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Carlton Miniott, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 4NJ

Mr S Crocker

The theme for Summer 1 is Our Wonderful World


This half term we will be learning about our wonderful world.  We will be looking at the importance of protecting the plants and animals in our environment and the problems caused by litter.  We will learn about the three Rs - recycle, reduce and reuse by creating fashion out of rubbish.  We will go on to plant beans and learn about life cycles.  We will continue to enjoy our outdoor learning and discover more about seasonal weather changes.  Finally, we will celebrate the rich variety of vegetables available to eat as we enjoy the story of Supertato and turn ourselves into super foods!

Please see the class newsletter for details. 

  1. Class R Summer 1 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 2021 starters page.

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. Currently, we are swimming on Thursdays and our games lesson is on Friday.

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 outdoors for games and multi-skills. 


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.

Each week children will bring home library books for you to read to them and reading books designed to help them develop and practise their reading skills.  

Click here for further information about reading in Class R.

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. 

Take a look at some of our highlights.

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.  

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

We have now finished learning digraphs (two letters working together to represent one sound)

and trigraphs (three letters working together to represent one sound.) We will continue to practise reading these in words, including longer words with more than one syllable and compound words.

 ai ee igh oa oo oo ar or ur ow oi ear air ure er

This term we will learn some more tricky words.

said so have like some come love do were here little says there when what one out today


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.


Our maths is mostly active and practical. 

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

Visit Topmarks Early Years section and explore these counting games.

Click here for a number formation video. 

 Now that the children are competent at sounding and blending words, we will be moving on to encourage reading with fluency and expression.  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?


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