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Welcome to the Foundation Stage blog. This is where you can see updates of what your child has been learning at school.

We have now been back at school for two weeks following the winter break and the children have settled back into routine well. We have welcomed some new members to the Foundation Stage and we welcome both them and their families and hope that they will enjoy their learning journey here at John Clifford.

This half term we are exploring the topic of ''What's your favourite Julia Donaldson book?".
So far we have shared the stories; The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child and The Everywhere Bear.


The children have had a very busy fortnight! They have baked (and enjoyed!) Gruffalo crumble, created characters using play-doh, written character descriptions, drew pictures of themselves, shared ideas of where they would take Everywhere Bear on an adventure, explored the outdoor area collecting and comparing sticks, created logpile houses' and enjoyed learning through the different activities we have in the classroom! Phew! 

The Busy Bees have also been making the most of our outdoor area. On Wednesday they braved the cold winds and used paint rollers to give the floor a makeover! They had a great time painting different shapes on the floor, creating different patterns and sharing the resources. 
They almost had as much fun, if not more, cleaning up after ourselves with soapy water and brushes.

It's has been lovely being back and school and we have all really enjoyed hearing your news form the break. 



Last week we enjoyed learning about the celebration of 'Birthdays'.
We designed cakes and described them, created wrapping paper using repeated patterns, held a birthday party, created birthday cards, wrote a list for party food and baked birthday cupcakes. 


In the Busy Bee class the children held a birthday party for Puzzle (our maths owl) who turned four on Friday. We baked cupcakes, decorated them with four Smarties and ate them at the party. 



In the Busy Bee class this week we have been reading the story 'Handa's Surprise'. Whilst we were reading the story, we asked lots of questions about some of the unusual fruits that Handa put in her surprise basket. 
On Tuesday we tried some of the fruits. We had: Mango, pineapple, banana, passion fruit, avocado and orange. The spiky pineapple and soft, juicy mango were our favourites!  




The children have had a very exciting first few weeks at school.

They have made new friends and are getting used to routines and expectations. The children have enjoyed learning about African animals and exploring story books in class. We have been reading lots of different stories based on Africa. 


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During Autumn 1 we will be learning about African animals.

Below is a slideshow of some African animals, do you know their names?
If you know any exciting facts about any of the animals make sure you tell one of your teachers!

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