Welcome to Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)

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

Click on the buttons below to see what FS2 have been up to in their classroom and outdoor environment each half term. 

Mrs Rowlands

Mrs Rowlands

FS2 Class Teacher

Mrs Skilbeck

Mrs Skilbeck

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), Lunchtime Supervisor, Paediatric First Aider

Miss Gylyte

Teaching Assistant, Lunchtime Supervisor

FS2 Prayer Table

FS2 Prayer Table

Mrs Armitage

Mrs Armitage

Teaching Assistant, Lunchtime Supervisor, Mini Vinnie Coordinator, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA)

Academic Year 

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.

As well as your daily reading, accessing Reading Eggs, Mathseeds and Spelling Shed, you may like to complete some extra challenges linked to our termly topics. These challenges all link to a different area of learning to support learning at home. If you do choose to complete an extra homework challenge, don’t forget to upload pictures onto your tapestry page – we love to see what you have been up to at home and the children enjoy sharing their pictures with their class.