Foundation

Welcome to our Foundation Class. 
 
In our class we look after each other and our school. Everyday we enjoy exploring our environment and have lots of fun whilst we're learning.
 
Please find our topic overview which will detail what objectives the children will be focusing on this term.
 
 
Foundation Staff
 
Miss Everitt - Class Teacher
Mrs West - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Webb - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Walker - Teaching Assistant
 
On a Friday morning Mr Twynam will work with us whilst Miss Everitt plans all our learning experiences!
Spring 2- People Who Help Us and Signs of Spring
For the first two weeks of term the children learnt about people who help us. They had visits from Firefighters, Police Officers and a Nurse. The children also thought about what job they'd like to have when they're older.
Spring 1- Long Ago
This week, in English, we started our new topic. We read the story 'Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs' and received a letter from Tom. He told us that there were some dinosaur eggs hidden in our school! We found the eggs and kept them safe whilst we waited for Tom to collect them. On Friday we received another letter from Tom, he had come to pick up the eggs but one of them had hatched. Watch the video of the T-Rex in our classroom!
Autumn 2- Space and Christmas
The children were visited by the Donkey Sanctuary on Friday. They learnt about how to look after donkey's and all the important work the Donkey Sanctuary do. Did you know the Donkey Sanctuary can be found all around the world, including Bethlehem. We were also lucky enough to meet their mascot Lucky! Before they left we had the opportunity to design our very own Donkey Sanctuary Christmas card. Ask your child about what they learnt.
The Foundation children loved inviting their parents into the classroom for stay and play! Thank you to all the parents who attended, we appreciate your support. We will be hosting our next stay and play in the new year. 
Autumn 1- Superhero Me and Autumn
During Autumn 1 we were learning all about me and what makes us special. When the children started school we decided to take them on a tour to help them settle. We found lots of different places including the library, sensory room and some of the other year groups. Later on in the term we extended our knowledge by thinking about where we lived. We walked all the way through Devonport Park to the library where the librarian read us a story and we received a special book. Lots of the children could point out where they lived on the way there. During English we thought about our emotions and our family. The children thought about what makes them happy and sad and what might make other people feel that way. We then thought about how we could make people feel better and do kind things and what 'being kind' means. We spoke about who is in our family and then we drew pictures and attempted to write mum and dad using the sounds we had learnt. During R.E we spoke about what makes Christians special to God and we met Grace who is from a Christian family. She told us that in the Bible it says God made everyone differently and that is why we are all special. We tested this theory by looking at all the children in the classes fingerprints.
For Multi-cultural week the children learnt all about Scotland. We used our arts and crafts skills to make thistles, flags and Lochness monsters. The children also watched some Scottish dancing and listen to the bag pipes. To make the flags the children had to rip the tissue paper and scrunch it up into balls which supported fine motor skills. To glue them on they used PVA and a glue stick to spread. They also had to choose whether to use glue or tape to attach their stick to hold. Children had to be creative when making their Lochness monsters and use their fine motor to pick up tiny sequins. For the thistles children had to get dirty and paint their hands, believe it or not some children hated this!

The children loved welcoming our new fishy friends to their Home Corner. First we had to set up the tank with lots of fun things and, of course, water. We had to leave the water to settle for 2 days before getting our fish. When they arrived we learnt how to feed and look after them. We also learnt that they are Tropical, which means they like warm water and need a special heater in the tank. Special thank you to Mr and Mrs Birch for giving us the fish.