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In the Early Years Foundation Stage children learn through a balance of both teacher led and child initiated activities.  Everything we do is based on careful observations of the children so that we can tailor the learning environment and plan activities that are engaging, motivating and exciting. 

The theme for Summer 2 is Journeys


This term our topic is Journeys.

This term we will be going on lots of journeys, beginning with our walk to the Herb Farm at Sandhutton.  We will then 'travel' to Ghana to learn about our friends in Diamond Hill school and Honi Village school near Accra.  We will learn about different ways to travel over land and sea and through the air. Finally we will think about our journey through school as we begin our transition into Y1.

Mrs Preston will teach the class from Monday to Thursday and Mrs Wilford will teach them on Fridays.

Please see the class newsletter for further details. 

  2. Thank you for your support. 

Muddy Monday

We spend every Monday morning in our wildlife area.  We call this Muddy Monday.

We can supply all the children with a full set of fleece-lined waterproofs but ask that parents provide a pair of wellies to keep at school.  


We have two PE sessions each week.  This term we will be working on our athletics skills of running, jumping and throwing.  Where possible, PE will be outdoors on the school field so children will need their PE trainers. 

On Thursdays we will be going swimming.  Please dress your child in easy clothes on Thursdays-definitely no tights!

Please ensure that all PE kit is clearly labelled with your child's name. PE bags should be brought to school on Monday and taken home for a wash at the end of the week. 

Reading is a high priority at our school.  We want our children to develop a love of books and become life-long readers. In Class R we tell stories and share books several times a day and the children have daily opportunities to develop and practise their reading skills.  

The children will bring home books from the library for you to read to them and reading books for them to read to you.  These books are designed to help them practise their developing reading skills and will be carefully matched to the phonics we are learning in class. 

In order to build confidence and fluency it is really valuable if children can read the same book several times. 

It is best to study and chat about the picture BEFORE reading the words.  We don't encourage the use of pictures as a way of guessing words  (always use phonics for unknown words) but pictures are great for enhancing the enjoyment of the books.

Can your child talk about the characters?  How are they feeling?  What might they be saying?

Can your child talk about the events?  What has happened so far?  What might happen next?

Can your child talk about the setting?  Where is the story taking place?  What time of day is it?

Click here for further information about reading in Class R.

Please visit our Bedtime Stories Page where you will find lots of stories to enjoy. 

We follow a scheme called 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised.' 

Click the links for more information. 

How to pronounce each sound demonstration video.

Each week we will learn four letters and the sounds they make.  We will immediately start blending sounds together to make words.

Autumn 1 Guide

Autumn 2 Guide

 We are now moving on to Phase 3.

How to pronounce the Phase 3 sounds.



It is now time to secure the spelling of all the tricky words we have been learning this year.

Each week there will be a list of spellings for your child to practise.  These will be placed in the learn by heart book on Tuesdays and checked the following Monday.  The lists will also be available to practise on Spelling Shed.

This is a great way for your child to practise their phonics skills.

Please see your child's reading record for login details for our new spelling scheme.


Our maths is mostly active and practical.  We follow a scheme called White Rose Maths.

We are using the Numberblocks to build up a deep understanding of numbers and number composition.

Please help your child to learn doubles up to 10+10 by heart.

Visit Topmarks Early Years section and explore these counting games.

Click here for a number formation video.