Foundation

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 'Are all minibeasts scary?' Each week the children will have a different question to explore with an overarching theme of 'minibeasts'. They will also 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 'What does a bee do to keep busy all day?' and 'Why is a caterpillar always hungry?' We will be using books such as 'The Very Greedy Bee' and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' to focus our learning each week.

 

In maths sessions the children will continue to gain confidence working  with numbers and amounts from 1 to 20. They will focus on careful counting, comparing amounts of objects, estimating and finding one more and one less, also ordering of numbers. We will also be naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes and using everyday words to solve time problems. 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 the children will focus on writing sentences which can be read by themselves and others. They will be using Capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, phonic knowledge to write words and their knowledge of 'red' words. 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 'Easter.' Each week the children will also look at a different Gospel value.

 

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. 
 
Tuesday 23rd April- Start of term
Tuesday 30th April- Class photographs- please bring in a fancy dress costume for one of the special photos if you have one
Thursday 2nd May- City bees visiting Foundation
Friday 3rd May- Foundation class liturgy- everyone is welcome to join us in the school hall from 9am (please note change to time and many apologies for any inconvenience this may cause)
Friday 3rd May- PTA Disco from 3.30pm to 4.30pm- please bring clothes in a named bag for your child to change into
Monday 6th May- Bank holiday
Friday 24th May- Last day of half term
 
 Our classroom
Homework
 
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. 
PE
 
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.