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
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
WEEK BEGINNING 18TH MAY
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,
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.
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
Hello! Welcome to Robins class.
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: email@example.com. 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
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:
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!
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: