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Branston Church of England Infant Academy

'The Best We Can Be'

Little Owls

 

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) & Miss Edey (Tawny Owls)

Teaching Assistants - Mr Coy & Mrs Hutton

 

 

Term Six

 

Our Church School Values

 

This term our value is Kindness. We will explore Kindness through stories and role play, and through discussions in our Class Worship and Talking Time sessions. We will explore what kindness is and share ideas about how to be kindusing our Class Promises to guide us. We will listen to each other and take time to reflect.

 

What are we learning about?


Week 1: On the Farm

During our first week back, we will listen to many stories, including Farmer Duck, What The Ladybird Heard and The Three Little Pigs. We will learn about life on a farm, finding out about the animals that live there and learning the vocabulary for animals and their young. We will also find out about crops that are grown on a farm and discover where our food comes from. 

 

Week 2: The Lincolnshire Show

This week we will learn about Lincolnshire in preparation for our trip to The Lincolnshire Show. We will look at the flag of Lincolnshire, as well as photographs of local areas from the past and compare these with the present.  We will look at maps of the county and village, and have a go at making our own!


Week 3: The Lincolnshire Show

Week 3 is trip week! Both classes will visit The Lincolnshire Show to take part in the Schools' Challenge competition! We have worked so hard on our minibeast hotel for the Habitat Haven challenge. Wish us luck!


Week 4: Love Yourself Week

As part of Pride Month, this week we will be celebrating our differences as we talk about diversity. We will be talking about what makes us special and unique whilst learning about different families. Our classroom provision will be filled with lots of rainbow loveliness! Our mantra for the week will be ‘all different, all wonderful.’ 


Week 5: Sports Week

Week 5 will be extremely sporty! We will be getting ready for Sports Day and talking about our sporting heroes, including Mo Farah, Marcus Rashford, Emma Raducanu and Tom Daley. 


Week 6: Summer

Week 6 will be a sunny week in Little Owls (we hope!) as we observe the seasonal changes. We will go on a nature walk and make observations, whilst also thinking about how to keep safe in the sun. We will be discussing our favourite summer activities, including having picnics and going to the seaside! 

 

Week 7: Memories Week

Our final week in Little Owls will be full of happy memories! We will reflect on our favourite times as well as what we know now that we didn’t know when we started school. We have learnt so much! 

 

  • Phonics - Phonics takes place every morning and we split into several different groups for this to ensure that the children are appropriately challenged. The children will bring home a reading book which will be changed at least once a week : for some children their book will be linked to their phonics lesson and for others it will be a sound blending book. All children are encouraged to use 'Fred in your head' to read words and learn a range of common exception 'Red' words.

  • Writing - This term we will continue to focus on writing sentences, using a capital letter at the beginning, finger spaces to separate words and full stops to show the end.

  • Maths - In Daily Maths Fluency sessions we will continue to practise subitising arrangements, including doubles patterns. We will continue to learn about the composition of numbers and particularly number bonds to 10. Tens frames and Numberblocks will help us to do this.

  • PE - PE will continue to take place on Tuesdays with Miss Barker & Miss Edey and on Thursdays with the Sports Coaches. The PE focus for this term is Athletics in preparation for Sports Day. 

  • ICT - The children have been loving NumBots. Not only is it fun, but it is helping to embed their maths fluency and computing skills. It would be great if you could encourage the children to log on at home and continue their NumBots story and win stars, badges and trophies.
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