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Owls PE day is moving to a Tuesday

Please can the children bring to school a photograph of them as a baby.

Week beginning 15th November

This week is World Nursery Rhyme Week so we have been joining in by singing a different rhyme each day. The children have enjoyed activities related to each rhyme, they particularly liked the build a spider game and winding bobbins. Nursery rhymes enable children to become interested in language patterns and rhyme. Studies have shown that if a child knows eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they're usually among the best readers by the time they are 8 years old. So... keep singing!

nursery rhymes 15.11.21


The children have continued to learn the Enormous Turnip, they can now say the story without my help and include the actions. We have been looking at the different characters in the story and we now have our story map.

enormous turnip 15.11.21


This week the children have been comparing groups of objects and finding who has more and who has fewer. They have been using the stem sentences, '.....has more than...' '.....has fewer than...' The children have also impressed me with their knowledge of the number 4 from the work we did last week and have been using cubes to show me the shapes it can make and its composition, 3 and another 1 is 4.

maths 15.11.21




Week beginning 8th November

Another busy week has flown by. All the children know our daily routine really well now and the days just seem to zoom by.

This week we have talked about Remembrance and why we wear poppies. The children made their own poppies and carried them down to the church for our remembrance service on Thursday.

wb 8.11.21

They also finished their diya pots by adding colourful paint and gems.



This week some children have been introduced to their first ditties, myself and Mrs Margan have been really impressed with the children's Fred talk and word reading. There is a link below to the ditties they have been reading.


Some of the children have also been learning the sounds: ch, qu, x.


The children helped me to pull up some tough weeds in the outdoor area, we needed to make a long line of people to help get them up. This reminded us of The Enormous Turnip so we have started to think about this and learn it as our new class story.

the enormous turnip


The children are continuing to subitise this week. They looked at making different patterns of 3. The children then looked at the Numberblock number 4 and the different shapes he can make with just four cubes. The children were very good at describing the different shapes and copying them with counters.

maths wb 9.11.21



Week beginning 1st November

It has been great to see everyone again after our half term break. The temperature has certainly dropped now so the children definitely need their warm coats, hats & gloves.

The children have been learning about the festival of Diwali this week. They have made clay diya pots which they will paint and decorate next week. They have listened to the story of Rama and Sita also. The children have also been using the glue gun to decorate CDs with their own Rangoli patterns - we hope to hang these from our stage area outside. They have made firework pictures to hang in our art area.



This week the children have been learning z and the special friends sh and th.

phonics 1.11.21


This week the children have been learning the composition of numbers 2, 3 and 4. They have used the stem sentences; 1 and another 1 is 2, 2 and another 1 is 3, 3 and another 1 is 4 using Numberblocks to help them. They have also collected and made groups of 2, 3 and 4 items.

maths wb 2.11.21

Week beginning 18th October

Another busy week has flown by and I cannot believe we have completed the first half term already! I hope everyone has a lovely half term holiday and we look forward to seeing everyone again on the 1st November.

This week the children have had lots of fun with pumpkins; scraping them out, cutting them, finding the seeds, making pumpkin soup & hammering golf tees into them. There has been lots of interesting conversations about pumpkins!



This week we have been learning the set 1 sounds; v, y, w. 


This week we have been teaching Counting Monkey how to count. We realised that we need to count objects 1 by 1 and it helps to move them into a line whilst we count, we also know that the last number we count tells us how many there are. 

counting monkey

Building on our work from last week, we have also been finding and subitising groups of 1, 2 & 3 pumpkin seeds.

subitising pumpkin seeds


This week we have learnt our fourth story, The Magic Porridge Pot. The children have enjoyed retelling the story with Little Owls. They have also been writing some key phrases from the story using Fred talk to help them write the words - well done Owls.

magic porridge pot

Week beginning 11th October

What another busy week we have had and I can't believe we only have one week in school before half term! We joined the rest of the school in church on Tuesday for our harvest festival. We sang Dingle Dangle Scarecrow with Little Owls and everyone commented on how good the children were in church - well done Owls.


This week we have been learning the set 1 sounds; l, h, r, j. I have attached a copy of all the set 1 sounds below for reference.



This week we have been learning The Gingerbread Man story. The children have learnt the actions and helped to map the story. They have made their own playdough gingerbread men and used puppets to retell the story to each other. We even did an experiment to see if a real gingerbread man could swim! The children made some excellent observations as they watched the gingerbread men in the water and noticed that the biscuit was turning white and the water was turning orange as the biscuit became "soggy."

gingerbread man wb 11.10.21


This week we started the Mastering Number programme from our local Maths Hub. This aims to develop good number sense for all children from Reception through to Years 1 & 2. The programme uses the Numberblocks characters to engage the children. This week we have been subitising numbers 1, 2 and 3 - being able to recognise a group of dots without counting them. The children have been great at spotting different groups of dots and have been able to quickly subitise the numbers.

maths 11.10.21

The children have also been busy on the workbench this week, developing their muscles and hand eye co-ordination to help them become strong writers.

wb 11.10.21


Week beginning 4th October

We have had lots of poorly children this week but those who have been in school have been working very hard; let's hope we are back to full capacity next week! We are very much looking forward to our Harvest Festival next week and we have been practising our song Dingle Dangle Scarecrow.

The children will soon be receiving a home learning sheet with some suggested activities that you can do at home to support their learning. See below for reference.


homework grid october 


This week we have been learning the sounds; b, f, e. The children have been using Fred talk to help them word build using our CVC ping pong balls.

cvc words


We have been learning the story of The Little Red Hen. We have used the story map to help us remember the story and we have had fun learning the actions as well.

Little Red Hen2


We have been exploring repeating patterns this week using lots of objects we have found inside and outside. We can now make and describe patterns using colour, size and shape.

maths patterns

Week beginning 27th September

What a lovely start to the new school year we have had. The children have quickly settled into life in the classroom. They have started to attend assemblies with the rest of the school and I am very impressed with how nicely they have been sitting and listening. The children have also started changing into their PE kits and I am super impressed with how independent they are and so far, we haven't had any missing socks or shorts! Just a reminder that PE is on a Monday.



This week we have been learning the sounds; c, k, u. The children have also been using letter sounds to Fred talk and build words.

word building

Maths and Literacy

In Maths this week we have been doing lots of comparing and measuring using these key words; short, shorter, tall, taller, more, fewer, big, large, small, little, long, longer, equal.

In Literacy, we have been learning the story of Mr Wiggle and Mr Waggle. We have had lots of fun learning the actions to help us tell the story and we used a story map to help us remember it.

Mr Wiggle Mr Waggle

At the end of last week the children brought in a special item to share with the class and talk about why it was special.

Special Items


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