Foundation – Settling into school…
The children in both Foundation classes have settled into school really well. We have spent lots of time getting to know our new friends, teachers and our learning environment. What is your favourite thing to do at school?
What a lovely day! We had a fabulous time and learnt lots about looking after animals. We behaved beautifully too! 😃
What was your favourite part of the day?
We tried so hard today when we tried archery today. We even managed to hit the target.
This week’s ‘Special Week’ children tried their hands at painting in the style of local artist, from Totnes, Yvonne Coomber. They produced an amazing piece of work using watercolour paints, dribbling and layering paint on top of other paints and really thought about what flowers would look like outside, in a field. Not bad for 4 and 5 year olds!
We were lucky enough to go to the theatre today as some of our children put on a brilliant show. They made up a story and made wands as their props. It was fabulous! 😃
Can you have a go at making up a story? What will it be about?
Our children didn’t let the rain stop their learning and play today. Instead they made a rain catcher! They designed and created it with minimal support. “Let’s see how much rain we can get!” said Harriet. Do you think the rain can fill the tough spot?
We had so much fun in Phonics today. We worked in pairs to read a list of words and then we found each word on a picture. We worked so well together. Some of us even added more words to the list.
- We worked so hard in our phonics lesson today. We were reading words with digraphs, adjacent consonants and even polysyllabic words.
We have been learning all about scooters and practising our skills.
We have been practising our running, throwing, jumping and hopping!
Look at us go…
What type of sport do you like the best?
We were learning all about capacity today and using the measures : Full, half full and empty to describe our containers. We played a great game to cement our learning.
We loved our visit from the RNLI, who told us all about their different flags and what to look for on the beach. Great listening Foundation! I wonder if you can remember what to do if you need help in the water?
The children in Reception loved their first PE session of the Summer term. They got changed well and enjoyed learning how to respond to the tambourine during the session. Well done guys!
The Foundation children were amazing today, playing their instruments and singing in front of Year 4. This performance was the culmination of our Friday music sessions with Kip Pratt and we were all very proud of the children and their wonderful music, performance skills and behaviour.
The children in Ash Class used numicon to see how many different ways they could make 11. What fantastic mathematicians!
Wow, what a day we’ve had celebrating books and reading. The children made a wonderful effort with their costumes and absolutely loved being read to and sharing books with Year 4. What a treat!
We look fabulous today in our book character costumes. We’re having great fun writing our own books too!
We had great fun dancing and playing musical instruments along with Kip this morning. Kip is a Primary Music Lecturer from Plymouth University who is very kindly dedicating the next few Friday mornings to visit us all in Foundation.
We have built an amazing castle today. It had turrets, a moving drawbridge and was full of treasure!
Have you ever been to a castle?
Look at our Santa’s workshop. We have been busy little elves getting it ready! We’ve already been making and wrapping up lots of toys for Santa!
We did so well in our rehearsal today. We’re working very hard and can’t wait for you to watch us next week! ??
Look at our fantastic wedding. We had great fun pretending to have a wedding. We learnt all about marriage and how people celebrate.
Have you you ever been to a real wedding?
We all made Pudsey ears today at the finger gym table. We raised lots of money too. ?
Some of our children were telling us how good they were at running. We gave them the opportunity to show us! They ran around and around our playground until they were puffed out! We talked about jogging rather than running fast, so that we could go for longer.
Look at us go!
Don’t forget to buy your copy of the Herald Express today for the new 2018 class pictures!
Yay, great news! We have just had confirmation that our new Reception photographs will appear in the bumper section of the Herald Express on Wednesday 17th October. Don’t forget to buy a copy!
We took part in the dough disco for the first time today. We rolled, squeezed, pinched, poked and patted our playdough, using the muscles in our fingers and hands. We all know that making our fingers stronger will help with our fine motor control and will help us hold pencils more comfortably.
We had so much fun.
We have learnt ‘c’ and ‘k’ this week, so we made crowns for kings!
We have even had a go at writing the letters.
What hard work we’ve been doing! Can you think of any words which begin with ‘c’ or ‘k’?
Today we have learnt the letter ‘g’ in our phonics lesson. We then made ‘goo’ by mixing cornflour and water. We had to describe how the goo felt and we even tried writing in it!
Can you think of any other words which begin with ‘g’?
Some of our children were making England flags today. They were talking about the England team and how well they are doing.
Who’s going to win? ⚽?⚽
Oops! Mrs Hudson and Mrs Simister ‘accidentally’ spilt sequins all over a sticky table! The children have used their fine motor skills to get the sequins off the table and back into our sequin pot!
What a wonderful day! We had great fun seeing all the lovely animals and going on the train and tractor.
We were tired out on the way home!
What was your favourite part of our day?
We have had so much fun today. The children have petted small animals, milked a goat, fed deer and gone on a train and tractor ride. The weather was glorious and the children were so well behaved.
What a great start to the morning on our finger gym! Lots of finger strengthening going on, using the tweezers to rescue the bugs from our spider’s web.
We have watched our chicks hatch, we have seen them go all fluffy and then move house. Look at the progress this one has made in the last 24 hours.
She is now with her brothers and sisters and eating her first food.
We LOVE our chicks ?❤?
Some of our chicks have moved house and are now starting to drink the water and eat the food.
But some of us like to sit in the food bowl!
Welcome little chicks!
What an exciting day it’s been with our new chicks. We have 5 new arrivals. We’ve watched one chick hatch throughout the morning. Some of the chicks are still a little soggy, but others are already nice and fluffy and nearly ready to go into the brooder box.
The eggs have arrived. They are all cosy in the incubator and we have everything prepared for our new arrivals!
We were listening to see if we could hear the chicks from inside the eggs. Cheep cheep! ???
We practised lots of skills you need for cricket today. We had brilliant fun playing ‘cricket tag’ and ‘planet clean up’! In cricket tag, we had to dodge whoever was’on’ and try to watch to see who had the ball. In the other game, we were rolling balls into the other planet as quickly as we could. We were brilliant and we loved it!
What have you enjoyed the most about Sports Week?
We loved our afternoon playing cricket games with Mr Buzz! We practised our spatial awareness and aim with rolling balls. We also practised our quick changes of direction with a catch game.
We had great fun in the sack race today. Look at us go!
We went to see a show today! And we even had a homemade cookie during the interval!
Would you like to sing in a show? Which song would you sing?
We have been training for sports day. Look at us go!
Yummy yummy! We read a recipe and made cookies today.
We’re going to try them this afternoon! ??
The birds are tweeting and we are going to make new nests for them!
We used pegs to place feathers and ‘eggs’ in the nest. “No cheeky fingers! Only pinchy fingers!” We know that we are improving the strength in our fingers , which will improve our handwriting!
We have been talking about royal weddings. We know there will be a royal wedding on Saturday. Some of us made cards for the happy couple. We discussed what the bride and groom might be wearing. We even had some of our own princess brides!
Happy wedding day Harry and Meghan! ❤
Look at our sweet peas and bean plants. The beans are getting big now, so we’ve planted them outside. We were wondering how tall they will grow! The sweet peas are starting to cling on to the bamboo canes.
Will we be able to pick beans and peas from our plants?
We have started counting in 2’s. We’ve paired socks and counted objects using the 2’s pattern.
Some of us made up a rhyme to help us remember the pattern:
“2, 4, 6, 8, 10,
Say it again!”
Why don’t you have a go at counting in two’s at home? Can you count higher than 10?
We have had a fantastic time on the bikes. Look at us go!
The Foundation Stage children had a great PE session today exploring the large, indoor apparatus. Lots of stretching and balancing and weight taking. What animals like climbing and hanging up high like our Foundation children?