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Keinton Mandeville

OWls Class 2023-2024

Owls Class Homework 

Weekly homework expectations for Reception;

Read 3x weekly (more is always encouraged) - This is not linked to Golden Time but children will be individually rewarded with house points for their efforts in Reading. 

Reading diaries will be checked daily with house points for reading 3 x being awarded on a Friday.


Our PE day is Friday - the children will need to be wearing their PE kit into school every Friday ready for their morning PE session!

Spring Term 1 - our theme this term is Arctic Adventures. Our termly planner is linked below;


The children will be sent home with their homework sheet, at the beginning of every half term with ideas of projects they could complete to support their learning of the themes we will be covering. Attached below is a copy of the SPRING Term 2 homework sheet just in case; 



This half term we will be focussing on the children all being able segment cvc words for spelling as well as encouraging the children to listen to the sounds they hear in longer words and be able to represent these sounds using the phonemes they have learned. Children will have opportunities to practise forming their letters throughout the day independently as well as during focussed sessions. The children will have lots of opportunities to listen to stories as well as mark make to show their own meanings. 


In our first week we will be exploring time, understanding that our day is made up of different activities which take different amounts of time. We will also explore the days of the week and be able to sequence the days of the week correctly . The rest of the term will be focussed on numbers up to 10, recognising these numbers, be able to write these numbers correctly, be able to recognise them as amounts, subitise them (recognise the amount without having to count using 1:1 correspondence) and find one more and one less.  We will explore using part part whole models to practically compose numbers within 10 to identify the numbers that add together to make numbers to 10. The children will also begin to learn their doubles up to 10 as well as exploring odd and even. 

Understanding the World

Nature Detectives - What is at the bottom of the garden?

We will be exploring mini beasts this half term; our main focus is to allow the children to explore the natural world around them, make observations and draw pictures of mini beasts. We will also look at life cycles in order to support the children`s ability to understand some important processes and changes in the natural world around them. 


We will be exploring data this half term, the children will learn how to sort and categorise data and will be introduced to branching databases and pictograms interactively and practically. 


In our focussed Science sessions this half term we will be exploring mini beasts, we will think about what a mini beast is, where we can find mini beasts, understand life cycles of specific mini beasts, why mini beasts are important and how we can help mini beasts in our environment. 

 Expressive Arts and Design

Our main theme in Art this half term is exploring observational drawing. We will be looking at examples of still life art using objects before making our own compositions which we will photograph and then draw.

We will also be exploring the artwork of Henri Matisse and his abstract piece 'The Snail' and creating our own.

Below are some theme linked Expressive Arts and Design activities that the children will have independent access to in our creative area;

Mini beasts linked -

Build a Bug

Natural resources mini beast 

Egg box caterpillar

Paper plate snail

Clay mini beasts

Painted rock ladybirds


 Physical Development

This half term the children will focus mainly on mark making using large and small movements for their gross motor skills as well as lots of practical activities based around developing their fine motor skills.

In PE the children will be exploring using their bodies through Gymnastics.

 Communication and Language

We will be developing the children`s ability to listen and respond to a variety of stories which are either our literacy focus texts as well as the books we read at various points within the day. We will be doing circle times where we can discuss ourselves and our families, giving the children time to express themselves if they choose as well as learning to listen to others and take turns.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our PSHE focus this half term is Building Relationships: My family and friends. children will learn how we all have different beliefs and celebrations, what characteristics make a good friend, and how we need to listen to one another.

What have we been up to in Owls Class? 

 Nature Detectives

w/b 19th February 

As part of our first week of our new theme Nature Detectives, we put on our wellies, dodged the rain showers and went outside on a mini beast hunt. The children had a great time looking under logs, tyres and in the leaves to see what they could find. Some of the children took photos of what they had found using the iPad. We then went back to the classroom to record what we had found and talked about why we couldn`t find certain mini beasts at this time of year. We are going to repeat our mini beast hunt towards the end of term to see if we can find more types of mini beasts!

We found some particularly large worms and the children were amazed by the size of the tunnels the worms had created!


Super Subitising

w/b 22nd January

This week we have been continuing our Maths focus on subitising - which is where the children are able to identify the number of objects/images shown without counting by recognising patterns. Owls have been working very hard to practise this skill and have been trying lots of practical based activities, both independently and through adult led activities, to practise these skills.

Here are some photos of what we have been doing; 

Autumn Term 2 - Christmas Baking

w/b 11th December

This week we have enjoyed some baking to get ourselves further into the Christmas spirit. The children worked in their groups to mix the ingredients, roll out the dough, cut out a Christmas tree shape and then the best part... decoration! They all listened brilliantly and took turns to have a go at each step. We talked about the ingredients we were using, how to cook safely and why we needed to wash our hands before we baked. Here are some pictures of our baking fun...



Autumn Term 2 - Autumn Scavenger Hunt 

w/b 6th November

This week we headed outside in our coats and wellies, thankfully during a break in the rain, to explore our school grounds for signs of Autumn. The children each had a clipboard and a checklist of Autumnal signs which we were hoping to see. They enjoyed ticking things off their lists and we managed to find most of the items we were looking for. The only thing we were disappointed not to see was a squirrel but with the excitement of making piles of leaves to throw in the air we decided that we had probably scared all the squirrels away!

Autumn Term 2 - Leaf Crowns

As part of our new theme Autumn we made our very own leaf crowns - the children went outside to choose the leaves they liked and stuck them to card to create their crown. They were very pleased with their creations and lots of them were declaring themselves either Leaf Queen or Leaf King!

Amazing Autumn

We started off our new theme by exploring the story Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.

We used leaves collected from the playground to create our own Leaf Men, the children really enjoyed being creative with the leaves and choosing the right colour and size for their Leaf Man! Here are some examples of their artwork below; 

Autumn Term 1 

The children have made a wonderful start to their school journey and have settled in brilliantly to their new setting. We have had lots of opportunities to get to know one another, make new friends and learn collaboratively through their independently led play choices. It has been wonderful to see how the children have played together so well and have enjoyed the resources we have at Keinton. Here are a few pictures of the sorts of activities the children have been involved in since they started school;

Marvellous ME!

As part of our Marvellous Me theme we explored self portraits and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own portraits. The children were especially excited to see them up on our display board!