Welcome to the Foundation Stage Page!
Dear Parents / Carers,
Hello and welcome to Reception! We hope you all had a lovely summer and managed to enjoy the sunshine while it lasted! We are looking forward to this new school year and hope that your children are excited and ready to begin their school life with us here at Belmont.
For the first few weeks the children will be learning the routines and ‘golden rules’ of the classroom. They will be settling in, making lots of new friends and discovering what they can do in all the different areas of the classroom. They will also have lots of opportunities to explore our outdoor area. To enable the children to gain maximum benefit from this area, even in wet weather, we recommend that they bring in a pair of named wellington boots that can be left at school and used if needed.
Our topic this half term is ‘Superheroes’. Please see the please see our Curriculum page for more information about some of the work we will be covering. The children will be talking about themselves and what makes them ‘super’! They will also learn about real superheroes - people who help us. They will be finding out what their bodies can do and what they can do to keep healthy.
PE will take place on a Monday morning. The children will be encouraged to dress for this independently. To help avoid mix-ups and prevent items going missing, please ensure that all items of your child’s school uniform and kit are clearly labelled with their name. will take place in the hall this term and so outdoor plimsolls will not be necessary.
We hope to begin weekly baking in class and are asking for a contribution of £2 for the autumn term up till Christmas. This contribution is voluntary but if we do not receive enough we may have to cancel plans to bake.
Here is a date for your diary: ‘People who help us’ day will be on Thursday 19th October.
We will ask the children to dress up as people who help us. For example, nurses, doctors, fire officers, police officers, bus drivers, or even people in normal clothes such as teachers. More details will follow nearer the time.
I look forward to meeting you all at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ evening on Tuesday 12th September at 3.15pm for about 10 minutes. Your children will be looked after during this meeting in a nearby classroom.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to come and have a chat with myself or a member of the Foundation Stage team – our door is always open!
Dani Pallier and the EYFS team
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Smartie The Penguin and Keeping Safe Online
A lot of our children in the Reception Class are already using technology such as iPads and it's never to early to learn how to keep safe. Lincolnshire e-safety officer Dan Hawbrook came to visit the class to show us a video about Smartie the penguin. He taught us a song to remind us to tell someone if we are worried.
To read Smartie the penguin and find other super websites please click here.
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Woodside Wildlife Park
The children all thoroughly enjoyed their first school trip to Woodside Wildlife Park! You can find more photos in the Gallery.
The Chicks Have Hatched!
The children were intrigued by the incubator brought into the classroom recently and have been eagerly waiting for the eggs inside to hatch. This week they have been able to see how chicks break out of their eggs and then get strong enough to run around the cage in the classroom. They were very excited to be able to hold a chick - it was lovely to see how gentle they were with them. The rest of the school can't wait to come for a visit!
This term we have been finding out about minibeasts. The children had great fun drawing and creating their own minibeasts and were then able to identify and label the different parts of their bodies.
The children were fascinated by the various creatures they were able to see and hold when ZooLab visited recently.
World Book Day
As well as baking and having the opportunity to share books with older children from around the school, the children undertook a great science experiment on World Book Day. We have been reading the story of the Three Little Pigs and the task was to build a house with a strong roof that the Big Bad Wolf could not blow down. Fortunately, the Wolf didn't manage to get to Belmont so we used a hairdryer instead!
Roots To Food
We recently had a visit from Darren from 'Roots to Food'. We learnt the importance of exercising for health, and noticed what happened to our heart rate after exercise. We talked about gaining energy from our food and about the correct portion size for our 5 fruit and vegetables a day. Then we made a healthy smoothie which we really enjoyed.
The children have been working very hard on their writing skills; learning how to form their letters and write in sentences. They are also learning how to edit their work - you can find a super example below.
Chinese New Year
It has been very exciting learning about the Chinese New Year this week. The children have learnt the story of how the years got their animal names; painted Chinese dragons; found out about Chinese lanterns and then made their own. It was great fun!
The children had great fun at their first Christmas party at Belmont which included a very exciting visit by Santa!
Children In Need
The children were very excited to be taking part in their first fund raising event at Belmont. They all looked 'spotacular' and they made some delicious cakes! Thank you everyone at home for all your support.
The children have been learning about the four seasons and know that it is now autumn with winter to follow. They know what happens to trees in autumn and what hedgehogs and squirrels do in the autumn to get ready for winter. We had a super Autumn Day and the children did a great job making their hedgehogs! You can see a selection below.
I was so pleased with how well the children worked together to create some fabulous leaf pictures!
People Who Help Us Day
The children have settled really well and have had great fun during their first term at Belmont. They have been learning, not only skills in Maths and English, but how to co-operate and work together. It was wonderful to see everyone dressed up for our 'People Who Help Us' day, where the children learnt about lots of people in our community who help us. They also learnt about the emergency services and how to call 999 in an emergency. You can see a selection of photos below - including ones showing the children caring for a 'poorly' Mrs McGettigan!