Foundation Stage 2

Welcome

Welcome to Foundation Stage 2. In our environment, we have 60 children who follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. Activities are planned to offer excitement, provide enthusiasm and enjoyment, and most of all to allow the children to develop to the best of their abilities. Days are very busy, with both practical and directed sessions, keeping the children highly motivated and physically active. All children’s needs are considered and catered for, allowing them to access their learning at their own individual levels.

Who’s Who?

The children in Foundation Stage 2 work in two classes:

Mrs Freeman (Key Stage Leader)

Happy Hedgehogs: Mrs Howard (Teacher)/ C Ralph (MAT Teacher)

Cheeky Chinchillas: Mrs Connelly-Haywood (Teacher)

(HLTA)

Miss Taj (Teaching Assistant)

Miss Hayat (Apprentice Teaching Assistant)

What we will be learning this year?

Autumn 1: Do you want to be friends?

Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? We will be exploring these questions and more in our first topic all about friendships, being kind and helpful, cooperating with each other and similarities and differences. We will be talking lots about our families and home lives and celebrating the things that make us unique. We are looking forward to making friends and inviting our families in for a picnic at the end of our topic.

We will be focussing on:

  • Me and my family
  • What am I good at?
  • What is special about me?
  • Friendships and being kind
  • Similarities and differences

Autumn 2: Why do squirrels hide their nuts?

Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? During this topic we will be exploring seasonal changes in the natural world. We will be learning about how the environment has changed, woodland animals, Autumn foods and why some animals hibernate and migrate. We are looking forward to visiting Elvaston Castle and exploring their natural surroundings in Autumn. We will also be looking at celebrations that happen over this time of year, carving pumpkins and practicing our Nativity production.

We will be focussing on:

  • Woodland animals and their habitats
  • Autumn and seasons
  • Trees and plants
  • Christmas and the Nativity story

Spring 1: Are we there yet?

Where in the world would you like to go? How would you like to travel there? During our first Spring topic, we will be exploring different types of transport, how things move, places near and far and imaginary and real journeys. We will also be learning how to keep safe near transport, and when we are walking on the pavement. We are looking forward to a visit from our local PCSO to talk to us about the best ways to keep safe.

We will be focussing on:

  • Different types of transport
  • How things move and speed (fast and slow)
  • Different places in the world
  • Journeys (real and imaginary)
  • Keeping safe

Spring 2: Will you read me a story?

Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? We will be exploring these questions and more in our magical topic all about fairy tales! We will be reading and learning about lots of different fairy tale characters (the good and the bad), homes and castles, magical and fantasy lands and lots of fairy tale vocabulary. We will be using all our learning to write our very own stories. We are looking forward to a story teller visiting our classroom, as well as going out to visit our local library and Waterstones.

We will be focussing on:

  • Reading different fairy tales
  • Goodies and Baddies
  • Magical lands
  • Castles and towers
  • Writing stories

Summer 1: Why do zebras have stripes?

Why do zebras have stripes? Where do lions live? During this half term, we will be learning all about wild animals and their habitats. We will be identifying many different animals as well as exploring where animals are from, what they eat, and how some animals can camouflage! We are looking forward to some animals coming into school to visit us, as well as going out of school to Yorkshire Wildlife Park so we can see lots of the animals in real life. We will even be looking at polar bears!

We will be focussing on:

  • Animals - describing them and learning about their habitats and what they need
  • Minibeasts
  • Simple food chains
  • Caring for animals

Summer 2: Enterprise Weeks/Transition Weeks/Health and Fitness weeks

There is a lot happening in the final half term of the year. We will be carrying out an enterprise project and inviting parents in to see our finished products. We will also be learning lots about healthy eating and exercise during our ‘Health and Fitness Weeks’, and inviting parents to our sports day. Finally, the time will come around where we are ready to move onto the next stage of our education. We will be meeting our new class teachers in Year 1 and getting to know them, ready for the next school year.

We will be focussing on:

  • Games/teamwork/sports
  • The body, growing and exercising
  • Changes and new beginnings

How to help with Learning at Home

  1.  Reading every night with your child, supporting them to sound out words and helping them write them in their reading record book. Please make sure children bring their book bag to school every day and keep it in their tray.
  2. Encourage your child to put on and take off their own coat, gloves and hats. Please encourage children to learn how to zip up their own coat.
  3. Encourage your child to independently change their clothes, turning clothes the right way round, doing up buttons, and putting on shoes (they will need to change their own clothes for PE sessions in the hall).
  4. Encourage your child to go to the toilet by themselves. Remind them to flush the toilet, then wash their hands.
  5. Play games to encourage counting, letter recognition and turn taking.
  6. Where possible, use scissors, play dough, paint, and glue at home to improve fine motor skills (hand strength is essential for writing)!
  7. Put your child’s name on EVERYTHING! That way staff can return lost books, clothes or shoes to their rightful owners!