Foundation Stage Weekly Update 29th April 2016
Words of the week: nocturnal, non-fiction
Communication and Language
We have been imagining that we are the owls in the story this week and have been discussing how we feel at certain points in the book. During our storytelling we have also been thinking about the different voices that we can use for the different characters and how our expressions convey different meanings. I have also been really impressed with the children’s ability to work with a talk partner and remain on task. They have shared ideas with a partner and then the whole class.
Personal, Social and Emotional development
This week we have continued to think about our value of the term, teamwork and in particular how the owls in owl babies worked as part of a team to look after each other. In class we have been thinking about ways that we can work as a team, helping each other with different jobs around the classroom and outside area. We have decided that working as a team makes everything much quicker and easier.
We have been linking our movements with music this week, thinking about fast and slow movements in response to the music. Next week we will be listening to the music for our May day dance and will begin to think about different movements that we can put together to create our own dance routine. Each week we continue to build on our fine motor control and practise our letter formation. It would be really helpful if you could spend some time helping your child with their letter formation at home. If you would like some ideas on how to support your child please let me know.
We have used non-fiction books to find out facts about owls this week. I continue to be impressed by the children’s developing understanding of both fiction and non-fiction books. In our writing groups this week we have been looking at the illustrations of the three baby owls and have been writing about how they felt in the story.
This week we have continued to build on our knowledge of numbers, recognising and ordering them. We have also begun to talk about halving numbers and sharing things equally. The children have been using objects and working out how to share them equally between 2 people and then additional people. This is something that we will continue to build on next week.
Expressive art and design
We have spent lots of time developing our art this week. We enjoyed using a variety of different art resources to create our owl babies inspired pictures and models. The children have sponge painted some fantastic pictures of the three owls sitting on the tree, others have decorated 3D owls and some have made moving paper plate owls. These will all go on display in the classroom soon. This week we have also learnt a new owl song in preparation for our sharing assembly.
Understanding the World
The children have been keen to find out more about owls this week and we have used non-fiction books and the internet to do this. They have all been intrigued by the information that they have found out and have enjoyed sharing this with others.
Thursday- I will be out all morning so Mrs Bruce will be covering the class.
Text: We will be writing our own baby books.
Please help your child play guess the baby. A winner will be picked next Friday.
Thank you for your continued support.