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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Little Owl Class Reception


Welcome to Little Owl Class


Little Owl Class is our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Reception Class.

Within Little Owl Class we have two nests: Barn Owls and Tawny Owls.

In Little Owl Class we love to learn and particularly enjoy to explore the outdoors, finding and using natural resources to help us learn new things. We discover through play and use a range of brilliant stories to guide our learning. Our timetable is a combination of child initiated learning and adult led activities. Our wonderful indoor and outdoor learning environment provides endless learning opportunities; we can follow our own interests and access exciting weekly challenges. Adult led learning takes place in small groups or in our nests.


The EYFS Team


Teachers – Miss Barker (Barn Owls) & Miss Edey (Tawny Owls)

Teaching Assistants – Mrs Andrew, Mrs Ainslie, Miss Heald & Mrs Matson


Term Two


Our Church School Values



Our value this term is FORGIVENESS.


We will learn about forgiveness through stories, role play and through discussions in our Class Worship and Talking Time sessions. We will explore what forgiveness is and share ideas about how to forgive, using our Class Promises to guide us. We will listen to each other and take time to reflect.


What are we learning about?


Week 1 & 2: Autumn

The leaves are changing colour, the days are getting shorter, and it’s getting colder. It is Autumn! We will immerse ourselves in nature, observing the seasonal changes and comparing these with the other seasons that we know. We will also create our own nature art in the forest. Over these two weeks we will learn about a range of celebrations and events including Diwali, Bonfire Night, and Remembrance Day.


Week 3: World Nursery Rhyme Week

In week 3 we will be taking part in World Nursery Rhyme

Week, which promotes the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood. We will learn 1 nursery rhyme a day; learning and singing the nursery rhyme and taking part in supporting activities.

“If children know 8 nursery rhymes by heart by the time they are 4 years old, they are usually among the best readers and spellers in their class by the time they are 8”. (Megan Fox, Reading Magic)


Week 4 & 5: Our Homes

We will be talking about our homes, and learn the names of different types of homes, including apartments, bungalows, caravans and many more! Our story focus will be The Three Little Pigs and we will enjoy retelling this. In Art we will learn how to draw where we live. We will also look at homes around the world and learn that not everybody's home looks the same.


Week 6 & 7: Christmas

There will be lots of festive cheer in Little Owls during our last few weeks! We will learn about the Christian Story of Christmas and talk about how Christmas is celebrated. We will be writing letters to Father Christmas, then take a walk to a post-box to post them to him. We will take part in lots of Christmas craft activities, including making Christmas cards and gingerbread men.


  • Phonics – Phonics will continue to take place every morning. Now that the children have been taught Set 1 sounds, they will be put into a team with one of the adults to continue their phonics learning. The children will be learning to blend, which will include using magnetic boards to make CVC words. The children will bring home either a wordless phonics book or a Sound Blending book. They will also bring a library book home that they have chosen from our class selection. Library books are stories to share with adults at home, perhaps at bedtime or over the weekend. These are just for enjoyment - they do not need to be recorded in reading records.


  • Maths - In daily Maths Fluency sessions we will explore a range of mathematical concepts. We will meet Numberblock 5 and begin to understand the composition of numbers. We will explore ‘parts that make a whole’. We will continue to compare sets of objects and use the language of comparison. In addition to daily Maths Fluency sessions, we will explore shape and pattern in adult-guided groups and independent classroom challenges.


  • PE - PE will take place on Tuesdays with Miss Barker & Miss Edey and on Thursdays with Coach Ricky. Please ensure that the children wear their PE kits to school on these days.


We will share weekly updates of our learning journey with parents on our Class Dojo Story as well as a Home Learning Guide.

Keep a look out for Little Owls on our School Twitter page too!


What books will we be sharing?