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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).


The Owls Team.

Class Teacher:  Gill Cockbain.

Teaching Assistants: Chris McKenna and Abby Bunday.

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.


9.7.20 - Owls Story Time - The Gingerbread Man

One day the little old lady decides to bake a gingerbread man. As soon as she is done baking, the gingerbread man jumps from the oven and runs away. He comes across many different obstacles, animals and humans that want to eat him, and continues to run away. Will any of them finally be able to catch the gingerbread man? Download the stick puppets below, or if you are feeling creative, make your own and act out the story with your grown ups!

The Gingerbread Man Stick Puppets

6.7.20 - Owls Song Time - When Goldilocks Went to the House of the Bears.

She counted them: one, two, three. When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears, Oh what did her blue eyes see? Join in with the actions and singing!

3.7.20 - Owls Story Time - Goldilocks And The Three Bears

A little girl named Goldilocks, goes for a walk in the forest and comes upon a house where she enters and finds to her delight three bowls of porridge. Follow along with the story to see what Goldilocks gets up to. Afterwards, try ordering 3 items from around the home from the smallest to the biggest. 3 bowls.....3 plates....3 spoons. Have fun!

17.6.20 Owls - Number Time - Five Cheeky Monkeys

Nursery rhymes and number rhymes are important for language acquisition and help speech development. They help children develop auditory skills such as discriminating sounds and developing the ear for music or words. In addition to enjoying our song, 'have a go' at finding sets of five objects. It could be five of your favourite toys or five spoons. If you are feeling really confident, you might even like to count in 5's!

Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen

11.6.20 - Owls Story Time 3 - Little Rabbit Foo Foo isn't very kind to his friends and the Good Fairy turns him into a Goonie!
Little Rabbit Foo Foo wasn't being very kind. This week your challenge is to do an act of kindness for your grown ups each day. You could help to make your bed, or wash the dishes! Good Luck!

2.6.20 OWLS STORY TIME 2 - There's No Place Like Home - by Johnathan Emmett

Can you spot an unexpected visitor? Which puppet has disappeared towards the end of the story? No puppets have been harmed in the making of this video!!

11.5.20 OWLS STORY TIME 1 - There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly

Home Learning Activities: 


Your child has had a home learning pack sent home, there are some learning tasks within these folders. The best learning you can do with your children is through interaction and involving learning in everyday household activities. Some additional ideas are:

  • Look at books with your child.
  • Make a shopping list and go shopping with your child. Look for items on your list, name the items your child does not know yet, ask your child about the items in the shop, involve your child to pick objects and place them in your shopping trolley.
  • Cook with your child. Talk about the recipe and ingredients. Describe and comment on what you are doing and what your child is doing. This is a perfect activity to introduce verbs like: mix, pour, grate, melt, spread, etc...
  • Sing songs.
  • Make a ‘secret box’. You can decorate it together. Use play-doh to make objects or animals and place them in the box. Give clues to each other to guess what the other person made.
  • Play ‘Memory Game’. Place 5-6 objects on a table, name them with your child. Then cover them with a cloth or scarf. Ask your child to close their eyes, so you can remove one object. Check if your child can remember which object is missing.
  • Play ‘What’s in my hand?’ Ask your child to put their hands behind their back and place something in your child’s hands. Ask your child to describe the object (size, shape, feel) before naming the object. Take turns.

Nursery and Number Rhymes

Nursery and number rhymes are an important part of the daily routine in Owls.  They are important for language acquisition and help with speech development.  They help children develop auditory skills such as discriminating between sounds and developing the ear for the music or words.


Some of our more contemporary favourites can be found on You Tube:

Five cheeky monkeys swinging in the trees (

Wind the bobbin up (

Tiny Tim (



The Book Trust 

The Book Trust have lots of interactive books to read online or watch with signing. You can also watch Storytime videos.

This site can be accessed from: 



We have been practising the letters f, e, l, h, sh and r.  

We enjoy playing interactive games, such as 'Buried Treasure' and 'Picnic on Pluto' to aid with letter formation and segmenting and blending of simple words. Phonics Play are offering a free subscription due to the current Corona virus situation. This can be accessed from:

Username: march20  Password: home


Science and Mathematics

We began looking at the story 'The Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle. This provided the opportunity to look at life cycles, particularly the life cycle of a butterfly. 

An animated version of the story is available from:


We also are looking at seasonal changes. Have a look for new growth on plants and trees in your garden. Talk about the weather on a daily basis. Can you order the days of the week or the months of the year? ICT Games have a date and weather chart that the children enjoy updating.

Available from:



You don't need expensive work books or resources; using real life experiences and play provides rich learning opportunities! Play helps children make sense of the world. Cooking with children is an excellent way of enriching learning holistically. Talking out loud, as you do it, enriches vocabulary and uses mathematical language in real life situations. For example, pour, add, sift, mix and counting out....the list is endless. Making play dough or salt dough is perfect. It also provides an opportunity to develop fine motor skills too. 



Lovely example courtesy of Danielle Simpson and family.



500g plain flour
250g salt
250 ml water


Mix into a dough
Roll out then press hand prints
Bake in oven on lowest temp for 3-4 hours. 

Alternatively the dough may be air dried, but may take a day or so to dry completely.



Open-ended resources are excellent. To develop problem solving, what could be more fun than making a den out of your maiden, boxes, fabric and a few pegs! More importantly, make it FUN!


20.4.20. 2D Shape Hunt: Can you look around your environment and find a square, circle, rectangle and triangle? Talk about the properties of shape and look at how many straight sides or pointy corners (vertices) it may have. You could count how many you can find and record your findings. If you are feeling really adventurous you could even make a tally chart!


27.4.20. 3D Shapes: Can you look around your environment and find a sphere, cube, cuboid, cylinder or a cone? Can you find any 2D shapes on their faces? Talk about how 2D shapes are flat and that 3D shapes are solid. What shape is your cereal box? What shape is a tin of beans? You can extend this activity by finding out which shapes can roll.

4.5.20. VE (Victory in Europe) DAY 75. Friday 8 May 2020 marks the end of the Second World War in which, in 1945, millions took to the streets to celebrate peace after years of devastating war. Why not get creative and make your own VE Day decorations!

Join in and get making your own special Bring the Noise themed ‘Great British Bunting’ for VE Day 75 to display in your window at home using the template link below.


Practice listening to the song whilst decorating your bunting, you can use pictures of whatever inspires you and then hang your bunting with pride over the weekend of Friday 8 May - Sunday 10 May.

Song: Listen to 'Take You Home' BSL at:



18.5.20. I hope you enjoyed the story I recorded for you last week? Keep checking in and I will upload some more of our favourite stories and number rhymes! This week I have enjoyed looking at all the lovely rainbows displayed in windows. I made one using the salt dough recipe we used above and let it air dry before having a go at mixing colours. Have a go at making a rainbow and enjoying mixing colours to see what colours and shades you can make!

Literacy 'There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly' - Every literacy session begins with traditional and modern nursery rhymes to help us tune into sounds and develop our communication and language skills. We have spent time with oral rehearsal, sequencing, reading and writing about the story. We have also practised our targets with linked activities.

Phonics. This half term we have been learning all about the letters c, k, u, b and f. We enjoy creative and practical activities to help us with letter recognition, segmenting and blending. A particular favourite is mark making using water and food colouring on bread and then toasting it for snack. Have a go! We would love to share your work with our class!

Developing our fine motor skills daily. We love to 'Squiggle whilst we wiggle' and practise making vertical, horizontal and circular movements to music through dance. We also like to strengthen our hand grip by manipulating play dough and practise developing our hand grip by threading activities.

Healthy Options. During cookery we have been trying to think about making healthy snacks and alternatives to our favourite treats. We have made low sugar biscuits, pitta bread pizzas and fruit salad. The best part was eating it!

Science - We have been looking at how it is important to keep our hands clean. A favourite theme has been looking after our teeth. We talked about the different teeth we have and what they are used for. We are great at cleaning our teeth!

Self Portraits in the style of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 or 1527 – 11 July 1593) was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books.

Eat Well! We have been looking at non-fiction texts to find out about making healthy food choices. We have sorted food items into 'healthy' and 'just for a treat' categories. We then made our own information text, creating a pictogram of our favourite snacks.

Enjoying Sensory Stories! Sparks in the Sky! We looked at firework safety and explored the sensory approach to Bonfire Night.