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Foundation 2

Welcome to Foundation 2 
Chestnuts & Oaks




Foundation Stage Teachers: Miss Priddle, Mrs Pickup & Miss Lloyd
Teaching Assistants: Miss Lawson & Miss Williams

Meet the Team

Meet the Team  1 Miss Priddle - FS Lead & Chestnuts Teacher (Mon)
Meet the Team  2 Mrs Pickup - Chestnuts Class Teacher (Tues-Fri)
Meet the Team  3 Miss Lloyd - Oaks Class Teacher
Meet the Team  4 Miss Lawson - Teaching Assistant
Meet the Team  5 Miss Williams - Teaching Assistant
Meet the Team  6 Miss Brown - Teaching Assistant Tue-Fri (pm)

Key Information


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 both Chestnuts and Oaks. Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school from the beginning of the school year. PE kits will be sent home at the end of each half term to be washed. Children need black shorts, white t shirts and plimsolls.
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 uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled with their full name.


Dates for your diary 2019- 2020

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

Friday 30th August - INSET DAY

Monday 2nd September - INSET DAY

Tuesday 3rd September - First day of school

Wednesday 11th September - Meet the Teacher meeting

Thursday 26th September - Supporting at Home workshop

Thursday 3rd October - One Day Wonder (Basford 50)

Friday 4th October - INSET DAY

Tuesday 15th October - Phonics workshop

Friday 18th October - Story Session 2.45pm

Monday 6th January - INSET DAY

Monday 3rd February - One Day Wonder



Thursday 7th May - One Day Wonder (VE Day)

Friday 8th May - BANK HOLIDAY

Week beginning 18th November - OBS Anti bullying week

Week beginning 9th December - Show week

Thursday 5th March - World Book Day / World Maths Day

Wednesday 18th March - INSET DAY



Friday 5th June - One Day Wonder (World Environment Day)

Friday 19th June - INSET DAY

Friday 26th June - Enterprise Day

Friday 24th July - INSET DAY



Topic Overview

Autumn 1 - Ourselves & People who help us Spring 1 - Dinosaurs Summer 1 - Traditional Tales
Autumn 2 - Seasons & Celebrations Spring 2 - Space Summer 2 - Changes

Teddy Bear Party!

Here are our memories from 2018-2019


Summer 2 - Changes

Splish, splash!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

We have been learning all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We had our very own class caterpillars! We watched them grow big and fat as they ate up all their food. They made cocoons...nibbled their way out and.....they became beautiful butterflies!

Today we let them go so they can fly free outside! Good-bye butterflies! We will miss you!

The Chestnuts retelling The Hungry Caterpillar

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This half term we are going to be finding out about changes to our environment and to living creatures.  We will be discovering how frogs and butterflies start their lives and how their life cycle works.

We will also be doing some lovely transition work to prepare for moving to Year 1 in September.


Oak Class retelling the story of the 'Teeny Weeny Tadpole'

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For our current topic changes, we have been looking at the seasons and how the weather changes. This week might be a but wet for summer but we still made the most of it!

There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes!

Summer 1 - Dinosaurs

Chestnut's Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaur Rumpus

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Oaks Retelling Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaur Rumpus

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Our visit to Manor Farm

Farm Photos

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We were so surprised on Tuesday to find two eggs in the foundation garden.  First we thought they may have been left by the Easter Bunny, but they weren't made of chocolate!  We wondered if they had been laid by a chicken...but they were too big and heavy!

After some investigation and a little help from a search engine, we found out they are possibly dinosaur eggs.

During this topic we are going to get so knowledgeable about dinosaurs we will all soon be palaeontologists!


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Dinosaur Message

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            One Day Wonder - Careers Day 3rd May 2019

We have had a fantastic day learning about lots of different careers and also thinking about what we might like to be when we are older!  The children looked amazing in their outfits!


We were also joined by Chris White who talked to us about how he became an author and illustrator.  He then gave us a master class in drawing a dinosaur that we have called Sparklesaur!  Please see the gallery below for all the wonderful illustrations.

Spring 2 - Traditional Tales

The Gingerbread Man

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Here are the Oaks retelling the story of the Gingerbread Man. We have been learning it for the past 2 weeks, making story maps and adding actions to help us remember the words. The next step is to innovate the story...keep your eyes peeled for our new version of the gingerbread man in a few weeks!

Photos taken by the children on our Wow day. They had to use the clues that were left to work our new topic.

Spring 1 - Space

What a fantastic first two weeks we have had learning about space and and planets.  We have been so impressed by the number of children who have been so keen to write to Zog and respond to the three messages he has now sent us! 

We have used our joining and fixing skills to make aliens with moving parts and ended our week by making alien biscuits!

We are looking forward to Zog and his friends Tig and Zag visiting us soon.  They set us a challenge of making them a home to stay in when they arrive; the children have been busy box modelling to make them a special place to stay. 

Look at all the wonderful writing we produced when we sent messages back to Zog!


Message from Zog

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We received a message from Zog wanting to say hello and to find out all about our planet.
Autumn 2 - Seasons & Celebrations

Reading Challenge

Well done to Chestnut Class who won the termly reading challenge (by 10 reads!) They celebrated with a tea party hosted by Miss Priddle.  We will run the competition again next term. 

The Acorn

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This half term the children have been learning the story 'The Acorn'. They learnt it off by heart and performed it to each other and their friends. They later worked on changing and adapting the story to create their own unique stories. What amazing storytellers they are! We hope you enjoy listening to our story.

Rehan's story

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Rehan has adapted the story of 'The Acorn' and changed it to 'The Sandwich'.

Loki's story

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Loki has adapted the story of 'The Acorn' and changed it to 'The Lollypop'.

Christmas Celebrations

As part of our 'Understanding the World' curriculum, we have been learning about different celebrations and festivals including Diwali and Christmas.

We concluded our topic with a wonderful Christmas show called 'Angel Express' - the children were all outstanding in their roles, they sang beautifully and the children with speaking parts excelled themselves.  We are so proud of each and every one of the children. We also performed to three care homes who brought residents along to watch an extra performance.


We have also had a party, met Santa and spent time singing Christmas songs and exchanging cards with our Year 5 amigo's.

Children In Need

Well done to all the children who dressed in something spotty or as something spotty to raise money for a very important cause. Thank you to all the parents and carers for your support with this and for donating to our bake sale. 

Odd Socks Day

We celebrated anti-bullying week by wearing odd socks to school.  This was to celebrate that we are all unique and different and we should celebrate this.


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We started our new topic with a 'wow' day!  We learned all about Bonfire Night and about Guy Fawkes.  We built our own class bonfires, enjoyed chocolate coated apples and had bread stick sparklers to eat!


Autumn 1 - People Who Help Us

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

....We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We're not scared!

The Chestnuts and Oaks have been on their very own bear hunt! We caught the tram to Nottingham to build our class bear! Thank you so much for all the volunteers that helped make the visit so special.

We hope you enjoy looking at the photos!

Music - Dynamics


This half term we have been learning about the musical element 'dynamics' in our music sessions.  Dynamics means loud and soft sounds in music.  The children have been learning the different technical vocabulary-

piano - soft      forte - loud    crescendo - building the sound to create effect   

notation - representing the musical notes   

conductor - leading the music   composer - making the music


The children have been creating their own musical scores. 

Composing wonderful music with loud and soft sounds.

Composing and Conducting!

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Look at our amazing children as they compose, conduct and perform. Notice the way the sounds are louder then softer and end with a wonderful crescendo!

Phonics Workshop

A massive thank you to all parents that attended our phonics workshop.  We appreciate your support and we know the children just love having you in school and learning alongside them.  

Enjoying our first few weeks of school!





We track your child's progress throughout the Early Years and use a personal learning diary to keep evidence of their learning through photographic evidence and notes.  We invite parents to contribute information from home.  Please see the examples of evidence for ideas.