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2017 - 2018

Here are a few examples of how we have been writing and mark making in term 1 of foundation stage. 
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In sunshine and Rainbow class we have been learning about our 5 senses. 

We have explored our sense of smell, hearing and taste so far this week! 

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We're going on a sound hunt

 

We're going on a sound hunt,

We're going to hear some good ones!

What a windy day!

What will we hear?

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Sunshine and Rainbow class are having a fantastic start to the school life at Minster! They are learning to be independent, caring learners through exploring ways of using the inside and outside environment. 

The children have enjoyed using the water area, building zone, our new Minster train station plus exploring  the pirate ship and climbing frames. 

 

Very importantly the children have also already enjoyed their first school dinners, 'yummy!!'. 

 

Another area that has been well used is  the creative (messy area). The children were encouraged to use their independence when selecting resources to then use their imaginations to create something of their choice (butterflies and dinosaurs were very popular!).

 

 Linked to our topic 'All about us' the children have been creating their faces using paper plate and lots of different arts and craft materials. We used the mirrors to look carefully at our individual features.

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2016 - 2017

Terms 5 & 6 - God's Wonderful World.

In foundation stage we are very excited to have our very own caterpillars!

Harvey in Sunshine class brought a caterpillar into school and we are now learning to look after the caterpillar, who has been named 'Caterpee'. Caterpee has recently had another caterpillar join him in his home. The children have been learning about a caterpillars life cycle and how to look after them. The children have given the caterpillars leaves, twigs and fresh fruit. We are all very excited to see the next stage in our caterpillars life cycle.

We have drawn pictures and written facts about caterpillars and their life cycle

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Colour day! Experimenting with mixing colours.

World Book Day, 2nd March 2017

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This term our topic is ‘Once upon a time’.

We will be reading and exploring many different fairy tales and traditional tales over the term.

We have begun by read the story of Goldilocks and retelling this story through role play, thinking about story language and how the characters sound and are feeling. It has been a fantastic story to help us understand ‘size’. We have been ordering items by size and using a range of language to help understand size (big, small, medium-sized, huge, giant, large, tiny etc.).

 

 

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Term 3 - People who help us.

We are learning about different jobs that can help people. The children have enjoyed putting on some of the costumes and pretending to be fire fighters, vets, doctors, builders, teachers and mechanics. Our new role-play corner has been transformed into a vets. We are experimenting with writing sentences and notes in the vets to tell people what is wrong with the animals.

 

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Welcome to Sunshine’s shop!

We love using our shop to buy different foods. We have different roles to play and have to take turns in the shop. If you come to our shop you could be a shopkeeper, a shop assistant or a customer.

The shopkeepers job is to make sure before the customers purchase any items they have written a shopping list. The shop assistant helps us with the money.  

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Phonics

For phonics we have been learning the phase 2 sounds  ‘s a t p I n d m g ’.

To help us with our learning with have been; matching initial sounds to pictures, going on sound hunts, using the magnets to build words and playing a fun hoop game to help us blend with these sounds.

The children have also been learning to form these letters in a cursive style.

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Patterns

As part of our topic on colour and Elmer we have been looking closely at the patterns we can make with colour. We have learnt all about a repeating pattern with colour and 2D shapes.

To help us with our learning we have used the objects in our environment and made a repeating pattern on the computer.  

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Messy

As part of our development we have been feeling and describing different textures.

We have especially enjoyed getting messy!

We noticed when the blue ‘alien goo’ moved outside it became colder and when we added water the texture changed.

 

 

 

Rainbow and Sunshine Class have loved putting their wellies on and learning in the outdoor area. We have used the big chalk to help with our writing, the mud area to make some different sized dishes (worm pie!) and the building area to work as a team to create a train. 
We have really enjoyed learning about the season of autumn for the past few weeks. We have made an autumn fruit crumble using the fruits you have brought in, painted some autumn trees and printing with autumn leaves and used the autumn objects for our counting and writing.

Thank you for collecting lots of things on your autumn walks. We will be using them for our writing, counting, sorting and artwork over the next few weeks. We will also be going on autumn walks around the school to see what we can find.

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