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WB: 17.01.22


EYFS set off on mini adventures this week. We made maps of local features, then followed them around school to try and find some treasure. We used our telescopes and compasses to help us. We found gems, crystals and twigs and noticed some pirate seagulls & squirrels! Arghhhh!

WB: 10.01.22


This week we have the theme of Stick Man and we cannot wait to get stuck into this amazing book.

We are going on a stick hunt to make our own stick men in our amazing woodland area and we are also making stick men out of playdough and sticks (see photo).

We have our small world set up where we can re-enact the story using the characters and the scenery.

We have also made little stick men books which we have created and designed and some children have even written some of the story in theirs!


We have set up a writing area in the with whiteboards and pens and the children are welcomed to come and write something. Lots of the children have loved writing their name!


In Maths, we are doing all things 5! Multilink, Numicon, Pentagon detectives, chalk shape drawing and number writing - so much to do!

WB 6.12.21


This week was Nativity week!

All three classes performed their Nativities at St Leonard's Church and did such an amazing job!

They sang beautifully, performed their actions and had huge smiles on their faces!

It was such a special time for families to watch and join in the festive fun.

WB 29.11.21


We had our first interactive story experience this week. Now-press-play is a set of headphones linked to an iPad with different stories and experiences on. We listened to The Gingerbread Man story this week. We had to pretend to be the child cooking the gingerbread man, then we became the gingerbread man, and then the crafty fox! The gingerbread man was de-lic-ous! Yum!


We have had a huge range of craft/writing/maths activities linked to the gingerbread man, including: designing his outfit with the buttons, counting his buttons in maths, writing stories about him, drawing the animals and lots more!

WB: 22.11.21


We had the most amazing time with Mrs Evans out in Forest School. First we got all bundled up and chatted about how to keep ourselves safe near the fire. Then we sang some songs whilst we were waiting for the hot chocolate to warm up. We drank our yummy hot chocolate and then took turns roasting a marshmallow over the fire. Even though it was raining, we were really cosy and had so much fun!


The science this week involved ice and fire. We learnt about heat/hot and cold and talked about how things change when burnt/frozen. We were very excited by the blocks of ice and thought about why it melts and predicted which block would melt first (big, medium sized or littlest). We used magnifying glasses to look closely and found a big air bubble inside one. Some children thought they would melt faster if we chipped pieces off.

WB 15.11.21


This week, we are having a special focus on independent writing and the children are absolutely loving it! They are using their phonic knowledge and letter formation knowledge to write a word. They are blowing themselves away realising that they are writing a word you can read, like in a story. What superstars!


We have also been discussing the weather getting colder and what we need to wear to keep ourselves warm. As you can see in the photos, the children have many activities to work out what clothes to put on the people, and also choose which colours and outfits!

WB: 8.11.21


This week we have been learning all about Diwali, the Hindu festival of light! We watched some videos narrated by a girl called Jessica. She showed us how she and her family prepared for Diwali and then how they celebrated. The children noticed they were cleaning, making special food and putting on lovely new clothes. For their celebrations, family came to visit and they went to the Temple. Then they had some yummy food and went to see a parade with fireworks! We talked about some celebrations the children might know about and how they are similar and different to Diwali.
We also had a go at making some special pots called Diyas. We looked at some patterns on real lamps and thought carefully about our decoration. We could choose zig zags, lines, dots circles and wavy lines and had to be very careful to clean our brushes when changing colours.

We worked on our cutting and sticking skills. We talked about the different shapes we used to make our rockets.


WB: 1/11/21


Everyone has really enjoyed seeing each other again after the half term break and asking each each other what they have been doing.

We have discussed fireworks night and drawn/painted lots of amazing firework pictures this week!

WB: 11.10.21


We have officially started our phonics program and the children are absolutely loving the fact that they are recognising the graphemes (the written letter) and the phonemes (spoken sound) in their reading books! 

This week, we are learning the sounds s, a, t, p. We are following the Little Wandles program which links closely to Letters and Sounds and has lots of pictures and rhymes we have to learn to make the graphemes and sounds very exciting.

In Maths, we have been learning how we compare objects and amounts of objects - which is biggest/smallest/tallest etc. We have also been counting using the bead bar and know that the last number you say is how many objects there are.

We have enjoyed celebrating Harvest this week with themed craft activities and lots of colouring!

WB: 04.10.21


All the foundation children made a Hedgehog out of clay!
They loved feeling, squashing and molding the clay, it also made their hands go all brown.
We discussed where clay came from and how it will take a couple of days to dry.
We looked at the shape of a Hedgehog and used our hands to make the body shape, our fingers to make the snout and a pencil to poke through the holes for the eyes. We then put sticks in its back for the spikes.


In Maths, we have been sorting different toys into groups by type and size (dinosaurs and compare bears). We decided how we were going to sort them, we then put them into a line and counted how many there were in that group. We then said which group had more/less in it. 




WB: 27.09.21


Our story this week was Leaf Man. This led to discussions about all the changes we can see happening to the trees around us. We noticed that the leaves are changing colour and starting to fall. We are going to keep an eye out for some interesting colours and shapes of leaves to bring into the classroom and make our own Leaf people. We’ve started to make some nature pictures with conkers, pine cones, logs and slices.


We have had our Autumn tray in the classroom, with beautiful sun flower heads, conkers and Lavender to smell. We discussed that the sun flowers have sunflower seeds inside and that birds (and people) like to eat them. We discussed where conkers come from and also how amazing lavender is to smell. The children have really enjoyed exploring the Autumn tray with magnifying glasses, feeling the texture and smelling the wonderful smells.

WB: 20.09.21

The children have had an amazing second week in Foundation!

They are still getting to know everyone in the class and we have had circle times to help get to know each other. This has been a lovely time for the children to share and we have heard lots of lovely things from the children too.

We have been discussing kindness in the classes - If anyone is on their own, to see if they'd like you to play with them, also smiling at each other and saying kind words of encouragement.

We have also discussed respecting our classroom to make sure we treat everything in the classroom with respect.

We have been so impressed how well the children have been coming in in the morning and also sitting on the carpet so nicely.

They are really starting to get to know the routines of the day and feeling more settled this week - Well done foundation!

WB: 13.09.21


Welcome to Foundation.


We have had a fantastic first week in Foundation!

The children have explored their new classrooms, made new friends and got to know the teachers and teaching assistants.


They have enjoyed using their imaginations with the variety of different toys we have available. The children have been gathering around the book corners in masses, when the grown ups have been reading to them. They have also been so good at using the outdoor areas with the water trays, little houses and other activities we have out there.


What an amazing first full week we've had!

We look forward to another amazing week in Foundation!

School Motto

Be The Best You Can Be

Mission Statement

'And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,'Hebrews 10:24

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