Open Box Theatre Workshop

We enjoyed having ‘Open Box Theatre’ to visit us at Portway today. We used our imagination to move as different toys and then worked together to make up a story about toys that came alive at night while Geppetto was asleep. We were amazing at being soldiers, teddies, puppets, musical boxes, trains and a Jack in the Box. During the story, all of the toys were still on their shelves until the toy train came and woke them up. Every time Geppetto woke up, the toys were still until he went back to sleep again. They even had a party in the middle of the night!

Which toy character were you?

Painting in the style of Van Gogh

We have really enjoyed learning about Vincent Van Gogh! We found out lots about this famous artist and we particularly liked his sunflowers. We had a go at painting our own in his style by mixing our own colours and choosing our paintbrush sizes carefully. We are very proud of our creations!

Tennis in Year R!

We were very lucky today to have some tennis coaching. We began to learn how to bounce and catch a ball ready to serve and to use our racket to balance and control the tennis ball.

The coach was very impressed with our listening and P.E. skills.

Mental Health Awareness Week

As part of our Mental Health Awareness Week we have been learning about how we are all different but very special, each in our own way. We read the story ‘Only One You’ by Linda Kranz and painted our own rocks to represent ourselves. Some of us painted beautiful patterns, some chose to paint a picture, we all chose special colours…each rock is unique and beautiful!

We have hidden our rocks around the outside area…can you see any of them when you come to Show and Share this week?

Our Trip to the Farm

We had a wonderful time at the farm! When we arrived we met our farmer who took us to feed the calves - they were very hungry! After that we held chicks and guinea pigs and met some enormous rabbits. We enjoyed feeding the cheeky horse...he loved carrots! In the guinea pig village we put carrots on the end of fishing rods to feed the animals and held a baby rabbit. We fed goats and their kids and even collected some eggs for the farm shop. It's a busy life being a farmer, especially when you are only 4 or 5!

Thank you very much to the grown up helpers who came on our trip!

Enjoy having a look at a selection of our photos - come along to show and share at the end of this half term for the full slideshow! 

White Day

We have been learning about World War 1 this week and how it finished 100 years ago this year. We had a White Day on Wednesday as a symbol of peace and remembrance and to celebrate the end of the fighting.

We all made a white flower to help us say ‘thank you’ to the soldiers.


Superhero Day!

On Wednesday the Owlet children did not come to school...instead a whole team of superheroes turned up to save the day! We did lots of working as a team to solve problems in our play and built superhero obstacle courses to challenge ourselves outside. We were lucky enough to be trained to be real ninjas in the morning and we impressed the trainers with our excellent listening and great martial arts skills!


World Book Day (take two!)

What a great day we had yesterday celebrating our love of books! We had characters from all different stories, from little red riding hood to horrid Henry to Harry Potter! The children had a wonderful time talking about their stories and reenacting their favourite parts. We love stories at Portway!


Police Visit

On Tuesday we were visited by 3 police officers who came to talk to us all about being a real-life superhero.

They showed us their car and van and we got to climb inside for a closer look!

Sergeant Noble then showed us the sirens on the car and talked to us about his job.

After meeting Sergeant Noble we went into the hall and meet PC Harris and PC Noble who showed us the equipment they kept on their belt. The handcuffs were so heavy!

We loved meeting the police officers and found out so much about their job. Some of the Owlet children would very much like to be in the police when they are older!


Year R Goes to London!

We have had the most amazing time learning about London. We went on a class London bus to learn all about the famous landmarks that you can visit in our capital city and got off at different bus stops to visit London Bridge, the Tower of London, The Portrait Gallery, Buckingham Palace and The Olympic Stadium. We have done lots of building of bridges, making crowns for the Queen to keep in the Tower, designing new flags for the Palace and making portraits of the Kings and Queens of Portway! We also found out about Big Ben, The Shard and The Gherkin and made a 3D city around the River Thames. What a busy week!

Cinderella Ball!

What a fantastic time we had at our Cinderella Ball this morning! We dressed up in our best clothes and invited our partners to join us for the first dance. We used our dance moves we had learned in PE and enjoyed spinning each other around! After a lot of dancing it was time for canapes and drinks. Before we knew it the clock had chimed midnight and it was time to return to our castle. Did anyone see Cinderella? What happened to her when the clock struck twelve?


Wassily Kandinsky

We have been learning about the famous artist Wassily Kandinsky. he loved different shapes and colours and used them in his work. We have been talking about how different colours make us feel and choosing colours that match our mood for our art work. We then made 'Kandinsky circles' of different sizes and colours to put on our display.


'Cold and Pricklies' and 'Warm and Fuzzies'

This week in Circle Time we have been finding out about how our choices affect other people. When we do or say nice things to other people that makes them feel ‘warm and fuzzy’. What have you done to make someone feel ‘warm and fuzzy’?

When we do or say unkind things to other people that makes them feel ‘cold and prickly’. Has this ever happened to you? What could you do to turn a ‘cold and prickly’ into a ‘warm and fuzzy’? Saying sorry is a good way to repair a bad choice.

Welcome to the Wishing Factory!

The Fairy Godmother's Wishing Factory is open for business! We had a visit from the wizard who works in the shop who gave us the chance to write our own wishes. We wished for all sorts of things! Once we had finished writing the Fairy Godmother herself came to help us make the magic potions. What an exciting week we have had!


We Wish You a Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Owlet Class! We very much enjoyed our Christmas dinner on Tuesday. We pulled crackers, told jokes and listened to Christmas music while we ate. We are all very excited for the big day!

A big thank you from all of us in Owlet Class for all of your support this term. We are delighted with how settled and happy the children are at school and we are very excited to continue in the New Year! We wish you all a very merry, peaceful Christmas.

Mr Mee and Miss Rose

Hubble's Birthday Party

We have been learning about birthdays in Owlet Class this week! We have talked about how different people celebrate their birthday and looked at pictures of us when we were babies. We discovered that Hubble had never had a birthday party before! We planned a surprise party for him with handmade decorations, games, dancing and blowing out candles on the cake. We think Hubble enjoyed himself, we certainly did!

1 Less

This week we have been learning about 1 less. Can you find the answers to these problems?


If there were 4 bears asleep in the cave and 1 woke up and went for a walk, how many bears would be left?



If there were 10 bears having a party in the cave and 1 went home early, how many bears would be left?


Can you think of any more problems to work out?

Try using these words in your number problems….. less, take away, count back.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt!

What an exciting day we have had in Year R! Today we came into school all dressed up ready to go on our very own Bear Hunt. We wrapped up warm in coats, gloves and scarves and set off into the school grounds.


We're going on a Bear Hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful (cold!) day! We're not scared. Uh oh...trees! Tall, bendy trees!

 Stumble...trip! Stumble...trip! Stumble...trip!

Stumble...trip! Stumble...trip! Stumble...trip!

Uh-oh! A playground!

 Clip clop, clip clop, clip clop

Clip clop, clip clop, clip clop

Uh-oh! A forest with crunchy leaves!

 Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch

At the end of the Bear Hunt we found our very own bear called Hubble! He will come home with a different child each night for one night only. Please fill in his diary with what he has been up to and we will share his adventures with the whole class every day at story time. We look forward to hearing all about his visits!


We have done our ‘dance-a-thon’ as our sponsored event for the NSPCC and now know some of the old favourites such as ‘Macarena’ and ‘The Superman Song’! We were exhausted!!