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 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.
Our big question is...
Is it up or down?
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:
Making paper aeroplanes and measuring how far they fly
Exploring different materials to make a waterproof hat for 'Baby Bear'
Making and looking after worms in our wormery
During our topic, 'New Life', the children will be exploring the following themes:
Jesus' resurrection and recognising that he is always with us.
Jesus visits the Disciples and brings peace and joy.
How can we bring peace and joy to others.
Mary is our Mother.
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.