Foundation Class

CRoctSta18-6

Ms Nicola Copp

Foundation Class Class Teacher

Foundation

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.