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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN2cqNWJwGc)
* Wind the bobbin up (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMx1RX-qZNU)
* Tiny Tim (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLa7IYmVe0U)
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: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/BuriedTreasure2.html
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75NQK-Sm1YY
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: https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/dateChart/index.html
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.
13.4.20. SALT DOUGH HAND PRINTS:
Lovely example courtesy of Danielle Simpson and family.
500g plain flour
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!
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!