Little Owl Class

Welcome to Little Owl Class
 
We are a Reception class.  We are taught by Miss Allison and supported by Mrs Willcocks.
 
Miss Allison

Class Teacher

Mrs Paula Willcocks

Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Supervisor

Summer Term
This term our topic is 'Changing and Growing - Isn't It Amazing?'
 
This topic focuses on Understanding the World.  (All areas of learning are interwoven throughout the topic.)
In the first half term we focus on people and plants and in the second half term we then focus on animals.
Weeks beginning 27th June and 4th July 2022

Little Owls have had a busy couple of weeks.  We have been learning about how to stay safe at the beach and understanding what the different flags mean.  We have also been programming the Beebot robots to follow a path through a maze - this was great fun.  This week, as well, we have been learning about the work of Barbara Hepworth and using playdough to create our own abstract sculptures.

Weeks beginning 13th and 20th June 2022
 This has been a very 'egg-citing' couple of weeks for Little Owl Class.  We took delivery of 7 duck eggs last Monday and have safely hatched 5 ducklings - Dave, Doris, Daisy, Dora and Dennis.  The children have loved having the opportunity to watch them develop, give them cuddles and see them swim in the paddling pool.
Weeks beginning 23rd May and 6th June 2022
Little Owl Class had great fun on our Jubilee celebration day at the end of last half term.  We made special key rings and crowns before going outside to enjoy our picnic. 
 
This week we have been learning how to use a computer program called 2Go and have also been thinking about how to stay safe and what to do if someone you don't know or unexpected asks you to go with them.
Weeks beginning 9th and 16th May 2022
We have been busy learning about ways to keep healthy, finding out what plants need to grow and creating art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy using natural objects.  We also completed one of our Natwest Moneysense lessons on needs and wants.  We thought about the difference between needs and wants and then sorted some pictures.
 
We have also had an amazing science week we have had in Little Owl Class.  We started off testing materials to see which would keep Humpty Dumpty safe when he fell off the wall and then tested the same materials to see if they would keep Incy Wincy Spider dry from all the rain.  We then tested whether we could move materials by blowing on them like the Big Bad Wolf.  Then on Thursday we had our class trip to the Eden Project where we used all our senses to explore the biomes.
Weeks beginning 25th April and 2nd May 2022
 
Little Owls have been very busy over the last couple of weeks.  As part of our growing and changing topic, we have been planting sunflower seeds and also conducted a taste experiment.

The sweet white chocolate went down a treat, whilst the sour lemon got a mixed response. No-one was very keen on the bitter 90% dark chocolate though!

Spring Term
This term our topic is 'Would you rather?'
 
This topic focuses on Understanding the World.  (All areas of learning are interwoven throughout the topic.)
In the first half term we explore the changing seasons and look at similarities and differences between things now and in the past - such as clothes, houses, vehicles and toys.
In the second half term we then focus on similarities and differences between places.
Week beginning 4th April 2022

This week we have been exploring space as our final environment.  

We also had a visit from author, Naomi Jones, who wrote 'The Perfect Fit'.  She read her book to us and then we created our own shape characters.

Weeks beginning 21st and 28th March 2022

Little Owl Class have had another couple of busy weeks.  We have continued exploring different environments, focusing on the rainforest and under the sea.  In PE we have started our gymnastics unit where we have been looking at moving in high and low ways, and making high and low shapes.  We looked at some art work by Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky and tried using shapes to create art in their style.  We have also been making some bird feeders using apples and sunflower seeds.  We have hung them around the garden area and hope that the birds enjoy them.

Weeks beginning 7th and 14th March 2022

Little Owl Class have been looking at different environments, starting with polar regions and deserts.  We enjoyed looking at some information books with a partner and talking about what we could see in the pictures.  We have also been using a map of the outside area to hide things for our friends to find and putting an 'x marks the spot' in the right place.

Weeks beginning 14th and 28th February 2022

There has been lots going on in Little Owl Class again.

We having been listening to the story of the Legend of King Arthur.  We created a dance in PE to tell the story and have also been looking at different castles in Cornwall.  Some of us choose to make and draw our own castles in OWL time.

On Pancake Day we practised our cutting skills to make our own silly pancake faces.  Some of us even gave them names.

Thursday 3rd March was World Book Day and everyone looked amazing in their outfits.  Our focus information book for the day was 'Above and Below - Dusk to Dawn' which looked at nocturnal animals in different environments.  We focused on the woods and made our own flip flap books.  We also went on a scavenger hunt to find photos of the animals and write the number by the correct word.  This was great fun.

We have also been learning about St. Piran's Day and made our own St. Piran flags and enjoyed scones with jam and cream for snack.

Weeks beginning 31st January and 7th February 2022
Little Owl Class have been getting creative.  We have been learning how to weave and had a go at mixing our own colours when painting.  We looked at some pictures by Hilda af Klint and created our own pictures in her style.  
We also took part in Safer Internet Day.  We learned about how we can have fun and play online but also how to keep ourselves safe whilst doing so.  We had a go at creating our own avatar, username and password and learned that we shouldn't use a photo of ourselves or our real name when playing games online.  We also learned that we shouldn't share our password with others.

Weeks beginning 17th and 24th January 2022

Little Owls have had a busy couple of weeks.

We have been thinking about seasonal changes and have been focusing on Winter.  The children enjoyed exploring ice and came up with lots of words to describe it such as cold, wet, slippery and slimy.  We also made snowmen in our craft area and had a go at creating our own prints using polystyrene sheets.

We had a visit from Malcolm - our school crossing patrol officer - as part of our learning about 'Our Community'.  He let us try on his uniform - it was great fun.

We have also been looking at art work by Henri Matisse and have been creating our own cut out collages in his style.

Week beginning 10th January 2022

Little Owl class had a visit from PCSOs Ally and Steve this week as part of their PSHE learning about our community.  They talked to the children about what they do and the children even got to try on some different uniforms - this was great fun!


Autumn Term
This term our topic is 'Who am I'.
 
This topic focuses on Personal, Social and Emotional Development as well as Understanding the World.  (All areas of learning are interwoven throughout the topic.)
In the first half term we explore similarities and differences between ourselves and others focusing on families, friends and homes.
In the second half term we focus on different festivals, including different religious festivals of light.
 
Over the course of the year we have three overarching topics. Within these we then have several mini-themes/topics.   These mini-themes/topics are flexible and can be adapted to allow for the children's interests.
 
Autumn Term
  • Who am I?
    • Starting school/new beginnings
    • Rules and routines
    • All about me, families, homes
    • Feelings and emotions
    • Celebrations, parties
    • Bonfire Night, Remembrance Day
    • Harvest, Diwali, Hannukah
    • Advent, Christmas
    • Seasonal changes – Autumn/Winter
Spring Term
  • Would your rather?
    • Comparing places - polar regions, under the sea, the desert, tropical places, space
    • Now and then
    • St. Piran’s Day
    • Easter
    • Seasonal changes – Winter/Spring
Summer Term
  • Isn't It Amazing?
    • Growing and changing
    • Plants and flowers
    • Human body, senses
    • Keeping fit and healthy
    • Animals and minibeasts
    • Life cycles
    • Recycling, looking after the world
    • Seasonal changes – Spring/Summer