Welcome to Foundation!
Firstly, welcome to Ladybirds class page and to Laira Green Primary School.
Our main ethos is to plan our curriculum with the interests of the children in mind, we refer to this as 'objective led-planning'. This simply means that we outline the objectives over the year and teach them to the interests of the children. We believe that we can achieve a high level of engagement, learning outcomes and growth mind-set towards learning through adapting our styles of teaching to suit your child’s interests and passions.
The activities are planned and designed carefully to enhance learning opportunities to support learning and aim to get the very best from each child. At times adult directed learning takes place in order to allow children to develop the broad range of skills they need. Learning takes place indoors and outdoors across each of the 7 areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. This year we have chosen to use Tapestry, an online learning journey, to record, observe and assess the children's learning and progress.
The Foundation team:
Teacher: Mrs C Taylor
Learning support staff: Miss L Bickford and Miss L Johnson
Any questions or concerns please speak to a member of the Foundation team, we will be happy to help, the best time to catch us is at the end of the school day.
Foundation stage curriculum overview
Please find our Autumn term (2018) Curriculum letter here
Today, 7th June, Ladybirds had a special visitor from Stuart Dann. He came in to tell us all about his favourite Bible story. Our learning objective for RE day was to look into 'Why do people tell stories about Jesus?'
We loved every minute of this story and it was especially fun when Stuart asked some of us to get involved and to act a few of the characters. A massive thank you to Stuart for coming in and telling such a wonderful story.
God save the Queen!
Visit from a nurse!
On Tuesday 15th May Foundation class were very lucky to have Grace come and visit us to talk about her job and how she looks after people. We also had a wonderful insight into how we can help our family and friends at home when they are ill, by using the 5 super powers of 'making someone feel better'. The super powers are: Empathy, touch, distraction, medicine (only given by an adult), Listening and comfort. Grace told us how these super powers are what she uses as a children's nurse and that we can use some of them too! At the end of Grace's visit she also told us how to look after ourselves and how to stop spreading germs. Such as the 'catch it, bin it, kill it' idea behind coughing, sneezing and blowing our noses. The main thing we learnt about stopping germs is to WASH our HANDS!!
A MASSIVE thank you to Grace from Ladybirds!
Ladybirds' Forest School
After a few short showers in the morning before they left, Ladybirds class (led by Mrs Gallagher) were eventually blessed by a warm morning in the woods. With the appropriate clothing donned and the children loaded up with ropes and tarpaulins we set off with a spring in our step. At the top of the hill the children had the opportunity to observe some signs of spring and saw some young hazel buds and leaves; comparing them in size and shape to those of the sycamore tree.
Upon arrival at the valley we spoke about being responsible citizens and how we should work together to collectively look after our local green spaces. The motto of ‘Leave no trace’ was explained to the children and during the session several items of rubbish were collected and, as ever, we left the valley looking better and cleaner than when we arrived
Ladybirds class were given the chance to explore the valley and soon practiced the “1,2,3 Can you see me?”, call and response that helps the children to be aware if they can see an adult and an adult can see them. They responded really well to this and, with the adults spread out well, the children were able to explore a great deal and really get their hands dirty, literally!
One of the best things about Forest School is the way it lends itself to child initiated experiences. Before too long some of the children had tried to use a low tree branch to help them scale a muddy slope. A couple of children had the idea to use a rope to help them climb said slope and soon this was one of the most popular activities of the morning! Miss Bickford had to tie lots of ropes up so lots of children could have a go!
A rope swing also went up as the children enjoyed this when they visited the woods on the allotment site. In the valley the could swing higher and faster and they loved every minute of it! Thanks for helping with the pushing, Miss Easter!
Other activities the children had the opportunity to try were den building and using the slack line to balance on. Some even tried this with only one hand supported instead of two, very brave! The class also managed to find time to have a quick drink and a snack amongst their busy morning, they deserved the break and the energy boost!
Overall it was a really fun first morning in the woods for these children. They all returned to school muddy and tired but happy! I look forward to them returning in Year 1.
Foundation were incredibly lucky this week to have been visited by a real paramedic named Roxanne, who came in to talk to us as she found out we are learning about 'people who help us'. We had so much fun learning with our visitor, who began by demonstrating the recovery position with Emelia and allowed us to try on a partner. Roxanne also brought in all sorts of equipment for us to explore such as a safety helmet, a thermometer, a stethoscope and tonnes of bandages! We had enough bandages to have one each and I'm sure you can imagine the fun we had with them! From legs, to tummies, to arms, to heads - you name it, we had it covered (literally!) We learnt lots of interesting facts such as - paramedics give initial first aid to casualties but they then take them to hospital to be treated by doctors and nurses, paramedics wear safety helmets if they have to attend the scene of a car crash, paramedics drive ambulances which have lots of equipment inside but they are thinking about introducing bicycles too! Our visitor really taught us a lot about our topic 'people who help us'. Thank you so much to Roxanne and to Miss Bickford for organising it.
Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful Easter.
Please find our Summer Term Curriculum letter here.
British science week
Foundation have kicked off our science week with a very exciting bug hunt! We are the animal saviours this week and we will be looking closely at the animals we find in our local environment, how we can look after these animals and how to make a bug hotel!
Head to the 'bug hunt' gallery to see what we got up to!
Foundation have been lucky enough to host our chicken eggs, we are currently watching them to see if they hatch. If you would like to look at the eggs at home you can search for 'Laira Green live' on youtube to see a live feed of our incubator.
Head to the gallery to see our cooking and eating, learning about pancake day was very tasty!
On Wednesday 7th Foundation had their first taste of Forest school! We had a fantastic morning exploring the allotment and the wooded area. Please look at the gallery to see how much fun we had!
Thank you to those who came to our first Bananas about books, we loved having parents and carers in to join us for a story! If you can make it to the next one it would be lovely to see more of you on Thursday 1st February 8:40-9:15.
Foundation have been very busy over the past few weeks, discovering and learning all about dinosaurs! We have found dinosaur feet in the classroom, in the outside area. We have watched our egg hatch, inside we found our class dinosaur which we voted to call Jack. We have been taken over by all things dinosaur in the unit and we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! One of our favourite days was looking at real life fossils! We spent all afternoon using the magnifying glass to look at them closer. Please have a look a our 'Dinosaur takeover!' gallery to see what we have been up to!
Sophie and Goose workshop
Last week Foundation at the amazing opportunity of taking part in a 'Sophie & goose' workshop. We have the lovely Charlie come in and read us the story of goose, which we then had to act out using movement. One we had finished this short story we finished with the real 'Sophie & goose' story, where goose goes to the beach for the day. The most amazing part of this was all receiving a SIGNED copy of the book! We hope the children enjoy reading their 'Sophie & goose' books at home.
Our Dino mystery!
This morning foundation went out to play in the garden as we usually do. However, this morning something seemed to be very different. Some of our children quickly spotted some unusual footprints, which we decided to follow. At the end of the footprints we found an egg! We have decided to take care of the egg and watch to see what happens, we are hoping that a dinosaur hatches out of the egg!! glasses
Happy new year to all and welcome back to a new term in Ladybirds class. These last few days the children have been expressing and sharing their love for reading. Each child come into school with a special book, shared the title, why they enjoyed it and gave us a little synopsis of what happened in the story. Thank you so much to everyone who shared a book with us!
Christmas at Laira Green! We all really enjoyed eating our Christmas dinners and meeting Santa.
Ladybird's first few days in foundation!