Owl Babies

Friday 08 December 2023

This week we’ve been reading Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.

We’ve been following a story map and rehearsing actions to retell the story from the beginning to the end.

Take a look at our story actions!

Music: Charanga

In our Wednesday afternoon music lessons, we follow a scheme called Charanga

The children are introduced to a wide variety of music, including traditional nursery rhymes. Over the past few weeks they have enjoyed Don’t go breaking my heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee , Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire and Frosty the Snowman by Ella Fitzgerald!

During lessons they move in time to the music, identify what they can hear (voices/instruments), discuss tempo and pitch and make comments about how the music makes them feel.

We love our music lessons!

Charanga music 1 Charanga music 2

Maths; counting, ordinality and cardinality 

In Maths, we’ve revisited careful counting. Making sure we say our numbers in the correct sequence (ordinality) and stopping ‘at the stopping number’ (cardinality)

In provision, we’ve been using dice with both standard and irregular dot patterns on. We’ve been subitising the number we roll and then matching it by counting out and placing the correct number of objects onto a tens frame.

Twincle the Elf

Last Friday, a new friend magically appeared in Reception! He needed a name, so the children wrote their suggestions down and popped them into a special stocking. We then did a draw and the winning name was chosen- meet Twincle (named by Ryan)

As you can see, Twincle has been very busy during his first week. Playing instruments, painting masterpieces, reading and hanging up a Christmas banner.

Next week, as their independent writing challenge, the children will be recording more of Twincle’s adventures!


Autumn 2 week   has focused on words with s /s/ added at the end (hats, sits), words ending s /z/ (his) and with s /z/ added at the end (bags)

We’ve learnt the tricky words; we, me, be

Tricky words are words that should be read by sight.

In provision, we’ve been spotting and circling focus tricky words.

Poetry Picnic

Each week we will be learning a new poem. We will recite this poem each day. By saying the poem out loud, we can focus on the sounds and rhythm of each word or line. We talk to the children about how this can help us become better readers. This week’s poem is called Wise Old Owl

We talk about how a poem sometimes has rhyming words and sometimes doesn’t. We also talk about how a poem can have a fast rhythm or a slow rhythm.

Click below to watch Reception recite this week’s poem!

Wise Old Owl

Help at home; The Journey of a letter

Next week, we’ll be reading The Jolly Christmas Postman and learning about the journey of a letter when it has been posted.

To help with our discussions, we’d love to share some photos of your child at their local post box.

Send your photos to: scholesreception@spherefederation.org

Diary Dates

Learning Journey Drop In’s Tuesday 12 December and Thursday 14 December- An opportunity to “drop into” school and share your child’s learning journal with them. Times – 8.45 am-9.15am   and   3.15pm-3.45pm

Friday 15 December 3.15-4.15   FOSP Disco

Monday 18 December 1.30pm / Tuesday 19 December 9.45am Early Years Christmas Production

Thursday 21 December Christmas Dinner

Friday 22 December Non-uniform Christmas Party Day