Auckland (FS2)

Class teachers: Mrs Dale and Mrs Smith

Teaching Partners: Mrs Phillips (AM) and Mrs Sheppard



Auckland Timetable

9:10-9:40Early Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkEarly Morning WorkGymnastics
10:50-11:35LiteracyLetters and SoundsLetters and SoundsLetters and SoundsLetters and Sounds
1:20-2.30Outdoor GamesUnderstanding the World - ScienceEnrichment: MusicArt and DesignSelf-Initiated Learning
Individual Reading
2.30-3.00Whole School
Whole School
Singing WorshipWhole School
Celebration Assembly

Our Topic for Term 1: Transport

Early Morning Work

Our early morning work consists of guided group reading, individual reading and independent activities, for example, use of the role play area, reading corner, outside area and laptops. The guided group reading is led by Mrs Phillips. This involves sharing a book using multiple copies of the same text and discussing the features of the book, punctuation, story and own relevant experiences as well as applying phonic knowledge to read the words. This is also the time where individual children are heard to read by Mrs Dale, Mrs Smith and parent helpers.


This term our literacy work will focus on the topic of transport and journeys. We will start to explore ‘have-a-go’ writing by orally segmenting words into initial and final sounds and recording any familiar sounds. The adult will then scribe the sentence or phrase so that the child can trace over the letters. The children will build on their segmenting skills throughout the year working towards writing the letters sounds they can identify independently. Our literacy work is strongly connected with our letters and sounds programme; the children will be learning to apply new skills from our letters and sounds lessons to their writing.

This term we will explore some classic and modern stories about different journeys. These will inspire our weekly writing and provide much discussion about our topic. We will explore writing by

  • recounting the Summer holiday
  • creating new characters for stories
  • imagining our own adventures
  • developing alternative endings for classic stories


Letters and Sounds

Letters and sounds (or phonics) is taught four times a week just after playtime. The sessions last around 20 minutes. This term we will begin phase 2 of the Letters and Sounds programme. We will be learning the sound and shape of individual letters in an order which encourages quick succession to blending. We will be exploring the early stages of segmenting for writing and blending for reading.

The first set of sounds we will teach is s, a, t and p. Just with these few sounds the children can begin to make and read words, e.g. sat, pat, tap and as. When we teach a new letter sound we also teach a short jingle to aid the children’s memory of the letter formation and sound. For example, the sound ‘a’ has an accompanying jingle ‘around the apple and down the leaf’.

Each Letters and Sounds lesson is broken down into four sections: revising previously taught sounds, teaching a new sound, practising writing and reading the sound, and applying the sound to read and write words. This structure provides a sound routine that the children quickly get used to and enjoy.


Every week we will have a different maths focus, all of which builds on problem solving, reasoning, shape, space and measure and key number skills. Whilst the children are learning independently there are other opportunities outside of mathematics lessons where they can develop their skills and understanding. This term, during our maths sessions, we will focus on:

  • careful counting and number recognition
  • sequencing and repeating pattern
  • one more and one less
  • 2D shape


Physical Education

This term we will be learning how to get changed for PE independently and how to take part in lessons safely especially when using new apparatus. We will also be exploring space and shape in gymnastics and experimenting with a range of equipment in outdoor games. We will be developing a variety of skills through different activities and games, for example:

  • awareness of others around us and space
  • awareness of direction and speed
  • using all of our bodies to create different shapes
  • moving and manipulating objects
  • turn taking and sharing


Art and Design

This term we will be exploring and using media and materials in different ways.  We be experimenting with making different lines and textures using chalk pastels, oil pastels and charcoal. The children will also explore what happens when they mix colours together using paints and they will learn the names of primary and secondary colours.  The children will be developing their artistic skills by

  • exploring primary colours and how these colours can be changed
  • exploring what happens when they mix colours
  • understanding that different media can be combined to create new effects
  • choosing particular colours to use for a purpose


Understanding the World

This term we will have a science focus related to the topic of transport. We will be exploring how toy vehicles move across different surfaces and constructing bridges using different materials. The children will be developing their scientific thinking skills by

  • carrying out their own practical investigations
  • making verbal predictions
  • carrying out any tests fairly
  • discussing what they have noticed as a conclusion



This term we will be learning about our class golden rules and getting to know each other. We will learn the rules of circle time and why it is useful for the class. In term 1 it is important to develop relationships within the class and create cohesion through whole class team building activities and circle time. The children will develop their personal, social and emotional skills by learning to

  • listen to what others say
  • ask appropriate questions of others
  • to speak confidently to others about their own interests
  • be aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the school and classroom setting


On a Wednesday afternoon the children will take part in the school’s Enrichment Programme. For Term 1 this will be music. The children will develop their musical knowledge and skills by

  • playing percussion instruments in time to the beat of the music
  • repeating simple rhythms
  • singing songs
  • discovering different sounds that are created