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Badsey First School

Badsey First School

Reception - Class Owl

Welcome to Class Owl!

This page is designed to let you know a little bit more about our class...we hope you find it helpful.  If you ever have any questions about life in Class Owl that you can't find the answer to on this page, you'll always be able to catch a member of our class team before or after school on the playground and we'll be happy to help. 

Who's Who?

Class Teacher:  Mrs J Williams

Teaching Assistant:  Mrs G Appleyard and Mrs J Newman

Autumn Term

 The Autumn term for Class Owl at Badsey is all about settling in and completing the transition from Pre-School.  Following plenty of opportunities to begin that transition in the Summer before they start school, we're always optimistic that our Reception cohort will hit the ground running.  Throughout the first couple of months, each child will undertake a range of 'Baseline' activities as the teaching team get to understand your child and 'what they already know'.  This allows us to accurately track their progress throughout the whole of the First-School phase.

Learning across the rest of the school throughout Autumn sits under the umbrella Big Idea of 'Respect'.  This is the same for our EYFS children who will learn about the importance of rules and boundaries as well as respecting the environments that we share.

Meet The Teacher

Click here for the Meeting The Teacher 2019 Overview Presentation

Click here for the Class Owl Meet The Teacher 2019 Presentation

 Prime Areas of Learning

Communication & Language/Literacy

 We will be concentrating on Phase One of Letters and Sounds which concentrates on developing children's speaking and listening skills and lays the foundations for the phonic work which starts in Phase 2. The emphasis during Phase 1 is to get children attuned to the sounds around them and ready to begin developing oral blending and segmenting skills. Our Phonics lessons take p lace daily and we are following the Jolly Phonics scheme, which teaches children their letters and sounds for writing. This will also involve some stories and rhymes, as well as including a range of multi-sensory activities, designed to immerse the children in each sound. The children will also learn the written form of each sound and will be taught to understand the terms digraphs and trigraphs. We will also begin to learn ‘tricky’ words that cannot be segmented, such as no, the, to, go.

Physical Development

 This term our P.E lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon. Our PE focuses on 6 different cogs: Physical, social, personal, health and fitness, cognitive and creative. We will be having “Fun in the Jungle” this term. We will be following animals, doing an Elephant dance, exploring the different movements animals make, moving tree to tree and high and low. All of these activities will help us learn more about how our bodies move and how we can be more spatially aware. These lessons are focusing on the “Social” cog so they will help us to get to know each other and make new friends too.

Personal, Social Emotional Development

 This area of learning is of huge importance to us In the Early Years. We will introduce you child to lots of games that will encourage turn taking and have weekly circle times. During circle time we will be thinking about what it means to be a kind friend and things we can do to help others. We will introduce the class and school rules and say what is right and wrong. We also will begin sending home the “Marvellous Me” suitcase. Each week the suitcase will be sent home with one child. This is an opportunity for your child to put in things that are important to them and they will share these items with the rest of the class. This will help build on our speaking and listening skills.

Specific Areas of Learning


The focus of the initial seven weeks of the Autumn term will be on the Reception baseline - getting to understand what your child already knows about mathematics.  We will also be introducing lessons on Number Place Value.  We will use lots of rhymes and songs to encourage the children to count verbally, we will use objects and games to allow them to explore 1:1 correspondence and “careful counting”. We will then start learning all about adding numbers together and working out how many we have altogether. We will be using lots of objects and linking this to our learning. There will be lots of opportunities to find and explore numbers in water, sand, slime and look for them in our natural environment too. We will also be introducing lessons on Number Place Value.  

Fortnight beginning 21st October - Addition

Week beginning 11th November - Shape

Fortnight beginning 18th November - Subtraction

Fortnight beginning 2nd December - Place Value

Week beginning 16th December - Pattern

Understanding the World

 This term we will be thinking about how special events are celebrated in different cultures and the traditions that are observed. For example we will learn about harvest and the Christmas story. Each term the whole school has a “Big idea”. This term our “Big idea” is respect. We will discuss what respect is and what it means to be respectful to our friends, adults around us and property and belongings. We will also focus on the Badsey Be’s and learn all about how they help us to follow the school rules. We will think about how our actions play a huge part in the world. We will also continue to use various forms of technology around the classroom, including the laptops and interactive whiteboard and programmable toys.

Expressive Arts & Design

 We will explore how the children can express themselves creatively using a variety of media, for example painting, collage, music, song and dance. Specifically we will be creating friendship hands and a large collage of Elmer the elephant.

Other Important Information

 Forest School: 

Taught Forest School lessons are reserved for children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 4 at Badsey.  We will send a letter at a later date providing information, and plenty of notice, about when the Class Owl sessions will be along with details of appropriate clothing etc.

Reading at Home:

We will send home reading books just before October half term. We change your child’s reading book every Friday. We will provide you with enough books to read during that week. Regular reading at home is key in aiding your child to make progress in their reading. Reading books given to your child will be chosen at a level that they can read some words and will need to decode others using their phonic knowledge. You will also find a story book in the book-bag, this is a story that you can read and enjoy with your child. Don’t worry if your child has had the book before, we always say that a good book is worth reading more than once! It is helpful to us if you could sign or initial in your child’s reading record book to show that you have looked at the book at home and are ready for a change.

Your child will receive a “Fantastic Phonic” book. The idea is that this can be used to practise some of the formation of the sounds and tricky words. It will also help you to keep track of the sounds that your child has already learnt and the sounds they will be learning next. This is optional, although recommended.



There will be a Homework Challenge sheet sent home with your child in a folder this term. Any task they complete can be done in their “Treasure and Gem” books and shared with us on a Friday. There will be more information explaining this.  Please continue to focus on reading and phonics with your child at home. Thank you.

Helpful Website Links

Education City- can be accessed here or through the Quick-Links side bar.  Your child will need their individual log in to use this website
Topmarks is a great website for maths activities and can be accessed here
Phonics Play has many useful phonics games and can be accessed here
Our class favourite counting song can be accessed here