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Year R - Squirrel, Hedgehog & Fox

Update: 25th September


The children have all enjoyed their first full weeks in school and have settled well into our daily routines. They all particularly enjoyed exploring Forest School on Tuesday.


This week we started teaching the children Phonics, which will support them to read and write. Each week we will teach a new set of sounds, which we would like the children to practise at home. It is important that the children say the sounds correctly. If you are unsure there is a video clip on our class pages under Phonics and Reading showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (units of sound). There are also many other resources to support your child with phonics.


We are sending home a phonics book with all of the sounds in Phase 2, with a picture and an action. For example ‘s’ for snake, ‘a’ for ant, ‘t’ for tennis, ‘p’ for pig and ‘i’ for inky mouse. There are also pictures for the children to practise segmenting (sound talk). For example, what sounds can you hear in the word cat? Model how to segment the sounds in cat – c…..a…….t. The children need to learn this skill to help them spell words when they learn to write. Please keep the phonics book at home. 


We are also teaching ‘tricky words’. These are words that the children need to recognise by sight such as ‘to’, ‘no’, ‘go’ and ‘the’.


We will also be sending a ‘Home Learning book’ for your child to keep at home. Each term we will suggest some activities that you could complete with your child. Term One home learning tasks are on the school website on our class pages. You can choose which tasks you would like to do and there is no set date for the home learning to be handed in. Please keep the book at home and if you would like to share home learning with their teacher send a photograph using the class emails.


Your child might like to draw pictures in their book, practise writing their name, sounds taught, tricky words and numbers. They might like to draw pictures of objects beginning with a particular sound, for example ‘s’ for snake, sock and six.


So far, we taught the sounds – ‘s, a, t, p, i, n’. Please help your child to practise these at home. We will be reviewing them every day in our Phonic session. If you have any questions about how we teach Phonics please email the class teacher.


Thank you.

The Early Years Team

Back to school

Masks to be worn by parents when on school grounds.

8:40 till 8:50 parents drop children off at the entrance gate and children to line up on the patio in classes with class teacher.

3:05 entrance gate opens and parents to follow one way system through the school following yellow arrows around to the playground.


Children need to bring drink bottles (water or squash) and a piece of fruit for snack time everyday. 

Forest School every Tuesday morning, children wear own clothes into school that can get messy. Wellies and water proof clothing (waterproof overalls or waterproof trousers and jacket) in a plastic bag that will stay in school for forest school and play times.

In a bag children to bring in spare clothes to stay in school.

Please remember to name all clothing (jumpers, waterproof clothing, shoes, wellies).

The class teachers are Mrs Mount, Miss Plumbe and Mrs Tingey. The teaching assistants are Mrs Hazelden, Miss Casey and Mrs Lyster. Helpers in class are Miss Smitherman, Jodie, Paula and Avron.