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Term 2



This week began with a super exciting (and rather sparkly) arrival of the Chief Elf's Christmas Letter! He reminded us all to write our lists and send them off to Santa soon, so in English we have all been writing letters and on Friday we walked to the post box to send them.


The Christmas fun continued throughout the week as we continue our rehearsals for the Christmas Performances on Tuesday 11th December! There will be two performances: 2.15pm and 6pm in the hall. A letter will be sent home next week giving more information about costumes and songs to learn; in the mean time if you have any questions, please let me know. 


In Maths we have been measuring length and distance using centimetres and metres. The children are now very competent in using a ruler to measure lengths, and next week we will move onto measuring weight... (a skill which will no doubt be useful when they are guessing what their presents could be under the Christmas Tree!)


Reminder: Friday at 9am we are holding a Phonics meeting for all parents in Year 1.
Please do still attend even if you attended the Reception Phonics meeting last year, as we are learning new sounds this year and this workshop will serve as a helpful refresher on how to support your child at home with their reading and prepare them for the Phonics Screening Check at the end of the year. 


We hope you have an enjoyable weekend,

Mrs Crocker and Mrs Prideaux



This week has been a busy one! We’ve been tasting exotic fruits in English and describing them using adjectives, before writing a recount of Handa’s Surprise; we also had our Family Food Fest on Friday afternoon where the children could taste a selection of foods from around the world. We’d like to say a huge thank you to parents who brought dishes in to share, and those who attended the Food Fest. The children really enjoyed themselves and it’s a great way for them to learn about other cultures around the world.


We also explored capacity in Maths, making our own squash mocktails by measuring volumes of squash and water in millilitres using pipettes, syringes and jugs. Next week we will be continuing learning about measurements, using metres and centimetres to measure length.


We will continue to learn Christmas songs in preparation for our performance on Tuesday 11th December at 2.15 and again at 6pm. We will be sending out information about costumes very soon so please keep checking your child’s book bag.


We are sending our Purple Learning Project home next week (it is also attached below) – please take time to explore this with your child and bring back to school for an in-class celebration of their home learning.


Please note: Books will now be changed every FRIDAY. Please make sure your child returns both books, and that you are updating their reading diary every time they read at home.


Reminder: Spellings are EVERY WEDNESDAY – please make sure your child is practicing these at home and has their spelling book in school every Wednesday.


Have a great weekend,

Mrs Crocker and Mrs Prideaux



This week we have been exploring our new topic of Home and Away, learning about foods from around the world, including where does chocolate come from? To support this learning, we are inviting all families to come to our Family Food Fest on Friday 16th November at 2.30 in the main hall. We would love it if you could bring a dish from somewhere around the world for the children to ‘taste test’! If you would like to help us, please let us know by Thursday at the latest.


In English the children have been writing instructions to make a jam sandwich, using imperative verbs and time connectives. In Maths, the children have been learning to tell the time to the hour and half past using clock faces. A challenge for home: what time do you wake up in the morning? What time is bed time? When do you eat lunch?


Next week we will be exploring capacity – please help us by bringing in empty plastic bottles of any size on Monday morning! We will also be reading Handa’s Surprise to learn about exotic fruits from Africa – including a taste test and smoothie making session!


We will also begin learning our songs for the Christmas performance. Please note there will be two performances for families to attend: Tuesday 11th December at 2.15 and again at 6pm. Details of your child’s costume requirements will be provided soon. Please join us for mince pies, mulled wine, and a wonderful performance by all of Key Stage 1 and the EYFS together.


Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Crocker and Mrs Prideaux

'Home and Away' Topic Overview (Term 2)

Purple Learning Project

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