Parent Letter

Dear Parents/Carers

We hope you have all had an enjoyable summer.  

Firstly, I would like to welcome all of our new families to Duxford Primary and also welcome back all of our Year One families. Welcome to Robins Class!  I am very excited to be teaching Reception and Year One this year, and helping everyone build upon their previous knowledge and skills. I am also very excited to be teaching in our fabulous new classroom. Our key focus at the start of our year will be settling in, addressing any anxieties and focusing on good learning behaviours. 

I am very much looking forward to working with all of you and your children in school. I think they all look very grown up in their uniforms and wearing their big smiles too. The Year ones have really grown over the Summer. In Robins, we operate a broad and balanced, experiential curriculum which focuses upon the importance of learning through play. We want the children to have lots of fun as well as learn.

The first few weeks

We have a very busy term ahead of us, however, we will be starting the term with learning about our new environment, the school, routines, behaviours, expectations within school and getting to know one another. We ask that you say goodbye and leave promptly to enable us to start our learning. If any of the Reception children find it difficult to settle we will contact you to let you know.


Staff in Robins

Mrs Shannon is the class teacher – Tuesday to Friday

Mrs Kolarik is the class TA – Monday to Friday

Mrs Patten is the class teacher on a Monday

Mrs Gardiner will be covering PPA Tuesday morning and Mrs Barnard will be leading Forest School on a Tuesday.

Literacy at home

Please read lots of different stories to your child at home. Ask them questions about what is happening in the story. Can they guess what might happen next? Ask them to re-tell the story to you. Can they tell you who the characters in the story are? Look for letters and words in the environment. Can they ‘read’ the logo on the Tesco or Asda shopping bag, can they tell you the first letter sound of their name etc. Year Ones will be coming home with reading books after we have carried out our phonics and reading assessments. Reception will be coming home with wordless books shortly. All children will be able to take a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book home which can be changed as often as they like.

Numeracy at home

It is important that by the end of the year, Reception children can count the numbers in order to 10 and then to 20.  For Year one, we will be counting to 100. To help your child, look for numbers and shapes in the environment. Can they find a number 2 on a door or a number 75 on the bus? Can they see a square window or a circle shaped clock. Ask your children to get you 3 pencils or 4 spoons. Can they count how many chairs are around the table or how many packets of crisps are in the bag, touching each item as they count etc.


To begin with, your child will be very tired, so please let them rest at home. After a few weeks, we will start to send home story books for you to share and then also add reading/picture books. Year One will be sent home a Home Learning letter for this half term.

The curriculum

In Robins, the children learn through a play-based curriculum which aims to develop the whole child. The curriculum is delivered through the children’s needs and interests as well as through topics, seasons and celebrations which change each half term. We will let you know how you can help your child at home. Reception will be working within the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and Year One will be working within the National Curriculum.

Year Ones will also be directly taught more specific subjects such as Geography, Science and Computing this term. This half term all children will also participate in weekly Forest school sessions, which takes place on a Tuesday morning. Please can you ensure that your child has their legs and arms covered on this day, for their own safety, they can also bring trainers to wear on this day if preferred.


The children will participate in lots of physical activities in Reception, including climbing, running, jumping, gymnastics, dancing and games. Our PE sessions will take place on a Monday and Thursday. Please can you send your child into school with their PE kit on, on these days.

Names in uniform

Please can you put your child’s name in all items of their uniform, including their shoes. It is inevitable that the children will take items of their uniform off when they are busy playing, dressing up or painting and items of clothing do get lost.


The children will be provided with a daily snack of milk and fruit. If your child has an allergy please let Mrs Shannon and the office know so that alternative snack can be organised. We ask that they bring in a water bottle from home each day so that they can have a drink of water throughout the day.

Coats and Wellies

Please can we ask that all children have a coat and a pair of wellies with them in school every day. Even if the weather is lovely in the morning by lunchtime it could be raining and we will be going outside in most weather conditions as well as often playing in the mud kitchen. (We will provide top to toe waterproofs for children playing in the mud kitchen). If you wish to leave a raincoat in school that will be fine.

Proud moments

We have a Wow Wall in our classroom to help celebrate your child’s achievements and special moments. Please do email in any certificates and/or photos for your child to share with the class.

Messy play

We would like to offer as many new exciting opportunities and activities as possible to your child and allow them to develop their fine motor control through sensory experiences. A donation list for messy play resources will be displayed outside of Robins class so that you can sign your name up to something if you would like to. We are always greatly appreciative for any resources you may be able to donate. Thank you in advance for all donations received.

We want your child to have a wonderful, happy year in Robins. If you have any questions or concerns, we are always happy to speak with you and help. This can be by email or telephone, or for a longer discussion we can arrange to meet with you. Quick notices can be passed to us via the school office or by leaving a message with the member of staff on gate duty.We look forward to working with you and your child.

With kind regards,

Mrs Shannon, Mrs Kolarik and Mrs Patten