Newsletter for Barn Owls – Spring Term January 2022 Miss Goodgame
Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to the beginning of the spring term at
Dry Sandford Primary School.
This term’s topic focuses on, All About Me. We will be thinking about feelings, our friends and family leading into learning about people who help us after Easter.
As usual please let the office know if your child cannot attend and try to make appointments out of school hours where possible. If your child is following the current isolation guidelines there are lessons and video links and resources on Microsoft Teams for you to access providing your child is well enough to do so. Please let me know if you require your child’s login details for Microsoft Teams, Seesaw, Doodle Maths or Purple Mash.
We will be focusing on stories such as: Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will be doing lots of storytelling around this text including looking at the tale from a characters point of view. The role play areas will be created with the children, and we have made a ‘Three Bears Cottage’. We will also have different areas and stations around the classroom linking to what we are learning across all areas of the curriculum.
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 continue their Forest School sessions on a Tuesday afternoon, starting again on 25th January. We have already starting learning lots about ourselves and have measured our height and the size of our feet in Maths!
As you know we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide waterproofs etc.
As a reminder all children need a set of indoor and outdoor shoes, please. Barn Owls will continue to have PE on a Friday afternoon.
Helping your child at home
Children can still borrow a picture book from our reading area if they would like to and we will continue to change the reading books on your child’s designated reading day. It is ideal if you can read with your child every day and practise letter sounds and tricky words at home. Please fill in the reading record to show you have read together. Looking around for numbers and signs is also a good thing to do as well as counting toys and objects and encouraging children to draw and write at home. We will be thinking about when we use capital and lowercase letters, spaces between words and full stops.
Thank you to those who have already donated money towards cooking, arts, and crafts. We ask if you can give a donation of around £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. You can also message me at any time on SeeSaw and I will try to post any important updates on there too. Check our website for all the current information, photos and latest excitement. The Friends of Dry Sandford Facebook page is also great for information, networking and opportunities to get involved with the community and fund-raising .
Thank you for your help and support for the school and in developing your child’s learning.
Miss Goodgame, Mrs Ross, Mrs Plummer and team
Together Everyone Achieves More
Barn Owls Curriculum Letter- Autumn Term 2021
We are very happy with how the children have settled into their new classroom and how quickly they are learning our daily routines. The children have already been showing us how hard they can work and the beautiful work they can produce! We love teaching your children so please bring them every day so they don’t miss out on fun and important learning. If your child cannot attend school, please let the office know as soon as you are able and try to make appointments outside of school hours where possible. Please make sure all of your contact details are up to date should we ever have to contact you. We have children with allergies in school and in our class, so we thank you in advance for keeping snacks and lunch boxes nut free.
We begin our topic this term with Woodlands and then we will be moving onto Light and Dark after the October half term. We will also be looking at Harvest.
As you know, we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide waterproofs etc. Forest school will take place on Tuesday afternoon and will begin on Tuesday 12th October. We would also like to ask Children to bring a pair of indoor shoes to school that can be left in the classroom which they can change into after they’ve been outside, especially if it is raining!
We ask that children bring their PE kit into school and change before the lesson; this teaches children how to dress themselves efficiently and about hygiene when exercising. Children are welcome to leave PE kits on their pegs in school. Barn Owls PE day is a Friday so please ensure children come to school with the correct and appropriate PE kit both for outdoor and indoor PE lessons.
We ask that children bring a bottle of water to school each day to keep hydrated, no squash or juice please. Children are welcome to bring their own fruit for snack time but it is provided in school should they need it.
We believe that cooking and special creative activities are valuable learning experiences and in order to make this a regular activity we would appreciate a donation of around £2.00 in September, January and April to help cover the cost. We are also always grateful to receive donations of newspapers, egg cartoons, wool, plant pots etc for our creative sessions.
Promoting a love of books and sharing daily stories can make such a difference to your child’s learning, therefore, we will be sending home 3 reading books a week for you to share with your child and encourage daily reading. They will also read twice a week in school on their designated reading day, which will be assigned to every child. We will begin to send books home next week.
We will be sending out letters to keep you informed of what is happening as it comes up and feel free to talk to any member of staff if you have any questions or concerns. In the meantime, please check our website for all the latest news and excitement.
Thank you for all your help and support in your children’s learning!
Miss Goodgame, Mrs Ross and Mrs Plummer
Year 1/2 Barn Owls Curriculum Letter – Summer 2021 – Mrs. Taylor
Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting Term at Dry Sandford Primary School.
It was wonderful to see all the children again after the Easter Break. They have all returned to class focused, rested, happy and ready to learn! Just a reminder, could all Barn Owls please have a labelled drink bottle with them every day. A healthy snack is provided for the children every morning at break time. Additionally, they may bring a healthy snack from home. Due to allergies in school, please ensure that cereal bars are not sent in - as they may contain nuts.
This term in Literacy our focus text will be Wombat Goes Walkabout by Michael Morpurgo. We will be exploring dialogue, alliteration and onomatopoeia. We will also be discovering a range of stories from the Australian Aboriginal Dream Time. Information texts will be revisited and how we can use them to find out about Australian Animals.
In phonics, we are continuing to focus on a recovery curriculum of all phase sounds to continue to meet the individual needs of each Barn Owl.
It is very important that the children read their reading books each night at home. Five to ten minutes of quality time is all that is needed. Asking questions and encouraging discussions linked to both the text and illustrations will greatly support their reading. Could you please fill in the reading diary every time you hear your child read. Books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
In Maths, we have continued our money focus and the all the children’s learning has moved forward. In the coming weeks we will be working on calculation and our main topic focus will be multiplication and division.
In Geography, our new topic is Australia. We will investigate how it is different from the UK. We will use maps to see how far away Australia is and compare the climate and weather to the UK. We will also look at Australia’s capital city and compare it to London. Barn Owls will
learn the differences in key features such as farming, animals and homes between the UK and Australia. We will discuss hot and cold areas of the world.
Our Science focus this term is ‘Green Fingers – We are gardeners’. Barn Owls have already planted their individual sunflowers and over the coming weeks we will be recording the changes we observe to our plants in our Sunflower Diaries.
Forest School sessions form an important part of our outdoor learning curriculum. We will be focusing on seasonal change and what we observe is happening to our wooded area, as summer approaches. Sessions continue to run every Friday afternoon with the full group of Barn Owls. Barn Owls need to come to school dressed ready for Forest School every Friday morning. Please ensure children have appropriate clothing for every weather condition. In particular, as the days are getting warmer it is still important that Barn Owls have a long sleeve shirt and trousers on.
Barn Owls have PE on a Wednesday afternoon. They will need to come to school in their PE kits. Earrings are not permitted during PE sessions for safety reasons. Please ensure on PE days they are not worn, as adults cannot help children to reinsert due to Covid-19 distancing.
As the weather changes Barn Owls will need a hat. Further to this, I incorporate daily exercise and ‘brain breaks’ for the children with Wake Up Shake Up and these are held outside as much as possible.
Starting this week homework will go home on Friday and is expected to be returned by the following Wednesday. It forms an important part of further consolidating the learning within the classroom and can create a lovely opportunity for the children to talk about what they have been doing at school, fostering a sense of pride returning it completed.
In Barn Owls we believe that cooking, tasting and special creative activities are valuable learning experiences and in order to make this a regular activity we would appreciate a contribution of £2.00 in September, January and April to help cover the material costs.
Year 1/2 Barn Owls Curriculum Letter – Autumn 2020 – Mrs Taylor
Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting year at Dry Sandford Primary School.
It was wonderful to see all the children again after the long break away, which for many has been since March! Their classroom focus has been outstanding! We are all very impressed with how well the children are settling in with their new classroom routines. Just a reminder, could all Barn Owls please have a labelled drink bottle with them every day. A healthy snack is provided for the children every morning break time. Additionally, they may bring a healthy snack from home. Due to allergies in school, please ensure that cereal bars are not sent in - as they may contain nuts.
This term in Literacy our focus texts will be a collection of stories by Oliver Jeffers. Jeffers book ‘Here We Are’ is forming an important part of our recovery curriculum supporting the health and well- being of our community of Barn Owls returning to school. His book ‘How to Catch a Star’ enabled Barn Owls to set their own learning targets for the year linked to resilience and being reflective about their own learning journeys.
In phonics, we are initially revisiting Phase 2/3 for the younger Barn Owls. Phase 5 revision is a focus for our Year 2’s after the long break from classroom learning.
We have listened to all the children read and have checked their pre summer levels and adjusted accordingly. It is very important that the children read their reading books each night at home. Five to ten minutes of quality time is all that is needed. Asking questions and encouraging discussions linked to both the text and illustrations will greatly support their reading. Could you please fill in the reading diary every time you hear your child read. Books will be changed on; Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
In Maths, our learning will see us assessing the children’s previous understanding of counting, 1:1 correspondence and number formation. Our focus will be building upon existing addition and subtraction methods and understanding. We will be looking closely at numbers and how we use them in our everyday life for example: money, time and measurement.
Welcome to Barn Owls!
Dear Parents and Barn Owls,
Welcome back after what I hope was a lovely Christmas holiday for everyone! It has been great to see you all again and to hear about all the exciting things you got up to. We have been straight back into our normal timetable this week and have been reviewing our past terms Mathematics topic on 2D and 3D shapes by revisiting a final assessment task and working through any misconceptions. Many of the Barn Owls would have come home with their 3D Christmas decorations that hung proudly on our class ‘Christmas Geometree’. Our new Maths topic for this term will be Measurement. We will be starting with length and be thinking about the different units of measure we can use for different objects.
Our Literacy focus for this term will be thinking about what makes a grammatically accurate sentence, something which will be very useful for the rest of the term as we start exploring traditional tales and working towards writing our own versions of Robin Hood at the end of the term.
As part of our Science work this term, we will be thinking about the different seasons and the changes going on around us. Following on from our topic on Animals last term we will be focusing on our new topic - Plants. We started our topic this week and I was very impressed with Barn Owls level of knowledge already!
Our new History topic for the new term is all about Castles. As the
term goes by, we will be learning about how and why castles were built and what kind of features they have to help keep their owners safe. Excitingly, a trip to a castle is also in the pipeline for Barn Owls during next term. More news will follow as soon as it becomes available.
Art continues to be our school curriculum focus and this term will see Barn Owls exploring ‘Collage’. We will explore the use of different materials to make collage trees, branches, leaves, vines and Robin Hood’s Den to help turn our classroom into... ‘Sherwood Forest’.
Please ensure children have their PE kits in school every day. We have a weekly scheduled lesson and will be focusing this term on Multi-Skills and developing their co-ordination further through focusing on throwing and catching skills. Barn Owls will start Change 4 Life on Thursday 17th January with Mrs. Bernasconi for the whole Spring Term.
Forest School will commence again next Friday 18th January 2019 for Group B – I am sorry for the disruption last term to our scheduled visits as nativity practice impacted on our time available to go. I am sure you will agree – practise makes perfect and they were all wonderful!
I am very much looking forward to another busy term in ‘The Wonderful World of Barn Owls’. Please do remember that if there is ever anything you need to ask me or are concerned about just get in touch with me.
Barn Owls Teacher