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Y1 - Panther

A date for the diary - Monday 18th November (14:30)


Please join us for Mince Pies (made by the children) and enjoy listening to the Christmas songs we have been learning.


We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Week 3


This has been a very exciting week in Panther Class! On Monday, we came into school to find that someone had left a huge mess in our classroom. They had eaten lots of food and left all the packaging and all the rubbish on the tables! We wondered who it could be and did some fantastic writing about our ideas.


It turned out it was a tiger who had been very hungry, and we read the story The Tiger Who Came To Tea to find out more information. Then, once we had learnt the story, we started coming up with our own version. In The Monkey Who Came To Tea, we decided that the naughty monkey squirted all the family's toothpaste into his mouth and swallowed it in one gulp! The family couldn't brush their teeth at all!


In Maths, we spent the week thinking about our Number Bonds. Because we are getting really good at all number bonds for 10, we have started practising number bonds for 20 - much harder!


We also carried on our Food Glorious Food topic and learnt about different foods from around the world.


Finally, the week ended on a very exciting note because of Children In Need. We enjoyed our non-uniform day and then we paid 50p each to play board games. It was great fun!

Week 2


This week we have continued our Food Glorious Food topic. We had great fun making fruit kebabs, which we designed and then made from grapes, strawberries and other fruit.


In Maths, we have been practising writing numbers as words and using our great spelling to help us. We have completed our Instructions in English, making jam sandwiches (more food!) and writing instructions for how to make them.

Week 1


This week we have been getting into the new term by looking at our new topic: Food Glorious Food. We thought about things we already know about food and also what we would like to find out. We also tasted some different foods and thought about where we get them from.


In English, we have learnt about Instructions and started practising writing recipes. Our maths has focused on counting and learning how to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.


There are some important changes to be aware of this term: we no longer have swimming on a Wednesday as the pool is now closed until next year. Our normal PE day has also changed, and so now PE will be on a Friday morning instead. Children should make sure they have their PE kit in school and ready every week. Forest Schools will continue to happen on a Thursday afternoon, so children need warm and waterproof clothes ready.


On to week 2!

Term 1


So Term 1 is now over and we have certainly enjoyed ourselves! We have done lots of writing, learning the stories of Rapunzel and Zog and also writing about what we have done. We have aso done plenty of Maths, practising our numbers and then getting better at addition and subtraction.


We have really enjoyed our Once Upon A Time topic. For this, we learnt about the materials that things are made out of and where we would find these in a castle, we learnt about different parts of a castle, explored direction to follow secret maps and we did lots of fun art and DT activities to make dragons.


As well as our normal learning, we have done lots of fun things this term. Earlier in the term, we all dressed up for Roald Dahl Day and we made paper plate animals based on The Enormous Crocodile. A definite highlight was our trip to Berkeley Castle, where we danced in the Great Hall, climbed up to the battlements and also saw the spooky dungeon. We have also helped building the pizza oven that has been installed at school, and we enjoyed trying the pizza that was cooked in it. Yum!

Welcome to Panther Class. Our class teacher is Mr Hunter and our TA is Mrs Butterfield. We also have Mrs Frost in our class every day as our Reading Assistant.


We are always very busy in Year 1, as we have lots of fun learning to squeeze in! In the morning, we take part in our daily English and Maths lesson and also complete daily Phonics sessions. In the afternoons we have various creative activities such as; Topic, PE, Music, Religious Education, PSHE and Forest Skills.

In Year 1, we have two play times. During our morning play the children can enjoy a healthy snack from home. However, we still provide free fruit that they can have at some point during the day.


From Mr Hunter


For those of you who don't know me, I am Mr Hunter and I am really looking forward to teaching Panther Class. I have taught regularly at Barley Close as a supply teacher for the last 18 months, and am very excited to have joined the team as a full time teacher.


When I am not at school, I love watching cricket, reading and spending time with my son, who was born earlier this year. I also do lots of activities with my church.


If you have any questions, please come and talk to me. I look forward to getting to know you all!


Things to remember...


PE will  be on a Monday.

Please ensure children have a full ‘named’ PE kit including daps or trainers. (All earrings to be removed before school) Please ensure they have suitable outdoor kit for PE - white T shirt and  black shorts or jogging bottoms, white-shirt, jumper/jacket, trainers or daps.


Book bags should be in school every day.  The children will be encouraged to put all letters to go home in these bags. 


Reading books should  be in school every day! Please ensure the children are reading to a family member at home at least 5 times a week – more if you can!


Children will need to put reading books along with yellow reading records in the ‘reading book box’ (in the foyer) EVERY MONDAY.  We will change these each Monday and send your child home with 2 new ones per week. 


Wellies and waterproofs will need to be kept in school and kept on the Welly trolley just outside Panther class. Please ensure Welly boots are NAMED and encourage children to hang them properly to ensure no water damage.


Website pages will be updated regularly - so please keep an eye on our year page to keep up to date and well informed!


 *Please remember to label all of your children's clothes and shoes with their name (including PE kits). 


Please note that all children will be sent home with weekly spellings to practise according to their ability.  Please encourage them to do so and praise every efforts and attempts at writing these - some children may find them tricky!












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