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Elf Owls Reception

18.06.21

 

Thank you Elf Owls for a super week at school!  We have been "busy bees", finding out about the phrase "busy bees"!  We have enjoyed learning so much about these important insects and have more important questions to investigate such as , "Why should we say thank you to bees when we eat an apple?"

We had a super Forest School session on Tuesday and I have added some photos for you to look at below. Our sports day practise went very well yesterday , everyone took part and showed perseverance.  I was particularly proud of all of the children as they were amazing and encouraging spectators as they cheered on their fellow classmates when it was their turn to race-you really are showing the Great Milton Way.  Well done! This weeks home learning has been posted on Elf Owls google classroom with an Olympic theme!  Thank you to the children who made a fantastic hat and brought it into school to share with us and your colourings too.

We look forward to next week with a fun packed week of learning and new experiences to share together with our school trip to Science Centre Oxford and Sport's Day.

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Mrs Bennett

 

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Forest School

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Welcome to our  final term in Elf Owls!  What a fantastic year and I am so proud of each and every Elf Owl-you are all so brilliant in your own individual ways.

I am really looking forward to continuing with our learning and growing together this term. We will be focusing our learning around "Minibeasts" this term and learning about a new minibeast each week, starting next week with Bees.  We will be introducing "Rainbow challenges" each morning too-ask your child about this next week! We have a forest school session on a Tuesday morning and a P.E session on a Thursday-please come into school wearing your clothes for these sessions.  As we are enjoying a lovely sunny spell at the moment please continue bringing in a named sunhat and sun cream and a named water bottle.

 

Thank you

 

Nicola Bennett

23.5.21

Hello Elf Owls,

Thank you for another lovely week at school.  There was great excitement about our school trip to the science centre in June and some of the children have asked how long we will be sleeping there for!  They all seemed very excited about travelling on the coach.
We have concentrated on our writing skills this week and have written a sentence or two about what we would like to see at the top of our beanstalk, we had some every imaginative ideas from "Sweetland to a diamond palace"!  We also wrote a long list of funny ingredients for some silly soup. 

This week the children made some wonderful kites that they loved flying outside, they took their kites for a pilot test and then changed their design or made them stronger and it was fascinating to see as they were all different.

 We have also been fascinated by how quickly the beans in the classroom are growing. The children are examining them everyday on Friday the bean has grown passed the end of the ruler!!! You also have loved experimenting with coloured paints and learnt that you can make new colours by mixing colours together.
For your home challenge this week I would like you to complete one of the challenges on our google classroom page this links nicely to some conversations we have had this week about materials today what would be waterproof after having so much rain!!! Enjoy investigating.

 

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7.5.21

A super week of learning!

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Thank you for all your efforts this week, we have had a brilliant week together.  It was a great end to our week celebrating number day and performing our Maypole dance to the whole school! We were so proud of you as this is the first time you have seen everyone in our school family at the same time. A recording of the performance will be uploaded to our Elf Owls google classroom page.  We also loved working with our buddies on some number challenges in the Elf Owls outdoor area. Below is a plan of our learning for next week and some photos from our week of learning.  Have a great weekend.

Personal, Social and

Emotional Development

Drawing a picture for our year 6 buddies. Buddy time session on Friday. Working with a partner in P.E. Taking turns and celebrating the winner in a board game.
Communication and LanguageDescribing our maps to a friend.  Giving directions to a friend to program a bee bot.
LiteracyWriting the next part of our bean diary. Labelling parts of a flower. Daily phonic session. 1:1 reading time.
MathsUsing the bee-bots to program them to move in different directions including left and right. Play snakes and ladders game to secure subitising to 6, counting on, talking about directions and securing sense of numbers to 100.
Understanding the WorldInvestigating and predicting if objects will float or sink and recording the results.  Observing and indentifying the flowering parts of a plant. Make maps of the Elf Owls outdoor area.
Physical DevelopmentP.E session with Mr Sykes practising throwing and catching. Daily funky fingers session. Continuing our sewing. 
Expressive Art and DesignPainting a range of flowers with water colours. Making tissue paper flowers. Flower colouring sheets

30.4.21

Elf Owls you are amazing!

We have had such a brilliant week of learning and new experiences that you have all taken part in so well.  Enjoy looking at the photos of our week which is below the timetable of activities for next week.  One of the hi-lights of my week was seeing you interact with the Hawk Owls (year 6) for the first "Buddy" session.  It was a very emotional moment to see the Hawk owls in our playground, as they were thrilled to spend time with you and play with you.  I asked some of you if you liked the buddy time and you said, "No, I loved it"! 

Elf owls you are showing our school value for this term in bucket loads, you really are demonstrating perseverance across all areas of the curriculum and we are all very proud of you.  I look forward to another week of learning together.

Mrs Bennett and the Early Years Team smiley

 

Personal, Social and Emotional

Development

 Bounce Back Activities, Circle Time, Buddy Time, focus on inviting everyone to join our play and working with someone new in Elf Owls.
Communication and LanguageWorking together in small groups to make scarecrows, circle time, play the game, "What's in the box?"
Physical DevelopmentSewing, P.E session with Mr Sykes with a focus on had eye co-ordination, Using tools in the sandpit, making castles with boxes and wooden blocks, practising how to skip.
LiteracyMaking a class book of the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, writing labels for the outdoor area, daily phonics lessons, 1:1 reading time.
MathsDigital time, counting to 100, play the game, "What's my number?", exploring odd and even numbers and learning doubling and halving facts to 10.
Expressive Arts and DesignCreating a stage and encouraging children to perform on it with microphones and using the musical instruments, painting blossom tree pictures. Performing our Maypole Dance to an audience!
Understanding The WorldObserve the changes in the compost, examine the water from the pond for traces of life, planting potatoes (as we didn't get round to it last week !) Explore with light from torches. Finding out about the Japanese festival of "Hanami". Continuing to look after our bean plants and observe changes.

Thank you for super week back Elf Owls.  We had a brilliant week of learning! Included below are some images of the fun we have had this week.

We are looking forward to next week where we are extending our learning to include the following:

Personal, Social and Emotional

Development

Discussing and recognising our feelings, working with partners on a drawing, working in a small group to build a fort, continuing to practise how to be a good friend to everyone.

Communication and LanguageTo re-tell the story of Jack and the beanstalk in a small group. Describing the characters in the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, Increasing vocabulary around the topic of "growing things".  Play "What's in the box?" guessing game, developing our questioning skills.
LiteracyDaily phonic sessions, 1:1 reading, write our first entry on our "bean diary", 
MathsTelling the hours using analogue and digital clocks.  Learning subtraction within 20 and writing number sentences. Play "Guess my Number" game developing children's knowledge of numbers.
Understanding the WorldPlanting potatoes, watering and looking after our beans. Setting up our compost making kit and observing changes we see.  Experimenting with the water wall.
Expressive Art and DesignActing out the story of Jack and the beanstalk in small groups. Making a giant beanstalk in the classroom. Learning Maypole dance with our beautiful Maypole.
Physical DevelopmentDaily Funky Fingers sessions, continuing throwing and catching skills in P.E session, using the balance bikes, two wheeled bikes and trikes. Simple sewing stiches.  Learning to skip for our Maypole dancing.

 

We hope you enjoy the snapshot of our learning this week!

Welcome back to Term 5!

 

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break.  The children in Elf Owls have settled back quickly after the break and are all moving forward with their learning and enjoying the activities and investigating and exploring in their child initiated sessions every afternoon too! 

Below is a topic grid detailing the learning we have planned for this term. We have some fabulous learning planned across all areas of the curriculum and look forward to watching the children grow in all aspects!  

Home learning will be set on our elf owls google classroom, the same one that we used during "home school".  Activities will be set on a Friday and will be due in on the following Thursday. We would encourage daily reading too and ask that you write a brief comment in your child's reading record to show that you have read with them at home.  As the weather changes please send your child to school with a named water bottle, sunhat and applied sun cream if appropriate. As always please ask if you have any questions and we will be very happy to help.

 

Many Thanks

 

Nicola Bennett and the Early Years Team

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BJLRCGNNWQ

 

 

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

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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. 

 

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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.

https://primaryapps.co.uk/

 

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".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fj_z6zGQVyM

 

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

 

 

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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!

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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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