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Welcome to Barn Owl Class!

Barn Owl Class is the schools Reception and Year 1 class taught by class teacher Miss Gerrard and supported by Miss Farndell and Miss Lambert. 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 twice a week. The children will begin their day with self-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 Wednesday mornings led by Mr Hooper. On week A Miss Gerrard will also lead a PE session on Friday afternoon.  


During week B, the class can also enjoy Field school led by Mrs Morrin on Wednesday.  This will be supported by Miss Farndell and Miss Lambert whilst Miss Gerrard takes time to plan a stimulating and challenging environment for the week. 


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: Memory Box

Spring 1 : Moon Zoom

Spring 2: Enchanted Woodland

Summer 1: Around the world

Summer 2: Rio De Verda


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, Miss Gerrard 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


These areas of learning will be explained in detail to you at the 'New Parents' meeting in the Summer term prior to your child starting. In the Autumn term you shall also be invited to attend our Curriculum Evening where we will explore the different areas and what it shall look like for your child. However, if you have any questions as the year progresses please do not hesitate to contact Miss Gerrard. The children have learning journals which will be presented to you at the end of the year which documents their learning in each of these areas. 


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 Miss Gerrard after school. 


A 'New Parents Meeting' in the Summer term, prior to your child starting, and our Curriculum Evening Presentation in September also ensure that we are all striving to achieve the absolute best we can for your child. 


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 Miss Gerrard or Miss Farndell 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 Reception. 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 Miss Gerrard 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)


Transition process

 The impact of transitions in the early years can strongly influence a child’s future progress and development, successful transitions  offer opportunities for children to learn how to manage change in a positive way. With this is mind, we have a structured transition process for children entering Barn Owl Class at the beginning of their school journey, as well as preparing them for their next part of their journey, when they enter Year 1. Examples of these processes include: stay and play weekly sessions, visiting the Year 1 classroom for story time in the Summer term as well as our exciting transition days which take part across the Summer Term. 


I  am extremely excited about working with you all this year!


Miss Gerrard

Barn Owl Clss Timetable Explanation Notes

Helping Your Child To Read Presentation

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song

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