Class 1 - Foundation Stage
2016-17 EYFS Planning and Termly Newsletters
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Tesco's Bags of Help - Developing the outdoor garden
In January 2017, Class 1 was awarded a much needed and welcome grant of £2000 to develop our outdoor provision to create a garden in which the children could work, learn and play. The school were keen to ensure that the children had ownership of the project so have been involved in all areas of the planning and setting out. The project will be ongoing and to ensure that we get it just right the plan is to develop the area slowly over a period of time.......
A crisp, frosty winter's day was the perfect opportunity for children to explore the seasonal changes to the environment. Children enjoyed breaking ice puddles, scraping the ice from surfaces, crunching through frozen grass, watching their breath in the cold air and walking and talking with their friends on our village walk. The changes to the environment also created opportunities for our children to consider how the weather might affect native birds and the local wildlife and what we could do as a class to help them.
Creating their own Advent Calendar
Baking delicious ginger bread biscuits
At Saint Sebastian's we are very lucky to have a wonderful outdoor provision which children love to use for all aspects of their learning and in all types of weather. Children can independently create their own assault courses, narrative stories and props, explore nature in our pond, herb garden and planters, put on a show on our simple stage or just simply relax with a book throughout the day. The outdoor area provides lots of opportunities for children to extend and consolidate their learning and creates a wonderful insight into how the children understand and experience the world around them.
Festivals and Traditions
Autumn is always a very exciting time in Foundation Stage as children observe the changing of the season and its impact on the environment. They also begin to develop their understanding of the larger world through the festivals and traditions at home and abroad during this time of year.
Bonfire Night Poetry - written by Class 1 using our senses
Using the topic of Bonfire Night the children considered how each of their 'senses' experiences the world around them and using those experiences worked together as a class to agree on the best ideas for a class poem. Children then experimented with rhyming words and with a little adult support a poem was soon created. Children created their own actions and finally performed the poem for the children in Class 2 and adults in school.
Children have been developing their understanding of the world and different cultures and traditions in our topic on the Hindu festival of Diwali. Using video, books, art and music children have explored how people are similar and how they are different. We have learnt that some children may dress, look, speak and learn differently and enjoy festivals and traditions which are different to our own. Children have also considered the ways in which people are similar. We have talked about how people feel and the importance of values what ever culture we may belong to.