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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.

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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








Free Virtual Tours of World Museums, Educational Sites andGalleries-

Free reading resources-






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 15th May 2020


Subha Bakher Robins ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฐ

Morning wake up exercise: Watch and join in with this simple Thai dance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpBwx_2udGM or join Joe Wicks at 9am.

Phonics recap: Re-watch one of my phase two and three phonics recap videos. I wonder if you can say the sounds in a whispering or loud voice this time.

Tricky word recap: How many tricky words can you say in 30 seconds? How many did you remember?

Phonics activity idea: Can you create trash and treasure signs? Or use Obb and Bob. Write these words on to paper, read them aloud and then decide if they are real (Treasure/Bob) or nonsense (Trash/Obb). Watch the video attached to see me have a go at a couple.
Kelp, skip, kisp, help, freg, shelf, drep, plank, Trent.

Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could: Solve some home mathematical word problems.
1) Floppy needs a new chew toy. Dad gives a 2p, 5p and a 10p to the person at the till. How much did he pay altogether?
2) If Chip has four pairs of socks, how many socks does he have altogether?
3) Mum has 12 biscuits. She shares them equally between Biff, Kipper and Chip. How many biscuits did they get each?
4) Biff is baking a cake. The recipe says she needs 2 Eggs, 4 Cups of Flour, 3 Cups of Sugar, 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract.
So that the cake is big enough for everyone, Mum says she needs to double everything in the recipe. Can you work out the new recipe?
5) Kipper has 8 sweets. He gives half to Biff. How many does hehave left?
When answering these questions, encourage your children to find manipulatives to help them solve the question. Use full sentences, for example: “Dad paid _ pence altogether” “Biff, Chip and Kipper had _ biscuits each”.



Afternoon Activity: Please have a watch of this amazing short video. Zainab is talking about her roots with such confidence and happiness. After watching Zainab’s mum make Chipatti, I thought maybe we could try this to? I have attached some Asian food favourites that you could make at home! How are these foods different to the food you eat at home? Could you have a go at helping an adult make one of these foods?





I am looking for song suggestions for our Friday Celebration video. If you have an idea please share...Remember to send in any pictures or videos by today ๐Ÿ’ฅ

I hope you enjoy our favourite day of the week!

Miss Paterson ๐ŸŒŸ

Thursday 14th May 2020


Magandang umaga Robins ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ

Morning wake up exercise: Watch and join in with University Elementary School pupils performing a traditional Indonesian dancehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLs-PxZa138 or join Joe Wicks at 9am.

Phonics recap: https://www.ictgames.com/phonicsPop/index.html
Tricky word recap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvMyssfAUx0

Phonics activity idea: Please have a look at my short phonics video.Now it’s your turn! In the PDF attached there are some different words and pictures. Please match the words to the pictures. Remember to segment and blend when reading, use sound buttons and sound bars to help you. For a tricky challenge, have a go at matching the captions to the correct picture.

Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could: Hide numbers 0-20around the house in places that you can describe using positional language (above, below, inside, in between, next to, in front of, behind, under, on). E.g “Which number is hiding under/on top of/next to the sink?” Can they then clap that number and trace it with their finger or write it on a piece of paper?

Afternoon Activity: The climate in Asia is very hot for a lot of theyear. This means that lots of people spend time at the beach. Have a look at some of the pictures attached to see some beaches in Asia. If you were going to the beach, what would you need to take with you? Can you write me a list and draw some pictures?

Have a wonderful day!

Miss Paterson ๐ŸŒŸ

Wednesday 13th May 2020


Günaydฤฑn Robins ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท

Morning wake up exercise: Watch and join in with John Jacobson ashe shows us how to dance to"Arirang"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX6xMYlEwLA or join Joe Wicksat 9am.

Phonics recap:https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/2/flashcards-speed-trials (Login username:March20 password: home)

Tricky word recap: Look and say -> Look, say and write -> Cover andwrite

Phonics activity idea: Please take a look at these list of items.Pepper, foil, spoon, tooth brush, shampoo, sock, milk, shorts, hand. If possible, you could write this list (cursively) on paper for your children to read. Ask them to read the list, adding sound bars and sound buttons. They then need to find the items on the list and you need to take ONE photo showing ALL of the items (and your child of course!). For an extra challenge, can they work out which item is missing from my picture?

Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could: Why don’t you have a go at a number blocks quiz. You could do either level 1 or 2. Don’t forget to use objects from the environment to help you if you get stuck!


Afternoon Activity: Our second Power of Reading book for this term is ‘No Dinner’ based on an old fold tale that was told in the Indian Subcontinent. Please have a listen to the two videos, part one and part two.

Can they retell the story using a story map, puppets or acting it out? Who are the main characters in the story? What’s your favourite part of the story? What happens at the beginning/middle/end? Could you be super creative and create a story box?

Please share videos and pictures to your portfolio or via message๐Ÿ˜

Have an adventurous day.

Miss Paterson ๐ŸŒŸ

Tuesday 12th May 2020


Selamat pagi Robins! ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ

Morning wake up exercise: Watch and join in with Punjabi BhangraDance Steps
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYX8e8l55zs or join Joe Wicksat 9am.

Phonics recap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNcBWSBxSp0

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

Phonics activity idea: Lets try sentence substitution. Write down thefirst sentence for them to read.
‘The man burnt the toast’. Can they read this sentence aloud?
Now take a word away and add a new one...
‘The man burnt the towel.’ Can they read this new sentence aloud? Does the sentence make sense? Or is it nonsense?
Now I'm going to change two words...
‘The girl burnt the milk’ Can they read this sentence aloud?
Now take a word away and add a new one...
‘The girl brings the milk’ can they read this new sentence aloud? Does the sentence make sense? Or is it nonsense?

Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. To extend your children’s learning in your home, you could:Watch my video to see how to play the addition board game, then use the PDF attached or create your own and have a go yourself! Please encourage them to ‘count on’ from one of the given numbers and to use full sentences๐Ÿ’ฅ

Afternoon Activity: There are lots of different animals that live in Asia. Unfortunately, some of these animals have become endangered. This means that the number of these animals is decreasing. Have a look at these links on the WWF website of three endangered animals in Asia; Tigers, Giant Panda and AsianElephants. Can you make a fact file about one of these animals?


I am lucky enough to have visited an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand, Asia. I stayed with some elephants who were being cared for. We fed them, took them on their daily walk to the river, swam with them and cleaned them. If Robins are interested in my visit they can see the photos and videos attached to this post.


Have a great day!

Miss Paterson ๐ŸŒŸ

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Monday 11th May 2020


Good Morning Robins ๐ŸŒˆ

I hope you had a very relaxed, long bank holiday weekend. Thisweek we will be exploring the continent Asia!

Morning wake up exercise: Start the morning with some Zumbahttps://family.gonoodle.com/channels/zumba-kids or join Joe Wicksat 9am.

Today please recap all phase three sounds:

Today please recap all tricky words:https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources/phase/3/tricky-word-trucks(Login username: March20 password:home)

Phonics activity idea: Using a phoneme frame, can they make thewords shelf, hand, belt, punch, sink andlost. Remember that eachpart of the frame is one sound, so the digraph ‘sh’ would go in onepart of the framenot two. As an extension they could put the wordsinto a sentence.

Maths- Please have a look at Mathletics tasks. To extend yourchildren’s learning in your home, you could:Lets go on a missingnumber hunt. Draw and cut up numbers 0-20. Can they put them ina number line? Askthem to close their eyes whilst you remove someof the numbers and hide them around the room. Can theywork outwhich numbers are missing? Can they find them and put them backin the correct space? Swap rolesand repeat.

Afternoon Activity- Have a look at the link attached and let the Go Jetter characters take you on a journey to explore Asia. Once you have looked at the ppt, can you pick one landmark in Asia to focus on this afternoon.You could build, draw, research, talk or even remake it! We would love to see your creativity, send picturesorvideos to your portfolio or via message.

Take a look at Purple Mash, where I have set 2dos linked to Asia.Have a great day!

Miss Paterson ๐ŸŒŸ

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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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 ๐ŸŒŸ

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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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