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Foundation 2

 

Welcome to Classes 1 and 2. Our team consists of Miss Sheppard (class 1 teacher), Miss Gill (class 1 TA), Miss Tyler and Mrs Burton (class 2 teachers) and Mrs Offord (class 2 TA).  We also have some amazing people working to support specific children in each class. Class 1 are supported by Miss Slater and Mrs Chambers whilst Mrs Kaplan and Mrs Hensen support children in class 2. We love learning through play and spend our days being busy, active and often messy in our indoor and outdoor learning areas. Learning is planned around stories, chosen to engage and excite the children. Please check our website regularly to see the fun we have been having!

Curriculum Presentation

You can view our curriculum presentation for 2021-22 here.

Strong fingers and super writers

Week beginning 17.1.22

 

We have started using our new writing books over the last few weeks and we have been so impressed with the children's wonderful writing. This week the children have been using their segmenting skills to  label characters from the Little Red Hen story and will be continuing to create a story map. We have been so impressed with how they have used their knowledge of correct letter formation in their writing. Thank you so much to those of you who have used their strong fingers packs to support them. Well done to everyone who has completed the flipgrid challenge so far, and we hope lots more of you will take on the challenge soon - we look forward to seeing your efforts!

Bread Making

Week beginning 10.1.22

 

We have started our new Literacy unit by making bread. The children followed a recipe and used their reciprocity to work as a team, weigh and measure the ingredients, mix, knead and shape their dough to make their bread rolls. We had a tiny taste in class and then the children brought their own creations home - we hope you enjoy them! We explored some new vocabulary including flour, yeast, weigh, measure, stir, knead, dough and rise. Maybe the children could explain what some of these words mean? We will be starting a new story about someone else who makes bread, but unlike the Woodthorpe children, his friends aren't quite so helpful...can you guess what story we might be reading?

First day back

Week beginning 4.1.22

 

We have had a lovely first day back focusing on wellbeing. In the morning all the children enjoyed special sessions of yoga, street dance and dodgeball. It was great to see them enjoying such a varied range of activities and being so confident with different adults. In the afternoon we started learning about rhyming with the story Oi Frog and also enjoyed a painting activity making egg box animals. We now have lots more resources out in the classroom to offer more of a challenge to the children's independent learning, and it was great to see the children playing so well with them (and tidying up afterwards!). A great start to the new term!

Merry Christmas!

Week beginning 13.12.21

 

We have had a very exciting Christmassy week! The children loved their Christmas dinner on Tuesday and enjoyed the trip up to St Mark's church where we sang some Christmas songs. Wednesday was party day for class 1 and 2 where they enjoyed playing some party games in the hall and showed us their amazing dance moves! The children were very excited when Mr Hopkinson delivered some presents from Santa! We have also been very busy in the classroom this week making some beautiful decorations which we are sure you will love. Thank you everyone for your kind words, cards and gifts and thank you for your continued support so far this year. We hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break. Merry Christmas! 

Christmas fun

Week beginning 6.12.21

 

We are so proud of the children this week. They were amazing in the nativity 'Everyone loves a baby'. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Both classes have enjoyed getting ready for Christmas this week. They are getting very excited! We loved seeing them in their Christmas jumpers this week. Don't forget your party clothes for party day on Wednesday! 

Beaumanor Hall 

Week beginning 29.11.21

 

The children loved their first trip to Beaumanor Hall this week! We had a fantastic time learning about Victorian Christmas and Victorian schools. We made Christmas cards and played with different Victorian toys. The children were very excited to meet Santa and receive their magic pencils to write their Christmas lists. Some have written them already! It's really got everyone in the mood for Christmas! 

A sneak peek! 

Week beginning 22.11.21

 

The children are getting very excited for Christmas! We have been learning about the first nativity in our literacy sessions and the children have enjoyed the story. We have been rehearsing for our Christmas performance. The children have had lots of fun and it has been very exciting going on the stage! If you have not done already, please send in your child's costume in a named bag by Monday 29th November. Any questions, please ask a member of the F2 team. Thank you for your support and we hope you are very excited for the performance! 

Super segmenting!

Week beginning 15.11.21

 

We have had an amazing week in the lovely lions and bold bees. The children have been working very hard and doing lots of segmenting! They have been listening for the sounds in the words and writing them using magnetic letters or tiles. The children were great at being reflective and reading the word once they had finished. Take a look at some of the fantastic words on the pictures below. 

 

Please keep an eye out for a letter coming home about costumes for the Christmas performance and what your child will need. Thank you for your continued support and we hope you're as excited as we are for the Christmas show! 

Strong fingers

Week beginning 8.11.21

 

The children in classes 1 and 2 have been working really hard this week using their strong fingers. They have been doing different fine motor activities to help strengthen their hands. The children have really enjoyed using the hole punches, paper clips, scissors, elastic bands and even hunting for insects using tweezers! If you would like to, you can practise using your strong fingers at home with activities such as threading, cutting and playing with playdough. 

Welcome back!

Week beginning 1.11.21

 

It has been fantastic to see everyone back at school! We have had lots of fun this week. We enjoyed wellbeing day on Tuesday where the children had fun joining in with the drama, dance and singing. We also decorated our colourful feathers that will be added to the ‘Woodthorpe wings’ – keep an eye out for these as you walk up the drive! On Thursday, both classes had a fantastic time celebrating and learning about Diwali!  The children loved molding the clay to make their own sparkly diva lamps.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Week beginning 11.10.21

 

This week, we have enjoyed a bare foot bear hunt! We took our shoes and socks off and explored the feel of grass, cold water, leaves, mud and snow on our feet. There were lots of brave children as they approached the squelchy mud and the ice cold water! We also recorded ourselves telling the story and added the pictures. Watch our story video here! We've also had a go at writing the letters c, o and a in shaving foam.

Letter formation

Week beginning 4.10.21

 

This week, we have enjoyed listening to the story of the Bear Hunt and joining in with sounds and actions of our own! We have also practised writing some of the graphemes we have been learning. This week we have used paintbrushes and water when writing the letters. Last week we used cornflour and next week we will use  shaving foam! Whatever next?! Click here to see the patters we use when helping children to form their letters. There are some helpful videos here that show the correct formation. Why not have a go at home in the bath with some bath crayons, with chalk outside or if you are feeling brave, with some flour in a tray and your finger?! We have also enjoyed wearing yellow in support of World Mental Health Day. Thanks for all your donations.

Mud Glorious Mud!

Week beginning 27.9.21

 

This week, since the weather has turned, we have opened up our outside mud kitchen! The rain has made perfect mud pie building and worm hunting conditions! We have wellies and over trousers for the children to use in the mud kitchen so if you have any spare old wellies you are looking to pass on please send them our way! We have also been painting 2D shapes and recognising numerals and quantities up to three and have loved singing this Goldilocks counting song to help us in our learning. A big well done to everyone for being brave and having a go with their new reading books this week - keep up the good work!

Pebble Painting!

Week beginning 20.9.21

 

This week we have been painting pebbles for our school 'pebble pathway'. We have also painted large stones with our class names on. Can you spot them on your way up the driveway when you come to school? We have also been learning about 3D shapes. We know 3D shapes are solid shapes and are beginning to recognise and name some of these shapes. Why not go on another shape hunt around your house? Can you find a sphere, cube or cuboid? Your child will bring a reading book home with them soon. Share it together and see if they can spot any phonemes we have been learning in school. If they are ready, they can try and blend (push) the sounds together to read the words. Next week we will be reading and enjoying the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt". Do read and enjoy the story together at home if you have it! Thank you to everyone to came to our school fair. Mrs Burton and Miss Sheppard enjoyed themselves!

Tidying up!

Week beginning 13.9.21

 

This week we have been learning to name, recognise and describe 2d shapes - square, circle, triangle and rectangle. Have a look around your house to see what shapes you can find - what shape is your bedroom window? We have also been enjoying learning new letter sounds and we now know the phonemes s, a, t, p, i, n, m and d. Your child will have received a spelling booklet. Inside are words we will be teaching your children to read and write over the year. Please don't worry about teaching your child to spell these words just yet! Thank you for sharing the books with your children that they have brought home. We want the children to develop a love of stories and there's nothing better than snuggling up together with a story! At school, we encourage the children to put away what they are using before they choose to go somewhere else. You can help them by encouraging them to do this at home too! Thank you for all your support over these first few weeks while the children are settling in to their new routines.

First full week

Week beginning 06.9.21

 

What an amazing week we have had!  The children have been super brave and enjoyed lots of delicious school lunches. At lunch times, the Year 2 children serve the dinners and when the children have finished eating they can go out to play. Do encourage your child to try all the food they are given - they may discover a new food they really like!  Your child has been given a reading diary this week and they have chosen a story book to share with you at home. There are some instructions at the beginning that explain how they are to be used and also some details of our school approach to reading.

 

During the week we have enjoyed reading the story of Goldlilocks and the Three Bears. We then made some 'porridge' for Goldilocks by cutting, tearing and punching holes in paper. We even showed Mr Hopkinson how to add a pipette of paint into the porridge!  Class 1 have also made their very own lion to represent their class name 'Lovely Lions' whilst Class 2 have collaged a bee to represent their class name 'Bold Bees'. Both classes have also painted their class animal onto a large stone. See if you can spot them at the bottom of the school drive!

 

We are very proud of all the children this week!

A Great Start To Starting School!

Week beginning 30.8.21

 

We have had a great start to the new school year. The children have been absolutely amazing. They have shown how brave they can be by giving their parents a kiss at the door and coming into school completely independently (well done parents).

 

They have been thrilled to see old friends and have already started to make new ones too. The half days have been helpful in enabling the children to get to know the school environment and the adults that work with them. The children have had lots of fun exploring and the adults have enjoyed getting to know your child better. 

 

Many thanks to you all for supporting the children with everything they need for their school day. On Wednesdays, the children will be doing PE in the morning. Please ensure they bring a named drawstring bag with their PE kit in (black shorts and a white T-shirt). This will stay in school for the half term and be sent home in October. Also, just a quick reminder they need their book bags in school everyday, a water bottle filled with just water (no squash or flavoured water), a coat as we will be going outside everyday and please label all clothing with your child's name.

 

Have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to lots more fun next week.

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