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Year R

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.

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 Two 


We have had a very exciting Term Two. Together, we learned the story of the Little Red Hen and told it together using the Makaton signs. You might have heard it at home too! In school, we made our very own bread, learning the key skills and associated language. Everybody helped, so everybody was able to eat the bread too. Yummy! laugh

Term Three



This term we have been learning the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. We have explored bridge building, both big and small, using a range of construction materials, and have solved problems together, such as how to get on and off the bridge. When we tell the story together using the Makaton signs to help, some of us have very scary troll voices! Have you heard the story at home yet?!


Term Four - The Enormous Turnip



This term, we used our Talk for Writing lessons to learn the story of the Enormous Turnip. We pulled and pulled that turnip together, but it would not budge! To immerse the children in the story, we explored the textures and smells of different vegetables. We found that turnips were actually in very short supply at the moment, but we had great fun chopping up different vegetables and cooking them to make a delicious soup. We wrote our own silly soup recipes using our phonic knowledge, created story maps, and finally had a go at writing sentences from the story. Maybe you could try making soup at home? What will you put into it?