Welcome to FS2- The Whales
Welcome to our FS2 Pupils' page. Here you'll find everything that we've been up to, useful links & dates, photographs and our work.
In the Whales there are three teachers Mrs Pickering, Mrs Newhall and Mrs Kilner and also three teaching assistants Miss Rushworth, Mrs Barker and Miss Etherington.
1. Brilliant Blue Whales - Mrs Pickering
2 Great Grey Whales - Mrs Newhall and Mrs Kilner
Remember to label your child's jumpers, cardigans and coats.
Remember water in water bottles- no juice please.
Friday 14th June- The Bad Tempered Ladybird
This week we have read the book The bad tempered ladybird and have learnt all about ladybirds and insects. We have done some information writing about ladybirds.
Over to our guest writer this week Freya - we has got caterpillr s in are classroom.
The caterpillars have grown really big and are just starting to make their chrysalis.
In maths we have been doubling and halving using the ladybirds spots to help us.
Well done to Summer and Darcy who have completed the reading challenge this week.
Friday 24th May- Story writing week
This week we have written our own stories together as a class. They were very good.
In maths we have been working on our adding.
Well done to Teddy, Amelia, Summer and Oliver who have finished the reading race this week.
Miss Rushworth is very excited as she is getting married during the holidays and will become Mrs Symonds. We wish her good luck and hope she has a fantastic day.
Friday 17th May- Mabel's Magic Garden
This week we have read the book Mabel's Magic Garden and in it Mabel is sad. We thought about the times we have been sad and how to feel better. We have planted some seeds in different conditions and will see which ones grow best.
In Maths we have explored number bonds to ten, finding all the different ways we can make ten and learnt a new song all about Farmer Pete and his sheep.
Well done to the children who have completed the reading race this week- Max, Dexter, Morgan and Ella.
Friday 10th May- Jasper's Beanstalk
We have read the book Jasper's Beanstalk and in it he wanted to find his friend Jack. He needed to grow a beanstalk so this week we learnt what plants need to grow. We wrote instructions so Mrs Gray could go home and plant her own beanstalk.
In maths we have been measuring, we measured the giant's and Jack's feet using cubes. We have ordered the beanstalks using the words tallest and shortest.
Well done to Ethan, Daniel, Oliver, Ollie, Olly, Freya, Ava, Lexie and Charlie who finished the reading race this week.
Friday 3rd May- Jack and the Beanstalk
Welcome back we hope you had a good holiday. When we arrived on Monday a beanstalk had grown in the corner of the room.
We have read the traditional story, Jack and the Beanstalk. We wrote speech bubble thinking what the giant or Jack might be saying.
In maths we have been learning all about money. We have been recognising the different coins, counting in 2's, 5's, 10's.
Can you show your grown up what the different coins are?
Congratulations to Ruby and Ashton who finished the reading race this week.
Thursday 11th April- Easter Week
What a busy week we've had! It was lovely to see all the parents on Wednesday we hope you had fun.
We have learnt all about Easter, why we celebrate it and the traditions we have.
The Easter bunny came and left us a cream egg which we had to find in the garden.
We made Easter nests from chocolate and shredded wheat.
In maths we practised recognising the teen numbers.
How a great holiday.
Well done to Harper and Archie who finished the reading race this week.
Friday 5th April- Rumble in the Jungle
This week we have continued reading the Rumble in the Jungle and have found out about all the different animals. We learnt which animal group they belong to and matched them to their babies.
In maths we have learnt all about shapes both 2D and 3D.
Can you find a cylinder or a cuboid around your house?
Lots of children have finished the reading challenge this week. Well done to Aoife, Lily Faith, Leah, Lillie, Logan, Sonny and Ginnie!
Friday 29th March- Rumble in the Jungle
This week we have been reading a new book called Rumble in the Jungle. It is a rhyming book all about jungle animals. We found the rhyming words and thought of our own.
In maths we have been looking at word problems deciding whether we need to add or take away.
Duncan and Darcy completed the reading challenge this week. Well done to them.
Easter Crafts - 28th March 2019
Another fabulous afternoon for our Easter Crafts. We had over 50 parents coming to work with our children on lots of different activities that they can take home and keep as memories. The children loved to have their families there with them and showing them all the things they do on a daily basis as school.
It was a great way for parents to meet other families and for them to interact with their child's class teacher.
We plan to run these days as much as possible throughout the school year so that we can work with families and the community.
Friday 22nd March-Shakespeare Week
This week has been Shakespeare week and we have looked at different plays he wrote. We looked at the Tempest, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Midsummers Night. We enjoyed learning the poem from Macbeth and writing our own version.
We have done lots of ordering in maths , days of the week, months of the year, seasons and our day.
Well done to Amelia, Lucy, Leo and Oliver who completed the reading race this week.
Friday 15th March- Red Nose Day
This week we have continued reading the book Handa's Surprise. We have written speech bubbles for Handa and her friend Akeyo. Together we retold the story.
In maths we have been measuring both weight and length.
Well done to the children who completed the reading challenge this week, they were Daniel, Max, Dexter, Oliver, Jenson and Maisey.
Friday 8th March- Book Week
We have continued reading Handa's Surprise. We have found out information about the different animals in the book and written sentences about them. There has also been lots of art work produced, paintings and printing.
In maths we have been finding out how to half a number.
On Thursday we dressed up for book day and looked brilliant.
Congratulations to the children who have finished the reading race this week. Well done Oliver, Vinnie, Owen, Conan, Summer, Summer and Nevaeh.
Friday 1st March - Handa's Surprise
This week we have been reading the book Handa's Surprise. We tasted all the fruits that are in the book, we liked some of them.
In maths we have been taking away.
Can you sing the smoke free zone song to your grown up?
Congratulations to Leo, Olly, Ava, Freya, Ruby and Lennie who completed the reading race this week.
Friday 15th February- Non Fiction Week
This week we have been learning what non-fiction books are. We have been authors and written our own non-fiction books about cold places.
Can you tell your grown up what non- fiction books are?
In maths we met take away man who likes to take things away with an evil laugh. He has shown us how to take away and count how many are left.
Outside we have made some fantastic obstacle courses and enjoyed working out the best way to get across with out touching the ground.
Well done Lexie, the only child to finish the reading challenge this week.
Enjoy your holiday.
Friday 8th February- Chinese New Year
What a busy and exciting week we've had! We have celebrated Chinese New Year, and discovered it is the year of The Pig. We have learnt that red is a lucky colour in China. We watched dragon dancing and had a go at it ourselves, we made some dragons, shadow puppets and fans. On Wednesday we tasted some noodles and rice, most of us enjoyed them.
In Maths we have been learning how to double numbers.
Can you show your grown up how to double a number?
Outside we had lots of fun with maths, finding out who could jump the furthest.
Congratulations to Gracie, who was the only person to complete the reading challenge this week!
Friday 1st February- Lost and Found
On Monday we were left a box inside was a penguin who had got lost. We then read the book Lost and Found, about a little penguin and a boy. We made boats for the penguin testing if they would float. We also wrote postcards to the penguin.
In maths we practised our adding with the help of Add man.
We also enjoyed playing outside in the snow on Friday.
Congratulations to Darcy, Logan, Charlie, Lexi Grace, Ginnie and Ashton who have completed the reading challenge this week.
Friday 25th January- Icy week
This week we have been doing lots more learning about polar bears, penguins and other snowy animals. We wrote to Mrs Gray to tell her lots of information about these animals. We learnt what clothes we would need to wear to go to the Arctic to keep warm and had fun dressing in the winter clothes.
Outside we found lots of ice and enjoyed playing in it and searching for more in unusual places.
In maths we met Add Man, his job is to help us put two groups together to find out how many there are altogether.
Can you show your grown up how Add Man does his job?
Well done to Leo, Leah, Sonny and Riley who have finished the reading challenge this week.
Friday 18th January- Penguin week
This week we have been learning all about penguins. We were left some ice and discovered it was a penguin who had left it. We read a story about a penguin called Penguin Small.
What can you tell your grown up about penguins?
In maths we have been measuring objects using cubes, bricks and rulers.
Can you find something smaller than you?
More children have completed the reading challenge. Well done Harper, Archie, Max, Dexter, Lillie and Lucy!
Friday 11th January - First Week Back
Welcome back and we hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year.
A visitor to our class had left the brick area in a huge mess and had left a paw print and white fur. We think it was a Polar Bear and have learnt some facts about polar bears. We read the book Little Polar Bear about a polar bear called Lars who went on an adventure.
Can you tell your grown up the story?
In maths we have been continuing to recognise numbers to 20. We have also learnt what an estimate is.
Congratulations to the children who finished the reading challenge this week.
Well done Amelia, Daniel, Oliver, Oliver, Nevaeh and Aoife!
Thursday 20th December- Party Week
Another very busy week in the whales, we had our class party which was great fun and have learnt all about why Christmas is special to us.
A very special visitor came and left us a sack of presents.
Can you tell your grown up who visited?
We have more children who have completed the reading challenge. Well done Olly, Ava. Freya, Conan and Vinnie, especially as this is the second time you have finished.
All the foundation staff would like to say a big thank you for all the lovely gifts you have sent us they are much appreciated.
Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year and we will see you all in January.
Friday 14th December- Christmas Concert
It was lovely to see you all at our concert on Wednesday and I'm sure you'd agree all the children were amazing.
We have listened to the Christmas story and now know why we celebrate Christmas.
In maths we have been adding, working out how many presents Santa.
We have more children who have completed the reading challenge. Well done Ruby, Lennie and Morgan!
Friday 7th December- The Jolly Christmas Postman
Another busy week in the Whales, we have been making our Christmas cards and writing to tell Santa what we would like him to bring us on Christmas morning. We have also been learning what happens to letters after we post them.
In maths have learnt all about 3D shapes .
Can you find a cylinder or cube in your house?
Summer F, Summer M, Duncan and Lexie have completed the reading race this week. Well done and keep reading.
Friday 30th November - The Jolly Postman
This week we have read the book The Jolly Postman and have learnt all about the jobs of postmen and postwomen. We have made maps and stamps and wrote the envelopes.
In Maths we had been weighing the parcels the Jolly Postman delivers.
We have also worked really hard cutting and sticking our banners for the Christmas decorations in the hall.
More children who have completed the reading challenge this week, well done Ethan, Ollie and Darcy!
Friday 23rd November- Burglar Bill Week
Another busy week in the whales. On Monday we enjoyed a performance of Peter Pan. On Wednesday parents came in and it was lovely to see and speak to you.
This week we have been reading the book Burglar Bill and learning all about how the police help us. We also made some amazing wanted posters to help the police.
In maths we have been more counting helping the police work out how many things Bill stole.
More children have completed the reading challenge. A big well done to Ella R, Ella B, Maisey, Ginnie and Gracie!
Friday 16th November - Children in Need Week
What a busy week we've had! Odd sock day on Monday, a library visit on Wednesday and spotty day on Friday. We even had a visit from the firefighters and their engine.
We have been learning how to look after our teeth during carpet time.
Can you tell your grown up how long we have to brush our teeth for?
A big thank you to Summer's dad and his firefighting crew who came on Friday to talk to us. They even let us sit in the fire engine and sounded the siren. It was brilliant.
In Maths we have been practising our counting building towers of certain numbers and ordering teeth according to their size.
Two more children completed the reading challenge. Well done Sonny and Oliver.
Remember read at least four times a week.
Friday 9th November- Firefighters Week
Welcome back we hope you had a fabulous holiday. This week we have been learning all about Firefighters, what they do and how they save people.
In maths we have been practising counting and writing our numbers. We are getting very good.
Can you show your grown up how to write your numbers?
More children have finished the reading race. Well done Lillie, Lucy, Max, Dexter, Leo, Owen, Nevaeh, Ashton and Leah.
Friday 26th October - Room on the Broom
Well done to the first group of children who have completed the reading challenge. We hope you enjoy your books and keep reading. Fantastic work Freya, Ava, Olly, Oliver, Oliver, Amelia, Aoife, Riley, Vinnie, Daniel and Conan.
Another busy week in the Whales. This week we have been reading The Room on the Broom and have done lots of work on rhyming words.
Can you tell your grown up something which rhymes with cat?
In maths we have been doing lots of counting and ordering numbers. We can also tell you one more than a number.
Elmer Week - Friday 19th October
Another busy week in Foundation. All the children were fantastic in the Harvest Festival and we hope you enjoyed it.
A patchwork elephant called Elmer visited us on Monday and left us his book. We have enjoyed reading it. Elmer was good at making elephants laugh so we thought about all the things we are good at.
In our maths lesson we have been learning what a repeating pattern is and then creating our own. We have also been learning about size, describing which elephants are bigger/smaller.
Can you tell your grown up what a repeating pattern is?
Peas- Friday 12th October
This week we read a story about Pete and Penelope and their journey from the field to our plate. We also learnt about where other fruit and vegetables come from. We also learnt about how it is important to wash our hands before eating.
We used Pete and Penelope in maths to learn about positional language, describing where they were hiding . Pete is under the table or Penelope is next to the table.
Can you explain where things using these words?
More Owl Babies - Friday 5th October
This week we have continued reading the Owl Babies and thought about how the owlets are feeling and how we would feel in the same situation.
On Monday Mrs Newhall left us some equipment to cut fruit with and we learnt how to use them safely. We also learnt all about which foods are healthy to eat.
In maths we made some graphs to show our favourite fruits and sandwiches.
Our poem of the week is called The Apple Tree and the children have decided on all the actions to go with the words. We think they did a fantastic job, see if you agree when they perform it at the Harvest Festival.
Owl Babies - Friday 28th September
We have enjoyed the story of the Owl Babies this week, creating some wanted posters for mummy owl. The children have also made some bird feeders and written a letter asking Mummy Owl to come back.
Our poem of the week was Horsie, Horsie.
In maths we have been learning all about shapes.
Can you show your grown up all the different shapes we have learnt?
Our First weeks in FS2- September 26th
We have had a fabulous start to the new year. All the children are settling into school and we are all enjoying getting to know them.
In the first few weeks we have learnt what our classroom rules and routines are, done lots of counting and drawn pictures of ourselves then practised writing our names underneath.