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FS Update 27.11.15

Foundation Stage update 27th November 2015

Words of the week: furious, measure and exchange

Values: Respect and Remembrance

Communication and Language
This week we have really enjoyed learning how to tell the story of Jack and the beanstalk, thinking about using different actions and voices when taking on a role. I have been really impressed with how well the children have remembered the story and the expression that they are using when retelling it. As part of this we have also been making our own story maps to help us when we re tell the story to others. It is great to see how engaged the children have been with the story. I hope you enjoyed watching the children tell the story in our assembly this afternoon.

Personal, Social and Emotional development
We have continued to think about and discuss friendship this week, talking about why it is important to have friends and how we can show respect to our friends. It has been fantastic to see the children demonstrating respect and kindness to their friends both in the classroom and the wider school.

Physical development
Our P.E sessions will mainly focus on rehearsing for our Nativity for the next few weeks. We spent this week’s lesson listening to the song that we will be performing in the nativity and coming up with our own moves in response to the music. To develop our fine motor control we have been using large tweezers to pick up and sort different sized beans.

Literacy
Our writing has really improved this week, I can really see the children’s letter formation coming along and they have embraced our three new sounds this week. During our story time we have also enjoyed lots of book talk, discussing the role of an author and illustrator.

Maths
We have been exploring height and length this week, comparing the height of all children in the class. We really enjoyed creating our own height chart, measuring each other and writing all our names on it to show how tall we are. As part of our maths we have also been comparing the different heights of beanstalks and ordering them from shortest to tallest. On our maths table we have been counting and sorting beans, matching them to the correct numeral.

Expressive art and design
This week we have been creating pictures inspired by the story of Jack and the beanstalk. We used paint create pictures of different characters and discussed what we thought they might look like. We also learnt a new song called ‘I’m a little bean’, which I hoped you enjoyed hearing the children perform. Our fantastic singing voices have also been put to good use with our continuing nativity rehearsals.

Understanding the world
We have been talking about how things grow this week and what plants need to grow. This week we have also started to think about the story of Christmas. We will continue with this in more detail next week.

Nativity
Everyone should have received a letter about costumes for the Christmas nativity, these went home in book bags on Tuesday. Please could all costumes be in school by Wednesday 2nd December, they need to be in a named carrier bag.

In your child’s homework folder are the words to the songs in our nativity and a new WOW leaf. Wow leaves will be shared on the 18th December. Thank you for all the wow’s we had on our tree this month.

Phonics keyrings
We are hoping to send these out as soon as possible. We are just waiting for the treasury tags to arrive and then we will put them together and send them home.

Next week
Phonics: b, f ,e

Your child will be writing to you to invite you to come and watch our Christmas play, we will send these home in book bags one day next week, please keep an eye out for them. It would be great if you could write a message back to your child, either on a postcard, card or piece of paper and put it in the red post box that we will be making on Monday. We will then share your letters with your child. The red post box will then stay in our class for the rest of the term and children can then put any Christmas cards that they want to send to their friends in the post box, it will be emptied by our special helpers at the end of each day.

For the last three weeks of term we will be exploring different Christmas stories and traditions. It would be great if everyone could bring in a Christmas decoration to go on our class tree, please clearly name them and we will return them during the last week of term. If you have a favourite Christmas book we would love to read it. We would also like to hear about different Christmas traditions particularly in different countries. If you have any books, photos, objects or would be willing to come and talk to the children then please let me know.

Thank you for your continued support.
Rebecca Honey