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Year 1/2 Barn Owls Curriculum Letter – Autumn 2019 – 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 summer break and their classroom focus has been outstanding! We are all very impressed with how well the children are settling in with their new classroom routine.


This term in Literacy our focus texts will be a collection of the Katie Morag stories by Mairi Hedderwick. Throughout the term our learning will explore; stories with familiar settings, sequencing events and retelling stories. We will explore the different characters in the stories and Barn Owls will have an opportunity to write their own ending to one of the stories.

In phonics we are initially revisiting Phase 2/3 for the younger Barn Owls. Phase 5 revision is a focus for our Year Two’s after the long summer break.


In Maths our learning will see us assessing the children’s previous understanding of counting, 1:1 correspondence and number formation. Building on this 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.


Our Science focus will explore and compare the differences between things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive. We will look at humans/animals and elicit an understanding of what we need to do to stay healthy. Looking at a healthy diet we will use food to sort into groups and use scientific names. Forest School forms an important part of our Science curriculum and learning linked to changes in Seasons. I am a Qualified Forest School Practitioner.  Forest School sessions will run in split groups every Friday afternoon and more information will come home regarding these sessions in the coming days.




A key aspect of our Computer learning this term will be to support children, to understand the use of technology in school and how to use it respectfully and safely.


Year One Barn Owls are fortunate in their Music learning to have Sally Allsop take them for music on a Tuesday morning. There is a wonderful opportunity for Year Two’s this year to learn the recorder and notes have already come home regarding this. With such a small group Sally is excited about their potential to excel!


Barn Owls will have Change for Life with Mrs ‘B’ on a Wednesday afternoon and therefore it is important that all children have PE kits in school everyday throughout the term. PHSCE will be taught on the same afternoon in split groups with Mrs Platt. Further to this I incorporate daily exercise and ‘brain breaks’ for the children with Wake Up Shake Up – looming largely in our day!


Homework will go home on a Thursday and is expected to be returned by the following Tuesday. 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.


Finally, we love teaching your children so please bring them every day. The start of the day is very important which is why attendance is monitored, including late arrivals. Register closes promptly at 9:00am. Please let the office know if your child cannot attend and try to make appointments out of school hours where possible.


I would like to finish by saying, I am very much looking forward to teaching your children this year in ‘The Wonderful World of Barn Owls’.


Kind Regards,

Mrs Taylor



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Year 2


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.


Kind Regards


Glynis Taylor

Barn Owls Teacher