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Tawny Owls Class 2023-24

Welcome to Team Tawny Owls

At the experience level, pupils should encounter learning in a range of contexts and be given opportunities to observe, explore and play.  This stage is about experiencing new concepts and ideas through play and exploration. It is about being creative and curious. It is about encouraging pupils to ask questions. We encourage pupils to take themselves on their own journeys of discovery. Role play, continuous provision and creative activities are the vehicles for learning. Learning is implicitly linked to the whole-school themes through careful selection of resources and experiences. We take every opportunity to support learning in real life situations through visits and visitors. Staff are enablers and facilitators of learning at this stage through questioning, and modelling awe and wonder at the world.

This is the foundation for empowering our pupils to take on the world.

In Tawny Owls, pupils will have some access to continuous provision, but will also be introduced to more class teaching and group work.  This class will aim to provide a transition from the play based learning in Barn Owls to the teaching and learning that they will take part in at the Express stage of school. Pupils will learn to talk and through talk, with a key focus on learning to talk.

Autumn 1 - Community - Topic Theme 'Bright Lights, Big City'

This topic is all about the places where we live and those around us. We will learn about cities, towns and villages around our school and about the people and buildings there are in these places. We will compare and contrast these places that we live in to the City of London, and learn all about our capital city. We will learn about our own families and compare and contrast these to each other and also to the Royal family, which will be an early introduction to the topic of social class. We will explore our local communities by identifying different buildings and features of our city.

The oracy focus is Inform and Explain. Pupils will use role play to take on different roles they would find in London such as guards and the Royal family.  They will consider how different people talk and act, part of the Physical Strand. They will use specific vocabulary to compare Conisbrough / Doncaster with London.  They will develop their oracy skills over the half term, with progressively more demanding expectations (eg formality, tone, gestures), part of the Physical Strand. The topic will lead up to the Celebrate Activity – Virtual bus tour of London