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



The children had great fun creating car parks and adding cars to them. Then completing the  number sentence to go with it. 

Making Mr Potato heads:

A lovely afternoon making Mr Potato heads in the Eco Garden. 

Transition afternoons:

A big thank you to Sam who created giant bubbles with Robins and the new children who will be starting in September. 

Place Value:

We had great fun using our large numicon pieces to start learning about place value. 

Sports Day:

What an amazing end to a great P.E WOW week!

P.E WOW week:

Salsa dancing and yoga!
What an amazing and soggy day. We have had lots of fun toasting marshmallows on a fire and building dens for animals in the woods, as well as, making faces out of clay to look after the woodland. We are very proud of Robin class fantastic behaviour which allowed us all to have fun and make it a very memorable experience. Well done Robins!!

New starters for September 2019:


What an amazing welcome from a range of Pre-school and nursery settings as well as a warm welcome from the children starting the transition to school. We have held our new parents meeting and again which was a great success and is the start of a fantastic supportive relationship between home and school. 


A huge thank you to FOSS for making goody bags for our new starters including bubbles, a book, pencils and lots more.  FOSS also, provided hot drinks for our new parents as well. Thank you!  

Sponsored balance bike obstacle course:

WOW! Amazing balance bike skills. 

Robins have raised £183.00 for the Doorstep school in India. 

Well Done!


What a lovely morning! 

Our mock Wedding:

What an amazing experience a mock wedding in Church. Thank you Rev Gill. 

Our Church visit:

We had a walk around the village, spotting cows that were having a rest in a field. We then took a look inside our Church and the children were very interested in drawing their own stain glass window. 

The Doorstep School at Brace Bridge, Kolkata:

A little more information about why Robin class are trying to raise money. Sponsor forms for our balance bike obstacle course went out yesterday. The balance bike event will be on the 14.6.19. 

Drawing different germs:

Drawing different germs:


Common cold 

Tummy bug 

Learning how to wash our hands properly:

We used glitter to act as germs. The glitter helped us to learn about how to wash our hands properly to ensure as many germs are washed away as possible. 

How germs spread:

We used blue glitter to demonstrate how germs are spread. 

A class full of germs:

We are looking at germs all week to help us understand what they are and how we can reduce the amount of germs in our classroom and on our hands. 

Show and Tell for Summer 2:


We have had a fab morning learning and acting out a Baptism with Rev Gill in Church.  After the Church service we came back to school for a biscuit and a drink to celebrate the Baptism of the baby.  

Hide and seek in the Eco Garden:

Planting sunflower seeds and playing hide and seek in the Eco Garden. 

Learning about Holy Communion from Rev Gill:

Rev Gill came in to lead an RE lesson on Holy Communion which links very nicely to our topic of the Last Supper. The children acted out Holy Communion trying the bread and the wine. 




Look how much our caterpillars have grown in 1 week!

Adam and Eve: The garden of Eden

Robins worked well together to move the bricks from one side of the classroom to the other. The children made a conveyor belt. The children again worked really well to remember the Bible story of Adam and Eve and create the garden of Eden. The children ensured there was a river running through the middle by using a blue piece of material and lots of imagination.   

Meet our caterpillars:

We have 5 caterpillars to look after in Robin class. 

Look at our amazing drawings:

Amazing drawings inspired by our Animal Magic!

Exploring texture:

Robins have used power paint today to make their own paint. Fantastic discussions about what they needed to add to change the consistency of the paint. As well as this Robins explored puffy paint and created hedgehogs. 

Animal Magic:

The children have had a fantastic day meeting lots of visitors. All Robin children had a goat stroking or holding all of the animals brought. Robin class did brilliantly sat quietly and held the animals very carefully. Well done Robins!


Children have been drawing sunflowers using ICT independently. 

Adventures in the village:

Robin class had a fantastic afternoon on our village adventure. A lot of great climbing skills demonstrated by the class. 

Our new class notice board:

Exploring sunflowers:

We looked very closely at a sunflower plant yesterday and discussed what plants need to grow. We have created a diagram as a class. 

Experiences over Easter:

Robin class have had a fantastic Easter holiday. It was great to hear about all of the exciting things they have been up to. 

Proud Clouds: 

We want to hear all about your Easter!


Proud clouds are for any WOW moment for example, riding their bike.

Post it notes are at the back on the top shelf of the classroom:


Pink post it notes are for staff to share. 

Yellow or Orange post it notes are for parents and family to share. 

Please share these WOW moments! 

Show and Tell topics:

Summer Term 1:

How do we grow? 

Easter bonnet parade:

Another year of fantastic Easter bonnets. Well done Robins!

Happy Easter!

Left and Right:

Children had great fun learning different directions, drawing their feet and learning how to left from right. 

Guessing game:

Using our animal cards to play a guessing game. 

Staying SAFE:

With have been learning about safety and how to keep ourselves safe. 

We have learnt the PANTS rule and the song. 

We have learnt about E-safety with Smartie the penguin.

We have also been learning about how to stay safe in different environments.  


Please ask your child about staying safe. 

Mindfulness WOW week:

We have had a lovely calm and relaxing week. The children have learnt lots about well-being and mental health. The children took part in a workshop about mindfulness drawing. Robins drew a bird. This work will be sent home for you to see at home.  

Imaginative play:

We have a picture of the queen, a nurse, binoculars and lots more. 

Child-led learning:

The children were very excited for their first STEM WOW week and one child had been making volcanic eruptions and wanted to share this with the class and so, we made some eruptions in class. The children have been fantastic scientists.  

Indian music workshop:

The class enjoyed hearing and playing all of these lovely exciting instruments. The children also learnt how to dance with their hands. 

Our new balance bikes:

The children have been very patient this week waiting for the weather to improve.  The children sung Rain Rain Go Away but nothing worked. Therefore, we had a go on the balance bikes inside and the children love them. Thank you once again to the parents who helped build the bikes for our children.  Children have started to design their own bikes as well. 

Recreating the Last Supper:

The children were fantastic and  acted out the Last Supper. We tried the bread and wine (Squash) and acted out the washing of  feet. Children had lots of fun and learnt a lot about the Last Supper. Well done Robins! 

Last Supper:


Monday 11th March we are acting out The Last Supper:

Note for Parents and/or Carers: please provide your child with a small hand towel. Thank you. 


Keep a look out for photos! 



Children created their very own treasure box full of special items to them. Children created these at home and brought them in to present to the rest of the class. This was fantastic and encouraged children to discuss their items more. Children were asked to write down where they would hide the treasure box to keep it safe. Some fantastic writing from Robins!

Our Literacy Working Wall:

Guess who we have been writing about? 

World Book Day:

Sharing our favourite books and drawing our favourite characters. 
We spent some time as a whole school sharing literature and then Robins designed a front cover for their favourite book. In the afternoon the children paired up with Kingfishers to share their special books with one another. After this the children have designed their very own bookmark. 

Shrove Tuesday - Pancake day:

We tried pancakes and discussed what we need to make pancakes, how we cook pancakes and favourite toppings. 

A special visitor:

The children had a fantastic time dressing up as Police Officers and learning about the Police. The children have learnt about Stranger Danger. 

Gruffalo Crumble:

We spent the whole morning in the Eco Garden designing and making Gruffalo crumble and pie. The children made pretend ovens and bonfires to cook their crumble and pies. The children pretended to taste the crumbles and the pies and decided they didn't like the ones with grass. The grass was to sweet. 

Gruffalo writing:

This is some of our amazing writing about the Gruffalo. The children changed the ending of the story.  Well done Robins!


Whilst the children have been exploring outside they have found lots of webs and so we made sparkly spider webs with glue and glitter. Some of the children decided they wanted to draw webs and make a spider to put on the web ready to catch something to eat. 

Team Work:

The children were asked to pick a number up and work as a class to create a number line. At the start the children struggled to communicate what number they needed. We stopped and we modelled how to communicate as a group. After the children communicated with each other and finished the number line. As a class working as a group is our next step. 


We were on a big train and a  very fast and noisy train. 

Welcome back Robins!

We have had a fantastic first day back after the half term. We have spent most of the day outside due to the fantastic weather. We made number lines and made large numbers out of cubes.  We also worked as a team to tidy up the outdoor area after a few weeks of poor weather. We found a mouth who appeared to be helping us as well.  


All in time for our new topic question: What is nature? 

Home learning 26.2.19 and is due on the 11.3.19


The children have shown a real interest in time. A few of the children have started to wear watches to school and are using a lot of time language in their play. We played What time is it Mr Wolf. The children shared lots of knowledge about time and how to read a clock to the hour.  Well done Robins! 

Paper aeroplane challenge:

5 Robins entered the paper aeroplane challenge set by Ms Middleton. Well done to everyone who entered. 


Children taking part in some mindfulness at the start and end of the day. Children took the time to be calm and take in the tasks of the day. 

Balance bike activities at Rutlands:

The children had a fantastic afternoon at Rutlands completing lots of different balance bike activities. We went on a bus and came back on a double decker which was very exciting.  Children took take in an activity of how to stay safe on  a bike. All children listen throughout  the activities and were very eager to take part.  The children were fantastic and pleasure to take on a trip. 

Number bonds to 10:

Today we made number bonds to 10. 

Our updated Reading and Writing area:

This is our updated Reading and Writing area. To encourage more independent writing from the children. The area is full of language with pictures alongside them to aid their ability o use the words in a meaningful way. We have an interactive display board for the children to correct sentences and or make sentences and show them off. Within the area we have provided a range of interesting writing equipment with a variety of materials to write on. 

Building a town:

Children working together to build a town with a very complicated railway line. The children were discussing how to cross the roads safely and that they needed to find a lolly pop person to help the children on the way to school. The town also had police officers and doctors as well. 

More voting:

Children have listened to one another today and we had a discussion about listening to others and that its ok to have different ideas and thoughts but we must respect each others ideas and thoughts. 

Decorating our Family Tree:

The children had great fun working together to decorate our new role pay area. 
The children were amazed by the frost on Thursday. The children thought it had snowed as there was white salt/grit on the floor and so, we had a great discussion about why it was there. 

Warm up time:

The children gave us instructions as to how we could make warm juice. All of the children enjoyed their juice. 

Following the children's interest:

We went outside and found it was very bright and sunny.  A small group of children were talking about their shadows, how big they were and that they moved. This led to a hole session on shadows, drawing around shadows and comparing height. There was a lot of teamwork, communication and problem solving from these child initiated activities.  

Robin's notice board:

Robin notice board:


This is our notice board which is at the back of the classroom above the children's next steps and proud clouds.


Proud clouds are for any WOW moment for example, riding their bike.

Post it notes are at the back on the top shelf of the classroom:


Pink post it notes are for staff to share. 

Yellow or Orange post it notes are for parents and family to share. 

Please share these WOW moments! 


Our amazing work displays:


These two  displays keep growing and growing this half term with all of the hard work the children are putting in at home. The children have been exploring our village and our school.  

Using our taste sense:

The children tasted oranges and bananas and discussed the difference in taste, texture and look as well as any similarities. The children also discussed which fruit they liked best.  The class one again voted with their feet and oranges won. 

Our new User Friendly display:

We have worked hard to develop our ICT display so it is interactive and can aid the children to be independent with ICT. 

Our interactive map:

We built an interactive map together as a team. We all had different roles to help build the map. We then voted on a character who we had to direct through the map to the other side. The majority decided on the Mr Banana. We also discussed majority and what it means.

Our Village walk:

Our topic is our village and our school and so we went for a walk around our village to see what we could see. We saw:

- 5 Poppies

- Snow drops flowering 

- Two red buses

- The pub 

- Our church 

- A black fluffy dog 

- The number two 

- A map ( We voted and 6 of the children thought it was a treasure map)

and lots lots more.


symmetrical patterns:

We have started learning about symmetrical patterns this week. We created a symmetrical pattern using different shapes inside and then we took the idea outside and the children created bigger symmetrical patterns. We also had a look at repeating patterns and how they can also be symmetrical. 

Healthy snack time:

We offer healthy snacks, milk and water for our snack time. The children either have this at playtime or just before playtime allowing the children time to sit and have conversations with each other. We are also very proud as all the children have learnt to peel their own oranges as you can see in the pictures above. 

Our School:

We have started our topic which is Our School. The children used our ethos and gave lots of examples of how we uphold our ethos in everything we do. The children also discussed what was special about our school. 

We had a fantastic child led session! 

We started by identifying numbers to 20 and making numbers using numicon. The children then started to make shapes and jigsaw puzzles  with the numicon, the lesson then further developed when some of the children started to count how much their numicon was worth all together. After that the children started to use the chalk and chalk around the outline of the shape/ jigsaw piece they had made. Finally we took the numicon away and they were left with great outlines for the children to then fill with the right shapes of the numicon. 

Voting with our feet:

The class voted whether they liked the Wicked Witch or the Big Bad Wolf the best. The Wicked Witch won the vote by one. 

Celebrating the Chinese New Year:

ROAR!!!   Chinese New Year Dragon masks. 

Fictional characters:

The children worked in groups to draw the fictional characters and then described them in great detail. The children practised their writing and phonics knowledge by writing their ideas down. We have displayed our work on our Literacy working wall in the classroom. 

Numbers and what they represent:

Developing the connection between numerals and the amount they represent. Some great team work! Well done!
Welcome back Robins!

Over Christmas: 

  • Christmas home learning has been issued in their black books. 
  • Your child will bring two reading books home as well (Don't forget the children all have E-books on their active learn account). 

Most of take lots of photos and make lots of memories to share with us back at school. 

Merry Christmas!


Robin's had a special visitor today and have all been very good as Santa had brought them all a gift. 

Christmas card making:

Children have been exploring different materials to make Christmas cards. Most the children enjoyed using the PVA glue and of course glitter. 

Christmas paper chains:

The children have loved this activity and have asked to make more paper chains. The children all coloured in their sheet with great precision and then using their fantastic scissor skills cut each piece out. The children then worked together to great one long paper chain.  The children kept making it longer and longer. Great communication and team work:

"Can we measure it?"

"Can we make it longer than the room?"

"No you need to turn it round then stick it."

"Can I have a turn please"


Letters to Santa:

Here are some of the independent letters written to Santa. It is great to see the children enjoying writing and to see the progress they have all made from September. Well done Robins! 

Christingle service:

Another amazing Christingle service in Church. Robin class were in ore of the service. 

Christingle making:

We made some fantastic Christingles in Kingfisher room while we learnt about what a Christingle is. The orange represents the world, the red ribbon represents the blood of Christ, the four sticks represents the our seasons, the cross that Jesus died on, the candle is the light and the sweets are the fruits of the Earth.  We had a special visitor and helper who was a great help in making the Christingles, thank you! 

Listening ears:

We made some listening ears to help us in our phonics lessons. They help us listen really carefully to each individual sound in a word. 

Parachute games:

We had great fun with the parachute! The children worked really hard to work together to keep the ball on the parachute. The children had to PROBLEM SOLVE to keep the ball from the floor. This allowed for some fantastic communication and language skills:

"You need to move over their because there is a gap"

" The ball will falloff we need to move round"

"The parachute is to low we need it up"

"We did it"



Our Christmas production:




All the children worked really hard practising their lines and knowing where they needed to be on stage. The afternoon performance was amazing and the evening performance was even better with children overcoming their fear of being on stage with an audience. 


Well done Robins!!!

Numbers, Numbers and more Numbers:

We created a number line and used it to count forwards, backwards, 1 more and 1 less. We also played a matching game using our amazing number square. 

Numerals and what they represent:

Fantastic PROBLEM SOLVING from Robin class. The children were given the numbers 1-20 and asked to work together to create a number line. The children made a great start and slowed down until all of the numbers were on the washing line. The children then started to talk to each other and move some of the numbers that weren't in the correct order. Well done Robins!!

Our School Ramble was a fantastic afternoon and we saw lots of amazing things as you can see in the pictures. 

Numicon counting:

Children have been using Numicon to count and to represent the amount each coin represents. 

Enjoying PE

Children being challenged to show we can make different shapes with our body and identifying what our body does during exercise. 

Anti - bullying week:

We used an apple to discuss anti- bullying week. 

2d Shapes:

Children have been learning about the basic 2d shapes. We have done lots of work on the difference between a square and a rectangle. Children have had carpet shapes to sit on and help them with their shapes. The children also decided to make a space rocket and fly us to the moon. On the moon we saw lots of aliens and much much more. 

Gingerbread man making:

The children were given the task of making a Gingerbread man and they decided as a class to use the stickle bricks instead of Duplo as "it has better shapes for  Gingerbread man". Great imagination and creativity Robins.  

Beanstalk counting:

Children are really enjoying Jack and the Beanstalk and wanted to create their own. We went outside to draw them as big as we could. We then added numbers to our leaves to make a number line. We have a Beanstalk as long as 34 leaves. 


The children have learnt about remeberance, the red and purple poppies and the meanings behind them. 


We have been measuring with cubes today. Yesterday we measured items with pencils. We had a great discussion about why it isn't fair to measure with pencils because they are different sizes. 

Jack and the Beanstalk:

Making a road:

The children decided that they were going to build a road with lolly pop sticks. The children talked about road signs and road layout such as roundabouts and corners. 


Mini beasts:

The children have been learning about mini beasts. We played a loop game which gave children clues as to which mini beasts came next. 
We all brought in our special  teddy bears from home so we could write labels for them. 

Red Day:

Robin class dressed in red to show racism the red card! 


Stand up Derbyshire:

Reception had a fantastic afternoon taking part with the rest of the school in Stand Up Derbyshire. Yr 5 and 6 lead the 11 different activities throughout the afternoon and supported younger in these activities. 

Exploring in the Eco Garden:

Children had great fun we found a ladybird, a stick that looked like a number 7 and lots, lots more. 


Reception children participated in our harvest celebrations by joining in with our service and actively taking part within it.  

Home learning: 


Home learning will be given on a Monday and due the following Monday, for example, given on the 10.9.18 and due on the 17.9.18. 


Home learning will be in their black 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. 


Active Learn: 

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.  




Your child will bring a reading book home each night these will be changed regularly in school. 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. 


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. 

Reception class of 2018/2019:


Our first week we have had a lovely start to the term.