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Welcome to Robin Class!

Our teacher is Mrs Pritchard. Mrs Legender and Mrs Nice (Tuesday and Wednesday) also support the children with their learning. All of the adults in reception are very friendly and helpful in order to make sure that the children have the best start at Round House Primary Academy. 

 

At Round House Primary Academy, we have an 'open door policy'. We welcome you into the classroom to discuss your child, their progress or any concerns you may have. 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 an e-mail to the school office who will pass it onto us - office@roundhouse.cambs.sch.uk

 

Our parents, carers and families are all part of the learning journey. The adults at school would like it very much if you could note down any moments which make you think WOW on a star moments observational star! The adults at school have lots of copies in case you need any more. Please also look on the classroom doors for the latest events and news. 

 

PE kits should be brought into school every Monday and we will remind the children to bring them home on a Friday to be washed.

 

Every Friday the children will get a special treat as long as they have behaved well throughout the week. At the end of each term the children will also get to take part in a whole day of treats ..... Reward Day.

Curriculum Overviews

Parent Workshops

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

The 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?

 

https://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). 

2019-2020

W.B 9th September 2019

WOW! What a brilliant start to the term we have had. The children are settling in well and are enjoying coming into school every day, which is really lovely to see. They are quickly getting used to the routines of school life and learning to access all of the various activities inside the classroom. The children have been busy playing in the home corner taking on a role of a family member. They have also been making arrangements with various 2D shapes, writing telephone messages, making self portraits, ensuring that they look at their facial features in the mirror, and have been developing their fine motor control by threading coloured beads onto a piece of string in order to make a repeating pattern. I am very proud of each and every one of them. I am looking forward to next week where the children are going to be staying at school to eat their lunch. Please note that the children will be starting school at 8.45am and finish at 1.30pm every day next week.

W.B 16th September 2019

The children have enjoyed meeting all of the children in their class this week and they have been busy exploring both the classroom and the outdoor area. The children have been busy writing a fact file about themselves where they wrote their name, their age and their favourite colour, before drawing a picture of themselves. They have impressed me with their beautiful drawings and mark making skills. During their independent play, the children have been painting a paper plate of their face, counting the correct number of beads onto a numbered pipe cleaner and writing about their favourite cartoon characters. 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 - I have been very impressed. Next week we will be learning the sounds s, a, t and p in our phonics sessions. The children are enjoying their lunch at school and the puddings are definitely their favourite part. 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. Throughout next week, is the children's chance to bring in their 'All About Me' boxes, so please bring those in on your child's allocated day. Monday 23rd September is the date that we would like the children's baby photos to be brought into school please. In addition, if you would like to purchase your child's Christmas card design, the order form needs to be returned to school by Wednesday 25th September. If you have any questions, then please come and speak to member of the reception team. 

W.B 23rd September 2019

This is the children's first full week at school and we have had a lovely week. They have been measuring with their feet and finding things that are bigger and smaller than their foot. The children have also been using different things around the classroom, e.g. wooden blocks and dinosaurs in order to measure how tall they were which made them laugh alot! The children have really enjoyed sharing their 'All about Me' boxes with the rest of the class. It has been lovely to see all of the objects and photographs that are so special to them. Thank you 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 and also making a house using a variety of 2D shapes. The children enjoyed their first PE lesson this week. The hall was being used on Monday afternoon, so we went outside into the courtyard and enjoyed a PE lesson in the sunshine. The children were able to follow instructions during the warm up and moved around the area in different ways, before playing a variety of ring games, including Duck, Duck, Goose. Next week we will be learning the sounds i, n and m in our phonics sessions. Please note that we are having an 'Early Reading and Phonics' parent workshop on Tuesday 8th October at 9.15am (in the school hall) and again at 4.30pm (in the reception classrooms). The two sessions will be covering the same material, so you only need to attend one. We would love to see as many parents there as possible. 

W.B 30th September

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 a bowl of silly soup, listening to the different sounds that various musical instruments made, writing down what they could see through a pair of binoculars, touching their heads, shoulders, knees and toes and labelling the parts of the body and also smelling different things (they all liked the smell of the candle and the garlic paste (it reminded them of garlic bread), but not so much the coriander). The children also listened to a live reading of 'Stay Safe with Thomas' where they thought about ways to keep safe around the railway station. 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 and finding out which is the most popular eye colour in reception. Please could I remind parents to write a comment in your child's reading diary when you have read with them. This could be to say that they enjoyed the story, they could identify some key words or they used the pictures to help them to read the story. Every time the children have read five times at home, they get to move their photo up on our reading balloons and will receive a certificate for 25, 50, 75 and 100 reads. Over the next two weeks the children's learning will be based around the story of 'A Brave Bear'. They are going to learn to re-tell the story and will also use bears to help with their counting, addition, subtraction and positional language skills. Next week we will be learning the sounds m, d, g and o in our phonics session. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds when reading and writing words. Just a reminder that individual school photographs will be taken on the morning of Monday 7th October. We are also looking forward to seeing lots of you at our upcoming 'Early Reading and Phonics' workshops on Tuesday 8th October. We hope that you find these sessions useful. Finally, Robin's first session of forest school will be on Friday afternoon, so please make sure that your child is sent in with a coat and if their wellies are not already in school, please could they be brought in for this session. Thank you for your support. 

W.B 7th October 2019

This week, the children have been learning about the story 'A Brave Bear'. At the beginning of the week, the children were told the first line of the story 'Everything was hot', without being shown the front cover, the title of the book or any of the illustrations. The children discussed with their talk partner and then drew a picture of what this could be in relation to and their ideas ranged from a cup of hot milk, a roast dinner, volcanoes erupting and warm summer days. Later on in the week, the children were shown the illustration that went alongside the sentence 'Everything was hot'. The picture was of two bears (daddy bear and baby bear) lying down in their cave on a hot summers day. The children then listened to some sounds of the forest and worked with their partner to add more detail to the illustration that they were given, e.g. drawing trees, flowers, a waterfall and some birds flying in the sky. In Maths, the children have been exploring positional language and using this to describe where they had found the hidden compare bears, as well as exploring the numbers 1 and 2 in detail, including how to represent these numbers in different ways. The children have been independently writing about different parts of the story, cutting/sticking pictures of bears in the correct size order, estimating/counting the number of bears that can be seen in a picture and also making their very own bear pictures using brown paint and a plastic fork. The children and adults really enjoyed their first forest school session this week. They went onto the field to complete a scavenger hunt to find some items that can be found in the outdoor area. They took it in turns to take a picture from the special bag and then went on a hunt for this item using the binoculars to help them find it. The children went to find feathers, birds, acorns, earthworms, ladybirds, leaves, spider webs and dandelions. They were fascinated by the helicopter seeds and what happened when they threw them up in the air. Next week we will be learning the sounds c, k and ck in our phonics sessions. The children will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. Please continue to support your child at home by looking at their reading books and asking them questions about the setting, events and characters in the story.

W.B 14th October

This week, the children have finished their learning related to the story 'A Brave Bear'. They have been discussing how the bears felt at different points of the story and how they knew that they were feeling this way. The children were able to empathise with baby bear feeling sad when he slipped over and hurt his knee, and thought about ways in which baby bear could be cheered up. They also discussed how brave baby bear was during the story and linked this to how brave they were themselves in different situations. We discussed that Mrs Pritchard is definitely not brave when she sees a frog in the garden and the children talked about what she could do when she sees a frog in the future. In Maths, the children have been exploring the numbers 1, 2 and 3 in detail, including how to represent these numbers in different ways, where we can see these numbers in the environment and also identifying the number that is 1 more or 1 less than a given number. The children have been independently writing descriptions about different animals that could be found inside a cave, finding out which was the most/least popular bear story overall in reception and making their own fish bowls using a variety of different media and materials. After half term, we will be learning the sounds e, u and r in our phonics sessions. The children will also be learning to read tricky words and continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. I hope that you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, the children have worked so hard since starting in reception and am sure are ready for a good rest. I am very proud of each and every one of my little robins. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see them back at school on Monday 28th October. 

W.B 28th October 2019

Welcome back after half term, it is so lovely to see the children back at school and hearing about what they have been doing during their week off school. This week the children have been learning about the festival of Diwali. They each made and decorated their own diva lamp using clay and glittery paint. I hope that you enjoy these at home. The children have also been learning about Halloween this week. They have been hammering golf tees into the side of a pumpkin before attaching elastic bands to the tees and also using various natural materials to decorate a pumpkin. We have been looking at the stories 'Pumpkin Soup' and 'Handa's Surprise' and the various fruits that Handa took to her friend Akeyo. Following this, we had a discussion surrounding healthy and unhealthy food choices and we worked together to make a plate full of healthy food! In Maths, the children have been exploring money and finding different ways to make 2p, 5p and 10p in our new fruit and vegetable shop role-play area, please continue to look at this when taking the children shopping and asking them to count the correct number of coins that are needed to pay for your different items. We have also been exploring the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 in detail, including how to represent these numbers in different ways. In PE, the children have started their yoga sessions and enjoyed getting their bodies into different positions, as well as exploring moving in a variety of ways. The children have been independently counting the correct number of peas found inside a sugar snap pea and matching them to the right numeral, making repeated patterns by printing with potatoes and creating their own caterpillars for our new very hungry caterpillar cafe. The children and adults really enjoyed their second forest school session this week. They went onto the field and sat on the logs surrounding the fire pit. Miss Abbott went through all of the rules that the children will need to follow when they come to use the fire pit at a later date, before playing a game of fruit salad. The children then read a letter written from Twig the Tree Elf where the children had to follow clues to find Twig who had managed to get himself lost. The children were shown photos of different areas of the outdoors and then had to go to each location to find the next photo. When Twig was found he had left crowns for the children to decorate with various leaves. The children were then given a leaf identification sheet to show which tree the leaves had come from. They thanked the trees for giving them such pretty leaves. Next week the children will be learning the sounds r, h, b and f/ff in our phonics sessions. They will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. Please continue to support your child at home by looking at their reading books and also practising reading the words in their key word books. 

W.B 4th November 2019

For Bonfire Night, the children made firework pictures using an app on the ipads and using different coloured paint and a kitchen roll! They made patterns using firework noises, e.g. bang, whoosh, fizz, bang, whoosh, fizz and then replicated these noises using the musical instruments in the outdoor  area. The children also took part in a science experiment to make pretend fireworks in a glass. They helped to pour warm water into one glass and then a few spoonfuls of oil and 4 drops of food colouring into a second glass. After using a fork to mix the oil and food colouring together, the mixture was poured into the glass of warm water and the children were very excited to watch the mini firework display. The experiment was repeated a second time so different food colouring could be used to create different coloured fireworks, there was a lot of excitement amongst the children! We have been looking at the story of Handa's Surprise and the various fruits that Handa took to her friend Akeyo. Following this, the children made their own fruit kebabs using some of the different fruits found in Handa's basket, including; pineapples, bananas and oranges. The children have been independently adding together the number of seeds found on two strawberries before writing down the answer, writing what they would like to buy from a variety of different shops and making a bracelet/necklace by threading pasta and beads onto a pipe cleaner. The children have started to practise for their nativity performance this week. Please could we ask that all of the children who have a speaking part practise their lines at home so that they are able to say their lines from memory. We will be practising as often as we can at school but would really appreciate your support with this at home too. Next week the children will be learning to read the tricky words 'no' and 'into' and will be learning the sounds l/ll and ss in our phonics sessions. They will also be continuing to practise segmenting and blending sounds for reading and writing. 

W.B 11th November 2019

This week, the children have finished learning about the topic of food. As a class, we investigated what happened when we put warm water over skittles. The children were firstly shown the equipment for the experiment and were asked to discuss what they thought we might be doing. The experiment was then set up and the children made some predictions about what they thought might happen, including 'the skittles will give their colour to the water' and 'the inside of the skittles will turn a different colour'. After the water had been added to the skittles, the children were amazed to see a rainbow start to appear and were then asked to make a comment about what they could see, e.g. 'the skittles have melted' and 'the bottom of the skittle is white and the top is the colour'. The children have also conducted an experiment to find out what happens to a variety of food when it goes off. They made predictions as to what they thought would happen to milk, yoghurt, houmous, a banana and a slice of bread if they were not kept in the fridge and instead kept somewhere warm! On Friday morning, the children will be asked to make comments as to how these five items of food have changed. With an adult, the children have been using their phonic knowledge to write a list of things that they want to buy from the shops and I was very impressed with the children being able to record the sounds that they could hear in the different words. Perhaps the children could help you to write your shopping list this week too? When it was not raining, the children enjoyed going out onto the main playground to practise writing numbers up to 10 using a piece of chalk. The children have been independently investigating the weight of a variety of fruit and vegetables, exploring what was inside different fruit and vegetables and writing what they would like to eat for their breakfast, lunch and dinner on a particular day. The children and adults really enjoyed their third forest school session this week. The children went on the field and sat on the logs surrounding the fire pit. Miss Abbott went through all of the rules that the children will need to follow when they come to use the fire pit at a later date, before playing a game of nut nut squirrel. The children then went to find an acorn that had been hidden somewhere outside. Once they had identified which acorn was theirs (from the letter written on the back), the children then went to re-hide their acorn. This was followed by a game of squeaky duck where the person in the middle of the circle had to guess which child had squeaked the duck that they were holding! The children were then asked to find the acorn that they had previously hidden, before finding a partner to work with. In pairs, they had to hide an acorn and give instructions to their partner so that they would be able to find it. They then swapped over and took it in turns to hide and seek. Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning the sounds j, v, w and x in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson and Miss Matthews' phonics groups will be recapping the sounds s, a, t and p in their phonics sessions.

W.B 18th November 2019

This week the children's learning has been around the topic of space. On Monday as a class we created a mind map of what the children knew about the moon and they thought of some really great ideas, including 'There is no air on the moon so you have to wear a helmet', 'You float on the moon', 'You have to be brave to go to the moon' and 'Some people think the moon is made of cheese'. 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 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. With an adult, the children have been using their phonic knowledge to finish writing a list of things that they want to buy from the shops and I was very impressed with the children being able to record the sounds that they could hear in the different words. Perhaps the children could help you to write your shopping list this week too? The children have been independently making planets using glittery paint and cotton buds, making rockets using a variety of 2D shapes and labelling a picture of a rocket. 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 25th November so that we are able to prepare for the dress rehearsal. Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds y, z/zz and qu in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson and Miss Mathews' phonics groups will be recapping the sounds i, n, m and d in their phonics sessions.

W.B 25th November 2019

On Monday the children will be going to their first ever whole school assembly which will be the 'wishing the lights on' assembly. The children will need to close their eyes and wish really hard for the lights to come on the Christmas tree in the hall. They will also have the opportunity to hang their home-made Christmas decorations on the tree, so if your child has made a decoration then please remember to bring it into school on Monday morning. 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 next week to let you know which level book they will now be bringing home. In Maths, the children have been exploring the concept of time and have each made various o'clock times on their own clocks. They have also been exploring the concept of one less by singing the song '5 Little Men in a Flying Saucer', the concept of capacity by determining which sized rocket is able to hold the most and the least unifix cubes and the reasons why and have also been making a variety of 2D shapes using up to seven small sticks. The children have been independently writing postcards from a trip to the moon, threading straws through the holes in a colander and acting out the story 'Whatever Next', which the children have also been exploring during group time this week. They used props from the story to act it out and then discussed items that baby bear should (e.g. a bottle of water and a watch) and should not (e.g. a dustpan and brush) take to the moon with him. Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds sh, ch and ai in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson and Miss Matthews' phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds g, o, e and c in their phonics sessions.

W.B 2nd December 2019

The children have been busy in Santa's workshop designing toys, wrapping them up and also putting them in Santa's sack to be delivered to lots of children on Christmas morning. They have also been role-playing in our new Christmas cafe where they have enjoyed 'cooking' different food to be served to customers. The children have worked in small groups to make a Christingle using an orange to symbolise the world, red ribbon for Jesus' blood, a candle for light, cocktail sticks for the four seasons and sweets/raisins for all of God's wonderful creations. They also sat and listened to a presentation about Christingles and why they are made during the month of Advent. The children have been doing some shared writing where they worked with a partner to write down the facts they knew about a Christmas object, e.g. baubles, snowmen, crackers and Santa's elves. After their writing, each pair 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. In Maths, the children have been exploring the concept of doubling and also money. They had to find the right number of coins that were needed in order to buy various Christmas related objects, e.g. a cracker that cost 2p and some tinsel that cost 6p. The children have been independently creating snowmen out of play-dough, writing what various Christmas characters might be thinking, making a Christmas 2D shape picture and also rolling a dice to help them to create their own snowman. The children will have their Christmas lunch on Monday 16th December and will then have their Christmas party during the afternoon on that day. There is a sign-up sheet on the classroom door for parents to sign up to bring something yummy into school. Please ensure that anything brought into school does not contain nuts. A special visitor will also be coming to visit the children before the end of term too, it is all very exciting! Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth's phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds ai and th in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson and Miss Matthews' phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds e, c and k in their phonics sessions.

W.B 9th December 2019

Thank you to everyone who came to the children's performances of Away in a Manger 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 next week. The children have also begun making their own decorations for you to enjoy at home. They made a print with their hand on an oval piece of salt dough and then used paint to make their own Robin. We hope that you enjoy these when the children bring them home once they have completely dried. The children have continued to be busy in Santa's workshop designing toys, wrapping them up and also putting them in Santa's sack to be delivered to lots of children on Christmas morning, as well as role-playing in our Christmas cafe where they have enjoyed 'cooking' different food to be served to customers. In Maths, the children have been making repeated patterns using a variety of Christmas baubles and also finding out which presents weigh the most/least and why. The children had a great time this week voting at our school election for the party that they would like to win. There were four parties in total each campaigning for different things, from buying more fish for our school pond to buying more PE equipment for the playground. We are all looking forward to finding out the results once the votes have been counted and verified. The children have been independently 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 addition by adding buttons onto an outline of a snowman. The children will have their Christmas lunch on Monday 16th December and will then have their Christmas party during the afternoon on that day. There is a sign-up sheet on the classroom door for parents to sign up to bring something yummy into school. Please ensure that anything brought into school does not contain nuts. 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 to all of my little Robins for such a lovely week!

16th December 2019

The children enjoyed their Christmas lunch and their Christmas party. Thank you to everyone who donated some food and drink. We all had a great time!

Christmas Reward Day - 17th December 2019 

W.B 6th January 2020

The children look very refreshed after the holiday which is a good thing as we have a very busy term ahead of us! 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. The children have been role-playing in the three bear's cottage and acting out the story, taking on the role of one of the characters. They have also spent time changing the story by thinking of ways to alter the ending of the story including; Goldilocks becoming friends with the three bears and also Goldilocks hiding under the covers and jumping out of the bedroom window when the bears were not looking! In Maths, the children have been exploring one more/less using numbers up to 10, addition/subtraction, grouping/sorting a variety of objects in different ways and also developing both their use and understanding of positional language. The children have also been exploring the concept of doubling, e.g. daddy bear eats double what baby bear eats, so if baby bear eats 1 bowl of porridge then daddy bear must eat 2. In PE, the children explored different balances they could do on a mat, along with walking over a bench, jumping onto a mat and ending their routine with a balance of their choice. Everyone had a great time exploring the different balances, some were a bit more tricky than others! The children have been independently making their own bear masks, finding out and then writing facts about different types of bears, sorting materials according to whether they are hard or soft, dressing the three bears in the correct sized clothes and also designing the route that Goldilocks took when she walked to the three bear's house. Yesterday, you will have received your child's homework book which will contain half-termly grids outlining practical activities that your child can complete at home. If you would like to record your child's involvement in these activities, you could take a photo, your child could draw a picture or you could write a comment as to how your child found completing the activity. It would be really helpful if your child's homework book could be brought into school every Friday, along with your child's key word book, so that we are able to see how your child is progressing with the different activities. Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth's phonics groups 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. The children in Miss Gibson and Miss Matthews' phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds b, f/ff, l/ll and ss in their phonics sessions.

W.B 13th January 2020

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 have been given. Please keep practising re-telling the story from memory. The children have been continuing to role-play in the three bear's cottage and also acting out the story of The Gingerbread Man in the bakery. 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'. In Maths, the children have been exploring 2D and 3D shapes which included going on a shape hunt around the school to find objects that resembled a 2D shape, and recording these by drawing a picture on their sheet of paper. The children have really impressed me with their writing 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'. In PE, the children completed three work stations where they walked across a balance beam and then jumped off a cushioned table at the end of the beam, ensuring that they landed safely on the mat. The children have been independently making a bridge for the gingerbread man to cross the river, using the tweezers to count the correct number of pom-poms (buttons) onto the gingerbread man's body and making their own gingerbread men using a variety of different materials. Please could I remind everyone that it would be really helpful if your child’s homework book could be brought into school every Friday, along with your child’s key word book, so that we are able to see how your child is progressing with the different activities. Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth’s phonics groups will be learning the sounds or, ur and ow in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson’s phonics group will be learning the sounds j, v, w and x in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews’ phonics group will be re-capping the sounds s, a, t and p in their phonics sessions.

W.B 20th January 2020

Kung Hei Fat Choy! This means Happy New Year in Chinese, which is what the children have 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. The children have learnt that they were either born in the year of the horse or in the year of the goat. The have also been replicating the Chinese symbols for the animal year that they were born in. The children have been exploring Chinese landmarks and saw lots of photos of when Barnaby bear visited China last year! They have also been exploring floating and sinking where they made predictions as to what they thought was going to happen when each object was placed inside a bowl of water and then recorded using pictures to show what they had found out. In PE, the children had a great time exploring the large apparatus. They all used it with safety and really impressed me with how confident they were at climbing all of the way to the top. The children have been independently practising their Chinese numbers by writing with chopsticks in lentils, making Chinese dragons, making repeated dragon patterns and making their own Chinese lanterns. They have also been learning to speak a bit of Chinese, can you practise speaking Chinese like us?

 

Hello - Nin hao

Goodbye - Zàijiàn

Yes - Shi

No - Bú Shi

Happy New Year - Kung Hei Fat Choy 

 

Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth’s phonics groups will be learning the sounds oi, ear, air and ure in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson’s phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'he' and 'she' and will be learning the sounds y, z/zz and qu in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews’ phonics group will be re-capping the sounds i, n, m and d in their phonics sessions.

W.B 27th January 2020

The children have continued learning about Chinese New Year this week. They have been looking at fortune cookies and finding wishes and hopes inside them, before writing their own wish to go inside a fortune cookie. I was very proud of the children's independent writing and also their ability to apply what they have learnt in phonics! The children also worked together to change the middle of the story of Chinese New Year. Instead of the rat winning the race because he had jumped onto the ox's back, the ox threw the rat off his back, before the snake swam underneath the ox and onto the river bank becoming the new winner of the race! In Maths, the children have been exploring number facts (addition and subtraction) up to 5 and then 10, as well as doubling, halving and sharing. In PE, the children completed different work stations where they had to practise skills such as balancing, using a bat and ball and also jumping on a trampette. The children have been independently making their own 2D shape picture of a dragon, using paper plates to create a rat because 2020 is the year of the rat and also writing Chinese New Year cards. Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth’s phonics groups will be learning to read the tricky words 'all', 'are' and 'her', will be learning the sound er and will be re-capping the sound qu in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'we', 'me' and 'be' and will be learning the sounds sh, ch and ai in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews’ phonics group will be re-capping the sounds g, o, e and c in their phonics sessions.

W.B 3rd February 2020

The children have been busy learning about the new topic of transport, including role playing in the garage, role playing in the train station and making a tally chart of the colours of the cars found in the school car park. The children have been making 2D shape pictures of various forms of transport and were able to name and describe the properties of the different shapes that they had used. Some of the children were also able to name and describe the properties of 3D shapes as well! In Maths, the children have been exploring partitioning using the part-part-whole model, the composition of teen numbers (they were able to identify that the 1 in the number 16 is actually a 10), addition and subtraction. We have introduced the children to some new vocabulary including; addend, sum, minuend, subtrahend and difference. The children have been independently writing their own passports, making their own vehicles using a variety of different media and materials and exploring how far the cars travel down a ramp when it is covered with different materials. For NSPCC Number Day, we began by doing a ‘Wake Up, Shake Up’ style activity and danced along to some maths songs. The children also enjoyed singing along to the number blocks songs (from 1 to 5). The children were able to choose from a great selection of maths related and PSED related activities. For PSED, the children created their own safety circles, drawing pictures of the people who they can turn to keep themselves safe. For Maths, the children went on a number treasure hunt around the two classrooms, Mrs Pritchard ran a bingo game, encouraging the children to develop their subitising skills, and Miss Cadman worked with the children to complete a variety of number games on the interactive whiteboard. Next week the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth’s phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds sh, ch, ai and th in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Gibson's phonics group will be learning to read the tricky words 'was' and 'my' and will be learning the sounds th, ng and ee in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews’ phonics group will be re-capping the sounds k, ck, u and r in their phonics sessions.

W.B 10th February 2020

This week the children have been continuing to learn all about transport. The children have been exploring holidays and talking about their experiences of going on holiday, as well as helping Mr Monkey and Mr Penguin to pack a suitcase to go on their holiday (remembering that Mr Monkey will need to take things for the hot country and Mr Penguin will need to take things for the cold country). They were able to describe why Mr Monkey would need sun cream and sunglasses so as to not get burnt whilst away. As a whole class, we made a bar graph to depict which form of transport was the most popular in Robins class. The children needed to interpret the bar graph to answer various questions including; which is the least popular form of transport and how do you know? In Maths, the children have been practising their subitising skills (knowing how many objects are in a set without counting them), exploring two digit numbers, identifying one more/less than a given number and also number facts up to 20, such as 12+2 = 14. In PE, the children enjoyed playing a variety of games, including cat and mouse, with the parachute. It was a lot of fun! The children have been independently using the magnets to direct a train along the tracks, finding ways to make a boat cross the water and making their own hot air balloons. After half term, the children in Mrs Pritchard, Miss Cadman and Miss Blyth’s phonics groups will be re-capping the sounds ng, ee, igh and oa 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 igh, oa and oo in their phonics sessions. The children in Miss Matthews’ phonics group will be re-capping the sounds h, b, f/ff and l/ll in their phonics sessions. I hope that you all have a lovely half term and a well deserved break, the children have worked really hard so far this term and am sure are ready for a good rest. I am very proud of each and every one of my little robins. I look forward to hearing what they have been up to during their week off and will see them back at school on Monday 24th February.

2018-2019

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 13.5.19