St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby
Welcome to Foundation Stage 2!
FS2 Curriculum Newsletter
Find out what we are learning about by reading our half-termly newsletters:
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.
Autumn 1 2017
This half term we will be focusing upon settling the children in
to 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. Please keep an eye out for pictures of the children’s work on this in the coming day!
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 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!
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 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!