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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 PowerPoint presentation mentioned in the Parentmail dated Friday 3rd April.
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We shall not be sending home handwriting homework on Friday 20th March. Please see resources on Twinkl and choose the cursive option.

The letter progression would be as follows;

h, b, k, p

v, w, x, z


Please then practise the correct letter formation when writing words as well as in isolation.

Please find a link here to our Easter Maths challenge.
Here are a couple of fun games of snakes and ladders to practise key words.

Spring Term

Welcome back to all of our families and a special welcome to new families that have joined us.

It hardly seems like five minutes ago that we were busy preparing for Christmas and enjoying all the festivities!


The children all came back refreshed and rested and were eager to put forward ideas about their learning. We have continued our new planning method with the children sharing ideas about what they would like to find out - some a little easier to facilitate than others! However, all suggestions are valued and if we are unable to make a unit of work from the ideas we draw upon Google to answer some of the important questions for us.


So far this half term we have already enjoyed walking to the post box, a Chinese New Year workshop full of music and dance, games and skills sessions with CM sports and food tasting. We hope you have enjoyed hearing about these lovely activities and have been able to see evidence of what we have done in the children's learning journeys in the sharing work sessions after school. If you haven't managed to pop in to see your child's book there will an opportunity for you to do this at the parental consultation next half term.


As we approach half way through the year please could we give a reminder about some of the ways in which you can support your child with their learning at home -


* read every day with your child, even if a few pages or for a few minutes

* frequently refer to the phonics sound mat when talking about words when reading and writing

* revise the key words in sets. It is our expectation that the majority of children will be able to read all of these words by sight at the end of the year

* practise counting forwards and backwards in 1s from different starting points within the range 0 to 20

* complete the letter formation homework and Maths challenges

* continue to encourage your child to be independent - remind them to check their book bag in the morning for letters, homework to be handed in, library books and reading books to be changed

* practise dressing and undressing with school uniform and PE kit


- Thank you for your continued support -

Please find below a copy of our timetable which gives an outline of what we do over the course of the week. It is flexible and therefore aspects of the curriculum may not always happen as shown.


We begin new planning on Wednesdays and it runs until the following Tuesday when the children are asked for ideas about  their interests and how to move their learning on.

Ideas for sharing wordless books

We appreciate it can be frustrating to receive a book that has no words in it to read however a very important part of learning to read, even before words, is being able to use language to discuss what is seen and understood from pictures. Without the language to talk about and understand a story, it will be very difficult to make sense of the words. Decoding and reading words are skills that come alongside the understanding that print conveys meaning and that sounds can be blended or put together to make words to create sentences. A very complicated process for small people!


Very soon we shall be starting to send home books with simple words and short phrases in if we feel your child is ready for this. In the mean time please find below some ideas to use when sharing wordless books.


  • Predict the story from the front cover/title
  • Identify the main characters in the story
  • Discuss the feelings of characters
  • Predict what might happen next
  • Discuss funny/sad/surprising events
  • Get your child to suggest an alternative ending
  • Ask questions about what they have seen in the pictures
  • Tell your own version of the story after making obvious changes
  • Model how to add exciting vocabulary, what the characters might say
  • Create a new title for the book


Other general book skills that can be practised;

  • Being able to identify the correct way up for the book
  • Identifying whether a book is a story/fiction or information/non-fiction text
  • Knowing the terms title/cover/picture/illustration
  • Practise turning the pages correctly, one at a time and from the corner
  • Picking something simple from the pictures and make a rhyming family using that word

Year R Curriculum meeting

Thank you to the parents that were able to attend the meeting in the middle of the downpour!

Please find below the presentation that was shared.

If you have any questions please pop in and see the class teacher.



Autumn Term 2019 in Year R


Welcome to all our new children and families! smiley


It has been lovely to see so many of you coming in to school in the mornings to support your children becoming independent and seeing the classroom set up.


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.


We have also started to introduce the children to some of the routines and expectations we have in Year R and it is likely that they have been sharing some of these with you!


You will be able to find out more about what we do in the Year R curriculum meeting on Tuesday 24th September at 9.00am. Any information shared during the meeting will be available on this page afterwards.


We look forward to working with you to support your children on their start to school life.


Reading and Phonics evening 2019

Please find below the three presentations from the evening. If you have any questions please pop in and see the class teacher.

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.


Key words

We have 63 words that we would like the children to know by sight (no sounding out) at the end of Year R. We work on one set per week with the children and then revise all sets periodically so that the children retain their knowledge.

You can find these words at the back of your child's reading diary.



Your child will read with the class teacher or Learning Support Assistant once a week either as an individual or as part of a group. During the reading session specific skills will be taught and practised and the children will be asked a range of questions to check their understanding.


To begin with the majority of children will receive reading books twice a week to share with you at home and when the class teacher feels they are ready your child will be able to change their book when you have shared it with them. This may be every day.


Please remember to write in the reading diary as we use your comments to inform our judgements. We expect date, book title and your initials as a minimum please.


Your child will also participate in whole class reading sessions every day and daily story time in class and an opportunity to choose a book from the school library will be given once a week if your child has returned their previous book.



We use the same 63 key words to practise spellings with the children and we would expect the majority of children to be able to spell at least 45 of these by the end of the year.

The first few sets can be spelt phonetically but there are also quite a few that the children will need to learn from memory. We will teach the children some strategies for learning these trickier words.


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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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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