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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

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    Foundation Stage Studies

    For Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Framework please click here.

    Term 2

    Week beginning 04/12/17

     The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! The classrooms have been decorated and Christmas cards should have arrived in the post. We have also started reading ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’. This week he has delivered a Christmas card to Baby Bear, a board game to Red Riding Hood and a jigsaw to Humpty Dumpty. We have been busy with several rehearsals for our nativity production but the children have still had time to write their own Christmas cards and role play the stories. Some of them have tried out the board game sent to Red Riding Hood and in the outside area they have had fun making their own post boxes and then delivering letters to the correct number.

    We have also focussed on writing wish lists and letters to Father Christmas and our Post Office role plays have had a lot of use thanks to this!

     In maths we have been learning the names of different solid/3D shapes and how to  describe them using the correct vocabulary. The children have been good at spotting these shapes around the classroom. We have also followed up on our learning about weight last week by using the balance scales to make fairy cakes. All of the children had a go at weighing out the ingredients and then enjoyed decorating them (and eating them!) once they had been baked.

    The end of term is nearly here and many of the children are getting tired but we are really pleased with how well they are coping and we hope that you all have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend.

    Dates for the diary:

    Tuesday 12th December 9.15am – nativity production

    Thursday 14th December 2.15pm – nativity production

    Friday 15th December – Christmas Jumper Day

    Wednesday 20th December – last day of term and our Christmas carol service

    Week beginning 27/11/17

     We have continued to read ‘The Jolly Postman’ this week and alongside this we have read the stories ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Cinderella’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We have particularly focused on Cinderella and the numerous writing opportunities that this story provides. The children have written invitations to the ball, congratulations cards to Cinderella and Prince Charming and have even designed and labelled their own ball gowns! The princess dresses have had a lot of use this week as the children role played the story from start to finish! We made a wonderful carriage to transport Cinderella to the ball and prepared a feast as well.

    Each child has had the opportunity to post their own piece of mail this week and we were very proud of their behaviour on our walks to the Post Office. Thank you to all those parent helpers who walked with us.

     In maths we have again linked our learning to our Post Office role plays and discussed how parcels are weighed and priced. We started by comparing objects’ weights and ensuring that the children were using the correct vocabulary (light/heavy for example). We then introduced the balance scales and used these to compare the weight of different objects and discussed how to record our findings.

    Nativity practise is well under way and we are very much looking forward to our performances! A reminder of the dates:

    Tuesday 12th December at 9.15am

    Thursday 14th December at 2.15pm

    You are welcome to come to either date and we do not need to know in advance.

    Have an enjoyable weekend!

    Week beginning 20/11/17

    This week, we began reading ‘The Jolly Postman’ and all of the stories related to it. Having read Goldilocks’ sorry letter to the three bears we wrote some of our own letters, thinking carefully about how to spell the tricky word ‘to’ and remembering to write who it was from. In the outside area, we built a bear cave and made our own beds using different materials, thinking about how to make one too soft and another too hard.

     The second letter in the book is an advert to the witch from the story ‘Hansel and Gretel’. We made our own adverts for different things a witch might want to buy and set up a shop in the outside area. The children had fun writing their own labels and price tags for each item. They also decorated the Wendy house with ‘sweets’ and role played the story. Some children have also designed their own sweetie houses!

    Our maths learning this week has been about money so that the children could use it successfully in the shop and also the new role play areas in each classroom which are now post offices. They have learnt about the different coins and have paid for items by counting out the correct amount of pennies. We even challenged them to use different combinations of coins.

      Thursday was of course our ‘Big Build’ day and what a success it was! Thank you so much for all of your support, we had an amazing time and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We were so proud of what the children achieved and it was evident that they were too. Well done everyone.

    Just a reminder that we have our short walks to the post office next week:

    Caterpillar walk: Wednesday 29th November at 9am

    Ladybird and Bees walk: Thursday 30th November, both at 9am

    Many thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    Week beginning 13/11/17

     This was our final week of learning about Percy and his animal friends. We have learnt many facts about the different animals and made our own class fact books. These include the children’s writing, drawings and even some paintings.

    We read a story about animals getting trapped in rubbish that had been dropped on the floor. We used this as a basis for some outdoor play and hid some ‘trapped’ woodland animals around the playground for the children to find. They had to read the clues to discover where they were and then they had to free the animals and look after them. They even made some posters to stick up to remind people to put their rubbish in the bin.

    In maths this week we have learnt how to say 1 less than a given number and started to use practical objects to subtract. The children have enjoyed learning songs and feeding our greedy class pets to support them with their understanding. They even delved into some sticky spaghetti to find counters to use!

    Next week we are moving on to learning about ‘The Jolly Postman’ and all of the characters that he has letters for. To support this, the children will be going on a short walk the following week to the post box and the post office to post something of their own. We would be grateful of some parent volunteers to walk with us.

    Caterpillar walk: Wednesday 29th November at 9am

    Ladybird and Bees walk: Thursday 30th November, both at 9am

    Many thanks and have a wonderful weekend!

    Week beginning 6/11/17

     This week we have looked more closely at Percy the park keeper and continued to learn about his different animal friends. In particular, we have learnt about hedgehogs as we had one come and visit us on Tuesday! The children were all very excited to see it and we learnt lots of facts about them. We then used this to inspire some writing activities, such as labelling woodland animals and making some mini fact books about them.

    In the outside area, having read a story about Percy mending a maze at the park, we talked about what a maze is and the children had a go at making some of their own and then took it in turns to guide their blindfolded partner through it! We also had a maths focus in the mud kitchen and challenged the children to write some recipes for their ‘muddy creations’.

    In maths this week we have started to add numbers together, using practical objects from around the classroom. Some children have even started to write their number sentences. The children have begun to understand what addition is but we will continue to focus on this until they are secure.

    Towards the end of the week we discussed Remembrance Day and had fun doing lots of poppy paintings and other craft activities.

    Have a good weekend.

    Week beginning 30/10/17

    Welcome back. We hope that you all had a wonderful week off and from looking at the children’s learning journal work it seems that you did! Thank you for completing that with them over the break.

     This week w e have learnt a little about Halloween but our main focus has been Bonfire Night. We began by telling the children the story of Guy Fawkes and how the celebration originated. We then discussed the different ways to celebrate and had a great time in the outside area setting up our own Bonfire Night celebration. The children piled up logs and sticks to make a giant bonfire and then used old clothes and newspaper to create a guy for the top of it. They also made tickets and plates of food to sell and stuck tinsel on the end of sticks to create sparklers! The children then wanted to make a fun fair as well so decorated some cardboard boxes to act as bumper cars! There are some amazing splatter paintings on display in the classrooms which I am sure you will enjoy seeing next week at parent’s evening. 


    In maths we have continued to focus on numbers this week and looked at numbers all the way to twenty. We have also looked at estimating the number of ‘fireworks’, writing down our estimations and then counting them to check.


     Our class role play areas were transformed over the holiday into woodland dens and many of the children have had fun looking at the different woodland animals in them and then writing woodland animal lists, using their phonic knowledge to help them.

    In class we have been reading books about Percy the park keeper and his animal friends. Next week we are reading the one about his friend the hedgehog and we have arranged for Folly Wildlife Rescue to bring in a hedgehog for us to learn about on Tuesday. They are a charity dedicated to rescuing injured, orphaned and distressed wild animals and have asked us if we could possibly donate some wet cat food to feed them with. We have collected some ourselves but if any of you have a pet at home and could spare a food pouch then I am sure it would be greatly appreciated.

    Parent Helpers

    Now that the children have completely settled in, we would love some parent helpers to come and read with them each week. If you have any availability, even if it is only 15 minutes at the very start of the day, and would like to help then please speak to your class teacher and we can hopefully sort out times that work for everyone.

    Many thanks and enjoy the weekend.

    Week beginning 16/10/17

    Wow! The end of our first term has arrived! It has been a busy time and so much has been accomplished. We cannot emphasise enough how proud we all are of each and every child. They have settled in tremendously well and are keen and eager to learn new things so well done everyone and we hope that you all enjoy a well-earned week off!

     This week we have been looking at the Diwali festival and how it is celebrated. The children have participated in many different craft activities, including making lanterns, Playdough sweets and Rangoli patterns. The Wendy house has been transformed into a home celebrating the festival of light and as part of the celebrations is to ensure your house is clean and welcoming, they have swept it, tidied it and prepared wonderful feasts for each other. Maybe they can do this at home too! We have also read the story of Rama and Sita and many children have chosen to re-enact it using puppets and masks.

    The children have all coped very well with the transition into their new phonics groups and continue to either learn new sounds or to consolidate existing ones. 

    In maths we have been learning how to recognise and write numbers to ten and so many children have then chosen to continue this learning during their choosing time which is a pleasure to see.

    Following a kind donation, a pumpkin made an appearance in our investigation area this week and the children had a great but sticky time exploring what it is like inside. The language which it inspired was excellent and we even used it to write a ‘pumpkin poem’ which is written out below:

    A Pumpkin Poem

    Squishy seeds inside the pumpkin,

    Long orange bits that look like spaghetti.

    I want to eat it!

    Squashy and slimy.

    Oooh nice and warm inside.

    Eurgh, all sticky,

    Orange juice everywhere!

    Thank you all for all of your support this term and thank you especially to the children who have worked so hard and learnt so much already. Have a truly great half term holiday and see you back at school on Monday 30th October!

    Term 1

    Week beginning 09/10/17

    The focus this week has been autumn and we all had a great time looking at how the world is changing around us on our park walks. We were very impressed with how sensible all of the children were on their first trip out of school. At the park we encouraged the children to think about their different senses and they all enjoyed collecting large amounts of conkers, acorns, leaves and feathers which we have used to make nature collages and displays. We also discussed the different language we could use to describe these natural objects, emphasising that there are many exciting ways to do this that go beyond just saying what colour they are.


    We also used the things we collected as the basis for some of our maths teaching this week, where we looked at and compared the different sizes and heights, ensuring that the children used the correct language. We have also focussed on positional language this week.

    In the outside area, some of the children have enjoyed making pictures inspired by artist Andy Goldsworthy, who uses natural objects to create his artwork. They have also used magnifying glasses to further inspect the world around them and have enjoyed competing in mini scavenger hunts to see who can collect the objects on their challenge cards the fastest!

    Phonics testing was completed this week and the children will be grouped next week.


    We have made a slight change to lunches and the children now have their lunch in the larger of our two halls. The system works in exactly the same way and all children have adapted quickly to this change.

    We hope you enjoy the weekend.

    Week beginning 02/10/17

    The focus for this week has been ‘what I want to be when I grow up’. We started by discussing some of the different jobs there are in the world and then each child said what they wanted to be and why. We had many different occupations, including doctors, vets, policemen and builders. We also had a rock star, a racing car driver and even a mermaid (some are clearly more achievable than others!)

    The children have enjoyed role playing some of these jobs, for example as policeman they dressed up in hats and jackets, wrote signs for their police station and enjoyed racing around the outside area capturing thieves and putting them in jail. In our ‘hospital’ the children resourced pillows and blankets for the hospital beds and tended to various different wounds, bandaging them up or using tweezers to extract sharp objects. We even had a patient give birth!

    In maths we have been learning about 2d shapes, spotting them in the environment and learning how many sides and corners they have. The children have enjoyed going on shape hunts, digging up shapes in the sand pit and using shapes to make their own pictures.

    In phonics, the children have continued to learn new sounds and practise blending them together to make three letter words. Some useful parent tutorials can be found on the website below:

    Reminder: Our park walks are next week so please can you make sure that your child come to school with a coat and wellies, if they do not already have a pair in school.

    Bees’ walk is Monday 9th and Caterpillars’ and Ladybirds’ is Tuesday 10th.

    Many thanks and enjoy the weekend.

    Week beginning 25/09/17

    This week, following on from our learning about harvest, we have focused on the book ‘Handa’s Surprise’. The children have enjoyed learning about the different types of fruit that grow in different countries and have especially liked re-telling the story themselves. They have made puppets and resources to help with this re-telling and have painted some of the fruits that Handa has in her basket.

    In phonics this week we have started to do more blending of three letter words using the sounds we have learnt so far and many children have had a go at making them using magnetic letters. They have also had fun fishing sounds out of the water tray and using them to make words.

    To assist with their writing, we have been doing lots of fine motor activities to strengthen their fingers, such as threading beads and using tweezers to pick up objects. We have also continued to practise their names with them, concentrating on each letter being formed correctly.  

    In maths we have focussed on the concept of ‘1 more’ than a given number and have used people on a bus, cars in a garage and our number tiles to help the children understand. The children loved collecting acorns from around the playground and placing them in plant pots to practise their counting and number recognition.


    A few parents have asked how the children are doing at lunch and we all feel that they are doing very well. We are really pleased with how independent they have all been and that most are willing to try new things. Some children have needed more encouragement than others as you can imagine but overall they have been doing very well!

     The dining hall is set up for them as shown in the photo below and they line up at the silver food serving unit where they choose their food and salad and then they carry their plate to the table. When an adult has checked that they have eaten enough, they go and scrape their plates into the bin and pile them up. They then go to the pudding table and are served the pudding of their choice. When finished, they line up and are taken back across to our playground.


    Once again, we hope that you have a great weekend.

    Week beginning 18/09/17

    We have had another busy week at school and have been doing lots of activities related to harvest time! We spoke about what harvest is and how some of the different foods are harvested. The children have also started to learn some harvest songs so maybe they can sing them to you!

    The playground has been full of little farmers this week as the children have had great fun digging up carrots and potatoes from our gardening area and then washing them, packaging them, making labels for them and finally delivering them to the fruit and vegetable shop using wheelbarrows and ‘delivery vans’. This has provided lots of opportunities for the children to practise their initial sounds for their labels and also their counting skills.

    In maths this week we have focussed on pattern and repeating patterns in particular whilst continuing to practise counting to ten and beyond. Some of the children even chose to use fruit printing to create repeating pattern caterpillars.

    Thank you so much for all of your support at home with their reading and phonics practice, it is much appreciated and we are so pleased that the children are enjoying sharing books with you.

    We hope that you all have an enjoyable weekend.

    Dates for the diary:

    Tuesday 26th September – Individual pupil photo’s 

    Wednesday 27th September - class photo for the Kent Messenger newspaper.

    Friday 29th September – phonics meeting at 2.30pm in the small hall, followed by a 3pm visit to classrooms to see the work children have been doing.

    Monday 9th October 9am – Bee class to go on a walk to the park to discover how the world around us is changing.

    Tuesday 10th October 9am – Caterpillar and Ladybird class walk to the park.

    We would be very grateful to any parents who would like to come with us on the park walks as we need an extra three adults per class. Please let your class teacher know if you are available. Thank you.

    Friday October 13th – look out for the Tunbridge Wells Courier as a photo of each class will be inside!


    Week beginning 11/09/17

    Our first full week comes to an end and what a busy and exciting week it has been! We started our ‘I Am Special’ topic by talking about what we looked like and how each of us is special. We then painted some amazing self-portraits, which are already proudly up on classroom walls as you can see in the photos below! We also really enjoyed reading Elmer and we discussed how it is a good thing that we are all different but that we are all special in different ways.

    Our phonics learning began this week and lots of the children have begun to identify the initial sounds in words. They have also had great fun painting them on the trees outside. The sounds we have learnt this week are in plastic folders in their book bags for you to practise with them at home.

    In maths this week we have focused on simple counting with numbers 1-10 and we all went on a number hunt, where we had fun counting different objects and spotting numbers around the school.

    In the outside area, the children have especially enjoyed pretending to be builders, dressing up in hard hats and ear defenders whilst building houses and fixing things around the playground. They have also loved going on bug hunts and playing in the Wendy house.

    Our PPA cover (the time your class teacher has out of the class to prepare) has now been confirmed. Mrs Hanna will take Ladybird class on a Monday morning and Mrs Knight will take Bees and Caterpillars one after the other on a Tuesday.

    Next week we will learn about Harvest, looking at what it means and learning some songs. In maths we will start to look at pattern and in phonics we will teach them the next new sounds.

    We hope that you all have a fantastic weekend and that the children enjoy a very well deserved rest!


    Week beginning 04/09/17

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    We have had a lovely first week with the children. They have settled in really well to our school routines and we are very proud of them.

    This week we have been making friends with other children in our class, learning the school routines and exploring both the indoor and outdoor environment.

    We will be starting our topic of ‘I am special’ next week. We will be looking at ourselves, making self-portraits and learning how we are all different and special. We are also starting phonics lessons and exploring numbers to 10. PE lessons will always be on a Friday for each class so please ensure that your child has a labelled PE kit in school before next Friday.

    From next week onwards, instead of a hard copy, this newsletter will be available on the school website. It can be found under the heading of Parents and Carers – Learning by Year group –Foundation Stage Studies.

    Polite request: Please can we ask that when dropping off and collecting children from school, play equipment is left and not to be played with. We have worked hard with the children this week teaching them to tidy up after themselves and to leave it as they found it. 

    Many thanks,

    The Foundation Stage Team