The Owls



Autumn Term 2018

  Most Owls started school in September and soon got comfortable with the school environment and class routines. They started with a topic ‘All about me’ which helped everyone to get to know each other and encouraged the children to talk about themselves, their families, their likes and dislikes.  


Letter Sounds

It was also a time to start learning some letter sounds which the children have done really well with.



We read the book ‘Owl babies’ and learnt how to recite parts of the text. The children also recreated their own owl pictures by using different textured paper to make the branch and paint and pens to create the owls themselves. ‘Percy the park keeper’ story was a distinct favourite among the children and the children enjoyed making lists of tools Percy might need for his jobs. They also enjoyed using their name to print with and make monsters!



The children enjoyed a visit from Zoolab and were able to handle a variety of small creatures.


Art Week

Our Art week this term was all about the artist Kandinsky. The children learnt about his life, his work and style of painting. They then had go at mixing their own colours to make their own concentric circles.





Elmer the Elephant

We looked at the story of ‘Elmer’ the elephant and discussed the issue of him being different to other elephants and how we can celebrate differences. We used Elmer elephants to help us with our recognition and ordering of numbers. We also made our own herd of elephants and had an elephant parade. Year 2 children also learn about Roald Dahls ‘Enormous Crocodile’ and made a display to show the animals that were in the story.                                                                                                            




Nursery Rhymes

After half term, we looked at a whole range of nursery rhymes and a favourite was ‘Humpty Dumpty’. We also learn to retell the story of ‘Each Peach, Pear, Plum’ by using a story map.


Friendship Week

During anti-bullying week (known as friendship week in reception) we continued the theme of working together and being a ‘good’ friend. We used lots of activities to work together and learning about using kind hands and kind words.

The Gunpowder Plot

Year two also learn about Guy Fawkes and hand printed their own bonfires.

HMS Warrior

Our Year two children had a fantastic time visiting HMS Warrior in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.




A very busy term, and then we had Christmas!






Spring Term 2018

We started the term looking at ‘winter’. We looked at the children’s photos from last year, playing in the snow and discussed how we need to dress for the cold weather. Fortunately, we later experienced playing in the snow. We thought about how it would be extremely cold in the Polar Regions and then looked at how the Penguins coped with it. We watched some video clips and then created a dance about Penguins with eggs, and we moved like penguins in water.

Circus Week

January is such an exciting time at Devonshire as we have Circus week! We learn lots of skills each day and then perform to our parents in the ‘greatest show on earth’ at the end of the week when our hall transformed into a ‘Big Top’. All the children and staff perform and fun is had by all!

People who help us
Out next topic, ‘People who help us’, enabled the children to look closely at the people and community around them and reflect on and respect how much these people help us. Fortunately, we had some people who work in school who were kind enough to spare some time to come and talk to us about their role. We had sessions with a Caretaker and Finance Manager.

Doug Hyde Art Week
Our Artist week was all about Doug Hyde. We learnt about his style of art and how he uses people and animals in his pictures. The children chose one picture they liked best and then created their own version.

Goldilocks and the three bears
Goldilocks and the three bears decided to come to the classroom too, and they told us the story of what happened to the porridge, the chair and the bed! The children then tried each of the bears’ porridge to find out which one they liked best and if they agreed with Goldilocks.
The children read the story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. They acted out the story and used a ‘talk for writing’ story map to begin to learn the words. They then made their own story maps and painted their scenes but changed the story so they would find something different. We made a class story called, ‘We’re going on a dragon hunt! Guess what we found! We also used clay to create our own bears.

Some of our Year 1 and 2 Owls have been learning about castles and created their own!

The Bug Hotel Experiment

Another week long experiment we undertook was to make a bug hotel and record the amount of visitors using the hotels over a week. The most popular bug was a slug!

Sport Relief

Everyone had great fun on Friday 23rd March when the whole school walked a mile in support of Sport Relief.

We have raised over £600 so far!

Summer 2018

Miller's Ark

Millar’s Ark Farm came to Devonshire. The children enjoyed looking and learning about each animal and spending time with them. The played vets in the role play area and made some farm yard pictures.


The children really loved duck week. The farmer brought in some eggs in an incubator and the children watched the eggs hatch. Once they were big enough the children handled the chicks and it was a truly amazing experience for them.


The YR children studied Monet during Art week and learn about his style of painting and his love of lily ponds. The children used a variety of techniques to recreate their own lily pond and embellished their work with tissue paper to create the lily petals. Once the pictures were finished the work was exhibited in a school exhibition.


The Key stage 1 children learnt about the artist Lowry. They looked at the pictures and create their own work in the style of Lowry, using the skills of drawing, printing and pastel work with college. We also learned the song ‘He painted matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs’.


Creative Arts Week

In June we had a creative arts week entitled ‘Around the world’. The children experienced aboriginal art, Chinese Fan dancing and African dancing, and Chinese and Brazilian music, all provided by expert artists who visited school. We did some local art work of Portsmouth and we looked at the world geography and had lots of discussions about lots of places.


Our next topic was all about mini beasts. The children loved learning about the Hungry Caterpillar and we watched some real caterpillars go into cocoons and develop into butterflies. We the let them fly free. We also studied some snails and ladybirds, then YR Owls went to the Queen Elizabeth Country park for our summer trip.
Here are some photos of the Year R owls at Queen Elizabeth country park.


Manor Farm

Key stage 1 Owls visited Manor Farm Park for their summer trip as they were learning about living in the past and the Victorians. The decided our classroom was better to learn in than the Victorian one!


Sports Days

We have also enjoyed Sports day this term. The weather was beautiful and the children worked really hard to gain points for their team. We had too teams Owls Black and Owls purple team. We are lucky because Owls black team won a medal because the black teams had the most points through the whole school. Well done Owls!

 Click here to see more photos of sports day

We’ve had a great term and it is now time to enjoy your summer, and best wishes to all the Owls who are moving on to another school.