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Newsletter for Owlets – Spring Term January 2022 Mrs Friday

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.

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 and Understanding the World. 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 are using this term include Titch, Guess How Much I Love You, The Paper Dolls and stories by the author Anthony Brown. The role play areas will be created with the children, and we have just made a ‘Shoe Shop’, We will also have small world areas linked to the stories we are covering will have a Baby Clinic later after half term. If you have any old shoes we can have or shoe boxes for our shop, we would really appreciate them.

 

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 Wednesday afternoon.

As you know we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide waterproofs etc.

Reception Owlets will not be starting PE until after Easter but as a reminder all children need a set of indoor and outdoor shoes, please. Year 1 Owlets will continue to have PE on a Friday.

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 a Tuesday and Thursday. 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. The children will be focusing on where each letter starts to develop their handwriting skills, and 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 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.

Mrs Friday, Mrs Bernasconi, Mrs Rivers and team

 

Together Everyone Achieves More

 

Owlets Curriculum Letter – Autumn Term September 2021

Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting year at Dry Sandford Primary School.

We are all very impressed with how well the children are settling into their new classroom environment. We love teaching your children so please bring them every day as they can miss out on so much and attendance is monitored. If your child cannot attend, please let the office know and try to make appointments out of school hours where possible. Thank you to everyone who has returned the contact information forms. Please double check that you have handed these in, so we have your most up-to-date details. We have children with allergies in school, so we thank you in advance for keeping snacks and pack lunches without any nuts.

This term’s topic has a Woodland focus. We will be learning stories such as Each, Peach, Pear,

Plum, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gruffalo and Owl Babies and we will be thinking about harvest. The role play areas will be linked to a woodland cottage. Within our topic there will be lots of play and activities to develop other areas such as, maths, marking making, storytelling, building and making, music and exploring to name a few!

 

The children have been enjoying making new friends, learning new routines and learning through play. As you know we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide waterproofs etc. We will keep you updated about when Forest School is starting, which will be in a couple of weeks time. Our new Reception children will not need a PE kit until the summer term but please make sure they have a pair of named indoor and outdoor shoes.

Helping your child at home

Children can borrow a picture book to share together at home which they can change every day or every few days from a box on the carpet in the morning.  Children may also be chosen to borrow one of our special Golden Books. In a few weeks you will also have a reading book to share with your child and encourage them to talk about the pictures and point to the words together. You will also be able to encourage your child to sound out and blend the words which we will be doing in school as part of our phonics sessions. You will receive another letter when this happens along with a reading record book.

Promoting a love of books and sharing daily stories can make such a difference to your child’s progress.

Children learn from real life experiences, and you can help your child by involving them in activities at home.

Here are some examples:

  • Counting things such as toys, cutlery, anything they can find at home, and recognising numbers they can see around them.
  • Writing their first name
  • Practising phonics- letter sounds they might see out and about and playing games such as Alphablocks: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks
  • Telling stories together and making them up.
  • Counting forwards and also backwards like a rocket count down! Watching shows such as Numberblocks.
  • Using paints, play dough and threading to help strengthen their pencil control.
  • Helping to write or draw pictures of their favourite things, or for your shopping list.

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 donation of around £2:00 in September, January and April to help to cover the cost.

 

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. Please check out our website for all the latest news and excitement.

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

Thank you!

Mrs Friday, Mrs B and Mrs Rivers

Harcourt Arboretum June 2021

Owlets Curriculum Letter – Summer Term April 2021

We hope you had a lovely Easter and a warm welcome back to the summer term at

Dry Sandford Primary School

We will be covering St George's Day with a mini topic on knights and dragons for the first couple of weeks. The children have already been adapting the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Story,’ to invent their own dragon hunt or a different animal of their choice. We have created lots of lovely story maps!

 

This term’s topic also focuses on, learning about mini beasts and caring for our planet. We will be look at favourite stories such as Spinderella and the Superworm story by Julia Donaldson. We will also be looking and comparing stories by Eric Carle such as 'The Very Busy Spider, The Very Hungry Caterpillar to name a few. We will be investigating mini beast in science and during Forest School. After the half term we will be moving on to an under the sea topic.

 

As you know we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide sunhat/caps and make sure you have applied sun cream before school on those warmer days. Children can bring a named sun cream bottle in their bags if you feel a top up is needed; children need to be able to apply this themselves.  Please ensure all jumpers and cardigans are named too.

All the Owlets now have a weekly PE session on Thursdays so please come in your PE kits ready. Thank you to everyone who remembered for the first session which the children really all enjoyed!

 

 

 

Helping your child at home

 

Continue to hear your child read every day. We are continuing to change the books on Tuesday and Thursdays. The children are given two books each time. We are really pleased with the children's reading progress and this progress can be supported by encouraging them to predict and talk about what is happening and to ask them questions about the text. It is also important for them to track with their index finger and re-read the sentence. There are often some questions at ideas the back of the book you can use. Playing games to help children to with phonics sounds and tricky words using flash cards, Alphablocks and Phonics Play is also a great support to your child’s progress in school.

In maths you can support by continuing with Doodle Maths or by looking at the maths games on Purple Mash. We will be looking at more number problems this term as well as recapping on pattern and shape. It is also good to continue to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and forward and backwards.

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. Also if anyone has any suitable cuttings of plants, garden herbs or seeds we could for developing our new fairy garden and wildlife area that would be really appreciated.

Hopefully the Government's ‘Roadmap to Lifting Restrictions,’ will continue which will enable us to plan activities such as our annual sports’ day and there will be events to support transition. We will of course keep you posted nearer the time of the events!

 

Thank you for your continued support,

 Mrs Friday, Mrs B and Mrs Rivers

Together Everyone Achieves More!

Curriculum for Owlets- Spring 2021

How Much Fun Can You Have With a Pumpkin?

Letter to Year One (Owlets) Sept 2020

Letter to Reception Parents for Sept 2020

New look to Owlets classroom following return from Lockdown period

Welcome to Owlets!

Reception!

 

Reception Owlets Curriculum Letter – Autumn Term September 2019 

 

Welcome to the beginning of a new and exciting year at Dry Sandford Primary School. 

 

We are all very impressed with how well the children are settling into their new classroom environment. We love teaching your children so please bring them every day as they can miss out on so much and attendance is monitored. If your child cannot attend, please let the office know and try to make appointments out of school hours where possible. Thank you to everyone who has returned the contact information forms please check that you have handed these in, so we have your most up to date details. We have children with allergies in school, so we thank you in advance for keeping snacks and pack lunches nut free. 

 

This term’s topic has a Woodland focus. We will be learning stories such as Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Gruffalo and Owl Babies and we will be thinking about harvest. The role play areas will be linked to the bears’ cottage. Within our topic there will be lots of focused activities to develop other areas such as, numbers and counting, marking making and storytelling, building and making, music and exploring to name a few!  

 

The children have been enjoying making new friends, learning new routines and learning through play. As you know we have outdoor learning in all weathers so please provide waterproofs etc. We will keep you updated about when Forest School is starting in a few weeks’ time.  

 

Helping your child at home 

Children can borrow a picture book to share together at home which there can change every day from the box. The box can be found on the carpet area in the morning, so please support your child in returning a book and choosing a new one. Children may also be chosen to borrow one of our special Golden Books. Later in the term, you will receive a reading book too so you can encourage your child in sounding out and blending words which we will be doing in school as part of our phonics sessions. You will receive another letter when this happens along with a reading record book. 

 

Promoting a love of books and sharing daily stories can make such a difference to your child’s progress.  

 

Children learn from real life experiences and you can help your child by involving them in activities at home. 

 

Here are some examples:  

  • Counting things such as toys, cutlery, anything they can find at home and recognising numbers they can see around them. 
  • Writing their first name  
  • Practising phonics- letter sounds they might see out and about and playing games such as Alphablockshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/shows/alphablocks 
  • Telling stories together and making them up. 
  • Counting forwards and also backwards like a rocket count down! Watching shows such as Numberblocks. 
  • Using paints, play dough and threading to help strengthen their pencil control. 
  • Helping to write or draw pictures of their favourite things, or for your shopping list. 

 

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 to cover the cost. 

 

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. Please check out our website for all the latest news and excitement.  

 

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

 

Thank you! 

 

Mrs. Friday and Mrs. Ross 

 

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