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Owl – Reception/Y1

Curriculum Newsletter for Owl Class

Autumn Term 1 2018


Our Topic- There is no place like home.


Within our whole school topic, children in Owl Class will be looking at the sub topic ‘Ourselves’ through Art, Science, Literacy and Geography. The children will be colour mixing to create handprints for our ‘We are all Unique’ display, as well as exploring materials to create self-portraits. In Science, the children will be introduced to our sensory boxes and they will be learning about which part of the body is linked to the different senses. In Geography, the children will be learning about our local area and the school environment.


Ways to support your child’s learning within this topic:

  • Explore and discuss the local area.
  • Go on a senses walk together.
  • Use paint to mix colours. We would love to see some of the pictures that you paint!


Our Literacy Focus


We will have a non-fiction focus where the children will be writing facts about themselves. After that, we will be introducing the children to the wonderful world of ‘Funnybones’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. They will have an opportunity to write their own version of the story. In our Year 1 grammar lessons, we are looking for the children to use full stops, capital letters and finger spaces in their writing. We will also be teaching the children what a noun is and the spelling rules associated to plural nouns. The children in reception will be given lots of opportunities to work on their fine motor skills and games to help them with reading tricky words.


Ways to support your child’s learning within this topic:

  • Create opportunities for your child to write and encourage them to form their letters correctly.
  • Practise spellings together (see separate letter).
  • Read with/to your child regularly.

Our Numeracy Focus


We are extremely excited to be introducing the Year 1 children to our brand new scheme of work ‘Power Maths.’ We will spend some time introducing the children to the characters that will guide them through their Mathematical thinking. After that, the children will be developing their understanding of place value; particularly focusing on understanding numbers to 10 and finding one more or one less of a given number. Reception children will be spending time with Miss Read completing mathematical activities. The children in Reception will have an opportunity during this time to access the continuous provision in Robin Class.


Ways to help your child:

  • Find one more or one less of a given number within 10. This can be done practically with items in the house or outdoors.
  • Encourage counting at home with your child writing the amount they counted.

Additional Information for the half-term.


Forest School.


We love Forest School! This will happen fortnightly on Monday afternoons and will start on Week 2 of the term (10th September 2018).


Please ensure your child has named forest school clothes, which includes clothes appropriate to the weather forecast. This may include a waterproof coat, puddle suit/all in one and wellington boots. We will go out in all weathers. To save time on changing, the clothes are to go over school uniform and will probably get dirty! The children very much enjoy these sessions, but not having the appropriate clothing will hinder their participation, so please ensure they have kit in school.


Do you have any spare waterproof puddle suits/all in ones that may fit another child? We would love to receive them so that all can participate!



We will split P.E lessons between year groups. Mrs Horwood will lead P.E for Year 1 children on Tuesdays and Mrs Harpin will lead P.E for Reception children on Thursdays. The whole class will have P.E with Mrs Pleasant on Wednesdays. Please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school on the appropriate days.


Indoor shoes

Please ensure your child has inside shoes to wear in the classroom; these need to be daps and not slippers this year. (If they already have slippers this is okay until the end of the term.)


Open Afternoons


Open Afternoons will be on alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is when you are able to come into class to collect your child, view their classroom and look through a selection of their work from that week. The dates for these are as follows:

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Thursday 20th September 2018

Tuesday 25th September 2018

Thursday 4th October 2018

Tuesday 9th October 2018

Thursday 18th October 2018

Tuesday 23rd October 2018


We are very excited to welcome your child into our class. If you have any enquiries we encourage you to talk to us. We have more time after school and you can ask Mrs Lockyer in the office for an appointment if you would like a longer discussion with us.

Thank you

Mrs Horwood and Mrs Harpin