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Welcome to Barn Owl Class!

Barn Owl Class is the schools Reception and Year 1 class taught by class teacher Mrs Brown and supported by Miss Lambart. The classroom is opposite the main building and looks out over the school field and the picturesque Quantock hills. 


We believe that children learn best through a range of experiences which are closely matched to their individual needs and interests. Our aim is for our children to become confident, resilient happy and independent learners with  a positive 'can do' attitude.


Our classroom is a stimulating and engaging environment. Within the main classroom we have a maths, phonics , creative, reading, role play, small world, construction, water and sand area. We also have much more! We are very lucky in Barn Owl Class to have our own outside decking area as well as our beautiful Trim Trail play area. 


Teaching Structure:


The children follow the same weekly routine. The children arrive at school at 8.30am and have time with their friends in the playground. The teachers will be on the playground to welcome and monitor the children during this time. At 8.45am they will line up with their teachers before heading into class When the children arrive at school they unpack their belongings and find and write their name ready for self-registration. Following this, the children will begin their Funky Fingers fine-motor challenges whilst some children are heard read. Both the Teacher and support staff will be there to welcome children into the class. 


Our assemblies take place daily. The children will begin their day with registration, the days of the week and our visual timetable. Following this, the children will take part in phonics followed by short teaching inputs with continuous provision linked to either their Maths or English learning across the morning. This can alternate with science, history, art, RE and PSHE sessions. 


In the afternoons, the children alternate between taking part in their daily mindfulness yoga session and being listened to read. The children will then have topic based learning and continuous provision which are linked to the children's interests. 


The children will have a weekly PE session on Thursday mornings led by Mr Hooper. Mrs Brown will also lead a PE session on Monday afternoon.  




This year's learning


In Barn Owl Class, our learning is based on the children's interests. After getting to know the children during their transition days in the Summer Term, the following topics have been planned to cater to the children's interests.


Autumn: Dinosaur Planet

Spring 1 : Moon Zoom

Spring 2: Splendid Skies

Summer 1: Bright Lights, Big City

Summer 2: Superheroes


Please have a look at our latest curriculum map at the bottom of this page, for details of this term's learning. 


In Barn Owl Class, Mrs Brown will carry out a 'Gap and Strength Analysis' at the end of each term. This is where we will look at the strengths of each child and examine where their specific gaps are. These assessments, along with the child's interests, will help to inform the planning for the following term. 


National Curriculum

During the course of the academic year, the year 1 children will work across the following areas of learning:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education


EYFS Curriculum


In the Reception Class the children are assessed in the following 7 main areas of learning:

  • ​Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design


Partnership with Parents


We understand that starting school can be a very exciting but also a daunting time for both parents and children, and we try to do everything we can to make the transition into school as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Our transition days in the Summer term and our  meetings in September aim to establish a close partnership, which continues throughout the year. We have parents’ evenings each term and there is also the opportunity to make an appointment to see Mrs Brown after school. 


Unfortunately, we have not been able to hold our 'New Parents Evening' as we normally would in the Summer term prior to the holidays because of Covid-19 restrictions. Working closely with parents is very important to us at Lydeard St Lawrence and in Barn Owl Class we have many events throughout the year, such as our termly tea parties. It is also a lovely opportunity for your child to share their achievements with you. 


If at anytime you have any concerns or just want to 'chat', please either catch Mrs Brown at the end of the school day or make an appointment to see her via Mrs Ellis in the school office.  


Tapestry - Online Learning Journeys 


In Barn Owls we use 'Tapestry' to create individualised learning journeys for you child. By logging in with a secure user name and password, you will be able to view all of your child's observations, photographs and even videos of their time in Barn Owls. Tapestry allows you to see your child's area of learning and the age band they are working in for that activity. All of the information is stored in a highly secure server, which is monitored closely. 

In addition to you viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to the journal by adding comments or by uploading photographs about your child and their achievements at home. 

We are sure you will love Tapestry as much as we do - it is a fantastic way to become a key part of your child's learning journey! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to Mrs Brown or book an appointment with Mrs Ellis, the school secretary. 


How can I help my child learn?

  • Daily Reading 
  • Phonics practice - sounds
  • Spellings (after Autumn half term)
  • By simply encouraging your child to have a go at new concepts and challenges!


A typical day


Please have a look at the class timetable at the bottom of the page to get an idea of what a typical week in Barn Owls class might look like. 


Everyday school essentials

  • ​​A water bottle
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Wellies
  • Lunch Box (if not having hot dinners)
  • Home School Diary 
  • Book Bag 
  • Small toy the size of my palm (optional)
  • PE kit 
  • Sunhat and Sun cream (Summer)


Barn Owl Clss Timetable Explanation Notes

Helping Your Child To Read Presentation

Year 1 spellings and Reception/Year 1 maths homework

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

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