Foundation

Teacher jennylane@whitchurch-primary@devon.sch.uk

You can view the archive page from 2016 – 17 HERE

Chameleon

We are reading the story ‘The Mixed up Chameleon’. We have designed our own chameleons and used different materials to create different texture just like the artist Eric Carle. We really liked using forks, sponges, bubble wrap and crinkly muffin cases rather than normal paint brushes.

Welcome to the Jungle!

This term we are learning about the Jungle. We worked together to make our own jungle role play. Since we’ve painted it there has been lots more added to it. Please come and visit our jungle classroom!

Capacity

We have learnt about capacity. Using different bottles we have estimated how many cups it takes to fill the bottles. By the end of the week we were great at talking about capacity and much more accurate with our guesses.

Float or Sink

We went to the conservation area and experimented with objects that sink and float. First we found natural objects and tested what happened to them when we put them into the water. After Mrs Lane gave us different plastic boats, and they floated. We worked in partners to see what happened if we added stones into the boat. We counted how many stones it took to sink our boats. We also raced the boats down stream and poor Mrs Pearce had to try and catch them before they disappeared.

 

Our Journey

Foundation went on a Journey today. First we got the coach to Gunnislake train station.  Then we got on the Tamar Valley Line to Plymouth. We loved being on the train. We went over a viaduct, saw rivers, boats and so much more. The best part was eating our lunch on the train. Next we walked all the way through Plymouth City Centre and caught the Number 1 bus to Tavistock. All of Foundation sat at the top of the double decker bus. Finally we got off the bus at Lidls and walked back to school. We had a super trip!

Vehicle Team Building

Today the children were put into teams. Using tyres and boxes they had to work together to build vehicles. We built trains, boats, helicopters, double decker buses, tractors and trucks.

Our Big Red Bus

This term our topic is ‘Vehicles and Journeys’. We have a huge red bus in our classroom. It is used for our role play. This week we are using it to help us with our maths, adding and subtracting passengers off it. It is also great for reading stories from as you can see in the photo!

Easter

We loved our craft Easter day!

Snack Cafe

This week we are learning about money. We made our own purses and each day there is a different amount of money put into our purses. We take our purses to Mrs Lane’s Snack and Fruit Shop, and have to work out the amount of money we need to pay for our snack. If we have enough money left we can buy extra fruit. Each day a different amount of money is added to our purses and the prices change.

 

Welly Wednesday

This Wednesday the children went on a bug hunt. Using bug barns to house the creatures, they found as many as they could and added them carefully into the houses. Foundation loved looking under logs and digging for worms.

School is snowy!

We couldn’t resist putting on our wellies and exploring the snow around the school. We made a big snow ball and bought it back into our classroom. We then predicted how long it would take to melt. It was such a cold day that it didn’t melt until after home time.

Worm Houses

This week are using Julia Donaldson’s story ‘Superworm’ to focus our learning. Below are photos of Foundation collecting worms and making worm houses. They loved it!

Julia Donaldson

This term our topic is Julia Donaldson. So far we have look at the stories ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and ‘Stickman’. We have been very creative; we made ladybird double biscuits and created our own stickmen on Welly Wednesday.

World Book Day

Well done Foundation for dressing up for World Book Day. They all look brilliant!

 

Police

Thank you to Police Officer Sinead and Rob who visited Foundation today. They talked to us about what they do, then they let us wear their uniform. We took finger prints and were allowed in the Police Land Rover vehicle. Rob even put the lights and loud siren on for us!

Balance Ability

This week we had in a team of cycling instructors. They taught Foundation core balance skills to help them ride bikes. Foundation have all made excellent progress and lots of the children will not need their stabilizers now.

Doctor Visit

Today Alex’s mum, Lara, visited the classroom to tell Foundation about her job. She bought in lots of different equipment that she uses. The children loved trying all the things out and learnt so much. Thank you Lara.

Boxing

This week we were lucky enough to have the Tavistock Boxing Club coaches come to visit us. They taught Foundation how to stand and we played some games. Foundation really enjoyed this experience. Thank you!

Supertato!

This term we are using the story book ‘Supertato’ to start our topic ‘Superheroes’. Foundation love the story! Below are images of us counting and sorting potatoes, us creating our own Supertatos and then taking them on a walk to find infamous Evil Pea!

We love Christmas

In Foundation we are feeling really festive. We have made ginger bread men, we met Father Christmas, we have wrapped presents, written cards to our friends, made melting snowmen biscuits and much much more!

Nativity

Wow! Foundation were such super stars in their first Nativity.

Factory

Last week Foundation showed an interest in creating and making things. In the sand outside they made a factory. Today we watched a video of the process apples go through; from being picked, to arriving in the factory and all the machines that wash, prepare and box them up, to being delivered at the supermarket. We created our own apple factory. The photos show the children ordering 3 apples by size, cutting them out, sharing the delivery trucks and then sorting the apples by size into boxes.

Shields

Foundation learnt about knights having different shields. Shields have pictures on them so others know who they are; wearing full armour makes it hard for knights to know who is under the armour. We learnt how different colours on shields mean different things: black is for cleverness, red is for fighting, blue is for truth, gold for family and green for happiness. The children then designed their own shield based on these colours and things they like.

Zog the Dragon

 

This week Foundation are learning about dragons. We read the story ‘ZOG’ and decided to create our own. We used our hand prints to act as scales. Zog is over 7 ft tall and we now need to find him a home.

Well done Foundation for working together.

We love sounds

Some of Foundation have been outside drawing huge chalk pictures of themselves. They are as wide as the playground!

Now that we know lots of sounds, we have made CVC words using flour and letters. This is great because we get a bit messy!

 

More Castles!

 

 

Castles

This week we have learnt about castles. We now know the key features of a castle and who lives in them. We created a list of things our own castle would need: walls, flags, a moat, a draw bridge and a large door. In groups Foundation worked together to build a castle.

Making Potions

This afternoon we read the story ‘Room on the Broom’ and talked about cauldrons and making potions. The children made their own magic potions using a mix of exciting materials. It was also a great chance to explore capacity, be imaginative and creative with different resources.

We are photographers

As part of our continuous provision, lots of the children have had the chance to be a photographer. Here are some of the pictures they have taken (Foundation especially like selfies!):

Welly Wednesday

Each Wednesday Foundation put on their coats and wellies and head outside. After making bird food on Monday, we hung the feeders to the trees. We went on a bug hunt, some of us used the rake like Percy the Park Keeper to collect leaves. We also had the ‘Honkeys’ out (horse/donkey) which are great for motor control.

 

Owl Toast

Today the children made owl toast. They used the toaster, spread the butter and cut fruit. They tasted delicious and enjoyed eating their owl creations. Some of the toast made the children turn into owls. Again, we had a hoot!

Nocturnal Animals

After learning about Owls, we moved on to identify other Nocturnal Animals. The children enjoyed going into our very dark nocturnal hideout to see what it is like for animals in the night time. The children loved being in the dark using torches to see.

 

Maths- shape

This week in Maths we have been learning about shape. We have been doing lots of varied activities with shape, such as: large building, shape printing, looking and recording shapes in our environment. Today we finished our shape work by making these scrummy shape biscuits.

Clay Owls

Following on from our owl visit the children each made an owl out of clay. They used sculpting tools to create the effect of wings, feathers, beaks and eyes.

Once they are dry we will be painting them.

Owl Visit

KS1 were so lucky because they met 3 different owls today. They met a Tawny Owl, Barn owl and tiny Indian Scops owl. All the children were ever so brave and touched the owls. Seeing the owls was a perfect experience for Foundation because we have been doing lots of work around the story ‘Owl Babies.

Welcome Assembly

Foundation were welcomed to Whitchurch school in a special assembly. They children were greeted by their house captains and our school Governor Mr Smerdon. Each child received a welcome certificate and a Whitchurch Teddy Bear.

 

 

Maths Challenges

This week in Maths the children have a building challenge. They also have a car park where the children are matching the correct digits. Some of us are learning to recognise numbers, and some of us are learning the count objects.