South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School

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South Petherton Church of England Infants and Pre-School


Welcome to Robin Class!


We are a mixed class of 30 Reception and Year One children in Robin Class.  Our teacher is Mrs Llewellyn, our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Bisgrove, Mrs Howes and Mrs Ross. We are lucky to have a large classroom in the main building near the office and we have access to an outdoor area, which we use as much as possible.  


We are very proud of our achievements and enjoy learning to be independent and creative.  Sometimes we work with grown-ups in small groups and other times we learn by exploring our own interests. The grown-ups make observations of all our wonderful achievements as well as helping the adults plan for our next steps.  We are encouraged to be as independent as possible, from sorting out our own book bags, snacks etc. in the mornings to selecting resources to support our own learning.


We are very lucky to have caring parents who support us at home with our learning. We have a learning wall in the classroom to celebrate our fantastic work at home and school.  Come and look!


Robin classroom is always busy and we love to try new things.  We are looking forward to more exciting learning and adventures this term!  


Homework (Year One)

Children are expected to read little and often. Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. 

Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.  Sharing a book with your child should be a pleasurable experience, never force a child to read.....we want them to love reading. Read a book to them, if they are reluctant, let them see you reading for pleasure. The most important thing is you have fun. Some ideas to encourage a love of books:

  • visit the library
  • make up stories
  • get children to tell you a story
  • just look at the pictures in a book and describe what you can see
  • make a tent and read books together
  • let them see you reading 
  • have a special time where you share books

I will also be sending high frequency words home regularly, to practice with your child.  These should also be practiced in a fun way. Play games, hide the words around the house, say them in a funny voice, write them in flour etc. The staff will check each week to see how the children are doing and whether they are ready for extra words.  Occasionally there will be extra homework to support our what we are leaning in class. 


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Parents meeting -Robin Class

Raphael the tortoise came to visit Robin Class.

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This week in Robin Class.....




We have been learning to count, recognise and represent numbers to 5. Can you go on a number hunt and see what different numbers you can spot round your house.



We have been working on pencil grip this week and learning the sounds m, a, s, d and t.  Please follow the link for a fun way to practice how to hold a pencil correctly.


Year One:


We have been looking at numbers to 20.  We have also been learning about the symbols <,> and = (more than, less than and equal to). 



We have been reading 'Funnybones' and looking at what our bones are for. We have had so much fun, dancing to 'These Bones' and writing about what we can see in the illustrations. We have made and built skeletons and learning to use adjectives in out writing.





Phonics – Read Write Inc:

'The more I read, the better I get at reading. The better I get, the more I enjoy reading’.

This year, as part of our School Development Plan to raise standards in English in every class, all children will have three Read Write Inc lessons weekly. Read Write Inc is a systematic approach to teaching phonics, reading and writing. More than just phonics, Read Write Inc is an integrated approach to comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and handwriting. 

Below are some useful videos to help you support your child at home and understand how Read Write Inc. is taught in school:

Year One Phonics Screening:

The phonics screening check will happen in June and is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will identify the children who need extra help so they are given support by their school to improve their reading skills.  Please follow the link below for more information.

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