HMS Grimsby

HMS Grimsby – Foundation Stage 2

Mrs. Cullen

I have been a teacher for a long time now and I have worked in a range of settings across the country. I have 2 children, a dog and a rabbit. I love spending time with my family whether that be on days out or snuggled on the sofa sharing a book. I love to nurture, guide and teach young children and show them just how amazing they can be.

We believe that that reading is the gateway for children that makes all other learning possible. To help each child learn to read we follow the Read Write Inc phonics scheme. A love for books is at the heart of everything we do, and we use a story to enhance our learning at every opportunity possible.

It has been an amazing first half term in EYFS! We have learnt all about our school and our classes. We have enjoyed exploring our learning environment and making new friends. We have looked at a range of stories: Whatever Next, Where’s my Teddy? Leaf Man, Meg and Mog and Room on the Broom. We have based all our learning through these stories and have learnt lots already! We have looked at patterns, counting, Autumn, ourselves and our community. 

This last week before half term, we have learnt all about Harvest. We collected food, took part in our first assembly and then delivered food to the local food bank! 

We have had the best start to the school year and can’t wait to see what comes next! Well done to all of the children for settling in and being kind and caring towards each other. We are very proud of you all. 

In the Spring term we will be learning all about food and where it comes from. Our books will help us learn about growing food and how to eat a healthy diet. We will start by reading the Little Red Hen. We will think about what ingredients the hen needs to make the bread, what equipment he needs and the order he will do it all in.

We will also be looking at Chinese New Year and Easter as part of our people and communities focus. We will be looking at why people celebrate these occasions and what traditions people follow. 

The children we continue to learn to read and write in a wide variety of ways…the children are all making progress in out Read Write Inc lessons and some children have started to take home a red reading book. We have enjoyed learning the actions for our Talk4Writing lessons and all children are now having a go at sharing their ideas with each other. They are doing amazingly.

Keep it up.

In the Summer Term, we will be exploring the world of Animals!

What animals do you know? Where do they live? What do they eat? How do they help us? Well these are some of the questions we will be exploring through our indoor and outdoor learning which links well to the Geography and science aspects of the world’s inhabitants.

In Writing, we will be learning, writing and performing the story of Farmer Duck. A book that teaches all about the farm as well as what it takes to be a good friend! The children will learn the story with actions, talk about their likes and dislikes, in regards to the story, read and write phrases and sentences from the story as well as making up their own version. All of this will be supported by their Phonics teaching through the RWI strategy. The children are working on reading longer words and using them in sentences.

In Maths we will be exploring teen numbers, composition of number and patterns in the number system, adding, subtracting and exploring mathematical problems in everyday life while recapping all we have learnt so far in our Reception year.

In art we will continue to explore different media to create drawings, paintings and sculptures. We will also use our art skills to enhance our story telling by creating props from our focus text. Our outdoor art area will be up and ready to use just in time for the children to create wonderful pictures in our outdoor classroom.

In PSED we will continue to work on being a good friend, caring for our own or others’ needs and thinking about how our actions have an effect on both ourselves and our peers.

We will sing, construct, cook, exercise and lots, lots more!

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