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              Miss Bird                        MissLancaster             Miss Lapthorn                       

Important dates

Art and DT week WC: 8.1.18

Science week      WC: 5.2.18

Family cafe               1.2.18 2pm 

End of spring 1 term     9.2.18

Start of Spring 2 term     19.2.18

General Information

Reading diaries

These books are used as a home to school communication  and need to be brought in everyday. These diaries are looked at everyday by a member of staff and any accidents or incidences will be reported in these books for your information.


Library day is Thursday, please return your child's library book every Thursday even if you would like to keep it as it will need to be signed out every week.

Please share a book with your child at least 3 times a week and record this in your reading diaries.


In spring term reading books and book talk book bags will be handed out to children on Thursdays, each week the children will either get a reading book or a book talk bag. They will be changed once a week at the same time as the library books. 


PE will be on either Wednesday or Thursday, this can sometimes changed to staff training so we suggest you keep your child's PE kit in school all week.


Forest school will be on either Wednesday or Thursday and wellies and waterproofs are needed as we will go out in all kinds of weather.


Home Learning 

Home work activities will be sent home in the first week of each half term. We expect at least 1 piece of home learning each week. Feel free to do more with your child. 



At St-Margaret's we don't have paper Learning Journeys we use an online site called Tapestry. You will need to update your Tapestry app, you were given a sheet on how to do that at the end of Autumn term, but if you are having any problems please feel free to see a member of the EYFS staff to help you. This site allows you to share videos and pictures of any experience you and your child experiences outside of school, and not forgetting their home learning. 



Spring Learning Project


Our learning project this term is 'Will you read me a story?' We will be looking into lots of different fairy tales.


Our new learning environment has the Giant's castle role play corner.

A magic mirror in our writing area

A book corner full of fairy tales.

A small world fit for a king  

Art week



Reception looked at the artist L.S. Lowry


We looked especially at how he used buildings, people and dark colours to portray industrial England. The children discussed how it made them feel and how they could improve L.S. Lowry’s painting. So they looked at mixing primary colours to brighten up his paintings and give a more fairy-tale feel to it.


Wow what a Sparkling start Reception has had to our new learning Project ‘Will you read me a story?’ The children had another visit from our artist Jack Brown. We studied the artist L.S. Lowry, we looked at the dark colours and the buildings and how they made us feel. We then concentrated on one figure in his painting and made a story about how she magically turned into a beautify fairy. We then repainted our L.S. Lowry picture in beautiful bright colours and discussed how this was different and how it made us feel compared to the original L.S. Lowry paintings.


Autumn Learning Project

My place in space


The children will spend the first half term making friends and learning about the school. The second half of the term will be based on the book 'What happens when you are sleeping' We will exploring nocturnal animals and the stars. This will lead nicely into Christmas and our nativity that we will perform at the end of term.

Our learning so far


For our sparkling start we went round the school and met all the people who could help us in school. We took photos of them and put them up so we could remember who they were and what things they can help us with. Our key helpers are the three teachers at the top of this page.


We then used those photos to make a pizza face. We did a really good job on Mrs Massey's pizza face.


We also did a week of HIIT in our class, we liked it so much we did it in the outdoor area.

We even got to have a go at the new fitness trail.



Science Week 


The children joined the whole school for a science assembly where a real life scientist came into our school and showed off some amazing experiments. But while we were in class a naughty monster came into our class and left it in a real mess. The monster left us a letter on how to make monster tea. So we decided to have a monster tea party and make some foaming tea. 


The children made some slime and they were able to take some home, so I hope you enjoyed that. 


We also tried out our touch senses and felt inside 3 secret boxes. We had to guess what was inside. We drew and wrote down our predictions. Each box contained an egg cooked in different ways. (raw, scrambles and boiled) The children discussed why they were different but still all eggs. 


Later that week we made snails out of salt dough and then in our first family cafe we decorated them. Thank you to all the family members that were able to make our first family cafe, our next one will be week commencing 11th December. 

Art week


Art week was a perfect start to our next learning project 'what happens when I fall asleep?'

This week we have been working collaboratively to carve pumpkins and then make pumpkin soup.



In the secret garden we worked together with our friends to find all the objects on our Halloween hunt sheet. It was so much fun to do it with our friends than on our own because it meant we had 2 pairs of eyes instead of one.



We made Pumpkin plate faces based on our own carvings. We had to look really carefully at the shapes on our pumpkins so we could cut out card and stick them on our pumpkin plate faces.



We used cut up apples to make pumpkin prints, them we painted on our faces with black paint.



We made firework art with blowing paint through a straw. We found it really hard work but we were resilient and kept going until we got a beautiful display of colour.



For the art exhibition we used a technique that Jack Brown our artist visitor taught us. He tought us how to listen to music and make firework explosions with our pens, chalk and oil pastels. Nice big strokes from the middle of the page.

The parents really enjoyed coming to see the exhibition laid out in our school hall.



Christmas in Owls 

The children has a visit from two Santa elves. The elves played games, sang songs and read a Christmas story. At the end of the visit Owls got a certificate from Santa to say that we were all on the good list and that he will send a little elf on a shelf to keep an eye on us. 


Our elf on the shelf can and kept an eye on us. However he was a bit naughty and he got a little robin toy and used Elsa's power and froze the little robin in an ice cube. The children had to discuss what things would melt the ice cube the fastest. We had so much fun predicting and finding out the answer. we found out that hot water was the quickest compared to a coat and salt. We wrote up our conclusion by drawing pictures and using our Fred fingers to sound out our words. 


We enjoyed our Santa's workshop role play corner. We designed toys, wrapped them up for the children. We wrote cards and letters to Santa and posted them in our post box. 


 We performed our Nativity. The children learned and performed about 8 songs. They all looked wonderful in their costumes and we all enjoyed performing infront of our family and friends. 


We loved inviting our family into our classroom for our Christmas themed family cafe. We listened to a Christmas story and then made Christmas decorations. We also celebrated Christmas with our very own Christmas disco where we had a dance competition and we played party games. 


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