Hello and Welcome to F2! We have 2 classes making up our Foundation 2 Unit and we work very closely together.
We are known as the Monkeys Class (class 1) and the Cubs Class (class 2). Our Teaching Team Mrs Smith is back from Maternity leave and is the teacher in the Monkeys class. Mrs Litchfield is the teacher in the Cubs class. Miss Weatherall and Mrs Barton are our full time Teaching Assistants.
Everyday Life in F2 – We learn in Foundation 2 in lots of different ways. We work closely with our teachers on focused activities during the week and we have group or class times every single day to learn more in phonics and maths. It is important for us to have time to practise what we have learned; we do this indoors in the classrooms and the conservatory, and also outdoors in our garden and on the climbing equipment in the playground. We are very lucky to have a new all weather garden with artificial grass and extra cover and shade. We learn ways to work with each other and to be independent, thinking about what we are doing and finding ways to improve.
Our topics during the year will cover predictable and seasonal themes, as well as including areas of interest and fascination for the children in the classes. A newsletter will be sent home every half term to inform families of what the children will be doing in school.
This half term has been all about settling in. The children had to learn lots of new routines and make new friends. They have been developing their social skills and learning how to take turns and work cooperatively with others. We are really proud of how the children have adjusted to their new classes and have taken it all in their stride.
Next half term our topic is ‘Let’s get creative.’ We will be learning about different festivals and celebrations, including Bonfire night, Diwali, birthdays, weddings and of course, Christmas! The children will spend time comparing these festivals and leaning about different cultures as well as their own.
Every child has a ‘communication folder’ – a small plastic wallet with their name on. They will need to bring their wallet to school every day and put it in the basket. We will put all letters and communication into the wallet so please check it every evening. You can send information to us too by putting a note in the wallet. We go through all the wallets in the morning. •
The children all have a reading diary and will bring home a ‘library book’ that they have chosen themselves to share with family members at home. We ask parents and carers to write in the diary to begin with and gradually encourage the children to write for themselves as they become more confident over the year. They also have a Reading Book which they should read at home regularly.
Children will participate in weekly PE sessions, however at this stage we do not require PE kits. Children will simply take their shoes and socks off. We will notify parents when PE kits are needed.
Each week you can find more about what the children are learning on the ‘This week in F2…’ poster on the classroom door. Please see a member of the team if you have any questions.
Week commencing 4th November – Parents meetings – See your child’s teacher for the date and time
Wednesday 6th November – Flu Vaccination
Thursday 7th November – Rainbow Reading launch – We will be opening the doors at 2.30pm so that you and your child can choose their first book together
Thursday 14th November – Cake Sale for Children in Need after school
Friday 15th November – Children in Need non-uniform day
12th and 13th December – Foundation Stage Nativity – times and tickets will be available nearer the time
Wednesday 18th December – Christmas Dinner Day
Thursday 19th December – Christmas Party Day
Friday 20th December – Attendance assembly
We look forward to a very busy and exciting half term!
Mrs Litchfield, Mrs Smith, Mrs Barton and Miss Weatherall