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"Can't believe how dark it is!"

posted 16 Nov 2018, 09:16 by Matthew Smith

The title of this post is a phrase you will often hear in the FS2 base at the end of the day!  It's getting darker for longer and everyone returned to school with exciting news about bonfires and firework displays.

We've also had a fire safety talk from Mr Willett (see news item from the main page), made some lovely bonfire art and fire safety posters, listened to and wrote about Owl Babies and had some more fun outdoors.  

Here are some photos from the last fortnight.  Have a great weekend!


Autumn 1

posted 19 Oct 2018, 08:52 by Matthew Smith

Hello to everyone and welcome to our first post of the 2018-19 academic year.  We've had most permission forms back so we are now able to start sharing some photos of what has been happening so far this term!  We've been very proud and pleased with how well the children have settled and made the jump to attending school.

It's been a busy half term!
  • Time to get to know staff, children and setting.
  • Foci on the Three Little Pigs and the Gingerbread Man
  • Phonics Phase 2 - and beginning to segment and blend simple words.
  • Counting and familiarisation with Numicon.
  • Self portraits and using 2D shapes to create pictures.
We hope you enjoy the snapshots below!

Finally, here's a couple of video highlights!

Autumn 1 2018.mp4

FS2 Introduction Video

posted 20 Jul 2018, 08:25 by Matthew Smith

A reminder to those who have seen it and for anyone who hasn't seen it, we hope you enjoy our FS2 introduction video!  Expertly narrated by some of the current FS2 cohort!  We think it should go viral, really.

New Parents Evening 2018 v2.mp4

Fond Farewells

posted 20 Jul 2018, 08:24 by Matthew Smith

We're so sorry to see this year group move on but we're so proud of all their achievements this year and how much they've progressed academically and personally.  We know the Year 1 team are receiving a wonderful group of young people.

Here's some recent photos, remember to tune into the Y1 learning journey next year!

Thanks too to all the staff and students that supported us this year.  All our students have posts for September!

Have a great summer!

Best wishes
All the FS2 team

Down on the Farm

posted 25 May 2018, 08:56 by Matthew Smith   [ updated 25 May 2018, 08:57 ]

How quickly has the half term gone!  We've had a ball with our topic this half term.  We've been busy with lots of adult led tasks and ones that the children have chosen for themselves in the provision.  

  • We've had a stable set up outside with lots of farm animals to look after.
  • A classroom role play inside.
  • Writing tasks including farm booklets and Farmer Duck activities.
  • Maths activities including adding up amounts of money and comparing weight.
  • Circle Times with Mrs Russell including parachute games outside and role play of the Farmer Duck story.
Please see below for some photos, more to be added.  We hope you enjoy a well deserved half term break and we'll see you back on Monday 4th June.

Next up will be our Princesses and Pirates theme - ARRRRRR!


Whirlow Adventure!

posted 30 Apr 2018, 08:32 by Matthew Smith

We hope everyone has enjoyed the first two weeks back after Easter!  

The highlight had to be our visit to Whirlow Farm.  It was a whirl-ow of animals, machines, stories and exotic smells.  The children were fantastic and we were so proud of how they represented Dore Primary on their first official school outing.  We had some lovely feedback from the volunteers at Whirlow.

The day was split into two parts.  Mr Smith's class spent the morning touring the farm, seeing chickens, sheep, rabbits, ponies and goats.  They also learned lots about what they saw from our knowledgeable guides.  For instance, did you know that if a horse has to be at least 14 hands 2 inches tall to be classed as a horse?  Otherwise it's a pony. 

Miss Bradley's class acted out the Little Red Hen story.  This involved lots of walking around the farm, having a go at all the tasks that Little Red Hen had to do in the story before finally having a go at kneading some dough and making their own cottage loaves!  There was even a chance to sample some freshly baked bread afterwards.  I think we could all see why Little Red Hen found it such hard work!  

In the afternoon the classes swapped over.  By the end of the day we had a tired but happy cohort who had largely avoided getting drenched or caked in mud.  

We have a huge thanks to make to all our parent volunteers.  Literally we cannot do these visits without lots of adult help.  Thanks also to those who offered help but we were unable to invite.  Miss Walker gave up one of her days to come and help out which we much appreciate.  

Have a look at our photos below.  Next time you head to Whirlow as a family we hope you're bombarded with facts from your children as you go round!  

Music - Boomwhackers!

posted 17 Apr 2018, 07:25 by Kathryn Davis

We've been having great fun playing and copying rhythms using Boomwhackers.

Hungry Caterpillars!

posted 27 Mar 2018, 07:53 by Matthew Smith

Sorry for the delay getting the photos out this week!

We had a lovely fortnight as we welcomed back Miss Snape for her second teaching practice in Miss Bradley's class.

Sadly we had to say goodbye to Miss Walker, who completed her teaching practice in Mr Smith's class on Friday.  We are very grateful to Miss Walker for all her hard work and dedication.  Everyone wishes her the very best for the future!

We've been trying our best to get spring like, despite the weather outside, with our theme of the Hungry Caterpillar.  We've obviously looked at the story and done some drama with Mrs Russell.  In maths we have been looking at doubling and halving!  We also discussed what constitutes healthy foods and made some "healthy plates".  Dressing up for Sport Relief was a fun way to end the fortnight.

Fee Fi Fo Fum!

posted 12 Mar 2018, 07:59 by Matthew Smith

We've had a lot of fun over the past fortnight as we explored our mini topic of Jack and the Beanstalk and Jasper's Beanstalk.

We had the added excitement of World Book Day on Friday, moved due to snow.  The children dressed up brilliantly, we watched some drama from Y6 and had a reading swap and some playtime with two junior classes.

Unfortunately the snow has had it's impact during the first week back after the holidays but we hope the following photos give some flavour of what has been happening!

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

posted 16 Feb 2018, 09:21 by Matthew Smith

...or we wish you "peace and prosperity" in the year of the dog!

Yes, we've been learning about Chinese New Year over the past fortnight.  We started with a craft morning which included some videos about Chinese New Year and how it is celebrated in the UK.  The children have had a Chinese New Year flavour to many of their focus tasks and opportunities in the provision this past two weeks.  We have really enjoyed it and we hope you all have a fantastic half term.  We'll see you back a week on Monday.

We had a fun circle time led by Mrs Russell.  Here's a video of our Chinese Dragon Dance!

Chinese New Year FS2.mp4

Here are some photos to give a flavour of the past fortnight.  Thanks for all the egg boxes!



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