Welcome to the Foundation Stage Page!
Dear Parents and Carers,
A big welcome back to you all – we hope you have had a lovely Easter break with plenty of fun, rest and relaxation!
We are looking forward to a busy fun-filled summer term in Reception! Our topic this term is ‘Eggs’, please see our Curriculum page for more information about the learning we will be covering. As part of this we will be watching our very own caterpillars emerge into beautiful butterflies and also some chicken eggs incubate & hatch.
As you know, the role-play areas in our classroom play a big part in developing the children’s learning in many different areas. This term we have got a ‘gym’ and a ‘shape shop’.
The children all worked very hard in phonics last term, learning all the different phonemes, digraphs and the letters that represent them. This term we will be focussing on encouraging the children to use the sounds they know in their writing.
The children’s reading is progressing very well - please continue all your hard work at home and try and read for 5-10 minutes regularly with your child – it really does make all the difference! As well as developing blending skills, we will be focussing on reading comprehension skills this term, ensuring the children can understand and talk about what is happening in their books.
P.E will still take place on a Monday morning. The children are getting very independent and enjoy getting changed for P.E on their own. However, please make sure all items in your child’s P.E kit are clearly labelled with their name so they can quickly be identified and returned if they get lost. Weather permitting, we will be trying to get outside for our P.E lessons as much as possible now so please ensure your child has some well-fitting plimsolls in school.
We will continue with weekly baking in class and ask for another contribution of £2 which will last for the rest of the year.
As always, 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
Tapestry Online Learning Journal
You are able to access your child's Tapestry online learning journal by clicking on the image above. For further login details please click here.
We have been reading the wonderful story 'Whatever Next!' by Jill Murphy. We have talked about whether we think Baby Bear really did go to the moon in a rocket and what we would take if we could do the same thing.
As you can see, the children have created some wonderful paintings and model rockets.
The Bridge Challenge!
Our class took part in the whole school build a bridge challenge during Science Week. Given a choice of materials to use, the children were challenged to build a bridge that could go over water and be able to hold the weight of a car. They all did a fabulous job and were very pleased with the results!
See some photos below of the children developing their understanding of number and shape.
As you can seen from the photos below we are really enjoying our music lessons in the Studio every Thursday morning!
World Book Day
Everyone in the Reception Class loves reading! The children made some wonderful masks for World Book Day!
Chinese New Year
As part of our learning about the Chinese New Year, the children took part in some food tasting and made super dragons and lanterns.
We have been busy learning the story, 'Rosie's Walk' as well as finding out about penguins this term. Using our Talk For Writing techniques the children have created their own stories titled 'Little Penguin's Walk'. They've created some fantastic models and paintings too!
The children have enjoyed reading the book 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson . You can see they have made some super models!
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 people in our community who help us, including those in the emergency services, and how to call 999 in an emergency. We also talked about people who keep us healthy, such as dentists and opticians. You can see a selection of photos below.
The children enjoyed taking part in Food Technology where they had the opportunity to taste different fruits and record whether they liked them. They then had a great time designing and making their own yummy fruit kebabs! Below you can find a fabulous example of how the children recorded their work.
Our Family - Talk For Writing
The children have completed some fabulous work on our topic of 'Our Family'. They have also been introduced to 'talk for writing' to learn the poem 'Our Family' by John Foster.
The children used a mirror to help them draw and paint some self-portraits.
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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