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Welcome to Barn Owls 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Barn Owls


For the first few weeks of this new academic year we will be welcoming all our new Barn Owls. We will be familiarising ourselves with the learning environment and getting to know each other. 

Staffing in Barn Owls:


Monday - Wednesday                                                                Wednesday - Friday

Mrs Louise Potter                                                                      Mrs Libby Holderness

Jane Syme                                                                                   Jane Syme

Mrs Kelly Wall                                                                             Mrs Kelly Wall


Louise Potter :

Dropping off and picking up:

8:45 Drop off:

Please follow the flow of parents ensuring you keep 2 metres apart - barn owl children may need to hold you hand to ensure they keep their distance from other families. 

You will be welcomed by the small gate (we are the last drop off point in the circuit of parents walking round. You will see a member of staff ready to great you between 8:45 and 9:00. 


2:40-15:00 pick up:

Please follow the flow of parents to pick up your barn own from the gate you dropped off at. 


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, you will need to walk along the fence and pick up at the same gate you dropped off. 



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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.