Foundation Stage Blog

High Levels of Concentration during Home Learning

These are some of the many pictures that have been making me smile as I watch you learning at home. The high levels of concentration are visible in the children’s expressions. What FANTASTIC learners,  keep exploring and trying the different challenges that we set everyday.


Cress Planting and Cheese Tasting

We followed instructions of how to decorate our own pots and then plant our own cress hair!

Jane then returned in the afternoon to support us as we followed  a question posed by a group who had been painting together the day before. The question was, What does goats cheese taste like? What about sheeps cheese? How does that taste? Can you get rainbow cheese? Can you get cheese with fruit in it? You can get smelly cheese. How does that taste?          Goats cheese ” It smells like ice-cream” Smelly cheese( Blue cheese) “ERR Yuck” was the first response! Then three children tasted this blue cheese, they ate a whole chunk before pulling a face! Next Week we are going to make mini pizzas with our outright winner of the taste test…Red Leicester Cheese!


Mouse Paint

On Friday 31st Jan we read the story Mouse Paint  and the children requested to recreate the story by painting with their feet!! Monday 3.2.2020..FEET PAINTING FUN!  Spinning around in the paint trays we the most fun. Legs and bottoms got covered in paint! as the children dance and jumped along the rolls of paper.  

Home Learning using Loose Parts

Tuesday March 24th 2020

   A house was created after searching in his house for items!      A rainbow,  rainbow circle and a bunny bookmark.

Thank you for sending in photos of your child’s learning.

Remember there aren’t any rules about what you can and can’t use when using loose parts and it is good to keep adding new materials and mixing things up. The same materials can be used in so many different ways by combining them with various other materials to produce different results each time.

Remember you don’t need to use glue and the items can be saved and used again.

Circus Skills ‘Look what we can do!’

We had such an AMAZING session where we all had the opportunity to watch and try our hand at circus skills. The children also watched a fantastic circus show at the end of the school day. WHAT a FABULOUS DAY.

Being part of a Live Broadcast

On Thursday 30th January we took part in a Live Broadcast…. The children thought the music was different and one child described it as…”Its adult music, it is just hymns”  We explained that the Orchestra were using music and voices to tell a story. We will continue to widen the children’s experiences to classical music and musical story telling.

The Apple Tree
Thursday 30th January, 11am – 11.45am
A special early years music live broadcast live from Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) will perform ‘The Apple Tree’, featuring soprano Kirsty Hopkins

Volcanoes !!!!

The comments below are the children’s thoughts and knowledge BEFORE we watched the Video Clip.

A volcano is a cone shape- K
It has Larva – A
It has fire- G
It goes all the way to the floor- R
And the larva goes all the way up to the air – C
and it explodes – H
The larva is SO hot , it would burn all over you- A
It has smoke and rocks inside -T
It has water in it- L …..NO it has fire – H
The rocks go down, down, down to the larva under the word – A
It goes under the sea, there are little rocks, medium and big big massive rocks and they blow out and hit people. -H
The volcano goes down to the sea -T
The larva goes down the grass and down to the sea – T
If you go under the larva , some of the larva shakes – A
It flows down to the sea and then the sea turns to Larva – H


Its like FIREWORKS!!! – H

Ballet Shoes! A Magical Day

Today was truly ‘magical’ where one child’s idea captured a whole class and sustained shared thinking for a whole day! It was wonderful to be part of this exploration into Ballet. How handmade ballet shoes can feel…STRANGE on our feet! Pretend Ballet shoes rip when we dance but we keep returning to the ballet shop to get the fixed! Perseverance, High Involvement, Co-operation, Turn Taking, Creative Thinking, Physical Movement, the list of skills was endless……. A Brilliant Day.  🙂 

Ballet Movements and Shows

Chinese New Year Dragon Dancing

We worked with West End in Schools learning a Zodiac dance and then we learnt how Chinese children and adults take part in a dragon dance as part of their New Years Celebrations.

Asda Outdoor Picnic and Asda Bread Shop!!

We have been working with Jane from Asda for two weeks. The idea initial came from one of the children who wanted to have a REAL outside picnic,  in a den. At this picnic we explored Vegetables…carrots, celery, spinach, avocado, red, yellow and green peppers and cress. One child questioned…”Why would we eat a plant? ” when she was looking at the cress…But then loved the taste and took home a whole pot for herself..Yum.    On the second week the group decided to build a shop out of the blocks inside, with shelves and a cafe to taste the bread. We tried different Breads… naan bread, carrot bread, pumpernickel bread, cheese bread, soda bread, french loaf and pitta breads. Next week we are going to learn how to make our own bread with Jane…YUM…YUM.

What an amazing start to our school year.

Creative, Collaborative learners both inside and outside everyday this week. 

As a Foundation Team we have changed the way in which we observe the children’s learning. You will see spontaneous learning stories and focused children’s files above the coat area of base 1 and base 2.

Please do take time to read your child’s learning stories on the wall. We will also share these focused children’s learning stories with families at the end of each week. It will be a wonderful way to share the amazing learning we have noticed across a week.

Thank you Jane & Asda

For the last four weeks Jane from Asda has visited the Foundation Stage Unit once a week to teach small groups of  children how to make fresh fruit yogurts.  YUM YUM … 🙂

Fabulous Fun this week 10th June

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