Please complete this pen portrait to let you new class teacher know all about you and your family.
Once completed sent it to:
Leo.Voles@stcmat.org (if you are becoming a Vole)
Leo.Dormice@stcmat.org (if you are becoming a Dormice)
Leo.Shrews@stcmat.org (if you are becoming a Shrew)
Your new teachers can't wait to receive them and find out about you all ahead of September.
Home Learning - Guidance for our parents
(updated 31st March)
We are supporting our Foundation children through the school Tapestry account. If you are having trouble getting onto the App or have forgotten your log in details, please email the school admin address and we can reset this for you. We update the App regularly and include a variety of suggested activities including story & sentence writing, PE with Mr Doku, craft, number activities and games, singing, nature club, finger gym and story tent.
As we keep saying, these are only suggestions. Do as much or as little as you like. The most important thing is that your children feel safe and loved. If it is getting a bit overwhelming with all the notifications which we keep pinging out, you could turn these off, and then work on a 24 hr delay. Log into Tapestry in the morning and select a couple of activities from the previous day which you think you and your child would enjoy the most. We are not here to monitor, just support.
I'm including a visual timetable on here, which may be useful for you to get a bit of structure to your child's day, particularly over the two week Easter period. We won't be sending out new ideas each day, but children love a bit of repetition, so you could keep going over some of the stories and activities from previous weeks. At school the children are used to having lots of free time to play, and research shows that the optimum time for uninterrupted free play is around 90 minutes, as this allows the brain to make the most connections. We try to fit in 2 sessions of 90 mins each day at school. So please don't feel that you need to fill each minute of the day with structured activities, although I do appreciate that the children haven't got their friends with them to play with.
Home Learning - Last updated 17th March
Here are some recommended web sites which support our learning in the Foundation classes.
Click on "join us" and then you can create a parent account. Log in and click on "free ebooks". If you then select "level", and then the right book band colour, which currently will either be level 1 pink, or level 2 red.
You can log in to this site using our details as below:
user name slps2015
We are currently working on Phase 2 and Phase 3 sounds and tricky words. Tricky Word Trucks and Flash Cards speed trial are some of our favourites. We try to beat our time each time we do this. Try any of the other activities such as giggling graphemes. Its all fun! :)
Mr Thorne Does phonics:
Mr T and his giraffe Geraldine teach us all the different sounds we have been learning in Phase 2 and 3 in fun videos
There are lots of games online that support number recognition, counting, number bonds to 10, number bonds to 20, shape recognition and measurement.
You can also access a range of videos on Youtube. Here are some useful links...
Underwater Counting Game
Save the whale - Number bonds to 10.
Useful videos to support learning on Youtube
Fitness at home with Mr Doku
PE at home
Hello everyone. Here are some videos for your children to try from home.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVEGb4bj6FV1B0ZmeOPeHIw - Mr Doku's channel bringing you home exercises for the whole family at 9am every week day.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers/ks1-collection/zbr4scw - mini movers, giving lots of physical activities to do, which also incorporates Literacy and Numeracy.
https://plprimarystars.com/for-families/activity-pack/more-things-to-try/motion-capture-clip - the premier league have provided lots of physical activities for families to try at home using this link.
Welcome to Foundation!
Charlotte Chaulk Jenny Malloch Jordan Lapraik
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.
30th April 2019
We've had fun learning about halving and sharing this week. We've even been eating some of our maths, when we looked at real life sharing of our school fruit snacks or making our own toast! Yummy!
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. :)