Foundation Class Teacher
Term 5 - Animals
Our topic this term is ‘Animals’, the class will be looking at a different animal theme each week.
Week one- Pets. We will be learning how to read and write the names of different pets, as well as writing sentences about them. We will be having a visit from a Vet and turning our role-play areas into a vets and a pet shop. As part of our math, we will be learning the names of 3D shapes.
Week two- Farm animals. We will read ‘What The Ladybird Heard’, which is a story set on a farm. We will be drawing maps of farms and labelling them like in the book. We will be learning the names of farm animals and their young and writing sentences about them. As part of our math we will continue to learn the names of 3D shapes.
Week three- Zoo animals. We will read ‘Dear Zoo’ and come up with some wow words to describe some of our own animals such as the ‘fierce rhinoceros’ or the ‘scaly lizard’. We will discuss which animals make good pets and which would not. As part of our math we will be adding numbers together and writing number sentences.
Week four- Mini- beasts. We will look at life cycles of butterflies. As part of our maths, we will talk about symmetry and use this in our art to paint butterflies using ready mixed paint and a program called ‘Revelation Art’ on the computer.
Week five- Dinosaurs. During history week we will be learning the names of the different dinosaurs, learning about carnivores and herbivores and what they looked like. We will look at fossils and bones and how scientists have learnt so much about these extinct creatures.
Week six- Sea animals. There are so many story books set ‘under the sea’ and we will aim to read as many as we can! We will be using these to help create our own water characters and write a story. We are also hoping to have a visit from the Marine Aquarium to talk to us about sea life.
The music we will be listening to and exploring will be ‘Carnival of the animals’ by Camille Saint-Saëns.
Children will now come into the classroom on their own. This is an important transition for next term, when they line up in the main playground and have to come in independently. Don’t forget to discuss dinner options with your children, prior to them entering the classroom. We will ensure a menu is left on the parent’s notice board to help you with this.
A big thank you to all the parents who are reading regularly at home. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading at home, not only for learning time, but also having that time with your child. As most children are now bringing home reading books it is vital that you listen to them read at least three times a week and share with them their library books as often as possible.
As part of our handwriting the children have been taught how to write all of the letters in the alphabet, however many of them still need practise at forming these correctly. If you need a handwriting sheet, please ask a member of staff. We would like to avoid children developing ‘bad habits’ Leaving pens and paper around the house is always a good idea to encourage children’s writing.
Thank you for your ongoing support with bringing water in for the children to drink during the day.
Every morning the whole school take part in a ‘Wake and Shake Dance’, on a Thursday we pick 2 children from each class who have shown brilliant effort within the dance routine to come dressed in Mufti on the Friday. Foundation will now be taking part in this reward and may have the opportunity to come in mufti on a Friday if they are chosen.
Many people are using the ‘Wow Certificates’. Thank you for your ongoing support with this. This is important as it gives you a chance to add to your child’s assessment, and helps us to share their achievements with them. Should your child do something you are particularly proud of, or is extending their learning at home please let us know.
Term 4 ‘Once upon a time…’
Our topic this term is traditional stories. The children have chosen to focus on, The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk. We will be looking at story language and use the teachings from Pie Corbett, such as innovating stories to make them your own. Children will be encouraged to use their phonic knowledge to construct and write sentences relating to the characters, setting and story. We will be looking at the characters and then changing them to re-write the story using our imaginations.
We will be reading a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books, again reinforcing the differences and how each can be useful or entertaining for different reasons.
Well done to all the parents that are managing to read at least 3 times a week. We continue to give out certificates and prizes to the children who read the most in the class each week. Please help your child to win by encouraging them to read at home. Once your child has read, ask them to put their books in the wooden tray for Miss Wills to change. We aim to change them on the same day as requested.
Our Math focus this term is using and applying our math knowledge within our play to create and record our own investigations. Ranging from measuring and comparing weight, length and size of objects, to counting, adding, taking away and recording using and forming numbers correctly. Please make sure your child is confident counting and writing numbers to 20.
Our PSED topic is ‘Good to be me’ where we will be asking the children to think about what they are good at and what their friends are good at.
All targets can be found on our websitewww.collegeroadschool.co.uk, as well as important dates such as our first class assembly.
Reports and parents evening.
Reports will be coming out this term and it would be great to see as many of you as possible for parents evening. Please make appointments at the office. I look forward to talking to you about your children and the progress they are making.
We have really enjoyed reading the stories parents have been adding to the children’s online learning journal. If you would like to then, please feel free to add as many ‘moments’ on to your child’s page as you wish. We look forward to seeing them.
Term 3 - ‘Watch this Space’
This term we are going to be taking on the role of space ranger and Earth explorer! We will be using ideas from the children but have also planned in opportunities to discuss the planets in our solar system, technology used, events, such as Tim Peaks trip to space and space aliens.
We will be reading the story books, Whatever Next, Aliens Love Underpants and Goodnight Mr Spaceman. If you have any Space themed books then please send them into class so we can share them. We will also share non-fiction books, explaining to the children that we get information from these books. We will be discussing how the pictures (usually real ones) give us information too. We will be making sure children understand vocabulary such as the title, contents page and index.
We will be focusing on being able to count objects and write the corresponding number ensuring our number formation is correct. If your child is totally secure with the numbers up to 20, you could help them with numbers to 100. Playing games such as Snakes and Ladders is a fun way to do this. We will also be counting forward and backwards, using the language for addition and subtraction. We will use vocabulary such as add, more, altogether, less, subtraction and take away.
Changes to the routine
Our new P.E day will be Wednesdays.
Please encourage your child to say goodbye to you before entering the classroom to improve their independence and confidence.
Term 2 - ‘Let’s Celebrate’
Our topic for term 2 is all about different celebrations from different cultures. Each week we will be exploring the different celebrations such as; Halloween, Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night, Diwali, Remembrance, Sangha, Thanks Giving, Ashura, Advent, Birthdays, Christmas and Hanukkah.
As the nights are drawing in we will also be having a road safety week where we will looking at important safety ideas such as ‘Be Safe Be Seen’.
At the end of the term we will be having a big focus on Christmas. Parents will be invited to watch the nativity and attend a Christmas fair where we will be selling items hand made by the children. Money raised will go to each class to spend on resources.
Reading with your child
During the first term, we were focusing on phonic recognition, this term we will be concentrating on blending these sounds together to form words. It is important that when you listen to your child read, you sign the diary so we can see how many times children are reading at home; three times a week is the recommended minimum. Once your child is confident with their ‘reading book’ please ensure that you place books in the wooden tray by the door. We will do our best to change books on the same day that we receive them. We will continue to change library books weekly, on a Friday.
Writing with your child
We will be encouraging the children to write their name independently. If they can already write their first name please encourage them to learn surnames and/or hyphenated names i.e. Mary-Rose Smith. Please also use other opportunities to allow your child to show you their emergent writing (marks, letters and numbers), this could be helping you to write a shopping list and writing the sounds they hear in the words. Please encourage them to “play” write at home.
This term we will be focusing on 1 more and 1 less, please help your child to be able to tell you a number that is one more or one less than another number. Use their counting knowledge to help with this; which number comes before/after.
We will also be looking at 2D shapes and their properties using language such as sides/edges, corners, round, curved, straight.
In addition to this we will be comparing objects for weight using the language heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter, lightest and equal/balanced.
Punctuality in the morning
During term 2 we would like to see the children becoming more independent when entering the classroom in the mornings. Please support your child by saying goodbye outside and allowing them to walk up the steps independently. We will be on hand to help them order lunches once they have sorted out their coats and bags.
We will also be providing specific morning activities for each group as soon as the children enter the classroom at 8.35am. These activities will consolidate and extend your child’s learning in phonics, writing, and math as well as fine motor control. If your child is late they will be missing out on valuable learning time.
This term our topic will be… ‘Marvellous Me!’
As an introduction to school life we will be looking at things your children like about their school, discussing things they are looking forward to and addressing any concerns they might have. We will be examining how we become a class family and comparing this to our families at home. We have made our own class tree with photos from their first day at school and we will be creating a family tree using photos from home.
So please can the children bring in a photo of themselves as a baby and a family photo. They will act as a prompt for the children to talk about and share memories about their family and to talk about how they have changed and grown since being a baby. (We will photo copy them and return the originals to you).
As we explore we will be discussing the five senses touch, sight, taste, smell and hearing. Please help your child by reinforcing this at home. In school we will be participating in activities such as food tasting and going on a listening walk. These are things you can also do when walking or visiting different places, stop and discover what noises they can hear and what could be making them.
We will be reading the stories ‘Titch’ and ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins. We will also read books with rhyming words to see if the children can hear and understand rhyme.
As part of our numeracy, we will be learning many number rhymes and counting at first to ten and then to twenty. We will also be counting objects making sure we only touch one object at a time. You can help your child by continuously counting- e.g. the number of cars that drive past, houses in the street, steps etc.
We look forward to an exciting first term at school. As always if you would like to talk to us about any aspect of your child’s learning then feel free to ask.