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Notices and Weekly Updates

Friday 15 October

How is it half term already? The children have all made us so proud by the way they have settled into the school and our classroom routines – well done everyone! We have certainly been busy and we are sure everyone is ready for a week to rest.

In phonics we have learnt the /n/ and /p/ sounds and also started to blend two and three sounds into words, such as /m/, /a/, /t/ to make mat. We have popped our new sounds into your child’s bookbag so that you have a chance to practice at home. Please do continue to practice the sounds we have learnt so far during the holidays. You can make it as fun as you like by maybe using sand, writing the letters in the air or on someone else’s back! In Maths we have been singing songs to help us with our counting – including 1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive and 5 specked frogs. It has been lovely to see all of the children joining in. We went on an autumn walk around Little Bowden rec earlier in the week to look for signs of autumn in the trees. This led us to create hand and finger print paintings to show what a tree in the autumn may look like.


We hope you all have a lovely half term break and we look forward to seeing you soon! Best wishes,

The Foundation Team :) 

Friday 8 October
We have been very busy in EYFS yet again. As a class we shared the Leaf Man book which then inspired us to go on a class walk around Little Bowden rec to find our own leaves, twigs and conkers to create our own Leaf Men. The children came up with some wonderful creations! 
In phonics we have been learning the /t/ and /i/ sounds and we have popped some letter formation sheets into the children’s book bags so that you can have a go at home. In Maths we have started to subitise with the numbers 1 and 2 as well as focus on objects that we can count to 1 and the formation of 1.
Next week we hope to go on another walk around the rec to think about the signs of autumn as well as collect even more leaves to do some leaf printing. We will start to introduce the concept of blending sounds as well as introduce the sounds /n/ and /p/. We will certainly keep the children very busy!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
The Foundation Team ๐Ÿ˜Š

Friday 24 September update

We have had yet another busy week with the children starting their phonics and maths lessons this week. In phonics we have taught the /m/ and /a/ sounds. We sent some information to you last week about how you can best support your child on their journey to reading and writing and also some information today about our new sounds taught this week. In Maths we have been learning all about the number 0 with the children going around the classroom, and outside, to look for objects that represent 0.


We have also been talking PANTS with the children. PANTS is the NSPCC’s campaign to help have simple conversations with children to protect them from sexual abuse, with the help of their friendly dinosaur character Pantosaurus. The NSPCC has a lot of resources and information for parents and if you would like to find out more you can visit their website here: Talk PANTS & Join Pantosaurus - The Underwear Rule | NSPCC


Next week we will introduce more new sounds in our phonics lessons and continue to learn about the number 0. In PE we will start our Big Moves programme which aims to support the development of children’s gross motor skills and also some Dance lessons in our Wednesday PE slot.




Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

The Foundation Team ๐Ÿ˜Š

Friday  17 September update

Wow, our first full time week together – we have been busy! We are so impressed by how well the children are adapting to school life with getting used to our routines and becoming familiar with the adults in the room.


This week we have continued with our Marvellous Me topic by using pastels to create our self-portraits ready for our display board in the classroom. In PSHE we have been thinking about what makes us special and practicing our speaking and listening skills to share these wonderful traits with our friends.

We have all been kept very busy with our baseline assessments which the children have all willingly participated in. These assessments help us to understand where the children are with any sound recognition (it doesn’t matter if they don’t know any yet, they will very soon!), counting, fine motor and physical skills. Next week we will start with our phonics and maths teaching which we are sure the children will all very much enjoy. We have sent home some phonics information with your child today, as well as popped a presentation onto the website (you can access it here) – please do let us know if you have any questions.


Well done again children – we are so pleased at how well you are settling into school life. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

The Foundation Team ๐Ÿ˜Š

Friday 10 September update

We have had a wonderful week with the children, who this week stayed for lunch too! The whole team, in Reception, are so proud of how well the children are already adapting to the new routines and environment. This week we have continued our Marvellous Me topic and have been drawing self-portraits in our Art books – we found it very helpful to use a mirror to see exactly what we look like. We explored the school premises a little more with a tour of the school and spent some time on the front playground using the play equipment – this forms the basis of our physical development baseline assessment.

Well done again children – we are so pleased with how well you are settling into school life. We hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

The Foundation Team ๐Ÿ˜Š

Friday 3 September update

Welcome, once again, to our new Reception class! It was wonderful to see you all this week for our half day sessions. All of the adults in the classroom have been bowled over by how well the children are settling in already. We have been starting to learn our new routine, make new friends and explore all of the wonderful resources in the classroom.

We are looking forward to even more fun activities next week with the children staying for lunchtime too! We will have a tour of the school as well as thinking about what we look like with the children having a go at a self portrait using chalk or pastels.

Well done again to our new Foundation children – we hope you have a wonderful weekend.

The Foundation Team๐Ÿ˜Š



Our younger children who joined us on Tuesday and Wednesday  and our older children who joined us on Thursday and Friday this week:

If you are having to self-isolate, please click on our home learning section. You may also want to try some of the lessons designed for EYFS children from the oak academy website:    


Phonics and Reading                                                                                                                                                            

We will continue to practise our word blending during our Phonics lessons. We will use Fred Frog to help us. We will also be learning the Red Words.

Word Blending - You can support your child with their word reading, by revisiting the individual sounds we have previously covered. You can then practise blending these sounds together to make simple words. Consonant Vowel Consonant (CVC) words work best for this (e.g. c-a-t  - cat, d-o-g  - dog etc).

- If you are unsure how to pronounce the Phonics sounds correctly please watch this video;

- If you wish to find out more about blending (sounding out) with Fred Frog, please watch this video;


If you wish to support your child further with their Phonics at home, you can purchase a set of Read Write Inc flashcards from Amazon: The digraph (two letters that make one sound) flashcards would also be a good investment as we teach these after Christmas:

The children learn each sound using a picture hook, an action and a letter formation rhyme. These are explained on each flashcard. Any practise with these at home would greatly support your child with their phonic knowledge.