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Foundation 2

Foundation 2

Welcome to Foundation 2 2021-2022 

Chestnuts (Class 1)

 Oaks (Class 2)


Foundation Stage Teachers: Mrs Sawford & Miss Lloyd
Teaching Assistants: Miss Lawson & Miss Williams

Care Assistant: Mrs Meller

Meet the Team

Friday 1st July

Phonics: Continuing consolidation lessons. Revising digraphs and trigraphs.

Maths: Shape

Big Book: 'The Teeny Weeny Tadpole'

Topic: RSE Work- Daily routine, keeping clean, different families.

Messages: Please send in your donations of lollipops for our F2 game at the summer fair!

Please keep your eye on the weather forecast to ensure your child has appropriate clothing each day. It can be sunny in the morning and raining by lunch!

***Key Dates***

Thursday 7th July- OBS Summer Fair (after school)

Thursday 14th July- FS Sports morning

Monday 25th July- F2 Achievement Assembly 9am

Wednesday 27th July- Last day of term for pupils



Our caterpillars have made their cacoons and today we moved them into their chrysalis station. We are hoping they hang on until after the weekend so we can see them emerge!

We are excited to see what patterns they will have.

Some of the butterflies are already starting to wriggle! Watch this space!

Chrysalis Station

Still image for this video


Speak Out. Stay Safe.

We have watched a special assembly about speaking out and staying safe. We completed an activity, drawing all the trusted adults we can speak to if we are worried about anything. 

Friday 24th June

Phonics: Consolidation lessons. Revising digraphs and trigraphs.

Improving our sentence writing.

Maths: Beginning work on halving different amounts.

Big Book: 'The Teeny Weeny Tadpole'

Topic: Trip to Twycross Zoo.

Messages: Please ensure your child has a water bottle and a hat to wear outside. Please continue to apply sun cream at home in the morning if necessary. 

'We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo...'

On Tuesday we had a fantastic trip to the zoo! The weather was glorious and we managed to see plenty of different animals. Other parts of the day highly enjoyed were the double decker bus ride, the play park, the Gruffalo trail and of course the best part of any trip- the picnic! Many children fell asleep on the way home! A sign of a great day out! A special thank you to the parents who came along to help. Here are some photos of the day...

Welcome to Summer Term 2!

This term has started with Shakespeare Week.

We have enjoyed a range of activities based on

'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Fairy Wishing Tree

This week we discussed the woodland setting for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and thought about the magical characters that could live there. We all made a wish, wrote them down and created a 'Fairy Wishing Tree' in our garden.

We hope that all our wishes will one day come true!

Friday 10th June

Phonics: Revising digraphs and trigraphs. Improving our sentence writing.

Maths: Adding numbers together. We have used cubes and used whiteboards to make marks and show our workings.

Big Book: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Topic: Creating wishes for our woodland wishing tree.

Messages: Welcome back! Now the weather is improving, please ensure your child has a water bottle and a hat to wear outside. Please apply sun cream at home in the morning if necessary. 

Welcome to Summer Term 1!

Our new topic is Traditional Tales


Traditional Tales Knowledge Organiser

Friday 27th May

Phonics: Revision of the digraphs 'oi' and 'er'. New tricky word 'what'.

Maths: Halving numbers. We have used equipment and made marks to work out half of different numbers.

Big Book: Performing and recording our innovated stories.

Topic: Jubilee art and craft activities.

Messages: We hope you have a wonderful break and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 6th June for the final half term of the school year.

Have a good rest- it's a busy one!

Friday 20th May

Phonics: Revision of the digraphs 'ur' and 'ow'. New tricky word 'out'.

Maths: Doubling numbers. We have used equipment and made marks to work out doubles of numbers up to 10.

Big Book: Innovating the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. The children have had some fantastic ideas for their twist on this traditional tale.

Topic: We had fun working together to program BeeBots

Messages: Please continue working on letter formation and simple sentences at home :-)

Big Book Story Map

Here is a story map of 'The Gingerbread Man'. Can you retell the story to your family? We would love to see your retelling if you send it in on Tapestry!

Friday 13th May

Phonics: Revision of the digraphs 'oo' (long like in moon) and 'or'. New tricky word 'when'.

Maths: Continuing with numbers to 20. Exploring the composition of numbers 18, 19 and 20

Big Book: We started our new big book story 'The Gingerbread Man' this week. We have created our class story maps and made actions for our retellings. 

Topic: Baking our very own Gingerbread Men!

Messages: We sent home some resources for helping with handwriting this week. We would really appreciate your support at home with this. Please let us know if you would to enter your name as support for the trip to Twycross. We will then draw names from a hat!

Run, run as fast as you can!

This week a wonderful smell of gingerbread filled the unit as the children spent an afternoon baking their own gingerbread men with Miss Lawson and Miss Williams. We don't think these ones had a chance to run away!

Friday 6th May

Phonics: Revision of the digraph 'oo' and the digraph 'ar'. New tricky word 'one'.

Maths: Continuing with 'teen' numbers. Exploring the composition of numbers 15, 16 and 17

Big Book: Continued with our focus text 'The Three Little Pigs'. This week the children have started innovating the story with their own ideas.

Topic: Completing our 'Three Pigs' house paintings using felt pens to add the finer details.

Messages: Reminders: *PE lessons are on Thursdays- children should come to school in kit on this day. *Water only in drinking bottles please (no juice or flavoured waters). *We are a Nut Free school due to some children having allergies. Please do not send nuts or food items containing nuts (e.g. peanut butter or nutella) into school. *Sunny days are coming! If needed, please apply sun cream before school and bring a name labelled hat.

Pond Visit

This week we enjoyed visiting the pond. It was very exciting to see that the bulbs we planted earlier in the year had grown!

We are looking forward to spending more time down at the pond in the coming weeks.

Friday 29th April

Phonics: Revision of the digraph 'ng' and the digraph 'oa'. New tricky word 'little'.

Maths: Continuing with 'teen' numbers. Exploring the numbers 13 and 14 and how they are made up.

Big Book: Continued to learn our focus text 'The Three Little Pigs'. We will hopefully have the videos up soon of the children telling you the story.

Topic: We created paintings of the three little pigs houses using different techniques, printing with blocks to create a brick house, printing with lillipop sticks for the wood house and scraping paint with a fork for the straw house.

Messages: Monday is a bank holiday so we hope you have a lovely long weekend and we will see you on Tuesday!

This week a troll locked himself in the shed! He wouldn't give us the key to get out bikes out so the children wrote and drew messages to him asking for it back. Fortunately he saw our notes on Tuesday so gave us the key and we have our bikes out again!

Friday 22nd April

Phonics: Revision of the digraph 'th' and the trigraph 'igh'. New tricky word 'there'.

Maths: Beginning 'teen' numbers. Exploring the numbers 11 and 12 and how they are made up.

Big Book: Introducing our focus text 'The Three Little Pigs'. Starting our class story maps.

Topic: We have been thinking about the 3 pigs houses and made pencil drawings of our own houses for our topic display.

Messages: We have loved welcoming you back to school this week Chestnuts and Oaks. Well done on an amazing first week back! Enjoy your weekend!

There was an incident in the unit this week... someone left the home corner in a terrible mess! The children have been trying to work out who did it. We aren't entirely sure but there were several clues...

Weekly Round Up- Friday 1st April



Key Dates

Tuesday 29th March at 2.30pm-F2 Achievement Assembly

Friday 1st April at 9am- Easter Bonnet Parade

Red Nose Day 2022!

Big Book

This week we started our new big book in style with a super fruit tasting session! The children had the opportunity to use their senses to explore fruits that are familiar to them and some they had never seen or tried before. We have learned lots of new describing words and used joining words such as 'because' in our sentences to explain why we liked or disliked a fruit.

What a fun afternoon! Enjoy our photos below!

Topic Project Homework

As we are now half way through our topic, we are asking you to get creative at home! We are looking forward to seeing your projects and displaying it alongside the work we have been doing in class. Please see the details in the flyer below.

World Book Day!

Chestnuts and Oaks have enjoyed coming to school in pajamas and comfy clothes to celebrate World Book Day today. We have enjoyed sharing some of our favourite books together.

Pancake Day!

Today the children have found out about the celebration of pancake day. We have weighed out ingredients, made and tasted our own pancakes too! Delicious!

Reading Rewards!

Some of the children enjoyed a tea party this afternoon as a reward for all the reading they have been doing at home. It is safe to say it was a big hit! We are looking forward to seeing some more children achieve their tea party treat and begin to achieve their bronze certificates this half term.

Parents Phonics Workshop/ Stay and Play

How wonderful to finally be able to welcome our parents into the unit! Parents were able to observe a phonics session and then enjoy some time experiencing the indoor and outdoor continuous provision with their children. We look forward to inviting you in again soon!

F2 Animal Knowledge Organiser

Welcome to Spring 2!

Our new topic is 'Animals Around the World'

We look forward to welcoming parents to one of our Phonics Stay and Play Sessions on the morning of Thursday 24th February or Friday 25th February 9am-10am.

These workshops will provide an opportunity to see your child's class teacher deliver a phonics lesson and also a chance for you to see the learning environment with our continuous provision in action. You will be able to speak to members of the Early Years Team if you have any questions or need any further support.


Please return your slip as soon as possible to let us know your preference of day. 

Thank you.

Look at our super space homework projects!

Fastening and Joining!

During our topic work this week we have been focusing on the skills of fastening and joining to make some super shape aliens! We are looking forward to using these new skills on our own creations in the workshop area over the coming weeks.

Big Book

Listen to our super retellings of 'Aliens Love Underpants'

Chestnut Big Book 'Aliens Love Underpants'

Oak Class Big Book 'Aliens Love Underpants'

Topic Project Homework

This half term we are joining in with the rest of school and setting a topic homework project. This is an optional piece of work. We would really like you to create a piece of art to do with Space. The choice is yours! You could...
*Paint a picture of an alien or planet
*Draw the solar system
*Create a model of a space rocket using recycled materials
*Make a space themed story book
*Make some 'Moon Rock Cakes' and take photos of your activity
We would love to see your work and put it on display. Please bring in your creative project homework by Friday 4th February. Thank you!

Big Book- Aliens Love Underpants

We have been enjoying our new Big Book 'Aliens Love Underpants'. Look at our super story maps! See if you can retell the story at home.

Chestnuts Story Map

Happy New Year!

Alien Alert!

What an exciting start to the new term! The Chestnuts and Oak classes had an unexpected visitor who left us quite a mess! The children have been sharing great ideas and enjoying investigating and exploring what could have happened!


It turns out we have been visited by an alien named Zog! He even left us a video message. He left each class a present which was the book we will start our new 'Space' topic with. The book is 'Aliens Love Underpants'. We can't wait to get started on this in our big book sessions! We hope you enjoy our photos below!


Space Knowledge Organiser - What we are learning this half term

Big Book Stories!

Please click on the links below to find the story maps for our versions of our big book 'The Acorn'. We hope the children can use them to perform their story to friends and family over the break. We love to see your videos coming in on Tapestry- keep them coming!

Christmas Party!

It was wonderful to see the children enjoy the Christmas party so much. They danced, played games and iced their own festive biscuits to enjoy with their friends at the end.

Merry Christmas everyone!


Christmas Jumper Day!

Excitement is Building!

At the time of writing, we are very excited about all the fun activities planned for our final week of the Autumn term. Please keep checking your emails and texts from school in case of any changes.

Here are the key dates...

***CANCELLED- Monday 13th at 2.50pm- BookTrust Bonanza- CANCELLED***

Come and collect your free book, see inside the classroom and read together.


Tuesday 14th (pm)

F2 Christmas Party


Wednesday 15th at 9.00am

F2 Achievement Assembly- main hall


Thursday 16th (pm)- F2 Panto

Cinderella online pantomime

Big Book-The Acorn

We have been working hard on our story telling this week. We hope you will enjoy our retellings of 'The Acorn' below. We are looking forward to innovating the story with our own ideas next week!

Big Book- The Acorn (Chestnuts)

Big Book-The Acorn (Oaks)

Big Book


This week we have started a new story in our Big Book sessions called 'The Acorn'. We have enjoyed learning the story, creating actions and making our class story maps.

You can see these below.

Happy Diwali!

This week we have been learning all about the festival of Diwali. We have enjoyed lots of activities.

Here is a snap shot of our food tasting and Diva making!

Seasons and Celebrations

We have had a great week starting our new topic. We have learned all about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot and talked about how we celebrate each year. All the children can talk about how to keep safe around bonfires and fireworks. The highlight of the week was definitely making chocolate apples!

People Who Help Us

This week our very own Mr Davie came to visit us in class and tell us about his many different jobs as our school Site Manager. We were shocked how many keys he had on his key ring!

F2 Parent Workshop- Phonics

Our Phonics workshop will be on Thursday 11th November from 5.00pm-5.45pm in the school hall.

Please save the date!


The PANTS Rules

This week we have talked about the PANTS rules and how to keep ourselves safe.

We enjoyed the 'Pantosaurus' song which will help us to remember the rules!

The Pantosaurus Song! | #TalkPANTS | NSPCC

Big Book

Our Big Book Story Telling- 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'

Doctor Visit

This week we put our questions to two doctors who came to visit us. It was great to find out about being a doctor and have a go with some of the special equipment they use.

Police Visit

Today we were very lucky to have a Police Officer and a PCSO from Nottinghamshire Police Force come to visit. They talked to us about their jobs, showed us their uniform and kit, brought dressing up and showed us the police car. We received special police notebooks, pencils, bookmarks and stickers to take home! A wonderful time was had by all as you can see in the photos below!

People Who Help Us...

Today the fire service came to visit. We had a fantastic time learning what to do if there was a fire. We had a chance to look at what firefighters wear to protect them and we had a look around the fire engine. We even got to squirt water from the hose!


Thank you to the firefighters from Stockhill Fire Station for such an exciting visit full of learning!


Meet the Teachers

Thursday 16th September



We look forward to welcoming you to our meet the teacher event where you can meet our Early Years Team. There will be a short presentation to give you more information now the children are settled in and an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you. 

Settling in...

We have been having a great time meeting our new friends and exploring our new learning environment! We are excited about the year ahead!

We can't wait to meet you!

We hope you have a wonderful summer and we look forward to sharing your new adventure with you!