Children can continue to develop their reading skills from home by accessing all of the Oxford reading tree books for free on the https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ website. All you need to do is register an account (for free) and all of the various stages of books are there. You can then read them on a tablet or computer. I know it’s not quite the same as an actual book but I hope that this helps.

Also, here is a list of the first 100 words that children need to learn to read and write https://www.highfrequencywords.org/hfw100fp.pdf . It could be fun to create games involving these words such as snakes and ladders (read the words on the square to move), naughts and crosses (read/write a certain word to place the naught or cross) or maybe draw a running track with chalk and write words at different points that the children have to read. Get creative!

Welcome to our Early Years Unit. Our team consists of Mrs Lampett, Miss Crossland, Miss Carter, Mrs Butcher, Mrs Stubbs, Miss Dervisevic, Mrs Brooks and Miss Smith. Together, we believe that every child can and will succeed in our setting.

Some of the Nursery children join us for mornings, some for afternoons and others are here for 30 hours per week. The Reception children are with us full time. We believe in learning through play, with children constantly being challenged and enthused by interesting activities.

Each week, the Reception children go to the hall for PE activities and they also visit the ICT suite. On Wednesdays the Nursery children sing along with one of our grandparents who comes in especially to play her guitar for us. In the afternoon, everyone else goes into the hall to sing with Mrs Wilcox who plays the piano for us. Also on Wednesdays, we always look forward to our parents and other grown-ups coming into our class to read with us – we have lots of fantastic books to pick from. On Fridays we have an assembly in our classroom. It is always exciting to see who has been working hard and has achieved the writer or scholar of the week award. We can also bring any certificates we have received outside of school to show the other children so we can celebrate our achievements together.

In Early Years we support Wakefield and District Sight Aid by baking cakes for their demonstration day coffee mornings. Jo from WDSA and her volunteers have been into school to do assemblies and help the Nursery children to plant bedding flowers in our outside area.

We are very creative team and enjoy working alongside the children, following their interests to develop their learning and understanding. Between us, the staff have many years of experience working with young children and aim to make every child’s time at Rooks Nest Academy, a positive and rewarding experience.





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