Class Teacher: Mrs H Hawksworth
Teaching Assistant: Miss C Allenby
Hello, and welcome to our class web page. We are very busy learners, and change topic every half-term to cover different and exciting themes throughout the year. Please see our Parent Workshop video below - usually we would present this at a meeting but due to current restrictions, we have chosen to make a video. If you have any questions, please contact us via ClassDojo.
Video for Reception Parents
Introduction to Foundation Stage 2
In FS2 we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. We deliver our creative and exciting curriculum through half-termly topic based learning; however as we endeavour to engage and motivate each and every individual child, our topics are constantly adapted to ensure that we plan for and meet the needs and interests of all of our children.
In our classes, we place great emphasis on encouraging children to be independent learners right from the beginning of the year. We want all our children to succeed, and to 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 8.40am, when pupils say goodbye to their adult at the door and independently take part in a short morning task, including name writing, letter formation, reading, number challenges. By 9.00am, children have been registered and exciting learning activities begin!
A typical day in FS2 will consist of whole-class teaching sessions, followed by guided group work and independent learning time. Children have opportunities to work in both indoor and outdoor areas during the day and are continually supported and challenged by all of our staff in the Foundation Stage Team. As the children progress through the year, the amount of structure during each session is gradually increased to ensure that all of our children are confident, independent learners ready to enter their next phase of education in Key Stage 1.
FS2 Curriculum Details
Our school has adopted the new Early Learning Goals (ELGs), therefore we are working towards your child achieving these by the end of FS2. Below are the literacy and maths ELGs, however this is just part of the rich curriculum that we provide, and further details of the ELGs in all areas of learning can be found in the file list below.
- Demonstrate understanding of what has been read to them by retelling stories and narratives using their own words and recently introduced vocabulary.
- Anticipate (where appropriate) key events in stories.
- Use and understand recently introduced vocabulary during discussions about stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems and during role play.
- Say a sound for each letter in the alphabet and at least 10 digraphs.
- Read words consistent with their phonic knowledge by sound-blending.
- Read aloud simple sentences and books that are consistent with their phonic knowledge, including some common exception words.
- Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
- Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
- Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.
- Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number.
- Subitise (recognise quantities without counting) up to 5.
- Automatically recall (without reference to rhymes, counting or other aids) number bonds up to 5 (including subtraction facts) and some
number bonds to 10, including double facts.
- Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system.
- Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other
- Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally
We teach phonics using the Read, Write, Inc programme. Each week we will send home the sounds that we have learned for you to practise with your child. Please see the leaflet in the file list below.
The most valuable thing that you can do with your child is spend time reading books together.
This one activity will help your child in all aspects of their learning.
Creativity is an important part of our learning, and we have an area in the classroom dedicated to designing & making amazing creations! Please feel free to bring in old boxes (cereal boxes etc.) and kitchen roll tubes as the children love to make models with these (sorry, we cannot accept medicinal boxes or toilet roll tubes).
Foundation Stage children are very active both indoors and outdoors every day in both independent and teacher led physical activities therefore we do not need your child to bring a P.E.kit to school.