OWLS TOP NEWS:
13 January 2020
A Mystery Egg has been found by Owls Class.
Having come back from a lovely Christmas break, the children in Owls Class were delighted to have a surprise waiting for them! The children were informed that our care-taker had seen something interesting in the adventure playground and had asked that we investigate. The children put their coats on and walked out to see what was there, only to find a magical, silver egg laying on the grass.
The children decided that they would like to move the mystery egg into our classroom where we could take care of it, until it hatches. The children built the egg a nest using blankets and soft material to ensure the egg was kept warm, and could grow. We have had lots of discussion about what could have been inside!
A few days later....The egg began to hatch! The children enjoyed looking through the crack to see what they could see, and many children became excited at the prospect it could be real.
IT WAS A DINOSAUR!!
Now it is our job to find out what type of dinosaur it could be?! (It's a good job we have lots of good investigators in owl's class!)
Welcome to Owls Foundation Stage Unit
We are fortunate to offer a rich play-based curriculum here in Owls class for children from Rising 2's to 6, which provides opportunities for children to learn and develop together as a whole class, as well as though smaller, targeted groups.
At Buckland Brewer we are luckily to adopt a holistic approach to learning, where through a connected curriculum the children are able to make links between subjects and areas of learning. Topics are chosen to allow the children to really immerse themselves in learning, and these topics are chosen to allow Y1 and Reception to both be immersed in the learning environment together.
Before lunch daily, all of the children in Owl's come together as a whole class group to share a story together (Story-time), and also share their own stories through "Helicopter stories". For this, the children will tell their own story to an adult, who will then scribe for them. The story is then read at this special time, to be shared with their friends, and acted out. Not only does this provide opportunities for adults to support children with their speaking and listening, but it also encourages the children to write and make marks, as they are inspired to story-write for themselves.
Meet the staff
Within our Foundation Unit, We have Miss Bethany Piper (Early Years Teacher), who is supported by 2 highly experienced early years practitioners, Mrs Andrea Powe, and Mrs Jo Birch.
On a Thursday, We also have Mrs Brenda Adams who covers in the afternoon, who is also a HLTA throughout the school.
On Friday's, we are also very lucky to have the opportunity to engage in sporting activities with a sports coach, Lily Nicholls.
In Owls class, we believe that play is not "Just play", but is rather a child's way of working. Therefore, play is at the heart of what we do within our preschool, where we follow the children's interests and take their learning to them through in the moment planning.
Children in Nursery will have opportunities to share stories in their small group, play ring games, and sing nursery rhymes, as part of their short maths and phonics sessions included throughout the day.
In their Reception year, the children are lucky to have access to a shared continuous provision (Learning environment) with Y1 and Nursery, which allows the children to learn through play-based activity and exploration. The children in Reception will take part in daily phonics sessions, as well as whole group literacy and maths, as well as targeted group work. The children will learn through a connected curriculum and follow the same topics as Year 1.
In Year 1, we are very lucky in Owls, where the children have the opportunity to access the continuous provision, in addition to their connected curriculum learning. The children in this time will have the chance to choose their own learning, follow challenges, and really consolidate their guided learning.
"The more that you read, the more things that you'll know.
The more that you know the more places you'll go" - Dr Seuss
Here in Owls class, we highly value the importance of reading, particularly at a young age. The enjoyment of reading is something we believe all children should experience, and so we would like to encourage you to read, read, read to your children whenever you can. Not only does this mean that they will develop a love of reading, but we have also found that reading helps to develop children's imagination, and later writing skills as they move through the school.
In addition to reading TO your child, we also ask that parents/carers could spend a few minutes each day listening to their child read at home. We don't ask that this is lengthy or be the whole book, but just one or two pages a day, to help the child build fluency.
Read 3 times for an effort stamp, round of applause from the class,
and recognition on the wonderful readers poster found on Owls classroom notices window.
In our class, the children who manage to read 3 times in one week, will receive an effort stamp for their fantastic effort :)
In addition to their reading books, the children have access to our own class library, where they are able to take a book of choice home in their book bag. The books are available to change at all times, and the children are confident to change these independently.
* ALL children in Owls will have the chance to have a library book, and younger children (Nursery and Reception) will have support and reminders to change them with an adult.
In year one we have just began sending regular spellings home to the children, for them to practise at home. The spellings will be sent home in the form of a picture, consisting of 5/6 words which are Common exception words. This means that the children cannot sound them out, but rather just need to learn them from sight and memory.
The children are asked to practise writing the words at home, (We have suggested that they say each letter as they write the word "t..o..spells to") and each week on a Friday Miss Piper will do a spelling quiz. As the children learn to spell the words correctly, they will be able to colour the words they got correct (In school). Once most of the words on the picture are coloured, the child will then begin learning the next picture (Set).
What are we learning about in Owls class?
Over the Autumn term we have been looking at the Topics, "Magical me" and "Little people big dreams". Through these topics we have been exploring what it means to be individuals, and have looked at what we may want to achieve in the future. Through the Little people big dreams topic, we have been looking closely at the life of Amelia Earhart, who has inspired our children to "Think big".
More recently, we have had a very cheeky visitor in Owls class, Bells the Elf. He has been up to lots of cheeky antics, and the children have enjoyed talking about and recording what he has been up to.