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Well done to all of the Elf Owls for being amazing and completing a very busy term.  We are very proud of what you have achieved at home and back at school. smiley 

Next Term P.E will be on a Thursday morning with Mr Sykes, the children will need to come to school wearing their P.E kit. Please can you NAME all of your child's personal belongings, including all footwear as many names are missing or very faded. Please provide your child with a named water bottle everyday too.

Here are a few photos to show some of our learning in the last week.  We all loved our Easter Hunt on the last day of term with our partners.  We enjoyed looking for 10 very well hidden Easter pictures! We also enjoyed  learning a new Easter Song for our end of term assembly.  We really enjoyed singing it and making up some actions to go with the words.  Here is the link for you all to continue enjoying at home.



In Term 5 we will be focusing our learning on "Growing Things", more information will be added to our class page detailing this before the term starts.   In the meantime we hope you have a very Happy Easter with your families and we look forward to seeing you "bounce back" into school for Term 5.


Best Wishes


Mrs Bennett and the Early Years Team


Well done for a super week of learning and fun last week in Elf Owls! smiley

Here is the outline of the activities until the end of term. I look forward to another exciting week learning with you all. Mrs Bennett smiley


Personal, Social, Emotional   -  To continue to follow the "Bounce Back" programme.

and Development

Understanding The World - To learn about the Hindu Festival of Holi, To learn about Palm Sunday and The Easter Story and how Christians celebrate Easter.
Communication and language - To discuss feelings and share how we feel, discussions linked to "Bounce Back" programme.
Literacy - To write Easter cards, practise writing tricky words, daily phonics lessons, 1:1 reading. Read clues as part of an Easter Egg hunt.
Maths - To make number tracks to 20, finding numbers more and less within 20, use number tracks to solve addition and subtraction sentences by counting on.
Expressive Arts and Design - To make Easter Cards, paint Spring pictures for Holi and decorate the Christian symbol of the cross.
Physical Development - P.E with Mr Sykes, daily Funky Fingers sessions, daily Dough Disco.


Our Work This Week

Guardian Angels


Today (18.3.21), your child has been given the name of a classmate who they will be the Guardian Angel of, each child choosing a name from a bag at random.  We have been talking about this all week in Elf Owls and the children have come up with lots of ideas on how they could be a good Guardian Angel and they were very excited!  This is part of the "Bounce Back" programme we have been following across all year groups at school. We would encourage you to talk to your child about this at home too to reinforce these kind acts. 


Well done Elf Owls! angel

Hello everyone,


Well done for your first week back!  You all did so well this week and we are very proud of how well you are settling back into school.  We have another exciting week planned and look forward to taking part in activities for Red Nose Day on Friday - don't forget you can come to school dressed as a superhero or, if you prefer, wear your normal clothes but no uniform.  Here is some of the learning we have planned in Elf Owls this week.  I have added some clips that we will also be using during the week. 


Best wishes


Mrs Bennett  smiley


PSED - Working on activities from our "Bounce Back" programme and supporting children's individual needs
Literacy - Daily phonics in differentiated groups, 1:1 reading, Red Nose Day writing - "What is your superpower?"
Maths - Revisiting money, coin recognition, making totals, role play shop area and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s
Understanding The World - Learning about how people celebrate St Patrick's Day, using the ipads to take photos of "Spring". Learning and respecting the lives and cultures of children in different countries linked to Red Nose Day
Communication and Language - Playing language games in small groups
Expressive Arts and Design - Investigating and making, naming musical instruments, making flags, role play area and imaginative play
Physical Development - Daily Dough Disco, writing, Funky Fingers activities, P.E on Thursday with Mr Sykes


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Dear Elf Owls and Families,


We are so looking forward to seeing you all back in school on Monday 8th March.

I want to say a huge well done to you all for everything you have achieved during home schooling.  We are so proud of how well those children who have been working at home have continued their learning and also those of you that have been coming into school and coping with changes of teachers and routines.  You are all so amazing!


I wanted to share some information with you about how some things have stayed the same and tell you about some things that might be a little different.


Things that are the same:

  • You will come into school through the blue gate and then walk to Elf Owls wooden gate and into the classroom.
  • You will hang up your coat and then wash your hands and put your book bag in the box with your name on and put your water bottle in the tray.
  • You will then write your name on our morning sign-in sheet and choose a book.
  • We will Dough Disco and then do our phonics.
  • We will then have snack time and complete some activities.
  • We will eat our lunch in the hall.
  • After lunch, we will have Funky Fingers and read with some adults, then plan what you would like to learn in the afternoon.
  • We will go home at 3.15pm if we don't have brothers or sisters at school, through the blue gate. We will go home at 3.30pm if we do have brothers or sisters at school, through the blue gate too.
  • On Thursdays, we will wear our sports kit to school for P.E with Mr Sykes.


Things that are different:

  • We have a new teaching assistant on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Her name is Mrs Quartermain.
  • We will eat in the hall with some of the Tawny and Barn Owls.  We will all eat on different class tables. 
  • If you have a school lunch, you will collect your dinner from Zoe in the hall.
  • Zoe will put your lunch on a special tray that you will carry to the table.
  • You will need to collect a fork, knife and spoon to eat your lunch with.
  • You can choose some extra salad to put on your tray from our salad bar.
  • After you have finished your lunch, you will need to collect your coat and wellies from the Elf Owls cloakroom and go to the "big playground".   The grown ups will be there to help you. You will have lunchtime play with the Tawny Owl class.
  • When the whistle is blown in the "big playground", we then come back into Elf Owls for our afternoon session.


I have added some pictures for you to look at to help you with the things that are different.  Different can be good and exciting and it will be brilliant to play in a new area of our school and meet some other children from our school family. The photos are of the "big playground" and of the trays that you will have your lunch on!


We look forward to welcoming you all into school on Monday 8th March.


Best wishes,

Mrs Bennett




Home Learning Challenges

Hello everyone, 


We just wanted to update you with some things that we have been enjoying at school during the last few weeks. The children are enjoying forest school and it is lovely to see how creative they are. They have made a bear trap, giant webs, nests, making Rangoli chalk patterns, fairy houses, ploughing the fields, making dens, and have enjoyed using flints to make sparks in preparation for our end of term "Smores" treat!


In Maths, we have been taking part in activities around money including recognising different coins and finding different ways of making an amount. We have also been pracrtising counting groups of objects accurately, counting in groups of 2s, 5s and 10s and recognising numbers to 20. We have enjoyed exploring the 100-square grid too, finding the biggest numbers and smallest numbers. We have also been looking at patterns when counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Below is a link for you to enjoy with your child.


In literacy, we are learning to apply our phonics knowledge to blend for writing and reading. In our daily phonics lessons, we are reading and writing. We have also been writing shopping lists, letters to Hootie Owl, writing Diwali cards and we will be writing our Christmas wishes and cards soon. We are enjoying "Funky Fingers" activities every afternoon and our teachers are really proud of how well we are working independently.


We are also working hard to show acts of kindness towards others and recognising different feelings. We have seen children offering to tidy things up for others, check if they are ok, help each other with the zips on their coats, collect water bottles for their friends and play with new friends. We have been very impressed!


This week, we have started learning about the Nativity story from the Bible. We will be exploring and sharing different Christmas traditions and starting some Christmas crafts too, along with learning some new Christmas songs to support our Year 2 children with their Nativity. The children are particularly taken with a story that we enjoy online called "Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes".


Below are some links to stories and songs that are particular favourites for the children at the moment.



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The Counting by Fives Song | Counting Songs | Scratch Garden

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The Counting by Tens Song | Counting Songs | Scratch Garden

Count by tens from zero to one hundred with an adventurous dog and an adventurous song!

Let's Count up to Ten - Counting Song

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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Story by Eric Litwin, Art by James Dean, Edited by Stephen Lentz, Music & Narration from HarperCollins Children's Book

Welcome Back to Term 2!



Well done to all the Elf Owls for completing their first term at “Big School”.  We are immensely proud of how well they have done and the progress they have made settling into school after such a long break. You all certainly deserve a rest and I hope you have enjoyed some lovely quality time together as a family.


There will be some changes for the Elf Owls next term.  P.E sessions will be with our P.E specialist Tom Sykes on a Thursday afternoon. Children should still come to school in their P.E kits. The children will continue to be supported during the P.E lessons by our wonderful teaching assistants too.  Forest school sessions will remain on a Friday and again the children should come to school in clothing for forest school. I will have my non-contact time on a Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon. One of our wonderful teachers (Mrs Pinto) will cover Elf Owls on a Wednesday morning, again supported by our fantastic teaching assistants. 


We are also making changes to the start of the school day for Elf Owls; they should be in school by 9am.  The gates open at 8.45am-9.00am to allow for a slightly staggered start.


We would also like to inform you that we are very lucky to bring in an additional teaching assistant to our Early Years Team.  We welcome Mrs Fairfax, working from Monday to Friday.  She has already been in to class, getting to know the children and it is brilliant to have her on board!


This term we are excited to be looking at festivals and celebrations across several cultures and religions.  We are also starting "Funky Fingers" activities which will happen after lunch each day. This is aimed at improving the children's fine motor skills and supporting their handwriting skills too.


We will also be sending home a fun weekly learning challenge to complete with your child each Friday, to be returned the following Thursday. Full instructions for this will be sent home.


 If you have any questions, as always, please do get in touch.


Best wishes,


Nicola Bennett and the team



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Photos of Elf Owls New Learning Environment

Elf Owls September 2020


Teaching Staff

Teacher – Mrs Nicola Bennett

Teaching Assistants – Mrs Nikki Howlett, Mrs Hayley Cox and Mrs Alison Wheeler


Hello to all of our lovely families,


We are the Elf Owls and we are the Reception class at Great Milton C of E Primary School.  


We enjoy an airy spacious classroom with the addition of two outdoor areas: one under shelter and one offering a larger space to explore which features a range of climbing equipment and role-play areas, mud kitchen, reading tent, a water wall, bikes, trikes and scooters, a large sandpit and areas for growing plants and vegetables. Please take a look at the recent photos of our fabulous learning environment.


We enjoy exploring at school and spending our time learning. We become independent and active learners by exploring and learning from our environment and each other. Our teacher plans our lessons, activities and resources and topics mostly around our interests. Our teachers record some of our learning on tablets which is shared along with our books and observations at parents evening. Our activities are based and planned around the three prime areas of learning and the four specific areas of learning from the 'Development Matters Curriculum'.


Our parents and carers are encouraged to bring us to our classroom door each day and help us start our daily school routines. They can also speak to the adults about any concerns or share messages.  


We have some daily sessions including our “Funky Fingers”, "Dough Disco" and group led phonics lessons as well as some adult-directed tasks. We have the opportunity each day to spend time planning what we would like to discover and take part in and then we are encouraged to review how successful we have been. The adults in our classroom support our investigations by asking us questions or observing how we problem solve and learn.


We are provided with a reading book that can be changed daily if required, along with an individual sound and word book.  Each Elf Owl is allocated reading books suited to our individual ability and is updated as required. We also encourage the grown-ups who read with us to ask us questions that can be found on the inside cover of our book - this supports our comprehension skills.


We are very lucky to have lovely teaching assistants who work with us full time and are very much part of the Early Years team.


We join the whole school for lunchtimes in our hall and sometimes enjoy lunchtime activities, for example Book Club, Art Club and spending time with our kind and caring Year Six buddies and other friends.  We join in with some whole school events, assemblies and worship when our teacher feels we are ready.  We are part of the whole school and have two children from Elf Owls that are part of the School Council and an additional two that are our Eco Councillors. We are asked our opinions and have our voices heard and are part of a variety of school projects.



Nicola Bennett

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