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Teamwork - Respect - Aim High

Barn Owl

Welcome to Barn Owls!


Miss Jones and Mrs Laurence-Wing



Welcome back for an exciting Autumn term! I hope you feel well-rested after the Summer Holidays.



Creative Curriculum

This half-term, the children will be learning about the raids and invasions carried out by the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings during the Middle Ages. They will explore many elements of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Society, including warriors, rulers, buildings, religion and crime and punishment. 



Guided Reading

This half-term, the Barn Owls will be reading 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. This is a fast-paced adventure story and is a winner of both the Newbery Medal and National Book Award.


Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnatses. Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention centre, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes.

It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realise there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake. The boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something. But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption.




This half-term, the Barn Owls will be drawing on their research about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to produce a variety of pieces of writing.




This half term, we will be learning about place value, statistics and addition and subtraction.



Important Information:

  • P.E. - Monday and Tuesday.  Please make sure that you have your P.E. kit in school.
  • Homework - to be handed in every Tuesday. Spellings and TT Rockstars to be practised on an ongoing basis. 
  • Spelling Test - every Tuesday.
  • Creative Curriculum homework- to be handed in during the last week of the half-term.
  • Keep reading books at home that you enjoy. Remember that you have log-ins to the e-reader service! See the link below.


Please feel free to contact us or come in and have a chat if we can help in any way.