(scroll down to see weekly updates, class information and photographs)
Welcome to a new and exciting year of learning in Robins Class!
In the mornings Year 1 and 2 are taught by Mrs. Hartley. We have 14 children in our class and are supported by Mrs. Hill.
In Literacy this term we have been learning the traditional tale of The Three Little Pigs. We have learnt to tell the story using different actions. The children drew a story map to help embed the story and created puppets to use to retell the story. The children enjoyed performing their stories, with their partner, to the rest of the class. The children then applied their writing skills to writing their version of the story.
In Numeracy the children have been learning to count to 100 and to use different concrete resources to represent the numbers. In year 1, We have made paper chains to help us understand the tricky teen numbers. Year 2 have been learning to partition numbers into tens and ones,
Welcome back to the Spring Term. Robin's class have a new teacher: Mrs Hartley, and have spent the first few days getting to know her.
This terms topic will be Dragons, Knights and Castles. We will be looking at the features of castles as well as making our own castles. Please make sure you check back on this page to see what we have been learning each week!
This will be a very exciting week in Robins class as we will be going on our class trip to Warwick Castle!
In Literacy we will be writing our own version of Jack and the Beanstalk. We will be keeping the same structure of the story and changing certain elements (innovating) to make the stories our own. We will think carefully about any changes we have made to the story by drawing a story map of our new story and practise retelling it to our friends before beginning to write our new story.
In Maths we will be thinking about the relationship between addition and subtraction. We will be finding fact families for related addition and subtraction facts and using this to help us to find missing numbers.
Week beginning 23rd January 2017
In Literacy this week we are continuing to practise our story telling, using our own story maps to help us to retell the story. We will be making our own puppets for Jack and the beanstalk and practising them carefully before performing them to the class. We will writte a character description of the giant using our class word bank.
Year 2 have been learning about suffixes. This week will be learning the rules for adding suffixes to nouns to make them plural.
Year 1 will be learning the sounds igh and ay.
In Maths we will be learning about subtraction and different strategies we can use to help solve calculations and word problems.
Week beginning 17th January 2017:
In Literacy this week we are using the talk for writing approach to help us to retell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.
We are learning different actions and we are drawing our own story maps which will help us to learn the structure of the story. We will then use our maps to help us retell the story as a whole class and in small groups.
We will be thinking about the job of an adjective in a sentence. We will create our own word bank of adjectives and phrases to help us write a character description of the giant.
In Numeracy this week we are learning about addition. We will be using concrete resources to help us to understand what addition means. We will be thinking about the different strategies we can use to solve addition problems e.g. mental strategies, pictorial strategies or concrete resources.
During this week (beginning 05-12-16) we have:
been to the pantomime in Oxford (05-12-16). We went to see Cinderella, thoroughly enjoying the characters, costumes and songs. We all behaved impeccably and enjoyed the experience.
English: This week we have started to make our own Christmas book retelling the story of the First Christmas. We have worked hard to use our handwriting and fine motor skills to write with clearly formed letters and to colour with accuracy. These books will be coming home at the end of term so we are trying our best.
Nativity Play: All children have been given their words for the nativity play. Please practise these at home ready for full rehearsals next week.
Maths: This week we have used our knowledge of repeating patterns to create paper chains and decorate paper Christmas trees.
This week we have also been making decorations ready for the Christmas Fayre on Friday.
French: In French this week we learnt a Christmas song (in French) and found out a little about customs in France.
During this week (beginning 28-11-16) we have been learning:
English: This week we have continued to learn about narrative texts. We have continued to use the story of The Gruffalo to further develop our knowledge of adjectives, offer suggestions of what the characters might say (speech bubbles) or feel (thought bubbles) and create our own storyboards.
Maths: This week we have used our knowledge of length and addition to solve simple problems. We know that adding lengths is the same as adding numbers. We also have worked hard to identify the key information in word problems ensuring that we are answering the question accurately.
Stained Glass Window: This week we have also made a stained glass window which will be hung in church for all to view during our Nativity performance.
Maths measuring and Phonics work this week.
During this week (beginning 21-11-16) we have been learning:
English: This week we have being learning about narrative texts. We have read the story of The Gruffalo, discussed the characters and used adjectives to describe each of them. We identified that the mouse was courageous and tricked the Gruffalo into thinking he was 'big and bad!'
Maths: This week we have learnt about measuring length. We have been measuring with non-standard units (bears, dominoes, paper-clips and counters) and standard units (rulers, metre sticks and tape measures). We all know that the non-standard units have to be the same and positioned next to each other ensuring that our measuring is accurate.
Topic: Our topic for this half of term is 'Seasons'. We have continued to learn about the how the seasons effect our activities and weather.
PE: This week we have continued our PE session with an indoor session on Tuesday and outdoor PE on Friday.
18-11-16: Children In Need: We all dressed in spots or pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need.
17-11-16: Instructions. We have made sandwiches (ham, cheese or jam) and then written our own instructions to show how to do it.
During this week (beginning 14-11-16) we have been learning:
English: This week we have continued learning about instructional texts. This week we have followed directional instructions, written our own instructions for a multilink model and culminated in writing instructions for a sandwich (which we enjoyed for snack!).
Maths: This week we have learnt about money. We are getting very good at recognising all the coins and how much they are worth. Some of us are able to add amounts together to make totals and we will continue to do this next week.
PE: This week we have had a taster session for golf. We worked hard to hit the ball towards a desired point.
Golf taster session 17.11.16
During this week (beginning 07-11-16) we have been learning:
English: This week we have started to find out about instructional texts. We have looked at examples of instructions identifying the key features (title, method, bullet points), followed simple instructions and sequenced instructions. We have also learnt about bossy verbs (imperative verbs) which instruct us to do things.
Maths: This week we have learnt about ordering and sequencing numbers to 100 and beyond. We have used our knowledge of place value to order numbers (looking at the number of tens/hundreds in the numbers).
Maths work - learning about tens and units representations.
During this week (beginning 17-10-16) we have been learning:
English: This week we have been working on Autumnal Poetry. We have looked at a selection of pictures showing autumn scenes and written adjectives to describe the pictures. We then used these adjectives to create a list poem about Autumn. These are displayed in the classroom.
Maths: We have started to learn how to tell the time on analogue clocks. We have learnt how to read o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We have to think very carefully about which way round the hands should be. We made our own paper plate clock to practice at home.
During this week (beginning 10-10-16) we have been learning:
English: This week we have read the story of The Little Red Hen. We looked at a couple of version, identifying the similarities and differences between each story. We worked hard to retell the story orally using puppets and then also in writing. Some of us chose to innovate our own story by changing the characters.
Forest School: Forest School continued this week (Friday). The children explored the site and made scarecrows from sticks, looked for signs of Autumn and made bird feeders.
PE: We continue with our PE with out PE coach on a Friday as well as Tuesday PE sessions. We are developing our ball skills by working hard on our hand-to-eye coordination.
Forest School 07-10-16: We again joined Puffin class for Forest School this week. We had time to explore, build dens and make natural paint (mud!) and natural paintbrushes.
During this week (beginning 03-10-16) we have been learning:
English: This week we have read the story of The Scarecrow's Hat, in this story each character has a problem which the chicken solves resulting in her having the scarecrow's hat to make a nest in. Click here to listen again to the story.
Maths: We have being learning about subtraction. We have used pictures, counters, a number line and hundred square to help us to solve subtraction sums. We need to remember that subtraction means that the answer is less.
Forest School: Forest School continued this week (Friday). The children explored the site and made natural paint and paintbrushes from grass and sticks. Look below for photographs.
Computing 03-10-16: We used the computers to make shape pictures and had to resize the shapes to make them fit. We worked together in pairs taking turns well.
Shape work: We have used the 2d shapes to make pictures. We counted how many of each shape we used and thought about whether the shapes tessellated or not.
During this week (beginning 26-09-16) we have been learning:
English: We have been developing our speaking voices in preparation for Harvest Festival. We have made pictures to hold up and worked hard to speak confidently and clearly ready for our church service on Thursday.
Maths: We have learnt about 2d shapes this week. We have being learning about their names (circle, square, triangle, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon and octagon) and discovering interesting information about their properties, i.e. how many sides/corners each 2d shape has.
PE: On Wednesday we had a fantastic morning at the Abingdon Partnership Multi-Sports event. We worked with children from Clifton Hampden and tried martial arts, dodgeball and tennis.
Topic: Our topic is 'All about me' and this week we have looked at our favourite toys. Next week we will be looking at old toys, finding out about the similarities and differences between now and the past.
During this week (beginning 12-09-16) we have been learning:
English: We have learnt about captions, lists and labels. We know that captions are sentences which accompany a picture, that a list is a group of words connected by a common theme and that a label is a word or phrase that tells us important information.
Miss Priddle will be teaching Y1 and Y2 every morning. Miss Slatter will be teaching every afternoon.
Mrs Dearman and Mrs Hill also work within the classroom during some afternoons.
Your child will be doing PE on Tuesdays and Fridays, please make sure they have their PE kits in school on these days. We recommend children bring their PE kit on a Monday to ensure it is ready.
Your child's PE kit should contain shorts, t-shirt, tracksuit and trainers.
Please make sure all items are named.
Spellings are written in homework books on a Thursday by Miss Priddle ready for practice at home for a spelling test on the following Thursday.
Reading practice is essential to develop decoding, understanding and enjoyment of books. Please use the reading record within your child's book bag to record when they have read with you at home - the expectation is that your child reads everyday.
For more information about supporting your child with reading at home, please look at ourguidance document.
Homework will be given out on Thursday to be brought back to school the following Thursday. Please check your child's book bag for their homework book for an English, Maths or Topic related activity.
To view our weekly timetable, click on the link below. Please note that this timetable is flexible and may be altered to accommodate special events, trips and extended learning activities.
Focus in Key Stage 1 is to acquire skills and knowledge and to learn how to apply them. We are developing our phonic knowledge enabling us to decode texts and apply this knowledge to spelling. We are learning to form sentences correctly with finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. In addition to this, we try to add interesting vocabulary to make our writing more exciting.
When your child is learning to read there are two crucial things to learn:
· the sounds represented by written letters
· how to blend the sounds together to make words.
Synthetic Phonics is a statutory part of our English curriculum. Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent - so, they are taught the letter 'l' sounds like 'lllllll'when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.
Phonics is taught consistently throughout Key Stage 1 using Read Write Inc. For more information about the sounds that each letter, or group of letters creates, please click on this link to theOxford Owl website.
Throughout Key Stage 1, the focus in mathematics is to acquire new skills in number, calcuations, shape and space and measures. Topics last for one or two weeks ensuring consolidation of new knowledge and enabling progression within each strand of mathematics. Teaching is often practical with games, activities and computer work offering opportunities to discover new learning and to apply known skills.
23-06-16: Tennis Taster Session: We all tried really hard to improve our tennis skills today with coaching from Vale of White Horse Tennis Centre. Lots of determination developed our throwing, catching, balancing and bouncing skills.
Paralympic Games- 22.6.16 We experienced using wheelchairs and played jingle ball where we relied on our listening skills to catch the ball!
Baking for the Queen's birthday. We had great fun making a Queen out of fondant.
Summer Term 2
This term Robin Class will be looking at the topic; Brazil and the Olympics. We will be looking closely at the country, the climate, the rainforest as well as the history of the Olympic Games.
We will be looking carefully at the Amazon rainforest and the animals that live there. We will be comparing the climate of the rainforest compare to our climate in the UK.
We will also be planning our very own carnival so look out for more details soon!
Maths: This term we will be using the Olympics as our basis in which to develop our measurement and number skills.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET YOUR SWIMMING KITS FOR TUESDAY AND PE KITS IN ALL WEEK. Please make sure you have trainers or suitable footwear for PE.
Forest School- will begin again on the 10th June. Please leave all Forest School kit in school.
WOW moments-Wow moment forms are on the class page for you to download and print or see Miss Slatter or Mrs Dearman for a form so that you can share your child's achievements with us. These achievements can be big or small. Examples include reading a new word, using their sounds to sound out words, riding their bike, swimming, artwork, sharing with siblings etc.
Time to multiply- 2 times table song
Year 2 and year 1 have been learning their 2 times table using this song.
Floating and sinking. Robin Class testing their own pirate ships!
Forest School pictures
Robin Class- breakfast with Father Christmas, Chilton Garden Centre. Friday 11th December
Robin Class have a special class visitor for the rest of this term: Elfie Jingles our very own Elf! He is here to make sure we are being good and to learn how to behave from Robin Class. Elfie reports back to the North Pole each night before returning to class. He will be with us until the end of term. Please take a look at the photographs below to see what Elfie has been up to!
Day 1: Arrival with letter from Father Christmas
Day 2: Letter from Elfie asking the children to be good
Day 3: Making a Christmas decoration using a paper plate and lots of glitter
Day 4: Making a stick man!
Day 5: Measuring Elf
Day 6: Elfie was taking selfies using the iPad!
Day 7: Making paper chains
Day 8: Trip to the Panto
Day 9: Trip to see Father Christmas
Day 10: Elfie brought us a present for our Christmas lunch
Day 11: Elfie designed a programme for the nativity
Day 12: Elfie has gone missing!
Day 13: Elfie returns with a note.
Elfie Jingles visits Robin Class
Elfie Jingles returns to class with a note
Miss Slatter left a camera out to see where Elfie had disappeared to. What a surprise we had when we looked at the camera!
Meeting people who help us.