Welcome to the Spring Term in Foundation
Our topic for the Spring Term is Can I have a dog?
How much is that doggy in the window? Can I have a dog? How will I look after it? It’s time to find out all about pets and how to care for them.
This half term, we will build comfy kennels for small world dogs using different materials. When our small world dogs get muddy, we’ll carefully clean and dry them. Our role play vets surgery will keep us busy, as we’ll bathe, bandage and feed toy animals. Using our problem-solving skills, we’ll sort pet care items using different criteria. Getting creative, we’ll use stencils to create animal prints.
In our Literacy work, we’ll share books, reading animal names and exploring the initial sounds. We’ll take a walk on the wild side when we practise moving like animals. Will we curl up like a cat or run like a dog? Inspired by pictures of amazing animals, we’ll draw the pet we would like and write its name. Using our maths skills, we’ll count the dogs in different sets.
Help your child prepare for their project
Let’s learn about pets! Why not use natural materials to make a ‘big art’ pet picture in the garden? Don’t forget to take a photograph! You could also phone/face time a friend or family member to find out how they look after their pet. Alternatively, play ‘pet shops’ using toy animals, taking it in turns to buy them using coins.
We will also learn about traditions at this time of year: Chinese New Year, Shrove Tuesday, Mother’s day and Easter. All of this is done through carefully selected books which encourage your child to fully engage with the topic and learn as much as possible.
- Foundation one children will have a school library book for you to share at home with your child. Every Monday your child will bring home a new library book. Please return them to school on a Friday so we can quarantine these over the weekend.
- Foundation two children will bring home two reading books, one is a book banded book for you to share together with your child, and they will also have a sound blending book which is carefully matched to their phonic level. Your child will have a pack of key words that they are currently working on. Please return all books to school on a Friday for quarantining. Children are encouraged to develop their love of reading by using books, magazines and reading resources from home during the weekend.
- The children are expected to read at home at least four times a week. Please remember to write in your child’s reading planner if you listen to your child read, as they are rewarded in school for reading at home.
Our routines and reminders:
- Our PE session will be every Wednesday. Your child can come to school wearing their school PE kit. Please make sure it is suitable for our outdoor PE sessions.
- Thank you to all of you who have been bringing book bags every day. It is really important to bring them to school every day so we can send home new letters and any of the children’s pictures or work, as well as their school reading books and planners.
- Can you please send your child to school with a spare change of clothes, pants, socks, trousers/skirt as accidents occur and it’s helpful if your child has their own clothes to change into. Please leave them in a bag on their peg and please make sure all items are labelled.
- Can you please send a pair of wellies for your child to keep at school, to use in our mud kitchen and digging area.
- You can send pictures through class Do Jo, to share your child’s achievements from home. These contribute to your child’s assessment and are a vital part of the progress your child will make. This is an opportunity for us to hear about and celebrate your child’s home achievements.
- Show and tell will be every Friday. Due to the current situation we are unable to have any objects brought into school. You can send a photo through class Do Jo of your child and their chosen object to share at show and tell. This could be a toy, photo, certificate or special object. This will help develop the children’s communication and language skills, as well as their confidence to speak in a familiar group.
Thank you for entrusting your child to us this year. We promise to do our best each day to guide your child in exploring and learning, as well as helping them to feel safe and valued.
We look forward to working with you this year so that together we can make sure your child is as happy as possible and achieve their full potential.
Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions please see one of the foundation team or send a message through our class Do Jo page, we are always here to help and support you.
Mrs Stabler and the Foundation Team