Welcome to Year R
Here you will find information about Apple and Cherry classes. Information about the exciting things that we have been doing will appear here.
Our PE day will be a Thursday. We are making sure that the children have settled in well before we start formal PE lessons. We ask that long hair is tied back and earrings removed on this day and that your child is in school uniform that they can undress and dress themselves in. Please ensure that the PE kit contains labelled uniform of both shorts and t-shirt and a kit for colder weather as well as socks and plimsolls and trainers.
We have our library time every Wednesday. Please make sure your child's library book is in their book bag on a Wednesday so that it can be changed. If you have not finished reading the book, please send it in and let us know so that we can renew it on the library system at this time and it does not show as overdue.
New phonic cards will be sent home at the end of each week on a Friday. These will be the letter sounds that we have been learning during the week. Please cut them up and practise them with your child. They need to be able to blend the sounds together to read words as well as recognising each individual letter and saying its name and sound. Remember to send the phonics zippy wallet to school each day in the book bag and ensure that nothing else is stored in the wallet as they are easily damaged. If you are unsure of the sound the letters make then we have helpful videos showing the cued articulation action and the sound under the parents' section of the website.
Children will be allocated login details for the online learning platform of 'Education City' and the online reading and phonics platform 'Bug Club.' You will find the links to these under the Parents tab and Useful links. There is also a link on your Google Classroom. The login details will be found on the back of your child's green reading diary. It might be useful to take a photograph of these logins or make a note of them in case the reading diary is misplaced or lost.
Please log in with your child and support them with the allocated activities or books rather than leaving them to attempt them independently. They may need help to follow the instructions to complete the assigned learning tasks.
Please come and speak to us if you are having trouble with any of the logins or games.
Our current theme...
This half term in Year R the theme is ‘Getting to know you' and we have been learning lots about the children through their 'Chatterboxes.' If your child has not brought their 'Chatterbox' in yet there is still time before half term. The children have been learning the rules and routines of the classroom and they are enjoying exploring the shared room and the outside area. They have been particularly happy using the bikes and scooters and the large wooden blocks. We have seen some impressive walls made for 'Humpty Dumpty.'
Now that the children are a bit more used to being in school we will begin learning the initial letter sounds in phonics. We'd appreciate your support at home with reinforcing these by using the phonic flashcards that are sent home weekly. We find that a good partnership between home and school leads to greater progress in your child's reading journey.
The children have moved into the home corners in the classrooms and they have begun decorating them with their own drawings of their families. We have been practising keeping the Apple and Cherry homes tidy and putting things back into the correct places. We can't promise that this will rub off at home!