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Welcome to Year R

Days to remember

Talking Homework sent home - Monday

Library day - Wednesday

PE day - Thursday

Phonic flashcards sent home - Friday

Year R Information Evening

Apple and Cherry Classes 2021

Autumn Welly Walk

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 on a Thursday. Please ensure your child continues to practise dressing and undressing themselves independently. 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. 



We have now finished teaching the individual letter sounds and the digraphs and trigraphs that we cover in Year R.  Your child needs to be able to blend the sounds together to read words as well as recognising each individual letter or digraph/trigraph 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.


Online Learning

Children have allocated login details for the online reading and phonics platform 'Bug Club.' You will find the link to this 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 the login or make a note of it 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 ‘Everyday Heroes' and we will be thinking about the fact that every role and job is important to the community and talking about what a community is. In RE we will be learning about 'Special People' in terms of people that are special to the children and then linking this to the fact that Guru Nanak is special for Sikh people.

As part of the ‘Everyday Heroes' topic we will be reading the stories of 'Supertato' and creating our own 'Superveg.'

The children are still enjoying playing in the home corner and they will now develop this further by getting it ready for the arrival of a pet and role playing scenarios like visiting the vet or taking the baby to the doctor whilst thinking about these jobs and what they entail. 

We are creating a new display to show off their 'Superveg' designs and finished characters. You will be able to see this if you pop into the classrooms on a Thursday after school.


The majority of the class have now learned all of the initial letter sounds and most of the Phase 3 digraphs (2 letters that only make 1 sound) and trigraphs (3 letters that only make 1 sound). 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. We would encourage you to listen to your child read at least 4 times a week and daily if possible. 


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. 





Autumn 1 Settling in and Getting to know you

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