Look what we've been up to

Spring Term
PE will take place on Monday and Thursday this half term.
 
 
Nature Detectives
 
 
Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help. Please see Mrs Franks or sign up on the sheet outside Robin class if you can help on:
 
 
Tuesday 27th February
Tuesday 6th March
Tuesday 13th March
Tuesday 20th March
Tuesday 27th March!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Reading and Phonics workshop.
 
Please find the powerpoint below.
The websites we mentioned were
Friday 23rd February
 

‘Kung Hei Fat Choy!’ Happy Chinese New Year!

This week we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We have talked about China and where it is on the map. We have thought about how Chinese New Year is celebrated. We have done dragon dancing in PE and learnt a song. We made lucky number wallets, made good luck trees and Chinese lanterns.

In Maths we have been looking at one less than a number to 20 and also talking about subtraction. Some of us wrote number sentences to record our work, using – and =.

In phonics we learned to read the tricky troll word are and we revised ai, ee, igh, oo, oa, or and ar. Don’t forget to keep reading at home!

We have seen some lovely Tapestry uploads about your half term activities – thank you. Please do keep uploading. 

I wonder where our learning will take us next week?

Friday 9th February
 
Happy Half term!
 
Thank you so much to all of the parents, grandparents and other family members who attended our open afternoon on Monday. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with you. They have been singing the Three Bears Rap all week.
 
This week we have been thinking about the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Today we made and tasted porridge. We had a class vote to decide which flavour we liked best - plain, syrup or jam. The plain porridge was the favourite. We then made a class tally chart to decide on our favourite traditional tale from this half term. Goldilocks and the Three Bears was the favourite. In phonics we learned to read the tricky troll word all.
 
Please continue to read over the holidays, each child should have 2 reading books to share with you. They also have 2 sets of the Phase 2 and 3 tricky and decodable word cards and a suggestion of ideas for how you could use these at home. Each child also has a packet of sounds which you could use to build words or revise the sounds. Please do sign the reading record when you have read with your child at home.
 
Don't forget to update Tapestry over the holidays. We love to see home learning and find out what you have been up to. You might like to share some of the ICT skills your child has eg. They can log onto the computer, or they can use the camera or you might just like to share some pictures of days out or days at home. 
 
Robin class are getting much quicker at changing for PE but buttons and zips are still tricky. 
 
Next term we will be thinking about Chinese New Year during the first week back.
 
Headteacher's Award: Esmee
 
Sports Award: Seren
 
Star Writer: Millie
 
 
 
 
 

Friday 2nd February

Our week started with a missing Gingerbread man in Robin class and ended with us eating gingerbread men we had made. We did some fantastic learning in between, including writing what we thought might have happened to the gingerbread man and retelling the story with actions. We have made boats to help the gingerbread man cross the river and designed things to keep him safe from the fox.

In phonics we learned the sounds ear and er and we learned to read the tricky word all.  In maths we created some symmetrical patterns and practised our counting and number recognition. Today we talked about number sentences, doing actions for + and = and some of us wrote these down. We have been practising our number formation and using jingles to help us to remember how to form them. Please find a copy at the top of the page.

We are looking forward to welcoming you into Robin class at 2.30pm on Monday. We can’t wait to share our learning with you.

Learner of the week: Matilda

Headteacher’s Award: Lewis

Sport’s Award: Olly

Friday 26th January
 
This week we have enjoyed exploring the Elves and the Shoemaker story. We have a shoe shop in our classroom and we have been decorating shoes. We have been writing letters to the elves. The elves hid the shoes around the school last night. Today we hunted for them and described where they are, using positional language (under, on top of, below, etc).
 
In Maths, we counted two groups of numbers and combined them to find the total. Some of us wrote number sentences to match. 
 
We have learned the sound ow, oi, ear and air  in phonics. Please help us to spot these in books at home. The trigraphs are really tricky. We also learned to read the tricky troll word they. You will find a new alphabet mat, based on the Phonic Fairy caption/action cards inside your child's book bag. You could use this to practise at home and also for writing. 
 
New Home Learning overviews have been put in Home Learning logs. We are looking forward to seeing your home learning.
 
Star Writer: James
Headteachers' Award: Olivia
Sports Award: Charlee
Learner of the week: Poppy
 
Save the date: Please join us at 2.30pm on Monday 5th February. We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you.
Friday 19th January
 
This week we enjoyed the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. We have been acting it out in the role play area and with the small world. We made dens in the woods and joined in with telling the story. We created wanted posters to help to catch the wolf and build houses outside.
 
In Maths, we have been practising our estimating and counting using objects and Numicon. We have also practised our number formation. You could continue this at home.
 
In phonics we learned to read the tricky troll word you and we learned the digraphs oo, ur, ar and or. Ask us to show you the caption and do the action, they are brilliant!
 
Our fairy tale journey continues next week with a new and exciting adventure. Will we have lost glass slippers, be chasing gingerbread men or visiting three bears?
 
Headteacher's Award: Nicholas
 
Sports Award: Millie
 
Learner of the week: Amelie
Friday 12th January
 
'Fee fi fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman.' Can you guess which traditional tale we were thinking about this week? We have had a wonderful time counting gold coins and writing numbers, practising letter formation and planting beans. We have made our own beanstalks and played in the castle which appeared in the classroom. This morning, the giant left his huge boot in our classroom and lots of us wrote letters telling him to collect it.
 
We have enjoyed starting our gymnastics unit in PE and we have been moving in a variety of different ways.
The children have been successfully changing their own books each day and completing a daily job.
 
Thank you to everybody who has signed up to activate a Tapestry account. You might need to check your junk folder if you did not receive an email. 
 
In phonics we revised the vowel digraphs ai, ee, igh, oa and oo. Our phonics journey will continue with new digraphs and tricky troll words next week.
 
Which story will we visit next week?
 
 
Learner of the week: Charlie W
 
Star writer: Olly
 
Headteacher's Award: Florence
 
Sports Award: Sophia
 
 
Friday 5th January
 
Happy New Year. Thank you for the lovely cards and gifts that the Robin class team received. 
 
The children have settled happily back into Robin class. We have thought about New Year's resolutions and created a lovely robin display showing the things that we are going to work on this year. In Maths we counted and ordered numbers to 20. We have practised our letter formation and in phonics we revised ch, sh, th and ng.
 
There have been some strange happenings in the classroom with magic beans and cows appearing. The children have predicted that we will be learning about Jack and the Beanstalk next week. If you have this story at home, please do share it with your child.
 
Learner of the week: Hannah
 
Headteacher's Award: James
 
Sport's Award: Jack
 
Friday 15th December
 
Today we had a lovely treat! We watched the Widdershin Puppet Show. We saw Golidlocks and the Three Bears, the Three Billy Goats Gruff and the Three Little Pigs and afterwards we were able to ask questions about the set and props. It was magical.
 
This week we have enjoyed playing in the snow, Christmas lunch and made decorations. In maths, we explored capacity, thinking about how many items we could fit into Christmas stockings. We also used positional language to make our decorations, using language like on top, above, below, next to, in front and behind. We have enjoyed a wide variety of Christmas stories and we have been using the iPad to take photographs.
 
In phonics we have learned the sounds oo and oa and read the tricky  troll word was. We have been revising all of the tricky troll words and fairy (high frequency) words and the sounds that we have learned so far. Learning to read the fairy (high frequency) words as sight words really helps to speed up reading.
 
We are looking forward to two fun filled days before the Christmas holidays. have a lovely weekend.
 
Learner of the week: Dylan
 
 

Friday 8th December

What a busy week we have had. We have performed our nativity three times, visited a Christmas tree festival and fitted in busy learning, phonics, maths, writing and guided reading. No wonder we are all shattered! Thank you for coming to watch us perform ‘Lights, Camel, Action’. We loved wearing our costumes and singing and dancing for you all.

This week we revisited 3D solids in maths, looking at pyramids, cubes, cuboids, cones, spheres and cones. What 3D solids can you see in your home?

In phonics we have learned the sounds ng, ai, ee and igh. Please ask us to show you the actions, they are great. You could help us to spot these sounds in books and on signs. We also learned to read the tricky troll word was and write to and the.

Learner of the week: Isla B

Sports Award: Hannah

Writer of the week: Nicholas

Headteacher’s award: Leah

 

Friday 1st December
 
It's the end of another busy week! We had a wonderful time today creating decorations to make the school look beautiful. Thank you to all of the parents who came in to help out.
 
We have been reading 'Stickman' by Julia Donaldson this week. We have been sequencing the story and talking about the days of the week, seasons and months of the year. The children made Stickman out of twigs and leaves during Nature Detectives. You could ask your child to sing the days of the week song to you.
 
In phonics we learned the consonant digraphs ch, sh and th. We learned to read the tricky troll words he and she. We also practised reading the fairy words don't, went, not, as, mum and dad. Thank you for continuing to read at home with your child.
 
The costumes are ready and we are looking forward to performing our nativity Lights, Camel, Action to you next week. You might catch your child singing some of the songs from the performance!
 
Learner of the week: Olly for fantastic sensible learning in Jay class during Decoration Day.
Friday 24th November
 
'There's no such thing as a Gruffalo', or is there? We have enjoyed exploring this favourite story in Robin class this week. We have been writing sentences, remembering to include capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Our cursive writing is getting better. Thank you for all the support we receive from home. We have been recognising 2D shapes (triangle, circle, square, rectangle, hexagon and pentagon) in maths and we have been creating repeating patterns.
 
In phonics we learned to read the tricky troll words we, me and be. We learned the sounds x, y, z, zz and qu. We have been reading fairy (high frequency) words and, is, it, in, at. Learning to read these as sight words really helps to speed up our reading.
 
Don't forget to bring your sheep and angel costumes into school by Wednesday 29th November!
 
Learner of the week: Ethan
 
Headteacher's Award: Jamie for fantastic phonics.
 
Sports Award: Matilda
Friday 17th November
 
This week we read and enjoyed 'Zog' by Julia Donaldson. We made wanted posters for dragons and made up our own names for Zog's dragon friends. In Maths we counted and ordered numbers. We counted and matched the numeral to the number of objects.
 
In phonics, we learned the phonemes ss, j, v and w.  We practised reading the tricky troll words: I, be, no, go and the and the fairy words and, is, it, in and at. We have been learning the letter names as well as their sounds. We could sing the alphabet to you and you could help us to spot letters as we are out and about, eg on car registration numbers. We have been trying really hard with our cursive letter formation.
 
I wonder what Julia Donaldson story we will be exploring next week?
 
Learner of the week: Seren.
Friday 10th November
 
We started our 'Tell me a story' topic this week and enjoyed Julia Donaldson's Room on the Broom. We have been making potions and labelling pictures. In Maths we practised counting and ordering numbers to 20 and we looked at different ways to make 5 using Numicon and Multilink cubes.
 
We have started learning the songs for the Nativity and we are looking forward to performing to you. Please check your child's book bag for a slip of paper telling you whether they have been cast as a sheep or an angel.
 
In phonics we have learned to read the tricky words I, go and no. We have also been reading the fairy (HFW) words has and be. We learned the sounds h, b, l, ll, f and ff. We would be delighted to show you the actions!
 
Please make sure that all clothes, hats, gloves and coats are named. It makes it much easier to return them to their owner!
 
Awards:
 
Writer of the week: Isla H-P
Sports Award: Florence for wonderful firework dance moves
Headteacher's Award: Millie
Learner of the week: Max
Friday 3rd November
 
This week our topic was called Fire! Fire! We listened to the story of Guy Fawkes, watched and described fireworks and talked about fire safety. Our role play area has been a Fire Station, which we have really enjoyed. We have done lots of painting and creative artwork. We made a bonfire on the field, sang songs, drank hot chocolate and put our Guy Fawkes on it.
 
We have been doing lots of measuring in the classroom, using language like longer, shorter, taller, smaller, middle sized. We used non standard measures to measure our height. Our phonics journey continues and we learned the sounds ck, e, u and r. We also learned to read the tricky troll words the and to.
 
Next week we will finish our work on Fire and then start our new topic called Tell me a story.  We will be exploring Julia Donaldson books so please do share these with your child at home if you have them.
 
*** We still need help for Nature Detectives. Please see Mrs Franks if you can help us.
 
Sports Award: Olivia
Headteacher's Award: Charlie
Learner of the week: Charlee
Well done to all of these children for their super learning.

Friday 20th October

What a wonderful start the children in Robin class have made to their school journey. They are exhausted after a busy half term making friends and learning the routine of school.

Thank you to everyone who attended our tea party this afternoon. It was a very fitting end to our ‘Yummy Scrummy’ topic and lovely to see so many people here.

This week we enjoyed learning about Diwali and we were busy producing invitations, decorations and food for our party.

In phonics we learned the sounds g, o, c and k. We listened to a variety of different books containing these sounds. We have now learned the sounds satpinmdgock. Over the holidays you could help your child to spot these letters in books and on signs. You could also practise blending sounds together to make VC (it) and CVC (cat) words. We have also learned to read the high frequency (fairy) words in, it, is, at and and. Learning to sight read these words really helps to improve fluency. You could put them up in your house as passwords on doors, the TV, the fridge, etc or write them on to pieces of card and play pairs or snap with them.

Headteacher’s Award: Poppy for enthusiastically tackling busy learning challenges in the classroom.

Writer of the Week: Esmee for writing all the time!

Sports Award: Hollie for good ideas in our PE lesson and helping to tidy away the baskets after every PE session.

Learner of the week: Will return after the half term holiday. 

Friday 13th October

This week we made and tasted delicious apple crumble. We have been reading Oliver’s Vegetables and Oliver’s Fruit Salad and we really enjoyed the story of Supertato. Our classroom was taken over by the Evil Pea, he caused all sorts of chaos. We have been counting and recognising numbers and practising letter formation. Thank you for taking the time to help us to write our names at home.

We love our phonics lessons and this week we have learned the sounds i, n, m, d. Please ask us to show you the actions, we would be delighted to. We have been practising reading the high frequency (fairy) words at, is, it and in. We have been putting sounds together and blending them to make words (for example s-a-t). You could help us to practise this by making words from satpinmd for us to read. You could put the letters on the fridge or put the letters on little cards for us to play with.

Well done to all of the Robin class children who are coming into the classroom independently.

We went to our first celebration assembly today. The following children received awards this week:

Sports Award: Nicholas for brilliant changing into his PE kit.

Headteacher’s Award: Amelie for having a positive attitude towards all activities and learning.

Learner of the week: Dylan for super blending.

We are looking forward to welcoming you into our classroom for our tea party next Friday 20th October at 2.15pm.

 

Friday 6th October
 
This week we have been enjoying the story of 'The Enormous Turnip'. In Maths we have been counting and recognizing numbers. We made and iced carrot cakes and we have been busy learning inside the classroom and out. We have been riding the bikes, digging in the sandpit and exploring vegetables.
 
We started our Fairytime Phonics adventure. We have learned the sounds s a t p. You could ask us to show you the action and help us to think of items and names starting with these sounds. We also started guiding reading.
 
Thank you for your contributions for the Harvest Festival and for joining us for our celebration today.
As the children become more familiar with the school, we are encouraging them to develop their independence by walking from the office and entering the classroom on their own. Please help to support your child to do this.
 
Don't forget that every Wednesday is show and tell. Please do not bring in toys but anything related to the children's achievements or to do with our topic on food is very welcome.
 
We still need one more helper for Nature Detectives on Tuesday. The children had an awesome time!
 
 
Learner of the week: James has taken Elmer home this weekend.
 
 
 
Friday 29th September 2017
 
This week we have been enjoying and exploring the story of The Little Red Hen. Today we made bread, buttered it and ate it - delicious! Lots of children took theirs home to share, look out for it in book bags.
 
We have been enjoying stories as part of our Storytime Phonics and we are ready to start Phase 2 next week. Look out for our actions and captions, they really support our learning.
 
Today we had a Welcome Party in the hall with Jay and Kingfisher class. We played musical statues and ate biscuits. It was great fun.
 
We have also been looking at 3D solids (cube, cuboid, cone, cylinder, sphere and pyramid) and practising changing into our PE kits.
 
Learner of the week: Elmer has gone home this week with Florence. Florence has completed lots of Busy Learning challenges this week. 
Friday 22nd September 2017
 
This week has been a busy week in Robin class. We did our first ever PE session and went on the Life Education Bus. We have enjoyed eating our school dinners in the hall and spending lunchtime outside playing with our friends.
 
We started our new topic 'Yummy Scrummy'. You can see the topic web below. Our role play area has changed into a cafe and we have been exploring the story 'Handa's Surprise'. On Wednesday we made fruit kebabs, they tasted delicious and we have been recognising 2D shapes and their properties in our maths learning.