Welcome to the F1 Sahara Page!
Wow! What a fantastic half term we have had. The children have settled wonderfully and we are so proud of each and every one of them and what they have achieved. We have made many memories and shared lots of fun, learning, laughter and wow moments !! Some highlights have been our Christmas performance of Wriggly Nativity - the children loved learning the songs and actions and put on a wonderful performance. Making clay faces on the trees in the garden during Wednesday Wellies - the children's creativity really came out during this activity. It has been a pleasure working with all of the children and their families and we very much look forward to continuing to do so in the new year. And of course we can't wait for our new F1 children to join us in January.
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 regularly to see all of the exciting things that we have been doing.
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