Welcome to Reception

Little Owl Class
Welcome to Reception's class page!
Our teacher is Miss Webb.
Mr Gatrell is our joint teaching assistant.
Spring Term 1
Our topic for the first half of Spring term is 'Traditional Tales'. Each week we will be reading and learning about a different traditional tale. We will do lots of exciting activities surrounding this tale that cover each area of learning and development in the EYFS curriculum. 
Here at Bury we follow the Sounds Write phonics programme. We teach 30 minute daily sessions and the children will bring home a phonics reading book for them to read to you. 
In Literacy, we will be focusing on 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' as our key text this half term. We will share our own ideas about the book and use props and role play to help us. We will then write some simple descriptive sentences. 
The children will bring home a school library book for you to share with them at home. The children have a yellow reading record where their reading must be logged everyday. This can be logged with a comment or just a signature. Dojos will be rewarded for children who read at home on five separate occasions.  
On Friday mornings from 8:40am - 9:00am, parents are invited to 'Everybody read'. This is a chance for you to come into the classroom and share a book with your child. 
In Maths we use Mastering Number, aimed at strengthening the understanding of number, and fluency with number facts, among children in the first three years of school. This half term we will be focusing on subitising, counting, ordinality and cardinality, composition and comparison. 
 Bury Rangers
On a Thursday we do Bury Rangers with Miss Webb and Mr Gatrell. Bury Rangers is similar to forest school but we also learn lots of other things. This half term we will be learning all about Winter, making bird feeders, planting for spring and doing some cooking.
Please come to school wearing your Bury Rangers kit. This must be suitable shoes such as wellies or walking boots, long trousers (no jeans please as these take too long to dry), a long sleeved top, a jumper and a waterproof coat. Waterproof trousers are also recommended. 
On a Thursday morning, we do music with Mr Mott. This half term we will be playing singing games and  learning some songs linked to our traditional tales theme. 
On a Wednesday, the children will have PE and will need to come to school wearing PE kit including jogging bottoms or leggings, their green P.E t-shirt, their school jumper and sports trainers or plimsolls. 
Understanding the World
 Compare and contrast characters from stories (Traditional Tales) including figures from the past. 
Exploring the natural world - Changes in Winter. 
Draw simple information from a map.  
R.E. - How can we help others when they need it?
Expressive Arts and Design
Small world exploration.
 Join different materials together and explore different textures.
Role play.
Music with Mr Mott.

What to bring to school

Please ensure that your child has a named water bottle in the classroom everyday. We are unable to provide water bottles for the children who are missing one.

Please bring book bags everyday so that children can read their books during the school day or change them for a new one. 


 When to arrive

Little Owl class will start school at 8.40 - please bring your child to the learning garden gates by the front entrance to drop them off. At the end of the day, please wait by the gates and I will send the children to you at 3.15.


Class Dojo
Class Dojo is a reward system we use alongside another behaviour system called Good to be Green. Class Dojo is an online platform where parents can be involved and notified when their child has received a dojo for something positive in school, and what they have achieved it for. In Little Owls we also use Class Dojo as a way of parents being able to see some of the things the children are doing at school during the week via the class story section. Please let me know if you need any help accessing this. 
Good to be Green
Good to be Green is a behaviour system in which all children begin each day with a green card. The children are given 2 verbal warnings about their behaviour if appropriate. If they continue to disrupt or break a school rule, they will be given a yellow card. The consequence of this is that they must spend part of their next play time reflecting on their choices either verbally or written. If a behaviour continues, the child will be given a red card. This means they will be asked to see Mr Moore and a phone call will be made home.