Foundation Stage 2

We are so excited to welcome the children back to Green and Blue Base after the Easter holidays! The children have settled back into school life brilliantly and are keen to build on their learning from the Spring term.

During the Summer term our learning will be focused around two topics.  The first half term is ‘Let’s Grow’, where we will be exploring plants and mini beasts. We will be learning about different types of plants and mini beasts, finding out about how they grow and why they are important.

Our topic for the second half term is called ‘Big and Small’ and we will be learning about animals.  We will be learning about pets, farm animals, native animals and animals from around the world.  We have arranged for a farm to come and visit us – more details to follow!

Learning outside is fun and effective and is often your child’s favourite part of the day.  However, at this time of year we often get wet and dirty – please send your child to school with spare clothes to keep in a bag on their peg. As it gets warmer, please make sure they come to school with appropriate clothing and a sun hat.  Please make sure your child wears sun cream – we would recommend using the 8 hour cream which can be applied before school and will last all day.

Please ensure your child brings their book bag to school every day and remember to check it regularly for any letters or newsletters that may have been sent home.

We will be helping your children learn by following their interests and developing their play, even though this may deviate from our plans.

Homework will be sent home every Friday to reflect what the children have been learning in school, and to let you know what your child has been learning in school (we know how many of them come home and claim to have done nothing!).

We also send home 2 books each week – one is a library book for you to read with your child, the other is a phonics book that they will have read in school 3 times before bringing it home.  They need to read this book with you to develop their confidence and fluency.  Every child who reads at home 3 times (and has this recorded in their Reading Diary) will receive a small reward at the end of each week.

The children will be developing their understanding of number in Maths and learning letter sounds through Phonics sessions, to help them read simple words and sentences.

We really appreciate your voluntary weekly £1 donations to our Foundation Fund, it makes a great difference to the resources and experiences we can provide; thank you for giving when you can.

If you have any questions, please speak to a member of our lovely Blue Base and Green Base staff, we are always happy to help.

Mrs Gladwell and Mrs Wellington

Further information:

Pupils are excited about adding experiences to their ‘Bag for Life’.

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The support that leaders provide for families is a strength of the school.

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Pupils enjoy coming to Wheeler Primary School every day.

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Pupils are encouraged to develop a positive attitude towards themselves and others.

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Leaders and teachers have high expectations for every child.

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Everyone cares for each other and that every teacher adds a little bit of fun into every lesson

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Leaders are passionate about preparing pupils to be good citizens for the world beyond Wheeler Primary School

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It is a safe and happy place to learn.

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Being at Wheeler is like being part of a family and that makes learning fun

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I think the best thing about being a Wheeler pupil is that all of the staff listen and care about you

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Classrooms are calm and purposeful places for pupils to learn.

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The best thing is having someone to go to when you’re upset

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Pupils in key stage 2 talk confidently about a wide range of authors and texts they have read.

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There are
opportunities for pupils to attend different clubs and raise funds for charities

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Pupils are proud to be part of the Wheeler family.

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The school has made recent changes to the teaching
of phonics to help pupils get off to the best start with their reading.

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Pupils take books home which contain the sounds that they are learning in class. This gives them plenty of practice.

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Throughout my time at Wheeler, I have been given so many opportunities to experience and learn new things

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The staff are really encouraging. They always help us to be the best we can be

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The pastoral team works well together to ensure that pupils are safe.

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The leader’s vision for the school is demonstrated in the way pupils behave

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Leaders give pupils the opportunity to complete well-planned and exciting
activities, such as performing in front of an audience, in order to create a ‘bag’ full of life experiences as they progress through the school. .

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Parents say that the school is ‘fantastic’ and that staff ‘greet the children come hail, rain or shine’ every morning as they arrive.

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Leaders have designed and implemented an ambitious and well-planned curriculum.

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They want pupils to ‘Be Respectful, Responsible and Resilient in Learning and Life’

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The teachers are so supportive they help and guide you all the way through the year

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Pupils report that bullying is rare, but if it happens, staff will sort it out quickly and fairly.

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