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Robins (Reception)

Welcome to Robins! 

Hello Robins and Robin parents!

We have had a fantastic first three weeks back to schooling and it has been a joy to see the children and welcome them back into the classroom.  We are now looking forward to the next 4 weeks together and our new theme will be 'around the world'.  Each week we will take  off on a new adventure to a different country, starting with India.  We will learn about the traditions and customs of the country as well as learning to speak some of their language and try some of their foods!  After India, we will fly to Norway and then Mexico before celebrating our final full week in school with an Olympic themed week.


We understand that not all children will be returning to us at this time.  To support continued learning at home I have created a 4 week planner which details the learning that we will be covering in class and will take your home learning through to the start of the Summer holidays!  It also has links to websites and online resources we will be using in class.  


I do hope this document will be of some use to you.  As before, if you are choosing to continue learning from home then we would love to see photographs and videos shared on Tapestry so that we can celebrate your efforts too.



We have now completed all the new phonemes we will be learning this academic year.  Click on the link below to head to the teaching videos for the latest phonemes (phase 5).  As well as new phase 5 phonemes, there are also revision videos and videos of suggested games that can be adapted for your child's current level of learning.

A tour of the classroom post Lockdown

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If you wish to enhance your child's home learning experience further, there are a wealth of online games and activities that you can access for free during this extraordinary time.  Details of these can be found in the document below but here are links to some of our favourite websites for phonic and maths games used in school.


For free access to a range of e-books, including those that are phonetically decodable please visit 


Collins, Big Cat offers another selection of phonetically decodable books.  To access Big Cat, go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter Username:  Password: Parents20! and click Login.


For access to more story books (for free until June 30th) you can visit  You will need to enter the class code hjk389 and then click on your child’s name.


TopMarks offers lots of maths games that can be filtered by age.  It offers games that practice number skills as well as shape and measures (weight, length, time, money...)



Phonics play is a fab website that we use often in class to practice and consolidate our phonics.  It has games that can support phoneme (sound) recognition, word building and tricky word reading. In order to access the entire phonicsplay site, you will need to enter the username: march20 and password: home



White Rose maths offers some great hands-on activities for maths.  



We love to watch Mr Thorne and Geraldine the Giraffe when we are learning a new phoneme.  Here is a link to their Youtube page where you can search for videos based on our phoneme of the day!



Robins is the reception class at Smannell and Enham C of E Primary School. The objective of our Early Years Team is to create an exciting and effective environment for children and we believe a child-led approach, combined with some focussed, adult-led teaching is the best means to achieve this. Through creating positive relationships, we support and stimulate the children to help them embed and make their learning more meaningful. In our experience, children who have started their learning journey in this way are more independent, resilient, motivated and effective learners.

Spring 1 topic letter

The teacher in Robins is Mrs Taylor


Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday.  We kindly ask that long hair is tied back and earrings are removed or taped on these days.


Every Friday morning we take our learning outdoors.  We ask that children come to school in their woodland clothes and bring their uniform to change into later.


Please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing and footwear in school for these days.


For updates on our woodland walk and to see some of the fun things we do in the woods, take a look at the woodland walk page on the website (at the bottom of this page).

Our star writer this week is...

This week’s star writer has accepted the challenge to include spaces between his words when writing.  He has tried very hard to remember to use them consistently and in his independent writing too.  Fab work Star Writer!

Transport theme

We have launched into our latest theme; transport. We are using the story of The Naughty Bus to lead our learning over the coming weeks and we were lucky enough to welcome a bus driver into school along with his single story bus! We had great fun getting to explore some of the special features on the bus and ringing the stopping bell. Our driver, Mike, was incredibly knowledgeable and told us all about his job and what it was like to drive a bus. 

The Three Little Pigs

Our latest traditional tale has been The Three Little Pigs. We have loved learning to retell the tale and hot seat as the different characters.  We were asked to help the pigs by making a trap for Mr Wolf and we made wanted posters to share around school too.  

Chinese New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy!  There was much excitement this week as the children came into school to discover it had been decorated in anticipation of Chinese New Year with 2020 being the year of the rat. We loved looking on Google Earth to see where China was in relation to where we live as well as looking at lots of photographs and facts online. We got to try some Chinese food and entertained our parents with a Chinese inspired dance during our share afternoon. 

Winter Warmers story sharing

We loved sharing festive stories with our parents and grandparents at our Winter Warmer story afternoon.  We baked cookies and enjoyed these alongside a hot chocolate as we read stories together.

Making boats for The Gingerbread Man!

This week we received a letter from the gingerbread man asking us to help him get across the river without needing to seek the help of the sly fox. We agreed to make bridges, boats or rockets to get him across the river safely. We investigated the properties of different materials before deciding which ones with make a good boat. We then tested our boats using some mini gingerbread men!

Woodland Walk with our Year 6 buddies!

We enjoyed our first walk up to the woods this week alongside our Year 6 buddies! We loved the thick, oozy mud and working collaboratively to construct a new stick circle.

Our woodland experience

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Parent share afternoon - October 2019

Thank you to all of those that were able to come and celebrate our first half term of learning. We are very proud of the way the children have bonded and settled into Robins class. Our share afternoon was themed around our focus traditional tale; The Little Red Hen. The homemade, decorated fairy cakes were a big hit as were the mini windmills!

The Little Red Hen

Our current theme is based on the traditional tale The Little Red Hen. We have combined the story with celebrating and finding out more about Harvest. We were lucky enough to welcome Rosie the hen into the classroom too and got to ask lots of questions to Rosie’s owner, one of our Robin parents.

Thank you to those that have sent in their child's chatter box or chatter tubes. We have started to share these with our friends and we look at the child of the day's box in more detail each afternoon! It's not too late to send yours in.