Brinsley Primary & Nursery School

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Brinsley Primary And Nursery School - Foundation 2

    Who’s in the class

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    Mrs F Bates
    Class Teacher
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    Miss L Maule
    Teaching Assistant

Class Name: Robins

This term our topic is:
Why Do Polar Bears Have Thick Fur?

This half term our learning question is 'Why do polar bears have thick fur?'. We will be learning about the polar regions, thinking about weather conditions and how the animals that live there survive. We will consider how these places are different to where we live. We will do a short study on the explorer 'Ernest Shakleton' and will carry out our own investigations into snow and ice. In art we will discuss cold colours and use different media to create pictures and collages. 

To support our learning we will share various non-fiction texts as well as books such as 'Best friends or not?' by Paeony Lewis, 'Little Polar Bear' by Hans de Beer, 'The Emperors Egg' by Martin Jenkins and 'Little people: big dream: Ernest Shakleton' by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara.

In maths we will be focussing on one less, zero, composition of 5, equal and unequal groups, composition of numbers – 3 groups, measuring capacity, representing 6, making 7 and 8, matching 6,7,8. We will also begin to learn how to combine 2 groups.

Our values for January and February are Teamwork and Confidence, these values will be explored during our SCARF PSED time when we will be completing a unit of work called 'Staying Safe'.

We will continue to our learning outdoors for 'Forest Fridays'. Please ensure children have outdoor clothing suitable for the weather i.e sun hats for hot days, wellies and coats for rainy or cold days. If parents would like to come and help out during one of the session please contact Mrs Bates or Miss Maule before the day you wish to come.

 We will continue to update parents and carers on Class Dojo, about what is happening and when. Please also keep and eye out for emails and messages from the school office.


Welcome to Foundation 2robin

We hope that your child has a fantastic time in our lovely class. 

Please see below for links to helpful websites.

The place to find our nursery rhymes and clips:

Join in with some calm yoga for children:



Your child will be sent home with a book matched to their phonics learning and a library book. 

Reading books will be changed on a weekly basis. Please bring you child’s reading book every day as we are always looking for extra opportunities to listen to them read.

We ask that you try to share a book with your child at least three times a week. It really does make a difference. If your child finds some of the words difficult, remind them to use their phonics for support. Alongside reading the text, ask your child questions about the book and what they think might happen next in the story. Please log your child's reading on our 'Boom Reader' app. Children who read three times or more will be entered into our class 'Reading Challenge' draw. Each week a child's name will be chosen at random and they will win a prize from the prize box.

As well as our class incentive, we are also part of the whole school reading challenge. If we improve the percentage of children reading three times or more per week, we win a golden book award on the hall display. We can then decide on a class treat with our teacher. This could be a non-uniform day, cinema time or bring a toy to school day for example. 

Our library book day will be Thursday. Your child will only need to bring their library book back on this day if they want to change it. 

Tricky Words

Children will be sent home with a set of tricky words for them to practise reading. Tricky words are common words that cannot be sounded out using regular phonics.  The tricky words will be linked to the phonics phase your child is learning. Please ensure that tricky word bookmarks are in your child’s book bag every day.



This half term the children will be doing PE on Mondays. Please ensure they come to school in their PE kit on this day. Kit should include plimsolls/ trainers, shorts/ joggers, a tee-shirt and a hoodie/ track suit top. All earrings must be removed for PE, school staff are unable to take them out so please can you make sure that your child is not wearing earrings to school. If your child has newly pierced ears, please see the school office for a form to sign.


We follow White Rose maths supported by Master the Curriculum. Please keep an eye on Dojo for suggestions of how you can support your child at home.

Wow Moments

We would love to hear about any recent achievements, news, or exciting activities that you and your child have been up to at home. Please write any exciting things you would like to share with us on a wow slip. All completed slips are to be given to a member of staff as we can then share these with the class and display them.


Children have the opportunity to learn outside every day and need appropriate clothing for the weather. 

Please can you ensure that all your child's belongings are clearly labelled.

Please see the newsletter at the bottom of the page for more information about our class.


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