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Welcome to Summer Term 2019 in Foundation Stage 2

Our question for this term is 'How will we be heroes?'

This half term we are thinking about how we can be heroes and make the world a better place. The children will start by thinking about who the heroes are in our school, before considering the people from our wider community that can help us in our times of need. The children will then think about how they can also help their friends and families when they are struggling and ask: “how will I be a hero?”

 

As the weeks build towards Kaleidoscope, we will be looking beyond our community, and addressing a concern that threatens our world: climate change and the destruction of the Antarctic habitat. The children will learn how they can help to keep the penguins safe by making the right choices in their life. The message they will carry with them is:

 

“You are never too small to make a difference.”

                                - Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg
Emperor Penguin

The Foundation Stage Day

Settling In

The start of the day is a very important time for you child and an opportunity for them to develop their independence. By hanging up their coat, choosing their dinner and finding an activity to get busy with, they are learning vital self-help skills. Now that many of the children are very capable, these morning activities are going to help address their personal targets in order for them to make progress.

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'!

SupertatoAnd Tango Makes Three

Continuous Provision

Play is a very important part of learning in the Foundation Stage. Throughout the day, the children will have plenty of opportunities to extend their learning by accessing carefully chosen resources that match their specific interests and stages of development. The children will be joined by adults playing alongside them who will help to enhance these vital learning experiences.

Directed Sessions

At key moments in the day, the children will engage with their teachers and peers in more directed learning opporunities. There are three key sessions which include phonics, literacy and Little Big Maths.

 

Literacy: At the start of the term, the children will be learning about the story Supertato to encourage them to think about how heroes can help us. The children have been making lots of progress with their reading and writing, and this story will give them even more opportunities to develop their skills. Closer to Kaleidoscope, the children will be investigating stories about the animals in Antarctica like And Tango Makes Three.

 

Numeracy: The children have been making fantastic progress in numeracy as well. This term the children will continue to count in ones and tens, but also in twos and fives, and explore two-digit numbers bigger than twenty. The children will also continue to practise their doubling and halving, and their number bonds to ten in new, real world contexts. As the children get better and better with adding and taking-away, they will start to investigate calculations with bigger numbers. Stories like 365 Penguins will give them new opportunities to explore numbers.

There are lots of things going on in our classrooms. Take a look!

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

Enterprise!

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. 

stickers visual

  • 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.