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 Summer Term Half Term's Topic:

To The Rescue!


Fun with Phonics!


This half  term we are continuing to use our letters to read and write simple words, captions and sentences. 


The big red bus has had to stop.


We have learnt all of our alphabet sounds and have also learnt the following 'digraphs' (2 letters which make one sound)


qu ch sh th ng nk ck





Wonder Words

Keep on practising these at home. Watch out for those red tricky words! Remember you can't sound them out! 



Magical Maths


This half term in maths we are focusing on:

*addition        *number bonds        *2d and 3d shapes  



Ask your child's teacher for ideas to support this at home.





Tricky Word Games


Click on to this fabulous web page full of ideas for playing games with those 'tricky words' which don't follow the rules. We call them 'sight words' because you have to learn them by just looking at them...

Here are the words we learn in year R...

I the no go to he she we me be you

all are her was they my




Getting Ready to Write


 The children are practising how to hold their pencil correctly.

This is how we practise holding our pencil here at Leesland...



Try this little trick at home to help with pencil grip. Place a pom pom in your child's hand and get them to grip it with their two fingers - whilst holding their pencil!

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to see some of the things we have been busy doing in Year R...

World Book Day in Year R - everyone looked amazing!

WOW! Look at our trip to Longdown Activity Farm 3rd March 2020

Come and find out what we have been talking about in Philosophy for Children

Come and find out what we have been talking about in Philosophy for Children 1

P4C Learning in Action - families and children


Thank you to everyone who came and joined in with some Philosophy for Children today. The children loved having you in class and doing some big thinking with them. Today we practised some skills activities to get the children to think 'Creatively' and 'Critically'. We made connections between to images and we got some very interesting thoughts. Well done everyone. We also discussed and odd one out, from three images. We heard both the children and the adults, giving very good reasons!

Finally we finished with a 'Would you prefer' challenge. This really got our brains sparking. Thank you for everyone who took part and keep an eye out on the website for more philosophical skills and questions to practise together at home.


Here is what a few of you thought:


" It was really great to see how much the children were talking and getting excited about it."

"Much more fun than when I was at school :-) "

"I didn't really understand it before but its really fun and anyone can join in."

"Looking forward to having some more chat like this on the walk home"

"Great to see J*** interacting and saying his bit, he is normally very shy".

" A nice way to see what all the children think"

"Lovely to see how relaxed all the children and are and how good they were at taking turns to talk".


We had a surprise visitor today!

How did you celebrate bonfire night?

How did you celebrate bonfire night? 1

PC Woods came to visit

First Stay and Play

All About Numbers


Busy Bee Time  

Learning together through play!

The children love choosing their own ways to learn, explore and challenge themselves - and so do we!


Picture 1 Super Sandpit
Picture 2 Vehicles and Garage
Picture 3 Marvelous Mud Kitchen
Picture 4 Big Builders Yard
Picture 5 Dinosaur Valley
Picture 6 Water Wall
Picture 7 The Big Stage - Leesland's Got Talent!
Picture 8 Make and Do
Picture 9 Dentastic!
Picture 10 Write your own numberline
Picture 11 Small World Adventures
Picture 12 The Leesland Pearl!
Picture 13 Maths Market
Picture 14 Pulley Systems

            Why don't you try these at home?

Useful website links you can use at home...

Mr Thorne Does Phonics - Episode M and follow links for more!

Watch UK school teacher Mr Thorne and Youtube sensation Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, grammar, spelling and punctuation, learning letters and sounds along the way. SUBSCRIBE to our channel Collect a copy of Geraldine the Giraffe's storybook from Amazon ...