Foundation Stage 2 Reception
The Perfect Peas
Click on the links below to access the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (Development Matters) and the parental support document (What to Expect When). These two documents give information about what a child is expected to be able to do in all areas of the curriculum by a certain age. The ages on the two documents are given in months e.g. 60 months is 5 years old.
what-to-expect-when This document gives ideas about what activities you could do with your child at home to support their learning.
30 experiences to share with your child.
Why not try to complete as many of these ideas as you can with your child. Most are free, some have a small cost attached but all are fantastic learning experiences you can share with your child.
We would love you to have input into your child’s Learning Journey. We know that there are so many wonderful experiences the children have at home and in the holidays that could be recorded through Learning Book.
(Some of the ’30 experiences to share with your child’ activities mentioned above would be ideal.)
We have run Parent Sessions in school but for those of you who missed them, or for those who have forgotten the details, we have attached a simple to follow plan.
Please know that you are always welcome to discuss the method with a member of staff, otherwise please follow the link below:
Summer Term Overview
It is hard to believe that the children only have 1 term left in Foundation Stage before they move to Year 1.
We wish Mrs Shepherd Woodhall all the best as she begins her maternity leave and in her absence FS2 will be taught by Mr Kettle, ably supported by Miss Gulliver, Mrs Chadwick and Mrs Heatherington.
Attached is the overview for Summer Term, where you can find out about the things we will be learning this term.
Show and tell
Children will be taking part in show and tell sessions during this half term. The topics are stated below and your child is welcome to bring in an item to talk about linked to the theme. Show and tell sessions run throughout the week.
|Week||Show and tell weekly theme|
What did you do over the holiday?
What did you get for Christmas?
|09/01/17||Have you seen the Stick Man and what was he doing?|
|16/01/17||What evidence hove you found of the Gruffalo?|
|23/01/17||What evidence hove you found of the Gruffalo?|
|30/01/17||What times and events do you and your family celebrate?|
|06/02/17||What types of transport have you been on?|
|13/02/17||Where have you been?|
The Early Year Foundation Stage Nativity
A massive well done to all the children and staff involved in the production.
Stay and Play Christmas craft session
Thank you to all the parents, carers and grandparents who attend the stay and play session. A messy but fun time was had by all! There will be more stay and play sessions run throughout the year, so do not worry if you missed this one.
The reception children really enjoyed their visit to Darfield library where they sang songs, shared books and went on a reading treasure hunt.
The children had an exciting morning on the field creating hedgehog homes. The children thought very carefully about where to build the hedgehog homes, what size they needed to be and what to build them out of to keep the hedgehogs warm and relatively dry. As you can see the end results were fantastic and very imaginative.
Forest school morning is every Thursday in reception (come rain or shine), so don’t forget your waterproof coat and wellies.
The children loved our Roald Dahl day and dressing up as characters from his books. They did lots of activities throughout the day to support reading, had a scrumdiddlyumptious dinner and loved welcoming their parents into class at the end of the day.
To help your child with his or her Phonic ability and for lots of helpful resources, please click on the following link:
New content is coming soon – but you can scroll down to get some idea of what the children will be doing this year.
The Little Lambs
To find out what the Little Lambs will be learning in the Summer Term, please follow the link below:
Our Topics in the Autumn term will be:
Bonfire night, Diwali, traditional tales and Christmas
The elements we will be covering are:
We will be talking about bonfire night and what the children did and what they saw. We will be looking at the festival of Diwali and how it is similar and different to traditions celebrated by the children in the class. We will be reading lots of different traditional tales such as The Gingerbread Man, The Three Little Pigs and Stone Soup. We will be looking at Christmas and what people do during the celebration.
– Enjoys joining in with family customs and routines.
– Children are to talk about past and present events in their lives and lives of their families.
– They know that other children do not always enjoy the same things and they are sensitive to this.
– They know about similarities and difference between themselves and others, and among families communities and traditions
– Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
You can help your child by:
Looking at why people celebrate bonfire night, Diwali, Christmas and what traditions take place during the celebration. Discuss how these traditions are similar and different to one another e.g. feasting, presents, family gatherings. Read lots of different traditional stories and discuss what happened in the story and who are the good and bad characters.
Some useful websites are:
Traditional tales: http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/
In Literacy we will be covering:
– Giving meaning to marks they make as they draw, write or paint.
– Continues a rhyming string.
– Segmenting sounds in words and then blending the sounds back together.
You can help your child by:
Encouraging your child to say what their makes mean when they have been writing, painting or drawing. When playing or on a long car journey play rhyming games, they can be real or made up words e.g. pig, wig, jig, fig, hig. When walking around the supermarket, encourage your child to segment (chop up into sounds) and blend (put the sounds together again) the items they see e.g. s-ao-p = soap, p-o-p = pop, f-i-sh = fish.
In Maths we will be covering:
– Selects the correct numeral to represent 1-5 and then 1-10.
– Children are to count an irregular arrangement of objects.
– Estimates how many objects there are and checks by counting.
– Order two items by length or height
– Uses familiar objects and common shape to create and recreate patterns and build models.
You can help your child by:
Counting everyday objects at home or on outings and then writing the matching number, on paper, in the soil with a stick, on a misty window. Encourage children to count a selection of toys when they are playing or counting how many objects are on the dinner table. When your child asks ‘How many sweets are left?’ ask them to estimate (have a good guess) and then ask them to count to see if their guess was close to the actual number of sweets. Encourage your child to create patterns using everyday objects from around your home e.g. red crayon or Lego bricks.
If you would more information about the Early Years curriculum please visit either www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2012/03/Development-Matters-FINAL-PRINT-AMENDED.pdf or www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/2015/09/4Children_ParentsGuide_Sept_2015v4WEB1.pdf.
The first link is to the curriculum used in school by staff and the second link is to a more parent friendly version, which gives suggestions about how you can support your child at home.
Homework is set on:
Friday – to be returned by Thursday the following week
Homework will comprise of a leveled reading book, a topic based task and a maths based task. Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week at home, therefore book bags are sent home daily. Your child does not always have to read their levelled reading book, as they could read a book which they enjoy at home. It is requested that you record in your child’s reading record when they read at home as we check this on a weekly basis. At the end of each day a child is chosen at random and if they have read the previous day they can choose a prize.
If you would like to discuss any of these aspects further feel free to make an appointment.
Our new and improved outdoor area
The above photographs show the development of our outdoor area.