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Owl Babies Class

Class Staff


Sheli Kear

Teaching Assistants

  • Keera Macmillan-Wood
  • Beth Chambers
  • Kerry Brown

Class Overview:

In Owl Babies class we learn through immersive sensory play using a child led approach. We love to follow our interests and get messy! We explore the 7 areas of learning which are:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical development
  • PSED
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

We learn and explore both our indoor and outdoor areas whatever the weather. In owl babies class we support total communication and use our voices, pictures, symbols and signs to communicate.

Topic Summary:


In Owl Babies class we explore the seven areas of learning, here are some of our areas of learning which we will be exploring this half term. ‘All around us’ is our topic this half term, we will be exploring some different books including ‘Busy Park’, ‘Noisy Farm’, ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ and ‘The wheels on the bus’. We will be exploring the books using our senses and through sensory experiences. We will be singing and listening to songs as well as using musical instruments. In maths we will be exploring number, handling a range of objects and listening to number rhymes. Focusing on their physical development, children will be exploring different areas within in school including soft play, the sensory room and dark room to take part in attention autism sessions, intensive interaction sessions and TAC PAC. In Art we will be getting creative and using different tools and materials, we will be getting messy! We will be using paint with our hands, paint brushes and sponges to create shapes and make marks. In ‘The Nest’ we will be using Makaton, picture symbols and photos as we have a total communication environment. We encourage you to become involved in your child’s learning. Please add any photos or videos to your child’s portfolio on ClassDojo.

Outdoor learning:

School will have a continued focus on ‘Outside Learning in all Weathers’ this year, with this in mind if possible please ensure that on each day your child has a suitable coat for the weather conditions.

Could you please send in a bottle of sun cream to keep in school and a hat for your child as we use the outdoors each day and the weather will probably be getting warmer soon.

General Notices:

Social money for the term is £6, this is for snack and learning experiences.

Please send in a spare change of clothes in case your child has an accident at school, as well as any nappies or pull ups they may need. We will let you know when we run out.

Please can you send wellies in and a water proof as we will be doing outdoor learning most days.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • Coffee & Catch Up session - Tuesday 20th September (09:30 – 10:30)
  • Coffee & Catch Up session - Wednesday 12th October (13:15 – 14:15)

Home / School Communication:

Class Dojo

Day-to-day home-school communication will be through Class Dojo.  You should expect to receive home-school communication from your child's class team approximately three times per week.  This will provide a fine balance between staff workload and their well-being whilst ensuring you are kept regularly up-to-date on your child's experience in school.  We must however politely remind parents/carers that staff will not be expected to read and/or respond to any Class Dojo messages in the evenings, at weekends or during the school holidays. 

Thank you to those parents who have already signed up for this - your child's class team will be in touch if you have not yet logged in.


There is normally member of the class team available to speak to between 8:15 - 8:40 am or 3:00 - 3:30 pm, please phone the school office and ask for a member of staff from the class if you wish to speak to us.