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! 🐄

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 📚🔢


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 🌟

Dinosaur Footprint

This morning, we received a letter from Miss Kelly, letting us know that she had seen the missing dinosaur!

The Owls were so excited to go and find the footprint and to see where it was leading to! They were so creative and they all thought of different ways that we could measure the footprint! We used coats, shoes, people and sticks! We measured different parts of the footprint such as how long it is, how wide it is and we also measured the perimeter of the footprint using our shoes!

Lets hope this dinosaur isn’t too scary when we meet it!

Remembrance Day

Today in Owls, we discussed the importance of Remembrance Day!

The Owls were fascinated and very interested to hear all about the soldiers who gave their lives so that we could be free. They were incredibly thoughtful and enjoyed painting poppies to show others that we are thinking of all the soldiers from all across the world. They also decided to create their own paintings and drawings of poppies afterwards! Look at their wonderful artwork below and see if you can see our poppies around the play garden!

Dinosaur Swamp 🦕🦖

Today, the Owls loved getting messy today in the small world Dinosaur Swamp! They came up with lovely stories to play and enjoyed getting the dinosaurs mucky and cleaning them up afterwards! 🦕🦖

In Owls, we have been thinking about where Dinosaurs used to live and what the world looked like when they roamed the earth! We have also been talking about what we can do to look after our world so that less animals become extinct like the Dinosaurs!

*Thank you so much for those of you who brought crackers, breadsticks or cheesy biscuits in for the Owls snack time. We are still in need of crackers for this term and we would really appreciate any donations!*