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Year R

Term One - Getting to know you!


We welcome all of our new Butterflies, Bumblebees, Dragonflies and Blackbirds to Year R at The Oaks. We are very excited to get to know you better, and begin your child's educational journey with you. This week we will be out and about on home visits, and then the fun starts. Are you ready to play, investigate, discover, and create? The staff have been very busy over the summer, creating exciting new environments for you to explore. Where will you begin?....





Thank you to all who have signed up and got going with Tapestry over the summer. We have been able to get to know you a little already, and it really helps the children to share their home experiences with us, when they begin in the next few weeks. If you haven't already posted on Tapestry, please do have a go, we are looking out for your posts, and as soon as the children begin, we will share their first days at school with you too. smiley



Term 2  - The Little Red Hen



This term we will be learning the traditional story of the Little Red Hen using Pie Corbett's 'Talk for Writing' approach. We will be immersing the children in experiences to support their language development and understanding of the story. We will then learn the story together using Makaton signs to help us, make story maps to help us to sequence the story, and finally have a go at drawing and writing part of the story ourselves. Have a look back soon to see some of our work...


We were sad that school had to close for a couple of weeks in November to keep everyone safe, but our learning about the Little Red Hen carried on through our home learning. We had so much fun mixing and kneading the dough and making bread at home. Lots of us used puppets to tell the story, and we made story maps of our own to help us tell the story. 



Because of the pandemic, Christmas was a little bit different this year, but we still had so much fun. We made a fantastic hoop to decorate the school hall, created a video for our parents telling the story of the Nativity, and sang some traditional songs too. We had a 'Night before Christmas' where we made decorations, watched a Christmas video with hot chocolate, and also decorated our Gingerbread men. Happy Christmas Year R!

Term 3 - The Three Billy Goats Gruff (and Lockdown!)


Our Talk for Writing text this term is the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Who's that trip-trapping over MY bridge? 


This term, most of us have been learning at home as the school has been closed to all but a few children. We have been so impressed at the variety and standard of home learning that we have seen, and would like to share some of it here...

Term 4 - The Enormous Turnip


We really hope we will be allowed to see some more of you back in school next term. We are going to be talking about things that grow - we know lots of you grew vegetables in the lockdown last year. We will be tasting different vegetables, and having a go at making our own soup. We can't wait! Which vegetables do you like? Maybe you could try some new ones over the half term break.

Term 6- Minibeasts! 

We are very excited for another term of fun and learning! This term we will have a focus on Minibeasts. We are very excited to have a special delivery of caterpillars and will be watching and waiting for them grow into beautiful butterflies! We will be exploring the life cycle of a caterpillar to butterfly and developing our understanding of the world of Minibeasts.

Due to the nature of this year unfortunately we haven't been able to organise any exciting trips out of school but this term we will be welcoming some creepy, crawly friends! 


We will be exploring a story called ‘Sidney the Spider’ in talk for writing, and innovating to tell our own versions of the stories. We will also be exploring non-fiction writing and finding out some facts about different Minibeasts.

In Maths we will be developing our understanding of doubling, halving and sharing in lots of different practical ways. We will be looking for patterns in numbers and exploring the concept of odd and even numbers.

Home Learning

Check out these links to websites and suggestions of things you can do at home.

This links to a Parent portal, with lots of FREE speech and language resources, advice and tips for parents working at home with their children who have SLCN. Also helpful for developing phonics skills for all our Year R children.
Oxford Owl is a great website with a wide range of ideas for phonics and maths. Take a look at their free eBook library too, where you can find books matched to your child's book band with accompanying activities.

Alistair Bryce-Clegg, who has inspired the Early Years ethos at The Oaks, has begun to gather some practical, fun activities to try at home here (there are more being added each day).

Share good quality online stories and enjoy fun Literacy and Numeracy activities here.

Many of our pupils are already enjoying the Numbots resource at home. You should have received your child's login details but please get in touch via Tapestry or email if there are any problems.

For mixed Literacy and Numeracy activities and links to other sites.

GoNoodle is a fantastic website that offers lots of free physical activities for children. There are different categories such as guided dances, relaxation and mindfulness.