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Year R

2020-2021

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 and Ms Pun  who help us all with our learning.

 

PE

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

Beginning on the 17th March Forest school will be on a 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.

Tapestry

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.

 

 

 

Week Beginning 22.03.21

This week we have been continuing our work using the story of The Rainbow Fish as inspiration.

During our shared read sessions we have been thinking of ways to say thank you to the rainbow fish. Lots of children then had a try at creating and writing their own thank you cards.

We have continued our work on addition in maths using the method of counting on and some of us have started to learn to count in twos during our number time sessions.

The children yet again enjoyed their forest school experience learning to balance, swing and climb the trees.

The children have also been exploring real fish. The looked closely at some sea creatures as discussed their similarities and differences.

 

Learning at home

Trick words: once, asked

 

Please remember to read with your child daily and record this in their reading records. This could include Bug club books, reading books or sharing a book together at bed time!

Can you spot any of the tricky words we have learnt when sharing your next bedtime story?

 

 

Week beginning 15.03.21

 

This week during our shared read sessions the children have been working with the story 'The Rainbow fish'. They have been talking about the characters, settings and ordering the main events using story maps. They have created their own speech bubbles and thought carefully about being kind and sharing with others. 

We have been completing some addition problems using the counting on method and the children have been working on their positional language within the enhanced provision.

 

Learning at home:

Tricky words: who, what, when, where

Week beginning 8th March 2021

We are finally all back to school together!

It has been so lovely to have the children back in school. They have all settled quickly back into the school routines and have been enjoying sharing all their learning experiences with their friends again.

 

We are currently enjoying our 'under the sea' topic.

This week we have shared the story 'Somebody Swallowed Stanley'. The children have been creating story maps, making predictions and thinking about the impact that humans have on the ocean. They have continued to discuss the issue of pollution and have been exploring different changes we could make to improve the situation. Some children have even been recycling materials at the creative tables to make some art work of their own.

All of the children have been busy completing some assessments to see how well they have been doing with their phonic and maths skills.

Finally, this week the children were once again able to explore and enjoy the thrill of forest school. All the children appeared to be very excited about getting outside and looking for some early signs of spring. 

 

Learning at home:

Tricky words: there, were

The children have been introduced to the above tricky words this week. You could play tricky word musical chairs with the tricky words they worked on during lockdown.

 

Online learning through lockdown

We will be posting daily video lessons via Tapestry and putting copies in the video resource centre, here on the website.  Lesson notes and any resources you will need will also be listed here and attached to our Tapestry posts. 

 

Below you will find some PDFs for you to print ready for the daily phonics and maths activities.  The children will be familiar with these resources as we already use them in school.

Remember that you can also access other online learning platforms that the school has subscribed to.  These are Bug club, Reading eggs, Numbots and Mathletics.  You child's individual login details for these sites are in the front of their reading diaries.   You can also use phonics play.  The login details for this website will be uploaded to Tapestry.

Please do upload your child's work to their Tapestry learning journal so that we are able to comment give feedback on the work that you are doing at home If you have trouble accessing your account please email the school office and we will reset this for you.  The class teachers and other YR staff are contactable via Tapestry so if you have any questions or need any help please send us a message there and we will respond to you as quickly as we can.

Please do upload your child's work to their Tapestry learning journal.  If you have trouble accessing your account please email the school office and we will reset this for you.  The class teachers and other YR staff are contactable via Tapestry so if you have any questions or need any help please send us a message there and we will respond to you as quickly as we can.

 

Half term reading challenge

Advent activities

Below are some Advent activities that you can complete with your child at home.  These have been provided by 'OneChurch Basingstoke' who work with schools across the town.  There will be new ones added each week in the lead up to Christmas which include easy craft ideas for you to do together.

 

Week beginning the 14.12.20

This week we have been looking at the different ways of celebrating Christmas, we talked about different Christmas customs and why we put up certain decorations. We have enjoyed looking at baby pictures of us and role-played with baby dolls outside. In Maths we play spilled the beans with two sided counters in order to count irregular sets.  

Our focus sounds in phonics have been:  igh, oa, oo. 

Tricky words : he, she, we, me, be. 

 

Week beginning the 7.12.20

This week we have been learning about the Nativity story and enjoyed looking at pictures of ourselves when we were babies. In Literacy, we have used our knowledge of phonics and tricky words to write our own letters to Santa. We enjoyed completing Christmas activities and being busy elves in our Santa’s workshop, preparing gifts for Christmas .  In Maths we have looked at finding one less, by delivery presents one at a time and counting how many presents we had remaining in our sleigh. 

Our focus sounds in phonics have been ng, ai, ee. 

Tricky words : no, go, into ,he

 

Week beginning the 30.11.20

This week our focus story has been Stickman by Julia Donaldson.  We have written our own speech bubbles and looked at different ways of utilizing sticks. We painted with sticks, made our own stickmen and even had stick water races.  In maths we have been comparing different groups using the vocabulary more and fewer when describing them.  .

Our focus sounds in phonics have been ch, sh, th.

Tricky words : I, to , the.

Week beginning the 23.11.20

This week our focus story has been Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.  We have made potions and written recipes for them.  The children have also explored rhyme and rhyming words.  In maths the chidlren have been comparing length, using the correct vocabulary longer, shorter and longest and shortest.  It is also getting very exciting as we get closer to Christmas and are beginning to learn some Christmas songs and poems to record and share as part of our school Christmas production.

Our focus sounds in phonics have been z, zz, y, qu

Home Learning 6th-19th November 2020

 

Over the next two weeks the children will have access to a range of home learning activities.  These will be published on Tapestry each evening ready for you to use the next day.  The videos will also be uploaded to this website and can be accessed by clicking on the video resource centre link below. Each day there will be a phonics and maths activity for you to do with your child, alongside an activity related to our focus story.  Next week we will continue with 'The Gruffalo' and the following week move onto 'The Smartest Giant in Town.'  Don't worry if you don't have these books at home as we will read them on the videos.  There is also pick and mix of activities for you to complete.  We would suggest doing one of these activities per day.  Below you will find some PDFs for you to print ready for the phonics and maths activities next week.  The children will be familiar with these resources as we already use them in school.  Additional resources will be uploaded here and on Tapestry as we work through the next two weeks.

Remember that you can also access other online learning platforms that the school has subscribed to.  These are Bug club, Reading eggs, Numbots and Mathletics.  You child's individual login details for these sites are in the front of their reading diaries.  You can also use phonics play.  The login details for this website will be uploaded to Tapestry.

Please do upload your child's work to their Tapestry learning journal.  If you have trouble accessing your account please email the school office and we will reset this for you.  The class teachers and other YR staff are contactable via Tapestry so if you have any questions or need any help please send us a message there and we will respond to you as quickly as we can.

Each day all the staff we will be reading a story for their key children groups, again this will be accessible via Tapestry and the website via the link below.

 

 

Thursday 12th November online lesson notes and resources

Thursday 19th November online lesson notes and resources

Week beginning 2.11.2020

 

This week we have started to look at  our new topic, Julia Donaldson, by reading a story called the Gruffalo. We have looked the characteristics of the Gruffalo and wrote about what makes him unique. The children have enjoyed retelling the story using the character character puppets in our Gruffalo caves. In Maths we have looked at making sets and the conservation of number.

We have also made our own fireworks using different materials to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. 

 

Tricky words: he, no. 

 

This week we have been doing phonics assessments ready to get into our new groups. 

Week Beginning 19.10.20

This week we have been continuing with our work on the story of The Little Red Hen.

Only this week we made some changes. Firstly the little red hen decided to carve a pumpkin and together we created a story map to retell the story. She then sent us some of her bread so that we could try it for ourselves. In groups we made toast and had a try at spreading our own butter. We once again created a story map to show the process of making toast before writing about what we had done.

 

Sounds of the week: b, f, ff, l, ll, ss

Tricky words of the Week: go, of, the, to

 

This week we have been doing number assessments ready to get into our new groups after half term.

Week Beginning 12.10.20

This week the children have been learning all about the story of The Little Red Hen.

We have been learning to retell the story using some simple Makaton signs. 

Also this week we have looked at how a single number can be represented in a variety of different ways. This is something the children could share with you at home.

Sounds of the Week: e, u, r, h

Tricky words: I, the, a

Week Beginning 05.10.20

 

This week we have been reading 'Whatever Next' by Jill Murphy.

The children have enjoyed putting on their space boots and helmets, climbing into their rockets and zooming off to space.

We have also introduced the children to the outside woodworking area where they learnt the safety rules and how to use a hammer and nails.

 

Sounds of the week were: g, o , c, k, ck

Numbers of the week: 8, 9, 10, 11

Walk to school week

We have been learning about how to stay safe when we are walking to school.

WB 28.09.20

This week we have been reading the story Q-Pootle 5.

In phonics we have learnt the letters i, n, m, and d.

In our numbertimes we have focussed on the numbers 4, 5, 6, and 7.

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.

2019-2020

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. 

 

Reading

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 adminoffice@oakridge-inf.hants.sch.uk and they will pass your request on to the teacher.  The children have access to Reading Eggs and have been sent home log ins.

 

Maths

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

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

 

Phonics

You can access phonics and spelling games through Phonics Play at https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk

Username:  march20

Password:  home

 

Resources on line

Twinkl are offering one month ultimate membership, totally free of charge.  Go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

 

Tapestry

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

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.

CHINESE NEW YEAR

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.

SPRING 1

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

CHRISTMAS

 

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!

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