Spring 1 2022

Welcome back! We hope you have enjoyed a lovely Christmas with your families and are now ready to start our Spring term in Foundation 2. We are looking forward to hearing about what you did in the Christmas holidays and how you celebrated with your family.

This half term the children have chosen “Once Upon a time“.

To find out in more detail what we will be learning and how you can support your child’s learning at home,  please see our class newsletter.

Please continue to share your learning and and special achievements at home with us on Tapestry, we love to see what you have been up too.

Mrs Hemming, Mrs Harrison and Mrs Skilbeck

Fairytale Book Reading Literacy Traditional Tales Once Upon A Time KS1


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Collective Worship

As a class, we learnt that after Christmas and the Epiphany we change our prayer table back to having a green cloth. The class were told that we were now in ordinary time. We discussed everything that we put on the table and the meaning of each item. We talked about how we will place the crucifix at the front because we have Christ at the centre. We talked about how we can use this table in our own time to pray and we should always keep it neat and tidy as it is a very special place in our classroom. 

As a class, we learnt that on Thursday 6th January, it was the feast day of The Epiphany. Near our worship table, we have a story telling area where the children can use the resources to retell this special story. The children have enjoyed talking about where each person would be at different parts of this story

We are letting the children retell some of the stories of Jesus’s miracles of when he turned from a baby, into a man. We have explored the story of Jesus healing the bind man and the paralyzed man. In our RE small world, our children have had the opportunity to make links back to our people who help us topic and think about how they can look after others, and make them feel better.


RE – Getting to know Jesus 

This half term, our topic in RE is Getting to know Jesus. 

We started out RE learning off by looking at how as a family we celebrated Jesus’s birthday. Here are some of the things our children said when we reflected on what they did at Christmas to celebrate Jesus’s birthday.

Elias– I did some prayers for Jesus and I went to church to celebrate

Charlie– I helped mummy put the Christmas tree up and we had it in out house at Christmas.

Jacob– I decorated our hall with bright tinsel to celebrate Jesus’s birthday.

Aaron– We all had presents to celebrate Jesus’s birthday for him.

Arthur– I went to my Aunties house and we celebrated together and had a meal.

Julia– I went to church at Christmas and saw baby Jesus.

Sophie– I put a tree on my shelf with lights on to celebrate Jesus’s birthday.

25 Christmas-Happy Birthday Jesus ideas | happy birthday jesus, jesus,  christmas

We have started to learn that about some of the things that Jesus did when he became a man. This is part of our journey in getting to know Jesus and how special he was. We listened to a story about Jesus healing a blind man. We talked about what healing means making links back to our topic about people who helps us last half term. We shared this video together in class…

We then retold the story in small groups and drew a picture of part of the story. We talked about what a miracle is and why Jesus could perform these special miracles.

We have learnt about another story that helps us understand that Jesus turned into a man and he was helping other people, and gathering lots of followers who believed in the good things he did. We retold the story of Jesus healing a paralyzed man, and about the faith the mans friends had to get him to see Jesus to be healed. We had some super drama as part of our lesson to help us retell the special miracle Jesus did.

In RE the children have been trying to picture Jesus growing up from been the baby that they all know, born on Christmas day. We have shared the story of Jesus going to the temple with his mother Mary and father Joseph to show the children Jesus changing into a boy, then a man. The children watched a video, then they worked in partners to order pictures from the story and put themselves in Mary, Joseph or Jesus’s shoes to say how they would have felt in the temple.

If you would like to share the video again, it is here for you to share at home.

As part of our RE learning journey we have looked a special events in our loves and love as we are getting to know Jesus and his love for us. The children were given the opportunity to bring in a picture of someone in their family getting married and talk about their special picture to the class. It was lovely to see all the smiles the children shared when they talked about and showed their family wedding picture to the class. We then passed the pictures around the class. We talked about what marriage is and why people who are in love can choose to get married.

We also learnt about Jesus’s first miracle at the Wedding of Cana and talked about why this miracle was special. If you would like to share the story again at home here it is for you to watch. You could even draw a picture of the first miracle that Jesus performed.

As the children were interested in weddings, we explored weddings for people from other cultures as part of our RE learning journey.

The children learnt that wedding ceremonies are not all the same. We learnt that people make choices about the type of wedding they have depending on what they believe in and what is important to them. We also discussed that it is important that we treat all people, their beliefs and the choices they make with kindness and respect.

These are the religions we explored and looked at pictures of weddings in the different religions.

We then used the pictures to help us look at any things that are the same to some of our Christian family wedding pictures. The children said that the bride and groom all wear special clothes, have it in a special place and have family to celebrate with them.


We have started our Literacy topic off by reading and completing activities linked to our two class texts. The class texts that we have been reading together as a class are Cinderella and The Golden Sandal. The Golden Sandal is an alternative Cinderella story set in the Middle East.

We read the stories together in class and then as part of our focus activity we ordered one of the stories and thought about our favorite part in the story and why.

Our next story, on our Literacy learning journey, is ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’.

Our next stories that we are focusing on in Literacy, and that our challenges in class link to are Goldilocks and the three bears and Goldy Luck and the three pandas.

As part of our literacy focus activity we learnt some new vocabulary. We were learning some time conjunctions to help us create simple instructions to make some porridge for Goldilocks. The children were encouraged to use first, next, then, after and finally when working together as a team to make the porridge. We had a great time making the porridge, and the children even said it tasted just right!

Our final book of the half term was Jack and the Beanstalk.

We transformed our mark making area into a beanstalk and the children were given the opportunity to send their mark marking up the beanstalk. It was a popular area of the classroom this week and we have has some fantastic alternative Jack and the Beanstalk stories and pictures created in this area.

Here are our children in action in the mark making area…

Something very peculiar happened in our class this week. We found some magic beans!

As a class, we decided to plant the seeds. The children used their understanding of instructions to help me with this task! They used great time connectives such as firstly, secondly, after that and next. During this activity, the children also gave me some excellent tips for how to plant the beans. The children said that I needed gloves to keep my hands safe, mud for the seeds to grow in, and water to give the seeds a drink. We also spoke about how we would need to give the seeds some sunlight as they also need this to grow.

After we completed this as a whole class, the children each had a turn to write their names on a lollipop stick and plant their own seeds. We used the time connectives again when planting and the children reminded me about what the seeds would need to grow. The children also enjoyed describing the feel of the soil; they were surprised it was fluffy rather than hard!


This week in our phonics lessons our focus sounds are-  x y ff ll ss zz. We will be reading and writing CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) and CCVC (consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant) words with these sounds in. We would like you to try and build some of your own words using these sounds at home. You can write some of your own words in your sound book if you would like. If you would like to hear the sounds and some words using our new sounds, please join in with Mr Thorne. We wonder if you can find anything in your house beginning with these sounds in?

Tricky words (Sight words)

In our phonics lessons, we will continue to read and write some tricky words. These are words that children need to be able to read and remember, and they cant be segmented and blended back together. If you would like to see some of the sight words that we will be learning over this half term please share this video with your children. It takes time to learn sight words, so try and encourage your child to spot them in books you read together and in print in the environment around them. You could also get your child to write the sight words in shaving foam, sand, with a paint brush and water, chalk or make them out of playdoh. We would love to see how creative you can get with learning your tricky words! Send pictures to us on Tapestry!

We will also revisit some of our tricky words from last half term. Please keep watching the video and read and write these tricky words so they stay in your child’s working memory.

Here is a copy of some of the words we will be exploring if you would like to support your child at home too-

First set of Sight words- HFW for Reception

In class, the children really enjoy playing picnic on Pluto. This game helps the children apply the sounds we are learning by reading real and alien (nonsense) words. If you would like to play the games at home too, here is the link. Please play Phase 2 and Phase 3 games as these cover the sounds we are learning in class.

Picnic on Pluto Phonics game

Home Learning | Victoria Primary School

One of our phonics challenges in class is linked to phonics play. The children have been given the opportunity to blend and segment sounds they have learnt and decide if he words are real or nonsense. They then put them into our class Obb or Bob bin. Here are some of our children in action…

Another one of our phonic challenges has been to create the Great Wall of China out of CVC and CVCC words our of sounds we have learnt. We have had some super words created and lovely team work reading the words.



Reading Area

Our reading area with lots of traditional tales to read.

Our book area has lots of traditional tales to choose from this half term!!

In our reading area this half term, the children have the opportunity to explore traditional tales and fairy tales. We are also encouraging the children to have a group story time in the reading are and talk about their favourite stories.

Reading All Around the Classroom

In our classroom, you will find books everywhere! We want the children to have a love for reading and link these books carefully to their challenges. When walking in our classroom, you will see lots of non-fiction books that we love to see the children reading!





Our Maths working wall.

In Maths, we have begun our learning journey all about shape. The children have begun learning about different 2D shapes and using key vocabulary such as sides and vertices. In their provision, the children have enjoyed creating shapes using lollipop sticks and then answering questions using their newly learnt vocabulary,

As well as investigating shape in our Maths provision areas and in focus activities, we have been on a shape hunt around school. We enjoyed looking in our outside area to see what we could find!

Shapes are everywhere and this week we got out a hammer and nail activity which supported the children with their creativity, shape understanding and fine motor skills all in one activity! The children enjoyed using the shapes to create castles and they were given challenges by adults to identify different shapes as well as identify properties such as sides and vertices. This was a very popular activity!

In our garden, we have been applying some of our maths skills in our class shop. The children went shopping and selected a variety of food, wrote down how many items they had and typed the number into our till. We explored some coins that we might use to pay for our food. It was a very popular area to play this week in the garden!

We have continued to work on our shapes and patterns in class. This week we looked at patterns using Three Little Pigs pictures and with some of our 2D shapes in a practical activity in our maths area. We also set the children the challenge to create a character from the Three Little Pigs story out of 2D shapes and talk about the shape properties they used.

Of course, our Maths learning happens both inside and outside the classroom. The children have been challenged outside to dig numbers in the gravel and find the shape that has that amount of sides. The children have enjoyed discussing how some shapes, such as squares and rectangles have the same amount of sides and vertices.

As part of our Jack and the beanstalk challenge the children were challenged to measure beanstalks using cubes and then order the beanstalks from smallest to largest. The children did a great job and then went around the classroom measuring beanstalks with a metre ruler that children had created. 

KIRFS ( Key instant recall fact) 

This half term we will be working on two KIRF targets in class, and we would love you to support your child in these targets at home so your child is secure in their KIRF target. We will share some ideas about what we have done in class to learn our KIRF targets, and we would love to see how you have learnt them at home on Tapestry.

KIRF target 1- To use fraction vocabulary

In Reception, we introduce the children to the foundations of fractions. We talk about sharing objects around the classroom equally and help the children understand what the word sharing means. At home, it would be great if you can encourage your child to talk about sharing objects equally between people in their house. You could cut a pizza into equal pieces, share raisins equally and also share toys and Lego pieces equally. You can then start to introduce basic fraction vocabulary like a whole, half and a quarter that will build the foundations for their fraction journey into Key Stage 1.  Please share any of your sharing activities with us on Tapestry, we would love to see how you get on and share your ideas with your friends in class.

If you would like some extra work on fraction vocabulary you can try out some of these challenges over the half term-

Feed the owls- sharing equally Feed the monkeys- sharing equally Teddy bear- sharing equally

KIRF target 2To write and read numbers up 20

We would like you to continue to work on forming your numbers to 20. We will be doing it in our morning challenge in class too. We hope you can rise to our challenge and complete all these activities at home this half term.

Can you try out these activities to support your child in reading and writing their numbers to 20?

Trace and Write numbers Number formation book All about numbers to 10 Number formation to 20 Counting to 20- missing numbers

I Can Write To 20 | Writing numbers, Writing practice, Math classroom

One of children took on the challenge of writing his numbers to 20. He was really proud, and so are we with his determination to write his numbers to 20! Can you complete this challenge too?

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

We have also been reminding children to put on their coats and shoes themselves and continue to be independent, just like we were before the holidays. If you would like to revisit our quick way to put on your coat, have a look at this video again-

Culture Week

In FS2, we have been learning what culture means. We found out that culture is linked to where you are born, where you live, your family history and your beliefs to just name a few! For our learning, we have spoken about how different people have different faiths. We have been watching ‘What’s on your head?’ which are some great videos which explains different religous headwear. The  children found out about the hijab, turban and kippah.

British Values


In our class, we have begun to learn all about democracy. We have learnt that this means that our decisions are made by the people of Britain and not just one person. We learnt that these decisions are made by voting.

To support the children with their understanding of voting, we have begun to vote in our classroom for the book that we would like to read at the end of the day. The children  have loved this activity and look forward to writing their voting slips!

Rule of Law

In class, we begun our learning about law by reading the story, ‘Oh No, George!’ by Chris Haughton.  We read all about a dog who just couldn’t stick to the rules. As a class we talked about why we have rules in school. We decided that is keeps everything fair and us all safe. We then talked about law. We learnt that these are very important rules that we must stick by as they have been decided that everyone in our country lives by these rules. We reflected that the reason for laws were the same as other rules; to keep us safe and everything fair!

Individual Liberty

We began this area of our learning by looking at some new rules that we could have in class. FS2 were amused by these rules! The children understood rules from our previous learning about ‘The Rule of Law’ but they felt like these rules went too far!

We then watched a story called, ‘The Hueys’ by Oliver Jeffers where at the start of the story they were all dressed in the same jumper. By the end, they all had different clothes on and were able to express themselves as an individual! We linked this learning back to our school phrase, ‘We are all the same, but we are all different.’

Respect and Tolerance

In this area of our learning, we used an apple. We told the apple some not very nice things such as,

‘You’re a red apple! I only like green apples’.

‘You aren’t shiny enough’

Every time we said these things, we poked the apple. The children then said that the apple still looked the same on the outside, but when we cut into it, it was all bruised! We spoke about how our words and actions can hurt others; it may not look it from the outside but it still hurts on the inside! We spoke about the word ‘Respect’ and what this meant. The children reflected that this meant that we don’t judge or behave differently to anyone that may look different to us and we use kind and careful words to everyone that we meet.

Consent and Personal Space

We used this image which is known as a circle of intimacy. We talked about as a class how we might greet someone in each area. We talked about how you might hug your family, friends, or give a teacher a hug that you know. We also spoke about how some people don’t like hugs too and that this is OK! Lots of children in our class said that they would prefer not to be hugged by their friends. We talked about asking someone for consent before we give out hugs. 

We also talked about how you might smile or wave at someone you don’t know if they speak to use when out with our parents/carers. We spoke about how to keep ourselves safe by staying with our parents/carers when we are out and about.

Safer Internet Day

On Tuesday the 8th February it was Safer Internet day. In class we talked about what the internet is, and then thought about ways that we can help keep ourselves safe when we are online. The children had some fantastic ideas and they are already doing a  great hon at staying safe online. These are some of the ideas that the children shared in our class discussion…

We then listened to a story to help us understand how to be safe when we are on the internet. We ended our safer internet day by learning a song to help us remember how to stay safe online when we are on our tablets. Here is the song so you can keep singing it at home…

Children’s Mental Health Week

This year our Children’s mental health week began on Valentines day. It was a lovely day for it to begin as we started the week sharing lots of love and smiles with our friends in the classroom. Some children drew hearts for each other and gave it to one of their friends. We talked about things that make us happy and how we show love for others making links to one of our RE lessons at the start of the year.

We then moved onto learning where all our feelings come from in our body and how we can try and look after this part of the body. The children talked to their carpet partners about the body part they thought controlled their feelings and lots of children knew it was our brain. We then started to explore a book a that Mrs Hemming really enjoys reading to help us understand our brain and how we can look after our brain. We will continue to explore this book next half term when we learn about growth mindset.

The children came up with some super ideas about the brain throughout our class discussion. Here are some of their ideas…

As part of our learning, we discussed some of these feelings in more detail, and we talked about that it is ok to feel sad sometimes as we can’t always be happy. We thought of things that can sometimes make us feel sad and then things that make us smile. The children had some lovely ideas on how we can look after our friends and family when they are feeling sad. As part of our discussion, we talked about how it is ok to make mistakes, and that is how we learn. We also explored with the children that everything they do and say is valuable. We will be working on these feelings in more detail next half term too.

You might like so share some of these stories with you children that we are exploring in class to help your child talk about some of their feelings at home too.

Ruby’s worry

I am enough

We are sure you do lots of these things at home as a family but see what else you can build into your daily routines.


Physical Development 


In PE, we have built on some of our skills from last half term and started to learn some new skills in individual and team games. The children listened well to Mrs Powell, learning what dribbling a  a ball is and how we can use this skill in different ways within our PE lesson. The children knew the difference between a basketball and a football and talked about which body parts they need to use when dribbling each ball. We had some super concentration from all the children and they demonstrated some great dribbling skills with basket balls and footballs.

In PE, as part of our culture week, the children have learnt some moves for Scottish dancing! The children had to work together in their dance moves and listen out for which move was next!

Fine Motor Skills

Lego Challenge

To help develop our fine motor skills, we have a Lego challenge. The children come to see the challenge and see if they can recreate it. It takes lots of thought to complete it with accuracy! As you can see from the picture below, the children can also use their drawing skills to design their own Lego challenge for their peers to have a turn at making.

We have had some great fine motor action in our three little pigs challenge.

The children have also enjoyed applying their maths skills in their fine motor area this week! The children used tweezers to put the right number of magic beans on each numbered leaf.


Expressive Arts and Design


In our music area, we have been focusing on investigating pitch. We have tried this as a whole class with the children comparing two different instruments. We even used our own instruments, our voices, to make high and low pitch sounds too!

Our new focus word this week is ‘tempo’. We are learning that tempo is how fast or slow music is or how an instrument is played.

Art and Design

This half term our challenges are linked to our topic Once Upon a time. In class, we have read the story of Cinderella and talked about what a palace is, making links to our Royal family and Buckingham Palace. Some of the children choose one of pictures to practice their colour mixing, and some children created their own picture of a character form the story or a castle.

We have read the story The Dot in our classroom. The story allows the children to see themselves as an artist and even if you think you can’t draw. paint or collage it is always worth trying. We have had some lovely artists at work this week, and children saying ‘I am an artist’ and signing their work like artists. We are looking forward to adding lots of our work to our classroom walls over the half term.

Walker Books - The Dot: Creatrilogy (Picture Book) - WordUnited

The children also had to apply their shape and scissor skills learning in the make and do area. The children have been busy cutting out shapes and putting them onto a collage. This took alot of time and effort!

This week, the children have begun their new challenge of cutting different materials to fit in the template of the different pig houses from the traditional tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’. In this activity, we are encouraging the children to hold their scissors correctly to gain greater control, using glue to attach their materials in order to complete their design. The children are constantly having to evaluate their masterpiece to ensure that it is their very best work!

As part of our learning about Chinese New Year, we shared a video and pictures of how people celebrate. The children were given the opportunity to draw, paint, and select the paints to create their own interpretation of Chinese New Year. Our classroom is becoming full of some colorful and creative designs.



Our construction area vocabulary .

One of the challenges set for the children is to re create a home for one of the characters from our stories we are reading in class. The children have been exposed to some different castles from around the world to help them in their construction design. We are looking forward to seeing what creations they design and then build.

Here are some of castles that the children have built and designed in our classroom over the week. We talked about the different shapes used in the castles and also talked about the different parts to the castle linking to what we have been learning in class. One of the castles had a moat, tower and arrow slit!

One of our challenges is to create the Great Wall of China linked to our learning about Chinese New Year. We love that some of our children took on this challenge and were determined to use the pictures of the Great wall of China for inspiration. We think they did a great job!

Role Play

Part of our role play area has turned into the three bears cottage. We have had some wonderful tea parties at her house and some lovely story language used in our small world house.

Our children have enjoyed taking on the role of a pig or the wolf from our class text. We also set the children to the challenge to create some props for our role play area. We now have a brick house, straw house and stick house!

The children are really enjoying acting out the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ in their area and area learning about turn taking with who is the wolf and who the little pigs are! The children are also enjoying choosing between the traditional tale that we all know or the alternative version, ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs,’ which they have loved reading in class. Whilst reading this book, we have also been using different signs and actions for key words. This is supporting the children to retell the story and include important vocabulary from the story. 

Understanding the World

In their Investigation Area, the children have begun to organise materials. The pick two words to describe objects and then organise them into categories. We have particularly been focusing on the words natural and man-made. 

For our next challenge, the children are beginning to learn about the world and how it is made up of different parts called continents. The children, have to dig in the hay to find the continents and match them to the pictures. This involves the children having to look carefully at the size and shape of the picture they have found to closely match up the pictures. We then talk about the names of the different continents. This is to help the children gain a greater understanding of the world and maps. 

In our investigation area we have been learning all about Chinese New Year and the different animals that are used to celebrate each year. The children were encouraged to use tweezers to develop their fine motor skills as part of the challenge.

The children have been interested about the signs of Spring in our Foundation garden. We extended their Spring learning on an adventure to the woods. The children heard birds, saw a heron fly over, found a large nest a the top of the tree, saw daffodils budding and seedlings. We will go back after half term to see if there are any more signs of Spring.