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Welcome to Tawny Owls' Class page... We love learning in Year One!

W.b. Monday 11th October

In English this week we will take an Autumn nature walk around the school grounds and then write a recount about what we found. We will use adjectives to describe the 'treasures' we find out in nature. In maths we will be finding one more/ one less than a given number; starting with single digits numbers and moving into 2-digits.


W.b. Monday 4th October

In English this week we will be reading the story of Katie-Morag and the two Grandmothers by Mairi Hedderwick. We will be comparing the characteristics of the two grandmothers, ordering events in the story and describing the setting. In maths we will be reading, writing and ordering numbers with a big focus on how we form our numbers.

A few snaps of the first few days!

Welcome to Term 1!

September 2021

Teachers: Mrs Ray (Mon-Wed), Miss Taylor (Thurs-Fri)

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Sansom, Miss Putt, Mrs Fairfax, Mrs Green


Welcome to Term One everyone! We are really looking forward to an exciting year ahead with our lovely new class. Please check this page regularly as this is where we will communicate anything important you need to know that is specific to our class.


We hope the information below is helpful at the start of a new year and term.


The school Day

Morning drop off is at the blue gates between 8.45 and 9.00a.m. each day. A member of Tawny Owls’ staff will be there to meet and greet you and your child. You can also pass on any messages at this time (but if you need a longer chat, then please ask for one of us to call/email you). Collection time will be 3.30p.m. on the playground for all children. Please enter the playground via the blue gates and we will bring the children out to you. 


As the children transition from Reception into Year One, we will begin to teach more discrete lessons. Though we will be teaching English, Maths and Phonics each morning from week one, this will be interspersed with opportunities for play and independent learning, so that the children continue to have the rich and varied experiences they benefitted from in Elf Owls. The children will have morning, lunchtime and afternoon play outside, as well as further opportunities to access the outside area throughout the day.



Please spend a short while listening to your child read on a daily basis. This will provide them with the opportunity to practise and consolidate the skills they are taught in school. If they are particularly tired one day, then read to them; sharing stories is equally important! As well as reading in phonics, English and throughout the school day, the children will take part in a daily ‘reading workshop’ after lunch. During this time, they will do the following:

  • Read individually or as part of a group to an adult.
  • Spend time in our reading area, enjoying and sharing books.
  • Play games and complete reading activities.


Book Bags and Changing Books

Please send your child to school with their book bag every day. We will use this to send home any letters and homework, as well as books. In the first couple of terms we will support the children to change their book daily (if necessary). As the year progresses, we will encourage the children to become more independent in changing their own books. Please use the yellow reading record book/ diary to communicate anything about your child's reading with us, or simply to praise their efforts - we will do the same!



Our topic this term is 'Island Hopping' which encompasses subjects across the curriculum. Please see our class topic web above which details the exciting learning we have planned!



You will find a pdf copy of the Topic Homework Grid above. Please support your child in selecting one activity per week from the grid. You will see we have included English and Maths, as well as other activities linked to areas across the curriculum. We will send home individual log-ins for Abacus Active Learn shortly so that the children can enjoy practising their maths online. Homework should be handed in on (or before) Wednesdays and folders will go back out again on Fridays. You can also send in photos via email and we will enjoy sharing them in class on the big screen! We have tried to make the homework fun and varied, but do let us know if you need support in any way.


P.E/ Forest School

Forest school will be led by Mrs Howlett on Wednesdays this term and P.E will be on Thursdays with Mr Sykes (P.E specialist coach). Please ensure your child comes to school in full kit, including a warm top and joggers/ leggings as the weather turns colder. It would be helpful to send a change of clothes (for after the lesson) if the day is looking particularly wet so that the children are comfortable. Your child will need to keep a pair of wellies in school to change into at break and lunch times.


We hope the above gives you some helpful information. We are always available at the end of the school day if you need to talk to us or you can email the office and we will be happy to give you a ring or return your email.


We look forward to getting to know you and your children better over the coming months. 


Warmest wishes


Mrs Ray, Miss Taylor and the Tawny Team