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Year R

In Year R we have five teachers. Miss Dainton in Class 1, Mrs Poet in Class 2 and Miss King in Class 3. Miss Clayton is our Forest School teacher.

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


We are lucky to have a team of dedicated support staff, Mrs Haddon, Ms Pun, Mrs Sharma, Miss Thuilliez 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

Forest School takes place every Wednesday.  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.




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!

Year R curriculum letter Summer 2

This week our focus story is The Gingerbread Man.  We have all enjoyed lots of different gingerbread themed activities including story maps and working out how we could construct bridges to cross the river.

Year R curriculum letter

This week Year R have been celebrating Chinese New Year.  We have listened to the story and acted it out in our small world play.  There has even been a dragon dancing around the playground and we composed our own Chinese style music for the dragon to dance to.
We had a visit from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance service.  They talked to us about their job and we acted out what would happen in an emergency and they came to help us.  We were very lucky to have a visit from their mascot Herocopter.  We agreed that the pilot and air ambulance paramedics are real life superheroes.
Adventure days continue each week whatever the weather!  The children have been using the whittling skills that they learnt last term to whittle the end of green sticks to use to cook over the fire.  They then roasted slices of apple and caramelised brown sugar on them-it was delicious.  The children have also been learning to use the bow saw on the saw horses to make wood slices. Next week we will use blackboard paint to turn them into small chalk boards  to use in our outside area.

Stay and play


The theme of our parent stay and play this half term was literacy.  It was really great to see so many parents and grandparents coming to join in with the children during the afternoon and join in with the literacy based activities in the classroom.  Everone enjoyed unscrambling the CVC words that the evil pea had muddled and hidden around the Year R area.  It has been great to see so many of these uploaded to Tapestry and we will be announcing the parent and child who found the most in our weekly communication video at the end of this week.

Supertato and the Evil pea


Evil Pea has been on the rampage in school and we came in to find lots of vegetables who had been trapped by him all over Year R!  The children have been superheroes themselves trying to hunt him down and writing wanted posters which describe him just in case he is seen.  In addition to this there has been lots of other learning going on around the theme of vegetables.



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!



Adventure Day

This term has been filled with exciting learning opportunities during our adventure sessions outside.


We have been learning to use a mallet to set out the boundaries so that everyone knows where to stay to keep safe.


The children have also been introduced to some tools which they are then able to use independently under adult supervision.


As the weather  has been getting cold we were able to use the fire to make some hot chocolate and enjoy a warm drink. The children were shown how to move around the fire and sit down within a safe distance.

Nursery Rhymes

During this topic the children will be looking at lots of different nursery rhymes.

We started the topic with a dress up day where the children had the opportunity to dress up as their favourite nursery rhyme characters and share their rhymes.


The children have enjoyed the opportunity to try and save Humpty Dumpty by creating a safety device for him to use in case he falls again. 


We explored different ways of making 8 by manipulating Incy Wincy spiders legs.

Elmer the Elephant

Over the coming weeks we will be looking at the story of Elmer the elephant.

The children have received a letter from Jungle Jim and need to help him as Elmer has gone missing!!

They will need to write some simple sentences describing Elmer.


We will also be looking at mixing to make different colours in the outside area.


In maths we are looking at pattern and the children will have opportunities across the classroom to create their own patterns. We will also be introducing the idea of one more and the children will make sets of elephants and add one more.

Elmer the elephant

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 now begun teaching the children letter sounds in our phonics lessons. Parents are able to access videos, to support the children's learning at home, by logging into your child's journal on the Tapestry app or website.


Adventure Day


This coming Wednesday we are looking forward to our first Adventure Day together, where will go over to our forest area for some games and activties.  Remember the children can come to school in tracksuit trousers with their school jumper on Adventure Day, instead of our usual school uniform.  Don't forget to bring your waterproofs and wellies as well!

Stay and play

This week we had our first stay and play where we invited our Mummies and Daddies to come into school to play with us.  Each of our stay and play sessions is themed around an area of learning, this time the focus was physical development.  After a short presentation from Mrs Searle, who explained how our physical development relates to our activties in the classroom, everyone played together and enjoyed lots of activities which help us to develop our strength, motor skills and independence in our looking after ourselves.  Look at all of the exciting things we did!  We all had great fun and look forward to our next stay and play after half term.

Stay and play

YR curriculum letter