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Robin Class

Spring 1 2018

Welcome to Robin’s class page!


Happy new year! We have as very exciting term ahead. 


This half term is going to be jammed packed with fun learning opportunities for the children. We will be looking at 'Traditional Tales' which includes traditional stories such as 'The Three Little Pigs', 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff'. The children will be learning to retell and act out these stories in lots of different ways. Many of the other areas of learning will be themed around these stories too, such as measuring materials for the three little pigs houses or designing and making a gingerbread man. We will also be exploring floating and sink, celebrations and growing plants. 


We will be continuing to focus on correct letter and number formation. Recognising and ordering numbers and simple addition and subtraction. The children will be continuing to practise segmenting and blending CVC words using their phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. 

In the early years foundation stage we follow the Development Matters cirriculum. This focuses on 7 key areas of learning; communication and language, physical development, numeracy, literacy, social and emotional development, expressive arts and design and understanding the world. Much of this learning is carried out through play and exploring, alongside guided groups with adults.

 We will be following the 'Letters and Sounds' phonics scheme and using Jolly phonics to learn our phase 2 and phase 3 sounds. We will be learning how to orally blend and segment sounds, to read and spell. Phonics sessions are fun and interactive. We will be practising reading and forming our letters in lots of different ways. 
Children in Robins and Wrens have access to the outdoor area together. This gives the children the opportunity to develop friendships with children in both classes. The children will be included in planning some of the provision for the outdoor area, as well as activities planned by the adults. 

This half term, your child might start bringing home banded books. These start on a pink band, then when your child is ready they will move up to red. These are for the child to read to the adult, please ensure you write a note in their reading record stating how well they read and whether they enjoyed the book. At St John's we aim to promote a love of reading and story telling; therefore it is important you listen to your child read and encourage them change their book daily.

Support in pronouncing the sounds, and phonics activities can be found under the 'About us' tab, 'curriculum' and then 'sounds and reading'. Please ask a member of the Early Years teaching team if you would like any additional support. Remember to check your 'how to help at home' handout for suggestions of ways to support learning at home.

Our P.E day is on a Monday, however this could change without notice, therefore we ask that kit bags are brought in on a Monday morning and kept in school for the duration of the week. Your child's P.E kit needs to include shorts/jogging trousers, P.E t-shirt and plimsolls. It is important your child has the correct footwear for PE as we will go on the field when the weather is nice. Please remember to tie long hair back, and remove all jewellery, including earnings.

In addition to their P.E kit, your child will also need the following each day:

  • A water bottle (no juice)
  • A healthy snack (fruit and vegetables only)
  • A coat
  • A bookbag - please do not carry fruit and water bottles in this as it damages the books if it leaks.
  • Packed lunch unless they are having school dinner
  • A ruck sack for your child's fruit and water bottle.


All of you child's personal belongings need to be clearly named.


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