All about Foundation Owls!

Mrs Dewar is our Foundation Stage Owls teacher, supported by Mrs Life.  Our Owls enjoy learning, playing and exploring together in a room situated next to Harbertonford Pre-School. We work together as part of a Partnership Foundation Stage Unit sharing resources and activities in a linked Learning Space.

Children follow a broad and balanced curriculum following the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance (2014) alongside topic-based activities. There are plenty of opportunities for children to initiate their own learning throughout the day, and many of the activities are based on the interests of the children. They are encouraged to work both independently and with others to plan, access and organise resources in the Learning Space provided. Everyone is supported and challenged in order to do their best.

Children participate in many practical and play based activities both indoors and outdoors to aid their learning.There is also an outdoor space right outside both of these classrooms, which is linked to the outdoor space next to Pre-School.


We follow Letters and Sounds for Phonics (available on the DfE website) alongside the Jolly Phonics program. Mark making and writing opportunities are embedded across the environment to ensure that children are able to develop their skills appropriately.

We send reading books home on a Monday and the children are provided with a Book Log to record their reading achievements. These achievements are celebrated in a whole school Praise Assembly on a Friday, where children are recognised and praised for their hard work.

In maths, we use Numicon to support children’s understanding of number, pattern and counting. We plan and resource the environment to enrich the children’s mathematical understanding. Number, shape and measures are embedded into many of the activities set up for the children to access.

We use Tapestry as an online Learning Journey, where photos, videos and audio clips can be uploaded and shared with parents.

Our topics for the year are as follows:

Autumn: Who’s Who? 
                  Forest School in Term 2

Spring: People who help us

Summer: Once upon a time

The second half of each half term is guided by the children’s interests. Through careful observations and assessments, activities are planned to motivate and excite the children; which in turn supports the children’s abilities to apply their knowledge to the world around them.


This is what we will be learning about this half term.

Photos of our learning

Our Class Blog

We are thinking about being responsible this term. We have read the Christian story of Jonah and the Whale and discussed how we can be responsible for our own actions. We said we were responsible when we help at home and at school. We said we had been responsible when we look after our brothers and sisters. Some of us chose to go to the reflective area and say a thought for someone special.

We have made rafts using straws. This STEM activity really encourages us to problem solve, work using trial and error and build resilience. Once the rafts were built, we tested them to see if they really floated…they did!

Owls class had a visit from the RNLI.  We dressed up in their uniform, learned about the different flags at the beach and met a real lifeboat man!

We have painted Christmas tree decorations for Harberton Christmas Tree festival. It was great fun looking at different pictures of robins and talking about what they looked like and where we might find robins.

We have written story maps for some of our favourite stories. We used these story maps to retell the story to our friends. Then we decided to make up different versions of own, it was funny!

We investigated ice and thought about why it melted. We used magnifying glasses to look closely at the changes and we monitored this throughout the day.