In the Foundation Unit we encourage all the children to be independent learners.
The children in Foundation One are supported by Mrs Baines, Mrs Kelsall and Mrs Bossingham.
Friday 1st April 2022
Over the past few weeks we have been thinking about numerals. Numerals is how we write numbers down. We have talked about the shapes of the numerals. A straight 1. A 2 that is curly at the top and straight at the bottom. A 3 that is curly, a 4 and7 that are straight. 5 is one of my favourites because he has a hat, a body and a big tummy. 6 has a circle at the bottom, 9 at the top. 8 is two circles. Why not go on a numeral hunt in your house or when you are out and about?
Friday 25th March 2022
This week we have been thinking about Spring. We went for a walk around the school grounds and found lots of the plants were waking up. We found buds and blossom on trees, with daffodils growing around the base.
We have been outside digging and we have prepared the soil ready for us to plant some seeds next week. We looked at our pea, potato, and sunflower seeds and talked about how they will grow shoots that will stretch upwards towards the sky and roots to find food in the soil.
3rd March 2022
This week we have been very busy thinking about a variety of animals. In school we are very lucky, as we are hatching some eggs, and our first chicks appeared this morning. Once the chicks are dry we will have some of them to take care of in our classroom.
Today is also world book day and we are enjoying sharing lots of animal stories. Please help your child to develop a love of reading by sharing a story with them at least once a day.
Finally we have been learning an animal rhyme to help us with our counting. The rhyme is called 5 big hippos balancing and can be found on the bbc nursery rhyme website.
The children have been using their fingers to represent the hippos as they sing along. It is important that the children can show amounts on their fingers. We have also used hippo pictures to practice our one to one counting.
Please practice counting at home or when you are out and about. How many cars can you see? How many tins are on the shelf? How many ducks are in the pond? Can you give me 3 biscuits?
16th February 2022
This week we have been thinking about the story Each Peach Pear Plum. You can find copies of this online to share if you do not have the book. It is an excellent book for thinking about rhyme.
There are many characters in the story who are from other stories or nursery rhymes. We have been trying to learn some of these rhymes including Old Mother Hubbard, Jack and Jill, Little Bo Peep and When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears.
These can all be found on the BBC Nursery Rhyme Website if you would like to learn them at home.
12th January 2022
This week we have been thinking about the words that help us compare size: large, medium, small. We shared the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, and used the words: great big, middle sized and teeny weeny. We have also learnt the song "When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears" (which you can find on the bbc nursery rhyme website) and used the words: huge, small and tiny.
What size is daddy bear in this image? What size is mummy bear in this image? What size is baby bear in this image? Can you find anything or anyone in your home that is the same size as each of the bears?
11th January 2022
Over the past couple of days we have started to do special learning. This is called Scrimbling and we will be doing it most weeks. It involves following the write dance program and helps prepare the children for becoming writers. Every week we listen to a story about a boy called Yoyo and his younger sister Meema. We also listen and move to a song based on their adventures. Finally we record their story using marks so if we bring home our scrimbling please ask us about the story.
This term a lot of our learning will be based on stories. The first story we have looked on is called Lost and found by Oliver Jeffers .
The story is about a Penguin who appears to be lost and a boy who tries to help him. The boy discovers that Penguins come from Antarctica. We took this opportunity to learn about other animals that live in Antarctica. We found it out it was a place full of ice and snow. We revisited our World map and finding out where in the world it is hot and cold.
Autumn Term 2021
Since starting school we have been working on speaking and listening.
The children have listened to lots of sounds all around them and described the sounds untuned instruments made.
The children have been encouraged to use lots of new words when we have thought about autumn, harvest, occupations and diwali.
The children are now being encouraged to use both these skills by learning poems and rhymes. Reciting the rhymes will help the children to increase their language. Listening for rhyming words will help develop an awareness that words are made of sounds which will help when we start to blend and segment words ready to become readers and writers. Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of the rhymes we are learning so you can practice them at home.
Friday 5th November 2021
Do you know who is in the picture? That's right, it is Incy Wincy Spider. He's the one who went up the spout and the rain washed him out. If you listen carefully to the rhyme, you will notice that the words spout and out rhyme. Remember words that rhyme sound the same at the end.
This week we have been learning that Incy Wincy Spider went on another adventure.
Read the rhyme below and see if you can spot the rhyming words.
Incy Wincy Spider climbing up the trees
Down came the snow and made poor Incy freeze
Out came the sunshine and melted all the snow
So Incy Wincy Spider had another go
Wednesday 10th November
This week we have been thinking about the colours, shapes and sounds we saw and heard on Bonfire Night. We also shared some bonfire poems.
The rhyme we have been learning is about people who may be in our family but not all our families are the same. Luckily being different doesn't stop us from being friends. Have a look at this weeks rhyme below and see if you can spot the rhyming words.
Here are Grandma's spectacles and here is Granma's hat
Here's the way she folds her hands and puts them in her lap.
Here are Grandpa's spectacles and here is Grandpa's hat
Here's the way he folds his arms and takes a little nap.
Thursday 18th November 2021
This week we have been thinking about counting. We have used the number blocks series which is available on the bbc iplayer. So far we have met numbers 1, 2,3,4.
We have been thinking about how the numbers get bigger. Also how number 4 looks smaller because he is a square but he still has 1 more block.
Our rhyme this week has been 2 little dicky birds sitting on the wall.
1 named Peter, 1 named Paul
Fly away Peter, fly away Paul
Come back Peter, Come back Paul.
We thought about making 2 using 1 and another 1. We selected 1 hand, then 1 finger. Then another 1 hand and another 1 finger. This made our 2 birds to sit on the wall and fly away.
Thursday 25th November 2021
This week we have continued to think about numbers and we have introduced the number 5. We have also been thinking about shapes. We looked at squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles.
We talked about the number of sides and corners that each shape had. We discovered that the sides on a square are all the same and a rectangle has two long sides and 2 short sides. We found some things in our classroom that were the same shape, may be you could go on a shape hunt at home.
We have also learnt the next part to our rhyme from last week. This time we had one fish and another fish. Two fishes.
Two Little fishes swimming in a lake, one named Jessie, one named Jake.
Swim away Jessie, swim away Jake, come back Jessie, come back Jake.
Thursday 2nd December 2021
Wow, what a busy week we have had. We have learnt about Christians celebrating Advent around the world to get ready for Christmas. We are learning lots of songs for our virtual carol concert.
We have also learnt the third part of our rhyme: Two little butterflies floating in the air,
One named Colin, One named Claire, Fly away Colin, Fly away Claire, Come back Colin, Come back Claire.
Monday 6th December 2021
After learning about the numbers to 5 using the number blocks we have introduced some rules for counting. These rules are very important and it is important that the children follow them if they are to progress in their understanding of number. It is better to follow these rules and practice with small numbers than to count to a big number and not understand what you are doing. Once your child remembers these rules and applies them they will be ready to deal with all sorts of number problems.
Rules for counting
1. Put everything in a line.
2. Touch them (the objects) and say the numbers in the right order.
3. The last number you say is how many there are.
Have fun putting these rules in to practice counting your toys and objects around your home.