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Tuesday 14th April

Dear Class R parents, carers and children,

I hope you all had a lovely Easter and were able to enjoy some time together as a family.


In normal circumstances Mrs Wyman, Mrs Trott and I would be welcoming the children back after the break and looking forward to hearing about all the things you had done together. Sadly we will not be seeing you all in person today, however that does not mean the children cannot still tell us what they have been up to. Perhaps today they could draw / paint a picture of something they did e.g. an Egg hunt, their chocolate eggs or presents they may have received, a walk or activity they did with their family etc. This could be either on mini mash or using pens/paints. If they did not want to create a picture they could record a video where they tell us about what they have been doing.

I know our lovely Teaching Assistants in Class R are regularly checking Tapestry so I am sure they will love to see what everyone has been up to. They may also be able to add a brief note on what they have been up to too, as it will be great to hear how they are all getting on.


This week we are moving on from our work on 'The Bad Tempered Ladybird' to another Eric Carle story, 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. This is a story the children will no doubt be familiar with and I feel lends to so many things we can work on, particularly if this lovely weather continues. Please see the video from Monday 13th April, where I read the story to the children.


As part of this work we will also be looking at lifecycles and with so many insects and wildlife coming out at the moment it is a good opportunity to discuss this with your children.


This week in Maths we will be looking at time including key times of the day and months of the year. 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' is a good story for ordering the days of the week. Therefore today I would like the children to draw a picture of the different things the caterpillar ate each day and try to write the day too. They can either do this on mini-mash or by drawing and writing on paper, alternatively they could come up with their own creative way or representing the food and labelling the days of the week. For example if you happen to have some of the food around the home or alternatively they could use playdough to represent the various food.


The children have been making fantastic progress on Doodle Maths and if you can continue to work on this that would be much appreciated.

Also if you could get your child to try out 'letterjoin'. You can either access this on a desktop, laptop or mac or on a tablet/iPad. The username is vt6384 and the password is home

Once you have accessed the site please select free play and spend a little bit of time on there with your child following the different patterns and looking at some of the letters. You can discuss with the children how the letters look different to the print versions we are used to in our books but they still make the same sound. This gives the children an opportunity to start exploring pre - cursive before moving into year 1.


Please message me with any questions you may have throughout the day and I will be adding a challenge around lunch time today.


Please note that for those children in school this week they will be with Mrs Allen and Mrs Wyman. Miss Wilkinson is also in school all week if anyone needed to contact a member of the senior leadership team.


Kindest regards

Mr B