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Lydeard St Lawrence Community Primary School

Tawny Owls Class

Tawny Owls are a mixed Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 class taught by Miss Rebecca Lihou and supported by Mrs Lucy Morin.

In Tawny Owls, we recognise that every child is a wonderfully unique individual.  We are proud and privileged to play a part in helping them to reach for the stars and achieve their dreams.  We believe that all children have the ability to achieve their aspirations through developing a 'can do' attitude and a growth mind-set through engaging in a stimulating and challenging learning environment.  Our aim within this is for the children to become confident, resilient and self-assured learners who are proud of theirs, and others achievements. 

Within the classroom we have Maths, English and Wider Curriculum working walls.  In addition to this we have Maths, Writing, Loose Parts and Creation areas.  Each area has been designed to help scaffold the children's learning and to ensure that all learners are challenged to suit their individual needs.  


Our Curriculum

In Tawny Owls we offer a continuous provision based approach.  The purpose of continuous provision is to offer children a constant environment that is safe for them to explore whilst challenging their learning and development across all areas of the curriculum. It allows children the freedom to explore and become independent in making choices, while supporting children in becoming active learners.  Within continuous provision children are able to explore the environment and develop independence.  It allows children to make choices and initiate their own play. 

Each session starts with a whole class learning input, children then either take part in a focus group working with an adult, or they work in a 'shadow group' to complete a task designated by an adult, or the children choose their own learning through continuous provision.


Curriculum Overview


Tawny Owls 2022-2023


 Everyday in school children must have...

A named water bottle

Book bag 

Reading book and diary

My PE kit 

This should include black shorts/jogging bottoms, white/black t-shirt, school jumper and trainers/daps.


At Lydeard St Lawrence use the phonics scheme Read, Write Inc. 

To find out more about Phonics at Lydeard St Lawrence, how to support your child and information about the Phonics Screening  please follow the link.

Read, Write Inc Phonics


Common Exception Words / High Frequency Words

In Reception, children should be able to recognise and read 45 of the High Frequency words.  These words will be taught through Phonics and will appear frequently in texts they will read.

In Year 1 and 2, children are expected to read and spell the relevant Common Exception words by the end of the academic year.  These are words that appear frequently in texts and that help readers understand what they are reading.  Every half term the children will be assessed on reading and spelling these words.  The results and unknown words will be shared with you to practice at home with the children.

Reception High Frequency WordsYear 1 Common Exception Words

Year 2 Common Exception Words

Tapestry - Online Learning Journals

In Tawny Owls we use Tapestry, a secure online learning journal to record photos, observations and comments of children's learning experiences during their time in school.  This helps us build up a record of children's learning experiences, as well as monitor their development and learning.

Each child has their own profile where photographs of learning they have done in school are uploaded along with a comment explaining what can be seen.  Parents can then access their child's profile to view these photos and observations.


 Parent Partnership

 In order to help your child reach their full potential please support them with these key areas at home: 

 Reading - Children should read every night for 15 minutes to an adult. Any reading should be recorded in the reading log book.  Books will be changed when indicated in reading records.

Spelling - Practice reading and spelling the relevant High Frequency / Common Exception words.

 Wherever possible, please encourage your child to have a go at new concepts and challenges as this will develop their growth mindset.


Please find the following information in the below Parent Pack;

  • The sounds that they are learning through Read Write Inc. which they will be assessed on during the phonics screening.

  • Reception High Frequency Words / Year 1 Common Exception Words / Year 2 Common Exception Words.

  • Questions to ask your child before, during, and after reading to help them better understand the story.

  • How your child is learning to form letters.

 Parent Pack

Useful Links

 Here is a list of useful websites to use at home.  These links will take you to sites which are full of games and activities to help your child with their learning.  Have fun!


Storytime Online

Recommended Reads - Reception

Recommended Reads - Year 1

Recommended Reads - Year 2


Phonics Play


Top Marks

TT Rockstars / NumBots

White Rose 1 Minute Maths

ICT Games


BBC Bitesize

Online Safety

A website to support you and your child with staying safe online and while using the Internet

An online safety resource for young children. A story about being responsible online, focusing on cyberbullying.

Search engines suitable for young children to use: