Superhero Day! πŸ¦ΈπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ¦ΈπŸ½β€β™‚οΈ

This term the Owls have been reading the story “Superworm” by Julia Donaldson, they have then made up their own superheroes and created little adventure stories based on their characters!

There were a range of characters from Catman to Super-Ostrich and all of the Owls used their imagination to think about the types of adventures their superheroes would go on, some of these adventures ended happily ever after, but not all of them did!

For the last day of term, the Owls had a superhero day and it was fantastic to see the children dressed up as some of their own superheroes! The Owls even showed off their superhero skills, look at them fly!

Spring Walk 🌸🌼

Before the end of the Spring Term, the Owls went for a Spring Walk to try and find some signs of Spring! We found buds on the trees, seedlings sprouting out of the ground, some beautiful daffodils and blossom too!

We had a fantastic time and enjoyed becoming spring hunters!

Welcome Back & Forest School!

It was so lovely to have the Owls back in school today! They had a lovely day and enjoyed spending lots of time playing with their friends in the play garden as well as during forest school!

At forest school, the Owls had the chance to explore the area again and they were even lucky enough to cook some jam on toast! A fantastic day had by all! 🌟

Wind Chimes 🎡

This week the Owls have been making a weather chart! We have been checking to see what the weather is like each day and today we decided to make some wind chimes! Have a look at the wind chimes that the children in school and at home have been making, they are all incredibly unique and fantastic!

Help Us Find Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh! πŸ„

This week the Owls have been looking at the story “What the Ladybird Heard” by Julia Donaldson, however on Friday we found out that Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len had escaped from prison and were off to try and steal the fine prize cow again!!

The Owls have been working incredibly hard to create their own wanted posters to track down Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len and we think it is important that you see our posters so that you know if you spot these criminals!

Toy Shops! 🧸

This week the Owls have had a challenge to create their own toy shops! Through this they have worked on their communication and language skills through explaining the products and working with one another to create the shop! They have also been working on their maths skills, through writing price tags, paying for items and some children have even been working out the change to give!

Have a look at these impressive shops and choose which shop you’d like to go to! 🌟

Forest School 🌳

The Owls have been absolutely loving Forest School! They have had a great time exploring their outdoor environment, learning about their surroundings as well as chilling out on the hammocks!

Mr Meadows has even shown the Owls how to cook popcorn on the fire as well as toasting toffee apples!

Some of our cheeky dinosaurs have also been hiding out at forest school and we have had a lot of fun searching the woods for them!

The Missing Dinosaur!

Finally the Owls met their missing dinosaur when it tried to climb through the classroom roof! Luckily it hasn’t yet managed to enter the classroom properly, but the Owls loved finding him and trying to figure out how to help him get through!

Throughout the week, the Owls also had a lot of exciting activities to explore! During circle time, we discussed all about fossils; they found out all about how they are made as well as the types of fossils which can be found. They then explored fossils using salt dough and they all tried to create their own fossils using imprints of different areas of the dinosaurs bodies. Later in the week, the Owls also had to work out how to free dinosaurs which were trapped in ice! They discuss solids and liquids and worked out different methods of freeing the dinosaurs including cracking and melting. I wonder which the quickest method was?

Reading & Maths Passports πŸ“šπŸ”’

Reading

As we are all settled into the new term, I would just like to say how impressed I have been with the Owls reading. So many children are reading at home and loving it! They have enjoyed sharing their reading with the teachers in Owls and they have been working incredibly hard with their blending and segmenting! I am so proud of them all!

If you are not reading regularly with your child at home, I just want to stress how much of an impact it can make on your child’s reading! In addition to this, they are all so proud of themselves and look forward to being able to share their reading with you at home.

We are still reading with the children every Tuesday and Friday so please can you ensure your child brings both their reading book and purple reading log in with them on these days!

Well done Owls again for fantastic reading!

Spelling Shed

Your child has also been set up with a Spelling Shed account for use in school. This is a mobile app which can be downloaded onto any smart phone or tablet. This app allows children to practice their phonics blending and segmenting. They can practice writing CVC words and working out which order the sounds go. For the Year One’s the app can focus in on particular word endings and groups of words to focus on spelling techniques. If you would like any more information about this app, please feel free to email me.

Maths Passports

At Gastrells, in order to assess your child’s progression in mathematics we use maths passports. These passports follow your child up the school and they slowly build on their skills as they go.

I will share your child’s current target on Tapestry. Most of their targets can be practiced through practical applications whether this is through play or another method, I would really appreciate any practicing you can do with your child at home.

Thank you again for all your support!

Miss Woolls 🌟