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  • Marvellous Me in Reception

    Published 15/06/24, by Andy Mari

    In Reception, the children have been learning all about our senses as part of the topic 'Marvellous Me.'  We learnt all about the 5 different senses: sight, touch, taste, hearing and sight. The children were then given a challenge to identify 5 different foods or drink by their smell. These included vinegar, hot chocolate and coffee. The children made a prediction before finding out if they had identified the smell correctly. The children have also been busy observing as our caterpillars have continued to grow. We have been talking all about the different stages of the lifecycle. We are now watching carefully to see when our caterpillars spin their cocoons. At Roebuck, we are scientists!

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  • Latest news in Reception

    Published 29/05/24, by Andy Mari

    This week in our Reception classes, the children have been busy working on their handwriting. Every day, the children in Reception get a visit from Marvin the Monkey.  Marvin is a friendly, stripey monkey who teaches the children to write cursive letters. Each letter he teaches them has a story and a picture to help them remember how to write the letter correctly. Marvin has two golden rules - start on the line every time and start with a little smile. Every day, Marvin looks at the children's handwriting and if he is really pleased with the children, he gives them a special Marvin clap. Look how quickly and beautifully the children have learnt to form their letters. At Roebuck Academy we are writers. 

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  • Minibeast hunters in Reception.

    Published 11/05/24, by Andy Mari

    This week, the children in Reception have helped their teachers build a bug hotel for our outdoor garden. The children have spent a long time collecting various natural materials like leaves and sticks to create a home for minibeasts. We have also planted wildflowers to encourage lots of visitors to our bug hotel. The children are now very busy looking after the seedlings and of course hunting for minibeasts. At Roebuck we are minibeast hunters!

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  • Splash in Reception

    Published 27/04/24, by Andy Mari

    It has been a busy start to the Summer term with lots of amazing learning happening. This half term our topic is called 'Splash'. We have been busy 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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  • Easter in Reception

    Published 02/04/24, by Andy Mari

    It has been extremely busy in our Reception Classes with so much going on. A few highlights from the last two weeks have included learning about bubbles as part of science week. We wanted to find out if bubbles are always round. We had so much fun experimenting with water, washing up liquid, glycerine and different types of bubble wands. We even made our own wands out of pipe cleaners! We have also been learning about Easter and in our classes discussed how we celebrate Easter with our families. At Forest School we went on an exciting Easter egg hunt! Our teachers had hidden lots of different coloured easter eggs around the forest for us to find. We had so much fun finding them. We ended our Easter themed week by looking after real-life chicks! We found out how to look after them and the life cycle of a hen.

    Well, done to all our children for another great term. We hope you all have a wonderful Easter. In Reception we are superstars!

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  • Amazing animals in Reception

    Published 02/03/24, by Andy Mari

    It has been a wild week in our Reception classes! The children have been very excited about our new topic 'Amazing Animals'. The children were amazed to receive a letter from Shepreth Wildlife Park explaining that some wild animals had escaped from the park and were last seen heading to Roebuck Academy! We found lots of animal prints in our outdoor area and were very surprised to watch a video of wild animals stampeding through our Reception garden. We have found out about the continent of Africa and some of the wild animals that can be found in Africa. We enjoyed finding out lots of interesting facts about different African animals and all the children have contributed to a class display on animals. Their artwork looks fabulous in our classrooms. At Roebuck we are zoologists!

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  • Lunar New Year in Reception

    Published 10/02/24, by Andy Mari

    This week in Reception, we have been very excited to learn about the Lunar New Year and welcomed in The Year of the Dragon. On Monday, we had an experience day where we took part in lots of different activities based on the Lunar New Year. The children learned dance moves using features of the Lunar New Year such as fans, fireworks and lanterns. The children were very creative and made their own lanterns which they decorated and put up in our classrooms. We also learned about the different types of food eaten in China and throughout the week the children made their very own noodle stir fry. At Roebuck we are Chefs!

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  • All aboard the London bus in Reception

    Published 27/01/24, by Andy Mari

    This week the children have been exploring London through the text, 'All aboard the London Bus!'. Each day, the children have role played boarding a London bus, including having their ticket punched by the conductor and travelling to a different part of London. The children enjoyed exploring Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, The Underground, London Bridge and finally The Tower of London to see the crown jewels. As part of our learning, the children have created their own London Bus and wrote independent sentences about travelling on a London Bus, remembering to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops! Well done, Reception. At Roebuck, we are writers!

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  • Let's explore in Reception

    Published 16/01/24, by Andy Mari

    This week the children have been very excited about our new topic 'Let's Explore'. We began our new topic by exploring our local area and created a mind map of what makes Stevenage special. We identified lots of places including, the football stadium, the cinema, the shops, the theatre, Marks and Spencer's, Fairlands Park and many more! We then looked at photographs that had been taken in and around Stevenage and tried our hardest to recognise where they were taken. We also used Google Earth to zoom into the school and different places around Stevenage. The children all enjoyed contributing to a class display of our local area and made different types of homes, shops and buildings. During our Child Initiated Learning time, some children have been busy writing independently about what they see in our local area. What a fun week it has been! At Roebuck we are geographers! 

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  • Delicious in Reception Classes

    Published 09/12/23, by Andy Mari

    Our topic this half-term is 'Delicious' and in our literacy lessons the children enjoyed looking at recipe books and learning about the features of non-fiction texts. We have been writing a set of instructions for a Chocolate Mug Cake and of course once we had done this, we had to make the Mug Cake! The children were fantastic at following a recipe and all agreed our cake was delicious! At Roebuck we are chefs!

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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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