Welcome to Foundation Stage 2
Our summer topic in FS2 is -
Will you read me a story?
Welcome to the magical world of fairy tales!
Was the Big Bad Wolf really so bad? How many bowls of porridge did Goldilocks eat? Let’s find out more about our favourite stories…and discover some new ones.
This magical topic will allow us to investigate fairy tales, goodies and baddies and homes and castles, with a focus on magic and fantasy. We will be sharing lots of stories such as ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and ‘Cinderella’supporting us to sequence events in stories, thinking about the beginning, middle and end. We will use drama and acting to help retell stories to others and then use what we know to write our own amazing fantasy stories to share. We’ll look at different character types and decide whether our favourite characters are ‘goodies’ or ‘baddies’! Using different materials and shapes, we’ll build castles and bridges. We’ll read lots of stories and look at the ingredients that go into a fantastic fairy tale. Contemporary versions of fairy tales will inspire us to write stories, and we’ll create story maps to retell familiar tales. Our mathematical skills will help us to count the buttons on gingerbread men, and estimate how many beans Jack has got! After reading The Enormous Turnip, we’ll plant seeds and learn how to care for them. We’ll also test the right materials to make a bed for a princess, and houses for the Three Little Pigs.
At the end of the project, we’ll look back at photographs of our amazing experiences. We’ll also attend a Royal Ball and dress up as our favourite characters!
In numeracy this term we will continue to develop our deep understanding of number to 10, including number bonds to 5 and 10. We will secure our subitising skills to 5 (recognising quantities without counting) and explore patterns in numbers, including evens, odds, double facts and halving and sharing.
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. Find different ways to make 10 using fingers and play simple dice games to support recognising spots and number patterns. Discuss the length of objects and use baking as a fun way to talk about weight. Use toys/food as a way to show doubling and halving and talk about whether familiar numbers are odd or even and what this means.
In phonics, reading and writing we will recap Set 1 and Set 2 sounds (such as ‘ay’ ‘ee’ ‘igh’) to read and write. We will continue learning red words to read and write and use in our fantastic story writing (such as ‘he’ and ‘she’.) Children will be supported to independently write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others using their phonic knowledge to help.
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. Now children can blend sounds to read, children will be sent home with green words and then 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.
Help your child prepare for their project
Reading fairy tales can sweep us away into a fantastical world. Why not visit your local library together to read lots of different versions? You could also watch children’s films on this theme and discuss the different types of characters. Alternatively, you could use toys to retell favourite fairy tales.
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!
Please contact me via Class Dojo if you have any further questions,
FS2 PE day is Monday - Children can come to school wearing PE kit on this day.
Please ensure that children have book bags in school daily and that names are written on every item of clothing, 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.