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Please click here to see Mrs Hornsey with news of what we are doing currently in light of the announcement today:


If you registered as a Key Worker then we look forward to seeing your barn owl tomorrow at the normal times. 

There are limited spaces in nursery at this time and a member of staff will contact you if you have been allocated one and are not a Key Worker.

Welcome to Barn Owls 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Barn Owls


We will be welcoming a lot of new friends in Barn Owls this term. There will be an afternoon session which means our day has slightly extended to the previous time of 15:15 for some children. Please scroll down to pick up times.


We hope you all enjoyed the wonderful creations in your goody bags on the last few days of term and can not wait to welcome you all back to the new term.


Our theme for this term is 'Is it cold everywhere?'.

This theme will include:

  • hybenation and animals
  • exploring warm and cold environments 
  • exploring clothing, what keeps us warm/cool
  • exploring ice and snow
  • Listen to some lively staccato music and make spiky, frosty movements
  • painting with ‘cold’ colours (white, blue, silver, purple) to create an icy picture.
  • using instruments to make spiky, frosty sounds
  • making winter playdough
  • using a globe to talk about the North and South Poles
  • discussing the dangers of snow and ice – look at pictures of avalanches/taking care on slippery ice/why we don’t walk on frozen ponds

Some of the books we will be reading include:

  • Charlie the Crow in the Snow
  • Kippers Snowy Day
  • Elmer in the Snow



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. 


We welcome our new cohort of children who will be starting in the afternoons this term. These children will be visiting this week and starting next week. We will have a few new faces which we welcome warmly. 


Collection times are as follow: (Please follow the flow of parents to pick up your barn own)

If you only have a child in Barn Owls then please pick up at 15:15.


Otherwise see below for times:
Children ONLY in Reception and Key Stage 1 – 2.40-2.5
Children with siblings across key stages – 2.50-3pm 
Children ONLY in Key Stage 2 – 3-3.10pm 



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, please wait in the garden area but adhering to 2 metres between you and other adults. We also strongly encourage you to wear a mask. 


Afternoon session:

drop off is at 12:15 - this will be at the large gate by Nursery Garden. 


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 :

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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.