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School will re-open to all children on Monday 8th March.

Our theme for Spring 2 is Traditional Tales

 Welcome back everyone!  I hope you have had a restful holiday with your families. 

This half term we will be basing our learning on Traditional Tales.  Firstly, we will enjoy a variety of stories about Big, Bad Wolves, starting with "Mr Wolf's Pancakes" and "Little Red Riding Hood." Then we will move on to "The Three Little Pigs" and "The Wolf and The Seven Little Kids."  Next, our focus stories will be "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" followed by "The Little Red Hen." Finally, we will enjoy the story of "Chicken Licken" and learn about Easter celebrations.  As always,we have lots of lovely learning activities planned. 

Please see the newsletter for details. 

  1. Class R Spring 2 Newsletter

Thank you for your continuing support. 

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

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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 7 is Big Bad Wolf

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

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We are also learning the tricky word


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  ear air ure

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 Blast Off

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

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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 Mallett reading

'Little Red Riding Hood’ and click this link to hear 'Mr Wolf's Pancakes.'


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