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The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

The Spinney Primary School

Teaching and Learning Together

Foundation

Welcome to Foundation!
 

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A warm welcome to our year page. If your child is in Foundation please familiarise yourself with this page as it will let you know the various activities the class are currently involved in. Note that this page doesn't replace the school newsletters - those can be accessed below.

Things to remember

Class agreements

 

This list was put together by the pupils themselves in the first week of term. All the ideas came from the children themselves, and they know they must do their best to abide by them.

  1. We sit sensibly
  2. We work quietly
  3. We play nicely
  4. We share
  5. We help each other
  6. We line up sensibly

 

Curriculum

 

For the curriculum information sheet for this term, please see below. 

This term's topic is 'Once upon a time...'
To introduce our topic we will be reading lots of wonderful traditional tales. We be developing the skill to distinguish between what is real and what is imaginary.  We will also be acting out and retelling some traditional tales to increase our understanding of the plots and to develop our empathy and compassion for different characters in the stories.

 

To compliment our topic we will be visiting the local library in Cherry Hinton to find out more about how libraries work and to enjoy some more stories.

 

 

Homework

 

 

Please find above a list of high frequency words which we are teaching as part of our phonics lessons. 

 

Once children are settled in they will  bring home next step targets to learn at home. Please practise these targets with your child at home throughout the week. When a child achieves their next step we celebrate on a Friday by launching their rocket. Next steps will be on a range of subjects such as: handwriting, learning new sounds, reading high frequency words, learning number facts or fastening their coats by themselves. We expect some next steps will take longer than a week to achieve, but once they have returned the reply slip to say that have mastered it we will send a new next step home the following Friday.

 

Please try to hear your child read as often as you can and record it in their red reading record. Children love a routine, whilst reading daily is ideal, try to choose a time when your child isn't tired. Please keep books and red reading records in the plastic wallet provided. This stops our lovely books from getting damaged especially by water bottles leaking in bags. Your child should bring their books and bookbag to school every day please. Children will be encouraged to bring home a picture book of their choice to share with you at bedtime. Please don't worry if they choose the same book frequently as young children often enjoy hearing their favourite story again and again!

 

 

This term we will introduce a daily phonics lessons, please practise the new sounds at home - click the video link below to see and hear correct articulation of the phonemes we're learning.

 

 

Articulation of Phonemes

A useful video clip showing the correct 'pure' pronounciation of phonemes (units of sound).

For ideas of maths skills to practise at home please see the link below.

Activities outside the classroom

 

Here is a list of the activities that take the children outside the classroom this term

  • PE activities weekly on a Tuesday and Friday.
  • We can store wellington boots at school if you would prefer your child to wear these outside.

 

Classroom activities

 

We will continue Friday Show and Tell this term. The children of one house (Dahl, Yousafzai, Shakespeare or Curie) are asked to bring in something that they can individually show and talk about to the class. The other children are then invited to ask questions. The 'talk' and questions last about two minutes. This is a very valuable part of the curriculum which helps the children to develop speaking and listening skills. The house whose turn it is that week will be indicated on the weekly timetable that is sent via email to parents. Please help your child to remember to bring something to show and tell. It is also very helpful to your child if they can discuss what they might say at home.

Growth Mindsets : try something new.

 

Here is an excellent article about building your child's self confidence and helping them try new things.

 

Free online resouces to support parents to play and talk to their child.

 

Welcome to our Foundation Class

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Just a short video to show you a child's eye view of life in the Foundation Stage classroom
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