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This week's learning 9 March 2020

Class R Barnowls
For week beginning: 9th March 2020
Another busy week in Barn owls!

Well done to Esme Evans, our Star of the Week... for all the beautiful paintings and drawings she does to brighten up our world! Also to all the many Barnowls who achieved their good attendance awards from Mrs Schooley, a big well done to you too. Big thank yous also go to everyone who helped make World Book Day such a success. The children looked amazing and we really enjoyed all the extra story time opportunities. We shared 'The Tin Forest' book as a school and are busy contributing to a shared piece of art and literacy work to complement this story in the hall.

The sign up sheet for helpers is now available, thank you in advance for all your lovely support, it makes so much difference and the children really enjoy all the extra attention.

Advance reminders that Forest School begins for Barnowls again on Wednesday afternoons. Children will need warm and comfortable clothing, long trousers/leggings and sleeves please. They may wear these clothes to school, please provide a suitable coat if the weather continues to be changeable. Our Class assembly is Thursday, 19th March at 8.55am, all are welcome to attend. We will be bringing words home to learn so any encouragement to find 'big voices' so that we may be heard will be very helpful...

Parents evenings are Tuesday and Thursday this week, you should have received your individual time slot, please pop in if this has not yet materialised, we look forward to showing off all our achievments!

We have four pupils in school who have a nut allergy, two serious enough to need an Epi-pen. In light of this and because we do not want to put these pupils at risk, we are asking parents to ensure that packed lunches, snacks and treats brought from home do not contain nuts in any form. This includes peanut butter sandwiches, cereal bars containing nuts, cakes or snack packs with nuts. Any queries, please speak to the school office. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Attendance... Barnowls have not yet won the attendance star, achieved by being the class with the best attendance. Please can we all make an effort next week to gain it? We understand there are times when coming to school is just not possible, but we'd love to have that star on our door!!

Literacy, Language and Communication

Our topic this term is 'Castles, Knights and Princesses' lots of castle themed storytimes are planned, do send in any favourites form your own bookshelves or the library, we looove new stories! The 'office' has seen lots of storywriting action, everyone is enjoying writing stories for us to read aloud, do send in any writing from home too! New and improved reading scheme resources means that lots of Monster Phonics reading books will now be coming home in book bags, please do read and reread as many times to encourage our readers to pick up a sight vocabulary of known words. The Monster Phonics books have a line of big words for the children to read on each page with several lines of story for the parent/carer to read underneath to enhance the shared experience. Any questions about these new texts, do please drop in.


We continue to enjoy using our Power Maths scheme. The learning will be based around positional language. We have been building models to explore language like above, below, between, beside and behind. Lots of games of hide and seek with toys to reinforce these concepts will be helpful.

Physical Development

Physical development will continue with Mrs Mileham this Thursday so may we have PE kits in asap please, also trainers if your child likes to have them at school for the mile run etc. The theme will be 'hockey and ball skills' hopefully we will be able to utilise the hard surface outside as the weather improves... Fine motor skills activities have really improved our hand eye co ordination and most children now have a correct pencil grip and are able to use scissors efficiently. We will continue to use bean bags and small balls to encourage grip and tracking skills, you can support this at home by throwing and catching games or bat and ball activities indoors or out!

Creative Development

Our art and DT are based around castles and storytelling this term. Thank you for all the wonderful  good quality junk which you have been collecting for us, we are loving making our incredible inventions. Junk modelling activities will be castle themed, with working drawbridges and opening doors...lots of junk modelling resources needed please. Also any helmets, princess paraphernalia or general dressing up costumes would be lovely to support our storytelling. 

Understanding of the World.

We are using Non Fiction books to find out about Knights and Castles this week. We will also be using the internet to answer the questions which we would like to answer about castles and castle life. if you have any finding out books about castles do send them in! We will be doing our best to do some castle building indoors so we will let you know if we succeed!