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'Learning and Growing Together'


Welcome to Year R

Buckthorn Class is registered by Mrs. Parsons, Class Teacher. 

Supported by Mrs N. Pullman, Teaching Assistant.

Spruce Class is registered by Mrs Martin/Miss. Cox, Class Teachers. 

Supported by Mrs. K. Pullman, Teaching Assistant.

Throughout your child's reception year they will participate in invaluable learning experiences facilitated by both class teachers and support staff.


We set high expectations for all children and consistently deliver high quality provision which enables all children to succeed.


 'The Early Years is a strength of the School' OFSTED Nov 17


Parent Voice Cohort 2017-18 'Friendly staff, lovely atmosphere'

Term 2, We are family!

Welcome back after a well deserved half term break.

This term the children will be exploring their families and the families of others. We will be discussing similarities and differences and developing how to speak with confidence in a small familiar group.

During our literacy lessons, the children will have the opportunity to apply taught phonics when writing simple labels and captions relating to their family.

You can support your child by practicing their name writing at home. You can also practice reading and writing the following key words:  

my, me, mum, dad, and, can, like.


Our featured author this term is the British author, Babette Cole.

Babette Cole wrote a series of books about a family and these will be used as a stimulus for writing through our literacy lessons and topic lessons.

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During our maths lessons we will be identifying common 2D shapes and their properties.

You can support your child by discussing shapes found within the local environment and your home.

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As part of our understanding of shape, we will be looking at works of art from the famous artist Kandinsky. How many shapes can you name within his work? Can you identify how many edges and vertices each of those shapes have? 

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Polite reminder.

As the weather becomes colder, the children have started bringing more items of clothing to school such as winter coats, hats and scarfs. Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly named. Please also check that jumpers and P.E. kit items are also clearly named so we can return any lost items of clothing to your child.


Thank you for your ongoing support!

Term 1: British Authors



During term 1, Year R will be delving into the wonderful books written by the British Author, Julia Donaldson.   We will kick things off with the well known and well loved children's classic 'The Gruffalo'.  The children will have the opportunity to develop their vocabulary by discussing  both the characters and setting with their knew found friends.


During our 'Philosophy' sessions the children will be encouraged to think, develop opinions and to share their views with others.

Would you rather be the Mouse or the Gruffalo? 

Is it fair to keep mice as pets?

It is important that we model different perspectives when answering questions and that we respect any answers given by your children.  We are developing skills to talk with confidence and to listen to each other showing respect.


The first stages of reading require your child to have proficient sound knowledge.  We are regularly introducing new sounds and hope that you are busy using your sound cards to reinforce the learning at home.  You need to be able to say the sound, find the sound and write the sound.