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Tours for September 2022 YR and Y3 starters are now available - please phone to book in. Come and see our schools.


It is so lovely to see you all in!


Have a look below at something Mrs Rendall did this summer ...

Autumn Term

'My Life!'


This first half term's topic is called 'All About Me'.


We will learning all about how amazing you little one is! We will be exploring what makes them unique and special. We will find out what things make them happy and how they like to learn. They will get to make new friends and learn new routines. We will also look at them when they were little and look at how they changed. As we get to know your child we will get a in depth understanding of where they are in their development and this will enable us to plan their next steps in learning specifically at the point where they are. There is no specific 'place' in which your child should be because every child learns and develops in their own special way. Please take a look at our 'Long Term Plan' for a more in depth look at what we will be covering in all the different strands of learning. 





Have a look at some of the fun learning you will be doing when you start in September...


Tour of Year R Video

Have a sneaky peaky of where you will be playing and learning...

Welcome to Narwhal Class September 2020

Welcome to Whale Class September 2020

Fun with Phonics!


This half  term we will be  playing with sounds that we hear all around is. We will learn to identify them and discriminate them. This will support children in beginning to hear individual sounds in words. These are called phonemes. When your child is ready, we will start to learn the sounds (phonemes) and the letters (graphemes). We will let you know which ones we have covered and provide sheets for you to practise forming the letters at home too.





Wonder Words


This half term we will start to learn to read our Wonder Words. They have come home in sets of 10. The first 100 are grouped into 'anchors'. You will be able to use your sounds to read them, some words though don't like to follow the rules.  These we call red tricky words. They try to trick you because you can't sound them out! These you have to learn by 'sight'.

Good luck, your teacher will stamp each anchor as you learn them when you come back.



Magical Maths


This half term in maths we will playing with numbers 1, 2, 3 and signing lots of counting rhymes and playing lots of number  games. We even get to meet a few of the numberblocks! 








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...

   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 ...