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Harthill Primary School

‘A school at the heart of its village’



Hello and Welcome to FS2 !



Summer Term


Welcome back to another jam-packed term! Mrs Lidster, Mrs Barker were so impressed with the children's attitude to learning last term and are looking forward to another fantastic term of learning. 




This half term our focus book is Stanley's Stick by John Hegley, 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’: Winnie the Pooh (A A Milne), Spot (Eric Hill), Alfie (Shirley Hughes) and No matter what (Debi Gliori).


Ways you can help at home


Reading - The children made fantastic progress in reading last term. This term Mrs Lidster and I will continue to swap their Bug Club phonics book when we read with them each week. You are welcome to swap their additional colour banded book in the cloakroom when you have shared it together. Please take note of the colour of the sticker on the spine and we will inform you of when this ‘book band’ changes. Unlike the Bug Club books these are not completely phonetically decodable so may require some input from you. 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 and Phonics sessions daily which will not be recorded.


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.

Meet our new Giant African Snails!

Meeting our new stick insects!

Hunting for signs of Spring

Easter Egg Hunt

Running a mile for Sport Relief

Thank you for coming to out Open Classroom and helping with our learning!

Investigating colour mixing in the rain

FS2 love nature! Out hunting for creatures in the mud and the pond

Some children made a Bug Hotel - we can't wait to see which mini-beasts take up residence!

Our first trip

Christmas Crafternoon

We loved listening to the Year 6 children read Traditional Tales to us.

Posting our letters to Dobbies

Let's go fly a kite...

Puddle suit fun!

Picking fruit for snack

Making a home for a caterpillar

Learning at Home


We do not set homework in FS2 but we do like to offer parents and carers some suggested activities to support our current learning. These are completely optional and do not need to be brought into school if completed. Remember that the best way to support your child at this stage is by reading together and there will be lots of other ideas at our upcoming Phonics and Maths Workshops.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)

Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given.


Actions and songs to help your child learn the letter sounds.