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This half term we are learning the story 'Rainbow Fish' written by Marcus Pfister. Its a lovely story about sharing, being kind and feeling happy. We are learning a shortened version of this in class and are following a story map with actions to help us. Please let your child retell you story at home. We have sent a story map and a text home for you to help them. Lota of our activities in class will be related to the story.


We were suprised to discover a magical trail in our playgorund. We followed this and it led us to a suprise array of rainbow streamers. We discovered a letter from the Rainbow fish and a copy of his story. He asked us to learn the story for him.

Welcome to Year R 2020-2021



Welcome to the Year R blog. We would like to welcome all our new Year R children and their families to Front Lawn Primary Academy. We are delighted that you have chosen our school for your children to embark on their learning journeys. 




Head of Early Years- Mrs Doody

Willow Class- Teachers -Mrs Doody and Mrs Wimble

                      Teaching Assistant - Miss Channing

Maple Class-  Teacher- Mrs Claxton

                       Teaching Assistant - Mrs Humphreys


You may also see Miss Jones and Mrs Larcombe in class too!



Mrs Wimble,Mrs Claxton, Mrs Humphreys and Miss Channing wanted to say.....


There has been some super home learning taking place from Year R children over the last couple of weeks. We have sent out two learning projects so far and are amazed with all the effort that is going into them! Well done Maple and Willoe class. Give yourselves a pat on the back! 

Staying in touch


We really want to know how ALL of our Year R children are doing. Please remember to log on to Tapestry or Marvellous Me and to share what you have been doing.


If you have forgotten passwords or codes then please get in touch and we can resend. 

Year R parents,


Year R staff  want to liase with parents and families as much as we can during this difficult time.  In addition to the work sent out last week with the children,  we want to offer other ideas and suggestions to keep the children busy. There are a number of ways we are planning to do this .  Firstly you can look out for activities set up on Marvellous Me and Tapestry. Also we will add links to learning on the internet through approved websites for you.


You can use the homework email to ask us questions etc by

e-mailing Mrs Wimble and Mrs Claxton at

''  (Remember to say it is for Year R )


We are missing the children a great deal so please upload some of the things you have been learning about so we can see all our lovely Year Rs.


Remember the children are only little so they will only manage activites for a short amount of time each. Take breaks between activites If they are reluctant try a different ones or let them choose. Read them lots of stories and make it fun! 


Take care and stay safe 



Thursday 5th March 2020


We all dressed up as book characters for WBD. See if you can spot who we are?


        We enjoyed taking part in some

activities together


We listened to our favourite stories


Mrs. Ashman came in and read her favourite story to us

World book day 2020

Our trip to the Blue Reef Aquarium 



On Wednesday 4th March, Year R went to look at the sealife at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Southsea. We spotted lots of fish and sea animals that we have been learning about in our 'Under the Sea Topic'. Are there any you recognize. Ask us about them. We were able to touch a starfish and a crab to see what it felt like. We had to be really gentle.

Our new story this half term is called


Three little fish and the big bad shark.


We received a letter that asked us to look after the 3 fish so that the Big Bad Shark doesnt come to catch them. Ask the children what their names are.

We are going to look after them and make sure they have a nice home to live in and plenty to eat! 

Pancake Day

We celebrated Pancake day by making Pancakes and trying different toppings. Mrs Claxton told us all about Pancake day and how it originated from a Christian festival called Easter. She explained that Lent was the beginning of Easter and Christians used this time to give something up. To make it fun we had a pancake race in our House Teams - Blue Team were the winners!


Shrove Tuesday in Year R (Pancake day)

Valentines Day


We talked about what Valentines day was all about. We shared with each other the people that we loved. We also had a party to celebrate

Valentines day cards and party

Chinese New Year (Year of the Rat)


A special Visit

As part of our Under the Sea topic this term we had a special visit from the Marine conservation society. they talked to us about how we can take greater care of our seas and oceans, including all the creatures that live it them. We then thought about some ways in which we could help to Save our seas.

Marine Conservation Society

We have themed our classrooms to 'under the sea' the immerse the children in their learning

our storymap

Our topic this term is 'Under the Sea'.

We are learning the story


Billy's Bucket


All the staff in Early Years wish you all a very healthy and happy


Halloween Dress up day

Diwali week in Year R

Diwali Week



As part of our RE studies we have been looking at the Hindu festival of light called Diwali. We read all about Rama and Sita and their journey home using light. We spent time undertaking activites to teach us more about this religious festival.


We drew Rangoli patterns, made sweet treats, learnt Diwali dance, hand painted in Hindu style and text mapped the story of Rama and Sita. We linked our Maths and English work with Diwali too!

Local Police visit

 We have been lucky to have visits from our local police and nurse to show us some of the things they do to help the local community. They are true heroes in our eyes!

Visit from a nurse

Searching for the Evil Pea

Luckily the children are keeping a watchful eye out in the hope that they might just catch the Evil Pea. There has been some sightings in the school playground..... But to date we haven't managed to capture him. We'll keep looking

The Evil Pea has been up to his naughty tricks again.....

Year R found some vegetables had been trapped by the evil pea. They worked fast to relese them

How are people who help us heroes? This is the big question that Year R are looking to answer. 


Our first job was to dress up as a superhero for the day. We had a variety of superheroes including Captain America, Spiderman and Wonder Woman. We also had some children dressed up as doctors and nurses. Are they superheroes? Watch this blog to find out!


Captain Terrific visited us with a story and a question to research about Heroes. We are learning our version of the story Supertato by Sue Hendra. Ask your child to tell you all about the "Evil Pea". They are learning to orally retell the story with some fantastic actions.

A visit from Captain Terrific

Our Superhero dress up day

Maple Mouse's first adventure

 Maple the mouse belongs to Maple Class. He has the opportunity to go for a 'sleepover' at children's houses. The first day he spent at Mrs Claxton house. He had so much fun! He played with Buddy the dog. He read Mrs Claxton's favourite story called 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes and enjoyed Pizza. We look forward to seeing the fun Maple has with the children.
Although we have only been at school in the mornings this week, we have learnt so much. We took our first trip to the upper school to visit the 'life bus'. We met Harold the giraffe and he showed us how our bodies work and how to keep healthy. We had great fun. 

Learning on the Life Bus

Welcome to Year R Blog for 2019-2020



We are very pleased to Welcome you to Front Lawn Primary Academy. 


Staff in Year R 


Mrs Wimble - Willow Class teacher and Early Years Manager

Mrs Claxton- Maple Class Teacher

Mrs Lovelock- SENCO for Early Years HLTA

Mrs Cruz- Teaching Assistant

Miss Channing- Teaching Assistant


We are very friendly. Please feel free to pop in with any questions or concerns you have regarding Early Years

Whoops a Daisy Angel 




The big day finally arrived for us to perform our nativity play to all our grown ups. The children all worked really hard to learn the songs and each and everyone of them was a superstar on the day. If you came along we really hope you enjoyed it. 




Year R enjoyed visiting the church for our annual Christingle service. They sang along to 'Love shine a light' and listened really carefully to Father Jonathon who taught them all about what each part of a Christingle represents. 

Christmas Decoration Day 


Year R had a great time making Christmas decorations with their grown ups. They made snowmen baubles and decorated Christmas trees. 



A huge well done to Roxie-Lou who was this week's very important person. Roxie-Lou was chosen for impressing her teachers on a daily basis with her reading and writing. Roxie also received a special well done for her extra neat handwriting. Keep up the good work Roxie! 

Thank you 



We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated a shoe box for our shoe box appeal. We collected over 30 altogether. The 'Link Team' were thrilled when they came to collect them and I'm sure the families receiving them in Romania will will appreciate your kindness and generosity. Thank you.      

Film stars in the making!


Year R have been extra busy planning and making a short film to advertise their 'shoebox appeal'. Please watch our video below and if you are able to donate please have your boxes in school by the 15th November. Thank you for your support.  

Year R Shoebox Appeal.mp4

Still image for this video

Balloon Adventures 


The children in Year R were very excited to receive some letters in the post this week. They were even more excited to find out how far their '60th birthday celebration' balloons had travelled. 

A busy week!

The reception children have been busy this week with a trip to the church for our harvest festival and a visit from poet Brian Moses! The harvest festival was a great success and we would like to thank everyone for their kind donations. 

Act of Kindness



As part of our 60th birthday celebrations, Year R decided to surprise residents at a local care home with some treats. They enjoyed handing out flowers and cakes and talking to the residents. They even sang some songs which the residents enjoyed joining in with.

Why not help your child master their handwriting at home?


Downloadable handwriting lines

A super start to year R

Year R have had a super start to the year. We have been learning all about people who help us. We have had a superhero day and have had visits from real life heroes including the police and the fire brigade! We even got to go inside the fire engine! 

All things Halloween! 


Year R have loved celebrating Halloween this week! We have been counting spooky items, ordering pumpkins by size, making spooky crafts and we even had a Halloween party! 

Read read read! 

Thankyou to all the parents who attended the reading workshop today. The children loved playing reading games with you. Key words will be going home next week so you can play these at home too! And remember..... 



Maths week!

Year R have worked really hard to solve all the problems they have received from the Matrix this week! We have had a paper chain competition, made shape heroes and have been on a maths hunt around the school! We worked so well as a team! 


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