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Year R

Welcome to Year R!

Columbus, Hillary, Attenborough and Kandinsky

The Year R team


Kirk Campus

Attenborough Class- Miss Di Pietro is the Class Teacher. Mrs Butcher is the Teaching Assistant.


Kandinsky Class- Mr Abbott is the Class Teacher. Mrs Main, Mrs Maharry and Mrs Seloca are the Teaching Assistants.

King Campus


Columbus Class- Mrs Bowden is the Class Teacher and Year Group Leader. Mrs Moores and Miss Evans are the Teaching Assistants.


Hillary Class- Miss Crowe is the Class Teacher. Mrs Churchill and Mrs Chapman is the Teaching Assistant.


We would like to say a massive welcome to you and your family on your child’s first year of school at Endeavour Primary School. We are looking forward to working together to support and encourage your child to learn and grow.


If you have any queries or questions, please speak to your child’s class teacher either by booking an appointment via the office or writing a message in your child's school diary. If you require any other information then please book an appointment with Mrs Bowden (Year R leader).






Year R will have a PE session on Monday. It is suggested that PE kits stay in school all week as other activities may crop up that require us to get changed. 


Home Learning

Reading: Please read with your child as often as possible at home and record in their home school book to allow us to know if you need a new book. We change books on a Friday.


Phonics: We will begin learning our sounds at school and it would be great if you can reinforce these at home. Keep an eye on your child's Tapestry account to see which sounds we have been learning each week. 


Below are some games you can play at home to make phonics fun and reinforce your child's learning at home:

Sound splat: Write sounds on pieces of paper, place them in an area in your house. The adult says a sound and the child high fives the sound you have said.
Sound hunt: Hide sounds around your house/garden and go on a hunt to find all of the sounds. As your child finds the letter, encourage them to say the sound to support recognition. 
Silly soup: All you need is a large bowl, mixing spoon and a selection of items beginning with the sound your child has been practising. Ask your child to find the objects beginning with the sound you are practising and add them to the silly soup.  Sing the song 'We're making lots of silly soup. We're making soup that's silly.  We're going to put it in the fridge to make it nice and chilly.  In goes a 's'.
Drive the car: Draw some car parking spaces on a piece of paper and write single sounds into the spaces. Ask your child to park the car in the ‘t’ space and so on. You can role reverse this game so the child is giving you the instructions.
Alphabet jump: Write letters in chalk and ask your child to jump to a specific sound. As a challenge, you can ask them to think of a word that begins with that sound.
Playdough printing: Using playdough and some letters encourage your child to find a sound and print it into the playdough. They can then trace this with their finger and write it on a piece of paper.


ELS Phonics programme links.  Here are the links for you to access all of the phonics sounds your children will be learning and videos showing you how to pronounce all of the sounds correctly. 


Phoneme pronunciation video PHASE 2

Phoneme pronunciation video PHASE 3

Phoneme pronunciation video PHASE 5


PHASE 2 Grapheme sheet



Harder to read and spell words Some words are known as 'harder to read and spell words' these are words that are frequently used in books and often are not decodable using our knowledge of sounds. Please find a list attached to practise recognising the key words by sight. We will test your child every half term on how they are getting on. Please only focus on a few words at a time to ensure the children are not overwhelmed and secure in knowing a few words, before moving on to learn more.



At Endeavour, we will engage in many exciting projects over the academic year. Our first two projects are called 'why do you love me so much?' and 'why do leaves go crispy?' We can't wait for you to see what we get up to as we add all of our learning to Tapestry. 


In Year R  we use Tapestry to gather evidence around each child's learning. You should have received an email (please check your junk folder) to sign up to your child’s account by 17th September . You will be able to see what they have been up to at school as we upload pictures of their learning.  We love to see what you get up to at home, so please add exciting news to your child’s account for us to share at school. This can include, cooking, clubs, days out, family events, learning new skills and having lots of fun! Any questions, please ask your child’s class teacher.

Remote Learning 

Year R will use Tapestry as their platform for setting home learning to any children who are unable to attend school due to isolating. If we are notified that your child is not going to be attending school for a period of time, we will upload the learning that they would be completing in school to Tapestry for them to complete at home. Please check your child's Tapestry account daily for home learning. Your child's teacher is also contactable through Tapestry and will be more than happy to help with anything home learning related. Additionally, please do share pictures and videos with us of the home learning that your child is getting up to. 

Useful websites to support home learning;


Please do speak to us if you have any queries or concerns. It can be a little tricky to speak on the door so it is advisable to write a note in your child’s home school diary or book an appointment though the office. Please be reminded that your child’s class teacher is your first point of contact.