The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark

Our story of the week has been ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. Plop wasn’t keen on the idea of being a night bird as he was afraid of the dark, but as he and the Robins have discovered dark can be exciting, interesting and fun. Having listened to the story, Ruby was inspired to make her own models of Plop and his mother. Jack and Walker sent me photos of the telescopes they had made to look at the stars at night but unfortunately it has been rather cloudy this week! Robins found out a lot about owls and other nocturnal creatures from ‘Andy’s Secret Hideout’ on CBBC and used the information to practise writing labels, lists and sentences. I have been so impressed with the level of writing both at school and at home and have awarded a multitude of ‘good writing’ Dojo points. Louis and Sydney have worked particularly hard on sounding out words all by themselves. In phonics the children have begun learning digraphs and have really enjoyed practising their sounding and blending on PhonicsPlay games. We’ve also had lots of busy mathematicians practising addition. Christopher, Holly and Aurora have tried really hard recording numbers in their maths work. Despite the rainy days, there have been a lot of bright sparks in Robins this week!

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Robin's Winter Song

Robins’ learning this week has been based on a beautiful book called ‘Robin’s Winter Song’ by Suzanne Barton. Robin has never experienced Winter and fears it is something to be frightened of but when it finally arrives realises that it can be wonderful. I have been so impressed with the learning attitude of the Robins this week both in school and at home. We definitely have some budding artists judging by the beautiful story maps that they produced particularly Penelope, Walker and Aubrie. There is some wonderfully descriptive language in the story which inspired much of our English though the children didn’t describe Winter as wonderful, many of them thought it is wet, cold, squelchy and muddy! The squelchy mud was certainly the main feature of Wednesday’s adventure walk! I have seen some really careful handwriting this week, Jack has been doing a fantastic job of writing neatly on lined paper. One of our activities involved den building to hibernate in like bear in the story. Milo built his outdoors – it is certainly a room with a view! Thank you to all those parents supporting the children at home and for keeping us connected through your messages, photos and videos. Here’s a photo of Milo’s den!

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Christmas Play

I have had to award a lot of ‘good singing’ Dojo points to Robins this week for their efforts learning songs for our Nativity video. It was very exciting on Thursday to use some of the school’s brand new staging for the first time. Although it is not the same without a live audience we hope that you all enjoying watching it as much as the children have enjoyed dressing up, acting on stage and singing Christmas songs.

Christmas themed Maths activity

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Aliens Love Underpants

There has been a lot of giggling in Robins this week as we enjoyed the books ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and ‘Pants’ by Nick Sharratt as part of our English work. The children created their own aliens and made up names for them to practise their phonics like ‘Wobbly’ and ‘Snappy’. They also designed some very funky underpants which I’m sure the aliens would love to wear. In Maths the books ‘Rosie’s Walk’ and ‘Snail Trail’ helped us practise position words and we used programmable robots Bee Bots to practise giving directional instructions. Our Adventure Walk was a real mystery this week as we had no idea where we were going! The children took turns to pick direction arrows which guided our walk through the biggest puddle in the world…ever!

Robins looking at the Christmas tree in the entrance hall

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