Welcome to Foundation 2 2020-2021
Chestnuts (Class 1) & Oaks (Class 2)
Foundation Stage Teachers: Miss Priddle, Mrs Pickup & Miss Lloyd
Teaching Assistants: Miss Lawson, Miss Williams & Miss Hillary
Meet the Team
We all put on our pretend coats, hats and scarves ready for bonfire night. We worked together to build our own bonfire. We then pretended to roast marshmallows and warm our hands next to the fire. We watched videos of real bonfires and firework displays to help us imagine what it would be like.
We made our own edible sparklers using breadsticks, icing sugar and sprinkles to make it look like they were sparkling. They were very yummy!
After the holidays that children will be learning all about 'People who help us'.
We will be looking at the emergency services as well as people at home and within our communities who help us. Over the holidays why not talk to your child about different people you know who help you. How do you help other people?
Our self portraits!
This half term we have been learning all about ourselves and our friends. The children looked at themselves carefully in the mirror and thought about what they look like. The children then carefully selected different colours and materials to create their faces. We talked about how we are all unique and special.
The Colour Monster Goes to School
We have had a fantastic first couple of weeks at school, the children have really started to settle in and are getting used to the routines and expectations.
We have started with a short topic on COLOUR and have shared two stories 'The Colour Monster' and 'The Colour Monster Goes to School'. The children have been learning about different feelings and emotions and creating some wonderful art work based on these books.
Next week we will be starting our first official topic - People Who Help Us. More information will follow.
Key Information for 2020-2021
Reading - Please read with your child 5 times a week and record this in their reading diary. Your child will experience lots of reading opportunities in school, reading individually, in a guided reading group and through shared reading. Diaries will be collected in every Monday morning and the number of reads counted, which contribute towards different incentives and rewards.
Set Words & Bear Words - Your child will be given a special folder in which they will keep set words and their bear word booklet. Bear words are the challenging words that can not be blended and need to be learned by sight, set words are mainly words that the children can blend to read, which is a skill the children learn in phonics. Children's set words are checked weekly. If your child has learnt their set words before they are due to be changed, see if they can learn to write the words or start some sentence building.
PE - Will be on a Monday for Chestnuts and Tuesday for Oaks, both classes also have PE on a Thursday. Please ensure that your child wears their PE uniform to school on these designated days.
Water bottles - Please make sure water bottles are clearly labelled with your child's full name. Please only fill your child's bottle with water.
Names in uniform - Please ensure that all of your child's school and PE uniform is clearly labelled with their full name.
|Autumn 1 - Ourselves & People who help us||Spring 1 - Dinosaurs||Summer 1 - Traditional Tales|
|Autumn 2 - Seasons & Celebrations||Spring 2 - Space||Summer 2 - Changes|
Foundation Stage Reading Rewards
Out of our cohort of 60 children the following have achieved their reading awards...
Den & Hot Chocolate
Overviews & Curriculum
Spring 2: SPACE!
A message from Zog
What our gallery visitors said...
"It was very interesting." "Amazing work, a lovely display." "Amazing - fantastic to see so many different ideas." "Wonderful work." "We think everyone has done a brilliant job with their homework!" "I can't believe how many different ideas people came up with! They are all amazing. *** really enjoyed showing me around :) Thank you." "I'm super impressed at all the hard work displayed. It's amazing. ***** has enjoyed showing me around all the different projects." "Well done all the children. Very impressed at your creativity." "Yet again, another fantastic display of work by all the children. ******* and I had great fun with this project making the fossils."
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Dinosaur egg hunt!
Dug the dinosaur has laid two eggs at our school. He has left us clues to try and find where he has hidden them. We followed the clues to find the eggs. We then wrote messages to tell people not to touch the egg as they are very fragile.
The children have been set a challenge to make a safe, warm nest to keep the egg in so it will hatch.
I wonder what type of dinosaur is going to hatch from our egg?
Our topic this half term is Seasons and Celebrations!
We will be looking at the different seasons and how our environment and weather changes throughout the year. We will also be learning about Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas and how different faiths celebrate different celebrations and festivals.
If you celebrate Diwali or Eid we would love for you to come into school and talk about your faith and how you celebrate these festivals with the children. Please speak to the class teacher if you are interested. Thank you!
End of Topic Showcase - 16th December 2019
It was lovely to have parents join us at the end of the school day to take a look at all the wonderful creative homework linked to our current topic. Please check out the gallery below.
Our visit to Build a Bear!
The Chestnuts and Oaks caught a tram to go to Build a Bear in Nottingham. First we voted for which bear we wanted then we all made a wish and placed a heart inside the bear. We found a school uniform that fitted the bears perfectly. The Chestnuts decided to call their bear Tom and the Oaks called their bear Scoop. Welcome to Old Basford School Tom and Scoop!
Thank you so much to all the grown-ups who volunteered and helped to make this visit so special!
This is the Bear! Retold by Chestnuts and Oaks
Supporting Your Child with Learning at Home - Parent Workshop
26th September 2019
We were delighted that many parents joined us for our first workshop of the year which was all about how children learn and how you can support their learning at home. There was a hands on creative activity too, it was great to hear parents laughing and enjoying themselves. Please check out the photos below.