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This week's learning 24 Feb 2020

Class R Barnowls
For week beginning: 23rd February 2020
Welcome back!

I do hope everyone enjoyed the half term break and had a change to recharge batteries. Only 5 weeks to the Easter Break! This is a very short term but full to bursting point... Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday so Barn Owls' pancake chefs will be at the ready, what's your favourite topping? Advance warning that our space-themed assembly will be taking off on Thursday 19th of March at 8.55am, all are very welcome to share in our learning. The highlights this week will be Alien Maths Day on Thursday, do drop in at 3pm to see what the school has been up to all day, aliens too! Friday welcomes a Carribean themed day with a visiting steel band, all children will be involved in workshops which will be awesome. On a housekeeping note, please can everyone ensure that blue bookbags with their plastic wallets and yellow reading record books are in school every day to facilitate book changing and reading groups please? if you need any replacements, do ask! As always, do pop in and see one of the EYFS team if you have any queries (or just fancy a chat...) we'll do our best to help.

We have four pupils in school who have a nut allergy, two serious enough to need an Epi-pen. In light of this and because we do not want to put these pupils at risk, we are asking parents to ensure that packed lunches, snacks and treats brought from home do not contain nuts in any form. This includes peanut butter sandwiches, cereal bars containing nuts, cakes or snack packs with nuts. Any queries, please speak to the school office. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Attendance... the class has not yet won the attendance star, achieved by being the class with the best attendance. Please can we all make an effort next week to gain it? We understand there are times when coming to school is just not possible, but we'd love to have that star on our door!!

Literacy, Language and Communication

Our topic this term is 'Castles, Knights and Princesses' lots of castle themed storytimes are planned, do send in any favourites form your own bookshelves or the library, we looove new stories! The 'office' has seen lots of storywriting action, everyone is enjoying writing stories for us to read aloud, do send in any writing from home too! New and improved reading scheme resources means that lots of Monster Phonics reading books will now be coming home in book bags, please do read and reread as many times to encourage our readers to pick up a sight vocabulary of known words. The Monster Phonics books have a line of big words for the children to read on each page with several lines of story for the parent/carer to read underneath to enhance the shared experience. Any questions about these new texts, do please drop in.


We continue to enjoy using our Power Maths scheme. The learning will be based around 2d shapes this week to consolidate the learning objectives fro Alien Space Maths day on Thursday. You can help support this at home by revisiting the names of shapes eg oblong, square etc and counting sides, corners, spotting shapes in the environment. We are also continuing to add numbers up to 10 using our fingers, objects, toys etc to reinforce number facts if you have some time to enjoys maths together.

Physical Development

Physical development will continue with Mrs Mileham this Thursday so may we have PE kits in asap please, also trainers if your child likes to have them at school for the mile run etc. The theme will be 'hockey and ball skills' hopefully we will be able to utilise the hard surface outside as the weather improves... Fine motor skills activities have really improved our hand eye co ordination and most children now have a correct pencil grip and are able to use scissors efficiently. We will continue to use bean bags and small balls to encourage grip and tracking skills, you can support this at home by throwing and catching games or bat and ball activities indoors or out!

Creative Development

Our art and DT are based around castles and storytelling this term. Junk modelling activities will be castle themed, with working drawbridges and opening doors...lots of junk modelling resources needed please. Also any helmets, princess paraphernalia or general dressing up costumes would be lovely to support our storytelling.