Welcome to Foundation Stage 2
Our topic in FS2 is -
Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Into the woods we go! Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? It’s time to explore the seasonal changes in the natural world during autumn and winter.
This half term, we’ll take a walk in to our school woodland to observe and experience the enchanting autumnal environment, collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we’ll sort our treasures into different categories, and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our literacy lessons, we’ll listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales. In mathematics, we’ll thread and count conkers and dried fruit and collect and order sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, autumn-scented play dough, and ‘squirrel muffins’ for our forest friends.
In numeracy this term we will be concentrating on recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting to 20. This will include number hunts, ordering number cards and counting a variety of autumnal objects. We will spend lots of time trying to recognise the number of objects in a group without the need to count them. We will begin using number sentences to find amounts of 5 and then 6.
Examples of how to support numeracy learning at home
Incorporate counting in to everyday life (How many steps? How many chips do you have? If I take one away, how many do you have now?) When out walking recognise house numbers, bus numbers etc. and talk about the shape of everyday objects. Discuss the length of sticks and use baking as a fun way to talk about weight.
In phonics, reading and writing we will continue to recap and learn RWI Set 1 sounds and also continue to use Fred Frog to help us blend and segment words to read and write. We will be mark making independently in many ways and will begin to read and write simple sentences.
Examples of how to support literacy learning at home
Children will have their own set of flashcards in their book bag to use at home which will be added to weekly when new sounds are taught in school. Once children can blend sounds to read, children will be sent home with a school reading book which has been carefully matched with the phonics learning that we have done in school. Please read this at least 3 times per week to develop fluency alongside reading additional books for pleasure. We will listen to children read in school throughout the week so please ensure that children have their book bags daily.
As a way of sharing the fantastic learning that we do in FS2, I will send photographs and information via Class Dojo. Please use this as an opportunity to talk to your child about what they have done in school.
Remember, you can send photographs through Dojo to support our assessment of your child by sharing any family experiences or home learning. Please add comments where possible, thank you!
Help your child prepare for this topic
Woodlands are wonderful! Why not explore a local woodland together to build a fairy house using twigs, leaves, nuts and berries? You could also cook some fabulous autumnal recipes such as pumpkin soup or toffee apple cakes. Alternatively, set up a mud kitchen in your garden. What ingredients from the garden can you mix together to create an autumn potion?
We are really looking forward to the year ahead and cannot wait to have lots of fun .
Please contact me via Class Dojo if you have any further questions,
FS2 PE day is Monday - Please ensure that children have PE kits in school at all times, thank you!
EYFS Early Adopter Information for Parents
Reading Expectations in Foundation Stage 2 Presentation
Information about Read. Write. Inc. (Phonics) sounds and letter formation
To teach our children to read fluently we use Read Write Inc. Phonics. Please see below for further information.