Mrs Sam Kestle Class Teacher – Monday & Tuesday Year R
Mrs Nathalie Warwick Class Teacher – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Year R
Mrs Emma Reeves Teaching Assistant Year R
Mrs Julie Cronin 1:1 Teaching Assisant Year R

Starting school in Year R …

At Crondall Primary we believe that every child is an individual who deserves the very best education they can have. We believe that school is a three way partnership between us, the parents and the child. This begins in the summer term before a child starts at school with nursery visits, parent meetings and Rainbow club, which is where children are invited to spend time in school to help familiarise themselves with their new environment.

Year R is the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage and we follow the EYFS curriculum. Throughout the day the children are involved in a range of activities such as:

  • Whole class teaching time
  • Adult led group activities
  • Outdoor Play
  • Choosing from a choice of activities independently
  • Painting, sand and creative activities
  • Gross and Fine Motor activities
  • Listening to stories
  • Snack and Lunchtime

Tuesday 25th February

The children were surprised with a visit from husky dogs!

14th February

Half way through the year in Rainbow class and look how they have grown! Have a wonderful half term break.

February 6th – Author Visit
The Author Paul Geraghty visited school today. We listened to him read some of his stories and show us how to draw some penguins.

Tuesday 21st January – Fitness 15

Today we got changed in to our PE kits and had our first session with Mr Burchall. He will be helping us to raise our heart rate during fitness 15. We will be playing games and working together and well as working on our own. We had such fun and can’t wait for next week!


Tuesday 14th January – Birdworld Adventures

Depsite the heavy rain and howling wind, Year R had a fabulous time finding out all about Penguins.

Our most important mission was to find out how Penguins sleep…did you know that they sleep on their bellies?

Thursday 9th January
Happy New Year! We started our week back at school with a Winter walk. We noticed how things had changed and thought about what we could see, hear, smell and touch. We used our experiences to create a class Winter Senses poem! While we were out we also noticed some strange looking footprints and later in the week a saw a trail of snow leading to Rainbow lodge, we decided to explore… We entered the lodge we found a little penguin hiding in the igloo. We have been looking after him and today we named him Icy!

Wednesday 11th November

We were very impressed with the Year 1 and Reception’s “Wriggly Nativity” today. Rainbow class has been working really hard learning the songs and actions. They gave a great performance, joining in enthusiastically with big smiles and also showed us some of their dance moves! Well done Rainbow class, we look forward to tomorrow’s performances.

Wednesday 27th November

We had a fabulous visit to Farnham Castle Keep. The sun shone for our time there. It was a shame that we didn’t visit the park, but the equipment was slippery and unsafe. We will hopefully visit there with our teddy bears in the Summer Term. The children behaved impeccably -well done Rainbow class!

Wednesday 20th November We had a busy week last week! On Tuesday we wore odd socks for anti-bullying week. We read the story of Marmaduke the very different dragon and talked about feelings and the importance of being kind to each other. We shared our learning with Year 5 on Thursday afternoon and enjoyed singing our odd sock song! On Friday we supported Children in Need by wearing spots and stripes and had fun making our coin trail.










6th November 2019
Strange things have been happening in Rainbow class this week!  On Monday we found a trail of black marks leading from our outside area, we went to investigate and found a giant golden egg!  We came up with lots if ideas about what might be in the egg and decided we needed to look after it and keep it warm.  Yesterday the egg started to crack and this morning something had appeared….ask your child what we found in our classroom this morning! October 2019 October 2019

What an exciting week to end the half term!  On Monday we were lucky enough to see a spinning wheel in action after learning about Rumplestiltskin.  The children were fascinated by the process and even had a try of using a spindle.  On Wednesday the children enjoyed making and decorating crowns to wear to the medieval banquet.  We finished off the week dressing up as Princes and Princesses.  We hope you have a restful half term break!

9th October We have noticed the weather changing over the last couple of weeks and have been busy observing signs of Autumn in Rainbow class.  We went for an Autumn welly walk around the school grounds and thought about what we could see, hear, smell and touch.  We collected Autumn leaves and talked about what we noticed changing around us.  We have also been making Autumn pictures in art and sorting and counting conkers, acorns and leaves in Maths!       25th September 2019 What a busy couple of weeks we have had in Rainbow class!  The children are now staying for the whole day, enjoying lunches in the dinner hall and have even ventured out into the big playground for after lunch play.  We have started to share our treasure boxes with the class and the children have been very excited to talk about their special things.  We have also been making treasure maps, building pirate ships and exploring floating and sinking!     11th September 2019 A big welcome to the new Reception class who started this week.  They have had a great time exploring activities, getting used to routines and today they went on a treasure hunt around the school!


Their Learning 2018 – 2019


It was Aspirations Day today, so we went to hear about many different jobs that we could do when we are older.                                                   

We had visitors!

We were visited this afternoon by  some members of our community. We were so excited to show them our pirate dance as well as our treasure boxes.  

Another busy week in Rainbow Class!

We’ve dived to the bottom of the ocean and are enjoying finding out about  the amazing creatures that live there.  We used clay to create beautiful shimmery fish.

Along with the rest of our school we have been thinking about Healthy Eating and have been keeping a diary of our meals each day.  We have been sorting foods and talking to each other about whether they are healthy or not. We were invited to visit the ducklings and thoroughly enjoyed the chance to see them so close up.  We listened really carefully to the Year 2 experts! We learned lots of new facts and especially enjoyed watching the ducklings have a swimming lesson.

Our stunning start – a welly walk!

On arriving at school welly wearing year R children followed a trail around the school grounds during which they experienced different terrains such as long grass, sand, water, mud, pebbles and so on. There was lots to talk about and we generated lots of powerful words that described our sensory experience!  When we got back to our classroom we found a letter and a book from a girl who loves wearing wellies – this inspired our learning for the following two weeks.


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