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Friday 23rd October 2020

We have now completed our very first half term in Year R! These last few weeks have been so busy and the children have worked so hard. We have enjoyed a fantastic week of learning this week, despite some major downpours. We have been outside in all weathers – please don’t forget to keep practising putting coats on the correct way up and doing up zips independently! We cannot emphasise enough how important it is that your child can do this without any support.


Star of the week

The star of the week this week is Rory. Rory has been working so hard and joins in so well with all of the learning activities in the classroom beautifully. 


Half term homework

When we return to school after the half term break, the school lunch menu is changing. There will be different lunch options and the children will be using cutlery. This is a change from their current “picnic” style lunches.  Please look back at past School Newsletters for an up to date version of the food menu. Therefore the half term homework will be practising holding and using a knife and fork to cut up hot food and eat independently. It is incredibly important that the children are able to manage their own food at lunchtimes and these are important life skills. Please encourage this at home and talk about the importance of good table manners e.g. sitting facing the right way and finishing the food in our mouth before speaking. Thank you.


We have learnt our last set of single sounds this week. Please see the links below for how to pronounce the sounds. Please keep practising recognising and writing the sounds.


Sound X -

Sound Z -

Sound W -

Sound Y -

Sound V -  


Today some children have received Sound Blending Books. If your child has one of these in their bag, they will also have been given a yellow reading record book. Please practise reading the words, and feel free to write a short comment about how your child has done. Don’t worry if your child has not been given one of these books yet. We will send home these books when your child is ready. For now, just keep practising sound recognition using the sound cards.


Don’t forget the inset day on Monday 2nd November. We will see you on Tuesday 3rd November!


Have a fantastic half term. We cannot wait to hear about all of the fun things you have been up to.


The Year R Team

Year R Harvest festival

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We loved singing the big, red, combine harvester song together while we learned about the harvest festival.

Friday 16th October 2020

What a fantastic day we have had today! Today we celebrated Nursery Rhyme Day. It was a wonderful way to come together as a year group and appreciate all of the fantastic learning we have done over the last few weeks. It was wonderful to see everyone’s amazing costumes and the children were so excited and enthusiastic about dressing up. Thank you so much for all of the hard work you put in to supporting the children with their costumes. It was a really fun day – we hope you enjoy looking at some photographs from the day.


Our learning

This week we have continued to work hard on learning new sounds in phonics. Please see the videos below (just copy and paste the links to view them) for the correct pronunciation of the sounds. There have been some sounds that are especially tricky this week (such as l and r!) so watching the videos should really help. Please note that the links to the videos only remain active for 7 days so make sure you watch them before they expire.


Sound E:

Sound L:

Sound H:

Sound R:

Sound J:


Star of the week

Our star of the week this week is Maya for super writing and being a fantastic member of Rabbit Class.


Homework 16th October

We have sent home the next pack of sounds today so please keep practicing! It is so helpful if you can practise recognising AND writing the sounds. Don’t forget to use the letter formation rhymes to help you.


Parents Evening

Thank you to those that have already been in touch.
We are conducting 10 minute phone calls on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th November between 3:10 – 6:00pm to discuss how your child has settled into school and their progress. Please contact Miss Howell on to schedule an appointment. Don’t forget to include your phone number.



Friday 9th October

We have had another busy week in Year R. We have learnt some new nursery rhymes, including The Wheels on the Bus and 1 Potato, 2 Potato. We have had lots of fun exploring potato printing and making our own bus tickets. We have also been learning our Harvest Song and joining in with our best singing voices and actions.

Star of the week – This week Evie has been chosen as the Rabbit Class Star of The Week! Well done for a fantastic attitude in phonics lessons.


Homework Friday 9th October

This week we have sent home our next sound pack. Please keep recapping these every day. It is also really important to practise writing the sounds as well as recognising them. Don’t forget to use the letter formation rhyme to help e.g. Maisy, Mountain Mountain for “M”. It is also much appreciated if you could help your child to practise writing their name independently.

Lots of water bottles and jumpers seem to be going missing at the moment. Please can you check your childs belongings and make sure they are clearly named. In order to promote independence, the children are encouraged to look after their own things. Although we can remind them to look for their missing items, it would be much appreciated if you could speak to your child about how it is their responsibility to take care of their own items.

Phonics: Follow the links below to see the sounds we have been learning this week:

Sound C:

Sound K:

Sound U:

Sound B:

Sound F: 


Don’t forget that it is Nursery Rhyme Dress Up Day next week (Friday 16th). On this day your child is encouraged to come into school dressed as a character from a nursery rhyme. We are looking forward to seeing your child in their costume.


Have a lovely weekend.

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Friday 2nd October 2020

Wow this week has flown by! We have had a busy week learning lots of different nursery rhymes to help us learn how to count. We have been focusing on 5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer, 5 Little Monkeys, and 10 Green Bottles. It has been great to hear everybody starting to join in. There has also been lots of excitement during the wet weather as we have seen lots of slugs and snails in our outdoor area which we have enjoyed investigating. 


SHOUT OUT: A special WELL DONE to Abe for being our first Rabbit class star of the week! He has been such a happy, positive member of the class and is getting stuck in to his learning. Well done Abe!


All of the children are doing really well eating their school dinner. Please remember that we will let you know if your child is having difficulty at lunchtime - please don't worry!


Homework -

This week we have sent home our next 5 sound cards and sheets. Please make sure you are recapping all of the sounds every day. It really makes a difference during our daily phonics sessions and we have already spotted some superstars who have clearly been practising their sounds this week already!


It is also so important that your child practises putting their own coat on, and this is their challenge for homework again this week. It would be much appreciated if you could show your child how to turn the sleeves on their coat the right way round, start their zip on their own, and put their own hood up. It really does make a difference! Thank you.


Have a great weekend,


The Early Years Team

30th September

Just in case you missed it, please see our Autumn Term Curriculum Newsletter and Provision Map.


29th September Update

Just a quick reminder that Tuesday is our PE day. Yesterday we sent home all PE kits and these do not need to come back to school in PE bags. Simply dress your child in their PE kit and send them to school wearing it on a Tuesday. Your child will not need to change back into their school uniform after their PE lesson, we will send them home wearing their PE kit. Please ensure your child is suitably dressed for the weather e.g. they may wear dark coloured jogging bottoms when it is cold. 


Make sure you are checking back regularly on the website for updates, and also checking the boards outside the classrooms for information when you collect your child at the end of the day. Thank you so much for your support. 

Wow! We have had another amazing week in Year R! Today we had the pleasure of seeing all of Rabbit and Badger class together for the first time. The children were so pleased to meet each other properly. We are so proud of how well the children shared their toys and worked together. Please enjoy looking at the pictures.

Today the children did so well having their first school lunch! We were so proud of how the children made their lunch choices, sat at the table, and managed their own rubbish at the end. These are all valuable skills that the children are developing.

It is so helpful for us if you can discuss which lunch choice your child would like before they come to school so that they are prepared. Please see pictures of the lunch choices below.

Homework 25th September

This week we have learnt the sounds m, a, s, d, t. Today we have sent home a pack to help you support your child with phonics at home. Please practise recognising and writing these at home, as well as writing your childs name. Please look out for this in your childs book bag. Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to and from school every day.

In order to support independence at school, please take this opportunity as the weather gets cooler to support your child to recognise and put on their own coat. This includes putting sleeves the correct way round! Thank you for your support with this.

Thursday 24th September 2020

We have an exciting day tomorrow! All of the children will be joining us for the morning and gathering all together for the first time. We are so looking forward to having everybody in school for the morning. It also means that it is the first opportunity that the children will have to experience lunch at school. We would really appreciate it if you could talk through the lunch choices with your child so that your child feels confident when making their choice. Today we are putting out pictures on boards outside the classroom for you to look at so your child can see what to expect. Your child will be able tell us their lunch choice each morning.

We would also like to ask that school book bags are brought into school every day. These then go into each child's drawers. This allows us to send home paperwork. This week we will be starting to send home some resources to support with phonics.



Friday 18th September 2020


We have had another exciting, fun filled week in Year R! We have all been so impressed with how well all the children have settled into school. We are so proud of how the children have learnt where to put their things, how to use their pegs and drawers, and how to sit and listen on the carpet. We have also been learning about our behaviour system at school and the children have all been working really hard to stay on the sunshine and try and earn a coveted place on the rainbow. Well done everyone!


Have a super weekend.


Love from the Year R Team



Friday 11th September 2020


Wow, I cannot believe what a busy week we have had in Early Years! We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting each of the children and their families. We had four fantastic Stay and Play sessions on Thursday. It was lovely to see the children beginning to explore the outdoor area with their parents, and the classroom independently. Today we have all thoroughly enjoyed our first official day at school! The children have all begun to learn the routines of the classroom and had lots of fun playing and learning together. It has been super to see friendships beginning to form already, and all of the staff have really loved getting to know all of the children. We can't wait to welcome you all back again next week.


Have a fantastic weekend and we look forward to seeing you back again on Monday for more fun.


Love from,


The Early Years Team

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