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Friday 10th July 2020

Hello to The Robins

 

The last week of term is almost here and we are all ready for a few holiday weeks for some rest, play and relaxation. Mrs Baker and I are very proud of all that you have achieved in very unusual times, whether at home or school. We have loved catching up with some of you here at school as well as hearing about our 'bubbles' at the Farm.

 

We are really looking forward to our new school year in September and are sure that you will be ready to do your very best as Year 2s!

 

For now, we wish you a very happy summer holiday. Keep safe, stay healthy and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

We will say thank you from all the Robins to all the adults who have helped you in Robin Class over this year.

 

With very kind wishes from 

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

smiley smiley

 

Thursday 2nd July 2020

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

We are now well and truly into Summer and July is here! Hopefully you are still noticing lots of things around you. Mrs Walker noticed a beautiful moth in her garden this week. Why is it a moth and not a butterfly? Can you find out?

So this is the time to get out your pencils and paints and get drawing, painting, modelling, printing or anything arty that you can think of! It is Children’s Art Week.

Look for lots of ideas here https://www.twinkl.co.uk/event/children-s-art-week-2020

 

Keep happy and safe everyone.

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

Friday 26th June 2020

 

Hello to all the Robin children, parents and carers

 

We hope you're enjoying the sunny summer weather. Life is slowly changing, both in our homes and here at school. Some of the children are able to come into school to work in Owl or Robin Class or at Frogmary, and some children are carrying on the good work at home. Mrs Baker and I really appreciate all the wonderful learning that is taking place everywhere!

 

We have been reading Zog by Julia Donaldson. Afterwards we made costumes. You could make some at home, see the 2 links below. We decided to make our own Dragon School on the Robin playground but thought we should be safe, so no fire breathing or fighting! 

 

Mrs Baker and Mr Best say hello too and look forward to seeing you all. Stay safe, keep up your learning and have fun in the week ahead.

 

From Mrs Spurway Mrs Baker Mr Best

 

Friday 19th June 2020

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

Have you ever really thought about bees? They are really interesting creatures. There are also lots buzzing around in the garden at the moment and they are doing very important work. Do you know that bees help make a lot of the food we eat? Another interesting fact about bees is that they don’t just buzz, they also toot and quack apparently! Follow this link to CBBC Newsround to find out more https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/53061948

 

You can also make a bee hotel in your garden by following this link https://www.rspb.org.uk/globalassets/downloads/activities-pdfs/buildabeebandb.pdf

 

Mr Best made a bee hotel for his garden. I wonder if any bees have moved in yet?

 

We have made and hidden some Bug Hotels in the Robin playground. Hopefully other minibeasts will also look after our plants over the summer.

 

 

Keep happy and safe everyone.

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

Friday 12th June 2020

Dear Robin Children, Parents and Carers

 

Happy weekend to you all! We hope the rain will soon be over so that we can enjoy our warm summer sunshine again.

 

Mrs Spurway has been going for lots of walks around the countryside and sometimes on our nearby coastal paths. Mrs Baker has been walking too with her dog Stanley. Mr Best has been helping his chickens settle into their new home in his garden. We have a picture just below!

 

We hope you’re all keeping busy with the home learning activities we have set for you. Next week’s home learning has been uploaded onto the website for you as usual. Keep sending us pictures of all the things you’ve been doing. We love to see them :)

 

Although South Petherton library is still closed, the usual Summer Reading Challenge is starting this month. It will just be online this year and the Reading Agency are calling all readers to join ‘The Silly Squad!’ There are tips on how to access library books online, or you can read books you already have at home. Find out more on https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ .

 

Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all soon.

Mrs Spurway Mrs Baker Mr Best

Friday 5th June 2020

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

Hello everyone it’s Mr Best here. I hope you are well and keeping safe. I have been missing seeing you all in Robin Class. I hope you have been doing lots of fun and exciting things and I look forward to hearing all about them.

 

I have been working at school and I have also been busy in my garden. One thing I’ve been doing is a making a home for some chickens. I’m very excited because on Saturday our new chickens will be moving in to their new home! I will keep you up to date on how they are getting on and send some photos when I can!

 

I also hear it’s Georges birthday on the 10th Of June. Happy Birthday George from all of us in Robin Class.

 

On the 8th of June it is World Oceans Day, a day where people get together and celebrate our beautiful ocean and think of ways to protect them. Ideas for things to do to help think about this day can be found on this link:

https://www.twinkl.co.uk/event/world-oceans-day-2020

 

Keep happy and safe everyone.

 

Love from

Mr Best (and also Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker of course!)

Friday 29th May 2020

A big hello to you from us both! We hope you've all had a happy half term. It has flown by so very quickly. Its hard to believe that it was just springtime when school suddenly changed. Now early summer is in full bloom. While I'm typing at my laptop I can hear birds cheeping, wind in the trees and bees buzzing as they hover around the flowers.

 

Our Robin classroom has changed quite a bit as we get ready for Reception and Year 1 Key Worker children to come in after half term. It is super-sparkling-clean but with most of our toys and books packed away in the cupboard. Mrs Baker and I are so looking forward to the happy day in the future when we can learn and have time together again.

 

Until then, let's all keep trying our best. We know you will carry on learning at home with the help of your very kind grown ups. Next week's learning will be found as usual on the website. Mrs Baker and I love to see photos or work that is sent in to school. We are very proud of all that you are doing, finding, making, building and imagining, even when work is a bit tricky, and especially when you are being kind and caring to those in your families.

Take care and stay safe,

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

Friday 22nd May 2020

To all our Robins and families

We can’t believe that the first Summer half term has finished and it is now Bank Holiday weekend. Thank you to our Special Seven who have been working on beautiful rainbows for Robin Class.

 

We’re so pleased some of you have sent us your pictures and letters for Burnworthy House. If you haven’t had a chance to do one yet, there is still time. We will send a whole school package once we have all your contributions. Thank you. Each one will brighten up someone’s day.

 

You’ll be glad to know that we won’t be uploading a week of learning activities for the half term holiday! We do have some ideas for interesting and fun things to do on the Home Learning page of our website, so have a look. Its a busy birthday week ahead so we wish Mrs Moy, Mrs Walker and Lolek a very Happy Birthday.

 

Have you noticed that there are now lots of beautiful insects and other minibeasts beginning to fly and crawl around our gardens? The RSPB have come up with some ideas on how you can encourage minibeasts into your garden. Have look at their website and see if it gives you some ideas. Don’t forget to send us some photos of anything you manage to make.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-teachers/lesson-plans-and-supporting-resources/homes-for-nature/

 

Stanley’s Bake-Off is now on our video page. It is really very funny!

 

Stay safe and have a wonderful half term week.

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

Rainbow Stanley
Friday 15th May 2020

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

We hope you are keeping safe, well and busy with all your learning and play activities at home. Thank you for the pictures of rainbows from our very creative Special 7 Reception children. Keep them coming in!

 

Happy Birthday wishes to James! We hope you had a wonderful birthday. In the week ahead we also say Happy Birthday to Harriet on Weds 20th and also Happy Birthday to Ethan on Saturday 23rd May.

 

Mrs Baker and I have been thinking about Burnworthy House in South Petherton. The people who live there sadly can’t have any visitors at the moment. It might cheer them up if we could send any good wishes or artwork. You might like to write a letter to say what you have been doing during this lockdown time. We would love it if you could send them in to us by email or to the school office and we will make sure they are delivered together from us all.

 

Your next week of learning activities has been uploaded as usual onto the Year Group Learning Pack section under this tab labelled Children.

If you love our dinosaur learning activities, we think you also might enjoy these....

 

Take care everyone 😊. We’re thinking about each one of you and looking forward to when we see you again.

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

Friday 8th May 2020

We are celebrating Victory in Europe Day, 75 years after the end of the 2nd World War in 1945.

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

We hope the Year 1's seeds are growing well in the warm sunshine. Our Special 7 should have a surprise in the post today or tomorrow from Mrs Baker and Mrs Spurway……

 

Mrs Baker saw a beautiful barn own out hunting this week. If you love owls as well then why not share the ‘Owl Babies’ story by Martin Waddell? https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/storybooks-and-games/owl-babies/

 

Has anyone else seen any animals out in their garden? What about any birds building nests or maybe carrying food for their babies? Have you watched any interesting animal programmes this week? We would love to hear from you.

 

Your next week of learning activities has been uploaded onto the Year Group Learning Pack section under this tab labelled Children.

Why not…

Listen to a CBeebies bedtime story this week

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/watch/bedtime-stories-readers

 

Stay safe and well everyone 😊.

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

Friday 1st May 2020

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

 

We have already had 2 weeks of the Summer Term. Mrs Baker has been planting seeds and watching them grow. Mrs Spurway has been sewing again and having some fabulous but sometimes soggy walks!

Team Baker have also put together a story for you to watch on the Video Gallery page. Mrs Baker has been Film Director. Mr Baker has read the story with Stanley’s help and Joel has kindly filmed and edited it for you. We hope you enjoy it!

Your third week of summer term learning activities has been uploaded onto the Year Group Learning Pack section under this tab labelled Children. 

 

Why not also…

Look again at a favourite activity? We like http://www.educatingyoungengineers.com/engineering-challenge.   Each week there is a new challenge but you can choose any one. The raft challenge looks fun! Which indoor or outdoor activities would you like to try again?

Go on a virtual day out? We like https://usborne.com/play-and-learn-at-home/virtual-days-out/virtual-days-out/  On the Farm, A Day in London, The Dinosaur Museum? There are some printable downloads and also some links to websites for further research.

Don’t forget our Online Safety guidance: https://www.southpethertoncofeinfants.co.uk/online-safety/

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

Friday 24th April 2020

 

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

 

We hope everyone has had a lovely week and has been enjoying the sunshine that has returned to smile on us once more. Hopefully most of you will have planted your special seeds that arrived in the post. Don’t forget to keep them watered, especially during this warm weather!  Mrs Spurway has been busy decorating and also sewing scrubs for the NHS this week. Mrs Baker has enjoyed knitting a cardigan and singing to herself lots, although her family may not have enjoyed it so much!

 

Your second week of summer term learning activities has been uploaded onto the Year Group Learning Pack section under this tab labelled Children. 

 

Why not…

Try this website for lots of ideas for fun songs to sing and share. Why not try making your own music to go along with some of the songs? 

https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/?utm_source=homepage&utm_campaign=ootamathome2&utm_medium=banner

 

To make the most of this beautiful weather that we are having, why not try some of the  great outdoor activities suggested by the Woodland Trust: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/

 

A Belated Happy Birthday to Phoebe and Wilbur. We hope you both had a wonderful day!

 

Stanley has been busy writing you all a note although he has got a bit muddled with his spellings! Can you help him sort it out?

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

First apple blossom
Look at the bee's knees! Can you see the pollen?

Friday 17th April

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

We hope you’ve really enjoyed your Easter holidays. We’re very thankful that it has been warm and sunny. Mrs Baker has been doing lots of gardening and walking with her family and her dog Stanley.  I have been gardening too and Mr Spurway has been playing his guitar and decorating, although not at the same time! 

 

We have now moved into the Summer Term and your first week of learning activities has been uploaded onto the Year Group Learning Pack section under this tab labelled Children. 

 

Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics update:

 

Storytime with Nick

From Monday 20th April, we are releasing Storytime with Nick; films of well-loved stories read by Nick Cannon, a trained actor, teacher and trainer and a wonderful storyteller. See him in action here.
A new story will be added to our YouTube channel at 2pm on MondayWednesday and Friday each week. They are ideal for Nursery, Reception and KS1 children.
Storytime includes books by Tom Percival, Cressida Cowell, David Melling, Jeanne Willis, Judith Kerr, Oliver Jeffers and David Walliams. Most films will be available for the period of school closure.

7 new YouTube Speed Sounds lessons every day on YouTube

From Monday 20th April, we are streaming 7 Speed Sounds lessons, including Word Time and Spelling, for children to watch at home every weekday on our YouTube channel. Each lesson is ten to fifteen minutes long and available for 24 hours.

Set 1

  • Set 1 Speed Sounds 9.30 am (BST)
  • Set 1 Word Time 9.45 am
  • Set 1 Spelling 10.00 am
Set 2
  • Set 2 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.00 am
  • Set 2 Spelling 10.15 am
Set 3
  • Set 3 Speed Sounds and Word Time 10.30 am
  • Set 3 Spelling 10.45 am

Once each complete set has been shown, we will replay one sound a day per set.

 

As well as your learning activities, other favourite websites and things to do are:

 

As always, please make sure you are familiar with our School Online Safety guidance, found on our website under Key Information.

 

To our Special Seven Reception Robins, Mrs Baker and I love to look at what you've been doing at home on Tapestry. Please do keep the photos, video clips and comments coming in.

 

Stay safe and well, look after each other, enjoy the springtime fresh air, and have fun!

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

Tuesday 14th April 2020

We hope you've had a fun Easter weekend. Don't forget to check your Year 1 Home Learning Pack for Easter holiday activities.

What a gorgeous green caterpillar!

Still image for this video
Can you find out which type of caterpillar this is?

Spring has Sprung! Here are some photos of things Mrs Baker and I have spotted so far....

Happy Easter to you all!
Mrs Baker's dog Stanley joins in the fun.
There's a bunny in my garden!

Saturday 4th April 2020

 

Two weeks have already passed and hopefully, like Mrs Baker and I, you are settling into a new kind of daily routine. We are both really glad that the weather is warming up again! 

 

For what would have been our Easter holidays, we are suggesting some more fun, practical Easter activities to keep you busy. These can be found on the Year Group Learning Pack section under this tab labelled Children. Of course, all the websites we have mentioned below are still there to help you if you want to use them over the next 2 weeks.

 

We are hoping to find some more spring photos to add to our Class Page photo gallery. Please email any of yours too! Thank you Elsie, we loved your lamb pictures which made it onto the newsletter! We love looking at your creations too so keep them coming in.

 

Keep safe and well everyone. We send out 29 smiley faces to our Robins! :)

love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker

 

To all our Robins, Parents and Carers

We really hope you are all keeping well and settling into your new routines. Although we’ll be missing your smiley faces, we have come up with a list of things you might like to do at home.

 

The Year Group Home Learning packs here on our school website will help you to practise what you've been learning at school. They include Phonics, Reading, Writing, Maths and creative afternoon activities. We will update them every Friday. Don't forget the daily Phonics - Read Write Inc. Live Lessons on Facebook and YouTube. Details are in your Home Learning pack.

 

A fabulous free singing resource from Out of the Ark: https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/?utm_source=homepage&utm_campaign=ootamathome2&utm_medium=banner

 

Twinkl – You access this educational website. EYFS resources are for Reception children or select Year 1 materials from KS1. https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/covid19-school-closures

 

Jo Wicks – Daily sport session at 9am https://www.thebodycoach.com/blog/pe-with-joe-1254.html

 

Cosmic Kids Yoga – on YouTube. Great story fun and some welcome moments of calm too!

 

Weekly Engineering Challenge March 30 - April 3: check the website for the next Design Challenge. Find details at

http://www.educatingyoungengineers.com/engineering-challenge 

You can also choose to send a photo of your amazing creation to their website.

 

Nature activities at home – Woodland Trust Website: 

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/

 

To our Special Seven (Reception Robins), do keep sending us updates on Tapestry. We love to see what you have been doing!

 

We are very proud of all you can do. Keep visiting this page and we will try to add new ideas for you. 

 

Stay well, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air too. What’s growing in your garden? Go on a minibeast hunt or plant some seeds. See our photos below. We'd love to see your Spring photos too. Please send in via the school email address.

 

Love from

Mrs Spurway and Mrs Baker  

We are the Robins!

Welcome to our Class Page

We value

  • Our Christian ethos: ‘Embracing the Fullness of Life’ (John 10:10)
  • A broad, creative and engaging curriculum that helps children acquire the interest, core skills and knowledge they will need for the future.
  • The different ways children learn and develop as individuals.
  • Working with parents and carers as partners in their child’s learning journey.

 

Staff

Teachers - Mrs Spurway (Mon, Tues, Weds), Mrs Baker (Thurs, Fri)

Teaching Assistants - Mr Best, Mrs Walker and Mrs Taylor

 

Our children

We are a mixed class of 7 Reception and 22 Year One children.

 

Our Class

Home Learning

Don't forget daily reading for fluency and confidence. Year 1 Mathletics home learning tasks have been assigned. Let us know how these go!

Spring Term 2020

Robin Class Curriculum Meeting Notes

Robin Class Curriculum Map 2019 - 2020

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 English standards 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. 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:

Reading
Writing

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.

Maths
The CBeebies Numberblocks series is an excellent resource for building mathematical knowledge. There are many episodes on BBC iplayer.
Thank you to all our wonderful parents and carers who are supporting the community through this challenging time.
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