We approach the end of our
first half term, unbelievably and in Monday’s whole school assembly, the
children will find out which House Team is the winner for this half term…..and
what treat is in store for them.
Our week got off to a very creative
start with a whole day of “Big Draw” on Monday. Visiting the classrooms, it was
clear to see how much the children loved working collaboratively and
individually on the magnificent pieces which were then displayed in our hall.
The community event on Tuesday was a roaring success with so many of you taking
some time to come into the hall and see the wonderful outcomes in our school
gallery. Thank you for supporting this brilliant event and joining us in a
celebration of the Arts.
You may have noticed that some
steel frames have been delivered this week and the new external building is
starting to take shape. This is an exciting time as we can start to see some
real progress in terms of our building development. Over the course of next
half term, the new staffroom should near completion, as well as a number of
toilets for staff and children. By January, we should regain access from the
Mall to the Year 3/ 4 corridor.
Well done to all of our Key
Stage 1 pupils, who did a brilliant Harvest Assembly today, firstly for the
children of the school and secondly for the parents. Reverend Mandy helped to
lead the proceedings. Thank you all who came along to support this important
A measure of a fantastic school must be when
ex-pupils decide that they would like to enter the teaching profession and
what’s more, to come back to where it all began to gain some experience! Over
the next couple of weeks we welcome back Dan Blacker and Max Hobson who will be
volunteering on a Thursday in Year 5/ 6JM and Year 3/ 4M respectively. It is
wonderful to be able to support our ex pupils through their journey as young
Well done to all of our pupils who carried out
their first round of assessments of the year this week. As usual, it was all
taken in their stride and with very positive attitudes. Teachers are looking
forward to meeting with parents at the Parent Consultations next week in order
to share some of these successes.
We all can’t wait to attend the Halloween Disco set
up by the PTA. It promises to be a spook-tastic time so please support it if
Thank you to those who attended last
night’s PTA meeting. It was mostly spent discussing the Halloween disco
to be held next Wednesday. Please remember all monies need to be handed
in to the school office by 3pm on Monday 20th so we can purchase
sufficient food for you all. We will also be selling buns from the café
and would ask if anyone is able to donate any homemade or shop bought buns for
this then it would be wonderful if you could drop them off at school on
Wednesday. Due to the timescale of the nursery, reception and
KS1 disco, it has been agreed with Mrs Dale that if you wish you are able to
change your child in their classrooms before the first disco. If anyone
would like to contact us to find out how to get involved please email email@example.com.
Have a lovely weekend,
Moving forward and learning together
Monday 1st December at 8:15 am and will
be focussed around the agendas of:
what isn’t there that should be?
·The use of Twitter – ways to take this forward and engage more
How we can get even more use out of blogs? What blogs should we keep/not keep?
If you are unable to come
along but have some points you would like us to consider regarding any of
these, then please contact either myself or Miss Hinton as everyone’s opinion
is valuable. firstname.lastname@example.org
children have had another fabulous week in nursery and we have seen lots of
children visit the Head teacher for a special sticker! Wow! If your child
manages to get three stickers for making good choices then they will be able to
visit the Head teacher for a very special sticker!
remember that we are having a ‘drop in’ session for Parents consultation on
Monday 20th October for the beginning of the week children and
Tuesday 21st October for the end of the week children (between 3.30
and 5.30). We are looking forward to sharing all of the wonderful things we
know about your children. Have a look at our blog for the latest information
and to see what has been happening in Nursery at: http://foundationstagenewsatrobinhood.blogspot.co.uk/
be aware that “You will be able to apply for a 2015 school place in November 2014.” Some
of you may have already had letters about applying for a place in Reception
September 2015.Even if you already have
sibling in Robin Hood Primary School you must still apply for a place. Please
visit http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/Admissions-Primary-School.aspx or contact the Admissions Team on 0113 2224414 for further information on how to
apply.Robin Hood Primary School is
extremely popular and is often over- subscribed.
our literacy sessions this week, we have shared some stories about ‘Our
families’ and the children have used their family pictures to speak confidently
about members of their family. We have
discussed what our own families like to do and hung the beautiful family photos
on our family tree. In numeracy we have been focusing on 2D shapes - squares,
circles, triangles and rectangles. We have been looking at the different shaped
objects we can see all around us.
be reading one of our favourite books – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael
Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. We will be focusing on verbally retelling the story
using drama to retell the story outside (weather permitting!) To support our
topic please can you send any conkers, leaves, twigs or stones that you may
find when you are out on autumn walks. In Numeracy we will be counting groups
of objects and matching.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
·Home Learning needs to come into school every
·Please continue to engage with the Learning
logs - the children really enjoy sharing information with their friends! Please
feel free to add any information. (picture/drawing/receipt/leaflet/photo of any
activity/experience that the children have taken part in outside of Nursery)
·Please ensure you read with you child for 5
·Please send in a water bottle (no juice) and
a coat every day.
Harley and the Nursery Team
you for continuing to support your children to learn our weekly words and complete
their home learning tasks. It is wonderful to see how proud the children are
when they receive a certificate for getting a hundred percent. This week we had
an increasing number of children achieving six out of six in their words and
all received a Head teacher’s sticker. Have a look at our blog for the latest
information and to see what has been happening in Reception at: http://foundationstagenewsatrobinhood.blogspot.co.uk/
our literacy sessions this week, we have shared the fabulous story ‘We’re going
on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. We enjoyed lots of hands on activities
including sensory activities and have made fabulous story maps to retell the
adventures back to our friends. Miss Lambert and Mrs Steel have been busy recording
video clips that we intend to share with you at our Celebration Assembly. We
continued to use our senses in numeracy where we have been picking bears out of
the gloopy mud and counting them, then seeing if we can match the number of
bears to the correct numeral. In our phonics sessions we have been practising
reading the sounds h b f and the
tricky words I, no, go, to, the, into.
be reading one of my favourite books – Peace at Last by Jill Murphy. We will be
focusing on verbally retelling the story using drama which we hope to share
with you at our Celebration assembly on Friday 24th October. The
building company responsible for creating our fabulous new school have invited
all children to produce and submit a health and safety poster (please see this
week’s home learning) so please encourage your child to create a fabulous piece
of artwork! In phonics we will be practising reading and writing the sounds ff, l, ll and ss and all
the phase two words (see home learning sheet). Please help us by continuing to
give your child lots of opportunities to practice reading the sounds and words every
day, as we will be moving on to a new set next half term. In Numeracy we will be
introducing sequencing of daily events and looking together at analogue clocks.
Prepare to be impressed!
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
Celebration assembly is on Friday 24th October at 2:30p.m. –
3:00p.m. in the hall – all welcome.
HOW YOU CAN HELP US
·Learning logs need to come into school every
Monday along with reading bags and home learning. Please engage with the home
learning and ensure you read for 5 minutes daily and help your child learn
·Please make sure that your child has a PE kit
in school; it can stay in their locker and come home every half term holiday.
·Please send in a water bottle (no juice) and
a coat every day
·Please support your child to write their full
name and give them lots of praise and encouragement.
For some fun activities
which will support the teaching and learning in school.
Lambert, Mrs Steel and the Reception Team
Key Stage 1
have had such a busy but exciting week in Key Stage One! The week started with
‘The Big Draw’ and all the children had so much fun working as a class to
create large scale pieces of artwork by Vincent Van Gogh, Matisse and Leonardo
Da Vinci. We hope you got to see the final pieces in the hall on Tuesday. We
thought they all looked fantastic!
has been lovely to see so many Reading Records full of learning. It is also
brilliant to read about all the learning that is taking place including,
reading, numeracy and out of school achievements. We are also enjoying the
comments that children are writing about the “best bit of their week”. Many are
school related which is always so nice to hear but it is also so great to hear
about fun things that have happened across the week. J
compulsory home learning each week is:
spellings per week (5 mins X 3 times a week)
of number facts (5 mins X 3 times a week)
and/or using Bug Club. (10 mins X 3 times a week).
you would like any extra learning or have any questions to help support your
child in learning at home please speak to your class teacher. In preparation
for next half term it would be useful to practice addition facts to 10 and 20.
6 +4 = 10 8 + 2 =
1015 + 5 = 2019 + 1 = 20
would like to say a MASSIVE well done to all the children for showing how
amazing they are in all of their assessments this week. The children have shown
they have already achieved some great new learning in their new classes and
most importantly retained learning from their previous class. These assessments
will be used to inform your child’s next steps in Numeracy and Literacy.
you to all the parents and carers who attended the Harvest Festival this
afternoon. We hope you enjoyed the performance and the lovely singing by the
children. Early next half term we will share with you the next performance for
Christmas…..Yes it’s nearly that time again! We will give you plenty of notice in
terms of parts and if any costumes are needed.
look forward to seeing you all next week! If you haven’t yet made an
appointment or are unable to attend on these days please see your class teacher
who will be happy to arrange an appointment time with you.
would also like to say thank you to parents and carers for your patience at the
end of day when the children leave school. With the building works, the
situation of two classes leaving from one door is not ideal and we are proud of
the fact that we are making sure 60 children are getting out of school quickly
and safely to the right people. We are regularly ensuring the children are out
within a five minute time frame and our main motivation is always to ensure
your child is leaving school with the correct people.
the butterflies have hatched and have now been released into their natural
habitat. The children have loved having these in the classroom and it really
has brought our topic of ‘Animals’ to life.
a lovely weekend.
Key Stage One Team
Lower Key Stage 2 Newsletter
This week has been an extremely busy assessment week and we are extremely proud
of the effort and hard work the children have put into all of their
assessments. We look forward to sharing
their current progress with you in our parent consultations next week.
week the children have been assessed in both reading and writing. For the
writing assessment, children have had to create a non-chronological report all
about a combo pet. What’s a combo pet? A combo pet is two pets that have been
joined together to make a new pet. We have been blown away by the children’s
amazing ideas and they have worked really hard to organise their ideas into
paragraphs whilst including conjunctions and purposeful adjectives.
children were also assessed in numeracy this week. This involved tackling both
the written paper and mental maths. Both
tests involved some pretty tricky sums however we have been so impressed by the
mature attitudes the children have shown. Examples of mental maths questions
will be sent home with every child before the half term holidays so that they
can brush up on their quick thinking skills. Next week we will be testing the
children on their 9 times tables. Visit our 3/4 blog for some really useful
games to help your child practice and get 12/12!
week, auditions will be held in year 3/4 for speaking parts in the Christmas
production.We ask that children who
would like to audition for one of the main speaking parts prepare a short
presentation lasting no longer than one minute. The presentation can involve
singing, dancing, acting and anything that shows off their amazing talents.
Although we cannot guarantee every child will get the part they audition for,
we will do our best to ensure every year 4 child has a speaking part in the
production, as we have done for many years. Year 3’s will still be very much
involved with the production through singing and dancing. Dates and times of
performances will shared be with you once we have them finalised.
Other areas of the
PE children have been playing a
variety of games focused on developing their throwing and catching skills.
Topic this week we have begun to
make Iron Age artefacts and models. Children are making a wide variety of
objects from Iron Age round houses to Iron Age swords and shields. We are
looking forward to sharing pictures of the finishing articles with you on the 3/4
music this week we have been practicing
a number of harvest songs ready for the festival on Friday. 3/4B have been
making music on the iPads using the loops in the Garage band app, 3/4TK have
been learning some new tunes on the recorders whilst 3/4M have been learning to
play a variety of percussion instruments.
Science we have continued to develop
our knowledge of scientific experiments by looking at all of the different ways
in which results and data can be presented.
ICT we are making the finishing touches
to our jokes using the Scratch software and they will be published next week on
our Year 3/4 phase blog.
Spellings will be tested on Monday 20th
A reminder that extra-curricular clubs
will start up again the first week back after half term. A letter has been sent
out this week detailing the clubs which we will be offering. If your child
would like to attend one of the clubs and has not yet returned their reply
slip, could we please ask that you return completed slips by Monday 20th October at the latest.
KS2 Halloween disco will take place next Monday 20th October,
starting at 4.45pm and finishing at 6.00pm. If your child wishes to attend the
disco, please fill in the reply slip and return it to school with £1.
With the weather turning
colder by the day, please could we ask that your child comes to school every
day with a suitable coat which has their name clearly labelled?
Please ensure your child’s
PE kit is kept in school from Monday-Friday every week.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Key Stage 2 Newsletter
6 Numeracy SAT Workbooks
All of the Year 6 children
have been given a Numeracy Study Guide and a workbook. The Year 5/6 teachers
just wanted to remind all children that if they wish to bring this in to school
to share what they have completed, then they will be rewarded with a Head
teacher’s sticker after every five pages they complete. The children are more
than welcome to bring this in to school, to practice during quiet reading
sessions and at registration time. However class teachers will stamp them and
reward stickers on a Monday morning when planners are also checked.
This year, Year 5/6 were
focusing on ‘North America’ for our contribution towards the Big Draw with the
whole-school theme of ‘Our Great World; we looked into some of the famous
landmarks and decided upon Central Park and New York skyline as a stimulus. We
were inspired by American artist, Jackson Pollock and his technique of flicking
paint to create fabulous backgrounds for our iconic American artwork – they
It has been that time of
year where the children have undergone some assessments in Literacy and
Numeracy. The Year 5/6 team wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate the
children, as they have all tackled their assessments with maturity and
dedication; we are very proud of them!
In Numeracy next week, the
children will be learning about multiplication and division facts, such as;
common multiples, common factors, prime numbers and brackets. For any
additional support with the pencil and paper multiplication methods, visit - www.mathszone.co.uk and
select ‘Calculating Multiplication and Division’ and then ‘Pencil and Paper’
strategies for a whole range of interactive resources to support children with
This week in Literacy, pupils
have been organising research about the Great Barrier Reef to enable them to write
a structured and persuasive piece. Next week, pupils will begin to experiment
with persuasive features in order to motivate and encourage the reader to
visit. The next batch of spellings to be learnt are: accommodate, accompany,
achieve, aggressive, amateur, ancient, apparent, appreciate, attached,
available. Your child has received a copy of these spellings and will be tested
on Friday 24th October.
During Topic this week, the
children have been working together to research a natural wonder of the world:
Victoria Falls, The Great Barrier Reef and Mount Everest to name but a few. They
have been organising their research into a coherent plan for a persuasive
leaflet, which the children will begin to write next week.
In science this week we have
been learning about micro-organisms. The children have looked into the various
types of micro-organisms there are around us and if they are helpful or
harmful. The children have also written some detailed explanations with
supporting diagrams to illustrate what they have learnt.