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Robins (Reception)

Welcome to Robins! 

Robins' memories 2020-2021.  A compilation of photos from across the year in Robins class.  Congratulations to all the children for completing their first year here at Smannell and Enham.  It has been a pleasure to have been your teacher.  Happy Summer everyone!

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.

The teacher in Robins is Mrs Taylor and Miss Hart is our LSA.


PE is taught on a Tuesday and Thursday.  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 outdoor trousers 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 welly walks and to see some of the fun things we do in the school grounds, take a look at the welly walk page on the website (at the bottom of this page).


***For our transition videos for our NEW 2021 Robins, please head to the 2021 New Starters folder at the bottom of the page (or use the quick link below).  Every Friday, a new crafting video and story time video will be uploaded to our school YouTube page.  This is a closed YouTube page and can only be accessed via links published on the school's website.  If you have any questions, please get in contact via the school office!***


In class we are looking at some new phase 5 sounds.  All the sounds we are looking at are digraphs that are alternate spellings for sounds we have already learned e.g. aw and or, ue and oo or oi and oy.  There are some phonic videos available to watch on the link below, made last year in lockdown, that recap the new phase 5 sounds as well as other videos that suggest games and activities to revise learned sounds!


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Wow, we are on the count down to Summer and currently enjoying our ‘wonderful world’ theme. So far we have spent a week learning about the traditions and customs of Mexico. Next, we will fly to Africa to explore Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa, three countries that are very special for some of the children in Robins.  Check out some of our Mexican themed activities in the recent learning gallery below.

Useful websites


Explore using our new phonic sounds and recap those previously learned at



Log in and practice your phonics and help your monster to rebuild it's space ship on Teach Your Monster to Read our school star code is 1091850 and the username is your child's first name.



Oxford owl is a great website where you can access online phonic books.  Please select level 1, 1+ or level 2 books for your child.  We have a class login for this.  Our username is robins12345 and the password is book.



Topmarks is a great site for free games to support maths and literacy.  The maths games are especially engaging and the children have played them many times before on our class tablets.  This site is free and can be accessed here.  Click on 'learning games' tab at the top of the page and select age appropriate games.




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On our welly walk this week we were looking for signs of Autumn’s arrival. We enjoyed looking for mushrooms, acorns, conkers , colourful leaves and berries.  We talked about the animals that are busy collecting food in the Autumn and used some of the natural objects we had collected to decorate our hedgehog pictures and our clay hedgehogs!

We cannot wait to look through the children’s chatterboxes and chatter tubes over the coming weeks. They are a great way of getting to know one another better and to recognise those that share similar interests to ourselves. The chatterboxes are just part of the activities we are doing in class linked to our first theme; fabulous me!