Welcome to Foundation Stage 2

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

Miss Collier

Miss Collier

Class Teacher

 

Mrs Skilbeck

Mrs Skilbeck

FS2 Teaching Assistant

 

Miss Ozsoy

Teaching Assistant

Autumn 1 Newsletter
Autumn 2 Newsletter
Spring 1 Newsletter
Spring 2 Newsletter
Summer 1 Newsletter
Summer 1 Newsletter
Burn 2 Learn

Burn 2 Learn

Teaching Assistant

Spring 1 Medium Term Plan
Spring 2 Medium Term Plan
Spring 2 Medium Term Plan
Summer 2 Medium Term Plan

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 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.

Prime:
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development

Specific:
• 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.

Autumn 1

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!

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.

RE

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.

Literacy

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.

 

 

 

 

Maths

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.

PE

The children have began PE this half term by focusing on balancing. 

Over the last few weeks the children have been building on their balancing skills through a circuit of balance challenges!

In PE the children have now moved on to dance! The children have enjoyed dancing to the beat of a drum and  learning actions to “Row, row your boat”. The children have also began to come up with their own alternative actions to the song in small groups.

This week in PE then children have been progressing with their balancing skills. Part of their lesson was to move in different ways, balancing as many pieces of treasure as they could.

The children have began PE this half term by focusing on balancing. 

Over the last few weeks the children have been building on their balancing skills through a circuit of balance challenges!

In PE the children have now moved on to dance! The children have enjoyed dancing to the beat of a drum and  learning actions to “Row, row your boat”. The children have also began to come up with their own alternative actions to the song in small groups.

This week in PE then children have been progressing with their balancing skills. Part of their lesson was to move in different ways, balancing as many pieces of treasure as they could. 

 

 

 

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.

Outdoor Learning

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.

 

Autumn 2

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.

Religious Education

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:

School Family

Church Family

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.

 

 

 

 

Literacy

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.

 

Maths

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!

PE

The children have began PE this half term by focusing on balancing. 

Over the last few weeks the children have been building on their balancing skills through a circuit of balance challenges!

In PE the children have now moved on to dance! The children have enjoyed dancing to the beat of a drum and  learning actions to “Row, row your boat”. The children have also began to come up with their own alternative actions to the song in small groups.

This week in PE then children have been progressing with their balancing skills. Part of their lesson was to move in different ways, balancing as many pieces of treasure as they could.

The children 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.

 

Outdoor Learning

The children have loved exploring our outdoor area and completing out outdoor Rainbow Challenge to find as many Mini-Beasts as they can!

Road Safety

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.

Outdoor Learning

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.

 

Spring 1

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!

Religious Education

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. 

We have now began to learn about Jesus and some of the Bible stories that help explain to the children how we know that Jesus was the son of God. This week we have focused on the Wedding at Cana, where Jesus turned the water into wine. We have talked about this being a miracle and furthered the children’s understanding of what a miracle is. To help the children understand the significance of the Bible story they had a go at acting it out and re-telling the story.

 

This week we have been learning about another of Jesus’s Miracles where he healed a man at the pool. The children thought about a time where they had been poorly and who had cared for them before listening to the story from the Bible. The children then retold the story to Miss Frost and wrote simple sentences to explain the key messages. 

 

Literacy

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. 

We have now moved on to looking at Goldilocks and the Three bears. The children have enjoyed looking at the clues to discover which story we will be learning about and re-sequencing the pictures in order to help them understand the sequence of the story.

This week in Literacy the children have been focusing on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. As part of this, they have been learning about how beans grow into beanstalks and the things they need to grow. The children have planted their own beans and are watching them carefully!

 

 

Maths

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.

This week the children have moved on to learning about weight and capacity with Miss Frost. The children have been experimenting with different items, testing their weight and seeing which containers hold the greatest capacity. 

This week the children had a visit from a giant, who left footprints all over the classroom! He challenged the children to find items that were longer and shorter than his footprints and put them in the correct order. The children had lots of fun measuring and becoming investigators, trying to find clues as to where the giant had gone!

PE

The children have began PE this half term by focusing on balancing. 

Over the last few weeks the children have been building on their balancing skills through a circuit of balance challenges!

In PE the children have now moved on to dance! The children have enjoyed dancing to the beat of a drum and  learning actions to “Row, row your boat”. The children have also began to come up with their own alternative actions to the song in small groups.

This week in PE then children have been progressing with their balancing skills. Part of their lesson was to move in different ways, balancing as many pieces of treasure as they could. 

 

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Over the last few weeks we have be focusing on our own gifts and talents. The children have shared their talents with their peers and explained what makes them good at that particular thing and why they enjoy it.

We had so many different talent, including: swimming, dancing, football, drawing, being kind and a good friend. It was fantastic to hear the children talk about their talents with pride and for their peers to listen with such interest. It also highlighted how unique and special each and every child is.

This has also been evident within our first Show and Tell session on Friday. It was wonderful to hear the children begin to share their interests with their peers and the children in the audience ask questions to give them more information. 

Anti-Bulling Fortnight 

In FS2 we began out learning on anti-bullying by celebrating the similarities and differences between the children. This included things that we could see and things that we could not. The children said the following “I like football but my partner doesn’t”. “I have brown hair and my partner has blonde”. This highlighted that we are all unique and special.

We then read the story “Have you filled a bucket today?” The story explains that everyone carries round an invisible bucket. How full the bucket is depends on how you feel. Others can add to your bucket by doing kind things or you can add to your own bucket by doing things for others. Following this story we talked about things that would fill others buckets. We also talked about bucket dippers that do unkind things and take from others buckets. 

As a class we decided to have our own class bucket that we fill with balls. Each ball represents a kind action or words. Our aim is that by the end of each day our class bucket is full. The children have loved filling the bucket and have started to say “I have filled a bucket by…”. 

Understanding the World

The children have loved exploring our outdoor area during the cold weather that we have been experiencing! They have particularly enjoyed exploring the ice and frost and discussing what it is and why it melts when they pick it up. There have been some fantastic discussions about how cold it needs to be for there to be ice, what ice really is and how it got into our outdoor area.

The children have also enjoyed cooking up some mud treats for their friends and teachers in the mud kitchen!

There has also been some exploring in the flowerbeds, where the children have used the shovels to dig for treasure and use the magnifying glasses to help them investigate what they have found. We have had some fantastic conversations with the children about what they have found, why it might be there and what they should do with it next.

This week the children have been learning about Mini Beast hotels, their purpose and the types of God’s creatures that we might find in one. The children were very excited by all the different animals that may live in one, so we decided to go to the woodland area to collect resources to make our own!

The children loved building the hotel and making signs to entice the different mini beasts.  

The children have also enjoyed improving their computer and mouse skills in order to operate a Maths or Phonics game.

Internet Safety Day

On Tuesday it was Internet Safety Day. We learnt about how Zap the alien stayed safe on his iPad and helped him to make safe decisions when he was on it. The key messages that we learn’t were.

  1. Make sure you always ask before you go on a tablet or computer.
  2. If you are not sure of something go and check with an adult

Expressive Arts and Design 

The children in FS2 are very creative! This half term so far they have enjoyed, making traditional tale masks, painting their favorite part of The Three Little Pigs, coming up with songs and dances related to the traditional tales, designing and building the perfect chair for Goldilocks and acting out familiar stories in our role play area. They have also followed their own interests, making kites, building pirate ships and drawing their families. 

 

Spring 2

This half term the children have chosen Space as their topic! Please see our class newsletter for more details on the exciting things that we will be getting up to this half term. 

 

Religious Education

This half term our topics is “Sorrow and Joy”. 

This week we have began the topic by listening to the story of Zacchaeus. From this story the children have discussed making the right and wrong decisions and how brave it can sometimes be to admit you have made a mistake or done something wrong. It is then very brave to say sorry and to try and make it right. To symbolize this message the children have all decorated their own medal.

The children have also been learning about how Jesus helped others through the story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand. The children enjoyed creating different aspects of the story and putting it together to create a story scene!

This week we have continued to hear stories about Jesus as we begin to prepare for Easter during Lent. Today the children learnt about Palm Sunday and recreated Jesus entering Jerusalem before creating their own palm leaves.  

 

 

Literacy

This half term in Literacy we will be continuing to focus on applying our phonic skills from our Sounds Write lessons to enable us to continue to write simple sentences with increasing independence. 

We have began our Literacy learning this half term by reading the book Beegu. The story is of an alien who finds himself lost on Earth. During the story Beegu foes through many emotions that we have been discussing as a class. We have been focusing on how Beegu is showing his emotions and why he is feeling as he is. We have then moved on to thinking about questions that we would like to ask Beegu if he visited our classroom. The children have come up with some brilliant questions! 

 

World Book Day

Today we celebrated World Book Day. The children came in fantastic Secret Garden themed costumes and enjoyed sharing with each other the characters that they had come in, along with sharing their favourite stories. 

Last week a lost alien arrived at our classroom door! The children were a mixture of excited and apprehensive about their new class mate. After discussing the possible risks the alien might pose, the children decided to welcome him into class. The children made him feel very at home, singing songs to him, reading him stories, taking him to PE and even making him his own school uniform! 

The children looked after him so well that in English they have written instructions for others on how to look after an alien if one arrives at their classroom door!

Maths

This half term in Maths we are going to be initially focusing on recognizing numbers 10-20. We are then going to be continuing with shape, space and measures. 

This week the children have been set the challenge of recognizing and correctly sequencing their numbers 10-20!

This week we have began to learn about time. The children have been considering different ways that they use time everyday and how they can measure it in simple ways. After much discussion the children decided that sand timers were good for helping them to share by ensuring everyone gets the same amount of time. They also decided that stopwatches were the most accurate way to time activities. The children then used this method to time how long it took the Beebot to get to different places on the town floor mat. 

This week we began our trips to Morrisons to buy ingredients for our rock cakes that we will make at the end of next week. The children behaved fantastically both during our walk down to Morrisons and whilst in the shop. 

All the children had chance to look at prices and the different items sold along with each using a coin to pay for the ingredients. Thank you to Mrs Barraclough and Mrs Beattie for helping us walk down to Morrisons. We look forward to continuing the trips next week!

 

 

 

PE

The children have began PE this half term by focusing on moving, jumping and landing safely. 

This week in PE, Mr Cooper set the children a range of Secret Garden themed, team challenges! The first was to jump into the middle, collect a bag of seeds (a beanbag), return to your team and throw the seeds into the garden hoop. The children also had to move at different levels to collect a plant pot (a hoop) and return it to their team. Finally, the children used the different items that the had collected to make their own plant image in their teams. It was fantastic to see how well the children worked together!

 

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

This half term the children have continued to fill their own, others and their class bucket. It has been fantastic to hear the wonderful things that the children have been doing to fill our class bucket.

This week we have also had a circle time on how the children can solve their problems with greater independence and help each other when they are finding things difficult. We linked this back to each child’s individual gifts and how we can use each others gifts to help one another. 

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Visit

This week in FS2 we had a visit from Lou, our PCSO. She talked to the children about how they can keep themselves safe both online and when they were out and about with their families. The children asked some fantastic questions and listening carefully to Lou’s advice. Before Lou left she asked the children to make sure that they knew their Mummy and Daddy’s real names and their home address. I have set the children a challenge to go home and ask their adults this information and to stick it in their brains by singing it!

Understanding the World

This week we have had some new arrivals in FS2, our very own caterpillars! The children have loved watching them grow bigger each day, using the magnifying glasses to get a closer look. Some children have even made their own magnifying glass! The children have also enjoyed drawing the caterpillars and writing descriptions about them. 

 

The children are also continuing to enjoy improving their mouse and ICT skills.

This week the children have been watching their caterpillars carefully as the reach the last stage of their life as a caterpillar. We hope that by Monday they will all be in their Cocoons getting ready to appear as butterflies. 

 

Expressive Arts and Design 

So far this half term the children have enjoyed making devices to help Beegu get home. The children have also enjoyed painting Beegu at different parts of the story and singing songs about how we can be kind to everyone (even aliens)! 

The children have continued to get creative this week, making their own inventions and experimenting with mixing colours. 

Summer 1

This half term the children have chosen Under the Sea as their topic! Please see our class newsletter for more details on all the things that we will be getting up to this half term. 

 

Religious Education

This half term our topics is “New Life”. 

During Collective Worship the children have been reflecting on Jesus’s death and Resurrection. We have considered how the people most important to Jesus may have felt at this time and we have given thanks to God for his only Son.  

This week the children have been thinking about things that they have seen that are signs of new life. The children came up with some lovely ideas such as lambs being born and flowers growing. The children then drew all the signs of new life that they have seen. 

This week the children have been sharing their views on how Jesus’s friends and Mary may have felt when they learnt of Jesus’s resurrection. The children came up with some fantastic ideas such as “Puzzled” and “Joyful”. The children then each created their own representation of the angel that told Jesus’s friends the good news and explained to an adult what the good news was that the angel told. 

 

On Thursday we had our Collective Worship in the Prayer Garden as part of Outdoor Classroom Day. During our Collective Worship we reflected on our School Mission Statement and how we can follow it in our lives.

 

 

Literacy

This half term in Literacy we will be continuing to focus on applying our phonic skills from our Sounds Write lessons to enable us to continue to write simple sentences with independence. We will also be beginning to write with narrative features. 

This week the children have listened to the story of the Rainbow Fish. We have discussed and sequenced the main parts of the story before the children have chosen their favourite parts to write about. 

Some children this week have also re-written the story of the rainbow fish. We have been blown away by the fantastic writing! 

The children have continued their Under the Sea writing by writing about their favourite characters in Sharing a Shell.

To bring our Under the Sea topic to a close the children have either planned or written their own Under the Sea story using the familiar characters and settings from the books we have been focusing on. The children have loved telling each other their stories and have all used fantastic narrative language. 

 

 

 

 

Maths

This half term in Maths we are going to be focusing on doubling, halving and sharing during our direct Maths teaching. In the provision areas we will also be continuing to embed key Shape, Space and Measure skills that we learnt last half term. 

This week we have began to look at doubling for the first time. To do this successfully we had to recap and then apply the children’s previous learning about addition. We have been very impressed with how well the children have applied their understanding to a new context.

The children also enjoyed a Burn to Learn activity outside where they had to find the doubling cards and work together to solve the doubling problem. 

The children have enjoyed taking on the challenge of halving! We have taught the children different ways of halving using concrete objects and pictorial representation. This week the children each decided on which method worked best for them and worked as a small group to solve some halving questions. 

Over the last couple of weeks the children have been sharing items into groups of 3 and 4. As an extra challenge we have been looking at identifying when an amount is shared into equal groups and how we can make them equal. 

As part of Outdoor Classroom day on Thursday we went out onto the school field to complete a Burn to Learn activity linked to sharing. The children worked on teams to find the Numicon pieces, objects to match the amount and then share them into groups of four. They then decided if they had been shared equally or not.

 

 

 

 

 

PE

This week the children have been practicing their throwing and catching skills. We have been really impressed with how much progress they have made since the start of the year.

The children have enjoyed combining their balancing and catching skills together this week in PE!

 

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Over the last two weeks the children have been expressing their preferences with regard to different areas of provision and activities that they have been doing in the classroom. It was fantastic to hear the children express their ideas so clearly, listen to others ideas and discuss them with respect and value for others thoughts and opinions.

 

This week we went to the woods where children created friendship sticks using their favourite stick, a piece of wool and any items that they found that they liked. We then discussed what a friendship stick could be used for and decided that we would all swap sticks with someone else in class and tell that person something nice or something that they liked about that person. There were some lovely words spoken between the children as they swapped their sticks. Here are some examples:

“Have a nice day”

“You are really good at football”

“I like the things you make”

The children all said that it made them feel good giving the nice comments are receiving them. 

Dogs Trust

Today we were visited by Rachel from Dog’s Trust. Rachel came to teach us five important rules when we are interacting with dogs to keep us safe and our dogs happy. 

The five rules were:

  1. If the dog is eating we stay away.
  2. If the dog is sleeping we stay away.
  3. We do not take from the dog we swap.
  4. Dogs don’t like hugs they like to be stroked.
  5. Be quiet around dogs as they don’t like loud noises. 

The children loved helping Rachel explain the five rules and joining in with the actions!

Understanding the World

This week we started our woodland sessions on a Wednesday afternoon. We discussed how we should keep ourselves and others safe before the children explored the area and selected three items that interested them. The children then worked as part of a team of 10 to group the items in different ways, discussing their thoughts and ideas. There was some fantastic discussions and Mathematical language used with regard to shape, size and how many more items they needed or had. 

 

The children then used the items that they had created to make a picture of the Rainbow Fish. The children worked well together to discuss which parts of the fish they needed to make and which materials they wanted to use. Finally, before we left the woods we discussed the importance of returning the items so that they could be enjoyed by others.

 

Expressive Arts and Design 

Over the last few weeks the children have loved creating junk models of all shapes and sizes! We have had computers, robots, boats and cars to name a few. The children have also been enjoying experimenting with making colours lighter along with playing repeating tunes using the instruments in the music area. 

Today the children enjoyed a music session where they had to follow a tune, pass the tune on and see if they could recognise the sounds of different instruments. It was a lovely session that took a lot of concentration! 

Summer 2

Welcome back to our final half term in FS2! This half term the children have chosen Before our time as their topic! Please see our class newsletter for more details on all the things that we will be getting up to this half term. 

 

Religious Education

This half term our topics is “The Church”. 

This week we have been learning about how the Church family begun and who is part of the family of God. The children have also all expressed what they like about being part of our Church family. 

Over the last two weeks we have been learning about important parts of St Joseph’s Church, through George’s (our class monkey) visit. The children explained to George the different parts that they knew and learnt new things. We then followed this up with a trip to Church where Canon walked through the Church with the children, giving them a fantastic understanding of the importance of symbols in Church.

Thank you to Canon and the parents that came with us to Church, the children had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about the Church. 

 

Literacy

This week the children have enjoyed reading Mr Men and Little Miss books. We have talked about when the books were first published in 1970 and the children have began to write about their favourite character.

Over the last few weeks the children have been writing their own comic strips based on their morning routine in school. The children have worked independently writing recounts and in small groups to write speech bubbles! We are so impressed with the quality of the children’s writing and how much they have progressed across the year.

 

 

Maths

This week some of the children have been recapping repeating patterns. They have had great fun outside, choosing different items and colours to make repeating patterns with their friends. 

Other children have been exploring estimation by estimating how many objects they think they have and then checking by counting them. 

The children have been recapping their learning on one more and one less to 20 this week.

Some children have also looked at grouping amounts of 2’s,5’s and 10’s and exploring the different ways of doing this.

PE

This week in PE the children have continued to practice their balancing and co-ordination skills.

This week the children have been practicing for sports day.The children are very excited for the big day next week!

 

 

 

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

Fun, Food and Fitness Week!

This week the children have enjoyed engaging in a range of activities that promotes a healthy lifestyle.

The children had lots of fun learning circus tricks.

They learnt how to stay fit and safe during scooter training.

 

They all enjoyed designing and making their own fruit salad. 

 

All the children did a fantastic job running the race for life. We are so proud of all the children’s fantastic efforts for such an importance cause. Well done FS2, the highlight of a fun filled week!

Understanding the World

In our topic session this week we have been going back in time to learn about what school was like 20 years ago, 30 years ago and 100 years ago. We have compared school rules with our own class rules, looked at photographs of St Joseph’s children and discussed similarities and differences. 

The children have loved learning about the past so far and are asking some fantastic questions related to what they already know about the past from family members. 

 

 

 

 

Expressive Arts and Design 

This week some of the children have shared the models that they have made in the creative area, with the whole class. Each child has explained what they have made, it’s purpose and the making process. The rest of the children have then fed back ideas that they have liked and suggested how models could be improved to make them even better!