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.