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Welcome to Owl Class! smiley


Owl Class is the name of our Early Years Reception class.  Mrs Green is the class teacher, Mrs Mayhew class teacher

( Wednesday pm PPA cover and all day Thursday) and Mrs Cunningham (HLTA - High Level teaching assistant) and Miss Bunton (teaching assistant Mon-Fri am only).


P.E. will be on Mondays

Forest School/Outdoor learning session Thursdays

Library on Fridays


Children develop quickly in the early years and their experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up. 

Every child is unique. We make it our priority for each and every child joining our school to feel welcome, to settle confidently, to make the best possible start and to thrive as part of our school team. We aim to foster a sense of enquiry and a real thirst for learning new skills and knowledge.


What is the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum?

The EYFS curriculum relates to learning, development and welfare of children from birth to the end of Reception year as per the legal requirements set out in the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Framework published by the Department of Education. Therefore, it refers only to the children in the Reception class at Great Barton CE Primary Academy.

The standards for the development and learning of children up to the age of five years, through seven areas of learning are as follows:

  • Communication & language - Listening, attention and understanding
  • Personal, social and emotional development-Self-regulation, managing self & building relationships
  • Physical development-Gross motor skills & Fine motor skills
  • Literacy- Comprehension, word reading & writing
  • Mathematics- Number & Numerical patterns
  • Understanding the world - Past & Present, People, culture & communities, The natural world.
  • Expressive art and design - Creating with materials, Being imaginative & Expressive.

Children in the EYFS also learn through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which underpin learning and development across all areas and support the child to remain an effective and motivated learner.

                           Playing & Exploring (Engagement)

                 Active Learning (Motivation)

                 Creating & Thinking Critically (Thinking)


We believe providing a planned, well-organised and stimulating learning environment inside and outside the classroom enhances children's learning. The day consists of discrete teaching, teacher-led learning and child-initiated activities.  The children will have the opportunity to develop skills of concentration and perseverance. Through child-initiated purposeful activities the children will be able to apply their learning, be encouraged to explore, to be challenged, to take risks, make decisions, solve problems and initiate collaborative work.

In the final term of the year in which the child reaches age five, and no later than 30 June in that term, the EYFS Profile must be completed for each child.

Each child’s level of development must be assessed against the Early Learning Goals and each child will be deemed to be either meeting expected levels of development or not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’). This is the EYFS Profile.


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