Welcome to FS2 - 2023-24
Teacher: Mrs Grayson
TAs: Mrs Smith and Miss Maurimootoo
Teacher: Miss McMahon
TAs: Miss Penlington and Miss Maurimootoo
On a Tuesday, FS2 will go to PE with Mr C. On this day, your child should come to school in white t-shirt, black shorts or joggers, school jumper and trainers.
Each week, children should read 5 or more times at home. You and your child can read their phonics books, library book or books from home. They will be rewarded with a certificate and reading dojo if they complete the challenge.
Our author of the term
Our current author is, Sue Hendra.
Here are a selection of her wonderful books.
Star in the Jar
Up high, in the dark, dark sky … a message: LOST, ONE SMALL STAR.
When a little boy stumbles across a special star, he puts it in a jar and takes it on adventures. Together with his big sister, he takes his special treasure with him everywhere – to the cinema, to the swimming pool and even to the toilet!
But the poor star is sad and misses its home … Can the little boy and his big sister find a way to send the star safely back?
Can Class 1 and 2 help them by writing a finding story and a missing poster?
During our English lessons, we are looking at a book called 'The Something'. The children discovered a hole in the FS2 garden and have been guessing what might be down it.
Underneath the cherry tree in our garden there is a little hole. I'm sure there is something down there . . .
When a little boy's ball disappears down a mysterious hole in the garden, he can't stop thinking about what could be down there. Could it be a little mouse's house? The lair of a hungry troll? Or maybe even a dragon's den? Whatever the something is, he is determined to find out!
What is a ‘Knowledge Organiser’?
A Knowledge Organiser is a go-to document for a topic/unit of work: each one identifies the key information that children need to have learned by the end of a topic. It also acts as a tool to support children in retaining and retrieving knowledge for life-long learning.
How do they help teachers?
They are used as a planning tool- to identify the core knowledge that our children need to cover in the unit
• Key dates
• key people
• key events
• Key vocabulary and definitions, and key concepts- in ‘child-friendly’ language
How do they help children?
They provide the core knowledge that children need to cover in the unit shared at the beginning, so children know what they are going to be learning.
Knowledge Organisers help them to remember key dates, key people, key events, vocabulary and definitions and key concepts.
They improve children's ability to remember.
Knowledge Organisers help them to develop other skills- e.g. when writing a nonfiction report, if they already have the knowledge, they can focus on the writing skills.
How do they help parents?
Parents will have a better understanding of what the children need to know. They will enable parents to build on their knowledge at home and provide an easy tool for parents to quiz children at home (and children to quiz parents!)