Foundation 2 2018 - 2019

Mrs Bradley

Mrs Bradley


Mrs Hammond


Mr Peacock

Teaching Assistant

Welcome to an exciting start to the new school year. We have all really enjoyed getting to know your children and helping them settle into F2.  In F2 we love to learn through our fun, engaging and exciting curriculum which is inspired by the children and their individual interests.

Our aim for the children in F2 is to become independent learners. We begin by asking that you encourage them to independently carrying their own book bag and put on their own shoes and coats etc.

There are lots of ways that you can help your child at home. Do make sure, for example that you read frequently with your child. We have a red home-school reading journal which is a useful way to communicate how your child is progressing with reading, it will aid us to plan what further support and help is needed. You can also support them with the current learning that’s taking place in school by supporting them with weekly homework that is sent out on a Friday. Please ensure homework is completed and returned to school by a Wednesday, in order for us to not only mark it but ensure the next pieces of homework are in for the following week. Later on in the academic year, your child will also receive a set of spellings to practice at home too.


We have begun to teach the majority of the children Phase 2 Phonics.

In Phase 2, letters and their sounds are introduced one at a time. A set of letters is taught each week, in the following sequence:


Set 1: s, a, t, p
Set 2: i, n, m, d
Set 3: g, o, c, k
Set 4: ck, e, u, r
Set 5: h, b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

For children who learn best kinaesthetically, every sound taught is accompanied by an action. To teach the vowels we use the Jolly Phonics actions. Please see the word document attached with instructions and pictures of how to perform these actions.  There are Jolly Phonics songs that go along side every sound taught. All videos are available from Youtube.

Jolly Phonics A-Z Alphabet Songs:

Cued Articulation hand signs are used to support the children in learning the consonant sounds. Examples of people performing these hand signs can also be found on Youtube. Please also find a useful link to a set of picture cards with instructions on how to perform the hand signs too.

Often parents ask us how to pronounce each sound. Click on the link below which will take you to a website where you can listen to how each sound should be spoken.

As soon as each set of letters is introduced, children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of the letter sounds to blend and sound out (segment) words. For example, they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat. They will also start learning to segment words. For example, they might be asked to find the letter sounds that make the word tap from a small selection of magnetic letters.

Children are taught to write through the development of phonics, learning tricky word spellings and through a systematic approach to the teaching of handwriting.

Below you will find the login details for Letter-join. The Letter-join website will not only give your child the opportunity to watch videos on how to correctly form various patterns and letters, but allow them to practise forming them too. 

username: lj7347

password: home


There are lots of great ways to support your child at home with mathematics. The key is to make it as fun and positive as possible. Playing games is an excellent way of helping your child. Recognising patterns on dice and dominoes, for example, can be really helpful in order to create mental images of numbers. Make a point while out and about of identifying numbers around you, such as on the front of a bus or door of a house.

We want children to see maths as a creative, exciting subject; to embrace challenge, learn from mistakes and enjoy the thrill of making new mathematical discoveries. The Celebrating Maths Project will help you to promote these attitudes with your children.

The Celebrating Maths Project is a series of three short videos written to give parents a range of mathematical games and puzzles to play at home.

The first video, for parents of children aged 4-5, gives ideas for finding maths in everyday situations and explains some important stages in developing an early understanding of number.

Follow the link below to see the video:

We would very much appreciate your support and input during the school year. Feel free to talk to us or contact us any time should you have any concerns or questions. We look forward to working with you and your children during this new academic year.

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Contact the School

Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834