Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

Checkendon CE (A) Primary School

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Owlet Class Blog


Term 5 Week 3

This week we have been thinking about where we live and our local area.  We went for a walk around Checkendon spotting different types of houses and looking at the amenities of the village. We loved the little library in the bus stop! 

Every day we continue to monitor the growth of our caterpillars and count down until the days until the chicks should begin to hatch.  On day 14 (Tuesday) we candled all the eggs to check the chicks were still developing.  It was wonderful to see movement inside the shell.  

In art we have begun looking at the work of Rosalind Monks and had a go at creating our own minibeasts using intricate patterns.

We have also been gardening! 

Next week we hope to welcome our chicks. 

Term 5 Week 2

This week has been full of excitement as we candled our eggs to see how many chicks we can expect.  We have 19 fertile eggs! It is still 11 days until the chicks should begin to hatch and we can't wait.  

Our caterpillars are growing quickly too.  the children are enjoying monitoring their progress daily, treating them respectfully and observing from a distance.  We have been reading the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and learning about a butterfly's lifecycle. Some of the children chose to make puppets to recreate the lifecycle. 

The children have been feeling very musical this week.  On Tuesday they had an impromptu dance and singalong session in the classroom, demonstrating their skills learnt in PE. 

This week we have also been planting wildflowers outside and tidying up our raised beds ready for our bean plants and sunflowers. 

Next week we will continue to think about minibeast lifecycles.   

Term 5 Week 1

It has been so lovely to back all together again. We have started our new topic of Wild and Wonderful and there is a lot happening in Owlet class!

We have 24 eggs incubating as we will be learning about the life cycles of chickens, and how to care for living creatures.  We also have 20 caterpillars so that we can observe the magic of metamorphosis.  This week we welcomed lots of animal visitors into school, Smelly Wellies brought rabbits and guinea pigs in for us to hold and learn about their diets, Mrs Thomas brought in four of her chickens (two of which we hatched at school last year!) and stick insects and a pupil brought in their pet tortoise.  We classified the animals (herbivore, omnivore, carnivore) and talked about hibernation.  The children and staff all loved the experience. 

Week 6 Easter 

This week we have been thinking about the Easter Story and new life.  We acted out the story of Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem and read about the Last Supper, Jesus' arrest and death and his resurrection. We talked about how Easter is celebrated and created beautiful hats, cards and baskets.  We also made delicious nest cakes and planted seeds. In Maths we used our bean plants to compare lengths and measure their height.

Happy Easter from Owlet Class! 

Week 5 

This week we have enjoyed reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea, writing shopping lists and invitations.  In maths we explored 2d and 3d shapes, creating our own 2d shapes and building 3d models.  We also enjoyed experiencing snow and hail, we tried to catch snowflakes! As it was so cold the children wanted to make sure the wildlife had plenty to eat so we made bird feeders to hang up outside too. 

Week 5 Forest School 

This was our last week at Forest School with Bobcats before Easter. We had a great time climbing trees, swinging on the rope swing and creating Easter crafts. 

Week 4 The Rainbow Fish 

A lovely week full of learning and sunshine! We have read the story of the Rainbow Fish and talked about the themes of friendship, sharing and kindness which are in the story.  We worked together to create our own beautiful fish. In Maths we have been learning about capacity and using mathematical language to describe how much things can hold. In the outside area the children all enjoyed making music and creating shows for each other. We also thought about Mothering Sunday traditions and how much are mothers do for us.  The children created beautiful cards and some delicious treats to take home with them.

Next week we will be reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea as we are lucky enough to now have our own class tiger thanks to the thoughtfulness of one of our families adopting us a class tiger! 

Week 4 Forest School

This week at Forest School in addition to the usual muddy fun, tree climbing and rope swings, we made a fire and then cooked popcorn. 

It was very exciting to listen to and watch the corn pop and delicious to eat!  

Week 3 Writing Week

This week we have been working hard and having lots of fun during our writing week.  We created an enormous beanstalk which we covered with descriptive leaves, planted our own beans, wrote our own version of Jack and the Beanstalk and made giant footprint biscuits! 

Mrs Peeling found a hibernating toad which she brought to show us and we explored using different tools for writing. 

Next week we will be looking at the story of The Rainbow Fish and celebrating Mother's Day. 


Week 3 Forest School - The Mystery of the Missing Sausage Rolls! 

At Forest School this week Mr Squires lead us on an expedition through the woods to solve the mystery of the missing sausage rolls.  We went up and down hills, climbed over fallen trees and balanced on tree trunks above crocodile infested woodland!  It was great fun and all of the Owlets were very brave.  Luckily just before it was time to come home we found the sausage rolls hidden in a shelter and all enjoyed eating them. 

World Book Day and Trip to the Oxford Story Museum 

We have had such fun this week dressing up as our favourite book characters! We shared our books with each other and explained why we had chosen them. We were joined virtually some of our classmates who couldn't be in school but still wanted to join in the fun. 

On Friday we went to the Story telling Museum where we had a great time exploring the small world exhibition and enjoying a storytelling workshop.  The Giant's bed was our favourite! 


Term week 2 Forest School

We had a lovely sunny visit to the woods on Monday afternoon.  There was tree climbing, swinging on branches, wand making and a great time had by all!


Term 4 Week 1  Animals and St David's Day

This week we have begun our new learning topic, finding out all about amazing animals! We have been reading Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and discussing what kinds of pet we might like to have and how we would look after them.  The children are very knowledgeable about their own pets and have enjoyed sharing what they know with their classmates. 

We have also celebrated St David's Day, greeting each other in welsh for the register, painting the daffodils which are growing in our outside area and eating some delicious Bara Brith. 

Next week we will be reading Jack and the Beanstalk and thinking about farm animals. 


Term 4 Week 1 Forest School

We had a great afternoon in the woods with Moulsford School's Bobcat class and Bosun and Mabel the dogs.  We climbed trees, played on the swings, spotted signs of spring and storm damage and of course got muddy! The hot chocolate and sausage rolls were very welcome too :-) 

Week 7 Chinese New Year 

This week Owlet class have continued learning all about the celebrations for Chinese New Year.  They have learnt to say Happy New Year in Mandarin, performed a dragon dance, listened to traditional Chinese Folk Tales, used chopsticks in Maths  and retold the story of The Great Race.  One of the children brought in red envelopes (hongbao) for all his friends to celebrate the New Year. 

Week 7 Forest School 

We had a wonderful wet and muddy walk to the woods on Monday, spotting signs of Spring and splashing in puddles!

In the woods we visited our bug houses and created woodland animals using stencils. 

Week 6 We are going on a Bear Hunt

This week we explored our outside area for clues of a bear. We went back inside and drew a map of how to find it, then built caves so that the bear had somewhere to live.  We also learned all about the Chinese Lunar New Year and performed a Dragon Dance. 

Week 5 Cinderella

This week in Owlets we have been reading the story of Cinderella and the alternative version Prince Cinders. The children have thought about castles and their purpose before designing and building their own. 

In maths we have been busy comparing lengths and measuring. We thought it might have helped the Prince find Cinderella if he'd measured the shoe! We also used cubes to see how tall we were which involved lots of counting.  

Next week we will be learning all about the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations and traditions. 

Week 4 The Big Birdwatch 

We have all really enjoyed getting ready for and taking part in the RSPB Big Birdwatch this week.  All the children love spotting the different wildlife that comes to visit our outside area and field each day.  At the beginning of the week we made bird feeders to entice even more feathered friends to our garden.  On Friday we had a go at tallying in our maths lesson and began the big count.  The children were all keen to have ago, practising their independent writing and counting carefully. 

We've also read Goldilocks and the Three Bears and learnt all about different species of bears.  Next week we will be reading Cinderella. 

Week 4 Forest School 

Once again we had a wonderful time in the woods! This week we built bug houses using all the wonderful things we could find in the forest.  Some of the children then applied 'the big bad wolf test' and huffed and puffed to see if they were structurally sound! 

We were very pleased to find some signs of spring.  Underneath the leaf litter we found emerging bluebell shoots.  We are all looking forward to seeing the woods full of beautiful bluebells! 


Term 3 Week 3 The Three Little Pigs

It has been another busy week of learning this week in Owlet class.  We have retold the story of the Three Little Pigs using puppets, built dens and investigated how to build strong walls.  We thought about wolves  and whether it is fair how they are shown in stories, we all enjoyed learning some wolf facts and pretending to be wolves.  Did you know that wolves communicate by howling? 

Next week we will be taking part in the RSPB big birdwatch and reading the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

Term 3 Week 3 - Forest School

It was a beautiful afternoon for exploring in the woods! We listened to birds singing, spotted squirrels, squelched through mud and built a shelter for us to use.   

Term 3 Week 2 - The Gingerbread Man

This week in Owlet class we have been reading the story of the Gingerbread Man. We have retold the story, created a wanted poster for the gingerbread man and investigated how else he might have crossed the river. The children didn't think it would be a good idea for him to swim so we made boats from different materials and tested them to see which would float or sink. After making predictions we tested the boats.  It was a lot of fun even if we did get quite wet! 

Yesterday we baked our own delicious gingerbread figures following a recipe.  All the children helped weigh and measure the ingredients before mixing, kneading and rolling the dough.   

Next week our story will be The Three Little Pigs. 

Forest School - Week 2 

We had a fantastically muddy time at Forest School today.  We built dens, found an intact birds nest and squelched and squished in the mud! 

Term 3 Week 1

This week in Owlet Class we have been thinking about winter and the cold! We learnt about animals who live in the coldest regions of the earth and how they have adapted to survive.  

We have also begun our new theme Once Upon a Time where we will be looking at traditional tales.  Last term the children designed a castle they wanted to construct in our role play, this week we built it using recycled materials.  It even has a working drawbridge! Next to the castle we have a cafe which has proved very popular. The children have also been looking for signs of spring in the outside area and made wonderful music using our music wall.  

Next week we will be looking at the story of the Gingerbread Man. 

This week in Owlet class we have been looking at The Snowman by Raymond Briggs.  We have created our own snow people, retold the story and created beautiful snow flakes.   We have also been busy planning our role play area for next term!