Year R

Teacher's welcome

Hello everyone and welcome to Year R's class page.

We are thrilled to finally be welcoming everyone back. We hope you have all managed your time away well and the children are looking forward to their return. Similarly to the start of the year, we expect there may be some children who may be a little anxious but hopefully, once they are back in class, the excitement of being with their friends again will dissipate these worries.    

am very lucky to be supported by two very experienced teaching assistants. Mrs Cawston will now be working with me everyday and Miss Cruickshank will be with us every afternoon.

We intend to provide a warm and nurturing environment that is so important to a child's experience of school and are very much looking forward to welcoming back some familiar faces as well as getting to know some families that are new to the school.  

The classroom has been spruced up and tidied over the summer and we are proud to present an enriched and stimulating classroom experience, along with a wonderful and secure outdoor area in which to enhance the children's learning opportunities right across the curriculum.

The children will have many opportunities throughout the week to develop their physical skills but will also take part in a more formal PE session. Please bring in PE kits at the start of every term and leave them on your child's peg. We have a timetabled PE day every Monday but may also take advantage of other hall slots that become available. We will send kits home at the end of term for washing. 

Year R has a Class Blog that we will update each week so please check in regularly. We will be posting updates of the children's exploits so you get to see exactly what they get up to in school!

We hope to work in partnership with yourselves to develop children that are happy and confident learners. Please catch myself or one of my team at drop off or collection times if you need a quick chat or email me with any longer queries, concerns or updates you wish to let us know about. 

I am looking forward to an exciting year!

Kind regards. 

Mrs Salt

(G.Salt@brillschool.org.uk)

 

Year R Blog

Easter week!

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The children have been busy bunnies this week, there has been lots of playing outside in the beautiful sunshine!

         

The children have loved having water play outside in the garden, they even made cement and to fix the garden.

         

They made a slide using blocks in the bandstand and there was a hula hoop contest!

         

We also made easter cards this week for our friends and family, the children also made easter treats using play dough.

     

The children had the hard task this week, which was to vote for a new role play area! The children gave some fabulous ideas and we used a tally chart as our voting system.

The winner was....a camp site!

 

The children earned 10 pairs of pants this week and their special treat was an Easter egg hunt! 

This Easter egg hunt was a little bit different to a normal egg hunt, the children were split into teams and they had to work together to find their coloured eggs. The coloured eggs were spread all around, some on back field, some in the Year R playground and some even on the adventure playground. The Easter bunny must of been exhausted after hiding all those eggs!

The children set off to find their coloured eggs and to their surprise in the eggs wasn't chocolate but a sentence which would help them find more coloured eggs.

   

Once the children had found all their eggs that the easter bunny had left for them, they had to use their clues to make a sentence which would tell them where the Easter eggs were hiding.

 

 

They got their treat...a chocolate egg! Well done to everyone!

We hope you have a wonderful Easter! Thank you for our chocolate eggs and we cannot wait to eat them on Sunday.

The Year R team


This week in Year R...

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In Year R this week the children have loved being outside playing with building blocks. They have made slides, houses, all sorts of wonderful creations! 

        

The children have loved playing hangman this week, definitely a classroom favourite!


           

We have continued to look at memory boxes this week and we also had a lovely story read to the class by one of their classmates, it was amazing storytelling!

            

Writing and colouring had been popular this week, the children have been busy making their own easter creations.

Awards

Our Librarian award goes to...

Our Tidy up award goes to...

Thank you for a fabulous week and have a lovely weekend!

The Year R team

A reminder about book bags, please can you make sure your child brings in their book bag everyday as they are bringing home drawings, models, reading books and homework folders.

Thank you!

 


What a busy week!

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A reminder about book bags, please can you make sure your child brings in their book bag everyday as they are bringing home drawings, models, reading books and homework.

Thank you!

This week the children have been very busy creating all sorts of creations using mobilo, lego, junk modelling and so much more!

The children have particularly liked making crowns and bracelets this week.

Playing outside has been popular this week, the children have loved being able to play on the back field especially in the mud!

 

 

We all enjoyed Red Nose Day and wanted to share this picture with you all! 

 

Awards

The children have all been so brilliant at tidying up this week it was so hard to pick!

The tidying up award goes to...

The Library award goes to...

Thank you for a brilliant week, we hope you have a lovely weekend!

The Year R team


Welcome back Year R!

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This week the children have been settling back into school life, (which they have done amazingly may we add!). Yes, we may of had to remind them about clap backs/sh backs and our day to day routine but they have been absolute troopers!

We have looked through lots of the children scrapbooks this week and cannot wait to see the rest of the children scrapbooks next week.

We have spent a lot of time outside, playing games together and building in the bandstand. 

The children have also made a surprise for their mummies to open on Sunday, we hope you like them! :)

Pair of pants news!

This week the children have already earned 4, yes 4, pairs of pants! Well done Year R, keep up the good work!

The library helper award goes to...

The tidy up award goes to...

Thank you for a brilliant first week back and have a lovely weekend!

The Year R team

A reminder about book bags, please can you make sure your child brings in their book bag everyday as they are bringing home drawings, models, reading books and homework.

Thank you!


Christmas party week!

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This week the children have had an exciting week!

On Tuesday, Father Christmas came to visit (socially distanced - of course!) and left the children a bag full of presents!

Father Christmas also wrote Year R a letter;

On Wednesday, Year R threw the most AMAZING Christmas party! Party food, music, games and prizes to be won! What more could you want!

On Thursday, we went on a walk around the village to hand deliver Christmas cards and decorations the children had made to 'the awesome lovely villagers' and to sing them some Christmas songs! 

Awards

Tidy up award goes to...

Library award goes to...

Thank you for all our presents that you have kindly gifted to us. 

We hope you have a well deserved break and a lovely Christmas holidays!

Merry Christmas!

Love Year R!

PS. Here is a link to our nativity just in case you missed it, Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/3kSOVpPJLAY 


Nativity week!

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The children have earned 10 pairs of pants (silent cheers from all!) Well done! As you would have seen on the email from Mrs Salt, we are going to treat the children with a well deserved Christmas party!

The children decided on what we are going to be doing at the party, here are a few suggestions the children have made. 

 

As you would know, this week the children have been filming their nativity, this has been very exciting and the children have done an AMAZING job! Well done guys, give yourselves a HUGE pat on the back!

We can't wait to show you!

Here are some behind the scenes photos.

 

Thank you for an amazing week!

Have a lovely weekend! 


Getting ready for Christmas!

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A reminder about book-bags, please can you make sure your child brings in their book-bag everyday as they are bringing home lots of drawings, models, reading books and homework.

Also a reminder about bringing in library, reading books and yellow reading logs on Mondays please, your children won’t receive any new books unless these are all brought in and also please can homework folders be brought in on Thursdays.

Thank you!

Pair of pants news

The children are currently on 9 pairs of pants, 1 more to go until our next treat! Keep up the good work Year R!

Phonics

On Monday we learnt the letter sound 'oi'

On Tuesday we learnt the letter sound 'ue'

On Wednesday we learnt the letter sound 'er'

On Thursday we learnt the letter sound 'ar'

On Friday we recapped all of our letter sounds and we also had a go at writing some tricky words; we wrote mum, dad, not and her.

On Monday in PE we followed a cosmic kids yoga video! The children loved this!

On Tuesday in French we learned the words for the nativity, Madame Tate said we can be like the children in year 6 who are doing a French nativity!

https://youtu.be/uIYmmEWVSLM

Star - étoile

Angel - l'ange

Mary - Marie

Shepard - les bergers

Bethlehem - Bethléhem

 

This week we have been doing LOTS of Christmas activities; 

This week the children have been opening up their advent calendars that they have made in school, once they have opened a door they get a small smartie treat! We also have up a Father Christmas advent calendar where the children each day add a cotton wool ball to Father Christmas beard and watch it grow on the count down to Christmas!

We used buttons to decorate a tree while making sure they matched the number written on them.

We had a wrapping station so the children can wrap presents for under the tree!

We have made LOTS of paper chains to decorate our classroom!

We decorated our Christmas tree!

The children have also made puppets of the nativity to go with our puppet theatre!

Our tidy up award goes to....

And our fabulous librarians got a special certificate for all their hard work for keeping the library tidy!

Thank you year R for another brilliant week!

Have a lovely weekend!


This week's activities.

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Following on from last week's Diwali celebrations, we had a go at learning a special Diwali dance in PE this week. 

The music and dancing proved very popular so we put on the music outside and carried on with the fun!

In French this week the children decided upon and wrote down their favourite colour . They then put this information into a chart to find out which colour was the most popular. 'Rose' was the winner - ask your child if they can remember any of the other colours they could choose from. 

   

Elsewhere this week we have been reading many variations of the first Christmas and thinking about the characters we would need to include in our own Nativity. The children have been deciding what characters they might like to play and what they might say. We have looked at possible locations for the scenes and costumes and props that might be needed. This is a work in progress, we are not sure where this will lead but watch this space... we will certainly have lots of fun in the process! 

The children have asked to make some stick puppets next week as last week's 'Rama & Sita' puppets helped them remember the Diwali story really well. It also shows the children are making super links with their prior knowledge and really thinking about how to help themselves to learn and remember new things - amazing!

We have been talking about the gifts the wise men gave to Jesus and had lots of fun making some of our own gifts with dough. Anyone for a chocolate?  The classroom smelled delightful and proved a super fine motor exercise to help develop the muscles in our hands for writing.

With the start of advent nearly upon us, the children have been making individual advent calendars this week too. It has taken a while, but they have shown great perseverance and a super determination to complete their task before next week's Christmas countdown begins. 

Outside we made some star decorations out of sticks. We needed 5 long sticks for each star and then bound them together with colourful wool. The sticks needed to be the same size and thickness, so it took a lot of searching and comparison of size and length to ensure they were just right. 

This week's librarians have proved experts at sorting out the books for us. Well done and 'Thank you' to Evie, Isla and Alex.

Our thanks also go to our Tidy up award winners - you did great job - well done!

 

Next week we will continue with our Christmas festivities and are looking forward to opening No1 on our calendars (we are off to the shops now to buy some little chocolate treats to have when we open each door).  

Don't forget to look in bookbags for the blank 'Christmas card' activity. We are looking forward to sharing your creations with the class. 

Happy weekend everyone! 

 

  

  

 

 


What a week!

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Another reminder about book-bags, please can you make sure your child brings in their book-bag everyday as they are bringing home lots of drawings, models, reading books and homework.

A reminder about bringing in library books and yellow reading logs on Mondays please, your children won’t receive a new book unless these are both brought in and also please can homework folders be brought in on Thursdays.

Thank you!

Pair of pants news

The children are currently on 6 pairs of pants, 4 more to go until our next treat! Keep up the good work Year R!

Phonics

On Monday we learnt the letter sound 'oo'

On Tuesday we learnt the letter sound 'y'

On Wednesday we learnt the letter sound 'x'

On Thursday we learnt the letter sound 'ch'

On Friday we recapped all of our letter sounds and we also had a go at writing some tricky words; we wrote can, and, but and up.

 

Diwali

This week we celebrated Diwali! The children made diva lamps using clay, they had to pick a shape and fold up the sides to fit in a tealight candle. The children also made rangoli patterns on playdough using seeds, the children made repeated patterns on the dough. The children also had a go at drawing rangoli patterns outside using chalk!

Mrs Salt read a story about Rama and Sita, the children really enjoyed listening to this story, also the children have shown an interest in puppets this week so the children made puppets of Rama, Sita, Ravana and Hanuman and used the puppet theatre to re-tell the story to their friends!

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/lets-celebrate-diwaliperformance

The children learned a song for Diwali called ‘It’s Diwali’!

 It's Diwali Song.pdf

We also watched a video about a girl called Jessica and she told us about how her and her family celebrates Diwali!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/lets-celebrate-diwali  

Outside in the garden, a few of the children made the bridge from the story and recreated their own version of Rama and Sita!

 

PE

In PE, we continued looking at different ways to move around the hall, the children found it hilarious trying to do the worm! We also played a few parachute games, they thoroughly enjoyed this!

French

We learned a song about colours! Here is a video of the children singing the song, enjoy!

French - colours song .MOV

Odd socks day

We read a story about a princess and the children joked about the princess being ugly, Mrs Salt asked the children what makes a person ugly. A few children said how someones looks makes them ugly and being old means you are ugly!

Mrs Salt explained to the children that you can’t help being old or how you look and then one child said “being unkind is ugly!”, all the children agreed that this makes a person ugly and Mrs Salt reassured all the children that they are wonderful, kind little humans and were all beautiful inside and out!

We also listen to a song called 'The kids are united' by Andy and the odd socks.

https://youtu.be/c6hR6rTHFSk

Literacy festival

Mrs Oliver in year 6 put on a literacy festival, which showed all the year groups work they have been doing in literacy. This meant that the year r’s could showcase their own work on a board and also see what the other years have been working on.

The children loved seeing everyone’s work and they especially enjoyed watching the video and getting to see what their siblings have been  creating!

Goodbye Mrs Baker!

We said goodbye to our lovely Mrs Baker! The children sang Mrs Baker our Diwali song and we also told her our poppy poem. The children made Mrs Baker lots of beautiful drawings and they also made a card.

Good luck Mrs Baker on your new adventure, we will miss you lots!

Awards -

They received a special certificate and a little prize for their hard work.

Tidying up award 

Some children have been given a super sticker for all their hard work tidying up!

Librarian award

Thank you Year R for another fabulous week! 

Have a lovely weekend!


A very busy week!

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Pair of pants news –

The children are currently on 5 pairs of pants, 5 more to go until our next treat! Keep up the good work Year R!

Another reminder about book-bags, please can you make sure your child brings in their book-bag everyday as they are bringing home lots of drawings, reading books and homework.

Phonics -

On Monday we learnt the letter sound 'z'

On Tuesday we learnt the letter sound 'w'

On Wednesday we learnt the letter sound 'ng'

On Thursday we learnt the letter sound 'v'

On Friday we recapped all of our letter sounds and we also had a go at writing some tricky words; we wrote I, it, is and in.

We also played hook a duck. The children had to use the fishing rods to hook the ducks, written on the ducks were phonemes and digraphs. The children had words next to them that they had to make using the ducks.

PE -

In PE, the children each had a ribbon and moved around the hall in different ways being fireworks- running, walking and jumping. We also played a quick game of duck duck goose, the children's favourite!

We also made our poppy cards and displays for the elderly residents of Brill.

The children also had a go at copy writing their poem to go into the card, this was tricky but the children tried really hard! Well done!

French - 

In French we learned how to say colours! We went outside into the garden and Madame Tate would call out colours, the children would go and find the colour then say the colour in French!

French - Colours

Red - Rouge

Yellow - Jaune

Blue -  Bleu

Orange - Orange

Green - Vert

Purple - Violet

White - Blanc

Black - Noir

Brown - Brun

https://youtu.be/fZR66TjjrDc

Children in need -

Thank you to everyone who sent in money for children in need!

The children made Pudsey masks , they had to cut out their masks and colour them in! Some found the cutting hard but gave it their best go!

We also watched a Pudsey story.

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/go/resource/tg2-e-52-pudseys-great-fundraising-video-ebook

In the garden Mrs Salt put on her speaker and we danced to music like Pudsey did in the story!

Outside in the garden the children having been making LOTS of creations using the building blocks! 

These boys made 2 penguins!

Awards -

They received a special certificate and a little prize for their hard work.

Tidying up award 

Some children have been given a super sticker for all their hard work tidying up!

Librarian award

I wonder who will win next week?

Thank you for a brilliant week and have a lovely weekend!


The Year R Team

Mrs Salt

Class Teacher

g.salt@brillschool.org.uk

Mrs Cawston

Teaching Assistant

Miss Cruickshank

Teaching Assistant

 Supporting your child's learning at home

Nurturing a love of books is such an important skill for your child to learn and will bring them great pleasure for years to come.

Please read to your child as much as possible, sharing a variety of book genres to broaden their understanding of different texts.  

The children will chose a library book to take home each week and later on in the year will also take home a reading scheme book to practise their own reading.    

Please complete any homework activities that are sent home, these will commence a few weeks into the new term. 

Thank you.

Year R Storytime

Listen to a new story everyday from 3pm

Forest School Activities

with Mrs Keeping

Hammer the dye from flowers!

Making a bow from a Hazel stick!

Hunting for Colours!

Monkey Floss

Practise counting backwards with the Monkey Floss!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hD26XpuUCc

Wake and Shake videos

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Useful websites

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=37

 

Maths:

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/numbertime/index.shtml 

  • Problem solving reasoning and numeracy

http://www.ictgames.com/

  • Some excellent numeracy and literacy resources

www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/games/

  • Literacy and maths games

Literacy:

http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy/letterformation/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/drilldown/stories/2/4/1/

  • cbeebies stories and rhymes

www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk

  • Videos, stories and games including switch access

http://www.lcfclubs.com/englishzone/practicezone/index.asp

  • Many stories and rhymes

www.abc.net.au/children/play

  • ABC Playschool. Videos and games

www.britishcouncil.org/kids-songs-little-kids.htm

  • British Council "Learn English" - Songs and Stories

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/story/sbi.shtml

  • The Little animals' activity centre - stories

http://www.funwithspot.com/

  • New and improved! Try creating your own Spot story.

ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/english/

  • Many interactive stories and rhymes with games to develop language and literacy

www.sebastianswan.org.uk

  • Books for reading together with links to K&U and in particular, natural science

Phonics:

https://www.jollylearning.co.uk/free-parent-teacher-resources/

http://www.doorwayonline.org.uk/literacy/firstsounds/

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http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/

Websites for children

These offer a great number of games, songs, stories, videos etc so it is important to know the sites well in order to support and develop children's learning.

www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies

  • Many games, often recognised by children from their homes.        

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/eyfs/

  • Links to particular cbeebies games from areas of learning 

www.boowakwala.com   

  • Many games and songs including those relating to festivals      

 www.naturegrid.org.uk   

  • Exploring nature - A lot of writing to read but good for shared research and excellent drawings often animated                              

www.poissonrouge.com

  • Many, many delightful games. Spend time exploring

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx

  • Games of varying quality that can be played supporting areas of learning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/laac/

  • The Little animals' activity centre. Plenty of good quality activities to support learning.

pbskids.org/video/index.html

  • An American television channel website includes games, music and videos.

www.edu.dudley.gov.uk/foundation/current/numeracy.htm

  • Good quality games from a range of websites such as BBC Numbertime and Little animal's activity centre, supporting CLL and PSRN as well as other areas of learning.

http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/15.cfm?s=15&p=252,index

  • Good quality games from a range of websites such as BBC, as well as Birmingham's own, supporting CLL and PSRN as well as other areas of learning.

ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/ict/

  • A virtual orchestra

http://ngfl.northumberland.gov.uk/music/index2.htm

  • Download a 'Music House' for trying out some instruments

http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html

  • Particularly good resources to use, especially for special needs

http://www.tibosoftware.com/download.htm

  • Free jigsaws

http://www.smart-central.com/

  • Nursery Rhymes, including sound files for musical accompaniment!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/barnabybear/

  • Visit the world with Barnaby Bear

http://www.permadi.com/java/spaint/

  • Try out the Kaleidoscope painter