Welcome to the Foundation Stage Page!
A big welcome back to you all – we hope you have had a lovely half term break.
We are looking forward to our last fun-filled summer term in Reception! Our topic this term is ‘Dinosaurs’ - please see our Curriculum page for more information about this term’s learning. As part of this we will be learning about different dinosaurs and what they eat, plants and growing, and recycling.
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 ‘home corner’ and a ‘Dinosaur shop’.
The children’s reading is progressing very well - please continue all your hard work at home and try and read with your child for 5-10 minutes several times a week – it really does make all the difference! Please also keep supporting your child to learn their high frequency words – there are still more certificates to be gained! 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 now very independent and enjoy getting changed for P.E on their own. However, please still 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 going outside for our P.E lessons as much as possible so please ensure your child has some well-fitting plimsolls or trainers in school.
Many of you have kindly donated the baking contribution of £1.50 for the whole summer term. Please send yours in if you have not already. Thank you.
Here is a date for your diary;
Our Reception and Year 1 visit to Woodside falconry park on Thursday 15th June (letter already sent out)
As we will hopefully be getting some good weather this term please could you send your child in to school with a sunhat, and named sun cream that they can put on themselves. We would like to keep the children safe from the sun but still take advantage of outdoor learning opportunities. 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
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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!