Foundation 2 2018 - 2019
Your teachers are:
F2A - Miss Birch with Mrs Breen and Miss Allen
F2B - Mrs Noakes with Mrs Williams
F2C - Mrs Williams with Mr Kaitell and Miss Burgwin
F2D - Miss Jones with Miss Jones
Our Weekly Time Table
In Foundation 2 we were lucky enough to have Leonie Roberts visit us and read us her book 'The Colourful Chameleon' We all enjoyed writing our own ideas about where the Chameleon could hide. Thank you for coming to St George Leonie!
Fun At Forest School
On Thursday we had an exciting assembly from Wirral Libraries. The children were told all about this year's reading challenge which, to celebrate the anniversary of the moon landing, is following a space theme, which is also our current topic.
If you child would like to take part in the reading challenge they need to read 6 books from the library. Anyone who takes part in the challenge gets a certificate and anyone who completes the challenge receives a medal.
The challenge starts on Saturday 13th July and more information can be found on the following link:
The children have recently welcomed a new member to each of their classes.
Mrs Binks introduced us all to Monkey Bob, who likes to listen to stories, share his feelings and discuss what he can do in tricky situations.
The first story Monkey Bob wanted to share with us was Not Now Bernard, a story about a little boy who wasn't being listened to by his parents and Monkey Bob wanted to know who the children could speak to if they wanted to feel safe.
Monkey Bob has helped the children to think and talk about their feelings.
This half term the focus is Travel. We are reading lots of books that include different ways of travelling. We will use the following texts to take us on our journey
- Jack and the FlumFlum tree by Julia Donaldson
- The Journey Home by Hattie Peck
- Whatever Next by Jill Murphy
Our Artist focus this term will be on Wassily Kandinsky. Kandinsky's early paintings were landscapes that were heavily influenced by Impressionist artists as well as Pointillism and Fauvism. The most famous of his early works is The Blue Rider which he painted in 1903.
Colors and Shapes
Kandinsky felt that he could express feelings and music through colors and shapes in his paintings. For example, he thought that yellow had the crisp sound of a brass trumpet and that certain colors placed together could harmonize like chords on a piano. The shapes he was most interested in were the circle, triangle, and the square. He thought the triangle would cause aggressive feelings, the square calm feelings, and the circle spiritual feelings.
We are currently using 'Neron Art Wassily Kandinsky Color Study Squares with Concentric Circles 1913' as our inspiration and the adaptations the children have taken on have been fantastic. Have a look at some of the Art Work the children have created so far...
On Tuesday 23rd we celebrated St Georges Day! All of Foundation 2 came dressed in red and white and we paraded up to top site. We had a yummy picnic then we all sang our special St Georges song. We waved our red and white pom poms and joined the parade where lots of our grown ups came to watch us.
On Thursday morning F2 had a special visit from the PTA. The Easter Bunny had hidden some eggs in our outdoor area, once the children had found all of the eggs they discovered a surprise - the Easter Bunny had left everyone an Easter Egg (or allergy free alternative!).
The children had a fantastic time - Thank you to the PTA for another wonderful event.
This term we have been looking at Supertato, growing, fruit and vegetables and Forest School. The children have learnt where different vegetables are grown, what plants need to grow and also how to defeat Evil Pea.
All the classes have bright colourful displays to showcase the children's work.
We have also been celebrating lots of different events...
At St George's will all love reading. The children have been busy sharing some of their favourite stories with book reviews and staff have been sharing theirs too.
We have a book of the week picked by staff, this week Mrs Williams picked Charlie Cooks Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson becuase it is about books and rhymes.
We hope everyone enjoys sharing their favourite book together.
F2 were joined by the Year 6 children for a fun filled science afternoon. We made aeroplanes and boats out of different materials and tested them out to see which materials worked the best. The children thrived when working with the Year 6 children. We hope to work alongside the older children more in the future.
Today we celebrated Red Nose day! All of Foundation 2 came dressed up in something red with a donation to give to Charity! In the afternoon we all made a red nose biscuit they are very yummy!
On the 8th of March we celebrated International Womens day looking at balance and equality. Foundation 2's Learning Hero is Marie Curie who we read all about in our Assembly. Marie Curie did not listen to the people who told her that she could not study at University because she's a girl, she travelled to France and studied in Paris! Marie Curie became the best student in Maths and Science. She was so passionate about Science that she became a Scientist and won 2 nobel prizes for all of her amazing work! We were so inspired by her work that one of Foundation 2 even came dressed up as her for World Book day! What a brilliant costume!
World Book Day 2019
Thursday 7th March was World Book Day. The children (and staff) in F2 came to school dressed as some of their favourite book characters - we had characters from traditional tales, such as Jack and the Beanstalk and Goldilocks, and also children from more modern stories such as Supertato and Crayons from the Days the Crayons Quit. In the morning we were lucky to be joined by the children of year 4 who read stories and shared their costumes with the Foundation children - it was lovely to see how the two year groups settled down for a read together. In the afternoon the five teachers shared their favourite stories with each of the classes. What a lovely literacy filled day we had.
Books for Bedtime
This week we held our annual Books for Bedtime event. The children were able to return to school in the pyjamas to find all the adults in their pyjamas too! The hall and the classrooms looked lovely all set up with tents and cosy areas for parents (and grandparents) to enjoy a good book. They also got to enjoy hot chocolate, with squirty cream and marshmallows.
Thank you to everyone who came, we hope you had a fantastic time, we certainly did!
Since half term we have been learning about "Supertato". We have looked at different vegetables, made riddles about vegetables (What is small, round and green?), we have made traps for Evil Pea, and thought about what other evil things Evil Pea could do.
In our conservatory we have had lots of exciting Supertato activities.
This half term we are looking at vegetables and growing. The books which we will be using are:
In Maths we will be looking at the numbers 12, 13, 14 and 15 using the books:
What a wonderful half term at forest school!
This term we have learnt so much.
We learnt all about birds; what they look like, what they sound like and what they eat.
We even heard the wooodpecker pecking!
We made them some tasty treats.
Where are you birds????? I think I saw a Robin.
We looked closely at some real nests, we noted how they were constructed and what materials were used.
Then we got to work in groups and make our own.
Ollie the Owl tested them all out - can you hear him snoring???
Did you know that the pointy end of a worm is its head and the round end is its tail?
We know lots of interesting facts about worms now! We are worm experts.
Digging for worms is soooo much fun!
Sometimes we even had a rest, well not before we built a den to eat our snack in!
We learnt how to stay safe around a fire (ask us, we can tell you!)
Then we got to make our own (just a pretend one though!!)
During our last session we got to make a real fire and toast marshmallows.
We all went home with sticky faces (even Mrs Noakes!)
On Friday we enjoyed a wonderful yoga day delivered by Mrs Dunning. We followed the story of Gerald the Giraffe in the book Giraffes Can't Dance.
This week we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. This year it is the year of the pig! We have been making Chinese dragons, Chinese lantarns, writing in Chinese writing and even trying Chinese food! It was VERY yummy! The children have really enjoying learning about the Chinese culture and all of their customs, we know that the lucky colour is red and learnt all about the Zodiac race.
12 ways to get to 11.
This week our number of the week is 11. We have looked at lots of different ways of making 11 using Numicon, Part part whole and tally charts. We have been reading the story 12 Ways to get to 11 and some of us have made our own number stories about how to get to 11. On the way to Forest School Mrs Binks found 10 sticks and 1 leaf, how many objects did she find all together?
When it snowed we were lucky enough to be able to go outside and explore it! We wrapped up warm in our coats, scarfs and gloves and braved the cold. We have been learning all about penguins so we decided we should waddle around like penguins and we made a giant penguin huddle to keep warm.
This half term our focus in literacy will be around the theme of Winter. We
will become penguin experts finding out all about where peguins live, what they eat and even how far they can swim. We will then look at Frog in Winter and discuss all the changes we notice around us. We will use the following texts to take us on our journey to Winter Wonderland:
- Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
The Emperors Egg by Martin Jenkins
Frog in Winter by Max Velthuijs
In maths we are focussing on the number 10. We will be looking at the book ‘Hannah’s Collections’ which focuses on pattern, collections, sorting and classifying. It also shows us how we can use interesting objects to develop our mathematical thinking. Here are some examples of collections in the book:
What a fantastic first term we've had in the run up to Christmas. The children have been superstars in their Nativities, what a lovely way to end the year. We had a very exciting mystery reader for all of the F2 children... SANTA! We hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a very happy new year. See you in 2019!
Hobgoblin Production of Snow Queen
F2 had a fabulous time watching the show of Snow Queen this week. Have a look at some of the photographs...
We have been so lucky in F2 to have been visited by Artist Ticky Lowe, Ticky has helped us to create amazing art work using different materials and exploring while using natural materials. A big thank you to everyone who came to view our artwork on Friday 23rd and we hope you enjoyed looking around at the amazing work the children have created.
This week we have been busy exploring 6. Look at all the ways we can make 6.
The children begin each new number by discovering whats inside our feely bag.
This week Freddie observed that there was a triangle in the feely bag. 'that should be on the 3 table, it has 3 sides! unless ........ you have another one in there then it will be 6, double 3 is 6! or you could just get a hexagon, that has 6 sides too!'
Mia pulled out a number 1 numicon piece 'I'll look to see if there is a 5, then I can put it on the 6 table. oh, I got another 1, I will look for a 4 instead. a 1, a 1 and a 4 makes 6!'
Children add to the maths table throughout the week with different representation of 6 that they have found.
First we make it - Show me 6!
'look we can use lolly sticks to make a tally chart to represent 6'
'look at all the different ways I can make 6 using numicon'
Then we represent it,children write and draw it- Record 6
Foundation Two had a fantastic time visiting Chester Zoo. We had lots of fun looking at all the different animals and learning new facts. They came back and had a super assembly with Mrs Binks and read a funny story called 'Poo in the Zoo'. Look out for some exciting news... F2 will be adopting their very own penguin!
This week we have started our RWI groups. We have been so impressed with the childrens phonics knowledge and positive attitude to learning. We are looking forward to fun filled phonics lessons with our new groups!
Reading Information Evening.
Thank you to all of the parents who attended our Reading Informtion evening. We hope you found the evening informative. The presentation from the evening can be found on the RWI link at the top of the page. If you have any questions, please just ask.
If you (or anyone in your family) would like to be a mystery for your child's class please ask your class teacher to arrange a mutually suitable time.
WOW! Foundation 2 have made some wonderful scarecrows this week. We have made the characters from the story the Gruffalo. They will all be displayed at top site on Monday the 15th after school.
F2B and F2C have both started their sessions at Forest School and are having a brilliant time. The children have been balancing along a rope bridge, climbing a ladder, bug hunting, digging and making lots of lovely creations in the mud kitchen. We have used the bow saw and even made a fire! F2A and F2D will be starting their sessions after the October half term.
On Friday the 5th Foundation 2 were lucky enough to have Artist Ticky Lowe come and visit. We all had so much fun creating wonderful abstract portraits of ourselves!
Foundation 2 have settled in wonderfully, we have all made lots of new friends and have learnt a lot about eachother. F2B and F2C have started Forest School where they have been learning all about the outdoor environment and having lots of fun!
Our Autumn term focus is 'All about me'. The 'All about me' boxes have been a great
way to get to know your children and what is special to them. We are learning all
about their likes, dislikes and their interests. We are looking at different texts to
encourage discussion. Our key texts are:
-Zog by Julia Donalson
- I like bees, I don't like honey! by Sam Bishop
- Living with Mum and Living with Dad by Melanie Walsh
- All Kinds of Homes by Thando Maclaren and Emma Damon
Welcome to Foundation 2!
A very warm welcome to all our
Foundation 2 children!
We are so excited to meet you and can't wait to get to know you and your families over the year!
Please check this page and term subpage regularly for updates on children's learning and news of upcoming events.
This term our learning will focus on our welcome topic 'All about me'. During the coming months, our children will have the opportunity to talk about their likes and dislikes, their homes, families and friends and will explore their new environment and local area.
Each child is asked to bring in their 'All About Me box' by Monday 24th September and will have the opportunity to share it with their class teachers and new friends.
Goodbye to all of our F2 children. We have had a fantastic year, we hope you have a wonderful time in Year 1.
F2D had a special visitor all the way from Hong Kong...
Ella came to visit us from Hong Kong to spend the morning with the children. It was a very special day for both Ella and the children. She taught them how to say numbers 1-10 and how to say hello in cantonese. She also told them all about how different Hong Kong is to the UK. The children were in awe of Ella and had lots of interesting questions to ask her. Thank you Ella you were a pleasure to have.
This week has been diversity week, and F2 have been learning all about what diversity is. We now know that diversity is that we are all different and it doesn’t matter because we are all special. We have been looking at job roles and talking about how boys and girls, men and women can have any job that they want when they are older. We have also looked at different family structures and talking about how families come in all shapes and sizes but all families love each other and that is the most important part of a family. F2A wrote speech bubbles about what they have learnt about diversity.
We celebrated the week by dressing in our brightest clothes on Friday, well done F2 you managed to come to school in lots of bright colours Foundation 2 Long Term Map St George's Early Years Learning and Teaching Policy Dance mount Foundation 2 Welcome from Head Teacher maths/literacy eyfs
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