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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.


Home Learning Activities: 


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.


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. 


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! 


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 (

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.