Branston Church of England Infant Academy
'The Best We Can Be'
Welcome to Little Owls
Little Owls is our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Reception Class.
Within Little Owls we have two 'nests': Barn Owls and Tawny Owls.
In Little Owls 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 there are exciting weekly challenges that we can access. 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 and Mrs Stephenson
Our Church School Values
LOVE KINDNESS HONESTY FORGIVENESS PERSEVERANCE RESPECT
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.
What are we learning about?
Week 1: People Who Help Us
When we return to school, we will continue our learning about People Who Help Us. We will have some more special visitors in school, including a Paramedic! There will be lots of role play opportunities in our provision, such as a shop, vets, dentist, and a post office. We will also be thinking about what we might like to do when we’re a grown up.
Week 2 & 3: Farms
In weeks 2 and 3, we will learn about farms. First, we will look at a map to see where the farms are in our community. We will learn about the role of a farmer, the animals that live on a farm as well as the crops and vegetables that are grown. This will help us to learn about where food comes from. We are also looking forward to reading The Little Red Hen and baking our own bread.
Week 4 & 5: Spring
We will learn about Spring for two weeks and this will involve comparing Spring to the other seasons that we know, going on a scavenger hunt, and making lots of seasonal observations. We will also learn about the animals that are born in Spring and touch on lifecycles. We will paint daffodils from observation and read the story Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring.
Week 6: Holy Week
Our final week of term is Holy Week. This will be a special week where we will learn about and reflect on the events that led up to Jesus’ death. We will learn about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.
Phonics – Phonics will continue to take place every morning. A new term means a reshuffle of phonics groupings again to ensure that the children are in the suitable group to continue their learning. The children will bring home either a Read Write Inc ‘ditty sheet’ or a ‘book bag 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 diaries.
Maths - In daily Maths Fluency sessions we will begin to identify when two sets are equal or unequal and connect two equal groups to doubles. We will also learn to connect quantities to numerals. In addition to daily Maths Fluency sessions, we will explore pattern through adult-guided groups and independent classroom challenges. We will remember the story of the Yeti when we find something tricky!
PE - PE will take place on Tuesdays with Miss Barker & Miss Edey and on Thursdays with Coach Harry & Miss Elise. Please ensure that the children wear their PE kits to school on these days. The PE focus for this term is Gymnastics.
School trip - We are very excited to be going to Little Lincoln on Monday 6th March. Little Lincoln is a role-play centre based on well-known places in Lincoln. This will be the perfect way to instil all our learning about the community from last term and this term.
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?