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Welcome to Y1 Chestnut


Teacher: Mrs Fraser

Teaching Assistant: Mr Hingley


P.E Day is Monday. Children come to school wearing their outdoor P.E clothes.

Forest schools is Wednesday. Please make sure your child has sensible shoes/boots and a waterproof coat.

Well done to all the Year One champions today.

It has been great to welcome the children back into school. They have settled into Year One really well and have impressed us with their attitudes to learning.


We have been using the focus text: Here we are by Oliver Jeffers to lead our learning. We have found out lots of interesting facts about our planet. We have been talking about our feelings and drawing pictures. We have written notes for living on earth. 

In Maths we have been focusing on number and how to represent a number in different ways.

We have used our outside classroom daily and have enjoyed playing new games and finding safe ways to interact with each other.


Welcome to the Foundation Stage Unit web page.


Teacher's: Mrs Saddiq  and Mrs Ord

Support staff: Mrs Abbas, Mrs Woodhead and Mr Thind


PE Days: F2 PE day is Friday.


Foundation Stage Transition Information For September


Please take some time to read the information about Foundation Stage transition regarding your child starting nursery or school at Acres Hill. We all look forward to seeing you in September.

This information is also available on our Class Dojo page.


Thank you.



Summer 2: What animal lives where?

This half term we will be exploring all things animals, where they come from, what they like to eat and what they produce.


We will be using the following stories to help us with our learning:

Here are the home learning grids to support your learning at home.

F2-Thursday 16th July

Morning F2.
It's our last phonics challenge for this term.
Watch the video clip about our focus trigraph-ure.

Then complete the 'ure' booklet in your home learning pack.

F2- Tuesday 14th July.

Morning F2.
Today's Maths challenge is to understand and use words to describe position.
Watch the video clip and join in with the 'Where's the monkey?' song.

Then complete the 'position' activities in your home learning pack.

F2 Thursday 9th July

Today's phonics challenge is to practice the phonemes we have been learning.
Watch the video clip and join in.

Then complete the 'air' phonics booklet in your home learning pack.

FS Wednesday 8th July

F1 Tuesday 7th July

Tuesday 7th July-F2

Morning F2!

Today's Maths focus is on height. We are thinking about how tall or short things are. Go on Youtube and watch the video of 'Titch' by Pat Hutchins. In the story Titch feels sad because he is the youngest and shortest in his family. Find out what happens at the end of the story!

Can you measure your height? Ask a grown-up to help. Who is the tallest/shortest in your family?

Choose 3 toys and put them in height order.

FS Monday 6th July

Friday 3rd July 2020

Good morning FS here are your challenges for today.

F1: Can you do Andy’s wild workout?

F2: Can you do Andy’s wild  workout and make a rainbow fish fruit kebab (see the F1 challenge from yesterday)?

Can you join in with Andy’s wild workout?

F1 Challenge for Thursday 2nd July


Can you make a rainbow fish fruit kebab?

F2 Thursday 2nd July

Morning F2. Today is our phonics learning challenge.

Click on the link below to watch the Alphablocks video about the trigraphs 'air' and 'ear'.


We are thinking about 'ear' this week. 
Complete your 'ear' phonics booklet in week 5 of your home learning pack.

Wednesday 1st July

F2 Tuesday 30th June

F1 Tuesday 30th June

Monday 29th June

F1 Monday 29th June

Friday 26th June 2020


Here is a physical challenge for all the FS children.

Cab you complete Andy’s wild workout?


Thursday’s learning for F1: Can you create a picture using tea bags as your paint?

F2 Thursday 25th June. Today's phonics challenge is to practice writing letters and digraphs from memory. Parents-it is really important that your child can remember what letters and di/trigraphs look like so they can use them in their reading and writing. Use 'Look, say, cover, write, check' to practice writing the letters and di/trigraphs. The chart below shows all the phase 3 phonic sounds (di/trigraphs) that your child should know by this time of year in F2.

This is a picture of the one way system that the children will use to move around school.

Here are some photos of the F2 Joy bubble classroom.

Here are some photos of the F2 Trust Bubble classroom.

FS Wednesday 24th June Enjoy making your own sandwich.

F1 Tuesday 23rd June

F2 Tuesday 23rd June


Morning F2 x Today's Math's learning is about halving numbers. Remember when you half a number, you are sharing it into 2 equal parts.
Watch the Numberblocks video then complete the halving sheets in week 4 of your home learning pack.




F1 Monday 22nd June

F2 Monday 22nd June

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Listen to the story then 'have a go' at writing sentences about what the tiger ate. Use the special sheet in week 4 of your home learning pack.

FS Friday 19th June

Good morning FS. 
For your exercise this physical Friday, click on the link below to join in with a cosmic yoga session. Have fun x

FS Enjoy the film of 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. It's a perfect day to snuggle down and watch.

Here is F1’s Challenge for Thursday 18th June

Thursday 18th June F2 Keywords

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Please join in reading the teddy and lion words. The complete the 'oi' phonics booklet in week 3 of your home learning pack.

FS Wednesday 17th June

F1 Tuesday 16th June

F2 Tuesday 16th June

You can also watch this episode of 'Numberblocks' which tells you about odd and even numbers.

Then complete the sheets in week 3 of your home learning packs.

F2 Tuesday 16th June

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Watch the video then 'have a go' at finding out which other numbers are odd and even.

F1 Monday 15th June

F2 Monday 15th June

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Enjoy the video then draw and write a menu for the caterpillar using the sheets in week 3 of your home learning pack.

Friday 12/06/20: Physical Friday


Here is a link to Andy's wild workout challenge for F1 and F2!


Thursday 11th June 2020. Here if our creative Challenge for today!

FS Wednesday 10th June Have a look at the links below then complete the 'Where food comes from' sheet that is in week 2 of your home learning pack.

F1 Tuesday 9th June

F2 Tuesday 9th June

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Watch the video and solve the 'First, Then, Now' subtraction problems.
Once you have watched the video and 'had a go' at solving the subtraction problems, work your way through the 'First, Then Now' subtraction sheets in Week 2 of your home learning pack.

F1 Monday 8th June

F2 Monday 8th June

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Enjoy today's story, 'What the ladybird heard'. After the story see if you can draw a map for the burglars. There is a sheet to use in your home learning pack-week 2.

Friday 5th June

Good morning F2 and F1! Physical Friday again and the sun is trying to shine!
Click on the link below for a Cosmic kids yoga work out.

Today's fine motor challenge needs an adults' help. Can you boil an egg and when it is cool, peel it yourself? It will make your fingers work hard. Then you can eat it! Have fun.

F1 Thursday 4th June

Click the link below and join in too.



F2 Thursday 4th June

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Watch the video and then complete the 'er' and 'ur' phonics booklets that are in your home learning pack.

FSU Wednesday 3rd June

F2 Tuesday 2nd June

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See if you can solve these Maths challenges.

F1 Tuesday 2nd June

Today F1 have been encouraged to practise their counting skills by counting different groups of objects.

This has allowed them to develop their oral counting, 1:1 correspondence and place value.

Monday 1st June Nursery home learning:

Our first story to help us with our learning is Farmer duck.

Here is the link to the story:


Today's home learning challenge

Can you make a card or picture to cheer up Farmer duck?

F2 Monday 1st June

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Can you believe it is a new month and a new season!

F2 Monday 6th June

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Please join in singing the hello song with me.

Summer term 1


This half term our learning question is ' What shall I grow?'.


Good Morning FS, have you logged on to class dojo today?


If you haven't yet, there is plenty of time! Please do try to log on daily . There will be wonderful virtual sessions you can watch and challenges to keep you all busy.
Also don't forget our Summer term weekly learning menus are here to provide you will more activities you can try at home.

🕷 A message for Spider-Man 🕷

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Hi everyone, I spoke to a certain spider loving superhero the other day and asked if he could send you all a message because all of your teachers in FS are so proud of you for being stay at home superhero’s! I hope your enjoy 😊!

It’s half term next week so your teachers might be a little quiet while we recharge our batteries and get ready for all the fun learning we will be doing next half term! I hope you have a wonderful week and we will see you all again soon! Stay safe and have fun!

Lots of love Mrs Deakin x

Here is a superhero yoga challenge for F1 today:

F2 Friday 22nd May

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Today's fine motor challenge.

F2 Friday 22nd May

Good morning F2. It's another physical Friday. Have a go at Zumba for kids. It's fun and will get you moving!

F1 Thursday 21st May

F2 Thursday 21st May

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See if you can match upper and lower case letters of the alphabet.

F1 Wednesday 20th May

Here is a video to support your learning F1.

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Well done Rose for counting to 3 and saying hello in German.

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This clip will be used on the live channel for the OUR STREET OUR SONG project.
Thank you Rose!

F2 Wednesday 20th May

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Create your own "Art attack" picture!

F1 Tuesday 19th May

F2 Tuesday 19th May

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Have a go at solving these subtraction problems.

F2 Tuesday 19th May

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F2 Monday 18th May

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Today's challenge is to draw a plant and label the different parts using your phonics.

F2 Friday 15th May

Hello F2. Today's physical fun is 'This is P.E'.
Click on the link below to have some fun!

F2 Friday 15th May

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Today's fine motor challenge.

F1 Thursday 14th May


Click the link below and have a at singing the hello song.


Mrs Saddiq and her children have had a go.

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Here we are counting up to 3 and saying hello in our first language.

Foundation have a listen to more songs from the project

'OUR STREET OUR SONG' by clicking the link below.

F2 Thursday 14th May

Morning F2.
When you have watched the video, parents please can you write the tricky words on bits of paper so the children can have a go at the "Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check" way of learning to spell.
If they find the words on the video easy, then try these:
Look forward to hearing how they get on x

F2 Thursday 14th May

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Watch the video and have a go at spelling the tricky words.

F2 Wednesday 13th May

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Can you make a potato character?

F1 Wednesday 13th May

F1 Tuesday 12th May

F2 Tuesday 12th May

Today's challenge is to count out groups of 20 things. You could use toys, bricks, pasta. Make sure you say the numbers slowly and touch each object as you count it. See how many groups of 20 objects you can make and send me a picture.
Try counting in 2s or 5s. This is more tricky!
Good luck x

F2 Tuesday 12th May

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Please watch the 'counting to 20' video.

Tuesday 12th May

Hello F2.
Today in our Maths learning we are going to practice counting to 20 in different ways.
Watch the Numberblocks clip and join in.

F2-Monday 11th May

In the story of 'Oliver's vegetables' Oliver only eats potatoes although Grandpa tricks him into eating lots of different vegetables.
Can you draw a picture of your favourite food? Perhaps you could draw a plate shape first and then draw your food on it.
Try and write the sentence "I like......."


F2-Monday 11th May

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Hope you enjoy the story of 'Oliver's vegetables'.
This week we have a new story to learn about as we continue to learn about plants and growing.

Here are the learning challenges for F1 on Monday:

-Can you tell your year her what your favourite vegetable is? You can draw them or send in a video of you telling us what it is and why you like it.

-Can you play a feeling bag game to describe the hidden vegetables? 

Friday 8th May 2020


Today is Victory in Europe Day,  known as VE Day or V-E Day. It marks 75 years since the end of World War II in Europe.

To celebrate this victorious day, here are some activities you can do at home with your family.

F1 Thursday 7th May

F2 Thursday 7th May

Today's challenge is to make some bunting to display outside your house in celebration of VE day tomorrow. Have fun!

F2 Thursday 7th May


Hello F2
Tomorrow is a very special day in History. It is VE (Victory in Europe) day which celebrates the end of World War 2. Lots of brave soldiers died keeping us safe so every year we celebrate this day and remember those brave soldiers. This year is very special as it is 75 years since VE day.
Please click on the link below to watch a short video about VE day.


F1 Wednesday 6th May

Join in and sing the Rainbow song.

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F2 Wednesday 6th May

Read the words and find the ingredients to put in your "Silly soup".



F2 Wednesday 6th May

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Join in singing the Silly soup song

Tuesday 5th May

Hello F2. After you have watched the two videos about halving, see if you can find half of 8, 10, 14 by sharing the objects between two.
Record your findings in a drawing like I did in the video. 

Halving numbers.mp4

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F2 Tuesday 5th May

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Watch the video to find out what "half" means.

F1 Tuesday 5th May

F2 Monday 4th May

Draw a picture of something you would like to grow-a flower or tree. It could be real or imaginary. Try and write a sentence about your picture.

Here is F1’s Physical Friday Challenges! (1/5/2020)

Here is the link to Andy’s wild workouts:

F2 Friday 1st May

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Today's fine motor challenge!

F2 Friday 1st May

It's physical Friday everyone. Get active with Oti Mabuse (From Strictly Come Dancing) and her Shrek dance class for kids x Have fun! Can't wait to see photos!


F1 Thursday 30th April

F2 Thursday 30th April Here is a picture of the words I would like you to write.

F2 Thursday 30th April

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How to segment words

F2 Thursday 30th April

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Please join in practising our phonic sounds

Foundation Stage. Have a look in your home learning packs sent from school. You will find a Talk for writing booklet all about Mavis the magical cat and her friends. This is what the front cover looks like.

Wednesday 29th April F1 Challenges.

Have a go at playing ' I spy vegetable'.

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F2 Wednesday 29th April Can you use felt tips to add detail to your vegetable printing picture?

F2 Wednesday 29th April

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Hope you can join in with today's creative fun-vegetable printing .

F2-Tuesday 28th April.

More doubling fun. Click on the link below to watch the Numberblocks 'Double Trouble' video.

F2 Doubling numbers Tuesday 28th April

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Watch the video and 'have a go' at home.

F1 Tuesday 28th April Daily Challenges

Here is a video to support your learning.

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F2 Monday 27th April

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Can you sort the vegetables?

The Enormous Turnip story

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Good Morning FS! We hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend in the sunshine! This week we will be learning all about the story...

Here are the F1 challengers for Monday:

Happy Friday everyone!


Here are some activities for you to get stuck into!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Head over to dojo to see a video of how to play cross my river.

F2 Friday

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Here's a fine motor challenge for you all. Make sure an adult helps you.

Happy Friday F2. Let's have some physical fun! Click on the link below to join in with the Go noodle Dinosaur Stomp.

F2 Thursday-pattern activity

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Can you create your own patterns?

F2 Thursday 23rd April

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Join in singing the pattern song.

Home learning at its best. 

Thank you for sending us pictures of your children taking part in home learning at activities.  

Here is our FSU Home Learning Gallery.

Thursday 23rd April F1 Challenges

Wednesday F2

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Watch the video and maybe you can make your own watering can at home. Don't forget to do your diary picture for today.

Please watch the video to support your learning.

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Wednesday 22nd March- Today's F1 Maths Challenges. Counting and Measuring.

F1 Mrs Saddiq will be reading the story of 'Jack and the Beanstalk' later on class dojo. So please remember to log in for story time.

Thank you. 


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Watch the video and see if you can plant a seed at home too x

Tuesday 21st April- Todays F1 Challenges.

What do we do next?

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Our challenge F1 was to plant a apple seed. I hope you all had a go.
Now I have planted my apple seed, Shall we have a look at what we need to do next?

Playing Garden I spy.

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Have a walk around your garden and look for things you could use.

Monday- F2 calendar

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Please help me do the calendar today.

Monday-Days of the week song.

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Please join in singing the days of the week song. Remember-Jasper and his beanstalk from last week. He did different things everyday. Please draw a picture everyday this week of what you have been doing at home.

Hi F1, Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend! We are having another week of fun with Jasper’s Beanstalk. 

here at a few challenges to get you started. Don’t forget to check out dojo everyday and earn dojo’s for completing the activities!


Stay safe everyone, Mrs D x

Challenge 1: Can you grow a carrot plant?


Challenge 2: Can you draw what you think Jasper found at the top of the beanstalk?

It’s Physical Friday for F1 too today!


challenge 1: can you go outside for a walk and collect spring time treasures (flowers, leaves, sticks etc). Then can you make something with your spring time treasures (Mrs Deakin and her little girl made a bracelet and some flower potions)


challenge 2: can you complete the cosmic yoga activities:


challenge 3: can you use those pinching fingers to move small objects from one place to another (it doesn’t have to be tweezers and buttons you can use pasta or pom-poms or cereal with pegs or even just those pinching fingers).... make sure you try with both hands! 


Mrs Deakin is also going to read a story on dojo soon!

So F2, it's another physical Friday!
Why not go on Youtube and search Cosmic kids yoga to get you moving and stretching.

Then ask your grown-up to set a 30 second timer on their phone. How many jumps, hops, runs to the end of the garden can you do in that time?

Can't wait to see photos of you on Class dojo being active this Friday x

F2 Phonics week 1

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F2-Some words to read for phonics

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F1 phonics focus challenges.

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Pattern making for F2

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Watch the video and see if you can make a repeating pattern at home.

Please look at this with your grown-up. Talk about the different patterns. Can you make a repeating pattern?

F1 challenges so far.

Mrs Saddiq reading Jasper's Beanstalk

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This is a great learning theme to explore and enjoy as the weather becomes warm.


In Literacy we will be reading a range of books to develop our knowledge of plants through quality text.


Our focus texts this term are:


  • Jasper's Beanstalk written by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen
  • The Enormous turnip retold by Irene Yates
  • Oliver's vegetables written by Vivian French

The adults in the unit will also enjoy reading their favourite stories too. 


In Maths, F1  will continue to practise their counting skills and develop their number recognition . We will also be looking at place value, thinking about what number comes before/after or what is one more/one less and exploring patterns.

In F2, children will be counting on and back from 20, looking at patterns, doubling and halving and solving number problem solving.


Adults in the unit will be providing daily activities and challenges on the class dojo pages. Please complete as many activities and challenges as you can. We look forward to see all your work and to hear about all the things you have been up too.



Hello F2, 

Hope you have all enjoyed your Easter holiday at home and have managed to keep safe, happy and busy.

Our learning question this half term is: What shall we grow? We will be thinking about things that grow in our world.

This week's focus text is 'Jasper's Beanstalk' by Nick Butterworth. Please watch the video of the story on Youtube. Just click on the link below.


Sorry I can't read you the story myself but I don't have this book at home.

I hope you enjoy the story of 'Jasper's Beanstalk'. He is not very patient is he. It takes a long time for most plants to grow. Can you remember what creatures Jasper dug up on Friday? Please draw a picture of them and label the pictures using your phonics (segmenting)








Hello Foundation Stage, we hope you are all keeping safe and busy while staying at home.

Thank you to all the parents who have logged in to Class Dojo-our new online classroom. It is great to be in touch with you all. We have enjoyed hearing all about what you have been doing at home. Please continue to post messages, send photographs and share your wonderful learning.


To continue your learning journey at home, here are some home learning menus to keep you busy learning!






The Easter holidays officially start now until Tuesday 14th April. Hope you all  manage to speak to family members you can't visit and keep your spirits up.

Here are some fun activities to keep you busy over the break x

1. Hard boil an egg-decorate it or use it as part of a "Easter model".

2. Go out in the garden-help dig or weed. Look for mini-beasts.

3. Go on a number hunt in your local area-look for numbers on houses, cars, signs etc

4. Draw and cut out Easter egg pictures-ask an adult to hide the 'eggs'so you can hunt for them.

5. Have some water fun inside or outside. Make sure you ask your grown-ups first!!

6. Snuggle down and watch your favourite film or TV programme.

7. Read/share your favourite book with someone else.

8. Move in different ways-Run, jump, hop, skip, crawl, slide outside in your garden or in an open space.


Take care of yourselves and each other. Speak to you all soon. Love all your teachers at school xxx

Some Easter craft ideas.

Log onto class dojo for next weeks activities!

Our first week of nursery home learning activities all based around the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.

Spring Term 2


This half term our learning question is ' How do we get there?'.


Our Focus text are:

  • Who sank the boat
  • Mr Gumpy's outing
  • The Train Ride
  • Things that go.


Friday was Sport Relief. We had a really active day in the unit. F2 used the apparatus in P.E.

F1 did dough disco

F2 finished the day with activities and exercises outside.

Thursday 5th March was World Book day. We had an exciting day doing activities based on the story-Goldilocks and Just the One Bear. We had an engineering challenge to build a bed for baby bear. Look at our fantastic creations!
On Tuesday 24th March, we celebrated Pancake Day and made our own pancakes.

Spring Term 1.


Welcome back everyone and Happy New Year!


This half term, our learning question is:


How do we put things together?


For our end of term celebration, we held a parent workshop. The parents joined in with many activities based on 'materials' and our learning question 'How do we put things together'. 

In Literacy F2  wrote instructions on 'How to make a Gingerbread man'.

In Literacy F1 sequenced pictures of 'How to make a Gingerbread man'. We all baked our own Ginger bread man.

F2 decorated their Gingerbread man

F1 painted a Gingerbread man.

In Maths F2 have been working on number skills. They have been counting one more and one less and making comparisons. 
In Maths F1 have been practising our counting skills by matching the correct number to the amount. 
In DT we have been learning to thread using wool and a needle. We made character puppets and decorated them.

Our character puppets.

Our focus artist this term is Robin Brooks. Robin is an American artist who specializes in collage. We have been making collage story book settings in F2.
In Literacy we will be reading a range of traditional stories such as The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs and the Ginger bread man.

Here is some of our FS2 writing

We are very lucky to be a part of Our Street, Our Song Music Project.

Luke came to visit us.

We linked music to mark making.

As part of developing our oracy skills, we are now talking part in ' Rainbow Time' sessions.

We use our senses to develop our talk.

Autumn term 2.


This term our focus text are:


  • The shopping basket written by John Burningham
  • Hippo buys a has a hat written by Julia Donaldson
  • Don't forget the bacon written by Pat Hutchins

Week 3: This week we have been on a visit to Asda.

We got to take a look behind the scenes as well as doing a bit of shopping.

Friday 15th November was Children in Need. We came to school wearing our pyjamas and raised money for charity.

Lucas won the Pudsey bear raffle!!

Martin the musician came to school and we had fun singing with our families.

Autumn Term One


This term our focus texts are :


Titch by Pat Hutchins

Aren’t You Lucky! (Catherine Anholt)

This is Our House (Michael Rosen)

My mum and dad make me laugh (Nick Sharratt




Our end of term celebration was great!

We invited parents into the unit for a 'Keeping Healthy Workshop'.

  • We made healthy fruit kababs.
  • We created a healthy dinner collage.
  • We did observational drawings of fruits and vegetables.
  • We used the interactive write board to develop our counting skills and play games linking to foods we eat.
  • We completed interlinking fruit and vegetable jigsaws.
  • We looked at a range of fiction and non fiction texts all about 'Healthy eating' and 'Keeping healthy'.
  • Jean and her team from the school kitchen prepared 'more' healthy snacks for us all in the unit. the children all had a try and many enjoyed the fruit and vegetable tasting. 
  • Mrs Saddiq and Mrs Fraser both read a story at the end of the workshop.




Freddie's baby sister visited us. We talked about how we have changed since we were babies.
We have started reading the focus text-This is our house by Michael Rosen.
F2 have been drawing their own houses and have labelled their pictures using initial sounds.
In P.E this week, F2 have been using big balls to throw, catch and kick. we had lots of fun!
F2 have started doing their Rainbow challenges each week. This week we have been mixing colours with paint, reading books and playing a number game.
We have some pet fish. They are called Elm and Chestnut after our class names.
We have been exploring and enjoying our new classroom.

Making Friendships.

Early writing