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"Pupils thrive on the positive, aspirational approach"
Ofsted 2017

"The school has achieved an award for extending pupils’ understanding of world religions." SIAMS 2019

"As confident young learners, pupils are ambitious for themselves and supportive of each other." Ofsted 2017

"Worship is invitational allowing pupils of no religious affiliation to contribute with integrity."  SIAMS 2019

"The school has achieved an award for extending pupils’ understanding of world religions." SIAMS 2019

"Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and to be curious." Ofsted 2017

"Your team are instilling a passion for learning that pupils find infectious." Ofsted 2017

Let Your Light Shine - Matthew 5:16

2021-22 Explorer Class


Explorers – Miss Duparcq and Mrs Griffiths TA

We are so excited to welcome you to our Explorer Class page.

Our Project this term is Marvellous Me and we’ll be answering our Project question ‘ What makes us unique?’ We’ll be learning all about ourselves, looking at similarities and differences between us and we will be learning more about our school and our local area. You can see all the learning we’ll be doing on our topic map!

Key Days to remember: We will have Forest school on Tuesdays and PE on Wednesdays.

Download: YR Topic Map – Term 1- Marvellous Me


Our EYFS Curriculum 2021-2022

Download: St Barnabas CofE Primary School EYFS Curriculum

2020-21 Explorer Class


Explorers – Mrs F Florendine and Mrs Lord + Mrs Griffiths (TA) + ANO SEN TA

We are so excited to welcome you to our Explorer Class page.

Making positive relationships is at the heart of everything we do in reception, and in Explorer Class ‘work is our play.’ We learn through a range of adult led and child initiated activities in our indoor and outdoor classrooms, where your child will have opportunities to explore, investigate and create in our exciting and engaging environment.

As your child settles into school we will begin to add information and photos about how we teach our Early Years curriculum including; phonics, handwriting and maths.

We can’t wait for when things are better and we can welcome you our classroom, but until then please come back and check this page regularly.  It will give you an overview of life in reception at St Barnabas and all the fun we have.

Download: Explorer Parent Expectation Evening 2020

Mrs Gould & Mrs Lord

Phonics workshop

Here you will find out what phonics is, how we teach it in Explorer class and ways in which you can support your child’s learning at home.

Download: Phonics PowerPoint Presentation

Blending to read clip (page 4)

How to say the sounds (page 5)

Tricky words song (page 6)

Term 6

In term six we will be heading to the seaside!

Term 5

In term 5, our theme has been ‘Once upon a time’. We have been on a journey through different traditional tales that appear in the story ‘Nibbles the book monster by Emma Yarlett’.

You can find the story opposite …

We have been using Talk for Writing acting out each story, and making our own adaptations for each one.

Our project question this term has been “Do all characters make good choices?” We have been discussing this question during our PSHE time, and deciding whether we think each character has made good or bad choices.

Term 4

Our first week back as a whole class, we have been joining the whole school science week, and have been super Scientists. 

Then for the rest of this term we will be learning all about Minibeasts, and answering the question of ‘What makes animals Minibeasts?’

Our focus story will be The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, you can listen to it here…

I wonder if you can go on a Minibeast hunt, and see how many types you can find?

Explorer’s have had some class pets in term 4, caterpillars! We have observed them as they transformed into beautiful butterflies.

Check out our photos from Science week!

Term 3 

This term we will be reading the story ‘The Egg by M. P Robertson’. I wonder what is inside that gigantic egg?

Pencil Grasp

Pencil grasp song – Here is a little video to help your child with their pencil grip. Pencil grip is very important to get right at an early age,  so remind your child to use snappy fingers.

Home Learning

Term 2 

This term we have been zooming on our brooms, through the deep dark wood, all the way back to our family trees in time for Christmas.

We have really enjoyed exploring Julia Donaldson stories. We met the witch from Room on the Broom, acted out the story and created new characters for our own versions. Then in our own Forest area, we went on a hunt for the Gruffalo and his woodland friends. Finally we found Stickman lost, and we helped get him back to his family tree in time for Christmas.

We have been celebrating Christmas: listening to the Christmas story, acting it out and singing lots of lovely Christmas songs. We really enjoyed taking part in our whole school sing along to Oh What a Glorious Night, which has been posted on the website.

Term 1 

As we settle into school this term, we will be exploring our feelings through reading the story of The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas. You can listen to the story by following this link…

Being school ready…

In reception we use the Tapestry learning journal app to record evidence of learning for each child. We are able to share this with parents/carers, which provides a great home-school link.