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Robins (Reception)

Welcome to Robins! 

Home learning packs will be sent out with children on Friday 20th March.  In these packs you will have:

  • a bumper selection of reading books, directed at your child's current phonic level
  • a doodle book - a place for your child to record any maths, phonics or written work they do at home
  • a new writing pencil - some Robins were worried they didn't have a writing pencil at home
  • a phonic mat with all the phonemes we have learned this year to support writing
  • a bumper selection of library books


Tapestry, our online learning journal, will be your go-to place for learning challenges and these will be updated daily.  Each day the children will be given a new 'super sentence' sentence starter and a learning challenge linked to the traditional tale; The three Billy Goats Gruff.  It would be fantastic if you could upload photos or videos of your home learning onto Tapestry so we can keep in contact and celebrate the learning together.


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 




In order to access the entire phonicsplay site, you will need to enter the username: march20 and password: home

Join Shonnette for daily dough gym on her YouTube channel


If you dont have playdough at home, here is an easy, non cook recipe I use at school. Please note that the dough can be made without cream of tartar but it will not last as long.


Keep active with Joe Wickes' daily PE session for the nation at 9am every weekday on his YouTube channel. You can subscribe at

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 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

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 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. 
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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.