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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Little Owls Reception


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, Mrs Stephenson & Mr Coy



 Term Two 


Our Church School Values 



Our value this term is RESPECT 


We will learn about respect through stories, role play and through discussions in our Class Worship and Talking Time sessions. We will explore what respect is and share ideas about how to be respectful, 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 its getting colder. It is Autumn! We will be observing the seasonal changes and comparing these with the other seasons that we know. We will immerse ourselves in nature, looking at natural objects, and go on an Autumn colours scavenger hunt in the ‘forest.’ Over these two weeks we will also learn about a range of Autumn 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 development and education. We will focus on 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, recreating these using junk modelling materials and making maps of where we live. We will look at homes around the world and learn that not everybody's home looks the same. We will learn the names of different types of homes, including apartments, bungalows, caravans and many more!  


Week 6 & 7: Christmas 

There will be lots of festive cheer in Little Owls during week 6 and 7! 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 postbox to post them to him. We will take part in lots of Christmas craft activities, including make 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 either Miss Edey, Miss Barker or Mrs Andrew 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’. 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 the Sports Coach. Please ensure that the children wear their PE kits to school on these days. The PE focus for this term is Spatial Awareness and Attacking and Defending.  


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!