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Look at what we get up in Year R

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 experimented how to get vehicles to emergency as quickly as possible and made their own vehicles.


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 Ryder’s bike 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?!


Soon we received letters from Princess Stephanie and realised she has been captured 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 off 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 pasta 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 2019 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…