Welcome to Tawny Owl Class
Tawny Owl Class is for the Year 2 and 3 children. Miss Jolliffe teaches in this class and is supported by Mrs Saxby and Miss Jenkins.
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.
The children follow the same weekly routine. At present, the children will have a staggered start and finish. Please speak to Mrs Ellis in the office if you are unsure of when your child should be coming in and leaving.
Tawny Owl's class weekly timetable will look like the example timetable below (this is a working document and may be subject to change).
On Wednesday Week A, Tawny Owls Class will have an enrichment day, led by Mrs Morin our Field School Leader. The children will have PE with Mr Hooper, Field School with Mrs Morin, handwriting and library time. On alternate weeks the children will have a normal day in class, with PE sessions taken by Mr Hooper, and Real PE on a Friday.
This year's learning...
In Tawny Owls bespoke maths, English, reading, science, PE and topic lessons are planned to meet the needs of all the learners in our class. 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 complemented with timetabled enrichment opportunities.
· Autumn 1 and 2 Flow (Plus the Nativity). This will include topic work on rocks, soils and fossils in the first half of term, followed by rivers in the second half.
Each topic, the teacher will create a curriculum map, which shows you what your child will be learning that term, across the subjects. This can be found below.
The National Curriculum
In Tawny Owls all children access the following subject areas:
· Physical Education
· Art and Design
· Design and Technology
· Religious Education
This year the children will be involved in a range of enrichment opportunities:
During the topic 'Flow' the children will enjoy an 'Art Week' Much is dependent of the state of the Covid-19 virus, but we are hoping to get in a story teller too!
During the Autumn term the children will be doing their Nativity play. It may be a filmed Nativity this year, but needless to say a good time will be had by all!
In the Autumn term you are usually invited to attend our curriculum evening where we will explore the above areas and what it will look like for your child. However we are able, the curriculum evening will share examples of how we teach the children through the use of 'Bloom's Taxonomy'. Blooms is used across the school and across all of our lessons. The children are used to the format and enjoy all lessons being taught in the same structure. However, if you have any further questions as the year progresses please do not hesitate to contact Miss Jolliffe.
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 a transition day 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 will be letting you know how these will be happening at a later date. Ensuring that we work together as a team and do everything possible to support your child to achieve their potential.
Please feel free to make an appointment with Miss Jolliffe at any time, outside of these consultation times. It may be that these are over the telephone in the current climate.
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 Jolliffe 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. The weekly spellings can be found below, and will be updated every half term (this is a working document and can be subject to change).
Reading books will be changed every other day, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This supports the children understanding and ability to comprehend and answer questions about the text. The Maths homework is found online, and supports our maths teaching in class. The homework, alike our teaching format is done through 'White Rose' and supports children to consolidate their learning'. Homework, will be set on a Friday and due to be completed by the following Friday.
Everyday in school I must have...
· A water bottle
· Lunch box (unless I am having cooked lunches)
· Book bag
· Home School Diary
· Reading book and home school diary
· PE kit
At the moment, if your child could bring in hand cream if they need it - we are doing a lot of hand washing!
On a Wednesday in school I also need to have...
On a Friday in school I also need to have...
We now have a whole school Twitter page and you can request to join this to see what your children have been up to. You can find the page by searching: @LSLschool
If you would like help to access our page, please do come and see any member of staff at the end of the school day.
Please note that the class teachers and headteacher can grant access to the class Twitter page.