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 Monday. 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 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 ‘Minibeasts' and 'The Seaside.' We will be using the stories of Giles Andreae, 'Mad about Minibeasts' and 'Commotion in the Ocean' to introduce the themes. In RE we will be learning about 'Special Things' in terms of things that are special to the children and then linking this to things that are special for Christians and Sikhs.
The home corner has become a seaside cafe and the children have been enjoying serving cakes and ice creams to their friends.
We are creating a new display to show off their ice cream collages and the children have used water colours to create a background for these using hot colours. You will be able to see these on Tapestry.
The majority of the class have now learned most of the Phase 3 digraphs (2 letters that only make 1 sound) and trigraphs (3 letters that only make 1 sound) and we are focusing on securing these letter sounds with all of the class. Thank you for the support at home with reinforcing the reading and the letter sounds. The children need to be able to identify the digraphs within words in order to read successfully and move on to more challenging texts. We find that a good partnership between home and school leads to greater progress in your child's reading journey.
Tapestry is ongoing. It is lovely to see the learning that is taking place at home so please continue to upload videos and comments. The children are always very proud when they can show off what they have been doing with their grown ups.