Friday 19th July
Here we are then with the last blog before we have a six week break. I hope I will see many of you on Wednesday morning as we say goodbye to the Year 6s and watch some excellent talents on the stage. I am very impressed with how Robins have performed this year and proud of all they have achieved. It’s a privilege to be able to teach the Year 4s again next year and I’ll see the rest of Robins every day. You have all written a lovely last story and practised some of those vital maths skills before the summer. We will do the same this week by writing and solving some maths problems to keep those essential skills sharp.
Thanks for being brilliant and I’ll see you on Monday for the last 3 days.
Friday 12th July
We end the penultimate week and prepare for our summer break. We have lots to complete before then. We will be writing one more story, solving some final maths problems and in-between all that, a zoo visit, talent show and we’ll see you on Tuesday as our Egyptian exhibit opens to the invited few. That is 2:00pm – 3:00pm and you will be able to take child home when you have finished in the museum.
We’re not slowing down in Robins. We have chased a monkey and asked him questions. We’ve painted our hand made Egyptian jewellery and much more. There is still good learning going on as your child looks to end the year strong ready to move in to their next stage of their school journey.
Friday 5th July
And just like that..it’s July 2019. Another cracking week filled with pizza, birthdays and auditions. Well done to those who did something for the audition, you were fantastic. We have wrapped up our report writing and will be starting to learn our last story before we finish for the summer holiday. The children are getting better and better at squash. Sports day was brilliant. Thank you to all who came and well done to all the children who took part. We look forward now to the summer fair tomorrow and Tuesday 16th when Magdalen Academy Museum will be opening its Egyptian exhibition. Mr Raynor will also be seeing parents on Thursday 11th July if they have missed their last pupil progress meeting.
Friday 28th June
Tuesday was amazing! For the year 3s and 4s that went, this was brilliant. The Year 2s had a great time with Mrs Wiseman, learning about conopic jars and designing jewellery. Practise sports day went well on Thursday and we look forward to the actual day on Wednesday – 9:30am start. We went on a lovely walk yesterday and enjoyed the sunshine. We were trying to get ideas for a newspaper article. We came back and made wrote about a blacksmith being forced to close as his business was slowing. They’ve enjoyed maths. They have drawn shapes and solve problems about perimeter and area. We even cracked out the compasses to draw circles and measure the perimeter with string. We also made ankhs (it’s a cross with a loop at the top) out of clay. School and learning does not slow down as we get to the summer holiday. Everyday is full of learning opportunities and your child is grabbing them with both hands.
Friday 21st June
There are loads of things coming up, so please read the newsletters and follow us on Twitter. The Year 3 and 4s in Robins are going to the Corn Exchange on Tuesday lunchtime and staying there until the evening performance. We have squash again on Tuesday, please remember your PE kit, and we are practising for our sports day on Friday.
This week we have been practising writing newspaper reports, adding and subtracting (which is getting good), continuing to learn more about the Egyptians and today, we began learning about the skeleton.
We are getting near the end of the year now. Let’s have a great end to the year.
Friday 14th June
Well that was a wet week! I had to ditch the bike this week and use the car. This didn’t stop us having another amazing week at school though. We had a brilliant time at Norwich Castle, learning about the ancient Egyptians. I hope your child has told you all about it because the people there put on 4 brilliant activities for us. The children were superbly behaved and now we are learning how to write a newspaper report. First we are going to learn a report about Robins visiting Norwich castle and then we can innovate this to become a report about anything we want. Maybe mummies have come to life at the museum!
In maths, we have learnt all about shape: 2D shapes and their sides, corners / vertices and lines of symmetry and 3D shapes and their edges, faces and vertices. Next week we began tidying up our adding and subtracting skills reading to move on to different methods next year.
Friday 7th June
A lovely first week back has been filled with decorating our classroom and reminding ourselves how to write, after a week off. The children are making fantastic progress and now we look forward to keeping that up until they go in to the next year of their school life. During this week, we have had a visit from a music company. They led a workshop, showing us what we will be doing at the Corn Exchange on the 25th. Robins class, along with the Year 3 / 4 classes at St German’s and Wimbotsham, will perform small parts of an opera, alongside professional singers and musicians. This is an amazing opportunity and you will receive a letter soon. Have a great weekend and we’ll be ready to go again this week.
Friday 31st May
Hello. I’m writing this during half term and I really cannot believe that it is only 7 weeks and 3 days until the summer holiday and your child is in the next year of their school life. I am proud of each child in Robin’s class. They have tried have and had plenty of success so far. There is still much more to learn about writing stories, newspaper reports, measuring lines of shapes, the human skeleton and so much more to discover about Egypt. This is going to be a busy summer term so please read newsletters and follow us on twitter to keep up to date.
Near the end of the term we are going to transform our classroom into a museum and will be inviting you to visit. Please look out for the date.
Friday 12th May
We have had a good week going over some of the basics in maths (the 4 operations; addition, multiplication, divide and subtraction) and learning our story (The Egyptian Cinderella) in English. The children have been impressive with their effort and some of their skills.
Next week, most of the children will complete tests. This is nothing for anyone to worry about and it is just a chance to check where they are and inform our planning for the rest of the year. If you have any questions about what it is they are being asked to do and how they are doing it, please ask.
Friday 5th May
We have been back for a couple of weeks now and the children are absolutely loving learning about the Egyptians. I have been impressed at how much they have not forgotten over the Easter break. There are some assessments coming up for all the children. They have nothing to worry about. They just need to try their hardest and look at it as a chance to show off their skills. We have done a few fun things since we’ve been back; looking at some cool shoes and playing a game, making our own death masks and dissecting flowers the learn about the important parts of a plant. We now only have 3 weeks left so let’s make them count!
Friday 25th April 2019
Well, I’ve had a great first week back. The children have enjoyed two things the most. 1: learning about ancient Egypt. We have had 2 lessons on Egypt, learning about their way of life and of course, mummification. 2: using the bee-bots and a pro-bot that we have bought for the school. We have been decorating out QUEST room and so far it is looking very nice. We will be starting our new story on Monday and we are learning all about money (coins and notes). If we carry on like this, it is going to be a lovely half term.
Friday 28th March 2019
One week left! Thank you so much to those who have practised the story ‘Silly Jack’ at home. You can really tell and they have been able to more easily make their own story from it. Next week we will be creating our very own story, hopefully using some of the tools and skills we have learnt about from ‘Silly Jack’.
The children have been brilliant at learning multiplication. From numberlines, to arrays, to factor pairs, they have really understood it. Next week we are finishing the term with division.
I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00pm for a prehistoric afternoon where you will get to see exactly what your child has been doing.
Monday 25th March 2019
Welcome back, after another lovely weekend. The children are working very hard as we come towards the end of the second term, and with only the summer term left they need to make sure they keep it up. This week your child has a story to learn. Please support us and them with this, as the better they know it, the easier they will be able turn it into their own story. To support us with maths, please practise multiplying and dividing. Y2 – 2,5,10 (e.g – 2 x 5 = 5+5. Y3 – up to 12 (e.g – 6 x 4 = ). Y4 – single digit multiplied by double and multiply 3 single digit numbers (e.g – 24 x 3 =  or 3 x 3 x 2 = ). See below to see how we are teaching your child to solve these problems. Thanks and we look forward to another week.
Important news – ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ afternoon on Tuesday 2nd April at 2:00pm. This is a chance for you to come in and look at your child’s learning. You’ll get to see what they’ve done, hear what they’ve done and maybe even taste something that they have done. All Robin’s parents, please come along. You will be able to take your child home with you when it finishes.
Monday 18th March 2019
We had a lovely day on Friday. The children enjoyed going around in the morning and doing 4 different science related activities in their colour groups. They had a great time and it was a good way of celebrating National Science Week. This week we are continuing to get back down to business with our learning. You child is going to have a new story to learn, to help them create their own story, recap addition and subtraction and the different methods they can use and carry on with their QUEST activities. We are over half way now and as we get nearer to the end of term I would like to thank all those parents who are reading with their child at home and doing some the home learning activities. Keep this up and know that your child is making progress at school.
Monday 11th March 2019
Here we go then, another week of school. This time was have Science day on Friday to look forward to. Last week we had a brilliant time on our visit to Flag Fen. We saw real Bronze Age artefacts and learnt a lot of information to think about and process at school. The children had a brilliant time, despite the cold and rain, and I was impressed with how well behaved they were and how little moaning they did. The best part for me was the Bronze Age round house, where Chris (the leader) lit a fire in the middle for us. There was lots more there if you ever wanted to visit. World book day was also brilliant and I was very impressed with some of the amazing costumes. We had a wide range, from Captain Underpants to a mad scientist. Let’s see what this week brings.
Monday 4th March 2019
So…that’s one week gone then and now we’re over half way there. We have spent this week learning lots of information about jumping, reading, what animals and humans need to survive, Andy Golsworthy and and the Iron Age. The children have listened well and hopefully are all ready to go and complete their learning next week in the QUEST room. This coming week is jam packed with fun! We have our visit to Flag Fen on Thursday (an Iron Age museum set where there was a settlement). We also have World Book Day on Friday and I can’t wait to see what you come as. Keep reading at home and well done to those who have already done some of their home learning.
Monday 11th February 2019
Just one week left until half term. The children are really shining at the moment; putting in good amounts of effort and showing a lot of concentration. Their portal stories were excellent and we have cracked division for the time being. Although, we all know a holiday can help them forget. If you can keep up the practise over the break, that would be brilliant. We’ve ran around the playground this week as part of mental health week. We will be moving on to the metal ages soon so keep an eye out for more information.
Monday 4th February 2019
I’ve really noticed this week how hard some children are trying with their learning. There is some really excellent learning going on with many children. We have written our very own story in English and learnt all about the relationship between adding and subtracting. There has also been some excellent use of a javelin to catch Stone Age animals. Here are a few photos.
It was also nice to see some snow, although it’s very cold!
Monday 28th January 2019
This week saw the children dive in deep to some serious learning. We learnt how to add and some of the children learnt new methods for adding numbers together. We created new story maps from ‘Stone Age Boy’ ready to begin writing it this week. As ever, the children had a great time in QUEST, ran by our wonderful Teaching assistants, where they did everything from; a science experiment to creating Stone Age tools. The children have also just been told about a brilliant website: https://www.j2e.com/j2code/ to learn about computing. This week sees Number Day happening on Friday and we are raising money for NSPCC, so we are asking for a £1 donation for non-uniform (dressing up in numbers, shapes or patterns) and money for number snacks.
Monday 21st January 2019
One more week gone and lots more learning learning completed. In English the children have now got their ideas recorded for their brand new story based on ‘Stone Age Boy’. In maths, the children have been trying to get their heads around fractions. They have tried very hard and we will keep up our practise of them during maths meetings. During QUEST time the children have been choosing their own learning; from creating monsters to designing and making their own Stone Age tools. Please look at our gallery and twitter to see their wonderful work. See you next week; thanks for reading.
Monday 14th January 2019
Well……..that’s our first week back sorted, and what a brilliant week we’ve had. We had a wonderful time on Monday as we enjoyed our sparkling start to our new theme; ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’. This is all about the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The children engaged brilliantly and you did a fantastic job as parents, dressing them up. We made a woolly mammoth each, did some finger painting, investigated Stone Age poo, built our own homes and engaged in a bit of drama. Find pictures of the day in the gallery. For the rest of the week we continued to learn about our our new theme by; learning the story ‘Stone Age Boy’, creating a large time line for a display and making our own fossils. You’re child has been a brilliant learner this week and I am very proud of their learning behaviour. Well done Robins. On to next week!
Monday 17th December 2018
What an incredibly busy week! Dress rehearsals on Monday, two performances on Tuesday, the Pantomime on Wednesday, a little breather on Thursday and then Decoration day with our brilliant parents and Christmas dinner on Friday. In between all this, each Robin has created their own story in their hot write books and recapped how to add and subtract. I’m extremely proud of all the children in Robin’s and the rest of the school for their brilliant performances in the play and their behaviour at the pantomime. Well done guys and lets enjoy our last two days together before the Christmas holiday.
Monday 10th December 2018
What a busy week it has been with the Christmas play! You’re children have done a great job learning their lines (if they had some), learning the songs and joining in well with pulling the Christmas play together. In the middle of all that, Robin’s class have been making their own stories based on Babushka, which they will be writing this week. They have also learnt about shape and how to tell the time. It was great to see some of them at the Christmas fair and we now look forward to our plays on Tuesday, the pantomime on Wednesday and Decoration Day on Friday. Look on twitter for more immediate notifications.
Monday 26th November 2018
What another busy week in Robins class! We have tried our hardest to learn the story of Babushka, which involved Mr Raynor and Mrs Woolnough dressing up as a king and an old lady. This week we’ll be thinking about how we can change the story to write our own. In maths, we have cemented our understanding of multiply and divide. For some children it was about learning about what the symbols mean (x, we call lots of and ÷, we call shared by), although they have lots of other names but for others we learnt about what happens when we multiply or divide by 10 or 100. Quest time has seen lots of independent learning completed and two children have received chance cards for completing lots of challenges. This week sees the children really get to grips with the Christmas play, learning the songs and/or lines.
Monday 19th November 2018
We have had a great week! This has been largely due to being able to make Fifteens (the biscuits the children made for Children in Need) and getting to wrap a Teddy in different materials and dunk him in water to find out which of them were waterproof. This was as well as learning about multiplication, division and adjectives. The children watched PJ Masks as part of their learning and listened to a counting in 3s version of ‘Up town funk you up.’ Then there is all the fantastic learning I have seen in the QUEST room and during our Tuesdays home learning circles. What a great time Robins are having! Let’s keep it up!
Monday 5th November 2018
This week has seen our visit to King’s Lynn. The children had a brilliant time walking around the town, learning about the different buildings and sharing their thoughts and ideas. We have then written a recount; learning about the importance of editing (looking for and fixing mistakes) and re drafting (writing it again with the mistakes fixed). We have also been swimming and managed to fit in learning about subtraction. Just another week in Robin’s class!
Monday 29th October 2018
It has been an exciting week in Robin’s class as all our maths and English learning has been taught through different subjects. In art and design we practised different patterns and found the rule to know which one came next. We also wrote captions for our own pictures. In design and technology we wrote evaluations about Lego; what was good about it and what could be even better. Computing was all about different directions in algorithms; left, right, forwards,backwards, quarter, 90 degrees, and how to create one. In geography we compared King’s Lynn to Paris and looked at our compass directions. Lastly, in history we began to learn about the Great Fire of London. What a busy week we had!
Friday 21st September 2018
Welcome to our first blog – Robins Class got into the swing of their Talk4Writing story by acting out a quest where we had a look around the whole school and found a strange room! We made some lovely potions using measuring in maths during Roald Dahl Day (last week). We also had a lot of fun singing different songs and watching different videos including; baby-shark and King’s Lynn in the 1950s and 1960s.