2017 - 18

Welcome to Whiston Junior and Infant School and Foundation Two. 

Spring 2

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

This term begins with the celebration of the Chinese New Year- the Year of the Dog. We learn about how it is celebrated around the world and we even have our own Chinese banquet!! Our role play is a Chinese Restaurant.

Next it is our whole school Book and Science topic where we will be learning about Polar Animals and Mini beasts. We are starting our learning using the story book ‘The Emperor’s Egg’ to help us to answer the question ‘How do animals survive in the Arctic and Antarctic?'. To help us to answer the question ‘What is a Mini beast?’ the children on Monday 12th March, will be experiencing seeing and handling a variety of mini beasts in the classroom. You have already received a letter about this and returned the consent form.

We hope you will be able to join us for our creative workshop on Wednesday 14th March 2-3pm where you can come into school and work with your child on activities linked to our topic of mini beasts.

We will end the term by answering the questions 'Can you see signs of Spring?' and 'How is Easter celebrated?' which will end with an Easter egg hunt around our 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!!! 

We hope the children have had an enjoyable break and are ready to return to school, enthusiastic and eager to learn. 

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 keep ourselves warm. In our learning we will be using the story 'One Snowy Night' by Nick Butterworth and the story and DVD 'Frozen and 'The Snowman and the Snowdog'.  As part of our learning we will be finding out about animals in the Polar Regions.

To finish this term we will look at the work of the 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.

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


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.

During the first week of this term, is the whole school European Cultural Week. In FS2 we will be finding out about ‘What do people in Italy eat?’  

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 also 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 where the children can come dressed up as any magical creature! More details to follow shortly. 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!!

Into December and 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, a visit to watch the pantomime at Rotherham Civic Theatre, a Christmas Party with a very special visitor dressed in red and Christmas dinner celebrations wearing our Christmas jumpers!

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


Autumn 2017

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 their likes and dislikes. The children will be creating self-portraits and family pictures of their family members 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 doing some 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 244KB] Click to download
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File icon: pdf Learning_letter_FS2_Spring_1_2018 (2) [pdf 248KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf FS2 Learning letter Spring 2 2018 [pdf 295KB] Click to download