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Reception - Panda

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.



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 and Mrs Sheppard





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 and Mrs Sheppard.  



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 and Mrs Lines



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.

Early Years Vision

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