Academic Year 2018/19
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.
Happy New Year! We hope you have enjoyed a lovely Christmas break.This half term the children have chosen “Traditional Tales” as their class topic. Please see our Spring 1 class newsletter for all the details on what we will be learning this half term.
This half term we welcome Miss Frost to FS2. Miss Frost is in her final year of Teacher Training and will be with us this half term to complete her final placement!
This half term our topics is “Getting to know Jesus”.
This week the children shared with their peers how they celebrated Jesus’s birth on Christmas day. They each had the chance to talk about their favorite part of the special day and then drew their own representation of this. It was lovely to hear how all the children celebrated Jesus’s birth and highlighted to the children that each family has different traditions and ways of celebrating on Christmas day.
This half term in Literacy we will be focusing on applying our phonic skills from our Sounds Write lessons to enable us to continue to write simple captions and sentences as part of out “Traditional Tales” topic.
This week the children have began their Traditional Tales topic by hearing the story of The Three Little Pigs, from the wolf’s perspective. This has given the children lots to think about! We have then acted out the beginning of the story to help embed the structure of the story. This will support the children when they come to write about it next week.
This half term in Maths we are going to be focusing on shape and measures.
We have started our Maths learning this half term with a shape hunt in our outdoor area. The children have learnt new vocabulary such as edges and vertices to help them describe shapes. They have also learnt the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. Using this new learning the children have used the shapes to build mini houses for the three little pigs.
The children have began PE this half term by focusing on balancing.
Welcome back to our second half term in FS2! This half term the children have chosen “Our World” as their class topic. Please see our Autumn 2 class newsletter for all the details on what we will be learning this half term.
This half term we will be learning about “God’s Family” and the role we play in this.
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been sharing with each other the different people in their families. When have then move don to discuss other families that the children have. The children came up with the following ideas:
We then learnt about the most important family that we are all part of, God’s family! Following this learning the children have all painted people that are part of their own and God’s family. Photographs of their fantastic art work will soon follow!
Over the last couple of weeks our RE learning has being focusing on God’s love for us and how we can show our love for God. The children discussed showing kindness towards each other as one way of showing their love to God. Each child then created a love heart to symbolize this love.
We have also been considering the gifts that God has given to each of us that makes us special and unique. The children have then spent some time reflecting on and putting into practice using their gifts to help others.
The children used their gifts in the following ways:
Using their gift of being a good writer to help others who find it hard, by spending time helping them to write some CVC words.
Using their gift of being able to make fantastic models to show others how they can do the same.
Teaching others how to dance.
This half term in Literacy we will be focusing on applying our phonic skills from our Sounds Write lessons to enable us to begin to write simple captions and labels as we explore “Our World”.
We began our topic by focusing on our local community, Wetherby and what we like to do in and around Wetherby. The children started to think about this when they went on a places in Wetherby treasure hunt in out outdoor area. The children were split into two teams and showed fantastic sportsmanship by cheering for each others teams and congratulating the children that found the pictures.
The children then used the images to talk about their favorite things to do in their local community and used these ideas to write simple labels using their phonics skills.
The children have recently enjoyed engaging in Burn 2 Learn activities within Literacy. One of these activities required the children to collect different items or photographs of places around the UK and match them to a map. We had some fantastic discussions following this activity around the children’s understanding of the UK.
Phonics Show and Share
A huge thank you to all the parents who attended our Phonics Show and Share sessions. The children loved having their loved ones in class and learning together in school. We hope that the sessions gave you a taste of the learning that takes place in FS2 and ideas of how you can support your child at home.
This half term in Maths we are going to be focusing on understanding more and fewer before learning what we mean by one more and one less. Towards the end of the half term we will also begin to explore addition and subtraction using concrete objects.
So far in Maths this half term the children have been learning about more and less, comparing groups of objects. Once the children had a good understanding of this they moved on to learning how to work out one more and one less than a given number, using concrete objects.
Over the last few weeks the children have began to look at addition. They started their learning by using adding mats and concrete objects to add two single digit numbers together. The children then progressed on to using the counting on method on a number line. We have been so impressed with the children’s hard work!
So far in PE this half term the children have been focusing on their tennis skills! This has involved learning how to balance a bean bag on their racket and beginning to hit the bean bag in the air.
Our outdoor area is feeling very autumnal with lots of leaves now fallen on the ground. The children are enjoying “looking after God’s world” by sweeping up the leaves. The children have also enjoyed creating their own pirate ships, buses and obstacles courses. it has been fantastic to see them working together to achieve a collaborative end goal.
This half term we will be focusing on settling the children into FS2, learning the rules, routines and developing positive relationships. Each half term the children choose their own topic for learning. This half term the children have chosen Superheroes! Please see our Autumn 1 Newsletter for more details.
Over the last couple of weeks the children have taken part in daily collective worship in class and in the school hall with KS1.
The children have also visited the Prayer Garden and the statue of St Joseph at the front of school. During these visits they have thought about the significance of each part of school and their importance to them.
This week we have also had out first RE lesson where the children learn’t about God’s love for them. The children then showed us how big they though God’s love was them and named something that they thought God’s love was bigger than.
In Collective Worship and our RE lessons the children have been learning all about how God created the world. They have then put actions to the main parts of the 7 days of creation and each created a part of it to make a whole class representation of the creation story.
This week in RE we have been learning about the importance of looking after God’s world. We then considered ways in which we can do our bit to look after our world. The children came up with some fantastic ideas such as helping parents to plant flowers in their gardens.
As a class we then decided to help look after our school community by collecting rubbish from the playground to keep it tidy.
This week we have also visited the Prayer Garden again. During our time in the Prayer Garden we explained to the children that there would be the opportunity at lunchtimes to pray a decade of the Rosary in the garden with other children and teachers. We discussed further the Rosary Beads and what this would look like. We then said our lunch time prayer in the garden before going for lunch.
Last week in Collective Worship the children were thinking about Noah and reflecting on how and why he built his Ark. The children then considered how they could act as a disciple as Noah had done.
Over the last couple of weeks the children have been creating their own Superhero characters. As part of this they have been coming up with their own Superhero names and powers! We have been so impressed with how hard the children are working on their letter formation. Well done FS2!
To support the children’s fine motor development the children have also been enjoying Dough Disco!
This week the children have been learning about Superworm and his many talents! Together we have re-told the story and sequenced the main events. We have even began writing key description words!
Last week the children had a visit from some of the characters from Super Tato! Together we talked about how each character might have felt in the story and their different personalities.
Our learning on Super Tato also led to a discussion about how the potatoes that we eat get from the field and into our homes. From this we watched a video about this process and the children made links to the potatoes that they grew in FS1 last year.
The children have been focusing on counting objects accurately to 10, recognising numbers and beginning to record them.
This week the children have been learning what we mean when we say “the same”. We have been so impressed with their reasoning skills when they have explained how they know that two people have the same and their persistence in proving their answer.
This week the children have been applying their mathematical understanding in the different areas of provision.
The children have loved their PE lessons so far in FS2! They have been focusing on balancing, throwing, catching and learning their left and right.
This week in PE the children have been learning different ways that they can kick a football. Mr Cooper was very impressed with the children’s listens skills and engagement, well done FS2!
PE Class of the Week!
Last week FS2 were Mr Coopers PE class of the week! Mr Cooper told the children that he had chosen them as the class of the week because of their fantastic listening listening skills and answers to his tricky questions. Well Done FS2!
In PE the children have been working on their spacial awareness and movement skills. We were so impress with how the children move din different ways, being careful not to touch anybody else.
The children have loved exploring our outdoor area and completing out outdoor Rainbow Challenge to find as many Mini-Beasts as they can!
Last week FS2 were very lucky to receive a visit from Anne who taught us some very important road safety messages. The children loved the interactive lesson and answered Anne’s questions fantastically! The children also enjoyed the Road Safety puppet show and were able to explain what the little boy should do when wanting to cross a busy road.
Our first week in FS2!
This week the children have enjoyed exploring their learning environment inside and out. As part of this the children have chosen their class rules and started to put them into practice. They have also met their Y6 buddies, had their first PE lessons and enjoyed school dinners.