Foundation Stage 2 2021 - 2022
Welcome to Foundation Stage 2
We are very excited to welcome you and your child to Foundation Stage 2.
Meet the team
Mrs Leggatt - EYFS Leader (non-teaching)
Mr Pottinger - Class Teacher
Miss Spencer - Class Teacher
Mrs Hetherington - Teaching Assistant
Miss Westney - Teaching Assistant
Miss Melia - Teaching Assistant
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which enables your child to take part in fun, exciting activities with a broad and balanced curriculum.
We are all excited to take your children on the first steps of their educational journey and aim for this to be a happy time for you and for them.
Autumn 1 and 2
This half term we are focusing on ourselves. We are painting self-portraits, drawing pictures of our families and using familiar experiences to help us in our play – such as the role play corner which is set up as a home. We are beginning to become familiar with the characters from our reading books: Biff, Chip, Kipper, Floppy and Mum and Dad. We also are learning poems from our poetry basket, along with actions.
We start Phonics, initially learning to recognise the letters for s,a,t,p,i,n and the sound these letters make, and practising oral blending and segmenting of words.
We also start Maths, initially learning about patterns and matching.
We will also of course continue learning through play in all the different areas of our provision, both inside and outside the classroom.
During Spring 1, the children in Reception are learning all about Bears! Our key fictional books are Goldilocks and The Three Bears and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The children will be engaging in lots of role play in the three bears’ cottage, rewriting and sequencing the stories, developing their critical thinking and construction skills through building bear caves and exploring different materials to create the range of environments in We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. Later on in the Bear topic, we will create non-fictional texts about bears, and use enquiry-based learning to enable the children to develop their own questions and interests surrounding bears, their habitats, their diet – even if bears can dance!
The children will continue to learn through play within both the outdoor and indoor provisions, enabling their holistic development across the curriculum and life-long learning skills which they will carry with them throughout their education and beyond.
We have begun our new phonics scheme ‘Little Wandle’, and the children are working really hard to solidify their sounds; orally, written and read. Each child will be given a new reading book to read at school and at home with fully decodable words. The children are continuing to work hard on their tricky words – we now have three children on the moon!
We are continuing White Rose Maths, and are continuously blown away by the children’s understanding of key mathematical concepts and their abilities to rationalise and justify their answers. During Spring 1, we are exploring shapes, time and number sense.
During Spring 2 our chicken eggs will arrive in the first week! We will be carefully looking after the eggs in the incubator and learning all about how the embryo deveops into a chick. We will be thinking about the life cycle of a chicken and producing information booklets about this. One of our key texts for Spring 2 is The Little Red Hen, and we will be learning this story off by heart with actions! We will also be baking bread just like The Little Red Hen!
As the weather warms up, we will be chitting and planting our potatoes, enjoying our flowering daffodils that we planted in September and planting runner beans and other seasonal fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Toards the end of Spring 2, we will be learning all about Easter. We will doing lots of lovely arts and crafts activities around the Easter topic!
This half term we will be having some more special guests joining us in the classroom! We will have some newly hatched caterpillars and we will carefully observe the very exciting changes that take place over the three weeks! We will be looking at other life-cycles at this time too.
We will continue to tend and care for our 'Rivelin allotment' in the EYFS playground. We will need to keep watering our runner beans and our potatoes amongst other exciting projects.
In addition to life-cycles, we will also have a focus on keeping healty. We will think about all the different ways we can keep healthy. During this time we hope to make some fruit kebabs! Yum!
Please view our Welcome Presentation to parents: