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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 Tuesday mornings and Friday mornings. 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. 

Characteristics of Effective Learning

 

The characteristics of effective learning are important learning behaviours that we support the children to develop throughout the reception year. They are split into three categories:

 

Playing and Exploring - Engagement:

Can I do this?

 

Active Learning - Motivation:

Do I want to do this?

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/help-your-child-try-new-things

 

This is a useful website to explore the differences between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and to find out more information about how to help your child to try new things at home and to develop a growth mindset. 

 

Creating and Thinking Critically - Thinking:

How do I do this? 

 

We can help children to become effective learners by playing with them, listening and responding to them, acting as a sound board, supporting them to pursue their own interests, inspiring them, modelling discovery learning and both guiding and supporting them (without taking over). 

Week Beginning 01.07.19

We have had one final week learning abut mini beasts. The children have been thinking of a list of rules to look after mini beasts and talked about fears and phobias towards different mini beasts. The children have also been exploring the book 'Yucky Worms'. They were firstly shown an illustration with the text and the worm that Gran was holding concealed. The children discussed who the characters were, what they were doing, what they were thinking/saying and what was in the ladies hand.They thought about what they would be saying and thinking. The children were surprised when the worm was revealed in Gran's hand, after thinking she was holding a spade to dig up the flowers that the boy had planted in his garden. The children have now finished writing about their recent trip to Paxton Pits. I have been really impressed as to what the children have remembered about the trip and also that they are starting to write at length. This will stand them in good stead when they move into year one. On Tuesday this week the children spent time in year one to familiarise themselves with the environment in readiness for September. This will happen again during Tuesday afternoon next week. At the end of term, all of the children will receive a transition booklet for year one which I hope they will enjoy looking at over the summer holiday. We looked through this together during group time this week and the children could talk through many of the similarities and differences between reception and year one. The children have independently been painting rocks to turn them into a mini beast of their choice, using both standard and non standard measures to measure the length of a variety of worms and writing facts that they know about worms. The reception children have been working really hard preparing for the fiver challenge this week. The children in Robins held a guess the number of lego bricks inside the jar competition. They worked hard to create a poster to promote the idea. It will be at the Summer Fayre on the stall I am on. We had our last Forest School session this week, ending with a trip to Auntie's Woods. The children enjoyed an Ice Pop whilst listening to the story, 'Stanley Stick.' The children then chose their favourite stick and played lots of games with their sticks. They have thoroughly enjoyed their time at Forest school. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning the sounds o_e, a_e, u_e and e_e in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group 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 in their phonics sessions. The children in Mrs Pritchard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds air, ure, er and j in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'her' and will be re-capping the sounds j, v and w in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be re-capping the sounds x, y, z/zz and qu in their phonics sessions.

Wednesday 19th June 2019

We had an amazing trip to Paxton Pits. We had so much fun mini beast hunting, pond dipping, bird watching, building a home for an otter, making a nature crown, making a large willow tree and also making a pond. The children all behaved very well and were an absolute credit to the school. I am so proud of how all of the children conducted themselves throughout the day and I hope they enjoyed it just as much as all of the adults did! Well done everyone. On Tuesday 25th June, straight after school, we are inviting parents to stay behind to look at the photos taken from our trip and to discuss these with your child. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of parents into school. There will be a few posts of photos :)

Week Beginning 03.06.19

Welcome back! I hope you have all had a lovely half term. The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a busy half term ahead of us! This week, the children have started to learn about minibeasts. They have thought of an amazing poem all about snails during group time. I was really impressed with their ideas and also their ability to think of words that rhyme. The children have been busy solving problems involving minibeasts, e.g. if there are 8 caterpillars on a leaf and 3 go to make a chrysalis, how many caterpillars will be left? Can you think of your own minibeast problem solving question that you can ask a friend? The children have also been exploring the tricky concept of halving and what that means. They found out how to easily halve even numbers and were even able to explain the way that you can do it. The children have worked with Mrs Mott to plant some sunflower seeds in one of the small tyres in the reception outdoor area. We are having a competition between the three reception classes to see which sunflower grows the tallest and which one has the largest diameter. We are all looking forward to seeing the seeds grow and to find out the winner of the competition. The children have independently been reading very small tricky words using a magnifying glass, making spider webs using glue and glitter, writing mud pie recipes and instructions and also role playing in the Hungry Caterpillar Cafe. We are all very excited about our upcoming trip to Paxton Pits. Unless indicated on your permission slip, please ensure that your child brings a packed lunch on the day, as well as wearing their school uniform (it is essential that the children wear long trousers as they will be walking through the nature reserve). The children need to wear comfortable trainers and bring a sun hat, sun cream, water bottle and a raincoat with them inside a backpack that they will be able to carry themselves. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning the sounds ph, ew and oe in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group 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 Pritchard's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds oo, ee, ar and or in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds oi, ear and air in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'they', 'her', 'all' and 'are' and will be learning the sounds ure and er in their phonics sessions.

Week Beginning 20/05/19

We have continued to look at the topic of animals this week, exploring animals around the world, animal habitats and creating shared pieces of writing about farm animals. In maths we have explored the concept of doubling and halving, using ladybird spots to help with this. During child initiated learning the children have been busy writing the story of the Little Red Hen, using turtles to have a race and creating paper plate parrots. We have also planted some potatoes in the big tyre and excited to see them grow. What a fantastic half term the children have had in Robin Class! They have all worked really hard and we are very proud of them. We look forward to seeing the children back in school on Tuesday 4th June. Enjoy your break and come back well rested!

On Friday 17th May the children enjoyed another great forest school session. First the children played a game where they were shown lots of natural objects for 10 seconds and then the children had to run off and find something they had seen. After this, they searched for more objects and played a game in a pair. One person had to close their eyes whilst the other person gave them a natural object. The person with their eyes closed had to guess what they were holding. Then there was a choice of two activities. Some children worked in pairs to shake branches of trees and see what creatures came out. Some children worked in partners to take it in turns to wear the blind fold and be guided to a tree. Once they arrived at the tree they had to hug it, feel it and even see what it smelt like. The children had an excellent afternoon!

Week Beginning 13.05.19

The children have had another exciting week learning all about animals. During group time, the children worked together to create a story about a horse and the adventures she had with her owner. The children have also been doing some shared writing this week where they were split into small groups 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 playing a Kim's game in order to explore subtraction where they had to remember how many animals were taken away each time, as well as which animals were taken. They have also been exploring number bonds up to 10 by using a tens frame and counters and had a go at recording what they had found in a number sentence. The children have independently been measuring different animals, writing their own stories by selecting a story card and also writing their own animal fact files. The children have also been painting the two dinosaur sculptures that they had made with Mr Cornell last week. They used sponges as well as paintbrushes to paint the dinosaurs and also explored mixing colours together in order to make the desired colour for the pterodactyl. The two sculptures are looking great and the children are using the T-Rex sculpture within the palaeontology laboratory role play area. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning the sound wh in their phonics session. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sound air in their phonics session. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be re-capping the sound oa in their phonics session. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sound ow in their phonics session. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning the sound air in their phonics session.

Week Beginning 6.5.19

We have started to explore the topic of animals 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 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. 'It has a long neck' for a giraffe. Once completed, the children have been using these to see if their friends are able to guess which animal they were describing. In maths, the children have been practising counting in 2s/5s/10s, exploring the concept of one more and one less and also counting on/back from a given number using a number line. The children have independently been writing their own Dear Zoo stories, looking closely at animal markings and recreating them with crayons and practising counting on/back along a number line to work out the answer to a variety of addition and subtraction sums. The children have also had the opportunity to work with Mr Cornell, our art specialist, this week where they created a large sculpture of a pterodactyl and a large sculpture of a T-Rex using cardboard. They then used paper mache to cover the two dinosaurs and have begun painting them as well. We are all very excited to see the finished products very soon. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'Mr', 'Mrs', 'looked', 'called' and 'asked' and will be learning the sounds ir, ue and aw in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ur, ow, oi and ear in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds ai, th, ng and igh in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sounds ar, or and ur in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds ow, oi and ear in their phonics sessions.

Week Beginning 22.4.19

We have begun 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? The children have also been finding out some more facts about dinosaurs using non-fiction books. On Monday, the children saw photos of a T-Rex that had been in Wrens classroom over the holiday and they have enjoyed talking about the dinosaur and what what he was doing in Round House. The children noticed from the photo that the T-Rex had kicked Miss Blyth over and Miss Gibson was shouting for help! The children then really impressed me writing about this picture. 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! The children have independently writing about dinosaur pictures, reading real and nonsense words on dinosaur bones, sharing dinosaur eggs fairly and also making dinosaur skeletons. They have also enjoyed our new role play area where they have turned into paleontologists! 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! Any information you can find out at home about dinosaurs 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 Blyth's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'oh', 'their' and 'people' and will be learning the sounds ay, ou and ie in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds igh, ee, oa and oo in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds x, y, z/zz and qu in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds ur, ow and oi in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'you' and 'they' and will be learning the sounds oa, oo and ar in their phonics sessions.

Week Beginning 25.03.19

The children have been learning about the Easter story this week and the reason why Christian people celebrate at Easter time. During group time, the children carried out an experiment to find out which materials would protect the egg from cracking if it was dropped from the same height. We discussed the need for a fair test and the children made predictions as to what would happen when the egg was dropped, e.g. for the cotton wool, some of the children predicted that the egg would not crack because the cotton wool was soft and it protected it, whereas other children thought that it would crack because there was not enough cotton wool to protect all of the egg. The children were eager to find out if their predictions were correct and were able to discuss the reasons as to why the egg either cracked completely or just a little bit. The children have independently been writing captions about Easter pictures, exploring symmetry and what it means (the children used a mirror to make sure that they drew both sides of the egg exactly the same) and writing about the life cycle of a chick. In the outdoor area, the children have been reading tricky words by sight and segmenting and blending the sounds in cvc and cvcc words written on one half of an Easter egg and finding the picture printed on the other half of the egg. They have continued to impress me with their reading skills. The children have been working really hard to make Mother's Day cards for their lovely mummies this week. They painted their hands green and printed this onto a piece of card before printing colourful petals using their fingerprints. They then discussed why they loved their mummy and also wrote some lovely messages inside their cards. I hope that you all have a lovely Mother's Day on Sunday - make sure you put your feet up and relax! The children went to watch The Megson Show this week. This was a music concert where the children enjoyed singing and dancing to a number of new songs whilst the performers played instruments like the accordion and the banjo. We have also been lucky enough to have forest school where the children made nests for their egg. They were very excited abut what was inside with ideas being a dragon or a chick. Next

Week Beginning 18.3.19

This week the children have continued to explore the topic of superheroes and specifically real life superheroes. During group time, the children have been looking at heroes found in the local area and what they do for us and also discussing the superpowers that the children have themselves (including the superpower to make other people laugh). They have been exploring whether different materials are waterproof by squirting water onto them using a pipette and seeing if the material lets the water through or not. This was done so that the firefighters could use one of these materials to make a new jacket after their usual one now has a hole in it! The children have also been exploring the concept of addition and have been using their fingerprints to represent a variety of numbers in a number sentence. The children have independently been using the tweezers to rescue letters from the slime, making their own fire engines out of junk modelling boxes and using the numicon to make their own numicon cities. In Maths, the children have been looking at money. They had to find the right coins that were needed in order to buy equipment for different firefighters, e.g. a pair of boots costs 5p and a helmet costs 10p. The children have also been exploring the tricky concept of number bonds to 10. They used the numicon equipment to work out what two numbers added together to make a total of 10. They were then able to match two numbered roads together so that the fire engine could drive down the road and 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 read either the tricky words by sight or segment and blend the sounds in cvc and cvcc words in order to them spray the word and put out the fire. The children have really impressed me with their reading skills. We have organised a visit from the local fire brigade for the last week of term so please encourage your children to think of some questions to ask the firefighters about their jobs. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group 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 Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds er, qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'all', 'are' and 'her' and will be learning the sounds ure and er in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'you' and 'they' and will be learning the sounds oo, ee and ar in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds ch, ai and th in their phonics sessions.

Week Beginning 11.3.19

This week the children have started to explore the topic of superheroes and specifically real life superheroes. During group time, the children have been looking at heroes found in the local area and what they do for us. We have explored the role of the police and what they do to keep us safe. The children each wrote their own police incident report by taking on a role of a police officer. They thought of some great ideas as to why the police would be needed in certain situations, I was very impressed with the children's writing and their ability to write simple sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The children have been role-playing in the hairdressing salon taking on the role of either a customer or the hairdresser. They have also been playing in the police station taking on the role of a police officer. The children have independently been painting their own wanted posters, using tissue paper to create police cars, labelling a picture of a police officer and writing secret messages using white wax crayons on white paper and then revealing the message using water colours. The children also enjoyed a Stickman themed forest school session. They had to play hide and seek using Stickman, giving their partner instructions on where to find him, e.g Stickman is in the tree. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group 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 Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds er, qu, sh and ch in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'all', 'are' and 'her' and will be learning the sounds ure and er in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'you' and 'they' and will be learning the sounds oo, ee and ar in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds ch, ai and th in their phonics sessions.

Week Beginning 25.02.19

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term. The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a very busy half term ahead of us! This week, the children have been learning all about princesses. They have been exploring the story of Rapunzel and learning to re-tell the story using a story map, along with ordering the story and talking about the sequence of events. The children were really able to empathise with Rapunzel and her family and spoke in detail about the reasons behind their actions, including why the husband stole the witches lettuce out of her garden. The children have been role playing in the hairdressing salon taking on the role of either a customer or the hairdresser. They have also been role playing in the police station taking on the role of a police officer. The children have independently labelling Rapunzel, writing the story, creating towers out of numicon, exploring princess slime and making Rapunzel tower pictures.. I have been doing benchmark 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 if your child has been moved up a reading level. Next week the children in Miss Blyth's phonics group will continue to learn to read and write a variety of cvcc words as well as number of new tricky words from phase 4. The children in Miss Cadman's phonics group will be re-capping the sounds or, ur, ow and oi in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Edgington's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky word 'you' and will be learning the sounds ur, ow and oi in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning the sounds ai, ee, th and ng in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews' phonics group will be learning the sounds w, x, y and z/zz in their phonics sessions. The children will now be having dance on a Tuesday so therefore, please an PE kits be bought into school by Tuesday? I have also put a new homework grid in your child's book bag. These are just some fun activities to develop each area of the curriculum. If you want to write any nots or take any pictures then please do in the back of the children's orange book. We hope you enjoy these.

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.

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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.

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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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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. 
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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.

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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!