Friday, 13 September 2013

Issue 2 2013-14

Newsletter Issue 2

Friday 13th September 2013

Dear Parent/Carer,

I have to say, I have been delighted to have so many children visiting my office this week. The children are approaching their learning with such amazing attitudes. I have visited all classrooms several times since we started back last week and the sense of purpose in each room is fantastic. I must say how well the Reception children have settled and we are all so impressed with how our young learners have learnt our systems and routines.

It’s been an exciting week, with our Year 3 and 4 children visiting Danelaw Viking Village as part of the enrichment of learning around the Vikings topic. Also, our Year 5 and 6 children have undertaken their first musical instrument lessons, which will take place for the entire year. Year 5 will learn the guitar and Year 6 will learn the violin. Being passionate advocates for the Arts here at Robin Hood, I feel that this opportunity to engage with an art form at this level is a wonderful and unique opportunity. I am hopeful that the children will realise the joy to be had from learning an instrument and that these lessons will ignite a passion which our older learners may well choose to pursue in their later studies in life. My philosophy is “you don’t know until you try!”

 Celebration Fridays

Last week, I gave the dates for our half termly coffee mornings, which will give parents the opportunity to come along and give positive ways to take the school forward, based on our agendas for discussion (See school calendar on the website).  We would also like to warmly invite you to drop in after school for our Celebration Friday events which we have now planned out for the entire year. These “drop ins” are designed for you to come in and see your child’s learning from the half term and have an informal chat with your child’s class teacher if you would like. The dates are as follows and again, please refer to the calendar on the school website and the newsletter blog for key dates.

Fri18th October
Fri 13th December
Fri 7th February
Fri 28th March
Fri 16th May
Fri 27th June

 We aim to give you as much notice as possible on key events; we recognise that many parents work during many of these times and whilst it is impossible to arrange school events to fit in with everyone’s working hours, we do feel we can be more supportive by giving enough notice to parents, should they wish to request time off.

Parent Readers

We believe that by reading little and often, the children get the best chance of making accelerated progress. If there are any parents who can offer a couple of hours per week during the afternoon hours to come in and read with our children, we would really appreciate it. Please let Mrs Smith or Mrs Holland know at the desk. Thanks.


Next week we will be starting our extra curricular clubs. Your child may have signed up for a club which will take place either at lunchtime or after school. You will be notified on Monday as to which club your child will be attending. We are very fortunate at Robin Hood to have so many teachers and support staff who will willingly give of their time to help children pursue their interests and passions outside of lessons. We all get a real pleasure from these sessions and know that is significantly impacts on the well being of the children. Please note that if your child signed up to do a Spanish Club with Senorita Alonso, the first session will take place on Monday 23rd September after school. There are still a number of places available for this particular club so please let the ladies in the office know if your child would like to attend.

Playground before school

Please could I ask politely that children do not play football before school on the playground. There is no member of school staff available at this time to supervise and there have been a few issues with parents getting hit with the ball and children getting upset with the rules! Thank you.

Your child should have received a blue "bags to school" bag. If you have any unwanted adult and children's clothing, bedding (no quilts/pillows etc), paired shoes, hats, belts and handbags please fill the bag and return to school before the morning of 4 October. The PTA can then cash them in for money for your school.
Future date for your diary...we are holding the Xmas Fayre on 30 November this year, more details to follow. We will also be holding a Halloween Disco before the half term holidays.
If anyone is available to help in anyway, either before, during or after these two events, please contact us the usual way or catch one of us at drop off or pick up time. Don't forget the AGM will be held at 3:30pm on 4 October.
Have a great weekend!

Mrs Dale

Next Parent’s Coffee Morning
Agenda for discussion
Monday 7th Oct  9:00am- 10:00 am
Email your views:
·          Communication with parents- update on how we aim to improve and what measures have already been put in place.  Your views.
·          Spanish pupil exchanges- a good idea? Your views
·          Residential trips for Y56 abroad- a good idea? Your views

Reception newsletter


The first week in Reception has been fantastic! It has been lovely to meet the children and to start to get to know them. The children have settled in well and made lots of new friends. We have been really impressed with how much the children know already and it is really great to see how much support they are receiving at home so thank you. The whole team are looking forward to accompanying your child on the exciting learning journey that lies ahead of them over the next year.  


Our topic this half term is “Ourselves” so that we have a chance to really get to know the children and build strong relationships with them. In phonics this week we have been practising recognising and writing the sounds; s, a, t and p and reading our key words of the week which were a, as, an, at, if and in. Those children who could recognise their sounds and read the key words of the week were rewarded with a visit to Mrs Dale to receive a head teacher’s sticker. Well done to all those children who achieved 100% this week! Literacy has been fabulous this week, the children came up with 5 golden rules for our classroom so that we all stay safe and have lots of fun whilst we are at school. In topic the children have had a lovely time with Mrs Friar painting their very own self portrait of themselves and these will soon be displayed proudly in our very own Reception gallery in our classroom. In numeracy we have been counting all the way to 20 and practising recognising numbers up to 10. The children had a great time playing hook a duck in the water tray and then recognised the numbers on the ducks.


Next week we will be talking about the children’s favourite things and the children will be involved in making a little talk show which we will film about their favourite activity at school. In maths we will continue to practise our counting up to 20 and we will continue to work on our touch counting and number recognition up to 10 by playing lots of fun games. Next week’s sounds are; i, n, m, d and our words of the week are; is, it, of, off, on and can. Please help your child to learn the sounds and read the words of the week so that they can get their head teacher’s sticker. These can be found in the children’s spelling books.


·         Your child has been sent home with reading books along with their reading record.  Please listen to your child’s fabulous reading for 5 minutes daily and comment in their reading record. Encourage them to spot the sounds they have been learning and help them sound out the words and then blend them. Their reading is already fantastic but with your support and encouragement the children will make rapid progress and become even more superb! Don’t forget bug club too!

·         Your child has a designated reading day (which you will find on the first page of their reading record) where they will read one to one. Please ensure that your child has their book bag everyday not just on their designated reading days as if we have a spare 5 minutes we read with the children and reading days do sometimes change.

·         P.E. is on Friday so please make sure they bring their kit. It can be left in their lockers.

·         Every Thursday the children will be given a piece of home learning this will be stuck in their home learning book and published on the blog. The home learning will be due in every Monday morning. Please encourage and support your child. We look forward to seeing the fantastic learning they are doing at home with you.

·         Please have a look at our wonderful blog to see lots of pictures and videos about what the children have been doing. Our foundation stage blog can be accessed via our school website.
Thank you for your support and enjoy your weekend.

Miss Lambert, Miss Pyatt & the rest of the Reception team

Key Stage 1

The first full week back

We hope your children have enjoyed their first full week back in their new classes and have been sharing the already fantastic learning they have been doing! The week has flown by and the children have been getting used to routines, producing super learning and earning lots of stickers!

Water bottles

This was mentioned on last week’s newsletter, please can all parents ensure that your child comes to school with a water bottle for the classroom and a separate drink for their lunch boxes. Some children have been asking to go to their lockers during the day and take juice from their lunch boxes and it is much easier for the children to have a water bottle for the classroom and a separate drink with their lunch. The water bottle must contain only water and not juice. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.


This was also mentioned last week but it is extremely important that your child has the appropriate kit for PE. This is black shorts or leggings and a white t-shirt. The children will also need pumps or trainers for this half term, as long as it doesn’t rain the children will be going outside. These can be kept at school for the half term so there are no issues of forgetting PE Kit.

Reading Records

Thank you to all parents who have engaged with the new reading records and written comments about your child’s reading. This week you will notice your child has received their first set of spellings to learn. These will be put in your child’s Reading Record on a Monday and they will be tested the following Monday.


Since returning to school from the summer holidays the children have been doing lots of different counting! This has included counting in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, forwards and backwards. The children have also been learning what odd and even numbers are and the differences between them. You could practice this rhyme with your children:

Zero, Two, Four, Six, Eight, We are even we are great. Three, Five, Seven, Nine, We are odd but we are still fine! The children have learnt that you can tell the difference between an odd and even number by looking at the unit. So for example the number, 1567 would be odd because the unit is 7 and this is an odd number. Please visit the following websites to practice some different types of counting and to play on same fun games all to do with odd and even numbers. This has lots of fun games but if you click on the odd and even link this will bring up another fun game.

Next week the children will be continuing to develop their counting skills and will even be trying to count in 3’s and 4’s from any given number. They will also be looking at number sequences and deciding what numbers come next or before the sequence. For example: 2, 4, 6, 8 what number comes next?


This week the children have finished writing their first non-chronological report all about themselves. They have worked hard to write interesting sentences including the conjunctions and or because. The children have also been making sure they use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. Next week the children will be looking at Ricky Gervais’s famous Flanimals and designing their own wonderful creature! We can’t wait to see and read all about them!


This week the children have been ‘wowing’ us with their drawing skills. They have been drawing self-portraits and developing their skills on drawing a face and its different features such as the nose, eyes, mouth, ears, eyebrows and hair.  Next week the children will begin their science unit within the topic ourselves and will be learning about the external parts of the body such as our head, arms, legs, ankles and shoulders. The children will also be learning about the different internal organs such as the brain, liver, kidneys, stomach, intestines and heart.


Home Learning
As stated in last week’s newsletter, this year the children will not have books but a ‘Home Learning folder’. Paper will be provided each week for the children to take home to complete the tasks that are set. Home learning will be given out on a Friday and the task will always be on the newsletter. The children will need to hand this in the following Wednesday. This week’s task:
Continuing from the theme last week we would like your child to carry on counting and using sequences.  Please support your child in writing different sequences. This could be in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s or 10’s. It can start from the obvious numbers such as 5, 10, 15, 20 or be made more difficult by starting from any given number such as 3, 8, 13, 18. The person who makes the most sequences in each class will receive a prize!



Have a nice weekend,

The Key Stage One Team
Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
Well, what another exciting week we have had. We have continued to be impressed by EVEN MORE Viking home learning consisting of longships, swords, shields, posters and helmets. Well done and thank you to everyone for their efforts, we have been well and truly blown away by the fabulous quality.
This week Year 3/4 visited the Danelaw Viking village in York where they spent the day living and working as a real Viking. They helped their Viking ‘family’ to farm the land, make clay oil lamps, grind wheat to make bread and even train as a warrior to help defend the village against Saxon intruders. The day was truly wonderful and the children were thoroughly immersed in all of the activities. The staff at the centre were so impressed with each and every single person and commented that Robin Hood were “a fabulous group to start off the new school year.” Well done Year 3/4 - you really did us proud!
Our Achiever this week is all of Year 4 for their impeccable behaviour and enthusiastic approach to our Danelaw visit on Monday. You really threw yourselves into the whole experience and played the role of a Viking extremely well. Congratulations Year 4.
Home Learning
As part of the children’s home learning in 3/4, we ask that the children read as often as they can across the week. All of the children should by now have a reading record book and a reading book from their book band colour. Please continue to encourage your child to read on a regular basis and fill in the reading record. We ask that your child hands their record in on a Monday so we can reward them for each day they have read. If a child reads every day they will be rewarded with a sticker.
All children will also be receiving a blue Home Learning book where they will complete the weekly home learning task. The home learning will be given out every Friday and will be collected in the following Friday morning for marking. However, if your child completes the task sooner, they are more than welcome to bring it into school to be marked before the hand in date.
This week we have been learning all about ordering and comparing numbers (including decimals) and have used the correct symbols ( < = >). We have also applied our skills to recognising the different values of coins and solving problems involving money. Next week we will be looking at number sequences and how to spot the patterns within them. Home learning: your child will have received a selection of questions and problems from this week’s learning as a means of embedding and securing the learning that has taken place. Please also continue to support your child with their learning of their times tables and basic number bonds to 10 and 100. These basic number facts underpin almost everything that we cover during numeracy lessons. Thank you. Next week’s times table focus will be the 2 X tables…get practising!
This week, we have been focussing our attention on the use of conjunctions (but, so, and, which, however, because)  to join simple sentences to form compound sentences. We have been applying these skills to shared and independent writes about school and family life in the style of a non-chronological report. Next week we will be continuing to apply these skills to begin writing a non-chronological report about the Vicious Vikings.
These Spellings will be tested on Monday 16th September. 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 can all Year 4 children remember to bring their swimming kit and goggles if needed every Friday. They may also bring a snack to eat on the coach on the way back to school. This can be a biscuit or a piece of fruit.
·         Please ensure your child’s PE kit is kept in school from Monday-Friday every week.
·         As the weather begins to turn that little bit cooler and wetter, please ensure your child has a suitable outdoor coat/jacket.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Team 3/4
UKS2 Newsletter
News Roundup:
Art Club :
Mrs Mistry and Mrs Chin have a new, exciting venture for Art Club this year for Year 5/6 pupils as they will be working with the Rodillian Art Department this term; it will be based at Robin Hood with three planned trips up to Rodillian to work with the Art tutor there and some GCSE Art students who will help the pupils to create some fabulous experimental art work. A separate letter containing further details will be sent out to the Art Club members in due course.
Splat the SATs:
A quick reminder that Splat the SATs will be starting this Tuesday for the Year 6 children. Mrs Dale will take the children from 9:00am-10:00am. Your child will need to ensure that they have their folder containing the completed papers from the summer holidays in school ready for these sessions.
Our blog address has changed. It is now Our new blog is currently being developed, so it may look a little sparse at present, but watch this space….
Achiever of the Week:
Achiever of the week goes to Josh in Mr Malley’s class for his outstanding attitude to all areas of his learning. Josh’s mature attitude and determination to make progress has been noted by several members of staff. This continued application sets a great example and will result in much deserved progress! Well done Josh!
Core Subjects:
In Numeracy this week, we have been learning how to add mentally using rounding and adjusting in order to become faster at adding larger numbers. We have also been busy applying our addition and subtraction skills by calculating bill totals from restaurants in Universal Studios, Florida!
Next week, the children will be learning how to order and compare numbers, including positive and negative numbers and decimals. We will even be applying our learning to some Monsters Inc themed learning around co-ordinates!

In Literacy this week, we have been writing our own non-chronological reports all about Florida, including the history and modern developments of this famous travel destination! The children have been trying really hard to apply connectives and conjunctions in order to develop their sentences even further.
SPELLINGS: This week, the spellings are: uniform, bicycle, biannual, triplicate, quadrilateral, pentagonal, September, octopus, November, decimal. Your child has received a copy of these spellings which have been glued into their planner. They will be tested on these words on Friday September 20th.
Other areas of the curriculum:
This week, 5/6G have been trying out some street dance moves, including body popping, the slide glide and small street dance routines led by Diversity (not in person I’m afraid, but the video was equally as good!). 5/6M have been introduced to the history of line dancing and have begun to learn their first steps, which have included the electric slide. 5/6MO have been busy toe tapping in their first Rock n’ Roll PE session. Some great moves were seen by all and we can't wait to see how the children progress with the steps! 
Once again, please ensure that your child comes to school with the appropriate PE kit each week. 5/6M and 5/6MO PE sessions are on Mondays and 5/6G PE sessions are on Tuesdays.
This week the children have been learning all about the great explorer John Smith and his encounters with Native Indian tribes in America. Pupils have studied diary extracts and applied their knowledge into writing an extract of their own from the perspective of John Smith.
In Spanish, the children have learnt how to greet each other and have also learnt how to ask where places in school are! Muy bien!

This week, the children have been looking at planning an effective investigation, by using appropriate scientific vocabulary to explain the process needed to carry out and evaluate investigations successfully. The children had a great time carrying out various experiments such as: finding out what happens to an apple when left out of its skin, what happens to the time a spinner takes to land if its wings are shortened and testing which materials are waterproof. The children were able to plan and carry out the experiment and conclude using appropriate vocabulary!
During our ICT sessions, the children have been collecting images of America and experimenting with the object animation tools of Smart Notebook to create the first stages of a moving montage.
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Home Learning
As stated in last week’s newsletter, this year the children will not have books but a ‘Home Learning folder’. Paper will be provided each week for the children to take home to complete the tasks that are set. Home learning will be given out on a Friday and the task will always be on the newsletter. The children will need to hand this in the following Wednesday. This week’s task:
Continuing from the theme last week we would like your child to carry on counting and using sequences.  Please support your child in writing different sequences. This could be in 1’s, 2’s, 5’s or 10’s. It can start from the obvious numbers such as 5, 10, 15, 20 or be made more difficult by starting from any given number such as 3, 8, 13, 18. The person who makes the most sequences in each class will receive a prize!


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