Reception and Nursery: 'The Owls' 2023 - 2024

Mrs Tomlinson

Mrs Tomlinson

Class Teacher

Miss Bourne

Miss Bourne

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Elkington

Mrs Elkington

Teaching Assistant

Miss Brookes

Miss Brookes

Teaching Assistant

Miss Blood

Miss Blood

Welcome to the Class Page for the Owl Class!

Mrs Tomlinson is the class teacher of the Owls Class alongside our Teaching Assistants Miss Bourne, MIss Blood, Mrs Elkington and Miss Brookes.


We are going to start the summer term by looking at Superheroes. We will be using fictional stories about superheroes as well as learning about real life superheroes that help us every day like, doctors, firefighters and police officers. The first half term we will use 10 Little Superheroes, Supertato, There's a Superhero in my book and The Superworm.

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For the second half of the Summer Term the Owl Class are going to be learning about the jungle. 

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You can find the topic plans for Nursery and Reception at the bottom of the page.


Our Classroom

Our unit is set in a beautiful classroom with open access to a large enclosed outdoor area. We also use the playground and field areas in the school grounds. Our Nursery and Reception children work together most of the day. This helps our older children to develop their personal and social skills, helping and supporting the younger children. It ensures the younger children settle into Nursery quickly as they have excellent peer role models to learn from. The mixed age class also provides a seamless transition from Nursery to Reception for our youngest children.

The provision in the Early Years Unit is enhanced regularly in response to the children’s changing needs and interests. We plan carefully to ensure the children are continually learning through their play. Writing, reading and mathematical skills are planned into the unit each week. Children are provided with many opportunities for developing their personal, social and communication skills within their play.

Our Timetable

Nursery sessions run from 8.45 am – 11.45 am and from 12.15 pm – 3.15 pm. We also offer full day sessions for our Nursery children. Nursery children who stay for a full day can either bring a packed lunch or they can have a school dinner for £2.25 per day. We offer wraparound care to extend these hours with Oswald Owls an onsite team of experienced playworkers. Funded hours may be used flexibly on childcare between the hours of 8.00am and 6.00pm each day.

Check your eligibility for 30 hours funding for 3-4 year olds here

Check your eligibilty for two year old funding here

The Reception children start their day at 8.45 am. Home time is 3.00 pm. Children may bring a packed lunch or choose a school dinner, these are provided free of charge to Reception children.

We currently have spaces for 2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds. If you are interested in joining our exciting class, then please contact the school office and we would be happy to give you further information, and show you around our lovely school.

Our Learning

You can find our more about our curriculum at the bottom of this page. For more information on the Early Years Foundation Stage please click the following link: Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) .  You can also find out more about our weekly activities on our school Facebook page. We have a personalised curriculum based on the assessment of each child’s learning. We teach through book based topics to engage the children. The children in the Early Years at St Oswald's learn indoors and outdoors through supported play and one to one work with an adult. We closely monitor the progress of each individual child to ensure they reach their full potential.


We follow Read Write Inc at St Oswald's. We begin with our youngest children in Nursery who learn to hear and distinguish different sounds around them which provides them with a strong foundation for the more “formal” phonics sessions, beginning in the Autumn Term of the Reception year. Phonics is taught in small groups for 20 minutes each morning. Phonics knowledge is consolidated throughout the day through the provision and adult support. Our Reception children begin to learn the letters and sounds they need to be able to read and write simple words. Please see the video at the bottom of the page for more information on RWInc Speed Sounds.


Your child will always have a private reading book of their choosing to take home with them each evening.  Reading this should be an enjoyable pastime for them to do both individually, and together with you.  When you listen to them read please take time to write a comment in their reading record so that we can encourage them in their progression together.


Mathematical skills in Early Years can be developed in every area of provision. Each day the children take part in a more formal, short session where they sing number songs and learn about number sense. The children use Numicon to help them to develop their number skills and they look at one number each week from zero to twenty.


The children should come to school wearing their PE kit on a Tuesday and Friday. PE will be taught by Mr Milne on a Tuesday to Reception only, and Mrs Sherwood will teach Yoga on a Friday to all Early Years children. 


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St Oswald's Worleston Primary School

Church Road,
Aston Juxta Mondrum,


Main contact Mrs Claire Jordan
SEN Contact Mrs Jo Cliffe