Robin Class 18-19

Welcome to the Robins Class!
Times Tables
In KS1 we work really hard to learn the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and know them by heart for the end of year 2. Here's a link to a really fun video that will help you learn them. 
Reading High Frequency Words
Reading is an important part of all children's education and we are using many different strategies to develop this skill. One strategy is to build up sight recognition of words which are most commonly used in a text. 
The link below will take you to a game which promotes this skill. At the moment we are working on the first 100 High Frequency Words. Start off with the phase 2 words and then if your child can read these quickly and fluently then move onto phase 3. Once your child can read the phase 3 words move onto phase 4 etc.
Friday 7th September
We have had a brilliant time during our first few days in Robins. Fine motor skills are really important and we will be doing lots of work to develop them this year. Today we were trying to stick down pieces of wool, following the lines.
Monday 10th September
Over the next two weeks we are going to be looking at an exciting poem called 'Monsters.' It is a counting down poem, starting with 5 purple monsters and by the end of the poem we are left with none.
Use the link below to practise more rhyming poems at home. Make them even more fun to learn by adding actions.
Friday 14th September
We have been learning the poem 'Purple Monsters' and today we had great fun painting purple monsters to help us visualise the poem.
Monday 17th September
Spelling and recognising numbers as a written word is often quite tricky. Below is a fun game where you have to read the word and then splat the correct number that it matches to. Start with numbers to 20 and then move onto numbers to 20. By the end of KS1 children should be confident at reading all numbers up to 100 in words.
Wednesday 19th September
Today we heard about Jesus feeding 5,000 people with just 2 loaves of bread and 5 fish. We then used puppets to practise retelling the story in small groups.
Friday 21st September
All year 1 Robins now have a copy of the poem 'Monsters' stuck in their blue learning diaries along with a copy of the poem map which we used to help us learn the poem. Please ask your child to show you the poem at home as they would love to share it with you.
Monday 24th September 
Over the next 4 weeks we are going to be looking at stories with repeating patterns or repeating phrases. We started by listening to the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' which has lovely repeating phrases to join in with.
Below is a link to watch Michael Rosen - the author of the book - reading it with actions. This is a fantastic telling of the story and definitely worth watching.
Tuesday 25th September
This week we are really starting to notice a change in the weather, the temperature is dropping, leaves are starting to change colour and there are lots of other changes taking places. In geography we are learning about these seasonal changes. 
If you fancy a walk one crisp autumn morning / evening why not print off a checklist from the link below and see just how many amazing signs of autumn you can spot.
Tuesday 25th September
We have been using the base ten equipment to practise making different numbers. For teen numbers we had to get a ten stick and then ones to make the number.
Tuesday 2nd October
Today we went over to St. Helen's for our Harvest Celebration. We have been thinking about countries from all around the world and how their harvest helps us. We focused on America and realised that nuts are imported from there. There are lots of lovely foods we couldn't enjoy if didn't have nuts. We printed out pictures of these foods and practised our really neat colouring skills. 
Friday 5th October
We are learning the story 'Peace at Last' and today we thought about the character of Mr Bear. We worked in pairs, one person pretending to be Mr Bear and one person pretending to be a reporter. We then asked Mr Bear questions to find out what happened in the story and how Mr Bear was feeling.
Thursday 11th October
We are learning how to add using cubes. We used 2 different coloured cubes. To work out 2 + 3 we had to get 2 cubes in one colour and then get 3 cubes in another colour and put these altogether to make a big tower. To get our answer we counted how many cubes there were altogether in our tower.
Tuesday 16th October
Today we have been using part whole diagrams and cubes to practise subtraction. This method is a super way to see subtraction visually and can be practised both at home and at school.
Tuesday 23rd October
Today we have been investigating shadows. We were challenged to see if we could make a shadow bigger, smaller, lighter and darker. To do this we had to make our own shadow puppets.
Tuesday 23rd October 
We are going to use our senses to write a poem about bonfire night. To help us think about the sounds a bonfire makes and what you can smell we used the fire pit in school to have our own bonfire. 
Monday 5th November
This half term we are going to be thinking of materials and their properties. Today we looked at building walls. We thought about how to join materials together and how we could make our walls stronger.
Monday 12th November
Today we learnt how to make strong corner joints to a model by over lapping the lego. This is how brick layers do the corners when building houses.
Friday 23rd November
As part of our topic on Little Red Riding Hood we have been thinking about questions we would like to ask the Big Bad Wolf. We held interviews with the wolf in pairs, one person pretending to be the wolf and one pretending to be the interviewer.
Wednesday 28th November
Today we have been sorting 3D shapes into 2 separate groups based on their properties. We found it quite tricky to count the number of vertices and the number of edges however we were quite good at counting the number of faces.
Thursday 13th December 
Today we made air raid shelters out of clay and other natural materials. We have been learning about the world wars and what life would have been like during that time.
Monday 17th December
Today we had a go at making air raid shelters out of junk modelling. Although we had been working on lots of ways to make strong joints / strong walls / strong roofs etc we realised that without sturdy material to begin with, building an air raid shelter could be quite tricky! We had lots of fun though.
Monday 21st January
We are going to be learning the story Handa's Surprise and writing our own version. To become familiar with animal names we were challenged to sort a pile of animals out, putting all the safari animals on the mat and then working together to name them all.
Monday 28th January
We are practising division by sharing. Today we have been sharing cubes into 2 circles to practise diving by 2.
Thursday 7th February
As part of our topic on keeping healthy and looking at the book Handa's Surprise we have designed our own fruit salad and got to taste lots of different fruits.
Tuesday 12th February
Soccerstars is a fantastic club that takes place on a Tuesday night after school (for the infants) and today we had a taster sessions of what you do in Soccerstars. It was great fun and we demonstrated some really goo football skills.
Wednesday 13th February
We have be revising our knowledge of place value. In pairs we had to choose a number and then make that number using the base ten equipment, getting tens and ones.
Remember if you would like to help your child to read both real and nonsense (alien) words then PhonicsPlay is a brilliant site to use. The children love to play Obb and Bob during class time. You can tailor the learning to your child's needs by selecting specific sounds that they are struggling with.
Addition and Subtraction
This is a great way to build addition and subtraction skills. Children have to work out the answer to addition or subtraction problems to decide where to drag picture pieces to on a puzzle. If they get all the puzzle pieces in the right place by answering the questions correctly then the children will make a picture.
Friday 1st March
Today we went on a bug hunt as part of our topic on habitats. We didn't see all the insects on our tick list though so we will be going out for another hunt when the weather is better. We found lots of worms which had come out after yesterdays rain.
Thursday 7th March
Today was World Book Day and we all came dressed as our favourite character from a story. We been writing book reviews and character descriptions and have heard lots of stories. It's been a fantastic day.