** This week our learning theme is 'Pirate Stories'**

 Welcome to the Owls class (Reception)


Mrs Glass

Mrs Oakley

 Teaching Assistant:

Mr Coverdale

Mrs Britton


Welcome to the Spring Term in Owls class. Our learning theme this half term is 'Pirates'.

This half term our weekly learning themes have been chosen by the children. Each week we will have a focus theme and our group time learning will be based around that theme. 

Week 1 - 19.02.18 - Pirate Stories


Each child has asked a question and we will try to find out the answers over the course of this half term. These questions can be found by using the link below.

This week we will be focussing on pirate stories in response to the children’s interests and questions about pirate islands and treasure. 

Literacy – We will be working on reading words containing our focus Phase 3 sounds words by segmenting and then blending in a game called Buried Treasure. We will write a list of items we think we would need on a desert island and then write a message in a bottle. We will check that we are using finger spaces between words. In phonics we will be introducing the new digraph ‘oa’ and the trigraph ‘igh.’ 

Maths – This week we are practicing counting objects up to 20. We will also be recognising and sequencing numbers up to 20 and saying the number that is 1 more/ less than a given number. 

UW – We will be carrying out an investigation to find out which objects sink and which objects float. 

EAD – We will be making our own pirate treasure chests. 


Next week we would like to make pirate boats. If you have any small, foil pie cases (e.g. from Mr Kipling pies / frozen pies) please send them into school.

            Maths Mastery Question to think and talk about at home....

What do you know about the number 5? Can you find the number around your home? How many different ways can you show 5? How many different ways can you make 5 using addition and subtraction?

      What the children say...

At the start of each term and of a new learning theme, we spend time talking to the children about what they already know, what they would like to find out and any activities they would like to take part in. We then use these ideas to help us with the planning and preparation of activities.

Click here to see the children's comments and questions


                   Literacy and Maths learning this Spring Term

Our themes for Literacy and Maths follow a medium term plan, which details the skills in which we will be focussing on for each half term.

In Literacy this half term we will focus on using our phonic knowledge to write sentences. We will learn about finger spaces and where to use them when writing. We will begin to think about the use of a full stop too. In Phonics we begin Phase 3 digraph sounds and we will use these in our writing. We also continue to place a big emphasis on reading, having one weekly Literacy session based on reading skills as well as Guided Reading and other reading activities.

Each week in Literacy we will have a book which will support our learning for that week, each weekly book links to our overall weekly theme. 

In Mathematics this half term we continue our focus on Number and working on numeral recognition and reasoning with numbers. The skills we shall cover are; subtraction using our fingers and counting backwards, finding one more and one less than a given number and addition using a counting on method.

We will also be introducing a daily 'Magical Maths' whole class session where we will spend 10mins on some quick counting or reasoning activities.

We will also be looking at some elements of Shape, Space and Measures during this half term. We will look at weight, capacity, position and money.

PE Days:

Wednesday (am)          

Friday (am)            

Physical Learning 

This half term in PE we will be focusing on one Games unit and one Dance unit.

We will learn how to use different types of games resources in school such as hoops, quoits and balancing equipment. Our main focus is using these types of equipment with increasing control and skill. In dance we will explore different body movements, first thinking of ideas individually and then building up to making up small dance sequences in groups and as a class.





RE learning this Spring Term


This term our RE unit is called Change and Growth.

This half term in RE we will be focussing on talking about changing and growing in terms of the natural world and ourselves. We will look at how the environment changes through different seasons and learn about how plants grow. We will also look at how animals change as they grow and identify baby animals by name. 

Towards the end of the half term we will learn about Chinese New Year celebrations and how some people celebrate this.


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