Welcome to the Upper Foundation Stage!
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Wadland
Miss Parker/Mrs Stainer
Teaching Assistant: Miss Dunne
& Miss Pendleton
When your child joins in the Reception years…
Children are welcomed into our really playful learning environment as they settle into their first formal school year. Activities are planned to stimulate the children’s interests and build on their developmental needs across the foundation stage curriculum.
The children are exposed to a vast array of purposeful learning experiences. They have many opportunities to develop their own ideas and imagination in our extensive indoor and outdoor areas, with lots of wonderful things to explore. In Upper Foundation Stage, children are given the opportunity to be artists, explorers, encouragers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, athletes, actors, team players, problem solvers, designers, environmentalists, motivators and achievers (to name a few).
It is in this year that children start to become confident readers and writers as they apply their phonics knowledge into their everyday routine. Through meaningful opportunities, children solve a range of problems by applying their ever growing mathematical knowledge which is stimulated in this experiential environment. Through these opportunities, children are praised and encouraged to utilise an array of invaluable life-long learning skills that they take on their journey throughout education.
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What a wonderful half term!
It couldn't be better, amazing children, wonderful weather - perfect for out Let It Grow topic.
This week has been all about bees - from the collection of nectar to construction of hives and the scientific names for the parts of a bee - our topic vocabulary this week has included... pollen, pollination, thorax, abdomen, antenna, community, growth, hive... just tonnage a few - ask your child about our topic words.
Our seeds are also growing almost as fast as the children's knowledge, characters and achievements, phonics learning is abundant in fantastic writing, planning, labelling, creating which the children create every day and mathematical language and reasoning for money, 2D & 3D shapes, ordering and categorising can be heard across all our activities - it has been a privilege to see the children using their developing knowledge through play and group activities over this half term, we can't wait for our final half term with Red 1 & 2 of 2018/2019.
Let It Grow!
This term in UFS our topic is 'Let It Grow' - our stunning start was planting beans, sunflowers, rocket, radishes, which will 'grow' with the children throughout this term, providing us with learning opportunities through to the summer and changes to track in our Plant Diaries. We hope that by the end of the term we will have grown our very own summer salad!
Along side our planting we are exploring the environment that plants need, size and measure (with some help from James and the Giant Peach and Jack and the Beanstalk), 3D shapes, expanding phonetic knowledge and enjoying our new Battle of the Books Books - Thank you to our PSA!
The children have even used Ipads (again thank you to our PSA) to write the story of Jack and The Beanstalk, becoming illustrators and narrators - we hope you enjoy the pictures and stories.
Today the children were exploring toys and gender - we had great discussions about toys, why we think these might be for boys or girls and gender stereotyping of toys. We used a variety of toys and well know shops catalogues to promote conversation, to explore the ideas children had about who should have which toys and 'sort' the toys. In the end the children decided that everyone could play with toys because "toys are toys" and "toys shouldn't have labels because everyone can play with toys".
Our journey around the world, so far...
Over the past few weeks the children have learnt about the culture, cuisine, geography, traditions, landmarks of China, Australia, France, Italy and Africa. The childrens learning has inspired their play, conversation, vocabulary, writing and Red 1's 1st class assembly. They have been using their increasing phonic knowledge to produce some amazing writing and exciting designs and taken part in group discussions, taking turn, voicing opinions and debating questions such as 'should girls and boys have to wear different clothes?'.
We have enjoyed every moment this half term and can't wait to see everyone after the break to continue our learning journey around the world!
Around the World in 60 Days ~ Our Stunning Start ~
For our Stunning Start we went on an adventure around the world. We got to explore the different cultures, music, cuisine and artefacts from a selection of countries and continents dotted around the globe.
Quotes from the day: 'You go in an airplane to Greece, it's a long way'.
'You use chopsticks to eat food in China'.
'In England we have police cars and double-decker buses'.
'I don't want to eat snails!' (we explored French cuisine).
'Mmm, this pitta bread tastes better than chocolate!' (Greek cuisine).
'You need a hat it's so hot in Greece'.
'I liked Hawaii, it's where Lilo and Stitch are from'.
'I know this is Australia because they got these hats to keep the flies away'.
We have learnt lots about what makes countries different from ours and we can't wait to explore them further throughout the rest of the topic!
Not only have we been exploring cultural celebrations such a Diwali, All Hallows' Eve, Armistice and Guy Folks Night through whole class, group and Busy Bee activities, we have celebrated the amazing ideas, crafts, phonics, tricky words, writing, segmenting and blending, kindness, resourcefulness, perseverance and growth in so many areas! We are so proud of the children - we hope these pictures show the fun they've had whilst learning.
What an amazing day - the children explored our forest school area taking part in activities which inclined problem solving, team work, use of tools, painting, looking after our environment, using natural resources to create artwork and of course a fire complete with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. We hope you enjoy the pictures.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!
The children have been exploring our topic over the first half term - including learning all about our topic words such as reptile, amphibian, ferocious, habitat to name just a few - ask your child about the amazing and interesting vocabulary we have been learning.
Of course there has also been... Phonics, Numeracy, PE, exploring, building, Busy Bees, planning, writing and so much more - have a look at our photos to see more.
Welcome to Red 1 & 2!
We are so proud of the fantastic start the children have made in Upper Foundation Stage (UFS) and are loving getting to know all of them.
Our topic this term is 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them' - where we will be exploring all things animal from the smallest mini beasts to the biggest whales and anywhere our imaginations take us in the process. Here are just a few pictures of our learning so far....
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The Super Heroes of Red 1 & 2!
The last few weeks we have been visited by real life heroes, by Super Potato, Sandman, Spiderman and woman by Superman, Superwoman, Batman, Wonder Woman and so many more, plus all our mini heroes in Red 1 and 2 have been there too.
There have also been lots of exciting new resources and activities in our outdoor areas where the children are now making discoveries though play in physics, engineering, understanding of the world, maths, literacy, physical development and loving every moment (us too!)
As we head into the final weeks of UFS we can see the amazing progress the children have made, they are amazing creative, thoughtful, helpful, friendly children who have embraced our characteristics of learning and continue to be persevering parrots, choosing chips, I know rhinos, slinky links snakes, concentrating crocodiles and proud peacocks. Great work everyone!
What a heroic half term it has been!
The heroes of Red 1 & Red 2 have honed their super powers this half term - we have seen them grow in confidence, skill, outlook, knowledge, understanding and upwards too!
Well done all of you - have a fantastic half term holiday.
We are all Heroes
Its been a very exciting few weeks in Red 1 and Red 2 exploring the topic of Heroes.
We have been learning all about fire fighters, lifeguards, coastguards, health care professionals through maths, literacy tasks, phonics, creative activities, discussion and play.
There has also been Red 1's 1st class assembly and sharing learning journeys with parents afterwards the daily mile, time with our buddies, library visits, PE... enjoy the photos.
Red Classes Stunning Start for their New Topic ‘Heroes’
When we arrived back in our classes, after assembly, we were shocked to find a crime scene in our outdoor area. Not only had someone broken into our classroom and stolen Miss Parker and Miss Pendleton’s lunch but they had also messed up the area. We spent the day being ‘real life heroes’ which entailed interrogating witnesses, searching for crumbs and clues and filling put crime reports. After completing all of the police officer tasks, we found out that the sneaky culprit was The Big, Bad Wolf who had found himself a little peckish. At the end of the day, he wrote a letter to apologise and tidied up overnight so all is forgiven! We can’t wait to find out more about the heroes, this term.
3,2,1, BLAST OFF!
What an amazing half term we have had exploring space..... The children have been launched rockets, astronauts, built jet packs, journeyed to the moon for picnics, to play spot with aliens and save the moon form terrible fires!
We have explored the planets in our solar system, thought about measure, weight, size and distance. There have been stories told, written and played out by all the children (and grown ups too). Along side this the children have worked really hard in phonics sessions, maths challenges, reading and writing - we are so proud of them all. It has been wonderful to see the children grow in character, skill, perseverance and confidence.
Have a fantastic Easter and we will see you on the 16th of April - from all of the UFS Team.
This week we have been looking at patterns in maths, in phonics we have learnt the sounds er, ure, air, ear and oi, diggers in our topic, Red 2 had their 1st class assembly and the sun came out - a brilliant week all round!
Continuing our 'Can We Fix It?' topic this week has been all about bridges - We have thought about what makes a good bridge - why porridge is "a really silly idea for a bridge Miss P!!!!"
We have thought about why bridges need to be strong, what they are used for and how we can design, construct and test our own bridges.
In phonics the children have learnt the digraphs oo, ow, or, ur and ar - the children have done a great job of using these in their writing throughout the week.
All this and PE, library time, buddy visits, assemblies, guided reading and lots more - ask your children what they have been up to.
Don’t forget - home learning stars are a huge part of your children's learning journey, we have sent some home today, we look forward to finding out all the amazing things your children have done at home.
Happy New Year!
Welcome back to all our UFS children, families and friends.
We have a very exciting term planned starting with our new topic "Can We Fix It?"
stunning starter on Monday where the children emerged themselves in a day of design, construction, team work and fun creating some fantastic structures and fascinating creations! Keep checking back to see photos, work, ideas and comments from your children - please ask them what they have been learning and keep the home learning stars coming, these are a huge part of your children learning journeys too, thank you.
Merry Christmas from everyone in UFS
We have had a fantastic first term - especially our forest school yesterday. Enjoy the holidays, have a very merry Christmas and we will see you all next year on Monday 8th January 2018!
We had a brilliant day, the kids were amazing, the animals were fascinating and the weather was glorious.
The zoo taught us about reptiles, mammals and birds, what they are, how they are different and what special characteristics they have. We also saw feeding of Meerkats, Coati, and Otters, even Santa's reindeer made an appearance.
It has been a brilliant six weeks, the children have been amazing and hope they have a great half term holiday.
There has been so much happening this term and the children have grown so much already.
Enjoy the brief recap of our 1st half term in the pictures below (lots more pictures if you scroll down) and we look forward to sharing learning journeys with you at parents evening.
What a ROARSOME week!
We have continued our journey with the dinosaurs this week. Our prehistoric companions have been part of our phonics, maths, reading, movement, construction, design, creativity and so much more!
The children have shown fantastic perseverance in their learning this week, with all their effort resulting in some fantastic ideas, writing, pictures, creations, group work, counting, number recognition and phonics.
Also this week we have started phonics sessions in smaller groups, the children have had their fist school photo and had the chance to exchange library books (this will happen every Thursday - remember to send in your child's library book each week).
Enjoy these pictures - there will be many more in your child learning journey to go alongside the home learning starts you send in from home which we share with our classes every day. (you can get spare copies from the classroom, the office or download them from the top of this page).
See you all next week.
This week we have been exploring and learning through the exciting world of dinosaurs. We have been... Designers creating a world for our dinosaurs to live in, then using our outdoor construction materials to build them. We have been investigators, measuring a range of dinosaurs using big and small cubes. There has been the opportunity to explore capacity through water tray play, mud kitchen activities and whole group maths. Phonics continues on a daily basis with the phase 2 sounds s, a, t, i, p, n learnt in whole group sessions and reinforced through play, phonics bingo, sound washing lines, writing story books, and playdoh! Plus so much more........
Crazy Creatures... A special guest!
Today the children were treated to a visit from Rocky the tortoise. He was a fantastic guest, he took his time (lots of it) to walk around and met all the children who were keen to ask questions about Rocky and give him a stroke.
The children were fantastic, asking very good questions such as
"What food does he eat?"
"Can he climb trees?"
"how long does he sleep for?"
Alongside our special guest the children explored the activities both inside and outside the classrooms designed to encourage exploration, physical development, phonic knowledge, creativity, communication and much much more.
Enjoy the pictures and please do ask if you have any questions about your child's time in school.
Welcome to Upper Foundation Stage 2017/18!
What an exciting week we have had. We have loved welcoming all the children into Red 1 and Red 2 and have been bowled over by their enthusiasm for our Crazy Creatures topic.
In the coming weeks we will be adding lots of pictures of the children's learning to this page, so please keep checking back so you can share in their learning.
Wow - What an amazing year!
It has been an absolutely amazing year with Red 1 & Red 2. The children have all worked so hard this year and we are so proud of how far they have come.
This last week has been so much fun, especially our Pirate Forest School fantastic finish where the children showed us just how much they have grown, they respected the environment, looked after each other and themselves in keeping with our forest school ethos.
Enjoy the pictures and good luck to all your children in year 1
Best Of British Week!
Wow! We are so, so proud of the children - what superstars they were on stage this afternoon. We hope you enjoyed the performance as much as the children did.
In the week leading up to our fantastic finish today we have made scones, cucumber sandwiches, thought about what it is to be British, looked at what makes up Great Britain, played some tennis and cricket, written rules, built famous landmarks, voted for our favourite British meals, had tea parties, we even had time for phonics, some PE practice, our first whole class writing activity and learned our awesome dance.... a brilliant week all round.
This week we have been exploring salty seas through Tiddler by Julia Donaldson. The children have been creating their own story books with very creative reasons why Tiddler was late for school, they have been searching for phonics in an undersea garden, continuing to strengthen the muscles for fine motor skills with nuts, bolts and screwdrivers to maintain the undersea vehicles. The children have been exploring their creative side, painting repeating patterns with celery and thoroughly enjoying exploring sounds of the sea with a range of musical instruments before designing and constructing their own instruments. Phonics continues on a daily basis, children are learning through adult led sessions, applying this knowledge in independent activities and during guided reading sessions.
We have been so impressed with the children this week!
Have a great weekend,
The UFS Team
Welcome back - we hope you had a fantastic Easter.
Our new topic is Salty Seas! We will be exploring all things aquatic, learning through play and exploration, of course we will be continuing our phonics, next steps and guided reading too - keep checking back for updates.
Here is some of our learning so far.....
We have been very busy bees lately.....
As we continue our topic of super heroes we have started thinking about our own bodies and how we need to look after them to keep ourselves super fit and healthy. We have thought about our skeletons, our hearts and lungs - including a visit from a Cystic Fibrosis Nurse - Nurse Whitton - who taught us all about our lungs and why they may not always work properly and how we can look after ourselves.
We have also been testing our super jumping skills, out of this world turn taking, fantastic sharing, improving our agility with pencil rolls, forward rolls and teddy rolls.
We hope your enjoy the photos as much as we have enjoyed the activities.
We will huff, and we will puff and we will blow you away........
with the amazing learning the children have done this week!
We have continued to explore goodies and baddies through the Three Little Pigs. The children have designed and built houses of spaghetti straw, created blue and purple and gold houses of brick prints, recalled the story and written and drawn some beautiful story maps, exhibiting the amazing developments in phonics and handwriting the children have made.
We have enjoyed the lovely weather and played in our outdoor area and on the adventure playground too!
This week’s trigraphs were air (like in chair) an ure (like in manure) and on Friday we were very luck to be visited by a real life hero Nicole, a veterinary nurse, who taught us how to look after our pets, fix a broken leg and think about the similarities between us and animals.
What an exciting week - there has been phonics, frogs, fancy dress and families!
The beginning of the week saw your children exploring new a digraph and trigraph in phonics (oi and ear) and lots of tricky words practice whilst investigating everyday heroes, specifically the police this week. There was role play, writing opportunities, traffic control in our outdoor area, investigations into missing objects and more.
Thursday was World Book Day -and your children looked absolutely amazing - thank you so much for all the effort put into costumes, this really ignited the children's enthusiasm to talk about our favourite stories and explore some new ones too.
Friday was Equality & Diversity Day where we talked about how each and everyone of the children are unique and special, how diverse our families are and shared some lovely stories which encouraged the children to think about the wider world.
What an exciting week back......
This week we are exploring everyday heroes and looking at 2D and 3D shapes in maths! It is very exciting learning with new role play areas, shape hunts around school, maths and literacy challenges and lots of opportunities to develop our phonics and numeracy skills through, games, focus groups and individual activities.
The children are growing in so many ways we are so proud of them all, we know this is the same at home too, please remember to tell us about all the children’s wonderful achievements at home on learning starts which you can download from above.
We are very excited as this week we are exploring goodies and baddies through Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson!
Here are some pictures from our learning so far - we cant wait to share more with you at the Learning Journey Afternoon on Thursday 8th February at 2.30pm.
Well done to Red 1 a fantastic first assembly today - we are so proud of you all.
Thank you to all the parents, friends and family who were at today's performance.
These are a few of the children's thoughts.....
"It was cool"
"I liked it, I liked being on stage, I liked a cup of tea and a biscuit"
"I remembered my words"
"I was brave"
"I saw my mummy"
"I liked them clapping"
This weeks theme is.... SUPERTATO!
Continuing our topic of goodies and baddies this week our learning will be centred around the stories of supertato! we have started our week designing traps for the evil Pea, creating a team of Super Veggies, honing our super cutting skills by creating masks, strengthening our counting and motor skills selecting mini magic beans with tweezers and so much more. This week in maths we are focusing on one more and one less - see how many ways you can find to build this superpower at home. Take a look at our pictures (keep checking back we will add more throughout the week)......
This week we are exploring our topic of goodies and baddies through superheroes. The children of Red 1 and Red 2 have been immersed in activities to encourage and develop all of our early learning goals, we are drawing, painting, building, counting, designing, writing, sharing, climbing, flying, strengthening, mixing, selecting, playing, enjoying and more..... we hope you like the pictures of the children's super learning.
Jack & The Beanstalk Continues....
This week we are continuing with our learning based around Jack & The Beanstalk. The children have had a great time exploring phonics, counting, sharing, role playing, constructing, drawing, painting and those are just a few of today's choices for our busy bees.
Our 1st Library Trip
The red classes enjoyed a very special visit to the new school library today. The children were lucky to be the very first classes to explore our wonderful library filled with hundreds of brilliant books to take home and enjoy.
After choosing a book, the children (with a little help) used the computer to scan out the book which is theirs to enjoy for a week. We even had time for the children to enjoy the UFS team reading some exciting stories - we all had a fantastic time, these are just a few of the wonderful comments the children made...
"We are so lucky"
"There are so many books I can't choose, can I have ten?"
"Please can we come again tomorrow?"
Your child has borrowed their 1st book today, library books will be changed on a Thursday - please remember to return the library book every week so your child can borrow another exciting title!