Foundation Stage 2 Spring Term 2021 

 'In the Garden'

Welcome back!  Our topic for spring term is entitled 'In the Garden’ which will lead us nicely into Easter! 

We will be investigating living things found in the garden for example mini-beasts, plants (including what a plant needs to grow), as well as learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.  We will begin to recognise some of the mammals and birds that visit our own gardens and our forest school area.   

Our RE units will be: Why is the word God so special to Christians?  After half term we will learn why Easter is special to Christians. 

This term’s values are Courage followed by Forgiveness after half term. 

Role Play Areas Mrs Arinze’s role play area for this term will be the Green Roots Garden Centre and Mrs Bevan’s role play area will be Creepy Crawly Corner.

Recycling Please note if you have any odd seeds or bulbs, seed packets, plant pots, garden magazines, compost, artificial flowers, magnifying glasses, bug containers, plastic bugs, minibeast pictures etc please send items into school for us to recycle in our class areas.

All other areas of development can be found below on our topic overview which has been sent out parents.

Polite reminders:  Please support your child with their homework (see this half terms new homework menu).  We are promoting independence so please remind your child to take their completed homework and formation books out of their book bag and place them in the class box provided.

Uniform Please check all school uniform is clearly named including outdoor wear. 

'Wow' Wall Outside each classroom we have a dedicated 'wow' wall.  We feel this is a great way of celebrating the children’s achievements and milestones.  Please continue to send in anything you would like us to celebrate and share with the class.  Each child has an A4 slot on the ‘WOW’ board which we hope to fill with achievements from home or school.

Please note, in the current climate, and following guidance we will keep ‘WOW’ vouchers in an airtight box for 72 hours before celebrating them on our display board.         

Thank you for your continued support.

Regards Mrs Arinze & Mrs Bevan

Harvest Time  We've had great fun making fruit and veggie creatures for Harvest.  We chose our own fruit or vegetable and designed our creature.  A grown up helped us to fit the pieces together.  We hope you like our special creations!

In R.E. we have been talking about events that make us feel special.  We are learning how Christians are welcomed into God’s family through Baptism and which special symbols are used for this ceremony. 

The children prepared for Evie Hardwicke's special day by making cards for the baby.  They then acted out a Baptism in small groups followed by a few family snaps for the album and of course a celebration cake!

Children in Need
Our excited, EYFS children arrived in their onesies and pyjamas for Children in Need.  We had a fun filled day whilst learning about children who need a little support, this linked in very well with this terms value of  'compassion'.
The children enjoyed several Pudsey activities over the day, including dancing with Pudsey Bear and Pudsey the dog.  Our movement session focused on making shapes with our bodies (lots of hand gel involved).  Pudsey Bear was so impressed with our shape work!  Thank you parents for your support and  kind donations. Enjoy our photos! 
Forest Fun!
Class RA have been having super fun in forest school with Mrs Mills.  Last week they got to know the safety rules and explored their surroundings.  In class this week we are reading The Hedgehogs Balloon by Nick Butterworth.  The children created some environmental land art using the conkers and leaves they collected.  Can you  see which woodland creature they have created from the story?
Christmas is coming!
Class RA having been having super fun decorating the classroom ready for Christmas.  They were so proud to hang their homemade, recycled, decorations on our Christmas tree, thank you parents we had some fabulous ones! 
Today the children were VERY  excited to put on their Nativity costumes and sing a few festive songs.  Keep an eye on the website you are in for a treat! 
Budding Artists! 
Have you spotted our fantastic festive artwork?  It is displayed in the window at Tesco's Quedgeley.  The creations were put together by some of our local schools who are part of the Quedgeley Learning Community. 
Some of our reception children created the three cheeky reindeers and other artwork was created by pupils from  Fieldcourt C of E Infant Academy and Beech Green Primary School.