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Welcome to Panda Class!


Adults in Panda Class


Mrs Sheppard - I share teaching Panda class with Mrs Gleed. I will be in class on Mondays, Tuesday and every other Wednesday.


Mrs Gleed -  I have been a teacher at Barley Close since 2009 and although I have previously taught in KS1 and 2; the Early Years are my favourite age group. I have gained specific qualifications in Early Years and hold a Masters in Education in addition to Early Years Professional Status (EYPS).  I enjoy spending my spare time developing my creative skills and am currently attending art classes. I am very pleased to be teaching Panda Class again this year.  Please come and see me anytime if you have questions about your child or any part of school life or if you would prefer to email me, my address is:


Mrs Lines is the HLTA (higher level teaching assistant) in Panda Class and we would be lost without her!  Mrs Lines has been at Barley Close for a very long time, as her children all also attended the school, so many of you will already know her.  Mrs Lines is a school governor and has a passion for outdoor learning, she leads our weekly forest school sessions which are always popular with the children.


Mrs Collins is the reading assistant in Panda Class and works with us on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Mrs Collins reads with many children during the year and supports them to develop their reading skills.  Mrs Collins is also a TA (teaching assistant) and she works with Mrs Lines in Panda Class when Mrs Gleed and Mrs Sheppard have their PPA time on Wednesday afternoons.


Mrs Payne is our SENTA (Teaching assistant with experience of supporting children with Special Educational Needs). She supports one of our pupils and is in Panda Class every day.  Mrs Payne has experience of working in the Early Years and was previously the Deputy Manager of our 2 Year Old Nursery.   



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 Monday.


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


Forest school will take place every Tuesday.



Friday 17th November - What the Ladybird Heard


This week we have been recalling the story 'What the Ladybird heard', creating a map from the story and a list of characters. We have also been looking for rhyme and alliteration within the text. We have moved on to digraphs in phonics, two special friends (letters) that make one sound. In maths, we have been working on addition and have introduced the children to two 3D shapes - the sphere and cylinder. The children were very good having their photographs taken on Wednesday. The children enjoyed making mini-beasts using clay in Forest School. We had lots of fun on Friday for Children in Need - decorating cakes, dancing and colouring Pudsey pictures. The children also enjoyed playing a Pudsey phonic game. Thank you for all your donations.


Thank you to everyone who attended our parent/carer meetings this week. Do remember, you can speak to any of the Reception team regarding your child's progress or experience at school or if you have any questions; we are here to support you. 


We hope you have a good weekend, Next week our story is about 'Zog,' the flying dragon.


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins 





Friday 9th November - The Gruffalo's Child 


Welcome back to the start of Term 2. We hope you all had an enjoyable half term break. 


This week our story has been 'The Gruffalo's child,' culminating in our trip to Westonbirt Arboretum on Thursday. The children were so well behaved, we were really proud of them. It was a pleasure to take them on a trip and we all have a wonderful time. The children really enjoyed observing different types of trees with their various colours, bark and leaves and finding a variety of woodland materials, which they excitedly gathered together. They challenged themselves on the natural woodland climbing equipment and the highlight was definitely the Gruffalo trail.


Next week on Friday we will be raising money for Children in Need, we will be playing games and decorating cakes in a spotty theme. It will be great if we can raise money for this cause.  Our story will be 'What the ladybird heard.'


We still have appointments for our parent/carer meetings next week on Tuesday and Thursday evening next week so please sign up for a slot on the sheets on the white board in our classroom.


Have a lovely weekend,


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins    

Reception trip to Westonbirt Aboretum


We are looking forward to our trip to Westonbirt Arboretum on Thursday 8th November. We will be exploring the natural environment through a variety of activities. We will be looking for the Gruffalo sculpture and the children will also have the opportunity to play in the Woodland play area and go on the tree top walkway through the forest canopy.


We will leave at 9.30 a.m. and return to school by the end of the day for collection at 3.15 pm.


Please remember that your child will need a waterproof coat and wellies.


If you are able to help, please let us know.


Cost for the trip is £7.50.


More details are on parentmail; please ask if you prefer a paper copy of the letter.   


Friday 26th October - Room on the Broom


Wow! We have come to the end of our first term at school and what a busy and fun filled term it has been! The children have dome amazingly well - settling into new routines, making friendships and getting used to the demands of school. The children have learnt lots of sounds in Speed Set 1 in Phonics and we are starting to see them apply their newly found skills in their writing and reading. The children have loved Forest school and swimming and P.E.


Just to remind you that this was our last swimming as the pool is closed over the Winter. We will advise you when swimming recommences in the Spring.


The children are really tired and are ready for a well earned rest over half term.


We hope you all have an enjoyable break and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6th November as there is an INSET day on Monday 5th November.  


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins

Friday 19th November - The Gruffalo


This week in English, we created a story map of 'The Gruffalo' and learnt about 'adjectives' - describing words, which we started to use as we described our favourite characters from the story. We have also started learning keywords, frequently used words that we will see in our reading and want to use in our writing. Every fortnight, we will send home the words we have learnt in class so you can carry on practising these at home and look out for them in the reading books. We have been making progress with our phonics and have already learnt so many sounds! This week we learnt four new sounds - l,h, sh,r. In maths we have been developing our number skills as well as going on a shape hunt, looking for 2D shapes in the environment.  We have been gaining confidence in swimming and always look forward to our lessons. Next week -Thursday 25th October will be our last swimming lesson until the pool is reopened in the Spring.


Our final story for Term 1 will be 'Room on the Broom.'


Enjoy your weekend


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins



Friday 12th October - We're going on a bear hunt!


We have had lots of fun this week with the story 'We're going on a bear hunt.' We really enjoyed a lyrical version of the story with lots of actions and rhythm. We created our first story maps, recalling the events of the story and putting them in order. We went on a bear hunt in Forest school, it was very exciting! In Maths we have been learning about the properties of 2D shapes - circle, squares, rectangles and shapes and went on a shape hunt outside.  


In phonics, we have learnt 4 new sounds - u,b,f,e. 


We have been developing our confidence and skills in swimming, it is so much fun!


Our story next week will be 'The Gruffalo.'


We hope you enjoy your weekend.


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins 



Friday 5th October- Run, run as fast as you can!

Our story this week was 'The Gingerbread Man,' we did some fantastic writing as we recalled the story. We have been hunting for gingerbread men at Forest school and on Friday, we baked Gingerbread Men. Luckily they all stayed in the oven otherwise we would have had to have chased after them, just like in the story! We enjoyed building a bridge using the large scale resources in the outside area so the gingerbread man could cross over the river.


We really enjoyed our first swimming lesson on Thursday and our swimming teacher was so pleased with us, we got a special sticker. smiley


Next week our story will be 'We're going on a bear hunt.'


Have a great weekend


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins 




Friday 28th September - Goldilocks and the three bears


This week we introduced a main story as a focus for our learning. This week our story was the traditional tale 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears.' We have been recalling and sequencing the story and talking about our favourite characters and events from the story and then drawing these in our books. We have been ordering objects according to their size and working out how we can find out which bed would fit one of the bears.


The children really enjoyed their first Forest school on Tuesday.


In phonics we have learn the sound t,i,n,p. and have been practising our handwriting.  


Next week our story will be 'The Gingerbread Man' and we will be cooking of Friday. Swimming starts on Thursday.


We hope you have an enjoyable weekend.


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins








21st September - End of the third week


This week we have introduced the first 4 sounds in our phonics programme - m,a,s,d. We have learnt a rhyme that helps us to form each of the letters correctly and we have also learnt the Jolly Phonics action to help us remember the sound the letter makes. Your child has been given a home learning folder, containing a sheet of these sounds and a space is provided for them to practise writing their letters. Please practise these sounds with your child, you could also encourage your child to be a 'letter detective' and look for these letters when they see writing in books and on packaging.  If you have any questions about Phonics, please speak to one of the Reception members of staff.


The children enjoyed their first P.E. lesson, please can you help your child gain independence by teaching them the skills needed to be able to change their clothes e.g. undo buttons, fasten zips and buckles, turn their clothes in the right way and fold their clothes neatly and put them in their bag. It would help if they wear clothes on Mondays and Thursdays which are manageable for them. 


Next week we will be starting Forest School on Tuesday. Please make sure you child has a pair of wellies in school. 


Our story next week will be 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' 


We hope you have a good weekend.


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins 





Friday 14th September  - End of second week


The children have done really well this week, having completed their first full week at school. The children are gaining familiarity with the routines and expectations. Understandably, there has been some tiredness so hopefully all the children will have a good rest over the weekend, ready for another week of learning.


 Today we went on a walk around the school field and visited our Forest school. The children are very excited to be able to use the wonderful area. Forest school will start on Tuesday 25th September.


We will be starting P.E. on Monday so please can everyone make sure that their child has a kit in school. There seemed to be a little bit of confusion over dates regarding swimming with some children expecting to be swimming this week. We will be starting swimming on 4th October, we will give another reminder nearer the time.


 Could we kindly ask all parents/carers to ensure the children have their names written on all their clothes as we have already had un-named clothing in our class and it is difficult to return to their owners quickly. Thank you. 


The children have enjoyed choosing their sharing stories, please ensure you read with your child and write a comment. Reading is an essential and enjoyable part of the children's learning and we will be expecting children to be supported with their reading at home to ensure that they make the expected progress over the coming year.


We hope you have a lovely weekend


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins 



Friday 7th September - First week at school



The children have spent the first few days of school getting to know each other, exploring the school and learning some of the school routines. They managed their first lunch and lunch time play on the field really well on Thursday. We are really proud of how they are settling and we are looking forward to an exciting and happy year of learning.


As explained in the parent/carer meeting today, the children will be full time as from Monday 10th September.  Remember you can speak to any member of the Reception staff if you have any questions or if you want to speak to us about how your child is getting on.


Next week we will be sending home a sharing book for you to read to your child along with some suggested activities you can do. Sharing books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday so please ensure your child has a book bag to keep the book flat and dry. You will also receive a laminated sheet with book characters from the Oxford Reading Tree range, which forms part of our school's reading scheme. The children will be getting to know these characters over the coming weeks.  It would be useful if you can talk to your child about the characters so they become familiar with the characters' names.  


We hope you enjoy your weekend


Mrs Gleed, Mrs Sheppard, Mrs Lines, Mrs Payne and Mrs Collins 



Induction Information

We Need Your Help!


We are always looking for people to help in Panda class.  If you could help us with swimming, or come in to listen to readers, please come and see me and we can put the arrangements in place.

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  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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