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  • Nature explores in Reception

    Published 25/11/23, by Andy Mari

    This week in Literacy, we have been reading the text 'Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk'. Grandma Fantastic has been giving the children some tricky words, but the children have been using their robot arms to sound them out amazingly. We have been describing the taste of jellybeans and was even able to taste some to give us some ideas. The children came up with words like 'sticky, sweet, tasty, yummy, gooey'. We based our Forest School session on their Literacy book this week and made our very own nature-inspired beanstalk. The children were brilliant at following instructions and working together and were pleased with their finished creation. We look forward to seeing if anything travels down the beanstalk at next week's Forest School session! At Roebuck, we are nature explorers! 

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  • Fireworks in Reception

    Published 11/11/23, by Andy Mari

    We have had another busy week in Reception. This week we have been talking all about fireworks. They were very excited to share all about the fireworks that they had seen over the weekend. We watched some videos of fireworks and thought about the colours and sounds that we could hear like pop, fizz and bang. We then created some firework artwork using toilet rolls and paint to create the shape before adding glitter to make our fireworks sparkle.  For an extra challenge we then had a go and writing some of our firework sounds using our phonics to help us. Our artworks look amazing! At Roebuck we are artists!

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  • Pumpkin Painting in Reception

    Published 14/10/23, by Andy Mari

    This week has been another busy one in our Reception classes. The children enjoyed completing a set of 'choosing' challenges. These challenges included painting a picture of a pumpkin, tapping golf tees into a pumpkin and using paint rollers to paint the floor with water. All these challenges are designed to develop the children's fine and gross motor skills, which are vital for writing. This week, the children visited Forest School again and learnt about hibernating animals and pretended to be squirrels and hid acorns in the forest. The children also enjoyed collecting objects such as leaves, sticks, and plants to create a picture of a hedgehog. At Roebuck, we are Adventurers!

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  • Dinosuars in Reception!!!

    Published 29/09/23, by Andy Mari

    It has been another busy fun filled week in Reception with lots of wonderful learning going on. We started our week off with a bang with a surprise visit from a pair of dinosaurs! After discovering that two of our dinosaur eggs were missing, we all went on a dinosaur hunt. The children were surprised and amazed to find two dinosaurs in our EYFS garden. Luckily, they were friendly dinosaurs and the children enjoyed playing chasing and running games with them. The children have also been looking for signs of Autumn and went on an Autumn scavenger hunt at Forest School and learnt how to paint Autumn trees. These paintings look wonderful in our classrooms. At roebuck we are artists!

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  • Dino-tastic week in Reception

    Published 16/09/23, by Andy Mari

    First of all, we want to congratulate your wonderful children on an amazing first two weeks at school. It has been a pleasure getting to know all the children and they have all settled in brilliantly and been such a joy. Well done to each and every one of them! The children have had a busy two weeks in reception. They have settled really well into their classes and have enjoyed exploring the environments. This week has been particularly exciting as we began our ‘dinosaur topic’. We looked at non-fiction books about dinosaurs, watched interesting video clips and enjoyed listening to fiction stories about dinosaurs. The children also created their own dinosaur silhouette skeleton for our class book areas. Our ‘dino-tastic’ week even included a dinosaur egg hunt at Forest School. The children were amazed to find dinosaur eggs hidden  in the bushes. We are now observing the eggs very closely for a sign of hatching! I wonder what will happen next. At Roebuck we are dinosaur egg hunters!

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  • Designing in Reception

    Published 08/07/23, by Andy Mari

    This week the children in Reception have taken inspiration from a text called ‘On Sudden Hill’. In the text, two best friends make amazing objects out of cardboard boxes. The children have enjoyed listening to the story and being creative! The children have made some amazing objects out of recycled cardboard boxes and other recycling. They began by first designing their model and labelling it and then set about building it using all the skills they had been taught this year. They impressed their teachers with their designs and how well they joined different materials together. Once completed the children wrote sentences about their creations. So far, the children have made some fantastic models including a bus, a jet pack, cars and even a helipad and helicopter! We are looking forward to seeing some more creations next week. Well done, Reception! At Roebuck we are designers!

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  • Caterpillar find in Reception

    Published 25/06/23, by Andy Mari

    At the beginning of this half-term the children were very excited to find caterpillars in their classrooms! The children have been fascinated to watch the caterpillars grown ten times their original size! We then observed the caterpillars form a chrysalis and waited patiently for our caterpillars to finally emerge as butterflies. We have spent the last few days observing the butterflies in their tent, and today we set them free. We had a lovely time watching the butterflies leave their tent and fly away to start their life cycle all over again! At Roebuck, we are scientists!

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  • Marvellous Me in Reception.

    Published 11/06/23, by Andy Mari

    This week in Reception the children have been introduced to our new exciting topic 'Marvellous Me!' The children have shared with one another photos of themselves as a baby and enjoyed guessing who the baby photo belongs to. We have discussed the human life cycle and reflected on how each of them has changed since they were a baby. We also drew self portraits and wrote sentences about how we have changed since we were born. These are all proudly on display in our classrooms.  Another highlight this week has been the delivery of our own caterpillars. We are very excited to learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly and watch the change first hand.  What a super busy week it has been! In Reception we are super learners!

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  • New water topic in reception.

    Published 11/05/23, by Andy Mari

    This week the children in Oak and Willow class have learnt about the importance of looking after the world's oceans and its many sea creatures. As part our 'Water' topic, we have explored what pollution means and how pollution has a negative impact on the environment and sea creatures. We have learnt that when the ocean is a happy place, sea creatures thrive and grow but when it is a dirty place sea creatures may die out. The children have enjoyed sorting different types of recycling and finding out how plastic is ruining our oceans. The children have also created their own individual 'Seascapes' and used a variety of different art techniques. At Roebuck we are environmentalists and artists!

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  • Splash in Reception

    Published 22/04/23, by Andy Mari

    This week the children in Reception have started to think about our new exciting topic for this half term 'Splash!' On Monday we kicked off our new topic by learning all about water, how we use it, where you would find it and how you can travel on it. We decided to focus our learning this week on finding out about different sea creatures. We loved watching different video clips of amazing sea creatures and used non-fiction books to find out about different sea creatures. The children then put their artistic skills to work by creating their own individual sea creature which we added to our class display.  At Roebuck Academy we are artists!

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  • Latest news in Reception

    Published 24/03/23, by Andy Mari

    It has been another busy week in Reception. The children have been preparing for our Mothers Day assembly, singing songs and practising their lines. The children have been learning all about planting sunflower seeds and have planted their very own sunflower seed to give to their mummy's for Mothers Day. Thank you to all the parents that attended our assembly, we could tell the children were super excited to share their special gift with you and tell you why they loved you so much. At Roebuck we are grateful! 


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  • Science day in Reception

    Published 10/03/23, by Andy Mari

    This week in Reception is Science week. The children took part in science experiment where we placed gingerbread man into different substances and the children observed how they changed over time. The substances included cooking oil, vinegar, water and milk. The children made a prediction about what would happen to the gingerbread man in each substance. We measured our substances to pour over the gingerbread man. Using a timer, we made observations every ten minutes and recorded the results. The children were very excited to watch the changes over time. At Roebuck we are Scientists! 


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