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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Don't forget these useful times whilst you are learning from home.
9:00 am PE with Joe Wicks Live on Youtube (The Body Coach TV)
9:30 am Dough Disco Live on Youtube (Spread The Happiness TV)
10:00 am White Rose Maths - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ These can be accessed anytime but they do a live stream at 10:00 am
White Rose have added 5 lessons. Each of these come with a short video, activities and answers. These are a great way to promote maths learning during the closures and follow the scheme we already use in school. 5 new lessons are added every week during the closures.
11:00 am David Walliams is offering a free audio book daily. Also on the site there are a range of activities for each book.
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!
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 had exciting visitors too! We got to meet lots of animals and creatures from Zoolab. We asked questions about how to look after them and also had the chance to hold and stroke them! We played African Drums with An African Drumming experience and also made our own. We learnt an African Song and performed it for Nursery children using the drums we created.
In Mathematics, we mastered numbers 6 through to 10, learning about their place in the number system, and how they are made up of smaller numbers. We learnt strategies for doubling, and counting and recording collections of amounts to 20.
We celebrated Chinese New Year! We followed instructions to make Chinese Lanterns. We learnt about the dragons, sang songs in Chinese and had a go at some Chinese dancing. We created our own fact file on China and Chinese New Year.
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.
Who comes out at night?
We read lots of books about nocturnal woodland animals and their habitats through both fiction and non-fiction texts. We learnt through free choice and group activities, such as, 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 had visits from some owls, which we saw fly around the hall. We had a visit from the planetarium, who helped us learn more about night and space. 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 performed a Nativity play.
We learnt about 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 really enjoyed reading and following the recipe to make porridge. Ours was just right, so we ate it all up!
We learnt some nursery rhymes. These included Humpty Dumpty, 1, 2 Buckle my Shoe, Hey Diddle, Diddle, Goosey, Goosey, Goosey, London Bridge, Oats and Beans and Barley and The Gingerbread Man. We sang the songs together and sometimes used instruments to accompany our vocals.
Our star author for this half term was Oliver Jeffers, we read one of his books each week. We had a librarian visit to tell us about borrowing books from the library. We were also excited about National Poetry Day with the theme of ‘truth’ and sharing lots of poems.
Each week we focus 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.
We learnt about Harvest Festival and collected food (non-perishables) for a local food bank. We looked at families, church, christenings, environments, where people live. We started the class culture box, all children have the opportunity to take the box home and bring it back in.
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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.
The Little Red Hen
We read the story of Little Red Hen and discussed whether or not it was fair that little red hen ate all the bread herself. We decided that it was fair because the sleepy cat, the lazy dog and the yellow duck refused to help her make the bread! We had a go at baking our very own bread roll, using weighing scales to help us.
We have been busy practising our Harvest Festival song ready for our assembly. We have been learning about donating to our local food bank. Each of us made our own Harvest Festival hat, which involved developing our cutting and sticking skills.
Everyone made a musical instrument out of junk. We practised shaking them to the syllables in our name. We labelled them too.
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!
Jack and the Beanstalk
We have read Jack and the Beanstalk. We now have the opportunity to complete challenges around our classroom. This week we have been completing our blue challenge which relates to Expressive Art and Design. In our transient art part of our classroom we have been creating the beanstalk for Jack to climb. We have been busy learning about what a plant needs to grow well and have planted our own bean. We can’t wait to watch them grow.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
We have read the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and retold it using the bridge in our playground. We created a story map to help prompt us when we retold the story.
In Maths, we have been learning about weights, how to know which items are heavy and which are light, using weighing scales. We have been independently, during child initiated play, weighing objects from around the classroom and outside too. We have also been independently representing numbers using different items from our classroom, such as with pegs and construction items. We have also been counting forwards and backwards to 20.
The Three Little Pigs
We have read the story of The Three Little Pigs and created a story map to help us retell the story. We acted the story out in our Foundation Stage garden and in our theatre role play. We even had a ticket, which we wrote our name on, to admit us. We were very busy making straw, stick and brick houses for our little pigs, which we modelled out of play dough.
Artist Focus - Paul Klee
We learnt about the artist Paul Klee and tried really hard to independently recreate art work, using a variety of mediums, in a similar style to his.
We created a self-portrait using charcoal to draw and a mirror to see how we looked. Don’t we look great?
We have been busy in Letters and Sounds learning our phase two sounds. We have learnt s, a, t, p, i, n, m so far. Remember to check your child’s book-bag to practise their homework, which includes learning these sounds at home.