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Tawny Owls (Year 1)

Welcome to Tawny Owls!

Year 1

Happy New Year and welcome back to the beginning the spring term a new at

Dry Sandford Primary School.

We love teaching your children so please bring them everyday as they can miss so much and attendance is monitored including late arrivals.  It was lovely to see how many children received attendance certificates last term.  As usual please let the office know if you child can not attend and try to make appointments out of school hours where possible.

This term’s topic focuses on, All About Me. We will be thinking about feelings and our friends and family leading into learning about people who help us after Easter.

It would be great if the children can bring in named a baby photo of themselves for a display!


We will be focusing on stories such as: The Three Little Pigs, with links to the types of houses we live in and looking at materials in science. We will also be doing lots of storytelling around this text including looking at the tale from the wolf’s point of view. Other texts we be using are: Titch, Guess How Much I Love You, The Paper Dolls and stories by author Anthony Brown. The role play areas will be linked to the Three Little Pigs and a baby clinic. Within our topic there will be lots of focused activities to develop other areas such as, maths, science, and literacy to name a few and the children will have still have access to activities and tasks in the Owlet classroom at certain points throughout the day.,204,203,200_.jpg


As you know we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide waterproofs etc. particularly on Wednesdays for Forest School days! The developments for our Forest School site will be taking place in March so keep an eye out on the new website for any updates.

Tawny Owls will continue to have weekly PE sessions on Monday and Thursday afternoons so please make sure your children have a named PE bag on their peg and as a reminder all children need a set of indoor and outdoor shoes please.

Helping your child at home

Children can still take a picture book home to share together which they can change every day from the box. We hope you enjoyed borrowing a Golden Book over Christmas please do return these as soon as possible so we can allow children to borrow more. Will continue to have two reading books sent home which will be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and we have guided reading groups throughout the week. It is ideal if you can read with your child every day. Homework will still be sent home in the folders on Thursdays and your child will now also receive spellings to learn related to their phonics sessions. We will have a big focus on handwriting forming the letter correctly in handwriting books this term. Working on times tables for 2, 5 and 10s initially and continuing to know the number bonds to 10 and then 20 will really help support your child in Maths as well as knowing one more and one less for any number up to 100. Check for misconceptions with tens and units so that your child knows which way round to write the numbers and what that means for example sixteen is one ten and six units and very different from sixty one, six tens and one unit.

Thank you to those who already donated money towards cooking and arts and crafts. We ask if you can give £2 in autumn, spring, and summer, which some people have given for the whole year. We are also always grateful to receive materials for pictures and model making, den making in the garden etc., for example,

Large material, cardboard boxes, carpet tiles, cartons, wool, old Birthday cards, plant pots etc.


We will be sending out letters to keep you informed of what is happening as it comes up so look out for these, and feel free to talk to staff if you have any questions or concerns. We are also updating our fantastic new look website.

Thank you for your help and support in your children’s learning!

Mrs Friday, Mrs Plummer and Mrs Rivers