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Welcome to Robins class!

Welcome to Robins Class we are delighted to be working with your children throughout the year. We have lots of fun and exciting opportunities for your children and we are here to help make an unforgettable Reception year experience.

Miss Paterson is our class teacher.

Mr Bell and Mrs Allen are our learning assistants.

SCHOOL CLOSURE 2020

 

Hello Robins!

I will put different activities on Class Dojo each day to help support your learning at home.  These will include Phonics, Maths, Topic and Reading tasks. 

If you are not connected to Class Dojo, please check the following websites for other activities being set as well as websites that focus upon the EYFS curriculum. 

Stay safe and I will see you soon,

Miss Paterson

 

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/riverside

 

https://login.mathletics.com/

 

USEFUL WEBSITES

 

Free Virtual Tours of World Museums, Educational Sites andGalleries-
https://www.familydaystriedandtested.com/free-virtual-tours-of-world-museums-educational-sites-galleries-for-children/?fbclid=IwAR0WmMmz3-cRVDvqiC5X-pgn1yCjSrkexOhixgVTwtqa3n-DfOeibaM9WKs

Free reading resources-
https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies
https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk
https://www.roythezebra.com

Phonics-
https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk
http://www.letters-and-sounds.com
https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/literacy.html
www.epicphonics.com

 https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/flash-cards-time-trial?phase=3

https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/digital-flashcards

https://epicphonics.com/games/play/free-penalty-shootout-tricky-words-game



Maths-
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/numeracy
http://www.crickweb.co.uk/Early-Years.html
https://www.topmarks.co.uk

Please also check the whole school Class Dojo page, for information about new and free opportunities that are being made available for children to access from home.

Friday 5th June 2020

 

Good Morning Robins 🌈☀️

 

Phonics recap of phase two - https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/digital- flashcards or look at sound mat inside children’s packs. Phonics recap of phase three, how many can you say in a minute? - https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/flash-cards- time-trial?phase=3

 

Phonics focus- Today’s digraph is: ‘th’

Today’s tricky word is: the

 

Phonics activity idea: https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/picnic-on-pluto. Please select ‘phase 3’ and then ‘th’. The children play this regularly in school so should be able to play the game without instructions.
Play tricky word game https://epicphonics.com/games/play/free-penalty-shootout-tricky- words-game


Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks.

To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could: Read these instructions to them so that they are able to draw a picture using positional language. These can be replaced with other things that they enjoy drawing.
Draw yourself in the middle of the paper.
Draw a cloud underneath you.
Draw a snake next to you.
Draw a hat on top of the snake.
Draw a fish above you.
Swap roles. Can they use positional language to describe something for you to draw?

 

Afternoon Activity- Can you help an adult clean something today? You could help clean the dishes, wash the car, put the washing on. What other things do we clean? Would you eat your dinner off of a dirty plate? Why not? Would you put muddy socks on in the morning? Why not

 

I have also attached two more of our incredible competition entries! Myself and Mr Bell will be looking at them all after school today and will then post the results 🤩

 

Have a fabulous day!

 

Miss Paterson 🌟

 

 

 

Thursday 11th June 2020

 

Good Morning Robins 🌈☀️
 

Phonics recap of phase two - https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/digital-flashcards or look at sound mat inside children’s packs. Phonics recap of phase three, how many can you say in a minute? - https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/flash-cards-time- trial?phase=3:

Challenge – how many can you write in two minutes?

 

Phonics focus:

Today’s digraph is: ‘oa’ 

Today’s tricky word is: he

 

Phonics activity idea: Write and cut up the letters: b, t, s, k, p, d, c, l, g, r, f, m as well as a couple of the ‘oa’ digraphs.

Ask the children to use the letters to make the following words - boat, soak, soap, toad, coat, goat, foam, road, toast and cloak.

Can they make a silly sentence using tricky word ‘he’ and some of these words. E.g “The goat is big and he can rock the boat.” Can they have a go at writing their silly sentence?

 

Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could: Please look at the PDF attached in the next post. Can you help crack the code and work out the answers to my joke or riddle? You could use manipulatives in the environment to help you add, or you could count on using your fingers or number lines.

 

Afternoon Activity: Try growing some plants or flowers at home. You could try planting some seeds in a pot or in your garden. Remember to give your seeds some water and put them somewhere sunny. Cress seeds grow quite quickly, or you could try planting some flowers. You don’t always need soil; you could use cotton wool too! Take pictures of the process and post them to your portfolios, I would love to see them

 

Have a great day!

 

Miss Paterson 🌟

Wednesday 10th June 2020

 

Good Morning Robins ☀️🌈

 

Phonics recap of phase two - https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/digital-flashcards or look at sound mat inside children’s packs. Phonics recap of phase three, how many can you say in a minute? - https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/flash-cards-time- trial?phase=3:

Challenge – how many can you write in two minutes?

 

Phonics focus:

Today’s digraph is: ‘igh’ 

Today’s tricky word is: to

 

Phonics activity idea: write these words on to paper and then cut them out. Hide them in the room and ask your child to find them. You may like to describe the location of the words to them e.g “this word is somewhere where we go to sleep” When they find them get them to sound button the word and then read it to you. Even if they can sight read the word, ask them to sound and blend: “n-igh-t" “night”.

 

Words: sight, night, might, high, bright, fright. You may also like to include some nonsense words that the children can sound out and blend e.g Pligh, Wighk, Vigh. Make sure to ask whether the word is real or nonsense.

 

Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could: Create a 0-20 number line from objects in the environment? You could make the numbers from toys, food or things from the garden. See some of the photos attached for examples. Can you use a camera, phone or iPad to take photos of your numbers? Lets see how creative you can be!

 

Afternoon Activity: Have a look at some of these famous paintings and drawings of flowers and plants. Use one of these as inspiration or maybe use one you found on your walk on Monday. Draw or paint a picture of some flowers or a plant. What resources are you going to use? What colours do you need?

 

Discovery is out there!

 

Miss Paterson 🌟

Tuesday 9th June 2020
 

Good Morning Robins! ☀️🌈
 

Phonics recap: https://www.teachyourmonstertoread.com/digital-flashcards or look at sound mat inside children’s packs. Phonics recap of phase three, how many can you say in a minute? - https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/flash-cards-time-trial?phase=3


Phonics focus:
Today’s digraph is ‘ee’

Today’s tricky word is: you


Phonics activity idea: Can you make the words feet, tree, sweet, tweet and meet using magnetic letters/wooden letters or write the words. Can you put one of these words into a sentence? “The jeep was big and green”. Can you create a silly sentence using the words tree, feet, tweet or you?


Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could: Have a look at the picture attached. Sarah went to the zoo, while she was there, she counted how many legs she saw. Can you work out how many of each animal there were? You could use toy animals or other manipulatives to help you with problem solving. For example, if Sarah saw 12 lion legs, you may count out 12 manipulatives and share them equally into groups of 4. Remember to use full sentences, for example “There were four lions at the zoo”. You could then investigate how many animals there were altogether?


Afternoon Activity: Have a look at this BBC Teach video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLhTgTwbYMI. What are the different parts of a plant/flower? Why is it so important that we look after them? One of our Forest School rules is “Do not pick growing or living things”. Could you create a poster to support this rule?

 

Have a fab day!

 

Miss Paterson 🌟

Monday 8th June 2020


Good Morning Robins ☀️🌈

 

Phonics recap: Have a look at the sound mat that was inside your home learning pack – can you say all the phonemes as you point at them?


Phonics focus:
Today’s digraph is ‘ai’

Today’s tricky word is: no


Phonics activity idea:
Look at the digraph ‘ai.’ Can they say the sound? Can they write it? Write out the following words on separate pieces of paper – rain, pain, chain, drain, train. Can the children add the sound bars and buttons to the words and then read them to you?
Go onto the ‘phonics play’ website. https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/picnic- on-pluto. Please select Phase 3 and then ‘ai.’ The children have used this lots in school so they are very familiar with the game.


Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. If you have no new activities and have finished Mathletics you may like to retry some of the activities or refer to one of the workbooks within the ‘workbook’ tab on the right-hand side of your Mathletics homepage for ideas. You may also like to explore other online resources such as www.topmarks.co.uk To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could: Today we are going to do some investigating. Can you find and draw something that is...
1) Big AND heavy
2) Big AND light
3) Small AND light
4) Small AND heavy
Are big things always heavy? Are small things always light?
Find an object in your house that you can hold in one hand. Can you find another object that is heavier than the original object, one that is lighter than the original object and one that is roughly the same as the original object. You can estimate by holding one object in each hand.


Afternoon Activity: This afternoon I would like you to go on a walk or explore your garden. Look carefully at the plants and flowers that are growing. Talk to the people you are with about what you see and ask them questions, for example “What is the name of that flower?”. You could even take some photos of the flowers or plants that you see. If the weather isn’t on our side this afternoon, look at our school’s competition entry last year for the ‘Royal horticulture Britain’s Rainham in Bloom’ competition. https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kmtv/video/rainham-garden-enter-national-flower- competition-26124/ In this video you will see lots of beautiful flowers, including the gorgeous field of poppies we had.

 

Have a brilliant day!

 

Miss Paterson 🌟

Term Six- Minibeasts and Change

 

Good Morning Robins 🌈
 

 

Good morning and welcome back!

 

I hope you've had a relaxed and joyful half term and you are ready to start our final

adventure of Reception. 

 

We're now in Term 6. The weather is beginning to get a lot warmer, a great opportunity to make the most of being in the garden or exploring

outdoors. This term our topics are Minibeasts and Change!

 

We will look at the Power of Reading books, Yucky Worms, Arghhh Spirder and

What the Lady Bird Heard as well as Superworm and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We will be recapping Phase 2 and 3 phonics and the children will continue to work towards writing words, captions and sentences independently.

 

In Maths Mastery we will be recapping doubling and halving, money, depth of

 numbers, addition and subtraction and numbers beyond 20. We will continue to look at shape, pattern, measure and space.

 

Our PSHE theme this term is ‘Changing Me’. A great opportunity to talk about

transitions, home-school, coming back to school and the year they have had.

 

We will also look at:

- Creating our own super minibeast.

- Investigating minibeasts and making non-fiction mini-beast books – discuss

predators.

- Our bodies

- Making a wormeries

- Matisse – The Snail, creating own artwork.

- Symmetrical art.

- Making eggbox spiders.

- Creating spider webs.

- Computer– drawing a minibeasts

 

I am so excited to see more fantastic home learning, if you have any photos/videos from half term, you are more than welcome to share these on the children's

 portfolio's too. As I will be in school from now on, I will try and respond to portfolios at least once a week.

 

Miss Paterson 🌟

Term Five- Tales from other countries

 

Good Morning and welcome back!

 

I hope you've had a relaxed and joyful half term, ready to start the new adventure ahead!

We're now in Term 5 😦 one of my my favourite terms in school and our new topic is 'Tales from other countries'. 

 

We will look at the Power of Reading books, Anna Hibiscus's Song, No dinner and The Leopard's Drum. We will continue to look at a digraph/trigraphs, tricky words and exploring a phonics challenge everyday. The children are working towards writing words, captions and sentences independently.

 

In Maths Mastery we will be introducing doubling and halving as well as money. We will be looking at shape, pattern, adding and subtracting in more depth too.

 

Our PSHE theme this term is 'What makes a good relationship'. A great opportunity to talk about relationships at home and relationships from school.

 

We will also look at:
- African animals – their habitats, make puppets or models.
- Story boxes linked to books.
- African necklaces.
- African schools.
- Batik art – using white crayons.
- African and Indian music and dance eg Bollywood dancing, drums, down in the jungle.
- Mehndi patterns.
- Look at Indian and African artefacts.

 

I am so excited to see more fantastic home learning, if you have any photos/videos from half term, you are more than welcome to share these on the children's portfolio's too.

 

Miss Paterson 🌟

Term Four- Transport

 

In our fourth term as Robins we will be exploring Transport, Space and Spring. In Maths Mastery this term we will look at grouping/sharing, numbers within 20, doubling/halving and shape/pattern. During phonics we will be recapping phase two and three, with a focus on reading and spelling/writing CVCC words, CCVC words, high frequency/tricky words and sentences. Our power of reading books this term are 'The Train Ride','Naughty Bus' and 'Astro Girl'. We will also be looking at the books Mr Gumpy's Outing, Whatever Next and Aliens Love Underpants. P.E this term is all about manipulation and coordination and in PSED the children will explore 'Healthy Me'.

 

Please continue to keep up to date with what we are doing in Robins on Class Dojo. We will post daily/weekly updates of the learning adventures we are having. 

 

Important dates for Term 4:

- Wednesday 4th March: Class Photos

- Thursday 5th March: World Book Day

- Monday 9th- Thursday 12th March: Book Fair

- Friday 13th March: FoRPS Mothers’ Day Gift Shop and Sport Relief

- Wednesday 25th March: Parent Consultations

- W/C 30th March: Outdoor Learning Week

- Thursday 2nd March: Autism Awareness Day

 

 

Term Three- Winter

 

In our third term as Robins we will be exploring "Winter". We will look at the season of winter, polar animals, Chinese New Year, ice investigation, Norway and Magnets. We will be looking at books such as Blue Penguin, Penguin, Polar Bear Polar Bear and many more. We will be looking at numbers within 20, subtraction, addition, grouping and sharing in Maths Mastery. We will begin phase three digraphs and trigraphs in phonics which will support the children in reading and writing words, captions and sentences. In PSED the children will explore 'Dreams and Goals- having a positive attitude'.

 

Important dates for Term 3:

Friday 17th January: Robins Class Coffee Morning 9:10-10:00am

Monday 10th February: Art Week

 

 

 

Term Two- Festivals and Celebrations

 

In our second term as Robins we will be exploring "Festivals and Celebrations". We will look closely at Diwali, Bonfire night, Remembrance Day and Christmas. We will dive deep into the power of reading books- Bog Baby and Stanley's Stick. We will continue to look at pattern, numbers within 6, addition, subtraction, measure and shape in Maths Mastery. We will finish and consolidate phase two phonics and begin to look at phase three initial sounds. We will work on segmenting and blending to develop reading CVC, caption and sentence cards. 

In PSED the children will explore 'Celebrating difference- making friends'.

 

This term will be our second performance in front of parents, the children loved performing at St Margarets Church last term. We will be rehearsing for the Christmas production in December. As a class we will be learning songs to accompany the narrators and actors of The Nativity. During this time the children will build their confidence, resilience and enjoyment of being a performer. 

 

 

 

Term One- All About Me

 

In our first term as Robins we explore the topic of “All About Me”. We will be learning our new class routines, rules and expectations. Our work will focus on the themes of ourselves, our family and our friends. It is a great opening topic for the year as the children have a sense of ownership and knowledge of these areas and so feel confident to access the learning. We will begin Maths Mastery, looking at pattern, numbers within 6, addition, subtraction, measure and shape. We will be exploring phase one and two phonics as well as working on our fine and gross motor skills to help us on our journey to writing. In PSED the children will explore 'Being me in my world'.

 

Please keep a close eye on Class Dojo for photos of our first few weeks at school and all the exciting things we will be getting up to!

 

Our first week at school is always an exciting but emotional time. It will be spent exploring our classroom both indoors and outdoors, making friends and learning new routines.

 

 

 

Key Information:

 

Please ensure your child brings in their Riverside school book bag every day as these fit in their trays and are used daily for contact books and letters.

 

All clothing, bags and bottles must be clearly named so that the children can easily find them. With permission, teachers can use a sharpie permanent marker to label up children’s belongings if necessary.

 

We are a healthy school so children should bring water every day - even in the winter months! Being well hydrated helps us to concentrate and be ready to learn. Riverside water bottles can be purchased through the school office.

 

Your child will be taking part in PE on a Tuesday Afternoon. Please ensure your child has a PE kit in school including plimsoles or trainers. Earrings must be removed for PE at home before school.

 

We have Forest School every Thursday - please make sure you have welly boots in school and gloves/ hat when it is cold.  We love learning outdoors.

 

Your child's reading book is changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please try to read regularly with your child and make a comment in their contact book. If you would like to keep the reading book a little longer, just write in the contact book and their book will not get changed that day.

 

We take part in Buster Book Club every Wednesday, so please read and record it on their reading bookmark inside the front cover of their contact book. We count the minutes on a Thursday. There is a class winner and a whole school class winner every week.

 

The topics and activities we follow are inspired by the children’s interests and can change frequently. We will let you know if there is anything you can do to support these at home. The children will have activities which cover all 17 areas of the Early Years curriculum. This is through play based and teacher led activities.

 

Children will also have daily Maths lessons following the EYFS curriculum. Please encourage your children to recognise numbers at home, count out amounts, and look for shapes and patterns.

 

Bailey Bear is our class toy who will go home for a weekend with each child throughout the school year. We ask that you write down what Bailey has been doing with you and share pictures so that the children can share this with the class.

 

Our class webpage will be updated regularly with news information about in Robins. Please visit our Class Dojo page for more information.

EYFS Curriculum Overview


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