Friday, 20 December 2013

Buddy the magic elf

Santa sent a letter a couple of weeks ago telling us about Buddy the elf. He came to stay for a couple of weeks. Santa did warn us that Buddy was mischievous, little did we know just how cheeky he would be!!

He's been dancing with the wooden man, dangling from the wishing tree, pretending to be a Christmas star, squashed in a glass and yesterday he opened one of the presents under the tree!!!

Thank you for the lovely cards, presents and well wishes. Have a wonderful Christmas and we will see you all in 2014.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Party day

Thank you for your donations of food for our party. Here is a collage of the children today.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013


This week we have been making Christingles in class. 
We learnt how to make a Christingle and the meaning behind all the different parts of it. 

We had to get an orange - this represents the world.

Next we put red tape all around the orange - this represents Jesus' love going all around the world.
We then placed a candle in the top of the orange - this represents Jesus as the light of the world.
Then we carefully placed 4 cocktail sticks around the orange - these are for the 4 seasons.
Finally we placed sweet dried fruits and sweets onto the cocktail sticks - these represent the good things that God gives us.

It was quite tricky to make and involved us using a range of fine motor skills but we were very pleased with our results. Have a look at our slideshow showing some of us making the Christingles and some of the finished results.


Saturday, 14 December 2013

What a busy week we have had.

Phew, what a week! We've been so busy.

Buddy the magic Elf has already been up to mischief. On Monday he was swinging on a zip wire between the speakers!!!
He's been quietly reading a Christmas story and yesterday we found him in the Wishing Tree.

On Wednesday we went on a stick hunt to find small branches for our reindeer food bags. The reindeer food is for sprinkling on the ground on Christmas Eve.

We've been making baubles for our Wishing Tree. Tallulah would like a lollipop maker, Olivia SS would like a phone. There are requests for a yoyo, a Baby Anabelle and a cat.

Outside we've been making dens and singing songs from the Sound of Music.

The biggest highlight this week was the Foundation Stage production of Mary's Knitting. It was fabulous!!

Here is the weekly slideshow
Another busy week in FS2 on PhotoPeach

Photo of the week
Our den

Friday, 13 December 2013

Mary's Knitting

Today Foundation Stage performed Mary's Knitting on the stage in front of lots of smiling grown ups. Well done to all our fabulous singers, everyone in FS1 and FS2 are so proud of you.
Look at more photos on the website. Click here to see them

Friday, 6 December 2013

Our week

This week we have been pattern making with glass nuggets, playing with the polar bears, acting out the Nativity story and playing in the new small world construction site.

More fun in FS2 on PhotoPeach

Photos of the week

Can you tell your grown up what you've enjoyed this week.
Leave a comment and earn 2 cubes for the reward tub.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Who is Buddy the magic elf?

Today FS2 received a letter from Mr S Claus. He told us about an Elf called Buddy who was on his way to see us. We searched everywhere but couldn't find him, we didn't even know what Buddy looked like.

Everyone thinks Buddy will be wearing green clothes.

Visit the blog to find out if Buddy arrives tomorrow

Golden Children

Congratulations to Alex and Olivia S-S for getting their names into the Gold Book

I am nominating Alex to have his name in the Gold Book because of his positive attitude and behaviour at lunchtimes recently. He is showing just how responsible he can be.

Olivia has been making a real effort over these past weeks, to display the right kind of behaviours I expect to see in class. I know she really wanted her name in the Gold Book and her excellent attitude and behaviour has paid off. Well done Olivia, I hope to see this continued into next term too.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Big Talk

Here is the new image 

Source - Literacy Shed

Can you make a list of the things you can see?
Think of some sentences to describe what is happening.

(For every comment on the blog, I will put 2 cubes into our tub)

Saturday, 30 November 2013

What a lovely week we've had!

This week we've enjoyed playing with loose parts and tiny boxes.
Counting is much more fun when you have interesting things to touch.

Recognising your own name is important too, this week we've been making our name with individual letters and decorating them with glass nuggets.

On Friday we had a fun time making Christmas decorations. Thank you to the adults for staying.

Here is the slide show of all the learning happening in FS2 this week.


Can you tell your grown up what you've enjoyed this week?

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Golden Children

This week we said well done to Elisia and Afraz

Elisia - All the adults have noticed how busy Elisia is when she is at school. She is always having fun with her friends.

Afraz has had a sudden surge of confidence lately. He enjoys telling others about what he has found out and what he will do next in his learning.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Big Talk

Here is the new image to talk about.

Source - J. Petra
Can you think of two sentences to describe what you can see?

Friday, 22 November 2013

Our learning this week

This week we've had lots of fun with shapes in maths time and the children have been using their phonic skills to identify initial sounds and write words.

Our learning this week on PhotoPeach 

Photo of the week
I found it hard to choose only one photo, so I made a collage instead.

Ask your grown up to help you write a comment about what you have enjoyed this week.

Golden Children

Well done to Alfie and Ellie

Ellie is a superstar in class. She is such a help when it comes to tidy up time. Always looking for ways to help everyone in class. Thank you Ellie from everybody in FS2.

I have nominated Alfie for the Gold Book this week for his excellent attitude in class. When ever I change a new challenge area activity, Alfie is always one of the first to have a go.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Big Talk

As it is getting colder, I thought this illustration would be an interesting Big Talk homework

Source -

Talk about what you can see happening in the picture. 
Can you think of 2 sentences to describe what you can see?

Saturday, 16 November 2013

What a busy week it's been

This week has been National Nursery Rhyme week, we had the Book time library event and on Friday it was Children In Need day.

Have a look at the slide show to see all the fun in FS2.

Photo of the week
Thinking of rhyming words
We enjoyed playing the Alphablocks game on Cbeebies, click here if you'd like to play it.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

PE this week

This term in PE we are learning about moving in different ways. We are also learning how to get changed independently into our PE kit and back into our uniform now. We are getting much better at this and only need a little help!

This week we have been 'slithering'. We thought about animals that slither and how they move and then tried to move using a slithering action. We slithered on our stomachs and on our backs. We slithered forwards, backwards and in a sideways direction! Have a look at our slideshow!

PE this week on PhotoPeach


Big Talk

This week we are going to talk about this story.

Read it at home and we will talk about it on Friday

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Book time give away

Today we were very excited to go to our local library to listen to a story and receive the Booktime bag. 

Click here for the on-line version of the book you received today.

Thank you to all the grown ups who came along today. 
I hope you enjoy reading the story at bedtime tonight. 

Monday, 11 November 2013

Hickory Dickory Dock

Here is a photo of FS2 having fun.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Our first week back

We have had a great first week back, the children continue to be settled and ready for new challenges they face.

Here is the slide show for this week. We would love to read any comments you make.


Photo of the week

Earlier in the week the children found out what was inside a pumpkin. They were fascinated with the seeds and stringy flesh. We decided to do an experiment and find out the answer to the question; "Do pumpkin seeds float or sink?"
The children recorded their answers on the easel and during the time when we come together at the end of our morning, we found out that our seeds did both.
I was so impressed with the children's attitude and independence.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Kindness in FS2

All the classes in school have a "Say something kind" board.
They give a complement to someone who deserves recognition for their attitude.
In FS2 we have a "Do something kind" board. The children look out for kindness and write the person's name on the board.

This is how it looked today.

Rhys M helped Abigail to find the end of the tape, so Abigail wrote his name on the board.
Harrision helped Elyse.
Caylem held the door open so I wrote his name.
Abigail was kind to Rhys M.
Mason was kind and someone has written his name onto our special board

I wonder how many people will do something kind next week?

Big Talk session

Thank you to the adults for spending time talking to the children about the photograph above.

Here are some of the responses from the class; (written as it was said)

Summer - The tree has fallen down onto the car

Olivia S-S - People might be in the car and stuck

Jared - Man with an axe would chop the tree and open car with key

Caylem - Tree smashed the gate, squashed the car and flattened

Robbie - Someone needs to push the tree off the car

Rhys G - Tree bent the gate

Tallulah - Storm might have crashed the tree down

Ellie Gr -Wind blown the tree down

Riley - There's tape round the tree

Ellie Grif - If people are in this side of the car, they can get out of the other side

Lewis - Gate is snapped

Matthew - Firemen might move the tree

Marshall - Move it with a fire engine using the crane

Joseph - They'll have to get a new gate

This has been the best Big Talk session so far, well done FS2.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Golden Children

This week we say congratulations to Mason and Oliver.

Mason has been showing great determination lately when writing the letters in his name at the chalk table. Keep going Mason, you'll soon be able to do it.

Oliver is in the Gold Book this week for his consistent positive attitude towards school and his learning. He is always busy in the areas of the classroom. A pleasure to teach!

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Investigating the inside of a pumpkin

We had great fun today finding out what is inside a pumpkin. 
The children noticed the pumpkin contained seeds and stringy flesh. According to Abigail; "The seeds are slippy, just like banana skin" 

The children used different tools, tweezers and tongs to take out the seeds. We counted them too and realised our pumpkin contained more than 20 seeds.

Tomorrow we will put the seeds in the water tray, I wonder if they will float or sink.
What do you think?

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Big Talk

Here is this week's Big Talk photo

Source -

Talk about what you can see
How might it have happened?
What will happen next?

Monday, 28 October 2013

Golden children

This week we celebrate the attitudes of these very special children;

Jared always does the right thing at school. He is exploring the different areas of our classroom and currently enjoying painting lots of different things.

Elise;  I could easily forget Elise is in my class because she is always quietly getting busy in the areas of our classroom. She is a wonderful friend and a pleasure to be around.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Fun in our final week of term

Where have the weeks gone? I really can't believe only 8 weeks ago we had new children starting FS2 class. Look at them now!! We have independent, sensible and hard working children accessing the areas of the classrooms.

Here is the final slide show of this half term. Look out for pumpkins, dragons, colour mixing and worms.

Photo of the week
Making faces

Drawing on the pumpkin was a very popular activity this week. Some children wrote their names and other children made faces. What do you think to Alfie's pumpkin, do you think it is scary or friendly?

Would you like to carve a pumpkin? Click here to play the game

Have a lovely half term everyone!!

FS2 find out about Black History Month

FS2 listened to the story called The Colours of Us. If you'd like to hear it again, there's a video below.

We  noticed that everyone in class had a different skin tone, just like in the story. 

Our heart made with our hands

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Looking after our teeth!

In FS2 this week we have been thinking about looking after our teeth.

We discussed how to look after our teeth. All the children said they need to brush their teeth on a morning and at night before bed. They could all explain which foods are bad for our teeth and which foods are healthier for us.

We do know a lot about looking after our teeth but some of us have not been to visit a dentist before. We then talked about what it is like at the dentist, what will happen when you go there and why it is important to visit the dentist every 6 months.

To help us with this we watched a film about going to the dentist and read a story about Kipper visiting the dentist.

We have a slideshow of some photos.

Write back and tell me about your toothbrush, what colour is it?

Friday, 18 October 2013

Our learning in FS2

We've had another great week. FS2 have been finding letter sounds, recognising numerals and counting pegs.

Look out for the Trim Trail in the slide show below.

Photo of the week

Drawing inside the box

FS2 love playing with cardboard boxes. When I saw this big one ready to be thrown away, I knew FS2 would like it in class. In this photo you can see Connor inside it with a friend. They are writing and drawing in it.

Here is a link to Poisson Rouge, the website we use in class

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

PE and the parachute!

Our PE topic this term is; 'Sense of Space.'

We have been working on using the space in the hall safely and becoming more spatially aware as we move around.

We have now moved onto developing spatial awareness whilst using the parachute.

Have a look at the slideshow.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Big Talk

Here is the Big Talk photo for this week

This week’s task is slightly different to last week.
You have to use your imagination and make suggestions of how this object could be used.

Could be for cutting something?
Could it be used to hang things from?
Does it belong to a giant?
Could a family of mice use it?

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Another busy week in FS2

Here is this week's slide show 

Photo of the week

Here is a sorting game. Put the object on the sound it begins with. Click here for a game to play

Friday, 11 October 2013

Big Talk

Here is our Big Talk display in class.

Children are encouraged to independently write down what they can see.
I can spot lots of phonetically spelt words!

We had another fantastic session today, with lots of new vocabulary.
Thank you parents for your support.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Golden children

This week we celebrate excellent attitudes in FS2

Tallulah - for simply doing the right thing, even when no one is watching!!!

Sam  - for your excellent attitude to learning.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Big Talk

Here is the new Big Talk photo

source - Google images
What can you see?
Where is this place?
Have you ever eaten these things?
Where can you find them?

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Our learning this week

This week we've had lots of rain, but we haven't let this stop our fun.
Look out for the "bottle babies" outside and Mr Edensor, our Headteacher, pops in to spend time on our reading sofa.

Our learning this week on PhotoPeach

Photo of the week

Making chalk paint was really easy and great fun to use. Some children paint letters and other marks on the shed and the boys with the water sprayers are squirting the sounds they can see.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Big Talk Friday 4th October

On Friday FS2 had their very first Big Talk session. (Here is a link to the original  Big Talk post)

Here is the photo we talked about

I was absolutely delighted with the responses from the children, they were very well prepared - Thank you to the grown ups!

Just a few of the observations and suggestions;

  • I think it is a Mummy or Daddy jellyfish protecting the baby
  • I wouldn't go there with out a grown up
  • The tentacles will sting
  • The man is trying to catch the jellyfish
  • My mum saw a jellyfish on the sand at the seaside
  • The man is saving the jellyfish because he is in danger from the chemicals
  • I can see 4 divers
  • The man has an oxygen mask on
What a fantastic start to Big Talk in FS2. Look out for a new Big Talk homework on Tuesday.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Golden children

This week we celebrate great attitude and learning in FS2

Lewis - Since his 5th birthday, Lewis has had such a change of attitude to his learning. He is now exploring the whole classroom and seeing an activity right through to the end. I am really pleased to see this Lewis and I hope it continues.

Summer is one of my busy learners in class. She enjoys spending time in the mark making area and is showing everyone what an great writer she is. 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Our first trip to the library.

On Tuesday this week we had our first trip to Whinmoor library.

We walked there as it is very close to our school.

We had a storytime while we were there and then borrowed a book each, which we brought back to school.

We saw a bus parked at the bus stop on our 
way to the library.
We were excited to get here.
After our storytime we all chose our own books.
There was so many, it was difficult to choose.
The librarian scanned all our books, 
before we could take them out.
We waited patiently for our turn.
Mrs Cameron

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Big Talk

Here is our first Big Talk photo

source - Guardian Eyewitness  Photographer Matt Doggett

Where is this place?
What can you see?
Would you like to be there?
What is happening?
What will happen next?

Big talk will be on Friday 4th October

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Our learning this week and the Photo of the Week

Here is the slide show of some of the photos we have taken this week.
Look out for Superman, Princess and Cyber-man, they all made an appearance outside.

On Tuesday FS2 were very lucky to have the very first story in our newly built Story Garden. Miss Morris took them into the garden because they had won a Classopoly treat for attendance above 97%. 

Photo of the week
Here they are enjoying a story in our new Story Garden

Friday, 27 September 2013

Jolly Phonics

By the end of this week, all children will have received their sound book which contains the sounds your child needs to concentrate on.
The following link will take you to the Jolly Phonics website where you can hear the individual sounds and see the actions we use in class.

Click here to play an initial sound game.
Click here to play a blending game.

Have fun!

Golden Children

This week we celebrated the achievements of Marshall and Abigail.

Marshall consistently demonstrates an excellent attitude to learning. He is making many new friends and enjoying spending time with them in the indoor and outdoor classroom. A fabulous start to a new school!

Abigail is always busy learning in our classroom. She can often be found in the model making area creating interesting and exciting sculptures.

Well done to the both of you.