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Notices and Weekly Updates

Friday 6th May, 2022

 

The children have been very impressive on their work on doubles in Maths, as well as having an in depth look at number 6.

In phonics, our new sound was 'ir' and they had worked very hard to produce 'ir' words for the display board. The children have completed work based around the book 'Weirdo' and this has led to some brilliant work on friendships and being friendly. It was delightful to see the children put this into practise when our new starter came for a visit, ahead of starting the class next Monday - they made her feel very welcome. We were very proud of how kind and thoughtful they were - well done!

Friday 29th April, 2022

We have settled back in after the Easter holiday really well. We have been revising all our phonic sounds covered so far and are working really hard to segment and blend sounds in words and sentences. We have also re-capped our work on the composition of number 5 in Maths. This week we have really enjoyed playing in the sand pit and zooming around on the scooters. We are also working hard on developing our level of independence and getting ready for the transition to Year One. We have begun work based on the book 'Weirdo.'

Friday 1 April 2022

We have had another busy week. On Thursday we visited St Hugh's church to learn more about the Easter story. The children had a lovely time and we were all so impressed by how sensibly everyone walked to the church - well done!

In phonics we learnt the /ar/ sound and in maths we have been carrying on with our doubles facts up the 10. The children are all becoming very quick at showing the double numbers on their fingers.

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

The Foundation Team

 

 

Sunday 27th March - Happy Mother's Day!

 

Last week we have been busy learning some new phonic sounds - long oo and short oo. In Maths, we have been been focusing on doubling!

We have also recorded some messages and a song to wish you all a very Happy Mother's Day!

 

 

Friday 4 March

We have had another brilliant, busy week in Foundation. We celebrated World Book Day with the children all dressing up in some marvellous costumes - thank you to parents for your help with these! We have popped a photo below of everyone.

 

In phonics we have learnt the /ee/ sound and we have popped a reading practice sheet into your child’s bag, as usual, so that you can practice at home. In our daily phonics lessons we also focus on the blending of sounds so that children can begin to read and also spell words. Please do also continue to practice this at home.

 

In Maths we have been learning the counting pattern to 30 and starting some simple addition by exploring '5 and 1 more makes 6 altogether' and '6 and 1 makes 7 altogether.'


We hope you have a lovely weekend,

 

The Foundation team 😊

Friday 7 January

Happy New Year from the Foundation Team – we hope you had a lovely, relaxing break. It was fantastic to welcome the children back on Wednesday and kick start our Spring term with our Superheroes topic.
 
The children entered the classroom and were very excited and intrigued, as over the holidays we moved some of the furniture around to create a Superhero HQ complete with plenty of dress up costumes and action figures to play with. We have also created a new home corner with new dolls and dress up clothes too.
 
In phonics we have consolidated our knowledge of the initial sounds that we learnt in the Autumn term and we would urge you to continue to revisit the sounds as well as letter formation. If you need any help or advice with this, please don’t hesitate to let a member of the team know. Next week will introduce the children to the /th/ and /z/ sounds.
 

 

Friday  17 December 

We have had such a busy term and we are so proud with how well the children have settled and progressed within our classroom – well done everyone! We have had such a wonderful last week with our Christmas lunch, EYFS Christmas party and lots of Christmas crafts.This week in phonics we have learnt the /y/ and /w/ sounds as well as scheduled lots of time for word building. We are continuing to focus on all children hearing the starting sounds of words – for example in the word: cat, identifying that it starts with the /c/ sound. The children are all putting so much effort into our lessons, which is lovely to see. Please can you continue to practice at home as much as possible as this will really help their progress in school. In maths we have learnt about the names for some 3D shapes and also practiced our counting up to 5 with songs, rhymes and counting out objects to match dot patters and numerals.From everyone in the Foundation Team we wish you a wonderful, relaxing Christmas holidays and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!

10 December

We have had yet another busy week in EYFS! In phonics we have learnt the /j/ and /v/ sounds as well as scheduled lots of time for word building. We are continuing to focus on all children hearing the starting sounds of words – for example in the word: cat, identifying that it starts with the /c/ sound. The children are all putting so much effort into our lessons, which is lovely to see. Please can you continue to practice at home as much as possible as this will really help their progress in school.

 

In maths we have learnt about repeating patterns, also known as AB patterns, with lots of activities. We have been identifying the next colour on repeating patterns of scarfs, such as a pattern that starts: red, blue, red, blue, red, blue… and asking the children what would the next colour be and so on. The children have all impressed us with their resilience and perseverance to learn – well done everyone!

 

We cannot believe that we are nearly entering our last week of the Autumn term. Next Thursday (16th December) we are going to have a small Christmas Party for EYFS and so we thought it would be lovely if the children came into school in a Christmas jumper/top. The can also wear some non-uniform trouser/skirt etc also 😊 

3 December

The spirit of Christmas has come to EYFS this week when we kicked things off with a lovely visit to St Hugh’s church on Tuesday. The children enjoyed hearing all about the Nativity Story as well as making their own advent candle hats (we have popped some photos into our ‘what have we been up to’ pages of our website). All of the adults on the trip were very impressed by how sensible all of the children were during the whole morning. Well done everyone! 😊  

In phonics we have learnt the /sh/ and /r/ sounds as well as scheduled lots of time for word building. We are continuing to focus on all children hearing the starting sounds of words – for example in the word: cat, identifying that it starts with the /c/ sound. The children are all putting so much effort into our lessons, which is lovely to see. Please can you continue to practice at home as much as possible as this will really help their progress in school. 

In maths we have started to learn about the concept that ‘wholes’ can also be made of ‘parts’ and that you need all of the ‘parts’ to make a ‘whole’. This concept will support children as they progress within the school when 'part, part, whole' models are used for addition and subtraction. 

Finally, thank you to everyone for the wonderful space themed costumes that the children came into school in on Thursday – everyone looked fabulous! 

 

 26 November

Wow, what another busy week! Thank you to everyone for sending in their child with some junk modelling materials. The children have all had a great time building their designed rockets.

 

In phonics we have learnt the /l/ and /h/ sounds as well as scheduled lots of time for word building. The aim is for all children to hear the starting sounds of words – for example in the word: cat, identifying that it starts with the /c/ sound. The children are all putting so much effort into our lessons, which is lovely to see. Please can you continue to practice at home as much as possible as this will really help their progress in school.

 

In maths we have been comparing quantities up to 5 and using the vocabulary, more than and fewer than. You can create simple activities at home with something like pasta and discussing with your child who has more and who has fewer.

 

Some upcoming dates:

Tuesday 30 November – we are all visiting St Hugh’s church to take a look at the significant elements of the church as well as hear about the Nativity Story.

Thursday 2 December – space dress up day

 

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend,

The Foundation Team 😊

Friday 12 November

This week we have continued to learn all about people who help us and we welcomed a visit from Market Harborough’s fire service – they even bought their fire engine with them! The children were so excited! 

We have also been learning about dentists and so the importance of good oral health. We have sent your child home with a toothbrush as they are provided to schools every year, free of charge. Furthermore, if you would like to find out more about good health for your child we have found some lovely information on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/taking-care-of-childrens-teeth/ 

In phonics we have learnt the /u/ and /b/ sounds and, as usual, we have popped a letter formation sheet into your child’s book bag. In maths we have been learning about more than and fewer than, with lots of practical games and activities.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, 

The Foundation Team 😊 

Friday 5 November

We have been learning about people who help us this week and we welcomed a visit from a nurse and also a police officer – the children loved finding out more!

In phonics we have taught the children the new sounds: /c/ and /k/ and as usual we have sent a letter formation sheet so that you can practice together at home. In Maths we continued to learn about the number 2 and also did lots of practice with our subitising skills.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

The Foundation Team 😊

Friday 29 October

It was lovely to welcome the children back after our half term break and hear about what they’ve been up to during the holiday. This week we have introduced the /g/ and /o/ sounds in our phonics lessons – we have popped a letter formation sheet into the children’s bookbags so that they can practice at home. In Maths we have introduced the number 2 by considering what 2 is made up of – one and one.  We have thought about what we have 2 of, such as 2 socks, 2 hands, 2 eyes and 2 feet. We have also learnt about what the number 2 Numicon looks like and how that can help us with our counting.  
 

As Halloween is fast approaching, we all had a go at an activity to keep our funky fingers moving by hammering golf tees into pumpkins which we then used to make our own pumpkin soup outside. The children all had great fun!

 

We have ensured every child has a new reading book so that they are refreshed after our half term break and we would encourage you to read with your child as frequently as possible and pop any comments into their reading record. You can share any books, in the record, that you have been reading, it doesn’t just need to be the school ones.

 

Finally, please do feel free to get your child’s eyes tested at the Opticians. It is free for children and they do not need to know their letter names for the test to be carried out.

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, 

The Foundation Team 😊 

 

 

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 😊

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.

 

DON’T FORGET ON MONDAY (27 SEPTEMBER) THE CHILDREN WILL BE HAVING THEIR SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN – THEY SHOULD WEAR THEIR USUAL SCHOOL UNIFORM AND NOT THEIR PE KIT.

 

Wishing you a wonderful weekend,

The Foundation Team 😊

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 😊

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 😊

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 Team😊

 

 

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:

 

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/early-years-foundation-stage    

                                                                                                                                                   

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; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkXcabDUg7Q

- If you wish to find out more about blending (sounding out) with Fred Frog, please watch this video; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEzfpod5w_Q

 

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: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Read-Write-Inc-Home-Flashcards/dp/0198386710/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=read+write+inc+flashcards&qid=1604834784&sr=8-1. The digraph (two letters that make one sound) flashcards would also be a good investment as we teach these after Christmas: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Read-Write-Inc-Phonics-Flashcards/dp/0198386818/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=read+write+inc+flashcards&qid=1604834866&sr=8-2

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. 

 

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