Welcome to Foundation
Mrs Inquieti-Lamb, Mrs Senior, Miss Parry, Mrs Oliver, Mrs Bowles and Mrs Stocks would like to welcome you to the Foundation Unit. On this page you will find exciting class news, pictures and general information about the things your child has been doing in class.
Topic plans have been included on this page as well as resources you can use at home to support your child's learning.
If you have any ideas for this page please let us know!
Check out the 'kid's zone' on our website as well, for fun games and useful websites.
We use play dough lots to get little fingers moving. F1 love taking part in dough disco. Here is a recipe to make your own play dough. Making this with your child is a fabulous activity involving lots of maths, science and language (without children even knowing they are learning!) Then you can use your play dough for lots of fun activities. We keep our in a plastic bag in the fridge over night so it can be used several times.
Below the recipe is a link to a dough disco activity you might want to try, or just enjoy using your dough in whatever way you like.
It makes 1 coloured ball and takes about 10 minutes to prepare.
Ingredients: 8 tbsp plain flour, 2tbsp table salt, 60ml warm water, food colouring, 1 tbsp vegetable oil
1. Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the water, a few drops of food colouring and the oil.
2. Pour the coloured water into the flour mix and bring together with a spoon.
3. Dust a work surface with a little flour and turn out the dough. Knead together for a few minutes to form a smooth, pliable dough. If you want a more intense colour you can work in a few extra drops of food colouring.
4. Store in a plastic sandwich bag (squeeze out the air) or an airtight container in the fridge to keep it fresh. It usually lasts for 3 to 4 working days.
If at any time the dough is too sticky, just add more flour or if to dry add more water.
See what fabulous things you can make, or just hold it in your hand and roll it, squeeze it, stretch it, prod it, or push things onto it to make patterns. Have fun!
Cooking and baking:
Great ways to get children's finger moving as well as great for language development and maths skill.
Follow the link to great recipes to try.
There are many activities which you can easily do to help your child's physical development.
Going to the local park, climbing on climbing frames, slides, swings etc all help develop strength, balance and an awareness of safety.
Hopscotch - chalk it on your patio or use paper to make it indoors. throw bean bags onto the number, then hop and jump on alternate numbers to reach your beanbag (great for number recognition too!)
Bubbles - blow bubbles and let your child pop them with their fingers or clap them to pop them. a breezy day is great for getting them running around doing this.
Bikes, scooter and balance bikes - all are great (especially balance bikes) for core stability and balance. They can be expensive, but Ebay or give away sites have some bargains!
Balls, beanbags, balloons -anything which can be thrown and caught is great for hand eye co-ordination. (Balloons are great for using indoors in you can't get outside easily.)
Speech and Language Development in Early Years
At Lawrence View Primary and Nursery school, our foundation team recognise the significance of early language development with it's link to children’s literacy skills.
We provide a language -rich, communication-friendly environment, where we support all children's speech, language and communication needs to ensure children have the necessary skills to progress through school.
Speaking and listening
This website will give you lots of ideas about developing your child's speaking and listening skills. Activities from babies upwards.
Stories and book based activities:
Visit Book Trust for some lovely book related activities and hear some stories read.
Bedtime stories read by the staff at Lawrence view can be found in the video resource center. .
We teach phonics every day in foundation 1 and 2. We follow the letters and sounds systematic phonics programme.
Here are some things which may help you to understand phonics and some resources which will help your child.
Phonics lessons can be viewed in th video resource centre.
Letters and sounds
Here are some short videos to help your child to recognize and pronounce our letters.
Useful phonics websites
This link has lots of fun number games for your child to play.
Creativity and relaxation
It's important to keep your mind and body healthy. Try some of the activities we use:
Cosmic Kids Yoga.
In foundation, one way we keep children's minds healthy is Cosmic Kids Yoga. Click the link below to see what Cosmic Kids is all about, then select a yoga story to do at home with your child. Have fun!
Each week we use Rainbow meditation as a way to be calm, happy and relaxed.
Follow the link if you would like to try this.
Being outside is a great way to feel good, getting fresh air on a walk to the park, a picnic, playing in the garden, digging for bugs etc all help us feel good!
Remember, even rainy weather can make you feel good if you've got your wellies on splashing in puddles
View Mrs.Inquieti-Lamb's Live bird cam by visiting the link below.
5 videos show you the growing stages of the new hatched chicks.
...was amazing, Professor Bubbles showed us how to launch a 'rocket' and we learnt all about different animals and how to look after them from the people at 'Pets at Home' and Twycross zoo.
The children were very brave!
We learnt all about composting. What type of rubbish goes in a compost bin, what happens to that rubbish when it is in the bin and what animals help turn the rubbish into compost.
The children used magnifying glasses to look closely at the worms in the compost.
We visited the local Cenotaph on Monday 11th November. The F2 children laid the class wreath they had made to remember all those who had fought in the war.
To introduce the topic of 'Christmas', we walked to our local church to learn more about Christianity. The local church is made up of an older tower building and a modern main church building, as part of the church was burnt down during the 1970's.
We listened to the story of Christmas, dressed up as people and animals from the Nativity and learnt about the different areas and objects in the Church.
Foundation 2 love to visit the Library regularly. After our last visit we sang Christmas songs around the magnificent Christmas tree outside the library.