Houghton Primary School

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Robins (YR)

Robins Class are our Reception group. They are taught by Mrs Taylor and Mrs Mead who are assisted by Mrs Race.

Please click here for class newsletter and curriculum information Summer term 2019

Spring Term 2019

wb 13.05.19

OK, parents. It's official.  Your children are true scientists.  In the last two weeks, as you can see from our web page messages we have been exploring water. Robins have tested ideas and have been able to amaze themselves (and us) with discoveries.  They are leading discussions about displacement in water so next  week we will be investigating this.  I have some very nifty displacement vessels for them. 

For Robins' bathtub homework I would like them to look at the water level in their bath tub.  If there is any way you can help them mark this without anything in the water to begin with that would be great.  Then let them play with placing themselves and other objects to see what happens.  Talk together about what they think and what they see.  It doesn't have to be "A" level knowledge, but their explanations are important.

We will also be looking at the flow in our own river and we will be revising how water "likes" to move.  A game of Pooh Sticks on the bridge is a distinct possibility this week.  Like all good scientists, they will record their ideas in their own ways for posterity.

wb 29.04.19

Robins are learning about water.  Today (Monday) we learnt about floating and sinking.  Mrs Taylor said, "All big things sink." Frankie and Ethan J think that maybe it's not about the size; it might be about the toys being wooden. Bathtub homemwork for Robins this week  is to test wooden things to see if they float or sink. 

On Tuesday Robins have decided that we need now to test metal things. We think all metal things will sink.  This week at home Robins will test this idea. 

On Wednesday Robins realised this is mostly so but have come to the conclusion that if you add air somehow to the metal it might float.  This was tested and found to be true.  

Robins have begun to talk about what happens when you push items down into the water and what makes them sink or bob right back up to the top again.  Lots of exciting chatter, predicting what might happen and loads of testing opportunities make up our work this week.

Thak you for supporting our research at home.

wb 18.03.19

First of all, thank you all for a warm welcome back.  It's good to be back! Progress has been impressive thanks to an amazing team of adults.

Next week we are looking at stories with a moral or a lesson like The Boy Who Called Wolf.  If you have such stories at home they are always welcome.  We will continue the Elephant Diaries/ Rescue work because the children remain completely fixed on this topic.  They love it!  In mathematics we will continue adding work but will be introducing some deeper thinkng about measures, hypothesiswing and investigating ideas.

Consolidation of Phase 3 phonics will continue to support reading and writing.  


Monday 4th February

We have had a productive few weeks in Robin class and the children have continued to amaze us with their learning - about everything they can! We had great fun trying fruits from around the world and have continued to listen to stories from different countries - talking about similarities and differences and discussing what makes a good story. From this Thursday we will be reading Old Bear stories. We will focus on how the characters work as a team. We will be doing lots of storytelling to help our memories hold a good story -now we know what makes one! 

We have looked at symmetry and made some fantastic models of the Taj Mahal. Robins decided we like symmetrical things as lots of us make things that are the same on both sides without even realising we do! This week we are counting carefully and understanding what it means to estimate - making a sensible guess.

Please make sure P.E kits are in school now and have their names in EVERYTHING! You would be amazed at how muddled these can get. We are now competing with the rest of the school for the weekly 'Cloakroom Award', so please encourage your children to be as independent as possible when it comes to looking after their belongings and putting them away neatly - hopefully we can win on our first week!

Thank you for making sure your children have been coming to school with appropriate clothing for the weather, again please make sure that hats scarves and gloves are labelled too (even just initials) it really helps us as the children don't always remember/recognise their own accessories. 

Thank you for your continued support - we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday evening.


Friday 18th January

Wow! It has been a busy week in Robins class!

We send Mrs Taylor get well soon wishes and hope her injured shoulder repairs quickly. Welcome to Mrs Gremin who is teaching the Robins on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.Mrs Mead is now teaching Thursday as well as her usual Fridays.

We have arranged for the new cycle of learning to begin on Thursdays, so Robins brains are bursting more than usual this week as they have effectively had two Mondays in one week!

This “week” (Thursday until next Wednesday 23rd) we are looking at Snow and reading stories such as The Snowman and One Snowy Night. Please send in any other snowy stories the children might like to share.

We have been talking about adjectives, describing words, to make our ideas more interesting.

We have looked at how sentences are made, usually a few words with spaces in between, starting with a capital letter and finishing with a full stop.

Robins have also been thinking about questions and learning how to ask questions…

We wondered why it snows and have looked in books and on the internet to find out exactly what happens and why it doesn’t happen very often.

Next “week” ( from Thursday 24th) we are going to be reading Handa’s Surprise. We will be making fruit salads and thinking about where in the world our fruit and vegetables come from.

If you find any fruit/vegetable which comes from an interesting place please could you share it with us? We can collect the object itself or labels. Any donations for our fruit salad would be gratefully received too.

We will do P.E every Thursday and the children are now getting changed. Please also make sure they have warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves as sometimes they are outside for over an hour at lunchtime and at other times of the day too.

Thank you for your continued support, particularly with reading at home. We have really noticed how much practice the children are getting at building words with the phoneme cards as well as enjoying bedtime stories and sharing their books with you too!



Autumn Term 2018


Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their costumes and that they have a bag of school clothes so they can get changed after the assembly. Bags and clothing all need to be labelled.  The bags with the school clothes can go straight on their pegs in the morning as children arrive.

Any Christmas story books are welcome for next week.


wb 12.11.18

First of all, many thanks for the donations of sparklers and marshmallows.  What fun we had!!!  I love how the children smelled of campfire smoke by the end of the day.  

This week it is "Stars Week".  The children seem to be completely fascinated about anything to do with space so we will go their way.  We are comparing fiction to non-fiction texts so if you have any books on the topic they are welcome.  We will use them in our work.  In mathematics we will be exploring shapes and this will be linked with number, as it always is.  At home you can support us by finding shapes in your home and outdoor environments.  Don't be afraid to use the correct mathematical language; they LOVE "posh" words.  Also please look up at the night sky with your children, stars or no stars and please talk about this.  They are full of wonder about their universe.

Phonics is progressing solidly and we are building on their knowledge carefully. Some are beginning to read small words and captions and some are becoming aware of what letters and sounds do.  Both are completely acceptable and we are happy to work with your child's needs. 

We had our first session of getting fully changed for P.E.  Oh my.  It was interesting.   Please ensure every piece of your child's clothing is labelled so adults, as well as your child, can identify their kit.  Even the bags themselves should be clearly labelled on the outside.  At home please can you work on independence in getting changed.  Knowing which way around a shirt might go, knowing which way trousers/shorts... need to go on are all important skills.   Socks and tights need practice too.  Independence is the key and this takes loads of practice both at school and at home.

As discussed at our very early parent chats before the beginning of the year, please have a contingency plan in place for poorly children.  Our Robins' Class has been particularly hit hard with on-going illnesses which don't seem to be improving, even after a break which is slightly unusual..  Calpol will not make the day any easier for your child.  They will need to be at home with a carer who should be part of your plan if your child is poorly.

Again, many thanks for your support!


wb 29.10.18

After the half term it's all about time.  We will be exploring the solar system (not literally), the relationship between the sun and how the earth moves and how this makes seasons, days, nights, years...  Any fiction or non-fiction books  on the topic are most welcome. Maths, language work and science will all be taught through this topic.

Please send in labelled P.E. kit (ie a pair of shorts and a T-shirt).  Extra socks and pants are always useful too if you have not already sent these in.

Dates for your diary:


Monday 12th, Wednesday 14th November

Next week we will be thinking about Guy Fawkes Night and continuing along the topic of  day/night we will be making dens, lighting camp fires in the woodland and lighting sparklers.  If you have any kindling, matches, sparklers, marshmallows you would like to donate we would happily take these off your hands!

Many thanks!!

wb 08.10.18

This week we will be using non-ficiton sources to find out about castles.  We will also be looking at traditional tales involving castles, cottages and woodland settings for stories.  Most of this work will take place in the woodland.  Children are encourgaed to bring in books on the topic so we can use them to answer their questions and feed their curiosity.

Mathematical work will centre on previous knowledge of shapes and patterning work.  New work will be based on problem solving around numbers to 5 with the emphasis on explaining their ideas accurately.

The "Reading Diaries" you see in your child's book bag will come into play more when children begin to read independently but for now it would be lovely if you could let us know which books you are sharing with your child at home.  Once a week I will record in the reading diary too.  Right now children are learning to hold an implement properly and are making pre-writing shapes on which I will comment in their reading diaries.

The letter sound sheets that you see in the book bags are the focus sounds  for the week.  They do not have to be completed.  We are only just managing to get mark-making orientation and grip  correct at the moment so letters do not have to be formed on the sheets.  We will ensure this gets done at school once the basics are achieved.

Children are becoming extremely tired.  If you feel you need to give your child a day or an afternoon off please be assured they will not miss "work" as ideas and skills are constantly revisited.  

Please ensure you send your child to school feeling well.  There are a lot of bugs going around at the moment unfortunately.  If you are sending medicine in it must go to the office right away.  Please don't send this in your child's book bag.


ROBINS' PARENTS EVENING:  Tuesday, 16th October at 6.00 p.m. in Robins' classroom (parents and carers only please)

ROBINS' CLASS ASSEMBLY:  Friday, 19th October at 9.00 a.m.  in the school hall

wb 24.09.18

Welcome to all of our new Robins.  What a fanatastic start to the school year we have had,  bravely coming through the door with a big smile.  Robins are already learning to hear and listen carefully to each other and adults in the room.  Next week we will continue learning about storybook wolves and real wolves so any traditional tales with wolves or non-fiction books about wolves are more than welcome.

Already Robins have also expressed interest and knowledge about space so we will follow this line of enquiry too.

Please don't forget parents' evening for Robins on Monday, September 24th at 6.30 in Robins' classroom. This event has been postponed due to a technical error in communication. We apologise for any inconvenience. We will set a new date and keep you informed.

Please click here for Robins Autumn Term 2018 Newsletter/Curriculum




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