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Welcome to Tawny Owls!

Teacher: Miss. Lois MacDonald 

TA: Mrs. Lucy Quartermain

TA: Mrs. Ella Sansom

Spring Term 1 Information


Hello, my Tawny Owls and Tawny Owl Parents!


I hope you have all had a relaxing and magical Christmas holiday. 

If you have any questions please feel free to come and speak to one of the Tawny Team.


Miss Mac, Mrs. Quartermain, and Mrs. Sansom



We are going to be working our socks off this week! Take a look to see what we will be getting up to.


We will be exploring the following elements:



This week in English, we are going to be easing back into learning, whilst completing some individual writing tasks. The two main tasks we are going to be looking at include:



This week in Maths we are going to be looking at the following elements:



This week, we will be focusing on invidiual reading, hearing the children one at a time.









Let's get drawing! During our first Art lesson of the term, we are going to be drawing self portraits of ourselves, drawing what we see.


This week we are also going to be exploring a variety of different activities in our tuff trays and continuous provision area!



Welcome to Spring Term 1 in Tawny Owls. 


Welcome back to our brilliant Tawny Owls! We hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday and are ready to get stuck into our exciting learning this term! 



Our topic focus this term is Wildlife Explorers and Inventions. We will be selecting one explorer to focus on and then think about what inventions they would've used to explore and look at how they have changed and developed over time.



For our Science topic this term, we will be looking at Plants! I am so excited to be teaching Tawny Owls all about plants, as it is one of my all-time favourite science topics to teach. 


This year, we are excited to be introducing our new phonics program, Monster Phonics! 

We are now using Monster Phonics as our main scheme for teaching phonics across the school. 

The children are enjoying highly engaging resources and lessons and join in with the songs. You will be able to support your children at home by using the free decodable ebooks.  If you have any problems or need some guidance then please let us know. 

Register for Monster Phonics eBooks.




To find out the key information for this term, look at the information below and if you have any further questions please come and speak to us.


  • The children will be coming in the blue gate and then walking around to their new classroom.
  • Children need to arrive at school between 8:45 am and 9:00 am. The blue gate will open at 8:45 am and close at 9:00 am.
  • Home time is at 3:30 pm and the children will walk around to the gate at the top of the playground where they will be dismissed by me (Miss Mac).
  • The children will need to bring in a named water bottle. 
  • PE this term will be with Mr Sykes and take place on TWO days. The first session of PE will be on Tuesday morning and the second session on Thursday afternoon.
    • Children will need to come into school wearing their PE kit. Please make sure that all of your children's items are NAMED so they can easily be recognised. We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be and the children will be doing PE both inside and outside, so send them in with layers and a waterproof. The children will need to be wearing the following items:
      • A plain white PE top
      • Navy or black bottoms. These could include:
        • shorts
        • joggers
        • leggings 
      • A plain blue or black PE jumper
      • A pair of trainers 
  • Homework will be handed out on a Friday and back in on a Wednesday 
    • For their homework this term, Tawny Owls will continue to do their daily reading and then will be given a focus task to complete at home. In addition to this, each Tawny Owl will be sent home with the focus spellings that they have looked at this week and the ones that they had trouble spelling. These can then also be focused on at home and we will then revisit them at school.
    • I have also decided to set up a Tawny Owl Spring Challenge Grid. This grid is not something that has to be completed each week but is there if the children want to push themselves further and try an extra challenge. If they do decide to choose an extra challenge, this will be recognised in class. This is something that will help encourage their love of learning and also grow their independence as they are choosing to complete an extra learning challenge. I may also, from time to time, decide to set one of the challenge grid tasks as their main homework. 
    • If you have any questions about homework this term, please come and speak to me.


If you are unsure of anything or wish to ask any further questions, please come and see the fabulous Tawny Team.


Miss Mac, Mrs. Quartermain, and Mrs. Sansom


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