“Play is the highest form of research.” Albert Einstein
Welcome to Foundation Stage 2 (Reception)
Class Teacher, Design and Technology Coordinator, Burn 2 Learn Coordinator
FS2 Teaching Assistant
FS2 Prayer Table
Academic Year 2019/20
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 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
• Understanding the World
• Expressive Arts and Design
If you would like any more information on the EYFS curriculum please do not hesitate to ask.
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.
Our first week in FS2!
The children have enjoyed a fantastic start to FS2. They have explored the learning environment through engaging with the Rainbow Challenges and continued to developed their relationships with their peers and teachers that began back in July when we started our transition process.
During their first full week in school the children have also enjoyed eating lunch with their friends, visiting the woods. learning about our badgers and experiencing their first Golden Book assembly.
Religious Education (RE)
This week we have began our first RE topic of “God’s World”. We have started by thinking about who the children love, who loves them and how this love is shown. This has led us to think about God’s love for us as his children. The children have each described how big they think God’s love is for them.
We have continued our RE learning this week by learning about how God created the world. The children have listened carefully to the story and added actions for each of the 7 days to help them remember it.
This week the children have each chosen a different part of God’s world to create. for our RE display. As the children made them they each explained why they had chosen that part of God’s world and talked about how God made it for us to look after.
Following on from our work on the Creation story the children thought carefully about what their role was in the world and why God had made us. After reading “Dinosaurs and all that rubbish” the children concluded that we should ensure that we look after the beautiful world that God has given us. From this the children decided that it would be a good idea to collect rubbish from our school playground to ensure that we keep our school community tidy.
Today we concluded our topic on God’s world by thinking about the special talents that God has given us and how we can use these to help others. The children considered what makes them unique and different, concluding that we all have something that we are good at that makes us special. The children then drew them something that they enjoy and are good at, that God has given them as a talent. It was lovely to hear so many different talents that make the children feel special.
This week we have continued our Superhero topic by learning about Super Daisy and her super powers! From this the children have thought about what their would want their Superhero name to be and what power they would like to have. Next week the children will create their characters and write their name.
This week the children have worked together to sequence the familiar story of Super Daisy. Great team work!
The children have also been very busy marking making in all areas of provision, where they have been expressing their interests.
We have been so impressed with the children’s attitudes towards phonics. They have all worked incredibly hard on during our Phonic’s lessons and we are seeing the results!
This week we started to read Superworm! The children were challenged to spot the rhyming words in the story and put actions to them. Later on in the week they had to find a rhyming word hidden around the classroom and find a partner who’s word rhymed with theirs. The children did a fantastic job!
We have now started our final book of our topic, Super Tato! The children came in on Monday to find victim vegetables in our classroom that had been made a fool of by the Evil Pea! The children are now on the look out for an Evil Pea in there house. Following on from reading the story the children sequenced the main events in small groups, before beginning to write key descriptive words about the characters in the story. We had some fantastic ideas and application of our Phonics skills.
This week we have been helping Super Daisy get all the peas back to their planet by using our counting skills. This has required the children to read the number of peas that need to be returned to the planet and count them accurately to ensure that no peas are left on Earth! Next week we will be continuing to help Super Daisy in her mission.
This week we have used Burn to Learn in our mission to help Super Daisy, where we have worked in teams to count the extra large peas back to their planet accurately. This required us to communicate and work together.
We have also been applying our skill of counting objects accurately to a smartboard game linked to our new focus book Superworm. To complete the challenge the children had to count the spots on the ladybird and select the correct numeral to match it.
This week we have continued our learning on the concept of “the same” with the help of Superworm and his friends. The children have successfully identified when Superworm and his friend toad have the same or different amounts of friends and explained how they know this.
In our final Maths learning this half term we have been learning what “Total” means and our understanding of it staying the same no matter how many different groups we split the numbers into. Supertato has been on hand to help us with this, lending us some of his character friends and scenes from the story. A tricky concept that the children have worked hard to understand.
We have also been practicing our number sequencing and formation skills through a tricky Superhero challenge! The children worked hard to fill in the missing numbers and we will continue to work on writing them next half term.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
So far in FS2 we have developed our class rules during circle times and agreed them by signing with our thumb print.
We have also agreed on our rewards and come up with class and individual targets to help us grow.
Well Being Week
This week we have been thinking about our emotions, how we show them and how they effect ourselves and others. We have done this through thinking about the power that a smile can have and how we can pass our smile on. We have also incorporated music, thinking about how music might sound different depending on our emotions.
The children have enjoyed practicing their balancing and movement skills in PE so far this half term. It has been fantastic to see the children skills improving each week.
This week the children practiced their football skills during a lesson where Mr Cooper used only Mime! The children watched and followed Mr Cooper’s instructions fantastically which enabled them to learn how to pass the ball with the side of their foot. They were so fantastic that Mr Cooper nominated us as PE class of the week! Well done FS2!
Today Mr Cooper introduced the children to a range of different sports equipment that the children experimented with using effectively as part of a carousel activity. By the end of the activity the children had a much better understanding of other sporting equipment and how they are used.
Expressive Arts and Design
This week the children have enjoyed making their own Superhero Capes as part of our Rainbow Challenges! The children have carefully selected materials and joined them together in different ways, taking great pride in their end result.
Today the children had a visit from one day creative where they acted out parts of the Jungle Book story! The children had a brilliant time putting movements to music and acting out different characters.
This week the children have loved used the vegetables from our story “Super Tato” in lots of creative ways!
This week the children have enjoyed a lovely music lesson with Mrs Reddiex where they thought about the volume of music, how we play the instruments for different effects and how we can use ,music to show our feelings. The children have then applied this new learning in their own self directed learning in the Music area.
Understanding the World
This half term we have been focusing on the People and Communities aspect of Understanding the World by getting to know the children’s likes, dislikes and their families. This week the children have drawn their families and begun to think about their similarities and different between their families and others.
The children have been thinking about the importance of Birthdays and why we celebrate them. The children have then drawn their dream birthday explaining who and what is there to an adult. We decided that the most important thing is who they shared their special day with the the tradition that they enjoy with their family and friends.
This week the children have enjoyed investigation our Superworm tough tray as part of “The World” part of their learning. The children have also enjoyed searching for Superworm and his friends in our outdoor area.
This week as we learn about Supertato the children have investigated different vegetables and their properties. We have considered which ones sink and float in the water area and watched them change over time with children commenting on them “getting old”. We have had some lovely discussions about the decay of the vegetables and why this is.
This week we have learnt all about Harvest time and why it is so important to give thanks for the food that we have. We have helped Harvest our own apple trees in our school grounds and learnt how apples go from the trees to our shops.
We have also collected items from the woods to decorate some of the Harvest letters that will be used in the Harvest Festival next week. The children had lots of fun collecting items and then sticking them on to the letters to decorate them.
Our children enjoyed taking part in the Harvest Festival on Tuesday by joining in with the songs and actions. During the lead up to our Harvest Festival in school, the Mini Vinnies collected food items and monetary donations to offer to the less fortunate through our local SVP Centre (St Vincent de Paul). We enjoyed a Harvest celebration full of readings, prayer, song and dance where parents and visitors also joined us too. During this time, we thanked God for all of the wonderful things he gives us each day and also kept those less fortunate than us in our prayers.
Welcome back! We hope that you have had a restful and enjoyable half term break. This half term the children have chosen “Under the Sea” as their class topic. Please see our class newsletter for details on what we will be getting up to this half term!
Religious Education (RE)
This week we have began our new RE topic of “God’s Family”. We have started by thinking about our own families by sharing family photographs and discussing the similarities and differences between them. We also talked about our families being unique and special as God made us all to be part of his family. The children then painted different people who they identified as being part of God’s family.
Showing our love
This week we considered how we show our love to our family and friends before thinking about how we can show this love to God.
The children came up with some lovely ideas…
Be kind to one another as we are all part of God’s family
Pray to God to say thank you for making us
Listen carefully when we go to Church
The children then decorated a love heart to represent this love.
Gifts given to us by God
Today we brought together our RE learning so far by thinking about how we can use the gifts that God has given us, to show our love to others and God..
The children then each decided on which gift they were going to use and set off using it to make others happy. We had children drawing pictures for each other, teaching their friends a dance and sharing stories together. It was a lovely afternoon full of kindness and friendship.
Preparing for Jesus’s Birth
This week we began thinking about how we prepare for Christmas when Jesus was born. We started this with our Crib Service on Thursday evening, where the children made beautiful cribs that they will add hay to each night as they count down to Jesus’s birth.
In our RE lesson we introduced the Advent Wreath and learnt about what each candle represents and when we light each. We will light our first one on Monday to signify Hope.
This week we have been busy practicing for our nativity with KS1. Lots of singing practices have been taking place and costumes have arrived in class. We look forward to our performances on Wednesday!
Sharing a Shell
This week we started our Under the Sea topic with the book Sharing a Shell. Before we read the book we explored a rock pool (where the story is set) and discussed the different items in it and the clues that they may give us to what happens in the story. The children then used the rock pool and sounds on shells to build words from their phonics learning and begin to write them independently.
Phonics Show and Share
Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our Show and Share this week. The children loved having you in the classroom, sharing their learning and hopefully getting some ideas on how you can support your child’s learning at home. A Phonics pack with all the information from the Show and Share has now been sent home for you to refer to.
The Rainbow Fish
This week we decorated our own beautiful scales and then considered if we would give one of our scales to a friend, why we might and why we might now. We then read the story of the Rainbow Fish and realised the importance of sharing and being kind to others in order for us to be happy.
On Wednesday we then got a mysterious message left in the classroom that we soon realised was from the Rainbow Fish! He wanted us to help him identify some parts of the seaside that he had never seen before and set us a challenge of writing a simple sentence to describe the picture that he had left us.
This week the children have enjoyed a B2L activity where they had to find a piece of the picture left by the Rainbow Fish and with friends write the key word label before putting all their pieces together to make the complete picture.
The children have then used their key words to build a simple sentence, that we wrote together using the different resources in our writing area to help us. These included, finger spacers, alphabet strips and checker strips. It was fantastic to see the children then use these resources to support their independent writing in provision!
The Snail and the Whale
This week we have started to explore a new Under the Sea book, The Snail and the Whale. On Monday we looked at the fantastic places that the characters visit in the story and started to use descriptive language to describe some of the things that the children could see.
Later on in the week we then chose our favourite picture from the story and as a class, used our phonics to write key word labels.
More and Fewer
We have started this half term by exploring more/ fewer, progressing on to being able to find one more and one less than a given number using concrete objects. The children have applied their accurate counting skills and number recognition to be able to count the shells and match them to a digit before either comparing two groups or finding one more or one less.
This week the children have furthered their learning of one more and one less by using a number line with growing independence. This will support our learning next week on addition.
This week the children have been introduced to an adding mat and how we use it to add two single digits together. They have done extremely well with many children being able to use it independently! As an extra challenge some children have extended their learning by also learning how to add using a number line, counting on to find the answer. Fantastic work FS2!
Today the children enjoyed the B2L game of domes and dishes! The children were in teams of girls vs boys and they had to turn the cups with + and = symbols to be either a dome or a dish, saying what each symbol represented as they did so.
This week we have started looking at Subtraction! We have begun subtracting one number from another using playdough and a number line. The children have used their understanding of addition to help them with this and have even been adding and subtracting in their own self-directed learning!
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
Listening to one another
We have started this half term by focusing on listening to one another and valuing one another’s ideas. To do this we have established talk partners for discussions during directed teaching. We are also modelling how to do this in play with the children.
Caring for each other
This week we have been focusing on the statement of the week “I know what to do when I see anyone being hurt” in our circle times. We have thought about how someone can be hurt physically and how we can help them by going to first aid for an adult to clean up a wound or put a plaster on. We then also thought about how someone can be hurt by unkind words and how we cannot see this hurt or fix it with a plaster. We talked about other ways that we could help such as saying kind words and admitting when we have made mistakes and say sorry.
This week we have used our book the Rainbow Fish to help us consider how we can make others and ourselves happy by working together, making links to our statement of the week in Collective Worship. One way that we have done this is through our trip to the woodland area where we had to work in teams to collect items and make a representation of the Rainbow Fish. This required good listening skills and teamwork.
This week we have been focusing on having kinds hands at all times. We have talked about what God has given us hands for such as giving high fives, hugs and thumbs up. We have then talked about what to do when someone does something that makes us sad or cross. Responses included, telling a teacher, saying “Stop it I don’t like it” and thinking before we act.
We then helped the Teddy bears solve their conflicts in our circle time.
This week in PE the children were focusing on their kicking skills. Mr Cooper set them a range of challenges that required them to practice kicking and controlling the ball with different parts of their feet. It was tricky but the children worked very hard and the progress could be seen throughout the lesson. Well done FS2!
This week we focused on our tennis skills! The children learnt how to hold the bat with one and two hands and practiced balancing a bean bag on it before tossing it up in the air and into hoops. It was a great sessions where the children showed great determination.
This week we have been focusing on travelling safely in our PE lessons with Mr Cooper, with a Christmasy theme! To be successful the children had to travel from one area of Christmas land to another without bumping into anyone. To do this they needed to look carefully where they were going, control their speed and move in different directs to dodgy between their friends. The progress between the two lessons was amazing! Mr Cooper was so impressed that he awarded FS2 PE class of the week!
Expressive Arts and Design
This week we learnt how to correctly use the powder paints to mix new colours together to enable us to paint our families in RE.
As part of our RE learning the children experimented with different materials to decorate their own love heart. Some children chose to apply their colour mixing skills from last week and others chose to express their ideas on how we show our love to God in drawings.
The children have also loved performing on our new outdoor stage, singing songs, developing dances and experimenting with the instruments. They have also been able to link in some Maths, creating music with a repeating pattern and standing on different shapes to perform.
Exploring materials and joining them together
This week the children have loved making Under the Sea pictures using the different materials along with puppets to use to act out “The Snail and the Whale” story. To do this successfully the children have had to experiment with different materials and effective ways of joining them with glue, cellotape and string.
Understanding the World
This week in Collective Worship we focused on remembrance and peace. We discussed why we sell and buy red poppies in remembrance and why it is important to be thankful for how lucky we are. Some of us then decorated our own poppies using our fingers and black and red paint.
The children have loved Science week! We started the week with an assembly with Miss Costello where the children wore their Science coats that they made at home. Following this assembly we did a science experiment of our own when we looked at how Mentos reacted with water and with coke. The children gave some fantastic predictions on what might happen and afterwards considered how we could further the experiment. We decided that next week we are going to repeat it with a different brand of coke to see if we get the same outcome!
Finally, we ended the week with the school Science Fair where we got the chance to look at the different science experiments made by the Y3 and Y5 children. We had a fantastic time!
This week we tried out our second experiment with coke and mentos to see if different brands of coke would react the same as the one originally used. The children loved considering the different possible outcomes and we discovered that different brands reacted in different ways!
This week the children also made the most of the cold weather, making ice pies in the mud kitchen and experimenting with the ice and water that they found. We had some lovely discussions about what ice is, how it is made and why it melts away.
Looking after our “Blue Planet”
As part of our under the sea topic we looked at how our use of plastic is effecting the animals and wildlife that live in our oceans, through watching a small snippet of “Blue Planet”. We then discussed as a class how we can ensure that we do our bit so that our plastic does not end up in the sea. The children came up with great ideas, such as not using single use plastic bottles, recycling our plastic and using bags for life. We concluded that it is important that we do our bit to ensure that our community and wider world is looked after.
Today the children enjoyed putting up our class Christmas decorations, even adding their own presents that they made in the creative area to the bottom of the Christmas Tree!