Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage!
Foundation Stage Teacher
Mrs S Smith
Miss H Buckingham
All EYFS staff are happy to discuss your child's progress and welfare at any time.
Kindergarten and Reception together form the Foundation Stage Unit. Much of the learning is organised around themes or topics. All Foundation Stage children will follow the same topics and there will be times of the day where activities will be mixed, alongside times that are dedicated to activities specific to the age and needs of different groups of children.
Kindergarten is where most children begin their journey at The White House School. Here pupils are encouraged to learn and develop through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities. Staff ensure that all seven areas of learning and development are covered (current EYFS requirements) and that each pupil's progress is regularly assessed and recorded in an individual and personal Learning Journal.
Summer Term 2021
Welcome back after the Easter holiday.
We are looking forward to the Summer Term where we have lots of fun activities planned around our two main topics - 'Growing' and 'Minibeasts'. The children have enjoyed coming back after the break to see our bulbs that have now flowered. They look so colourful and are a sure sign of spring. We have been busy planting potatoes this week. They have planted them into two tubs. One tub has been planted by the children in Kindergarten and the other by the children in Reception. We will dig them up at the end of term and count them to see which class has grown the most.
What a great time we had on our school trip to Weston Park. It may have rained a bit but it didn't spoil our fun.
What a great Sport's Day we had in the sunshine. Well done to all the children. They were fantastic and had lots of fun. For more photos of Sport's Day, please see the Gallery page.
The children in Kindergarten have been growing sunflowers. They have now taken them home to plant them somewhere sunny and watch them grow really tall.
The children in Reception have been growing beans. We have now planted them in one of the pots outside. We can't wait for them to grow so we can cook and eat the beans.
The children have enjoyed watch tadpoles change into frogs. We now have lots of tiny frogs which are ready to be taken back to the pond they came from.
This week we have welcomed some caterpillars into the classroom. We are looking forward to watching them change into butterflies.
Spring Term 2021
Happy New Year!
We will start the term by thinking about the changes we can see in our local environment now it is winter. After the first few weeks we will move on to our main topic of the half term, 'Chinese New Year'. Our main topic after half term will be 'Under the Sea'. Alongside these main topics, work will also focus on special dates throughout the term including Shrove Tuesday, Mothering Sunday and Easter.
The children had lots of fun making Easter bunny hats before going on an Easter egg hunt.
Chinese New Year
Autumn Term 2020
Welcome to the new school year. Whilst things may be a little different, we have lots of fun activities planned for the children this term. Our main topic this term is 'Journeys'. We will also have some mini topics running throughout the term which include Harvest, Our Family and Christmas.
The children in Reception have been talking about what they have been doing during the holidays. They then painted a picture of something they had enjoyed doing and these have been displayed in the classroom.
The children in Kindergarten have been painting pictures of themselves. They then enjoyed telling us about all the of their favourite things that they like to do.
In class we have read the book 'The Magic Balloon' and made our own magic balloons. We are going to use our imaginations and enjoy our own trip around the world in our 'magic balloons'.
First stop was Kenya, where we based lots of our work around 'Mama Panya's Pancakes' and 'Handa's Surprise.
The children had fun making baskets.
After Africa, we pretended to get back in our 'magic balloon', and came back to the UK so we could see all the changes happening in Autumn.
The Reception children have made animals from leaves.
The children in Reception have made scarecrows and leaf animals for their display on Autumn. They have also had fun investigating mixing paints to make autumnal colours for the leaves to put on the tree.
The children in Kindergarten have also been investigating mixing paints to make autumnal colours. They used these to make their own autumnal tree for our display.
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Summer Term 2020
Welcome back to a very different Summer Term. Whilst we have not been able to come in to school, the children have been having lots of fun with their Home Learning. The topic for this half term is 'Growing'. Here are a few pictures of things the children have been doing.
They have been continuing to learn their letters and their numbers.
Lots of our work has been based around planting different seeds and watching them grow. The children have been helping to look after them to make sure they grow healthy and strong. We have looked at lots of different books with plants and seeds in them including Supertato, Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and The Princess and the Pea. All of our work this term has been based around these books.
Look how much their beanstalks have grown in a few weeks. They are now ready for planting in a larger pot before being transferred to a vegetable bed outside.
Happy New Year!
We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break and are ready for the term ahead.
We have lots of fun activities planned around our new topics
'Winter', 'Spring Festivals' and 'Pirates'.
We had great fun celebrating World Book Day. Here are a few of our children in their costumes with their favourite books.
On Well-Being Day, we made 'Masks of Courage' to help us be brave.
We had lots of fun celebrating Chinese New Year. We made dragons and lanterns and wrote our names in Mandarin. In PE, we enjoyed playing the drums to Chinese music whilst others performed a ribbon dance
and a dragon parade. We also made a palace for the Emperor whilst learning about 3D shapes.
The parents were invited to our joint assembly with Class 1 and see all of the lovely things we had been
doing over the last few weeks.
This term we are thinking about the season 'Winter'. The children have been thinking about what weather
we see during this season. They have also been learning about what happens to the animals during winter.
We have learnt how some birds stay in our country all year round but also, that some birds migrate.
We have talked about how we can help feed the birds in winter.
The children have had fun bird watching and recording the birds they have seen.