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Tawny Owls

Welcome to Tawny Owl Class

Tawny Owl Class is for the Year 2 and 3 children. Mr Armitage teaches in this class and is supported by Miss Vicary. 


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. At present, the children will enter the classroom at 8.45, but can arrive at school at the front playground from 8.30. 


Tawny Owl's class weekly timetable will look like the example timetable below (this is a working document and may be subject to change).


The children will have PE with Mr Hooper, 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 taught by Mr Armitage on a Friday. Children in Tawny Class need to arrive to school wearing their PE kits on a Thursday and 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. 


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:

·        Maths

·        English

·        Science

·     Physical Education

·        Computing

·        History 

·        Geography

·        Art and Design

·        Design and Technology

·        Music

·        PSHE

·        Religious Education


Enrichment opportunities

The children would usually be involved in a range of enrichment opportunities such as trips outside school.  However, due to the current situation with Covid-19 we will be unable to do this.  However, we have lots of in-school excitement to help children enjoy their learning, and to broaden their knowledge.  


More information

We will still want to share your child's successes and have discussions about how your child is enjoying their learning journey.  If you have any further questions as the term progresses please do not hesitate to contact Mr Armitage.


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.  


Please feel free to make an appointment with Mr Armitage 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 Mr Armitage at the end of the school day or make an appointment via Mrs Ellis, the school secretary.


How can I help my child learn?

Please hear your child read daily, reminding them to use their sounds for new or unfamiliar words, and make any necessary comments in their reading journals.


Support them in learning their weekly spellings and maths homework. The weekly spellings can be found below, and will be updated every week (this is a working document and can be subject to change).  We use Spelling Shed which is an online spelling site.  Your child has a login to use for this site and will enjoy all the games and activities on there to help them learn their words.  


Reading books will be changed as necessary. We ask that your child keeps their book for a minimum of two nights, meaning they must read their book to an adult for a minimum of two times. This supports the children understanding and ability to comprehend and answer questions about the text. 


Everyday in school I must have...

·        A water bottle

·        Lunch box (unless I am having cooked lunches) 

·       Book bag 

·       Home School Diary

·       Reading book 


At the moment, if your child could bring in hand cream if they need it - we are doing a lot of hand washing!  ​​​


Twitter ...

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. 


If you have any questions or queries regarding Tawny Owls, please contact Mr Armitage.


Example timetable (working document)

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