Robins (Reception)


Friday 27th November 2020

Anti Bullying Week

This week we have discussed Bullying and the negative  impact it can have on another person. We have been focussing on how we help and uplift others rather than bring them down. The Robins know that kindness is so important and what Jesus inspires in all of us. In Class we recite this phrase everyday to remind us of what kind of person we want to be we say "Kind hands, kind heart and kind words". During circle time sessions we often share examples of ways we have helped others and been a good friend.

Well done Robins for setting a lovely example for Nursery and for building strong friendships full of love, kindness and respect. 


It is so important for children to speak in full sentences, whether they are asking or answering questions or sharing news. Speaking in sentences helps your child to:

  • increase and develop their vocabulary
  •  allows them opportunites to speak in the correct tense (I went to the park instead of I go'd to the park)
  • will help with their writing- It is easier to think, organise and write a sentence if you are used to speaking in a sentence. 

Ways you can help at home

  • Encourage them to speak and respond to you using full sentences. An example would be : Parent "what would you like to drink?" A child may respond with "water" however you could encourage them to respond in a full sentence  "I would like some water please"

Nativity Practise

Thank you for helping your children to learn their lines. We have been so impressed with how quickly they have learned them. Our Nativity practise is well under way and the children are rehearsing and working hard. We are developing our preforming skills such as singing, acting, timings and projecting our voices. 

Friday 13th November

Today is “Children in need day” and we started our day with a Jo Wicks workout. Joe Wicks has created a video specifically tailored for EYFS, and our little ones loved Joe Wicks giving us a special morning energiser.

We also had Pudsey on hand with his Yoga Moves to help get our class stretching and ready for the day.

Don’t forget to watch tonight and help Pudsey raise lots of money for children in need.


This week we have been reading the story of “The Tiger who came to tea” and something very strange happened. The tiger visited the Foundation Stage and we saw it on the camera, so we followed his footprints and realised that he’d drunk all of our milk. He also ate all our biscuits and drank all the tea in the teapot.  We decided, just like Sophie in the story, to buy a very large tin of tiger food and make a large pot of tea just in case he returns.


Remembrance Day

During our R.E. lesson we discussed the importance of Remembrance Day and all the people that had died during the 1st and 2nd World Wars. We also spoke about how important it was that we pay our respects to all the soldiers by making a poppy to remember them by and respecting the one-minute silence on Wednesday 11th November. Each child then had the opportunity to make their own poppy which was then added to the display.


Friday 6th November 2020


For maths this week we have been focusing on numbers 1- 5. We have been practicing our number formation but also learning that numbers represents an amount. 

Sharing news

Every morning during the register the children are asked to share something interesting they have seen on the way to school. The children have noticed and described wonderful things such as 'huge trucks', 'glittering leaves' and 'two birds flying together'. We are going to continue doing this as it is great for language and vocabulary. A way you can help is to remind them to look out for interestings things on the way into school and help them to describe them. 

Remember Remember the 5th of November 

On Thursday the Foundation stage learnt all there is to know about fireworks and about Guy Faulks and the gun powder plot. We splatter painted our very own picture of a fireworks display. We also made paper sparklers and then we zoomed around the playground pretending they were real. We may not have had a proper bonfire night this year, but the Foundation stage certainly enjoyed their own alternative bonfire night.


Bug Club - This week phonics sounds have all been allocated so the children can recap them. 

Books ahve been allocated along with some activities. 


This Sunday is remeberence Sunday. The children have been introduced to the reasons behind this and we looked at previous ceremonies at the Cenotaph during our carpet session. It would be great if you can discuss this further with your children over the weekend. Next week we will be  making our poppies and wreaths and learning more about what this flower means and represents. 

Bug club over half term

I have allocated the sounds we have been learning so far. There is a video to practice the phoneme sound, along with some reading and writing practice. I have also allocated some reading books that correspond with the sounds that have been taught and gives them the opportunity to practice applying this in their reading. They are still very new to this learning so may need your support especially with blending the sounds together.

Fine Motor Skill development and strengthening 

Strengthening the muscles in our fingers goes a long way in supporting children with their writing. 

Lots of inspiration and ideas can be found online if you search 'Fine Motor Skills'. 

Some ideas include:

Playing with playdough (recipies can be found online)

Threading using dried spagetti and penne pasta 

Cutting using scissors 

using pegs - attactching them to paper, washing lines etc




Numbers- what numbers can you spot on your half term adventures?.

Number walk: You can seem them on doors, buses, posters etc.

Shapes. Everything is made out of shapes.

Shape walk- What shapes can you spot in your environment?. Indoors and outdoors


Friday 23rd October

This week we have been reading the story 'Room on The Broom' by Julia Donaldson. We know the story really well and can join in with key phrases. For our work we have made potions and designed our own magnificent booms. We also created magic wands that double up as pencils which we have taken home to use to do some magical drawings and writing. We have been working hard to develop and stregthen our finger muscles and one of the activites we have been doing is making playdough monsters.All that pushing, squishing and moulding is great for developing our finger muscles as well as being lots and lots of fun. 


The children have worked so hard this half term and have settled well. I wish you all a lovely half term and look forward to seeing you all in the new term. 

Friday 16th October 

We have had another busy and productive week in Reception. As part of our Black History Month learning we have celebrating Caribbean cusine and roleplaying this in our own 'Taste of the Caribbean' resturant. We have also been learning about hair. The differences in  colour, texture and styles and have been reading a brilliant book called 'My Hair' written by Hannah Lee. The story is about a young black female who is deciding how she would like her hair styled for her upcoming birthday. She takes inspiration from all the wonderful women in her life and the hairstyles they have. This has tied in well with our term topic and Re topic which is all about celebrating the ways in which we are similar but also all the wonderful ways we are different and how our individuality makes us special and unique. 



We have began phase two phonics this week and have learned four new sounds 's' 'a' 't' 'p' . This weeks homework on Bug Club is linked to this new learning. I have sent home Bug Club Logins again so please log on and complete.


For our current RE topic we are looking at Baptism. If you have any photos of your child being baptised we would love for them to bring them in so we can add to our display. 


Friday 9th October 

Well done to all of you for partcipating in this years Mini London Marathon. You all did amazingly well and I am so proud of you all.

This week we have finished phase 1 phonics and will be moving on to phase 2 on Monday.  You have all been working very hard on building your segmenting and blending skills and as we start learning more of our sounds this will bring on our reading and writing. 

We have been reading the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears and I have been so impressed with your retelling of the story, especially when you act it out and use different voices for each characters. For maths we have been comparing sizes of objects and using terms such as tiny, small, medium, large and enormous and we have been putting objects into size order.


Reading- I have allocated two Lillac books which you can access via Bug Club. You can also ask your children to retell the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. You will not be disappointed. 

Phonics - Please continue with Silly soup and Metal Mike , segmenting and Blending. Alphablocks is also great for demonstrating segmenting and blending words and can be found on the BBC website.

Maths- Order yourselves in height order as a family.

Welcome to Reception 


Welcome to Reception. It has been so lovely to see you and your smiling faces. You have settled in so well and it’s been so nice to see you catching up with old friends and making new ones.  This week we have been doing lots of fun things such as drawing, construction, outdoor play, bikes, cars, home corner and many more things. We also have a new class name ...we are the Robins. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you on Monday.

On the school website there is a section about “Returning to School” There is a selection of e books that you can access for your information. 

Friday 2nd October - Homework 

Continuing on with our phonics learning. 

This week we made 'Metal Mike' our class Phonics Robot. 'Metal Mike' speaks only in sounds and our job is to listen to what he sounds out and blend it together. 

Metal Mike's song

I'm a little Metal Robot you can see me walk

I use special sounds to help me talk

Listen to me speaking sounding out the words _ _ _ (sound out a word) 

Now what was the word you heard


It would be great if the children could make their own Robot at home. All you need is a box, some tin foil and some rolls from a toilet roll or kitchen roll. Parents your job is to sound out words to everday objects and encourage your child to blend it together. Some examples: parents you would say  b- e - d  child would blend together and say bed, sp-oo-n  spoon , ch-air chair , b-a-g  bag.  

Friday 2nd October

Another Great week in Reception. This week we have been learning about our feelings and emotions. We have been using a wonderful book called 'The Colour Monster' by Anna Llenas to help us. It is an insightful story about a monster who needs help and support identifying his feelings. With the help of a friend the Colour Monster is able to identify his feelings and seperate them into colours. The monster is then given ideas and options on the best way to manage these feelings and how to reach out and ask for help. We have really enjoyed learning about different emotions and corresponding colours. During our circle time activities we have been able to share our feelings by saying/ showing what colour we are feeling as well as giving examples of times we have felt certain emotions and why. 

Poetry Week

This week has been Poetry week. The children learned a poem called "Have A Ball' by cartonist Joe Morh. It was a poem about taking care of the earth. The children performed it for the whole school via zoom and did an amazing performance. I am super proud of all of them. We made a display using the earths they painted during the week. Well done Robins on your excellent poetry work this week. 

Curriculum Newsletter Autumn 1

Each term there will be a curriculum newsletter with information about what your child will be learning throughout the term.

File icon: pdf Reception Autumn 1 curriculum newsletter.pdf [pdf 332KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Reception Autumn 1 curriculum newsletter.pdf [pdf 332KB] Click to download

RE Newsletter for Autumn term  

Each term there will be a RE newsletter with information about what your child will be learning throughout the term as well as special dates.

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Friday 18th September 2020

Dear children

We have had such a lovely week in Reception.  You have worked so hard and are really following the school golden rules, especially our new 'keeping everyone safe' rules.  We've been so lucky with the weather that we've managed to do lots of outdoor activities such as construction, water play and also PE with Mr Adams.
The book we are currently reading is called  'After the Fall' by Dan Santat. This book is a follow up to the familiar nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty and what life was like for him after his fall off the wall. It looks at how this accident resulted in Humpty Dumpty developing a fear of heights which stops him from partcipating in his favourite activity, which is bird watching from up high . It then looks in to how he overcomes his fear and climbs up that ladder, taking on step at a time, until he reaches the top. As part of our literacy and PSED focus the children were asked to draw a picture from a part of the story and were then involved in a discussion about it.  You all really grasped the message about how it is okay to feel sad and afraid but that we keep moving forward, keep trying our best to find a way to get back on that ladder, and climb back to the top. 
I hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you next week. 

18th September 2020

Reception Meeting 

Dear parents

Thank you to those who were able to make the Reception Welcome Meeting held earlier today. I am uploading the Powerpoint with the information discussed today. If you have any questions please email the office (email address is found in powerpoint). 

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend


File icon: pdf SMA Welcome Meeting Robins.pdf [pdf 449KB] Click to download

25th September 2020

I have attached some documents with further information about Bug Club

File icon: pdf Bug_club_parent_slides_for website.pdf [pdf 6MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf how_pupils_can_access_BugClubPhonics_ebooks_and_games.pdf [pdf 1MB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Letter_to_parents Reception.pdf [pdf 216KB] Click to download

25th September 2020

Another fantastic week in Reception. We have been very busy and working very hard.  As part of our topic ‘Family Fortunes’ we have been talking about our homes and families. We have been sharing with the class some of the adventures and experiences we have had with our families. We enjoyed drawing pictures of ourselves with our families. Miss Cox is going to display all of them in the classroom. She said they are beautiful.

For literacy we retold and sequenced the story ‘After the Fall’, Miss Cox has been very impressed with how well we know the story. In Mathematics we have been looking at ways we can sort and match objects. In Phonics we have been making some very ‘silly soup’ adding objects we have found around the classroom based on the initial sound Miss Cox said aloud. We have also been learning about what it means to be a kind friend.

Next week we will begin reading the story ‘The Colour Monster’ as a class.


This week I have assigned each child a Liliac book which they can access and complete with you via Bug Club.

I have also attached a phonics activity. This will support and reinforce the learning they have been doing this week. 

File icon: pdf A1 w3 silly soup homework.pdf [pdf 322KB] Click to download