Welcome to Foundation Stage!
Here you can find out about our learning and see what Early Years is all about.
Spring Term 2022
Our theme this term is 'Where does our food come from?'
We will be learning about the journey chocolate goes through to arrive in our shops with a focus on life in Kenya. We will be exploring different countries in which our food grows and how it gets to the UK. We will also be focusing on life cycles of humans, animals and creatures.
The Key Concepts we will be focusing on this term are...
Fairness, Change, Power, Care
The Journey of Chocolate
We learnt that the beginning of chocolate does in fact grow on trees! We then discovered the whole journey chocolate goes on before we get to eat it. We drew maps of the process...
Does chocolate grow on trees?
We read the Charlie and Lola book about chocolate and we were inspired to create our own chocolate trees. We got very excited about the idea of being able to grow chocolate buttons in our gardens!
Autumn Term 2021
Our theme this term is 'Me and My Wonderful World'
We will be learning about our families, our friends, different types of home, our local community and people who help us. We will also look at how we can help look after our local environment and the world around us.
The key concepts that we will explore are
Identity, Change and Care.
To conclude our focus on different types of jobs and how different jobs help us we celebrated with a dress up day. All the children came dressed as what job they would like to do when they are older. They then created collages of themselves doing that job. We are so proud of all the children's enthusiasm towards this topic this half term, they have learnt so much!
How do firefighters help us?
We started our week by looking in our Talking Tub, we discussed the different items and thought about how a firefighter may use them. We then had a visit from some firefighters who told us what to do if there was ever a fire in our house. We then got to have a look at the fire engine and even got to use the giant hose!!! We ended our week with sparklers to celebrate Bonfire night. We also toasted marshmallows over the fire.
How do vets help us?
We spoken about how vets help our pets which then helps us because our pets make us feel happy and loved. We shared pictures of our pets and discussed how we care for them. We wrote instructions for how to look after our pets using the sentence openers First, Next and Finally. At the end of the week we had a visit from a Vet who told us about her job and then we got to be vet detectives and guess what the dogs had swallowed on the x-rays.
How do doctors and nurses help us?
We had a visit from a doctor with a rapid response vehicle, he showed us the different items he carries to an emergency and we even got to meet Annie the CPR dummy. We have started reading George's Marvellous Medicine as our class text, we created our own crazy medicines and also wrote a recipe for these. We also discussed how to keep safe with medicines.
How do dentist help us?
We had a dental nurse come and visit us and talk to us about how we can look after our teeth. We learnt about what different types of food and drinks can do to our teeth. We learnt the correct way to brush our teeth and have even asked our parents for a timer when brushing them at home! We carried out an experiment using eggs to see the impact sugar has on our teeth.
The Naughty Bus has visited!!
We have been learning the Naughty Bus story in our Talk4Writing sessions and then suddenly the Naughty Bus arrived at school and started causing mischief.
The Naughty Bus goes to Manningtree...
We went on a walk to our local area, Manningtree. We took the Naughty bus with us and thought about what he could do whilst on our journey. We walked past the doctors, a school, the hairdresses and also a pond! We took some money and spent it on a snack at the CO-OP.
European Languages Day
We learnt all about France. We decorated French flags, made Effiel Towers with match sticks , baked crossiants and even learnt a song in French. We had great fun and were very interested in how to say different sayings in French.
We thought very carefully about what we needed to include on our self-portraits, we created a success criteria to follow when we were painting. We even remembered small details like eyelashes!
Haven't we done a great job?
We have been discussing who is in our family and what makes them special. We thought about things we love to do with our family members. We then drew our families in height order.
We have been learning about different types of houses in the UK and around the world. We had a look at the world map and matched the photos of different types of houses. We used the 3 little pigs story to think about what materials are used to create safe and sturdy houses. Using junk modelling we created our own houses, we carefully cut out the windows and doors all by ourselves.