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.
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 If you have any gluten free flour or pasta at home which has gone out of date, we would love to make use of it in our gluten free classrooms!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. :)