Foundation 2017 - 2018

Miss Evans

Firstly, I would like to say how pleased I am with how the children have adapted to school life and how well they have settled in at Highfields. We have had a very busy half term and have been working hard on our All About Me topic. The children have been finding out about themselves. As part of our topic, we have painted self-portraits, looked at our senses, which included completing rubbings and finding different textures. We have had a visit from Harold the Giraffe in the Life Education Bus. We have also had a handwashing workshop to show us how important it is to wash our hands. We used a special light box to show how many germs were on our hands. It was very interesting! We will be continuing this topic after the half term and moving onto the World Around Us.

In literacy, we have looked at the following books:

  • The Train Ride
  • Oliver’s Fruit Salad
  • My 5 Senses
  • All About Me
  • Funnybones


All of these books have proved highly popular with the children and they have completed lots of activities based on them. We enjoyed going on our own train ride around the school after a train track appeared in our classroom over the weekend. We then drew pictures and labelled what we saw. We have also drawn and labelled our favourite foods. The children have been working really hard on their letters and sounds knowledge and I am seeing lots of progress. We have also been focussing on writing our names and using the correct letter formation. Next half term, we will be continuing to sound out words to read and write them and we will also move on to writing sentences.

In Numeracy, we have been focussing on counting skills and number recognition; we have also been working really hard on number formation, ensuring the children are writing the numbers the correct way around. After half term, we will be building on our knowledge of number and begin to look at patterns, 2d shapes, measurements and money.

In phonics, we have covered the following sounds: s,a,t,p,i,n,g,o,c,k,ck,d,m,e,u, and r. After the half term break we will be recapping the sounds already covered and will be moving onto the following sounds: j,w,v,x,y,z,zz,qu,sh,ch,th and ng.

A big well done to all the children who have been part of our Celebration Assemblies this half term:

  • Charlie
  • Francesca
  • Hannah
  • George
  • Jake


I would also like to thank those parents who have been adding observations and messages onto the tapestry learning journey program. It is fantastic to see what the children have been doing at home and to get your feedback. Also, thank you for the star moments, I am continuing to add these to our display in the classroom and the children really do like to share these with the rest of the class. I have attached some more templates for you to use.


We have a very busy half term planned after the holiday with lots of events and activities to look forward to. A few dates for your diary:


  • Tuesday 31st October – Fruits kebab making with Sainsbury’s
  • Friday 3rd November – Zoo2U workshop at school
  • Tuesday 12th December – Foundation and Key Stage 1 Christmas Play. There will be two performances, one at 2pm and one at 6pm. Please note that tickets are limited to two per family per performance, more details to follow nearer the time.
  • Friday 15th December – Foundation Visit to Stockley Farm (Warm clothes to be worn)
  • Monday 18th December – Foundation and Key Stage 1 Christmas Party (Non Uniform day for Foundation and Years 1 and 2 only.)
  • Wednesday 20th December – Last day of term.

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