Welcome to Robin Class!
Our teacher is Mrs Carroll.
Miss Gibson, Mrs Mott, Mrs Sayers, Mrs Stockley and Mrs Glover also support the children with their learning.
W.C. Monday 12th October 2020
Wow - what a fantastic week we've had! The children have all been working so hard and I have seen some brilliant progress in their learning. In literacy, we have been discussing our new book "A Brave Bear," and the children have been getting into role as one of the two main characters (Daddy bear and Baby Bear) and acting out scenes from the book, with a particular focus on what the characters might be thinking and saying. The children really rose to this challenge, and were able to confidently present their role plays to the rest of the class.
In maths, we have been comparing and discussing amounts, using 'more' and 'fewer' to describe what we can see. We also set up a teddy bear's picnic, and the children were able to work together to share the food out fairly between the teddies. Today we have been exploring size and capacity through finding objects to fit in a variety of different sized containers.
The children have particularly enjoyed going on a bear hunt in our reception outdoor area, and I was impressed with how many of them were able to recite all the words from the story! We will continue with our bear-themed learning next week. As a reward for all the children's hard work, we enjoyed a disco before home time today (complete with disco lights and musical statues!). I loved seeing all the children's fantastic dance moves!
I have today sent home a pre-cursive letter formation sheet, and a guide to establishing the correct pencil grip. Please do let me know if your child completes the formation sheets and would like additional copies to practise on.
Well done to all my superstar Robins - only one more week to go before your well-earned break! Have a lovely, restful weekend everybody 🙂
W.C. Monday 5th October 2020
What an amazing week in Robin class! The children are making fantastic progress with their phonics – this week we have learned the phonemes ‘i,’ ‘n’ and ‘m,’ and their corresponding graphemes, meaning that the children have now learned the s, a, t, p, i, n, m GPCs (grapheme-phoneme correspondences). Please encourage your children to look out for these at home or out and about, this will really help to consolidate their learning. Additionally, you can log onto Letterjoin (your child’s log in details are on the bookmark sent home previously) where they can practice their precursive letter formation – this would be hugely helpful. On a similar note, it was lovely to see how many of the children have been using their Numbots account – keep it up!
We have also been learning about the 5 senses this week, and the children particularly enjoyed smelling a variety of scents (including garlic, curry powder and perfume) and discussing what they thought they might be, and whether they liked the smells or not! They were also fantastic in this morning’s lesson in which we experimented with playing the instruments softly (and very loudly!).
In maths we have been exploring the concept of ‘matching,’ making repeating patterns, and using positional language to locate bears hidden around the classroom. The children have impressed me with their deductive reasoning and problem-solving skills!
In PE we practised ball skills in pairs, which the children enjoyed, and were very adept at! In PSHE we practised our mindfulness skills, and discussed how we are all unique and special. The children also enjoyed Forest school, in which they went on a scavenger hunt for natural objects and creatures.
We were also very excited yesterday when some eagle-eyed Robins alerted us to the re-appearance of ‘Ribbity’ the frog in the outdoor area – he is becoming something of a class mascot! I was so impressed by the children’s strong sense of caring and responsibility for other living things – they were keen to discuss things we could do to keep Ribbity safe and well.
Some of the children have brought in their star moments which we share and celebrate with the class – thank you for sending these in. They are a great way to recognise the children’s achievements at home as well as in school, so please keep them coming.
Just a reminder that Blue and Green groups will have their books changed on Monday, and Red and Yellow on Tuesday - please make sure to leave a comment in the journals when you read so that we can mark it off and give your child a new one. Key word books (the orange ones) have also been updated today.
Finally, a plea to name your children’s uniform. Lots of children have been mislaying cardigans and jumpers, and
it really helps us to reunite these with their rightful owners if they are named – thank you so much for your support with this.
Once again, well done to all the Robins for your hard work this week – you should all be extremely proud of yourselves! Have a lovely, restful weekend.
Tuesday, 29th September 2020
We have sent your child home with a bookmark detailing their login details for www.letterjoin.co.uk. Please support them to log in and practise their letter formation of the sounds learned this week (s, a, t and p), as this will be extremely useful in supporting their literacy development. Thank you 🙂
W.C. Monday 21st September 2020
The children have had another fantastic week in Robin Class! They have had lots of fun accessing the learning activities, which have included making yarn doodles, counting out the correct number of spikes to add to hedgehogs, exploring autumn themed natural resources, and creating an 'all about me' fact file. The children also started their phase 1 phonics lessons, which involved counting the syllables in their names, starting to identify the individual sounds (phonemes) in words, and using the instruments to explore rhythm and beat. Next week, we will be beginning to teach phase 2 phonics, starting with the phonemes s, a, t and p.
We have also sent home reading journals and reading books. Please check the front cover of your child's reading journal to see which days the books will be swapped on. To make it easier for everyone, we do recommend that the books and reading journal stay in your child's bookbag throughout the week. The books include: one banded level book, which will be updated to the best suited level for your child throughout the year; one phonics book, which features the phonemes being taught; and one 'reading for pleasure' book, that you can read to/with your child to support and develop a love of reading. To help your child remember to hand in their books to be changed on the correct day, please help them learn their group colour - this is the colour in which their book bag label is written, and also the colour of their reading journal sticker.
Next week (on Tuesday) the children will be starting their PE lessons. Please could the children come in wearing their outdoor PE kits (joggers, jumpers/tracksuit top and trainers). If your child has pierced ears, please remove their earrings for PE lessons - this is for safety reasons.
Please also remove any nail polish the children may be wearing for the entirety of the school week. As well as this, please ensure that your child comes in with their water bottle (with just water in), coat and book bag daily, as well as the appropriate uniform for the chilly weather we're bound to have! One final request is for children who may struggle with wiping themselves after using the toilet to be encouraged in their independence of this at home. Thank you for your support with this. I look forward to working in partnership with you all over the coming year to support the children's progress and development.
Well done my little Robins for all your hard work this week, you have been brilliant. I hope you all have a fabulous, restful weekend.
W.C. Monday 14th September 2020
What a brilliant first full week! I am so proud of all my Robins for how fantastically well they have settled into their classroom! They have learned to come in and put their belongings away, wash their hands, and find their spots on the carpet independently. The children have done so well practising writing their names, and developing their counting skills in the maths area. They have also had lots of fun playing in the home corner (they have made me lots of delicious cake and cups of tea and coffee!), discovering the lovely books in the book corner, and creating self-portraits for our "Welcome to Reception" display. Well done Robin class - you are total superstars, and I can't wait for more learning adventures with you next week!
For lunch on Monday, the children have a choice of cheese and tomato pizza, vegetable tagine or an egg roll. If you think your child might struggle to choose independently on Monday, please could you have a chat with them over the weekend about what they would like.
Have a fabulous weekend - you all deserve it! 😀
W.C. Monday 7th September 2020
Welcome to Robin Class! We are so excited to meet you all! Here is a quick reminder of the session timings this week (you will have received information already as to which days your child is due to attend):
Morning sessions are 9.30 am to 11.30 am.
Afternoon sessions are 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm.
Please remember to wear your uniform and bring your book bags along with you.
See you soon!