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Welcome to the SpringTerm 2017 in Foundation Stage 2

Our theme for this term is SPACE...

Moving forward from the children's excitement last year that Hull was the City of Culture, we are going to explore Hull and further afield this term. We have asked the children what they would expect to find in space and are going to now use international bestseller Oliver Jeffers' book 'The Way Back Home' to inspire our thinking and creativity.

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There is lots to do in our unit...have a look around our rooms.

Zebedees

The largest of the areas within FS2. We have recently adapted this area with the children and now have a space area where children can explore light and dark. There is also an area where you can sing and dance to your favourite tunes, make your own music and dress up, and if you are still feeling creative, paint a picture or even make a model!

 

You will also find lots of objects to count and sort, numbers to order and shape jigswas to complete in our number area.

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Maritime

Maritime is now a space for quieter activities. You will find a book to read, a space to write and activities to complete on the computer too.

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Trinity

Trinity is the area where children can design and make their own models using wooden blocks and lego. They also have access to small world activities where they can engage in imaginative play, creating their own stories.

We also have ipads in this classroom so the children can enjoy playing on interactive and educational games. The children also enjoy  using the ipads to listen to their favourite stories and  to take photos of their own work to put on our Wow work wall.

Continuous Provision

Your child may have told you that they really enjoy 'getting busy' or 'continuous provision'. This is the time during the school day that that the children can use the Foundation environment both inside and out to explore whilst challenging their learning. It is an important way that the children become active learners and the teaching staff are able to support, observe and extend their learning. 

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Morning Activities

These activites work well in settling the children and getting them ready to learn. Our focus in the Spring Term is developing the childrens' fine motor control, and reading and number skills, and as a result will help to develop these skills.

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Dinner Time

According to a lot of the children, one of the most important parts of the day!

We support the children in making their choices from our yummy menu. The children can choose what they would like to eat for their lunch by placing their photo next to the picture of what they would like.

We love dinner time especially 'fish and chip Friday'!

Family learning

Our  'Stay and Read' sessions are held every Tuesday from 8.50am until 9.10am. They are a great opportunity for you to share your child's new reading book with them.

All parents/grandparents are welcome to share in this wonderful experience and we hope you can attend one of these sessions.

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Our School Values

We feel strongly that everything we achieve at Thoresby is built on firm foundations.

The school's values are

  • Aim High
  • Celebrate difference
  • Embrace Challenge
  • Be a good global citizen
  • Value Friendship
  • Rights and responsibilities

At the heart of everything we do are some valuable skills that we promote (in line with the school values.) They are skills that will equip the children for life.

The children are very familiar with these age-appropriate characters now and will no doubt have told you about them, or come home wearing a sticker if an adult has seen them using these skills. 

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  • Charlie Communicate
  • Pippa Positive
  • Tim and Tom the Teamwork Twins
  • Izzy Initiative
  • Chloe Creativity
  • Freddie Finance
If your child comes home wearing a sticker with one of these characters on, please ask him/her what they did in order to be awarded it!

 

Restorative Practices

At Thoresby we invest a tremendous amount of time and effort into building strong lasting and effective relationships with others.

If, as often happens , children disagree, we will use restorative methods to discuss what has happened and how people are feeling about it in order to help the children to understand how their actions affect others.

The children will then work together to identify ways in which the problem can be solved and how to make everybody feel happy and safe in our setting.

We ask that parents support us in this processs so that we can maintain the high levels of respect and friendship we have created.