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Foundation - Woodpecker & Kestrel

Welcome to Kestrel and Woodpecker website page!

 

Our page will be full of all the exciting adventures your child experiences in their first year of school. 

 

Remember to check your child's Tapestry Learning Journey page to keep up to date with their progress. We encourage you to also upload experiences and milestones they achieve at home. We look forward to celebrating their successes. 

Termly Learning Journeys 

Reading 

Over the next four weeks we are lucky enough to have Ginny come in and read stories to the children. Ginny uses props to enhance the story that she is telling. The children listen very carefully and thoroughly enjoyed the session. We have now had three stories, 'What's the time Mr Wolf', 'The Elephant and the Bad Baby' and 'The Tiger who came to tea'. 
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Writing

 

We practise our writing everyday in Read Write Inc and during our choosing time. We are trying really hard to form our sounds correctly. Sometimes we use formation sheets to help us remember where to start each sound. As well as learning to write simple words, we are also focusing on learning how to spell our names. 

 

You can support your child's writing development by encouraging them to find and copy the sounds in their name. Also by allowing them to explore writing is different ways such as, copying your shopping lists or writing birthday cards.

 

Summer 1 - We have all worked really hard at practising our writing. We can write are names and short sentences. In Reception we practise our writing writing everywhere - in paint, on whiteboards and with chalk!

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Mathematics

In Foundation we investigate mathematics in all areas of our classroom, using lots of different objects to help represent numbers, colours and patterns. This term we have been learning to count, recognise and order numbers up to 20. We have also explored different shapes in our environment and how to make repeating patterns. 

 

You can support your child's mathematical development by regularly counting objects and recognising numbers when you are out and about. 

 

Summer 1 - This term we are focusing on securing our knowledge of numbers to 20 and challenging ourselves to find one more or less than a number. We are also beginning to complete simple calculations. In Reception we absolutely love NumberBlocks. It is helping us to understand how different numbers are made. 

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Technology

We are exploring technology by using the iPads to navigate different games; through this we are developing knowledge and skills that cover the whole of our curriculum. 

 

Summer 1 - We are now able to find our own games to play on the iPads and use the camera to take pictures. We are continuing to work hard to follow the instructions on the Pads.

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Outdoors 

We have used our outdoor area to continue our learning during free play. This has included lots of different activities such as writing, counting and building models. We cover all aspects of our curriculum in the outdoor area. 

 

Summer 1 - This term we are exploring the world around us. This includes making homes for mini beasts, splashing in muddy puddles, seeing if hail stones melt and watching tadpoles complete their life cycle. 

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Our Assembly

We are very proud of the hard work that all the children put into our assembly. They all learnt their lines and the songs that we performed. Well Done Woodpecker and Kestrel! 

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Balanceability 

The children thoroughly enjoyed learning how to ride bikes. They started the week working on balancing and improving their coordination by playing lots of different games. By the end of the week all the children started to use the pedal on the bike with some support. We are all very proud of how well they listened to the instructors. Well Done Woodpecker and Kestrel. 

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Dental Nurse Visit

We had a visit from Donna the Dental Nurse. She told the story of Geoffrey the Giant who had toothache. We thought about foods that are good for teeth and how often we need to brush our teeth. Donna showed us how to brush our teeth so they stay nice and strong! 

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Life Caravan Visit

We had a visit from the Life Caravan. We talk all about our bodies and 'the five things' our bodies need - food, water, oxygen, exercise and sleep. We learnt about the different things inside our bodies and what we need to do to stay healthy.

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