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Owl Class 2020-2021

Mrs Tesoriere, Mrs Curtis and Mrs Billing would like to welcome you to Owl Class!

We hope you enjoy following all the friendships we make and the fun and learning we will experience over the year.

Reminders:  PE will be on  Wednesdays and  Fridays  

 

Buddy Time Art Work

We worked with our buddies to create animals using autumnal leaves

Lanterns 

We have been busy making lanterns for our window display.  We had to draw around templates, cut out shapes, use coloured film and make handles, lots of skills were involved 

Breaking the Rules Day

As a school, we had a fun day where we were allowed to break school rules.  We were allowed to wear the clothes we wanted, have extreme hair styles, wear make-up, paint our nails and we were even given sweets.  This was in place of a Christmas Fair.  It was great fun and Mrs Tesoriere even broke the rules to bring Hamish in to school.  Mrs Tesoriere said she was so very proud of how we treated Hamish; we were kind, gentle and very welcoming towards him. 

Meeting Hamish, one of us even brought a treat for him- he loved it!

Hamish joining us for a little mindfulness- he was very relaxed!

Hamish helped us with our work and he thought we were very clever.

Hamish joined us for our achievers' assembly

Hamish even joined us for Buddy Time

Hamish has now returned home and is exhausted after his fantastic day of rule breaking with the amazing Owls.

Painted Lamps

Our Diwa lamps have finally dried and so we were able to pint them.  We think they look beautiful.  We hope you do too!

Planting Bulbs 

We worked with our buddies to plant bulbs, it is a whole school project.  It was very hard work and very buddy but our parents have been great about it.  I think we only have another 80 to go!!

Diwali 

We have been learning all about the traditions of the festival and how people celebrate.  We learnt that Diwali means row of lights and it is the festival of light.  It is based around the story of Rama, Sita and Ravana and how good conquers evil.  We have leant about how Hindis worship the goddess Lakshmi, as she is the goddess of wealth and good fortune.  We learnt that it is a time to celebrate with your family and love ones and to give presents and food to each other.  

Poori

We learnt about different foods that are enjoyed over Diwali and decided we wanted to make some for ourselves to try.  

Mrs Tesoriere measured out the ingredients and we took it in turn to spell the tumeric, coriander, cumin and garam masala

We then chose a spice we wanted and we mixed the ingredients until they formed a dough.

Next we kneaded the dough until it was silky, we then had to leaves it to chill.

When the dough was chilled, we had to seperate it into 4 and roll it into balls without any cracks.

Next, we had to roll the balls flat using a rolling pin

Mrs Tesoriere and Mrs Billing cooked them for us while we were eating lunch.

Finally, we got to eat them. We thought they were delicious!

We even gave a poori to our buddies to wish them a Happy Diwali

We have made little diwa lamps out of clay and when they are dry, we are going to paint them.

We joined in with traditional indian dancing

Fine Motor skills with Play dough Diwas

Autumnal Mobiles 

We have been making mobiles with autumnal objects.  We are hanging them up outside and listening to the sounds they make when they blow in the wind and knock against each other- exploring our sense of hearing.  

Autumn Learning

We have continued to use our senses to explore autumn objects, we have used our sense of sight and have used magnifying glasses to look at them very carefully.  

Conker Printing - We selected conkers and placed them in autumnal coloured paint, we then rolled them across the page

Bonfire Night 

This term we are learning about different festivals, we have already learnt about Harvist Festival and now we are learning about Bonfire Night.  We shared the different ways in which we and our families celebrate bonfire night - hot dogs and fireworks seemed most popular themes.  

Sparklers- we mixed and connected different materials to make attrative sparklers

Music - We explored instruments to make firework noises and worked with our friends to make a piece of music.

Onomatopoeia words- Firework noises are a great way to learn about onomatopeias

Fine Motor Skills Fireworks - We made beautiful firework collages

Bonfires- we made bonfire collages and then some of us took our learning outside and we role played our own bonfires

Our Learning in the First Term.  

Learning about owls has been great fun, we have earnt new vocabulary such as; talons, nocturnal, autumnal, hibernating, alliteration and rhyming.  We have explored lots of books including Owl Babies, A Bit Lost, Lazy Ozzy to name just a few.  We have been completing lots of activities to work on our gross and fine motor skills, engaging with opportunities to practise our 1 to 1 correspondence with counting and identifying numbers and we have been working very hard to learn phase 2 sounds.  Please see below to look at just a few examples of the brilliant learning we have done so far...

Continuous Provision- making toast independently

Continuous Provision- Brushing Leaves

Continuous Provision - Mark making

Continuous Provision- Exploring Autumn Objects

Continuous Provision- Maths

Continuous Provision- Sorting Colours

Continuous Provision- Sharing stories

Hello Yellow 

We have been talking about the importance of looking after ourselves.  We have talked about the importance of eating and drinking healthily, of getting lots of sleep, of doing exercise we enjoy and about understanding our feeling and what makes us happy.  We talked about how as a class we enjoy yoga, and midfulness and that they are good for our bodies and our minds.  We had such a wonderful day today;wearing yellow, telling jokes, thinking about things that make us happy and putting on puppets shows for each other that made us laugh and laugh.  

Cheeky Charlie Chimp joined us in our photo both/ puppet theatre.

We all had such fun!

Harvest Celebrations 

A huge thank you to all our families who sent food in for our Harvest Festival.  The food will be given to our local food bank.  Mrs Tesoriere was so very proud about how generous we are as a class.  

 

Outdoor Classroom

We have been makiing the most of the last of the Autumn sun.  We explored our outddor area in lots of different ways.  We set up a car wash and car mechanics, where we took turns in playing different roles.  We mechanics carrying out repairs, people carrying out MOTs and some people washing cars.  We gained a new repect for people in these jobs, after doing a particulalry good job cleaning a car one of us said, "Cor, this is hard work ... fair play to the people that do this alle day!"

Over the last few days, we  invented some fantastic narratives, including a breakdown on the way to taking our baby to Wokey hole, crashing into the bricks that were left on the road and fearing that it wouldn't pass the MOT, and parking up our motor bikes on the way to motorcross.  

Builders At Work

We then decided to develop our role play and we became builders.  We used our tools to mend repairs on our hose and the climbing frame.  Our supervisor checked that our work was to a very high standard. 

Fun Learning and Friendship 

We have also been texploring three of our school values in our school, through the outside learning environment.  

We have made the most of our new wigwam.

Owl Class Rock Group

Exploring Gross and Fine Motor Skills

Working Together to Build a Train Track

Creating Something of Beauty from a Time of Difficulty 

As a school, we are completing a community project where we all paint something that makes us happy to celebrate the return of our school after the closure of our school.  We have all painted a tile that we be added to everyne elses to create a finished piece.  Mrs Tesoriere asked us to paint something that made us happy... she was astonished at how caefully we concentrated and what we all achieved.  

PE

During PE, we had to listen to and follow instructions.  We explored different ways of moving including walking, running, skipping and jumping.  

Washing our Hands 

Mrs Tesoriere has been talking to us about the importance of washing our hands.  She told us that germs are so little we can't see them with just our eyes and one of us knew we had to use a microscope.  Mrs Tesoriere had some magic green germs that we could see.  After we touched the plate with germs on, we looked at our hands and decided that we needed to wash them to get rid of them before we felt poorly.  We washed them with warm water and soap, making sure we washed between our fingers, around our thumbs on the backs and around the wrists.  

Showing Our Feelings 

We have been talking about our feelings and so that Mrs Tesoriere and Mrs Curtis know how we are feeling we put our photos on our feelings board.  So far, every single person has been on the happy side and our worry monster is very hungry having had no worries to eat.  

Making Friends With Our Classmates 

We sang a song to introduce ourselves to each other and to familiarise ourselves with each other's names.  The song is called 'Good Morning Mrs Chirpy Bird'.  we all sang each other's names and smiled and waved at each other.  

 

New Activities With Our New Owl Classmates 

Some of us already knew each other but some of us didn't.  Mrs Tesoriere said that we are being so kind and friendly to each other we wouldn't know who knew people and who didn't.  

 

Meeting Our Buddies 

Despite the current restrictions we have been able to meet our buddies.  We have had great fun playing with them outside and some of us have even said it was our favourite thing about our first day.  

Looking After Ourselves

We have been talking about different ways to look after ourselves.  One way is to remember hands, face and space and another way is to keep cal and healthy.  We have been practising yoga based on the story of Squish the Fish.  so far, we have surfed on the sea, visited a ship wreck and met a mermaid.  Look at the amazing shapes we can make with our bodies.  

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