Home learning support 

As we begin home learning, I will continue to support you with your child's learning and will be posting learning opportunities, ideas and tasks on our page below. 

To start  for this first week of home learning, I have added the pack that I have sent out in book-bags previously, as well as provided the other documents in downloadable format. 

Should you wish to ask any questions or even just keep in touch - please do feel free to contact me on bpiper@flyingstartfed.org.uk :) 

If your child has completed something and would like to share this with me - please do take a photo and email it over (Year 1), or add it to tapestry (Reception and Nursery) for me to have a look - I'm excited to see what you have all been up to!

Have fun with your little ones and stay safe! 

Kind regards 

Miss Piper :) 


Spellings: If any child in Year 1 feels as though they would like to have the following pictures, when they feel ready - I am more than happy to add them below or email them over to you - please do let me know if you would be interested :) (We usually test the children on a Friday to see if they remember them and then colour them if they got them correct. I then move them on to the next picture if they have all but 2 left to colour, and they practise the remaining 2 and next picture). 

 100 square .pdfDownload
 common exception words year 1 .pdfDownload
 EYFS-Home-Learning-Pack- CS.pdfDownload
 KS1 Home Learning Pack -Sports 1.docxDownload
 Nursery rhyme booklet .pdfDownload
 Phase 5 Buried Treasure Phonics Game.pdfDownload
 Phonics Home Learning Revision Activity Booklet.pdfDownload
 phonics learning pack for Reception.docxDownload
 phonics learning pack for year 1.docxDownload
 Year 1 Practical Ideas - CS home learning pack.pdfDownload
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Struggling to explain what is going on to your little ones?

Well here is a little booklet which may be helpful to talk them through what is happening at the moment :) 


 Coronavirus explained for kids.pdfDownload
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WARNING Dinosaur Discovery! 

3 February 2020

Long long ago, in a time before humans lived, dinosaurs walked the earth. This week to the amazement of the children, the dinosaurs have once again walked the grounds of Buckland Brewer school, leaving remnants of poo and destruction.
Over the past week, the children of Owls class have been put to the test, using their skills of deduction, classification, observation, and identification to become the very best palaeontologist detectives.

Monday 3rd February, 09.00am.
This morning the children of Buckland Brewer Primary entered their classroom to find a unexpected surprise. The chairs were upturned, and games and toys piled amongst a trail of very big, very muddy footprints. For the safety of the children, the area had been cordoned off and secured and evidence preserved for investigation.
Luckily enough, some CCTV footage of the event was captured, and shown to the children at the start of the day.

Entering the science lab 09:30am
In our conservatory, the children of Owls class became specialist scientists to investigate the dinosaur poo. The children made sure they were protected from the substance, ensuring that they wore their gloves, aprons, goggles and lab coats at all times. The children used tweezers and other tools to dissect the faeces, identifying the contents of the dinosaur diet. Using this information the children were able to deduce which dinosaurs had been in the classroom, using what they have learnt so far about both dinosaurs and herbivores/omnivores/carnivores.
Alongside this investigation, other children followed another line of enquiry, investigating and measuring found dinosaur footprints. The children used their learning about measurement to help them to measure the length and width of the prints, and record this with support. The children also used an identification record to decide which dinosaur they believe the footprint to belong to.

Reporting the incident 13:30
Following our investigation, the Year 1 children became reporters, informing Mrs Finch of the unusual event. The children used their learning from previous literacy sessions, and recorded all of their ideas in the form of a letter. The children were hugely engaged and in fact produced the best writing this year!

A week of dinosaur discovery:
Alongside this learning hook, the children this week have been exploring the world of dinosaurs, through small world role-play, working up close a personal as palaeontologists on an archaeological dig, and recording what has happened as detectives.
The children have really enjoyed this learning, and we have seen some amazing learning opportunities unfold - Hopefully you've already heard all about it!


Mystery Egg!

13 January 2020

A Mystery Egg has been found by Owls Class.

Having come back from a lovely Christmas break, the children in Owls Class were delighted to have a surprise waiting for them! The children were informed that our care-taker had seen something interesting in the adventure playground and had asked that we investigate. The children put their coats on and walked out to see what was there, only to find a magical, silver egg laying on the grass.

The children decided that they would like to move the mystery egg into our classroom where we could take care of it, until it hatches. The children built the egg a nest using blankets and soft material to ensure the egg was kept warm, and could grow. We have had lots of discussion about what could have been inside!

A few days later....The egg began to hatch! The children enjoyed looking through the crack to see what they could see, and many children became excited at the prospect it could be real.


Now it is our job to find out what type of dinosaur it could be?! (It's a good job we have lots of good investigators in owl's class!)

Owls Class

Welcome to Owls Foundation Stage Unit

We are fortunate to offer a rich play-based curriculum here in Owls class for children from Rising 2's to 6, which provides opportunities for children to learn and develop together as a whole class, as well as though smaller, targeted groups.

At Buckland Brewer we are luckily to adopt a holistic approach to learning, where through a connected curriculum the children are able to make links between subjects and areas of learning. Topics are chosen to allow the children to really immerse themselves in learning, and these topics are chosen to allow Y1 and Reception to both be immersed in the learning environment together. 

Before lunch daily, all of the children in Owl's come together as a whole class group to share a story together (Story-time), and also share their own stories through "Helicopter stories". For this, the children will tell their own story to an adult, who will then scribe for them. The story is then read at this special time, to be shared with their friends, and acted out. Not only does this provide opportunities for adults to support children with their speaking and listening, but it also encourages the children to write and make marks, as they are inspired to story-write for themselves.  

Meet the staff
Within our Foundation Unit, We have Miss Bethany Piper (Early Years Teacher), who is supported by 2 highly experienced early years practitioners, Mrs Andrea Powe, and Mrs Jo Birch. 
On a Thursday, We also have  Mrs Brenda Adams who covers in the afternoon, who is also a HLTA throughout the school.  

On Friday's, we are also very lucky to have the opportunity to engage in sporting activities with a sports coach, Lily Nicholls. 


 In Owls class, we believe that play is not "Just play", but is rather a child's way of working. Therefore, play is at the heart of what we do within our preschool, where we follow the children's interests and take their learning to them through in the moment planning.

Children in Nursery will have opportunities to share stories in their small group, play ring games, and sing nursery rhymes, as part of their short maths and phonics sessions included throughout the day. 


In their Reception year, the children are lucky to have access to a shared continuous provision (Learning environment) with Y1 and Nursery, which allows the children to learn through play-based activity and exploration. The children in Reception will take part in daily phonics sessions, as well as whole group literacy and maths, as well as targeted group work. The children will learn through a connected curriculum and follow the same topics as Year 1. 

Year 1

In Year 1, we are very lucky in Owls, where the children have the opportunity to access the continuous provision, in addition to their connected curriculum learning. The children in this time will have the chance to choose their own learning, follow challenges, and really consolidate their guided learning.

Home learning:


"The more that you read, the more things that you'll know.

The more that you know the more places you'll go" - Dr Seuss

Here in Owls class, we highly value the importance of reading, particularly at a young age. The enjoyment of reading is something we believe all children should experience, and so we would like to encourage you to read, read, read to your children whenever you can. Not only does this mean that they will develop a love of reading, but we have also found that reading helps to develop children's imagination, and later writing skills as they move through the school. 

In addition to reading TO your child, we also ask that parents/carers could spend a few minutes each day listening to their child read at home. We don't ask that this is lengthy or be the whole book, but just one or two pages a day, to help the child build fluency. 

Read 3 times for an effort stamp, round of applause from the class,

and recognition on the wonderful readers poster found on Owls classroom notices window. 

In our class, the children who manage to read 3 times in one week, will receive an effort stamp for their fantastic effort :) 

In addition to their reading books, the children have access to our own class library, where they are able to take a book of choice home in their book bag. The books are available to change at all times, and the children are confident to change these independently. 

* ALL children in Owls will have the chance to have a library book, and younger children (Nursery and Reception) will have support and reminders to change them with an adult.  


In year one we have just began sending regular spellings home to the children, for them to practise at home. The spellings will be sent home in the form of a picture, consisting of 5/6 words which are Common exception words. This means that the children cannot sound them out, but rather just need to learn them from sight and memory. 

The children are asked to practise writing the words at home, (We have suggested that they say each letter as they write the word "t..o..spells to") and each week on a Friday Miss Piper will do a spelling quiz. As the children learn to spell the words correctly, they will be able to colour the words they got correct (In school). Once most of the words on the picture are coloured, the child will then begin learning the next picture (Set). 

What are we learning about in Owls class?

Over the Autumn term we have been looking at the Topics, "Magical me" and "Little people big dreams". Through these topics we have been exploring what it means to be individuals, and have looked at what we may want to achieve in the future. Through the Little people big dreams topic, we have been looking closely at the life of Amelia Earhart, who has inspired our children to "Think big". 

More recently, we have had a very cheeky visitor in Owls class, Bells the Elf. He has been up to lots of cheeky antics, and the children have enjoyed talking about and recording what he has been up to.