Welcome back! We hope you have enjoyed a lovely half term with your families and are now ready to start our second half term in FS2.
This half term the children have chosen “Under the Sea” as their topic. Please see our class newsletter for more details on what we will be getting up to.
This half term we are starting to learn about God’s Family.
This week we have discussed our families with one another, using some photographs. From our discussions we realised that our families all look slightly different and are as unique as we are.
We then considered who is in God’s family. We had some great responses such as “Mary”, “Jesus”, “Joseph”. We also had some children make links to the learning that took place last half term during our topic of “God’s World” where they said “we all are because God made us all and wants us to look after the world”. A fantastic response!
We then painted our families and others who are part of God’s family to represent this learning.
Showing Our Love
This week we have been considering how we can show our love to God and everyone in his family. We first thought about how we show our love to our families, giving them hugs and kisses, being kind and listening were some of our fantastic answers!
We then decorated a love heart each and each said one way that we show our love to God and his family. See some of our fantastic love hearts and responses below!
Using our Gifts
This week we extended our learning on showing our love to others in God’s family, by considering how we use our gifts to help others. We started the learning by listening to a story about how another child used their talent of building to help his friend who was feeling sad at his Mummy not being at school. The children then thought about how they could use their talents to help their friends. We had some fantastic ideas, that the children then acted upon in the afternoon.
These children all decided to use their skills of creativity to make their family and friends cards and pictures to show their love.
Sharing a Shell
We started our “Under the Sea” topic with the book “Sharing a Shell”. The children enjoyed listening to the story and joining in with repeating phrases. We then added actions to part of the story.to help us remember it.
In our small group activity the children used letters on shells to build words in the rock pool, following our Sounds Write Phonics approach.
The Rainbow Fish
This week we have been learning the importance of sharing, kindness and friendship through the story of The Rainbow Fish. The children started the week by decorating a scale each. I then sent a couple of children on a secret mission, to ask a few children if they could have their scale. We got mixed responses, including most children saying “no, I made it” which was a very valid reason!
We then read the story and found that many children had changed their mind and decided to give their scale to someone else, as it is more important to be kind and look after your friends.
Following this learning we received a letter from the Rainbow Fish asking for our help, to identify different parts of the beach that he had seen. The children worked hard to identify each item and label it correctly, using their phonics skills. Some children even wrote a simple sentence including one of the words!
One More One Less
This week the children having been using shells from “sharing a shell” to compare two groups and say which has more or fewer. The children have then worked on finding one more and one less by either adding or taking away a shell.
To extend the learning the children have been learning how to identify one more and one less on a number line, counting one step on or back.
This week the children have been introduced to addition. We began by looking at the + and = symbols so that we were able to read addition sentences. We then began to learn how to add two single digit numbers together, using a “part, part, whole” model. The children have had to apply their understanding of counting objects accurately and altogether from last half term, in order to use the mat and complete the addition sentences.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
This week we have been focusing on resolving conflicts in class. We started to explore this when some of our class teddies had a falling out. We first considered why they might have fallen out. The children’s ideas were:
One of them snatched a toy
They wanted the same toy.
One of them pushed the other.
One knocked the others model over.
We then thought about if these things were good choices to make and what could have prevented them from happening. The children told me that if one of the bears didn’t like something that the other bear was doing they should say “Stop it I don’t like it” and if they continued they should have told a teacher.
We then talked about how the bears could become friends again. William suggested that they should say sorry. This was an excellent idea! Finally we discussed how we can show that we are sorry. The children suggested that they could play with them and share, help them rebuild a knock down model or ask if the person is okay.
We will now begin to apply this learning and understanding when our own conflicts arise in play.
Over the last few weeks we have been thinking carefully about how to stay safe when in our outdoor area and the woods. The children have come up with some fantastic ideas that they have begun to put into practice! Our next step is to create safety posters that we can out up to remind us of our rules for outdoors.
Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)
This week the children have started Music sessions with Miss Hutchinson, who is the new FS1 teacher and teaches in FS2 on a Tuesday afternoon.
The children have loved starting these sessions and it has been lovely to see them want to make their own instruments during their choosing time. There have been some wonderful shakers that have then been used to perform songs on the stage in the classroom!
Exploring Media and Materials
During our RE lessons this half term the children have enjoyed exploring a range of media and materials. In week 2 we explored colour mixing using the powder paints, along with learning how we make colours lighter and darker. We then used the paints to paint people that are in God’s family.
We have also explored collage, when decorating our love hearts that show our love to God and his family. The children carefully selected, different coloured tissue paper and combined them together to create a beautiful love heart.
Understanding of the World
As part of our learning on “Sharing a Shell” the children have enjoyed learning more about rock pools and the creatures that live in them!
This week we visited the woods. After we had talked about the safety measures that we had to remember, the children explored the now very leaf covered area finding three things that interested them. They then returned to the main group and shared with their friends what they had found and we grouped them. The main items we found were, leaves, sticks, rocks and bugs!
I then put the children into groups and challenged them to make a picture of the Rainbow Fish on the woodland floor, using the items that they had all found. I asked them to consider which resources they might use for each part of the fish. The children got to work quickly, clearing the floor and sharing their ideas.
From this we learnt that it is important to listen to everyone’s ideas, make compromises and work as a team to achieve the best outcome.