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YEAR R - Oak and Willow

Autumn 2 Newsletter ( Mother Goose Mix Up)

Autumn 1 - The Gruffalo


Year R


Oak and Willow classes have made a brilliant start to school life at Pilgrims’ Cross! We have seen lots of smiles coming through the door every morning and positive feedback on how the children are enjoying school! They have been busy learning the rules and routines of the classroom and we feel sure many parents have been an audience to ‘sparkly fingers!’ They have quickly become familiar with the other areas they use regularly in the school. This includes their own outdoor learning environment and playground, the 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. Well done everyone.


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 Maketon and making Gruffalo masks; we’ve even had some Gruffalos appearing in our role play area!  In PE we been exploring ways of how to move like the characters in the Gruffalo story, enjoying different parachute games as well as riding imaginary bikes!


Oak and Willow classes have learnt lots of new sounds in phonics and are really enjoying learning a rhyme 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!’ The children are learning to blend these new sounds together to make a word using ‘Fred Talk’ – Fred is our frog puppet who can only speak in sounds so needs the children’s help to blend words together. Another area of the children’s learning has been mental maths. These are fun short, practical sessions using lots of interactive games, rhymes and songs helping the children to become more confident in recognising, counting and matching objects to a number.



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Autumn 1 Newsletter (The Gruffalo)