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 in the summer term.

Photos of our learning

Our Class Blog

Bike Party

For our bike party, we set up an obstacle course for everyone to join in with. We practiced our throwing, running and ‘zig-zagging’ around the course.
Most of our time was spent riding our bikes and our scooters around the playground! We really enjoyed our afternoon, and finished off with a lovely snack and a drink. Well done Owls, what a great party you all planned!

Trip to Dartington deer park.

Owls took a trip with the Year 1 children to Deer Park, at Dartington estate. We had a lovely walk through the woodland and saw fallow deer. This was very exciting, but we had to be very quiet in case the deer ran away. We made woodland mobiles, using leave, twigs, flowers and cones that we found on the forest floor. We also made our own charcoal! We watched at Charcoal charlie put twigs in a tin and placed it on a fire. It was very interesting to see the difference after it had been heated. We made pictures using the charcoal that we made too.

Problem Solving

We had lots of fun using water beads in the marble run.  We had to practice lots of problem solving skills because some of them got stuck and the towers kept falling over.