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Welcome to Lion Class!

Welcome to Lion Class! 1


The weather has been awful this weekend and so the field may well start to be muddy (although the weather forecast is much better for the week ahead.) This means it will soon be time for the children to have a change of shoes for lunch time in school. These should be wellies or old shoes that can get muddy and dirty. 

Our cloak room is small and is the main route for all children in the school to the toilet at lunch times. So children need to be very carefully when changing shoes at lunch time, if they leave their shoes out on the floor they do get lost as other children are walking past/over them constantly. 

In past years we have found the best way for children to manage this is to have a named bag that they keep their change of shoes in on their peg. They put their school shoes in the bag and hang it back on their pegs, then when they come to get changed they can find everything quickly and easily. Children are given 10 minutes warning at the end of lunch time of changing shoes and are expected to manage this themselves. Muddy shoes should then go back into the bag to reduce the mess inside school. 

You may want to check your child knows what to do and that they have their name in their shoes and know where in their shoes to look for it. 

Children who do not have a change of shoes are not normally allowed on the field. 


Talk Topic  Beegu

On Friday 28th we will be writing a character description of Beegu. 

Beegu is a yellow, three-eyed alien who is the main character in our guided reading book. 

We want the children to focus on adding description via adjectives to their sentences, so Beegu would become a bright yellow alien with three round eyes. 

We will be discussing this in class but any verbal practice at home would really help the children. You could look at a picture and describe it, adding in more adjectives. Also thinking about the what character is like on the inside as well as what they look like. 

If you are not familiar with the story you can find a copy online or pictures. The book title is Beegu by Alexis Deacon. The children normally love this story as Beegu is very cute and she is befriended by a group of small ones (school children) who give her a hula hoop  which she takes back to her space ship. 


SS Great Britain 

What a brilliant trip! 

The children and all the adults had a brilliant time on the SS Great Britain, it was a bit windy but luckily the rain stayed away. 

We really enjoyed learning about the horrible ships biscuits, including bugs! Seeing the tiny bunks and crowded living conditions in 4th class and the luxury of first class. The children asked lots of good questions to the ships crew and enjoyed thinking about life on board. 

In our workshop we focused on what it would have been like to spend 60 days on board travelling to Australia. We each got to try writing with a fountain pen, playing with shadow theatres, wooden toys and sorting objects from luggage. Some of us dressed up too! 

It was a fantastic part of our Brunel's Bristol topic and a really enjoyable day. 

The children did some lovely writing back in class the next day too. 

Finally a big Thank You to our parent helpers you were fab. 

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Next weeks spellings! 

Here they are just in case those spelling books don't make it home! (you would be surprised where they turn up!) Again this week they match our writing topic in class giving the children lots of extra practise and a chance to use the spellings in our class work. 

Thank you. 

Trip Information Wednesday 19th September 2018

We should have a great day, I know you will hear all about the Talking Toilet! It is a fantastic start to our Topic work about Brunel's Bristol. 


Please note the following for the trip on Wednesday: 

  • School uniform should be worn with school shoes and coats if needed for the weather
  • Please bring a packed lunch unless you have booked a school one
  • Please bring water bottle and enough drinks for the day
  • Please use a back pack bag as the children will need to carry their own things and need both hands to get around the ship
  • We will not be visiting the gift shop so they do not need spending money
  • We need to be in school at the normal time of 8:45am and will return for the normal time of 3:15pm (unless we have a traffic issue but the school will up date you via text system if this is the case) 
  • If you have not yet paid please do so, any shortfall comes from our class budget so means we will not have funds later in the year for things such as cooking, further trips etc Sorry to mention but please do pay if you can. 
  • We have medications that are already kept in school - if your child has a condition you have not let us know about please do this asap. 


We are taking parting a guided tour, workshop and then have free time for drawing and exploring. Thank you for our volunteers if you come into school with your child and then we can brief you on the day. 

Meet the teacher - the letter is attached along with times table sheet and also the spelling lists for year 1 and 2. A hard copy will come home tomorrow for you with the children. 


As mentioned we will make sure the spellings on the website too, just in case the spellings don't make it home! 

Week ending: 07.09.18


I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Lion class, and indeed to all parents and staff, who made my first week at Barley Close so enjoyable.


The children have made a fantastic start - they have been very well behaved, focused and have lots enthusiasm for their learning. They are ready for Year 2 and all the challenges (and fun) ahead!


In Maths, we looked at place value and number: recognising the place value of each digit in a number, comparing and ordering numbers and reading and writing numbers. There are lots of things you can do to help your child with this at home and plenty of online games and resources- if you’re not sure, feel free to come and ask.


In English, we read the story "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Oliver Jeffers. We read how Duncan’s crayons got so cross that they ended up leaving him! They were so fed up and let Duncan know via a series of letters. We have begun using this text to get our writing started.


Have a good weekend and stay safe!


Mr Filer


Wow! What a wonderful week we are having in Lion class. Everybody has settled back into school extremely well, and so far we are having a very enjoyable time. We already have 4 class points!


Just a couple of updates/ things to mention:

  1. Spellings will be sent home tomorrow (7th September). Please practise these with your child as often as you can. The children will then be tested on these the following Friday morning. We will then send your child home with a new set. 
  2. Reading books - we have almost completed our reading assessments. Children will take home their first set of books next week.
  3. Swimming will also begin next Tuesday.


Many thanks,

Team Lion


Welcome back Lions! We hope you have had a wonderful summer break and are ready for the learning adventure that awaits you in Year 2.

We can’t wait to get started!

A little bit about the adults in Lion Class…

Mr Filer

Hello! My name is Mr Filer and this is my first year at Barley Close. I am very excited to be joining the Barley Close team, as much as I am looking forward to being your child’s teacher. This is my first year teaching Year Two, as I have previously taught Year One – so we are all going to be on this learning journey together!


I am very passionate about my job and will work extremely hard, alongside yourself and your child, to help them progress and, in turn, achieve their goals throughout the year.


Outside of school I like to travel and visit new places, spend time with my friends and family, and of course, to fulfil my love for Disney, and spend as much time as possible at the Disney Parks!

If you have any questions, queries or concerns please do not hesitate to come and see me either before, or after school. If needed, we can arrange a private meeting after school. Alternatively, you can email me, my email address is: 

I will endeavour to reply to your email as soon as possible.


Mrs Collins

Mrs Collins is the teaching assistant in Lion Class and works with us every Monday – Thursday morning. Mrs Collins has been at Barley Close for many years and has a wealth of experience. Some of you may remember Mrs Collins from Reception. Mrs Collins will be a great asset to our class.


Mrs Lockwood

Mrs Lockwood is the reading assistant in Lion Class and works with us every afternoon. Mrs Lockwood reads with many children during the year and supports the children with their reading skills.

Important Information


On Thursday afternoons Lion Class will have PE with a sports coach, whilst the Year 2 team plan and prepare lessons for the following week.

For PE lessons children will need to bring in the following:

  • a plain white, royal or yellow polo top or t-shirt
  • shorts or tracksuits
  • either a pair of trainers or plimsolls.

Swimming - starting on Tuesday 11th September 2018

On Tuesday afternoons Lion Class will have swimming lessons (in terms 1, 5 and 6 only). Girls will need a one piece swimming costume and boys will need trunks. Everyone will also need a towel.


Reading books will be changed every Friday. Please ensure your child’s bookbag is in school on this day. Your child will be given a maximum of three books to read throughout the week. Please encourage your child to read and reread each book as this will help build/ further improve their confidence, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and word recognition, patterns and rhythm, as well as their confidence.

Reading Prizes

Children who read at home at least 3 or more times per week will be rewarded with additional raffle tickets, giving them a greater chance of winning one of the three weekly prizes.

Talk Topics

Our weekly talk topics will be displayed on the Parents’ Noticeboard. These will be topics connected to our extended write, which takes place every Friday morning. Our first talk topic will be a review of your child’s first week in Year 2.

Cookie the class hamster

In Lion Class we are very lucky to have a class hamster. During the week Cookie stays in school, where the children and adults can play and interact with him. Although, on the weekend, Cookie would like to explore new places. If you and your child would like to take Cookie home, for a weekend, please sign your child’s name next to the weekend/s that would be suitable. The sign up sheet will be on the parents' notice board.

Cookie will come with his own cage, as well as the necessary food and bedding.


Please label all belongings clearly with a permanent marker.

Spellings/ Timetables Tests

We will begin to send home weekly spellings and timetables for your child this Friday.

Purple Power Project - Brunel

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