Welcome to Foundation

Welcome to Foundation:

The Foundation teaching staff will be keeping this page up to date with exciting class news, pictures of things we've done, and more. They will also be letting you know about all the exciting activities they have got planned. Please scroll down for our super learning and experiences that the children have enjoyed since starting school in September.


All Parents, Carers and family members are welcome to our Foundation Coffee mornings - every Tuesday from 8.40-9.30 am in the cafe run by Miss Tickle and Mrs Gilbert. Please come and pop in for a cuppa, chat and to meet other Foundation families.

Summer 1:
Summer 1 in Foundation has been jam packed with super learning based around our new class author Giles Andreae. We have loved our new topic of animals, travel, countries and exploring, linked in with his books such as Mad About Mini Beasts, The Lion Who Wanted to Love and Rumble in the Jungle. The children made aeroplane tickets to come on our adventure to the jungle to search for wild animals. They explored facts and fiction books to help give us information.
Also this term, the children have loved learning about Elmer alongside the whole school. They had a fantastic time learning about friendships and talking about how we are all different. 
Summer Weekly Home Learning:
Spring 2
This term we are continuing to learn about our Class Author Julia Donaldson. We have loved reading Zog and writing cards to thank Princess Pearl for her help. We then moved on to our new topic 'We Love Reading' and have focussed our learning around Mr Wolf's Pancakes and I Love Cake. Reading is hugely important to us and we all enjoyed celebrating World Book Day together. We enjoyed making pancakes for Pancake day and learning about food that keeps us healthy and food that we eat as treats. Yum! Whilst learning about keeping our bodies fit and healthy, we had a brilliant session from 'Rugby Tots' and were a part of the whole school 'Big Pedal'. We really enjoyed performing our play 'The Gruffalo' to our friends and families. The children were absolutely fantastic and we are so proud of them all for their dancing, singing, acting and instrument playing - it was superb.
To finish off our term, we have been learning about Spring and Easter. Our text has been 'Guess How Much I Love You at Spring' and we have enjoyed activities such as planting and growing seeds, painting chicks, making Easter eggs and writing egg instructions. Wow, what a busy term we have had!
Spring 1
We are so excited this term to have Julia Donaldson as our class author. We based our learning around her stories and went on many exciting adventures including Gruffalo hunting in the woods and to search for Superworm. We retold the story of Stick Man and wrote simple sentences, plus wrote a card to his family explaining that he is lost.
Spring Weekly Home Learning:
The children will come home every Friday with a weekly Foundation Home Learning newsletter.  This will provide families information about what we have been learning in class and how to support learning at home through exciting adventures and activities. It is fantastic to see home learning shared on Tapestry.
Autumn 2:
This term we are continuing our topic of 'Traditional tales and stories'.  We have linked this with Autumn and have been enjoying learning through literacy and maths - reading 'Meg's Veg' and using our puppet Meg to help support learning a new number each day.  We have made our own vegetable soup with Ellen in the canteen and have been on a pumpkin hunt to search for sounds hidden in the woods.
Gingerbread Man Theatre Trip - December 2018
Please see the class trip letter below for more information:
Christmas in Foundation:
Throughout the month of December the children have had an amazing time creating, singing, dancing and celebrating with the whole school.  This has included our Christmas Tree Festival, Christmas Sing-a-long, Carols Around the Tree and watching the staff pantomime. All of this whilst also enjoying a Christmas party and, our favourite event, going to the Theatre Royal to watch 'The Gingerbread Man'. We made biscuits with our school chef Ellen to take with us to eat.  A brilliant time was had by all.  The Foundation children also invited parents, carers and families to watch our Sing-a-long.  Miss J-R taught us some new songs and we performed them on the big stage - it was so much fun and everyone was very proud. We even made our own reverse Advent calendar and gave a food item every day. We managed to donate so many items to the Foodbank - thank you to everyone for your support.
Remembrance Day
The children in Foundation had  a fantastic day learning about the people who protected our country in World War 1 . They learnt about Miss Tickle's Great Grandfather Harry, saw his letter from the King and looked at pictures of his medals. We joined in the whole school Remembrance Service, sang 'It's a long way to Tipperary'and then made our own poppy field.  Class P also thought of different ways to make poppies including using Lego.

Autumn 1:

This term our new children have immersed themselves into school life and have enjoyed exploring their new school. In our topic 'All About Me', the children have shared their interests and likes with adults and friends with a focus on Communication and Language and PSED. We continue our learning with our topic of 'Nursery Rhymes and Traditional Tales' where we introduce the teaching of Phonics and Guided Reading sessions.

After a successful settling in period, families attended our 'Meet the Teacher and Curriculum' evening and enjoyed the opportunity to come and have lunch with the children.  This term, families are also invited to attend our 'Fun Phonics and Reading' workshop and Parent's Evening.

Harvest Festival:
The children were very excited to learn about Harvest and read the story of 'The Enormous Turnip'. We learnt about helping and supporting each other and the children showed their fantastic mark making skills by producing Harvest posters for Hope Baptist Church. They looked super and it was lovely to support our local community. 
The Foundation children then enjoyed their Harvest assembly with family and friends. They had learnt 'Harvest Time' to the tune of Baby Shark and 'The Wheels on the Tractor' - what fantastic fun they had!
Plymouth Gym Club: 
Plymouth Gym Club came to visit Montpelier and worked with the Foundation children. We practised our hopping, rolling, running and jumping through obstacles and learnt about the importance of keeping our bodies moving. It was a lot of fun!
Autumn Weekly Home Learning:
The children will come home every Friday with a weekly Foundation Home Learning newsletter.  This will provide families information about what we have been learning in class and how to support learning at home through exciting adventures and activities. It is fantastic to see home learning shared on Tapestry.
'Fun Phonics and Reading Workshop' Wednesday 10th October 5-6 pm:
Supporting reading and phonics at home is shared and celebrated at Montpelier. We like to work with parents and families to encourage and support through workshops, modelling and sharing ideas for fun and exciting resources. Super home learning is then shared on Tapestry and fantastic ideas are applied in class and through outdoor learning too.
Maths Moments at Home
On Monday 12th November we held a workshop for parents and families to support children's Maths at home.  Mrs Green showed examples of our learning in school and lots of fun ways to help support learning at home too. Numicon bingo with the families was great fun!
Parent and Carer Workshops and Support:
Please see below the opportunities to come into school to see how to support your child at home. If there any workshops that would help you further, please speak to Miss Tickle.