Summer 1 2021
The first part of this half term will be spent learning about St. George and the Dragon and castle life as we celebrate St. George's Day. We will then move on the learn about minibeasts, where they live and some minibeast life cycles. We will look at some artwork by Matise and see if it inspires us to create our own pieces in the style. We will continue to embed our knowledge of numbers through developing our calculation skills in maths.
Spring 2 2021
This half term our learning was based around Keeping Healthy and the celebrations of Pancake Day and Easter.
We learnt about where vegetables and fruits come from, the importance of a healthy diet, as well as found out some other ways to keep healthy. We looked at different occupations, where people help us to be healthy and safe too. We were chefs and followed instructions to make pancakes, fruit milkshakes and Easter cakes. We looked at some artwork by Vincent Van Gogh and then became artists as we created our own paintings. In maths, we learnt about the number 10 and explored addition and subtraction with this number, as well as doubling and sharing with different amounts to 10.
In Spring One, we learnt about wild animals and their habitats. We read the story 'Walking through the Jungle' and learnt the song. We also read 'Handa's Surprise' and followed instructions to make a fruit salad. We explored poems in the book Rumble in Jungle and used non-fiction texts and maps to explore different countries. We found out about life in Africa and explored drumming by playing the drums and then creating our own. We played the drum whilst singing a song in Swahili.
We finished the half term by finding out about China and the celebration of Chinese New Year. We created lanterns and a fact file. We sampled some Chinese food too.
In Mathematics, we mastered numbers 6 through to 9, learning about their place in the number system, and how they are made up of smaller numbers.
Who comes out at night?
We read lots of books about nocturnal woodland animals and their habitats - both fiction and non-fiction texts. We learnt through free choice and group activities - collaging owls, creating clay hedgehog sculptures, exploring Autumn by going on a walk around school and making patterns out of objects such as conkers, pine cones, leaves and sticks. We found out about different celebrations and special events - Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day, Diwali and Christmas. We celebrated Diwali by sampling some Indian food, taking part in Indian dancing and learning about India. To finish the half term, we learnt about Christmas and the Nativity story.
This half term we learnt lots of traditional tales. These included Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Billy Gruff Goats, Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man. We retold the stories and acted them out in our role play puppet theatre.
We made porridge following the recipe.
We learnt some nursery rhymes - Humpty Dumpty, 1, 2 Buckle my Shoe, Hey Diddle, Diddle, Goosey, Goosey, Goosey, London Bridge, Oats and Beans and Barley and The Gingerbread Man.
Our star author for this half term was Oliver Jeffers, we read one of his books each week. We enjoyed sharing lots of poems on National Poetry Day and creating our own shakes to use whilst saying the rhymes.
Each week we focused on a different character from a different story to teach us the Characteristics of Effective Learning. The books we use to demonstrate these are: Charlie and Lola, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, Superworm, Percy the Park Keeper, The Very Quiet Cricket, The Smartest Giant in town, Elmer, Curious George and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These learning characters are displayed in our classrooms.
Home Learning in Foundation 2
Please find below a home learning pack for the children to access and continue their learning from home.
Have a look at the Phonics and Maths sections below, we will continue to update these on a regular basis. Don't worry about going over the same learning every few days - children need to time to practise their learning so that they remember it. Most importantly - enjoy!
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This half term, some children have returned to school and some children have been busy completing their learning from home.
We began by finding out about plants and starting our sunflower competition to see who can grow the tallest plant. We have all been taking good care of them to help them to grow tall.
We then found out about how to care for the environment and all about doing our part with recycling. We sorted out different types of materials into different bins.
We were shocked when we read Somebody Swallowed Stanley and we found out about plastic waste in the oceans. We made posters to remind people to put their rubbish in the bin. We have loved finding out about sea creatures and discussing what we think is right and wrong in the story Rainbow Fish.
This half term, school has been closed and we have been busy learning from home, using our online learning packs and sharing all our achievements on Class Dojo.
We began by researching and investigating about knights and castles to get us ready for St. George's Day. We enjoyed celebrating this and many of us made shields, castles and dragons. Some children had a traditional English breakfast to begin their day.
We then moved on to the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and had some fantastic caterpillar drawings and creations sent in. We explored to find out about where minibeasts live and what they look like. We have continued to work on our mathematical skills and have focussed on calculations.
Lots of children have been using their time at home to develop different skills and be kind and helpful members in their family and community. We have got lots of great cyclists challenging themselves to ride their bike without stabilisers, budding artists giving away their masterpieces to cheer up people in hospital, fantastic chefs preparing dinners and lunches and responsible, independent stars helping around the house doing jobs.
This half term we focussed on being healthy. We began our adventures with the story Supertato for World Book Day, where we designed our own Super Vegetable and wrote a story about their adventures! We snuggled up in our pyjamas and blankets to enjoy a story in dimmed lights by a roaring fire!
We used non-fiction texts to find out information on ways to keep healthy and read instructions for a fitness routine. We read Oliver's Vegetables and Oliver's Milkshake. We used these texts to inspire us to be healthy! We followed instructions to plant cress and to make a delicious, healthy smoothie.
We celebrated Pancake Day. We enjoyed tasting pancakes. We had to add together the pennies in our purse to check we had the right money to pay for our chosen toppings at our pancake cafe. We created our own frying pan. The challenge was to make sure the frying pan was strong enough!
The lady from ZOOLab came to show us some exotic animals, she talked to us about the animals, their habitat and what they eat. It was very interesting. The lady even let us touch some of the animals she brought.
There was a Giant African Land Snail called Alan, a cockroach called Vine, a Chillan Rose Hour Tarantula called Tallulah, a Giant African Millipede called Gavin and an African Corn Snake called Lucious.
A visit from a librarian
A librarian came in to our class to talk to us about the local library. She told us we could borrow up to 24 books for free, once you have registered to have a library card.
A Puppet Workshop
We have had a really exciting week. We had a visit from a puppet story teller. We practised using different types of puppets and developed an understanding of how our hands needed to move in order to make the puppet talk. We acted out The Three Little Pigs, where the wolf nearly caught the pigs which made us all giggle! We also told the story of ‘Grandad’s Day Out’, where Grandad got bothered by a spider, a bat and a snake!