Welcome to Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein 

Mrs Hemming

Mrs Hemming

FS2 Class Teacher, PE Coordinator, Geography Coordinator, Burn2Learn Coordinator, Paediatric First Aider

Mrs Harrison

Mrs Harrison

FS2 Class Teacher, Cultural Capital Lead, NQT/RQT Mentor, School’s Direct and Student Mentor, MFL Coordinator, Music Coordinator, Paediatric First Aider

Mrs Skilbeck

Mrs Skilbeck

Foundation Stage Teaching Assistant, Lunchtime Supervisor, Paediatric First Aider

FS2 Prayer Table

FS2 Prayer Table

Academic Year 2021/22

Welcome to FS2! We hope that 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 underpinned 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 resilient, 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 environment reflects them and responds appropriately 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.
    These are: 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 appropriate 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

• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design

If you would like any more information on the EYFS curriculum, please do not hesitate to ask.

Please have a look at our English page to find more information on our phonics and reading schemes. 

At St Joseph’s, we are so grateful for the invaluable support that our parents and carers provide for our pupils. We know how well our families have been able to adapt to home learning so now that we can welcome all of our pupils back to school, we wanted to provide opportunities for our pupils to continue their learning at home, if they choose to. The homework given will prepare and support your child’s learning across the curriculum each half term. The homework tasks below are optional. If you would also like to read our homework policy, please follow the link below.

Summer 2 2022

Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful half holiday. To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks  for you to complete. We look forward to seeing your learning on Tapestry. You can also bring your work in so we can share it with your friends and display it in our classroom. 

Summer 2- Foundation 2- Homework Grid

 Summer 1 2022

Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful Easter holiday. To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks for you to complete. We look forward to seeing your learning on Tapestry.

Summer 1- Foundation 2 Homework Grid

Spring 2 2022

Welcome back! We hope that you had a wonderful half term holiday. To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for you to complete. We look forward to seeing your learning on Tapestry.

Home Learning Grid Spring 2


To help you with this activity, here is a video that tells the story of Jesus feeding the 5000.

Here are some colouring pages that you could also use for your activity.

Fish Template Bread Template


What is your favourite animal or sea creature? Here are some word mats to help you choose from.

Sea Creatures Jungle Animals

Here is a sound mat to help when sounding out for when you do your writing.

Sound Mat 1 Sound Mat 2


In class, the children love to play Obb and Bob! It is a great game where the children sound out and blend their words and decide if they are a real word (Bob) or a nonsense word (Obb).

Here is a link to a great website for the children to work on their sounds. Please stick to the phase two sounds for now.

Obb and Bob Online Game

Here are some flashcards for you to print and use if you would like to make your own Obb and Bob to play this game.

Obb and Bob Game Flash Cards

Please also use the Alphablocks video below to help your child if they need any help with the sounds.


The best way to learn number bonds is through fun and dance! Sing along with Jack and learn your number bonds. Work on number bonds to 5 first until you feel really confident. 

Here is an activity booklet that you could use to help with your number bonds to 5.

Number bonds to 5 activities

Understanding the World

Spring is coming! We have started some signs of Spring at our school but have you noticed any around where you live? Have a look at the information attached if you would like to find out more about the signs of Spring.

Signs of Spring

Here are some videos for how to draw some flowers if you would like to use them to help with your drawings.

Expressive Arts and Design

 How fun does it look to make a snake paper chain? You can either use plain paper and decorate it yourself or print the snake paper chain activity that I have attached on the button below. Either way, we can’t wait to see them!

Spring 1 2022

Happy New Year! To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for you to complete. We look forward to seeing your learning on Tapestry.

Spring Home Learning Grid

Below are some resources that you could use if you decide to take on these optional homework tasks.


In RE we are learning about some of the special things Jesus did in his life. Jesus performed lots of miracles as he grew up.  Here are some stories for you to read with an adult.

Jesus Calms the Storm Feeding the Five Thousand Jesus Heals the Blind

Here are some videos of these miracles too that will help you understand some of the miracles Jesus performed.



Here are some traditional tales that you could use to help you with this task. There is also a sound mat to help you with your writing.

The Three Little Pigs Cinderella Jack and the Beanstalk Sound Mat

If you would like to listen to some traditional tales we have a selected a few. You could tell a grown up your favorite part to the story and create an alternative ending in a picture with labels. We look forward to seeing your work on tapestry.

If you would like to work on your letter formation at home, here are some resources to help you like we use in our classroom.

Letter formation powerpoint Cursive alphabet strip  Letter families Cursive handwriting sentences


It’s time to go on a shape hunt! Use the mat to help you remember the names of the different shapes and these worksheets to help you with your learning.

2D Shape Mat Shape Hunt Worksheet

Have a go at the challenges on this power point to help you with your understanding of 2D shapes. You can talk about the properties of 2D shapes with your grown ups at home.

2D shape powerpoint and challenges

You can also watch this video to help you to learn about shapes too.

You can also continue to learn your number bonds at home too by taking part in this video.

Have a go at adding numbers to 10 and create your own number sentence to 10.

Adding to 10 challenge

Expressive Arts and Design

It’s time to build your own castle! Think carefully about your design and remember to draw it first. There is a planning sheet below to help you with this. Try to use your phonics when writing down everything that you will need to build your castle.

Castle Design Sheet

If you would like a step by step guide to help you draw a castle, watch this video and see how you get on! We are looking forward to seeing your castle creations.



We had a dentist come to visit us last term and she taught us all about how to keep our teeth clean. Can you remember what she taught us? We have added some a PowerPoint to help you if you need some reminders about how to keep your teeth clean so that you can add it to your poster. There are also some pictures that you could cut out and decorate to add to your poster too.

Healthy Teeth PowerPoint Healthy Teeth Pictures

If you need a reminder about how to keep your teeth and gums healthy, listen to Dr Ranj and see he can help you complete some of our challenges above.

Understanding the world

Here is a video the help you recap the different parts of a a castle. You could us the video to help you in your creative challenge too and label the different parts of your castle.

There are castles all around the world that you might like to research. Here are some pictures of different castles and where they are. Pick your favorite one to do your research.

Castles Around the World

Autumn 2022

To help you with your learning this half term, here are some optional homework tasks and resources/activities for you to complete. We can’t wait to see your work that you complete at home!

Autumn Home Learning Grid


In FS2, we are learning about the ways that we can see that God loves us. We are surrounded by ways! These are all gofts from God. These include:

-our pets

-our family

-our homes

-the trees outside

We really look forward to seeing the drawings of the gifts that you think of. Here is an alphabet strip to help you with using your phonics to label your pictures.

Alphabet Strip


To begin writing, it is really important to develop our pencil grip. Please see the images below for how to help your child with their pencil grip at home.  The button below also links you to these posters so that you can print these if you would like too.

Pencil Grip Posters

Below are some resources for you to use to support your child when learning to write their letters and numbers.

Letter Formation ActivityNumber Formation Activity

Below are some autumn themed worksheets to help with pencil control too. Please encourage your child to carefully trace on the lines.

Pencil Control Activity


Watch this alphablocks episode to hear the different sounds. We haven’t learnt all of these in class, but I wonder if you can spot all of the ones that we have! Join in with the Alphablocks when they say their sound.



To be able to order numbers, it is important to work on counting first. Here are some videos to watch with your children to support counting to 10 and 20.

Here are some worksheets that you could use to support with ordering numbers.Ordering Numbers Activity 1 Ordering Numbers Activity 2

Expressive Arts and Design

It’s Autumn! There are lots of signs outside to tell us that it is Autumn too. Can you spot any of them? Here is a PowerPoint and some pictures to help you to see the signs of Autumn which will help with your Autumn drawings.

All About Autumn PowerPointAutumn Images

Understanding the World

In class, we have been exploring minibeast habitats. Here is a worksheet for you to look at different habitats. What ones can you spot?

Minibeast Habitat Activity

It’s time to build you habitat! Here is a planning sheet that you could use to plan the habitat. If you would like to use your own planning, that is OK too.

Habitat Planning Sheet