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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 days are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 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 visit the library every Tuesday afternoon. Please make sure your child's library book is in their book bag on a Tuesday 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.  You can also change your child's library book on a Thursday after school.



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.


Talking Homework

Talking Homework books are sent home each Friday and must be returned to school on a Monday. We ask that you write down exactly what your child tells you in the talking homework book as it helps us to hear pupil voice. Please do not change what the children have said as you are writing it down.

The children enjoy sharing their talking homework, in small groups on a Monday, so it is important that it is completed to enable your child to take part.  

Online Learning

All children have now 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. The login details can be found  stuck inside or 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 ‘Farm to Fork' and we have been  learning about where our food comes from. We will have a visit from the education officer from the the Newbury Showground. She will bring some special visitors to teach us all about pigs and goats. We will find out how sausages are made and will hopefully get to taste some as well. We will also cater for vegetarian children. 


In RE we will be thinking about the theme of 'Easter' in terms of 'New Life' and linking this to signs of Spring. We will talk about why Easter is a special time of year for Christians.


As part of the ‘Farm to Fork' topic we will be reading lots of books with a particular focus on 'The Little Red Hen' and 'Farmer Duck.'

The children have been enjoying using the role play which has turned into a farm shop complete with real vegetables. They are still using the home corner in the shared room and have particularly enjoyed the cosy sleeping area within it!


Don't forget that you are welcome to come into the classrooms on a Thursday, after school, to see what your children have been up to in their learning.

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