Welcome to our Foundation!
Last week the Foundation children spent some time with their new teachers in their Year 1 classes. They were a little bit nervous but handled the changes to routine brilliantly, showing their new teachers how amazing they all are!
Foundation had a fantastic day at Rookery Farm! We spent some time in the outside farm area, discussing the different animals we could see, what they eat and where they live. The children also had a chance to get up close to some of the animals in the Pets Corner - spending time stroking and petting goats and rabbits. The children were very careful to make sure they treated the animals kindly. All the grown ups in Foundation were really impressed with the children's behaviour on the visit; they represented Middleton brilliantly!
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.
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.
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.
The Living Eggs have arrived in Foundation and we are very excited! 10 eggs are in the incubator and are being kept warm.
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!
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)
We really enjoyed visiting the woods to find the Gruffalo! We loved finding each character and re-telling the story as we explored.
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!
Foundation had a brilliant time celebrating Diwali. We dressed up in the traditional clothing, made lanterns and cooked Diwali sweets.
Our learning is focused around 7 areas;
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
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.