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Welcome to Term 6!

We hope you had a lovely half term. This term we will try and make Google classroom work even better to allow for lots of families to plan their week. This term we will publish activities, so they come live at the beginning of the week. We will still have them in their dates but will hopefully help families plan their week.


Do let us know if there is anything else, we can do to support you while we are not back.

Please do bear with us as school will be open to some children but in smaller groups. This means Barn Owl staff have been redeployed to support learning across the school as well as running Google classroom.

We have a lovely new topic this term called: 'What's in your suitcase?'. We will be travelling under the water, visiting different climates and making up adventures we can go on from our homes.


Head on over to Google classroom to find out more. . . 

If you are unsure or need support logging onto Google classroom please do email: and we will be more than happy to help. 


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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.


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.



Welcome to Term 4

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

How could we get to the moon? Based around the story 'whatever next'.

What goes faster? 

What would you see from a hot air balloon?

What are boats made of? Will my boat float?

What transport helps us travel, dig, flies in the sky, land water? 



Barn Owl Team announcement:

Please do not feel pressured into doing lots of 'work' with your child. This is not a time to start causing more stress for us adults in a time of uncertainty. 

What is important is to pause for at least an hour a day to be just with your child, no phones, no tv and think of something to play together that you know they will enjoy. This will give you a boast of happiness (endorphins) listening to your child chat and laugh which is what we all need and deserve.

The activities we have set up are just ideas and there are plenty of people flooding the internet with home learning ideas. Please be kind to yourselves and do what you can. The main point is to have a routine where you make sure your child can give you time to yourself and them time to their selves as well as giving them an education at home.

Children are motivated in different ways and we know your children so well, we know some children will not be keen to sit down and learn to write, but will be much happier making a mud pie. THIS IS OK! (As long as you are ok with the mess and it is not breakfast in bed for mummy/daddy!).

Just so the children can still hear our voice – we will start uploading videos of us reading stories to reassure them they are not the only ones at home and this is everyone until we can wash away the naughty germs that are in places where there are lots of people.

Keep an eye out on the Google classroom for story time and celebrations of children’s work. If you have any problems accessing Google Classroom you need to contact ICT123 team.


Monday - Wednesday                                                                Wednesday - Friday

Mrs Louise Potter   (                   Mrs Libby Holderness

Jane Syme                                                                                   Jane Syme

Mrs Kelly Wall                                                                             Mrs Kelly Wall