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Welcome to Owls class page




              Miss Bird                        MissLancaster             Miss Gibbs                        

Important dates

Art and DT week WC: 30.10.17

Parents evening appointment only 7.11.17 and 9.11.17

End of Autumn 2 term     19.12.17

Start of Spring 1 term     4.1.18

General Information

Reading diaries

These diaries have been ordered but still haven't arrived but when they do this is what it's all about:-

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 (when you receive them).


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. 



Autumn Learning Project

My place in space


The children will spent 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 in nicely to 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 meet all the people who could help us in school. We took photos of them and put them us so we could remember who they are and what thinks they can help us with. Our key helpers are the tree 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  week of HIIT in our class, we liked it so much we did it in the outdoor area.

We even go 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 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 then on our own because it meant we have 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, about listening to music and making 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 layed out in our school hall.



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