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Year R: Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut

Teacher Contact Information 


Your teachers are: Miss Parker, Mrs Reay and Mrs Baker


You can email them at:

Miss Parker (Sweet Chestnut)


Mrs Reay and Mrs Baker (Horse Chestnut)    

Thursday 23rd May

What a busy four-day week. We are so proud of all the children for participating in their first school sports day. They showed great perseverance, team work and skill. Please see the photos on Tapestry. Our Forest school sessions were also very enjoyable with the children exploring the space, taking part in different learning opportunities and enjoying a marshmallow to finish.


Sun Hats and Cream:

As we enter the summer term, we want to ensure that all children are safe in the sun when accessing learning outside.

From now until the summer holidays, every child needs to bring a clearly named sun hat/cap to school every day. If your child doesn’t have a named sun hat in school, they will be unable to access learning on the terrace or the outdoor area during choosing time.

Please ensure that your child’s sun cream has been applied before school every day. Now that the weather is warmer, please provide your child with a named bottle of sun cream from home to leave at school. Please can an adult pass the named bottle to a member of Reception staff on the gate. The sun cream will be put in a box in the classroom where the children will have supervised access to it if they need to top-up. Children are not allowed to share sun cream and will be leaving their bottle at school until the summer holidays. Whilst adults can guide them in how to apply their sun cream, your child will need to be able to apply this independently.


Bude Library Books:

The books the children borrowed from Bude Library are due back, to Bude Library, on the 31st May. We have also added on our webpage an information sheet about Bude Library which outlines all the services they offer.


We will let you know the new phonics groups after half term.

Please continue to ensure that you are reading with your child at least 5 times per week and recording this in their reading log every time. Thank you so much for your continued engagement with your child’s learning at home.


This week, the children have been exploring the properties of 3D shapes and combining 2D shapes to make a new 2D shape. On National Numeracy day, which was Wednesday, the children engaged in a range of numeracy based activities throughout the day. Please look on the Tapestry Memo for a fun Numeracy activity you can make at home.

For your home learning challenge this week, please look for real life examples of the following shapes around your house. Cube, cone, cuboid, sphere and cylinder. Please share with us on Tapestry.


Thank you for your continued engagement and support with helping your child’s education. It is very much appreciated.

Have a lovely half term!

Miss Parker, Mrs Baker and Mrs Reay


Dates for the diary

Monday 27th – Friday 31st May – Half-term

Friday 21st June – INSET Day

Monday 24th June – INSET Day

Monday 15th July – Beach Day (details to follow) please note this is a different date that you may have noted.




Reading Homework


With your child, please carry out a variety of the following tasks at least 5 times a week.

  • Practise recognising letter sounds using flashcards daily – this is essential practise to get your child reading.
  • If your child is consistently recognising most of the letter sounds, make simple words out of the flashcards for them to practise reading. For example, sat, tap, dog, bed. Encourage your child to point to each letter as they say the sounds. Once they have said each sound, they need to blend them together to say the whole word. Eg. s – a –t, sat. They may need you to model this initially before they have a try.
  • Share your child’s lilac book. This book has no words. Your child needs to look closely at the picture and talk about what they think is happening. This develops their oracy comprehension and inference skills.
  • Based on your child’s most recent phonics assessment, the may also bring home a Read, Write, Inc Blending book or a ditty sheet to read at home.

Please keep all of the above in your child’s book bag. They need to bring their book bag to school every day.

Complete this reading record at least 5 times a week so that we know that your child is practising their reading at home.

Please make sure that you date and initial to show that your child has read their lilac book/blending book/flash cards.

We will check the reading logs once a week. Please speak to any member of the Reception staff if you have any questions.

Thank you for your continued support in helping your child learn to read.

The YR Team

Phonics Meeting for Reception Parents: An Introduction to Read Write Inc. Phonics

Phonics Parent Video: How to say the sounds

Useful Information About Bude Library

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