Welcome to Foundation!
Charlotte Chaulk, Jenny Malloch, Kathryn Morgan
Senior Team Lead
Welcome to the Foundation Stage at St Leonard's. We have three classes: Ladybirds, Caterpillars and Bumblebees. We all work together as one unit, with doors open between classes and into our outdoor area. We are play based and believe that happy children are the best learners, so that is our number one priority.
We plan individual learning programs for each child, based on a mixture of "In the Moment" and "Objective Led" planning. Stories are really important to us and there is nothing we like more than gathering to share some of our favourites.
We use "Tapestry" an online learning journal to record the children's adventures, and this is shared in real time with parents and carers. We love it when we get snapshots of home life shared with us too. We are all about the whole child and working together to make this the best possible start to a love of life long learning.
4th April 2019
So far this year we have learned about lots of different holidays and family traditions: Diwali, Christmas, Chinese New Year, Holi, and Shrove Tuesday. This week we have been learning about Easter. We talked about the origin of Easter and why Christian families and our school celebrate this time of year. We have enjoyed making Easter crafts, having a chick hunt in the woodlands and singing Easter songs. Have a lovely holiday!
Foundation have been 3D shape detectives this week. We've been hunting them all around the school and even at home! Thank you for the photographs you have shared with us of your finds.
This week we have been learning about Paddington Bear and what it is like in Peru, where he was born. We’ve learnt a bit about the different animals we might see in the Andes, the Amazon and the Rainforest. We’ve been writing “Guess who?” animal sentences.
31st January, 2019
We've set the children a challenge this week. Can they write a "golden sentence" independently? It will need to have a capital letter at the start, finger spaces between words, a full stop at the end (or question mark), neat letters and make use of our phonic knowledge - tricky words spelt correctly and correct use of the digraphs we know.
If the children attempt the challenge they get a sticker, if they succeed in writing a golden sentence, they get a packet of Lego cards. There is a huge buzz in the Foundation classes, they are so keen to show us all their amazing writing! :)
16th January 2019
Our second term has begun, and it was so lovely to see all the happy, smiling faces greeting us after the holiday. We thought it would be nice to start this term sharing lots of Julia Donaldson stories, after so many of us had enjoyed watching the animation of Zog on Christmas day. We have been making various masks and puppets, writing captions and enjoying bringing in our favourite Julia Donaldson books from home to share with our friends.
We have been thinking about what it means to be kind. We read some stories and talked about how kind words are so important and how unkind words make us feel. Then we made some kindness cards and gifts for our friends and family: bracelets, pictures, tricky word watches and treasure boxes.
We are so enjoying learning our numbers with the help of Cbeebies Numberblocks. We have been using unifix cubes to make our favourite characters, looking at how each character is made and why they are bigger or smaller than other characters.
Foundation have enjoyed lots of sensory fun over the last couple of weeks. We've been playing with lavender play dough, pasta shapes, warm and cold water, autumn trays and water beads. We have sensory activities set up both indoors and outdoors each day. The water beads were very popular, especially squishing them! If you have any gluten free flour or pasta at home which has gone out of date, we would love to make use of it in our gluten free classrooms! Thank you!
Foundation have been looking at all the changes they are noticing as we go into Autumn. We have been creating lovely autumnal pictures and investigating the texture and detail of items on our Autumn tables. Thank you to all the families who have kindly shared their Autumn treasures with us. :)