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Reception (Robins)

A message from the Class Teacher, Miss Roberts

Welcome back Robins! I hope you had a fabulous Christmas break and are ready for the new term!

This term our topic is ‘Winter’. We will be reading the stories Lost and found, blue penguin, the snowman and the snowdog,  jack frost, the winter hedgehog, polar bear polar bear, Schubert’s snowflakes, penguin. Our inside role play this term is an ice palace! And our outside role play this term will be Antarctica.

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 be continuing phase 3 phonics. The children will continue to be encouraged to write the sounds they can hear in words, practise letter shapes and use correct punctuation so that they can use all of these in their reading and writing. They will be writing tricky words, and encouraged to use them in their writing.

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 ordering to 20, learning about the properties of 3D shapes, learning addition and writing number sentences, as well as learning about capacity, money and positional language.

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 3



Our learning


Lost and Found

In our first week back we started our new topic Winter. We read the story Lost and Found about a penguin who one day shows up on a boy's doorstep. We found out about where Penguins come from (the south pole) and wrote about it. We also wrote Found posters for the penguin. We made our own little penguins too!








The children did an absolutely fabulous job performing their Christmas Nativity!!!




The Stick Man












Naughty Bus!

The Naughty Bus got up to all sorts of mischief when he visited our classroom! We wrote rules teaching him how to be good, we made our own junk model naughty buses and used people on the bus to work out one more than a given number!


Room on the Broom

We read Room on the Broom! We made magic wands in Forest Friday, and enjoyed making masks and potions!


We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Robins class loved reading this story! We made our own story maps and freeze frames which was lots of fun! We also enjoyed exploring the beebots for the first time - seeing which parts of the story they could take us to! We also enjoyed going on our very own bear hunt in Forest Friday!









 Remembrance Day

Poppy making




  Forest Friday

Robin's class are really enjoying our 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