Welcome to Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)

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

Mr Melody

Mr Melody

FS2 Class Teacher

Mrs Skilbeck

Mrs Skilbeck

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

Mrs Lowe

Mrs Lowe

Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Mrs Harris

Mrs Harris

Teaching Assistant & Senior Lunchtime Supervisor

FS2 Prayer Table

FS2 Prayer Table

FS2 Curriculum Newsletters

FS2 Newsletter Autumn 1

FS2 Half Term Overviews

FS2 Half Term Overview Autumn 1

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.


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 gifts 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