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Keinton Mandeville

OWls Class 2023-2024

Owls Class Homework 

Weekly homework expectations for Reception;

Read 3x weekly (more is always encouraged) - This is not linked to Golden Time but children will be individually rewarded with house points for their efforts in Reading. 

Reading diaries will be checked daily with house points for reading 3 x being awarded on a Friday.


Our PE day is Friday - the children will need to be wearing their PE kit into school every Friday ready for their morning PE session!

Autumn Term 2- our first theme is Autumn which we will cover over the first 4 weeks of term. We will then move into our second theme which will be Christmas!       Our termly planner is linked below;


The children will be sent home with their homework sheet, at the beginning of every half term with ideas of projects they could complete to support their learning of the themes we will be covering. Attached below is a copy of the AUTUMN Term 2 homework sheet just in case; 



This half term we will be continuing to focus on the children all being able to write their own names. We will continue to learn initial letter formations as we learn the phonemes during our Phonics sessions. Children will have opportunities to practise forming their letters throughout the day independently as well as during focussed sessions. The children will have lots of opportunities to listen to stories as well as mark make to show their own meanings. 


In our first few weeks we will be exploring recognising numbers 1 to 3, be able to write these numbers correctly, be able to recognise them as amounts and find one more and one less. We will then move on to exploring circles and triangles before looking at the numbers 1,2,3,4,5. We will look at finding these numbers, subitising and making these amounts before finding one more and one less. We will finish the term by looking at 2D shapes with four sides.

Understanding the World


We will be exploring Autumn, learning that there are four seasons, the features of a typical Autumn in the UK as well as using our senses to describe what Autumn feels like. We will explore nocturnal animals and hibernation which will link to our previous theme from last half term about woodland habitats.


We will be learning about why we celebrate Christmas by exploring the Christian story of The Nativity. We will think about the different ways in which we celebrate and also learn about how people around the world celebrate. The children will also think about Christmas as a time for giving and how important it is to give as well as receive.

 Expressive Arts and Design

Our main theme in Art this half term is exploring how we can use nature to create artwork. We will then explore a Design unit where we will create a moving slider picture of Santa going down the chimney.

Below are some theme linked Expressive Arts and Design activities;

Autumn linked

We will use natural materials to create artwork linked to nocturnal creatures which we have collected whilst out in our environment. We will be creating a collaborative piece of artwork to reflect The Gruffalo. We will be using natural materials to create a piece of Autumn textile with fabric paint. 

Christmas linked

We will be doing some Christmas baking as well as making decorations for our Christmas trees. 

 Physical Development

This half term the children will focus mainly on mark making using large and small movements for their gross motor skills as well as lots of practical activities based around developing their fine motor skills.

In PE the children will be exploring using their bodies through Dance.

 Communication and Language

We will be developing the children`s ability to listen and respond to a variety of stories which are either our literacy focus texts as well as the books we read at various points within the day. We will be doing circle times where we can discuss ourselves and our families, giving the children time to express themselves if they choose as well as learning to listen to others and take turns.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Our PSHE focus this half term is Building relationships, where we will be looking at people who are special to us, what makes us unique and exploring similarities and differences. We will also have class assemblies where we will listen to a story with a meaning behind it and talk about this as a class. These stories will link in with building relationships and how to form friendships. 

Autumn Term 2 - Autumn Scavenger Hunt 

w/b 6th November

This week we headed outside in our coats and wellies, thankfully during a break in the rain, to explore our school grounds for signs of Autumn. The children each had a clipboard and a checklist of Autumnal signs which we were hoping to see. They enjoyed ticking things off their lists and we managed to find most of the items we were looking for. The only thing we were disappointed not to see was a squirrel but with the excitement of making piles of leaves to throw in the air we decided that we had probably scared all the squirrels away!

Autumn Term 2 - Leaf Crowns

As part of our new theme Autumn we made our very own leaf crowns - the children went outside to choose the leaves they liked and stuck them to card to create their crown. They were very pleased with their creations and lots of them were declaring themselves either Leaf Queen or Leaf King!

Amazing Autumn

We started off our new theme by exploring the story Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert.

We used leaves collected from the playground to create our own Leaf Men, the children really enjoyed being creative with the leaves and choosing the right colour and size for their Leaf Man! Here are some examples of their artwork below; 

Autumn Term 1 

The children have made a wonderful start to their school journey and have settled in brilliantly to their new setting. We have had lots of opportunities to get to know one another, make new friends and learn collaboratively through their independently led play choices. It has been wonderful to see how the children have played together so well and have enjoyed the resources we have at Keinton. Here are a few pictures of the sorts of activities the children have been involved in since they started school;

Marvellous ME!

As part of our Marvellous Me theme we explored self portraits and thoroughly enjoyed creating our own portraits. The children were especially excited to see them up on our display board!