Welcome to FS2!
FS2 have had a brilliant start to the new academic year. They came into school brilliantly and I am so proud of how they have adapted to the changes in our school.
Below you will see a slideshow of pictures of some activities we have been doing in our first few days at school.
Please check here every Friday for phonics and arithmetic homework. This is to be completed each day to consolidate the children's learning. Please send homework to firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be passed on to Mrs Corr.
Summer 2 Homework Challenges
Homework challenges are half termly tasks in addition to the weekly homework. These challenges are set to encourage the children to explore different aspects of learning that will enhance and support what they are doing in school. They are a great opportunity to show off some creativity. If the children complete any of the homework challenges, they will earn saves for the school shop.
Please send any homework challenges in via email. You can send these to email@example.com and these will be forwarded on to Mrs Corr.
Where to next?
Create a map that will help me get from your house to a destination of your choice, e.g. the park, a friend’s house, school etc. Your map should come with a list of instructions e.g. walk down the road, past the post office, over the bridge, turn left at the supermarket.
These can be written instructions or you might like to record them as an audio.
You should be able to describe a familiar route and begin to discuss routes and locations, using words like ‘in front of’ and ‘behind’ (links to Development Matters).
This half term we are exploring the Big Question, ‘Where to next?’ As part of this topic, we will be preparing for the children’s transition to Year 1. For your Literacy challenge, I would like you to create a piece of written work for your new teacher all about you. This needs to be something that your new teacher can read to get to know a little bit about you, what you like and don’t like, your family, hobbies and much, much more. You can approach this challenge in any way you would like. Maybe you would like to make a poster about yourself or a zig-zag book – be creative!
Whole School Challenge
In his letter to primary schools in the Shrewsbury Diocese, Bishop Mark challenges us to take care of our world through the choices we make in our homes, school, parish and local community. Below, you will find a link to this letter.
The RE homework challenge for this half term is to take a photo of something you are doing as a family to look after our common home. Examples may include recycling materials correctly, reducing food waste, not wasting water, switching the lights off and thinking about the way you travel to school to name a few.
Please could photos be emailed to the school office before the end of the school year - we look forward to seeing what you have been up to!
Transport / Keeping healthy
As we are thinking about the question, ‘Where to next?’ we are going to be exploring different forms of transport.
Transport comes in lots of different shapes and styles. Your challenge is to see if you can successfully master a different mode of transport which will also try to keep us healthy.
This might include learning to ride your bike without stabilisers, using a scooter, balancing on a skateboard or learning how to roller skate.
There are so many ways we can travel, I would like to see if you can master a new skill!
Early Years Curriculum
Below you will find a copy of the Early Learning Goals (ELGs) for the end of FS2.
These are the end of year expectations for all children in FS2. For children to meet the expected standard, they should be confident in the majority of the statements for each area of learning.
Our big question is...
Where to next?
All our learning is focused around exploring our big question for the half term.
Some of the fun and exciting things we will be learning all about include:
Exploring different modes of transport today and from the past
Looking after caterpillars and watching how they change over time
Preparing for YEAR 1
During our topic, 'Our Church Family', the children will be exploring the following themes:
We all belong to our Church family and we are called Christians.
Why is Sunday such a special day?
How can we pray when we go to Church?
Explore the Sacrament of Baptism.
We are all special friends of Jesus.
Phonics is an extremely important aspect of learning in FS2.
We follow the Letters and Sounds Phonics programme which you are able to access online for additional information.
Phase 3 - revisiting and consolidating the first sets of sounds the children will need for reading and writing.
Phase 3 - expanding sound knowledge and begin to recognise digraphs and trigraphs with more confidence (2 or 3 letters that make 1 sound, e.g. ch / igh)
Useful games / activities (just click on each picture):
Segmenting and blending to read words
Once the children have learnt some sounds, we will focus on learning to read simple words.
We learn to segment words:
d - o - g
and blend them back together to make a word
You can't sound these words out - you just need to know them.
How can you support your child?
1. Read daily!
2. Have a conversation about the pictures in the book, e.g. make predictions about the story and the characters.
3. Many children will start reading with a wordless book. The benefits of wordless books are to promote discussion and story telling.
Let the children tell their own story using the pictures.
Number and number patterns
Useful games to play at home:
Board games that involve number recognition and counting on, e.g. Snakes and Ladders.
Dominoes - can you find a domino that makes a bond to 10 or is a double.
Please remember to read every night with your child(ren).
Even if your child is not reading fluently yet, it is important that you dedicate 10 minutes each evening to sit down and read their school book with them.
This might include asking questions about the front cover, talking about the pictures, making predications about what might happen next and modelling how to follow the words whilst reading.