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This half term we are reading the story 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell.


A read aloud version of this book is here:

An animated version is here




Week 1 W/C 02/11/2020


Read the book with a grown up. Can you talk about the book? Do you like the story? Why/why not? Are there any words you are unsure of? Could you look them up using an online dictionary? What is your favourite part of the story? What might happen next when the story ends?


Could you role play the story with an adult? You might want to use some owl toys or make your own puppets by drawing the characters and sticking them onto lollipop sticks. Try to use the real words the owls use in the story!


Could you draw a picture of your favourite part of the story? Could you label it or write a sentence starting 'I like it when....? Talk to a grown up about why that's your favourite part.


Reread the story.Why do the Owl Babies want their mummy? How does Mummy Owl make the Owl Babies feel? Who makes you feel safe/loved? Could you draw a picture of that person and label them?


Week 2 W/C 09/11/2020


Re-watch or read the story of the 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. Can you say the words whilst a grown up reads? Could you think of some actions for the story? What could you do for 'owl' or 'baby'?


Can you draw a picture of the characters in the story? Mother owl, Sarah, Percy and Bill. If a grown up writes the words 'Sarah, Percy, Bill & mum' could you match the words to the pictures you have drawn looking at the beginning sound for clues?

Reception children could have a go at labelling the characters sound talking the words eg 'B-I-ll' or  'm-u-m'. You might want to have a go at writing a simple sentence such as 'It is mum' or 'It is Bill.'



Week 3 W/C 16/11/20


Re-read/watch the story of 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell. Draw some pictures of the owls, get a grown up to help you if you need to. Can you cut out the owls and use them as puppets to re-tell the story? Focus on the dialogue (speech) that the character's say.


Use the sheets below to complete two activities:

1) Cut out the pictures of the story and sequence them in the right order. Use them to re-tell the story to a grown up. Colour them to make them look more colourful.

2) Can you write in the speech bubbles something the baby owl's say in the story? Nursery children, you might need a grown up to help you. Reception children, try hard to listen to the sounds you can hear in the words!

Week 4 W/C 23/11/20


This week the baby owl's have written us a letter telling us that their owl mother has gone missing again. They would like our help to create some missing posters to help them to find her. Look at the second page of the document below and work through it a step at a time. Remember the picture needs to be as accurate as possible and coloured in. Try hard to sound out words when describing mother owl using your phonics knowledge. Send me any missing posters you create!

Week 5 W/C 30/11/20


This week we will discuss the baby owl's fears. We will also discuss how we can make others feel better when they feel scared or upset, for example talking to each other, counting to 10 or telling a joke.

Could you write some sentences starting with:

I am scared of.....

I would............................. to make the owls feel better.

I like.....


You could write a letter to the baby owls to tell them what to do to make themselves feel better when they are scared!

Week 6 W/C 07/12/20


This week we will be finding out about real owls at school. Can you use the internet to find out some information? This webpage may be useful:


Can you draw or print off a picture and write some factual sentences?