Owl Class

Welcome to Owl Class

Owl Class is the home of pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 and is always buzzing with interesting activities. We really enjoy outdoor learning and take every opportunity we can to get outside! This term, we took our science lessons on tour first to a garden in Peppard to harvest autumn fruit and vegetables and then to the school grounds to find natural materials to make houses for hedgehogs. We love PE and we have these lessons together with Year R pupils - taught by sports specialists twice weekly. Our daily maths lessons (we use Busy Ant, White Rose, and Classroom Secrets) and phonics and spelling lessons (we use Phonics Play and No Nonsense Spelling) are in small groups. We do lots of writing, not just in English lessons but in other subjects too. We are enthusiastic researchers in our history and geography lessons. We love singing and we especially enjoy our music lessons with music specialist Mrs Davies. Our classroom has lots of things to help us learn: a class library with comfy cushions; lots of banded reading books, dictionaries and atlases; practical resources for maths; a trolley of laptops and all kinds of art and DT materials. We think Owl Class is great!

Teachers: Miss Watt and Mrs Wortley

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Griffin and Mrs Thomas

Term 4, Week 1

This week, we began our new learning project ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ which launched with the children conducting their own transport survey.  We then started to explore transport through the ages by looking at different modes of transport and ordering them from oldest to newest. 

The transport theme continued in English where the children wrote their own transport riddles and we all had fun guessing these in our Teacher Time sessions.  Everyone ordered their clues carefully so they were very hard to guess at first but more obvious by the end.  After that, the children designed and labelled their own vehicle.  There were such creative ideas from cars that turned into submarines to rockets complete with hot tubs!

In Maths, the year 1 children began to explore numbers to one hundred, partitioning them into tens and ones while the year 2 children were counting and adding money.

Next week is Writing Week with the theme of a twist on a tale.  There are lots of exciting things planned such as sponsored reads, story time every afternoon and a virtual theatre trip to see Robin Hood. Thursday is World Book Day and everyone is invited to dress up as a favourite book character.  I wonder who you will be?

Miss Watt

Additional Owl Class Information and Resources

Owl Class Curriculum Newsletter and Letter from Miss Watt September 2020

Writing Assessment Grids

Key Stage 1 Reading Vipers



  • Checkendon Church of England (A) Primary School
  • Checkendon
  • Reading
  • Oxfordshire
  • RG8 0SR
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01491 680693
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