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Tawny Owls

Welcome to Tawny Owl Class

Tawny Owl Class is for the Year 1 and 2 children.  Miss Hole teaches in this class and is supported by Miss Farndell and Miss Smith 


Class Ethos:

We believe that all children have the ability to achieve their aspirations through developing a 'can do' attitude and a growth mind-set through engaging in a stimulating and challenging learning environment.  Our aim within this is for the children to become confident, resilient and self-assured learners who are proud of theirs, and others, achievements.


Within the classroom we have a Maths zone, English zone, a Reading zone and much, much more.  Each area has a designated working wall to help scaffold the children's learning and to ensure that all learners are challenged to suit their individual needs.


Teaching Structure:

The children follow the same weekly routine. The children arrive at school and unpack their belongings. Following this they are welcomed into the class where they find their seat and begin their silent reading or handwriting.  Both the Teacher and the LSA's will be there to welcome the children into the class. 


They start the day with a Whole School Assembly 2 days a week. On the other days they will begin their day with Phonics and Spelling work.  Maths will then take the children up until break followed by English after break until Lunch. 

In the afternoons the lessons will be topic based and the children will be involved in a range of interventions with Miss Farndell, as well as 1:1 Reading with Miss Smith. 


On a Friday morning the class will be led by Miss Farndell and supported by Miss Smith, whilst the Class teacher takes her PPA. During this time the children will have their allocated Library time, Weekly news, Spelling test and all other homework due will be marked or set. 


This year's learning...

In Tawny Owls the Maths, English, Reading, Science, PE and all Topic lessons is designed by the staff. This means it is bespoke to the school, therefore, it suits the needs of all our learners. To support all foundation areas of the Curriculum we apply Creative Learning ideas from Cornerstones. Cornerstones provides a skills based curriculum that supports cross curricular links. Our Topics for the term, are taken from Cornerstones and are complemented with timetabled enrichment opportunities. 


Foundation subjects have been blocked into specific terms to allow the children to explore and deepen their knowledge in each area. The subjects are blocked as follows:

Autumn- Music, Art and Design Tech. 

Spring- History and Computing.

Summer- Georgraphy and MFL. 


PSHE and RE will be taught throughout the year. 


This year's learning...

·        Autumn – Paws, Claws and Whiskers

·        Spring  – Enchanted Woodland 

·        Summer - Land Ahoy


Trips and Enrichment

Autumn Term - Bristol Zoo

Spring Term - Wildwood Escot (TBC)

Summer Term - Steam train to Minehead 


The National Curriculum

In Tawny Owls all children access the following subject areas:

·        Maths

·        English

·        Science

·     Physical Education


·        Computing

·        History 

·        Geography


·        Art and Design

·        Design and Technology

·        Music


·        PSHE

·        Religious Education


In the Autumn term you are invited to attend our Curriculum Evening where we will explore the above areas and what it will look like for your child.  However, if you have any questions as the year progresses please do not hesitate to contact Miss Hole.


Partnership with Parents

We understand that any transition can be exciting and daunting at the same time for parents and children.  This is why we try to do everything we can to make transitions as smooth and as enjoyable as possible.


In the Summer term we have transition days for the children so they can get to know their new teachers, teaching assistants, classroom environment and routines. 


We offer Parent consultations in the Autumn term to inform you about how your child has settled in, and to answer any questions you may have. We can then also ensure that we are continuing to work together as a team and do everything possible to support your child achieve short and long term aspirations.


You are also invited to make appointments with Miss Hole any time, please do not feel like you must wait until these consultations. 


Working closely with parents is very important to us at Lydeard St Lawrence Primary School.  In Tawny Owl Class we have many events throughout the year to encourage this.   If at any time you have concerns please catch Miss Hole at the end of the school day or make an appointment via Mrs Ellis, the school secretary.


How can I help my child learn?

Hear your child read daily, reminding them to use their sounds for new or unfamiliar words.

Support them learning their weekly Spellings and Maths homework.

Enable your child to have a go at new concepts and challenges through our Rainbow Challenges.


Everyday in school I must have...

·        A water bottle

·        Lunch box (unless I am having cooked lunches) 

·       Book bag 

·       Home School Diary

·       Reading book

·       PE kit 


On a Friday in school I also need to have...

  • Homework book with completed weekly spelling practice 


Twitter ...

While this class webpage will be updated regularly please follow us on twitter at lslstawnyowl. The twitter page is updated daily. We find twitter to be an invaluable resource that not only promotes learning and celebrates work but also allows parents to see the days 'events' and allows us to celebrate the children's achievements both in and out of school.


If you would like help to set up your own twitter page or just simply need help to access our page, please do come and see Miss Hole at the end of the school day.


Please note that only the class teacher can grant access to the class Twitter page.  To read the school's E-Safety Statement please click on the link below.


Tapestry ...

Please do keep an eye on Tapestry, as we will update this as regularly as possible with our learning and daily activities. On here you will see what your child has been up to, and can even see assessments based on their learning challenges. 


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