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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Little Owls


Hello and 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 wonderful 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) & Mr Jackson (Tawny Owls)

Teaching Assistants - Mr Coy & Mrs Hutton




Term Three


Our Church School Values


This term our value focus is Honesty. In Little Owls, we are learning the importance of being honest every day, at school and at home. We are embedding this value by being truthful with each other, with our teachers and with ourselves. We admit when we have made mistakes and work together to overcome them. We take time to reflect and talk about our emotions.‚Äč



What are we learning about?


Week 1: We will be taking part in the RSPB Big School Bird Watch. This involves learning about different British birds and looking out for them around the school grounds. We will be making bird feeders using bird seed, gelatine and our playdough cutters, to encourage the birds to come and visit! In Maths, we will be making tally charts to record which and how many birds we see. What a fun start to the term.


Week 2: Our learning will be based around the wonderful Julia Donaldson story of Stick Man. A range of independent challenges in the classroom provision will provide opportunities for the children to embed their knowledge of seasons and nature. Will the children be able to save Stick Man from the ice? Can we find sticks of different lengths and weights in the Forest area? Can we make our very own Stick Man and then write instructions to share with someone else, so that they can make one the same?


Week 3: Miss Barker's favourite story, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, will be used as our learning focus this week. We will be making maps to show the journey that the family embark on in the search for bears! We will be exploring and making maps of our own familiar journeys too. This week will also involve teddy bear's picnics, hide and seek games as we learn positional language, and looking for bear footprints!


Week 4: We will be joining in with Multicultural Children's Book Day and exploring a range of amazing children's books that celebrate diversity. A range of books that celebrate people's differences are always available in Little Owls, however, this is an opportunity to bring more attention to them. In particular, we will be sharing the story of Handa's Surprise. We will be fruit tasting and voting for our favourite fruits. There will be lots of opportunities for discussion and learning new vocabulary. How is life in Africa different to life in Branston?


Week 5: Chinese New Year takes place this week. This will further our knowledge of celebrations that happen around the world. We will explore the Chinese New Year story and learn about the sneaky rat who wins the race, maybe we will act out this story outside and have a race of our own! Dragon dancing, making and trying traditional Chinese foods, using chop sticks and writing menus; this is just a snippet of what will be happening in Little Owls this week.


Week 6: In the final week of Term Three we will have another brilliant Artventurers workshop. This time, we will explore colour mixing. Don't forget to bring your aprons / old shirts from home again, please! We will be celebrating our differences and talking about what makes us unique as we share the story of Elmer. Our classroom provision will provide opportunities for making patterns and making Elmer Day cards for our loved ones. We will write positive messages to hang in the classroom.


We can't wait to jump into a range of books to support our learning and lose ourselves in the magic that amazing books create.



  • Phonics - Takes place every morning and we split into 4 different groups for this. Some groups are learning and embedding Set 1 sounds and other groups are now learning 'special friends' and Set 2 sounds. All groups are focusing on using Fred Talk to blend words.

  • Writing - Our fine motor skills are developing and we are seeing an improvement in our pencil grip. We are trying hard to form letters, using the Phonics phrases to help us. This term we will be trying to write in sentences, introducing fingers spaces to separate words and full stops to show the end.

  • PE - Will continue to take place on Tuesdays with Miss Barker & Mr Jackson and on Thursdays with Coach Smith & Coach Thomas. The focus for Term Three is ball skills. We will be using a range of PE equipment for the first time, for example, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, footballs and rugby balls. Please remember to wear your PE kit on these days.