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 is a Wednesday. We ask that long hair is tied back and earrings removed on these days and that your child is in school uniform that they can undress and dress themselves in.
We have our library time every Monday afternoon. Please make sure your child's library book is in their book bag on a Monday so that it can be changed. If you have not finished reading the book we can renew it on the library system at this time so 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 have been 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 can 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 our theme is ‘Celebrations' and we will be spending lots of time thinking about our own times to celebrate. In RE we will be thinking about the 'Birth of a baby' in terms of the Christmas story and we will link this to our own birth stories and how a new baby is welcomed.
As part of the ‘Celebration' topic we will be learning about different events like Bonfire Night. We will find out about the history of these and what people do during these times.
The children have been enjoying playing in the home corner and they will now develop this further by getting it ready for a birthday celebration, preparing for the arrival of a new baby in the home, before moving on to preparing the home corner for Christmas.
We have a new firework display on the wall and the children have used a mixture of ICT pictures and paintings as well as collaborating to create group poems. You will be able to see these on Tapestry.
The majority of the class have now learned the character names that have been sent home and they are beginning to read word books. The children have learned lots of initial letter sounds and they are beginning to explore digraphs (2 letters that only make 1 sound). Thank you for the support at home with reinforcing the reading and the letter sounds. We find that a good partnership between home and school leads to greater progress in your child's reading journey.
Tapestry is up and running. It has been lovely to see the learning that is taking place at home. The children are always very proud when they can show off what they have been doing with their grown ups. Please make contact if you have not received an activation email or you are having difficulty using it.