Posted by sandgatebumblebees1 on Wednesday Nov 21, 2018 Under Uncategorized


This week in Maths we have started to learn about how to add, using the ‘concrete, pictorial, abstract’ (CPA) approach.  This is where first the children ‘Make it’ then they ‘draw it’ and then they ‘write it’.  They also use something called a bar model to support this process, as you will see in the photos below.  This approach can be applied to a variety of different mathematical concepts.

For adding the ‘make it’ stage involves using objects that we refer to as manipulatives to complete an equation that the children have been given.  For example if we gave the children the equation 4 + 2, they would first need to select 4 manipulatives and place them in the first ‘part’ of their bar model.  Then they would select 2 more manipulatives and place them in the other ‘part’ of the bar model.  Once they have done this they move all the manipulatives into the ‘whole’ where they are added together and the children count them to find the total.   You will find a diagram of the bar model below.

In the photos below you will also see examples of the children using this process.  Why not ask them to show you how they can ‘make it’ for an addition equation.



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Posted by sandgatestarfish1 on Friday Nov 9, 2018 Under Uncategorized

We are so lucky here in Foundation to not only have High 5 Sports teaching us gymnastics on a Monday morning, but to also be ending the week with multi-skills taught by M&M Football, on a Friday afternoon.

Here are a few photos from our first session last week:

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Diwali and Bonfire Night

Posted by sandgatestarfish1 on Friday Nov 9, 2018 Under Uncategorized

This week we have been learning about the reasons Bonfire Night is celebrated, as well as the stories and traditions related to the Hindu fetival of Diwali. We have also completed some lovely art activities related to Bonfire Night and Diwali, as you can see below:

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Gymnastics fun!

Posted by sandgatebumblebees1 on Tuesday Oct 30, 2018 Under Uncategorized

Yesterday, we enjoyed our first Gymnastics lessons, with the coaches from High 5 Sports. We had a fantastic time, focusing on moving in different ways and balancing with different parts of our body. We also learnt some Gymnastics moves and what they are called, why not ask us to show you at home?!




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Around the world…

Posted by sandgatebumblebees1 on Tuesday Oct 30, 2018 Under Uncategorized

To start off our Term 2 theme of ‘Around the World’ we had to go on a very special flight with Foundation Airlines.  First, the flight took us to Kenya, where we saw some beautiful animals on safari and we also sampled some mangoes, papayas and pineapples.  Next, we were back on the plane and off to China! We saw the Great Wall and tried some delicious prawn crackers while we were there.  Why not ask us how we say hello in Chinese? Then, we stopped off in New York and had a fantastic view of the city from the top of the Empire State Building. We tried some ‘chips’ during our visit (or should we say crisps!) and we talked about how American English can differ from the English we speak.  Finally, we visited the city of Paris, where we admired the Eiffel Tower and learnt how to say hello in French.  We had enough time for a delicious croissant to end our trip, before flying back to school, just in time for home time!




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Break the Rules Day

Posted by sandgatestarfish1 on Monday Oct 29, 2018 Under Uncategorized

It’s fair to say that our ‘Break the Rules Day’ at the end of last term was a huge success and so much fun!

Here are some photos of us breaking the rules:

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Music Enrichment Day

Posted by sandgatebumblebees1 on Friday Oct 19, 2018 Under Uncategorized

On Wednesday, we enjoyed the first of our music enrichment days. We started the day by focusing on listening to music and discussing what it made us think of. We then expressed these ideas through drawings. After that, we took part in a variety of music games, including a clapping and mirroring a partner game. Finally, we had a go at using musical instruments and discussed the different sounds they made.


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Read and Relax

Posted by sandgatestarfish1 on Friday Oct 12, 2018 Under Uncategorized

A big, big thank you to those parents who were able to attend our Read and Relax afternoon this week: the children really enjoyed having you here and listening to so many lovely stories. 🙂

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Fire! Fire!

Posted by sandgatebumblebees1 on Wednesday Oct 10, 2018 Under Uncategorized

The Bumblebees and Butterflies have been very busy Firefighters recently!

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Harvest Celebration

Posted by sandgatebumblebees1 on Friday Oct 5, 2018 Under Uncategorized

On Thursday, we had a Harvest celebration with some children from Greenfields Nursery. We talked about what Harvest is and why it is important. We then sang some songs to each other and enjoyed a story to finish! The children really impressed us with the good example they set to their younger visitors.


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