Coral, Jade & Jasper

Foundation Stage 2

Welcome to Foundation Stage 2 at Tinsley Meadows!

Core Values in FS1 and FS2

Teaching in EYFS – Ofsted definition

EYFS Policy 2018

Class Bears

Our class bears (Jade Bear, Jasper Bear and Coral Bear) look forward to going home for the weekend with a different member of each class. We look forward to reading their diaries after the weekend to find out about the exciting things they have been getting up to!

How do we learn in FS2?

We believe our children learn best through play and when they are following their own interests. In FS2 we provide a balance of adult-led and child-initiated provision to ensure that children can lead their own learning whilst being sensitively supported by adults to extend their thinking and understanding. Our Early Years Foundation Stage policy, information about our core values for children’s learning and the unique role of the adult in Foundation Stage at Tinsley Meadows are available on this page.

 

What do we learn in FS2?

We follow a two-yearly cycle of themes in FS2. These themes have been carefully chosen to ensure that our children are provided with exciting and stimulating learning opportunities across all 7 areas of learning in the the Early Years Foundation Stage framework. These are fun and interactive and enable the children to display the characteristics of effective early learning. We aim to incorporate the children’s current interests and fascinations into each theme to make their learning even more enjoyable and exciting and relevant to them.

 

The themes we have planned to focus on this year are:

 All About Me – We will think about ourselves and our families and what makes us all unique. We will also be learning about our senses and how we use them to explore the environment. We will be talking about what we like and dislike and will consider emotions and feelings.

Colours of the Rainbow – We will look at different festivals and celebrations. We will learn about what happens when it is Diwali, Bonfire Night and Christmas and think about the different ways we all celebrate. We will also look at the seasons and take part in our Christmas performance.

 Dinosaurs – We will look at different types of dinosaurs and other creatures and think about where they lived. We will decide how to group them by size, shape or length and make our own dinosaur models!

 Am I the Fastest? We will practice fast and slow movements and talk about the different ways in which we can use our bodies. We will take part in different games and measure time and distance in different ways.

 Minibeasts We will look at different kinds of minibeasts and will take part in our own minibeast hunt to see how many different creatures we can find. We will learn about how different creatures live and grow and look at different habitats.

 Can we explore it? We will find out about the local area and explore in lots of different ways. We also talk about travel and journeys. We will discuss different forms of transport and create maps of our journey to school.

PE

Our PE sessions take place on the following days:

Jasper – Monday

Jade – Tuesday

Coral – Thursday

The Tinsley Meadows PE kit consists of a white polo t-shirt with black shorts or leggings. Black pumps can also be worn.

Please ensure that your child always has the correct PE kit in school and that all jewellery (including earrings) is removed for PE sessions.

Our children also have daily access to the outdoors as part of the continuous provision in FS2, where they can practice and develop their physical skills.

‘Rhymers are Readers’

Rhyme Time

Each class holds their own Rhyme Time session every week. These sessions currently take place every Tuesday at 8:30 am in each classroom. Parents are invited to attend each week and join in singing songs and rhymes with their children.

Reading

Every Wednesday from 8:30-9:00 am we hold our FS2 reading morning. Stories are shared with the whole class and parents/carers are invited share stories and books with their child every week.

 

Guinea Pigs

Our Guinea Pigs are called Katie and Rainbow. They live in FS2 and enjoy being cared for by the children. They are very friendly and enjoy being stroked and cuddled. The children are supported to feed and care for the Guinea Pigs, and they enjoy the responsibility of looking after animals, watching them grow and talking about what they need to stay healthy and strong.

Class Bears

Our class bears (Jade Bear, Jasper Bear and Coral Bear) look forward to going home for the weekend with a different member of each class. We look forward to reading their diaries after the weekend to find out about the exciting things they have been getting up to!

 Clubs

 FS2 Cooking Club takes place every Tuesday after school from 3.15-4.30 pm. Every half term a different group of children enjoy cooking and baking each week. If you would like your child’s name to be added to the waiting list, please speak to their class teacher.

FS2 Phonics Club will be taking place later in the year. If your child would like to participate, please speak to their class teacher.

 

What have we been getting up to recently in FS2?

 If you would like to find out about our most recent learning, have a look at the Tinsley Meadows Twitter page @TinsleyMeadows or find us on Facebook to see what we have been doing.

 Don’t forget – Parents/carers are always welcome in FS2. Your views and feedback are important to us. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your child’s learning and development or look at their individual Learning Journey, please speak to your child’s teacher or teaching assistant to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.

Staff – Jade

Mr Yates – Teacher

Mrs Hussain – Teaching Assistant

Staff – Jasper

Miss Cosgrove – Teacher

Miss Ward – Teaching Assistant

Staff – Coral

Mrs Chambers – Teacher
Mrs Reeve  – Teacher

Mrs Elkington – Teaching Assistant