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 Year R - Reception (Robins Class)



 A message from the Class Teacher, Miss Roberts

Welcome back to Term 5 Robins! I hope you had a great Easter.

This term our topic is 'Minibeasts.' We will be reading the stories The Hungry Caterpillar, Aargh Spider, Super worm, I love bugs, The king of  tiny things and Norman the slug with the silly shell. Our role plays this term are a minibeast investigation lab and a garden centre. We will be investigating and learning about Minibeasts, their similarities and differences,  how to be kind and care for them, and we are going to have our very own caterpillars in our classroom!

Everyday there will be a mixture of teacher directed activities and child initiated sessions. Activities will take place inside and outside the classroom. We will continue our Forest Friday afternoons this term, so please ensure your child has a warm coat and wellies.

This term we will continue phase 4 phonics.  The children will be revising the sounds and tricky words they know and will be encouraged to apply their sounds in their reading and writing. They will continue to be encouraged to write words using their phonic knowledge, and also be encouraged to attempt to write sentences using correct punctuation. We will also continue handwriting sessions, practising writing letters in a cursive formation. We are also continuing our guided reading sessions which began at the end of last term. In these sessions the children read both independently and in a group, and do various phonics related activities.

Please continue to listen to your child read and practise their sounds/words regularly and write in their reading record when you read with your child to let us know how you feel they are getting on.

In maths, the children will be learning about halving and sharing, length, recognising and ordering confidently to 20, addition and subtraction,  and problem solving.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about your child’s learning or well-being. Thank-you

Topic Web Term 5

Timetable Term 5

Our learning

We started our new topic Minibeasts, we read The Hungry Caterpillar!


Forest Friday - Minibeast hunting!


Term 4 - Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

In Week 2 we made porridge and we wrote recipes! We also made our own Goldilocks and 3 bears.


 Jack and the Beanstalk

We are growing our own beanstalks! And we had lots of fun measuring different things.


 World Book Day

We played "Guess the Fairytale", we wrote about our characters and we invited our Woodpecker buddies our forest area.

Maths Week

We had a number day, made number cupcakes, used our knowledge of capacity to make squash, made repeating patterns and explored money. What a busy week!


The children did an absolutely fabulous job performing their Christmas Nativity. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their performance an dwe are so very proud of them!

   Remembrance Day - Poppy making

  Forest Friday

Robin's class are really enjoying their Forest Friday afternoons. During these afternoons we do activities such as DT and art activities, forest walks, playing on the equipment and building things. We have also enjoyed going into the garden where we picked beans and tomatoes. Please ensure your child has a warm coat and wellies in school.




Thank you to parents who attended the phonics workshop. You will find the link to the powerpoint used here 

In Robins' class we have daily phonics lessons which follow the scheme ‘letters and sounds’ and is supported by Jolly Phonics. When the children learn a new sound, they also learn an action and a song to help them remember the sound. The songs can all be found on youtube "Jolly phonics." Each week the children will bring home the sounds they have learnt in their "sounds bag". Please keep this in their reading record. 

Please listen to your child read and practise their sounds/words regularly and write in their reading record when you read with your child to let us know how you feel they are getting on.



I am pleased to say that most parents are now signed up to Tapestry. If you are not yet signed up as you were unable to attend the meeting please let me know.

Tapestry is a secure online Learning Journal to record photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to build up a record of your child's experiences during their time in Robins.

Please feel free to add a photo of your child for significant new learning or experiences, we would love to see what they have been doing at home. The children love to share what they have been up to with the class.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools must follow the EYFS. There are 7 Areas of learning which the curriculum is organised into to make sure children make all round development in this important stage. 3 prime areas - these lay the foundations for children's success in all other areas of learning and of life:

  1. Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
  2. Physical Development.
  3. Communication and Language.

4 specific areas - these provide the range of experiences and opportunities for children to broaden their knowledge and skills:

  1. Literacy.
  2. Mathematics.
  3. Understanding the World.
  4. Expressive Arts and Design