Robins

Teacher:
Mrs Chidwick and Mrs Bharaj
 
jchidwick@bramingham.net
kbharaj@bramingham.net
 
Teaching Assistant:
Mrs R Kirby
Mrs F Johnson
Miss J Burrino
Class Information
Morning routines
Every morning, children are expected to organise their own belongings and to read the message on the board as independently as possible. Please help them to read and understand the messages and follow the instructions. Please ensure that your child puts their reading book and reading record in our reading box next to the classroom door every week so that we can check for Star Readers.  Spelling books and Word Walls are due in each Wednesday so please make sure these are handed in too. 
 
PE Days: 
 
Wednesday - Indoor PE.
Friday - Outdoor PE.
 
Please make sure that your child has his or her PE kit in school on these days; we suggest leaving PE kits in school all week in case of any changes.  Kit consists of shorts and t-shirts for indoor but also something warmer for when they go outside, ensuring they have trainers too.  Girls must also have long hair tied up and either remove earrings at home or bring in tape to cover them at school.
 
It is important that all kit is named, as it helps us to return any lost items of clothing to their rightful owners.  Thank you.
 

Homework:


Reading is a real priority at Bramingham Primary School.  See the document in the next column called Why read for 20 minutes a day? It shows the the long term effect that reading daily for 20 minutes will have on your child's development and most importantly of all, your child's life chances.  At Bramingham, we have a Star Reader scheme.  In order for your child to be a Star Reader, he or she will need to read a minimum of three times per week.  There will need to be at least three dated entries in your child's Reading Record.  Reading Records will be collected and checked each Monday.  Please note that your child may read any book to qualify for this award, not just the school reading book.  Reading books may be changed on any day - just put it into the reading box.  We would suggest keeping each book for a minimum of two days in order to maximise learning opportunities.

Brain Builders are set every other Friday and are due in ten days later, which allows two weekends. Brain Builders will involve a stimulating activity that you can complete with your child.  This activity will support your child with his or her learning in class.  We are looking for effort and creativity on these tasks.  Once completed, please return the book to the blue box in the classroom. 

Word Walls will also be sent regularly.  These are a selection of words that your child must read to you every day.  If your child reads the word correctly, please dot the word.  If he or she does not read it correctly, please leave it blank.  We will be doing this in school too, except we will tick instead.  Please ensure that the book is in school every day.

DoodleMaths is a superb online resource that has been proven to improve a child's maths skills and confidence level.  We have seen incredible results with those children who play regularly!   Little and often is the best model; 5-10 minutes a few times a week is perfect.  Although your child may ask for help, please do not help them on DoodleMaths.  The app is designed to tailor the difficulty level of questions, according to how your child is doing.  

 
 
 
We have been learning about how life was different long ago. We have found bed warmers and scrubbing boards in our classroom and have had fun thinking about what they were used for in times gone by. We have also learnt about how rich and poor children dressed long ago compared to what we wear now. We loved dressing up....it made us smile!
We are fantastic mathematicians in Robins. We build mathematical models, then we talk about them using special maths words and then we show our learning in our books....take a look at us in action!
We have been learning about the work of Mondrian the artist. We learnt that he used primary colours with rectangles and squares. We created our own designs and signed them as artists using our surnames. How talented we are!
AWARDS
Robin of The Week:
 
Fab Writer:
 
Mathemagicians: Rylee and Mila
 
Top Doodler: Ianis
 
Top Practice Children - Doodlemaths
Junior, Amira, Amelia, Dion, Freddie S, Kaveesha, Isla, Oliver, Stefan, Tamara, Tobi
 
Top Practice Children - Spellings
ENGLISH
Children learn to talk a model text so that they are confident writers. The text we have been learning is from the wonderful helping story called Nurse Clementine. See if your child can tell you the story with the actions.

Once your child can tell you the story from memory, see if they can read the text below aiming for a fluency speed of between 50 and 80 words a minute. 

Nurse Brown

It was Nurse Brown’s birthday. Nurse Brown got a nurse’s outfit and a first aid kit. Nurse Brown helped and helped and helped and helped. First she helped dad. He banged his toe on the door and Nurse Brown put a bandage on it with a pin. Then she helped mum. She had a pain in her head and Nurse Brown put a bandage on it with a pin. Next she helped the dog. He hurt his paw and she put a bandage on it with a pin. Finally she helped her brother Tommy. Unfortunately, he banged his head on the door but this time she did not put a bandage on it. He said ‘I am not broken!’ Then one day Tommy was stuck in a tall, leafy tree. Nurse Brown said ‘I will come to the rescue!’ Immediately she stood on tiptoe and he let go. Fortunately Nurse Brown was there to catch him.  

Tommy was relieved and happy to be safe at last. Later that day he scraped his arm so Nurse brown put a bandage on it with a pin. Unfortunately she forgot her scissors so she put some extra special superhero bandages everywhere!      

Year 1 and 2 Common Exception Words
 
 
This is a list of words that is outlined in the National Curriculum as tricky words to be learned by the end of Year 1 and 2.  Your child should be able to read and spell these words by the end of the year.  It is also important that he or she can use them correctly in sentences.
 
National Writing Expectations for the end of Year 1
 
 
Please find the national writing expectations for the end of Year 1.  These are the aspects of English that we will be working on throughout the year.
MATHS
Children have now learnt their number bonds (pairs of) 10 and this song has really helped us! Children can listen at home to keep their skills sharp.
We keep our skills sharp with questions like these...you can do these at home too with your child. Help your child to draw pictures to help them think.