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Week beginning 6th July 2020

This week we are continuing our theme of The Gingerbread Man.

This will be our last week of providing learning activities and planning for home learning.


Next week we shall be updating phonics and key word assessments for reading and spelling in preparation for Year 1. You could revise Phase 2 and 3 phonics, key word reading and spelling if you are at home.

We will also spend time talking about what the children have enjoyed since starting school and what they are looking forward to in Year 1. This is something you could also talk about at home.


Thank you for all your continued support with home learning over the past few months.

Although it may have been challenging at times we hope you have seen the lovely progress that is made by our Year R children over the Summer Term!

Week beginning 29.6.2020

This week we are starting our theme of The Gingerbread Man to support our learning.

Please find below the planning for this week as well as the resources you might like to use.

Thank you for your continued support.

Week beginning 22.6.2020

As we had so many ideas for our learning based around the story of Jack and the Beanstalk we have decided to continue with the theme this week.


Our focus for Maths is Number and we will be revising our work on rhyme. Please make identification of rhyme in books, making rhyming pairs and continuing a rhyming string/family a focus during phonics, reading and writing.


Thank you for your continued support.

Week beginning 15.6.2020

We hope you enjoyed last week's theme of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and the learning ideas we provided.

This week's theme is Jack and the Beanstalk.


Please find the mentioned resources below and be guided by what your child/children would like to do.


As mentioned in a previous Year R Parentmail please consider encouraging your child to complete some of the activities independently in preparation for Year 1. Once you have explained the activity and given examples if appropriate, try to let them continue by themselves to use available resources and problem solving strategies but do remind them to ask for help if needed!


Thank you for your support.

Week beginning 8.6.2020

We hope everyone is still enjoying their learning, whether at home or at school.

This week we are beginning work on traditional tales starting with Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

During the week please look at alternative versions of the story, discussing what is similar and different.


You will see that we have added notes to the planning which say home/school - this is, again, so that the format can be followed by the adults at school as well as at home.

The resources you might use are highlighted in red and you should find them uploaded with the planning.


We appreciate that you may not be able to complete everything on the planning or in the way that it has been presented. As always, please continue to do what you can but try to include some phonics, reading, writing and basic number skills throughout the week.


Thank you for your support.

Week beginning 1.6.2020

It is hard to believe it is June already!

We are looking forward to welcoming our Year R children back in to school tomorrow.
Please remember to prepare your children as much as you can for what may be different and why.

It will be a learning process for us all so please bear with us.


Below you will find planning for this week.

We have changed to format so that it can be followed at home and at school throughout the week, by teachers and by parents. The timings are rough so please do not feel you have to stick to them but we shall be trying to follow the outline in school so that the children have a structure to their day.


As before, you will find the mentioned resources below. There are more paper activities than usual but this is to allow the team to settle the children in and gauge how things go.

We will make adjustments to the delivery of the children's learning when we know more about our week and future plans going forward.


Thank you for your understanding.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming our Year R children back into school next week!

You are probably beginning to talk to your children about how things will be different.

Here is a short story that we thought was a lovely way to support their understanding of the current situation.

While We Can't Hug

Hedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they're not allowed to touch. From the creators of the internationally adored The Hug, Eoi...

Happy half term from the Year R adults!!


The Year R adults have been missing reading you all stories so thought we'd practise our skills.

Following on from last week's learning the adults present to you....

'What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday'

by Julia Donaldson.


What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday read by the Year R adults!

Still image for this video

Week beginning 25.5.2020 - Half term

Hello to all of our lovely Year R families.

We hope you are all well and keeping safe.


This is just a reminder that this week is half term so we will not be providing any specific learning ideas for you to use at home.


We hope you all have a fabulous week of fun and remember to stay safe in the sun!

Week beginning 18.5.2020

Please find below some ideas for this week's learning.
Stay safe - this week is going to be a hot one!!

Thank you for your continuing support and lovely comments we are receiving via emails - it means a lot!!

Week beginning 11.5.2020

Please find below the overview for this week's learning ideas along with the resources mentioned.

Let's hope the weather brightens up again for us!


Week beginning 4.5.2020

Please find below some ideas for this week's learning. Resources are provided to support the work if you would like them or you can adapt and make your own if you would prefer.

Please remember you do not have to complete all of this learning! Feel free to pick and choose what your child is interested in or what you feel they would benefit from working on.

Thank you for your support!


Documents from school

As mentioned on the overview for week beginning 4.5.2020 please find below the Early Years Toolkit for Maths and the WOW! stars. We would normally introduce the toolkit at the start of the Summer term and it would be sent home for you to practise mathematical skills with your child.

Please find below some links to handwriting practice.

There is a mixture of upper case, lower case, individual letter practice and even some joining if your child is ready for this.


Week beginning 27.4.2020

Please find below some ideas for this week's learning.

You can also find the resources mentioned below.

Happy learning!

Welcome to the Summer Term!

Please find below some ideas for the first week back.


As we no longer use half termly topics, each week will follow a theme to focus the learning more easily for the children.

This week we have used the theme of St George and the Dragon which is always very engaging for the children.

Please find below the link to the Easter PowerPoint as mentioned in the Parentmail dated Friday 3rd April.

Here are a few ideas for you to do whilst you are not at school.  We are not expecting you to do them all but please try and read, write  and do some maths every day.

Please see the Year R page for further ideas for handwriting, practising key words and an Easter maths challenge.


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  • Daily reading of school/home/library books, comics or books on line.
  • Daily spelling practice.  Please use the lists for all year groups on the English page of the school website. Just write these on paper or in a note book.
  • Write a sentence which includes one or more of your spellings.  Remember to use your best handwriting.  Keep your sentence simple in Year R but try and get your key words correctly spelt.
  • - lots of stories for the children to listen to and ideas for follow up activities.
  • Purple Mash has numerous writing frames which children can print off and complete at home.  A link for this site can be found on the home learning links page of the website.  If you can't print, you can take ideas from the website and do your own page.
  • Kids' Zone on the website has lots of phonics games, spelling games and a story activity.
  • Write a story or keep a diary of things that you do.
  • Year R could have a look at, username march20, password home - this is now a free resource.   Try and look at the games for Phases 1,2 and 3.


Twinkl Resources - this website has lots of resources which teachers use in class and will now be available to parents.  You can search for reading comprehensions (Year 1 and 2), maths activities and other activities linked to the children's current topics ( see the curriculum ideas for each year group lower down on this page).  Setting this up is really easy to do - go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS 



  • Daily practice of mental maths targets for Year R.  These can be found on the maths page of the school website and are called Mental maths toolkit for Early Years.
  • Education City (link on home learning links page of the website)
  • Kids' Zone on the website has a number of games to practise basic skills.  
  • All year groups to look at maths challenges and problem solving.  These can be a verbal discussion and do not always need to be recorded.  A variety of problems are available through the Twinkl website (detailed above)