Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Class Robins

Summer Term 2022

All Creatures Great and Small – Curriculum Map

It’s the final term of the school year already! This term our topic is All Creatures Great and Small. Thank you to all the adults that joined Miss Larter’s secret mission and sent in photographs of pets. The children had great fun matching pets to owners. We will be learning about the features of different animal groups as well as finding out more about animal habitats and food chains.

Home learning

If your child is off school due to Covid and they are well enough to learn from home please use the tasks below and also check the Robins Phonics page. I will then send you an email with further learning and online sessions. We do not expect the children to be sat at a computer all day as in class they are encouraged to be active and creative learners. If you are able to create small areas of learning for your children to practise skills independently then this should minimise the assistance they need from adults and also mirror what they are used to in the classroom.

  • Create a reading den where the children can take their books to read. This could be made using bed sheets and chairs or boxes. You could even include a torch for secret night time reading! Encourage your child to look at the pictures in the books and retell the story or they could come up with their own story using the pictures. Maybe they could use their teddies and retell the story to a member of their family.
  • Encourage your child to be creative! If you have a small space where you are able to leave out paper, pens, tape, unwanted packaging and boxing then your child will have a place to go and be creative or practise their writing skills.
  • In class we have a construction area where the children can build using a range of resources. If you have a box of Lego or some building blocks them leave them out and encourage your child to develop their motor skills whilst building.



  • At Reading Rockets you will find books and activities for summer reading and learning.
  • Can’t get to the library but read all the stories you have at home? Oxford Owl has an extensive free online library.
  • Reading Eggs. Learning to read is made easy and fun as your child makes their way through self-paced, one-on-one lessons that match their ability and feature fun characters, wonderful songs and interactive animations.
  • At BBC Bitesize you can continue to practise key skills with short daily activities.
  • Topmarks has a wide range of games and activities available for all ages and year groups to practise key skills independently.


  • Please can you check the labels of all clothing.
  • Could children please bring a second pair of clean shoes to school with them on Tuesdays so that they can swap shoes when they come in from PE. This will help to keep our carpets a little cleaner!
  • Please can you make sure that you are sharing the reading books the children bring home with them. We expect children to be sharing books daily and regularly swapping their book. We have also noticed that many of the brand new reading books we sent home have gone missing. Please can these be located and returned.

Autumn Term 2021

Welcome to Robins class!

The Robins, old and new, have had a fantastic start to the Autumn term. Over the last week the children have been spending time getting to know each other and settling into their new school, classroom and routines. It has been lovely to see new friendships blossoming in class and the new children have also been keen to get to know children from other classes at break times. I have been especially proud of how the year 1 Robins have taken the new children under their wings and of how helpful and caring they have been.


This half term we will be focusing on getting to know each other better and following the children’s interests rather than having a set topic. We have set up a home area in the classroom and would love to put the children’s family photographs on the wall if you are able to send them in. Find attached our Autumn term timetable and you can check out our learning so far on the Robins in Action page.

PE will be every Tuesday and the children are encouraged to come to school in their PE kit on these days.

On Friday we will send your child home with a library book that they can borrow for the week and change again the following Friday. This book is for you to share together at home, we do not expect the children to be reading it to you.

There will be information to follow regarding a phonics meeting for new parents and also a letter for all parents explaining the new reading scheme.

Naming clothes

We have already noticed that many of the children do not have names in their jumpers etc. Please can you make sure that you name your children’s clothes so that we can return them to the right owner and they do not end up in lost property. Could we also ask that from time to time you check the names in your child’s clothes to make sure they haven’t accidentally picked up someone elses jumper instead of their own.

End of day collection

Please could you let us know if your child is going to be collected by anyone other than their primary carers. In time we will become familiar with Grandparents etc but, for now, if you could just let us know who we are looking for at the end of the day this will really help us out.

Could we also ask that you don’t call your child away from their class at the end of the day so that we can ensure that they have been safely handed over to the right adult.

If you have any questions or queries, no matter how big or small, please do not hesitate to speak to the Robins staff either in the morning or at the end of the day.

Warmest regards,

Miss Larter



In class we have been using the school curriculum values to talk about our learning:

Phonics Meeting

Phonics Meeting 2020 PowerPoint

Robins Timetable can be viewed here. Please be aware that this is a timetable for the whole class and therefore Reception children only take part in appropriate activities. Our timetable is also is subject to change, as we operate a flexible schedule to ensure we are meeting the needs of the children.

What to Expect in Reception – This should give you an idea of what your child will be learning during their first term in Reception.

Finding things tough?

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