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Foundation 2

Welcome to Foundation 2


We are really looking forward to beginning the new academic year with you all and are very excited about the learning journey we are going to take over the next year. We have wonderful topics for you all to learn about as well as encouraging you all to develop yourselves as creative, confident and curious learners!

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Key Information 


PE Uniform days:

Monday- Indoor or Outdoor P.E (dependent on time of the year and weather)

Come wearing your OBS PE kit.


Reading Diary Check Day: 

Monday – Diary checks will be done on a Monday covering home reads from the previous Monday to Sunday.


Reading for Pleasure Library Books: 

Friday – Reading for Pleasure books will be changed every Friday on a weekly basis.



Please ensure your child reads at least 5 times a week to an adult. Please record ALL READING in their diaries. Parents will be contacted by the class teacher and then by Phase Leaders if diaries do not demonstrate weekly reads have been completed.

OBS Maths- Key Instant Recall Facts

Spring Term 2

Key Dates for this half-term: 

  • Tuesday 20th February- Back to school.
  • Thursday 22nd February- National Height and Weight Checks 
  • Tuesday 26th March- Pupil Progress Meetings (formally known as parents evening) 4.00pm-6.30pm 
  • Thursday 28th March- F2 Achievement Assembly followed by Easter Parade 9.00am
  • Thursday 28th March- Pupil Progress Meetings (formally known as parents evening) 4.00pm-6.30pm
  • Thursday 28th March- Last Day of Term 

Spring 2 Knowledge Organiser Animals Around the World

Welcome to OBS Vets! 


This half-term, our learning focuses on Animals around the world. In response to this, and listening to the children's thoughts about what role play opportunities they would like to see, we have transformed the OBS Cafe into OBS Vets! 


The children have been getting stuck into the vets; dressing up, learning new vocabulary such as stethoscope and thermometer and acting out different scenarios. It was a delight to see the children's enthusiasm for this new learning opportunity. 


Role play is a key way for children at this age to learn. They develop their vocabulary, have an opportunity to act out real life scenarios, build social skills and have an opportunity to write for a purpose and in the moment. 

Spring Term 1




Week 6 W/B 5th February

End of Half Term!

This half term has flown by because we have been so busy learning lots of new things. 

The children settled in quickly after our Christmas break and were keen to take part in all the of learning we had planned. The children have continued to make great progress in their phonics work and we are all really pleased with the way they love to play with the phonics resources during choosing and apply their phonics in their writing.

We have also continued to work hard in maths, expanding our understanding of the numbers 6,7,8 and we had a lovely stay and play with our families where we could show off everything we know!

Our topic has been very popular this term with the children absorbing lots of space facts and applying them during choosing time in their play and creative work.

We hope the children get a well earned rest next week and come back with lots of enthusiasm for next half terms learning. 

Weekly Learning W/B 5th February

Week 5 W/B 29th January

Week 5-Aliens have Invaded!

This week for our topic we have been considering whether aliens really do exist and if they do where they live. Throughout the week we have drawn aliens, built aliens and described aliens and had lots of fun exploring different words to describe them.

The children have also learnt a space poem this week and done a great job reciting the poem and adding their own ideas.

In addition to topic work, in maths we have been thinking about different ways we measure things and how to describe length. We went on a walk around school looking for things that were short and long. We also made ourselves as long as we could in P.E to try and achieve the perfect log roll. A very busy week!

Zim Zam Zoom

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Week 5 W/B 29th January Zim Zam Zoom

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The children learnt a poem called Zim Zam Zoom this week and then performed parts for Miss Singh.

Week 5 W/B 29th January

Weekly Learning W/B 29th January

Week 4 W/B 22nd January

Blast off!

As part of topic this week we learnt all about space travel. We learnt when humans first went into space, different things which have been sent into space and all about Tim Peake and the International Space Station. We then went outside and launched our own rocket we didn't quite get it into space but it was lots of fun. We noticed the harder we pressed on the pedal the higher the rocket went!

Week 4 W/B 22nd January

Maths Stay and Play Workshop 


Wow! What a fantastic turn out for our Maths stay and play this morning. It was great to see so many parents, grandparents and carers attend to show an interest in your children's learning and see how we run number work sessions at school. The children behaved beautifully and showcased their impressive maths knowledge and counting. They also relished the opportunity to show their grown ups around their classroom and the toys that they play with. The worst part was saying goodbye to their grown ups! 


As we mentioned in the sessions the most important things to remember when doing number work at home with your children is to keep it fun and purposeful for them. 


We look forward to welcoming you into our classrooms again soon for the Parent Story session on Thursday 8th February.



Weekly Learning Week 4 W/B 22nd January

Week 3 W/B 15th January Planet Paper Mache

Week 3 W/B 15th January

Exploring the Solar System


This week we have been learning all about our solar system! We learnt a song about all the planets and acted out being the planets orbiting the sun. We also have worked collaboratively to create paper mache models of the sun, earth and moon. It was great to hear the children communicate the instructions to each other, discuss where needed more paper and taking turns to add the glue. We are really happy with the result and hope they inspire more planetary artwork.

Weekly Learning W/B 15th January Week 3

Week 2 W/B 8th January

W/B 8th January Week 2

Week 2- Lots to do!

This week we have been straight back into out learning and the staff have been impressed with their positive attitude to learning. We have started new sounds in phonics, read a new Talk4Writng story and began learning all about the number 6. On top of all that, the children attended a dance session with Miss Tahlia. All of the children showed great listening skills and had some pretty good dance moves! 


Weekly Learning Week 2 W/B 8th January

Happy New Year and welcome back!


We hope that you all had a lovely break and enjoyed the time with your family and friends.


It has been lovely welcoming the children back to school for this short first week back. The children have settled back into school and remembered our PROUD rules and important routines- this has been great! 


Before half term, the children had a vote for what they would like the Christmas Post Office role play to be turned into. The children unanimously decided that they wanted it to turn into a cafe. Over Christmas, the team worked to turn Blossom room into a cafe. Over the past couple of days the children have really enjoyed being chefs, waitresses and waiters and exploring some of the opportunities within the cafe. 

We look forwards to seeing how the children develop their play and language through the opportunities in the cafe role play area. 

Knowledge Organiser Spring 1 Space

Week 6 W/B 11th December Christmas Decorations

Week 6 W/B 11th December


Final Full Week of Term!


This week we have been learning all about different types of decorations for different celebrations, practising for our PROUD assembly and taking part in festive activities.

The children did a great job during our PROUD assembly singing some songs from our Christmas show and choosing to also sing jingle bells for the parents. Mrs Duffin did the honors of presenting each child with a certificate which celebrated their achievements this half term.

It feels like we have learn so much this term and also learnt and performed a Christmas show! Thank you for all the support we have received from friends and family this term, you have all helped support your children in the big transition to school.

Weekly Learning Week 5 W/B 11.12.23

Week 4 W/B 4.12.23 The Nativity

Week 5 W/B 4th December

Show Time!


This week it was the children's chance to finally perform for an audience and they did not disappoint. They performed three times, first for school, then two times for friends and family! All the staff were so PROUD of the children and the effort they put in. 


Weekly Learning Week 5 W/B 4.12.23

Week 4 



Another super busy week in Oaks and Chestnuts! We have been getting on with our Nativity rehearsals- the children are hard at work learning their lines and practicing their songs.  


Our theme this week has been Winter! We hunted for Winter objects that we would take on a winter walk, described a winter picture in Whole Class Write, we collaged blue strips of paper to make snowflakes, practiced our cutting and sticking skills by completing a winter picture sequence and improved our pencil control doing dot to dot snowflakes.


We are so PROUD of the way the children are gaining independence in completing the learning challenges that are being left out for them to complete. They are PROUD to see their work pegged up under their name. 


Weekly Learning W/B 27th November

Week 3 W/B 20th November

Week 3

This week has flown by and we have been busy exploring all weekly learning throughout the unit. 

In maths our focus has been the number four and rectangles and the children have shared some wonderful examples when they have been out and about at home. We have also been finding rectangles in the classroom and we noticed that rectangles are everywhere!

We have also been busy innovating our Talk4Writing story The Acorn and the children have had some great ideas. We have changed the acorn to a blueberry and had camels, foxes and even spiders trying to eat it!

Finally, we have been busy getting ready for our Christmas Nativity. The children have been learning the songs and their lines ready for the big performance.

Weekly Learning- WB 20th November

Children In Need 2023- 


The children dressed up in either something yellow or spotty. We donated cakes and had a mini cake sale. It was lovely to see the children getting in the Pudsey spirit! 

Parent Story Session- 


On Tuesday, we welcome the parents into our classrooms for a special story time. The children shared their reading for pleasure books with their parents and then listened to a story all together, read by their class teacher. It was lovely to see so many parents attend and act as positive reading role models for our children. We heard some great inferences about what the parents and children thought was happening in the story and what the illustrations meant. The F2 Team look forward to welcoming you into our classrooms again soon! 

Weekly Learning W/B 13th November

Week Beginning 6th November

Autumn 2: Our First Week Back!


It has been a very busy first week back at school for all the children.

We have launched into our new topic Seasons and Celebrations and learnt about Diwali. We have been creating Rangoli and henna patterns using cotton buds to paint with. For our WOW day the children tasted some samosas and onion bhaji's while listening to the story of Diwali. They also got to wear some scarves and bangles and Miss Singh wore her special dress which was very sparkly. We all agreed it was a perfect dress for a celebration.


We also met our Amigos this week! It was very exciting as we all went to the hall, were partnered with our Amigo and we made up a special hand shake! All the teachers were really impressed with how the children interacted and shared their ideas for the handshake. They were all different and very creative.


Well done to all the children for coming back and settling into our school routine straight away, Miss Singh, Miss Marrow, Miss Brown and Miss Squires are all very impressed.


Weekly Learning 6th November

Knowledge Organiser Seasons and Celebrations

Autumn Term 1

Key Dates for this half-term: 

  • Tuesday 19th September- Early Maths Parent Workshop 2.30-3.15
  • Tuesday 26th September- Early Reading Parent Workshop 2.30-3.15
  • Friday 29th September- INSET Day (School closed to pupils)
  • Tuesday 3rd October- Parents Evening 
  • Thursday 5th October- Parents Evening
  • Thursday 19th October- Phonics Stay and Play 9.00am-10.00am

Phonics Stay and Play Session-


A big thank you to the parents and carers who attended the phonics stay and play workshop this morning. We hope that you found it useful to watch a blending lesson and see the environment that your children are learning in. Later on in the year we will be running another phonics stay and play session where you will be able to watch a segmenting session.


Weekly Learning- W/B 9.10.2023

Weekly Learning W/B 9th October

Week 5 W/B 2nd October


A Visit from the Fire Service!

The children had a big surprise when the fire service came to visit us and tell us all about their role in our community. The children were very excited and enjoyed it when the teachers dressed up in the fire fighters clothes. Miss Singh said it was very hot wearing all the gear!

We also go to see a fire engine, look at the hoses and ladders and we even got to sit inside!

It was a lot of fun and we learned lots of information about staying safe when there is a fire.


Week 5 W/B 2nd October Fire Service Visit

Week 4 W/B 25.9.23


A Visit From Maggie


This week Maggie the Lollipop Lady came in to talk to us about keeping us safe when we cross the road when we come to school. We were all very excited to talk to Maggie and had lots of questions.

We also had an opportunity to try on Maggie's high vis jacket, cap and use the STOP sign. It was lots of fun!

Maggie came to visit as part of our topic- Me and My Community. We are enjoying learning all about our community, the services which help us and talking about places we recognise.

Week 4 W/B 25.9.23

Early Reading Parent Workshop-


A big thank you to the parents and carers who attended the Early Reading Parent Workshop with Miss Marrow and Miss Singh! There were some fantastic points discussed and great conversations had. We have attached the slideshow and a recording of the meeting to the website in case you would like to revisit any of the points discussed. We will also be sending it out on Tapestry.


Here are a few of the helpful links and resources that we discussed- 

-Alphablocks- Alphablocks - CBeebies - BBC 

-How to pronounce the pure sounds- Phonics: How to pronounce pure sounds | Oxford Owl - YouTube

-Phonics games- phonics games - Topmarks Search

Week 3 W/B 18th September 2023



We have had such a busy week in F2! We have been making great progress in our new topic 'My community and me!'. The children have been looking at local features such as Stockhill fire station and Basford crossings and discussing who we find there to help us! The children have also been getting involved in our new OPAL play lunchtimes by attending the OPAL assemblies and playing with all of the new toys.


Phonics- In phonics this week we have learned the /t/ and /i/ sound. The children have been trying to blend to read words with these sounds in, such as 'sit' and segment to write down words such as 'it' and 'at'.


Number Work- Oaks and Chestnuts have been practicing recognising circles and learning the concept of zero by spotting different representations of zero. 


Talk4Writing- During Talk4Writing, the children have been innovating the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt'. In Oak class, the children are now going on a 'cheetah' hunt instead and coming up with some fantastic adjectives to describe a cheetah. 


Whole Class Write- The children have been practicing writing the initial sounds for our different senses. 


Miss Marrow has been impressed with how the children have been coming into the classroom and choosing in their assigned areas! 

Miss Singh has been impressed with how engaged the children have been in number work! Lots of children have sent images in to go in our maths scrapbook of different representations of 0 and circles. 

Miss Brown has been impressed this week with the children walking up to the classroom by themselves without parents. 

Miss Squires has been impressed this week with how well the children have used our newly opened Blossom room. 

Week 3 W/B18th September Outdoor Learning

Early Maths Parent Workshop-


A huge thank you to all the parents and carers who attended he Early Maths Parent Workshop with Miss Marrow and Miss Singh! There was a fantastic turn out which was so lovely to see! 

We have attached the slideshow and a recording of the meeting to the website in case you would like to revisit any of the points discussed. 


Here are a few of the helpful links and resources that we discussed- 

-Numberblocks- Numberblocks - CBeebies - BBC 

-Counting songs- Counting songs - BBC Teach 

-Online number games- Early Years Maths - Topmarks Search

Week 2 W/B 11th September



WOW! Another great week in F2! The children are really starting to learn our school rules and expectations for coming into the classroom and during carpet time. We have had a full week of learning which included phonics, PE, writing and even JIGSAW (PHSE). 




Phonics- In phonics this week we have learned the /s and /a/ sound. We also introduced our phonics jotters where children practice their letter formation an word writing. We were super impressed with the children's first attempts at writing in their new jotters. 


Number Work- Oaks and Chestnuts have been practicing their counting up and down a number line to 10. 


Talk4Writing- During Talk4Writing, the children have been retelling the story of We're going on a bear hunt orally and with actions. 


Whole Class Write- The children have been practicing writing their name using their name cards. 


Miss Marrow has been impressed with how the children have begun remembering their 'tidy up teams' and taken responsibility for keeping their area of the classroom Organised and Tidy. 

Miss Singh has been impressed how nicely the children have been sitting and joining in phonics. 

Miss Brown has been impressed this week with the children have been good friends to each other and made lots of new friends. 

Miss Squires has been impressed this week with how sensibly the children have been playing in the water and painting area. 


Week 1 W/B 4th September

Wow! What a busy week it has been for all of us in F2 this week. We have all worked together to learn the school PROUD rules, make new friends, meet our new teachers and have lots of fun!

The staff have been impressed with all the children and are already really proud of their progressed, they have all settled in beautifully.

- Miss Singh is very impressed with the way the children have been so sensible at lunch time, they have learnt where to get their dinner from, where to sit and how to independently clear away their tray! All The Play Team have reported that they have done a good job too!

-Miss Squires is really impressed with the way the children have been following our rule 'Choose it, Use it, Tidy it away!' noticing that the children have been thinking carefully about where all the toys go at the end of the session.

-Miss Marrow is impressed by how well the children come in in the morning and sit on the carpet- they have done really well especially in the hot weather!

-Miss Brown is impressed with how well the children follow the PROUD rules already! They are helping each other and thinking carefully about their behaviour.

Well Done Everyone! Let's keep it up!



To launch our book 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen the children walked around the garden acting out different parts of the story. Our favourite was definitely the 'splish splosh' part! We then came inside for the Teddy Bear's picnic where we all received a dog teddy, had a biscuit and some juice while listening to the story. It was lots of fun and we really enjoyed giving our new teddy's a big hug!



Knowledge Organiser Autumn 1: Me and My Community