Class Teacher: Miss A. Leivers
Teaching Assistant: Mrs L.Cooke
Hello, and Welcome to Foundation Stage 2, Happy Hedgehogs!
In Foundation, we want all children to succeed and be happy and safe both inside and outside of the classroom. Learning starts as soon as children walk through the doors!
Our school day
Our day will consist of a literacy focus in the morning, basing our writing around a story ,relating to our topics below. We will be teaching phonics everyday using the Read Write Inc scheme and the sounds are taught in the following order:
Set 1-m, a, s, d, t, i, n, g, o, c, k, u, b, f, e, l, h, sh, ck, r, j, v, y, w, th, z, ch, qu, x, ng, nk,
Set 2-ay, ee, igh, ow, oo, oo (u), ar, or, air, ir, ou, oy
Set 3- ea, oi, a_e, i_e ,o_e ,u_e, aw, are, ur, er, ow, ai, oa, ew, ire, ear, ure, tion, tious/cious
When we feel your child is confident with their sounds in each set, we will encourage them to sound and blend words which will help them to read and write. We will provide a keyring with the sound cards on so you can practice sounds with your child at home- saying, reading and writing the sounds.
Furthermore, when your child is comfortable with all or majority of their sounds, we will start to give your child spellings- high frequency words, which are words children will use often in their writing and usually they cannot be spelled out. We will give these spellings on a Thursday or Friday each week and will test the children the following Thursday or Friday (this will usually happen after the first half term).
In an afternoon, we will teach a numeracy focus, which we also try to relate to the theme or topic of the week.
Class Themes and Topics
In Foundation Stage, all learners experience a broad, balanced and varied curriculum, which is relevant to their stage of development. Thoughtfully planned, child-centered topics change from half term to half term, and are used as a vehicle to teach the whole EYFS curriculum. We are following the Cornerstones topics. This year, our topics include:
Autumn 1 -‘All about Ourselves, Houses and Homes, Scarecrows and Traditional tales and Stories with Familiar Settings.’
Autumn 2 – Do cows drink milk?- Autumn walks, Farms and Farm Animals, Celebrations and Festivals, Hanukkah, Christmas
Spring 1 – Will you read me a story?- Chinese New Year, Arctic animals and Fantasy Worlds including Princess and Dragons!
Spring 2 – Do zebras have stripes? Pancake day, Mr Wolf’s Pancakes, Handa’s Surprise, African Safari, Tiger who came to tea and Easter.
Summer 1 – What can you see in the summer? Life-cycles and Habitats, Growth, Minibeasts, Sunflowers, Jasper’s Beanstalk and the Enormous Turnip.
Summer 2 – ‘Are we nearly there yet? Oh we do like to be beside the seaside…’ (including Journeys, Transport and Pirates!).