Houghton Primary School

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Robins (YR)

Robins' Class are our Reception group. They are taught by Mrs Taylor who is assisted by Mrs Race and Miss Furness.

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Autumn Term 2017

wb 27.11.17

This week's work is based on The Jolly Postman.  We'll be writing messages and counting out money for stamps.  Robins will visit the post office to see what is needed  to make our own.

If you have any spare spades hanging around the house which are not needed we could do with a few please.  Thanks! 

A big thank you to Alex's mum for bringing in her telescope and showing us how our universe works with some fun activities!  The children asked good questions and we got great answers. 


Just "google" Phonicsplay which is a website we often use in our class. Some games are free.  A yearly membership is about £12.00.  The children love the games and  it follows the sequence of my lessons precisely.  The children are on "Phase 2" so any games within this phase are really useful if this kind of thing suits you.  It is really not a must!


Monday, December 11 at 2.30 p.m.

You should have received your costume letter in your child's book bag by now.  If not, please let me know.  Many thanks!



wb 20.11.17

Our theme for this week  is "a thumping good read" or what makes a great story great, so if your child has a favourite story book they are welcome to bring it to school so we can share it.  Good literture forms the basis for children's story writing in the future.

Also we will be working on patterns in both mathematics and during language work.  Any book with repeating parts and speech patterns will be part of our work this week. Children will be hopefully be connecting patterns of the day/year with how the earth moves.  They may have told you about this already.

Outdoors we will be collecting kindling and digging a fire pit for our next venture into the woods just before Christmas (to keep us all sane).  Children will be practising making their own campfires (without matches!!) which will mean they will be a bit muddy.  They'll need waterproofs to keep the muck off.

Many, many , many thanks for all the donations of marshmallows, kindling and firewood!  We'll need them all. As a special treat closer to Christmas I'll teach the children how to make "s'mores"  using our campfire and marshmallows.

In P.E. we are dancing!  We will change fully for P.E. now but Robins don't need to worry about bringing trainers to school yet.  We do dance barefoot in the hall.  



November 15

A message from Robins:

 We want to make rockest. We need:

-tin foil

-cardboard boxes all sizes


-squash bottles

-kitchen roll tubes

Thank you

from Robins



wb 30.10.17

Some shameless begging requests: 

We had a great day building a bonfire and roasting marshmallows today (Monday, November 6).  Robins have learnt a great deal about safety, what a fire needs, how to put a fire out and many new words like "embers".  They have made connections between the fire we built and what they saw when a hot air balloon  happened to drift by at the same time.  Robins are desperate to build more fires and even roast more marshmallows.  If you can donate a bag of marshmallows or a bag of firewood or a bag of kindling that would be great.  I really don't need much of this! 




Wow! What a difference a rest makes!  Robins have come back full of a will to learn new things.  We start this half term with looking up.  We laid on the ground looking up for a spell and realised there is a whole fascinating world up there and beyond, we think!  So we have started exploring some ideas like space and how our universe works to make day/night, darkness/light and seasons.  The bigger the ideas, the more they enjoy their learning, it seems.

Robins have listened so well and have been adding their new learning to our work wall.  They are beginning to know that asking questions is a way to learn.  They know that sometimes we have to ask an expert or look in books or look on the internet for answers.  They are learning to learn.

In mathematics we will be continuing to work on time for the next two weeks or so.  Robins are beginning to connect time to the movements of the earth and can explain this quite nicely for such young children.  In the next few weeks we will also be building bonfires, roasting marshmallows and handling sparklers in the woodland, all the while learning how to manage the risks safely with an adult.  

We will be thinking  about, and hopefully,  looking at stars at home with mums and dads.  It would be great if you could support us in this way.  They will begin their foray into written work by making signs to ward off baddies in their role play; anything goes at the moment!  All marks are acceptable.

In other news, you will notice a list of words attached to your child's reading diary.  These are words which are impossible to sound out so they just need to be remembered.  Thanks for your support in engaging with the reading diaries and book bags.   I can see the impact at school.

Also we will be looking at non-fiction texts about our learning so any books on space, rockets day, night ... would be fantastic.

Many thanks for your continued support!  Please remember to send in waterproofs and wellies if you haven't already.


wb 09.10.17


  Friday, 13.10.17  Robins' class assembly in the hall at 9.00 a.m.

Friday, 04.11.17  Raptor Center will visit our Robins class. 

In the coming week we will be practising for our assembly which will be about owls and autumn in general but we will continue with shapes and number work.  We don't shy away from correct mathematical language for shapes and number.  As a matter of fact Robins love their "posh words" in mathematics.

You will notice that your child is beginning to bring home books to support their phonic knowledge.  It's best to read the notes to parents to get the most out of these.  Please write a comment in the diary about any reading done at home, including these books.  

Weekend homework:

Look out for autumnal changes as you are driving/walking to and from school.  Keep on practising any new sounds and have a go at  story telling for any wordless books which appear in your child's book bags.


Robins are getting extremely tired so we will begin a brief quiet rest time in the afternoons where they will lie down for ten minutes.  It would be great if you could send in a named towel for this purpose.

  Please continue to send in healthy snacks ie no sweets.  

Also, please keep children, including younger siblings, off the playground equipment after school.

Many thanks!




wb 25.09.17

Bears' Week!

It's our first week as a whole group.  We are staying all day now and we will be having lots of fun.  Mrs Taylor says we can bring our teddy bears to school to celebrate Bears' Week.  

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