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Welcome to Term 3 and a special welcome to new faces starting with us this term . . .

Welcome to Term 3 and a special welcome to new faces starting with us this term . . . 1

Our topic this term will be all about animals . . . 

Do all animals eat the same food?

Do all animals sleep at night?

Where do animals sleep?

How do animals fly?

Do all animals walk on four legs?

Do some animals like cold weather?

Do some animals like hot weather?

What is you favourite animal?

Do you have a pet?


We would love to see some of your pets, please can you bring in photos to share with your friends? We will also welcome our school guinea-pigs to come and live with us in Barn Owls. If you don't have your own pet at home you can help look after our little furry friends Toffee and Carmel.

Why not bring in something for Toffee and Carmel to eat? They love carrots, dandelion leafs, grass and lettuce, bring these into school to feed them.

Monday - Wednesday                                                                Wednesday - Friday

Mrs Louise Potter   (                   Mrs Libby Holderness

Jane Syme                                                                                   Jane Syme

Mrs Kelly Wall                                                                             Mrs Kelly Wall

Dropping off and picking up:

8:45 Drop off:

We welcome children through the double doors by Robins gate to their garden area. 

Children are encouraged to come in and hang any belongings up on their peg before giving a quick wave to the person dropping them off and settling into the day's activities.


15:15 pick up:

Please come to the double doors by Robins outside area fence. A member of staff will be there to greet you. 


During the school day: 

11:45 pick up: 

Please come to the side tall gate where a member of staff will be ready to greet you.

12:15 drop off:

Please come to the side tall gate where a member of staff will be ready to greet you.




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At Sutton Courtenay C of E Primary School we follow the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS):

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Playing and exploring – engagement
Finding out and exploring
Playing with what they know
Being willing to ‘have a go’

Active learning – motivation
Being involved and concentrating
Keeping trying
Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically – thinking
Having their own ideas
Making links
Choosing ways to do things

Area of Learning and Development

The 3 prime areas of learning:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
  • Physical Development (PD)
  • Communication and Language (CL)

The 4 specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy (L)
  • Mathematics (M)
  • Understanding of the World (UW)
  • Expressive Arts and Design (EAD)


Within each of these areas there are additional categories and these are then affiliated into phases of development.  When staff record observations about the children they link these to the EYFS and the individual categories that they fall into. Staff summarise the children’s development six times a year, using these observations and share these through our paper Learning Journeys and our online tracking system.

Children learn best when they’re tuned in to what they’re doing. “When a child is totally absorbed, digging in the mud, for example, we don’t actually know what they’re learning, but that’s not necessarily what’s important – what’s important is that they’re deeply engaged in it.

We measure quality here by using Ferre Laevers’ levels of involvement – that’s how we assess children, and every bit of equipment. What Laevers did has been backed up by brain-scanning research, which shows that when a child is engaged, their whole brain lights up. That’s actual, physical progress happening – a child’s brain growing. So if we’re getting level 5 involvement, we know we’re doing it right. If we’re not getting level 5, we keep changing things until we do.