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Barn Owls' Intended Learning week 10/5/21

Class R Barnowls
For week beginning: 10th May 2021

So lovely to catch up with you all for the Parent Consultations last week, great to be able to share what your lovelies have been up to! Thank you again for your time and lovely, kind words.

You have had/will have a letter detailing Mrs Gray's fundraising sponsored danceathon to support the PTFA, this will be held next Monday (17th) when the children may wear home clothes to add some extra sparkle to the occasion.

This week in short..., PE /Hotshotz Tennis Friday, book bags back by Wednesday, judo with James Friday. Have a good week!!


Literacy, language and communication.

Monster Phonics this week revisits the Gingerbread Man fairy tale.Drawing a story map was very popular, this week we will try sticking the pictures in the correct order to take home so that we can tell you the story, using story book language. Cherries and Mangoes are practising writing sentences but remembering to use finger spaces so that reading it back is easier. We will be practising our sounds, here is the link if you need a refresher Also revisiting high frequency flashcards, again here is the link if you need it Miss Ayers will be teaching some phonics groups and is helping the children to write a sentence about the story. Everyone loved making jam sandwiches on Friday, it turns out that we are good at reading instructions, especially with a yummy treat to make. We will also look at The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle in preparation for the arrival of our own very hungry caterpillars...

Reading book folders to be back Tuesday/Wedneday to come home on Thursday. Please do listen to your reader frequently, the children really do benefit from frequent rereading. Not only does it build up their sight vocabulary of known words but helps to fix them in their brain to improve writing skills too. We are really building up the children's have a go mindset in literacy this term and practice makes possibility!

Understanding of the world

Our project this term is 'Grow, Wriggle and jiggle.' We are learning about lifecycles and growing lots of seeds for the garden, our sunflowers arenow shooting up after the warmer weather...Our tadpoles are very wriggly but no legs yet...Caterpillars and duck eggs are on order, we will soon have our own zoo, much wriggling and jiggling... The children are very interested in minibeasts, a lot of activity time is spent hunting for little creatures in the garden. woohoo...We have ordered Painted Lady caterpillars from Insect Lore and look forward to our own little wiggly critters to care for.We are going to plant bean seeds next week so if you haven't sent in a pasta sauce jar yet, please do asap. Thank you!


Our fabulous Star of the Week this week is Sophie Grigson who has worked very hard at both her writing and reading, well done Sophie! We are encouraging the children to really go for it, like Mrs Roberts with her sky dive. Barn Owls mantra has always been 'we're rough and we're tough, we can do lots of stuff' and this is especially true as we beginning to encourage resilience and independence for transition to Year One. Our wellbeing project 'My Happy Mind' is helping us to 'Meet our Brain' and learn resilience and growth mindset. This week we will be learning about all the different jobs our brain can do and learning how happy breathing can help to calm us down.

Expressive arts and design

We are gradually building up our role play resources. If you have any hats/bags/helmets or suitable dressing up clothes, we would be very grateful. We are continuing to make up stories and use our imagination; our core story this week is the Gingerbread Man, we will be retelling the story this week and also using our imagination, taking off on our magic carpet...wheeeee!

Physical development

I am in charge of PE this week, the children will need to come to school with PE kit and trainers this Friday, when we will also have a taster lesson with Hotshotz Tennis.  We will be doing our mile run every day so if you would like your Barn Owl to run in trainers they can be left in school. Our mile run is helping build up stamina (and learning how to all run in the right direction ready for sports day, we are pretty speedy now!) Do make sure they are named though please, ditto wellingtons and school shoes to help with independent changing. 


Power Maths continues to reinforce numbers up to ten. We are learning pairs of numbers eg 4+4=. 5+3= and the number bonds of ten. Number recall is a very important part of our and we spend a lot of time on mental maths, working out these pairs so if you have a moment in the car, it's a good one to practise.