Year R learning update

Last week the children enjoyed sharing their baby photos and talking about how they’ve changed. This week we have thought about what we would like to be when we grow up. The children’s ideas have ranged from police officer, drummer and footballer to mermaid, princess and pirate!

Our Year 6 buddies came to visit on Monday and the children shared facts about themselves and talked about each others’ likes and dislikes.

Unfortunately we were unable to get our class photos published in the Gazette newspaper this year, which we are disappointed about. We were missed off the mailing list from the Gazette so did not receive the submission date in time. However, if you would like a print out of the photos we took as a keepsake, please come and ask and we would be happy to send a copy home.

Have a great weekend,

The Year R team.



Your contributions to Tapestry

At St Mark’s we are keen to promote strong links between home and school and to also recognise children’s achievements in both settings.

We would really like Tapestry to be a collaborative effort between staff at school and parents and carers at home. It’s been lovely to read your comments to our observations sent home so far. Please continue to share your thoughts!

In addition it would be great to begin to see observations which you have made at home. If your child does something that really makes you think ‘WOW’ and you feel it is a particular achievement or a ‘first’, complete an observation to share this with us. Your child can then take a turn to share their WOW moment with the whole class.

Examples of WOW moments could be:

  • Riding their bike without stabilisers for the first time.
  • Completing some independent writing; hearing and recording sounds in the words.
  • Picking up a book and attempting to sound out a word for the first time.
  • Being brave and trying something new for the first time.

Instructions for how to write and send an observation can be found in these simple user guides:

Click here for Android guide  

Click here for iOS guide

We look forward to finding out what the children are achieving at home.

Year R Team

Year R news

It’s been a week of ‘firsts’ in Year R: Singing Worship, playtime with the older children, Bookclub, Maths and Music. The children have had a fantastic week meeting all of their classmates and getting to know them now everyone is full time.

We launched Tapestry on Monday and everyone should have received an activation email. Hopefully you’re logged in and have started to receive observations of your child. Please let us know if you are having any difficulties logging in or need help to navigate the app.

A few reminders:

  • Reading folders – the named zippy folder we gave out at the last class visit in July containing their sounds book, Boris story, sound cards and other summer activities will now become your child’s reading folder. Please empty the contents and send the folder in on Monday. Reading books and Green log books need to be sent into school every day.
  • Please ensure that everything in your child’s PE bag is named, as well as the bag itself. A label or named key ring on the outside is preferable.
  • The children need shorts and jogging bottoms in their PE bag every week please.
  • The children need a waterproof coat in every day. We use our outside area in all weathers.
  • Please send your child’s water bottle in every day. As well as using it in the classroom, the children take it to lunch with them so it’s vital they have it.

Looking forward to next half term, our topic is ‘People who help us’. If you work for either the police, fire or ambulance service and would be able to come in to talk to the children we’d love to hear from you. Please speak to Mrs Baird in Penguins class.

We hope you have a restful weekend.

The Year R team

Fabulous First Week!

We have had a fabulous first week with your children, getting to know them, building relationships and having fun together! We are amazed at how well they have settled in and how quickly they are finding their feet.

We will begin PE next week so please bring their PE bags in on Monday.

More information about PE, our topic for this half term and reminders will be coming home in our newsletter on Monday.

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Baird, Mrs Hearn, Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Tickle.

Year R to 1 transition meeting

Thank you to all the parents and carers that could make the meeting this afternoon, we hope it was helpful and answered some of your questions you may have had. Please find attached the power-point presentation from this afternoon. Please do not hesitate to speak with any of the year 1 team if you have any further questions. We look forward to getting to know you and your children over the coming year.

Mrs Carter, Miss Jamieson and Miss Hall