Foundation 2 2021 - 2022
“Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences
between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality
early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up”
(Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage - setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. 2021)
At Brookdale, we aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum which will enable each child to develop personally, socially, emotionally, physically, creatively and
academically to their full potential. Each child is valued as an individual; teaching and learning is rooted in the understanding that children progress at different rates. The
curriculum in our Early Years is delivered through a balance of adult-led and child-led learning, meeting all the requirements of the educational programmes in the statutory
framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and using guidance from non-statutory documents including Development Matters and Birth to Five Matters. Our
curriculum allows us the flexibility to respond quickly to children’s new interests and/or needs and create an environment in which they develop independence and learn to
play, share, co-operate, explore and investigate through a wide range of rich, varied and imaginative experiences.
Our curriculum encompasses seven areas of learning and development. All areas of learning and development are important and interconnected. Three areas especially
underpin all learning and thinking, building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity, engagement and enthusiasm, forming relationships and thriving as individuals and
part of the school family.
These are called the prime areas:
· Communication and Language
· Physical development
· Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Four additional areas of learning help children to develop skills and knowledge whilst applying the prime areas. These are called the specific areas:
· Understanding the World
· Expressive Arts and Design
During their time in our Early Years, children access a highly stimulating environment in which to play, learn and grow which reflect the seven areas of learning and foster
positive attitudes to thinking and learning. There is daily planned provision both indoors and outdoors where the Early Years team challenge, model, scaffold and support
learning carefully, accounting for the individual interests, motivations and needs of all children in our setting.
Our final term has arrived and we have lots of exciting learning opportunities to look forward to. Our big question this term is...
Where might I go?
We will look at texts that involve journeys to and from different parts of the world - in particular India, Trinidad and Madagascar. We will also think about the journey into Year 1 and how we can be ready for this transition.
Our Summer weekly timetable is below in the 'Download Files'.
PE sessions are Monday (active afternoons outside), Thursday (Yoga) and Friday (Games/Dance in the hall), library will be Tuesdays with Mrs Goodchild and Forest School will be Friday afternoons.
We have created a short presentation of how we approach teaching and learning in our class in the 'Download Files' section below. It explains to you how we approach reading, phonics, maths and other areas of the curriculum. We hope you find it useful. More information about how we teach phonics is here. Our F2 Curriculum map for the year can be found here and our Spring Term curriculum can be found here.
Supporting learning (and playing) at home.
The summer term is a time to practise, consolidate and apply all those skills learnt. We are always keen for children to extend their thinking and learning at home - so long as you are all having fun. Reading continues to be a key skill to develop in F2 and there are some top tips in this short film (click here). We really want the children to build up some fluency this term.
We have now sent home all the graphemes we have learnt in school on your child's keyrings. It is important that they can see and say these quickly and recognise those tricky digraphs and trigraphs in their reading. We now focus on spelling words with these phonemes.
There will be a maths challenge to explore at home each week. The talk around these challenges will really help your child to develop their mathematical language and thinking.
We will continue to send home some letter formation practice with some ideas of how to encourage your child's mark making.
If your child is needing to isolate during the Summer term....
Phonics and Reading
w/b 25.4.22 Reading and spelling words with 4 phonemes with two consonants at the end e.g. belt, lamp, chest. Spell tricky words /was/ /you/ and read tricky words /said/ /so/ /have/ /like/ /do/
w/b 2.5.22 Reading and spelling words with 4 phonemes with two consonants at the beginning e.g. spell, drip, crowd. Spell tricky words /he/ /we/ /me/ /be/ /she/ and read tricky words /were/ /some/ /come/ /there/ /little/
w/b 9.5.22 Reading and spelling words with 5 phonemes with two consonants at the beginning and end e.g. cramp, stalk, blend. Spell tricky words /all/ /her/ /are/ and read tricky words /one/ /when/ /what/ /out/ /about/
w/b 16.5.22 and w/b/ 23.5.22 Focus on revising all Phase 3 and Phase 4 learning.
Use the White Rose Maths home learning videos.
w/b 25.4.22 Week 1 To 20 and Beyond
w/b 2.5.22 Week 2 To 20 and Beyond
w/b 9.5.22 Week 3 To 20 and Beyond
w/b 16.5.22 Week 1 First Then Now
w/b 23.5.22 Week 2 First Then Now
Some other good websites for F2 exploring and learning...
Teach Your Monster To Read is a great resource to support those literacy skills
Monteray Bay Aquarium Live webcams of all sorts of animals including otters, jellyfish and the coral reef.
Nature School Some lovely activities - you will recognise some that you have completed already.
RSPB Also offers some lovely nature related activities.
Learning Through Landscapes Even more outdoors activities! Let's hope for good weather.
Whiterose Maths continue to keep maths ideas flowing based around a book. You can usually find someone reading the book online if you search around.
Most of you have accessed Oxford Reading Owl which has a free library. Aim for Phase 2 or 3 books from Letters and Sounds in the pulldown menu.
Starfall is a new website I found recently. Although American it has some good resources matching UK curriculum.
Most of you have found Mr Mc for phonics videos. Love him or hate him, we can only applaud his efforts of keeping phonic teaching going through lockdown.
Phonics Play are giving free access to their games - Phase 2 and 3 are where you should aim for.
Phonics Bloom as above.
Ace Early Years have lots of ideas for English, maths, outdoors and funky finger type activities.
Don't forget the Oak National Academy offers structured lessons on video for English, Maths and across the curriculum (Foundation) activies.
You can also look out for virtual days at Chester Zoo, Longleat Safari Park and I might have seen Knowsley too.
Some good websites for keeping active and fit...
Cosmic Kids Yoga 5 - 20 minute workouts.
Just Dance clips e.g. Gummy Bear
Go Noodle e.g. Dinosaur Stomp
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