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Year 1 Barn Owl

Welcome to Year 1 Barn Owl Class!


Welcome to Barn owl class!

If you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s learning or have any questions or suggestions please feel free to come and see us after school, if you would like a before school meeting this can also be arranged, alternatively pop a note in your child’s contact book or fill in the form below.

The Barn owls team includes Mrs Pierri (Miss Tong Class Teacher), Mrs Cornish (Class Teaching assistant) and Mrs O’Shaughnessy (Class Teaching assistant).

We are Barn Owl class...

We are Barn Owl class... 1

Term 6

In  term 6 Barn Owl class will be learning about Dinosaurs!

Stomp, crash, RRRAGH! Watch out everyone - the dinosaurs are on the prowl!

They're rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth...

Let's explore the Dinosaur Planet! Imagine  you're a palaeontologist (that's a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts.

Which is your favourite dinosaur?

The Tyrannosaurus rex, the Brachiosaurus or the Micropachycephalosaurus?

Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes he did.... RUN!

On Friday 9th June we had a 'Dinosaur Day!'

Our Dinosaur workshop

We began our day by walking into our school hall to find that it had been taken over by dinosaurs! Our dinosaur expert Graham shared some very interesting information with us about dinosaurs and fossils, we then created our own dinosaur fact sheet using non-fiction texts and the internet to support our current knowledge. To end the day, we spent the afternoon drawing the dinosaurs, we were even able to hold a real un-hatched dinosaur egg! 

Fun facts – Did you know?

  • Dinosaurs were the dominant vertebrates on Earth for about 130 million years during the Mesozoic era. This era was divided into the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
  • Small, fast-moving dinosaurs appeared for the first time in the Triassic period (248-208 million years ago).
  • During the Jurassic period (208-146 million years ago), more dinosaurs – some of them the biggest dinosaurs of all – roamed the earth.
  • Dinosaurs flourished in the Cretaceous period (146-65 million years ago). At the end of the Mesozoic era, the dinosaurs died out in a major extinction.
  • A scientist who studies dinosaurs and ancient life is known as a palaeontologist (pay-lee-on-tol-o-jist).
  • The word ‘dinosaur’ comes from the Greek language and means ‘terrible lizard’. The word was first used by an English palaeontologist, Richard Owen, in 1842 and referred to the dinosaurs’ impressive size rather than their scary looks!
  • Of the 700+ species of dinosaur identified and named so far, around 90% have been discovered since 1990.
  • Dinosaurs lived on every continent of the world – even Antarctica.
  • The longest ever dinosaur was the Seismosaurus, measuring over 40 metres from nose to tail tip. That’s as long as five buses!
  • At 80 tonnes Brachiosaurus was the heaviest dinosaur, weighing as much as 17 African elephants!
  • The longest dinosaur name was Micropachycephalosaurus. Its name means ‘small, thick-headed lizard’.
  • The name ‘dinosaur’ only refers to land-dwelling reptiles. Flying animals such as pterodactyls and water-based reptiles such as plesiosaurs weren’t dinosaurs but were reptiles that lived in the age of the dinosaurs.
  • Some of the largest dinosaurs (such as Brachiosaurus and Apatosaurus) were plant eaters.
  • A Tyrannosaurus rex had over 60 conical teeth, each growing up to nearly 25cm. Those mighty gnashers meant T. Rex could crush and break bones as it devoured a massive 230kg of meat in one bite. (That’s quite a mouthful!)
  • Unlike humans who only get two sets of teeth in their life, dinosaurs could replace their teeth anytime they lost them!
  • Many plant-eating dinosaurs had natural weapons, for example, Stegosaurus is famous for its tail spikes and Triceratops had three sharp horns on the front of its head shield. They used their body weapons to ward off meat-eating dinosaurs like the Allosaurus or Spinosaurus who wanted them for dinner!
  • The Troodon, a human-sized, Cretaceous therapod is thought to be the most intelligent of all the dinosaurs with a big brain compared to its body. It might have been about as intelligent as a modern-day bird.


Our previous learning (Term 5)

Barn owls have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine in their maths lesson today 24.05.17

Barn owls have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine in their maths lesson today 24.05.17 1

KERPOW! Intergalactic greetings, young heroes. Its time to rescue the planet from evil villains!


Who's your favourite superhero? Spider-Man? Wonder Woman? Maybe your heroes are ordinary people who've achieved great things. Or is it those people who save life's in our emergency services that you admire most?


Superheroes have super senses. Use yours to identify mystery items by their smell, taste, sound and touch. What do true superheroes eat to keep their senses and special powers sharp?


Can we stop the dastardly plans of Professor Slime? He's dropping his villainous instructions around town. We must stop people following them, but can we make it in time?


Is that phone box free? Please excuse us... We have to save the world! ZAP! WHIZZ! ZOOOOM! 


It's term 5 and Barn Owl class are turning into superheroes!

Barn owl class received a letter this week....

Barn owl class received a letter this week.... 1

Has your child told you that we received a letter from some superheroes this week? 

The children were given the task to identify some p.e equipment and tell the superheroes how to play a game with the equipment. 

The children showed fantastic knowledge when creating their plan for the superheroes by sequencing pictures of themselves playing a game of kwik cricket, using time connectives to connect the pictures and adding clocks to their plan. ⭐️

Exploring our five senses - It’s safe to say that the children didn’t approve of the smell of mint sauce!

Exploring our five senses - It’s safe to say that the children didn’t approve of the smell of mint sauce! 1

May 2017

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Barn owl class worked in small groups to draw and label their ideal superhero. The children were thinking about a variety of features a superhero might need to help them save people.

I think you'll agree this particular superhero design looks like it would be more than capable of saving the world!

Putting our 'super' thinking caps on...

On Thursday 20th April Barn Owls class were lucky enough to be invited to spend the whole day being Superheroes!

We even created out own superhero back drop and posed as flying superheros ready to save the world...



Did you know?


On his first appearance in a comic, the Incredible Hulk was grey. However there were problems with the consistency of the print colours, so he became green! (Remember… just don’t make him angry: you wouldn’t like him when he’s angry!)


The head of Marvel Comics was initially worried that readers who were frightened of spiders would also be scared of Spider-Man.


Blueberries are one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world – perhaps the ultimate super food! Some nutritionists believe that if you make only one change to your diet, it should be to add blueberries. Studies show that they can improve memory, keep skin supple and protect the heart.


‘Toy Story’ was the first animated feature ever generated completely on computers.


Sakinat Khanapiyeva is the strongest grandma in the world. The 76-year old from Dagestan, Russia, can lift a 24kg dumb-bell, break horseshoes and twist 5cm hick steel rods. Supergran!


Known as ‘the Human Spider’, Alain Robert has climbed most of the tallest skyscrapers in the world using only his hands and climbing shoes. He has scaled landmark buildings like the Eiffel Tower and Sydney Opera House.


National Park Ranger, Roy Cleveland Sullivan, was struck by lightning on seven separate occasions and survived them all. That’s why he earned the nickname, the ‘Human Lightning Conductor’!


The world record for the most people dressed as superheroes was achieved by 1,580 participants in an event organised by Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA on 2 October 2010.


Ben Underwood has an amazing superpower! He is blind, both of his eyes were removed (because he had cancer) when he was 3. Yet, he plays basketball, rides on a bicycle, and lives a quite normal life. He taught himself to use echo location to navigate around the world.


The Rubberboy is the most flexible man alive and the most famous contortionist. He dislocates his arms to crawl through an unstrung tennis racquet. He performs contortion handstands and unique acrobatics.


‘Magnetic Man’, Liew Thow Lin, is a 70-year-old retired Malaysian man. He discovered he had the amazing ability to make objects, such as an iron, stick ‘magnetically’ to his skin, and now he’s added car-pulling to his tricks! This ‘gift’ is also present in three of his sons and two grandchildren.

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