New Robins (September 2020)

Welcome to our

New Robins!

A couple of new videos on the ILD-                                                                  Recognising the Numicon shapes.                                                                            Letter formation with the Curly caterpillar  and the Robot Arm families.                         Join in with practising the sounds.

The Robins have all been great with the new challenges this week.  Please see the ILD for a short video showing our music lesson with the rhythm sticks. This week we have informative videos on the 'word bags'( used for practising blending to read), how to write numbers and all about recognising the Numicon shapes. We shared the story of 'The Invisible String' and made our own hearts with pictures of those people who love and care for us. Gradually as the children become more confident in blending they will begin to bring home a 'word bag' to practise blending at home. Next week we will begin learning how to do our coats up ready for this cold Autumn weather.

This weeks newsletters-  Newsletter-week-3sept-2020-activties.pdf


 Last weeks newsletter  parent-letter-sept-2-trophy-and-brain-2020.docx

Growth mindset words  and phrases to use at home.  growth-mindset-parents-sheet.docx

The children have brought home some Wordless story books today. Please keep these at home and return on Friday.  Talk about the books and make up stories about them. There is a home school reading record book.  Please write in there if your child enjoyed the book.  As the children begin to blend the sounds ( from our sound books) and read words they will move onto reading books.

Please read the attached document explaining about the value of Wordless books. picture-books-info-to-parents-Sept-2019-final.docx

Please don't put your child's drink bottle in their book bag.  These often spill and then damage the Sound books, reading books and Wordless books.  Either put them in their lunch box or they can carry it separately. Thank you.

Unfortunately we are unable to have parents into school now for the New Parents Meeting.  We hope that the videos on the I.L.D will be informative. Weekly newsletters will be on this page ever week.  Please email Mrs Fensom if you have any questions. 

Each week there will be a couple of short videos on the I.L.D, to help you understand and  join in with your child's learning.  Hopefully these will explain some of the words or phases that your child will come out with at home!  We talk a lot about how we can help our brains to learn, and that we need to 'train our brain'.               If you have any concerns or questions please feel free to email me- Mrs Fensom :)

And so we being our 'Learning Journey' together-  You, your child, me, Mrs Tyler and Miss Smith.  Please remember to look at the I.L.D.  We love to share!

week 1- newsletter-week-1-sept-2020.docx

Each week we have different awards given to the children.  There is the Robin and Star of the week.  The whole school also give out the Trophy and 'Values' awards.  Look at the P.S.H.E web page to find out which value it is this month. The child who is awarded the trophy for that week, will take the trophy home on the Friday and bring it back on the Monday morning ( so that it can stay in school all week). The trophy and Values awards are given out in our whole school assembly ( on Zoom) on a Friday.  We had our first whole school zoom session today and all the children waved to each other!









Join in with the story of 'We're going on a bear hunt!'.

 Have a look at your new Robins classroom!

 Getting ready for the Robins.

To help your child develop independence, get them used to doing the following at home: Getting dressed independently every day – practise closing buttons, putting on socks and shoes on the right feet, putting coat on and zipping up. Going to the toilet an wiping their bottom on their own – simple clothing like elasticated waistbands are easier to get on and off. Cutting food using a ‘real’ knife and fork. Tidying up their toys and doing simple household chores – giving them responsibilities will help them to become more independent.         Helping them to recognise their name in writing and to consistently respond to it verbally.                        Create a coat and shoe peg at home with their name on it to help get them used to having something similar at school – it seems like a simple thing but it’ll help when we ask your child to go and fetch their coat! You can practise some of the activities your child would have done in early years in your own home to help make sure they develop the same skills and feel more ready when reception starts:

Do turn-taking activities such as playing with a toy – this helps them to get used to taking turns and also to understand the concept of sharing.
Get your child used to eating with others even if it’s just a snack.
Lots of the learning in reception happens through play. Get down onto the carpet so you’re at their level and enjoy some play with your child. Follow their lead with what they’re doing or how they’re playing. Then, try to get them to follow your lead and also create games together. This will help them to get used to playing and engaging with other children.

Practise basic phonics in everyday settings:
Recognise sounds and words in the environment around you to help your child hear the initial sound in words – e.g. look at that t-ree, first sound ‘t’.
Segment sounds in words orally while doing your usual daily routine – e.g. get your c-oa-t on, where is your b-a-g.
Play I spy but sound out the word and see if your child can blend it – e.g. I spy with my little eye a d-o-g
Explore rhyming words.

If you want to get started on basic numeracy skills, CBeebies has a resource called Numberblocks.

Routine and consistency helps children to adapt and this will help ease the transition into reception. About 4 weeks before the start of reception, try to set a morning routine with your child. You can start with small steps and gradually add to the routine:
Get up at the same time every day and have breakfast.
Get dressed up in the school uniform and put on ‘school’ shoes.
Prepare a ‘school lunch box’ – you can choose one together if you don’t have one yet.
Look up the route to school and if it’s walking distance try it out – point to the school and tell your child they’ll be going there soon.

Watch the video on the Robins Reception class, so that your child can be familiar with the layout.