Welcome to Foundation 
The class teacher is Mrs Cara Watts 
The class teaching assistants are Mrs Palmer (all day), Mrs Allen (am only), Mrs Amissale (am only), Mrs Farrow (pm only), Mrs Hall (pm only.)
On Tuesday afternoons the children are taken by Miss Melley and Sports specialists for PE. 


Our learning journey this half term...


This half term we will be focusing on the topic 'Is everybody's home the same?' Each week the children will have a different question to explore and they will be encouraged to think of their own questions to ask of their learning and each others. During this topic we will explore questions such as 'Where does Handa live?' (Linked to the story of 'Handa's Surprise') and 'What do you need for a Ball?' (Linked to theme of castles) Also 'How do people celebrate Chinese New Year? (Linked to finding out about this festival.)


In maths sessions the children will continue to work with numbers to 10 and begin to explore numbers beyond this. They will focus on careful counting, comparing amounts of objects, estimating and finding one more and one less. We will also look at the theme of measurement- comparing length and volume. Each day the children take part in a RWInc session where they learn and consolidate sounds and how to read and write words. Writing is modelled throughout the week outside of these sessions and the children will have opportunities to write independently and with an adult. This half term we will focus on writing simple captions and sentences with increasing independence. After whole class sessions the children will continue to use the environment for opportunities to retell stories, write, paint, draw, explore shape and number, create using a variety of different media and materials.


In RE sessions we will cover the topic of 'Christmas' where we learn more about the birth of Jesus.


Each week your child will bring home a Foundation Newsletter so that you can find out what we have been focusing on and what the plan for learning will be the following week. Every 6 weeks or so you will be invited into school to share your child's learning journey and to talk about their next steps. 


Important Dates
Every Thursday from 3.15pm is story time for parents and younger siblings. 
Monday 7th January- Start of term
Monday 21st January- RWInc Workshop for parents/carers 3.40-4.00pm
Tuesday 22nd November- Donkey Sanctuary visit school 
Friday 1st February- Castle Ball- children to dress up as a prince/princess/knight etc
Tuesday 5th February- Chinese New year 
Thursday 14th February- Last day of term
Friday 15th February- Inset day
 Our classroom
Reading-Sharing books at home is one of the most valuable things you can do with your child. We change books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please share a book every day with your child and record what you have read in their Reading Record. 
Spelling-Each week your child will bring home a list of sounds they have learnt and ideas about things you can do together to help them remember these. Please support your child by practising these sounds when reading and writing. 
This happens on a Tuesday afternoon and is taken by a PE specialist. The children will need to leave their PE kits in school, clearly labelled and in a named bag please.
The children also take part in regular Balanceability sessions.