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Easter Bunny Boom Chicka Boom with Owls Class and Hedgehogs Class.

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We have been learning about the Easter story. We particularly enjoyed using the foot spas to have our feet washed like Jesus did for his disciples. We understand that chocolate hollow eggs represent the empty tomb of Jesus. We finished our week dancing and lifting our spirits by singing and dancing! Happy Easter to you all and enjoy your well earned break!

Home Learning Heroes! Send in your pictures to share with class. Our children are working hard at home on their targets, topic work and sensory challenges and we are so proud of you. Well done!

Hello, we hope you enjoy exploring all the exciting topics and lessons we are learning about in Owls class. We engage in a mix of practical, hands-on sensory activities and focused individual activities. Our lessons include Phonics, Literacy, Maths, Science and Theme (which includes History, Geography, Art and DT). We very much look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure the best care and outcomes for your child.

 

The Owls Team.

Class Teacher:  Gill 

Teaching Assistants: Chris (Mon-Wed), Simone (Thurs-Friday), Abby and Aylesha (Mon-Friday).

Welfare: Kate Gossage.

 

General Information

 

Home School Dairies

We ask families and carers to return the Home School diary each day, as this will enable the class staff to provide comments and information about you child's day in school. If there are particular things you wish to be informed about, please speak with the class teacher.

 

Individual Education Plans

These set out the priority educational targets that your child is working on for the term. IEPs are updated each term and sent home. If there is anything that you would particular like us to be working on please just let us know.

 

Reading Books

All children and young people are encouraged to engage in reading and develop a love of reading and listening to stories and non-fiction books. We have a wide range of reading books, sensory books and big books to support the learning style and levels for each child. Every Friday, your child will receive a new reading book and this will be sent home with them to enjoy with you over the weekend. Please encourage your child to engage with the characters and stories and fill in the reading record to let your child'd class staff know how they have gotten on and the please return to school on the Monday morning. 

 

 

Class Funds

We kindly request that you send in £10 per half term. This contributes to any weekly resources that class might need. This may be sent in termly, or weekly. Thank you.

Welcome Back! We are extremely proud of how well our children are transitioning back into school. You can further support your child by sharing this social story about changes to their daily routine.

WHILE WE CAN'T HUG by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar

During this time while we're sheltering at home, it can be hard because we can't hug the friends we love so dearly. Thank goodness there are other ways to show how much we care! Come read with me to find out how Hedgehog and Tortoise were able to play together while staying apart.
How could you say hello to your friends and family you can't hug right now? Write a letter... Make a card...Wave to them!...Sing a song/dance...Make them a video! ...Make them a beautiful picture.



More than ever, our mental and physical well-being should be at the forefront of what we do. Here are some mindfulness links to help you switch off and relax...

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUIGKhG_Vq8

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Olqt-Ghi-zo

 

https://www.mindful.org/mindfulness-for-kids/#activities

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKmRB2Z3g2s - Cosmic Kids Yoga (on the Farm)

Spring 2 - The United Kingdom.

 

This term we will be traveling around the United Kingdom with Paddington Bear. Paddington Bear will be taking us on a trip across the UK to visit England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We will be visiting the capital city and looking at famous landmarks, famous residents and recreating the country's flags. In Literacy we will enjoy looking an non-fiction texts to explore the UK. In Humanities we will look at the map of the UK. In Science we will be taking part in themed experiments, such as creating a sensory rainbow to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. In numeracy we will be working on our personal targets. We will finish by have lots of fun taking part in a traditional English afternoon tea, making sandwiches, fairy cakes and scones. For activities take a look at the home learning weekly links at the top of the page. We are always delighted to see what you have been doing at home, so send in lots of pictures! 

 

Spring 1 - Farm to Fork

This half term we will be looking at farming around the world. We will be finding out where our food comes from (plant or animal?) and how it gets to our local shops and supermarkets. In Literacy we will begin with poetry and rhyme, with favourites such as 'Old MacDonald had a Farm'. We will also explore non-fiction to make our own 'Farm to Fork' information book. Owls class will act out and sequence the traditional story 'The Enormous Turnip' and have a go at mark making and writing a contemporary classic, such as 'Farmer Duck'. In Mathematics we will explore number, singing lots of rhymes that count forward and backward on a number line and use one-to-one correspondence to count, add and find a total. In statistics we will enjoy sorting, choosing and creating pictograms, graphs and charts to represent our favourite foods and animals. During 'Theme' lessons (Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, ICT/Computing and D.T.),  we will enjoy looking at 'Sustainability', 'Fair Trade' and 'Grow your Own'. Activities will range from recycling empty milk cartons to plant our own herbs and salad, to using the computer to create our own pictograms! Watch this space to find out what we have been up to and to find weekly blended learning activities and suggested activities.

 

 

 

Home Challenge. Have a go at reusing and recycling some household waste. Try milking with a rubber glove and milk. Take a picture and send it in to class!

Blended Learning Timetable 11th to 15th Jan

Blended Learning Timetable 18th to 22nd January

Blended Learning Timetable 25 to 29th January

Number Rhyme and Formation Prompts. Be creative - you can use paint brushes and water or write them in mud with a stick. Send in your photographs to go on our class page!

Autumn 2 Dinosaur Discoveries

 

This half term we will be exploring dinosaurs. We will launch our topic by finding a giant egg in the classroom! In literacy we will begin looking at the fiction book 'Gigantosaurus' by one of our favourite authors 'Jonny Duddle'. We will look at poetry and non-fiction texts to find out lots of exciting dinosaur facts. In mathematics we will explore number, singing lots of rhymes that count forwards and backwards on the number line. Secondly, look at calculation and finally look at shape. During 'Theme' lessons (Science, History, Geography, Art,Music, ICT/Computing and D.T.),  we will enjoy looking at 'archaeology', 'the world when dinosaurs ruled', 'fact and fiction', 'rocks and fossils', 'past, present and future' and 'local discoveries'. Activities will range from making dinosaur fossils and eggs to making volcanic eruptions! Watch this space to find out what we have been up to and to find weekly blended learning activities and suggested activities.

Blended Learning Timetable for 9th to 13th November.

Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle

Literacy - Gigantosaurus. When Mazu, Rocky, Bill, and Tiny -- four young dinosaur friends -- set off on a Gigantosaurus hunt, they're in for a wild adventure. They search far and wide, through jungles, rivers, and more, meeting all kinds of dinosaurs along the way.

Gigantosaurus | Theme Song - Sing Along | Disney Junior UK

Join Rocky, Bill, Tiny and Mazu and sing along as they get up to mischief.

Please visit the following links to watch some videos on the deadly dinosaurs! Which is your favourite dinosaur? Can you describe them?

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z6882hv/articles/zhtqkty - BBC Bitesize Dinosaurs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH_dOScj9FU - Andy's T-rex Dinosaur Adventure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpjc3BvhKTM&t=194s - Andy's Diplodocus Dinosaur Adventure

Dinosaur Rhyming - You're a Dinosaur and You Know It!

Geraldine the Giraffe learns the /d/ sound

Watch Geraldine the Giraffe teach you all about the letter Dd

Alphablocks - The Letter D | Learn to Read | Phonics | Learning Blocks

Learn all about the letter Dd with the Alphablocks

Keeping a healthy Body and Mind

Art Competition

Junk Modelling Dinosaur

Make your own dinosaur by recycling household items. What will you name it? What colour will you make it? What sound will it make?

 Send it in to school and receive a surprise!

 

 

Kids Safety

Learn how to stay safe around electricity. Watch and talk about with your child.

Bonfire Sensory Story Ideas

This fun activity helps you create a Bonfire Night sensory experience. Find a bonfire story you like and have fun recreating the story. Use an ice pack and talk about how it is cold in November. You can put on a scalf, gloves and wooly hat. Play the song 'Firework' by Katy Perry as it is lively and uplifting. Use bubble wrap and tape it to the floor and stamp on it to make a crackling fire sound. Can you see the bonfire? You tube have great clips of bonfires and firework displays. You can use a hot pack or wheat bag to feel the warmth of the fire. Cook some hot dogs and onions and let the smell fill the room. Snuggle up whilst all wrapped up and eat your hot dogs and watch the fireworks. Have fun!

Sparks in the Sky Sensory Story.

AUTUMN 1

Over the Rainbow Month (September).

 

This month our focus has been on Mental Health and Well-being in Owl's class. We have taken part in 'Over the Rainbow Month' activities, all designed to promote a healthy body and mind. We have taken part in class yoga, mindfulness, memories from our time in Lock Down, and a big focus on how to keep healthy and how to recognise our different emotions and feelings. We have learnt about different strategies that can help manage our well-being and Mental Health. We have introduced a well-being scale in class, where we can tell our teachers and grown ups how we are feeling throughout the day and update this if our moods change.

Theme: Heroes and Villains

Our topic this half term has been 'Heroes and Villains'. In Literacy we have thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Supertato' by Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra. We have learnt about how to identify 'goodies' and 'baddies' and if they display friendly behaviours..or not!. Firstly, we enjoyed meeting the characters and acting out the story. Then, we went on a hunt around school to save hostages 'Carrot', 'Broccoli' and 'Cucumber' from the evil grasp of 'Evil Pea'. Next, we read the story and matched text to key pieces of writing.  Finally, we had a go at writing speech bubbles for each character. We also explored onomatopoeia and added sound buttons to our story power point. In mathematics, we enjoyed using 2D shape to decorate our own superhero capes. We also looked at height and ordered the 'Supertato' characters we have made from 'shortest to tallest'. We have used non-standard measure to find out how tall we are using hand prints and boxes.

 

Supertato by Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra. Have a go at making a sensory bottle with some frozen peas, green food colouring and some glitter. You may like getting messy by using a potato masher to squash some Evil Peas!

Supertato

Join in with the adventures of Supertato and friends as they take on the Evil Pea!

Supertato Run Veggies Run - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for kids

More funny adventures with Supertato and his veggies friends.

Home Blended Learning Mathematics - Have fun measuring using non-standard measure. How many hand prints tall is your bed or chair?

A is for Apple - ABC Alphabet Phonics Song Nursery Rhymes for Kids

Listen to the name and sound of each letter. Can you find objects around your home that begin with each letter?

Over the Rainbow Month - Feeling Good and Being Me. Calm Down Boxes and Sensory Stress Balls

Home School Learning: Try making a 'Calm Down' box and 'Sensory Stress Ball' at home using the instructions below.

'Happy and You Know It' Well-being Chart. We have created a well-being scale with our pictures on and place our photograph on the chart, regularly updating it throughout the day. If we are happy, then we are able to learn! If we are not, then we can use strategies to help improve our mood and that it is ‘okay not to be okay’. We can ask for help from those who care for us.

Home School Learning: Have a go at completing a 'Happiness Journal' and share with the class the things that make you happy. You can keep a written record, draw or take photographs.

I can follow health and hygiene instructions.

Forest School: We have enjoyed the sunshine and enjoyed time in our forest school area. We made the birds and autumnal treat!

Home School Learning: Make a bird feeder for your garden or a local park. As Autumn in upon us, go for a walk and see what changes you can see? This is the time of year to see fruit on our trees. Let us know what you can find.

'Mood Monsters' - ‘Feeling Good and Being Me: Owls class learnt all about emotions using ‘Mood Monsters’ and took part in some strategies to promote positive mental health, for example, yoga, massage and dance. We have explored moods through colour mixing, made our own 'mood monsters' using salt dough and sensory mood mind jars.

Home School Learning: Along with resources sent home, you may use this power point to consolidate their learning.

Bendy, giggly, clever & strong - Yoga warmup

This month we are concentrating on Mental Health and Wellbeing, known as ‘Over the Rainbow Month’. We have enjoyed promoting our mental health and well being with Tatty Bumpkins inspired Yoga. Are you ...Bendy, Giggly, Clever & Strong? Have a go at joining in with the actions!

Music - Boom Chicka Boom

We love music and movement songs. Uplift your mood by finding an instrument or even a pan and a wooden spoon and join in with Jack Hartmann to 'Boom Chicka Boom!

Dance: Can't Stop The Feeling

Owls cannot help but smile and feel good to this song. Get that sunshine in your pocket and that good soul in your feet as you dance, dance, dance along with the Trolls.

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