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Welcome to the Summer Term 2018 in Foundation Stage 2

Our theme for this term is 'Around the world' ...

We are looking forward to experiencing Kaleidoscope at Thoresby. The theme for Kaleidoscope is 'Champions' and we are going to look at animal stories from all over the world and talk about which animal we think is the champion is in each story and then discuss who is the overall champion.


We are also looking forward to an interactive story telling session from Carol Burton who will use her puppets to really bring our story to life and  we shall take part in dancing to the Animal Boogie.

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We shall also be listening to and learning songs from the Lion King Musical in anticipation of our performance at the Grand Finale.


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


The largest of the areas within FS2. We have now adapted this area with the children and have a jungle and desert area so that children can explore these different habitats. There is also an arctic area where the children can pretend to go on polar expeditions.

The children will also find lots of objects to count and sort, numbers to order, number sentences to write and shape jigsaws to complete in our number area. This term as well they can also discuss the different animal patterns.



Maritime continues to be a space for quieter activities. The children will find a space to write, activities to complete on the computer and a reading area with lots of books by our author of the term Giles Andreae.


Look out for our weekly tweets showing how the children are using these areas to enhance their learning!


Trinity is now a woodland area where the children have access to small world activities: minibeasts, fairies and woodland animals where they can engage in their own imaginative play, creating their own stories. They can enhance these stories by designing and make their own models using wooden blocks.

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. 

Morning Activities

These activites work well in settling the children and getting them ready to learn. Our focus in the Summer Term is developing the childrens' fine motor control, and reading, writing and number skills.


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.


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.