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Welcome to our Foundation!

 

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Strictly Come Dancing - Foundation Style!

 

Our very own actress Miss Belam (who starred in Aladdin in Milton Keynes) choreographed us a Life Cycles dance. The children were very enthused by the Hungry Caterpillar story and used their knowledge of it to move through  the stages of the life cycle.  

 

Life cycles dance

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Summer Term

 

We have already had lots of fun this term. To celebrate St. George's day we learnt about all the different ways that people in England celebrate it. We made and ate scrumptious biscuits with the English flag on to celebrate at Middleton. 

Let's get cooking!

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Spring Term

Science Day!

On Monday 13th March the whole school took part in a Science Day. We did lots of exciting experiments and investigations including making boats out of different materials and seeing if they would float, exploring magnetic objects and looking at the vibrations that musical instruments create when we play them. We had so much fun being scientists and demonstrated some wonderful learning. 

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Chicks!
Today we all had the chance to hold or stroke the chicks! We had to be very careful and make sure we didn't scare them. We used great descriptive language to talk about what it felt like to hold them and talked about how to keep healthy by making sure we washed our hands afterwards.
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On Wednesday, during lunch, 2 more chicks hatched. Luckily we set up a camera to record the moment just in case we missed it! 

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On Wednesday morning 6 chicks hatched! They are very cute and fluffy. They have been moved to the brooder box to give them some more room, while we wait for the other eggs to crack. 
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The Living Eggs have arrived in Foundation and we are very excited! 10 eggs are in the incubator and are being kept warm.

 

 

Talk for Writing - In Action!

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Talk For Writing is proven to help children acquire the language and grammatical structures needed to write stories and other literary genres. We start with Storymaps, where pictures and words help the children to remember the story. Here, Ishani and Kisona are retelling the story of The Three Little Pigs, using only the actions they learnt in class to help them. (Note, this is only a snippet- they could retell the whole story!)

World Book Day

We loved dressing up as our favourite book characters for World Book Day. We showed off our costumes to our friends and then took part in lots of book related and reading activities throughout the day, including: practising our author autographs, drawing a book character selfie and making our own books! 

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People Who Help Us

We had a special visitor as part of our People Who Help Us topic - Office Angus, a policeman!

He told us all about what it means to be a police officer and different ways we can stay safe. We loved being able to try on the police offer uniform! (Photos to come)

Chinese New Year

We celebrated Chinese New Year and found out it was the year of the Rooster! We loved finding out which animal represents our year of birth and enjoyed learning about the Chinese New Year story. 

We did some Chinese writing, lantern making and role played in the Chinese Take-away with lots of yummy food. (Photos to come)

Gruffalo Walk

We really enjoyed visiting the woods to find the Gruffalo! We loved finding each character and re-telling the story as we explored. 

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We have come back from the Christmas Holidays feeling refreshed and ready to learn! We loved sharing with our friends about what we got up to over the break, using fantastic re-telling skills to do so!

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We have really impressed all the teachers in Foundation with how well we are doing with our independent reading and writing skills since we have come back!
Autumn Term
Christmas!
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Diwali!

Foundation had a brilliant time celebrating Diwali. We dressed up in the traditional clothing, made lanterns and cooked Diwali sweets. 

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Our learning is focused around 7 areas;

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Communication and Language 

Physical Development 

Literacy 

Maths

Understanding the World 

Expressive Arts and Design  

 

Below are pictures of how we have been independently exploring these areas through choosing our learning. 

We have settled in brilliantly in the first three weeks and have already mastered assemblies, PE and the 'big' playground!

 

We have been learning our classroom rules and can now 'stop and listen,' tidy up independently and get ourselves ready at the start and end of the day.

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We have improved our fine motor skills through painting, chalking, finger writing and pencil control.

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