Welcome to Foundation 2
This half term we will be learning about another lifecycle. The lifecycle of a sunflower. We will be inspired by the famous Van Gogh painting to create our own sunflower artwork. We will be discovering how to care for the environment. We will find out what recycling and reusing means. We will find out what happens to rubbish and how it can impact our environment. We will be using rubbish to create pieces of art and turning rubbish into something new. As we discover the oceans we will find out how to care for the creatures. We will explore the pointillism technique to create sea creature pictures. We will be comparing Summer to all the other seasons we have learned about this year. We will be finding out if life in other countries is the same as ours or if it is different. We will be reading Pirate Pete, making maps and learning how to fold to make a hat. As we get closer to becoming Year One pupils we will be thinking about the future and making a worry doll to whisper any worries too. We will be using wool to thread.
Summer 1 2022
During this half term, we investigated life in the past and found out about what castles were like and the people who lived there. We learned about St. George and the story about him and the dragon as we celebrated St. George's Day.
We found out about dinosaurs and enjoyed some funny poems on dinosaurs before we had a go at composing our own dinosaur poem.
We were very lucky to be having some caterpillar eggs and we observed them growing and changing and explored their life cycle. We found different ways to represent the life cycle, including making our own dance. We read the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar and then wrote our own hungry minibeast story.
To finish the half term, we learned about Queen Elizabeth and life in the 1950s. We toook part in celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee.
Spring 2 2022
During this half term we found out how to look after our teeth. We read a book called 'The boy who hated toothbrushes' and createed our own story maps to show the character, setting, problem and resolution of the story.
Our local librarian, Kerry Williams, from Sutton-in-Ashfield Library, visited us to share some of her favourite stories. We really enjoyed our last visit from her, before the Christmas holidays too.
We celebrated Pancake Day by reading 'The Big Pancake' and made pancakes by following the instructions in a recipe.
Using Guiseppe Arcimboldo's artwork as inspiration, we created our own portraits using different types of vegetables.
We went on a walk to spot the signs of Spring after finding out about them from a non-fiction text.
Just before the Easter holidays, we read the Easter story. Our local Reverend, Julie, came and visited us to share her knowledge all about the church and how people can celebrate Easter.
Spring 1 2022
During this half term we learnt about the changes from Autumn to Winter. We looked for signs of Winter around our school. We used a map of our school to talk about the things that we could see. We explored the life cycle of a penguin and different habitats of animals.
We enjoyed reading the story 'Handa's Surprise'. We discovered that Africa is different to where we live in England. We experienced the different musical instruments and learnt African rhythms through An African Drumming Workshop. We then designed, made and tested out our own drums and used it to perform an African song. We tasted the different fruits in the story, and used paints to colour mix when painting Handa's fruit basket.
For Chinese New Year, we found out how this festival is celebrated and compared it to our own celebrations. We visited our own Chinese restaurant and tasted some Chinese food. We especially liked the noodles.
We loved reading rhymes in 'Rumble in The Jungle', and found out about Jane Goodall and why she has been important in discovering animals. We responded to jungle sounds and used collaging to represent our ideas of the jungle, placing the pieces before sticking.
Autumn Two 2021 - Celebrations and the dark
During this half term, we looked at a range of celebrations that take place around the world, as well as joining in with the celebrations too. We found out about animals that hibernate and live in the woods. We read lots of fiction and non-fiction books to find out more. We represented what we know through our play, discussions and also our artwork. We created clay hedgehog sculptures, owl collages, cut out bats, created Divas out of clay and created representations with natural woodland items. We went on adventures in our outdoor environment to find out more about Autumn. To finish the half term, we learnt about Christmas and the Nativity story.
During this half term, we learnt lots of traditional tales, including Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Billy Gruff Goats, The Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man. We learnt to retell the stories and take on different character roles. We also learnt lots of rhymes and some poems. Each week we completed learning and exploring around the themes of the book and took part in a range activities, such as, building houses and bridges, exploring materials, baking bread, growing beans, decorating gingerbread men biscuits, collecting for Harvest and investigating with light and shadows.
Our star author for this half term was Oliver Jeffers and we read one of his books each week. We enjoyed sharing lots of poems on National Poetry Day and creating our own shakers 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 used 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 finished the half term by finding out about the season of Autumn and looking at the changes that occur.