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Foundation 2

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

Miss Priddle - FS Lead & Chestnuts Teacher (Mon)
Mrs Pickup - Chestnuts Class Teacher (Tues-Fri)
Miss Lloyd - Oaks Class Teacher
Miss Lawson - Teaching Assistant
Miss Williams - Teaching Assistant
Miss Hillary - Teaching Assistant


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.




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

Foundation Stage Reading Rewards


Out of our cohort of 60 children the following have achieved their reading awards...


Book Mark

25 reads

Lucky Dip

50 reads

Den & Hot Chocolate

75 reads

Tea Party

100 reads

Bronze award

125 reads

Silver Award

150 reads

Gold Award

175 reads



Spring 2: SPACE!

Our space WOW day! Zog the alien came to visit and the children investigated what he left (the children took all of these pictures themselves)

A message from Zog

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Our topic for Spring 1 will be Dinosaurs!
We will be learning all about different types of dinosaurs, what they looked like and what they ate! We will be learning the book 'Bumpus Jumpus, Dinosaur Rumpus' as part of our storytelling. Why not have a look at our knowledge organiser to find out more about what the children will be learning during this topic.

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."

The Zoo.

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The children learnt the story of Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus and adapted it to make their own story all about the zoo.

The children learnt about what fossil are and made their own fossils out of salt dough.

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The children have learnt the story 'Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus' and have performed it for you to enjoy!

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.

Wow day, Bonfire making and chocolate apple eatting

There is no such thing as bad weather...

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! 

A very exciting Police visit!

This is the Bear! Retold by Chestnuts and Oaks

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During the past 2 weeks Oaks and Chestnuts have been learning the story 'This is the bear'. We made a story map and learn actions helping us remember the story. Here are the videos of us telling the story!

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.

Teddy Bear Party!

Splish, splash!

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