Welcome to Foundation
Week Beginning 26th February 2018
We were busy making lanterns, fans and dragons, dressing up in Chinese clothes and playing Chinese music last week as we celebrated Chinese New Year.
We have been talking about different languages that we speak at home. We did the register in Chinese this week and would like to do the same in other languages. I asked the children what languages they speak at home. So far we have the following
If there are any more languages please let us know, we would love to do them too!
Also I would be really grateful to anyone who would be willing to come in one day at 3.00pm to read a story in their home language, if you would be willing to, please let me know. I found out today that one of our mummies speaks five languages!!!!!
Thank you for coming to the work viewing afternoon and the phonics workshop this week. Thank you for all the book reviews too, they will be added to the webpage soon....keep looking for yours!
THIS WEEK IN FOUNDATION
Wednesday - foundation PE session and Eisteddfodd final
Thursday - World book day
Friday - Mrs Newling-Ward is out at and EYFS conference - you can still contact me via the school office
Communication language and literacy
We are learning all about the story called ‘ if the dinosaurs came back’ We will predict the outcomes of the story and will talk about our own thoughts about the story. In addition to this we will be role playing the events and writing our own ideas
We will be measuring height and will be comparing how tall we are and will be comparing the heights of dinosaurs too.
Some of us will be reading and writing short words such as pet and pen
Some of us will be writing and reading short words and such as pet and pen and will be working towards reading sentences
Some of us will be writing and reading words with the double sounds and will be writing lots of sentences as a group
Expressive arts and design and physical development
We will be comparing different dinosaurs and in PE we will be moving like different dinosaurs.
What is Doodle Maths?
NOTE TO FAMILIES - DOODLEMATHS WILL BE RESET AT THE START OF TERM - DON'T WORRY YOU CAN START TO EARN MORE STARS SOON!
I have had a few questions about Doodle Maths - It is all new to me too! The teachers went on some training this week so here is a little guide which I hope will answer your questions
I have also attached a parent handbook at the end of the webpage.
What is Doodle Maths
It is a website/app that helps consolidate and practice the mathematical development concepts that we teach in school. It is personalised and will generate questions that are relevant for your child based on the answers that they give.
Is it compulsory?
In foundation it is not, however it is an excellent resource that the children really love to use!
What are the added extras?
Teachers can upload and add additional questions and activities. We will be adding some that link to what we have been learning about in class. Look out for this on the homework grids.
How can my child get help with Doodle Maths?
There is a help function at the top, the child can also ask for a hint. The questions can also be read to them.
What will happen when they play?
They will unlock different games to play and earn stars. The children can then choose a Doodle Pet and then 'buy' accessories using the stars.
Will it be checked?
The teachers have access to data that shows how often the children are accessing Doodle Maths and their progress. We will also celebrate top doodlers in Friday's collective worship.
What if I need help with Doodle Maths?
Please come and ask one of the teachers at school and we will be happy to help you.
What is the times table section?
This is mainly for the other classes but feel free to start learning your 1,2,5 and 10s!
Any more questions, please let me know
week 1 agent ideas - thinking of new and great ideas
This term we will introduce a new superhero each week. We will model to the children what each super hero does and will encourage this skill in the classroom. We will let you know which characteristic we will be focusing on.
We will teach the children play phrases to help them with their social skills and prepare them for dealing with friendship situations independently. We praise the children for using these phrases, which will be taught on a fortnightly basis.
phrase one - please wait until I have finished
Each term we focus on a different value in collective worship and in the classroom.
This term we are learning all about Justice