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Welcome to Robin Class!

Curriculum Newsletter

Autumn Term 1 2018



I hope you have had a lovely summer and are looking forward to starting the new school year. Welcome to Reception in Robin class! Every half-term you will receive a newsletter to give you information on what the term will hold, the topic your child will be covering and some of the learning activities that will be taking place.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child, and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year. I hope that your child enjoys the new challenges and opportunities that school has to offer!

Adults working with your child

I am the teacher in Robin Class and Mrs Millington is the full-time teaching assistant. Mrs Brockway works every morning in our class. Mrs Millington is also our lunchtime supervisor.

Our Topic and Literacy Focus is ‘There’s No Place Like Home’

The children will start this topic by think about the sub-topic ‘All About Me’ which will help your child to settle into school life. We will be thinking about our bodies and senses and making our own information text about ourselves. The children will be sharing their likes and dislikes, information about their family, favourite things and places, and their birthdays with each other. We will be thinking about our school environment and where we live, along with creating self-portraits using different media. To help us cover our topic of ‘All about me’ and to get to know your child well we would like to ask you to work alongside your child and create a ‘Special Box’ (this could be a shoe box or a bag) containing items that are special to your child; for example family photos, favourite toy, favourite foods, objects of interest or that demonstrate their likes or dislikes, favourite books or music. These boxes will be shared with the class during the first few weeks together and are also created by all of the school staff so that the children can get to know us better too. The use of the ‘Special Boxes’ supports the role of our Somerset Total Communication environment which we encourage within Bowlish Infant School.

Alongside this topic, class staff will be carrying out baseline assessments to gather further information children and to inform planning to support their progress.

Later in the term we will learn the fiction text ‘Is That My Home?’ It is about a shark called Toothy who has lost his way home, but he never loses his smile. The story follows Toothy from the park to the jungle to the arctic snow, and we will learn about the animals he meets along the way.

Through the PSHE and SEAL curriculum the children will explore feelings relating to friendships and how different people can make effective friendships.

Letters will be coming home soon regarding reading at Bowlish Infant School and how you can support your child in this area.

Ways to support your child’s learning within this topic;

 Talk to the children about the members of your family; who has the same or different hair and eye colour?

 Talk about members of your family so that your children understand similarities and differences in people’s lives; what makes them an individual?

 Talk about pets and other animals and where they live or originate from.


‘Muddles’ is our class toy that gets things muddled up sometimes! On a Friday, your child will have the opportunity to take him and his diary home for the weekend. They will be asked to take Muddles on their adventures over the weekend and record what they do in the diary. You can write in the diary what your child says but as they grow in confidence with their writing and understanding of phonics, please encourage them to write wherever possible! Please return this to school on Monday so that your child can show and share their weekend news with the class. Muddles will be sent home on a rota basis and you will know if you’re expecting a house guest at the beginning of the week!

Additional Information for the Half Term

Outdoor Learning: Forest School activities will take place on a Wednesday once all children are in full time. Letters will be sent home nearer the time explaining what your child will need in school.

Routines: Your child will be doing PE on Thursday afternoons and Wednesday mornings (once all children are full time). Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled.

Visits into class: Every Friday you are invited to collect your child from Robin class. This is an opportunity to see our classroom and work carried out by your child that week. Visits into class will start once all children are full time.

Reminders: Please can you send your child to school with a water bottle and make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle

Please let one of us know if there will be someone different collecting your child from school.

Please don’t hesitate to come and see me either before or after school if you have any questions or queries.


Miss Phillips

Class Teacher