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(F2) Bright Sparks - Miss Barker

Bright Sparks

Teacher: Miss Barker

Support: Miss Arundel, Miss Hall and Mrs Willis


Welcome to the Bright Sparks class page!


It has been a lovely sunny week at Cortonwood, we have been making most of the sunshine and done lots of learning outside. 


This week in phonics we have recapped the oo sound and started reading the sound in larger words. We have looked at phase 4 tricky words and already know some of them.


In math's we have been learning all about capacity. We have learned some new words e.g. full, empty and half full. 

Welcome back after Easter!


This half term we are learning all about magic. We will be reading and learning about traditional tales, growing and changed through time. We are going to be looking at different elements of shape, space and measure.


This week in maths we have been learning about weight. We have used the balance scales to find the heaviest and lightest object.


In English we have read Goldilocks and the 3 bears. We wrote apology letters to the 3 bears and instructions how to make porridge.


In phonics we are starting to learn phase 4 tricky words and recapping all our phase 3 sounds.

Summer 1 Homework Challenge


This half term in F2 we have been learning about dinosaurs and pets. We had to decide if a dinosaur would make a good pet. In literacy we have been writing stories about dinosaurs. This week we have been writing fact files about our school pets. We have even had a visit from Miss Barker’s guinea pigs Dandelion and Burdock.


On Monday we had a visit from a real vet who showed us how to look after our school pets. She told us about her job and how she makes animals better.


In phonics we have been learning our phase 3 sounds. We have looks at the sounds oi (coin) and ow (cow).


In maths we have started looking at shapes. We have learned that 2D shapes are flat and 3D shapes are solid. We have learned names of the shapes and how to use shapes to build models.


The children loved world book day! We had a story teller in who helped the children learn a short action story. Each adult read the children their favourite story.


Don’t forget our Easter craft Fundraiser event that will take place Wednesday 21st March. Raffle tickets are available each morning at only £1 a strip! On Wednesday you will be able to buy buns at 50p each (donations welcome).  

Science Day!

World Book Day!

Visit from the vet!

We have had an amazing first week back. It was fantastic to see so many children dressed up as an alien on our first day back.


The children have been very excited about our theme. Our key question is: ‘Is the moon made of cheese? We introduced our new topic by watching Wallace and Gromit - A Grand Day Out. The children have been very engaged in our new provision; pretending to visit the moon to see aliens.


This half term we are concentrating on letter formation and spelling simple words in phonics. This week we have focused on the sounds s,a,t and p.


In maths we have started to learn our teen numbers. We have looked at numbers 11 and 12. We have been making the numbers with objects, practicing writing them and ordered the numbers from 1-12.


Daniel Bennett is helping us this half term in PE. He is supporting us develop our coordination skills through ball skills. This week we have been developing our throwing and catching skills.


We are becoming fabulous at reading with some children now reading level 2 book! Keep up the good work reading at home.

Autumn 2 Home Learning

Over the last few weeks in phonics we have learned these sounds: ck, e, u, r, h, b, f and l. We have been starting read and blend these sounds together words. Also in phonics we have been trying hard to hear the middle and end sound in words too.


In maths we have learned the numbers all our numbers to 10. We have been ordering them, writing them and solving simple problems.


In the children’s first few PE session we have been doing activities to help us with our core strength. These activities will help us when we are writing and mark making.


We started guided reading groups this week. In the groups we practice skills for book reading e.g. finding the front cover, pointing to the words and finding a full stop.


I have been very impressed at everyone’s homework and is making a fantastic impact on children’s learning.

When Luna visited our class!

What a fantastic first few weeks in foundation! They have all settled in really well and are very enthusiastic about learning.


So far in phonics we have learned these sounds: s, a, t, p, i, n, m, g, c, k and learned what words begin with these sounds. We are starting to read and blend these sounds together to read simple words.


In maths we have learned the numbers 1 – 9. We have made the numbers with objects, recognised the numbers and written them numbers in glitter.


Our provision is helping us learn new skills like colour mixing, making different shades of blue and green. We have been practicing our cutting skills in the workshop and outside digging using the spades building up our gross motor strength.


In the children’s first few PE session  we have played some simple games using our listening skills. The children can now all find a space.


The children now all have reading books and will be reading 1 to 1 with an adult each week. The children will also receive home learning tasks on a Friday to be completed over the weekend. This will help the children apply their school learning at home.


We have started morning activities that will take place each morning. All letters that you may have missed can be found on the parent information board located outside foundation 2.