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0 PEAR - Mrs Hobson

Welcome to Pear Class!

Email - hhobson@st-peters.wakefield.sch.uk

 

Our Class Motto was made up of words chosen by the children.  These are:

“We are: Listening, Kind, Helpful, Friendly, Learning

 

Our Class Motto was made up of words chosen by the children.  These are:

“We are: Helpful, Kind, Friendly, Learning, Happy”

 

 

 

In foundation stage we plan stimulating and exciting learning opportunities indoors and outdoors to engage the children. Our provision areas include; sand, water, role play, writing, maths, construction and small world.

 

These areas all facilitate opportunities for your children to explore, investigate and wonder, finding out and learning in the most exciting way – through play!

 

Throughout the school day we have structured time which includes adult led learning. This structure includes; daily phonics, maths, literacy and topic activities. We also include P.E, Jigsaw, Music and RE in our Foundation Stage curriculum.

 

Useful Parent Information

 

The school day

The school day starts at 8:50am and finishes at 3:15pm. Please make sure your child arrives promptly at school for 8:50am to ensure they are present for register and ready to start learning. If for any reason, your child arrives after this time, please go to the school office. If you will be late to pick up your child at home time, please ring the office to inform them as soon as possible.  For safety reasons, children need to be collected by a known adult, so if someone new is collecting your child please inform a member of staff.

 

Water Bottles

The children are encouraged throughout the day to drink water to ensure they are well hydrated.  Please send your child to school with a named water bottle.  Please note these should not be filled with juice.

 

Reading

Reading is an important and fun part of children’s learning.  Children will read three times a week in a reading practise session as part of a group.  They will bring home their book from the reading practise group to celebrate their reading with you on a Friday. The children will also bring home a reading for pleasure book. This is a picture book to enjoy with you at home. The children are not expected to read the words in this book, they are to promote the love of books.

 

 

Take home

Return

Monday     

 

Reading for pleasure book   

 

Reading practise book

Friday

 

Reading practise book

 

Reading for pleasure book


Please sign your child’s reading record book to say you have read with your child.  There is a comments section for any comments you wish to make.

 

PE

In Upper Foundation Stage we have access to the outdoor area at all times; therefore, your child has access to a range of fantastic gross motor opportunities daily. These include; ball games, running, jumping, skipping and climbing skills.

We also have one P.E session per week.  On PE days please send your child in their PE Kit. They will remain in this for the whole day in school.  Children need to wear a white t-shirt, dark shorts / jogging bottoms and trainers.  We will be doing PE outdoors this half term.  Please ensure your child has a school jumper / cardigan to wear outdoors.  All kit should be clearly named.  Children with long hair need a bobble to tie it back during the session and children with earrings will need them removing that day. 

Our PE day will be on a Thursday.

 

Uniform

Your child should wear uniform which follows our school policy. In Foundation Stage your child will need appropriate clothing all year round for outdoor play. In winter, please make sure you send your child to school with a waterproof coat.

In summer, please send your child with a sun hat and labelled sun cream.

It is a good idea to send a pair of wellies to school with your child for all year round as we will use them daily when playing on the grass, in the mud kitchen and for water play.

Please remember to label ALL items of clothing and shoes as this will help return lost property as soon as possible.

 

Learning Journey
The Foundation stage staff continually observe the children in the setting and celebrate their wonderful progress. We record WOW moments on our learning journey app (Evidence Me) and we share this with you at regular intervals.  Please ensure school have an up to date email address for you to receive these updates.    

 

We hope your child enjoys their time in Upper Foundation Stage.  If you have any concerns or queries, please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of staff in the Foundation Stage Unit and arrange an appropriate time to chat.

In Foundation Stage, we are doing the ‘50 Things To Do Before You're Five’ Challenge. We will complete challenges and update you with our progress. We hope that the activities will be lots of fun for the children. Please click here to see our progress.

Christmas Production

A huge well done to all the children in Upper Foundation Stage for two fantastic performances of 'All About Christmas'.  The children were exceptional and we are extremely proud of each and everyone of them for their superb efforts.  

Children in need 2022

Light and dark

We have enjoyed investigating light and dark by setting up a dark den in the classroom and exploring different light sources. We have also used our light box and experimented with putting different objects on top to see if the light came through them. 

Remembrance Day

We have created a poppy wreath using our handprints. We have been learning about why we have remembrance day and now know this is to remember the soldiers who fought in the war. We had a two minute silence to remember them.

Kandinsky artwork

We have been looking at the artwork of artist, Kandinsky. 

We have enjoyed creating our own circle artwork inspired by the paintings we have looked at.

We have been learning about a special Hindu festival called Diwali.  We have looked in non-fiction books to find out how the festival is celebrated.  We have enjoyed making diva lamps, mehndi hand patterns, rangoli patterns and retelling the story of Rama and Sita with the Diwali small world puppets.

We have been reading the story, 'Funnybones'. We have been very excited about welcoming our own Funnybones skeleton into the classroom and naming his bones. We have been singing the Funnybones song and have created artwork using art straws. We all made very different skeletons which we were proud of. 

 

 

Allotment Visit

We have visited Horbury Allotments as part of our healthy body topic. We have enjoyed exploring the allotment to find out what is growing. We helped to dig up some vegetables and brought them back to school to investigate. Some children were inspired to create some allotment artwork! 

 

We have been on a walk to spot signs of Autumn. We enjoyed exploring the school grounds and saw a range of beautiful Autumnal colours. We loved collecting the leaves which had fallen on the floor to have a closer look. 

 

 

Harvest Festival

What a fantastic performance at out Harvest Festival.  Well done Reception you have made us super proud!

 

We have settled really well into Pear class and we are enjoying exploring our new environment. Our topic this half term is 'All about me'. We have been using a mirror to look closely at our faces and have created representations of ourselves using paper plates and collage materials. 

 

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