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September 2021...a very warm welcome to Burnley Road Academy Foundation Stage!

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Welcome all our September starters to Burnley Road Foundation Stage Unit! Let the adventures begin!

We are thrilled to have you all in our unit.

This half term it's all about the children settling in and adapting to the routines and class rules. We will be focusing on independence skills and developing confidence. We will spend time talking about ourselves and how we are all different to each other. We will also talk about our families, our interests and our likes and dislikes.

Summer 2 - Everybody out!

Our final topic of the school year! We will be taking a closer look at our environment, exploring living things, looking at life cycles, learning new facts, looking at growth and decay and how to care for plants. Of course we will be getting up close and personal with minibeasts too! The children will be planting their own seeds and will help to look after our outdoor area. They will be introduced to new vocabulary and books, including fiction and non-fiction. We have already planted sunflower seeds and we love caring for them and checking for any changes! 



Summer 1 - Once upon a time...

Prepare for lots of stories with this opener! 
The children will be focusing mainly on traditional tales such as The gingerbread man, The three little Pigs, Goldilocks and the three bears etc. They will look at how these stories are structured, the characters, settings and plot. They will be able to join in with repeated parts of the story and retell the stories using puppets and story maps/mountains. 

Phonics - Children in Reception have been taught all of the phase 3 sounds. This term we will be practising using these sounds to read and write. The children will begin to be able to write sentences which are phonetically decodable. We will be focusing on letter formation to make sure that their letters are formed correctly. We will be looking at the phase 4 part of Letters and Sounds document where we begin to look at longer words using all the sounds they have been taught.

Maths  -This term we will be really focusing on recognising, writing and ordering numbers from 1-20. We will be looking at numbers to 100 also. We will continue to learn the names of 2D and 3D shapes and the properties of these shapes. The children have learnt how to add by counting on and we will be looking at this again by using bigger numbers. We will also look at subtracting numbers in practical and fun ways.

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The last half term...

The final push! For the children in Reception it will be their last half term in our Foundation Stage Unit and we will be preparing for the transition to Year 1. Our Nursery children will also be preparing for the transition to Reception. How exciting!
We will spend lots of time this half term making sure children are prepared and confident for their next step. More importantly, we will have lots of fun! We will continue to embed lots of skills we have learned this past year such as sharing, turn taking, solving problems and conflict, listening, answering questions, following instructions and being super independent!

Phonics - Most children will be working hard on blending and segmenting through lots of fun games and activities such as 'golden river', 'metal Mike' and 'I spy'.
Some children will continue to tune into different sounds around them as well sounds at the beginning of words. They will play games such as 'who is on the lycra?', 'Bertha the bus', 'Silly soup' and 'a pizza for...' to practise alliteration. 

They will all continue to develop their listening and attention skills during group time, remembering to put their hand up and wait their turn when answering questions or offering comments and show us their beautiful sitting. 

Maths - Children in Nursery will work hard to develop a concrete knowledge of numbers. They will recognise numerals, order them, practise matching quantity to numeral, count out different amounts and count objects or actions. They may begin to recognise numerals beyond 10! We will recognise, use, explore and name 2D shapes and use positional language. 

Phonics - In our final half term in Reception we have moved onto phase 4 Phonics. We are working really hard to read longer words and become more fluent when reading. In writing we are trying really hard to write sentences with finger spaces, remembering capital letters and full stops. The children are developing these skills through games, activities and during carpet sessions. 

Maths - We are continuing to work on recognising, ordering and writing numbers to 20. We are exploring addition and subtraction in practical ways and writing number sentences. We will continue to explore 2D and 3D shapes.  

Welcome to our new starters, we are so pleased to have you in our class!

Phonics - The children have been working so hard on various aspects of phase 1 phonics, particularly rhyming and alliteration. We will continue to recap and practise these skills through lots of activities and fun, practical games.
We will also be moving onto 'oral blending and segmenting' and 'voice sounds'. These are 2 very important aspects of phase 1 and will require lots and lots of practise! We have some brilliant games to play to develop these skills and the children will meet our friend 'Metal Mike'!

Maths - This half term we will continue to work hard on our number recognition and counting skills. The children will identify numbers in the environment and during focused group activities. They will enjoy counting out different amounts, match numeral and quantity and order numbers. They will look closely at different numbers and their value. Again, we have some exciting games to play to support them with this! They will continue to recognise, name and describe 2D shapes and use them for different tasks.

Lots of outdoor learning fun to be had too, rain or shine!

March 2021 - Under the sea!

This half term we are diving into the depths of the ocean and learning about all things under the sea! We will explore the different layers of the ocean and learn facts about various sea creatures. (Check out our wonderful display >!) We will also spend lots of time learning the importance of recycling and caring for our environment and wildlife. We recommend the story 'Somebody swallowed Stanley' by Sarah Roberts.  The children will be learning lots of new vocabulary surrounding this topic and we hope they will share it with you too! 

Nursery children are working really hard during Phonics sessions. We are focusing on alliteration and initial sounds through lots of exciting games and activities. We are also continuing to practise their super listening skills during carpet sessions and remembering to put their hand up. The children will also be developing their counting skills by matching numeral and quantity, counting out a given number and working with 2D shapes. 

We are welcoming majority of the Reception children back into the classroom who have been working incredibly hard at home. We have learnt all of the Phase 3 sounds and now we are going to continue to practice using those sounds in words to read and for writing. There are lots of games and activities that you can use to practice this. There are some good websites that you can explore to develop their phonic skills. www.phonicsplay.co.uk , www.lettersandsounds.co.uk , www.twinkl.co.uk. In Maths we are continuing to learn a range of skills such as doubling, counting on, measuring, time, money and problem solving. 

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January 2021 - Happy and healthy!

This half term our topic is 'Happy and Healthy'. We will be looking at lots of different things that we can do to keep ourselves healthy including exercise and our diet. We will explore different food groups and what the foods do to our bodies. We will also be thinking about how we can keep ourselves and others around us happy. We will also be celebrating Chinese New Year! We will make sure all our activities are available to do at home via Seesaw. 

The Nursery children will be continuing to work their way through Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds (Phonics programme). They will be working hard on rhyming words and alliteration. In Maths they will be continuing to learn numbers and the value of different numbers and will practise their counting. They will also begin to recognise 2D shapes. 

In Reception, the children have been working incredibly hard on Phase 2 phonics. They have practised reading and writing CVC words and are gaining confidence in writing simple captions. We will be moving onto Phase 3 phonics where we will begin to learn the next set of sounds. In Maths the children will continue to explore numbers to 20. They will begin adding and subtracting numbers using counters. They will also begin naming and describing 2D and 3D shapes. 

Autumn 1 - Look at us!

Welcome all our September starters to Burnley Road Foundation Stage Unit! Let the adventures begin!

Mrs Holmes, Miss Brennan, Mrs Greenwood, Mrs Geoghegan and Ms Harrison are thrilled to have you all in our unit.

The children are settling in very well adapting to the routines and class rules. During this half term, we are focusing on independence skills and developing confidence. We will spend time talking about ourselves and how we are all different to each other. We will also talk about our families, our interests and our likes and dislikes.

The children made some lovely pictures of their families which are on display. Take a look > 

Autumn 2 - What a wonderful world!

This is one of our favourite topics! This half term we will look at a globe and explore different parts of our wonderful world! We will begin with England and then move onto hot, dry, cold and wet climates e.g. deserts, rainforests and Arctic/Antarctica. During this topic we will look at similarities and differences in weather, homes, animals and much more!

Our wonderful Rainforest display is below!


Our cheeky 'Elf on the shelf' Christmas decorations and the wonderful ice post box which we were very lucky to have at school! We enjoyed writing letters to Santa and posting them in here. We even had a dance with some elves!

NURSERY PARENTS - Follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDtyjM8gsU4&feature=youtu.be to see Miss Brennan go through one of the ways we teach aspects of phase 1 Phonics (rhyming, alliteration and oral blending and segmenting) through a game called silly soup. The children are very familiar with this game and they know the song so it should be an easy one to play with them...fingers crossed!
Please make sure you are pronouncing the pure sounds - here is a guide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTe5_Em0BHQ

Check out some of the other videos on her channel to hear her reading stories and singing songs!

RECEPTION PARENTS - Follow this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U7R3wpSs6o&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR19WbhxzC1XBANcYh-VqOxcutqmLHnfOOQ3dwHjdMPRDF599WzLXkHtSeY to see Mrs Holmes reading lots of lovely stories!


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Useful Websites

https://www.onceuponapicture.co.uk/ - Talking prompts

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub - daily schedule and activities to support

https://app.gonoodle.com/ - Dancing/Wake up shake up!

Playdough recipe
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj0shfH3pzhrf3dOrSj_pRw/ Live dough disco 9.30am and 1pm

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome/grades-prek-k.html - Daily stories and activities

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/eyfs-nursery-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack-t-tp-2549365 - Create a free account for resources and games on Twinkl

https://www.spreadthehappiness.co.uk/product/100-things-to-do-indoors/ - 100 things to do indoors – free download

https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - Children’s yoga - they LOVE this!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ - Joe Wicks live exercise sessions

https://www.vooks.com/ - Video stories

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio - Cbeebies radio

https://theimaginationtree.com/stay-at-home-survival-guide/ - Planning, play and learning ideas

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/ - Useful ideas and links

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games - Cbeebies games

www.discoveryeducation.co.uk  – Log in to Espresso using Username
student31016 Password brs2010 and follow the foundation tab

https://theimaginationtree.com/best-ever-no-cook-play-dough-recipe/ - Non-cook playdough recipe

https://domesticsuperhero.com/best-homemade-playdough-recipe/ - Cook playdough recipe


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