The new year often brings a term of great progress for children in F2. Children use their developing pencil control and phonic knowledge to write independently. Children are encouraged to record the sounds in words that they can hear, alongside recording some key words correctly. All children continue with their individual reading scheme books. These are selected for a specific purpose such as improving recognition of a key word, careful tracking of the text or use of phonic skills. Groupings within phonics allows us to deliver appropriate sessions for each child based on their ability. Within Mathematics, children are developing their number recognition and counting skills to 20 and beyond. Addition and subtraction problems are tackled in a variety of practical ways, with children recording their answers. We continue to think about 2D and 3D shapes, alongside comparisons of length, weight and capacity. Children work within ability groups to ensure an appropriate challenge. Topic work continues to be led by our children’s interests. This can be sparked through favourite activities, stories and personal interests. Themed activities are provided for children that create fun learning challenges.
Welcome to school! In September, all of our F2 children start school. We want every child to have the best possible start to school life and as such operate a phased entrance. Children initially come to school for either a morning or afternoon session. During this time they become more familiar with the school environment and daily routines and of course can make lots of new friends. Once children are in school for the full day they are very familiar with the classroom and staff. This helps children to feel safe and secure in school. During the first few weeks of school we complete frequent observations of all children. This helps us to understand their learning styles and interests alongside their skills across the Areas of Learning. Our teaching addresses the 3 Prime and 4 Specific areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. Our careful planning ensures that each child receives suitable challenges each day to move their learning forward. This is achieved through a balance of child-initiated activities, whole class teaching and group work. Children work within the F2 classroom and garden areas. We operate a continuous provision environment, meaning that there are a range of opportunities such as sand, water, role play, writing, painting and construction that are always available for our children. Each day children participate in a phonics session, mathematics session and literacy session alongside a range of other activities including story and circle time. During the autumn term key skills are reinforced with our children. We encourage an effective 3 finger pencil grip for all children to support them with their writing skills. Within phonics, children develop their understanding of letter sounds and match these to letters. This supports children as they develop their early reading skills. Children will start to bring a school reading scheme book home to you after the October half term. In maths, children are encouraged to count carefully with one to one correspondence. Children recognise numerals and begin to solve number problems.
During the summer term in F2, children enjoy making links between all of their developing skills and knowledge. As their phonic skills increase they are able to use this within reading and writing. Children are encouraged to write for different purposes using their phonic knowledge to record the sounds that they can hear in words. Children are also making use of their effective pencil grip as their letter formation improves. Writing a message in a bottle to a pirate provides a popular task for our children! Children’s number skills continue to develop. They are encouraged to read, write and order numbers to 20 and beyond. Addition and subtraction problems are solved in a variety of ways; from using practical apparatus to number tracks and number sentences. They are encouraged to record the answers to number problems using an appropriate method. Knowledge of shape, space and measures are also developed further. Children are encouraged to use the mathematical names for both 2D and 3D shapes. The language of size and volume is also reinforced. Topics covered over the summer change to reflect the interests of the children. Previously, they have included pirates, holidays and transport. Parents are kept informed of the current topic via their child’s home school journal each week. As the summer term progresses thoughts turn to the transition into Year One. Children have the opportunity to visit the Year One area, meet with staff and find out about being a Year One. Staff work hard to support children who have any questions or worries. A positive approach from all sides helps children to feel secure as they progress to their new class.