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Term 3 Week 5


Another week has gone and now it is nearly half term! This week we finished our work on non-fiction reports and wrote a report about our school. In Maths, we have been working on measurement and practising lots of different ways of measuring length.


We have been carrying on with our Home and Away topic, too, and have been comparing the Isle of Struay with where we live. We have looked at things that are important to people in both places and also compared physical and human features.


Next week is the last week of term so we will be finishing our work on this topic. As part of this, we are going for a walk around our local area. Thank you to the parents who have already said they would like to help us with this - if you are interested we would love to have your company!

Term 3 Week 4


Following our work on Katie Morag, this week we started writing reports about her home, the Isle of Struay. We have worked very hard learning how to write a non-fiction report to give people information. We have also managed to finish our paper mache islands - we have had lots of fun making them! In Maths, we learnt more about numbers and can show how many 10s or 1s a number has.

Term 3 Week 3


This week we have worked very hard in our writing. We have been writing our versions of Katie Morag Delivers The Mail, and learning how we can make our work better by editing it. In Maths, we have carried on practising addition and subtraction by using "chips and peas" to count in 10s and 1s.


In Topic, we have been trying to complete our paper mache models of the Isle of Struay. They are nearly ready! We just need to paint them now.


Quick reminder: please ensure all children have their PE kits in school on a Friday and that they bring their reading books in every day. Many thanks!

Term 3 Week 2


It has been another busy week in Year 1. We have been learning the story of Katie Morag Delivers The Mail and can now tell the whole story with actions! We have also made some changes and are looking forward to writing our own versions of the story next week. We also started Big Write for the first time, and wrote some fantastic stories about islands.


In Maths, we have been working hard practising our addition and subtraction skills using lots of resources, and understanding the Real Story and the Maths Story.


The other very exciting thing we have done this week has been making lots of mess covering cereal boxes in paper mache. We are going to turn these into our very own models of the Isle of Struay!

Term 3 Week 1


Welcome back! We have now started Term 3.


Although this has only been a short week, we have still been very busy. We have started learning our new story, Katie Morag Delivers The Mail. First we had to spend some time opening exciting parcels and working out who they were for!


We have started our new topic, all about Home and Away. In class, we have talked about what Home means to us and thought about places that are far away or are different to what we are used to. We will enjoy learning about lots of different places this term.


In maths, we have been practising our number skills, using partitioning and addition and subtraction.


Forest Skills and PE will start as normal from next week, so could all children please have their things ready for this on Thursday and Friday. Thank you.

Term 2


Term 2 has now ended. It has been a very busy term as we have looked at our Food Glorious Food topic. We did lots of writing about food, writing instructions to make jam sandwiches and writing our own versions of the story The Tiger Who Came To Tea.


We have had a food workshop in class, made fruit kebabs and learnt about where different foods come from.


In maths, we continued to learn about Numbers and to practise addition and subtraction, and we also began doing some measurement. We had lots of fun helping the elves measure Christmas ribbon!


Sparkles the elf joined our class for the last couple of weeks and we enjoyed looking after him. He has now gone back to the North Pole with lots of reports about what we did in Panther class.


I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and are ready to start Term 3.

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!












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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
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