Year R Work

Spring 2

What a fantastic half term we have had!

Year R was lucky enough to have a visit from the Mill Farm Experience on the field where they got to brush and stroke lots of different animals such as pigs, goats, chickens, ducks and even a baby lamb who was only a few weeks old! They learnt lots of facts about the animals, their features and what they produce. Farmer Sarah also left each class a few eggs with the hope they might hatch!


The children loved the visit and wrote some amazing recounts of what they did while being on the farm experience. This fantastic trip introduced our farm topic and soon the children were enjoying being farmers both inside and outside their classrooms. We also enjoyed sharing the Apple Tree Farm stories as a class.


The children’s written work has flourished this half term. They have been writing lists of farm animals, sentences about their habitats and even a poem about different animals using verbs. The children are always proud to show off their work and we especially enjoyed reading the poems out in class so everyone could hear how hard they applied their learning skills.


Within Phonics lessons we spent the half term revisiting all of the digraph sounds, comparing similar ones and addressing common misconceptions. Their sound recognition has really impressed us! We continued to build words using sound cards, listen out to digraph sounds in stories, read sentences and spot digraphs and tricky words hidden within them, match words and pictures and lots of other creative ways for the children to practice their segmenting and blending.


In maths we used a fantastic story about mice and a snake to introduce the concept of ‘part part whole’ to the children. The children learnt how to split a number up, understanding that if they added the parts back together they would get their whole. We also started to look at counting in 2s, we discovered they was especially helpful to count up missing farm animals quickly! We also revisited addition and learnt about subtraction. The children are becoming more confident in recording their own work and their independence in maths has really been noticed.


It was a very exciting day when the chicks hatched in all three classes! The children watched them to see how they grew and changed and we talked about how baby animals mature and about the different names we give to animals dependant on if they are a baby, female or male. The children loved having the chicks and enjoyed holding them gently when an adult was present.


We finished off the half term learning about the story of Easter. The children shared how they celebrate Easter at home and were especially eager to talk about all the egg hunts they would be having! We look forward to seeing what the final term in Year R has in store…

Spring 1

To the children’s excitement at start of the half term they received a letter from Ryder who leads Paw Patrol in Adventure Bay. He needed the children’s help to ensure the puppies in his team were eating the correct food to remain strong and healthy so they could always save the day. The children learnt all about healthy food and passed on all this information to the Paw Patrol Pups. Due to their amazing advice Ryder and the pups continued to ask for help throughout the half term….


While helping out the Paw Patrol Pups the children had to learn all about different people who help us such as; teachers, doctors, nurses, police officers (Like Chase!), air rescue (Like Skye!) and firefighters (Like Marshall!). The learnt what each of these people do to help others and were very lucky to meet some of them too!



The children wrote about what they had learnt; for example, thinking about where they would find people who help them at school and what different things firefighters do to help us. They also created maps of the school and made their own kites to help Paw patrol keep active, they didn’t fly as high as Skye’s Helicopter though! They also experimented how to get vehicles to emergency as quickly as possible.


The children also used their problem solving and imagination skills to build and role-play in their own hospital to help teach the pups how to look after a poorly Ryder after Skye and Rubble dropped off an urgent message. Their ideas and co-operations skills were very impressive during the whole day.


In phonics the children continued learning new sounds, starting the tackle vowel digraphs, using their detective skills to spot when two letters were making one sound. The teachers are all very impressed with how their reading is coming along and thank all parents for supporting their children with reading and sound flash cards at home.

The children’s confidence in maths has also increased this half term. They are now starting to confidently add two single numbers together and even having a go at writing the number sentence to match. They have also learn how to double numbers either mentally or using picture for support. The children have also had to focus on lots of new language as they learnt about 3D shape and money and started to sort these independently and describe the features they see.


The half term was finished off with an exciting week based around pirates after we found out the Pups’ money had been taken by some naughty pirates. The children learnt about describing words to help the police catch the culprits and had a blast doing lots of pirate activities on our dress up day. They truly were a fearsome sight!


We look forward to our first school trip next half term and all the learning that will come from it….

Autumn 2

After half term Autumn 2 kicked off in a very exciting week when a mysterious key was found in a frozen green block and covered in sticky slime! Where on earth had it come from?!


Year R had to be scientists to try and find the best way of getting the key out and this led us to doing lots more exciting investigations during Science Week, especially getting a chance to make our own Slime!


Soon we received letters from Princess Stephanie and realised she has been capture by an evil dragon and she needed our help to rescue so we started learning all about castles, knights and dragons.

Over the next few weeks the children built, draw or painted their own castle labelling parts of it using all the new sounds they had been learning in phonics. They also learnt and then wrote part of a story about three little princesses who also had problems with a dragon, thankfully they managed to scare him always at the end. The teachers were VERY impressed at all the sounds the children were hearing and forming in their writing.


In maths the children started thinking about the language of ‘more and less’ and started using objects and number line to work out 1 more and 1 less than number to 20. They even practiced this using their counting on and back. It was lucky they practiced this because it came in very useful when we needed to set a banquet for Prince Rupert as we always needing more or less of something to set our tables correctly!


Through all their hard work Year R managed to help Prince Rupert find Princess Stephanie and they found out she was safe when she came to say thank you on her horse. He was beautiful! They looked amazing riding round the field and the children looked amazing too in all their celebration dress up day outfits.


To celebrate the Prince and Princess were travelling the world and they sent us information about different countries so we got to learnt all about; India, China and Italy. The children especially enjoyed trying on all the different clothes and making spaghetti necklaces.

After all their hard work we got excited for Christmas and really enjoyed our party and all the yummy food and games. All the teacher can’t wait to see what 2018 brings…


Autumn 1

Year R have loved their first half term in school and the teachers have really enjoyed getting to know all the children!

It has been a very busy few weeks…

At the start of the half term we learnt about our classrooms and where all the areas, toys and equipment were and explored the playground. The children quickly got into the routine of school and the teachers could not have been prouder of them. The children especially enjoyed starting MOOT and using all the outdoor space.

Just when we were getting used to school something very strange was spotted on the playground. Dinosaur footprints! Year R were very brave and followed them to discover a bucket full of dinosaurs (just little ones!).


The children spent the following weeks learning all about dinosaurs. They learnt some of their names and thought of a name for their own dinosaur, made from clay. They went digging for dinosaur bones in their classroom sandpits and made their very own skeletons. Year R then had to listen really carefully to follow instructions and paint a stegosaurus.


We loved learning about the dinosaurs and were very grateful the dinosaurs decided to leave us our bucket full of dinosaurs!

Alongside all their work on dinosaurs Year R started listening to sounds in the environment, making their own sounds and working out if words rhymed. We also played lots of games where they had to listen to the first sound in words.

In maths Year R worked really hard helping the class teacher count toys from the class toy box, they were very reliable remembering to say one number for each name. Then they worked on their number sense. Understanding there are lots of different ways you can represent a number, their maths brains have really been working hard!


We can’t wait to see what adventures next half term will bring…