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In Year R we have four teachers. Miss Clayton in Class 1, (Forest School leader) Mrs Poet in Class 2 and Miss King in Class 3. 

Mrs Searle is the Early Years manager who oversees the running of our Early Years Foundation Stage.


We are lucky to have a team of dedicated support staff, Miss Aylett, Miss Burge, Mrs Eldridge, Mrs Grigg,  Mrs Howlett,  Ms Pun and Miss Thuilliez (maternity leave) who help us all with our learning.



YR has PE on a Friday.  Your child will need their PE kit in school at all times and will bring it home for washing at half term.  Please remember to remove earrings and put your child's hair up if it is long.

Forest School

We will inform you via parentmail when our Forest school day has been confirmed.  On this day your child should wear jogging bottoms or trousers to school along with their school top and sweatshirt.  They will also need wellington boots and a full waterproofs.  These can be kept in school as we will wear them outside anyway should it be wet.


Your child's learning journal will be updated throughout the week so you can see what they have been learning in school.  Please log in and have a look.  You can also add to the journal yourself via the app.  Maybe you have had a family celebration or your child has achieved something for the very first time.  The children love to share experiences and achievements with their friends so please do upload regularly  for us to share.  We will share a video each week outlining what we have been learning in phonics and include an activity or challenge for you to do together at home.  Letter formation sheets, should you wish to do them, will be added to the website for you to print.




WB: 21.09.20

This week we have been reading the story Aliens love Underpants.

The children have started their phonics lessons this week; with a focus on the sounds s, a, t, p.

We have also started our numbertime focussing on the recognition of numbers 0, 1, 2, 3.

Week Beginning 21.09.20

First Week at School

The children have been settling well into their new classes and making lots of new friends. They are quickly becoming familiar with the new routines and expectations and we have had lots of children making their way to the Superstar this week.


Home Learning for Year R


To support the children at home with their learning, we have put some activities together for you and your child to do. 



The children can access reading via Bug Clubs, their reading books and anything else at home they can read.  (share stories together, spot familiar words and logos in the environment, on packaging etc)

If you need new reading books for Bug Club online then please email and they will pass your request on to the teacher.  The children have access to Reading Eggs and have been sent home log ins.



The children have access to Numbots using their passwords.   They also have access to mathletics and have been sent home log ins.

Whiterose maths have created some homelearning activties suitable for YR children.  You can find them by following this link



You can access phonics and spelling games through Phonics Play at

Username:  march20

Password:  home


Resources on line

Twinkl are offering one month ultimate membership, totally free of charge.  Go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS



Keep logging into your Tapestry account to hear stories read by the teachers and for other fun activities you can try together.  Each day one of the teachers will be setting a phonics and maths challenge for you to do together.  You will also a find a class celebration each week where you can see what your friends have been up to and the teachers are awarding star of the week and other awards based around the learning that you have been sharing with us from home.



Owl Babies

This week our learning will be based on the book Owl Babies.  If you don't have a copy of the book at home then you can watch it being read to you on the YouTube link.  There is a list of activities that you can work through at your own pace.  Remember that there will also be a daily phonics and maths challenge posted on Tapestry and you have the online learning platforms to use as well.

Kids storytime: Owl Babies

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Mrs Millington's Creative writing challenge 


Every Monday Mrs Millington is going to add a creative writing challenge for the Infant children to complete.  Here is this week's challenge.  Don't forget to check back each Monday to see what she has set.

Home Learning Rainbow Challenges

Year R curriculum letter

Forest Fun

We have had a lot of adventures whilst our for forest school including den building, cooking around the fire and using the tools but to name few. Here are some pictures of all the fun we have had so far...

World Book Day

As part of out world book day celebration we created our own Chatterpix and invited our grown ups in to share some of our favorite stories with us.


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Our Trip to the Aquarium

Spring 2

This half term we have been learning all about under the sea. We have looked at a range of books set under the sea, thought about creatures that live there and how to save the ocean from pollution.


As a year group we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. We have been learning about many of the traditions and even had a try at our own dragon dances.


This half term we have been looking at lots of different superheroes. We have enjoyed looking at the Supertato books and even had a visit from the Evil Pea. Each class turned their teacher into a superhero and got to design their costumes and super powers so that they could defeat the evil super Villain Searle the Swirl!! We also looked at heroes within our communities including police officers, vets and postal workers. We got to write out own letters and went for a walk to the local post box to post them. Now all we need to do is wait for them to be delivered to our very own front doors. 

As part of our topic we had a visit from the air ambulance and learnt all about how it helps save lives



The children have been very busy already enjoying the Christmas spirit.

They have been exploring various materials to try and be creative in the Christmas craft areas.

The ELF has arrived!!!


Each of the year R classrooms have received a special gift sent from Santa.

He has sent us an elf to monitor our behaviour and will be returning to Santa each evening to report on what he has seen.



The children had to choose a name for their elf so that his magic would work. 

They started by writing some of their ideas down.



Then we used our knowledge of British values to be democratic and vote for our favourite name. The name with the most votes was chosen.



Now we will just have to wait and see what our elves get upto!


Autumn 2

This half term will have been learning about the author Julia Donaldson. We have been looking at some of her well known stories such as The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and A squash and a squeeze to name a few.

We have really enjoyed looking at the rhyming features of each of the books and have even been rhyming some words for ourselves. When we looked carefully at the illustrations in each story we noticed that characters such as The Gruffalo and Stickman appear in the images of other books.

Whilst out during forest school we made some of our own roasted fox around the fire.

Autumn 1

This half term we have been settling into our classrooms and school routines. We have been making lots of friends, learning about ourselves and enjoying lots of hands on experiences. Our book this half term has been The Little Red Hen and lots of our learning has been based around this story.

Our first week in school

  After the excitement of their teachers coming to visit at home last week, now it is finally time to start school.  All of the children have come in with big smiles on their faces and are enthusiastically exploring their new classrooms-both inside and out! We have been learning all about our learning environment , making new friends and sharing our treasure boxes to learn all about our new friends!

Autumn Term 2019

YR have had a very busy first week getting to know their classrooms and our exciting outside areas.  There has been a lot to learn about the routines and rules in school but the children have been brilliant and we are very proud of them all. Everyone has had lots of fun and are now feeling very tired!