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Foundation 2 - Sharman and Attenborough Class

Welcome to Cook and Drake Classes


In Cook class our Teacher is Miss Opala and our Teaching Assistant is Miss Thompson.


In Drake class our Teacher is Miss Bamford and our Teaching Assistant is Miss De Vegori.


FS2 Team Teacher's are, Mrs Akhter and Mrs Hallam.


In Foundation Stage 2,  you are always welcomed with a smile. Please come and talk to us and we will try our very best to answer any questions or queries in the morning or at the end of the school day. 

Autumn 1:

Our Whole School Quest question is: Where are the treasures of the world?

Our FS2 Quest question this term is: What different places do people live in?

We have been learning about the different homes that people live in around the world and comparing these homes to where we live.

We have also been learning about where different animals live and made some exciting habitats for different animals. 


Children have settled in really well this half term and have made a great start to the new school year. We look forward to discussing your child's progress with you in more detail during parents evening next half term. 


Remember to look at the curriculum letter for parents to see all the exciting things your children have been learning each term.

Autumn 2

This half term we will be learning all about celebrations.


Autumn 2 has been a busy and exciting time for Drake and Cook classes. It has been a time of celebrations!

We kicked off the new half term with our whole-school Remembrance Day display and singing assembly. During this time we learnt about the meaning of Remembrance Day and made Salt Dough Poppies to display outside of school. We were very proud of our hard work.


We also spent some time learning about the celebration of Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita. The children loved finding out about the ten headed Demon King Ravana, and how he was defeated by the monkey King.


The other exciting thing to happen this half term was the Christmas season! We decorated our class Christmas trees, watched the very funny Cinderella pantomime and practised tirelessly for our Christmas singing performance. I am sure you will agree that the children did themselves proud!


We’d like to thank all families for your valuable and continued support with attendance and reading at home.

Spring 1

This half term we are learning all about Winter. 


Exploring ice and feeding the birds

Chinese New Year Celebration Day

School Closure Period

Whilst the school is closed to most pupils to prevent the spread of Covid-19 (or Coronavirus), both Cook and Drake classes will be using Class Dojo as the primary method of communication. If you have not yet connected with Class Dojo, please ring the office on 0115 8845913 and we will get this sorted for you.


The children all received a work pack from school and each week, there will be activities set through Busy Things, Class Dojo and Teach Your Monster to Read. Please get in touch if you need any support accessing these activities or you would like extra learning ideas.

Friday 27th March - Star of the Week

Thank you for joining us on Class Dojo for our first virtual Celebration assembly.


Well done to the winners for their hard work at home! 

Week beginning 30th March 2020. Book of the Week - We're going on an Egg Hunt

We're going on an Egg Hunt, by Laura Hughes.
A story map by Aleks

We have shared a lovely reading of 'We're going on an Egg Hunt' on our Dojo class story. 

Can you listen to the story and make you very own story map just like Aleks did? Share it with us on Class Dojo. We cannot wait to see what you can create!


30.03.20 - Busy Things has been updated with new activities. Please complete these before Friday when they will be replaced with new ones.

Foundation Stage Maths Challenge.

Mr Moses is the school's Maths Lead. 

This for anyone aged 3 - 5 years old. Can you create your own number books?
Choose a number between 1 and 10. Collect different objects to make that number. Can you group them in different ways. Take a photo of your number books and share them with school.
Have a look at this web page for ideas.

Welecome back for the Summer Term

Welcome back for the Summer Term


Hi everyone and welcome back to the Summer Term. We hope that you all had a lovely, restful and safe Easter Break at home. 


Week beginning 20th April 2020


Our topic for this term is Growing and our first Book of the week is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by author Eric Carle. The link to listen to the author himself read the story, is below.


Your challenge for this week is to create a Story Map of the book!


In Maths, our number of the week is the Number 10 and we want to know EVERYTHING about it!

Can you complete these number 10 challenges at home with your families?

We would love to see pictures of you completing them! Please send them to your class teacher through Class Dojo and they will share them to your Class Stories for all of your friends to see.


As always, there are weekly activities set up for you to complete on Busy Things.



Extra Challenges and ideas:

1. Watch Numberblocks 10


2. Draw a picture of your favourite foods and label it using your phonics knowledge to help you. (Families, could you help your child to say the word aloud and write the sounds that they hear, rather than focussing on spelling the word 'correctly'?


3. Maths game. Have a go at ordering numbers 1-10 and then 1-20 in this fun caterpillar game. If you really want to challenge yourself, have a go at doing it backwards too.


4. Watch this beautiful animation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar


5. Paint a butterfly reflection picture.

You could use handprints, fingerprints, paintbrushes or sponges, paint one side of the paper, fold it in half and watch the magic happen!


6. Maths challenge - teach a family member the doubles song!


7. Watch this non-fiction video about the lifecycle of a butterfly


8. Repeating patterns:

Can you draw a pattern using two shapes?

Can you draw a repeating pattern using 3 colours?


9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar has run out of food. We need to go to the shops and buy him more.

Can you write a shopping list with 10 foods of that you think the caterpillar might like to taste?


10. Have a look at this lovely activity pack all about the Very Hungry Caterpillar


Just some of the AMAZING work completed this week!

Thank you so much for all of the hard work you are doing. We are all so proud of you all!


Week beginning 20th April

Week beginning 27th April 2020

Our Book of the Week is still the Very Hungry Caterpillar - if you would still like to complete a story map, the link to the story is above, and we will continue to look at the progress of our very own Hungry Caterpillars (watch their progress of Class Dojo or see below for updates).

We are also still looking at the number 10 in maths.


This weeks home challenge is looking at number bonds to 10 (all of the different ways we can make the number 10). The challenge below will help you explore this at home.



As always, there are new activities set on Busy Things


Extra activity ideas

1. Story time with your class teacher! Have a look on Class Dojo! Your teacher has recorded a very special story for you to listen to.


2. Watch the Numberblocks episode 'Ten Again'


3. Play the maths game 'Hit the button' to practice number bonds to 10 Number bonds to 10


4. Practice your number bonds using ten frames


5. Practice your phonics skills with this segmenting game (Rocket Rescue)


6. How ell do you know your 'Words to know'? Test yourself with this fun game - Tricky Word Trucks


7. Can you make your very own 'Number Bond Butterfly'? 


8. Look at the picture below. Can you find all of the fruits from the Very Hungry Caterpillar?

Write a sentence for each fruit. Eg: I can see a plum behind the flower.

Use your phonics to help you spell the word by popping it into your mouth, chewing up the sounds and then pulling them out again.



9. Symmetry Matching Game


10. Can you draw and write all about your favourite minibeast?

Week beginning 27th April 2020

Week beginning 4th May 2020


This week we are learning all about the lifecycle of a frog. 


Please see below for  suggested activities to complete with your children this week.




  • Listen to Miss Opala/ Mrs Bamford reading a frog book on dojo.

       Can you draw and write about your favourite part of the book? 


  • Watch the lifecycle of a frog


  • Join in singing the ‘Five little speckled frogs’ song and counting down from 5


  • Create a frog lifecycle on busy things- activity is set in the ‘assignments’ section
  • Can you draw a frog?
  • What can you write about frogs?
  • Can you draw the lifecycle of a frog?
  • Can you use resources at home to create a frog?


  • Teach your monster to read is great for reading, you can use the app or the website. Please remember to use your log in details which we provided in your home school pack


  • Reading online activities- start by selecting phase 2 words. If your child can read then try phase 3 words.


  • Shape- online activities


  • Adding with the number blocks activity


Our new number of the week is 11

11 is one lot of 10 and 1 more. 


Watch the number blocks 11 episode by clicking on the link below.


Number 11 challenges-

Can you count 11 objects?

Can you count out 11 objects e.g. pieces of cereal, from a larger group?

Get 11 objects. How many are left if you take 1 away? How many are left if you take 4 away? How many are left if you take 10 away?

Can you explore different ways of making 11?


Week beginning 11th May 2020


We are still concentrating on the lifecycle of the frog as our topic.

A few activity ideas for you. If you cannot print, do not worry, just draw it out on paper!

Story time this week is :

No-Bot the Robot - Cook Class     See How They Grow: Frog - Drake Class

Miss Opala on Class Dojo    

Tune in to Class Dojo, Class stories to see Miss Opala and Mrs Bamford read the books aloud.


In Maths this week, we are still concentrating on the number 11


Have another look at the Numberblocks '11' episode to help children understand

11 as one lot of 10 and one lot of 1


Play Teddy Numbers


Ten Frames

Adding and subtracting with the Numberblocks


Each morning we are asking the children to take part in an online phonics lesson provided by DfE, Letters and Sounds. The links will be posted daily on Class Dojo or you can find them here:


Some extra phonics activities:


Practice blending with this lovely game


Grapheme recognition


Practice segmenting


Blending and segmenting


Rhyming game


Rhyming game 2

Week beginning 18th 

Our book of the week this week is 'The Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson!

Tune in to Class Dojo, Class Stories on Monday to see Mrs Bamford and Miss Opala reading the story to Cook and Drake Class.



Activities for this week:


1. Research project. 

This week we are challenging you to do some research and create a fact file of a creature from the story.


Can you pick a creature from the Monkey Puzzle and using either non-fiction books or the internet, find out:

  • The name of the animal
  • Draw a picture of the animal
  • Where does it live?
  • What does it's habitat look like?
  • What does it like to eat?
  • How big is it? 
  • What do their babies look like? Draw a picture.


2. Phonics lessons. Each day we are following a lesson from Letters and Sounds phonics on YouTube.

Please get in contact with your child's teacher to find out which lesson we are currently working on.


This is followed by activities on Phonics Play and time spent applying phonics knowledge on Teach your Monsters to Read.



3. Writing Activities


Activity 1 - can you tell us about your favourite part of the story?

Activity 2 - Can you write simple sentences to answer these questions about the story?

Activity 3 - What can you see in the jungle? Start each sentence 'I can see'


4. Maths

Maths this week is the Number 12!



Representing the number 12

Here are 3 ways of representing the number 12.

Can you explore different ways of showing the number 12? You could use anything.

You could write number sentences for the different ways you have made 12 e.g. 11+1=12

How many different ways of making 12 can you find?


You could draw or print your own ten frames to use.


Ten frames

Say hello to our baby caterpillars! 🐛

Usually at this time of the year we would have caterpillars in our classroom and observe how they change into butterflies. We are not missing out on this, as this year I have the caterpillars at my house! I will be taking photos of them every few days and posting them on dojo so you can all see and talk about the lifecycle changes.

Day 1

Look closely at how tiny they are at the moment.

The brown in the bottom of their container is their caterpillar food. 
It’s an exciting time to see how they will change 😀


Day 3

Look at our baby caterpillars. If you compare this photo to the first caterpillar pictures you will see how much they have grown in only 2 days!


Day 5

Look at our caterpillars now! 

Can you talk about how they look different to the first picture we saw on day 1?

They are eating lots of their food and are growing so much every day.

We can look forward to seeing what they look like after the weekend.


Day 9

Look at how much our caterpillars have grown!

Look closely- can you see the webs they are making?

Caterpillars make this webbing to help keep themselves safe when outside in the wild. Caterpillars use the webbing to stick onto plants, they they could easily get blown off leaves in the wind. 

They also use the webbing to pull leaves around themselves to hide away from animals that might want to eat them. 


Day 12

Our caterpillars are now getting so big!

Have a look back at photos of our caterpillars before and see how they have changed.

The little brown balls you can see in the bottom of the container is caterpillar poo. It means our caterpillars are eating and growing, which is just what we want smiley


Day 16- 5th May

See how our caterpillars are now making their way to the top of the container. They are getting ready to attach themselves to the paper disk on the lid, where they will next hang down and change into a chrysalis (cocoon) 


Day 18- 7th May

It's a very exciting time! Our caterpillars no longer look like caterpillars anymore! They are changing into a chrysalis (cocoon)

Our caterpillars will now start changing inside the chrysalis.  








We have Caterpillars!