Sacred Heart

Catholic Voluntary Academy

Mere Close, Leicester, Leicestershire LE5 3HH

office@sacredheart.leicester.sch.uk

01162 624418

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Welcome to Foundation 1  Acorns

If you have any problems, questions or wish to share your child's work please email me at our class email address:

acorns@sacredheart.leicester.sch.uk

Mrs Jackson

Scroll down for all our class photos, songs, phonics games, stories and disco dough!

.Foundation  1 Curriculum Plans

Foundation 1 English Curriculum Plan

.Foundation 1 Maths Curriculum Plan

Whole Year Curriculum Overview

Our First Weeks in Foundation-1

In our first week we explored our new classroom and found lots of different things to do!

Music

We explored all the different kinds of musical instruments we have in school and began to learn how to play them.

Look what I can do now!

During our topic about ourselves we learnt about all the different things that we are able to do as we grow up. We talked about when we were babies and the things we needed lots of help with. We also thought of all the different things we would like to be able to do when we are adults. We shared the different things we can all do and how we can help each other. We learnt about how we can take care of ourselves and the different things we need to do to look after ourselves such as brush our teeth. We learnt how important it is to look after our teeth and keep them nice and clean. We all took turns learning how to use a toothbrush so that when we are at home we can continue to keep our teeth healthy.

Autumn Walk

We went on an autumn walk around our school to hunt for signs of Autumn. We thought about what was happening to the trees and plants. We looked at the sky and talked about the weather. Then we tried to find different Autumn things such as yellow, red or orange leaves, seeds and berries.

Pumpkin soup 

We read the story Pumpkin soup as part of our Autumn Topic. We thought about how a pumpkin grows, what it feels like, how it smells and what it looks like on the inside. We took turns to feel, smell and look inside the pumpkin and share our ideas. Then we decided to make our own pumpkin soup. We scooped out the seeds letting everyone have a turn. Mrs Jackson chopped the pumpkin, vegetables and added the water. Then we all took turns to stir the soup. We asked Sharon in the kitchen to cook the soup for us and later we all had a try. Did you like our soup?

Pets

During our pets topic we learnt all about the different kinds of pets people have. We learnt how to care for different animals and what to do if they are ill. We role played going to the vets for check ups and to help our pets get better if they are sick. We also made our own pets to look after, feed and play with. At the end of the topic we had a birthday party for our pets and an adoption celebration before taking our pets home to live with our families.

Liturgy

We began to join in with the whole school Liturgies. We listened to Mrs Hayles and the other children as they read the Word for us and gave us a mission to do. We have now begun to plan and lead our own liturgies as a class.

Time for a Rhyme!

We have been learning number songs in our 'time for a rhyme' sessions to help us with our counting.

At home sing or say the number songs with your child. Your child will also have puppets to use with the song which are sent home in their red 'Time for a Rhyme' packs. Remember the most important part is to HAVE FUN!!!

 

Try singing a different rhyme each day with your family to keep up your counting skills!

Our rhymes are:

Five Little Ducks Went Swimming one Day

Shapes

To help us learn the names of our 2d shapes we have also been singing some shape songs! Can you sing along?

Parents you can talk about shapes you see around your house or on the way to or from school to help your child recognise and name some shapes.

Positional Language

This song will help your child to learn position words.

Encourage them to use the words: in front, behind, on, in, under, above, next to, in between, near, and far when describing where things are.

Phonics

We have been getting ready for phonics by starting with phase 1 Letters and Sounds. We have been listening to different kinds of sounds such as animal noises, sounds around our home, school and sounds outside. We have played games such as guess the sound and sound bingo. We have also had a try at making some of the different sounds.

 

This term we are beginning to recognise our phase 2 sounds. We are learning that letters have a name but say something else; for example a dog is called a dog but is doesn't go around saying dog! It says woof! Letters can be a little like this, the letter s says ssssssssss.

 

Listen to to sounds below to help your child say the pure sounds for each of the letters.

Talk Time & Literacy: Traditional Tales

This term we have been focusing on traditional tales especially those with repeating refrains.

                                  The stories we have read are:

The Gingerbread Man

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Three Little Pigs

The Little Red Hen

We have added the stories to our page for you to watch and read along at home. If you have the story book at home please read it with your child encouraging them to join in with you. Then in their rhyme packs we have sent home a copy of the story with the puppets and a story map for your child to retell the story to the whole family!

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

Physical development is one of the most important things we do in F1. It helps your child with most of their basic life skills such as going to the toilet, running, climbing, playing, exploring, getting dressed by themselves, being independent and it also prepares them for writing! Each day the children do lots of different gross and fine motor activities such as threading, using pegs, creating things with play dough, balancing on stepping stones and using hula hoops.

 

We also have daily dough disco sessions where we improve our skills through music and the use of play dough. Here are some ideas of what you can do to help your child at home.

We think you'll love the dough disco at home as much as we do! So if you want to have a try here's a recipe for play dough that you can make at home, not only will it save you money but your child can choose what colour dough you have that week! If like us you want to make it even more 'DISCO' you can add glitter or different scents using herbs, spices or food flavours.

Play dough ingredients:

  • flour x 2 cups
  • salt x 1/2 cup
  • oil 2 tbsp
  • cream of tartar x 2tbsp
  • boiling water from the kettle 1 1/2 cups
  • food colouring of your choice!Extras: glitter, herbs, spices, food flavours 

Method:

  1. Measure out the flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar and food colouring into a large bowl.                                           (If you are putting in glitter or a scent add it now!)                                     
  2. Mix it all together using a spoon or you hands. (ALWAYS wear gloves if mixing by hand!)
  3. Add the hot water a little at a time, mixing as you add it.
  4. Once you have made a dough, knead it till it is smooth and you can't feel the salt granules anymore.
  5. Leave it to cool, then it is ready for the dough disco! 

 

You are now ready for your own DOUGH DISCO!!!

Once you've learnt the moves you can mix it up by putting the dough disco moves into different orders and choosing your favourite music, it's your disco!