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 Welcome back everyone and a happy New Year from the EYFS team!   I hope you have had a restful holiday and lovely Christmas with your families. On behalf of the whole team, I would like to thank you for the gifts and cards you so generously gave us for Christmas. We are very grateful.

You will know already that we welcomed Mrs Clougher to our team in November. 

This half term we will be learning about animals.  Firstly, we will look at animals from polar regions, then will will move on to learn about wild animals and pets.  Finally we will celebrate the Chinese New Year.  We have lots of lovely learning activities planned. 

Please see the newsletter for details. 

Class R Spring 1 Newsletter

Thank you for your continuing support. 

  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you need any help or advice. 

Twitter @CarltonMiniYR 

Click here to visit the September 2020 starters page.

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. 

See what we got up to last term.

Take a look at our Autumn 1 highlights.

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 on Wednesday and Thursday.

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. This term we will be indoors for dance and gymnastics. 


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.

Current restrictions mean that books have to be quarantined between being sent home to different households.  We therefore intend to send 'reading' books home once a week on a Friday. This means that they should be returned to school on Tuesday to allow time for quarantine.  On Tuesday we will send home a library book for you to share with your child.  This should be returned on Friday.

Click here for further information about reading in Class R.

The theme for Week 4 is 'Pets'

We follow a scheme called 'Letters and Sounds.' 

Click the link for a useful explanation of how the scheme works and for a video showing how to pronounce each sound.

What is Letters and Sounds?

Click this link to go to the Phonics Videos page.  There you will find all the videos from previous weeks.

This week we are learning the new graphemes

ai ee igh oa

We are also learning the tricky words

spell - no go  read - was

Please keep practising reading and spelling words with your child. 

Please visit Phonics Play.  Free login username:jan21  password:home

To help the children remember the sounds, we tell a story about each sound, learn an action to accompany it and sing a little song.   
All the sound story videos can be found on our Phonics Videos Page.

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.

There are new assignments which practise  ai ee igh oa

Click here to go to the Spelling Shed login page.

Our maths is mostly active and practical.  We are using the Numberblocks to build up a deep understanding of numbers and number composition. This week's episode is Number 9

Visit Topmarks Early Years section and explore these counting games.

Click here for a number formation video. 


We now have access to Oxford Owl's online library of books matched to Letters and Sounds.

Please use the details in your reading diary to log in and read Little Blending Book 8 ch sh th ng

It is best to study and chat about the picture BEFORE reading the words.

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?

Please visit the Bedtime Stories page and listen to Mrs Thornton reading

'Mog at the V-E-T' and 'Hairy Maclary'


There are lots of stories to enjoy on our bedtime stories page.