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A story to begin our year together in Owls Class. Just like you Hugless Douglas starts a new school/class Password Reception2020
Welcome to Owls Class
We are looking forward to a fantastic year together!
Welcome to Owls Class and, for those of you who are new to the school, to Woody P! We hope that you are as excited as we are to begin/continue our year together. I am Ms Hayward your Class Teacher, supported by Mrs Taylor your Teaching and Learning Assistant and Miss Knight too. Mr Kubairsingh will come and see you when I am not teaching in the classroom (on a Thursday morning/afternoon). This is your class page and is one place where we aim to celebrate all the wonderful things that we have been experiencing, exploring and achieving together with your family and friends. We hope that they will check in once in a while here and that you will be able to share with them some of the 'magic' that happens in Owls Class Your families will also find links to some useful websites and documents that they may wish to use to support you at home now and later in our year together. There is also a small story section where I have added some story videos for your use if you so wish. They definitely do not replace sharing a 'real' book on the sofa or a comfy bean bag but I hope that you enjoy them if you do choose to make use of them.
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Summer Term : Term 6
Welcome back to Term 6 Owls ... our final term together! This it the term where we work hard to bring together all your hard work and celebrate all your achievements.
As with every term before this one we have no doubt that it will be full of challenges for you to master, some as an individual, others as a team. Their is no excuse ... by now you know that you will be expected to attempt to do things for yourself, growing in independence as each term passes and your year progresses. We are enjoying watching you develop and grow as individuals to date and are looking forward to watching how you master new skills and continue to enhance your existing ones over the coming term. There is nothing that you cannot do ... you simply cannot do it 'yet'! We will be on hand to support and encourage you to 'do your best' and 'keep on trying'.
Together this term we will continue to explore what our school rules Be Ready, Be Respectful and Be Safe look and feel like and how this translates into life in our classroom. What does being a fantastic Owl look like? I think you could all tell us what you think!! How should we be with the people around us? How should we use the resources on offer in our learning environment and how can we look after them and keep our learning spaces clean, tidy and safe for ourselves and others?
Last term was packed full of interesting and exciting things for us to explore together. We shared the story of 'Jack and the Jelly Beanstalk' by Rachael Mortimer and Liz Pichon, working together to 'collect' words and write our own sentences connected to the story. We are becoming great 'word collectors' and have shown how we can apply them correctly in different contexts. Having set up a 'bean experiment' we wait to see which conditions are the best to grow a bean ... on the windowsill, outside, on Ms H's desk, in the cupboard or in the fridge?! Who knows?! Elsewhere we grew our own cress and made egg and cress sandwiches inspired by some of our work in phonics.
Our PSHE theme this term 'Changing Me' ... we will be talking about how things 'change' ... how have we changed since we were babies ... the change from Reception to Year One ... as well as how plants and animals change over time too. A special delivery of 'wriggly things' during our first week back will support us in this.
It is unlikely that the Platinum Jubilee celebrations will have passed you by and you may even of been part of some of your own during the holiday weekend too. We will start the term exploring the past and present via some 'jubilee explorations' of our own using books and other resources to spur us on in our learning. The children expressed an interest in planning their own party so it is highly likely that this is what we will be doing. June is also the month that The Wildlife Trusts encourage us all to 'go wild' so we will be doing some of that too no doubt! Watch this space!
Sharing stories and singing songs together will continue to play an important part in your learning and there will continue to be plenty of opportunities for you to make and build things, draw and paint pictures, perform shows, run, climb and balance, 'get messy' ... and just be you!
As always we are prepared to 'ditch the plan' in favour of an idea from anyone of you or a group of you that has the potential to take us on an exciting journey or two!
Are you ready Owls? Let's go and see where our journey takes us!
A little reminder for the grown-ups!
Punctuality & Arrival & Departure - Please remember that children are expected to arrive at school promptly. Our day begins 8.40am and ends at 3.15pm. You are welcome to come into the classroom at the beginning of the day and help settle your child. This will be the case until the October mid term break.
Water Bottles - Learning is thirsty work! To make sure all children are kept hydrated and ready to learn, your child must have a named water bottle to bring into class. Facilities are available to refill bottles in the classroom during the day. Please only fill your child's bottle with water. Thank you. Children are also entitled to a drink of milk up to and including their 5th birthday. There is the option to purchase milk after your child turns 5 should you wish to (See Autumn Newsletter for further information).
Afternoon Snack - Learning can be hungry work too! Please provide a healthy snack of fruit or raw vegetables for your child in a clearly named box or bag. Your child will be provided with a snack during the morning.
Welly Wednesday - Your child has free access throughout the week to the outdoor learning environment during the school day. On Wednesdays we take this further still, taking our learning completely outside whatever the weather. With this in mind we ask that your child has a pair of named welly boots in school or an alternative pair of shoes. Things can and do get messy!!
PE Kits - Your child will be expected to attend school in their PE kits on their allotted day and stay in their kit all day. Our planned PE slot is Thursday morning/afternoon. We will be taking our lessons inside and outside so please ensure that the children are dressed for the cold and wet weather with sensible footwear. Thank you.
Class Fund - Each term we ask for a small contribution of £2. This enables us to purchase additional resources to support your child's learning, an example of which might be baking ingredients, specific arts and crafts materials or during the summer term, caterpillars in order to observe the life cycle at close quarters. Thank you in advance for your support. Please make your payment either via your online sQuid account under 'school fund donations' or place the cash in a named envelope and pass to a member of the class team. Some families choose to pay termly whilst others pay for the whole year (£12). We are incredibly grateful to those of you who contribute in this way it is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Within the next section you will find documents and links that will support you in your development and learning during your time in Owls Class.
Within the next section you will find our 'celebration' of all the things that make Owls Class the 'magical' place it is It is split into each term ... there will be photos, videos, examples of 'work', links to stories we have shared and lots more besides!
Please take a look and share our 'magical moments' with your children.