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Welcome to Reception and Robin Class!

Promoting British Values in Reception

 

Democracy:

  • Speaking and listening activities promote discussions
  • Making decisions together
  • Listening to each other’s opinions
  • Turn taking, sharing and collaboration

Individual Liberty:

  • Freedom for all
  • Developing a positive sense of themselves
  • We listen to every child through pupil voice
  • Through our PSHE curriculum the children’s rights are promoted
  • The children are encouraged to make the right choices about how they learn and how they behave

Mutual Respect and Tolerance:

  • The classroom rules help children to understand how to share and look after each other
  • The children learn about different cultures, faiths and religions. They are encouraged to show respect and tolerance for different people, faiths, cultures and languages
  • The children study art and listen to music which reflects multicultural Britain
  • The children celebrate special days and festivals throughout the year

Rule of Law:

  • The children learn about their rights and responsibilities. They also learn about consequences of behavior and also learn to distinguish between right and wrong.
  • The children have agreed to abide by the rules and understand that these rules apply to everyone

What are we learning?

See the above documents that explain what we will be doing throughout the year.

 

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for information about what we have been doing this week!

 

Our class teacher is

Miss Blyth

 

Our Teaching Assistants are called

Miss Matthews

Mrs Phipps 

Mrs Legender

Mrs Cross (Monday and Tuesday)

Miss Gibson (Wren Class)

 

 

 

Our fortnightly Reception Newsletter will keep you up to date with our latest learning adventures.  Please see the Newsletter section. 

 

Open Door Policy

At The Round House Primary School we have an ‘Open Door Policy’.  We welcome you into the classroom to discuss your child, their progress or any concern.  We might not be able to talk to you straight away but we will endeavour to speak to you as soon as possible.  You can also leave a message with the school office or send us an e-mail to the school office who will pass it onto to us at office@roundhouse.cambs.sch.uk

 

Home school partnership

Our mums, dads, families and carers are all part of our learning journey.  The grown-ups at school would like it very much if you could note down any ‘Star Moments’ which make you think WOW!   The adults at school have lots of forms in case you need them. 

Look on the classroom doors for latest events and news. 

P.E

Our PE days are Monday afternoons Please ensure your children's PE kits are brought in on a Monday, and they will be sent home with the child every Friday to be washed.  

Treat Day

Every Friday we get a special treat as long as we have been behaved very well J.  At the end of each term we get to take part in a whole day of treats...Reward Day.  Last Term Mrs Bryden organised a Magician to come and show us some amazing tricks. 

Week Beginning 10/12/18
Thank you to everyone who came to the children's nativity performances this week, all of the staff were so proud of how well the children performed. They remembered their lines, spoke with clear voices and also sang beautifully! We hope that everyone who came to see the performances enjoyed it just as much as we all enjoyed putting it together! The children have been busy making reindeer hats this week ready for our Christmas lunch and our Christmas party. The children have also made their own decorations for you to enjoy at home. They made a print with their hand and then painted them to look like robins. They added googly eyes and orange pipe cleaners for their beaks. We hope that you enjoy these when the children bring them home once they have completely dried. In Maths, the children have been exploring money and using it to purchase different items ready to be eaten on Christmas day and also playing a game of snowman bingo where the children had to follow instructions to cover numbers on a grid, e.g. a number that is bigger than ..... and the number that is 1 less than ..... The children have independently been writing about the nativity story, using tweezers to pick up the correct number of pom poms to use as baubles on a Christmas tree and exploring Arctic animals in the snow. The children had their first Christmas lunch today and thoroughly enjoyed it wearing their reindeer hats. They will have their Christmas party during the afternoon of Monday 17th December. A special visitor will also be coming to visit the children before the end of term too, it is all very exciting! Well done and thank you for a lovely week Robin class.
This week the children have started a new topic, space. On Monday as a class we created a mind map of what the children knew about space and any questions they would like to find the answer to. We had a really in depth discussion about gravity which the ohildren found very interesting.c The children have really enjoyed listening to the story 'Aliens Love Underpants' and have used puppets to role-play the story, as well as thinking of adjectives to describe the different aliens in the story. The children have independently been using their phonic knowledge to write facts about space, using the mind map created earlier in the week. I was very impressed with the children being able to record the sounds that they could hear in the different words and that they were starting to write simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The children have also been following algorithms to programme the bee bot to move around the space mat. They discussed with their partner how they thought the bee bot should be programmed in order to reach a variety of planets on the space mat and worked with an adult to write this as an algorithm, before using it to programme the bee bot and see if they were correct. The children have been independently making rockets using kitchen rolls and tissue paper, making planets using glittery paint and cotton buds, making aliens out of playdough and making rockets using a variety of 2D shapes. The children have also been continuing to practise for the nativity performance and are getting very excited to show everyone just what they can do. For children who are speaking, please continue to rehearse and practise their lines at home as much as possible. Please note that all of the children's costumes must be in school by Monday 26th November so that we are able to prepare for the dress rehearsal. Thank you for all of the donations for Children in Need this year. Round House and Wintringham together have raised a grand total of £343.62 which is fantastic. Next week the children in Miss Blyth and Miss Cadman's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington, Miss Gibson and Miss Mathews' phonics groups will be recapping the sounds m, d, g and o in their phonics sessions.

Week Beginning 25.6.18

Robins have had a busy week continuing with their topic of mini beasts. In continuous provision the children have been rescuing bugs from a spider's web, writing facts about spiders, measuring how high the grass hoppers have jumped and making caterpillar hats. In the garden they have been practicing throwing bean bags at a target and then working out how much they scored in total. They have also been busy mini beast hunting and creating habitats for butterflies.

Week Beginning 21st May

The children have had another exciting week learning all about animals. During group time, the children have listened to the story of The Little Red Hen.They then used this to write a story map in their independent learning. The children have also been doing some shared writing where they were split into groups of four and five to write down the facts they knew about different animals. After their writing, each group presented their work to the rest of the class. I was very impressed as to how each group worked together to create a shared piece of writing. The children have also been doing some observational paintings of different animals, taking into consideration what colour the animal is and also the various markings found on their chosen animal. In maths, the children have been doubling and halving spots on a ladybird's wings, learning all about the days of the week, months of the year and the four seasons and have also made a bar graph to depict which animal was the most popular in each maths group. The children needed to interpret the bar graph to answer various questions including; which is the least popular animal and how do you know? During their child initiated learning they have been making pictures of animals using 2D shapes, writing letters pretending they are the character of Little Red Hen and exploring capacity in the water tray outside.. I hope that you all have a enjoyable half term and a well deserved break The children have worked so hard this half term and am sure are ready for a good rest. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see you back at school on Monday 4th June where we will be starting with our topic on minibeasts.

Week Beginning 14.5.18

The children have continued to explore the topic of animals this week and have been focusing in particular on zoo animals. During group time, we have been exploring different animal habitats, along with reading the story Dear Zoo. The children thought of reasons why different animals would not be suitable as a pet, e.g. an elephant would just stomp around your house and break all of your things! The children followed this through in their independent writing and wrote letters to the zoo. The children have really impressed me with their amazing writing this week. They have been writing 'What am I?' descriptions where they have been really thinking about what an animal looks like, e.g. 'I have a long neck' and also what an animal can do, e.g. 'I catch mice'. Once completed, the children have been using these to see if their friends are able to guess which animal they were describing. During their independent play the children have been, exploring an Artic ice scene, paying for pets at the Great Pet Sale and creating hand print animals. In Maths, the children have been practicing counting in 2s/5s/10s, exploring the concept of one more and one less and also counting back from a given number using a number line. We also had a visit from Dr Mark Hedberg this week. He is a vet and came into school to talk to the children about his job and how he looks after lots of poorly animals. The children saw him wrap one of our teddies in a bandage after he had hurt his leg on a stick. They got to ask him lots of questions about his job and at the end of the session, Mark sang the secret vet song (Old McDonald had a Farm) and gave out some colouring sheets. Mrs Mott brought in her pet tortoise named Esiotrot to show the children. They found out about what he likes to eat and also how he can actually move about quite quickly! The children have enjoyed another PE session with David Bridges, a football coach from Cambridge United. They went out onto the field to practise some important skills, including avoiding obstacles when running, changing direction and controlling a football with both their hands and feet. The children all had a great time and are looking forward to more sessions with David. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ng, ai, ee and igh. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds oi, ear and air. There are photos on Miss Edgington's post of the children meeting Esiotrot.

Week Beginning 30.4.18

This week has been the last week on dinosaurs. They have been thinking about what dinosaurs eat and linking it to what their favourite foods are to eat. This was then linked to healthy eating and what we can do to keep ourselves fit and healthy, including; eating 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, drinking milk and water, doing some exercise, getting enough sleep each night and also brushing our teeth twice a day. The children then worked in a small group to make a healthy plate of food. The children changed the story of 'We're going on a Bear Hunt' to 'We're Going on a Stegosaurus Hunt'. They enjoyed thinking of different things the family would face as they went on their hunt, including a very hot high volcano, the loud, noisy thunder storm and the hard, crashing rocks, before finding the stegosaurus on a big, sharp nest. In maths, the children have been using venn diagrams to sort the dinosaurs in different ways, learning how to 'count on' using a number line and also working out the missing number from an addition sum, e.g. 8 + .......... = 10. During their independent play, the children have been using cotton buds to print a dinosaur picture, scanning QR codes to find out information about dinosaurs, sorting dinosaurs according to their different features, digging for dinosaur bones and writing and drawing out their dinosaur hunt. Next week our learning will be moving onto animals and we are having a visit from Dr Hedberg who is a vet and also the animal experience who will be bringing a variety of animals for the children to learn about and hold. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds y, z/zz and qu. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the sounds oa, oo and ar. If you have any spare small cardboard boxes for the children to use for their junk modelling, we would be very grateful of any donations.

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Welcome back after the Easter break. I can not quite believe that we are in the Summer term already. The children all looked lovely and refreshed and have come back ready to learn. We have started our new topic on dinosaurs. The children have been learning all about different types of dinosaurs, exploring how they moved, the sounds that they made and also what they liked to eat. I wonder if they can remember what the words herbivore and carnivore mean? I have been amazed at the knowledge the children already have and some of the names they have been teaching me! . On Monday, the children saw photos of a T-Rex that had been in Wren's classroom over the holiday and they have enjoyed writing about the dinosaur and what he was doing in our school. The children noticed from the photo that the T-Rex had kicked Miss Blyth over and Miss Gibson was shouting for help! They found this very amusing. In maths, the children have been practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s as well as exploring money and looking at how to create different amounts using various coins. The children could practise this the next time they go to the shops! During their independent play, the children have been labelling dinosaurs, reading real and nonsense words on dinosaur bones, practicing their number bonds to 10 using dinosaur eggs and making dinosaur skeletons. We have been making the most of the warm weather this week and the children have been spending time learning and exploring in the outdoor area. We hope that the warm weather continues! The children are excited to learn some information about volcanoes! Any information you can find out at home about dinosaurs or volcanoes will be greatly appreciated. Have a look on the internet or in a book at the library to find out some information to share with the rest of the class. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be moving onto phase 4 where they will be learning to read and write cvcc words as well as a number of new tricky words. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the tricky word 'they' and will be learning the sounds air, ure and er. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds ch, th and ng.

29.3.18

Reward day was very exciting in Reception. The children had their nails painted, made Easter nest cakes, went on a little Easter egg hunt and got to watch the fascinating Chemical Chris. They were amazed by his science experiments and were very excited when they got to carry out their own by making their own slime. I hope the children have enjoyed playing with it. I hope everyone has had a lovely Easter weekend and is looking forward to the rest of the Easter holidays. I look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday 16th April.

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Week Beginning 12.3.18

This week the children have continued to explore the topic of superheroes. The children have been exploring the concept of addition and partitioning of numbers. They have been building cities out of numicon and seeing if they can find lots of different ways to build the same city. The children have been fascinated that it is still the same number but it can be made in different ways. During their independent play, the children used tweezers to rescue letters from a tangled up... web, wrote sentences about what each of the emergency services does, made their own fire engines out of junk modelling boxes and explored colour mixing in order to paint a fire. In Maths, the children have been looking at money. They had to find the right coins that they needed to buy equipment for different fire fighters, e.g. a pair of boots cost 5p and a helmet cost 10p. The children have also been exploring the tricky concept of number bonds to 10. They used numberlines and their fingers to support them to work out what two numbers added together to make a total of 10. They were then able to match 2 numbered roads together so that the fire engine could drive down the road to rescue the princess from her castle. In the outdoor area, the children have been using spray bottles to put out pretend fires. The children needed to either read the tricky words by sight or segment and blend the sounds in cvc and cvcc words in order to then spray the word and put out the fire. The children have really impressed me with their reading skills. The children were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Ings this week who works as a police officer. He talked to the children about his job and what he does to keep us safe. The children learnt about what the police officers carry on them every day, including a baton, a pair of handcuffs and their warrant badge. The children got to see all of the different types of hats that police officers wear, including a cycle helmet and a cap. The children were also able to ask him lots of questions to find out more information about his job, they were very interested to find out more about the walkie talkie! A big thank you must go to Mr Ings for organising this session and for coming into school to talk to the children. We were due to have a visit from the local fire brigade this week. Unfortunately, they were out responding to a 999 call during our visit time. A number of the children felt a bit disappointed, however we are working hard to arrange another time for them to come and visit and hopefully this will be before the Easter holiday. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds ow, oi, ear and air. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the sounds ar, or, ur and ow. The children in Mrs Howard's phoincs group will be re-capping the sounds l/ll and ss and will be learning the sounds j and v.

Week Beginning 26.2.18

This week, the children have been learning about the story of Rapunzel. They have used a story map to re-tell the story. I was really impressed with how well they remembered it. Through hot seating, the children have shown great empathy with the characters and were able to answer some tricky why questions. The children have been role playing in the Round House salon taking on the role of either a customer or the hair dresser. During their child initiated play, the children have been building Rapunzel towers by ordering numbers,using tweezers to pick up the Princess gems and making Rapunzel towers out of tubes.I have been doing benchmarking assessments on the children's reading skills this week. I am very proud of the children and how far they have progressed with their reading. A note will be written in your child's reading diary to let you know which level book the children will now be bringing home (this will be done next week). The children have also taken advantage of the cold weather and have loved being outside playing in the snow, we even got to make a little snowman or two! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds igh, oa, oo and ar. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ai, ee and igh. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping e, u, r and h. Yesterday, we had World Book Day.A massive thank you to all the help you provided for your children to come in costumer. They all looked fabulous! We enjoyed reading Supertato and then carrying out activities around the story. We also had some visitors from year 3 and year 4 to read with us, as well as some parents which was lovely. Thank you again!

Week Beginning 19th February

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely and refreshing half term. The children look very happy and relaxed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a very busy half term ahead of us! For pancake day, the children followed a story map recipe to find out which ingredients they needed and also how much of each one. They counted out spoons of the ingredients to measure out the flour, cracked the eggs open, poured the milk into the bowl and used the whisk to mix it altogether. Mrs Howard and Miss Edgington cooked the pancakes for the children and were able to show the children how to flip the pancakes! The children then got to choose which toppings they would like for their pancake and they could choose between lemon juice, sugar and golden syrup. They were delicious! Before home time, we all went outside to have a pancake race. The children were split into two teams and had to run from one end of the playground to the other, flip their pancake and then run back! The end result was a draw between the two teams and we all had a lot of fun doing it. Gong Hei Fat Choy! This means Happy New Year in Chinese, which is what the children have also been learning all about this week. The children have learnt about the story of the race of the animals and found out how the rat won the race across the river. I hope you all received your copy of the Chinese New Year story map for the children to practise re-telling at home. They have also learnt that they were either born in the year of the dragon or in the year of the snake. The children have been exploring Chinese landmarks and saw lots of photos of when Barnaby bear visited China last year! During their independent learning, the children have been practising their Chinese numbers by writing with chopsticks in red lentils, making Chinese dragons, exploring the concept of floating and sinking and making their own Chinese lanterns. 
A big thank you must go to Mrs Goad and Mrs Molyneaux for all of the preparation and work they have done to help us to celebrate Chinese New Year in school. We all thoroughly enjoyed the activities that were provided, including Chinese calligraphy and making lotus flowers using the art of origami, and we all learnt lots more about the celebration, the adults included! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds igh, oa, oo and ar. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds ng, ai and ee. The children in Mrs Howard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ck, e, u and r.

Week Beginning 15th January 2018

This week our learning has been based around the story of The Gingerbread Man. I hope you have had fun re-telling the story at home using the story map that the children were given on Monday. Please keep practicing re-telling the story from memory! The children have been continuing to role-play in the bakery, thinking about the ingredients needed to make the Gingerbread Man. They have been using their senses to think of adjectives to describe the gingerbread man and they thought of some great ideas, including 'smooth', 'crumbly' and 'sweet'. The children were very excited when they were allowed to eat their gingerbread man. In Maths, the children have been exploring positional language by finding and describing the place where they found hidden gingerbread men within the classroom, the concept of one more and one less, ordinal numbers and also addition/subtraction by adding or taking away a certain number of buttons from the gingerbread man's body. The children's writing has been amazing this week. They each wrote either some or all of the repeated refrain from The Gingerbread Man story - 'Run, run as fast as you can, you can't catch me I'm the gingerbread man'. They were able to sound out words and write the tricky words, using a word/sound mat if they needed to. During their child initiated play, the children have been using tweezers to put the buttons on the Gingerbread Men, printing using a man shaped cookie cutter and rewriting the story. We have also really enjoyed the windy weather this week and the children have really enjoyed being out on the field with makeshift kites, ribbons and streamers and exploring how high their kites can fly! Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky word 'you', will be learning the sounds ur and ow and will also be learning to spell two-syllable words. The children in Mrs Owen's phonics group will be learning the sounds j, v, w and x and the children in Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds s, a, t and p.

Week Beginning 8.1.18

I hope that you all had a restful and enjoyable Christmas holiday. The children all looked like they enjoyed themselves and had lots to tell us! We have got a very busy term ahead of us which has started off with a very busy week. We have started our new topic of traditional tales and this week our learning has been based around the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Please check your child's book bag as they have brought home a copy of the story map that we have been using at school. The children will then be able to practise re-telling the story from memory at home!. In group time, the children had an opportunity to change the ending of the story which resulted in them all becoming friends and eating porridge together. In Maths, the children have been completing word problems, e.g. if mummy bear makes 5 bowls of porridge and baby bear eats 2, how many are left? They have been starting to record these word problems as number sentences. The children have also been exploring the concept of doubling, e.g. daddy bear eats double what mommy bear eats, so if mommy bear eats 1 bowl of porridge then daddy bear must eat 2. During their child initiated play, the children have been making their own bear masks, writing out the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, practicing adding up bears, and also writing letters and words in porridge oats. The children have really enjoyed our new role play area, a bakery. This links to the tradiitonal tale we will be looking at next week, The Gingerbread Man Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning the sounds oa, oo, ar and or and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds b, f/ff, l/ll and ss in their phonics sessions.

Monday 18th December 2017

The children had an excellent first reward day having their nails painted, making melting snowmen biscuits and watching an amazing magic show. I am very proud of how Robin class have settled in for their first full term and look forward to spring term.

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Week Beginning 11.12.17

The children have had a busy week participating in Christmas themed learning. They have really enjoyed role playing in the Post Office, writing about the Nativity story, playing Christmas tree dominoes and exploring Christmas stories. The children had their first Christmas lunch which they really enjoyed wearing their reindeer hats. We hope you their Christmas tree decorations which the children made. They tried really hard with the sewing and were all very proud of what they achieved.

Week Beginning 4th December

What an amazing week we have had in Robins! The week started with our two performances of the nativity in which the children were all fabulous. I was so proud with how well the children delivered their lines, their loud singing and their general behaviour during the performances. Well done. You are all super stars. The topic for the next couple of weeks is now Christmas and the children have been busy carrying out lots of festive activities. The role play area is now a Post Office and the children are loving writing their letters, sticking on stamps, wrapping parcels and then posting them. The children have also been creating Christmas items out of 2D shapes, decorating trees with pom poms using tweezers and trying to build Christmas related items out of lego. Next week in phonics Miss Edgington and my groups are reading tricky words, was and my and doing the sounds ai, ee and igh. Mrs Howard's and Mrs Owen's groups are recapping the sounds e, u, r and h. Just a reminder that Christmas lunch is on Thursday 14th December and the Christmas party is next Friday (15th). If you would like to sign up to bring some food then the sheet is available on the classroom door for you to do so. Thank you for those who already have.

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The children attended their first ever whole school assembly today to assist with 'wishing the lights on.' The children wished really hard and the magic spread throughout the school to light up the classrooms. They also decorated our tree with the their amazing home-made Christmas decorations on the tree. I have been doing bench marking assessments on the children's reading skills this week. I am very proud of the children and how far they have progressed with their reading. A note should have been written in your child's reading diary to let you know which level book they will now be bringing home. In Maths, the children have been exploring the concept of subtraction using snowmen and also filling stockings with small presents and then adding the two stockings together to find the total number of presents. The children have been independently writing about building a snowman, putting the correct number of buttons on the snowman, practicing using tweezers to pick up snowballs and labeling a snowman. I am very impressed by the number of children who are choosing to write during their child initiated play. We have been adding the finishing touches to the Christmas performance this week and are all getting very excited to show everyone just what the children can do. The children performed fantastically in the dress rehersal today in front of the whole school! You are all in for a treat next week. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds th and ng in their phonics sessions and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds c, k and ck in their phonics sessions. Finally, thank you to all of the children who have already returned their sponsorship forms and money and could we please ask that the remainder of the sponsorship forms and money are returned to school by Monday 4th December. Thank you for your support.

Week beginning 20th November 2017

This week, the children have finished learning about the topic of food. They have learnt about the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar which included them thinking and talking about the life cycle of a butterfly. Ask your children to explain how an egg becomes a beautiful butterfly. The children have been very busy cutting out and ordering the lifecycle pictures, before writing about each one. They have all really impressed me so far with their writing, recording the sounds that they can hear in the quite complex words and also how some of the children are beginning to write simple sentences remembering to use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, finger spaces in between each word and a full stop at the end. As a class, we investigated what happened when we put warm water over skittles and then were then given the opportunity to explore the experiment further during their independent play by using warm and cold water and were asked to explore the difference between the two. I was very impressed with the predictions the children were able to make and the language that they used! In Maths, the children have been exploring the names and properties of 2D and 3D shapes, have been looking at 1 more/less than a number up to 10 and have also been exploring making repeating patterns. Outside, the children explored what happened when we mixed powder paint in the puddles and some children were able to work with Mr Cornell to create a caterpillar and butterfly. Next week the children in Miss Edgington and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions and the children in Mrs Owen and Mrs Howard's phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds m, d, g and o in their phonics sessions. The children have also been continuing to practise the Christmas nativity and are getting very excited to show everyone just what they can do. Thank you for your continued support. Tomorrow is our 'fit n fun' readathon. Please bring back your child's sponsorship form so we can stamp off the children's participation. Money can be collected after the event. If your child would like to bring in a book for this event, then they are able to do so. I look forward to seeing the books the children choose.

16.11.17

This afternoon Robin and Wren class were very lucky to have a special guest for story time. Simba came to sit with us and listen to the special story all about him. The children all then had a turn at stroking Simba. They enjoyed this and sat very well.

Week Beginning Monday 13th November

The children have had another busy week. They have continued with the topic of food using celery to create a poppy, writing their own food and drinks menus, printing with different vegetables. practicing their scissor skills on jelly, using pennies to buy different fruit and making their own pizzas out of different coloured paper. This week, in focus, the children have been showing off their knowledge of prepositions with the help of Eric the bear. Also the children have real...ly enjoyed completing an obstacle course, travelling in different ways around it. This week has been anti-bullying week and we discussed in group time our similarities and differences and how we all go together to make one .big 'jigsaw' puzzle. The children coloured in their own piece of a jigsaw puzzle and we now have this on display in the class room. Miss Edgington and my phonics group will be looking at w, x, y and z next week and Mrs Owen's and Mrs Howard's will be looking at t, p, i and n. Please, if you haven't already done so, can you bring your child's costume in a labelled bag by Monday 20th November.

Week Beginning 6th November

Robin class have had a lovely week, continuing to explore our topic of food. We looked at the story, 'Handa's Surprise,' and then tried some of the different fruits from the story. We then made these fruits into kebabs and enjoyed eating them as an extra snack. The children created fireworks pictures on the IPads and were very excited to talk about what they had seen over the weekend. The pictures look fabulous! In continuous provision the children have been: creating pictures from shapes on tap tap boards, practicing their addition using fruit, writing their own shopping lists, creating animal masks from Handa's surprise and continuing to practice their letter formation in a variety of ways. In maths, the children explored patterns and had a go at making patterns, the children have continued to focus on adding and thinking about 1 more and 1 less. In phonics, the children have been doing really well with their letter formation and segmenting and blending words. Next week, the children in Miss Edgington's group and my group will be learning ss, j, v and w and the children in Mrs Howard's and Mrs Owen's group will be learning ss and recapping s, a and t.

Week Beginning 30.10.17

I hope everyone had a lovely half term. I am glad all of Robins are back safe and ready for the next, busy half term. The children have settled back into school life well and we have had a good week, exploring Halloween and starting our new topic of 'Food.' As focus activities, the children have been writing their own shopping lists using their phonics skills and decorating a pumpkin face with natural resources. The children were given independence to choose their own resources and I am sure you will agree that the end products of these are fabulous and unique. Independent activities have included: creating a Hungry Caterpillar, podding peas and completing a tally chart, exploring the inside of a pumpkin, tapping golf tees into a pumpkin and practicing throwing at a target. This week in phonics the children started to learn tricky words and they enjoyed painting these in water outside. Last night, the children's parts and lines for the Christmas play went home in their book bags. We would appreciate your support with helping your child practice their lines if they have one. Thank you in advance for this. Just a reminder that P.E is Friday this week so please make sure P.E kits are in school and earrings are removed. Next week in phonics the children will be learning: h, b, f, l.

Week Beginning 16.10.17

We have had a good week continuing with our topic of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' and exploring Diwali. During focus activities this week, the children have been making their very own Diva lamp and then painting them before sprinkling them with glitter. These looked amazing and I hope you enjoy these at home. In group time, we changed the story of the Bear Hunt to, 'We're Going on a Spider Hunt.' We then performed this to the Wren class who were super impressed. I was very proud of them all. In our continuous provision the children have been: exploring the bear cave, sharing food, constructing using straws and kitchen rolls, practicing letter formation in shaving foam and improving their skills with bats and balls. After half term, the sounds in phonics will be: u, r and h. I hope everyone has a lovely half term and I look forward to seeing everyone back on Monday 30th October.

Week Beginning 9.10.17

This week, the children have been learning to re-tell the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ using a story map. They have really enjoyed doing this and I hope they have been sharing this at home. The children have enjoyed acting out the story at school and have been busy exploring our brand new bear cave made by some of the children. They created their own story maps by using various collage materials e.g mud, twigs and cotton wool. The children were then asked to tell an adult what happens in the story and they were very good at remembering the sequence of events! In Maths, the children have been exploring positional language and have been using numbers in different ways, they especially loved going out onto the big playground and practicing writing and sequencing their numbers. They have also explored the tricky concept of one more and one less than a number up to 10. The children have been independently writing about different parts of the story, cutting/sticking pictures of bears into the correct size order, playing a bear track game and also making their very own bear pictures using brown paint and a plastic fork! Next week we will be learning the sounds c, k, ck and e in our phonics sessions. The children will also be continuing to practice segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. Please continue to support your child at home by looking at their reading books and also practicing reading the words on the first word wall. If you didn't return your parent voice questionnaire at parent's evening, please would you be able to return this to school via your child's book bag. If you have not got a copy and would like one, come and see one of the team and we can get you a new one.

Week Beginning 2.10.17

This week, the children have been learning all about their five senses. A day was spent exploring each sense and the children enjoyed a range of activities, from making/eating pizza, writing down what they could see through a pair of binoculars, touching/labeling different parts of their body and also smelling different things (they all liked the smell of the jam and washing up liquid but not the beef stock cube). The children have been busy independently making their own Funnybones character by sticking cotton buds onto a piece of paper to make a skeleton, making their own masks, finding out which is the most popular eye colour in reception and making their own car ramps out of cardboard. We have been extremely lucky to have Mr Cornell (our school artist) come to work with the children this week and to also paint a track for the bikes in our outdoor area. Mr Cornell will be coming to visit us again very soon to work with some more of the children to create some more fabulous artwork! Next week the children’s learning will be based around the story of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. They are going to learn to re-tell the story using a story map and also to use bears to help with their counting, addition and subtraction skills. The link below is for ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ re-told by the story’s author Michael Rosen. Why not have a look at it over the next few days with your child so they start to become familiar with the plot, characters and setting of the story? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytc0U2WAz4s Next week we will be learning the sounds d, g and o in our phonics sessions. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing.

Week beginning 25th September

The children have had a brilliant first full week of school although they are very tired now! They have been measuring with their feet and finding things that are bigger and smaller than their foot. They have been recognising/ordering numerals up to 10 and making towers of duplo to represent a given numeral. They have really enjoyed this! The children have been amazing at sharing their 'All About Me' boxes with the rest of the class and very confident. It was great to see all of the objects and photographs that are so special to them. Thank you very much for taking the time to make a box with your child. The children have been busy independently making a cork board face using various materials, writing what they could see through a pair of binoculars, practicing their scissors skills to make a jigsaw and also matching shapes. Next week we will be learning the sounds i, n, m and d in our phonics sessions. Please note that we are having an 'Early Reading and Phonics' parent workshop on Thursday 5th October at 9.00am (in the hall) and again at 4.30pm (in the reception classroom). The two sessions will be covering the same material, so you only need to attend once. We would love to see as many parents as possible there.

Week Commencing 18.9.17

Robin's have had a good week. The focus activity this week meant the children wrote a fact file about themselves. They thought about how to write their name, their age and their favourite colour, thinking about the sounds that they could hear. These have been fantastic and are proudly on display in the classroom. During their independent play, the children have been making their very own nature bookmarks,threading the correct number of beads onto pipe cleaners and using the ...bikes. In phonics, the children have been learning to listen carefully to the sounds that adults have been orally segmenting. They have then been blending the sounds in their heads to understand what the adult was saying. The children also enjoyed making silly soup. Next week we will be learning the sounds s, a, t, and p in our phonics sessions. Please note that school will start at 8:45am and finish at 3:15pm every day from next week. Please ensure that your child brings a pair of wellington boots and their PE kit into school next week. Tomorrow, your child will be coming home with a reading book and a journal. If you have any questions or concerns, then please come and speak to a member of the team.

Week commencing 11.09.17

What a fantastic first week Robin class have had! The children have settled in really well and are loving coming to school! They are getting used to the routines of school life and learning to have a go at all the activities that are out, indoors and outdoors. The children have been busy playing in the home corner and in the doctors surgery, taking on a role in their play. They have also been making arrangements with various 2D shapes, writing about their favourite television character, making self portraits, ensuring that they look at their facial features in the mirror, and have been developing their fine motor control by transferring coloured pompoms into different coloured containers using a clothes peg! We are very proud of all of them. We are looking forward to next week where the children are going to be staying at school to eat their lunch! Please note that all of the children are starting school at 8.45am and finish at 1.30pm every day next week.

Week commencing 10th July

 

It's been a lovely week in Reception this week. We started our new topic, "Birthdays and Celebrations", and have been talking about what exciting things we get to do on our birthdays, and how families celebrate differently! The children have been very busy collaging birthday cakes and making party hats, writing birthday invitations and cards, and completing a birthday tally chart to find out how many children are born in each month of the year! It's been a lot of fun. Please remember that you can donate a small amount of money to have a bookmark that your child has made, please let me know if you would like to purchase it. Thanks and have a great weekend, Miss Latimer :)

Week commencing 26th June

This week in Robins we have been reading and re-writing the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This has been very exciting as the children have been watching the changes taking place with our own caterpillars in the classroom! They have watched them grow each day, and form their chrysalides. This week, some of them have finally come through! So far their names are Elizabeth, Calapitter and Buddy. We have also been counting in 2's, 5's and 10's, and collaging butterfly templates! Well done Robins!

 

We hope you all enjoyed the Summer Fair today!

 

Please can I remind you that Robins' school trip to Paxton Pits is this Monday 3rd July. Children will need to have trousers (school trousers or dark coloured jogging bottoms) and their school jumpers and will need to wear a pair of trainers. They will also need a water bottle, rain coat and a sun hat. Please remember packed lunches (unless you have specified when booking). We are all looking forward to it! Have a great weekend, Miss Latimer.

Week commencing 19th June

It's been another lovely week in Robins. We have continued learning about Minibeasts, and have been observing our caterpillars get bigger and bigger, and excitingly, they have now all formed their chrysalides! We shall see what happens next week! We have also been talking about similarities and differences between minibeasts, and describing their features. We have also read the story of The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, and thinking about what the ladybird did at different times. The children have blown me away with their ability to read o'clock and half past on a clock, very tricky stuff! Well done Robins!

Week commencing 12th June

It has been lovely learning more about minibeasts this week in Reception. We have been reading non-fiction books to learn about some quite different minibeasts, such as stick insects and cockroaches! We also read the story What The Ladybird Heard, and have been writing about our favourite parts, and changing its ending! Round House were also treated to a visit from Fantastical Cambridgeshire yesterday, and Reception enjoyed a trip to the woods, where we used clay to create clay faces! We hope the children wanted to show you after school! It was so much fun and they looked amazing. Well done Robins! Just to remind you that it is Film Night tomorrow night 4-5pm, and the children come in their pyjamas! We look forward to seeing you there. Thank you, Miss Latimer.

Week commencing 22nd May

Great final week in Reception, the sun has been shining and there has been lots of busy learning! This week we have had a little visitor in Reception - a small dinosaur egg! The children have been so excited about watching it change and thinking about the different types of dinosaur that could be inside! Yesterday, our little baby dinosaur hatched into a baby ankylosaurus! It was very exciting! The children were challenged to write names to put in a hat to name our dinosaur, and we have decided to name him Kevin-Bernard - a great dinosaur name! Well done Reception, have a lovely half term :)

Week commencing 15th May

It's been a lovely week in Reception. We have been very busy putting our creative caps on, and creating our own dinosaurs! We have been using lots of fabulous describing words and connectives in our writing, and thinking about full stops, finger spaces and capital letters. They are super! We have also been measuring different sized footprints, creating dinosaur skeletons and using pegs to save the dinosaurs from the baskets! Well done Robins!

Week commencing 8th May

 

It's been a great week in Reception, starting our Dinosaur topic. We have been very busy talking about the different types of dinosaurs, what they look like and how they lived. The children have been very busy molding their own dinosaur fossils, labeling dinosaurs, and writing sentences about dinosaurs! Well done Robins.

Week commencing 2nd May

We've had a lovely week in Robins - we have been very busy continuing to write clues about different animals, using lots of describing words and sentences, and the children have loved guessing the animal! The children have also been very busy monoprinting with Mr Pitts, creating beautiful pictures and patterns, and they look fantastic! Well done Robins :)

Week commencing 24th April

It's been a really lovely week in Reception, continuing with our animal topic. On Monday we enjoyed a special visit from the local vet which was fantastic - he showed us how vets look after a poorly animal, and how we can look after pets at home. This week the children have been thinking about what animals live in different habitats and why, and had a go at writing about this. They have also been learning about doubling, halving and sharing in maths, and have been painting our own animal pictures on our creative table - they look fantastic! Well done Robins. Have a lovely (long) weekend! Miss Latimer

Week commencing 18th April

It's great to be back this week, and I hope you all had a lovely restful Easter. This week the children have been introduced to our topic of Animals, and this week we have been focusing on pets. The children have had the opportunity to talk about animals, what animals we keep as pets and why, and also come in and speak about their own pets! We have set up a pet shop role-play area, which the children have loved. We have also been learning about life cycles, and have been doing a lot of adding and subtracting in our maths lessons. Well done Robins!

Week commencing 27th March

It's been a really lovely last week before the Easter break. On Monday we received a letter telling us that the Joker had kidnapped our Superheroes! Thankfully the children decided to design their own traps and label their different parts, explaining how they were going to catch the Joker, phew! We have also been very busy making Easter nests and Easter baskets, which has been lots of fun. We have also been thinking about weighing different items and comparing, creating junk model rockets and writing our own Easter cards! Just a reminder that tomorrow (Friday 31st) is Reward Day and the children are allowed to wear their own clothes to school.

Week commencing 20th March

We've had a lovely week in Reception continuing our Superhero topic. The children have been reading and re-telling the story of Supertato and writing about the different parts of the story, developing their sentences and using their phonic knowledge. We have also been investigating the strength of different materials - the children made guesses about which materials would be strong and why, and tested them to find out! We have also been very busy thinking about time - what do the big hand and litttle hand do? If the big hand points to the number 12, what does this mean? We have really enjoyed creating our own watches and talking about what we do at different times of the day. Well done Robins!

Week commencing 13th March

It's been a really exciting week in Reception, starting our final topic of the Spring term - Superheroes! We have had a busy week writing our own list to create a recipe for Superhero Power potions, thinking of wonderful and whacky things to put in a potion - such as "dinosaur skin" and "sizzling suasages"! They are brilliant. We have also been very fortunate to have two visits from real life superheroes this week, our local Ambulance Service and the Local Police Service, who were able to answer lots of children's questions about how they help people. We have also been setting up our new role-play area, painting superheroes, and describing shapes to unlock the superheroes! It's been a great week. All of the children's reading books will be given out to them tomorrow - apologies if they did not come home this evening. Have a great weekend, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 6th March 2017

We've had a lovely week in Reception, learning the story of the Gingerbread Man. We have been busy matching actions with a story map of our story, and thinking of ways to change the ending! Their ideas have been fantastic! We have also been tasting, smelling and describing gingerbread, thinking of some lovely adjectives to describe it. In our continuous provision we have been writing our own fairytales, junk modelling gingerbread men and continuing our role-play in the Gingerbread house! On Wednesday we enjoyed a visit from Year 2, who came to read a story they had written to our children. Well done Robins. We are looking forward to having a visit from our Ambulance and Police next week, kicking off our new Superheroes topic!

Week commencing 27th February

What a fantastic week it has been! We have been learning about the story of the 3 Little pigs and have been very busy “blowing down” 10 little piggies in a subtraction bowling game! The children have amazed me with their ability to write subtraction number sentences- well done! We have also been junk modelling houses for the pigs, threading cheerios through pipe cleaners to make tails, and writing Big Bad Wolf wanted posters! We have also had a lot of fun celebrating pancake day – we made our own pancake batter and chose our own toppings – yummy! This was followed by a hilarious pancake race, I must admit I was in stitches! We have also been Celebrating World Book Day today, thank you all so much for your wonderful costumes! They are fantastic, and the children have been very busy taking part in Winnie the Witch activities, helping create a new display for the school, and writing potions! Well done Reception!

Week commencing 27th February

It's been a really wonderful week in Reception, beginning our Traditional Tales topic with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have been very busy learning actions and story mapping the story - I hope they have been enjoying acting them out at home! This morning we changed the story so that the Three Bears went into Goldilocks' house - it was so much fun! We have also been exploring capacity using coloured rice, weighing cereal, and writing sorry letters the the three bears. Well done Robins!

Week commencing 6th February

It's been a really lovely week in Reception this week, continuing to think about Chinese New Year. We have been ordering numbers 1-20 to create a dragon! We have also been busy using chop sticks, writing about wishes for fortune cookies, and sorting money to buy items for the Chinese Emporer! We have also been extremely busy baking for our fabulous cake sale this Friday! The children have loved it. Please remember that if you would like to donate any items to the cake sale, they are due today (Thursday) and can be passed on to our Reception team. We look forward to seeing you at the bake sale tomorrow after school! Have a lovely half term :)

Week commencing 30th January 2017

It's been a fantastic week learning all about Chinese New Year! We have been very busy creating our own Chinese symbols which are now very proudly displayed in the classroom. We have also been looking at the items which are used when celebrating Chinese New Year, trying on masks and banging symbols! It was lots of fun! The children have been learning about the Chinese New Year story and discussing the animals involved. In our continuous provision we have been making dragon masks, writing Chinese numbers, and threading red and yellow beads on to the dragon so that he can "breathe fire"! It's been such a great week - Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Week commencing 23rd January 2017

This week in Reception we have been very busy writing passports! We have been thinking about what we look like and describing what we are like, and writing our ideas down. They look really good! They have also been looking under the bonnet of my car, talking about what they can see, what they can hear, and what the different parts are used for! Their knowledge was brilliant! We have also been busy painting our own vehicles, writing postcards and carrying out car surveys independently! Well done Robins!

Week commencing 16th January

It's been a fantastic week in Reception this week, continuing with our transport topic. The children have been very busy making their own traffic lights, creating patterns on roads, and writing their own train tickets for the train station! We have been learning about the differences between old forms of transport and new transport, sorting items that we would take on a cold and hot holiday, and sorting transport into land, sea and air! We have also been very busy learning how to work out our number bonds to 10 using numicon! The children have amazed me with their ability to write lots of number sentences. Well done Robins!

Week commencing 9th January

We've had such a nice start to the new term, kicking off with our new Transport topic. The children have been busy role-playing in the Train station, writing tickets and steering the train! We have also been very busy creating our own 2D pictures of different vehicles, talking about the properties of the shapes we have used. They look fantastic! We have also been very busy this week completing a car survey in the car park, talking about which colours were most and least popular! In our continuous provision we have been labelling a car, matching cars to the correct number of spots, and designing a vehicle for a superhero! Well done Robins!

Week commencing 12th December 2016

What a lovely week we have had in Reception. The children received a reply from Father Christmas, thanking them for their letters! Well done, they were super. We have also been busy making Christmas masks, making woolly snowmen, and writing Christmas cards. Just a reminder that our Christmas party is tomorrow during the afternoon. If you have signed up to bring in something for the party, please drop it off in the morning to one of our Reception team. Thank you for your support! Miss Latimer :)

It's been a really exciting week at school as the children have been very busy learning and talking about Christmas. They were very pleased to come in to school today to see that there had been some Christmas magic overnight! They took part in their very first assembly this morning to "Wish the lights on" and put their decorations on the tree - they look lovely! This week we have been continuing to practice for our Nativity, and we look forward to showing you next week. We have been role-playing in our new post office, writing lots of letters and weighing lots of parcels! It's been great. We have been decorating Christmas trees, creating our own Christmas decorations and candy canes, and counting baubles! The children have also been very busy in this very cold weather exploring the ice and thinking about how it changes when it is hot or cold. Well done Robins!

Week commencing 21st November

We've had a really lovely final week looking at "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and we've all been very busy! We received a letter on Monday from Timothy Bear, explaining that he was lost somewhere in school and that we need to find him! Groups of children worked very hard together to read and follow the clues to find him, well done! Robins have also done a super job writing about what they would take with them on a bear hut - for e.g. a torch to see in the dark, food for the bear in case he is hungry, and a picnic blanket to have a picnic with the bear! We have also been painting bear caves, creating our own puppets, using binoculars to find the bears, and role-playing using the tuff tray. Well done Robins!

Week commencing 14th November

This week we have been learning and talking about Anti-Bullying Week. We have been thinking about how to be a good friend and why it is important to be kind to others. The children wrote their ideas which will be displayed in the school, they should feel very proud :) We have also been thinking and talking about what makes us special and unique, which the children have been drawing about. The children have also been making posters showing how to be kind to others and decorating superhero masks for Anti-Bullying Week. We have also been sharing food at the Teddy Bear's picnic, and role-playing in the bear cave! Well done Robins

Week commencing 7th November 2016

We’ve had such a great week starting our topic about “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”! The children have loved reading the story and following the actions! We hope you have enjoyed the story maps the children received in their book bags early in the week. The children also love watching Michael Rosen perform the story and enjoy singing along – you can find this on youtube! The children have been very busy creating their own story maps of the Bear Hunt using various materials – they look great! We have also been following instructions to draw a bear, role-playing in our new bear cave, writing about the story and sticking bear’s in the correct size order! We have also been very busy practising for our Nativity play. Your child will receive a slip of paper today explaining what they require for their costume and the date it will need to be in school by. If you have any queries please ask one of our Reception team! Thank you, Miss Latimer :) 

Week commencing 1st November

We have had a fab start to the term learning about and celebrating lots of occasions, including Halloween, Diwali and Bonfire Night! The children have been carving a pumpkin, using clay and paint to create their own Diva lamps, and using glitter and glue to decorate their own firework pictures! We have also been threading ribbon to make fireworks, glueing cotton wool to a ghost, and writing firework words! Well done Robins

Week commencing 17th October

What a great week it's been finishing off our food topic! We have been very busy making repeated patterns out of coloured pasta, using shapes to decorate pretend pizzas, decorating cakes with various materials, and finger painting! We have also been tasting foods from different countries and talking about where foods come from, and also had the exciting task of making flapjacks! The children weighed out and mixed the ingredients - they were delicious! Well done Reception. Have a lovely half term :)Thank you, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 3rd October 2016

 

We've had such a great week in Robin class, exploring our senses! After making our delicious pizza, we have been using our hearing to listen to the different sounds of instruments, and using our sense of smell to describe different items and guess what they are! We have also been writing about what we can feel inside Miss Latimer's feely box - the children have been writing words such as "soft", "hard", "squishy", "prickly" and "snuggly", and they have been hearing and writing lots of initial sounds! Well done! Next week in phonics we will be learning the sounds d, g and o. We will also be undertaking our phonics assessments next week, to ensure that the children will be put into the correct phonics group after October half term. Thank you! Have a fab weekend :)

Week commencing 26th September 2016

We have had a lot of fun in Robins this week! We have been spending a lot of time talking about our families, and thinking about how we look different from when we were a baby. We have also been measuring our bodies using different items, and using our foot to compare which items are bigger and smaller! Robins have also been thinking about what makes a good friend, and how we can continue to make lots of friends in school. Can I also say a big well done to all of the children for being very brave and sharing their All About Me boxes with the rest of the class, I hope they really enjoyed it! Have a great weekend, Miss Latimer :)

Week commencing 19th September 2016

 

We have had a really lovely week as a full class in Robins! We have continued to get to know each other with quiet circle times and discussions, and lots of child-led play! This week we have been drawing and labeling pictures of our face, counting and ordering numbers 1-10, and decorating birthday cupcakes for our birthday display, they look wonderful! Just to remind you, next week children will start school at 8.45am and will need to be picked up at 3.15pm. This will remain the same for the rest of the school year. Please ensure your children have their P.E. kits at school, as Robins will be having P.E. sessions on Tuesdays. Please also ensure that your child has a pair of wellington boots to be kept at school for the remainder of the year. Thank you, Miss Latimer :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week beginning 7th September 2015

 

I have really enjoyed my first week teaching at The Round House Primary Academy! The children have been enjoying playing with various exciting resources both inside and outside of the classroom, and making friends with one another.  We have also been enjoying quiet circle times to try and learn everyone's names and talk about our favourite foods! I am looking forward to working with the wonderful Robins class throughout the year!

Just to remind parents, for next week's sessions (week commencing 14th September) children need to be at school at 8.45am and will leave at 1.30pm (after their lunch).

Miss Latimer.

 

 

Week beginning 14th September 2015

 

It's been another great week in the Robins classroom! The children have been excited about meeting every one of their class mates in Robins, and also the children in Wrens, and have been forming wonderful friendships with one another. The children have been taking part in lots of fun things, including making paper plate faces, writing telephone messages and birthday invitations, and making their own paper watches! This week we have also been revisiting Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds, and I have been so impressed with how well they have been able to join in and use their phonic knowledge in our games! Next week the children will be starting Phase 2 of Letters and Sounds and will be learning the sounds s, a, t, and p.

 

Just to remind you, next week the children will start school at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm. Please pick your child up from the classroom door at the end of the day. It will remain this way for the rest of the school year.

Please ensure your children have their P.E. kits next week, as well as a pair of wellington boots to keep at school for the rest of the year.

Thank you, Miss Latimer.

 

Week commencing 21st September 2015

This week the children started full-time at Round House Primary Academy, and what a great week it’s been! We have been getting to know more about ourselves and our families through our “All About Me” topic, which has included drawing around and labelling our bodies, drawing and talking about people in our families, and painting self portraits- they look amazing on our wall! The children have also been bringing in their “All About Me” boxes which have given them the opportunity to talk about items that are important to them and why, and for us to learn more about them. This has been very exciting and we have all loved sharing to the class!

Next week we will be learning the sounds i, n, m, and d. We will also be learning to blend these sounds together to form words, for e.g. “pin, sip, tin”.

Thanks, Miss Latimer.

 

Week commencing 28th September 2015

This was our final week focussing on our “All About Me” topic, and the children have been learning about their senses- it’s been a blast! This has included describing materials in a feely box, making our own pizzas (SO much fun!), looking through binoculars to describe what we see, making “telephone calls” to important people, and smelling different pots! In phonics we have been practising segmenting and blending to form CVC words to help us with reading and writing. They’ve been doing a great job so well done!

In the phonics workshop we included a slide about websites that may be useful to use at home with your children. These include:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

 

Next week we will be starting a new topic based around “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt” (a childhood favourite of mine!) which I’m excited to introduce. We will also be starting P.E. (Robins will have P.E. on Wednesday mornings) so please ensure your children have a P.E. kit.

In phonics we will be learning the sounds o, d and g and we will continue to practise segmenting and blending to form words.

P.S. just a reminder! Please bring in a baby photo of your child in an envelope for Monday October 5th. These will be returned the same day.

Thanks! Miss Latimer.

 

 

Week commencing 5th October

It’s been a fantastic week in Reception this week as we have started our new topic, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. Many of the children knew the story already and were eager to read the story along with me, which was brilliant! They have also been superstars, remembering the actions and the words to sing along to using our story maps (thank you for using these at home, I hope you’ve been enjoying them!). This week we have been writing about the different parts of the story, making our own story map using various materials, and junk modelling caves. We have also had the exciting job of setting up our new “cave” role-play area which the children love! They joined in by cutting out leaves and snowflakes for us to use, they look fabulous!

 

The children also took part in their very first P.E. lesson and they did a great job so well done! We played some fun jelly bean games, duck duck goose and even did the hokey cokey! The hall got very noisey!

 

Next week in phonics Reception will be learning the c, k, ck and e sounds. They will continue to practice segmenting and blending to form words.

Also a big thank you to Jack Cornell who has painted road markings and a track in our outside area for the children to ride their bikes and scooters, it looks amazing!

Thank you, Miss Latimer.

 

Week commencing 12th October

This week the children have been looking further into the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” to inform their learning! We have continued singing and doing actions for each part of the story (they are pro’s now), so much so that they enjoy breaking into song at snack time! We have also been labelling a bear, writing our own lists of what we would take on a bear hunt, and making observational drawings of bears! The children have also enjoyed playing counting track games and using binoculars to find the hidden compare bears around the classroom! In maths we have been learning about one more and one less, 2d and 3d shapes, and how many things we can do in 1 minute.

The children have continued to make good progress in phonics this week, and next week they will be learning the sounds u, h and r. They will also be learning the tricky words and, to and the.

Next week the Wrens and Robins P.E. lessons will be swapped again- Wrens will have theirs on Wednesday and Robins will have theirs on Thursday. This will return to normal after the half term.

Thank you, Miss Latimer.

 

Week commencing 19th October

 

It’s been a fantastic final week in Reception before the half term break! The children have been very tired but they have been having lots of fun and I have been so impressed with their progress this half term. This week we received a letter informing us that our class bear Timothy had gone missing! The children were heartbroken and determined to help! They received a second letter informing them that he had got lost walking around school one evening, and asking for their help. The children used their phonic knowledge to read and follow clues around school to find Timothy, and they all did a super job! They were so relieved! The children were then able to hide a bear around the classroom and write their own clues for a friend to read.

 

The children have also been making caves using shoeboxes, collecting and counting compare bears from a “muddy box”, playing number track games, and making their own hats! We have all had a lot of fun.
 

After the half term our new topic will be “Food”, which Miss Edgington and I are excited to teach about.

The children’s P.E. kits have been sent home with them today; please ensure that they are back at school on Tuesday 3rd November, as we will be continuing P.E. on our usual day of Wednesdays.

The Reception team wishes you all a wonderful half term. We look forward to seeing you all soon for our second half of the term. Thank you, Miss Latimer.

 

Week commencing 3rd November 2015

It’s been a lovely week back for the Reception children and we’ve been doing lots of different activities this week to learn about Halloween and Bonfire Night. This has included carving pumpkins, making witches potions and cutting and sticking moving skeletons. For Bonfire Night we have been investigating the kind of sounds fireworks and bonfires make and thinking of words we can use to describe them- the children are very creative! We also taught the children about fire safety regarding Bonfire Night, which they understood was extremely important. As well as this, we have introduced our new topic “Food”, and the children have been enjoying their new cafe role-play area! The children also carried out their own fruit surveys, and worked in partners to count pasta pieces. In P.E. we have introduced Yoga, which the children loved! These included moves such as the “Gorilla” and the “Dinosaur” (you can ask your child and see if they remember!).

In phonics the children have been streamed into their ability groups, with some children re-capping Phase 2 sounds and others being introduced to Phase 3 of Letters and Sounds. A set of flashcards and tricky words will be sent home next week for these children to practise at home.

Thank you, Miss Latimer.

 

 

Week commencing 9th November

We’ve had another fab week in Reception this week as we have been continuing our food topic. The children have been enjoying role-play in the cafe, serving me lots of tea and sandwiches! In literacy this week we have been writing shopping lists, and the children have been fantastic with using their phonic knowledge to help them write. In maths, the children have been making repeated patterns using different colour pasta pieces, and they were brilliant. The children have also been weighing fruit using the balance scales, and decorating pizza templates with different shaped “toppings”.

We have also been talking to the children about foods around the world and where they come from- we did a taster session, and I was so impressed with most of the children trying all of the foods, even the super spicy samosas! The children have also been able to notice the changes in foods when they are uncovered and not kept in a fridge, including milk, houmous, bread, yoghurt and a banana! This has been a lot of fun for the children.

 If your child received Phase 3 tricky words and flashcards today, please use them at home with your children to familiarise them with the sounds.

Thank you for your continues support, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 16th November

It’s been another fab week in Reception, blasting off on Monday by making flapjacks! The children and I talked about weighing and measuring ingredients, and how when a mixture is heated, it will melt, and when it is in the oven it will cook. They were scrumptious! To encourage the children to think about healthy eating, we read “Handa’s Surprise” and talked about the various exotic fruits included in the book. We were able to talk about how fruit is good for us and makes us grow big and strong! The children have also been using tweezers to pick pasta pieces out of porridge oats, using cheerios to help with their counting, and cutting and sticking items to put in their own “lunchbox”.

It’s an exciting time in Reception at the moment as the children have just started practicing for their Christmas Performance! Everyone has been very excited, and there are lots of new songs for them to learn and sing, and every child will have their role in the special play. For children who are reading words, these word strips went home with them on Wednesday, please would you be able to rehearse and practice these with your children as much as possible!

Thank you all for your support, Miss Latimer.

Week commencing 23rdrd November

It’s been a really lovely week in Robins as the children have been thinking about what it means to be a good friend and the lovely things we can do for one another, for Humanities Week at school. The children decorated their own handprints and wrote a thoughtful word on one, telling us about what it means to be kind and to share, and how it makes us feel. The children have also been making lots of different Christmas decorations to prepare our classroom and school for the celebrations, they’re very sweet! We have made snowflakes, Rudolph handprints, 3d Christmas trees and glittery stars. We have also been continuing our Nativity practice, and the children are doing very well singing the songs and learning their lines, so well done! If your child has to wear particular clothes for their character, please can you ensure these are brought in ASAP as we have our dress rehearsal next week.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend, Miss Latimer.

 

Week commencing 7th December

This week the children did an absolutely brilliant job of performing their Nativity play! Well done to all of them for remembering their lines and singing beautifully! All of the staff at Round House were very impressed, and thank you to the parents for coming, we hope you enjoyed it! This week the children have been continuing to write their Christmas cards to Father Christmas, and they are ready to be posted – the children are very excited! The children have also been playing Christmas track games using dice, matching the correct number of baubles into a bowl, cutting out pictures from catalogues of what they would like for Christmas, and writing Christmas dinner invitations. The children have also started decorating their Christmas cards, which we will be writing in and completing next week- they look lovely! 
Just a reminder- the Reception party is on Wednesday 16th December in the afternoon. There is a list in Robins classroom of foods that parents can bring in, and if you wish to sign up for something then please let me know, or if there is anything extra you would like to bring that would be fine. Please be aware that we are a nut-free school due to allergies. 
Thank you for your support, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 4th January

Robins have had a lovely start to the new term, with our new topic based around "Fairytales". This week we have been looking at Goldilocks and the Three Bears and talking about whether is was right or wrong for Goldilocks to have gone into the Three Bear's house! Of course, the children knew it was wrong of Goldilocks, and have been busy writing sorry letters to the Three Bears! The children have also been making bear collages, measuring porridge oats, matching the bear's items based on their size, and have also been taking part in some wonderful role-play in our new Three Bear's Cottage role-play area. Next week we will be carrying on our topic with The Gingerbread Man. Have a lovely weekend, Miss Latimer :)

 

 

Week commencing 11th January

In Robins class this week, we have been continuing our “Fairytales” topic by looking at the story of The Gingerbread Man! The children have had fun sequencing and mapping out the story, and did a fantastic job thinking about ways the ending could have been different- for e.g. “the Gingerbread Man could have eaten the fox instead!” We also had a fantastic time making Gingerbread men on Thursday, as the children followed the recipe, weighing out and measuring the ingredients, then giving them a good mix. After it had chilled, the children rolled it out and cut their gingerbread men. They then enjoyed giving them a face and buttons with raisins! The children were able to see what happens to the dough when they are cooked in the oven, and also what can happen when Miss Latimer leaves them in the oven too long (oops!). Within the classroom the children have been counting buttons to put on gingerbread men, writing “Wanted” posters for their gingerbread men, and also painting gingerbread men! The children have also been continuing role-play in our Three Bear’s Cottage, which they have really enjoyed. Please enjoy photos (I have included photos from last week too!). Have a lovely weekend, Miss Latimer

Week commencing 1st February

 

This week we have introduced the children to the Chinese New Year topic! We have all been learning about the story of Chinese New Year, and talking about the animals and traditions that take place in China at this time. The children have also been enjoying role-playing in our Chinese restaurant, cooking lots of noodles and using chopsticks! We have been putting on our creative hats, and writing our own Chinese symbols and giving them their own meaning- they look great! We have also been making paper chain dragons, mark-making in red lentils, writing Chinese food menus, and counting cubes to decorate dragons with. Have a lovely weekend J

This week the children have been continuing to learn about Chinese New Year, and have been writing their own wishes to put in fortune cookies! They have been using their phonic knowledge to form sentences, and beginning to think about using capital letters and full stops, so well done!

Also a big thank you to Mrs Chan who came in and talked to the children about Chinese New Year celebrations, and let the children try on and use different celebratory items! They were really lovely. 

On Tuesday, we celebrated Pancake Day throughout reception by making our own! They were extremely yummy, and Mrs Owen and Miss Macey got to test out their pancake flipping skills!

I hope you all have a lovely half term. The children will come back to school on Monday 22nd February. Thank you, Miss Latimer.

Week commencing 22nd February

It’s been a fantastic week back in Robins class this week, celebrating World Book Week! We started off by reading the classic fairytale “Rapunzel”, and we have continued using the story map to re-tell the story, and the children have thought of their own different endings to the story! They are very creative! The children have also been role-playing in our new castle, writing their own books to build up a story – they are amazing! We have also been working out our number bonds to 10, measuring Rapunzel’s hair, drawing Rapunzel’s castle with pastels, and building her castle with Lego! Well done everyone.

Robins did not have PE this week, as we were lucky enough to have an author reading her book in an assembly, so children’s PE kits can stay at school this week. If your child does not have a PE kit in school, please remember to bring it in ready for next Wednesday.

Also a quick note- staff in Reception are struggling to fit some children’s book bags into their drawers as they have lots of large key rings attached to them. Please would it be okay to limit this to having one small key ring on the child’s bag if they wish to have one, to help them recognise it. Thank you for your co-operation, Miss Latimer.