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Reception - Koala

Welcome to Koala Class!


Adults in Koala Class


I am Miss Mitchell and I am the class teacher in Koala Class.  This is my third year at Barley Close, following teaching in other schools around Bristol and London, mainly in Reception classes. I used to be a competitive dancer and am leading a dance club at Barley Close to share my love for Ballroom dancing. I do not yet have any children, though my miniature dachshund would argue otherwise!


I have met many of the new children and their families and am really excited for an action packed year in Reception with everyone.


Please come and see me anytime if you have questions about your child or any part of school life. 


Miss Rowley is the HLTA (higher level teaching assistant) in Koala Class and we would be lost without her! Miss Rowley has worked in education for almost 30 years, with 13 of them being here at Barley Close following her time at Blackhorse School. She has two grown up children and a granddaughter who keeps her more than busy! In addition to keeping Koala class on track, Miss Rowley will also be leading our weekly healthy cookery sessions. 


Mrs Collins is the reading assistant in Koala Class and works with us every afternoon.  Mrs Collins reads with many children during the year and supports them to develop their reading skills.

What will my child need for school?


Waterproof coat


Book bag

PE kit


All children need a book bag with them in school every day.  This is important for changing reading books as well as ensuring you receive all school correspondence.

Wellies are stored on the trolley outside of the classroom; children use these regularly and need to stay in school.

PE kit is a white T-shirt, black shorts and daps.  This should be in a bag and kept on your child's peg (we will send it home each half term to be washed).


Please ensure all items of clothing (including shoes) are labelled clearly with your child's name.


When will my child do PE?


PE will be on a Friday.


Swimming will be on a Thursday during terms 1, 5 and 6. 


Forest school will take place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.


Cookery will be in rotational groups every other Friday. 



We Need Your Help!


We are always looking for people to help in Koala class.  If you could help us with swimming, forest school, cooking or come in to listen to readers, please see Miss Mitchell and we can put the arrangements in place.



The children have done amazingly well in their first full time week.  They have had an action packed week of learning.  In English we read the story, 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' which the children have loved.  They can retell the story well and enjoyed going on their own Bear Hunt around the school.  In Maths we have focused on a different number each day and explored ways of making that number.  We continued to look at pattern and shape names; please point out shapes around your house for the children. 


We had our first PE lesson today; all the children changed into their PE kit and we explored different ways of moving in the hall.  We played two new games; beans and duck - duck - goose, which help us to warm up and take turns, as well as get moving.  Please ensure your child has PE kit in school every day.


Thank you for helping the children with their story telling skills this week.  Almost all of the children had read with their parents and this is showing when we look at books in school. Please continue to read with your child every night.


Next week sees the start of Forest school. Each child will spend one morning learning in the forest every week.  It is essential that they have welly boots in school for this, so please put these on the trolley if you have not yet done so.


We will not start swimming until October - we will let you know when the children need their swim wear.


The children have all brought home a letter today about our school trip.  We are going to Westonbirt Arboretum on Friday 13th October to look at how the environment changes as Autumn arrives.  We have lots of fun collecting in the woods and building dens and the children always enjoy this day.  Please return the permission slips and payment as soon as possible to enable this trip to go ahead.


The sun is promising to shine for the next few days, so I hope you all have a great weekend!

Miss Mitchell & Miss Rowley





Wow – our second week has zoomed by! The children have settled in very well over the past fortnight and are probably very tired after their first week of staying for lunch! We’ve spent lots of time getting to know each other, and we are all making many friends in both Koala and Panda classes. The children have settled into the lunchtime routine really well and are trying hard to be independent in using cutlery – please encourage your child to do this at home as well, so that the lunchtime experience is as easy as possible for them.


We have been busy learning numbers 1-10 and challenging ourselves with numbers to 20 this week in Maths, singing lots of songs and rhymes to help us. We’ve also been practising shape names and learning to describe the shapes to a friend.


This week we have introduced the characters ‘Biff, Chip, Floppy, Kipper, Mum and Dad’ and inside each book bag you will find a laminated sheet with all characters on. Please take time to practice these with your child every day as they need to be able to recognise these words on sight, without sounding out.


You will also find a new reading book in the children’s bags, in addition to the sharing book. This book has no words in it and it is intended that children will tell their own story to you by looking at the pictures and becoming more familiar with the Biff and Chip characters. Please update your child’s yellow reading diary every day after reading with them.


Many thanks to all who attended our brief Reading meeting on Friday afternoon – if you were unable to attend, please see an overview of all points covered attached to this webpage.

Thank you to all who have offered to help us with Forest School, swimming and other activities – if you are interested in helping in any way throughout the year please see Miss Mitchell and we will make arrangements together.

Next week all children are in full time, from 8.45 – 3.15. Please make sure they all have their clearly named book bags, wellies and coats with them every day – even if it appears sunny in the morning!


Friday is Jeans 4 Genes Day - children are welcome to wear Jeans with a school top, for a £1 donation. 


Enjoy a lovely weekend, we’ll see you on Monday for our first week of full time Reception!

Miss Mitchell and Miss Rowley



Our First Week – 8.9.17


What a fantastic week we’ve had getting to know all the children in morning and afternoon sessions! The children have been very busy exploring their new classroom and outdoor environment, and we’ve played lots of games to help us make new friends. The children have settled into routines really well and we’re excited for the year ahead.


Thank you to everyone who has brought a family photo in – if you haven’t done so yet, please bring one in next week. We will photocopy all originals and return them to you.


Please make sure your child has a bag with them every day to ensure you receive all important information and to ensure their reading books/diaries are in school each day.


Next week all children will be in school from 8.45 until 1.30pm. They will have lunch in school; either a packed lunch or school dinner. Please collect your children from the classroom at 1.30pm each day.


On Friday 15th there will be a short meeting in Panda Class for all Reception parents at 1.30pm. This will give you an overview of Phonics and Reading in Reception, and some helpful tips of what you can do at home to support your child’s reading. Please come to Panda classroom BEFORE collecting your child – all children will be in Koala class with Miss Rowley and Mrs Lines. You can collect your child immediately after the meeting.


Enjoy a lovely weekend,

Miss Mitchell and Miss Rowley



Parents Meeting 15th September 2017

Early Years Vision

Induction Information

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
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