A message from Mrs Carmichael
I can't quite believe I only have one day left with Owlets! We have had an amazing 2 terms together and it has been lovely to see the progress that Owlets have made with their learning. I has also been great to see their confidence grow and friendships form. I will miss all the wonderful children in Owlets (and Little Owls too!) But I know they will have a brilliant summer term with Miss Shore. I am sure that Baby Carmichael and I will be back for a visit some time soon. I hope you and your families a lovely Easter
Our topic has been 'It's an Emergency!' We have been thinking about the different emergency services and how they help us. We now know what an emergency is and how to call 999 if there is an emergency. We have looked at ambulances and had great fun pretending to be ambulance drivers using the bikes. We have learnt about the Police and all of the different jobs that they do. We enjoyed reading the story Cops and Robbers by Alan Allberg and then wrote our own wanted posters to catch a robber. We have practiced our money skills by counting stolen money. Lastly we have learnt about Fire Fighters. We painted amazing observational pictures of a fire engine and had lots of fun working as a team to put out pretend fires on the playground.
This half term our topic is Frozen Planet. We have been thinking about what we have to do when it is cold - we had great fun timing each other to put on a hat, gloves and a scarf. Joseph was very fast, taking just 14 seconds and Alana was second fastest with 27 seconds! We have learnt about how water can freeze and melt. We have been weighing different polar animals using the balance scales and we have enjoyed watching clips of BBC's Frozen Planet. The story we have most enjoyed this half term is Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We have thought about how the penguin might have felt and have written messages from him to the boy. We have also written lots of fantastic penguin facts.
Owlets have been doing some amazing writing this term. We now have 2 writing tables in our classroom that the children enjoying writing at. At the moment the Paw Patrol writing table is very popular and Owlets are writing some brilliant messages to Chase and his friends. We are also getting good at writing labels for the models we make.
This half term we are thinking about Autumn and fireworks. So far we have learnt the story of Guy Fawkes, and looked at the different shapes fireworks make. We have made our own firework pictures and our own firework sounds (which were quite noisy!) When learning about Autumn we have been on a scavengers hunt to collect autumn items, we have made leaf prints and been counting autumn leaves.
Owlets have made a great start to the school year. They have really enjoyed playing with their new friends and they have been doing some super learning too.
You can find information on how we teach phonics and reading here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to come and ask.
Here are some helpful websites for phonics information, videos and games.
www.mrthorne.com/category/phase-2/ – here you will find videos of the first sounds we introduce and their actions
www.phonicsplay.co.uk – you can find lots of helpful information for parents, and games to play
Things to remember
On a Wednesday morning Mrs Alexander teaches in Owlets.
Please make sure that your child has a water bottle and one healthy snack every day.
PE lessons will take place on Wednesday and Thursday. PE kits need to be named and are best kept on your child’s peg in a named bag. Please note that after Easter we will be doing PE outside, in addition to their normal PE kit your child will need plimsolls or trainers and jogging bottoms and a hoody incase it is cold.
Don’t forget, school dinners are free for everybody in Reception, if you prefer, however, you are welcome to send in a packed lunch for your child.
Your child will be offered free milk each day.
Even though we are hoping for some sunshine, please can you ensure you child has a NAMED coat in school every day as we will go outside whatever the weather!
We use an online Learning Journal call Tapestry to communicate between home and school to share achievements and offer a window for you to see what your child has been busy learning at school. You will have received your log in information but if you are unsure what this is then please speak to Christine in the office.