Archive – 2013/2014 – Year R

Autumn Term 2013


Our topic for this term is ‘Rhymes Cool At School’. We will be exploring different nursery ryhmes in many different aspects, as well as kick starting phonics so we can begin to learn to read and write!

I am really looking forward to this year! It’s only week 3 and the children are confident, excited and enthusiastic about their learning. We will keep you updated on our learning every week on our blog.

Rhyme Books

This week the children have been given their own rhyme books which have a new rhyme added every Monday. These rhyme books live in their book bags. Please help your child practise them at home, talk about and identify any words that rhyme and any phonemes (letter sounds) they recognise.

Sound books

The children also have another new book which lives in their book bag! This book contains all the letters the children learn and arrows on the letters to show the correct writing formation. Lots of sounds that have not been taught are already in their so please only look at the ones that have been taught. I will keep you updated on here as to what phonemes have been covered in that week. It would be brilliant if you could practise these at home with your child; saying them, recognising them in books and writing them. Later on, ‘tricky words’ and ‘high frequency words’ will be added in the back, which again, it would be fantastic if you could help your child practise recognising these.

If any of the above is unclear, it would be fantastic if you could attend our Phonics afternoon where I will teach a session of phonics and explain all the terminology and you can see your child learning phonics. I will inform you of the date for this as soon as possible.


In the very near future, the children will start taking reading books home. Please share these with your child(ren); talk about what’s happening in the story, what they think might happen, how characters are feeling, recognising phonemes and beginning to blend to read simple words.

They will change their books every Wednesday. Their books should live in their book bags.

Children will also be able to choose a ‘Bed Time Story’ everyday which you can share together as and when. It is not essential they change these every day.

Each child will have their own reading record book where you can record and comment on your child’s reading at home. I wil collect reading records in every Wednesday and Write a comment too.

Children will start bringing home ‘word strips’ soon. These are words in which they can practise their blending skills for reading and once they can blend all the words, they will move on to the next strip. Please record dates you practise the word stripsat home in the back of your child’s reading recordbook on the page provided.

Home Learning Grid

Home learning will be shared every other Friday and displayed in the classroom for the whole term. There are 9 to choose from and can be completed throughout the whole of this term (now until christmas).

Autumn Home Learning Grid

Topic Web

The link below shows you what will be covered this term in the 7 areas of learning. We want to follow the children’s interests as much as possible, however, these ideas will come with time and when the children are really involved in their learning. I will keep our blog updated with ideas webs with the children’s ideas for learning that week.

Autumn Topic Web
Spring Term 2014


Welcome back! I hope you have had a magical Christmas and a very happy new year!

We have got a fun filled term of learning in our new topic ‘Whizzing around the World!’

We talked about the new topic before Christmas so the children could decide what they would like to learn. The countries we will be looking at have been chosen by them and they also wanted to learn about animals and Space so we will have lots going on!

Below are the links for the Spring topic web and Home learning grid. The topic web outlines the learning and objectives planned for so far, however we will be going very much with where the children’s interests take us!

Spring 2014 Topic web

Spring 2014 Home Learning Grid

Home Learning sharing dates:

Friday 17th Jan

Friday 31st Jan

Friday 14th Feb

The dates above are for the first spring term, therefore your child should have completed three out of the six choices from the home learning grid by Feb half term.

Please could I ask that you hold back on the cooking home learning choice, as it is something we will cover in the second Spring term. Thank you.

Topic related books…

If you have any topic related books that we could keep in the classroom for the term to make good use of, it would be very much appreciated. Please ensure the book(s) have your child’s name clearly labeled inside it.

See you all tomorrow!

Miss Bratt :)

Summer Term 2014

Welcome back to the Summer term! Our topic is ‘Glorious Gardeners’ which makes even more room for lots of exciting outdoor learning, bug hunts, oppotunties for exploration, investigation and lots more!



Below are the links to this terms topic web which will highlight our learning in each area this term and also our home learning grid.

Summer 2014 Topic web

Summer 2014 Home learning grid

Home learning sharing dates will be;

Friday 9th May

Friday 23rd May

I cannot believe how quickly this year is going and I am really looking forward to a fun-filled and exciting final term of learning! Come on Reception, let’s do this!


Reception class trip!

Exciting news! I have booked Reception a class trip to Westonbirt on Tuesday 8th July! We will be travelling by coach, which the children were very excited about! I have organised a ‘woodland habitat and growing green’ workshop in the morning and then after a spot of lunch, we will be able to tackle the Gruffalo trail and explore the grounds!


More details about payment etc will come later but for now, please visit their website for more information. The link is below.

Club letter

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