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march 2017 

F2 class            Spring 2 2017               Theme – Builders and Buildings

 

This is just a flavour of the teaching and learning which will be taking place in F2 during the next half term. We hope this provides a useful insight into what is happening in our class! Amendments may happen though and other special days / visitors be included.

 

PE will take place on a Tuesday and Friday. PE kits can be brought into school on Monday and left on their peg until Friday when it can be taken home to be washed. Outdoor kit will not be needed this term.

 

Phonics teaching takes place four times a week with a focused handwriting session on a Monday.

 

Tuesday Trails will revert back to ‘Muddy Monday’ this term. Hopefully we will begin to enjoy some warmer weather but please continue to send in wellingtons and appropriate clothing.

 

During Rise and Write the focus will now be on handwriting and letter formation. The focus for the day will be on the IWB with a little reminder of the formation ‘ditty’, which we encourage the children to say as they write, as an aid to correct formation.

 

Week 1  27.2.17 - The Runaway Pancake – Rise and Read

  • Sequencing the story, creating story maps and alternative versions of the story
  • Using a camera
  • Shape, size and measure – ordering pancake by size
  • Writing focus – greetings card
  • Rhyme focus
  • Tasting pancakes

World Book Day Thursday 2nd March

Parents Evening Thursday 2nd March

 

Week 2  6.3.17 - The Three Little Pigs – Rise and Write

  • Sequencing the story, creating story maps and alternative versions of the story
  • Writing lists for a building site
  • Space, Shape and Measure – building houses using various construction sets & measuring height
  • Comparing properties of materials to build with
  • ‘Huff and puff’ painting
  • Hot seating

Book Fair arrives in school Thursday 8th March

 

Week 3 13.3.17 - The 3 Billy Goats Gruff – Rise and Read

  • Sequencing the story, creating story maps and alternative versions of the story
  • Exploring fears
  • Drama – Climbing over and under ‘bridges’ and acting out the story of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’
  • We will be going on a walk this week to see local Bridges and the constuction of them
  • Space, Shape and Measure – constructing bridges using various construction sets & exploring weight
  • Writing WANTED posters

 

Week 4 20.3.17 Mothers’ Day   - Rise and Write          

  • Preparation for our Mothers Day Assembly
  • Writing focus – My Mum

Mothers Day assembly Friday 24th March at 2.45pm

Red Nose Day Friday 24th March

 

Week 5 27.3.17 - Jack and The Beanstalk – Rise and Read

  • Space, Shape and Measure – beanstalk length and height ordering
  • Sequencing the story, creating story maps and alternative versions of the story
  • Growth and change – life cycle of a bean
  • Writing focus – a postcard from Jack
  • Castles – life in the past

 

Week 5 3.4.17 Easter – Rise and Write

  • The Easter Story
  • Easter traditions – egg decorating, egg rolling, Easter nests
  • Writing focus – greetings card
  • DT - Egg box challenge!

 

As always, we do welcome support from family and friends in school. If you feel you could give some of your time to support the children in school please see a member of the FS2 Team.

 

Thank you,

 

Mrs. Parr and Mrs. Honey

Wednesday, April 05, 2017 1:52:00 PM

January 2017 

This is just a flavour of the teaching and learning which will be taking place in F2 during the next half term. We hope this provides a useful insight into what is happening in our class! Amendments may happen though and other special days / visitors be included.

PE will now take place on a Monday and Thursday. PE kits can be brought into school on Monday and left of their peg until Friday when it can be taken home to be washed. Outdoor kit will not be needed this term.

Phonics teaching takes place four times a week with a focused handwriting session on a Friday. As PE has moved to a Monday we will now have our outdoor session on a Tuesday – now known as Tuesday Trails. We do try to get out whatever the weather, so please ensure that your child comes to school in/with appropriate clothing. Wellingtons can be stored at school on our outdoor stand. Please continue to  ensure that all clothing is named.

Week 1 & 2 Winter

  • Special times – Christmas news!
  • New Year’s Resolutions
  • Seasonal change

Week 3 Dinosaur Roar ! (Paul & Henrietta Stickland)

  • Descriptive vocabulary
  • Space, Shape and Measure - 3D shape (box model dinosaurs); ordering by size; sorting by size, colour or feature
  • Drama/role-play – A Dinosoar Adventure
  • Dino dance!
  • Writing focus – writing a list; labelling

Week 4 Tom and the Island of Dinosaurs (Ian Beck)

  • The dinosaurs go missing – what should we do?
  • Helping others and working as a team
  • Writing focus – writing a letter
  • Space, Shape and Measure - 2D shape pictures
  • Comparing different environments and understanding different features
  • Art linked to the story (for display) – using powder paints
  • Dinosaur hunt.
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Week 5 Chinese New Year

  • Finding out how Chinese New Year is celebrated; exploring food, music and dance, (amongst other traditions!)
  • Art linked to CNY; lanterns, dragon models
  • Ordinal Number
  • Writing focus – greetings in a card.
  • Red and gold dress up day Friday 3rd

Week 6 Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus! (Tony Mitton)

  • A dinosaur ‘party’ (to celebrate the return of the dinosaurs!)
  • Writing focus – writing a list; posters
  • Healthy eating
  • Focus on change – a dinosaur egg
  • Dance
  • Space, Shape and Measure – capacity

Week 6 Dinosaur Facts

  • Drama and role play
  • Comparing dinosaur sizes
  • Researching facts using non fiction texts and the internet
  • Dinosaur facts – writing what have we found out about dinosaurs
  • Fine motor – making dinosaur models using play-dough.

Friday 17th – INSET day.

Mr Platt has also asked us to remind parents that the school day starts at 8.45am, which starts in F2 with rise and Shine Reading/Writing time. If your child arrives in school after this time they will be marked in the register as late for school.

As always, we do welcome support from family and friends in school. If you feel you could give  an hour of your time to support the children with this please see a member of the FS2 Team.

Thank you,

Mrs. Parr and Mrs. Honey

Monday, January 16, 2017 2:00:00 PM

November 2016 

This is just a flavour of the teaching and learning which will be taking place in F2 during the next half term. We hope this provides a useful insight into what is happening in our class! Amendments may happen though and other special days / visitors be included.

This term we are introducing Rise and Write, to run on alternate weeks with Rise and Shine Reading Time. After storing away book bags and registering for lunch, children will find a laminated handwriting strip, (shaded like grass!) and write their name using a  wipe board pen. Name cards will be available for children to use for support. Please support your child with this at their level. Some children may begin by focusing on the letter shapes at the beginning of their name for instance. What is important is to support your child to hold their pen using an efficient grip and form the letter shapes carefully and correctly with the correct orientation.Once the children have finished this activity they can say goodbye to parents and gather with their friends on the carpet with a book.

PE will continue to take place on a Monday and Thursday. PE kits can be brought into school on Monday and left of their peg until Friday when it can be taken home to be washed. Outdoor kit will not be needed this term.

Week 1  Room on the Broom    RISE AND READ

  • Special times – Halloween
  • Art linked to Halloween – wand & broom designs designs, chalk pictures
  • Working on our maths and writing targets
  • Investigating pumpkins!

Week 2  Autumn Festivals – Diwali and Bonfire Night   RISE AND WRITE

  • Special times – Diwali & Bonfire Night
  • Art linked to Diwali - Clay diva’s/Lanterns/ Rangoli & Mendhi patterns
  • Working on our maths and writing targets
  • 3D shape

Week 3 Goldilocks and The Three Bears  RISE AND READ

  • Friendship Week
  • How to stay healthy – food (healthy breakfasts) and exercise.
  • Making porridge & writing recipes
  • Story sequencing and story maps
  • Drama – making bear masks and acting out the story of ‘Goldilocks and The Three Bears’
  • Looking at features of the environment
  • Making maps for the bears to find their way home

Week 4 Christmas Arts Week    RISE AND WRITE

  • We will be getting very excited this week making lots of things for our Christmas display!

Week 5 The Jolly Postman      RISE AND READ

  • Traditional story focus – with resources to support re-telling of events
  • Special times – Christmas
  • Writing Letters
  • Weight – parcels in the ‘post office’
  • Working on our maths and writing targets
  • Christmas Fayre – Friday 2nd December

Week 6 (RISE AND WRITE) & 7 (RISE AND READ) The Nativity Story & Christmas Celebrations

  • The Christmas Story
  • Nativity play - rehearsals
  • Nativity Play performance – Thursday 8th OR Friday 9th at 11 a.m.
  • F2 Christmas Party – Tuesday 13th  (morning)
  • Lots of Christmassy activities!

We always welcome support from family and friends throughout the year in school.

We would love to plan in a sewing activity but can only do this with an extra pair of hands or two! If you feel that you could offer any time to assist in class, please let us know.

Thank you,

Mrs. Parr and Mrs. Honey

Monday, November 07, 2016 2:07:00 PM

September 2016 

The Brownlee Bears

The children had a wonderful time creating ‘Alistair’ and ‘Jonny’, our Brownlee Bears! Both Bears have already gone home with two children from the class and have returned to school with lots of news to share about their adventures. The children are chosen on a purely random basis with names being ‘pulled out a hat’. Having two bears means that children will get two opportunites to have a bear at home for the weekend.

Reading Meeting

We had a fantastic turn out for this meeting. We hope you found the information useful. Literacy activities will be sent home this week with a letter exaplining which day your child will exchange their actvity for a new one. We would appreciate your co-operation with making sure that games are in their book bags on their specific day. Please write a comment in your child’s reading diary as you share the resources. If you were unable to attend the meeting you should have received handouts which you will hopefully find useful.  If you have any questions about any of the packs please don’t hesitate to ask.

P.E. sessions will take place on Tuesday and Thursday. Kits can be left on their peg. They will be sent home on a Friday for washing. Please note that outdoor kit will not be needed until Summer and that footwear for P.E. will not be necessary until then.

Water Bottles are re-freshed every morning by Y6 monitors. Bottles will be sent home on a Friday for washing.

Topic Focus

Our topic focus for this half-term is traditional stories. As explained at the Reading Meeting however, we will be using traditional stories throughout the year to develop communication and language skills alsongside writing. We will begin with a focus on The Gingerbread Man and will then go on to focus on a harvest themed story such as The Enormous Turnip or The Little Red Hen. Our other main focus this half-term is on developing the relationships between peers and with adults in school. We are already really pleased with how well the children have settled into life at Springvale. The lunchtime buddies are proving very popular with the children too!  If you have any concerns about how your child is settling please don’t hesitate to talk to a member fo the F2 team.

Muddy Monday

On Mondays we intend as a class to go and about developing new skills and having new experiences out of doors. At present we arenejoyiong some lovely weather but please remember that it is a good idea for all children to have a pair of wellingtons in school as well as waterproof overalls or trousers. Please ensure that these items are named.

Wow Moments Please share with us those moments where you child does something that makes you say “wow”! These can them be brought into class for us all to share.

This is just some of the teaching and learning which will be taking place in F2 during the next half term. We hope this provides a useful insight into what is happening in our class! Amendments may happen though and other special days / visitors be included.

Thank you,

Mrs. Parr and Mrs. Honey

Monday, September 26, 2016 2:45:00 PM