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Barn Owls

     World Book Day            

World Book Day is Thursday, 4th March, but we'll be doing activities all week in school, so below are some activities that you could have a go at. Please send pictures in - we'd love to see what you've been up to!

* Bake / decorate a cake with a theme from your favourite book.


Send us a photo of you snuggled up, somewhere different, reading your favourite book!

* Make your own bookmark!

* Decorate a potato! Can you turn a potato into your favourite character from a book?



*Make sure you look at the activities posted on Seesaw - there are some fun activities for World Book Day!

* Click on a book in the digital library below, and hear all of it, or an extract being read on Youtube. 

* Enter the competition to design a Book Token - the sheet to print off is below.


We have chosen one of our favourite picture books for us all to share on World Book Day this year.

‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ is written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the fabulous Oliver Jeffers and is a book for everyone, from Barn Owls through to year 6s. You’ve probably read it before, but take some time to read it again (if you have it at home) or watch our special video with some people you may know reading the story :) 

* Choose one of the crayons and imagine you are Duncan – write a letter back to that crayon. What will you say? 

* Look at the last picture, where Duncan has used every crayon. What colour is the whale? What has he used black for? What colour is the sea?              

* Can you use the crayons to colour something differently? Can you create a huge picture, using every colour from the story and making each crayon happy by using them to draw / colour different things?

* Choose one of the colours and see how many related items you can think of. For example - red – fire engine, apple, tomato ketchup, stop sign, love heart

* Write a colour poem. Below are some examples of simple colour poems, using the sense - one is pink and one is yellow - can you write your own colour poem? Use the template and planning sheet below.


Home learning

For home learning in Barn Owls we will uploading activities and videos for Reception and Year 1 using our Tapestry account - https://eylj.org

Activation emails for those who have not previously accessed the site were sent out on 4.1.20 - please check your junk folders

- If you have any trouble logging on please email us on zreeve@ch-stl.co.uk or jthom@ch-stl.co.uk 


Mrs King , the PE teacher at Chenderit who works as her role as an SSCO ( School Sports Coordinator) with the Primary schools in the Chenderit cluster has come up with some ideas for virtually engaging you in PE this term as she is obviously unable to put on events and come into schools this term as she normally would.  

At this point in the year, the children would normally be developing their skills in both orienteering and inclusive sports festivals, held at Chenderit. Below are links to videos created by Mrs King that provide ideas for both forms of activity, so the children (and families) can still get involved and have fun!

Orienteering Festival


Inclusive Sports Festival

Please feel free to send any photos of the children taking part in these sessions .

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Mrs King has also recorded some active break videos for you to join in with. There is a new one added below.

Active breaks 4th Feb

Active break video 26th Jan

Active break video 21st Jan

Active break videos from Mrs King.

Meet the teachers:

Barn Owls are taught by Miss Brooks and Mrs Reeve.

My name is Jessica Brooks and I teach The Barn Owls on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday morning.  I have been teaching Foundation Stage at Chacombe for 12 years after studying a PGCE at Oxford Brookes University. 

I have a 9 year old son and a 6 year old daughter who keep me on my toes when I'm not at school!

In my spare time, I love reading, films, interior design and I can also play the piano.

My name is Zoe Reeve I teach The Barn Owls on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays and Ospreys on Wednesday mornings. I have now been teaching for 12 years. I came to Chacombe for my NQT year after carrying out some supply work and was initially in year 1 and 2 before moving in to Foundation stage. 

I have 4 children of my own who are 17, 13, 2 and 2, a girl and 3 boys who keep me extremely busy while I'm not in school. 

When I’m not working or running around after my own children I love art, reading and spending time in the garden.

Class routines


  • The children will usually have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • The timetable can change from week to week so please ensure PE kits are in school all week.
  • PE will be outdoors weather permitting so please ensure children have appropriate warm PE kit and trainers.


  • Phonics is taught daily in short sessions
  • We learn phonics as pure sounds ssss not s-uh - http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/expert-help/phonics-made-easy
  • As soon as we have learnt the first 4 sounds s,a,t,p we begin practicing blending sounds for reading and segmenting them for writing, starting with 3 sound words.
  • There are many ideas and games available online to support your child with this at home.


  • The children have all been given a school reading book chosen by a teacher for them to share and read to you at home. The more often they read these books, the quicker their reading will improve, so please share them as often as possible. We ask for 5 reads at home each week. This will earn them stickers for their Reading chart in school.
  • The children may also been take one book of their own choice from our classroom book shelf which they can look at home and swap any time in school.
  • In school we aim to hear your child read individually at least once each week and will hear them more often if time permits.
  • Children also take part in whole class guided reading sessions once each week. In these sessions we discuss stories together and work on developing our reading and comprehension skills.
  • We always really appreciate it if any parents can come into school to hear readers. So if you have any time to spare and would like to come and hear the children read please let us know.


  • Reading from their school reading book at least 5 times a week
  • High frequency word practice (in spring/summer terms)
  • Optional phonics sheets as we learn each new sound to support and reinforce the children’s learning.


  • tapestryjournal.com
  • Observations and assessments are made using our online learning journal which you can access using your login. Please inform us if you do not have this information or are having any difficulties accessing your child’s observations.
  • We may also use this from time to time to keep you up to date with things going on in school.
  • Tapestry can also be used at home to upload images and observations of the things your child gets up to when they are not in school. This helps us to build up a full picture of your child’s progress.
  • For support with using tapestry you can access these self help pages:

Parents' guide (IOS)

Parents' guide (Android)

Information for relatives

Alternatively please arrange a time to come in to see us and we can talk you through the key features of the Tapestry program.