St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School - Wetherby
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.
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!
Weeks 3 and 4
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.
Week 6 and 7
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!
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 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 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!
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 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!