Friday, 21 June 2013

Issue 35 2012-13

Newsletter Issue 35

Friday 21st June 2013
Dear Parent/Carer,
Another busy week has just whizzed by at Robin Hood. Well done to our super learners in Year 1 who carried out their Phonics checks this week. They all did brilliantly and as ever we are so proud of our brilliant pupils. Many of our Year 6 pupils were involved in the Bikeability assessments this week. This is a great initiative which teaches our older pupils the importance of staying safe when out on their bikes.

This week I am very pleased to say that we have made several excellent appointments. Earlier in the week, Miss Thackeray and Miss Lambert carried out an assessment which resulted in both teachers securing their posts as Assistant Headteachers. Both ladies have added great value to the School Leadership Team this year so I am delighted that they will be continuing their roles next year. Our school continues to go from strength to strength with exemplary teachers helping us to achieve our goals.
Additionally from September, we will be welcoming Anna Sutcliffe to our team. Miss Sutcliffe will join us an additional Communication Support Worker and will work closely with our existing valued team of CSWs to provide high quality support to our deaf pupils.

Love School for Sport – A unique experience
On Monday 24th June and Tuesday 25th June, the school will be having some very special visitors through our collaboration with Love School for Sport. With the monies raised from the Speedmark Challenge, it has been organised for each key stage to spend a day with two amazing athletes. We will welcome Umar Hameed, who is a Pakistani international sprinter. He has previously achieved first place in the UK 150m running event and has a ranking of 2nd fastest Pakistani in the world. He has trained with Usain Bolt, and is currently preparing for the Asian championships in July. We will also welcome Great Britain international 400m hurdler, Sophie Wood. Sophie represented Great Britain at the European junior championships, and at her best has been ranked as high as 18th within Europe for her event. The athletes will be sharing their stories of their achievements and give the children an “Olympic style” lesson. On Monday, children in Foundation and Key Stage One will be allowed to wear any sporting clothes they want! They will need to be appropriately dressed to take part in physical activity but if this is your favourite Leeds United kit then please wear this. On Tuesday, Key Stage Two will be allowed to wear their own sport kit for the day. Alternatively, a school P.E kit can be worn. We really are excited about the event and we are sure the children will love it too!

I have been encouraging you to complete the Parentview survey throughout this year and thank you to the 13 parents who have given their responses. To get a really accurate view of parent’s thoughts about the school, we would benefit from a few more responses (quite a few more!!). The school has received some wonderful feedback from parents across the year and we have worked hard to build a culture of trust and collaboration with parents which I hope will continue to improve next year. To have your views on what we do would be a great way to see how happy our valued parents are. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your opinion matters to us.

School dates
Please keep up to date with our end of term events by visiting the Calendar section of our website. We hope you are finding this new resource useful. We aim to keep you updated with events as best we can. Also please remember that you can ask a quick question by posting on the Message Board.

Summer Fayre – we are holding a meeting after school on Monday to discuss any outstanding items that need to be completed before the Summer Fayre, next Saturday. Please come along and support this event even if it just means helping out at some point next week, wrapping or labelling things, all help is appreciated. Feel free to bring the children.
We still require the loan of gazebos for the day and donations of teddy bear and packets of sweets. If anyone is able to bake some buns or a cake for our cake stall please would you contact Clare Perry on 07834600343 or
Don’t forget to hunt around for the most unusual shaped vegetable you can find when doing your weekly shop and children, come dressed in your fanciest fancy dress outfit to win an exciting prize. Mr Malley is taking names for the football games he has kindly agreed to arrange for us and will even be stepping in as goalie for a penalty shoot out, so if you fancy a game see Mr Malley and he will make sure your name is down.

Have a great weekend.
Mrs Dale

Nursery newsletter
We are bubbling SO proud in Nursery this week! We have been assessing the children to look at how much progress they have made in numeracy, writing and phonics and the progress they have made is outstanding. So well done Nursery children, you should be really proud of yourselves, we certainly are!
In literacy the children have enjoyed looking at non-fiction books about minibeasts. They have learnt lots of interesting facts about minibeasts and I am sure they will be keen to share their new knowledge with you. They are developing their knowledge about the features of non-fiction books including; contents page, index and glossary. In topic, the children drew some wonderful pictures of minibeasts and their drawings are really maturing. Much fun was had hunting for minibeasts who were willing to stay still long enough to be drawn! The children have done very well at learning this week’s sounds of the week ‘r’ and ‘h’ and they are continuing to get better and better at reading the words in our guided reading books.
Next week is the last week of our topic of Minibeasts. Our topic and literacy activities will be based around the Disney Pixar film A Bug’s life. We will watch some of the film and then retell the story using speaking and listening and then drawing a picture and writing a caption underneath. In topic, the children will be making a giant papier-mâché spider and making spider webs using string. In numeracy we will be consolidating our counting and one more/one less skills and in phonics we will be learning the sounds “b” and “f”.
·        Please read with your child for 5 minutes every day.
·        Challenge them to show you how well they can write their name.
·        Please practise recognising all the letters they have learnt so far with your child.
·        Please feel free to encourage and let your child bring in things to show the class related to our topic.
Have a fantastic weekend.
Mrs Steel, Mrs Chin & Miss Fox
Reception newsletter
The whole of the Reception team are bubbling with pride this week as the children have performed amazingly well in their assessments. They all tried extremely hard and approached the activities with smiles and enthusiasm. Their attitude to their learning is incredible and makes our job an absolute pleasure.
In literacy the children have really enjoyed looking at non-fiction books about minibeasts. They have learnt lots of interesting facts about them and I am sure they will be keen to share their new knowledge with you. They are becoming more confident at knowing which books are fiction and which are non-fiction and are developing their knowledge about the features of non-fiction books including; contents page, index and glossary. The children have made some super salt-dough sculptures of their favourite minibeasts with Mrs Friar which look fantastic. The children have made a fantastic bug hotel outside and fingers crossed we will have minibeasts moving themselves in to our hotel over the weekend. In numeracy the children have been doing really well at solving subtraction problems by using the counting back method. In phonics we have learnt to read the words; other, food, fox, through, way and been and tree and we have learnt to read and write the long o sound oe (toe, Joe) and o (so, go).
Next week is the last week of our topic of Minibeasts. Our topic and literacy activities will be based around the Disney Pixar film A Bug’s life. We will watch some of the film and then retell the story through speaking and listening and then a picture caption. In topic the children will be making a giant papier-mâché spider and making spider webs using string. In numeracy we will be concentrating on the name of 3D shapes and their properties so please point them out when you see them in the environment. In our main input we will be moving onto the formal written method of addition and subtraction. In phonics we will be learning to read the words; stop, must, red, door, right and sea and we will be learning to read and write the oo sound ew (blew, new, crew) and ue (blue, glue).
·        Please read at least 5 minutes every day with your child (don’t forget to use Bug club too!) 
·        Please encourage them to practise their lovely hand writing. Please check the sheet attached on the home learning for correct formation.
·        Please make sure your child has trainers for P.E. on Friday as we are now doing it outside.
We hope you have an amazing weekend from Miss Pyatt, Miss Lambert and the Reception Team.
Key Stage 1

Home Learning:

This week we have started a new unit of Design and Technology in which we are designing, sewing and stuffing our own toy animal. An important skill that we have focussed on is the children’s cutting skills; cutting carefully around their template on paper and then card before transferring this template onto either felt or silk and cutting it out. For this week’s home learning, please support your child in developing their precision and strength when using scissors. They could draw an animal on paper or card and then cut it out, print a picture with curves and corners off the internet or even use a template to cut an old piece of fabric. Please support your child in turning the paper as they cut as opposed to rotating the scissors right around the outline. The children can then stick this in their home learning books.


Love Sport’s Day
We are really excited to report that on Monday 24th June (this Monday!) we will be welcoming two Olympic athletes to school for a day of inspiration, excellence and sporting fun! Our timetable will kick off with an assembly led by the athletes all about what it takes to become an Olympic great before each year group is taken for their own ‘Olympic style’ training session! With Umar Hameed, a Pakistani sprinter who has trained alongside Usain Bolt, and Sophie Wood, a British 400m hurdler who competed in the European Junior Championships, running this it promises to be challenging, inspirational and exhausting! To get the children even more in the mood for this we are allowing them to come into school in their favourite (and most professional looking!) sports clothing. Trainers are an absolute must!

As stated above, we have embarked on our D&T unit for our Animals topic, which will continue throughout next week. After the children chose the animal they wanted to make, they each practised drawing a realistic and well-proportioned outline of their animal on a piece of paper that would act as their template for their final design. We really encouraged the children to think back to our Art learning during this and there was lots of questioning about the shapes and size of their template. This was totally child led learning; after each template was drawn and cut out the children peer and self-assessed the piece before trying again! The next step was to transfer this template onto card and then onto fabric. As you can see from the home learning task, improving the children’s cutting skills was a big focus throughout this process. Next week we will be teaching running stitches, attaching extra features to the bodies to achieve that detail we have been talking about and finally stuffing them with wool…fingers crossed everyone remembers to leave a hole in their stitching to do this through!

Our week began with two days on our final assessed write of the year. This is what we call a ‘cold write’, meaning that the children had no teaching around the subject or genre and were given minimal input during the process. The stimulus was a picture of a small, wooden hut by a lake. From this the children were tasked with writing a narrative story for which they could choose their character and events. On Monday we verbalised some ideas before mapping the journey our character would take out onto a story mountain plan (opening, build-up – where the adventure or problem is introduced, climax, resolution and ending). The children took charge of this planning process, deciding whether they would prefer to draw each section or bullet point ideas. Tuesday saw our 45 minute star write, which produced some fantastic pieces of work. Everyone did a wonderful job at recalling the different literary features that we have taught this year and tried their best to include these purposefully and with maturity. Great learning all round!
The rest of the week brought us back to normal timetable and onto poetry again. We have swapped books between classes from week 1; Year 1 are studying rhyming couplets in Each Peach Pear Plum, Year 1-2 are studying where the rhyming patterns lie within each verse of Peepo and Year 2 are delving into the wonderful world of Dr Seuss!

We started our final unit of the year this week in Numeracy: Time. The children produced some amazing home learning around this subject, and every teacher has commented on how well this set them up for understanding what we’re covering in lessons. We started the week by assessing the different time words the children knew already and checking their understanding of how these words fit together, i.e. 60 seconds is 1 minute, 60 minutes is 1 hour, up to 100 years is 1 century. We then looked at how long 1 minute actually is by running on the spot for this duration and used this to estimate how long daily routines such as walking to school or brushing our teeth takes. This moved onto using hand held clocks to make the time, first o’clock, then half past and moving into quarter past/to towards the end of the week. Telling the time is a huge concept to grasp (I certainly remember really struggling when I was young!) but the children have done fabulously. We took this learning and applied it by drawing the hands on a clock template. A big part of our teach has been centred around the length of the hour and minute hand and the placement of the hour hand in the middle of two hours when we draw half past.

We will continue to look at telling the time using both analogue and digital clocks and drawing it next week as well as looking in more depth at days, weeks and years within worded problems.

Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
The children have shown a wonderfully mature and sensible attitude towards their assessments this week, which has seen them make great steps forward in their learning. We are always so proud with how the children tackle their assessments, demonstrating that they really care about showing off their own learning. On Tuesday 25th June, the children will be taking part in a sporting day therefore are asked to come into school in sports clothes for the entire day.
This week in Literacy the children have completed their assessed write to show off their amazing learning from the year. It was great to see a range of audience engaging features within all children’s stories, as well as accurate compound and complex sentences. We were blown away with the children’s use of adjective, powerful verbs and adverbs within their writing. Well done guys, you all should be very proud of yourself.
This week the children have completed their numeracy assessments which involved a mental maths test as well as a written paper. The children thought carefully about which strategies they could use in order to solve different problems, and demonstrated great mental skills on their mental maths test. In addition to their assessments, the children have also been learning about symmetry. The children have been practicing reflecting different patterns and images into a mirror line, ensuring it is an identical match to the first image.
This week in topic the children have been learning all about the African tribal culture, including their passion for music and dance. The children have been looking at a range of African drums, and then designed their own before making it using papier mache. Next week the children will begin painting and decorating their designs to look like a real African drum. All children have put 100% effort into this DT activity, and so far the drums look like they are going to be a real success. Well done guys for taking such care and attention! 
Spellings to be tested on Monday 1st July (the children already have their spellings for this Monday)
Please support your child in practicing their spellings every day to help them achieve 10/10 in their spelling test every week.
Group One
Group Two

·         Please ensure your child’s PE kit is kept in school from Monday-Friday every week.
·         Please ensure that your child’s reading record is sent in every Monday morning.
Have a lovely weekend!
Team 3/4
UKS2 News Roundup:

·        This week’s achiever is all of year 5. The application of our year 5’s during their assessments this week has been fantastic. We are really proud of their efforts and they should have great confidence going into year 6!
·        Please can all year 6 pupils bring any old photos of themselves into school. These photos will be used for the year 6 leaver’s assembly at the end of term.
·        We would like to congratulate all of the year 6’s for their fantastic efforts during their Bikeability cycle training this week. This training has been crucial in helping children identify safe cycle practices.
·        Can we remind all year 5/6 pupils to come dressed in appropriate sports clothing on Tuesday 25th June. On this day pupils will be taught a PE lesson by several aspiring Olympians as well as completing other sports based activities in class.

Dates for your diary:
·        25th June- National Sports Week- Year 5/6 pupils to come dressed in appropriate sports clothing for the day.
·        27th June – Tea Party at Rodillian for Year 6 pupils. (4:00-6:00pm)
·        1st, 2nd and 3rd July- Year 6 induction day for prospective Rodillian and Royds pupils (8.20- 14.30). Please can all pupils wear their Robin Hood school uniform.
·        4th July- Residential meeting for Year 5 parents (4:00pm)
·        4th July – Year 6/7 disco at Rodillian – Hawaiian theme! (6:30-8:30pm)
·        22nd July- Year 6 leaver’s prom, Glitz & Glamour theme. (5.30- 7.30pm)
·        23rd July- Year 6 leavers’ assembly.

·        This week year 5 pupils have been completing their numeracy assessments.
·        Next week pupils will looking at sequences including Pascal’s Triangle, square numbers, triangular numbers and the Fibonacci sequence. Year 5 children will also be taking part in the Leeds Junior School Maths Challenge. This is a short test and the top 4 children from year 5 will compete with other schools across Leeds.

·        This week pupils have been reflecting upon their year in school and drafting and writing their own report front cover.
·        Next week pupils will be planning and writing an opening and build up to their own narrative story to the funfair.
·        Spellings: Pupils will be tested on the following spellings; granddaughter, yoghurt, straightened, fraught, caught, laughter, mighty, lightening, ghastly, ghoulish.

Other areas of the curriculum:
·        In PE this week pupils have been developing their skipping skills. Pupils have been focusing on footwork, timing and coordination in preparation for sports day.
·        This week in ICT, pupils have learnt how to record their own voices and input sound effects using garage band and I movie.
·        In Spanish this week pupils have been learning the names of continents and world rivers.
·        In Music this week, 5/6M have explored playing triads and shorter sections of twinkle twinkle using several percussion instruments with our music specialist Mr Bache. 5/6B have continued to learn the key notes of Yellow Submarine by the Beatles. 5/6G have started to select appropriate loops to give their silent movie compositions piece a beat with rhythm.

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