EYFS – Owls Class

Please Note we are an Early Adopter school for the year 2020-2021

Welcome to Owls Class page:

On this page you will be able to find information about the work which our Early Years pupils are undertaking. You will also find information of ways in which you can help and encourage pupils in their learning to enable them to fulfil the school values ‘To Nurture, To Grow and To Flourish’.

To enable you to be fully involved with your child’s learning we hold half termly consultation meetings which provide an opportunity for pupils and parents to meet with the class teacher to discuss progress, celebrate achievements and discuss the next steps. 

Planned Visits / Visitors:

We will be doing an Autumn Walk in the locality which may have to take place in the school grounds – risk assessment dependent.

We will have a visit from Miss Wells and her dog comparing human and animal skeletons.

We are keeping our fingers crossed and expecting a visit from Santa this year! We will be writing to him with our Christmas letters and invitations! 

Our topics this term are as follows:

  • All about me and the People Who are special to me
  • My Environment and the people around us

Autumn Term- Owls Class

  • Mrs S Bevan and Mrs H Young
  • Miss M Wrightson, Mrs A Boud, Mrs k Ford
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Communication & Language
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. This term we will be encouraging all the children to feel confident at speaking with their peers, staff and as part of the class. We will be developing the children’s ability to track the speaker and actively follow what is being said and then offer a response. Our aim is that all the children are working towards using full sentences with clear articulation.
Physical Development
Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness. This term the children will be introduced to a wide range of mark making tools encouraging the correct pencil grip and the development of control. They will also have support to begin to develop their scissor skills and work with playdough. Around half term the children will have the opportunity to take part in Autumn cooking activities using knives to cut up vegetables. Outside, in our gross motor sessions, they will experience using a wide variety of vehicles: Scutter Bugs, trikes of all sizes, scooters, balance bikes and space hoppers. Additionally, the children will all have access to our climbing frame. They will also be encouraged to build and climb on around and under their own creations using the large building equipment in our outside learning area like Types, planks and crates.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others. During our topic work this term the children will be thinking especially about who is special to them and their families. We will be finding out about all sorts of different families as well as our own family trees. We will also be thinking about the things we are good at and goals we would like to set for ourselves. Additionally, we will also be beginning our work on developing our self-regulation by identifying and naming our feelings. Using feelings spinners and chatter to begin every day.
Literacy
The basis of good literacy skills is language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) which starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. For this reason, all of our math’s literacy and topic related teaching is based on good quality children’s books and which child takes home a school bedtime story book weekly. All nursery children take part in daily phase one phonics sessions which are all about tuning in their ears and developing their listening skills so they can begin to develop segmenting and blending skill which are needed as the basis for word reading. Reception pupils this term will begin to cover the phase 2 phonics in which they learn their initial sounds and begin to apply them in whole word reading and writing using their segmenting and blending skills.
Mathematics
Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers, the relationships between them and the shapes and patterns associated with them. This term we will be focusing on numbers to 5 and working on developing the children’s skills in pattern recognition, discrimination and construction. The children will be introduced to the idea of sets, odd one out, grouping items by the identification of properties like colour, shapes and sizes and the use of sorting circles. The development of the associated vocabulary will also be key.
Understanding of The World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around. This term we will be listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will begin to foster the children’s understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. We will also be learning about the religious festivals of Jewish new year, Diwali and Christmas.
Expressive Art and Design
The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. This term the children will be thinking about the artist Archimbaldo after our Harvest festival work thinking about locally grown produce. They will also have the opportunity to in a range of media: mark making equipment like pencils and pens, paints, clay, junk modelling. We also have a range of musical instruments the children will be using to support our phonics work.

Spring Term- Owls Class

  • Mrs S Bevan and Mrs H Young
  • Miss M Wrightson, Mrs A Boud, Mrs k Ford
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
Communication & Language
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. This term we will be to continuing to encourage all the children to feel confident at speaking with their peers, staff and as part of the class. We will be continuing to develop the children’s ability to track the speaker and actively follow what is being said and then offer a response. Our aim is that all the children are working towards using full sentences with clear articulation. We will also be learning some performance poetry this term and after half term will be using the book: Each Peach Pear Plum.
Physical Development

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness. This term the children will continue to use a wide range of mark making tools encouraging the correct pencil grip and the development of control. They will also have support to begin to develop their scissor skills and work with playdough in our playdough kitchen role play area.

As the term goes by there will be a variety of opportunities to use their motor skills for cooking. We will be making shortbread and gingerbread biscuits and practicing using chop sticks for our Chinese New year Feast.
Outside, our gross motor sessions will continue, the children will experience using a wide variety of vehicles: Scutter Bugs, trikes of all sizes, scooters, balance bikes and space hoppers. Additionally, the children will all have access to our climbing frame. While riding on vehicles will be encouraged to create and develop their own obstacle courses and road layouts and record these as maps using their mark making skills
They will also continue to be encouraged to build and climb on around and under their own creations using the large building equipment in our outside learning area like Types, planks and crates.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.
During our topic work this term the children will be thinking about people who help them both in their families and their locality. We will also be learning to name all the parts of the body using the correct terminology and recognize the difference between girls and boys using the male and female dolls we have and the children already play with in the role play home corner.
Additionally, we will also be continuing our work on developing our self-regulation by identifying and naming our feelings. Using feelings spinners and chatter to begin every day.
Literacy
The basis of good literacy skills is language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) which starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. For this reason, all of our math’s literacy and topic related teaching is based on good quality children’s books and which child takes home a school bedtime story book weekly.
All nursery children take part in daily phase one phonics sessions which are all about tuning in their ears and developing their listening skills so they can begin to develop segmenting and blending skill which are needed as the basis for word reading.
Reception pupils this term will continue to work on their phonics learning their initial sounds and begin to apply them in whole word reading and writing using their segmenting, blending and phoneme manipulation skills. Reception children will begin taking home reading books with words during this term. Handwriting of the correct letter formation will continue to take place within the phonics sessions.
Mathematics
Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers, the relationships between them and the shapes and patterns associated with them. This term we will be focusing on consolidating numbers to 5 and extending this to 10 and working on developing the children’s skills in pattern recognition, discrimination and construction. The children will be introduced to the idea of sets, odd one out, grouping items by the identification of properties like colour, shapes and sizes and the use of sorting circles. The development of the associated vocabulary will also be key.
Reception pupils will also be consolidating writing their number digits and using formal methods for recording addition and subtraction calculations. They will continue to solve a range problems involving number and use manipulatives and the interactive white board within their learning.
Understanding of The World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around. This term we will be listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will begin to foster the children’s understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. We will also be learning about the festivals of Burns Night, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras and thinking about the Christian time of Lent leading up to Easter.
Expressive Art and Design
The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.
This term the children will have a wide range of creative projects to get involved in. We will begin the new year making and decorating crowns to help celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. We will also be working on developing our sketching and pencil skills using proper sketching pencils to create a range of lines and tones. The children will then have the opportunity to sketch some still life projects. Additionally, the children will take part in some weaving for Burns Night and look at Tartan patterns. We will also be setting a range of optional ‘Pick and Mix’ Home Learning activities to help support the children’s development and enjoyment in the areas of art and design.
We have planned a week of focus activities all around the story and music of Peter and the Wolf. This will take place after half term and we will be listening to Prokofiev’s music and watching the Royal Ballets Junior production of the story too. The children will then have the opportunity to retell the story themselves afterwards. We are hoping to link up with Cambridgeshire music to learn about the orchestral instruments – keep your fingers crossed!
They will also have the opportunity to in a range of media in continuous provision: mark making equipment like pencils and pens, paints, clay, junk modelling. We also have a range of musical instruments the children will be using to support our phonics work .

Summer Term- Owls Class

  • Mrs S Bevan and Mrs H Young
  • Miss M Wrightson, Mrs A Boud, Mrs k Ford
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
  • n/a
Communication & Language
The development of children’s spoken language underpins all seven areas of learning and development. Children’s back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development. This term we will be continuing to encourage all the children to feel confident at speaking with their peers, staff and as part of the class. We will be continuing to develop the children’s ability to track the speaker and actively follow what is being said and then offer a response. Our aim is that all the children are working towards using full sentences with clear articulation. We will also be learning some performance poetry this term and after half term will be using the book: Each Peach Pear Plum
Physical Development

Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness. This term the children will continue to use a wide range of mark making tools encouraging the correct pencil grip and the development of control. They will also have support to begin to develop their scissor skills and work with playdough in our playdough kitchen role play area.

As the term goes by there will be a variety of opportunities to use their motor skills for their art work.
Outside, our gross motor sessions will continue, the children will experience using a wide variety of vehicles: Scutter Bugs, trikes of all sizes, scooters, balance bikes and space hoppers. Additionally, the children will all have access to our climbing frame. While riding on vehicles will be encouraged to create and develop their own obstacle courses and road layouts and record these as maps using their mark making skills. This will link to our work on Road Safety in May.
We will be introducing more focused traditional sporting skills, such as using a bat and ball, different ways of travelling and moving over and under obstacles.
They will also continue to be encouraged to build and climb on around and under their own creations using the large building equipment in our outside learning area like Types, planks and crates.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
Children’s personal, social and emotional development (PSED) is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives, and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.
During our PSED work, we will have a theme of “What makes us feel safe?” We will discuss staying safe at school and home, who makes us feel safe, how to be safe with medicines, yes/ no touches and how we can keep ourselves safe.
Additionally, we will also be continuing our work on developing our self-regulation by identifying and naming our feelings. Using feelings spinners and chatter to begin every day.
Literacy
The basis of good literacy skills is language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) which starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems and songs together. For this reason, all of our math’s literacy and topic related teaching is based on good quality children’s books and which child takes home a school bedtime story book weekly.
All nursery children take part in daily phase one phonics sessions which are all about tuning in their ears and developing their listening skills so they can begin to develop segmenting and blending skill which are needed as the basis for word reading.
Reception pupils this term will continue to work on their phonics learning their initial sounds and begin to apply them in whole word reading and writing using their segmenting, blending and phoneme manipulation skills. Reception children will begin taking home reading books with words during this term and focused reading games. The children have met and used the majority of the initial sounds, and are not working on building and reading longer words with a more complex structure. They are also developing a vocabulary of Common Exception Words, that cannot be sounded out but are necessary to read simple texts (such as he/ she/ was). Handwriting of the correct letter formation will continue to take place within the phonics sessions. We are going to use Dear Zoo, Rumble in the Jungle, My Bean Diary, Superworm and The Hungry Caterpillar as some of our focused texts this term.
Mathematics
Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers, the relationships between them and the shapes and patterns associated with them. We will be looking at shapes in various situations and the relationships between shapes. We will learn and use their mathematical names. The Nursery children will look at how numbers are written and begin to match numerals to their amounts. They will sort and order objects, and try and find the total of two amounts in a physical context. The Reception children will be focusing on the numbers to 20 and working on developing the children’s skills in pattern recognition, discrimination and construction of these numbers. We will continue working on adding and subtracting. The children will be introduced to the idea of doubling and sharing amounts. The development of the associated vocabulary will also be key. Reception pupils will also be consolidating writing their number digits and using formal methods for recording addition and subtraction calculations. They will continue to solve a range of problems involving number and use manipulatives and the interactive white board within their learning.
Understanding of The World
Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community. The frequency and range of children’s personal experiences increases their knowledge and sense of the world around. This term we will be listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will begin to foster the children’s understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world. We will be learning about Ramadam and Eid Ul Fitr. Our science focus will be on plants for the first half term, and minibeasts and animal life cycles for the second half term. We will be looking at jungle habitats for animals when we return after Easter, and polar habitats after the May half term.
Expressive Art and Design
The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.
We will be developing collage skills through cutting, ripping and layering our work. We will focus on the painting Tiger in a Tropical Storm by Rousseau and some Warhol prints to make our own work on endangered animals. The children will also have the opportunity to in a range of media in continuous provision: mark making equipment like pencils and pens, paints, clay, junk modelling. We also have a range of musical instruments the children will be using to support our phonics work .