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YEAR R - Oak and Willow

Throughout the year the children are guided through a series of Learning Adventures. Below is a review of the last Learning Adventure with some associated photos, ENJOY!

Year R Autumn 2 Newsletter (Nursery Rhymes)

Autumn 1 - The Gruffalo Blog

Oak and Willow classes have made a brilliant start to school life! We have seen lots of smiles coming through the door every morning and lots of positive feedback about school! They have been learning the rules and routines of the classroom and have become familiar with the other areas they use regularly in the school. This includes their own outdoor learning environment, the playground, the dinner hall and the library. Both classes have become more independent and are able to put their belongings away independently, self-register for dinners and settle to their morning activities.


In those first few weeks we started our first Learning Adventure about Ourselves. We talked about our hobbies and interests, our favourite healthy fruit, our families, as well as looking at our reflections in the mirror to paint our self portraits. Following this we have been reading and completing activities based on one of our favourite stories ‘The Gruffalo’. The children have loved this Learning Adventure and we have seen some wonderful examples of learning, such as making and counting purple prickles, learning to retell part of the story with our own actions and  making  Gruffalo masks; we’ve even had some Gruffalos appearing in our role play area!  In PE we have been exploring ways of how to move like the characters in the Gruffalo story and enjoying different parachute games.


Oak and Willow classes have learnt lots of new sounds in phonics and are really enjoying learning a mnemonic to help them remember how to write it correctly. Our favourite is for d, ‘around the dinosaurs’ bottom up his tall neck and down to his feet!’ They are learning to blend these new sounds together to make a word using ‘Fred Talk.’ Another aspect of their learning that has been fun is mental maths, which children love learning. Using lots of interactive games children are now becoming more confident recognising, counting and matching to their value.


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Year R Newsletter - Autumn Term 1 (The Gruffalo & Magnificent Me)