Welcome to Meadowsfoot Class!
Our Class Structure:
We are currently a mixed Foundation/Year 1 class led by Mrs White and Mrs O'Driscoll. We have two TA's to help us: Mrs Readey on a Monday, Tuesday all day and Wednesday afternoon, and Miss Martin on a Wednesday morning, all dayThursday and Friday.
Our Foundation curriculum is delivered through half termly projects which are influenced by the children's ideas and interests and the wider world in which we live. We believe in providing as many hands-on experiences as we can in order for the children to thrive and develop through their own natural curiosity. We are lucky enough to have a covered outdoor area, so we can access both indoor and outdoor learning all year round.
Have a look below to see just some of the amazing and exciting things that we have been up to so far this year!
Autumn Term 2018 - first half:
This term, we started a new activity called Forest School. This is led by Mrs Readey and we are the first class lucky enough to be taking part during this first half term! We have been for walks through Longtimber Woods, made bark rubbings and built dens for Stickman to live in. We may even be going on a Gruffalo hunt.....
Spring Term 2018 - second half:
This half term, we have been looking at the festival of Chinese New Year. The children have been finding out all about the traditions linked with the festival and have been making traditional festival objects and decorations including lucky red money envelopes, paper dragons, writing Chinese symbols, making Chine cherry blossom pictures and much more! They also made a huge dragon's head and attached material for it's body so that they could take part in their very own Chinese dragon dance!
Spring Term 2018 - first half:
This was a busy first half of the spring term! Not only did we look at the topic of our senses through using stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, we also looked at the topic of the theatre and joined the rest of the school on a trip to see a production of The Enormous Turnip and the Theatre Royal in Plymouth.
Our roleplay area was turned into a Dental surgery and the children took on the role of teaching each other about how to care for your teeth:
Whole School Art Days - 7th and 8th Feb 2018:
At the end of the first half of the spring term, we had two art days, where the children found out about particular artists who like to combine clay and natural materials to make their sculptures. The children had the opportunity to design and make their own sculptures out of clay and the natural materials found in the school grounds and nearby park. The second day focused on patterns in nature and printing techniques and the children produced their own material and paper prints. The final pieces were proudly displayed in an exhibition for parents to come and see the wonderful work of the children:
Autumn Term 2017 - second half:
This half term we have been looking at Nursery Rhymes and Crimes! The children had to take on the role of detective to try and solve a number of puzzling cases, such as: who pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall?; and who actually did steal Baby Bear's porridge? The children had a fantastic time solving the clues and hunting for the culprit.
Friday 17th November - Children in Need Day:
As usual the children threw themselves into the spirit of fundraising for such a worthy cause and had a great time in the process! The children came in to school in spotty clothes or non-uniform for the day and took part in various events. These included decorating a spotty biscuit, the spotty Olympic ring challenge, face painting and the spotty spelling bee! We raised a grand total of £195 on the day! What a great effort!
Science Workshop on Floating and Sinking:
We had some visitors from Babcock who came into work with us on designing experiments around floating and sinking. First of all the children looked at which objects would float and which would sink. They made predictions and then tried them out. Then the children were set the challenge of trying to make an object which sank at first then float! The children had a piece of plasticine which sank when it was in the shape of a ball but they discovered that if they flattened it out and made a boat shape with it, not only would it float but that it would also hold objects! We had a competition to see who's boat would hold the most 2p coins!
Autumn Term 2017 - first half:
Well, what a busy first half term! The children have settled in well and are thoroughly enjoying their new class! This half term our topic has been on Transport and Journeys. The children had enjoyed experiencing stories such as The Train Ride, Mr Gumpy's Motor Car and Duck in the Truck, as these have all been linked into the children's learning. The children have designed and made their own moving vehicles out of junk modelling. The children have also been on number walks around the school and getting used to the school environment.
We have been exploring different musical instruments to make sound effects to accompany the songs of The Journey Home From Grandpa's and The Runaway Train.