Class Teacher: Miss A. Leivers
Teaching Assistant: Mrs J. Cartwright, Miss L. Humphreys & Miss L Brunyee
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! We open up at 8.45am and parents and carers are welcomed and encouraged to stay and take part in a short morning task, including name writing, letter formation, reading, number challenges and craft activities. Just before 9.00a.m, children are called to the carpet for the register and exciting activities begin!
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!). Visit to Cleethorpes, and Cleethorpes Light Railway.
Home Learning timetable
Week commencing 1st June- Maths focus- 2D shapes. We have looked at the four basic 2D shapes- square, rectangle, triangle and circle. We have discussed the names and properties of all four shapes so the children should be familiar with.
Monday 1st – Draw all four shapes with the names underneath and ask your child to tell you the names of each shape. Discuss with your child what a 2D shape is- it is a flat shape and the properties of each shape- how many sides and how many corners they all have.
Tuesday 2nd – Ask your child to do a shape hunt and find as many shapes around your home and garden as possible. They could then group them and write a label with each shape name.
You could do this a few times using different shape patterns. For those who like a challenge, why not try three shapes in a repeating pattern?
Friday 5th – Play what am I? You could describe a shape to your child and and your child has to draw the correct shape.
If you are unsure as to what level of learning your child is at the moment in terms of their maths skills, writing or phonics, please message me on Class Dojo and I can explain.
We are going to look at non-fiction text this week. Discuss with your child what this means (it is facts/ information about something that is real- it is not pretend.)
We are going to write a fact file about our favourite animal. Ask your child to think of their animal and if you have access to the internet, you could maybe do a search of facts about that animal.
Ask your child to write sentences, giving information about their animal. They could also draw and label the animal they have written about.
My fact file is going to be about giraffes.
Here is my modelled write:
In bold are sounds we regularly use. See if your child can recognise them.
Remind your child to use their capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. Once they have thought of a sentence, get your child to say it aloud and then write it word by word. Once they have finished a sentence, encourage your child to read it through to check it makes sense.
As well as the above, we ask you to please ensure you are asking your child to read to you, whether it be school reading books or home reading books. Make sure you are asking questions to your child about the book they have read so you can gather their understanding of the text.
Similarly, please ensure you are working with your child to recap the sounds they have on their keyrings but also the spellings they have in their zippy wallet. A sheet was also provided with high frequency words children will be expected to know and learn to help them in Year 1. These are in fact the spellings we give out when doing spellings each week with your child. We do advise you to look at one set at a time and only move onto the next set when you feel your child can say, read and write them independently. For those children who are familiar with the spellings given, try to encourage your child to write simple sentences with those words in.
If you have facebook, there is a brilliant page you could follow which is from the creator of our phonics programme Read Write Inc, called Ruth Miskin. The page is called Ruth Miskin Training. If you follow her page, she does phonics lessons for set 1, 2 and 3 phonics. If you look at your childs keyring, you will be able to work out which set they are on.
Set 1- m,a,s,d,t,i,n,p,g,o,c,k,u,b,f,e,l,h,sh,r,j,v,y,w,th,z,ch,qu,x,ng,nk
Set 2- ay,ee,igh,ow, oo,oo, ar, or, air, ir,ou, oy
Set 3- ea, oi, a-e, i-e, o-e, u-e, aw, are, er, ur, ow, ai, oa, ew, ire, ear, ure
There is a timetable for this week of phonics lessons. If you can access this, it would be very beneficial as it would follow the lessons we teach our children. Some videos may be repeated this week but have a look and see if there are any you have not yet watched.
If you do not have access to Facebook, the videos will be on YouTube for 24 hours. If you type in Ruth Miskin Training, they will appear there. Similarly, for those who are new to Read Write Inc, there are many parent tutorials of how to teach phonics to your child.
If you click on this link and go onto the first heading on google, there is a list of all the sounds we use in FS2. Your child may not have necessarily have been taught all the sounds yet, nor will they have all the sounds in their keyring pack. If you wish to teach your child some more sounds, here is a list of the sounds and how we pronounce them. The rhyme is how we teach the children to remember that sound.
Useful free learning links below…
www.twinkl.com/offer then insert the following code when prompted… CVDTWINKLHELPS
Twinkl is a great resource for all areas of foundation learning and curriculum. Here you will be able to access teaching ideas as well as useful free printable activities, all of which we use in class for the children and activities we send home for their home learning.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ follow the page instructions to gain free access
Username : march20 Password : home
In maths, Foundation 2 are focusing upon reading and ordering numbers within twenty- a very useful website to go on for number activities is topmarks, https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ here you will find interactive games children can access for number ordering, adding, one more and one less, sequencing, shapes etc. (we use them in class, so children are familiar with them).
On BBC iPlayer, there is number blocks- this helps children count and add numbers together.
The maths factor has useful resources and games for children to access which match the level we teach in Foundation, following the national curriculum which is free to join https://www.themathsfactor.com/
In reading we are focusing upon sounding out and blending decodeable words with fluency, and upon practicing reading and writing our spellings.
A useful wesbite for phonics would be phonics play as mentioned above and another one is montster phonics
https://monsterphonics.com/ to access for free you would need to subscribe – Username: login Password: homelearning
There is also many apps on the iPad children can access: hairy letters, teach your monster to read (there is a 99p charge).
On BBC iPlayer, there is alphablocks which helps children pronounce sounds and blend cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words together.
If you can access youtube, there is a youtuber called Jack Hartmann, – he makes many songs and videos for phonics, numbers, shapes, and dances for exercise (tooty ta, penguin dance)- the children love these songs.