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

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.
 

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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