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A very big thank you to the kind Robin parents who purchased the space themed fiction books on the Amazon wish list.   


The Robin children and teachers were so excited to receive the two separate parcels! Using Astro Girl by Ken Wilson-Max as our hook, we will make sure we celebrate contributions by female astronauts alongside Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake. We can't wait to enjoy and inspire learning / love of reading in Year 1 with Alexis Deacon's Beegu  and Man on the Moon by Simon Bartram. 


What a wonderful gift!





Welcome to Robins Class!


Your teachers are Mrs Callow and Mrs Gresswell.  You are also taught by Mrs Scoot and Mrs Thomas who are our lovely learning support assistants.


In the second half term our topic is Famous Firsts and we are learning all about the incredible advances in space travel, learning who made these these giant leaps for mankind and comparing with other significant explorers. A couple of texts we will be exploring are Space Tortoise by Ross Montgomery to support our descriptive writing and Astro Girl by Ken Wilson Max. 


In the first half term our topic was Travel and Transport. We learnt all about the incredible advances and changes over time in travel and transport, focusing largely on vehicles with wheels. At the end of the term we used our new knowledge and skills to design our own marvellous machines. With a sprinkle of inspiration from Mrs Armitage's Wheels and clips from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! 




Activity Week


Robins it can't only be Wednesday we have had so much fun already! This week we have enjoyed yoga in a yurt, obstacle course making, daily miles, bee bombs, mini den making and we still have archery and sport races to come! Your teachers have seen such incredible manners, teamwork, resilience and determination - well done Year 1. 

Mini-den Building and Bee Bombs!

Yoga in the Yurt!

Obstacle course creating / Team work / Rain what rain?

Jelly Making!

Robins have been super learners today, following and giving verbal instructions.. A fun day today learning about bossy verbs by following instructions to make jelly and in class in pairs, hiding our naughty bus and giving our partner clear instructions to find it! Mrs Callow and Mrs Scoot were so impressed with children's listening. 


Well done Robins - you also showed off your prior learning today by remembering points of the compass using a silly rhyme, 'Never eat shredded wheat!'. Robins you used these so clearly in your command sentences, for example,  'Walk forward two steps.' or 'Turn west and walk six steps.' to guide your partner to the hidden naughty bus. 


We will enjoy eating our jelly tomorrow at lunchtime! Yummy!


Later in the week we will be writing instructions for our Marvellous Machines. 






Jelly Making

Inventors in Action


Thank you so much parents for all the junk modelling, our workshop is fully stocked and ready for action! 


We would also like to thank a very kind Wren grandad, who cut to order hundreds of axles out of dowelling AND then cut hundreds of teeny, tiny washers! A very time consuming job and our little inventors (and teachers) were so very grateful!


Here are some of our inventors creating the chassis and axle part of their marvellous machines. We think they all did brilliantly! 


Later, like all good engineers, our inventors tested and modified their designs. Now for the fun bit, adding our imaginative designs onto their chassis. Watch this space!


Concentration Faces!

We are so proud of our work!

Testing the wheels work!

London Landmarks / Grouping in 10

In our topic lesson this week we read 'The Queen's Hat' by Steve Antony. We followed the Queen's hat around London, identifying key landmarks. Robin class had fun creating these landmarks out of wooden blocks and Lego, later drawing labelled diagrams of these famous structures, adding measurements of our models. There was some great teamwork going on, helping one other and encouraging children with toppling creations to keep trying. 


Mrs Callow was so impressed by the knowledge of London children had already, some Robins could name several London bridges giving reasons for their favourites. Wow! Super knowledge of London Robins! 


During Busy Brain Time we have been encouraging children to draw diagrams of their structures and label these. We can't wait to see what you create next time Robin class, especially in learning on your own time! 


In Maths children are getting much more confident explaining their thinking, we have been working hard on understanding 2-digit numbers breaking them up into tens and ones. We are using real objects and some of us are starting to draw our own pictures to represent numbers. This week we are learning how to use counting in tens when counting. We are learning when this might be a helpful method to save time!  Fantastic maths brains - well done Robins!

London Landmarks

Mrs Armitage's Wheels, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Car Prototypes

Another busy, fun-filled week in Robin class. Our week began by  listening to Mrs Armitage's Wheels.  We all agreed she got a bit carried away with her fantastical inventing but found her invention very funny. We drew a labelled diagram of her marvellous (but not very practical) wheels. The children are beginning to understand how to use apostrophes for belonging, using this in their title, and drew fabulous labelled diagrams of her wacky bike. Quentin Blake's book helped us to jump into non-fiction writing and we used clips from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to help us learn in a fun way about the features of non-fiction texts. 


The children highlighted an information text on this famous, flying car looking at features such as photos, labels,  fun facts, title, subheadings and glossary. Robin class could you find a non-fiction book at home and find any of these features? 


The class have also been very hard-working in their topic lessons designing their own marvellous machines, drawing labelled diagrams and considering special features. We can't wait to see this come to life...  in junk modelling!


On Friday we learnt about key car design features; the chassis and axle. Mrs Callow and Mrs Brown were so impressed with the two car factories who were so focused and careful making prototype chassis and axles, to hone our designing skills. Our inventors in their dream-team pairs, measured, folded, scored and learnt how to safely make holes using playdough to cushion their tools. WELL DONE inventors!


If children have any of the following please can they bring these in a named plastic bag: small boxes, tubes, plastic or metal lids, corks, plastic bottles, egg boxes and small card box lids (these make excellent car chassis). Any extras for our Robin workshop we would be very grateful to receive too. Thank you!





Our Inventors - learning how to make a car chassis

Forest School Fun!

We love our Forest School time! 

Each week Robin class have 2 hours devoted to child-led outdoor learning in our beautiful buttercup-covered field. 


A BIG thank you to one of our talented parents who created beautiful minibeast decorated logs. The children were so excited to find these and we can't wait to use these for more outdoor learning. 


This week we had some new attendees: some very interested cows watched on enviously as we learnt about camp-fire safety and gobbled up some toasted treats! 


This week Robin class had chance to look after our new members of the school: guinea-pigs, Toffee, Nibbles and Biscuit. The children have become brilliant at identifying dandelion leaves and carefully chose the munchiest looking leaves to feed to our new school pets. 


There was a hive activity in our mud kitchen and a delectable range of dishes were created using tools, mud and a dollop of imagination. Yummy - well done Robin Class, plenty of brilliant team work and creativity in action!


The children also had the opportunity to be creative with canes and thread. We had some wonderful creations: fishing rods, wands and fire pits - using lots of short pieces of wood. 


Marvellous Machines and Tractor Experts


WOW! I can't think of a better way to learn about machines than from our very own tractor expert.


You certainly showed us your incredible knowledge of tractors,  using your toy tractor AND THEN...  bringing in a real-life tractor to teach the children at Lee Common all about this amazing machine. Well done B for sharing your knowledge. We were very proud of you!

Surprise... look who is behind you B!

The Naughty Red Bus


We had a visit from a naughty red bus who created an almighty  mess. Can you see what the naughty bus wrote using his tracks? Robin class were so shocked!  Even Nibbles, Toffee and Biscuit had a 'naughty' visit! 


Naughty Bus left us an apology letter, alongside a book. Our lovely Robins helped explain to the bus in their letters how to follow our class rules.


To help us learn the story for our own diary entry we wrote story-maps, learnt actions to the story and the BEST BIT,  acted out his naughty adventures, through squelchy baked beans, a murky pond and drove our own naughty, red bus keyrings past a crowd of angry people waiting at the bus stop. FUN! 


There has been no rest for our little Robins who have also written short accounts of his naughty adventures. This week we started to write  incredible recounts in character as this bad bus.


Well done Robins for growing your brains, our headteacher's special stamp has been very busy! 




A Naughty Visitor

Winter Wonderland - Autumn Topic 2020

Christmas preparations, Arctic animals, bauble decorating and planting at the allotments!

Another busy week in Robins class! We have been practising our singing for the nativity filming next Monday and we were very excited to try on our costumes and then have a dress rehearsal! We are working very hard in phonics and the children should be very proud of the great progress they have made. The children had a lovely time decorating the class Christmas tree this week and we are now busy making decorations to hang above the fireplace that mysteriously appeared in the classroom! (Thank you Mrs Cornick!) We had an exciting and very animated discussion in class about a big old black key that was ‘found’ in the lane! Wow! What fantastic imaginations these children have as to what the key might unlock! Some of the suggestions included a dungeon, a castle and even a secret garden!


In Literacy Robins rehearsed and wrote sentences about their arctic animals and in the afternoon brought their animals to life in clay. The children used tools to add fur and feather details. We think they look fabulous. Well done Robins! Our carefully decorated baubles are ready to take on a little walk to decorate our village tree. Photos to follow! 


Children and staff would like to say a big THANK YOU to the LCSA. We are very grateful to our green-fingered group of parents, who have given up their time to build and paint beautiful planters which can be used by the whole school. Wednesday afternoon we had great fun planting tulips and daffodils.  There was even extra time to explore the field, with the children using their imaginations to make restaurants out of sticks and leaf mountains.  We can't wait to see our planters come to life in spring! 

Arctic animals, clay models, 2D and 3D shapes and Internet Safety!


This week the Robins had great fun playing basketball in PE. In music they continue to develop their skills following a rhythm in drumming. The Covid friendly singing continues as we practise our Christmas songs and in maths we have been recognising, describing, naming and sorting 2D and 3D shapes. We have been identifying shapes in the environment and creating pictures using 2D and 3D shapes. 


In handwriting and literacy we have been working hard on our letter formation and placing letters correctly on the line. Later in the week we have been sorting non-fiction and fiction texts. We learnt how to spot features of non-fiction texts, for example, labels and contents page and how these help us find information! We were looking at these features to help us in our writing of our own arctic animal information texts. We can't wait to see these published - super fact finding and sorting Robins! 


Robins, if you have any information books at home, you may like to practise showing your family these different features, or just enjoy a non-fiction book for fun! 


To prepare for arctic clay model-making the class worked hard to make diagrams of arctic animals. We all explored clay and different techniques for creating models and those that were ready started to create their animals. Don't worry Robins everyone will get a chance to bring their pictures to life - we can't wait to see your creations! Which techniques will you use to create your paws, wings or ears? Do you need to use a special tool? If you are lucky enough to have playdough at home could you have a practise at making an arctic animal? 


We learnt about internet safety using the story of Smarty the Penguin and the children made posters with messages learnt from the story. If you would like to explore the story further at home here is the link. There is also lots of useful information in the parent's section about staying safe online.  




Odd socks, drumming, continents and story-mapping!

Another busy week in Robins Class - we started the week with ‘Odd Socks Day’ as part of anti-bullying week. Robins took part in lots of fun activities, including designing a pair of odd socks, pairing up odd socks and drawing pictures of their friends. These activities and reading the book ‘Simon Sock’ gave the children an opportunity to express themselves, celebrate their individuality and consider what makes us all unique! The children are continuing to enjoy their drumming lessons and are beginning to demonstrate skills in listening to and following a rhythm.


In geography, we introduced the class to continents. The children had fun moving to the catchy continent song, drawing continents on balloons and taking part in lots of opportunities for open-ended map-drawing. In literacy we have been learning to retell the story 'Lost and Found' through actions using a class story-map. The children worked really hard to draw their own fantastic versions of the story-map and began to use these to retell the story in pairs. In maths we have been learning how to solve subtraction questions using objects like cubes, counters and number lines. We have been introducing the children to lots of new maths language, including ‘find the difference’ and ‘take-away’. We have also started socially distanced singing, learning Christmas carols and songs. They sing so beautifully! Well done Robins! 

A mystery to solve!