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Owl Babies Class

Class Staff


Michelle Smith

Teaching Assistants

  • Tracey Stephenson
  • Joanna Jeffries
  • Kelly-Maria Webster

Class Overview

Welcome to Owl babies class, we have 9 children who are taught by Michelle Smith and supported by 3 teaching assistants. We operate as an early years class, and all children are working on the discovery pathway. During our day in school the children explore learning environments indoors and outdoors following a sensory based curriculum. All of the children encounter targeted interventions to support their communication and independence, these consist of attention autism. TAC PAC and intensive interaction.

Topic Summary

Here are some of our areas of learning which we will be exploring this half term, we encourage you to become involved in your child’s journey!

Please add any photos or videos to your child’s portfolio on DOJO. Family homework has been posted on DOJO so please feel free to engage with any of the activities, any questions please ask the team.

We will be linking our toys topic to space and will be looking and listening to the stories ‘Toys in space’, ‘Where’s Mr Astronaut’ and ‘Whatever next’. We will be exploring the books through sensory stories and props.

In maths we will be exploring number through songs such as ‘five little men in a flying saucer’ and ‘zoom, zoom, zoom we’re going to the moon’ we will be handling props to support our understanding of number.

In art and design we will be creating rockets and robots with different materials, we will also be making our own aliens with dough.

In PE we will have a focus on dance and movement and will be blasting off to the moon using ribbons and scarves to move our body to music.

We will be having a visit from a sensory space tent in this half term, where we can go inside and look at the sky and space in a sensory way. We will keep you informed of this. Thankyou for your continued support – The Owl Babies team

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

Could you please ensure that your child has a change of clothing in school as a lot of our activities are sensory based. 

Please communicate via DOJO, messages will be read between 8.15 and 8.45 and 3pm until 4.30pm.

Please send social fund contribution (£6) into school as soon as possible to enable us to cook and provide daily snack.

We always participate in outdoor learning, whatever the weather, so can you please send a pair of wellington boots your child can keep at school.  As well as a hat and gloves when necessary, or indeed sun-cream and a hat.

Dates for your diary:

Upcoming events this half term include:

  • 24th Jan- SEND, Plan, Do, Review week- I will arrange a time to discuss this.
  • 1st Feb- Family Workshop
  • 1st Feb- Chinese New Year
  • 9th Feb- Family Homework
  • 18th Feb- Break up for Half Term
  • 28th Feb- INSET DAY

Home / School Communication

Class Dojo

As part of our Covid-secure procedures, we are unable to issue home-school diaries this year.  Government guidance say's that schools must quarantine any books that come into school from home for up to 72 hours.  All home-school communication will therefore need to move over to 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.