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Magical Science at Somervale

Here are some photographs of the trip to Somervale for Science with Mr Rowlands – a Somervale Science teacher.

We used universal indicator (red cabbage) to test for acid/alkali.

Can your Robin remember what liquids they tested  (soda, soap, tap water, bee sting etc) and what colour they went?

George’s Marvellous Medicine Experience Morning : Making Our Own Potions

This morning we made our own potions.  First we thought of what we wanted our potion to do.  Then we went on a scavenger hunt for different items to put in our potion. We tried to find one of each of the following and stored it in our potion pot (an egg box).

Next we mixed a magical Robin potion (using the dye from the sky, the dust from the eyes of a thousand fairies and the leaves from the magical mint tree) that would go with our items from the hunt and make our potion work.  Finally we put it all in the bottle and shook it 8 times.  A label was added and our potion making was complete.  Here are some pictures to show what we did.

‘How can we make a museum about us?’

This term we found out all about ourselves.  This ranged from learning about the human body in Science to writing about our appearance, hobbies and interests in Big Write to creating paper plates of our favourite food in Art.

As a way of sharing this with Robin families we decided that we would create a class museum and invite families in to share it with us.  The museum ended up being a celebration of everything we have achieved this term – thank you parents for joining in with the interactive birthday song.

It has been lovely getting to know Robin Class in Term 1.  They are a fun bunch of learners really keen to learn and explore.  We are looking forward to the Christmas term so rest easy over the holidays because it’s going to be a busy one!!

A whole month as Robins!

Well, unbelievably your little robins are now a full month into their time in Year 1.

I think they would all agree that the highlight of the term so far has been our Rugbytots sessions from Paul which they have all absolutely loved. We have used games to learn all about teamwork, spatial awareness and how to carry the rugby ball and have had loads of fun as well as learning important skills.


In Maths we have been focusing on number and representing them using a variety of apparatus. We have begun to use the part part whole model too. A clear understanding of low numbers and how they are made up will help us as we move to working with larger numbers later in the term.

Welcome to Robins

Welcome to Robin Class. The children have settled brilliantly and have been working and playing hard with some fabulous home learning too which we have loved seeing.

In English we have been working hard on our focus sounds and have even done our very first Big Write. In maths we have been looking at ordering numbers and finding 1 more and 1 less, as well as learning to say the days of the week.

We had a very special ‘taster session’ PE lesson yesterday from Paul at Rugby Tots Bath which all the children loved. So much so, in fact, that we will be having a session each Thursday until the end of this term. Please make sure your child has suitable footwear in school- trainers rather than daps if possible please especially if the weather gets wetter. Photos to follow soon.

Thank you for all the time you are putting into learning at home with your robin. Lots of children are zooming around the race track. Similarly homework- lots of amazing stuff going on, but if you are struggling to support your child with this, please come and talk to one of us as we may be able to help. Working with your child at home- even for just a few minutes- really is so vital to enable them to reach their full potential.