St Andrew's Church of England Primary School An intelligent heart acquires knowledge and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18:15


Our class treat:

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Amazing behaviour, manners and attitude yesterday on our class trip. I am one very proud teacher well done Robins you were fantastic. 

Class trip to Brackenhurst:

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Children enjoyed there bus trip to Brackenhurst on the white and purple bus and were very excited about the activities for the day. 


The children enjoyed walking to Bethlehem and acting out the nativity as well as the Christmas crafts. later on the trip back to school our bus broke down high meant the children had to leave the bus and we had a short trip to the VW garage to wait for a new bus to arrive. The children were given colouring books from the VW garage for how well th echildren sat and waited. The children had a great time and couldn't wait to tell parents about their trip. A trip that will stay with them for life. 

Mary Seacole:

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Children worked in pairs to organise what items they would find in a hospital and what would have been used in the past. 

Real PE:

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All children enjoyed and were actively engaged throughout the session. The children were great and managed to fill all of the cones and gained a high five.

Class visitors:

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We had a visit from some hedgehogs and guinepigs and learnt lots about what they need and where they live. The children then went away and created some amazing drawings and writing about the animals. 

Estimating game:

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Reception estimating marbles and working together to do this. 

Sharing what children are doing at home:

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A special visitor:

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Poppy the French Bulldog  puppy came to meet Robin class. This was a great experience for the class as we have a wide variety of experience with animals throughout the class. 

Wellbeing time:

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As a class we took some time to concentrate on our breathing in our class worship time. We asked the children to clear their mind and later asked what they are thankful for:




"pets and animals"


"the world because it's nice" 

Gravel donation!

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A huge thank you to DERBY AGGREGATES and parent support for there amazing gravel and tyre donation to help create a new outdoor construction area. The children have been amazed bey the new area being able to dig and use the gravel as part of their building site. The children loved putting the gravel in our new area. The children used fab communication skills to work as a team to ensure the gravel was safely transported to the new area including tidying up after we had finished. Thank you! 


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We had a great time designing our very own superhero! Great discussion and fab reasoning.

Character descriptions:

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Can you guess the character? 

Autumn 2: 7 weeks

Literacy –

Week 1- Comic strip writing (Supertato)

Week 2- Comic strip writing (Supertato)

Week 3-Letter writing (Great Women of the World)

Week 4-Letter writing (Great Women of the World)

Week 5- Nativity trip Recount writing

Week 6- Poetry (Rhyming)

Week 7 – Poetry (Acrostic Poem)

Topic - What makes a good superhero? (Fearless Flynn)

Science – identifying and comparing materials

RE – What times are special and why? (Christianity)

PE – Dance

PSHE – Being safe

Art – LS Lowry

Music -  Music express book

Yellow day:

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What a great rainbow of yellow to show our awareness and support! The children were learning about Jamaica and have great amazing pieces of art work of the Jamaican flag. Alongside this the children have been learning about Rosa Parks and enjoyed creating a bus fair for all. 

Experimenting with colour:

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Mixing powder paint and experimenting with colour and consistency. 

Tidy up time:

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The children cleaned their own paint pots ready for after half term, brushed up the sand and picked up any rubbish in our outdoor area. 

Teddy bears picnic:

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We have been reading Percy the park keeper the rescue party which inspired our own teddy bear picnic. 


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We have been learning about parts of the body and so, we had a visit from a child sized skeleton to help wit our learning. Alongside this we have been learning about senses what they are and what they are used for. 

More problem solving!

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The year ones and reception worked really hard together to ensure they could use the water wall but not run out of water. The children tried the different pipes and attached more pipe work to ensure the water came back into the water tray. Well done Robins! 

Speaking and listening activity:

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During each half term the children have been asked to create a box at home about our topic  to share with the class at the end of the term. This has been a great opportunity for children to speak and share what they haven't during the term, or more about themselves. Please find more information about the nest box challenge at the bottom of this page called show and tell or on our notice board in the classroom. 

Problem solving:

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Robin class received a train track and so they all got stuck in trying to solve how to create a train track as a group and how to make the train as well. 

Exploring the Ramble:

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Exploring the pictures taken during our wet and muddy ramble ready to write recounts of our amazing experiences during the walk. 

Bringing maths alive:

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Visual additions and subtractions. 

Celebrating children's experiences outside of school:

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Wow! Busy children outside of school. 

Sharing books:

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Child initiated learning. Several children have decided to bring in their favourite book from home. We have loved reading and sharing children's love of books. 
Reception have been busy painting the sounds taught so far. Very impressive reception! 
The children had great fun in the rain collecting leaves and exploring the Eco garden. As well as jumping in the muddiest puddle. 

Reception ordering numbers:

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Reception ordering numbers to 10 and then to 20.  Introducing them to one more and one less as well as counting rather than reciting numbers. 

Team work:

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Great team work from Robins today. We have four fantastic skeletons thanks to fantastic communication skills, cutting skills and excitement of making a human skeleton for our science topic. 


Group zoo map:

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Great teamwork year ones!

Exploring our outdoor area:

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Reception enjoying the outdoor area and relaxing in our shell reading areas. 

Toast break on a Friday afternoon:

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Robins enjoyed a lovely toast treat ! 

Experimenting with music:

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Children developing their listening skills whilst experimenting with sound and how we can change it. 

Reception created 3d animals:

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Amazing home learning!

Creating the human body:

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Fantastic discussion of the different parts a body needs and what they do. 

Creating a 3d zoo map:

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Zoo building outside:

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Children had great fun creating a 3d zoo map after the visit from the wild animals. Children have created some amazing animal inspired artwork as well as creating wild animals from play dough. Children worked as a time and used topic specific language such as enclosure. 

Exploring poo the zoo animals left behind:

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The children used gloves to explore the poo to find out which animals had been in the classroom. Don't worry it wasn't really poo!

Footprints left by wild animals:

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The children discussed which animals they thought made the footprints in our classroom. 

Wild animals found in Robin classroom:

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Please ask your child what has happened over the weekend. 


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Postcards for Bramble Lodge:

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Yr1 children created postcards for Bramble Lodge to share our Harvest experiences with them. Children posted the postcard with parents, to allow parents to see the amazing writing!

The lost sheep:

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We learnt the Bible story of The Lost Sheep. Great discussion and great questioning to find our sheep in the classroom. 

Number bonds to 10:

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Yr 1 children have been working on number bonds to 10 and so we have used lots of numicon to support their learning and building human number sentences. 

Shared reading:

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Robin  and Golden Eagle class join up on an afternoon to share either their reading book or another book from our library. This has been a great opportunity for the children to develop their confidence and make friendships with the older children. This will continue throughout the year to develop reading skills and social skills. 

The human body:

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We have started learning about the human body and so sang Head , shoulders, knees and toes. We also drew around each others' bodies so that we could label the body.  Great team work between the year ones and reception. 

Postcard writing:

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Yr 1 children have written a postcard to bramble Lodge to share our harvest celebrations with them. Fantastic postcards!

Harvest in church:

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Rev Alan lead our Harvest celebrations in church along with his trusted friend the skunk. A lovely celebration!

Outdoor provision:

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The new reception exploring the outdoor provision. The sand and water trays were a big hit! 

Foam jigsaw pieces:

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Fantastic child led activities with the foam jigsaw pieces and 2d shapes. One minute the pieces have been made into a plane and the next a road. Great imagination Robins! 

Autumn 1: Overview

Literacy –

  • W1 All about me
  • W2 Egg to penguin
  • W3 The Lion Inside
  • W4 The scarecrows wedding
  • W5 Oi Frog
  • W6 Vet
  • W7 The Hare and the Tortoise
  • W8 A hole in the bottom of the sea

Maths –

  • Counting (forwards and backwards) and ordering
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Doubling
  • 1 and 2 more
  • 2d shapes
  • Read and write number names

Topic - Why are animals important to our world?

Science – parts of animals

RE – Bible stories, Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit

PE – Getting changed and

PSHE – Being me

Art – Andy Warhol

Music – Music express book

Show and tell for 2019/2020:

Home learning: 

 Home learning will be given on a Monday and due the following Monday, for example, given on the 9.9.19 and due on the 16.9.19. 


Home learning will be in their black/ blue home learning book that should be kept in your child's book bag and placed in the wooden basket on a Monday morning ready to be marked and new home learning to be given.


Year one books in the basket near the window.

Reception books in the basket under the snack area.  


Year one spellings:

Every Monday Year ones will use the spellings given the Monday before and a score will be recorded. The spellings will be in their home learning book. It is very important these are practised at home both orally and written down. As well as this it is important the child understands what the word means and how to use it and that is why we complete spelling checks in context. To aid with this we use Purple mash to help make spelling fun and memorable. 


Active Learn / Purple Mash: 

Your child's login details are stuck in the back of the black home learning book. We use active learn during the school day so we ask that your child practises at home how to log themselves into Active Learn.  When using Active Learn you need to allow pop ups as the e-books open in new window. Each e-book has a small picture of a bug and these are the children to click on and a question will be provided about the book for your child to answer. Please ensure your child answers the bugs.


Purple mash:

Your child's login details are stuck in the back of the black home learning book. We use Purple Mash during the school day so we ask that your child practises at home how to log themselves into Purple Mash. Purple Mash has a range of activities that can be completed and saved to share with us at school. As well as this we can set tasks for your child to complete at home. Please note some activities will not save, however, like Active Learn we are sent an activity report.  



Your child will bring a reading book home each night these will be changed regularly in school; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We encourage re-reading books to allow for questions to arise to ensure a better understanding. We advise parents to read at least 4 times a week with your child. Please ensure you record when your child has read and to who in their reading record. We also advise a mix between e-books and physical books.  


The purple stage / picture books: These books are to encourage your children to look at the illustrations and infer what is happening in the story and what might happen next. Therefore, these books will not be changed each day to allow your child to build up their confidence. 



If your child reads four times or more in a week they will be given a raffle ticket which will be stuck in there reading record and a chance to win a prize in the Friday Collective Worship. 


Word reading + Understanding = A GREAT READER!


WOW moments: 

If your child has a WOW moment please record it and inform Robin class staff of the WOW moment and any photos you may have of it. These moments can be record in their reading records or just simply passed on.  WOW moments can be things like riding a bike, baking a cake or achieving something they had found difficult.


Robin class notice board:

Our notice board is situated on the classroom door and is full of lots of information for each term. Such as key dates, topic, items to bring in, trips etc… This information will of course be on our website as well. Also, there is a large cloud for any WOW moments please write down on a post it note and pop it on. 


Reward systems in class:

Each child has an individual sticker chart in their draw and once they reach an amount they will have a chance to pick an item from the treasure box and the process will start again.


We also have a class marble jar for team work etc… which once full can be traded for a class treat such as, Baking activity, Eco garden activity and much more.