FS2 Spring Term 2021
Welcome back & happy new year! We hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas break & your families are all in good health. This term is Spring 1 & 2. It will take us through to Easter, with a one week half term in February. We will continue to follow our Local Authority & Government guidelines along side our school risk assessment. Please continue to follow the guidelines & contact us if you have any concerns or questions relating to Covid 19 policies.
Our FS2 curriculum will continue to promote learning through a range of adult & child led activities. Many of these activities will continue to be led through play & also take place in our outdoor areas. Please continue to send children with appropriate clothing & footwear. PE sessions will continue to take place on Wednesdays.
This terms topics ...
Do cows drink milk? What are baby pigs called?
We will explore these questions and more in this project about life on the farm and the animals that live there.
Possible lines of enquiry will include:
• where food comes from
• animals that live on the farm
• growing plants and crops
• animal body parts
• farm machinery
It’s time to find out more about life on the farm and the animals that live there.
This half term, we’ll be (virtually) visiting a local farm to take in the sights, sounds and all being well be visited by some farm animals & Farmer Chris. We will observe the different farm animals, crops and vehicles, and maybe even take a look at a tractor! Back in the classroom, we’ll monitor beans as they grow, noting how they change. In our literacy lessons, we’ll make predictions about stories and try out some farmyard rhymes. We’ll create songs about the farm to sing as we shake our homemade seed shakers in time. In our mathematics lessons, we’ll use an animal ‘baa chart’ to estimate the number of popular farmyard animals, and we’ll use addition and subtraction to help Little Bo Beep count her sheep. Outside once more, we’ll take it in turns to be sheepdogs, sheep and farmers. Can we herd all of our sheep into the pen? Getting creative, we’ll use coloured play dough and clay to create farmyard scenarios, and ‘paint’ farm animals using Purple Mash software. Then, we’ll design and make delicious flavoured breads to try out!
At the end of the project, we’ll add our best bits to our learning folders & share as much as we can on class Dojo. We’ll write funny farmyard stories and compile a letter to send to farmer Chris who visited, explaining what we’ve learned.
Help your child prepare for their project
Farms are fantastic! Why not explore your kitchen cupboards together and talk about where different foods come from? Do you have any local farm produce? You could also visit a local farm or petting zoo and take pictures of each animal to share with the class. Alternatively, take toy tractors, spades and trowels outside to dig together in the mud. Add water to the soil for extra muddiness – don’t forget your wellies!
During the second half of the term we will ask ...
What do you like to eat? Are you happy to try something new? Exploring the foods grown on a farm, these questions and more in this project will help us learn about eating well and being healthy.
Possible lines of enquiry include:
• recipes and cooking
• healthy eating
• the benefits of exercise
• origins of different food
Food marvellous food! What do you like to eat? Are you happy to try something new? Spring 2 will be time to find out more about eating well and being healthy.
This half term, we’ll look at supermarkets & farm shops to explore the foods sold there. We’ll talk to people about their roles, take photographs and collect a rainbow of healthy foods. We will use our senses to investigate the foods, and bravely taste things we’ve never tried before! Using our research skills, we’ll read all about fruits and vegetables in non-fiction books. We’ll plant seeds and look after them carefully. We’ll compare and sort different fruits and vegetables, and create stunning still life paintings. Setting up a class supermarket will be lots of fun; we’ll make signs and sell things to our friends. Following instructions and working together will help us to create healthy snacks. We’ll also find out what happens to our bodies when we exercise. Using our mathematics skills, we’ll weigh ingredients to make delicious biscuits or cakes, and count yummy currants to decorate them. Things could get messy, but it’ll be lots of fun!
We’ll also have a look at the carrots we grew to find out whether all carrots really are orange.
Help your child prepare for their project
Being healthy can be fun! Why not taste a new fruit or vegetable that you’ve never tried before? You could also plant seeds and learn about what they need to grow. Alternatively, try following a recipe to make a healthy meal or snack.
Homework - we ask that children share books at home on a daily basis. Please try to share school books at least 3 times per week, recording this in your child’s reading diary. We are looking for children to sound out the letter sounds & to blend the sounds to say the word. Dojo’s will continue to be awarded for home learning & reading badges awarded for 50, 100 & 150 reads.
Stay safe & do not hesitate to contact one of the team with any questions.
Mrs R Webster
(EYFS Lead/Assistant Head Teacher)
Into the woods we go! Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? It’s time to explore the seasonal changes in the natural world during autumn and winter.
This half term, we’ll take a walk in to our school woodland to observe and experience the enchanting autumnal environment, collecting autumn treasures as we crunch through piles of fallen leaves. Back in the classroom, we’ll sort our treasures into different categories, and dry and flatten leaves to decorate. We’ll learn about woodland animals and migration through movement and discuss the features that allow animals to survive through winter. In our literacy lessons, we’ll listen to autumnal stories and write woodland tales. In mathematics, we’ll thread and count conkers and dried fruit and collect and order sticks of different lengths. We’ll roll up our sleeves to make a clay owl or hedgehog, autumn-scented play dough, and ‘squirrel muffins’ for our forest friends.
In numeracy this term we will be concentrating on recognising numbers, ordering numbers and counting to 20. This will include number hunts, ordering number cards and counting a variety of autumnal objects. We will spend lots of time trying to recognise the number of objects in a group without the need to count them. We will begin using number sentences to find amounts of 5 and then 6.
Examples of how to support numeracy learning at home
Incorporate counting in to everyday life (How many steps? How many chips do you have? If I take one away, how many do you have now?) When out walking recognise house numbers, bus numbers etc. and talk about the shape of everyday objects. Discuss the length of sticks and use baking as a fun way to talk about weight.
In phonics, reading and writing we will continue to recap and learn RWI Set 1 sounds and also continue to use Fred Frog to help us blend and segment words to read and write. We will be mark making independently in many ways and will begin to read and write simple sentences.
Examples of how to support literacy learning at home
Children will have their own speed sounds chart in their book bag to use at home. It will really support your child’s learning if you recap these sounds daily and also before reading a book together. Once children can blend sounds to read, children will be sent home with a school reading book which has been carefully matched with the phonics learning that we have done in school. Please read this at least 3 times per week to develop fluency alongside reading additional books for pleasure. We will listen to children read in school throughout the week so please ensure that children have their book bags daily.
As a way of sharing the fantastic learning that we do in FS2, I will continue to send photographs and information via Class Dojo. Please use this as an opportunity to talk to your child about what they have done in school.
Remember, you can send photographs through Dojo to support our assessment of your child by sharing any family experiences or home learning. Please add comments where possible, thank you!
Help your child prepare for this topic
Woodlands are wonderful! Why not explore a local woodland together to build a fairy house using twigs, leaves, nuts and berries? You could also cook some fabulous autumnal recipes such as pumpkin soup or toffee apple cakes. Alternatively, set up a mud kitchen in your garden. What ingredients from the garden can you mix together to create an autumn potion?
We are really looking forward to the half term ahead and cannot wait to have lots more fun .
Keep smiling, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all as soon as possible.
Our PE day will continue to be Wednesday. Please send children to school in appropriate active wear clothing for the full day.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact one of the EYFS team.
Mrs R Webster 🌈