Welcome to the F1 Sahara Page!
Wow! We cannot believe it is nearly Easter - time really does fly when you're having fun learning! We certainly have been busy bee's - scroll down to find out more. And please have a look through our photo albums by clicking on the stars at the top of the page.
Key Groups and Staff
The FSU is a special place where F1 and F2 children enjoy their learning alongside each other.
Meet the Team
Mrs Taylor - EYFS leader and F2 teacher
Mrs Elms - F1 Teacher
(Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning)
Mrs Atkin - F1 Teacher
(Thursday and Friday morning)
Miss Monger - F2 teaching assistant
Mrs Jackson - F1 teaching assistant
(mornings and lunch times)
Mrs Jeffrey - F1 teaching assistant
Mrs Benger - F1 teaching assistant
Our Key Groups
Whilst each member of staff will work with every child throughout their time at school, each child has key worker and key group. Their key worker will be the person that they begin and end their session with and will keep an extra special eye out for them. Our F1 key groups this year are named after animals that live in the Sahara, whilst the F2s are the Savannah class!
Gazelle Group - Mrs Elms and Mrs Atkin
Cheetah Group - Mrs Jackson
Ostrich Group - Mrs Jeffrey
F1 PE sessions are every Thursday morning. F1 children do not need a PE kit, however they do take off their shoes, socks and jumpers and we encourage them to do this as independently as possible.
Please make sure your child has their book bag in school every day. Your child's key group will have a 'Library Day' on a Thursday, this is where they can choose a school story book to take home for the week. Please enjoy sharing this book with your child and make comments in the home/school diary.
We will begin sending home a "learning at home" activity; the aim of these activities is to help improve our children's communication and language skills and so the activities will be largely focussed on talking. This could be a picture to talk about, a story map that is linked to the story we have been learning in school or a fun activity to enjoy at home. We ask that you share the activity with your child and make comments about the things they say in their home/school diary.
We also love to hear about the special things that your child does when they are not at school and ask you to fill in a 'Proud Cloud' so that we can share those special moments. Examples are: getting dressed by themselves, doing up fastenings on their clothes, riding their bikes without help. We are sure that there are lots more special things that your child does that we would love to hear about.
Each Wednesday morning we don our wellington boots and head off into our wonderful outside area. We base this on the Forest School's ethos;
'Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.'
You can find out more about Forest Schools here.
One of our favourite Wednesday Wellie sessions was when we created clay faces on the trees in the garden. The creativity and enjoyment that the children showed was outstanding, we were so proud of them. Here are a few for you to enjoy, if you would like to see more click here.
Our Learning Journey
Please check back to see all of the exciting things that we have been doing.
After a week off it was lovely to see the children's smiling faces again, there is always lots of news to share and stories to tell on the first day back. Winter struck this week and we made the most of it: throwing snowballs; making snow angels and ice ornaments. Lots of learning about the natural world took place this week; the children were so curious about the weather and snow and asked lots of questions. We enjoyed learning the story 'The Ginger Bread Man', we retold the story in the small world area and made our own play dough ginger bread men. We matched numerals to amounts by counting buttons to match the number on the ginger bread man.
wb 5.1.18 and 12.2.18
During the final two weeks we found an empty bowl of porridge and a broken chair - can you guess what our story was? That's right, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We continued using Talk for Writing to learn the story, but this week we went one step further... the children became authors!! We thought of own ideas to change the story, and what fabulous ideas they were. In the end we decided on the title of 'Goldilocks and the Dangerous Dinosaurs' - the children's ideas, language and enthusiasm shown in the challenge was BRILLIANT! The F1 staff were wowed by the outcome! In Maths we continued our work on measure, we used porridge to help us learn the concept and language of capacity. This week we invited our adults in to our special 'Onsie Upon a Time' morning, the children loved sharing this time with you.The last week of half term was a busy one with two extra special days, Pancake Day and Chinese New year.
wb 22.1.18 and 29.1.18
For these two weeks we focussed on The Three Billy Goats Gruff, we created a story map to help us retell the story and used the Talk for Writing actions to help us link the different parts of the story and understand the story order. We thought about the characters and decided that we didn't like the troll. The children were fascinated with wondering what ever could have happened to the troll after he had fallen in the water? They had some amazing ideas, including thinking that it was likely that the troll got washed out to sea and was eaten by an octopus. We continued to construct and this week we tried to make bridges out of many materials. In Maths we sang number songs and used the language of size, linking this back to the different sized billy goats.
wb 8.1.19 and 15.1.19
A lovely week back after the Christmas break, the children developed their speaking and listening skills whilst telling us about their Christmas experiences and were all excited to tell us their very favourite present. Of course it was hard to choose just one! We welcomed our new children and their families and enjoyed getting to know our new friends.
Our topic for this half term is 'Once Upon a Time', through this topic we will read lots of traditional tales and learn to retell three stories; 'The Three Little Pigs', 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff' and 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. Our first book is ' The Three Little Pigs'. This week we transformed our roleplay area into the Three Pigs' Building Yard - here the children enjoyed dressing up as the characters and building their houses... but beware there are some big bad wolves ready to huff and puff and blow your house down. The children donned their builders hard hats and got creative building both large and small structures both indoors and out! We created a story map together and used character voices to retell the story.
Our final week - this week we have spent time finishing our calendars, having fun dressing up for our Christmas photo booth style cards and also learning about technology and taking photos of our friends in their outfits. The children have wrote their own names in their Christmas cards. We also made some lovely wooden Christmas tree decorations... the more glitter the better. On Thursday it was our Christmas party - it was such a lovely, festive atmosphere.
The week of our Christmas Performance, 'Wriggly Nativity'! Wow, wow, WOW! The children put on an amazing show! They have spent lots of time learning their lines, songs and actions and this showed in the final performance for our families. We are extremely proud of the children for all their hard work.
This week we read several different books about the story of the first Christmas. The children were able to use their experiences from learning our nativity songs to help them order the story. We thought about story structure and what happens next. We learned a new number song about Christmas trees.
Whatever Next - The children really enjoyed this week. In the past few weeks lots of our children have shown an interest in space and space rockets and so we thought this would be the perfect story to really capture their imagination. We retold the story using a story sack and outside we re-enacted the story using our den building equipment.
wb and 13.11.17 and 20.11.17
Stickman - the children were able to use their prior learning on rhyming words to really engage with the text and think about the missing words. We made our own sticky families outside during wellies and counted the people in our families. We have recently introduced a 'Letter of the Week' in our Monday phonics sessions, the children are really enjoying learning letter sounds and the Jolly Phonics songs.
Room on the Broom and Remembrance Day
We continued our work with rhyming words this week and the children have become very familiar with the story and are able to filling in missing words. We introduced Letter Sound of the Week in F1, starting with the letter sound 'ssss'. We used a range of media to create poppies for our schools Remembrance service.
Room on the Broom and Bonfire Night
This week our home corner transformed into a 'Spooky Cafe', whilst our themed role play became a 'Potion Station'. There was a huge focus on rhyming, which the children enjoyed. We made our own potions in the water and counted newts and frogs into our cauldron. We made miniature broomsticks in Wednesday Wellies. This week also saw our schools spectacular Bonfire night - with this experience we created some fantastic fireworks pictures and made firework voice sounds.
wb 9.10.17 and 16.10.17
Autumn and We're Going on a Bear Hunt
This week we read the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt', we then made a story map and enjoyed retelling the story with actions. Our Magic Maths this week was all about 2D flat shapes, we particularly enjoyed going on a shape hunt in our garden.
Autumn and Owl Babies
We started this week by going outside on an Autumn Treasure Hunt, all of the children were excited to find out about and collect signs of autumn. We had another visit from the Mouse Fairy who asked us to help her with a special mission; making a blanket for her and her fairy friends. We made the blankets during Wednesday Wellies and used autumnal artefacts to make them colourful.
The Selfish Crocodile
Our story this week led the way for some lovely discussion about friendship and kindness. We had a visit from a new friend this week, the mouse fairy, she wanted to find out more about crocodiles. The children helped the mouse fairy by sorting silly and sensible questions about crocodiles, they also began to learn the differences between information (fact) and story (fiction) books.
wb 11 and 18.9.17
All About Me and Elmer
During our Elmer theme we learned about colours and sorted objects of different colours. We thought about what makes us special and unique and about our qualities that are the same or similar. In our Magic Maths sessions we have been singing lots of different number songs. We have been using our fingers to count carefully.
All About Me
A short but lovely week, this week we have been getting to know one another and finding out about our classroom and outdoor environment.
Thank you, F1 Team
Some lovely ideas for this imaginative story,
The official website for the rhyming story
Watch the animation of this wonderful story
The fantastic story's official home page
Find out more about the animals of Africa
During our Spring term 'Winter Fantasy Land' theme we will be reading lots of storiesm here are stories to listen to and watch online.
Lots of different online games that cover many areas of learning
We will be doing lots of number work during the Spring term - Here there are lots of counting games, many of which are tablet friendly and the children love them too!
The Official 'Letter and Sounds' website. Keep up with what your child is learning in school and support at home with games online. F1 learn Phase 1. F2 learn Phase 2 in Autumn then Phase 3 in Spring and finally Phase 4 in the Summer Term.
Online Literacy and Maths games to play to support learning
A great website with lots of fun games to play to support your child's learning of phonics at home. F1 learn Phase 1. F2 learn Phase 2 in Autumn then Phase 3 in Spring and finally Phase 4 in the Summer Term.
Lots of ideas of simple experiments to do at home, mostly with items found in your cupboards. We will be experimenting with ice during the spring term