Our Class Motto was made up of words chosen by the children. These are:
“We are: Listening, Kind, Helpful, Friendly, Learning”
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.
The school day starts at 8:55am and finishes at 3:10pm. Please make sure your child arrives promptly at school for 8:55am 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.
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 is an important and fun part of children’s learning. Children will read a few times a week in a Guided Reading session as part of a group. They also bring home a Reading Scheme book to read and enjoy with an adult. We encourage children to read every day at home. 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. Your child will have the option to swap their book on a regular basis. Please ask them to take it out of their book bag on a morning and put it in your class book box to ensure it is changed. This will be outside the classroom door.
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 Tuesday.
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, hat, scarves and gloves.
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.
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 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. The first update will be sent once the children have settled in. We hope you look forward to seeing what they have been up to!
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.
We have enjoyed the traditional tale of The Three Billy Goats Gruff this half term. We have been retelling the story using repeated refrains and props. Using our art and design skills, some of our class have made a troll using mixed media resources such as collage and paint. As a science experiment, we have balanced a range of classroom resources to make a bridge for the billy goats over the water. We then tested the bridges by sitting on top, the three billy goats. We have also made story maps.
This half term we have been learning a range of multiskills with our PE coach. We have developed accuracy when rolling and aiming the ball. We have practised various ways of travelling, including over hurdles.
We have been reading the story of the Three Little Pigs as part of our 'Traditional Tales' topic. We have enjoyed retelling the story using props and creating story maps. We have investigated the materials used to build the houses; straw, sticks and bricks. We have pretended to be the big bad Wolf and tried to blow the materials to test their strength. The bricks were very strong and no one could blow them down!
We have visited St Peter's church. We have enjoyed walking through Horbury to the church and exploring inside. We had a walk around church to find features such as; the font, the pews, the altar. We looked at the images on the stained-glass windows. We could see Jesus having his last supper and Jesus on the cross. We learned about what the organ is for and were amazed at how big it was!
In Upper Foundation Stage we have enjoyed making 'seed bombs' today as part of our Earth Day celebrations. We ripped up paper and soaked it until it went mushy. We then rolled this with some wild flower seeds to create little seed bombs. We have taken them home to brighten up our world!
We have been on a walk around the school grounds to observe changes to the environment now the season is changing from winter to spring. We spotted daffodils and crocuses and enjoyed the sky being blue with no clouds!
You can view all our photos here.
We have been really engaged in our learning about China and Chinese New Year. To start the learning, we found out where China was on a map and then made the flag of China. We have enjoyed making the great wall of China in the outdoor sandpit and one of our class members talked about his Auntie walking along the wall. We have made Chinese lanterns, written Chinese numbers and dressed up in Chinese clothing in the home corner. Children have role played making Chinese food and serving it in traditional dishes. We had a Chinese New Year celebration and danced using our handmade dragon.
We have had a great day dressing up and raising money for Children in Need.
Our book of the week was The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson, one of our favourite authors. We have enjoyed dressing up as the Gruffalo, using new vocabulary to describe what the Gruffalo looks like and retelling the story using props. We have been really lucky to have a visit from a local artist who showed us how to wet felt. We created this marvellous Gruffalo artwork.
We wore odd socks to take part in anti-bullying week. We are all different and we celebrate that!
We have been learning about a special Hindu festival called Diwali. We have looked in
non-fiction books to find out about 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 figures and puppets.
We have made poppies to display on our Foundation Stage entrance to remember all the people who fought in the war. We had a two minute silence.
We have been on an Autumn walk this week. We have spotted orange, red, yellow and brown leaves. We saw some leaves falling from the trees. We collected some pine cones and twigs too.
Our book of the week is Oliver's Vegetables. We enjoyed a walk to Horbury Allotments yesterday and saw the fruit and vegetables growing. We spotted sprouts, sweetcorn, beans, cabbages and giant pumpkins!
We have settled into Pear class brilliantly and have enjoyed exploring our indoor and outdoor provision areas. We are beginning our topic, 'All about me'. We have made playdough representations of our families and paper plate faces.