Friday, 13 June 2014

Issue 34 2013-14

Dear Parent/Carer,
We have had a lovely few days of being able to go up on the top field and playground with the warm sunshine; how I love summer! Please ensure that your child has a sun hat, a water bottle and that cream is applied before coming to school so that everyone can stay sun safe!

Lunchtime Supervisor’s training
As you know, plans are afoot to improve our lunchtimes next year; both indoors and outdoors. I was present this week at some training which I had arranged for the lunchtime supervisors around the theme of “Making lunchtimes positive”. It was a fantastic inspirational session, where we all received some fantastic ideas and tips to take forward into next year. I am particularly encouraged by the way our supervisors embraced the training, contributing very positively and sharing what they think will be an effective way to improve our lunchtime provision. Session 2 will take place in two weeks.

Key Stage 1 SATs
Our Year 2 pupils carried out their SATs tests this week. I was able to check in on each class to see how things were going and was so impressed to see how calm and maturely the children were approaching the assessments; this amazing attitude to learning is becoming evident in the high standards that appears to be emerging on marking the papers. Well done!

Before and after school
For the safety of other, please can you ensure that children on bikes and scooters do not ride around the playground before and after school. Can I also remind you that dogs are not permitted on to the school grounds, regardless of their size. This is out of respect for others and the safety of our pupils. Thanks.

Confirmation Preparation
Reverend Mandy from Lofthouse Church has asked me to pass on details of the following event for Year 6s. A confirmation preparation course for Year 6 pupils will take place on Tuesday evenings in Church, beginning Tuesday 1st July at 7pm. The course will run for 6 sessions and other dates are 15th July, 29th July, 26th August, 30th September and 7th October, with the Confirmation Service on Sunday 19th October. As you may expect, I will be including DVD clips (and games) too, so there should be some fun involved! Interested parents should contact Mandy on or 01924 823286, with the child's name, address, date of birth and date and place of baptism.

PTA News

By now everyone should have received their invitation to the Shorts & Shades discos which will be held next Wednesday (18th).  Nursery, Reception and KS1 3:45 – 5:00p.m. and KS2 5:15 – 6:30p.m.  Don’t forget your £1 and slips need to be in the school office by 3pm next Monday.  If anyone is able to bake or purchase any buns for us to sell on the evening it would be very much appreciated.

As mentioned in last week’s newsletter along with the Active Team the PTA will be holding the Tour de Robin Hood and raising money for some fantastic equipment for the playground.  We would be grateful for any help you could provide during the week commencing 23rd June ensuring the children get plenty of drinks and encouraging them to complete their activities.  A few parents have come forward to offer their help which is fantastic.  As always we still require more.  If you are able to help that week please or Miss Mees. The children will be carrying out their activities on the following days:  Reception - Wednesday morning, KS1 - Monday, Lower KS2 - Tuesday, Upper KS2 - Thursday.

Please keep accessing the School Calendar on the Robin Hood Primary School website for information regarding up and coming events. Thank you.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Mrs Dale

Nursery newsletter

Thank you for all your amazing home learning. The children had clearly got involved with lots of discussions before dressing their person for cold weather and it was really helpful ahead of our learning this week. Thank you too, to Mr and Mrs Matera who came into Nursery last week to support our learning about Spain.

Please keep looking on our blog for the latest information and to see what has been happening in Nursery at
We have taken a boat and snow scooter through the ice to visit the Arctic Circle. The children enjoyed pretending we were dressing for cold weather and were very impressed with Mr Hobson’s boat handling skills in rough weather! We have packed our suitcase for cold weather and talked about what we could put in a postcard home. In topic we have been learning about freezing and melting water using arctic animals and making delicious ice lollies!

It is assessment week again! This will be a fabulous chance for the children to show us just how much progress they have made this year. I will be looking at their achievements in writing, reading, numeracy and phonics. This information will be used to pass on to your child’s next teacher. So ahead of this for home learning can you encourage your child to practice writing their name, and the numbers to 10. Could you also encourage them to read to you, focusing on the tricky words such as ‘a’, ‘is’ and ‘the’. Thank you.

·        Please complete the home learning tasks to prepare your child for next week’s learning (see above)
PLEASE NOTE the following diary dates:  Nursery will be CLOSED on Wednesday 2nd July 2014

This week you should have received your invitation to our Nursery Graduation and Garden Party! (Wednesday 16th July) Please can you let us know whether or not you will be able to attend by 30th June?
We will also be doing outdoor PE this half term so please can you send your child in trainers each Wednesday? Thank you for your continued support, have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Steel, Mrs Chin, Miss Fox and Mrs Beckwith.
Reception newsletter

This week we have all climbed on board a ship and travelled to the Arctic Circle. We packed all of our warm, toasty clothes and set off on our adventure. Elsie told us all about her trip to the Arctic Circle when she went to see Santa. Thanks for sharing it with us Elsie, it was really interesting to hear about your adventures!

Please keep looking on our blog for the latest information and to see what has been happening in Reception at

We have been recording our adventures in the Arctic Circle in our travel diaries. We also discovered some ice in our classroom and the children have been thinking about how ice is made and why it melts. They found lots of Arctic animals in the ice. In topic the children made some yummy ice lollies and we enjoyed eating them. We also investigated the effects of putting a coat on our snowmen and whether it made them melt quicker or stopped them melting. In numeracy we have been grouping objects in groups of 2, 3 and 4. In phonics the children have been learning the long i sound y (cry) and i (find).

Next week is assessment week. This is your child’s final assessment for this year and these results will be sent to the local authority. The children will be busy flexing their brains. We will be going on a train to the seaside next week where we will be engaging in lots of different seaside activities. In literacy we will be packing our bags and writing all about our adventures in our travel diary. In topic we will be preparing for our seaside party on Friday by making lots of bunting for our outside area. Next week in numeracy we will be learning all about shapes and ways to describe them. In phonics the children will be learning the long o sounds; ow (snow and grow) and the split digraph o_e (home, cone).

PLEASE NOTE the following diary dates:
Next Friday (20th June) to celebrate the end of our journeys topic we will be hosting a Reception Seaside Party. You are invited to come along to the Reception playground at 11am where there will be lots of seaside activities set up for you to enjoy with your child. At 11.30 we will move up to the field where you can enjoy a picnic with your child (please bring your own picnics, blankets and picnic chairs).  


·       Please ensure your child can write their first and second names.

·       Please read and engage with the home learning as this informs you what your child must be able to do to reach a good level of development.

·       Please read with your child for 5 minutes every day (your child’s new book band are on Bug Club) and please share all their adventures with us using the learning log.

·       Please note we will be doing outdoor PE this half term so please ensure your child has an appropriate outdoor PE kit and trainers.
Have a fantastic weekend - Miss Lambert, Miss Pyatt and the Reception Team.

Key Stage 1

Home learning

Next week the home learning will be slightly different for the Year One and Year Two children.

Year One children

Next week the children will be completing the Year 1 Phonic test. Please continue to flash card as many real words or alien words as possible with your child. You can help your child break the word up if necessary and then put it all back together.

Year Two children

Please continue to support your child with words ending in ‘ing’ and ‘ed’. You can ask your child to write sentences with these types of words in.

E.g. Wayne Rooney was running so fast to the ball and then he scored the best goal ever!

Showcase Assembly - Thank you
Once again, we thank you for your support in our final Key Stage One Assembly of the school year. It has been lovely for the children to have more opportunities to showcase their wonderful learning and for so many more parents and carers to come and see in more detail what is happening across the Key Stage One classes.

Final Assessment week of the year!
WOW! All the children in Key Stage One really are FANTASTIC! Across the week the children have completed a range of assessments in reading, writing, spellings, phonics and numeracy. The children have tried their very best and really have shown how hard they have worked across the year. Your child’s final assessment levels from this year will be shown on the end of year school reports. We are so proud of all the children. A very well done to you all!

Next week, the children will be spending time reflecting on their school year. The children will start the week by looking back at all the subjects, all the different activities they have taken part in and all the wonderful creations they have made. They will also get the opportunity to look back at their books from across the year which will really show the children how far they have come! The children will then spend time discussing what they have liked the most, what they have enjoyed making and what they would like to improve on next year. This will be sent home on the children’s front covers of their final reports and we know you will be so proud of your children when you see them!

Next week we will begin a two week unit on time. The children will start the week by reading different times (analogue and digital). This will include o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. The Year 2 children will also look at reading clocks within 5 minute time frames. Any practice of reading or telling the time will help your children immensely! At the end the week the children will be working with a partner and making a poster about all that they have learnt about telling the time.

Sewing begins in Key Stage One next week! The children will be making their own stuffed sea animal! Sewing is a difficult skill to master and the children will be learning different stiches, how to sew two pieces of material together and then fill it with stuffing! We know the children will have lots of fun doing this and that the outcomes will be brilliant!

Have a relaxing weekend!

The KS1 Team

Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
It’s been a busy week in Year 3/4. We have been learning lots of new songs in music and playing some fun games at the same time. Some of these will be showcased in our Voices Foundation assembly next Friday 20th June at 2.45 – 3.00p.m. We have also been getting very messy in science when investigating whether a solid can be a liquid at the same time. The children really enjoyed following the instructions and seeing the ‘Slime magic’ happen before their eyes. Details of how to make the slime will be posted on our phase blog.
Residential meeting for the current year 3’s
The meeting for the parents and carers of the current year 3 children who are interested in going on residential next year will be held next week on Tuesday 17th June at 3:30p.m. The meeting will allow us to share information about the dates and cost of the trip as well as some of the activities that the children will be taking part in. The meeting will be held in the school hall. If any parents or carers are unable to attend the meeting, we will put all of the information onto our phase blog;
We would like to congratulate all of the children who continue to read and practise their times tables daily, despite the sunny weather being a distraction.  Next week will be our final assessment week of the year and we are looking forward to seeing the children apply all of their super learning from across the year. With their continued efforts and positive approach towards their learning, we look forward to celebrating their success with you in their end of year reports.
This week the children have been looking at position and direction using co-ordinates and the 8 points on a compass. They have begun to create their own treasure map and will continue with this next week, writing a set of positional and directional instructions for the treasure hunters to follow.
This week in literacy we have been continuing to write biographical texts and this week’s focus was on the life of tennis player Andy Murray. We have continued to look at the use of adjectives to describe nouns and have developed our use of time connectives to help us order the facts chronologically.  
These Spellings will be tested on Monday 16th June.
Group 1: I’ve, she’s, he’s, somebody, nobody, there’s, who’ll, they’ll, you’ll, you’re
Group 2:  country, busy, mystery, guess, instead, build, enough, language, rough, pleasant
During our topic sessions this week we have been getting very arty. We have studied the work of American Artist Keith Haring and have created our own oil pastel pieces showing sport in action. The children used real life stills from key sporting moments and transformed them into super works of art. Examples of the outcomes are available to see on our blog and even in the school corridor – please do come and have a look.
Science this week was very interesting. The children continued to identify everyday examples of solids, liquids and gases and reinforced their understanding of the properties of each with a game of bingo. We then moved onto looking at whether a solid could be a liquid at the same time. Using a secret slime recipe, the children set about trying to prove the theory correct, making lots of mess in the process. If you would like to make your own magic slime, have a look on our blog for details.
·    As part of our history curriculum we will be going on a trip to watch the Horrible Histories production of ‘Barmy Britain’ at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre on Thursday 17th July. The cost of the trip is £18 and we would like the children to bring a packed lunch and wear their school uniform. If you would like any information regarding the trip please see a member of the 3/4 team at the end of the school day.
·    Showcase Assembly on Friday 27th June at 2.30p.m.
·     As the weather is hotting up, please ensure your child brings a refillable water bottle, a sun hat and sun block as we will be spending more time outside.
·    Please ensure all of your child’s belongings (especially PE kits, hats and school jumpers) are clearly labelled with your child’s full name.
·    Remember the children have two PE units a week now, one indoor and one outdoor so please ensure they are bringing the correct kit each week.
Don’t forget to check out our blog where you will find lots more information about this week’s learning as well as important reminders and dates for forthcoming events.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Team 3/4
Upper Key Stage 2 Newsletter
HUGE congratulations to the Year 6 children who went to Robinwood! The children were an absolute pleasure to take on residential and it was so wonderful to see everyone having such a fantastic time - well done Year 6, you really made us proud! Another big well done to the year 6 children who stayed behind; it was so lovely to hear that you too had a great week, and acted as mature mentors for our younger children. Miss Mees, Miss McSorley, Miss Pensom, Miss Lambert, Miss Pyatt and Mrs Steel were so grateful for all your help....well done!
Year 6 Cycling Proficiency
Year 6 children have been given a slip with the dates for their Bikeability Cycle Training. On their training days, the children need to come to school suitably dressed for the weather that day (tracksuit bottoms or trousers) Please make sure that bikes brought to school for the training are in a roadworthy condition.
Year 6 Leaver’s Assembly
Just a little reminder that pupils are welcome to bring in a photograph of themselves from when they were younger for the Year 6 Leaver’s Assembly. Please hand them in to your child’s class teacher and we will return them as soon as possible.
Year 6 Dates for the Diary:
·         Fish & Chip lunch Thursday 10th July
·         Year 6 Prom – Thursday 10th July (5:00pm – 6:30pm).
·         Sports Day- Monday 7th July (parents welcome for the afternoon class races).
·         Leaver’s Assembly – Friday 11th July (2:00pm).
Year 5:
In Numeracy this week, the Year 5 children have been learning all about common multiples and factors, prime numbers and common denominators. The children have become so much faster and more accurate with their multiplication skills, which has been great to see. We can’t wait to see if there are any new Times Table Challenge winners on Friday 27th June!
In Literacy this week, the children have been writing application forms to apply for an Active Leader role. The children have been trying to persuade The Active Team that they should be selected by explaining the qualities that they can bring to their chosen role. Spellings for next week are: allowed, aloud, draw, drawer, principle, principal, led, lead, alter, altar.
This week in ICT pupils have been analysing their own photography taken around school. Some of the skills used by the children have been executed wonderfully, however pupils have been encouraged to critique their work and suggest improvements for the next session.
Please can all pupils ensure that they have a PE kit in school all week. Pupils should be bringing their kit in on a Monday and taking it home on a Friday. As we are now in the Summer term, more PE opportunities will be occurring regularly. We will aim to have PE sessions outdoors, therefore we ask that the children bring in their normal PE kit (plain white t-shirt, dark plain shorts – no separate outdoor kit needed) and a pair of suitable trainers. Should the weather be poor, we will have PE indoors.  The children have been told that if they would like to, they can bring in a roll on deodorant for after PE sessions (no sprays allowed).



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