Welcome to Foundation Stage Two
Cakes, Cards and Carnivals
We hope that you have had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to starting Foundation Stage Two.
The first week of term is a transition week, where the children will become familiar with the: classrooms, behaviour expectations and daily routines. The children will also start to form friendships with their peers.
Our first topic is called ‘Cakes, Cards and Carnivals’. At the start of our topic we will look at your questionnaires that you have completed over the summer. During this topic the weekly focuses are the following:
Starting School, All About Me, Birthdays, Autumn, Harvest, Bonfire Night, Diwali, Winter and Christmas.
In Literacy we will be reading lots of fiction and non-fiction books linked to our topic such as: ‘Starting School’, ‘The Very Helpful Hedgehog’, ‘The Rainbow Fish’, ‘Peace at Last’, ‘Topsy and Tim Have a Birthday Party’, ‘Happy Birthday Royal Baby!’, ‘Oliver’s Vegetables’, ‘Harvest Festival’, ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘Bonfire Night’, ‘Diwali’, ‘Winter’, ‘A Letter to Santa’, ‘The Christmas Story’ and ‘A Christmas Poem’. The children will be learning to write their names independently, write the initial sounds of words, write labels and captions.
In Mathematics the children will be learning the following: counting, matching numerals to amounts, ordering numbers, naming and describing 2D shapes, ordering objects by size, time words (day, night, morning, afternoon, winter, spring, autumn, summer, playtime, dinnertime), ordering objects by length, saying the number that is one more, addition and subtraction, repeated patterns and naming 3D shapes.
In phonics the children will start phase 2 and 3 phonics. In phase 2 the children will start to learn the letter sounds (phonemes) and the letters (graphemes). The children will start to read and write words. The children will learn phase 2 high frequency words and tricky words. Please help your child to learn these by sight. When your child is ready they will move onto phase 3. They will learn phase 3 sounds and the letter names. They will continue to read and write words with the phase 2 and 3 graphemes. In phase 3 phonics they will learn more high frequency words and tricky words. If your child is ready they will start writing captions (a phrase or sentence which explains what is shown or happening in a picture).
Look out for the termly homework menu in your child’s homework folder. We have put a range of activities linked to our first topic that you might like to complete with your child at home. We would love to see photographs of you doing the activities to display in our classroom.
Things to Remember:
- Please can I remind you all that your child needs their book bag, reading book and water bottle every day.
- Please continue to support your child with their homework, which will be given out every Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday.
- Please remember to sign your child’s reading diary when you have listened to them read at home.
Mrs Brown and Miss Hodgkiss
Class Teacher and Teacher Assistant