Foundation 2

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). Mrs Smith 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.

Exploring pattern with Cusinnaire
Retelling The 3 Little Pigs using props
Reading instructions to make chocolate crispy cakes for Children in Need

This half term the children have been celebrating different festivals.  They have been learning about light and colour, including Bonfire Night and Diwali. 

Retelling the story of Rama and Sita

Pop the mouse turned 5 years old and the children thought about different ways to celebrate a birthday, sharing their own experiences.  They wrote party lists, birthday cards and invitations and then we celebrated in style.

At the end of the half term the children performed in their Christmas Nativity ‘Everyone Loves a Baby’ to their family and friends.  In class we made lots of Christmas crafts for the children to take home.

Next half term we will be focusing on Books and Authors. We will be looking in detail at books about Dinosaurs, including Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs, Giganotosaurus and How to grow a dinosaur. We are hoping to have a visit to the library later in the half term, so please keep an eye out for the letters, as we will need your help and support to walk there and back.

In Literacy we are exploring books in detail. The children will be learning the purpose of an author and illustrator, as well as identifying features of books, such as the cover, page numbers, characters and the structure of stories. We will continue to work on our phonics and handwriting, in particular looking at letter formation. It is important children know their letter sounds and Whale words to support their reading and writing this half term.

In Maths we are still working on our Maths Mastery, where we spend two weeks learning about and applying a number. We will also be looking at similarities and differences, for example comparing groups of objects and identifying features that are the same and different.

F2 Information

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. •

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the Seesaw App. We are finding it to be a really useful way of communicating with parents and sharing what the children have been doing at school. If your child is absent from school, you are welcome to send us a message on the App but please remember to phone the office to report their absence officially. If you need any more information about how to sign up or use the app, please ask a member of staff.

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.

We look forward to a very busy and exciting half term!

Mrs Smith, Mrs Litchfield, Mrs Barton and Miss Weatherall