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Y1 - Panther

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, Swimming, 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 and swimming 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!












Week Three


We have had a really positive week this week. In English, we have finished our work on the story of Rapunzel by writing the opening and thinking about the interesting words we can use. We have also thought about the importance of reading our work back and making sure it all makes sense.


In Maths, we have been practising lots of counting and looking at sequences, when we have numbers all lined up in a particular order. We started counting forwards in ones, tried counting backwards as well and even did some work on counting in twos.


As ever, there is lots going on in Panther class. We are enjoying doing PE each Monday, practising our throwing and catching skills. We had fun doing Forest School on Thursday, despite the best efforts of the weather. We also had our first swimming session on Wednesday.


Next week, as well as all these things, we are looking forward to our trip to Berkeley Castle. If you are uncertain of any details about the trip on Tuesday, please speak to Mr Hunter or to someone in the office. Also, a big thank you to everyone who volunteered to help - we had more than we can take! Names were picked out of a hat, so thank you to the two parents coming with us, as well as everyone else who offered.

Week Two


This week we have settled into our English and our Maths as well as having lots of fun with Roald Dahl Day and PE and Forest School.


Everyone looked amazing in their Roald Dahl costumes and we made some wonderful art based on The Enormous Crocodile.


Don't forget that swimming starts next Wednesday, and we will be doing Forest School again on Thursday. Please have all the correct equipment in school on the right days (swimming kit and towel on Wednesday; wellies and waterproofs on Thursday).


Also, we have now sent out a letter about our trip to Berkeley Castle, which is part of our "Once Upon A Time" topic. The letter confirms all the details of the trip, which will be on Tuesday 26th of September. It should be a really fun day - I'm definitely looking forward to it!

Week One


Week One has disappeared and we are already well into Week Two! Everyone is settling in and we are getting used to life in Year One. The children are already producing brilliant work and trying their best in their learning.


Some things to be aware of for this week:


PE is on Monday. Please make sure children have their PE kits in school before Monday so everyone can take part in PE.


We will be doing Forest Schools on Thursday. This is a great time for the children to enjoy the outdoor space we have and to engage in lots of different activities. It is really important children have wellies in school, which need to be put on the rack outside our classroom.


Wednesday is Roald Dahl Day. Children can dress up as any Roald Dahl character, or wear something yellow as this was the great writer's favourite colour.


Because of this, there will be no swimming this week. We will start swimming next Wednesday.


Books will be changed this Wednesday. Thanks very much to our parent volunteer for helping with this. It is very appreciated!

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