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Foundation Class


Ms Nicola Copp

Foundation Class Class Teacher


Term 4 – This term our topic will be…  Into the Woods.

We are continuing with our topic ‘Into the Woods’ from last term, but this term we are focusing on fictional stories and traditional tales.  Initially we will be reading a book called ‘That’s Not My Hat’, a story about a bear in the woods who can’t find his hat. This will tie in nicely with our value honesty.  Then we will read Goldilocks and the three bears, The Gruffalo, Jack and the Beanstalk and the Three Billy Goats Gruff, as well as many others.

Our maths will link to these stories as we compare objects for size and measure objects in the garden.  Our priority will continue to be finding one more and one less than a number and we will be learning number bonds to 10.  In addition to this we will be using language to talk about time, focusing on first, next, then and finally.

Our reading priority is to use repeated story language and we will experience lots of this as we read different stories.  We will also be concentrating on reading common irregular words (or tricky words).  Please continue to practise the words on the sheet sent home before half term.

We are lucky enough to be going on a trip to ‘Wild About Woods’ and once we have been, we will write a recount of what we did on our day out.  Furthermore, we will write instructions on how to trap a troll, linked to our maths using time language.  Our writing priority is to form letters correctly starting and finishing in the right place.

As part of our science we will be growing a bean and our Forest School activities, here in our garden, will include making porridge on our own fire and noticing what happens to the milk and oats as we heat them.

If you want to find out more about what we have been up to, don’t forget to come to our class assembly on Friday 20th March.

This term PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays so don’t forget to send your child to school in appropriate PE kit on those days.  This is as follows:

  • Team coloured school logo PE top (to be ordered via the school office) or the usual white polo top.
  • School Jumper
  • Black or Navy Blue plain track suit bottoms/shorts/leggings (no logos or stripes)
  • Plimsolls/trainers

Term 3 – This term our topic will be…  Into the Woods.

Into the woods will be a two term topic.  This term we will be mostly looking at real life aspects of forests and woodlands.  We will find out information about woodland creatures and their habitats by looking at nonfiction books. However, there will be lots of fictional stories along the way too.   Then, next term we will read lots of traditional tales that involve going into the woods.

We will be investigating food that different woodland animals eat and learning about food chains.  We will find out lots of information about bears, including their life cycle, investigating what plants and animals need to grow and conducting an experiment to see what will be the best material to make a net to catch a fish.

Our writing priority will be  ‘To hold a pencil to form letters most of which are correctly formed’ and our spelling priority is ‘To break the flow of speech into words’.  We will do this through lots of purposeful writing, including  writing instructions on how to plant a seed.  (We will sell these later at our Pea Pod.)

Our maths priority will be to ‘Find one more and one less than a given number (to 10 then to 20)’ we will be using this lots in our play and hope you practice this at home too.

Our reading has lots of different elements this term.  Our priority will be ‘I can have a guess about what will happen next or how a story might end’.  In our phonics we will learn to use the letter names, as well as the phonemes, read some tricky words revise the set 1 sounds and start to learn the set 2 phonemes.

Finally, we will be doing lots of Forest School work with Mrs Jewell, going on bug hunts, camouflaging ourselves in the garden, culminating in a Forest School exhibition, which you will be invited in to see in our final week before February half term.


Term 2 – ‘It’s Time to Celebrate.’

This term we will be looking at a variety of different celebrations such as: Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Remembrance, Birthdays and Christmas. We will talk about how it is important to celebrate our differences as we believe in different things and celebrate in different ways. We will investigate some of the different ways to celebrate i.e. through attending parties, making food, cleaning the house, wearing special clothes and giving presents.

We will read lots of different books about celebrations some fiction and others non-fiction and use words like title, blurb, author, page, character when we are discussing books. We will start by reading stories like Meg and Mog, and Room on the Broom to inspire us to write spells.  Then we will make pretend potions using the language full, empty, half full.

We will celebrate Bonfire Night by looking at different fireworks, copying the way these move in our dance and learning lots of wow words like fizzle and explode.  Following this we will be learning how Diwali, the festival of light, is celebrated.  In science we will explore light and dark and make shadow puppets.

We will be participating in the ‘Higgledgy Piggledy’ Nativity on Thursday 12th December.

Our maths priority is linked to shapes this term – To begin to use mathematical names for solid 3D and flat 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe them. We will start by looking at 2D shapes and make Rangoli patterns when we celebrate Diwali. Then, later in the term when we celebrate Christmas we will be wrapping up and posting 3D shapes for Christmas presents.  We will start to use the language sides, edges, vertices, round, curved and straight.

Our writing priority is – To use some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning. There will be lots of opportunities to write this term, including letters to Santa and lists of food we want to bring to the Christmas party.

Our values of the month are ‘Consideration’ in November and ‘Humilty ’ in December.

Don’t forget our Christmas Fair on 5th December.  As well as there being lots of fun

things to do we will be making some personalised goodies to sell.

Term 1 – ‘Me and my friends!’

As an introduction to school life we will be looking at things the children like about their new 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.

Our values of the month are ‘Friendship’ in September and ‘Equality’ in October.  We will start by discussing how we are using the value ‘Friendship’ as we start school. As we move into October and we start looking at how all our families and friends are different, but how important it is that we all have the same opportunities and equal rights.

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 at home or when walking or visiting different places; stop and discover what noises you can hear and what could be making them.  What do you notice?  Are there any unusual smells?

We will be reading the stories ‘Titch’ and ‘We’re going on a picnic!’ by Pat Hutchins. We will also read lots of books with rhyming words to see if the children can hear and understand rhyme. On national poetry day we will be reading the poem, ‘When I grow up’ and we will discuss what the children want to do when they are older.

Our English priorities are: To write my own name and to give meaning to marks as I draw, write and paint.  This will include beginning to form some letters correctly and knowing that writing goes from left to right.

As part of our maths, 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.

Our maths priority is to “Recognise numbers of personal significance’ and ‘To count up to 20 objects with 1:1 correspondence’.

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.  Finally, don’t forget our Harvest assembly on Thursday 17th October 10.00 – 10.30.