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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 31st March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  31 Mar 2014 08:14

Topic: Easter

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll, ss, v, j, w, x, qu, sh, ch and th using cursive.

Learning to recognise these diagraphs- ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, oa, igh, ear, oi, ow, air, or, ar and ur.

Writing sentences and spelling words using these diagraphs.

Communication and Language

 

Children link statements and stick to a main theme or intention and listen or respond to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion. The children will be looking at Easter pictures and non Easter pictures and talking about their ideas and thoughts on Easter.

Physical Development

Using simple tools to effect the change to material by making Chocolate nest cakes and noticing how the chocolate changes when it is melted.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas by talking about what they already know about Easter, what makes Easter special and who is Easter special to.

Literacy

Beginning to read words and simple sentences and segmenting the sounds in simple words to blend them together. The children will be writing a shopping list for the chocolate nest cakes and writing simple instructions of how to make a chocolate nest cake.

 

Mathematics

Ordering and sequencing familiar events by ordering the days of the week and months of the year. The children will also be talking about and sequencing what they do in the morning before they come to school.

Understanding the World

Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines by looking at a power point about Easter and talking about the Easter story. The children will also be sequencing pictures of the Easter story and putting them in the correct order.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design, technology and art. The children will be painting their salt dough sea creature and making their own Easter cards.

Home Learning

Talk about your Easter celebrations and why Easter is special to you.

 

(If your child would still like to write a simple diary then they can still bring it in this week to show their class.)

Additional activities

There will be Easter fund raising games during this week. If your child would like to take part in these activities please would you send a small amount of money in 10p`s or 20p`s in a named purse or wallet.

 

Please bring your child’s Easter hat/Bonnet in on the morning of Wednesday 2nd April and place them on your child’s class table in the hall.

 

Infant spring term party is on Wednesday 2nd April from 4pm-5.15pm in the Infant school hall.

 

End of Spring term is Friday 4th April at 2.15pm.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 24th March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  24 Mar 2014 08:48

Topic: Sea Creatures and Mother’s Day

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll, ss, v, j, w, x, qu, sh, ch and th using cursive.

Learning to recognise these diagraphs- ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, oa, igh, ear, oi, ow, air, or, ar and ur.

Writing sentences and spelling words using these diagraphs.

Communication and Language

 

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions by making salt dough creatures. The children will be making their own salt dough and writing a recipe for salt dough.

Physical Development

Children handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing by making and decorating their Mother`s Day cards.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas by talking what they can do to help their mummy during circle time.

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels and captions by writing a message and their names in their Mother`s Day cards.

Mathematics

Ordering and sequencing familiar events by ordering the days of the week and months of the year. The children will also be talking about and sequencing what they do in the morning before they come to school.

 

Understanding the World

Children make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. The children will be making sea creatures from salt dough and talking about what features their sea creature needs.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology and art by making Mother`s Day cards and salt dough sea creatures.

 

Home Learning

Talk to your child about the days of the week. This can include discussing what day it is, the order and what day comes before and after a certain day. If your child wishes they can write a simple diary e.g. On Monday I went to the park.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 17th March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  20 Mar 2014 20:45

 

Topic: Sea Creatures and Mother’s Day

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll, ss, v, j, w, x, qu, sh, ch and th using cursive.

Learning to recognise these diagraphs- ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, oa, igh, ear, oi, ow, air, or, ar and ur.

Writing to spell words using these diagraphs.

Communication and Language

 

Children follow instructions involving several ideas or actions by playing the guess what I am game in small groups.

Physical Development

Children handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing. The children will be designing and labelling their plans either with a partner or independently for the construction area.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are confident to speak in a familiar group and will talk about their ideas. We will be looking at stories about mummy’s and talking about what makes my mummy special during circle time.

 

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels and captions. By making and labelling their own non-fiction books with labels.

 

Mathematics

Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes. The children will be finding 2d and 3d shapes outside on a shape hunt.

Understanding the World

Children make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. The children will be looking at non – fiction books and their purpose. They will be discussing the features of a non-fiction book and learning some facts they can share with the rest of the class.

Expressive Arts and Design

Choosing particular colours to use for a purpose by painting a picture of their mummy.

 

Home Learning

Go on a 3d shape hunt at home and find 5 objects that are a sphere shape.

Additional activities

Robin Class Assembly is on Friday 21st March at 9.10am in the Infant School Hall.

 

Please do not send in any egg boxes for the modelling area as we have a child who has an egg allergy.

 

Sports Relief Day is on Friday 21st March. Your child can bring in £1 for charity if they would like to come dressed in red or their as their favourite sports person.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 10th March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  10 Mar 2014 08:39

Topic: Sea Creatures

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll, ss, v, j, w, x, qu, sh, ch and th using cursive.

Learning to recognise these diagraphs- ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee, oa, igh, ear, oi, ow, air, or, ar and ur.

Writing to spell words using these diagraphs.

Communication and Language

 

Children listen attentively in a range of situations by playing in small groups the What am I game? The children will be listening to clues and guessing the sea creature.

Physical Development

Children handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.  The children will be choosing to paint or collage a sea creature and writing a label and their name for the display boards.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Can describe self in positive terms about abilities by reviewing and creating new star targets in small groups.

 

Literacy

Using some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence. The children will be writing sea creature names and writing clues for the What am I game?

 

Mathematics

Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes. The children will be making models using 2d and 3d shapes and using the maths language to describe the shapes.

 

Understanding the World

Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found. The children will be looking at non – fiction books and learning a fact about a sea creature to share with the class.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology and art. The children will be choosing to paint or collage a sea creature and writing a label and their name for the display boards.

 

Home Learning

To practice writing their name in cursive using the correct formation.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 3rd March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  03 Mar 2014 08:16

Topic: Sea Creatures and book week

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll, ss, v, j, w, x and qu using cursive.

Learning to recognise these diagraphs- ch, sh, th and ng.

Reading tricky words and simple sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Children listen attentively in a range of situations by playing a guessing game with sea creatures – i.e. I have a hard shell and swim in the sea …what am I?

Physical Development

Children handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing by making a sea collage picture and writing labels for the sea collage picture.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants interests and options by reviewing and creating new star targets in small groups.

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels, captions by making a sea creatures book using these sea creatures- shark, crab, fish, dolphin, star fish, lobster. The children will be drawing

a sea creatures and writing a caption about them.

Mathematics

Ordering two items by weight or capacity by using different sized containers to estimate how many small cups it will take to fill them with water.

Understanding the World

Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects by playing a guessing game with sea creatures – i.e. I have a hard shell and swim in the sea …what am I?

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology and art by making a sea collage using pictures of sea creatures and collage materials.

 

Home Learning

Using different sized containers e.g. a bottle, plastic cups, bucket ask your child to guess how many cups of water it will take to fill them to the top. Write down the estimated answer and the real answer and talk about the difference.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 24th February

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  24 Feb 2014 10:06

Topic: Sea Creatures

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll, ss, v, j, w, x and qu using cursive.

Learning to recognise these diagraphs- ch, sh, th and ng.

Reading tricky words and simple sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Children listen attentively in a range of situations by discussing what they already know about the sea and sea creatures. The children will also be talking about what they would like to find out about the sea and sea creatures.

Physical Development

Children handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing by making a sea collage picture and writing labels for the sea collage picture.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants interests and options by filling in the child consultation sheets with the children’s comments.

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels, captions by making a sea creatures book using these sea creatures- shark, crab, fish, dolphin, star fish, lobster. The children will be drawing

a sea creatures and writing a caption about them.

Mathematics

Ordering two items by weight or capacity by using different sized containers to estimate how many small cups it will take to fill them with water.

Understanding the World

Can talk about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects by playing a guessing game with sea creatures – i.e. I have a hard shell and swim in the sea …what am I?

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology and art by making a sea collage using pictures of sea creatures and collage materials.

 

Home Learning

Using 2 different sized containers e.g. a bottle and a bucket ask your child to guess how many cups of water it will take to fill them to the top. Write down the estimated answer and the real answer and talk about the difference.

Additional activities

Parents Evenings are on Wednesday 26th February 3.30pm-6pm and Thursday 27th February 3.30pm -8pm.

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 3rd February

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  31 Jan 2014 16:58

Topic: Chinese New Year

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll, ss, v, j, w, and x using cursive.

Learning to recognise these diagraphs- ch, sh, th and ng.

Reading tricky words and simple sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Linking statements and sticks to a main theme or intention and using talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas feelings and events. The children will be sharing what they already know about China in small groups. They will be using the question bears to ask questions about what they would like to find out about China.

Physical Development

Negotiating space successfully when playing racing and chasing games with other children, adjusting speed and changing direction to avoid obstacles. The children will be learning a dragon dance to Chinese music.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities.

The children will be discussing Chinese New Year and watching

Preparing for Chinese New Year and Celebrating Chinese New Year videos. They will also be looking at traditional Chinese resources such as chopsticks, wok, Chinese Komodo dress and money envelopes.

Literacy

Children demonstrate understanding when talking with others about what they have read. The children will be painting their name and a friends name using Chinese symbols.

Mathematics

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. The children will be looking at numbers up to 20 and working out 1 more and 1 less than a number. They will also be writing numerals in English and Chinese up to 20.

Understanding the World

Children know about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and among families, communities and traditions. The children will be listening to the Chinese New Year story and discussing Chinese New Year celebrations.

They will also be locating China and England on a map and discussing where in the world the countries are.

Expressive Arts and Design

Selecting tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using by making Chinese lanterns and talking about the importance of them.

Home Learning

Playing World Dress Up game on Education City through the school’s learning platform. The children will be able to look at clothing in China and dress a person in Chinese clothing.

Additional activities

During our topic week we are focusing on China. We would be very grateful if you could send in any traditional Chinese items e.g. Chinese calendars, a Komodo dress and chopsticks. Thank you.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 27th January

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  30 Jan 2014 09:28

Topic: England

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll and ss using cursive.

Learning to recognise these diagraphs- ch, sh, th and ng.

Reading tricky words and simple sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Beginning to understand ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions by looking at a world map and answering the children`s questions.

Why is England very small on a map?

Why is England green and yellow on a map?

Why is Russia really big?

Why is Antarctica bigger than us?

What is the world made of?

Physical Development

Begins to form recognisable letters by writing instructions of how to make a cup of tea.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Taking steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise by talking about the 4 steps to getting along.

1) stop

2) look them in the eye

3) tell them how your feeling

4) tell them what you would like them to do

Literacy

Using some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence. The children will be writing instructions of how to make a cup of tea.

Mathematics

Beginning to use everyday language related to money by looking at 1p and 2p coins and adding two groups of coins together.

Understanding the World

Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines by making scones and drinking tea for Afternoon Tea.

Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family. The children will be discussing their favourite foods and foods that are traditional in England.

Expressive Arts and Design

Selects tools and techniques needed to shape, assemble and join materials they are using. The children will be making their own island using collage materials.

Home Learning

Talk about traditional foods England is famous for and what foods we grow in this country.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 20th January

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  20 Jan 2014 07:51

Topic: The Royal Family

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c, k, ff, ll and ss using cursive.

Understand alliteration for 0, c and k.

Reading tricky words and simple sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Using talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas feelings and events by discussing what props we need in our castle and how they are going to be used.

Physical Development

Understanding that equipment and tools have to be used safely by using equipment safely to make a 3d castle model using the modelling materials and labelling the parts of their castle.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Taking steps to resolve conflicts with other children, e.g. finding a compromise by talking about the 4 steps to getting along.

1) stop

2) look them in the eye

3) tell them how your feeling

4) tell them what you would like them to do

Literacy

Using some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence. The children will be using their phonics knowledge to spell cvc words.

Mathematics

Beginning to use everyday language related to money by looking at 1p coins and adding two groups of coins together.

Understanding the World

Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family. The children will be talking about the Royal Family and finding answers to their questions.

Who is in the Royal family?

Why are Royal babies so special?

Where do the Royal family live?

What are the prince’s names?

What are the queen and princesses names?

Expressive Arts and Design

Constructing with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources by building castles using construction materials.

Creating simple representations of events, people and objects by making props for the role play castle area.

Home Learning

Talking about different parts of the castle and why they are needed. E.g. a moat, drawbridge, arrow slits and tower.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 13th January

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  14 Jan 2014 17:32

Topic: The Royal Family

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c and k using cursive.

Understand alliteration for 0, c and k.

Reading tricky words and simple sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Using talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas feelings and events by discussing what props we need in our castle and how they are going to be used.

 

 

Physical Development

Understanding that equipment and tools have to be used safely by using equipment safely to make props for castle.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants interests and options by talking about what they would like to do if they were king or queen for the day and why.

Literacy

Using some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence. The children will be writing family members names on their family tree.

 

Mathematics

Beginning to use everyday language related to money by looking at 1p coins and adding two groups of coins together.

 

Understanding the World

Knows some of the things that make them unique, and can talk about some of the similarities and differences in relation to friends or family. The children will be looking at the Royal family tree and talking about their family tree.

Expressive Arts and Design

Constructing with a purpose in mind, using a variety of resources by building castles using construction materials.

Creating simple representations of events, people and objects by painting pictures of kings, queens, princes and princesses.

 

Home Learning

Talking about who is in your family tree and the different family members names.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 8th January

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  07 Jan 2014 22:38

 

Topic: Christmas

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c and k using cursive.

Understand alliteration for 0, c and k.

Reading tricky words and simple sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Listening or responding to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion. The children will be talking about what has made their Christmas special in small groups. They will be encouraged to ask questions using question bears.

Physical Development

Holding pencil between their first two fingers and thumb and using it with good control by writing thank you letters to Father Christmas.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Having awareness of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting by introducing the kindness tree and talk about expected behaviour within class and school.

We will also be using the Responsibility chart to tidy up certain areas of the environment.

Literacy

Using some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence.

The children will be writing this sentence about their favourite Christmas present.

My best present was………

Mathematics

Selecting the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects and counting an irregular arrangement of up to ten objects by playing maths games.

 

Understanding the World

Enjoying joining in with family customs and routines by talking about what has made their Christmas special in small groups. They will be encouraged to ask questions using question bears.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Choosing particular colours to use for a purpose by painting a picture of their favourite Christmas present using the correct colours.

Home Learning

Talking to your child about writing a thank you letter to Father Christmas, friends or family. Talk about writing to at the beginning, from at the end and using finger spaces between words.

Additional activities

Meet the teacher meeting is on Thursday 9th January at 2.45pm.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 16th December

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  16 Dec 2013 08:37

Topic: Christmas

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c and k using cursive.

Understand alliteration for 0, c and k.

Reading tricky words and simple sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Listening or responding to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion. The children will be talking about their experiences of Christmas and what they will be looking forward to this Christmas time.

 

Physical Development

Handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control by making chocolate reindeers.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Demonstrating friendly behaviour initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and adults by discussing their experiences of Christmas and what they will be looking forward to this Christmas time.

Literacy

Giving meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint by writing their name in their Christmas card.

The children will also be wrapping up presents pretending to be Father Christmas and writing what is inside the present. E.g. pen, doll, cat, book.

 

 

Mathematics

The children will be re-capping the maths topics they have been learning this term. These are weighing, positional language, patterns, numbers and height.

Understanding the World

Enjoying joining in with family customs and routines by looking at Christmas non-fiction books to answer the children’s questions about Christmas.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Creating simple representations of events, people and objects by making chocolate reindeers.

 

Home Learning

Please would you practice the tricky words and blending words with your child in their yellow reading books.

Additional activities

Christmas dinner- Wednesday 18th December

Globe theatre production- Wednesday 18th December

The Christmas party is on Thursday 19th December- Please can your child bring in their party clothes and a named plate of party food for them to eat during the party.

School finishes on Friday 20th December at 2.15pm.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 9th December

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  09 Dec 2013 12:46

Topic: Christmas

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g, o, c and k using cursive.

Understand alliteration for 0, c and k.

Communication and Language

 

Using talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas feelings and events. The children will be talking about the stable they made and writing key words next to a photo of their stable.

Physical Development

Handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control by making wrapping paper to wrap parcels for the post office role play area.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Demonstrating friendly behaviour initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and adults by discussing during circle time why do we give presents at Christmas time. The children will be thinking about someone they love and saying what present they think they would like most of all and why?

 

Literacy

Giving meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint by writing their name in their Christmas card.

The children will also be wrapping up presents pretending to be Father Christmas and writing what is inside the present. E.g. pen, doll, cat, book.

 

 

Mathematics

Ordering two items by weight or capacity by weighing parcels using weighing scales in the post office role play area and saying if they are heavier or lighter than each other.

 

Understanding the World

Enjoying joining in with family customs and routines by singing Christmas songs and talking about why we sing songs at Christmas time.

Expressive Arts and Design

Constructing with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources by making Christmas cards and calendars.

Home Learning

We would like you to encourage your child to practice writing their name in the cursive style of writing. Thank you.

Additional activities

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 2nd December

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  02 Dec 2013 08:04

Topic: Christmas story

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is, cat, dog, hat.

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d, g and o using cursive.

Understand alliteration for d, g and o.

Communication and Language

 

Listening and responding to ideas expressed by others in conversations or discussion by sorting Christmas cards into two groups-commercial and religious. 

The children will chose which type of card they would like to design and make and these will be used in the post office.

 

Physical Development

Handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control by making wrapping paper to wrap parcels for the post office role play area.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Demonstrating friendly behaviour initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and adults by discussing during circle time why do we give presents at Christmas time. The children will be thinking about someone they love and saying what present they think they would like most of all and why?

 

 

Literacy

Linking sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet by writing a wish list to Father Christmas.

 

Mathematics

Ordering two items by weight or capacity by weighing parcels using weighing scales in the post office role play area and saying if they are heavier or lighter than each other.

 

Understanding the World

Enjoying joining in with family customs and routines by singing Christmas songs and talking about why we sing songs at Christmas time.

Expressive Arts and Design

Constructing with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources by making their own Christmas card to send to their friend.

 

Home Learning

Looking at weighing scales and talking about how to use them.

Weighing challenge- Find 5 items that are heavier and lighter than an orange. Then try to find two objects that weight the same and balance the scales

Additional activities

The Foundation Stage Christmas plays are Wednesday 4th December and Friday 6th December at 9.30 am.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 25th of November

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  25 Nov 2013 08:32

Topic: Christmas story

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n, m, d using cursive

Understand alliteration for p, i, n.

Communication and Language

 

Able to follow a story without pictures or props by listening to the Christmas play story and acting their part in the story out. There will also be an outside role play area (a ‘stable’ with props) to enable the children to act out the Christmas story

Physical Development

Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control by making a stable and a manger using collage materials.

Showing understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and considers and manages some risks by stepping on and off the stage correctly.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine by practising the Christmas play.

Aware of the boundaries set and of behavioural expectations in the setting by learning their parts in the Christmas play.

Literacy

Giving meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint by drawing a design of a stable and labelling parts of the stable using words and initial sounds.

 

Mathematics

Selecting the correct numeral to represent 1 to 5, then 1 to 10 objects by counting, recognising and ordering numbers to 5, 10 and 20 using number games.

 

Understanding the World

Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience by watching preparing and celebrating Christmas on Cbeebies.

Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines by role playing in the post office role play area.

Expressive Arts and Design

Constructing with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources by drawing a plan of their model/stable and making it using collage materials.

 

Home Learning

Carry out a tricky word (the, I, go, no, to, into) hunt (hide the words around the house on card or post it notes). Encourage your child to read the word and as an extra challenge write the tricky words.

Additional activities

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 18th of November

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  18 Nov 2013 08:15

Topic: Christmas story

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n using cursive

Understand alliteration for s, a & t

Communication and Language

 

Able to follow a story without pictures or props by listening to the Christmas play story and acting their part in the story out.

Physical Development

Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control by making a stable and a manger using collage materials.

Showing understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and considers and manages some risks by stepping on and off the stage correctly.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Can usually adapt behaviour to different events, social situations and changes in routine by practising the Christmas play.

Aware of the boundaries set and of behavioural expectations in the setting by learning their parts in the Christmas play.

Literacy

Describing main story settings, events and principle characters by drawing pictures of the characters in the Christmas story and writing initial sounds they can hear in words.

Mathematics

Ordering two or three items by length or height by ordering different sized objects and using language of tallest, medium sized and shortest.

Ordering and sequencing familiar events by ordering and sequencing the Christmas story.

Understanding the World

Remembers and talks about significant events in their own experience by talking about their family celebration photo`s.

Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines by discussing their knowledge of the Christmas story and asking questions about it.

Expressive Arts and Design

Constructing with a purpose in mind using a variety of resources by drawing a plan of their model/stable and making it using collage materials.

 

Home Learning

Finding 5 objects in your house that are taller/shorter than a pencil.

Visit or discuss what happens in a post office.

Additional activities

The children would like a post office for their role play area. To ensure they have first-hand experience of a post office it would be great if you could visit one or talk to them about what happens in a post office so that they have lots of ideas for their play. It would also be great if we could have any old cards/envelopes/wrapping paper etc for them to use in their play.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 11th of November

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  11 Nov 2013 08:29

Topic: Diwali and Celebrations

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n using cursive

Understand alliteration for s, a & t

Blending to read words

Play rhyming games in child initiated learning time

Communication and Language

 

After the Indian feast on Friday we will be building up vocabulary that reflects the breadth of their experiences through an Indian restaurant – role playing the feast, taking orders and using specific vocabulary and writing orders.

Physical Development

Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control by making Diva candles using plasticine, candles & sequins.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Encouraging children to initiates conversations and takes account of what others say through a circle time about similarities and differences between people, how some celebrate different things and for different reasons.

Literacy

Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint by playing and writing food menus in the Indian restaurant role play area. They will also be writing a list of the Indian foods they tried at the feast on Friday.

 

Mathematics

Can describe their relative position such as ‘behind’ or `next to` by describing where the teddy is hiding game.

 

Understanding the World

We will be encouraging the children to take an interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them and talk about their own family customs and routines. We will be making Diva candles, and talking about poppies which the children can buy from the office.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Creates simple representations of events, people and objects by making diva candle, lanterns & making elephant cards.

 

Home Learning

Play games with your child using positional language. Place a toy/object around the house and ask your child to tell you where it is using positional language.

Additional activities

Friday 15th November-Children in Need day. The children are able to wear their pyjamas or dressing gown for the day and bring in a contribution of £1 for Children in Need. We would suggest your child wears suitable clothes underneath and school shoes. They can also bring a teddy in for an extra 50p if they wish.

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning 4th of November

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  03 Nov 2013 16:37

Topic: Diwali 

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise s,a,t,p,i,n, and blend to read words such as: it, at, in, is

Write letters s, a, t. p, i, n using cursive

Understand alliteration for s, a & t

Play rhyming games in child initiated learning time

Communication and Language

 

Listens and responds to ideas expressed by others in conversations or discussion by Learning & talking about the Rama & Sita story. Find out information about Diwali celebrations from the internet:

http://www.open-sez-mefestivals.co.uk/diwali.htm

Physical Development

Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control by making Diva candles using plasticine, candles & sequins. We will be making chapattis & using rolling pins to roll out the chapattis.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Encouraging children to Initiates conversations and takes account of what others say. Also to be confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions thorough circle time discussions about; similarities and differences between people, how some celebrate different things and for different reasons.

Literacy

Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint by playing and writing food menus in the Indian restaurant role play area.

The children will be carrying out a like or dislike chapattis survey which will involve writing their name using the cursive handwriting where possible.

Mathematics

Use familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns and build models by looking at Rangoli pattens and making their own 2/3 repeating colour pattern.

 

Understanding the World

Encouraging the children to talk about family customs and routines they like and explore other customs and routines that may be similar or different to their own by taking part in the tasting of Indian food & sweets at an Indian buffet on Friday afternoon.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Creates simple representations of events, people and objects by making diva candle, colouring in Rangoli patterns, lanterns & making elephant cards.

 

Home Learning

Talk to your child about special times or celebrations that have happened within your family and send a picture into school of a special occasion or celebration so that your child can talk about it to their class.

Additional activities

Parents evening is on Wednesday 6th November and Thursday 7th November.

On Friday 8th November the children will be able to taste Indian food during our Indian buffet. Please let a staff member know if your child has any food allergies.

We would be grateful if you could contribute to our voluntary ‘toy fund’ (50p a week) which enables us to buy special resources. Please hand the contribution to a staff member at the door in the morning or after school. Thank you for your support.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 21st October

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  21 Oct 2013 08:19

Topic: Fruit and vegetables (Harvest)

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Learning the sound and letter names of s,a,t,p,I,n and finding objects beginning with these sounds.

Blending sounds together to read cvc words.

Communication and Language

 

Listening and responding to ideas expressed by others in conversations or discussion by talking about healthy foods and foods that are treats. The children will be sorting healthy foods and foods that are treats into two hoops.

Physical Development

Handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control. The children will be using knives and peelers to cut and peel the vegetables to make soup for soup day.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions. The children will be discussing during circle time –how they can keep their bodies healthy and what do their bodies need.

Literacy

Giving meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint by creating a farm map picture and writing initial sounds next to the pictures.

Hearing and saying the initial sounds in words by making a recipe book for making bread rolls.

Mathematics

Counting object to 10 and beginning to count beyond by adding fruit & vegetables together and writing the total amount on a white board.

Understanding the World

Commenting and asking questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place that they live or the natural world. The children will be looking at different breakfast cereal & choosing what cereal to have for breakfast. (toast, corn flakes, rice Krispies & porridge). They will carry out a favourite breakfast survey using tally marks to see which one is the most popular.

Expressive Arts and Design

Singing a few familiar songs by learning the harvest festival songs. Using available resources to create props to support role play by making hats for our Harvest Festival.

Home Learning

Looking at 2d and 3d shapes at objects in your house. Shape challenge- find a square, circle, cube and cuboid item in your house.

Additional activities

Soup day and harvest festival on Wednesday 23rd October. On Wednesday morning please can the children bring in a named bowl, spoon and a vegetable for soup day. The Foundation Stage harvest festival will be at 2.30pm in the Infant school hall.

This week children are able to take part in the Harvest fund raising activities. They can bring in a named purse/wallet with a small amount of money e.g. 50p.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 14th October

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  14 Oct 2013 08:15

Topic: Fruit and vegetables (Harvest)

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Communication and Language

 

Using language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. The children will be role playing The Little Red Hen story and building a tractor using the wooden bricks and yellow crates outside.

Physical Development

Eating a healthy range of food stuffs and understands need for a variety in food. During snack time the children will be discussing about why we need fruit and vegetables for our bodies.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests and opinions. During circle time the children will be looking at The Bear Who Wouldn’t Share book and talking about how they can be kind and share with their friends.

Literacy

Giving meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint by writing shopping lists of fruit and vegetables to buy from the shop.

Hearing and saying the initial sounds in words by writing the initial and end sounds of fruit and vegetables.

Mathematics

Selecting the correct numerals to represent 1 to 5 then 1 to 10 objects. The children will be singing number rhymes and songs and using numbers to show how many objects are left.

Using familiar objects and common shapes to create and recreate patterns by shape printing using shapes drawn into potatoes.

Understanding the World

Commenting and asking questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place that they live or the natural world. The children will be sorting pictures of fruit and vegetables into hoops and talking about what their favourite fruit/vegetable is.

Expressive Arts and Design

Singing a few familiar songs, the children will be learning songs for our harvest festival next week.

Using available resources to create props to support role play by making a farmer and vegetables/fruits using play dough. The children will also be using flour with the play dough to pretend they are making bread.

Home Learning

Write a shopping list with your child and talk to them about the different items you need to buy from the shop.

Additional activities

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 7th October

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  07 Oct 2013 08:15

Topic: Families

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Communication and Language

 

Listening to others one to one or in small groups when conversation interests them by talking about family members using the photo bought in from home.

Using language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations by playing in the home role play area.

Physical Development

Handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control. The children will be using resources in the modelling area appropriately to make their houses and building houses using construction bricks such as stickle bricks, Lego and wooden bricks.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Initiating conversations, attends to and takes account of what others say by discuss the different roles of family members.

In circle time the children will be talking about why their mummy, daddy, nanny, grandad are special.

Literacy

Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint, hearing and saying initial sounds in words. The children will be writing their names and people`s names in their family.

 

Mathematics

Showing an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects. The children will be playing shape games such as Dotty Dinosaurs and Incy Wincy Spider.

Selecting a particular name shape by guessing the shape in the feely bag and hiding the shape game. The children will also be going on a treasure hunt to find shapes.

 

Understanding the World

Showing an interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them, remembering and talking about significant events in their own experience.

The children will be talking about special activities they enjoy doing with their family.

Expressive Arts and Design

Creating simple representations of events, people and objects.  

The children will be making a family home on the modelling table and talk about where they live. They will be drawing and cutting out pictures of their family to put in their home.

Home Learning

To practice writing mum, dad, Nan and Grandad in the cursive style of writing.

Additional activities

Please could we have a family photo for your child to bring in. We would like them to talk about who is in their family and show the class their photo.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 30th September

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  30 Sep 2013 12:49

Topic: Families

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Communication and Language

 

Listening to others one to one or in small groups when conversation interests them by talking about family members using the photo bought in from home.

Using language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations by playing in the home role play area.

Physical Development

Can usually managing washing and drying hands by washing their hands using glitter as germs.

Can copy some letters e.g. letters from their name by copying and writing their names using their name cards.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Demonstrating friendly behaviour initiating conversations and forming good relationships with peers and adults. The children will be looking at stories about families-The Large family stories, Guess how much I love you, No matter what, Charlie & Lola, Owl Babies.

Initiating conversations, attends to and takes account of what others say by drawing members of their family on the `All about me` sheets.

Literacy

Sometimes gives meaning to marks as they draw and paint, hearing and saying initial sounds in words. The children will be labelling pictures of people in their family.

Mathematics

Showing an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects. The children will be playing shape games such as Dotty Dinosaurs and Incy Wincy Spider.

Selecting a particular name shape by guessing the shape in the feely bag.

Understanding the World

Showing an interest in the lives of people who are familiar to them, remembering and talking about significant events in their own experience.

The children will be talking about their family and showing the class the photo of their family.  

Expressive Arts and Design

Engaging in imaginative role play based on first hand experiences by playing in the home role play area.

Playing alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme by using play dough to make models of people in their family.

The children will also be drawing pictures of their family & pets on their all about me sheets. 

Home Learning

Talk to your child about the different members in their family and  who they live with.

Additional activities

The children will be meeting Harold the giraffe on the Life Education Bus on Monday and Tuesday afternoon this week.

(Please could we have a family photo for your child to bring in. We would like them to talk about who is in their family and show the class their photo.)

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 23rd September

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  20 Sep 2013 16:18

Topic: School

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Communication and Language

 

The children will be listening and responding to ideas expressed by others in conversations or discussion by interviewing the school caretaker, school secretary and head teacher to ask them questions about their job.

They will be touring the school in small groups and talking about each area and what it is used for. 

Physical Development

The children will be encouraged to use one handed tools and equipment by drawing and painting pictures of people who work in the school.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be aware of the boundaries set and of behavioural expectations in the setting by following the school and class rules. They will also be using a responsibility chart to tidy up the environment.

Literacy

The children will be enjoying rhyming and rhythmic activities by playing rhyming games.

We will be looking at these rhyming stories - Chocolate Moose For Greedy Goose, What The Ladybird Heard, The Gruffalo, One Mole Digging A Mole, The Fish Who Could Wish and The Smartest Giant In Town.

Mathematics

The children will be counting objects to 10 and ordering numbers to 10 by playing maths games.

The children will also be playing a sorting Game and will be sorting pictures of things they find in school, home and both school and home.

 

Understanding the World

Looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change by looking at the differences between home and school and sorting pictures into groups.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be creating simple representations of events, people and objects by painting pictures of people who work in the school.

Home Learning

Draw a picture or a map of your house and label/colour the different areas. Talk to your child about the labels needed and explain the differences and similarities between rooms.

Additional activities

 Monday 23rd September- School photo’s

If you received your child’s learning journey after they left their nursery/pre school please hand it in to a member of staff. Miss Purdy and Mrs Hodgson would like to have a quick look at them and will then hand them back. Thank you.

Please bring in a family photo by Monday 30th September.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 16th September

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  15 Sep 2013 16:18

 

Topic: School

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Communication and Language

 

The children will be listening and responding to ideas expressed by others in conversations or discussion by interviewing the school caretaker, school secretary and head teacher to ask them questions about their job.

They will be touring the school in small groups and talking about each area and what it is used for. 

Physical Development

The children will be encouraged to use one handed tools and equipment by drawing and painting pictures of themselves.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be aware of the boundaries set and of behavioural expectations in the setting by discussing the school and class rules. They will also be using a responsibility chart to tidy up the environment.

Literacy

The children will be enjoying rhyming and rhythmic activities by playing rhyming games e.g. Slug in a jug game.

We will be looking at these rhyming stories - Chocolate Moose For Greedy Goose, Dog In The Fog, Baby Bug, Jen The Hen, Fat Cat and Posy The Pig.

Mathematics

The children will be counting objects to 10 and beginning to count beyond by playing maths games.

The children will be playing a sorting Game and will be sorting pictures of things they find in school, home and both school and home.

 

Understanding the World

Looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change by looking at the differences between home and school and sorting pictures into groups.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be creating simple representations of events, people and objects by painting pictures of their faces and of people who work in the school.

Home Learning

Playing rhyming games and talk to your child about words that rhyme e.g. cat and hat, mouse and house, dog and log.

Additional activities

Wednesday 18th September-Meet the teacher meeting at 2.45pm.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 24th of June

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  24 Jun 2013 09:14

Topic: Child initiated ideas

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Learning tricky words he she we me be was my you her they all are

Reading words with oi, ow, ear, air, ure sounds

Read cvc words

Write sentences using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.

Communication and Language

 

Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately. Children will be working together independently to build a castle using wooden bricks.

Physical Development

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. The children will be making and decorating crowns to use in the castle role play area.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children are confident to speak in a familiar group and will talk about their ideas. The children will be looking in non-fiction body books to find out answers to their body questions. During circle time we will be discussing how we can look after our bones and bodies.

Literacy

Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. Children will be labelling parts of the body with bones in.

Mathematics

Children solve number problems. Children will be solving number challenges and talking about what numbers are odd and what numbers are even.

Understanding the World

Making observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. The children will be looking at non-fiction books and writing animals that do and do not have skeletons.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art, dance, role-play and stories. The children will be making skeletons using collage materials.

 

Home Learning

Look at the different bones in their body and talk about what the bones are able to do.

Additional activities

Monday 24th June – Sports Day

Children will be having a picnic lunch on the Junior school field from 12pm. Sports day will start at 1.15pm.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 17th of June

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  18 Jun 2013 07:54

Topic: Mini beasts

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Learning tricky words he she we me be was my you her they all are

Reading words with oi, ow, ear, air, ure sounds

Read cvc words

Write sentences using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.

Communication and Language

 

Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs. Children will be listening to The Very Busy Spider story and role playing the story using small world animals.

Physical Development

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. Children will be listening to What The Ladybird Heard story and drawing/labelling a map to create a ladybird trail.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children say when they do or don’t need help. Children will be thinking about what they found tricky to do when they started school and what they can do now.

Literacy

Children read and understand simple sentences.  Children will be reading descriptions of mini beasts and playing mini beast description lotto.

Mathematics

Using quantities and objects to add and subtract two single-digit numbers. Children will be writing and solving adding and subtraction number sums.

Understanding the World

Making observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. Children will be making a mini beast house using cardboard boxes and natural materials. They will be planning and writing what they need to make a mini beast house.

Expressive Arts and Design

Children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art, dance, role-play and stories. Children will be making a mini beast house using cardboard boxes and natural materials. They will be planning and writing what they need to make a mini beast house.

Home Learning

Making a non-fiction book about mini-beasts. Look at a book together and then your child can draw pictures of mini-beasts, use labels and write simple sentences. If they work hard on their non-fiction book please let them bring it into school to show us.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 10th of June

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  10 Jun 2013 08:17

Topic: Mini beasts

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Learning tricky words he she we me be was my you her they all are

Reading words with oi, ow, ear, air sounds

Read cvc words

Write sentences using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.

Communication and Language

 

They listen to stories about mini beasts and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.

Physical Development

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements through painting pictures of mini beasts, making mini beasts with modelling materials and a shape matching game.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. We will be taking turns to play mini beast lotto with clues. Circle time will be about how to take care of the new environment.

Literacy

They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible. The children will be writing their own clues for a game and a fact for a class mini beast book.

Mathematics

Doubling & halving numbers up to 10 during maths groups. Independently writing numbers on whiteboards/paper to 20 using number lines & number formation power point. 

 

 

Understanding the World

They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. The children to be mini beasts detectives outside in the playground & nursery playground.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. The children will paint pictures of mini beast and make them from play dough and modelling materials

Home Learning

Making a non-fiction book about mini-beasts. Look at a book together and then your child can draw pictures of mini-beasts, use labels and write simple sentences. If they work hard on their non-fiction book please let them bring it into school to show us.

Additional activities

Tuesday 11th June-Celebrity Reptiles visit

 

Sparrow class assembly is on Friday 14th June at 9.15am.

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 4th of June

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  02 Jun 2013 15:04

 

Topic: Mini beasts

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Learning tricky words he she we me be was my you her they all are

Reading words with oi, ow, ear, air sounds

Read cvc words

Write sentences using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops.

Communication and Language

 

They listen to stories about mini beasts and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.

Physical Development

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements through painting pictures of mini beasts, making mini beasts with modelling materials and a shape matching game.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. We will be taking turns to play mini beast lotto with clues. Circle time will be about how to take care of the new environment.

Literacy

They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible. The children will be writing their own clues for a game and a fact for a class mini beast book.

Mathematics

Doubling & halving numbers up to 10 during maths groups. Independently writing numbers on whiteboards/paper to 20 using number lines & number formation power point. 

 

 

Understanding the World

They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes. The children to be mini beasts detectives outside in the playground & nursery playground.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. The children will paint pictures of mini beast and make them from playdough and modelling materials

Home Learning

Making a non-fiction book about mini-beasts. Look at a book together and then your child can draw pictures of mini-beasts, use labels and write simple sentences. If they work hard on their non-fiction book please let them bring it into school to show us.

Additional activities

There will be no show and tell this term

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 13th May

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  13 May 2013 08:01

Topic: Life cycle of a butterfly

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, air, ure & ear.

Communication and Language

 

Using talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas feelings and events by sequencing the life cycle of a caterpillar & the hungry caterpillar story.

Physical Development

Uses a pencil and holds it effectively to form recognisable letters, mostly which are correctly formed. Children will be writing each other others names next to the month they were born to complete a birthday survey.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants interests and opinions through talking about what we need to keep healthy and help us grow. Looking at what a caterpillar needs to grow & comparing the similarities & differences of what we need to grow.

 

Literacy

Attempting to write short sentences in meaningful contexts by writing three facts about a caterpillar/butterfly in sentences.

Mathematics

Ordering and sequencing familiar events & using everyday language related to time. The children will be ordering the days of the week & months of the year in the correct order.

Understanding the World

Showing care and concern for living things and the environment, the children will be watering the plants/flowers outside in the playground.

Talking about some of the things they have observed such as plants, animals, natural and found objects. Children will be looking at cocoons & talking about what happens to the caterpillars how they change into butterflies.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Playing alongside other children who are engaged in the same theme by role playing the hungry caterpillar story.

The children will also be making concertina caterpillars & cotton reel painting caterpillar.

Home Learning

Talking about the months of the year & what month they were born & what months their family members were born.

Additional activities

Please could the children bring in their planter challenge flowers/plants. Thank you.

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 6th May

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  08 May 2013 21:26

Topic: Animals & growing

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, air, ure & ear.

Communication and Language

 

Using talk to organise, sequence and clarify thinking, ideas feelings and events by describing characteristics of animals hidden in a feely bag.

Physical Development

Handling tools objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control. Children will be using scissors to cut out spiral snakes.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants interests and opinions through questioning and working in teams to take responsibility for different areas of the classroom.

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels and captions. The children will be writing a caption about their favourite animal They will also be going on an animal hunt & writing the names of the animals they find.

 

 

Mathematics

Ordering and sequencing familiar events & using everyday language related to time. The children will be learning to tell the time using o clock, half past & quarter past. They will also be making their own clocks.

 

 

 

Understanding the World

Using ICT hardware to interact with age-appropriate computer software. The children will be programming beebots using arrow buttons to go to different animals on a mat.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring the different sounds of instruments by using shakey eggs while singing songs about animals.

 

 

 

Home Learning

Looking at watches/clocks & talking about the time using o clock & half past. Talk about what happens at different parts of the day with your child. E.g. what time they wake up, what time they have dinner & what time they go to bed.

Additional activities

Please could the children bring in their planter challenge flowers/plants. Thank you.

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 29th April

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  29 Apr 2013 08:11

Topic: Ourselves & growing

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, air, ure & ear.

Communication and Language

 

Extending vocabulary, especially by grouping and naming, exploring the meaning and sounds of new words. The children will be playing body bingo using body words & tricky words.

 

Physical Development

Using a pencil and holding it effectively to form recognisable letters, mostly which are correctly formed. The children will be labelling parts of the body and making a picture of a friend using collage materials and writing their friends name.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants interests and opinions by drawing a picture of themselves with a speech bubble and writing something they are good at.

 

Literacy

Attempting to write short sentences in meaningful contexts, the children will be writing instructions for how to plant a seed.

 

 

Mathematics

Ordering and sequencing familiar events & using everyday language related to time. The children will be sequencing the day by looking at pictures of things they do when they wake up in the morning to get ready for school. The children will also be learning to tell the time using o clock.

 

 

 

Understanding the World

Looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change. The children will be recognising similarities/differences between themselves and others by looking at height, hair colour, skin colour & colour of eyes. They will make simple graph to compare the similarities & differences.

 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Creating simple representations of events, people and objects by using collage materials to make a picture of a friend.

 

 

 

Home Learning

Talking about the similarities & differences of hair colour, eye colour, skin colour & heights of their family members.

Additional activities

Please could the children bring in their planter challenge flowers/plants. Thank you.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 22nd April

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  21 Apr 2013 11:28

Topic: Spring & growing

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi, air & ear.

Communication and Language

 

Maintaining attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity. The children will be sequencing seed growing picture cards in the correct order and talking about what is happening in each picture.

 

Physical Development

Handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control, the children will be using tweezers to pick up beans, seeds & lentils and sorting them into different containers.

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Confident to speak to others about own needs, wants interests and options, the children will be discussing how they can help to look after the indoor & outdoor environments.

 

Literacy

Attempting to write short sentences in meaningful contexts by designing a poster with a picture of a plant/flower and writing a sentence about what a plant needs to grow.

 

 

Mathematics

Ordering two or three items by length or height by sorting plants into height order and using multilink cubes to measure heights of flowers.

 

 

Understanding the World

Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time, the children will be taking part in a cress experiment, one seed has sun & water, one seed has water but no sun and one seed has sun but no water.

 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Understanding that different media can be combined to create new effects by making a sunflower using tissue paper & seeds.

 

 

Home Learning

Finding 5 items that are taller/shorter than a spoon.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 15th April

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  01 Apr 2013 17:10

 

Topic: Spring & growing

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi & ear.

Communication and Language

 

Maintaining attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity. The children will be sequencing seed growing picture cards in the correct order and talking about what is happening in each picture.

 

Physical Development

Handling tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control. Children will be using gardening tools e.g. trowels, watering cans & spades to plant flowers, vegetables & in the planters outside in the playground.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Explaining own knowledge and understanding, and asks appropriate questions of others. The children will be using talk partners to discuss what is needed for a plant to grow. They will be asking questions about spring & growing they would like to find the answers to.

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels and captions by designing and labelling a seed packet. The children will also go on a flower picture hunt and write the names of the flowers they find.

Mathematics

Using positional language by describing where objects are using positional language such as in front, behind, next to and by the side.

 

Understanding the World

Developing an understanding of growth, decay and changes over time and looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change. Children will be growing cress seeds and planting plants, vegetables & flowers outside in the planter area.

Children will be using talk partners to discuss what is needed for a plant to grow.

Children will be playing these games on the learning platform- PC Plum`s Garden & My Secret Garden.

Expressive Arts and Design

Choosing particular colours to use for a purpose and creating simple representations of events, people and objects. Children will be choosing the correct colours for drawing pictures of daffodils.

 

Home Learning

Looking at and talking about the different plants/flowers in your house and garden.

Additional activities

Meet the teacher meeting at 2.45pm on Wednesday 17th April.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 25th March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  25 Mar 2013 08:12

Topic: Easter

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi & ear.

Communication and Language

 

Listening and responding to ideas expressed by others in conversations or discussions by asking questions they would like to find the answers to about Easter.

Physical Development

Using simple tools to effect the change to materials by making chocolate rice crispy cakes.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Taking steps to resolve conflicts with other children e.g. finding a comprise by looking at the four rules again & talking about how they can resolve a situation without asking for an adults help.

 

Literacy

Can segment the sounds in simple words and blend them together by

writing a shopping list for chocolate rice crispy cakes.

Mathematics

In practical activities and discussion beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting by problem solving maths challenges.

 

Understanding the World

Enjoying joining in with family customs and routines by reading & discussing the Easter story.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Manipulating materials to achieved a planned affect by painting an Easter egg repeating pattern design using two colours or shapes.

Home Learning

Talking about how you will be celebrating Easter with your family.

Additional activities

Children can bring money in to play games as part of the Easter fund raising activities all week.
Cake sale-Thursday 28th March.
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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 18th March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  18 Mar 2013 08:19

Topic: People who help us

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, ow, oi & ear.

Communication and Language

 

Listening to conversations or discussions and responding to ideas expressed by others – children will be showing their vehicle models to the class and talking about what materials they have used to make their vehicle.

 

Physical Development

Observing the effects of activity on their bodies by listening to their heart before and after exercise.

Children will be able to draw round a partner’s body & then draw body parts-heart, lungs & ribs. Children will also be discussing things the body needs to work.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Enjoying responsibility of carrying out small tasks by being tidy up monitors for areas of the class room.

Children will be talking & thinking about why it’s important to be helpful.

 

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels and captions – children will be labelling a person who helps them uniform. They will be able to choose from a police officer, a fire fighter or a nurse to label.

Mathematics

Recording using marks they can interpret & explain by using symbols/lines on whiteboards or chalk outside to show numbers & addition sums.

 

Understanding the World

Showing an interest in different occupations and ways of life by using question bears to think of questions to ask visitors Mr Fennel the caretaker, a community support officer & a fire fighter.

Expressive Arts and Design

Selecting tools & techniques needed to shape, assemble & join materials they are using by drawing and making a vehicle a person would help them uses e.g. an ambulance, a fire engine, a bus.

 

Home Learning

Looking at & talking about the features of vehicles people who help us use e.g. ambulance, fire engine, bus & police car.

Additional activities

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 11th March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  11 Mar 2013 08:24

Topic: People who help us

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Learning tricky words we, me, be, she, he

Reading simple captions & sentences.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa.

Communication and Language

 

Joining in with repeated refrains and anticipates key events and phrases in rhymes and stories by joining in with an adaptation of we`re going on a bear hunt story. During the hunt children will be answering the question who could help us now & choosing from a doctor, Lollipop person, Police officer, Vet & Firefighter.

 

 

Physical Development

Observing the effects of activity on their bodies by listening to their heart before and after exercise.

Children will be able to draw round a partner’s body & then draw body parts-heart, lungs & ribs. Children will also be discussing things the body needs to work.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Enjoying responsibility of carrying out small tasks by being tidy up monitors for areas of the class room.

Children will be talking & thinking about why it’s important to be helpful.

 

Literacy

Describes main story settings, events and principle characters by

comparing the farmer duck story  & little red hen story. Children will be writing descriptive words to describe the farmer & the duck.

Mathematics

In practical activities and discussion beginning to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting by using small world ‘people who help us’ to carry out subtractions and record results.

Understanding the World

Showing an interest in different occupations and ways of life by using question bears to think of questions to ask visitors Mr Fennel & the community support officer.

Expressive Arts and Design

Building stories around toys by adults supporting children’s play and story lines when playing with small world resources.

 

 

Home Learning

Talk about the different occupations the people in your family have and what jobs they have to do on a daily basis.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 4th March

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  04 Mar 2013 08:07

Topic: Super hero’s

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Learning tricky words we, me, be, she, he

Reading simple captions & sentences.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa.

Communication and Language

 

Beginning to understand why and how questions by asking questions about super hero’s using hot seating and question bears.

Uses language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations by playing in the hospital & clothes/shoe shop role play

Areas.

 

Physical Development

Experimenting with different ways of moving by dancing to super hero music as their super hero.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Takes steps to resolve conflicts with other children e.g. finding a comprise by discussing the question what makes a good super hero and talking about the 4 rules to be used in the classrooms and playground.

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels and captions by

making a super hero comic book and writing about their super hero.

 

Mathematics

Showing an interest in number problems by going on a Super hero hunt around the school and solving maths challenges.

Understanding the World

Showing skill in making toys work by pressing parts or lifting flaps to achieve effects such as sound movement or new images. The children will be encouraged to play and programme Bee bots using grids to direct them to rescue people.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things and

manipulating materials to achieved a planned affect. The children will be using collage materials to design a super hero’s outfit and making superhero vehicles out of modelling materials. The children will also be painting pictures of their mums.

 

 

Home Learning

Create your own super person and explain why they are super-you could draw a picture, write a short or just talk about the character you have created.

Additional activities

Monday 4th March-Super hero workshop

Thursday 7th March-Rocket workshop

Friday 8th March-Robin class assembly at 9.10am

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 25th Feb

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  25 Feb 2013 08:15

Topic: Super hero’s

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Learning tricky words we, me, be, she, he was

Reading and writing simple captions & sentences.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa oo or

Communication and Language

 

Beginning to understand why and how questions by asking questions about super hero’s using hot seating and question bears.

 

Physical Development

Experimenting with different ways of moving by dancing to super hero music as their super hero.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Takes steps to resolve conflicts with other children e.g. finding a comprise by discussing the question what makes a good super hero and talking about the 4 rules to be used in the classrooms and playground.

Literacy

Writing own name and other things such as labels and captions by

writing in Mother’s day cards and writing labels to describe their super hero characters.

 

 

Mathematics

Showing an interest in number problems by going on a Super hero hunt around the school and solving maths challenges.

Understanding the World

Showing skill in making toys work by pressing parts or lifting flaps to achieve effects such as sound movement or new images. The children will be encouraged to play and programme Bee bots using grids to direct them to rescue people.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things and

manipulating materials to achieved a planned affect. The children will be making mother’s day cards and using collage materials to design a super hero’s outfit.

 

Home Learning

Looking at different types of materials & talking about which ones are strong & which ones are weak/fragile.

Additional activities

Parent’s evenings are Wednesday 27th February & Thursday 28th February.

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 11th Feb

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  11 Feb 2013 08:07

Topic: Chinese New Year

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Learning tricky words we, me, be, she, he

Reading simple captions & sentences.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa.

Communication and Language

 

Using talk to organise, sequence, clarify thinking, ideas, feelings & events. The children will be telling Nursery children and year 1 children what they have learnt about Chinese New Year.

Physical Development

Handling tools and objects safely & with control.

The children will be completing a Chopstick challenge using chopsticks to pick up 10 items including jelly. During P.E the children will be showing the nursery & year 1 children their Chinese dragon dance to music.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Selecting and using activities & resources with help and confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests & opinions. The children will be discussing the morals of the Chinese New Year story and talking about winning and losing.

 

Literacy

Giving meaning to marks they draw, write & paint by writing shopping lists for ingredients to make pancakes.

Mathematics

Selecting the correct numeral to represent up to 10 objects by playing number games on Education City.

Counting toys/objects accurately and ordering numbers up to 20.

Understanding the World

Enjoys joining in with family customs & routines by discussing Chinese New Year & New Year in England and the similarities and differences.

Drinking Chinese green tea & English tea & talking about the similarities & differences of both of them.

Eating Chinese food at the Chinese banquet on Friday.

Expressive Arts and Design

Builds a repertoire of songs and dances by learning a Chinese dragon dance & showing the dance to the nursery & year 1 children.

Experimenting to make different textures by making lanterns, Chinese moving dragons Chinese money purses, Chinese fans and Chinese blossom trees.

 

Home Learning

Look at Chinese dragon dances & listen to Chinese music on the internet.

Additional activities

On Friday afternoon the children will be able to eat Chinese food during our Chinese banquet. If you would like to help please let one of the staff members know. Thank You.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 4th Feb

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  04 Feb 2013 08:37

Topic: Chinese New Year

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Blending sounds together to make simple words.

Learning tricky words we, me, be, she, he

Reading simple captions & sentences.

Recognise sounds ai, ee, igh, oa.

Communication and Language

 

Using talk to organise, sequence, clarify thinking, ideas, feelings & events. The children will be playing and using appropriate language in the Chinese restaurant role play area.

Physical Development

Handling tools and objects safely & with control.

The children will be completing a Chopstick challenge using chopsticks to pick up 10 items including jelly. During P.E the children will be learning a Chinese dragon dance to music.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Selecting and using activities & resources with help and confident to speak to others about own needs, wants, interests & opinions.

The children will be discussing Chinese New Year and looking at Chinese resources

 

Literacy

Giving meaning to marks they draw, write & paint by painting their names using Chinese symbols.

Copying the Chinese food menus and writing their own Chinese food menu in the role play area.

 

Mathematics

Selecting the correct numeral to represent up to 10 objects by playing number games on Education City.

Writing numbers and Chinese numbers with chalk, water and paint brushes outside.

 

Understanding the World

Enjoys joining in with family customs & routines by discussing Chinese New Year & New Year in England and the similarities and differences.

Looking at a world map and locating where China and England are on a map.

Knows that information can be retrieved from computers by dressing  a person up in Chinese clothing on Education City

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Builds a repertoire of songs and dances by learning a Chinese dragon dance.

Experimenting to make different textures by making and writing Chinese new year cards. Making lanterns, Chinese money purses, Chinese fans and Chinese blossom trees.

 

Home Learning

Look at a world map and locate where China and England are on it and talk about the similarities and differences between Chinese New Year and how we celebrate New Year in England.

Additional activities

On Friday the children will be learning how to say numbers to 10 in Chinese and tasting Chinese cake.

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 28th Jan

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  28 Jan 2013 08:12

Topic: Keeping healthy

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Revise letter sounds

Learning double sounds- th, ch, sh, ng,

Reading simple captions & sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Using language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations. Children will be playing and using appropriate language in the hairdressers and post office role play areas.

 

Listening and responding to ideas expressed by others in conversation or discussion. Children will be encouraged to complete a breakfast survey and ask each other what they had for breakfast that morning.

Physical Development

Ensure the children show understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and considers and manages some risks in the outside environment using the slide and when using the apparatus for P.E.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will be discussing how they can keep healthy by looking at pictures of healthy & unhealthy food & sorting them into groups.

They will choose a breakfast they would like to eat during a breakfast morning, making a fruit salad face & making fruit smoothies.

Literacy

Hearing and saying initial sounds in words, reading words and captions. Children will be encouraged to find and say the initial sound of words by drawing and labelling food in their lunchboxes. The children will also be writing the first sound of fruits needed to make their fruit faces on a shopping list.

Mathematics

Children using everyday language to talk about weight to compare quantities and to problem solve. Children will be weighing objects/fruits and using language of heavier and lighter.

Understanding the World

Commenting and asking questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place that they live or the natural world.

Children will be able to act out the role of a weather reporter in the weather forecast role play area.

 

Reading and discussing the Handa’s surprise book and talking about fruits in different countries.

Expressive Arts and Design

Choosing a particular colour to use for a purpose by drawing & painting pictures of different fruits.

Home Learning

Weighing two items and talking about which one is the heaviest and which one is the lightest. Weighing challenge- find an item that is heavier and lighter than a can of beans.

Additional activities

 

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 21st Jan

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  21 Jan 2013 08:09

Topic: Weather

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Revise letter sounds p, I, n, m & d. new sounds g & o.

Learning double sounds- ck, ff, ll, ss.

Reading simple captions & sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Maintaining attention, concentrating and sitting quietly during appropriate activities.

Children will be playing weather bingo and weather snap in small groups. They will also be drawing & labelling pictures of summer & winter clothing.

 

Physical Development

Ensure the children show understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and considers and manages some risks in the outside environment using the slide and when using the apparatus for P.E.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

At circle time talking about how we can be kind to our friends by sharing, taking turns & saying kind words. Focusing on books-Time To Share, Worried Arthur, Giraffes Can`t Dance, I Feel Angry, Hens Don`t Crow and The Stormy Night.

Literacy

Hearing and saying initial sounds in words, reading words and captions. Children will be encouraged to find and say the initial sound of words while playing weather bingo with pictures and words.

Mathematics

Beginning to use mathematical names for solid 3D shapes and flat 2D shapes and mathematical terms to describe shapes.

Children will be encouraged to create pictures using 2d shapes and exploring 3d shapes in play dough and ice.

 

 

Understanding the World

Commenting and asking questions about aspects of their familiar world such as the place that they live or the natural world.

Children will be able to act out the role of a weather reporter in the weather forecast role play area.

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Exploring colours and how colours can be changed and exploring what happens when colours are mixed.

Colour mixing challenge by encouraging children to work in pairs and mix two colours together to see what colour they can make to paint a rainbow.  

Home Learning

Looking at items in your house that are 2d & 3d and talking about the shape name.

2d shapes-circle, square, triangle & rectangle.

3d shapes-cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, sphere & prism.

Additional activities

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 14th of Jan

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  15 Jan 2013 08:39

Topic: Shape and the weather

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Reading and writing words with sh, th, ch, ng

Recognises ck e u r

Reads simple sentences

Communication and Language

 

Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity including circle time games such as pass the smile.

 

Physical Development

uses one handed tools and equipment e.g makes snips in paper with scissors by making snowflakes by using scissors, a weather picture collage – using different material and colours to create a weather picture. Also making sandwiches as part of the café role play experience.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Encourage children initiate conversations and form good relationships with peers and adults, initiating conversation and taking account of what others say through the café and post office role play.

Literacy

Get the children to give meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint through the post office and café role play area

Mathematics

Beginning to use mathematical names for solid 3D shapes and flat 2D shapes and mathematical terms to describe shapes

Understanding the World

Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change by creating own weather chart

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Explores what happens when they mix colours and experiments to create different textures by painting rainbows and different types of weather for the outside weather centre

 

 

Home Learning

Look at shapes in the environment or house and use maths names for solid 3D shapes and flat 2D shapes and describe shape using vocabulary such as sides, corners etc and talk about the differences between shapes

Additional activities

Making sandwiches

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 7th of Jan

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  08 Jan 2013 08:28

Topic: Christmas Holidays and the weather

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Continue a rhyming string

Read words with the sh th ng and ch sound

Blend to read and write CVC words

Communication and Language

 

Initiates conversations, attends to and takes account of what others say by carrying out a favourite colour or weather survey with their peers

Physical Development

uses one handed tools and equipment e.g using scissors with control and safety by making a weather collage and snow flakes 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activity by playing circle game activities such as the leader starts by wiggling fingers for the rain, this passes around the circle until everyone is wiggling their fingers. The leader then changes the action to other aspects of the storm, e.g. wind – arms waving, thunder – slap knees. End with the sun - mime a circle.

 

Literacy

Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint by writing and drawing thank you letters to Father Christmas

Mathematics

Using a shape feely bag to help the children begin to use mathematical names for solid 3D shapes and flat 2D shapes and mathematical terms to describe shapes.

 

Understanding the World

Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change by monitoring the weather through rain gauge, kites to fly in the wind and exploring what happens to ice in different places

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Explores what happens when they mix colours and experiments to create different textures by making a weather picture collage. 

 

 

Home Learning

Talk to your child about the different shapes in the environment and talk about the difference between flat 2D shapes such as Square, circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, pentagon, semi-circle, and 3D shapes such as sphere, cube, cuboids, cylinders, cones,  

Additional activities

‘Meet the teacher’ session from 2.45 to 3.10 in your child’s classroom on Thursday the 10th of Jan 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 17th of Dec

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  17 Dec 2012 08:12

Topic: Christmas

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Reading and writing tricky words the I go no to

Recognise v j z x y

 

Communication and Language

 

Encouraging the children to maintains attention, concentrates and sits quietly during appropriate activities such as the theatre production on Tuesday 

Physical Development

Developing the handling of tools, objects, construction & malleable materials safely & with increasing control by wrapping presents on the creative table so that they can play father Christmas and making Christmas cupcakes for the party (CI)

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

The children will  begin to problem solve and negotiate with others by Talking to each other about what makes their Christmas special

And working together for the Christmas party (Thurs)

Literacy

Helping children hear & says initial sounds in words when labelling Father Christmas’s presents after the children have wrapped the presents they will write initial sound or cvc word on such things as pen cat book doll etc.

 

Mathematics

Te children will cut up a Christmas card and make a jigsaw to put together to develop awareness of shape.

 

Understanding the World

Looks closely at similarities, differences, patterns and change by exploring Ice in the water tray, predicting what will happen and what will effect the speed i.e if you put it in the fridge or on hot water etc

Expressive Arts and Design

Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect through activities such as

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making Christingles (weds)

Free painting Christmas ideas

Santa’s grotto workshop

Role play Father Christmas with his black sack

Home Learning

Helping children hear & says initial sounds in words when labelling objects around the house.

Additional activities

Christmas party with party clothes and food on Thursday

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 3rd Dec

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  03 Dec 2012 08:47

Topic: Christmas

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Revise letter sounds p, I, n, m & d, g & o. new sounds c & k.

Learning double sounds- sh, ch, th.

Tricky words-to, no, go, the, I.

Communication and Language

 

Encouraging the children to be able to follow a story without pictures or props: Listening to musical instrument sounds in stories & guessing the instrument. The children will be supported in noticing variations in sound and tempo in music.

Physical Development

Shows a preference for a dominant hand by using scissors to cut pictures out of toys they would like for Christmas.

 

Using a pencil & holding it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed: writing letters to Father Christmas

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Talking about appropriate behaviour by watching adults role playing scenarios, children to comment on appropriate & inappropriate behaviour.

 

Literacy

The children will be able to give meaning to marks they draw, write & paint by writing words & their name in Christmas cards.

 

 

Mathematics

Ordering two items by weighing ice & other objects. The children will be able to guess whether the item is heavier or lighter than the ice.

 

Understanding the World

Completing a simple programme on the computer by playing snow games on the learning platform.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect: Making Christmas cards & calendars.

Home Learning

Compare two items at home by weighing two objects & talking about if they are heavy or light. Talking about numbers on the doors of their advent calendars, what numbers comes after & before each number.

Additional activities

Foundation Christmas plays are on Wednesday 5th & Friday 7th December.

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 26th of Nov

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  26 Nov 2012 08:35

Topic: Child Initiated ideas

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Revise letter sounds p, I, n, m & d. new sounds g & o.

Learning double sounds- ck, ff, ll, ss.

Reading simple captions & sentences.

Communication and Language

 

Encouraging the children to be able to follow a story without pictures or props: Listening to musical instrument sounds in stories & guessing the instrument. The children will be supported in noticing variations in sound and tempo in music.

Physical Development

Ensure the children show understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and considers and manages some risks in the outside environment and when using the stage for the play rehearsals.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

At circle time the class will discuss the expectations and rules of behaviour for school play.

Talking about appropriate behaviour by watching adults role playing scenarios, children to comment on appropriate & inappropriate behaviour.

 

Literacy

The children will be able to give meaning to marks they draw, write & paint by making a Christmas book. They will be drawing their character in the Christmas play and writing about their character.

Mathematics

Counting an irregular group of different amounts of objects up to 20 objects from an assortment of objects in a magic box.

Playing a game of getting into groups of a particular number of children.

 

Understanding the World

Looking closely at similarities, differences, patterns & change: Looking at the weather each day & filling in a weather chart daily.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be exploring & using media & materials, begin to build a repertoire of songs & dances and plays cooperatively as part of a group to develop & act out a narrative. The children will be learning the songs to the Christmas plays & painting pictures of their character in the Christmas play.

 

Home Learning

Encourage your child to look at the weather each day & decide what clothes & shoes they will need to wear.

Additional activities

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 19th of Nov

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  18 Nov 2012 21:14

 

Topic: Theatre

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Reading simple captions

Reading and writing tricky words

Blend sounds together using letters g, o, c, k, ck, u, r, e

Recognises m, d, g, o 

Communication and Language

 

Encouraging the children to be able to follow a story without pictures or props: we will be looking traditional stories and encouraging them to act it out as well as school play. The children will have the chance to make up their own story and video using camera to show to the rest of the class and look at mime.

Physical Development

Ensure the children show understanding of the need for safety when tackling new challenges and considers and manages some risks in the outside environment and when using the stage for the play rehearsals.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

At circle time the class will discuss the expectations and rules of behaviour for school play.

Literacy

Through stories, songs and other forms of media and entertainment the children will have opportunities to uses vocabulary and forms of speech that is influenced by their experiences i.e  the children to go to the library for ideas for their play which they will act out – carry out hot seating of different characters once role modelled by the teacher.

 

Mathematics

Carry out activities in which they can describe their relatively position such as behind or next to, left, right etc

Understanding the World

Completes a simple programme on a computer such as ‘to go’ and Cbeebies Justin’s house game which is on the learning platform

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be exploring & using media & materials, begin to build a repertoire of songs & dances and plays cooperatively as part of a group to develop & act out a narrative. The children will have a chance to role play stories and plays in the outside theatre using the crates as a stage. 

 

Home Learning

Encourage your child to put on a ‘theatre show’ at home – maybe reacting traditional stories such as little red riding hood or the three little pigs.

Additional activities

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 12th of Nov

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  12 Nov 2012 08:09

Topic: Transport

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

 Recognise the to go I no

Blend to read words with letter sounds g, o, c, k

Recognise double sounds ss, ll, ff,ck

Communication and Language

 

Children will be extending vocabulary especially grouping & naming exploring the meaning & sounds of new words by working as a team to wash staff cars in car park. Photos will be taken for children to discuss afterwards.

Physical Development

Helping children handle tools, objects, construction & malleable materials safely & with increasing control by making cars, aeroplanes, boats, rockets etc using collage materials, construction toys

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Children will be encouraged to explain own knowledge & understanding & asks appropriate questions of others by carrying out a transport survey in which they will help design questionnaire & record results using a tally chart.

Literacy

Enjoys an increasing range of books including Non-fiction books on transport. The children will look at the features of a non-fiction book and begin to understand the difference between a fiction & a non-fiction book.

Mathematics

Recognises orders and writes numerals up to 20 through small group work and recognise numerals on number plates, buses etc

 

Understanding the World

The children will aim to complete a simple programme on a computer such as ‘to go’ which explores directions and language such as left and right and simple city will allows the children to find out about how a garage works.

Expressive Arts and Design

The children will work in small groups to manipulate materials to make a mode of transport from different types of materials i.e. large bricks, stickle bricks, collage materials etc. the children will be encouraged to plan, create & review & record some of their ideas e.g. what materials & resources they need.

Home Learning

Look at non-fiction books at home and talk to your child about the difference between a non-fiction book and a story book (fiction)

Additional activities

Please return the slip for the car washing activity – the children will be washing the teachers cars as part of the transport topic

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 5th of Nov

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  06 Nov 2012 08:04

Topic: Diwali

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Letters and Sounds

Recognise letter sounds s,a,t,p,i,n

Blend sounds to read simple words

Recognise the, I, go, no, to and

Communication and Language

 

Encourage the children to listen with enjoyment to stories & songs and uses language to recreate roles & experiences.  We will be looking at the Rama and Sita story and create an Indian restaurant in the role play area.

 

 

Physical Development

Handles tools & objects safely & with control. Making flower garlands & diva candles. Making chapattis & using rolling pins to roll out the chapattis.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Encouraging the children to develop respect for culture & beliefs of others. To understand different needs & cultures need to be treated with respect. The children will be discussing the Rama and Sita story, making Diva candles, tasting the Indian food & sweets at the Indian buffet.

Literacy

Marking marks and representing letters correctly in writing by taking orders in the Indian restaurant

Mathematics

The children will describe shapes in pictures and talk about & recognises patterns by making & colouring Rangoli pattens.

 

 

 

Understanding the World

Developing respect for culture & beliefs of others and understand different needs & cultures need to be treated with respect by reading the Diwali story & talking about different cultures & celebrations. The children will be making & tasting the chappatis.

 

Expressive Arts and Design

Encourage the children to capture experiences using a variety of media and explore colour, shape & form in 2d & 3d. The Children will make diva candles, flower garlands, Rangoli patterns, lanterns & elephant cards

 

The children will be doing a Diwali dancing workshop on the 9th-Nov

Home Learning

Encourage your child to look for patterns around the house or environment and make their own repeating pattern using colours i.e yellow, red, yellow, red etc

Additional activities

Reading workshop for parents on Thursday the 8th of November

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 22nd of Oct

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  22 Oct 2012 08:39

This week’s topic is: Harvest

 

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Communication and Language

 

The children will be linking sounds to letters through activities such as writing a shopping list for vegetable soup, playing phonic games relating to letter sounds & tricky words (recognising the, I, go, no, to). In addition, creating a farm map picture with initial sounds for pictures and making a recipe book for making bread rolls.

 

Physical Development

Handles tools with control and safety by using knives, peelers for soup day

Making bread rolls and using play dough to make bread for a bakery.

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Encouraging the children to express needs in appropriate ways by talking about likes or dislikes through the soup activity. We will also be reading the bad tempered ladybird story.

 

Literacy

Using some clearly identifiable letters in their writing through activities such as writing a shopping list for vegetable soup,

Mathematics

We will be looking at calculation skills such as find 1 more or 1 less from a group of objects. We will be adding and taking away using vegetables and sing songs such as 5 speckled frogs & 5 little ducks.

 

Understanding the World

We will be encouraging the children to talk about their likes and dislikes regarding soup etc We will also be making milkshakes, finding out about farm animals. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be encouraging the children to create simple representations of objects and to capture experiences using a variety of media. We will be doing vegetable printing, The little red hen role play outside,. Pretend to plant some wheat, Make a tractor & painting it using the modelling material, make a farm using the bricks to create a farmhouse & pen and tractor wheel painting using toy tractors.

Home Learning

Help your child recognise tricky words ‘the’ ‘I’ ‘go’ ‘to’ ‘no’ by writing them yourself and pointing them out in books and the environment.

Additional activities

We will be making bread this week!

Harvest assembly at the FBC at 1.30. The reception children will leave once they have finished their song. Please stay and enjoy the whole assembly and when it has finished come back to school and join us for soup in your child’s class.

 

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Learning in the Foundation Stage - Week beginning: 15th of Oct

Miss Purdy (GRIS_Apurdy)  15 Oct 2012 08:21

 

This week’s topic is Harvest.

Areas of Learning and Development

Learning focus and a selection of activities that will be carried out to support this learning

Communication and Language