ROBINS

Welcome to Robins!

 The Robins team are Mrs Johnson, Mrs Fiore, Mrs Hart and Mrs Hinson. We are a friendly team who all work together to ensure that the Reception children are happy, engaged, supported and challenged.

 

The staff work very closely to make sure all children have the correct support and guidance during their time at school, and to instill a love of learning from an early age. Each day in Robins consists of a balance of child-initiated and adult led activities (including carpet sessions such as Read Write Inc Phonics, Morning Maths Meetings, Handwriting and Circle Time).
 
  
Key Dates and Reminders
 
Monday 3rd June - Back to school after the half-term holidays.
 
Tuesday 4th June - A special surprise visitor for the Reception and Y1 children...!
 
Wednesday 5th June - New Reception Parents and Carers Evening with Mrs North and Mrs Johnson - 6pm.
 
Thursday 6th June - Transition visits for new Reception children begin - 1.30pm - 2.30pm.
 
Tuesday 11th June - Bring Mum/ Female Carer to School Morning. 
 
Tuesday 18th June - Sports Day.
 
Monday 1st July - Robins and Doves trip to 'ROARRR Dinosaur Adventure'.
 
Wednesday 24th July - Last day of the Summer Term. 
 
**Don't forget, the 'Class Story' on our Dojo page is updated regularly with photos, information and ways that you can support us from home.**
 
 
News
 
On Tuesday 4th June Robins and Doves had some very special visitors! Steve and James from The Education Group came to visit us with their dinosaurs, Sophie the Tyrannosaurus and Jack the baby Allosaurus. They also brought along their fossil dig so that we could become palaentologists!
 
  
Our topic for the Summer Term is 'Dinosaurs!
 
Learning is well underway and the children are absolutely fascinated by these creatures from long ago. Dinosaurs have worked their way into every aspect of our learning, from estimating the amount of dinosaur bones in our dinosaur dig in Maths, to making ammonite fossil prints in EAD, to creating our own 'Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs' inpired writing in Literacy. 
 
Have a look at the photos below to see some of our recent activities and learning. 
 

Our Learning Environment

Our environment is carefully laid out to allow the children to access the seven areas of the Early Years curriculum through self-directed play, allowing the adults to support and extend their learning alongside them. We have the following areas, with changing weekly challenges that link to children's current learning and interests. 

Indoor Classroom

A Maths Area, with lots of resources linked to number, shape, space and measure.

A Literacy Area, with phonics resources and mark making materials to support children in their independent reading and writing.

A Reading Corner, with books related to our current focus, as well as a wide range of appealing texts to choose from.

Home Corner, allowing children to develop narratives, their knowledge of the world and personal and social skills.

An Art Area for children to access a range of tools such as scissors, glue, hole punches and sellotape, for creating their own models and designs. There is also a malleable area where children can use a range of tools with play dough and other materials to develop their fine motor skills. 

A Construction Area, including a wide range of construction resources such as Lego, Mobilo, GeoMag and Polydron.

A Small World Area, where the children can use their imaginations to create narratives using resources like train track, small vehicles, farm and wild animals and a variety of backdrops. 

A Finger Gym with challenges to support the development of the children's fine motor skills.

Water Area, which includes a range of resources to support the children's development in Mathematics, Literacy and Expressive Arts and Design. 

An ICT Area where we have a desktop computer, laptops, Ipads and other ICT resources such as Bee-Bots and metal detectors. 

Wow Wall where we love to share the 'Wow Moments' our parents and carers send in from home.

Outdoor Classroom

The children in Robins have daily access to the outdoor space, which includes the following:

An Outdoor Maths Shed, full of natural materials to support the children's understanding of number, measures, shape and pattern.

Literacy and Maths trolleys containing a range of resources to support learning in these areas. 

A Construction Area, for children to make large scale models, using crates, tyres, pipes, tarpaulins, big blocks and sponge bricks. 

A Sand Tray, with lots of digging tools, buckets, sieves and molds. 

A separate gravelled area which includes soil-filled tyres for growing fruit, vegetables and flowers as well as areas for digging.

wooden house for role-play. 

Reading Books

 Reading books are changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and we check the children's Key Words when they read with a grown-up each week. Please remember to sign your child's reading record and let us know how they have got on with their book. 

Tips for reading at home:

  1. Read for 10 minutes each night with your child.
  2. Discuss the illustrations on the cover/ pages. What do they think is happening?
  3. Predict what may happen in the story/ on the next page.
  4. Talk about who the characters in the story are, and where it is set.
  5. Ask your child how they think a character is feeling at various points in the story.
  6. Recap what happened in the book; can your child sequence the events? 
  7. Discuss whether your child enjoyed the story or not, and why.
  8. Be guided by your child’s interests- read quality texts from home/ the library as well as school books.
  9. Become an explorer- read fact, fiction, rhymes, poems, picture books.
  10. Most important, read to your child; it really does make the world of difference. 
  
Keep in touch!
 
We love to hear about your children's achievements at home. You can let us know what they have been up to by:
 
  • Sending in 'Wow Moments' which we will display on our Wow Wall, before adding them to the children's Learning Journeys. We always have a stock of spare Wow Moments in the plastic pouch on the Wow Wall, so feel free to pop in and get some should you need more. 
  • Keeping in touch with pictures/ stories on Class Dojo; you can message Mrs Johnson directly via the app on your phone.
  • Recording in Reading Diaries how your child is getting on with their reading at home. 
  • Coming for a chat or giving us a call. 
 
 
Here is our Link Up letter for the Summer Term:
 
Here is a link to the 'What to Expect, When?' document, which is a helpful guide to children's learning in their early years.