St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

 Welcome to Robins Class


Class Teacher: Mrs Ali Gouzien

There are 16 children in the class, looked after by our fully qualified and dedicated staff, providing a caring environment where they can grow in self-belief and ability.

The Class teacher is Mrs Ali Gouzien and the Teaching Assistants are Mrs Tanya Streatfield and Mrs Alison Purslow. Mrs Streatfield works in Robins every morning and Mrs Purslow works between Robins and Wrens every afternoon.

Mrs Hilary Keane teaches Maths in ‘Robins’ class on Tuesday mornings and then Spanish and Music on Tuesday afternoons.

Here in our Reception Early Years setting, we introduce the children to more adult-led activities to develop their Maths, Phonics and Literacy learning in preparation for KS1, but ensure that they continue to have child-initiated activities that go alongside them. We understand the importance of play and how this enables them to develop further in their confidence, independence, speech and ability to socialise and make sense of the world around them by exploring through self-chosen activities.   

Activities continue to be planned in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage. The Prime areas focus on the children’s personal, social and emotional development, communication and language skills as well as physical skills. While the Specific areas focus on developing skills in Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design. Their daily learning takes place not only in the indoor classroom but also outside, where the children have easy access to a secure area including ‘The Early Years Garden’, KS1 playground and school field. These give many opportunities for exploring their environment and being active. At break and lunch time they join the KS1 children to mix and socialise in the hall and playground and they attend school assemblies with the other children, strengthening their sense of being an important part of the whole school community. 

Termly letters inform parents and guardians, giving details about class topics and planned activities. We ‘meet and greet’ parents and children at the beginning of the day in the KS1 playground and we are there at the end of each day to chat informally, giving parents the opportunity to share concerns or successes.


Robins Autumn Term Presentation


Please find below our minimum expectations for the children who join us for their Foundation Stage:

 Year R Maths
  • Count reliably to 20.
  • Order numbers 1 – 20.
  • Say 1 more/1 less to 20.
  • Add & subtract two single digit numbers.  

 Year R Writing

  • I can write simple sentences which I can read and others can read.
  • I can write my name (correct upper and lower case).
  • I can use capital letters and full stops in my sentences.
  • I can write clear sentences.
  • I can hold my pencil correctly.
  • I can form letters correctly in words I know.  
 Year R Reading
  • I know all my letters and sounds up to phase 4.
  • I can read some tricky words.
  • I identify rhymes and alliteration.
  • I join in with rhyming patterns.
  • I can read & understand simple sentences.
  • I can show understanding when talking with others about what they have read.
  • I can make basic predictions.
  • I can recognise the start and end of a sentence.  
 Year R Oracy
  • I can talk about how a story starts.
  • I can talk differently to a friend and to the class.
  • I can use complete sentences to explain or describe things.
  • I can stand up in front of others and tell them about something that has happened to me.
  • I can co-operate and contribute when playing with others.
  • I can listen carefully to what is being said and repeat it.
  • I can know not to interrupt when someone else is saying something.