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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 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 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