Foundation Stage Blog Summer Term 2021-2022

Messy Art Day!
Foundation Stage took part in a messy art day that was fantastic fun. With 'clean' art in the classrooms and 'messy' art in the courtyard, there was an activity for everyone. Take a look at the pictures to see the many ways in which the children painted themselves, each other and the courtyard!
Healthy Week

We have had a fantastic time joining in with the ESJ Healthy Week activities. It has been very busy—from Morris dancing on Monday to Fitness Friday there has been something new to do everyday. Sports Day was a highlight, we hope those of you able to attend enjoyed the morning. A big thank you to Year 6 for leading the events. Congratulations to the Blue team for being Foundation Stage winners and the Red team for being overall school winners.

Another highlight was the visit from Rob Richardson, Team GB’s sitting volleyball captain. The children listened brilliantly as he talked about his prosthetic leg and the sport he plays, it sparked lots of interesting conversations about our bodies and how they work.

We have also managed to fit in cooking, dancing, conversations about healthy food choices and some yoga! Luckily, we also spent some time thinking about ways to relax and enjoyed some time in the courtyard chill-out zone!

Jubilee Celebrations!
This week, Foundation Stage have been working hard to prepare for the Jubilee picnic. They decorated cakes, measured out their own drinks, made fruit skewers and assembled their own sandwiches. The children have had lots of questions about the Queen and have enjoyed finding out about her life, the Crown Jewels and Buckingham Palace in order to answer them. At the picnic, the children looked fantastic in their red, white and blue and all enjoyed sharing a whole school playtime and singing session as part of the celebration. 
In our maths activities we have been exploring different ways of measuring. The children have been using blocks, paperclips and rulers to measure and compare the height of different toys. In the courtyard we have practised this on a larger scale, using big bricks to measure each other and metre sticks to measure fences and walls! We have been encouraging the children to use the correct vocabulary to explain their observations: tall, short, taller, shorter, tallest and shortest.
Exploring Textiles
We have been exploring the work of the textile artist Sheila Hicks, talking about the different shapes and effects that she creates by wrapping, weaving, twisting and winding wool and fabrics. The children then used these techniques to create their own art works. We spent time describe the different textures of the fabrics the children chose to use.