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Fee Fi Fo Fum!

posted 12 Mar 2018, 07:59 by Matthew Smith

We've had a lot of fun over the past fortnight as we explored our mini topic of Jack and the Beanstalk and Jasper's Beanstalk.

We had the added excitement of World Book Day on Friday, moved due to snow.  The children dressed up brilliantly, we watched some drama from Y6 and had a reading swap and some playtime with two junior classes.

Unfortunately the snow has had it's impact during the first week back after the holidays but we hope the following photos give some flavour of what has been happening!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

posted 16 Feb 2018, 09:21 by Matthew Smith

...or we wish you "peace and prosperity" in the year of the dog!

Yes, we've been learning about Chinese New Year over the past fortnight.  We started with a craft morning which included some videos about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated in the UK.  The children have had a Chinese New Year flavour to many of their focus tasks and opportunities in the provision this past two weeks.  We have really enjoyed it and we hope you all have a fantastic half term.  We'll see you back a week on Monday.

We had a fun circle time led by Mrs Russell.  Here's a video of our Chinese Dragon Dance!

Chinese New Year FS2.mp4

Here are some photos to give a flavour of the past fortnight.  Thanks for all the egg boxes!



We went on a bear hunt

posted 5 Feb 2018, 12:24 by Matthew Smith

Over the last fortnight, Foundation have been exploring the story of "We're Going on a Bear Hunt".  Some of our activities have included:
  • Literacy - onomatopaeia in the story and using our segmenting skills to write some of them.  Searching for bears in our classroom and writing high frequency words or segmenting the names of types of bears.
  • Maths - Addition chilli challenges.
  • Story maps of Bear Hunt.
  • Using Beebots to plot the path of the story.
We're very grateful to Sammy's Mum who came along to share with us what she does in her role as a physiotherapist.

We hope you enjoy the photos below!

Over the next fortnight we will be exploring Chinese New Year.  It will then be half term, so more to come then on our blog.




People Who Help Us Week

posted 22 Jan 2018, 09:06 by Matthew Smith

Over the last week we looked at different professions and thought about people who help us and how we might recognise them.

On Friday we had a Big Me day and children came dressed up as who they wanted to be when they are older.  A huge thanks to all parents in FS2 for all their hard work getting costumes organised, they looked great!

In Literacy we wrote about what we want to be when we grow up.  

In Maths we started looking at money and beginning to recognise UK coins. 

In computing we took photos of ourselves using webcams and used Purple Mash to put them into pictures of different occupations. 

Here's some photos below:


Welcome Back!

posted 15 Jan 2018, 09:03 by Matthew Smith

Our first post of 2018 and Mr Smith is yet to write "2017" on any books...we say "yet".

During our first week back we had a "Kindness" focus that we will be continuing in the background throughout the year.  Each class has had a set of scales which we have been filling with names of children who have done a kind deed to us during the day.  We really want the children to know why kindness is important and understand the positive impact so children need to tell us why they have given their friend a kindness block.  

We have looked at stories with a kindness focus such as Sharing a Shell and the Smartest Giant in Town and also read and listened to the Rainbow Fish and collaged a scale for a big Rainbow Fish display.  We have discussed kindness and what a good friend is and written a kindness pledge where we promise to do something that is kind.

We hope you have enjoyed 2018 so far and it is an enjoyable year for all!

Here are some pictures from the base over the last week.  

Shared Reading

posted 19 Dec 2017, 04:19 by Kathryn Davis

We loved it when the Y4/5s came to read with us!


Tech Week in FS2

posted 8 Dec 2017, 09:01 by Matthew Smith   [ updated 11 Dec 2017, 09:05 ]

We've had a wonderful week in Foundation this week as we enjoyed a technology focussed week.  Some of the activities included:
  • Dismantling a real PC with screwdrivers.
  • Making robots and computers with junk modelling.
  • Building our own laptops with cardboard with their own components.
  • Sketching motherboards with pastel crayons.
  • Starting to code using Codeapillar and Hour of Code activities on the computers.
  • Starting to use new devices like tuff-cams, beebots and walkie talkies
  • Searching for technology in our classroom and understanding how they get their power.
Staff have been really impressed with the understanding and enthusiasm about technology.  We think these activities have helped the children think more about the technology they come across day to day.  Why not have a chat at home about the technology you use and how it is powered?


Have a great weekend!

Chickpea Curry - "the best curry I've ever tasted"

posted 29 Nov 2017, 08:34 by Matthew Smith

A genuine quote from one of the children!

We've had a busy for fun day in the kitchen today, cooking up a storm with a chickpea curry.  

Miss Bradley and Mr Smith have been delighted with both the careful way the children went about cooking and their willingness to try the finished product - there were quite a few empty bowls afterwards.

We hope they enjoyed it and here are some pictures from the day.


Rama and Sita Drama

posted 24 Nov 2017, 08:25 by Georgina Bradley   [ updated 24 Nov 2017, 08:40 ]

We have spotted some up and coming actors and actresses this week as the children performed the Diwali story of Rama and Sita, enhanced with their very own, hand-made props and masks.

We spent all day Thursday getting our masks ready for Rama (the prince), Sita (the princess), Ravana (the deamon king), and Hanuman (the flying monkey). We made trees for the woods where Rama and Sita get banished to, swords ready for the almighty battle and even a chariot for Ravana to capture Sita and steal her away. We also made some beautiful diva lamps, which we used to guide Rama and Sita home after the battle had been won.

The children were amazing!











Diwali Celebrations

posted 21 Nov 2017, 08:57 by Georgina Bradley

This week we are learning all about Diwali. We have been sharing ideas about why we celebrate and how this makes us feel. Check out our video as we dress up and celebrate in our outdoor area:

Diwali dancing for web.mp4

We have been designing our own Mehndi patterns using fine felt tip pens and on the computer. We have also designed our own Rangoli patterns using pastels in the art room and giant chalks on the floor. Today we made some salt dough diva lamps which we will be using later on in the week as we learn more about the story of Rama and Sita.






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