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.