Year R


We hope you are all safe and well at home. We are certainly missing the children at school, but we hope to see them all as soon as it is safe to do so.

Keeping your little ones entertained at home can be challenging and we would like to reassure you that we are here to support you. As we have discussed previously, learning through play is the best way for your child to learn. By following their interests, you will be helping them to acquire a real love of learning, which is key to a successful school life.

If you have any questions or would like some advice then please email us, message us on Seesaw or contact the school office.

Writing is important, however each child is different and they all will begin to do this at different stages in their development so please don’t worry if your child is not ready to sit and write yet. Some children will not yet have developed the fine motor skills they need to enable them to write comfortably. For some children it can be very difficult to hold a pencil and make any sort of marks for more than a minute or two. If your child is finding it difficult to hold a pencil then it would be really helpful to encourage them to do some fine motor activities instead. These include playing with play dough or clay, picking up coins from a table and threading activities like making bracelets from pipe cleaners. The link below has lots of nice ideas.

Wherever you can, try to bring writing into your child’s play. You ask them what sounds they can hear in words, encourage them to write simple words in sand or shaving foam. They could recipes for potions or make a shopping list for a picnic. They might want to make their own little books or have a go at writing a story. Providing them with fancy pens and paper or little note books and envelopes is a great way to encourage your child to write. Alistair Bryce-Clegg, (who Mrs Wilson and Miss Adams are huge fans of), is a leading expert in Early Years and he has some wonderful ideas on his website for Writing and in fact all other areas of learning.


Phonics and Reading

Enjoying stories together is key to fostering a love of reading. The more stories your child is exposed to the richer their vocabulary will be and the more tools they will have for using their own imagination to make their own stories. Children learn to read at different rates. Your child might already be enjoying the process of sitting and reading simple books to you and if they are that is great, but make sure you continue to feed their bank of language and ideas by sharing lots and lots of lovely picture books with them. If your child is not yet willing to sit and read to you, then that is fine. Instead, read, read and read to them! Model how to read the words from left to write, show them how to spot sounds in words, point out the tricky words, talk about what might happen next or how the characters are feeling, encourage them to make a whole new ending to the story but most importantly…. make the whole process fun.

In Phonics we have been focussing on the Phase 2 sounds from Letters and Sounds in class and we would have been moving on to Phase 3 shortly. There are all sorts of useful websites to help your child with Phonics.  You can use the Phonics Play recourses to help your child consolidate what they have learnt and to continue to develop their knowledge of phonics. Mr Thorne and his giraffe Geraldine can be found on You Tube. The children really enjoy watching these videos and this will help engage them. We have taught the children how to segment and blend words and we call this “stretching” the sounds. Oxford Owl has some really useful information on phonics for parents.

As well as learning to decode words using phonics we would also be learning the Phase 2 and 3 Tricky words. These are words that cannot be segmented, for example “the” and “to”. There are some great songs for this on You Tube and also some games on Phonics Play to support this.


Maths – in a normal year we would have been concentrating on the areas below. Counting forwards and backwards is really important, as well as recognising and ordering numbers to 10 and 20. There are lots of fun games on Top Marks to support this. Again, Maths is all around us and can easily be brought into your child’s play.

  • Addition to 10
  • Subtraction to 10
  • Doubles to double 5
  • One more and one less than to 20
  • Teen numbers and how they are made up
  • Filling in missing number lines
  • Writing numbers to 20
  • Counting to 50


Mental health is the most important thing in these testing times. Stay safe, have fun and enjoy this time with your precious little ones.

Rosie Adams and Mrs Wilson