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Harthill Primary School

‘A school at the heart of its village’

Mrs Bothma FS2

Welcome to FS2


Who's who?

Picture 1 Mrs Bothma - Class Teacher/Foundation Stage Leader
Picture 2 Mrs Lidster - Class Teacher
Picture 3 Mrs Barker - Learning Support Assistant
Picture 4 Mrs Mann - Learning Support Assistant

Autumn Term


Welcome to our first term at Harthill Primary School! Mrs Lidster, Mrs Barker, Mrs Mann and I are so excited to welcome the children to our class and get to know them. We have an exciting term planned with lots of new learning and will be sharing photographs with you below. 




This half term our focus book is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, which we will be reading as a class and using as a basis for some of our learning. You may also like to read the following books which form part of this half term’s ‘must reads’:  Monkey Puzzle (Julia Donaldson), The little red hen, Rosie’s walk (Pat Hutchins) and The Cat in the Hat (Dr Seuss).



Ways you can help at home


Reading - Your child will soon start to bring a reading book home from school. Our lilac books, with no words, are a useful resource for children to develop story language and imagination. However, I am aware of the limited number of these books in school. I’d like to limit these books to 1 per week which we will swap in school, however please continue to share other books at home and record the discussions you have had about these in the Home School diary. If you would like to borrow any books from our class book shelf please feel free to come and choose some any day after school. You will notice that in school we will only write in the Home-School diary once a week; however the children will have class and group reading sessions daily which will not be recorded. Any child reading 15 times over the half term will receive a book prize from Mrs Rayner. From next half term onwards it will be 25 times.


Writing - Encourage the children to practise their writing wherever possible, through writing shopping lists, birthday cards, invitations, recipes or following any of your child's interests. Feel free to share this with us in school as it can be included in their learning journey folder.

Maths - Maths is everywhere in the home and comes in lots of forms. Why not let your child help with cooking, looking at the numbers in recipes and on scales and counting out potatoes or vegetables? When setting the table, let your child count out the correct number of knives and forks or find out whether there are enough in the drawer. Bring Maths into play but setting challenges such as making a Lego model with only 20 bricks or measuring how many paces a toy car went down a ramp.


Feel free to take photos of any learning at home and email them into school during your child's focus week.

Investigating sunflowers!

Investigating sunflowers! 1
Investigating sunflowers! 2
Investigating sunflowers! 3
Investigating sunflowers! 4
Investigating sunflowers! 5

Meeting the stick insects

Meeting the stick insects 1
Meeting the stick insects 2
Meeting the stick insects 3
Meeting the stick insects 4
Meeting the stick insects 5
Meeting the stick insects 6