Welcome to Foundation 2!
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Our Butterfly release
Yesterday we said goodbye to our butterflies and released them into their natural world.
Zachs mum came to help us as she did such a good job at looking after the caterpillars over holidays.
We decided that the wildlife area would be a safe and protected environemnt for our butterflies to be released into.
We opened the butterfly house and all the butterflies made their way to the top and flew out to find a new home. Some of the butterflies landed on branches of trees and one flew to the ground to begin with before they grew in confidence and flew off.
It was a lovely experience and we would like to say a special thanks to Zach and his family for providing us with such a fantastic learning oportunity.
Our Sports Day is next Tuesday 19th June 2018 @ 1.30pm
Parents are welcome to come and watch out Sports Day.
Children are required to wear a coloured t.shirt, PE shorts and sesible trainers.
Please make sure your child is wearing sun cream and a sun hat is provided if we have hot weather.
Please find below a list of team colours for F2 children.
We are so lucky. Zach and his mummy have brought the butterfly house into school today an there are not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4 but 5 butterflies in there! Every caterpillar 'squeezed out of its cocoon' (Zach's words) and emerged as a butterfly. We need to keep them in the house for another couple of days and then we will release them.
Keep an eye out for photos of their exciting release!
We have caterpillar news!!
Eek! This is so exciting! Zach and his mummy have emailed us today with some news...
Day 23! We are buzzing with excitement. Our first Butterfly has emerged from the chrysalis.
I wonder what we should call it? I wonder when the others will emerge? What do you think?
Thank you again to Zach and his mummy for updating us with this wonderful news.
Zach and his mummy have sent us some updates on the caterpillars. We hope you are enjoying them as much as we are!
The caterpillars are all getting in place and starting the process to begin to harden into chrysalis.
We have four healthy caterpillars that have gone into the chrysalis stage and are hardening over the next couple of days.
Today we have moved the chrysalides over to the butterfly house. They may look like they are resting peacefully, but an amazing transformation is taking place inside!
Again, thank you so much to Zach and his mummy for these amazing photographs and explanations :-)
Caterpillars' Log Day 13
Zach and his mummy have sent us an update on the caterpillars as they are looking after them over the holidays...
The caterpillars have grown so much! One caterpillar has begun the transformation into chrysalis. Once they have stored enough energy, they climb to the top of the cup and attach themselves to the paper disc under the lid. There they will hang in a “J” shape, moult one last time, and harden into crysalides.
Thank you so much for sharing this Zach and mummy :-)
The children have enjoyed a music session today. They have been talking about the different musical instruments and trying to work out their names. Miss Addy taught them a song and they passed a beater around the circle, if the beater landed on them after the song they had to go and choose an instrument to make a sound with. They experimented with changing the speed and volume of the song.
Miss Addy then showed us her light up tambourine! We turned the lights off and it looked amazing!
Then we sang some songs to a familiar tune where we had to play and stop at the correct times. We had to follow the instructions really carefully and it sounded really good. We had lots of fun!
Next we had a huge piece of lycra and we sang a song about a frog bouncing on the lycra. We had to move the lycra to make the frog bounce and we had to see where the frog landed. It was very funny when the frog landed on Talon and he caught it!
Finally we sang the song 'The Grand Old Duke of York' and we took turns to play the drums keeping the beat of the song.
Caterpillars' Log - Day 8
There are 5 of us in our container. We have grown even more and we have got things that look like spikes coming out of our bodies. Some children have been looking at us very carefully and writing in their caterpillar diaries. Katie even showed her diary to Mrs Tabbner and came back with a special sticker!
We have started to made something that looks like a web and today we are all on our way to the top of the container. We think we may be getting ready for the next stage of our life.
Caterpillars' Log - Day 7
We are growing much bigger and we are eating the food that is in our container. Some of us are starting to climb up the side of the container but then we are crawling back down.
Children are looking at us all the time and so we keep dancing to make them smile.
We are so lucky in F2, Zach and his family have kindly donated some Caterpillars with all the equipment we need to see the Caterpillars grow and develop into beautiful butterflies.
We have put our Caterpillars on display in the classroom and our children are choosing to write a daily diary about how our Caterpillars are changing. Below is some of Katies beautiful diary writing.
We have read the story of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and also talked about the lifecycle of a butterfly.
Keep your eye out on our website for more Caterpillar news!
As part of our people who help us topic, we have been learning about keeping our bodies healthy. This morning together as a class we made a list of things we need to do in order to keep our bodies healthy. Mrs Jagger and Miss Addy were so impressed with the amount of information the children already knew.
We then tasted some different fruits and vegetables, and talked about where they came from, what they smelt like and what they felt like when we touched them.
We were happy that lots of children tried the vegetables and the fruits even if they thought they wasnt going to like them.
Overall the raspberries were an F2 favourite.
We have been busy baking for our grown ups on Friday. Have a look at the photos below which show us mixing, pouring, sharing, scooping and weighing. There was so much maths involved but it didn't feel like a maths lesson!
Just a reminder about our Stay and Play on Friday. There was a letter inside your child's boook bag with all the details on but if you need to know anything please just ask one of the EYFS team. We are looking forward to spending the morning with you.
Today we have walked to St.John's Church in Royston. The sun was shining so we had to make sure we had our sun hats on. We have learnt so much about our local church, did you know it was builllt in 1234 so it's a really easy year to remember! We looked at lots of the objects inside the church and we were able to ask lots of questions.
Thank you so much to the Church Wardens and to all of our parent helpers who accompanied us, we had a lovely afternoon.
Today we had a visit from Mr Thorpe who is a parent at our school but is also a Paramedic. He drives an ambulance and we were lucky enough to have him come in to our classroom to talk to us about the things he does to help people. We even got to look inside his ambulance and try on some helmets! He brought some of the different pieces of uniform he has to wear in different situations and Mrs Jagger showed us what they look like on. Mrs Jagger said that both pieces of uniform were very warm and it would be very difficult to do small jobs with those gloves on.
We also learnt that in the suit that needs ventilating the Paramedics are not allowed to kneel down in case they tear the suit so they have to crouch down. Another fascinating talk which the children listened very well to, some of the children have said they want to be Paramedics when they grow up.
Today we have had a super day of independent learning. Here are some photos showing the amazing learning that took place in our classroom. Mrs Tabbner was so pleased with us that everybody got a special sticker!
Today we have had another special visitor into Class R. Emma who is a first aid responder came in to talk to us about the work that she does and how she has to try and get to the casualy before the ambulance! Emma also showed us how to do some first aid. We learnt how to do compressions, put people in the recovery position and put a bandage on. We were very busy!
We learnt so much and would like to thank Emma again for giving up her time to come and teach us all about her job.
Today we were very lucky to have a visit from Reverend Jean. She talked to us about her work in the church and told us how she visits people in hospital if they are poorly or just want someone to talk to.
Reverend Jean showed us the special oil that is used in Baptisms that is put on the head of the person being Christened and Sophia and Harrison even had a turn! She also showed us the different colours that she wears for different occasions in the church calendar. She also showed us the special candles that are given out at Baptisms and she showed us a shell that is used to pour water over the head of the person being Baptised. Reverend Jean showed us her Bible and told us that it has lots of lovely stories in.
We asked her a lot of questions and we found out that she studied for 2 years to be a vicar. We had a fantastic afternoon with Reverend Jean. Thank you so much for coming in to visit us.
We have a super star writer in F2 this week
This week Reuben completly blew our socks off with his independent writing. Reuben took himself to our writing area during choosing time and produced such a fantastic sentence on a white board. He thought carefully about using a captial letter at the beginning, finger spaces and also a full stop at the end.
We are so proud of your efforts Reuben.
We saw some fantastic team work this afternoon in Class R and we just had to share it! Look at the concentration on the boys' faces as they try to balance a metre stick to make a narrow road for a car. Super work boys.
Check out our fabulous junk model fire engine and police car made by Harrison and Archie.
F2 have a visit from two very special Nurses
This morning we had a visit from Libby and Lucas's mum.
They are Nurses at Pinderfields hospital in Wakefield.
We were so interested in the information they told us about what they wear, what they do in their job role and most importantly the different ways they help people in the hospital.
We had lots of very good questions to ask and also got some very good answers.
We would like to say a very big thank you to our visitors for taking time to come and speak to F2. Your knowledge is invaluable for our childrens learning.
Many Thanks from all staff at Summerfields.
We were enjoying the warmer weather and took our learning outside. We have been learning about money and we decided to play a game where we had to throw a hoop over a cone which had a coin stuck on it. If we managed to get a hoop over the cone we had to go and find a coin which matched it from the money tub and the winner was the person with the most money at the end. We had great fun and played for a long time!
Ad Astra visit F2 to talk about keeping our teeth healthy...
Today in F2 we had a vist from three lovely ladies who spoke to F2 about keeping our teeth healthy.
We found out that it is very important to brush our teeth twice a day and for 2 minutes in total. Each child will be given a brand new toothbrush donated by Ad Astra so look out for these in your childs book bag.
We would like to say a big thank you for giving your time to F2 this morning it was a pleasure to have you visit our class.
Check out some photographs from our PE lesson today!
We have been exploring different ways of moving on apparatus. Mrs Tabbner passed through the hall and couldn't believe how sensible and focused we were in our learning.
Well done F2.
People who help us
This week we have kicked off our brand new topic of 'People who help us'
On Wednesday we had a special visitor in F2. It was Mrs Smith our school cook. Mrs Smith chatted to us about her job role and told us lots of information about what she gets upto in the kitchen. We also looked at her uniform and why it was important to wear an apron in the kitchen. We know that without Mrs Smith doing her important job that we would all be very hungry children at Summerfields.
A big thank you to Mrs Smith for giving up her time to come and see us.
If you do a special job in our community, we would love you to drop in and see us. Please speak to member of F2 staff if you could spare 15-20 minutes of your time to talk about your job role.
We have had a great first week back this week. We have started our new topic where we are learning all about 'People who Help us'. We have been exploring different jobs in Provision. Here are some of the things we have been up to, can you work out what we are?
After the holidays we are going to be learning about 'People who Help us'. If you have a job where you help people then please get in touch with a member of the EYFS team to arrange coming in to school to talk to our children about what you do. We look forward to hearing from you!
Lumi and Jean visit Class R
On Wednesday Lumi, the therapy dog and her owner Jean came into Class R to do a Blue Cross talk. Jean told us all about the work of the Blue Cross and she showed us some pictures of animals that The Blue Cross have helped.
We learnt that you have to ask before you stroke any animal and we learnt a song to help us remember this very important piece of advice. Lexi and Harrison were super volunteers and had to act out what you should do if a dog approaches you and you don't like it. Thank you so much Lumi and Jean for coming to see us.
World Book Day!
Fee Fi Fo Fum I smell the blood of an Englishman...
This week in F2 we have been looking at the story of Jack and the Beanstalk as part of our topic on Traditional Tales. We read the story and we decided to try and grow our own beanstalks!
We had to write our name on a label and stick it on to a cup. Then we put some soil in a cup then we had to push a seed down into the soil and then give the seed some water. We have displayed these in the corridor and we cannot wait to see how high they will grow. We were wondering if one might reach up to the Giant's castle!
As we should have celebrated World Book Day on Thursday we want you to share the love of reading with a member of your family.
Your Home-Learning challenge this week is to choose a crazy place to read your favourite story book. Make sure you take a photograph as we would LOVE to display them in our new reading area.
******* F2 Snow Day Challenge *********
Are you up for a challenge F2?
We would love you to dress up in your World Book Day costume and do your very best snow day selfie! If you made a snowman get them in the selfie too.
Everyone who takes part will win a prize and your photographs will be displayed on our class web page. (Photos to follow)
Take a look on the ‘Gallery’ section of our school website to see what some of your teachers have been doing on their snowy World Book Day...can you spot any familiar faces?
‘Take care and have lots of fun’
We look forward to hearing all about it on Monday
Mrs Jagger, Mrs Hudson, Miss Addy
Do you want to build a snowman?
Well F2 it seems our snow dance on Tuesday definitely worked.
We hope you have had a super fun time playing in the snow, we cannot wait to hear all about your snow time fun! Just to keep you updated, don’t worry about missing out on
World Book Day today we will reschedule this for some time next week.
Happy Snow Day
Winter is back!
Last week we were out looking for signs of Spring and this week we are under a cover of snow. This afternoon we decided to wrap up warm, go outside and have some fun playing in the snow. There were some great games being played, snow dances being made up and fun being had. We talked about ice, spheres and how the snow sounded beneath our feet and we had words such as crunchy and popping being used. There were some red cheeks and huge smiles and one child said, "This is the best day of my life!"
Mmmmmmm this porridge is just right!
As part of our Traditional Tales topic we tasted some different flavours of porridge. We were allowed to do this, not like Goldilocks!
We tasted plain, raisin, golden syrup and lemon. We wrote sentences about our favourites and we made a graph to show which flavour was the most popular by writing our names above our favourite porridge on the graph. The winner by far was the golden syrup porridge and the least popular ones were plain and raisins. We had a fun session tasting these porridges and the maths we got from it was great. We talked about the most popular, the least popular, how many altogether and how many more.
Welcome back to a our new half term!
This half term we hope to see lots of signs of Spring including sunshine and pretty flowers. Some of us spotted some signs of Spring in our flower beds this week.
Our topic of Traditional Tales continues and this week we are focusing on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Mud Kitchen Madness
This week we have spent lots of time in our Mud Kitchen re-telling the story of the Gingerbread Man. We used the mud to pretend we were baking the Gingerbread men and decided who was going to be the different characters from the story.
We have been taking photos using Ipads for our ICT display. Here are some of the great moments the children have captured!
We had some Maths Superstars in F2 today! We have started our new topic of 'Traditional Tales' and we were looking at the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. In Maths we were learning about subtraction (taking away) and we used gingerbread men to help us. Reuben, Harrison, Chloe and Tobias enjoyed taking away so much that when they were in Provision they asked to do some sums on whiteboards. They blew our socks off with their number sentences and took a well deserved trip to see Mrs Tabbner for a special sticker. Well done you four superstars, keep up the good work!
Today in Class R we were looking at the story of 'The Gingerbread Man'. We enjoyed hearing about all the animals he met when he was running but we wondered why he stopped when he got to the river, we wondered why he didn't swim across. Somebody said that maybe he couldn't swim and then the story said that the current was too strong. We decided to see what would happen if a biscuit went in water...
After a few minutes in the water Mrs Jagger tried to pick the biscuit out of the water and it fell to pieces! We loved this mini investigation and we talked about floating and sinking and things breaking up in water. Maybe this will lead on to more floating and sinking investigations? Well done Class R for having that super 'I wonder' moment.
In F2 we have been learning about Cold Places and this week we have been focusing on Antarctica . We have been leaning about Emperor penguins and finding out how they survive in very cold temperatures and how they keep warm. Some of us practised keeping warm like penguins by protecting people on the inside of the circle and then swapping over. It was definitely warmer being in the middle!
We then talked about how we keep warm and we came up with some super ideas including wearing warm coats, hats, gloves and scarves, keeping warm under a blanket, eating soup and staying indoors. We then wrapped ourselves up warm and went outside for a story. We kept ourselves warm with a yummy drink of hot chocolate! It was delicious and there was barely a drop left!
Today F2 had a special visit from Lumi the Therapy Dog.
We had a lovey time getting to know Jean and Lumi and also had time to share our reading books with them.
Jean and Lumi will be visiting Summerfields every Wednesday to share 1:1 or group reading sessions together, how lucky are we!
Fun in the Mud Kitchen...
Today F2 have been exploring the Mud Kitchen. We independently put on our outdoor clothing, and the challenge was to make a meal for an explorer in the Arctic. They had to think carefully about what meal they made and how many scoops of mud they put into their meal. They also had to think about how long the meal went into the oven for. We had lots of lovely imaginative language happening on our Mud Kitchen and the children had a wonderful time getting muddy!
Appologies to parents in advance for the muddy clothing.
We really enjoyed our American Diner day on Thursday.
All our F2 children said how much they enjoyed eating American themed food and would love to have more American or maybe other themed food days again in the future.
Here we are enjoying our American food.
Caught in the act....
Miss Addy would like to say a huge well done to Lexi and Alister who today were caught using fantastic Team Work. It seems we have a button expert on our hands.
Alister was struggling with his buttons when getting dressed after a PE lesson and he politely asked Lexi "Can you help me do my buttons Lexi because you're good at it"
Lexi replied "Course I can, let me help you"
Lexi persevered until all Alister's buttons were fastened.
Miss Addy managed to catch this on the IPad. I was extreamly proud of you both!
Super Team Work you two, keep it up.
F2 Make beautiful Ice Pictures
On Wednesday F2 continued the Ice Investigation and we looked at our Ice Pictures now they were frozen. We found that the Ice Pictures that had been kept outside were still water, but the ones that had gone into the freezer were frozen solid. We decided that the temperature outside must not have been below 0 degrees, which was surprising as there was snow on the ground. Here are some of our Ice Pictures.
Ice, Ice, baby....
Today we carried out the first part of our F2 ice investigation.
We are making our very own ice pictures.
But how do you do that, you are probably thinking?
We are investigating what happens when we freeze water.
Our first job was to write our name on a label and stick the label on a plastic cup.
We then filled our plastic cup with water, and added glitter to make our water glisten.
We used pipettes to add food colouring to change the colour of our water.
Some of us chose to explore colour mixing, and made different colours.
We cannot wait to put our ice pictures in the freezer to see what will happen next.
A frozen, magical adventure...
Today in PE we have been on a 'Yoga' Frozen magical adventure.
We have been using our bodies to create different shapes and worked hard on our balancing skills.
We also had to have good concentrations skills and listened carefuly to the instructions.
Here are some photographs of us in action.
We must say we have had some fantastic Home-Learning this week. It seems our children are really enjoying our 'Cold Places' topic, just as much as our teachers in F2 are enjoying teaching it. We have learnt some fantastic facts about our world and two very interesting places called the Arctic and Antarctica.
Today Archie brought in his Home-Learning and he blew us away with the facts he knew about Polar Bears. Archie had frozen a polar bear in water to demonstrate the icy conditions that Polar Bears like to live in. Mrs Tabbner loved Archies creative idea and decided we had to show it off on our Class Blog.
Well done Archie! A super creative idea.
SUPER STAR WRITER
Yesterday Elise blew us away with her fantastic independent writing. Elise chose to write some facts about Polar Bears, and remembered to use fingers spaces.
Elise then went on to label her Polar Bear using Fred Talk to sound out unfamiliar words.
Well done Elise!
We made a fantastic start to our topic of 'Cold Places'.
Last week we explored the icy weather conditions and made a fantastic tuff spot for the Polar Bears and Penguins to explore.
Some of us chose to independently explore colour mixing, and made some fantastic icy cold colours using blue and white paint. Look out for these on our 'Cold Places' display board in our classroom.
Happy New Year!!
We hope you had a fantastic Christmas break and your child is ready for a fun half term packed with learning. We have started our new topic which is 'Cold Places' and we have started learning about the animals that live there. Ask your child if they can tell you any of the animals we have been learning about. We are sure they will love this topic and learning lots of new facts.
Today we had a wonderful time watching 'The Magic Toyshop' at Barnsley Civic. We had such a good time making magic, dancing like chickens and singing songs!
F2 were so excited that we were on the big coach with Year 6 and we had a lovely Christmas sing song on the way there to get us in the festive spirit.
F2 did us proud today, well done each and every one of you.
Yesterday the whole school enjoyed the first Smile day and had a fantastic time doing lots of fun activities. All of the children really enjoyed the day, the variety of activities and working with children from other classes. My favourite part of the whole day was seeing how well the older children in school supported F2 children in their activities, some lovely friendships were made. The Headteacher's page has lots more photos from the day.
We have been working so hard on our Nativity and we can't wait to show it to you.
Just a reminder that we do have costumes in school for all F2 children but if you do have a costume at home that suits your child's part that your child would prefer to wear then please bring it into school by Friday 14th December in a named bag so that we are all ready for the big day next Wednesday. Thanks.
PS Don't forget your tissues!
Pupil of the Week
Pupil of the Week this week is Libby. She is an asset to Class R and sets a fantastic example to other children in Provision, accessing her own learning and focusing on her tasks for a long period of time. Well done Libby!
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This week Tobias amazed us with his fantastic rhyming work. He could continue a rhyming string with real and nonsense words and he enjoyed predicting what the rhyming words were going to be in the stories we read. Keep up the good work Tobias!
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In Class R we have been learning about The Stick man and we have been including it in all areas of our learning. In maths we have been ordering lots of different things in height and length order, including sticks so we decided to order different towers which we built using Lego. We had lots of fun and then enjoyed transferring our focused learning into our Independent learning in Provision.
This week our Pupil of the Week is Zach Hollis. Zach has made huge progress since September and now comes into school happily, he even sometimes skips in! Well done Zach, keep smiling that beautiful smile.
Outstanding Writer this week is Reuben. He consistently forms his letters beautifully and is identifying lots more sounds in words. Keep it up Reuben!
Pupil of the Week
This week Kyle is our Pupil of the Week. He has shown such maturity in his independent learning and in his focused tasks. He is like a sponge and is using all the new words we are learning in our shape work! Well done Kyle, we are so proud of you.