Archive for Jo Forbes

Butterflies and ‘bossy’ verbs!

Hi everyone!

We are learning about butterflies this week and in particular their life cycle.  Lots of great vocabulary from metamorphosis to pupa and chrysalis!

We have made hats to help us to remember the four stages see below.


We have also made clothes peg butterflies and have written our own instructions on how to make them.  You could try at home. Remember those imperative verbs – Little Miss/Mr Bossy!

Clothes peg butterflies

In maths, we are practising counting forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 100!.  We all need to keep this up, as it will help us when we learn to multiply and divide. There are some great videos on Youtube to help with counting. Also, the latest game on the School Jam app is very useful.  It focuses on Place Value and there is a video for parents too. If you need your password and log in details sending, just let me know.

All aboard 4

Last but by no means least, a big ‘well done’ to all those Robins who are continuing to work hard at home.  Some of the work that you have sent in has been amazing – some excellent poets in our midst!! Keep checking Activelearn and this page for updates.

Take care everyone and thank you for all of your hard work, whether you are at home or at school.


Minibeast Madness!

Hope that you have all had a lovely half term and that you enjoyed the fantastic weather.

Some of us are now back at school and we are very excited because our new topic is… Minibeast Madness!!

Here are some of the activities that we have done in class that you may want to try at home.

Minibeast checklist

rock bugs


alphabet ordering

Sunshine, Showers and Rainbows

Hello everyone,

We hope that you are all well. On a normal Tuesday morning if you came into our school, you would hear the lovely sound of children practising songs in Singing Assembly.  At this time of year, one of the favourites of staff and children alike, is a song called ‘Sunshine, Showers and Rainbows’.  We have tried to recreate a version of this song!  We could never compete with the beautiful sound of 90 children singing together …but we have done our best!

We hope it brings a smile to your faces; however you may want to turn the volume down!

Sunflowers and spellings!

Hi Robins and parents,

Hope that you are all well and are enjoying the lovely weather if possible.

I am attaching the next set of spellings, these will take us up to half term.

spellings week 7

I have also started to follow Rotherham Libraries on facebook.  They are providing a variety of super online resources . Stem challenge videos (check out for the non-newtonian slime experiment tomorrow), bedtime stories and some Reading challenges too. Look out for a familiar face on there!

The Sunflower Display is looking fantastic!  Thank you to everyone that has sent photos in of their sunflower creations.  They are stunning, so bright and colourful and they are all so different. One has even won a prize in a competition – well done Harry!  If you haven’t done yours yet, don’t worry there is plenty of space still on the wall.

Finally, well done to those of you who are regularly using Activelearn and School Jam.  Both are updated regularly with new challenges, games, quizzes and books to read.

Take care and thank you for all your hard work and support at home.

*New* School Jam – Maths app

Hello everyone, I hope that you are all well and that you enjoyed the special VE Day weekend. At the end of last week, we sent a link to a letter outlining the new maths app that we have subscribed to for the younger children in our school.  I am attaching a short powerpoint presentation which explains how to use the app and the benefits for you and your child at home. Normally, the videos and games are sent weekly from the beginning of the academic year.  You will therefore see that games have been downloaded from the Autumn term. However, from now on a new game will appear each week.

School_Jam_-_parent_presentation 1

There are lots of fun activities for the children but there are also short videos for adults explaining how we teach the maths objectives.  This week, have a look and familiarise yourself with the app but if you can, try and give your child the opportunity to try Block 2 in the Autumn Term – Part-Whole within 10.  Once children have managed numbers within 10, try and extend to numbers within 20.

See how to do this practically below.  Perhaps your child could make a part-part-whole model and use counters like I have or pebbles etc.  Encourage your child to try and find all of the ways to make the ‘whole’ number by working systematically. Remember the equals sign can go at the beginning of the number sentence too.

The blue circle is the ‘whole’ and the yellow circles are the ‘parts’.

It is great to see that quite a few of you have already had a go! As always, if you require ANY support with these activities or anything else, please do not hesitate to email.

Many thanks for all your fantastic support at home. xx


We  hope that you are all well, here are the class spellings for the next 3 weeks.

Hope to see you all soon.

Take care, Mrs Forbes & Miss Fisher xxx

spellings weeks 4-6


Bonjour les enfants!

Bonjour everyone,

I hope that you are all keeping well and that you’ve had a good week.

I am attaching a video which covers teaching names of the family in french and also revises parts of the face, ending with an action song that we all know well.

Gros bisous at au revoir!

Mrs Forbes x

Welcome to Odd Bod and Even Steven!

Hi everyone, I hope that you are all well.

Firstly, well done to everyone that has been logging on to ActiveLearn and to those that have been completing the activities.  I can see that some of you are reading the books and doing the quizzes – fantastic work!

Also, I have already had good feedback about the online phonics lessons, so I am glad that you are enjoying those too.

In maths, we have played a game in Robins called Odd Bod and Even Steven.  This helped us to learn which numbers are odd and which numbers are even.


Even numbers end in 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 regardless of how many digits they have (we know the number 5,917,624 is even because it ends in a 4!). Odd numbers end in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9.

We learnt a rhyme:

0,2,4,6,8 Even numbers, well they’re just great

1,3,5,7,9, they’re the odd numbers and they’re just fine!

Using your knowledge of odd and even numbers ask your adult to shout out a number and choose one end of your garden/lounge to be Odd Bod and the other end to be Even Steven. Race between one and the other depending on whether your adult has shouted an odd or an even number.

Now, using your knowledge of odds and even numbers have a go at this sorting challenge.

BUT, if you really want a challenge then try our ‘Boats’ investigation.  You could use counters, stones, or playmobil people to help you to solve it!


Still missing you all lots, Robins. Hope to see you soon. X

Thank you parents for doing a great job! Please email me if you have any queries. X


Daily phonics lessons

Hi everyone,

Please find below a link to the letter which gives you information about the new daily phonics lessons, which start on Monday 27th April. These lessons are approved by the Department for Education and follow the same scheme (Letters and Sounds) that we use daily at school. The letter explains how to access the lessons online and there is a video for parents to explain how the lessons work and how phonics is taught.

If you have any queries about the lessons, PLEASE email me. These lessons will be of great benefit to children in Year 1.

Many thanks for all of your support throughout this time. We are missing you all and hope that we get to see you soon.

Letter to parents & carers about online phonics lessons (2)

Mrs Forbes and Miss Fisher x

Active Learn – Bug club books

Hi Robins, we hope that you had a good Easter and are all staying safe and well.  We are missing you and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Parents or carers, you should have received a text message giving you login details for Active Learn, which we have access to during the school closures. Through accessing the Active Learn website, you will be able to access Bug Club which offers your child reading books which are at an appropriate phonic level.  If you have not received a message with these details, please email us and we will provide you with the login information again.

The link below should take you to the home page where you login using the details from the text message I have sent you.

The link below will give you a tour of the homepage and show you where you can access the activities allocated.

Keep reading Robins!

Thank you for all your support with your child’s learning.