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Term 2 Update, November 2020

The children have made a fantastic start to term 2 and we are so impressed with their enthusiasm for learning! We had a great day on Friday for Children in Need; the children had a “Dance-athon”; joined in with Jo Wicks’ P.E challenge, did a conga around Forest School and finished off with a Pudsey fruit salad picnic at the end of the day. We had lots of fun raising money for a good cause! J

Copies of our weekly parent sheets can be found below. Each week we will give an outline of our weekly plans and suggest ideas of how you can support your children at home.

We have also added the PowerPoint presentation from our recent Zoom Parents Information Meeting “Reading and Phonics in the Early Years” and our information sheet “How to support your child’s reading at home”

“Parents Consultations” will take place 11th-14th December; more info to follow. We appreciate how hard it is at the moment to have discussions with us about your child. Please remember you can book a phone conversation and we can call you back after school. Please contact the school office to arrange a phone conversation: office.2605@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk  or let us know at drop off/ collection time. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Robins Team J

Welcome to Robins! We are so proud of our new class and how well they have settled, adapting to all the new routines and taking it all in their stride! J

The teacher in Robins class is Mrs Neighbour. We are also very lucky to have Mrs Hill, Mrs Shannon and Miss Seddon as our teaching assistants.

Our Welcome letter can be found below, which gives more detailed information about life in Robins Class. 

Our Topic this term is Me and My Family. Each week we will send out a parent information sheet which will give ideas of how you can support your child’s learning at home.

We also have our own Caldecott Foundation Unit YouTube channel. Here you can listen to members of the Caldecott team share stories, rhymes and flash cards. Follow the link:


As there is currently less time at drop off and collection to talk to us, if there is something you need to talk about please do phone the school and we can arrange a time to call and discuss. 

Do keep an eye on the class page for letters and photos of the children's work. 

We look forward to getting to know our new class this term! J


The Robins Class Team


Term 6 Week 7 (week beginning 13/7/20) 

Dear Robins,

This is the final week on our topic about the seaside and the wonderful creatures that live in rock pools. You can watch the Year 1 teachers reading Sharing a Shell and other under-the-sea stories on the Swallows and Larks class pages! We have also added some Twinkl summer activity booklets which will keep your skills sharp over the summer, ready for Year 1 in September.

The children in school this week will be taking part in sporting activities and sporty obstacle courses! Hens at home… you could create your own obstacle course in your garden or at the park. Don’t forget to send us your photos!

Have a fabulous last week of term and a wonderful summer. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Neighbour


Term 6 Week 6 (week beginning 6/7/20)

Hi Everyone!

We hope you have had a lovely weekend. Our topic for the next 2 weeks is all about the seaside and the creatures that live in the rock pools, seas and oceans. This is our transition topic that leads into Year 1. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be making paper plate sea creatures in school. We will pass these onto the Year 1 teachers who will make an underwater display ready for September. If your child is at home, why not make a sea creature and send us a photo? The Year 1 teachers can print off the pictures and include them in the display. The children will also get the opportunity to make a sea creature in September.


We can’t believe it’s that time of year already! Next week we will be putting Social Stories onto the class pages to prepare the children for their journey to Year 1. These will contain photos of the new teachers, classrooms, cloak room and playground. The Year 1 teachers will also be posting videos and stories on their class pages, welcoming the children to their new year group. If your child is in school, they will also have the opportunity to meet their new class teacher on the field for a story and a chat. If you have any questions or concerns about transition, please get in touch via the office and we will get back to you.

Farmer Gows

This term would have seen the Reception annual trip to Farmer Gow’s. The farm is now re-opened, if you would like to plan a visit over the summer holidays please book in advance on the website https://www.farmergows.co.uk/

Best wishes,

Mrs Neighbour

Term 6 Week 5 (week beginning 29/6/20)

Hi everyone! 

We hope you have enjoyed another great week of learning. The Jungle Animal topic is proving very popular amongst the children at school and we hope you have had fun finding out about all the different animals and their habitats. Some of the zoos and safari parks are now reopening, but you can also spend a virtual day at the zoo without leaving your house! Try this link to Chester Zoo https://www.chesterzoo.org/virtual-zoo-2/

Thank you for letting us know that the free Twinkl trial is now over. We have attached some extra worksheets and power points this week but please let us know if there is anything in particular you would find useful.

Best wishes,

Mrs Neighbour

Mrs Neighbour reads ROAR!

Mrs Main reads Monkey Puzzle!

Mrs Main reads the Julia Donaldson story about a monkey on a journey to find his mummy.

Mrs Main reads The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andreae

Listen to Mrs Main read this endearing story with the well-known theme of love conquering all.

Term 6 Week 4 (week beginning 22/6/20)

Hi Everyone,

We hope you all had a lovely weekend! Please find this weeks Maths and Literacy suggested activities below. The Jungle Animals topic sheet will follow shortly. 

If your child is coming into school this week , we are forecast some very warm weather, so don't forget to apply long lasting sun cream in the morning and send your child with a hat. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Neighbour

Update 20th June 2020

Dear parents/ carers,

We have had another action packed week and managed to dodge the showers! This week’s topic is Jungle Animals. We are experiencing a few technological issues so the activities for week 4 home learning will hopefully be added at various points over the next few days.

As always we would like to thank our amazing parent community for your continued support and on behalf of our Foundation children would like to wish all our dads…………….



Have a wonderful weekend J


Mrs Neighbour reads Walking Through The Jungle

Come for a walk through the jungle with Mrs Neighbour! Can you hear a noise? What could it be?

Mrs Neighbour reads Giraffes Can't Dance

Mrs Neighbour reads a story about a giraffe who learns to dance to his own tune!


Term 6 Week 3

I hope you are enjoying our topic on farm animals and the What the Ladybird Heard stories!

Please find attached this week’s topic (farms) and suggested Maths and Phonics.

A selection of reading books are available on the Oxford Owl website.

Go to  https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ click on "My class login" and enter:

 username: caldecottrmg

password: ROBINS

Then click on "My book shelf" and "Age 4-5"

If your child is not reading yet, please do not worry. Children learn to read at different rates. The most important thing you can do at the moment is read to your child every single day. You can also play games such as eye spy or use magnetic fridge letters or foam letters at bath time to spell little words like cat, dog, pig. Play blending games such as Phonics Play “Pick a Picture”. Your child may be anxious about reading which can stop them from learning, so it’s important that reading is fun J

Have a good week,

Mrs Neighbour

Phone calls - Reception

As a lot of the Reception children are now back in school, phone calls will be changing. 

If your child is in school, you will not receive a weekly call as we are seeing them in class. 

If your child is not attending school, you will receive a mid-term call (week 4 or 5) from Mrs Neighbour.

A few children will continue to receive a weekly call from Mr Marsh, Joanne Mew or Sally Coates.


Mrs Neighbour reads The Gruffalo!

Mrs Neighbour reads one of our very favourite stories about a clever mouse and a Gruffalo!

Mrs Neighbour reads What the Ladybird Heard - Next!

Mrs Neighbour reads another farmyard tale about a clever little ladybird who comes to the rescue - once again!

Term 6 Week 2

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to welcome some of our Robins back into school this week. We were very impressed by how quickly they adapted to school life in their new “bubbles”! The children enjoyed having their own work station and equipment for maths and phonics, and spending lots of time outside in the Foundation Garden, Forest school and The Adventure Zone!

The children in school are following the Home Learning plans on the class pages, so we all continue to learn together.

Thank you for your emails this week, we love to hear all about the things you have been up to at home! Please do keep sending photos and updates to the Caldecott homework email address: Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk 

This week’s topic is Down on the Farm! See links below for this week’s Home Learning.

Kind Regards,

Mrs Neighbour


Home learning this week!

Farmer Gow's re-opening

The farm park will re-open on Saturday 4 July
Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
Day tickets may be pre-booked now

Mrs Neighbour reads What the Ladybird Heard

Enjoy this lovely farm tale by Julia Donaldson about a clever little ladybird and two very naughty robbers!

Mrs Neighbour reads Farmer Duck

Mrs Neighbour reads about a hard working duck and a very lazy farmer!

Mrs Neighbour reads Superduck!

Mrs Neighbour reads about our favourite feathered friend as he helps his friends sheep, goat and frog!

Mrs Neighbour reads Creepy Crawly Calypso!

Join Mrs Neighbour as she shares a story about some very musical minibeasts!

Mrs Main reads The Cow that Laid an Egg

A funny farmyard tale about a cow called Marjorie

Term 6 Week 1

Hello Everyone!


I hope you all had a good half term and have been enjoying the glorious weather!


We are looking forward to welcoming some of our Robins back into school this week. Robins 1 and Robins 2 will be taught in ‘bubbles’ by Mrs George and Mrs Stuart this term, and they are very excited about it! I will still be working at school, and will be around at the start and close of school outside the class entrances, and I am so looking forward to seeing lots of happy faces! I will also be continuing to update the class pages with lots of lovely ideas, and calling those of you still learning from home. If at any point you would like to speak to me, please email or contact the school office, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I will continue to reply to your emails, and please do keep sending photos of your home learning. I would also love to see what you have been up to over half term! homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk


Home Learning will continue as last term. We will post work on a Sunday evening ready for the following week. This term our topic is Animals which links very nicely with the White Rose Maths story this week, “The Snail and The Whale” Please find links below for this week’s home learning.

Kind regards,

Mrs Neighbour

Dear Robins Parents and Carers,

Following the Government announcement regarding the possible partial re-opening of schools on June 1st, I have been very busy making arrangements. This has meant that I have been unable to make as many calls to you all as I would have liked this week. If you have any concerns or queries, or even if you want to keep me up to date with all that your children have been doing, please use the Homework email and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Best wishes,

Mrs Neighbour




Dear Robins,


well we're coming to the end of Term 5, and it has gone so quickly! We hope that you have enjoyed all the stories we have shared with you on all the Foundation Stage class pages, and have managed to have a go at some of the activities we have been suggesting. This week as part of our minibeast topic we are asking you to think about worms! There is an idea to make a wormery with real worms as well as worms out of playdough. If you stamp on the ground in the garden or when you are on a walk, you may even see some come up to the surface! This is what clever seagulls do when they want a tasty meal! Please keep all of your photos and emails coming, they are so lovely to receive and share on our class page.


I wish you all a safe and happy half term. When you are out and about, why don't you look and see how many minibeasts you can find? Maybe you could draw some!


Lots of love,

Mrs Neighbour

Mrs Stuart reads Superworm!

Mrs Stuart reads the story of an incredible worm who comes to everyone's rescue!

Mrs Neighbour reads The Butterfly

Mrs Neighbour reads a non-fiction book about the life cycle of the Swallowtail Butterfly

Mrs Neighbour reads The Story of Spider

Mrs Neighbour reads the tale of a hairy scary spider, looking for a friend!

Robins Class are busy working at home - well done Robins!

VE Day Celebrations!

Ahoy me hearties! Cap'n Neighbour reads The Best Pirate!

Captain Neighbour reads a Pirate tale of a little pirate who is a BIG help to his friends!

Arrrr! Here are some photos of some young scallywags hard at work at home!

Mrs Neighbour reads Doug - the Bug that went BOING!

Mrs Neighbour reads a fun story about a little Bug who finds himself in a lot of trouble!

Mrs Neighbour reads I went to the Zoopermarket!

Mrs Neighbour has been to a very interesting shop this week!

More Superhero pictures!

Term 5 Week 2 Parent learning sheet

Tricky Words

This week we had quite a few queries about Tricky Words. Below is a short guide to Tricky words- we hope it helps!


When the children are in school we teach one new tricky word per week. So far we have taught all “phase 2 and 3” tricky words in school and the first two “phase 4” tricky words (said and like)

Starting from this week, we will introduce a new Tricky Word each week on the Parent Suggestions sheet. This week is “have

How we teach Tricky words in school and ideas to support this at home

1 Flash all tricky words learnt so far (you can use the videos with Mrs Main and Elmer on the class pages/ Caldecott Youtube page, or print off your own flash cards from Twinkl, or simply make your own flash cards.

2 Introduce the new tricky word (e.g “have”) Explain there are some words that are not decodable (we cannot sound them out like c-a-t or d-o-g) We call these “Tricky words”. We cannot sound them out and we have to learn them by sight reading.

3 Write a sentence including this week’s tricky word, e.g “I have got a big cat.”

4. Practise writing the tricky word together in your busy book

5. Practise reading the new tricky word- Write the tricky word on a post-it and stick it to the fridge/ use foam letters to make the tricky word in the bath/ use magnetic letters and write the tricky word on the fridge

Hopefully this will help- remember it is just a guide. We are aware that you are at home trying to juggle work/ parenting and teaching in these challenging times! Do as much or as little as you can manage.

Mrs Main reads phase 4 Tricky Words

Can you read the phase 4 Tricky Words, and help Elmer to unscramble his tricky words?

A Message from the Foundation Stage Team

Superveggies to the rescue!

Superhero Dress up Day! Thursday 23rd April (see letter below for details)

Mrs Neighbour reads another Supertato story - Veggies assemble!

Mrs Neighbour is back with another tale about our favourite super-spud!

Mrs Neighbour reads The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Listen to this story of Big Cat chaos!

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear parents/carers, 

We hope you are all happy and safe and had a lovely Easter!

We have been so lucky with the gorgeous weather and hope that you have enjoyed it.

As school closures continue, each week we will produce a sheet of suggested activities for the Hens and Robins to complete. We understand that during this difficult time no one needs any extra pressure so please pick and choose what works for you from the suggestions. There’s a lot for your children to process at the moment and helping your children feel safe and secure is much more important than doing a worksheet!


There are also some really interesting lessons on BBC Bitesize - click onto the Year1 page if you feel your child needs more challenge



We have very much enjoyed speaking to you all over the phone in previous weeks. We will continue to phone home once a week to say 'hello!'

Please let us know of any issues during those phone calls or you can email the office.

There is an email address available for parents to contact teachers regarding work their children have done and may want to share, or to ask for information on learning. We will aim to reply within 48 hours:


Best wishes and take care,

The Caldecott Reception Team

Hens And Robins Home Learning suggestions, Term 5 Week 1

Mrs Neighbour reads The Cave

Mrs Neighbour reads the story that all Robins and Hens received for World Book Day - why not grab your copy and join in?

Mrs Neighbour - sounds and actions to Phonics cards

Mrs Neighbour does all the actions for Phase 2, 3 and 4 phonics sounds, using Floppy Phonic cards with Jolly Phonics actions - why not join in?

Mrs Neighbour reads Little Rabbit Foo Foo!

Come on everyone all join in one of our favourite stories. And if you don't, I'll turn you into a GOONIE!

Mrs Neighbour reads Supertato!

Mrs Neighbour from Robins Class reads a favourite story - enjoy!

Hello! Welcome to Robins class. 


Dear Robins,

I hope that you and your families are all well. I have enjoyed calling you all and finding out what you have all been getting up to!

I was really impressed with the way you have carried on with your learning at home. It has been interesting to find out the subjects that have excited you and for me to learn from you!  Some parents and children have recommended websites that they have enjoyed which is extremely helpful. 

I would love to receive some more photos of the work that you have been doing. Please send these to: homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk.  I am reading my emails each day and will look forward to hearing more about the things that you have been working on. Well done for all you have achieved at home so far!

Make sure that you now take a break over Easter to recharge your batteries. Remember to take a walk, ride your bike or play in the garden! If you are looking for something to do indoors,  you could complete our Rainbow Scavenger hunt, or the new NHS Nightingale Hospital would love to be sent rainbow pictures digitally so that they can decorate their wards: #RainbowsForNightingale

I have provided links below to child-friendly Corona virus documents from the government and the Autism Society, which you can share with your children if you wish.

Keep smiling and keep well. I miss you all lots. 

Have a lovely Easter,

Mrs Neighbour xxx


Ideas for Easter learning

We have now added links for The National Trust, The Woodland Trust and RSPB, which all have activities for families to complete whilst in self- isolation. 

Early Years Wildlife Bingo Board

Signs of Spring Spotter Sheet

26th March Update

We have set up a class account on the Oxford Owl website, so you can access ebooks to read at home. Click on the link below, click on "My class login" and enter:

 username: caldecottrn

password: ROBINS

Then click on "My book shelf" and "Age 4-5"

Most of the books also have activities linked to the stories, for example The Little Red Hen has a story sequencing activity and a phonics game. 

As you progress down the book shelves the reading levels become more challenging. 

We hope these are useful, but don't forget to share lots of "real books" too! 

25th March Update 


We have set up a new email address as follows: Homework@caldecott.oxon.sch.uk. Please use this address to send photographs or attachments of any work that your child would like us to see. Whilst it is not possible for us to formally mark work during this difficult period, we would be delighted to see what the children have been doing and to share in their successes and discoveries. It may also be possible to provide a small level of feedback should you have a specific query that cannot wait for your weekly phone call review.


We will continue to operate a small team within school in order to address all other queries. Should you need support with anything other than homework, please continue to use our school office email address: admin.2605@caldecott.oxon.sch.ukAlso, if your child is entitled to free school meals, we are still able to provide a hot lunch or a brunch bag regardless of whether or not they are in school. If you require a meal for your child, please let the school office know. Meals are ready to collect from the school office at 12.00pm each day. If your child is entitled to a meal but you are concerned about social distancing, we have put measures in place so that you can receive your child's meal safely. 


Please continue to check the class page regularly  - we will continue to update it over the course of the coming weeks.

We will all miss seeing the children over the next few weeks and we hope they are able to continue with their learning at home. Please find below a list of some useful websites and documents to help you support your child's learning while they are at home


We wish everyone well at this challenging time.



The Reception Team


Listed below are some useful website links and documents to help your child with their learning while they are off school. The children will also have a pack to take home on Friday or it will be delivered to you if your child is absent this week. The pack will include a Busy Book for your child to work in each day and resources to support their learning. Teachers will be phoning once a week to check how you and your family are getting on. 

Many little things light up hungry little minds. Children take everything in, and even the smallest things parent/carers do with them can make a big difference.

To support your child's learning, here is a link to some information and recommended applications you can use for children from birth to five: 

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