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 an 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 the children have been exploring Book about Dinosaurs. We have been reading Harry and the bucketful of dinosaurs, 10 Little Dinosaurs and How to grow a dinosaur.
The children have been growing a dinosaur from an egg and watching and commenting on the changes every day. They also made their own dinosaur fossil.
The children have been learning about authors and illustrators and the features of Non-Fiction books. We all worked together to write our own nonfiction book about dinosaurs. We had a local visit to Clifton Library where we all chose to read different books with our grown ups. We then read a funny book all about an escaped pea together. Some children had a library card and took out a new library book.
Next half term we will be learning about different occupations, from the Emergency Services, to drivers, to cleaners and much more. Our planning is very much led by the children so we will be exploring the occupations that the children are showing greatest interest in. It is important that the children understand that every job has a purpose and that every role is valued.
In Literacy, the children have now covered all the sounds needed in their reading and writing for this year. We will be recapping all these sounds over the next few weeks to consolidate them. We are now working towards reading and writing in full sentences. It is important that the children speak in full sentences in order to be able to write in sentences and we are encouraging this at school. At this point in the year, Whale words become increasingly important in reading and writing sentences.
In Maths we are still working on our Maths Mastery, where we spend two weeks learning about and applying a number. We will be working on numbers 8, 9 and 10 and will also be covering 3D shape, size and weight. As the children have all been busy working on their pencil control last half term, we will also be focusing on the correct number formation when writing numbers.
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 ‘Rainbow Reading’ 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.
The children have keywords to learn throughout the year. These are called Whale words. once the children have learnt how to read and write them independently, they earn a certificate and move on to the next set. These words really help the children when reading books and writing sentences.
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