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Welcome to FS2!

Welcome to FS2

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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. 

Homework

Please check here every Friday for  phonics and arithmetic homework.This is to be completed each day to consolidate the children's learning. Please get in touch with Miss Plank (vplank@stsaviours.cheshire.sch.uk) if you have any questions about the homework.

Handwriting support - please use the videos in the PowerPoint to model cursive letter formation

Spring 1 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 your creativity. If the children complete any of the homework challenges, they will earn saves for the school shop. Please email all entries to the office.

 

Maths Challenge

Comparing and ordering height and length

 

Think of something in your house (or outside) that can be compared and ordered by height or length.

 

Can you think of something really unusual? E.g. the height of everyone in your family.

 

Think about how you could present this in the most creative way.

 

Literacy  Challenge

Yellow animal fact file

 

Choose a yellow animal and create a fact file.  Your fact file needs to include an image, plus at least 3 written facts. This can be as creative as you like.

 

Examples:

  • paint a picture of your animal with written labels
  • create a collage with facts
  • make a 3D junk model with facts attached.

 

REMEMBER I am looking for children who try their best to write their facts. This might be simple sentences or key words e.g. spots.

 

 

RE Challenge

Getting to know Jesus

 

Can you think of a word to describe Jesus (e.g. friend, helper, kind). Create a piece of artwork around the word. 

 

 

Science Challenge

Winter

 

Create a representation of Winter with information about how our environment has changed and what the signs of winter are.

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 1

 

Our big question is...

 

What is yellow?

 

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:

 

 

Tasting different yellow foods

 

Mixing colours with yellow to see how they change

 

Observational drawing

 

Weaving 

 

Yellow walks 

 

 

 

The Way The Truth and The Life

 

Getting to know Jesus

 

 

During our topic, 'Getting to know Jesus', the children will be exploring the following themes: 

 

 Know about the loss and finding of Jesus in the Temple and reflect on the meaning of this event for Mary and Joseph.


 Know that Jesus chose friends to help him and be aware that Jesus wants us to help him.


Know that Jesus has great love for each one of us and think of ways to show our love for Jesus.


Know that Jesus healed the man at the Pool of Bethesda and reflect on how Jesus can help us.

 Phonics 

 

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. 

 

 

Spring 1 focus

 

 

Phase 2 - revisiting and consolidating initial sounds the children will need for reading and writing.

 

Phase 3 - expanding sound knowledge and begin to recognise digraphs (2 letters that make 1 sound, e.g. ch)

 

 

Useful games / activities (just click on each picture):

 

Segmenting and blending to read words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading sentences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

dog

 

 

Tricky Words

You can't sound these words out - you just need to know them.

 

 

Reading

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

Mathematics

 

Number and number patterns

  •  Subitising (recognising how numbers can be represented in different ways without counting, e.g. on a dice, domino or tally) 
  •  Counting beyond 10. 
  • Exploring the composition of numbers up to 5 and recalling number facts. 

 

 

Useful games to play at home:

 

Board games that involve number recognition and counting on, e.g. Snakes and Ladders. 

 

Pairs - find two cards that make 5 

 

 

 

 

Please remember!

 

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.

 

 

 

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Practise your key words, number recognition and shape names by clicking on the power points below.

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