2018- 2019

Welcome to Whiston Junior and Infant School and Foundation Two. 

Summer term 2019

Summer 2

Welcome back to the final term of FS2! Where has this year gone?

 We hope you had a good half term break and the children are refreshed and ready for another busy term. 

Our learning this term is based on the question 'What do you like to do on holiday?' The children will recount their holiday experiences and talk about their favourite holiday places, what they do on holiday and also how they travel there. 

Our role play will be a steam train, a travel agents and then change later in the term to become a caravan.

We will use the books 'The Train Ride ' by June Crebbin, Lucy and Tom by Shirley Hughes, Mr Gumpy's Outing and Mr Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham on our small world for the children to enact the stories. 

Transition for all the children in school is the final week of the term, week beginning 15th July, where the children will move to their new classroom with their new teacher and teaching assistant(s). During this time the children will begin their new whole school topic ‘All about me’, which they will continue with in September.

If you wish to view our Learning Letter for Summer 2, please click the link below

Summer 1

Welcome back and we hope you had a good Easter and found time to relax together and enjoyed the gorgeous weather over the Easter weekend.

Summer 1 is a very short term!! Our learning this term is linked to the question 'Whose baby am I?' and begins with our visit to Whirlow Hall Farm in Sheffield on Wednesday 1st May.  We will take a trip around the farm, looking at the different animals and finding out about their young. On our return to school we will write a recount about the visit and draw, collage and paint farm animal pictures. Our role play area is Old MacDonald’s farmhouse and the small world is a farm, where the children can create their own stories.  During the term we will learn about different kinds of animals such as farm animals (link to our visit) and African animals (linked to the story of Handa’s Surprise). Our focus will be naming the animals and their young, looking at the differences and similarities between the adult and young of each of the animals and where the animal lives.

The term ends with the whole school Sport and Wellbeing Week, where we will learn about making healthy choices with regard to foods, drink and exercise. The week will end with our FS2/KS1 Sports Day on Friday 24th May- weather permitting of course!!! 

If you wish to view our Learning Letter for Summer 1, please click the link below.


Spring 2019

Spring 2

Welcome back and we hope you had an enjoyable half term break and the children are refreshed and ready to learn!

To begin our learning this term, it is our whole school Book and Science topic based on the book ‘The Tin Forest’ by Helen Ward. In FS2 we will be learning about animals that live in a forest and Mini beasts.

We hope you will be able to join us for our creative workshop on Wednesday 27th February at 2-3pm where you can come into school and work with your child in the school hall on creative activities linked to the story of ‘The Tin Forest'.

Our next mini topic is ‘Would you like a beanstalk growing in your garden?’ where the children will learn about plants and what they need to grow. This term, on a Thursday afternoon, starting on 7th March, the children will take part in Nature Detectives, led by Mrs Fretwell, learning about growing different vegetables. They may get dirty so a change of clothes will be required. A letter will follow shortly.

We will end the term by answering the questions 'Can you see signs of spring?' and 'How do you celebrate Easter?' which will end with an Easter egg hunt around our classroom and outdoor area.

If you wish to view our Learning Letter for Spring 2, please click the link below.


Spring 1

Welcome back and Happy New Year to everyone!!!  See the source image 

We hope you have all had an enjoyable break.

In FS2 this term we will be learning about 'What is it like to live in a cold place?' We will be learning about the season of winter and its weather and how we can keep ourselves warm. In our learning we will be using the stories 'One Snowy Night' by Nick Butterworth, ‘The Snowman’ and ‘The Snowman and the SnowDog’ by Raymond Briggs and clips for the Walt Disney film ‘Frozen’.  As part of our learning we will be finding out about animals who live in the Polar Regions.

Later in the term we will look at the work of the 999 emergency services and how they help us.  We have planned for some visitors to come into school and talk about their jobs and how they help people.

To end the term we will learn about Chinese New Year- the year of the pig. We learn about how it is celebrated around the world and we even have our own Chinese banquet!! Our role play will be a Chinese Restaurant.

If you wish to view our Learning Letter for Spring 1, please click the link below.


Autumn 2018

Autumn 2

Welcome back to Autumn 2 which will no doubt be a busy term, with the run up to Christmas and all the exciting learning opportunities we have planned for the children.

This term, during the first two weeks we will be asking the question ‘Would you like to meet a witch or a wizard?' as part of our Magic and Mystery mini topic. Our learning will be linked to the Julia Donaldson books of 'Room on the Broom' and 'The Princess and the Wizard'. As part of this topic we will be having a Magic and Mystery Day on Thursday 8th November, where the children can come dressed up as any magical creature! In the classroom the role play will be a Wizard and Witches Potion Workshop where the children can create all sorts of spells and potions in their cauldrons. So beware!!

Our whole school Winter topic is based around the story by Hans Christian Anderson 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe'. In FS2 we will be looking at the book 'The Snow Queen' which is an adaptation of his story.

Our main topic focus for the term is learning about ‘How do different communities use light and dark in their celebrations?’ We will look at celebrations such as Diwali, birthdays, Christmas and also learn about Bonfire Night and fire safety.

We will begin our Christmas celebrations, which will include the children performing their Christmas Nativity with the Year 1 children to parents/carers and other family members on Monday 10th December at 10am and 2.30pm, a visit to watch the pantomime at Rotherham Civic Theatre on Tuesday 11th December,  the Christmas dinner celebrations on Wednesday 19th December. wearing our Christmas jumpers and to finish a Christmas Party on 21st December and a special visitor dressed in red!!

If you wish to view our Learning Letter for Autumn 2, please click the link below.

Autumn 1

We would like to welcome our new children and families to Whiston and hope you have had an enjoyable summer break.

Starting school is an exciting time but we appreciate it can be rather daunting as well, so if you have any questions please don't hesitate to speak to a member of the FS2 team.

Our first topic is “Who am I?” and we will be talking about what make us all individual and special and our likes and dislikes. The children will be creating self-portraits and family pictures and talk about family life and special events.

 We will read familiar stories linked to families such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Little Red Riding Hood.

We will learn about houses and homes and go on a walk around the local area of Whiston to look at the different buildings people live in. We will read the story of the Three Little Pigs to help us to learn about the different materials houses can be made from.

We will also learn about Autumn by going on an Autumn walk around the school grounds and making collections of things we find on the ground. We will make Autumn pictures using what we have collected, Autumn threading with leaves and Autumn writing and drawing.


We also plan from the interests of the children and use our observations of the children to inform planning.  

 If you wish to view our learning letter for Autumn 1 please click on the link below

File icon: pdf Learning letter Autumn 1 Who Am I [pdf 156KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf FS2 Autumn 2 pdf [pdf 433KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Learning_letter_FS2_Spring_1_2019 PDF [pdf 213KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf FS2 Learning letter Spring 2 2019 [pdf 160KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Learning letter Summer 1 2019 Whose Baby Am I PDF [pdf 356KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Learning Letter Summer 2 2019-converted (1) [pdf 346KB] Click to download