Welcome to Foundation Stage 2!
FS2 Teaching Assistant
Academic Year 2017/18
Welcome to FS2!
We hope you have had a lovely summer and are as excited as we are to start the school year!
Please keep checking this page for regular updates on all the exciting things we have been getting up to.
In Foundation 2 we follow the EYFS curriculum that is underpined by four key themes.
1. Every Child is Unique. We cater for every child’s individual needs, teaching them at their level. By doing this we enable all children to be challenged and make good progress in their learning and development. In turn this creates resillient, confident and capable learners.
2. Positive Relationships. We focus on children developing positive relationships with their peers and adults in school in order for children to learn to be strong and independent.
3. Enabling Environments. We believe that children learn and develop best when the enviroment reflects them and responds appropriotely to their needs. We do this by putting the children at the centre of teaching and learning through them choosing the topic for each half term based upon their interests. We also change and adapt the setting and planning daily based upon children’s responses to teaching and learning. To do this effectively we also develop strong partnerships with Parents/ Carers.
4. Learning and Development. We ensure that we adopt the key characteristics of effective learning to ensure children’s success.
• Playing and exploring
• Active learning
• Creating and thinking critically
To do this effectively across the year we continuously:
Observe- Looking, listening and making notes
Assess– Analysing observations and deciding on the next steps.
Plan– New experiences and opportunities, setting up learning environments and selecting appropriote resources
Within the EYFS curriculum there are three prime and four specific areas of learning, that planning and assessment is based upon.
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
If you would like any more information on the EYFS curriculum please do not hesitate to ask.
Summer 1 2018
Welcome Back! We hope that you have had a lovely Easter break. This half term the children have chosen “All Creatures Great and Small” as their topic. Please see our Newsletter for all the details on what we are going to be getting up to this half term.
This half term our RE topic is “New Life”. As part of this topic the children will be learning about when Jesus rose again and the time that he spent before he went to Heaven to be with his Father. The children will also be looking for signs of new life in and around school.
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been learning about the people that Jesus vistited before he rose to Heaven. They have also been thinking about how these people may have felt when seeing Jesus again through re-enacting some of the bible stories that they have heard.
This week the children have started their Animal Topic. As part of this we have read the book “Dear Zoo” where the author writes to the Zoo requesting the perfect pet. Following this the children have began to write their own letters and descriptions of their perfect zoo animal, using animal fact files to help them!
Last week the children went on their own bear hunt after finding that one of our class bears was missing! Following the hunt the children listened to, acted out and sequenced the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” before writing their own re-counts. We have been so impressed with the progress in writing over the last few weeks. Well Done FS2!
This week in Maths we have been continuing our learning around adding and have began applying our adding skills to help us solve number problems including doubling! We have been so impressed with how the children have applied their adding skills to their doubling challenges both in directed learning and in the different areas of provision.
This week the children have been focusing on halving numbers and objects!
This week in PE the children have been practicing their throwing and catching skills!
This week the children have been enjoying the weather in our outdoor area. The children have particularly enjoyed playing in our brand new Mud Kitchen!
The children have also been busy monitoring their Mini-Beast Hotel that they made last half term and making a shop to sell the new outdoor construction materials from.
This week the children have enjoyed planting carrot and flower seeds!
On Thursday we had a fantastic trip to Sundown. The children explored a range of traditional tale and story themed, houses, castles, pirate shipes and rides throughout the day. The children behaviour was exemplary, particularly in the hot temperatures.
A huge thank you to the parents who gave up their day to come on the trip, without you it would not have been possible.
Phonics Show and Share
Thank you to all parents who attended our Show and Share sessions last week. It was lovely to see how much the children got from you being part of their learning in the classroom!
Following your feedback I am putting together Phonics Packs to support Phonics at home. These will be sent out in the coming weeks!
Spring 2 2018
Welcome Back! We hope that you have had a lovely half term break. This half term the children have decided to continue their topic on Traditional Tales. Please see our Newsletter for all the details on what we are going to be getting up to this half term.
This half term our RE topic is “Sorrow and Joy”. As part of this topic the children will be thinking about how they can hurt others and how they should always try and be kind, saying sorry when they have done wrong. As part of this the children will learn about how Jesus showed kindness to others and about people who hurt Jesus and how he forgave them.
Over the last few weeks the children have been incorporating art into their RE learning by creating collages of them showing kindness to others. We have also been discussing the importance of showing that we are sorry when we make mistakes. From this the children have made sorry medals as we all agreed that sometimes you have to be brave to say that you are sorry and should be proud that you can do this well.
Last week the children learnt about a time where Jesus helped someone to share what they had, when listening to the story of the feeding of the 5 thousand. The children then each made a part of the story and then came together to re-create the main scene.
This week the children have been creating their own characters and beginning to write descriptions of them. These characters will eventually feature in their own Traditional Tales that the children are going to begin writing in a few weeks time!
Over the last few weeks the children have started to also explore different settings of Traditional Tales, drawing them and writing their own descriptions. As part of this the children looked at a picture of our outdoor area during the snow and each came up with a desriptive word or sentence.
This week the children were using their estimating and reasoning skills to help Snow White solve the problem of “Have all the 7 dwarfs got the same amount of belongings?” This was a challenging task that required the children to explain their ideas. We will be continuing this into next week.
This week the children have began to explore addition in Maths. The children using concrete objects and number lines to help them add two single digit numbers together and even started to write addition sentences!
The children have also been busy in the Maths areas inside and outside completing their challenges, exploring the resources and having a go at some Maths games on the ipads.
This week the children were exploring different balenes, stretches and ways of travelling in their Friday PE Lesson.
Over the last two weeks the children have been furthering their movement skills in PE by mirroring their partners and trying to counterbalance with a partner.
As part of Well-being week in school the children were treated to a fantastic Yoga session arranged by Mrs Reddiex. During the session the children went on a journey to outter space and learnt lots of Yoga positions. All the children had a such a fantastic time that we are going to look into incorporating a little bit of Yoga into our everyday routine.
Spring 1 2018
Happy New Year! We hope that you have had a lovely Christmas and ready to start our first Spring Term. This half term the children have chosen Traditional Tales as their topic for learning. Please see our class newsletter above for all the exciting things we are going to be getting up to as part of this!
This half term our RE topic is “Getting to know Jesus” as part of this the children will be learning about Jesus’s love and how we can learn from Jesus and put his teachings into practice in our own lives.
Over the last few weeks the children have been learning about how Jesus helped others such as the sick. The children then thought about how they could learn from Jesus to make others happy and feel better. From this the children painted happy faces and Get Well Soon cards.
The children also thought about people who they know that are not very well and each child wrote and said a prayer for them.
The children have also been learning about some of the miracles that Jesus did including the Wedding Cana where Jesus turned the water into wine. To help the children remember the story they re-enacted it as a class before writing about it in their RE books.
The children have also visited the Prayer Garden for the first time this year. Whilst we were there we discussed why we have a prayer garden and who St Joseph was before sayig our prayer before lunch.
Our first week back we were visited by The Three Little Pigs! They have left a letter asking the children to design and build them a home made out of bricks, sticks and straw. To help the children get some ideas on how to do this we read the story of The Three Little Pigs before going outside and looking at some houses to get ideas of what materials they can use for each part of the house. The children then got on with designing their houses in groups, drawing and labelling them ready for next week when they will be building them!
The children have been very busy helping lots of Traditional Tale Characters! They have been helping the Three Pigs build their houses and have put together the crime scene from Goldilocks and the Three bears to help Tale Police!
The children have also been creating story maps based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. From this we have seen some fantastic sentence writing! Keep up the good work!
As part of Anti-Bullying week the children helped find a very lost Ugly Duckling. From this we read the story of the Ugly Duckling and discussed different emotions that he may have felt in the story and how other animals effected his feelings and thoughts. As part of this the children painted the Ugly Duckling at different parts of the story, mixing colours to get it just right!
Over the next few weeks the children are going to create their own Art Gallery in the classroom using these paintings. We have already began writing narratives that explain what each picture is about and we plan to make frames using collage.
As part of this the children have also been making beautiful friendship sticks.
This week the children have started a new phonics scheme called “Sounds-Write”. The children did some fantastic blending and segmenting of words that led to all children to reading and writing words and sentences. A lot of the children also chose to continue their phonics learning through applying it within their child initiated learning. Just look at some the independent work the children have done!
This week the children were set a very important task by The Three Little Pigs. They left a list of the reosurces they needed to build their houses and asked the children to use their counting skills to provide The Three Little Pigs with the correct amount of materials. The children did such a good job that The Three Little Pigs came back a couple of days later and asked the children to build their houses for them!
The children in FS2 have been very busy applying their knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes to their building and models. Take a look:
“I have used square faces.”
“The roof is like a triangle but with a circle cut out”
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been learning about 1 more and 1 less using Goldilocks and the Three Bears Porridge!
This week the children had their first Gymnastics Lesson! The children went round a carousel of activities that required them to balance along beams, jump safely off apparatus, weave in and out of cones and climb through obstacles.
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been furthering their gymnastic skills in their PE lessons. Take a look at what they have been up to…
Autumn 2 2017
We have a very exciting and busy half term ahead! This half term the children have chosen “How do things work?” as their learning topic. As part of this the children have decided to explore the following areas: The Human Body, Plants, Animals, Toys and Outer Space! We will also be embedding the rules and routines from last half term as well as preparing for our Nativity. In addition to all this we also have the visit from the “Clockmakers Christmas” Pantomime to look forward to.
This half term out RE topic is “God’s Family”. We started the topic this week by discussing the children’s families before exploring the other families that we are part of. The children also decided that they were part of our class and school families and all agreed that each one of us is part of God’s family. Following this they each told us one person that was part of God’s family before drawing their home families in pictures frames.
Following on from last weeks learning introducing God’s Family, the children explored God’s love for them as part of his family and how they can show their love to God. The chilren came up with the following ideas:
Pray to God.
Look after each other.
Love our families and friends.
Go to Church.
The children then all cut out and decorated a love heart that represents their love for God.
This week the children heard the story of Elizabeth of Hungary who helped the sick and the poor by providing them with food and medical care. The children had items from the story that they used to act out aspects of it. The children then discussed and drew a picture of themselves helping others in simmilar ways. We discussed giving money to charity, why we have non uniform days and giving money recently to the poppy appeal.
On Friday the children were reflecting on the gifts that God has given them and how they can use them to help others. Below are some of the children doing just this!
This week the children began the countdown to Christmas by learning about the Advent Wreath. We discussed the meaning of each candle and lit the first one, before we read the story of the first Christmas. Once we had read the story the children thanked God for the gift of his Son. Over the next couple of weeks the children will continue to use the Advent Wreath to help them count down to Christmas and reflect upon the First Christmas through our own Christmas performance and other activities in the classroom.
This week the children performed their Nativity “Hosanna Rock” with Key Stage 1. I am sure that everyone who attended the performances will agree that all the children did a fantastic job!
This week we began our “How do things work?” topic by learning about the different parts of our bodies and how they work together. The children then went outside and drew round each other with chalk before identifying their different body parts and writing labels. The children also used some of the new vocabulary that they learnt relating to parts of the body that we cannot see such as our bones, organs and muscles.
We also had a circle time where the children discussed how and why we need to look after our bodies. They came up with the following ideas:
- Brush our teeth twice a day for 2mins so that we keep them strong enough to eat our food.
- Do exercise (riding our bikes, running, playing football, dancing, doing press ups, riding our scooters, swimming) to keep our hearts and bodies healthy.
- Eat a range of foods to give our bodies everything that it needs to work.
- Drink lots of water to keep our brains hydrated.
- Keep our minds active by challenging ourselves.
This week we have continued our learning on the human body by exploring our skeleton structure and the bones within it. To do this we learnt “Dem Bones” song that helps the children to remember which bones connect to one another, along with making their own skeleton pictures.
As part of this learning we watched a story about the Funny Bones Family who found a wish bone. Following this we found a letter from the Funny Bones Family who said that they had heard that we were learning about bones and had decided to leave us a wish bone in our outdoor area so that all the children could have their own wish. The children worked well together to follow the clues that led them to the wish bone. Once the bone was found the children discussed and wrote down their wishes.
Some of the children’s wishes were:
I wish I could fly.
I was I was invisible.
I wish I could find more wish bones.
This week the children were very excited when they met Robi the Robot! They got the oppotunity to ask Robi questions and he even told the children a story! Following our visit from Robi the children made their own robots with their own names and personalities, just like Robi.
Followng Robi’s visit last week where he told us the story of Jack and the Bean Stalk, this week the children have been learning about how the beans that Jack had grew into a bean stalk. As a class we have watched a real bean grow into a bean stalk, identifed the different parts of the plant and following discussions on what plants need to grow, planted our own beans that we hope will grow into a bean stalk!
Over the last week the children’s bean stalks have began to grow! This week the children continued their learning on plants by conducting their own experiment to test if what they have learnt a plant needs to grow is completely true. To do this they planted beans in the following ways:
1 bean in a smaller pot to see if it really needs room to grow.
1 bean was planted in stones rather than soil to see if the stones can give the bean the nutrients to grown.
1 bean was planted in soil and watered with blackcurrant juice to see if the juice can do as good a job as the water does.
We will be watching all the beans we have planted very closely in the next coming week to see what happens and hopefully answer once and for all our questions of “How do beans grow?”
This week the children have been applying their Phonics and Literacy learning within their own child initiated play in indoor and outdoor provision as we count down to Christmas! Take a look at what they have been up to:
This week we have played some indoor and outdoor phonics games focusing upon recognising initial sounds in words. We played a game where the children recapped familiar sounds and had to go and find an item in the classroom that began with that sound. We also played a game outside where I said a word and they had to go and stand by the sound that it began with.
This week in phonics we started our directed Phonics teaching for this half term. We have been incredibly impressed with the progress the children are making. The children are working really hard on recognising their sounds and lots of children are beginning to segment and blend words in order to read and write them. The children’s letter formation is also really improving! Well done FS2!
Over the last couple of weeks the children have showed great progress in their phonics learning. They are beginning to apply their phonics learning to their reading and writing, supporting each other in recognising sounds in their play. Keep up the hard work!
This week the children explored height and length. The children put themselves into height order and we talked about why we were all different heights. The children then measured and compared pictures of bones (relating to the human body aspect of our topic) saying which was the biggest and smallest before ordering them in terms of height. To help them do this the children measured each bones with cubes and recorded how many cubes long each bone was. Some children then looked at the relationship between the number of cubes and the order in which they had put them which expanded their thinking.
This week the children have been exploring postional and directional language. The children worked hard on following the clues to find the wish bone that required them to understand both positional and directional language such as “next to” and “5 steps forwards”. The children then had to say where the wish bone was in relation to other objects around the classroom.
This week in Maths the children made their own Robots using 2D shapes! The children did a brilliant job of naming the shapes and describing their features. Take a look at their shape Robots.
This week the children have been learning about 3D shapes! We have learnt about the different features of 3D shapes and got to grips with some of their tricky names. The children have also been spotting real 3D shapes in their environment both in the classroom and around school.
This week the children have been using their knowledge of numbers to help them solve number problems through songs such as “Five little specked frogs” and “Ten green bottles”. They have also been given the challenge of completing a missing number line, where they must use all their number skills learnt so far to complete it. We will continue to encourage the children to use these skills within their self directed play.
This week the children have been applying their Maths learning within their child initiated play to help them complete their challenges. They have been measuring ingredients to make reindeer food, counting the correct amount of tea spoons of each ingredient that they need. They have also been matching numerals to objects in the Maths area by counting out different objects that match the digit on their card.
This week the children continued their outdoor and indoor PE lessons from last half term. In dance they continued to explore different movements such as jumping, hopping and skipping along with moving in different ways and speeds.
This week the children spent an afternoon on the school play equipment and climbing frame as their treat for getting the highest attendance in school along with Year 6! They had lots of fun balancing and climbing.
The children have also been exploring our new and improved outdoor area. Take a look at some of the things they have been up to!
This week in PE with Mr Shaw the children have been practicing rolling a small ball to their partner. The children started sat on the floor and progressed to standing up. By the end of the lesson all children had become much more confident and accurate in this skill.
This week in PE the children have been learning new dance moves with Miss Annabel! They have been practicing different walks and poses that will be built upon in the coming weeks.
Autumn 1 2017
This half term we will be focusing upon settling the children into their new class and routines to enable them to become happy and confident learners. To ensure that the children have a smooth transition from FS1 to FS2 we will be following the same play based approach in which the children learn through meaningful, first hand experiences. Once the children are settled and comfortable in their new classroom we will begin some directed teaching in Phonics, Literacy, Maths and Religious Education. This will be linked to their play in provision which will enable them to apply and embed the skills they are learning.
Our First Week in FS2!
We have had a fantastic first week settling in to our new classroom! The children have particularly enjoyed playing in the Fire Station, building models in the Construction area and getting creative.
As part of settling in we have also had a walk around school to see where the children will go at lunch times as well as visiting our buddies in Year 6 who will be helping us next week.
The children have also had chance to tell their peers about their adventures over the summer holidays, as well as practising their listening skills in our music game.
Thank you to all our parents who have signed up to our Mystery Reader sessions. The children are looking forward to the first one in a couple of weeks time!
The children have been practicing the daily prayers all this week and have already learnt the new afternoon prayers with the sign language! Now that the prayers have been embedded into the children’s routines we will begin formal RE teaching next week.
This week we began learning about God’s world and God’s love for us all. The children each put into their own words how big they thought God’s love is.
Following on from the learning last week the children began to explore all the things that God has created. The children each took it in turn to choose a colour from the rainbow and say something that God has made in the world that is that colour. The children came up with brilliant answers. Here are some of them:
Blue: The Sky
Green: The Grass
Yellow: The Sun
The children then drew a picture of an animal that God has created in their RE books.
This week the children have began learning about God’s creation of the world. To help the children remember the seven days in which God created the world we re-told the main aspects of the story with action. The children then brilliantly performed the story with actions to the rest of the class!
Following our learning on the creation of the world. This week the children have thought about the ways in which they can care for the world. Some of the children’s ideas were:
Water the flowers
Pick up rubbish
Keep the classroom tidy
Look after the things that we have
This week we played a game that celebrated our similarities and differences. The children then identified one thing that made them special. Following on from this they drew a picture of themselves in their book and a small caption underneath that highlighted one thing that made them special.
This week the children began their topic of Superheroes by becoming a Superhero themselves! They came up with their own Superhero name and super power that they can use to defeat any villains they encounter!
The children got a very big surprise on Monday morning when they came into the classroom to find “victim vegetables” in a bit of a pickle on the tough tray! They quickly rescued the vegetables and found a book called “Super Tato” that helped them to understand what was going on. In the following days the children got to know all about the different characters. Together we discussed what each character was like and considered their feelings at different points in the story.
This week the children have continued the Superhero theme with the book Super Worm! They built upon last weeks work on identifying characters by focusing upon the sequence of events in Super Worm. The children began the week by creating story maps that they used later on in the week to help them sequence the beginning of the story in their Literacy books.
As part of this the children also had lots of fun desiging and making homes for the different characters in the story in the woodland area. We hope to go back to the woodland soon to see if any animals have used the homes the children made!
This week we have been using Talk for Writing to help the children to sequence familiar stories along with beginning to identify rhyming words. On Monday we read the story of the Gingerbread Man and as a whole class came up with actions to the start of the story. We then focused our learning on the famous phrase that the Gingerbread man repeats throughout the story. “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’s catch me I am the Gingerbread man!”. We looked at the rhyming words can and man. The children did a fantastic job of coming up with other words that also rhymed!
Following on from Mondays lesson the children played a rhyming game called Silly Soup where they developed their understanding of rhyme. Ask your children to teach you Silly Soup!
This week we had a visitor to the classroom that left a rather big mess! To find out who it was the children became detectives and interviewed Mrs Skillbeck as a witness! After asking lots of good questions we discovered that it was the Naughty Bus! Once we read the book that the Naughty Bus had left us the children decided to make wanted posters so that we could find the Naughty Bus and get him to come back and say sorry for leaving such a mess that the children had to tidy up for him.
This week the children started their phonics sessions. They did a brilliant job of practicing saying each new sound and recognising it as an initial letter sound. They also had a go at writing each sound onto a whiteboard. In order to help the children embed the new sounds we have sent home Sound Books for the children to practice at home. If parents would like any more information on Phonics please do not hesitate to ask.
This week in phonics we have been learning the sounds P I N M along with the tricky words it and is. The children are growing in confidence through learning the silly songs with actions for each sound. The children also enjoy having a giggle at the Alphabet song that Mrs Skillbeck has been teaching them. I am sure that the children would enjoy teaching it to their families at home if you ask them about it!
Weeks 3 and 4
Over the last two weeks the children have been working incredibly hard on learning eight new sounds and three high frequency words. The children have engaged in lots of hands on phonics lessons where they have been practicing their letter formation along with beginning to sound out, blend and segment in order to read some CVC words.
We have also been really impressed with the children working independently in small groups, completing phonics games and activities.
Their hard work is paying off as we are noticing that they children are beginning to apply their phonics skills within their literacy lessons to identify and write initial letter sounds.
Well done FS2 keep up the hard work!
This week the children had their first Maths lesson. We practiced counting to 20 in different ways using claps and different rhythms. We then had a game of “Superhero Snakes and Ladders” where the children had to use their “Super” number recognition and counting skills to get to the top of the board and capture the villain!
This week the children have been focusing upon counting an irregular arrangement of objects, along with recognising and counting numbers to 10 and beyond! Just look at the fabulous work they have been getting up to!
This week the children have continued to work hard on their recognising and sequencing of numbers to 10 and beyond! They have also began exploring groups of objects identifying what we mean by “the same”, “altogether” and “total”. Over the coming weeks we will be embedding these skills and hope to soon see children applying their learning in provision. Watch this space!
Following on from last week the children have began to learn the tricky concept of sharing objects different ways and understanding that the total will always be the same. The children have enjoyed using slices of Pizza to help them do this!
Over the last 2 weeks the children have been applying the skills they have learnt in their directed Maths lessons in the different provision areas. We have also been playing number games on the smartboard that have given the children the oppotunity to consolidate their learning.
This week the children had their first PE lesson. The children loved the outdoor games on Tuesday along with the dance lesson on Friday. I have never seen so many smiling faces! Myself and Mrs Skillbeck were extremely impressed with how well the children listened and followed instructions. Well Done FS2!
Over the last two weeks the children have been enjoying learning lots of new skills and movements in PE. In dance they have been particularly focusing upon different stretches and following actions to music along with making good use of space.
This week in PE the children have been learning new Football Skills! They practiced rolling the ball, stopping the ball and passing the ball in small groups. They all did a great job in learning these tricky skills.
Over the last two weeks the children have become much more independent in PE both with getting changed and in lessons. We have also seen great progress in skills such as skipping, and special awareness.
Well done to all FS2 children who took part in their first Harvest Festival! The children with speaking parts did a fantastic job along with the rest of the children that joined in with all the songs and actions.
A huge thank you to all the Mystery Readers who have come into FS2 this half term. The children look forward to the visit all week, chatting about who they think it might be and what books they may bring. It has made a real impact in encouraging your children to read and supporting them in their own reading.
We hope to continue the Mystery reader into Autumn 2!