Welcome to the Foundation Stage
Welcome to the second half of the Spring term with Mrs Roberts, Mrs Melia, Miss Carton and Mrs Hardy.
Our new topic is ‘Growing’ and we are starting by reading the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’.
We shall be working upon money skills in our farm shop. The children have been very excited about making various flavours of ice cream to sell as well as fruit and vegetables.
We shall think about how seeds grow into fruit, flowers and vegetables and think about the lifecycle of a seed. This leads nicely into looking at lifecycles of animals such as frogs and butterflies. We have a special day ahead where we will be celebrating in collective worship with our Class assemblies. FSC will celebrate with Mrs Melia on Thursday 28th March, followed by FSR and Mrs Roberts on Friday 29th March.
After this we are moving on to celebrate Easter alongside new life, and if we are very, very lucky, we may be having some visitors of the fluffy kind…
We continue to work on our talk for writing skills. The children are becoming very adept at thinking of characters for stories, settings and problems to solve. Their use of words such as ‘fortunately, unfortunately, finally, next, one sunny day, once upon a time’, and so many others, has really grown. The writing area has characters for them to use and photos of how we tell the story orally with actions.
We are working on using our sounds to write three letter word phrases and whole sentences with digraphs as appropriate like ch, sh and th. In maths we are adding and subtracting with numicon, counters and numberlines and now adding on or subtracting in our heads. We are looking at 2D and 3D shape recognition and describing their characteristics. We are learning about data handling with pictograms and tallying, moving to block graphs. We continue to learn to tell the time and use weights and measure.
Dates for your diary...
Parents evenings take place on Tuesday 12th March and Thursday 14th March where you can sign up for a 10 minute appointment. A parentmail will come out to tell you all how to book. During those evenings you are welcome to come into the classrooms to see the books and the learning journeys of the children, and see the work on the walls.
Don’t forget the concert on 25th March from 2-3pm in St Mary’s church.
PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week for each class. PE kits need to stay in school and will be sent home at the end of each half term to be washed. Ear-rings must be taken out please.
Computing – The children will have an opportunity to work with IT equipment each Friday morning with an adult which enables them to use it in child initiated times by themselves.
Baking – The children will be introduced to baking in Reception. This will be skills based. On occasions the children will eat what they have made in school, other times they will bring it home.
We would like to draw your attention to a few important reminders:
Water Bottles – Please ensure your child brings their water bottle to school on Monday mornings. Please do not put them into book bags, we have had a few leaks in the past!
The children will read once a week in school but we do require them to bring their book every day. From Easter the children will participate in Guided Reading and one-to-one reading on alternate weeks.
We go outside regardless of the weather therefore children must bring a cardigan or jumper and a coat every day.
Long hair should be tied back at all times.
Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings clearly with their name including shoes!
Don’t forget if you have any questions or concerns please come and discuss them with us.
We are available at the beginning and end of each day!