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This week's learning 16 March 2020

Class R Barnowls
For week beginning: 16th March 2020
Another busy week in Barn owls!

Well done to Poppy Rideal, our Star of the Week... Poppy is really trying hard when she is writing and is producing top notch work! It was so nice to be able to share so much of your children's achievement at the parent consultations last week. Thank you for all the lovely comments and the appreciation of all we do in Barnowl Class. We couldn't do it without all your support and it really is our greatest pleasure!

The sign up sheet for helpers is now available, thank you in advance for all your kind support, it makes so much difference and the children really enjoy all the extra attention. Mrs Smith is particularly looking for helpers to assist with the tree planting around the school grounds on Tuesday morning if any one has some time to spare.

Advance reminders that Forest School continues for Barnowls 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...

Please refer to the Covid-19 information contained in the school newsletter this week. We continue to be vigilant and promote frequent handwashing to combat the spread of this virus. 


We now 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 adding small totals to make numbers up to ten. We will count out groups of numbers of objects from a large group and to be able to say 1 or 2 more or less than a given number. We are also working on identifying numerals up to 20 and putting them in the right order.

Physical Development

PE will continue with Mrs Toynbee this Friday 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! We are working with the Road Safety charity Brake on Wednesday to promote Road Safety. Timmy the lamb from Timmy Time will be helping us with our learning and encouraging us to join in with Beep Beep Day nationwide. Road Safety is of the highest importance and Timmy will be reminding us the importance of holding hands around traffic.