Foundation Stage Unit

 

Meet our team... 

Mrs Baldwin

Class Teacher

Mrs Robinson 

Nursery Nurse

Miss Evans

Teaching Assistant

 

What we have been up to in class ...

Piglets Adventure Farm

The F2's had a fantastic trip to Piglets Adventure Farm this week. We got to plant our own sunflower seed when we first arrived and we spoke about how we can help them to grow with water and sunlight. We played a really fun game where we had to decide which foods were fruit and which were vegetables, and we looked at which of them had seeds. It was really exciting to walk around the farm trail and see the ponies, goats and donkeys - we even got to feed them! We were told that some animals can be fed by hand, but others must have their food dropped into their field or pen as they like to nibble on fingers! We also got to have a look at the smaller animals, there were piglets, rabbits, tortoises, chickens and guinea pigs. After lunch we went on a tractor ride up to the play barn and had one last play on some really fun equipment before returning home. What an exciting day!

The more that you read, The more things you will know. The more that you learn, The more places you will go. - Dr Seuss

We have had a great week this week celebrating Children's Book Week; we have all shared our favourite stories including the adults in the class. We read We’re going on a Bear Hunt then actually went on a Bear Hunt on the field with Mrs Baldwin. Miss Evans read Room on the Broom then we created our own magic potions. After we had listened to Monkey Puzzle with Mrs Robinson we created our own movements when pretending to be the animals in the story.  We listened to the Librarian’s favourite book before we chose our own books when we visited the Library Van then the older children came to read our books to us. On Friday we voted to decide which books we would like to listen to from the book fair and loved listening to the books while drinking hot chocolate in our pyjamas in the new Tipi on the field.

Cooking up a storm...

During child initiated learning the children have been creating all sorts of lovely things to 'eat' in the mud kitchen outside and the cafe role play area inside. They have taken our orders, created signs,and made sure we paid! They have created rules - especially warning us that we were not to really eat their creations and when to take care when pans are 'hot'. We even found some real beans in our garden area and after we had talked about how we must not eat them now we then planted them again ready for the summer. 

This is the greatest show!

During child initiated learning we have been lucky enough to be in the audience of some amazing performances. The children have sung familiar songs and created their own and used all sorts of items to explore different sounds and the way that these can be changed. 

We're going on an animal hunt...We're going to see a few of them...We’re not scared ...

Wow - We had a fantastic time going on an animal hunt when Zoolab came to visit on Thursday. We met a giant African land snail called Gary, Cedrick an Argentinian horned frog, Ursula the bearded dragon lizard, a royal python called Prince and Maynard the Degu (Many of the children wanted a Degu as a pet!). We learned a lot of facts about the animals and asked a lot of great questions and we sat so smartly so that we didn’t scare the animals. We were very proud of all the children. We have been learning all about camouflage this week and it was great to see the real animals and how good we thought their camouflage would be. We have also been using camouflage in our art afternoon and creating Henri Rousseau style jungle pictures. This week we have been carrying on our kindness theme and learning about how to treat others though the Tinga Tinga Tales and The Selfish Crocodile story.

Gong Hey Fat Choy

This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We had a Chinese celebration meal: we all helped to chop the vegetables for the stir fry and had this with noodles, special fried rice, prawn crackers, and plum sauce. We even got a fortune cookie after our meal and they were all great futures! We also created Chinese lanterns and then wrote our own wish for the future on them. We have been using our fine motor skills to pick up dry noodles and have created our own Chinese Restaurant. We have been busy taking orders from customers in the restaurant and over the phone. We loved watching Chinese Dragon Dancing and have enjoyed making our own Dragon masks.

 

Lost and Found

We had a lovely surprise when we found a penguin with a book and a letter addressed to us. We read the letter and it was the boy from the book (Lost and Found) asking us to look after his penguin until he comes back. The children have done a great job looking after him and have been reading him some lovely stories. We helped him to pack his bag for when he goes back home. The children had some really great discussions as they decided what he should take and what he should leave…they decided he definitely didn’t need his tie as he wasn’t going to work or a wedding! We played a game of iceberg’s and had to balance an egg on our feet, huddle to keep warm, swim and slide on the ice. We were so excited when it really snowed and we wrapped up warm and went outside to slide for real!  We then came in to watch the video of Lost and Found and drank Hot Chocolate to warm us up. We followed a map that the penguin left for us and we have also created our own maps to help the penguin find his way home. The children have also been exploring tones on the painting easel with blue, black and white paint to create their own Frances Hatch style Paintings. The boy is very kind and helps the penguin in the story and we have talked about how the penguin felt lonely and what lonely means. We also introduced a kindness box in the classroom so that the children can acknowledge each other’s kindness.  

Elf Antics...

Wow, our class elf was really cheeky when he joined our class...he covered the room in toilet paper!! But on Tuesday he was wearing a beautiful party crown that he had made and it inspired us to make our own for the 200 years party on Thursday. On Wednesday he asked us to write to him to let us know who we think should be our star of the week in assembly and why because he wants to give out the certificates!  On Thursday he helped us to celebrate St Nicholas day he asked us to leave him our shoes so we did this while we went to play ring games in the hall. When we came back he had put some sweets in our shoes! We were very excited and learnt more about St Nicholas. After the weekend he was poorly so we sang him some songs to cheer him up. Some of the children even made some cards during choosing time all by themselves to cheer him up. 

Christmas celebrations and Christmas phonics!

Tree Dressing...

In our outdoor learning session we celebrated the tree dressing festival by making a wish when decorating the tree with ribbons. We also made popcorn garlands and topped up the bird feeders for our feathery friends. 

Run, Run as fast as you can...you can't catch me I'm the Gingerbread Man!

This week the children have made some fabulous boats to help the gingerbread man to cross the river. They had lots of different features that the children thought of such as a fishing rod, window to see the fish and sharks, flags, and a comfy bed and chair. The children then wrote a sentence to the gingerbread man to say why their boat is the best boat…there were some very persuasive messages. We then had lots of fun testing our boats! We have also made and decorated our own Gingerbread people...yum!

When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears...

This week we have been reading Goldilocks and the 3 Bears. We have learned different versions of the story; in one book Daddy Bear’s porridge was too hot and in one it was too salty! In Eat your Greens Goldilocks, Goldilocks said sorry to the bears and they gave her a big bowl of chicken casserole! We have ordered the bears by size and made beds for the bears! We have been exploring porridge in the messy area and the children have all prepared a full bowl of oats for daddy bear, a half full bowl for mummy bear and poor baby bear had an empty bowl! We tried different flavoured porridge then voted for our favourite some children who thought they didn't like porridge discovered that they did after all. We discovered a different way to cook and eat oats too when we made flapjack...yum!

Visiting the Mobile Library. 

The mobile library comes to Beeford every other Thursday. We are very lucky to be able to visit the library to listen to a story and then choose our own book to borrow. 

We know how to look after our teeth!

This week we have been so lucky to have had a visit from Tracey a Dental nurse. She brought Dipsey the Dinosaur to see us too and he is having a little holiday with us in our FSU! Tracey told us how to brush our teeth. She told us to make sure we use a pea sized amount of toothpaste and that we should be using grown up toothpaste now and shouldn’t be rinsing with water. We read the book “My wobbly tooth must never ever fall out”. We then discovered that Dipsey had lost a tooth and because he doesn’t have a pillow he left his tooth outside! We went on a hunt outside to see if the Tooth Fairy had been to leave some money for Dipsey and found all sorts of silver and bronze coins. We have also been cleaning giant teeth in the water tray. We have dressed up as dentists and booked patients in to the reception ready to be treated. We have also rescued the letter teeth from the sugar!

What we did in 2017-18...

Piglets Adventure Farm Trip

For our end of year trip we took the F2 children to Piglets Adventure Farm. We had lots of fun planting seeds, playing a fruit and vegetable game. We fed and stroked the animals, played on the play equipment, played in the play farm and we even went on the tractor ride! We had a brilliant day and all of the children were very well behaved. 

Kites!

This week we have been enjoying the lovely sunshine in our outdoor area. We had lots of fun making our own kites and also enjoyed testing them out.

Pirate Party!

Our FSU children have been trying hard in order to practise tidying up. As the children have done so well we had a pirate and princess party in order to reward the children for their hard work.
We have made wraps, walked the plank, looked for treasure, dancing and we also we had a pirate and princess tea party.

We Pretended To Be Frogs On The Big Field

Pond Dipping Afternoon

We had such a fantastic afternoon pond dipping. We saw tadpoles, snails etc. Afterwards we recorded what we saw. We also had lots of fun pretending to be frogs and playing frog and spoon races. We love the 'Oi Frog story!

Fantastic Phonics!

Looking At Frog Spawn

FSU Gardening Afternoon 

Our Fantastic Patterns

Summer Term Singing

Jack And The Beanstalk

We Made Gruffalo Crumble!

 Making Bird Nests

Chinese New Year

Some Of Our Snow Days

Learning About The Importance Of Hand Washing

Jewish wedding

Science Afternoon

Diwali

Bonfire Night

The Wedding

 Some Of Our Wedding Preparations

Autumn Hunt

Dentist and Opticians