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Summer B

This half term we have been continuing to allow the children more input to choosing the learning they would like to do. We will be using traditional tales and some well known authors to allow the children to demonstrate their reading and writing skills by using texts with which they are more familiar and confident.

Please find below an overview of the skills we will be covering including reference to British Values.

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Please remember to print off your WOW! stars and send them in with great news for us to share!

Here is a link to the new WOW! certificates which include our focus learning behaviours;

Summer A

Welcome to the final term of Year R. How time is flying!

Our new topic this term is 'Fur, feathers and fins'.

We have some learning prepared for the children to ensure the Early Years Foundation curriculum is being covered although they will be helping to plan the majority of their activities over the term.


Please find below an overview of some of the skills we will be covering this half term.

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Maths Challenge:

Please find below a link to the latest homework.

Spring B

This half term we have introduced a topic completely new to Year R.

We will be focusing on toys with a strong link to the children's favourite toys followed by the adults in school sharing their childhood toys and finally looking at some real toy artefacts from many years ago.

We will finish the topic with work focused around the popular animated film 'Toy Story'.

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Spring Term 2019

Happy New Year to all of our families!


We have started the new term thinking about how new year is celebrated, making new year's resolutions and talking about other celebrations that might take place throughout the year.

Towards the end of this half term we will be enjoying finding out about how Chinese New Year is celebrated across the world.

Please see below for some of the knowledge and skills teaching that we will be covering this half term.

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Second half of the Autumn term 2018


We have started our new topic 'People who help us' with lots of different exciting events.

We are looking forward to welcoming some visitors in to school to talk to us about their work.

Please see some of the skills we will be covering through our topic.

Towards the end of the half term we will be making lots of preparations for Christmas!

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Autumn Term 2018 in Year R


Welcome to all our new children and families! smiley


Our main focus for the beginning of term is helping the children to feel happy and safe in their new learning environment. Lots of time is dedicated to ensuring the children are familiar with adults, their peers and making friends.


After the initial settling in period we will begin to introduce learning through our topic of 'All About Me'.



Please find below an overview of some of the skills we will be covering this half term.
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Please find below the information from recent meetings and presentations held at school.

Key information


We follow a daily phonics programme based on the 'Letters and Sounds' scheme. We teach the children to use sounds in their purest form in order for them to blend and read words successfully e.g. 's' not 'suh'. A copy of the sounds taught will be available in the back of your child's reading diary.


Please click here to see the phonemes by order of teaching.


Please click here to see how to pronounce the phonemes correctly.


Please click here to see some ideas for phonics activities to do with your child.


More information about the way we teach phonics and reading will be available here after the reading and phonics evening on Wednesday 19th September.



Key words

By the end of Year R it is expected that the majority of children will recognise all 62 key, high frequency words on sight and be able to spell most of them. These words are taught within phonics sessions and revisited regularly.  A copy will be available in the back of your child's red reading diary.

Please click here to see the key words for Year R by order of teaching. 



After being assessed by their class teacher, your child will bring home a scheme book in their book bag. The reading diary is used for you to record in when you have listened to your child read; this is also where adults in school will record when they have read with your child.  

More information about our reading procedures will be given to you shortly.




Learning to spell is a gradual process and it is important to encourage early attempts even though they may not be accurate. It is important that your child says the letter sounds as he/she writes them to be able to recognise the sound/symbol correspondence.

It is important that the children can write words individually as well as in the context of a sentence e.g. My mum is lovely. We would expect 'My', 'mum' and 'is' to be spelt correctly (as they are Year R key words) and a good attempt at 'lovely'.


Letter formation

Please see below for how children in Year R are taught to form their letters.  Towards the end of Year R some children may start to join their handwriting. 

It is extremely important that your child uses a comfortable and efficient pencil grip, even though this may not be the same as your own. This should be the pincer grip.
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Please click here to view the slides about motor skills and handwriting from the Phonics Evening.

How can I support my child at home?


  • Help your child to practise dressing and undressing including being able to turn clothes the right way out
  • Help your child to practise putting on his/her coat and doing/undoing the fastenings
  • Practise cutting up food
  • Make sure child is confident in cleaning themselves after using the toilet including washing hands thoroughly
  • Develop independence and thinking skills by encouraging your child to think for themselves and solve simple problems with minimal prompting
  • Play games which might involve turn taking, rolling dice or moving counters
  • Practise handling different tools such as pencils, scissors, paintbrushes, tweezers, using a correct grip
  • Sing songs and rhymes, anticipating words and repetitive phrases
  • Share stories together, discussing the pictures, plot and characters
  • Read and spell words from the Year R key word list
  • Practise writing your child's full name with correct letter formation
  • Practise writing individual letters, starting in the correct place
  • Read, write and order numbers from 0-10 and 0-20
  • Practise counting a number of objects accurately, using strategies such as pointing, moving and lining objects up
  • Finding pairs of numbers that make 10 as well as other numbers e.g. 5 = 0+5, 1+4, 2+3, 3+2, 4+1, 5+0

Climbing the tree to a better me


Our special tree focuses on the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Social aspect of our learning. In Year R we are practising using our manners, being a good friend and being respectful and responsible.


We can earn three stars for each rung of the ladder and at the end of the year we can earn a special sticker at the top of the tree for our effort in trying to show these things.


When we have collected three stars of the same colour we can show our certificate in assembly and our name is moved up the ladder in class to show our progress.

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