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FS Update 20.05.2016

Foundation Stage Update 20th May 2016 

Words of the week: expedition, non-fiction 
Communication and Language
We have had some fantastic discussions this week about the jungle and what animals live there. We have been thinking about questions this week, talking about what a question is and then coming up with our own questions. I have been really impressed with the children’s speaking and listening skills this week. They have asked questions to our visitors and engaged in discussions with each other and the adults in the class.

Personal, Social and Emotional development
This week we have continued to talk about and demonstrate the importance of teamwork. The children have really impressed me with their ideas and explanations of teamwork and have clearly demonstrated what great team players they are. They have all contributed to our class teamwork puzzle which will be on display in the shared area.

Physical development
Once again our P.E sessions have focused on our May Day dancing. I have been really impressed with how quickly the children have picked up our dance and their eagerness to share their ideas. We continue to develop our fine motor control through writing and fine motor activities.

This week in literacy we have continued to develop our understanding of non-fiction books. I was really impressed with the children’s knowledge of the features of non-fiction books, they have remembered the differences between a fiction and non-fiction text and have been able to clearly identify non-fiction books. In our writing we have continued to practise the sounds that we find tricky to write. Please continue to support your child with their writing at home.

In our maths this week we have continued to learn about money and have been correctly identifying the right coins to use to pay for objects. We have been using 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins to ‘pay’ for different objects. It would be really useful if you could spend time looking at coins and identifying coins that are used to pay for different objects. You could set up a pretend shop and price objects and ask your child to find the correct coins to pay for them.

Expressive art and design
We have been using mirrors to look carefully at ourselves this week, this has then helped us to draw our self-portraits for our class teamwork puzzle. I have been really impressed with the amount of time the children have spent on their portraits. Outside, the children have been enjoying painting their own pictures and adding these to our outside gallery.

Understanding the World
This week we have continued to develop our understanding of how we have changed since we were babies. We were lucky enough to have a baby come to visit us, thank you to Maisy Clark’s parents for organising it. The children have now developed a greater understanding of how we change and the new skills that we are constantly learning.

ast week all the children produced some amazing writing and we were all very proud of them. As a special treat for all their hard work we were lucky enough to have Lollie come to visit our class and she even stayed for a special story that the children had chosen about dogs. Well done Foundation Stage. You can see your child’s writing on the writing working wall.

WOW leaves will be shared and celebrated next Friday.

Bottle tops-please can you save bottles tops for an art project that we are planning for term 6.

As we approach the summer term we are trying to encourage the children to be more independent and would like your support with this. In the mornings please could you encourage your child to change their shoes and hang up their coat, put away their book bag, homework folder and other items independently. Thank you for your support.

Please check that all your child’s belongings are clearly named. As the weather gets warmer the children take off their cardigans and jumpers and it makes it really difficult to return them to their rightful owner if they are not clearly named.

Next week
Phonics: Revise all sounds
Maths: Problem solving

Dates for your diary
Thursday 26th May- Great Garsington Bake Off

Friday 27th May- May Day and end of term 5. Don’t forget to come to school dressed up and parents/carers are welcome to join us for our May Day celebrations in the afternoon.

Thank you for your continued support.
Rebecca Honey


Over the weekend please have this family discussion- we will be discussing this as a class on Monday morning. 

What 5 things would you take with you to the Jungle?