Foundation 2 2021 - 2022

Your teachers are:

F2A - Miss Birch with Mrs Wiggins

F2B - Miss Wall and Mrs McKeown with Miss Jones

F2C - Mrs Ainscough with Mrs Speed-Evans

F2D - Mrs McLean and Miss Barlow with Mrs Breen

 

Assistant Headteacher - Mrs Binks

 

If you missed our Zoom welcome presentations for our new starters in September 2022, the presentation is at the bottom of this page - F2 New Parent Information Powerpoint.

Please see Mrs Bink's and Mr Cassidy's welcome videos below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctrAsI11aLc  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I4Ax-QQJ7g

 

Welcome to all of our 2021-22 F2 children and families. We are looking forward to a fun filled year. Please check the website and your child's Seesaw account for regular updates on our learning activities.

Your child will be provided with a Seesaw account. If you have any issues with logging into Seesaw please email the school .

Below is a sample timetable for F2 - if you have any question please speak to your class teacher.

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The children will be set activities on Seesaw each Friday. These are to be completed on Seesaw and should be completed before the following Wednesday.

After October half term the children will bring home reading books and a reading log. Please give your child lots of opportunity to talk about and read their book, then write feedback for the teacher in their reading log. These will need to be returned to class by the following Wednesday.

 

Here is a summary of the different focuses within our curriculum during Summer 2 half term.

Literacy

This half term we will start by reading the story of the Queen’s Knickers after our exciting Jubilee celebrations, we will be desigining our own knickers fit for a Queen and writing a letter. Then we will be looking at the text- The Extraordinary Gardener and write a set of instructions on how to plant a seed. Our non-fiction book this half term is ‘Look Inside Space’, the children will be learning new information about space and making their own non-fiction book. Finally we will be reading the story ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy and building up sentences to retell the story. 

The Queen's Knickers : Allan, Nicholas, Buswell, Sue: Amazon.co.uk: Books Look Inside: Space (Look Inside): 1: Amazon.co.uk: Rob Lloyd Jones,  Benedetta Giaufret;Enrica Rusina, Benedetta Giaufret;Enrica Rusina:  9781409523383: Books Whatever Next! (A Bear Family Book, 2) : Murphy, Jill: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Maths 

During this half term we will be consolidating our number bond knowledge of 0-10, including addition and subtraction sentences and learning about doubling and halving. We will also continue subitising regular and irregular patterns up to 10, including different sized dots and shapes. We will continue to use different resources, mathematical models and journaling to record our findings and continue to develop our mathematical fluency as part of our Mastering Number programme.  

Reception - Maths Home Learning

Creative Art and Design

This half term we will be learning about different fabrics. The children will be exploring and familiarising themselves with different fabrics and learning how to manipulate fabrics to create different effects. They will also be learning how to join fabrics in a variety of ways.  

Kids Mixed Media Art :: Creativity Inspired by Fabric Scraps How to make fabric collage using Applique - La creative mama 

PSED

At St George’s we have a RESPECT framework which we follow throughout the school. This half term our characteristic of learning is communication and teamwork. Each characteristic has a learning hero, this half term our heroes will be the Apollo crew. We will be finding out how they communicate effectively to work as a team and lots of interesting facts about their missions. 

Apollo 11 Crew: Who were they?

Knowledge and Understanding the World

During our History topic this half term we will be watching and learning about the first moon landing and finding out about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldren. We will also be finding out about Tim Peake and how he does daily tasks, such as brushing his teeth and eating, in space. 

1969 Moon Landing - HISTORY How To Brush Your Teeth In Space | Video - YouTube

In RE we will be finding out about special places and explaining what makes a place special. Then we will find out why Christians visit church and looking at the key features of a church. 

St Hilarys Church - VisitLiverpool

F2C and F2D will be going to forest school this half term where they will explore the outdoors and have the chance to use tools and have a fire. Please come dressed in forest school appropriate clothing on Wednesdays starting from Wednesday 8th June.  

 

Here is a summary of the different focuses within our curriculum during Summer 1 half term.

Literacy

This half term we will start by looking at the non-fiction text called ‘Look Inside Your Body’. We will further our learning of identifying the key features of a non-fiction text such as using the contents, index and glossary. We are hoping to find out lots of interesting new facts about our bodies! Then we will be reading the story Jack and the Flum Flum Tree by our learning hero, Julia Donaldson, we will be receiving a very exciting post card from one of the characters and write her one back. Our final book this half term will be Hattie Peck- The Journey Home by Emma Levey.  We will be writing simple sentences and creating story maps which will build up to retelling the story.

Look Inside Your Body (Look Inside Board Books): 1 : Louie Stowell, Kate  Leake, Kate Leake: Amazon.co.uk: Books Jack and the Flumflum Tree : Donaldson, Julia, Roberts, David:  Amazon.co.uk: Books Hattie Peck: The Journey Home : Levey, Emma: Amazon.co.uk: Books

Maths

During this half term we will be consolidating our number bond knowledge of 0-10 and practising automatic recall of the bonds. We will also be subitising regular and irregular patterns up to 10, including different sized dots and shapes. We will continue to use different resources, mathematical models and journaling to record our findings and continue to develop our mathematical fluency as part of our Mastering Number programme.  

Numberblocks - Who is your favourite Numberblock? Can you draw, paint or  make them, and don't forget to tag us in your amazing artwork! ✏️ 🎨 |  Facebook 

 

Creative Art and Design

The artist we will be learning about this half term is Andy Goldsworthy. We will be finding out about him and looking at his work. Then we will be creating our own pieces of art in the style of his. The children will go outdoors to collect natural materials to use in their artwork.

Andy Goldsworthy | Haines | San Francisco Natural sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy | USA Art NewsAndy Goldsworthy

PSED

At St George’s we have a RESPECT framework which we follow throughout the school. This half term our characteristic of learning is excellence. Each characteristic has a learning hero, this half term our hero will be Julia Donaldson. We will be finding out lots of interesting things about her and finding out how she shows excellence and how we can too!  

Gruffalo Author Julia Donaldson to Meet Children in Wolverhampton -  Wolverhampton Grammar School

Knowledge and Understanding the World

During our Geography topic this half term we will be learning about where we get our food from and how it grows. We will find out about how the climate makes Costa Rica an excellent place to grow bananas and pineapples and compare it with farms in the UK.

Costa Rica Map and Satellite ImageCosta Rica moves towards sustainable, low-emission agriculture Agriculture | COSTA RICA 7 perfect pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms in and around London

We will also be learning about the Islamic festival of Ramadam and Eid. We will be creating Eid cards and finding out about why and how people celebrate.

Eid Mubarak Wishes| Happy Eid-ul-Fitr 2021: Eid Mubarak Wishes, Messages,  Quotes, Images, Photos, Greetings, WhatsApp Messages and Facebook Status 

This half term we will be continuing to practise coding, we will do some unplugged activities where we will give instructions to direct a ‘mini me’ around a grid. We will also be using some different apps on the ipads too, including Box Island and code-a-pillar.

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F2A and F2B will be going to forest school this half term where they will explore the outdoors and have the chance to use tools and have a fire. Please come dressed in forest school appropriate clothing on Wednesdays starting from Wednesday 4th May.

 

Here is a summary of the different focuses within our curriculum during Spring 2 half term.

Literacy

During Literacy this half term we will be looking at the features of a non-fiction book about Winter. Then we will be reading Super Tato, Juniper Jupiter and The Something. We will be focusing on our prediction and comprehension skills through these stories then moving to story writing and sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

We will be developing our oracy skills through debates and show and tell style presentations to the rest of the class and continue our use of sentence stems such as: “I think… because…”

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Maths

In our Maths lessons we will continue to practise subitising regular patterns within 10 and counting forwards and backwards in 1’s and 2’s. We will be focusing on the numbers 8, 9 and 10 through different stories and rhymes and developing our quick recall of number combinations. We will continue to use different equipment, models and journaling to record our findings. We will be using out new rekenreks as part of our Mastering Number programme and linking to Numberblocks to develop our mathematical fluency.

Creative Arts

In Art and Design we will be looking at the work of Guiseppe Arcimbollo. We will be identifying the fruit and vegetables he used in his paintings to create our own observational drawings, then recreating our own portraits using fruit and vegetables.

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Physical Development

In our PE sessions we will be continuing to practise our gymnastic skills including rolls and cart wheels. Then we will progress to moving to a piece of music and dance. We will also be developing our fine motor skills, including our pencil grip and letter formation.  We will use the Griffin OT programme and materials to support this in daily fine motor table top provision.

 

PSED

At St George’s we have a RESPECT framework which we follow throughout the school. This half term our characteristic of learning is positivity. We will be learning about things we enjoy and are passionate about as well as thinking about how to be successful and having a positive outlook. Each characteristic has a learning hero, this half term our hero will be Marie Curie. We will read all about her in the story ‘Little people big dreams Marie Curie’ and find out about her life and the fantastic work she did.

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Knowledge and Understanding

This half term our topic is ‘People Who Help Us’ where we will be learning about different jobs and finding out information about their roles in our community. We also be researching Edith Smith who was the first female police from Birkenhead and finding out how the police force has changed. We will also be learning about how Christians celebrate Easter and reading the Easter story.

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F2C and F2D will be going to forest school throughout this half term and noticing the signs of Spring (hopefully) and engaging in lots of different activities such as making bird feeders, plant identification and den building.

 

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Below is a summary of the different focuses within our curriculum during Spring 1 half term. 

 

We would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We hope you all had a lovely 2 weeks off. We have been looking forward to you returning to school so we can continue our learning journey together!

Please find below a summary of the different focuses within our curriculum during this Spring 1 half term.

Literacy - In Literacy we will be starting our half term focusing on non-fiction text and identifying the different features. We will be developing our questioning and answering skills and continuing to predict story endings. We will be writing our own labels and simple sentences with finger spaces and using the sentence stem ‘I think….. Because…..’ to support our cognitive thinking.

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Maths - In Maths we will be subitising regular patterns within 10 including conceptual subitising and counting in 1’s forwards and backwards to 20. We will be focusing on the numbers 5,6,7 through stories, rhymes and songs. We will be completing number walks, looking at shape and identifying number combinations and developing the skill of automatic recall. We will continue to use tens frames, part part whole models, number lines and journaling to record our findings. We will be introducing rekenreks as part of our Mastering Number programme and linking to Numberblocks whilst developing our mathematical fluency.

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Creative Arts - This half term we will be focussing on developing our design and making skills.  In our DT lessons we will be exploring different types of joins in order to make a Winter igloo creation. We will specifically be looking at ‘flange’ joins and ‘L-Brace’ joins to help us create our models. We will also be reading the story ‘Not a Box’ by Antoinette Portis.

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In our Music lessons we will be continuing to learn how to keep a beat to a rhythm and playing a variety of different types of musical instruments. We will also be learning about and singing different songs from around the world and different cultures. 

We will also continue to develop self expression and creativity within our role play areas and small world enhancement.  Our role play will be a home corner with a kitchen to cook different food from around the world and the small world enhancements will link closely with our core texts and work in understanding the world linked to animals, habitats and season. 

 

Physical Development

In our PE sessions we will be developing our gymnastic skills and learning how to make basic shapes with our bodies as well as different jumps and rolls.

We will be following the Balanceability project to help us with the balance, coordination and spatial awareness skills needed to be good at riding our bikes!  We will also be developing our fine motor skills, including our pencil grip and letter formation.  We will use the Griffin OT programme and materials to support this in daily fine motor table top provision.

 

PSED - At St George's we have a RESPECT framework, which the children follow throughout the school. Each half term the children learn about different characteristics of learning. This half term our characteristic of learning is self awareness. We will be learning about how knowing ourselves and our strengths and areas to work on helps us to be resilient and successful in our learning and play.  Alongside each characteristic of learning the children will also be introduced to a Learning Hero. Our Learning Hero for Spring 1 is Moana.

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Oracy and Communication- we will continue our whole school focus on the development of our speaking and listening skills with the oracy 21 project.  Oracy continues to be a huge focus in EYFS with high quality texts, lots of opportunities for speaking and listening and developing language in all areas of our learning and play.  We are using our ‘Tips for Talking’ and engaging in health debates using stem sentences such as “I agree / disagree…because…” we are also using stem sentences in our Mastering number mathematics lessons.

 

Knowledge and Understanding - We will be focusing on the different seasons and beginning to understand the effect of changing seasons on the natural world around us. We will continue to look closely at similarities, differences, patterns and changes in an animal’s life cycle. We continue our journey at Forest school - with all classes accessing Dragon wood for 5 sessions during the term.

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We will also be learning about the special celebration of the Chinese New Year. This year, it is the year of the Tiger.

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Literacy

In Literacy we will be starting our half term with the book 'The Best Diwali Ever', we will be learning all about Diwali and how people celebrate it. We will then be moving on to 'Room on the Broom' where we will be learning about rhyming words and creating our own rhyming strings. Our other books include 'Golidlocks and the Three Bears', 'Little Red Riding Hood', a non-fiction text 'Wolves' and the story of the nativity. 

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Mathematics

In Mathematics the children will learn one number over a two week period. During that time they will explore everything about the number to gain a full understanding of all of the mathematics concepts. Before looking at numbers the children explore different skills involved in mathematics, including pattern, counting and cardinality. After half term we will learn mathematics through books to give the children a hook into the lessons.

Knowledge and Understanding:

During this half term the children will be looking and creating maps of our local area and school. We will be learning about special celebrations including Diwali and Christmas. The children will also be experimenting with different materials to build houses, learning about oral hygeine, how to keep our bodies healthy and continuing to look at seasonal change.

All of our Knowledge and Understanding learning can be found throughout our continuous provision where the children can choose what activities they want to engage in.

Art:    

This half term we will be creating artwork linked to Diwali such as Mendhi artwork and Rangoli patterns. 

PSED: 

At St George's we have a RESPECT framework, which the children follow throughout the school. Each half term the children learn about different characteristics of learning. The first characteristic is Empathy. We think about how it is important to keep trying our best, and how they can show empathy towards others.

Alongside each characteristic of learning the children will also be introduced to a Learning Hero. Each Learning Hero is someone who shows our characteristic of learning, and this will help the children to learn more about the positive characteristic.

In F2 our Learning Hero for Autumn 2 is The Smartest Giant in Town, from the Julia Donaldson book. The Smartest Giant shows empathy towards the other characters in the story by understanding how the other characters are feeling. We hope by learning about the Smartest Giant the children learn about their own feelings and can understand how other people are feeling. 

 

Below is a summary of the different focuses within our curriculum during the autumn 1 half term.

 

Literacy:

In Literacy we will be looking at the stories related to "All About Me". We will learn all about our new friends and teachers. We will disuss things which we like and don't like, and discover that we are all unique, and that it is okay to different. The children will also explore some traditional tales. We teach all of our literacy lessons through books and the books for this half term are below.    

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Our focus during the coming weeks will be oracy (encouraging the children to vocalise their thoughts, share ideas and listen to their friends), intial sounds, labelling and sentence stems (children using the same sentence opening for example "I like to...")

We will also be starting out RWI lessons which teach how to say, read and write our letters.

 

Mathematics:

In Mathematics the children will learn one number over a two week period. During that time they will explore everything about the number to gain a full understanding of all of the mathematics concepts. Before looking at numbers the children explore different skills involved in mathematics, including pattern, counting and cardinality. After half term we will learn mathematics through books to give the children a hook into the lessons.

 

Knowledge and Understanding:

We will look at the different seasons and make observations over time of a tree by watching a time lapse video. We are learning about how to use simple computer programmes. We will also have be looking at life cycle of a bee and making a friendship potion.

All of our Knowledge and Understanding learning can be found throughout our continuous provision where the children can choose what activities they want to engage in.

Art:    

This half term we will be looking at Picasso. We will learning how he created some of his portraits and using this to explore our primary and secondary colours.

PSED: 

At St George's we have a RESPECT framework, which the children follow throughout the school. Each half term the children learn about different characteristics of learning. The first characteristic is Resilience. We think about how it is important to keep trying our best, and how they can show resilience in their learning.

Alongside each characteristic of learning the children will also be introduced to a Learning Hero. Each Learning Hero is someone who shows our characteristic of learning, and this will help the children to learn more about the positive characteristic.

In F2 our Learning Hero for Autumn 1 is Zog, from the Julia Donaldson book "Zog", the dragon who shows lots of resilience when learning about how to be a dragon. Zog continues to try his best in every activity, even when he does not succeed first time. We hope that understanding how Zog shows resilience will help the children to show resilience in their learning.

Throughout the year the children will be rewarded for displaying the different characteristics of learning with dragon scales. Once they receive 50 dragon scales they will receive a certificate from Mrs Binks in assembly.

 

Forset School:

We are a "Forest School" school at St George's. During the children's year in Foundation 2 they have the opportunity to walk up to top site to our "Dragon Woods".

While at Forest School the children learn about the different seasons, mini-beasts, birds and much more. The children are allowed to experience nature first hand and enjoy being allowed to dig in the mud, build fires, use tools like saws and hand-drills - all under close supervision.

Physical Education (PE):

Every Thursday the children will have a PE lesson, children should attend school wearing their full PE kits. The children will be taught PE from a fully trained PE specalist, Miss Rimmer.

Music:

This year we have a new music room within the EYFS building. We are lucky to have a specialist music teaching attending school every Friday, allowing every child to take part in a exciting new music programme.

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