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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 Spring 1 Newsletter (Frozen Worlds)

Autumn 2 - Mother Goose Blog

Welcome back to school and a very happy new year to you all.

We are very happy that everyone has settled in so well to school again and we have heard lovely stories about the wonderful break everyone has had.

Year R had a busy term solving different challenges which arrived through a letter from Mother Goose. The children were brilliant at coming up with their own ideas of how to help Humpty Dumpty, Incy Wincy Spider and Jack and Jill solve their problems. We continued to learn new sounds in phonics, whilst learning to blend these sounds to read words. Please keep practising those green and red words at home..

All the children worked so hard practising their special part and joining in with all the lovely songs for our Christmas performance, A Miracle in Town. Thank you for helping your child learn their lines, the show was amazing! They were all little stars and we were so proud of you all.

In ICT we have enjoyed programming the mice to follow pathways to find the cheese.

The children enjoyed creating a variety of Christmas crafts and joining in activities such as decorating trees and writing a Christmas list to Santa. The children thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Christmas story called ‘Father Christmas needs a wee’ which we used as a maths focus to help Santa to order the doors on the houses he visited and have the correct number of presents.

We were very excited to watch the Jack and the Beanstalk pantomime which visited the school, also Oak and Willow classes had their first Christmas disco, it was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves.




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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)