Welcome to FS2!
Mrs Corr (Class teacher) Mrs Harrison (Teaching Assistant) Mrs Bennett (Teaching Assistant)
We will use this space to regularly share our learning journey in FS2. We will also be using our Twitter page @StSavioursPri to share some of our achievements.
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 email@example.com so it can be passed on to Mrs Corr.
Autumn 2 Homework Challenges
Homework challenges are half termly tasks in addition to the weekly homework. These challenges are optional and aim 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 our school shop, 'Seacombe Stores'.
Please send any homework challenges in via email. You can send these to firstname.lastname@example.org and these will be forwarded on to Mrs Corr.
Shape in Nature
During this half term, I would like you to get outside and explore how shapes are represented in nature. I would like you to create a ‘presentation’ of the shapes you find, e.g. in leaves / pond / flowers etc. This might be a collection of photographs you take or if you collect objects, you could make a collage or poster. Try and be really creative.
Literacy / Science Challenge
Time to celebrate!
This half term we are focusing on different celebrations. I would like you to become a ‘Star Baker’ and make a cake for a celebration of your choice. Watch and talk about how the ingredients change as you mix, stir, combine and bake.
Using photographs, pictures or simple words and captions, tell me how you made your cake.
I can’t wait to see the photographs and hope you enjoy!
Here are some of the celebration treats I have made for staff, friends and family…
God’s Family is made up of all kinds of people - we are all in God’s Family.
As we begin to prepare for Christmas, we start to think about our loved ones and how we can show them we love and appreciate them.
For your RE challenge, I would like you to think of a way you could spread some Christmas cheer to someone in your family or a friend. This might be by making them a Christmas card or baking some Christmas biscuits.
Have a think and talk to someone in your house about why we might choose to give gifts or cards over the Christmas period.
Choose someone and send them some 'Christmas Cheer'.
Remember to be creative and send me some photographs!
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...
What makes me happy?
All our learning this half term will be centred around our big question. Some of the activities the children will have the opportunities to engage in include...
Exploring different celebrations from around the world
Decorating their own 'birthday cake'
Going to the shops to buy ingredients
Baking for their Buddies
As well as lots of Christmas fun!!!
During our topic, 'God's Family', the children will be exploring the following themes:
Knowing that the angel Gabriel asked Mary to be the mother
of God’s son.
To know that in Advent we prepare to celebrate Christmas and think of ways we can prepare.
To know the story of the birth of Jesus and how important this is.
To know that shepherds were the first to hear about the birth
During November, our RE will focus on the theme of 'Remembrance'.
Phonics is an extremely important aspect of learning in FS2.
It is the fundamental steps needed to be able to learnt to read and write.
Phase 2 phonics is when the children begin to learn to recognise letters, matching the name of the letter with the sound it makes.
The children will start by learning to recognise and say the sounds before learning how to segment simple words using these sounds.
How can you support Phase 2 at home?
Click on the picture and practise the songs and actions that go with each sound.
Look around your home, shops, local area and see which sounds you can spot. Take a magnifying glass with you to help look for all those hidden sounds!
Similarly to phase 2, phase 3 phonics focuses on consolidating the initial sounds already taught before moving onto more complex digraphs (2 letters that make one sound), e.g. /ee/ in sheep.
The children will learn to recognise these letter groups, and how to apply this when reading in context.
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! AND EARN LEAF POINTS
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
Helping at home
Games that involve subitising, number recognition and matching e.g. Snakes and Ladders, Snap, Pairs.
Count, count, count
- up the stairs
- down the stairs
- count the plates needed at tea time
- count the apples into the bag when you go shopping
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.