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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.






November chill

posted 17 Nov 2017, 09:27 by Matthew Smith

It's starting to get colder and darker now but this hasn't been holding this year group back!  First a couple of photos of our Wednesday Walk from last week.  We saw the progress being made building at the new housing estate next to the school and also spent a little time at the Dore village war memorial and spoke to the children about the reasons why we have been wearing poppies.


This week we've been subtracting using the green bottles song as a focus and using our phonics skills to help us write the names of nocturnal animals.  Outside we've been firefighters - answering calls and heading out to the fires in our fire engine!  There's also been lots happening in the kitchen outside with lots of vegetables and healthy meals being prepared.

We've had a lot of fun with Children in Need today, keep an eye out for news of the totals raised on the main news page on this site.  

Have a great weekend - next week we're focussing on Diwali as we begin to learn about celebrations!


Wednesday Walk on Kings Croft

posted 4 Oct 2017, 08:15 by Georgina Bradley

We ventured out onto Kings Croft for our Wednesday Walk today. Our task was to collect sticks ready for our den building next week...


Welcome to School

posted 22 Sep 2017, 08:33 by Georgina Bradley

We are so happy to welcome all of our new children this year. We have had a fantastic start to the term as you can see in the pictures below. In these first few weeks we spend our time getting to know each other and our new classroom. The children are doing really well settling into new routines and environments. Well done everyone.
















Thank you!!

posted 21 Jul 2017, 09:30 by Georgina Bradley

We just want to say a HUGE thank you to all parents and children who we have had the pleasure of working with this year. It has been a great year and we are extremely thankful for all of your kindness, support and warm wishes as the year comes to an end. Have a fabulous summer everyone. The Foundation Team :)

Maths and computing in FS2

posted 9 Jun 2017, 08:13 by Georgina Bradley

This week we set our children the challenge, not only to get their mathematical thinking caps on, but also to apply their computing skills to complete these mathematical challenges! Children had to use our 'ActivInspire' programme to read a question, drag and drop the animals into the pens, type the answer (some children even used the + and = keys) and even save their work. We were amazed with their typing skills, patience and determination which the task required. Well done everyone!

Next week we will be making some tally charts to find out which is the most popular farm animal in FS2!

On the farm

posted 9 Jun 2017, 08:05 by Georgina Bradley

This term we will be learning all about farms! To kick our topic off this week we've had a farmyard animal vets. Children have dressed up as real animals and checked themselves into the vets for care! Fantastic imaginations at play.

Amazing language and use of time as customers arrived at the vets and enquired for appointments. Such helpful staff on the desk, "yes I can squeeze you in, come back in 10 minutes!"

Such care taken to help our poorly animals:

And some lovely work that the children have initiated themselves - questions generated from books, animal sound lotto, farmyard scenes and a farm model, completed with 'tanks for all the milk'

Watch this space for our outdoor farmyard next week...

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