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Foundation 2

Swallownest Primary School


F2 Class Page


A very warm welcome to Swallownest Primary School. As your child continues their education at our school, our main aim this term is that the children are happy to come to the Foundation Unit and begin to and continue developing strong relationships with both staff and the other children.


The Prime Areas of Language and Communication, Personal and Social and Physical continue to be the key areas of focus over F2. As the children continue developing their skills in these areas then the Specific Areas of Literacy, Numeracy, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts will also be taught and explored. We will be covering mini topics of holidays, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Autumn and Christmas.  


The key 40-60+ months skills we will (and you can at home) be observing and developing this term are (taken from the ‘What to Expect When’ DFE produced document):


Communication and Language

  • Listen carefully to stories.
  • Listen to what adults ask them to do and then do it.
  • Use lots of words to describe something that I have made or done.
  • To use new words, that they have heard adults using when doing things, when playing.
  • Pretending to be different people and do different things e.g. nurse making sick patients better.
  • Use words like ‘first’, ‘next’ and ‘then’ when telling you a story or about something that I have done.
  • Making up stories, when dressing up or playing with figures, using what they know, have seen or heard to help them.



  • Moving around in different ways such as running, hopping, skipping, jumping and rolling.
  • Jump off of an object and land appropriately.
  • Slow down, when chasing and running, to avoid obstacles and friends.
  • Move on feet, back and tummy to get over, under and along things.
  • Push, pat ,throw and catch things e.g. large ball.
  • Use scissors to cut paper and other items such as paintbrushes, pens and hammers.
  • To have chosen left or right hand to hold things like a pencil.
  • Make lines, circles and anti-clockwise circles.
  • Write recognisable letters.
  • Hold a pencil at the tip using thumb and two fingers and start and finish letters in the right place.
  • Eat different fruit and vegetables.
  • Toilet by themselves.
  • Use tools like scissors safely.
  • Describe how to keep healthy- e.g. washing hands, drinking water, eating fruit and vegetables.



  • Talk to friends and adults about what they know, like to do, like to play with.
  • Ask friends and adults questions to find out more information.
  • Help their friends be friends again when they fall out.
  • Tell friends and adults what they want, like to do and if they don’t like something.
  • Know that if they take a friend’s toy or shout at them they will get upset or cross.
  • Know what they should do to help themselves and their friends share toys and keep safe and happy.
  • Tell friends what they can do to help if they take toys or make them upset or cross.



  • Say words that rhyme with a word like ‘hat’.
  • Hear and say the first sound in a word.
  • Say each sound in CVC words like ‘cat’.
  • Blend the sounds together when an adult says the sounds in a CVC word like c-a-t .
  • Write the letters for the sounds in a CVC like ‘dog’.
  • Use favourite stories to make up their own stories.
  • Tell adults about what their shapes, marks and letters mean.
  • Know the names and sounds of the letters of the alphabet.
  • Use letters of the alphabet in their writing.
  • Write their name.
  • Write labels, captions and short sentences e.g. shop, my bog car, I can jump


  • Recognise numbers 1-10.
  • Touch one object and say the number name at the same time to count up to 10 objects reliably.
  • Count things that can’t be moved like pictures in a page.
  • Know which group of objects has more or less.
  • Put two groups of objects together and find the total.
  • Find one more or one less than a number to 10 using objects.
  • Use words like ‘more’, ‘less’, ‘add’, ‘take away’.
  • Draw pictures to show objects and numbers.
  • Use shape names like circle, square, cylinder, cube.
  • Use words like ‘under’, ‘behind’, ‘on top’, ‘underneath’ to describe position.
  • Say which object is heavy and light, full and empty when comparing two objects.
  • Know the order to put their clothes on.
  • Use things to make patters like buttons.
  • Describe what is happening tomorrow, happened yesterday. Say what day it is today.


Understanding of the World

  • Like joining in family routines and special occasions such as going shopping, birthdays etc.
  • Know that friends might do things differently e.g. eating different foods, different special family times, different religious celebrations.
  • Compare how things like buildings, flowers, animals look the same or different.
  • Describe how things change like seeds growing, ice melting.
  • Use a tablet/ computer to draw a picture.
  • Use things like a camera, microscope, microphone with a computer.
  • Know that some toys, remotes etc need batteries to work.

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Have favourite songs, stories and dances.
  • Shake, tap, scrape and hit musical instruments to find out he different sounds that they make.
  • Mix their own paint.
  • Choose different materials like paper, wool, paint to make a picture. Cut and fold things to make a picture.
  • Use building and construction items to make a model of their choice e.g. a house.
  • Use scissors, string, tape to join materials.
  • Dress up to pretend to be other people, places or things that have happened e.g. party
  • Choose a colour for a purpose e.g. green for grass.
  • When pretend playing tell a story about what is happening. Dress up and tell stories with friends.

 If you have any concerns or queries about your child’s learning then please don’t hesitate to come and discuss it with us.