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Year R/1: Sweet Chestnut, Horse Chestnut, Maple

Teacher email addresses:


Mrs Harris - Sweet Chestnut


Mrs Reay and Mrs Baker - Horse Chestnut


Mrs Flack - Maple


Reception and Year 1 Weekly Update

Thursday 1st April 2021


Dear Parents/Carers,


What a very different term! Thank you very much for supporting your children on the full return to school.


Tuesday 20th April

On the first Tuesday back, please order your child a school packed lunch. This will be one of the roll options for that day. To help launch our new topic, we are going to take the children to the field for a picnic. If you have already booked a hot school lunch, then that order has been cancelled to enable you to book a roll.  Please do not send in any food from home, thank you!


Sun cream and sun hats

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to apply sun cream to the children this year, although we realise the children will still need to be protected. We would ask that you apply sun cream to your child first thing in the morning, preferably with a high factor cream that lasts all day. If you feel your child is particularly sensitive to the sun then please apply cream in the morning and provide a named trigger spray bottle of sun cream that they can apply themselves in the afternoon. Please try to ensure they have practised rubbing the cream in themselves.  


Your child will also need a named sun hat, ensure they continue to wear shoes they can run in and do up themselves (not open toed shoes), and t shirts with their shoulders covered.


Please do not send your child to school with sunglasses unless they are prescription glasses.


Parent/Teacher Meetings

We have emailed all parents with a time and day that we will phone you after the Easter Holidays to discuss your child. Please let us know as soon as possible, if you are unable to receive a call on that day.



The Year 1 children have been comparing length and height. The Year R children have been estimating and comparing with numbers to 20. They have been using two 10 frames to help them.


Year 1 Numbots

Please continue to use Numbots to help your child to develop their maths skills. Regular short sessions are  most beneficial.



Regular reading at home has a big impact on children’s reading ability so please make this a priority. Please read at home for 5-10 minutes regularly. We would like children to read at home at least 5 times per week. If your child is reading Lilac books, then at least 3 sessions per week please.

We can only send 2 reading books home over the Easter holidays so please use Oxford Owl and the library to supplement their reading books.

For details on how to receive an Easter bag, a selection of books as well as opening times for Bude Library, please see the parent newsletter.


Oxford Owl account

Please look out for your child’s log in details to access their allocated Read Write Inc books on Oxford Owl. This will be stuck into their yellow reading log (either inside the front cover or inside the back cover). After Easter the children will be allocated specific Read Write Inc books to read at home alongside their coloured reading books. You will receive a text when your child has been allocated their book which they can then read online.



Thank you very much for all the support you have given to your child this term with their learning. Have a lovely holiday - we are looking forward to seeing the children refreshed for the summer term. Keep safe!


The R/1 team



Learning for Day 1 of Isolation


Here are some activities for your child to complete on their first day of isolation.

Please only do this with your child if they are well enough to do so. Thank you!


Work for absent pupils due to isolation

If your child is off for more than one day, your class teacher will be in contact.


  • Reading – Please hear your child read or read a story to them. YR could practise their Read Write Inc. flashcards


  • Physical activity (eg Joe Wicks/cosmic yoga)


  • Year 1 maths


Play NumBots


Play a board game together

Choose from the following games:


Mental Maths Train:

Caterpillar Ordering

Helicopter Rescue


  • Year R maths

Play a game together.

Choose from the following games:

Teddy Numbers

Underwater Counting

Ladybird Spots


Thank you

YR/1 team

What a wonderful World Book Day. Here are the YR and Y1 photos both from school and home. Our book was Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar. Thank you, everyone!

Keeping Safe Posters (made by each class).

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