Foundation 2 News

Friday 7th February 2014

This week in F2 we...

  • re-created stories on the iPads
  • compared traditional stories
  • re-told 'The Leopard's Drum' using plastic and wooden animals
  • practised some of the tricky words from Phase 3: you are they all my was her

Amethysts and Emeralds

We have continued our African theme with stories and puppets from the continent to inspire our animated creations on the iPads. We hope to watch each other's oscar-winning performances at some point!

Both classes have enjoyed outdoor phonics sessions. The children were given water squirters and had to eliminate tricky words that had been chalked on the playground floor and walls. Can you believe that not one person misbehaved with the water squirter....well only Mr Ainscow! Indoors, we have enjoyed Musical Chairs with tricky words stuck on them. Equipped with miniature clipboards and paper, children had to copy the tricky words written on their chairs when the music stopped. We are now good at reading and writing many of the tricky words!

Our Media Centre is now open and we were really excited to choose from the new range of books and sit in some of the loungers and rockers....

Routine update

From Monday of this week we have been following a new afternoon routine for playtime. Instead of the set playtime - 14.05-14.20 - teachers in Foundation 2 and Key Stage 1 have been given the flexibility to take their children out for play and outdoor learning at times to suit each classes' plans. In Foundation 2 we aim to have a joint daily outdoor session to continue the friendships already forged between the children in the two classes.

Next week we will be:

  • finishing our stories on the iPads
  • practising our language related to time
  • story telling on the drum: 'How the guinea fowl got her spots'
  • making minibooks about the characters in 'The Leopard's Drum'

Goodbye to Mrs Cumming, au revoir to Mrs Lucas and welcome back Mrs Noordervliet!

Half term marks the end of the road at JSD for Mrs Cumming who has been a Teaching Assistant here since JSD opened, working in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. She will be joining her family (and cat!) in Belgium to begin a new chapter in her life. We will all miss her and wish her well. We are delighted to welcome back Julia Armstrong who will be working with us on a temporary basis as Teaching Assistant in the Emerald class.

We also say au revoir to Mrs Lucas who has been working in the Amethyst class since September (whilst Mrs Noordervliet was having her baby) and has worked at both JSD and JSV for the past 10 years in a variety of roles, including an SEN teaching assistant and a class assistant. We hope she may pop back from time to time to visit....!

And of course we welcome back Mrs Noordervliet from her maternity leave.


Thank you to those children that have brought books in for the Book Week book swap and to those that have photographed their bookshelves for the Shelfie display. Keep them coming in....!

Don't forget that Mr McNeil is holding an e-Safety workshop for all parents on Tuesday from 8.50-10am in the studio.

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