Show respect, Work together, Aspire, Nurture
A warm welcome to the Foundation 2 class page. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday 3rd September. F2 will be starting school at 8:45 and finishing at 3:15. An adult from the Foundation team will meet the children at the FSU gate onto the playground. We will then check their temperature using a thermometer to the wrist. When the children arrive in the school building, they will wash their hands and provided with hand sanitizer. This will be repeated throughout the day.
Mrs Williams (class teacher) and Mrs Hopewell (teaching assistant).
Mrs Hopewell and Mrs Watts will cover PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time on Tuesday morning. Mrs Lambert will teach PE on Thursday afternoon.
PE will be on Thursdays and the children are to come in school in their PE kit on this day. Lovers' Lane PE kit consists of: school jumper, plain navy/black/grey jogging trousers or shorts and a plain white/navy/black/grey T-shirt with trainers. PE will be done outside, weather permitting. We will review indoor PE sessions over the term, alongside government guidelines.
Your child will be given a book of their choice for you to share at home. They will change their book every Monday and we expect you to read with your child at least 4 times a week to support their communication and language development. Due to the current Covid pandemic books have to be put into quarantine when returned to school which is why we are now setting days to change them. More support on phonics and reading at home will come later in the term.
Learning and well-being
The main focus for the first half term is to help settle your child back into school after such a long period out of education. There will be many opportunities to share and discuss their lock-down experiences, worries and support with gaps in learning. Our topic this term is ‘Homes and Buildings’. We have lots of exciting learning planned across all subjects linked to this topic.
Due to the school following guidelines to ensure the safety of the whole school community, communication will be different to what we are used to with parents/carers. If you have any questions or need to pass on information please do not hesitate to contact me via email: email@example.com and I will get back to you at the nearest opportunity.
Finally, we want to reassure you and your child that it is normal to feel anxious about the return to school. We are doing everything possible to make sure the transition back is as smooth as possible and we know the children will be excited to see their friends and start learning again. Please see the link below to a story about returning to school.
We look forward to seeing you all back at Lovers’ Lane.
Please use this form to get in touch with Mrs Williams who will help with your questions.
F2 2019-2020 Archive
Home Learning Activities Weeks 3 + 4
I couldn't resist sharing these wonderful new images from Julia Donaldson. Over the
past few weeks we have read lots of her stories and have all enjoyed
looking at the wonderful characters in her books. Your children will know that
Room on the Broom is my favourite and so I was delighted to see it featured
in these new posters all about staying safe at home . I hope you will enjoy
sharing them with your children
In your Home Learning books you will find the following sheets to use as extra home learning activities for your child:
- Home Fun sheets - A range of activities that can be completed if you haven't
already done them.
- 30 Days Lego Challenge - Follow the instructions for each day. The only rule is to
have fun and use you imagination. Don't forget to post your photos of the
challenges on Tapestry!
- Busy Things Login - Visit the following website where you can access lots of
different educational games. - https://www.busythings.co.uk/
We have had such a busy few weeks in Foundation 2. This half term we have been continuing to explore our Fantasy Settings topic and have really enjoyed looking at the settings Julia Donaldson uses in her brilliant stories. We all have our favourite book, mine is Room on the Broom and Mrs Hopewell really likes Tiddler! Why not ask your child if they can tell you their favourite Julia Donaldson story, they might even draw you a story map to retell it to you!
As part of our Fantasy Settings topic we have been exploring places such as the rainforest, space, underwater and the desert. We have made dragons, split pin giraffes, monkeys with bouncy arms and legs and even pirate hats. The Creative Station in F2 is never empty! Depending on what happens over the next few weeks you may find that some of the activities posted for you to do at home reflect some of these places that we have explored.
As part of Talk for Writing, the children have all been learning how to draw and edit story maps of the books we have shared together in Literacy. Below is an example of a story map for the book Handa's Surprise. Our story maps get us to think about four things that happen in a story:
We always start our story maps with what happened at the beginning of the story and finish with what happened at the end. What you draw in the rest of the story map is up to you but we always remind the children that the events must happen in the correct order. We then use our finished story map to retell the story in our own words. It would be amazing if you could record your child retelling a story and send me the video on Tapestry!
Now, more than ever, we need your support in showing us what your child does at home via Tapestry. This is such a valuable way for us to see your child doing things that they may not experience whilst in school. Any photo, video or comment that you can upload will help us to build a bigger picture of your child's development. We can then use this evidence when assessing the children in relation to the Early Learning Goals at the end of the school year. If you need any help in sending me anything via Tapestry please don't hesitate to use the 'Contact Mrs Williams' form on the F2 class web page. As a Foundation Unit we love seeing pictures and videos of the children at home and, please be reassured, you can never send in too many!
As always, the Foundation team are here if you need help with anything. Please don't hesitate to use the Contact form to send me any questions or queries you may have. I will do my very best to get back to you as quickly as I can.
Handa's Surprise story map example:
A few reminders ...
Our PE is on a Thursday. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in a drawstring bag on their peg on a Thursday. The PE kit should include navy or black jogging bottoms or leggings for girls, plain black or navy shorts, plain white t-shirt, navy sweatshirt or jumper and trainers for outdoors, plimsolls for indoors.
Our Forest School session is on a Friday. Please make sure your child brings their wellington boots and is dressed appropriately to keep warm, dry and have lots of fun in our school grounds.
Reading – It is our school’s new expectation that Foundation Children need to read 4 times every week to be rewarded with a treat. So please keep reading. Come on F2 wouldn’t it be great for everyone to be rewarded with the next treat? Can we do it? - Yes we can! Books are changed every week. Please write this in your child's school diary.
Home fun – Our school expectation is for you to complete one piece of home fun each week. If you can complete more that is brilliant. Certificates are awarded to children who complete one piece each week and prizes to those who do more. We collect the home fun books in on a Tuesday and send them out again on a Friday to give chance for the books to be marked.