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F2 (Reception) - Brilliant Bears - Miss Garton

Welcome to the Foundation 2!

We hope you have had a great Summer and are now ready for this exciting new school year. 

In our very exciting setting the children have the choice of a variety of activties throughout the classroom, wet area and the outdoor area. We encourage the children to be independant learners: developing their skills across all seven areas of learing.

Attendance Challenge

Displayed in your child's classroom will be an attendance chart to which a weekly stamp will be awarded for 100% attendance. At the end of each half term the children who have achieved 100% will be invited to take part in our special treats!

  • This week's attendance was 94.2%
  • This academic year so far is 95.9%

Our Topic

For the next 10 weeks our topic is ‘Space’ During this topic we will be looking at our Solar System and what it takes to be an astronaut. We are hoping for an alien invasion and we will keep you posted!

Maths

In Mathematics we will be having fun with numbers as we practice to read and write them. To allow the children to learn in different environments, our maths activities will take place indoors, outdoors and in the sand and water areas. 

Literacy

 In Literacy our main story will be the Gruffalo, we are currently making story maps and learning actions to the story, the children will be performing this at the end of the topic. Your child will be learning to write their names and be encouraged to form each grapheme (letter) correctly.

Reading

Within F2, we ensure that reading is at the heart of our learning and is embedded within all aspects of the school day. We take pride in helping the children on their journey to becoming confident readers. It is important that all children have their book bags in school everyday and change their own individual reading books. The class teacher changes the guided reading book on a weekly basis which is sent home following the second read. Children will bring home a level below their Guided Reading level at school, this is to build confidence and independence when reading in different situations.

Phonics

Phonics teaches the children to recognise, say and form the letters.  This will support them in becoming independent readers and writers. The phonemes (letters) are taught in a special order to enable the children to begin to read simple words quickly.

Collecting your child

Your child must be brought to school and collected each day by an adult. If you are unable to collect your child and the adult collecting your child is not on our collection record, please inform the school to let them know who will be collecting them.

Absences

It is important that your child attends school everyday as it provides a routine and develops your child’s learning. If your child is unwell, please contact the school office before 8.50am.

Useful Documents, websites and online games

Click on the blue links to view. (Please note some games may not work on an iPad.)

Tell a T-Rex - children read the silly questions using their phonics skills and press yes or no.

The Dinosaur's Eggs - children hear a tricky word and have a choice of words to click the correct one.

Loo, Cover, Write, Check- This is a free demo app you can download - children see a tricky word, hide it and then have to select the letters to spell it before 'flushing' to check if they got it right!

Poop Deck Pirates - children read the word and decide if it's a real or silly word.

Phonics Play- Click on 'Free Phonics Play' when on the website and then explore the phase 2/3/4 games.

Topmarks- Ladybird spots - Games involving ladybird spots including counting, matching and ordering.

Click here for great tips from the Book Trust about how to read with your child, including online story books that you can read on a tablet.

Click here to view 'What to Expect, When?'  This document includes age related expectations and information on how to support your child at home. We have found this a really useful, informative document which can provide you with information of what your child is developmentally expected to be able to do. We shall also be working with your child in school on developing these various skills.

Class News

Weekly News
20 January 2018

This week in Literacy we have learnt about constellations and the Milky Way. We know lots of facts ready for the planetarium visit next week.

The children are very excited for the planetarium show as they will be looking at the stars and spotting animals in the constellations as they move overhead. We will be learning how to identify stars and constellations in the real night sky. Discover some shapes in space by looking at items in space and learning that some are round like a ball and some are flat like a pancake!

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Wriggly Nativity Performance
10 December 2017

We would like to invite you to watch your child perform in the ‘Wriggly Nativity’ on Thursday 14th December at 2:30pm (doors will open at 2.15pm).

Unfortunately due health and safety we are only able to issue 2 tickets per family. Please collect these from the class teacher.

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Dates for your Diary
28 November 2017

During this topic weeks we have some very exciting days planned in Nursery and Reception.

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Curriculum Newsletter
28 November 2017

Download a copy of our newsletter to find out what is happening this term.

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Busy Week
9 November 2017

We had some very special visitor in school this week which has been a lovely experience.

The children have learnt all about looking after dogs and keeping safe with dogs from the dogs trust. All the children had the opportunity to plant some bulbs with the Rotary club.

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Forest school trip.
22 October 2017

Next week we are going on a trip to the Forest School. We will be leaving promptly at 9am and your child needs to arrive at school for 8.45am. We want everyone who goes on the trip to enjoy themselves and in order to do this the Forest School have specific guidelines that must be adhered to regarding clothing.  Due to this your child does not have to wear school uniform and please read the list below to what your child needs to wear.

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Week 7
22 October 2017

This week we have had great fun going on a shape hunt and sorting shapes by name and properties. We have learning the difference between 2d and 3d shapes and learning the names of some 3d shapes.

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Imagination Library Day
13 October 2017

We have had a fantastic day today exploring our new Imagination Library book 'Meet the Dinosaurs'. We have made Stegosaurus cakes, dinosaur masks, pizzas, glitter jelly and had a picnic. Outside we had a dinosaur race and a dinosaur dig.

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Dates for your Diary
8 October 2017

Over the next few weeks we have some very exciting days planned in F1 and F2. During some of these days the children will be joining together during Plan, Do, Review to take part in arts and craft activities.

Friday 13th October - F1 and F2 are having our Imagination Library Day based on our book ‘Meet the Dinosaurs’.

Tuesday 24th October - F2 are going to the Forest School for our Gruffalo Day. 

Friday 27th October -F1 and F2 are having a Creative Day.

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Week 5
8 October 2017

This week in Literacy we have been on a Gruffalo Scavenger hunt. The Gruffalo needed help finding his purple prickles, black tongue and poisonous warts. The children have had fantastic fun doing this activity.

Thanks to all children and adults for their generous donations to our bun day raising money for Macmillan Cancer Research.

We have got out Harvest Festival next week - any donations greatly received.

 

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Forest school trip.
1 October 2017

We have arranged an amazing trip for all the children in Foundation 2 (Reception) to the Forest School on Tuesday 24th October. This trip will be a unique learning opportunity where all the children will develop their own ideas and are set challenges within the forest to extend learning and thinking. During the sessions they will be making dens for the, snake, mouse, owl and fox, re-enact the Gruffalo story outdoors, making large art using the forest, going on a Gruffalo treasure hunt and so much more.

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Busy Week
1 October 2017

We have had two very exciting visitors come into school this week. On Tuesday we were lucky enough to work with the poet, Ian Bland, which was amazing. We created our own poems and shared them with the Fantastic Frogs.

On Friday the athlete Jenny Wallwork came into school. We completed an exercise circuit and the children had to do a variety of exercise including star-jumps, spotty dog, jumping.

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Curriculum Newsletter
1 October 2017

Download a copy of our newsletter to find out what is happening this term.

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Teach your monster to read
18 October 2016

In Brilliant Bears and Fantastic Frogs we are beginning to use the app and website 'Teach your monster to read' that we discussed during the Phonics and Reading meeting.

Teach your Monster to Read is a new series of games which helps children to master the key first stages of reading.  It’s been created by the Usborne Foundation, led by Peter Usborne (of Usborne Publishing)

We’re using it at school, and your child will benefit more from the game if they can play at home. It’s free, and really easy to log in:

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Forest school trip.
18 October 2016

On Friday 4th November Brilliant Bears and Fantastic Frogs will be going on a trip to the Forest School.

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