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Robins (Reception)

Welcome to Robins! 

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.

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The teacher in Robins is Mrs Taylor
The Teaching Assistant is Mrs Oates.


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...

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This week’s star writer has loved writing her own, independent super sentences each morning. They have also loved making signs and posters in their self-initiated time too. Fab phonics Star Writer!

The Three Little Pigs

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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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.
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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.