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  Robin Class

 Robin Class

Teacher: Miss Jowett                                                                                                                Teaching Assistant: Mrs Tallent 


Welcome back to the new school year, we hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer holiday. 

 In Robins class, we try to ensure that the children become as independent as possible this year. We ask that you drop your child in the infant playground from 08.30 and allow them to make their own way into school. Please ensure that everything that they bring into school is labelled with their name, this helps hugely when they have managed to misplace something within school. I am of course always available in class, if there is a query or matter to be discussed that morning or afternoon, so please feel welcome to come in if you need to.  

I would kindly ask that within their school bag they have a book bag, that they bring into school everyday with the reading record and reading book that has been allocated to them. They should also have a bottle of water, snack box and packed lunch box if they are not having school dinners. 

Homework will given to the children on a Friday and it MUST be handed in by Wednesday. For year one, this will be ensuring they bring in their maths book, they will be expected to have completed one page. For year two, this will include maths, spellings and completion of Reading Eggs work that will have been assigned to them online. All children are expected to have read at least once a day throughout the week. 



Our topic for Spring Term Two is Story Detectives. We will be learning about traditional tales, legends, mystery stories and fables.  Within this, we will learning about why we still tell stories from hundreds of years ago and how these were passed down before they could be recorded. We will be looking at the importance of pictures within a story and how these can give us extra clues about what we are reading. We will be using this new knowledge to create our own picture books, that tells us a story simply through pictures.   

We actively encourage children in Robin class to do as much work at home surrounding their learning as possible. If anything particularly piques their interest and you find them wanting to explore it further please do encourage this. It would be lovely to see them bringing in learning from outside of school to show the rest of the class too. 



 This term, the children will be looking at a variety of story genres. We will be concentrating on using the different features within these genres into our writing and beginning to understand how/why an author uses these stylistic features. We will be looking specifically at the stories, Little Red Riding Hood, George and the Dragon, Ottaline and the Yellow Cat and The Selfish Giant. 

Year One's focus will be continuing to ensuring they are able to write clearly on the line and now beginning to join some of these letters.   Also, to continue work on capital letters and full stops. We are also now trying to use wow words (adjectives) effectively and beginning to extend sentences with the use of 'and' and other connectives. We will also be actively encouraging them to use the phonic knowledge they are learning in lessons and applying this to unknown words they may come across in their writing tasks. 

Year Two's focus will be continuing on ensuring they are using all grammatical elements from year one and building on this knowledge. This term, we will be looking at how to use speech marks correctly and presenting speech in our writing, continuing work on connectives and contractions. There will be a greater emphasis on spelling for them and ensuring tricky words that were learnt in the year previously are always being spelt correctly. 


Phonics Screening

In June, the children will all have a phonic check. This will be carried out individually and their scores will be collected by Kent County Council. The phonic screening check is statutory and every child in year 1 nationwide is screened. A letter giving further information will follow. The children who did not pass in year two will be resitting their phonics screening at this time as well. 



This term, we will be focusing our learning on place value, mulitiplication and division and measuring. Year One will have an emphasis on number recognition to 50 and ensuring they are now secure with two-digit numbers, knowing that are made up of tens and ones. We will begin to look at halving and doubling, knowing that we are dividing and timesing by two. 

In year two, we will be ensuring we are secure with our numbers to 100. We will be concentrating at looking at the multiplication symbol and how to use this in a number sentence. We will start by showing multiplications by using arrays and then moving on to describing these groups into words. There will be an emphasis on children and their mental arithmetic, ensuring they are secure with their basic number bond facts so they are able to recall them at pace. 


Physical Development

This term, the children will begin by learning the basic skills of Netball, this will be taught by our sport specialist Mr Thacker.  P.E. will take place on a Wednesday and a Friday session with me. Please ensure that your child has their P.E. kit in school including trainers/plimsolls  jogging bottoms, T. shirt, a warm P.E. top and a water proof/jacket for wet and cold weather.


Child Initiated Play

In Robins, we very much still believe in child led play and will therefore be factoring in sessions whereby the children can lead their own learning. Year two will see a reduction in how much child initiated they have, there will be a stronger emphasis on the foundation subjects throughout the week instead. 


Forest School and Outdoor Learning

Forest school will feature as part of Robins timetable. This year, all outdoor clothing will need to be supplied by yourselves. Please could you ensure that your child has a pair of waterproof trousers, a water proof jacket and a pair of wellies that can be kept in school at all times (please name them clearly.) We very much want to give your children the opportunity for as much outdoor learning that we can outside of the forest school slots. Therefore, they will need this outdoor equipment in school at all times to enable us to do so.


A note from us...

Finally, children develop at different rates. Please be reassured that what we set for your child’s learning will be planned to suit them. All information stated above is intended to give you an overview of your child’s first term with us. If your child needs more time to achieve certain aspects of their learning then they will be given it. If your child needs to move on then they will equally be given this opportunity.

Please know that we operate an open door policy. No issue can be too small when concerning your child so please see me if you need to. If for any reason I am unavailable then please make an appointment to see me.

Miss Jowett and Mrs Tallent