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If you go down to the woods today…

FS2 went on a brisk (and very wintery) walk to the woods today, in search of a bear!

We kicked off our new topic by reading Michael Rosen’s, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and decided that we wanted to find our own bear…

We came in to school, wrapped up warm, wearing our wellies and set off in search of a bear. We travelled through long, wavy grass and LOTS of thick, squelchy mud – there were plenty of stiles to travel over too!

The children were amazing and sang, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ all of the way! Sadly, no bears we’re discovered, however the morning was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we got a chance to explore in the woods, looking for bear clues and making some dens, just in case the bear should return…

Christmas Magic in FS2!

We’ve had a fun packed half term down in FS2 this half term!

The children are now really settled in to life at Totley and are pro’s at the routines and knowing what is expected of them.

We started this half term learning about different celebrations – we talked about how we celebrate Bonfire Night with our families, Mrs Mather taught us about the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, and we learnt about Diwali! It was then time to start learning about Christianity and how Christmas is celebrated.

We were assigned roles for our much anticipated performance of ‘The Nativity’ – costume letters were sent out and parents got busy creating some fantastic costumes for us to wear. We learnt lines, practiced songs and had multiple rehearsals in the hall! It all paid off in the end and the children were absolutely fabulous – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

We also had a wonderful afternoon with our parents who came in to take part in our Christmas celebrations – we did lots of crafts, had a dance and completed a treasure hunt!

FS2’s first week at school

We’ve had a fantastic start to the year with our new Donaldson and Ahlberg classes. Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ve been getting up to!

Ahlberg’s fun day out at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

What an incredible school trip we had last Friday to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Not only did we have super weather, but the children were super, and the parent helpers too!
Stephanie, who gave the children a special sculpture session, captivated the children from the beginning. They thought carefully about their questions and comments and had some wonderful ideas about the art that we looked at. We sang songs, explored abstract sculptures and sculptures with hidden treasures. We even had a go at making some of our own sculptures which has carried on back at school.

Next week we will be learning all about Picasso and his realist and abstract work so please feel free to explore this at home too.

Here are a few photos of our fantastic day out:

Our trip to Matlock Farm

With hoods up and wellies on, we headed out on our first proper school trip to Matlock Farm. The weather couldn’t have been wetter, but it didn’t stop us from having fun. We explored the farm, and met some mischievous meerkats, a couple of gorgeous grunting pigs and a few feathered friends too! Thank you to all the grown ups who helped us have a fantastic day. Please take a look at some of the photos from our wonderful wet adventure.

Our Trip to Matlock Farm

Chinese New Year in FS2 -Year of the Dog

In FS2 we celebrated the Chinese New Year in style! We had lots of wonderful visitors, including a visit from the Sheffield Chinese School and from some of our fantastically creative Chinese parents. Watch our Animoto by following the link below, to discover what we got up to.

Superheroes take over FS2!

It’s been an exciting half term so far for FS2! We kicked off our new topic ‘Superheroes’ by having a superhero dress up day on our first Wednesday back after the Christmas holidays! We all came dressed as our superhero alter egos and had a fantastic day! Here are some pictures of our FS2 heroes!

We have had lots of fun during this topic… We had a visit from the ‘Evil Pea’ who caused havoc and trapped our vegetables in the Wonder Cupboard!

But its okay! We made some Wanted posters and we saved them!

We’ve done some superhero maths using peas and potatoes…

We have been doing some super writing and made some wanted posters to catch the naughty Evil Pea!

We even designed our own Super vegetables to stop that naughty pea!


We have had a great time learning about Superheroes up to now and we are looking forward to learning about some ‘real life’ superheroes!

FS2 celebrate Harvest!

This morning FS2 had a very exciting trip to the church to celebrate Harvest! We took some of our food donations for the food bank that we had collected and on the way we took care to keep ourselves and our friends safe by walking sensibly, holding our partners hand and making sure we listened to all of the adults when crossing the road!


We really enjoyed seeing our adults there as this was the first time we had been and we got to meet Katie the vicar for the first time!


We sang all of our songs in our loudest voices and performed our very own FS2 Harvest Rhyme.

We enjoyed learning about a different celebration and learning the songs and actions! This was a great way to finish off our first ever half term at School and we are looking forward to finding out about other kinds of celebrations in our topic next half term – ‘How do you celebrate?’

FS2 Pyjama Day!

FS2 have worked so hard during their first couple of weeks at school that they have managed to fill their marble jar already! They earned marbles for following our golden rules, being kind and helpful to one another, taking turns and being sensible around school!

We decided as a whole class that we wanted our reward to be a pyjama day! So all of us (teachers included!) came in our pyjamas! Everyone else in school thought we had forgotten to get dressed!

We had a fantastic day and had lots of fun playing and learning in our pyjamas! Who knows what we will do for our next reward day!

FS2’s First week at School!

The children have had a fantastic first week in school and their brand new classroom!

We have all settled in well and are beginning to get the hang of new routines and expectations. We are learning each others names and all about one another. We have started our topic about ourselves and we are enjoying bringing in our buckets with things that are special to us.

Below are two videos with pictures of our first week in school!