Barn Owls Class

 Barn Owls is taught by Mrs Cracknell with assistance from Mrs Hagger.

In Reception and Key Stage 1 all children learn phonics in line with the Jolly Phonics scheme.

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Term 5

Our topic during term 5 was ‘Homes and Gardens’. We focussed most of our learning around the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We learnt the story and took part in drama activities. We then rewrote our own version of the story.  

We learnt how to add more detail to a sentence by adding a conjunction. We learnt about different styles of houses and wrote a description of our own house. In maths we began to learn how to multiply and divide by sharing.

We continued our science learning on the outside. We learnt about different types of trees and flowers you might find in your garden and we also went on a bug hunt to search for mini-beasts.

We also learnt about what life was like in the 1930’s and how houses and lifestyles compared to today. The highlight of the term was a trip to Bekonscot Model Village, where we were able to see what life was like in the 1930’s.

Term 4 - Food and Farming

Our focus text was ‘Farmer Duck’ by Martin Waddell. The children loved acting out the story and watching each other’s performances. For the first time, they re-wrote the story with only a story map to guide them.

The story was also used in computing, where Beebots were programmed to follow simple instructions- turn right, turn left, backwards and forwards.

In Geography, the class located a local farm using Google Earth and designed their own ‘aerial view’ farm, carefully labelling the different human and physical features.

Mrs Seymour extended the gymnastics she had taught in term 3 and the children moved on to develop sequences containing three or more linked elements. P.E was also used to develop, practise and reinforce the children's mathematical understanding of whole, half and quarter turns.

A highlight for many children was Science Week where the focus was all about ‘discovery’. The children were able to handle different animals, investigate Archimedes, make structures, learn about DNA and learn about gases in the air. The week ended with a Science Fair, where parents and children could discover lots about science!