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Foundation Stage 2

Hello to all our returning children and a warm welcome to our new children in FS2.  We have an exciting year of learning ahead.


Please take a look at this webpage for information, news and the children's learning.  We look forward to seeing you in FS at our future open days and events, watch this space.

Curriculum News - Autumn 2018

Curriculum News - Autumn 2018 1

Useful Links to try at home.

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This is a handy tool to use with your child to show them how to form letters correctly.


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A handy song to help your child learn their high frequency words.


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These songs are the songs we sing in class to help the children remember their phonic sounds and letters that represent them.

Phase 4 phonics


Children entering Phase Four will be able to represent each of 42 phonemes by a grapheme, and be able to blend phonemes to read CVC words and segment CVC words for spelling. They will have some experience in reading simple two-syllable words and captions. They will know letter names and be able to read and spell some tricky words.

The purpose of this phase is to consolidate children’s knowledge of graphemes in reading and spelling words containing adjacent consonants and polysyllabic words.

The teaching materials in this phase provide a selection of suitable words containing adjacent consonants. These words are for using in the activities – practising blending for reading and segmenting for spelling. This is not a list to be worked through slavishly but to be selected from as needed for an activity.

It must always be remembered that phonics is the step up to word recognition. Automatic reading of all words – decodable and tricky – is the ultimate goal.


What is Phase Three Phonics?

Children entering Phase Three will know around 19 letters and be able to blend phonemes to read words and segment words to spell from Phase Two.

The purpose of this phase is to teach another 25 graphemes, most of them comprising two letters (e.g. oa). These are called digraphs. They will also learn others comprising of three letters. These are called trigraphs.

Children also continue to practise CVC blending and segmentation in this phase and will apply their knowledge of blending and segmenting to reading and spelling simple two-syllable words and captions. They will learn letter names during this phase, learn to read some more tricky words and also begin to learn to spell some of these words.

It must always be remembered that phonics is the step up to word recognition. Automatic reading of all words – decodable and tricky – is the ultimate goal.


Have a go at the game below at home and don't forget, you can still use 'Phonics Play' and click on Phase 3.


The Dinosaurs Eggs- Listen for the word you need to find and press on the egg above that word. Only choose sounds on numbers 1 - 17 for phase 3.


What is Phase 2 phonics?

The purpose of this phase is to teach 23 of the letter sounds, mainly the single sounds and move children on from oral blending and segmenting to blending and segmenting with letters.  By the end of the phase many children should be able to read some VC and CVC words and spell them. They will also learn some 'tricky words'. Tricky words are words that can’t be sounded out such as: the, to, no and go.


Have a go at these games at home:


Machine - Look at the picture and then match the correct word to it, simple!


Letters and sounds pop - Choose the set of phonemes you want to play with first of all. One of them will show up in the bottom right of the screen and you will hear its sound. All you have to do is click on the bubbles with the required letter, trying to make sure that they fall into the grey catching zone. Every 30 seconds you will get a new phoneme to catch. Only use the first 4 games for phase 2, the rest are for phase 3!


Phonics play- This is a link to the phase 2 menu page on phonics play. Buried Treasure - A game from phonics play. Children have to read the words and then decide whether they are real or made up. Real words go in the treasure chest and made up words go in the bin! The children will have played this many times before so should be experts at it!  This is just one game from this website, have a look at the others.


Week 1 -


What an exciting start to FS2 we have had this week! It has been so lovely meeting all of our children, new and old, and getting to know their grown ups! We can't wait to share the rest of the school year with you and we hope that you will enjoy your time with us at Meynell.


Mrs Churchus and Miss Park


Week 2 –

We are so happy to have spent such a lovely time this week getting to know our new classes. The children have all settled in wonderfully and have been doing really well in exploring and sharing the resources both indoors and outdoor, with their new friends.


Mrs Churchus and Miss Park



Week 3 –


This week in FS2 the children have done really well to remember to bring in their book bags. Lots of children have been telling us how much they are enjoying reading daily at home with their grown-ups, which is fantastic to hear! We have also started P.E this week with Mr.Betsworth. If we could remind all grown-ups to label and bring in their children’s P.E kits this week.


Mrs Churchus and Miss Park