Robins 2019 - 2020

Mrs Dalrymple

Homework - 12.07.19

There are spellings to learn and all children are expected to do some reading.

Optional homework for Year 1 and 2: if you would like to, please write a letter (handwritten or typed; presented how you wish) to your new teacher for September (Mr. Orford) about how you are feeling about going into his class. Think about anything you're looking forward to but also anything you're anxious about. Please do not put these letters in envelopes, as we will use them for discussion before we hand them over. I will be reading them, so nothing too derogatory about me, please! Any child that does this will be rewarded.

Reception can do the above activity also, but obviously your letter will have to be for me!


Mrs. Dalrymple teaches the Robins class, which this year consists of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children. For the time being, Mrs. Roberts teaches Year 2 Maths and English.

PE days are Monday and Thursday. Please make sure all PE kit and school uniform is clearly labelled.

All children should be bringing a water bottle into school which they have access to during the day. Children are allowed to refill their bottles but we ask that they are cleaned out every night at home. Please ensure all bottles are clearly labelled.

During the Summer weather, all children should have suncream applied before coming to school and should bring a sunhat with them. Our school policy does not state that children shouldn't bring suncream into school; however, if you choose to send suncream in with your child then you must show them how to apply it properly. Please also speak to your child about not sharing their suncream as some children are allergic to different brands. In addition, it would be advisable for Reception children to have spare socks in their bags as we will be making more use of water play outside (and socks, shoes and feet can and do get wet!)


We ask that you aim to read with your child for ten minutes every day at home. Please record a comment in your child's reading log and ensure that your child brings their reading log to school every day. If your child has read their school book please ensure that they re-read it to help develop fluency. Ask them questions and see if they can then tell you what happens in the book. If your child is completely fluent and has a good understanding, then please read books from home or even better, visit your local library. Guided Reading takes pace with Mrs Dalrymple fortnightly, but there will not always be a comment recorded in your child's reading diary.

Phonics is taught four times per week at present and children are split into three groups. At present, Mrs. Wood teaches Phase 6, Ms. Kirk teaches Phase 5 and Mrs. Dalrymple teaches Phase 3 and 4. We review the Phonics groups half-termly and adjust them accordingly. We follow the DfE Letters and Sounds programme and we also dip into Jolly Phonics. You can find all sorts of downloadable apps to help your child with Phonics.

What are we learning this term? (Summer Term 2)

* Topic (encompasses History, Geography, Art, DT) - Our school and Local Area

* Science - Plants and Growing Things

* RE - Judaism; Covenant and Shabbat

* Computng - e-safety and Digital Art


* PE - Ball Games and Sports Day Practice

* Reception English - the book Silly Doggy

* Year 1 English - the book Toys in Space

* Reception and Year 1 Maths - Addition and Subtraction to begin with

EYFS Parental Contributions

As we are nearing the end of the year, it is vital that we have as much information as possible to inform our assessments of Reception children. If you see your child do something at home that shows new learning, please download the sheet below, fill it in and send it into school. Thank you - we greatly appreciate your input.


Children are not allowed to bring toys into school. Unfortunately. we rarely have time for Show and Tell. However, if your child brings in something educational, there may be the opportunity to share it with the class at some point during the school day. Any toys brought into school will be taken off children until the end of the day (end of the week for repeat offenders!) Thank you for your co-operation with this. 

Please do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any queries or concerns.

Warmest regards,

Mrs. Dalrymple.


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