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Dear Elf Owls and Families,


Thank you for three lovely days at school last week, it was great fun. smiley This is the last week of home schooling, I am so proud of how well you have all taken part and the achievements that you have made together. There are a few activities to help support you and for you to think about the move to year one in September.


Well done Elf Owls

Mrs Bennett, Miss B, Mrs Howlett and Miss Taylor


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Happy 2020 to you all!


Welcome back to you all after the Christmas break. We wish a very happy new year to all of our Elf Owls and their families.  We would like to thank you all for your very generous Christmas gifts.


We have a very busy and exciting term ahead of us.  There are some slight changes to our timetable in Elf Owls this term:


  • Mrs Bennett will be having a non-teaching day on a Thursday.  Miss Taylor will be teaching the Elf Owls on a Thursday morning and Mrs Dickson will be teaching the Elf Owls P.E during the afternoon session. Please keep an outdoor and indoor named P.E kit in school during the week. Miss Taylor and Mrs Dickson both currently work at the school and are both highly experienced and looking forward to working with the Elf Owls. Please ask if you have any questions about this.
  • Forest School will start again on Wednesday 16th January for Elf Owls.  Please continue to provide your child with warm, waterproof clothing.  The children should bring this to school in a named bag.


We will provide you with more information as the term progresses.


Many thanks


Elf Owls Team


Elf Owls


Teaching Staff

Teacher – Mrs Nicola Bennett

Teaching Assistants – Mrs Nikki Howlett, Mrs Helen Belcher




We are the Elf Owls and we are the foundation 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 stage for singing and dancing, a large sandpit and areas for growing plants and vegetables.


We enjoy exploring at school and spending our time learning. We become independent and active learners. Our teacher plans our lessons and topics mostly around our interests. Our teachers record some of our learning on tablets which are 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 into the classroom each day and help us start our daily school routines. They can also speak to the teachers about any concerns or share messages.  


We have some daily sessions including our “Funky Fingers” and 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.


We are provided with a reading book that can be changed daily if required, along with access to an interactive program called “Bug Club”.  Each Elf Owl is allocated levelled reading books suited to our individual ability and is updated as required - it also encourages us to answer questions about the book we have read.


We are very lucky to have a lovely teaching assistant who works with us full time depending on our class size - sometimes we have two if our classes are big!


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.


Before we start school we are able to come and meet our teachers and new friends for the afternoon.  My teacher and teaching assistant also come and meet us in our homes and have the time to chat with our grown ups about what we like doing, how we enjoy learning and anything else they feel is important.  My teacher also tries to visit our nurseries and pre-schools and finds out from our pre-school teachers how we enjoy learning.  They do this to help us settle into school as quickly as possible.


Parent Volunteers
We are always looking for willing parents who might be able to spare some time listening to the Elf Owls read.  Please let us know in Elf Owls if this is something that you would be interested in doing, including the times that you have available!


Please remember to check book bags on a daily basis for any new correspondence.


Nicola Bennett