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Robins Curriculum News and Overview                                  

Tuesday 3rd January 

Our Theme

Our theme this term is ‘What is our world?’. This term we will be exploring how our world has changed, and looking at the differences between the world we live in now and the world in the past. We will be using the story Cave Baby to support our learning and will also explore what the world looked like when the dinosaurs were alive. We will be finding out where our food comes from and how some foods come from different countries. After half term we will be looking at ways we can help our planet and the importance of recycling. As part of this, we will look at the work of a local artist and explore how we can reuse materials for different purposes. To support our learning in this we will be looking at the books Tidy and Somebody Swallowed Stanley.


Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language. 

FS1 – Children in FS1 will complete phase 1. Phase 1 phonics develops a child’s ability to listen to, make, explore and talk about sounds. Throughout this phase children will develop their speaking and listening skills. In this phase we complete activities such as listening to environmental sounds, sing songs and rhymes and explore the sounds that we can hear in words.

FS2 – Children in FS2 move onto phase 3 phonics in the spring term. Riston uses the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised as our phonics scheme. We started this scheme last autumn and have seen our children make excellent progress in our phonics over the last year. Below you can see an overview of the letters and sounds we will be covering over the spring term. In phase 3 children build on the letter-sound correspondences learned in Phase 2 and will learn long vowel sounds (such as ‘igh’ or ‘ai’). It is important that the children are confident in their letter recognition and blending so it would be great if you could continue practising and supporting with this at home. 

Reading (FS2)

During the spring term children will continue to take home a reading book each week. Reading is FS2 is done in small reading groups, where we will complete three reads a week in school. In these three reads we will focus on decoding, prosody and comprehension. After three reads and if we feel your child is reading the book fluently we will send the book home for you to read the book together. We will also send children home each week with a library book of their choosing. This is not a book we expect them to be able to read but a book for you to enjoy together to promote a love of reading. 

Collection of Children

Could we please ask that you either send in a written note or pop us a note on Tapestry if someone different will be collecting your child. It can be very busy in a morning at the door so this will enable us to keep a track of collections.


Please keep logging into Tapestry and commenting on your child’s activities. It is really useful for us to see your comments and it can also provide a further talking point with the children. We think Tapestry is really beneficial in supporting our home/school links. We will also be adding home learning tasks onto Tapestry for you children to complete and it is great for us to see pictures of them doing this. We would appreciate any feedback you have on the Tapestry app, please note this down or speak to a member of staff.


Please can you make sure all items of clothing are named, this helps us return anything that is lost to the owner straight away. It would really help if water bottles were named too please. Please can you also ensure your child is sent with the correct PE uniform, for indoor PE this includes a pair or royal blue shorts and a royal blue t-shirt. The kit for outdoor PE will include a pair of joggers, a hoodie/sweatshirt and a pair of trainers your child can fasten themselves. Please send your child with both indoor and outdoor PE kits, our PE day will be a Monday every week. 


Miss Sleight, Mrs Preston and Mrs Gill

The EYFS Team

Please follow the link to our long term plans – EYFS LPT Riston Cycle 2 2022_2023   EYFS LPT Riston Cycle 1 2021_2022

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