in order for learning to be able to take place.
We are very excited and wonder which animal we will be introduced to next!
Within our houses and homes topic so far we have covered:
Week 2: Where do you live. We talked about our own houses and homes
Week 3: Moulton. We talked about the areas that we all live in and found that most of us live in Moulton. We also knew that this is where our school is. Therefore, we have been finding out more about our village. We have been doing this by thinking about what we would see on the way to school.
Week 4: Moulton. This week the Sharks and the Jellyfish went for a walk around our village. We predicted what buildings we thought we would see. Whilst on our walk we looked at how buildings were the same and different including noticing what building materials were used to make some houses. We noticed that many houses have names as well as numbers and we practiced our number skills by naming the numerals that we spotted. We also spotted people who help us in our village, including postpeople, mechanics, hairdressers and bus drivers. This week the children have continued to enjoy the various roleplay areas in our classrooms. In our classes we have a 'Theatre' and an 'estate agents' and in our snug we have a 'post office'. Outside our role play areas have been a 'building site' as weel as 'houses and homes'.
We have continued to think about how we learn within our classes. We are beginning to refer to whether we are being foxes or badgers throughout the day. At the beginning of the week our next animal was introduced to us. We now have a squirrel that has been introduced to our classrooms. We have been talking about how squirrels are resourceful, imaginative, creative and imaginative creatures. In class many children have shown that they can be resourceful throughout the day. We are beginning to learn what this means.
The Sharks and Jellyfish recieved a surprise ackage. We were very excited when we saw it, the adults questioned where has it came from? This prompted our first discussion of the morning. We looked carefully at our packages and the clues that were on them. We discussed as a class where it could have come from and what we thought was inside. We were amazed by all of the children's suggestions and thought we best take a look inside to see if there were any clues of where it had came from. Wow ... we were very excited to see the hidden treasures inside... we received a special Chinese doll, red envelopes, chopsticks, a traditional paper fan and an information book on China. The adult's took each item out in turn and the children discussed what they knew as we tried to guess where the packages had come from. We came to the conclusion that it had come all the way from China. Maybe it would be lovely to see what we can learn about a different country such as China!
This week we have been exploring where in the world China is. We used maps and atlas's. We were asked what do you notice? We explored colours, shapes and sizes. We explored vocabulary including ocean and land as well as names of countries and oceans. We explored where we live and looked for Great Britain. We then looked for China. We compared size and location. The children were incredibly interested and wanted to know names and places of other countries.
This week we have been introduced to our fourth learning animal , the raven. We have learnt that ravens can be thoughtful, careful, reflective and alert problem solvers.
This week we were very excited to meet our last learning animal! We had a spider delivered to live with our fox, badger, squirrel and raven. We placed him safely in his web and began finding out what behaviours a spider shows. We learnt that a spider is resilient, determined, never gives up and keeps trying. We talked about what this means when we are learning. We also painted spiders to go up onto our learning wall. We have been working very hard to exhibit the learning behaviours of our 5 learning animals. We are very proud of ourselves.
This week the Sharks and the Jellyfish continued to learn all about China. We shared how much we have learnt with the adults as the week progressed. We have been very interested in this topic so far and we have amazed the adults with our knowledge of China.
The adults continued to share information books with us about China and they also showed us videos about life in China. One video was of life in Bejing. The children pointed out famous buildings in this city. We were amazed by how big it was. We also watched the children visit the countryside. They visited The Great Wall of China. Again we were amazed by how big it was. Then we watched a video about children going to school in China. The primary school we saw had 4, 000 pupils! We saw how they dressed, how they behaved, how they started the day and the lessons they attended. We also found out that children do not go to school in China until they are 7!
Open Maths Lessons
Last week in Foundation Stage we opened up our classrooms and welcomed parents to participate in our open Maths lessons. The Jellyfish and Sharks have been working very hard in Maths, learning to count on and back for calculation (addition/subtraction). We really enjoyed sharing the strategies we have been learning with the adults who came to join us. The children and adults then participated in a range of problem solving activities to practice this skill. We received very positive feedback from the parents who came to see us and the children really loved this opportunity to share their learning. We look forward to holding further open Maths sessions this term focusing on learning in Shape, space or measure.
Foundation Spelling Workshop 24-11-2015
Foundation Reading Workshop 17-11-2015
What we will be doing next week
Wow! We cannot believe that this week is our last week before half-term. The children have been very busy and have been learning so much! Not just academically but also lots of new routines. Here is our next update on what has been happening in the foundation stage setting.
During our phonic session last week we began to teach the children how to hear, read and write g, o, c, k and ck. We also started to teach the children how to spell words as well as how to read words using these sounds. This week we will be teaching the children to read, write and hear e, u and r.
Week beginning 19th October
This week we will be learning all about our own family and other people’s families. This will involve sharing stories and information books as well as engaging in discussions about different kinds of families. We are hoping that the week will finish with a visit to the park.
The adults will use a range of vocabulary, pictures and books to talk about family. We will use words such as:
Mum, Dad, brother, sister, baby, nanny, pappy, grandpa, grandma, aunty, uncle, cousin, friends…..
The foundation stage team.
What we have been up to in school
So as to keep you informed I am going to try and give you a weekly plan of some of the things we will be covering in class, so that you can help your child at home, especially with vocabulary.
I am going to start by telling you what we covered over the past 2 weeks as there may be vocabulary your child still needs to practice.
On week beginning 21st September – we learnt about our bodies. We looked in a body book and talked about our body parts. We sang songs to promote this. Words we would have used were:
Head/ face/ ears/ eyes/ nose/ mouth/ shoulders/ chest/ arms/ hands/ fingers/ body/ hips/ back/ legs/ knees/ feet/ toes.
We also briefly looked at our skeleton and we used words such as:
Skull/ ribs/ bones…… but we didn’t go into this too much.
During this week we began our phonic programme – we learnt how to read, write and say s, a, t and p. We looked at objects that begin with these sounds. The teacher used robot talk to get the children to recognise words by hearing the sounds – p a t – pat.
On week beginning 28st September – we learnt about being healthy. We looked at the things we do to keep ourselves healthy and talked about why we need to be healthy.
We talked about:
Exercise/ sleep/ eating and drinking healthy foods/ washing etc.
We read and talked about the story – funnybones.
We have also set up a doctors in our homecorner.
During this week we started the second week of our phonic programme – we learnt how to read, write and say i, n, m and d. We looked at objects that begin with these sounds. The teacher used robot talk to get the children to recognise words by hearing the sounds – m a t - mat. The teacher also began to teach us how to read basic words such as in, it, at, is. We also began to look at longer words and matched these to objects (sit/ sat/ tap/ mat/ dad/ pin…..).
Week beginning 5th October and 12th October
This week we will be learning about our feelings though a wide range of activities, such as circle time discussions/ stories/ walks/ sensory activities such as feely bags and smell pots.
We will use a range of vocabulary, pictures and books to talk about how we and how others feel. We will use words such as:
Happy, sad, upset, excited, worried, scared, sleepy, poorly, ill, brave etc.,
During this week we are going to revisit weeks 1 and 2 of our phonic programme by quickly revisiting s, a, t and p. Then we will use the rest of the week (possibly 4 days) to revisit i, n, m and d. Over this time we will continue to practice orally segmenting and blending sounds to make words – c a t – cat. The teacher will also continue to introduce the children to reading simple words using the sounds they have covered so far.
On the week of the 12th October, we hope to teach the children how to hear, read and write g, o, c and k. We will also be looking at spelling and reading words using these sounds.
Also the adults in the setting will be working with your child to check that they have the basic vocabulary that will help them to understand the teachers and each other. This vocabulary we will then be teaching them if they don’t have it.
This will be vocabulary such as:
Colours – white/ black/ blue/ green/ red/ orange/ yellow/ brown/ grey
Numbers – one to ten. Then one to twenty.
Words that name things in the classroom – table, chair, toilet, door, bin, pencil, paper, classroom, stairs, outside, inside….
Clothing words – coat, jumper, trousers, skirt, top, socks, pants, tights (this will help us in p.e.)
Family words – mummy, daddy, brother, sister, me.
We will also be talking about the use of objects – so not just knowing the name for things but also their job….we use a knife for cutting……we use a brush for sweeping up the sand or brushing our hair…….
You may find websites such as phonic play, letters and sounds. Com, twinkl and jollylearning a useful tool for resources and ideas to help your child at home.
We hope this is of use and will keep updating you as we go along.
The foundation stage team.
Week Ending 15th May 2015
Over the past three weeks, our Foundation Stage children have been be learning all about growth. Initially we focused our learning on ourselves and how we grow. During this time we talked about babies and what we were like as babies. We really enjoyed sharing our own baby photographs in class, and loved discovering how we are similar or different to how we appear now. We also enjoyed sharing baby photographs from different generations looking closely at similarities and differences within our families.
Following what we have learnt about babies we began to think about how we can help ourselves grow up with a healthy lifestyle, exploring a range of foods and exercise. All Foundation Stage worked hard to get their bodies moving in our keep fit Physical Education session.
We have recently started to explore how plants grow from seeds. We were excited to have the opportunity to investigate growth by planting our own bean, and observing the changes which take place. We were also able to record these changes by creating our own bean diaries. As our plants continue to grow we will be learning how to identify the features of a plant and develop and understanding of the plants life cycle.
Week Beginning 20th April 2015
‘Discovery Den’ Grand Opening
We are very excited to announce that on Friday we were able to reveal our new ‘Discovery Den’ to our Foundation Stage parents and children. Over the past few weeks you may have noticed renovations have been taking place in the undercover area. The Discovery Den provides endless opportunities for the children to explore and develop their understanding. Within this area we have created a water wall, minibeast investigation zone, mud kitchen, sensory garden and a sensory den. The area will be open and used on a daily basis, for the children to freely explore. As the children engage in the outdoor activities they will be developing their mathematical understanding (counting, calculation, measuring, pattern etc.), developing key literacy skills, extending their understanding of the world around them (seasonal changes, weather, growth, materials and their properties, minibeasts etc.) as well as promoting their physical development. We look forward to the adventures ahead of us.
22nd April 2015
Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs arrive at Moulton Primary School!
On Wednesday afternoon the Key Stage 1 and EYFS children enjoyed over an hour of entertaining story telling delivered by the celebrated author Ian Whybrow. The children were told how Ian became a famous author which included stories of how he created ‘The Snow King’ and ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.’ Ian taught both the adults and children actions and sounds and he finished the session by retelling ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs say Raahh!’ with the help of everyone in the room.
20th April 2015
Numbers … Numbers … Everywhere ….
We have had the opportunity to explore numbers through a range of activities throughout our environment, as part of our Math’s day. We really enjoyed completing our addition maths challenges, having to read and solve number problems to 10. We also connected numbers through dot to dots to create a picture. Our creative challenge today involved investigating how many astronauts could board the space rocket, the children cut and pasted the astronauts onto their rocket templates and shared our results as a class. During adult led activities the children were learning to read and order numbers to 20, using a range of resources.
Week beginning 8th June
In foundation stage, on the 9th June 5 wiggly caterpillars arrived in a package from Insect Lore. We have spent the following days observing our very hungry visitors and finding out more about them. On the week beginning 15th June we noticed that our caterpillars were getting very big. On the 17th June most of the caterpillars had made their way to the top of the pot. This is what they do before fastening themselves to a twig or leaf etc. before making their cocoon. The staff spoke very kindly to Mr Allard who set up a video camera overnight which recorded the changes which our caterpillars went through! We are still awaiting 2 caterpillars to make their cocoons before we can remove them from their tub into their butterfly habitat ready for when they hatch. We have added this exciting recording to our website so that we can share our exciting event.