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Monday 13th July

Dear Class R parents and carers,

I hope you all had a super weekend and enjoyed the fabulous sunshine we had throughout.


We are now entering our final full week of school before the Summer holidays. It feels incredibly strange to be writing this after the way this term has gone and I am very sad that we are not finishing the term in the way we should be. Despite this I want to finish the year strongly and for the children to go off into the summer excited for what's to come. Everyone has done such a wonderful job over the past year of school. We have experienced so many wonderful things together and it has been a pleasure to watch the children grow throughout the school year. I am very excited to hear how all the children get on when they return to school in September. As a group they have not been together for so long now and I am sure there will be a great deal of excitement when they return in September.


Sadly Ms Pearce is still not well enough to return to school and it is now looking unlikely that we will see her again before September. I saw her yesterday and she is missing the children so much and was really hoping to come into school before the summer. She has asked me to send her love and hugs to all the children from Class R and she is looking forward to seeing you in September.
Without Ms Pearce we will be continuing with Mrs Wyman and myself in Class R until the end of term, with Mrs Benney joining us this coming Wednesday.
Please note that the children at Breakfast club will continue to be with me, in Ms Pearce's absence.


Thank you to all the families who returned their child's booklet for Ms Osman, that I sent out last week. She really appreciated them and enjoyed looking through what the children had said. There are still 3 more to come back so if you have not done it yet please do so ASAP as it would be great to give Ms Osman one for every child.


This week I will not be setting as much as usual, as I am conscious that the children both at home and in school are all extremely tired. In school Mrs Wyman and I will be very busy throughout the week sorting things with the children ready for moving to Class 1. Please note if your child has not been in school since March and has left things in the classroom we will be moving this across to Class 1 this week. You will therefore be able to collect this when your child returns in September.


We are going to spend this week looking at transport still and we will also be reminding the children about our '10 a day choices towards balancing your mental health.' I feel it is extremely important that the children go off into the summer with some strategies for helping themselves. Despite the summer holidays being a wonderful time for spending time with families it can also be a tricky time for some of us who really miss the structure of school and it is important the children look after themselves and those they live with and try to incorporate some of the 10 a day things we have learnt will help them.


This morning I would like the children to begin the day by having a go at the phonics play Flashcards game  Could you work through phase 3 and for some of the children they will be able to try phase 3 and 5a too.


After this I would like the children to listen to the story 'Big Blue Train'.
Once they have listened to the story can they come up with another animal to add to the train, or even themselves. Can they draw a picture of the character they have chosen and come up with a sentence to go with their picture, for example "Hi there Bella and Ben can I hitch a ride? I love your blue train and can sit on the side!"


Next I have a couple of videos for the children to watch and discuss with you what they see. The first is 'Travelling through Wales on a steam train', which can be found on  Following this could the children watch the clip 'The story of the steam engine' on BBC Bitesize -  Please note that this is is a video designed for KS2 work, however there are some interesting bits in there I think our children will enjoy watching. I don't expect them to write anything on this but just have a chat with you about what they have seen.


After this I would like the children to have a go at the following 2do on Purple Mash - 'More, Less & Equally Likely'
We haven't looked at this very much in Class R and have only really talked about sensible guessing and estimates. I would like to see how the children get on with this activity and whether they can figure out how they would work through this. Please see the attached video for a brief example on how to do this.


I have not set anything on Oxford Owl for a little while so was wondering if today the children could log on -  My Class Login - Class Name -

mrbastyan My Class Password - ClassR If the children could select a story to read to you that would be fantastic. If they are happy to be filmed I would love to hear them reading their story to me. If they would rather not be filmed that is absolutely fine, as I know it can be tricky to read when you are being filmed by someone.


If the children are able to get out and do some more miles for the Clyst to Cape challenge during the day too that would be fantastic. Please don't forget to log the distance travelled - 


Kindest regards

Mr B

The Big Blue Train

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