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Move up day is always a really mixed emotions day! 

The current Tigers were all super happy and positive this morning before they went off to their new classes. Please take it from me, they are ready to move on and they will manage it really well. 

It's lovely to see them so ready and confident, this is the happy part. It's really sad to see them go and to know our Tiger Team will change. So I know exactly how the children feel because I feel the same. Please let me know if they are concerned and we will do all we can to make them ready and to help them see all the skills they now have to help them manage this change. Honestly, they will be a credit to Tiger Class and they will soon settle into new classrooms, teachers and routines. 


Sad to see them go, happy they are ready to be year 3's and show off all the hard work we have done this year to their new teachers and class mates. I know Tigers will make me very proud. 


Miss Cripps

PS I still have blue hands and feet, for those who saw me at tie dye Tuesday, the dress seems to be okay though! 

Wow Tigers

My lovely Tigers, I am so proud of them.

They did an amazing job at the MAD Olympiad, they were well behaved and all worked their socks off on each activity. They were working so hard to win something and they gave it their best shot. I still can't believe our huge scores in the speed bounce and standing long jump weren't enough to win something! (I think the timer was off for the speed bounces and someone took a kangaroo in school uniform!!) But Tigers were fab and I was really proud of them all. I hope they enjoyed our adventure. Thank you so much to our parent helpers, we needed you for all those loo trips and to keep us all going, so thank you.


Sports day, again i couldn't be prouder! We walked out smartly and sat well and were ready for our races. We all worked hard and tried our best. Archery, again bags of resilience and amazing scores. No wonder we are all a bit tired!! The heat has been hard work, so please make sure water bottles, hats and sun cream are sorted. We have all been a bit grumpy with the heat in the afternoons but we have started to manage better now we are a bit more used to it, we have had a chat about being hot and grumpy and how to manage this.


They are so ready for year 3, we have still be doing maths and writing. It’s not been all sports! The children are getting prouder of their work and working hard each time to show their best. Again I can't ask for more from them, I hope they take this fab attitude into year 3.

Let’s hope we have another fab week next week, but a tiny bit of breeze please!

Its tie dye day on Tuesday, I hope to see you there!!

Also its move up day, please let me know if your children are struggling with this, they are fine in school and happy and positive about the change. Again they are showing their great attitude and how confident they feel, I know this can be different at home, please let me know so we can work together to support them.

Miss Cripps.

DATE CHANGE - 1960's tie dye afternoon will now be Tuesday 3rd July, same times. 

Sorry I forgot to check the diary so Tuesday not Wednesday, I have changed in the window and will send a slip home too. Sorry again. 



We are having spelling tests again on a Friday, the new spellings for next week will go home tomorrow (Friday 15th June) We are also doing these in class, to support the children in the last few rules they need to cover before they move on to year 3 spellings. 


Times Tables

We are doing our tests on 2's, 5's and 10's on a Friday. Its timed and they need to do in 3 minutes. Any practise at home will really help the children and again prepare them for year 3. 


Big Write - Setting Description, Minpins home

The Minpins live inside the trees, in rooms with tiny chairs and tables made from natural materials from the forest. Next week in big write we will be writing a description of these tiny, tree trunk homes. Any talk at home about what it might be like to live in a tree home would really support the children in their writing. 


Miss Cripps


Week 2 

Oh dear after all that work on our assembly we need to get back to school work this week! 


We will be doing more data handling in maths and will also start our weekly Times Tables test on Friday. Please get back on to Times Tables Rockstars to get ready to rock on Friday. Let me know you have lost your password. 


We will also do big write this week, a character description of Dom Mini from the Minpins. 

We will also being doing a spelling test on Friday again, so keep check those books bags for spellings sheets. 


We have had a great start back to the term let me know any questions, 

Miss Cripps

Fab Job Tigers!!! 

Wow Tigers what a great job you did in assembly!! 

Well done I am super proud of you and I have had lots of comments from the adults at our school about the amazing job you did!! All that hard work paid off. 


Great job

Welcome Back to Term 6

I can't believe we are in term 6 - it has come round so, so fast! Those Tiger's are almost ready to be Year 3 children and move into Key Stage 2- Wow! 


We have had a good start back to school life this week but we have ended up not doing many of our lessons as we have been working on our class assembly. Normal lessons will be starting again next week once the "show" is done. I hope you enjoying seeing and hearing some of our work. 


We will start spellings and timetables tests again next week, along with big write. Keep an eye on the door notice board for details and I will up date our topics on here too. 


Term 6 can be very busy and a time of change for the children, so please let me know if the children are having any concerns about the move to year 3 so we can support them - we already have lots in place for this but can always help, we want the children to be happy moving onto this next exciting phase in their learning journey. There are also lots of extra events and activities, I will try my best to keep you posted on them all! 


Lets hope the sun carries on shining and I am looking forward to the last term with the lovely Tigers, they are really growing up and will be ready for life in year 3. 


Miss Cripps

Almost there!


We are almost at the end of Term 5! 

It has flown by, the children are really getting ready for that move into year 3 and impress me everyday with their increasing responsibility and maturity. They are totally terrific Tigers! 


We have been having lots of fun with our writing and using magic powers, superhero powers and our Quack, Quack, Opps buttons to help us along and keep us smiling. Three children also earnt Pen's this week, so proud of them and their work this week is looking lovely. 


We are hoping to have earnt our 20 class points so we can have a swimming party on Friday, with ice creams - so please remember that swimming kit. 


PS Our class assembly is on the first Friday back after half term. 

Welcome Back to Term 5 


The children made a great start to the term last week and we have had some fun packed maths this week already! 


We now have swimming on Friday and PE on Thursday (as normal)  Please make sure the chlldren have kit in school. Further to Mrs Williams note we will not be lending swimming kit any more and the children will have to miss out on this life saving skill. Thank you. 


A few things for this term: 


Maths - we are covering these topics each week. 

Week 1 - Number and Place Value

Week 2 - Addition

Week 3 - Subtraction 

Week 4 - Measure and Shape (time, 2D shape and 3D shape) 

Week 5 - Time and Money (telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes and what will the time be half an hour later and of course, change!) 

Week 6 - Multiplication and Division 

Week 7 - Fractions


Our Big Write and talk topics are - 

Week 1 - A diary entry from Little Red. 

Talk about the story Little Red and verbally work on past tense words.

Week 2 - Want poster for the wolf 

Talk about ways to describe the wolf, with lots of describing words. He has grey, dirty, greasy fur that looks like he needs a brush! 

Week 3 - no big write because we will be at the zoo! 

Week 4 - Re-Tell the Story of Little Red. 

Talk over the version I will send home, we will do this in class too. See if you can add any words to improve it. 

Week 5 - Book Review of Little Red

Talk about what they liked, why, what makes it good, who would you recommend it too? Does it remind you of other books? 

Week 6 - A letter from the Wolf to Little or the Belch Inn 

Talk about what might happen to the wolf and then why he might write to Little Red or to the Inn. He might want more Ginger Beer or he could be a reformed character and not need Ginger Beer or Grandma's to eat any more! 

Week 7- TBC 

We might have a week off! Shhh don't tell anyone and we may need to if we need an extra piece of wrting! 


As always let me know any problems and we will fly through this term! 


Miss Cripps

Week 3 5th March 2018


I hope you all had a fun packed snow day - we don't seen snow often so I hope you all enjoyed getting cold! 


We had an amazing week in class, our writing is really taking off!! We also have much more confidence in our maths work. This great news and I hope you enjoy seeing the work in books at parents evening. Please let me know if you need a different time slot or day and I will do my best to see you. Please do come along as we need to be ready for SAT's and this will help us work together to get the children on target. 


This week in class we will be: 

Maths - multiplication and division. 

We multiply by repeated addition and by array. The children can show you an array. 

We are focused on our 2's, 5's and 10's times tables. Lots of TT Rockstars will really help. 

English - we are still using Emily Brown and the Thing as our inspiration. This week we will rewrite the story with us as the characters and our own Stanleys! Please bring in a special soft toy on Monday 5th March. I will have spares! 

Spellings - We are focusing on our year 1 rules of adding ed, ing and using our sound cards to help us spell. We are still not there with our spellings so any work you can do at home or while reading would be amazing! 

Big Write - we are writing a letter from the Thing to Emily Brown. Check your child knows what i letter looks like and then come up with ideas of why the Thing is writing to her. We need to include some nice descriptions. Emily Brown I have been eating warm, tasty hot chocolate with soft fluffy marshmallows floating on the top. We also need some use of our conjunctions and/if/because/when/so try to talk over a sentence with these in. Oh Emily Brown I do love a hot chocolate when it is cold and snowy outside. (Can you tell what I have been doing on my snow day!!) Do take the time to talk through some ideas as it makes a huge difference to the writing the children do on Friday. 


Let me know any questions and I am looking forward to seeing you all on parents evening. 

The children have had a fantastic week, they have really impressed all the adults in Tiger Class - well done Tiger's. Lets have another great week! 


Miss Cripps and Team Tiger

Mo the hamster ready for weekend home visits

Mo is available for weekend stays at your house! 

She is very cute and likes a stroke or run round in her ball. 


She comes with instructions and food, so please let me know if you would like to have Mo to visit. 

She doesn't take lots of work and is playful about 5pm onwards. 


Let me know if you would like to look after Mo and I will add you to the list. 



Welcome Back - Term 4 

The children have had a great start to term 4, it has been packed with learning already! 

It is really nice to see them starting to get bubbly and positive about what they can achieve in their work. 


Thank you so much for all your hard work with our new Purple Power Homework. We were really impressed and set up a display of year 2 work in the main entrance to show it all off! Thank you we hope it was fun as well as a chance to share learning. This time Plant Power! 



PE will remain on a Thursday PM - outside with Mr Querk. You need warm joggers, a top and PE shoes. 

Friday PM we will carry on with Forest Schools out door PE - you need wellies, clothes that can get wet or muddy and are warm! Please do try to make sure there is kit in school. It does waste lots of time trying to borrow or find extra kit and it also upsets the children if they have miss it as they don't have the right clothes. We only have so many spares I am afraid. 


Big Write 

Big Write = Big Talk Homework

We are working hard in class to support the children with their Big Write task on Fridays. Talking at home will really help them boost their work so please try to find some time each day/week to talk over ideas and give your children that extra bit of support. Thank you!


Big Talk – Week 1 – Wanted Poster for Stanley

Stanley is an old, grey rabbit who belongs to Emily Brown. We are reading these books in class. Stanley is Emily’s Brown’s best toy and they have lots of adventures together. We will be pretending that Stanley has gone missing and writing a wanted poster to help find him.

Ideas for talk – talk about describing toys from home, what do they look like, feel like, where might you find them.

We are focusing on using and/because/or/when/if so talk through sentences with these in to help.

You might find Stanley in the dark cupboard, in outer space or underwater deep sea diving!


Big Talk – Week 2 – Setting Description

Again using Emily Brown and the Thing as our inspiration we are going to write a setting description about the “dark and scary woods” from the book. There are tall, twisty trees. Wet, crunchy, rustling leaves all round Emily Brown’s feet and rough, knobbly bark on the trees. Emily Brown has to be very brave to save the day and rescue the Things cuddly from the top of the tallest tree.

Ideas for talk – look at the picture and talk about what you can see, adding in lots of describing words for how they look, what colour they are, can you compare them to something, twisted fingers of the tree branch?




Spellings are on the door of the class room, I will add a document for the rest of the term shortly. I am closely matching spellings to our weekly writing topics so we can prove we can use the words! This has just taken me a bit longer so hopefully tihis will be ready for the end of the week . I hope you find this helpful in case those spelling books "dissappear" 


As always please let me know any questions or concerns, 


Miss Cripps and Team Tiger. 

Welcome Mo! 

Our hamster is finally named - he/she is called Mo. 

Mo was out today twice while we were working - which was nice for us. Mo sat in his food bowl and had plenty to drink. Hopefully Mo is starting to feel at home now. We do like it when Mo pops out of his house. 

Nameless the hamster! 

We currently have over 50 name suggestions for our hamster. 

We have decided that we will put them into a hat and pull one out, as there are too many to choose from. 


We got the hamster out today and all saw him/her (it's too young for us to tell its gender). The children all agreed it's very cute and we really enjoyed it. He/She was very busy and has great jumping skills! Lucky I was quick at catching today! 


I'll post the name as soon as we have pulled from the hat. 

Outdoor PE Clothes and Shoes


As already mentioned we are going outside on Friday afternoons using the Forest School area. 

The children do need a change of clothes - warm clothes and suitable outdoor shoes. 

If they don't have this they can't join in or they get very cold and uncomfortable. 


We have some spare clothes and shoes in school but not enough for everyone. 


It is a very enjoyable session and a good way to make our learning lots of fun - we are doing lots of maths while we are outside but the children are so busy enjoying the outside they don't notice! 


Thank you . 

Class Hamster

I am hoping that this weekend I will get our class pet - the hamster. I want to ensure I have time to settler our new arrival into their home first. 

I will keep you all up to date as I know we are all very excited. As is the rest of the school who keep popping in to see if we have one yet!! 

Stay and Read Sessions

We have decided to stop these for this term, we are going to still be reading in class everyday but want to try using some ideas from our inset day - building brain  power! So we are going to try in this slot and also the children have asked for some time for sharing and circle time. 

Thank you for your support with stay and read it was great to boost the children's reading. 



Term 3 Spellings

Welcome Back - Happy New Year


Tiger class had a great start to 2018 this week. They have come back well rested and ready to go.

They really impressed me (and themselves) with their positive attitude to maths this week. They were excited by starting Times Tables Rock Stars and wanted to try all the questions - it was really impressive. In our maths lessons the children were thinking carefully, choosing work levels and thinking about how to push themselves. Some were enjoying feeling a bit confused and in the purple zone. What a great start to the year!


A few changes this term:

  • Outdoor PE - we are going outside to the forest school area on Friday afternoons. This is come rain or shine so please please make sure your child has a change of clothes and shoes/wellies in school so they can enjoy it this time. It was great on Friday, we had lots of fun and discussed science and maths while getting our exercise. We have a few spare shoes but children do have to stay in if they don't have shoes in school.
  • Spellings - are still on a Friday but to help you I have put on the website a list of the spellings for each week for the whole term. Hopefully this will help. Also all spellings on the sheet start with a capital letter, although this is not grammatically correct, but it saves any confusion or auto-changes by the computer as they are typed.
  • Times Tables - you should have got the letter with the password and user name for your child. Please let them play on the website it’s a great way to build this skill. A sample test came home on Friday so please have a look so you understand the system. The children were so excited this week, let’s hope we can keep this up and work on them not having any "times tables fear".


Big Write Talk Topics - these are in the window of the class room each week for you to discuss with your child. A list is also below for you. The children need lots and lots of talk to support their writing so please do try to find time to do this, it boosts their work and gives them lots of confidence. If you are not sure how/what to do let me know and we can always meet after school and discuss ideas.


Friday 12th - Diary Entry, we are watching a short film called La Luna (on youtube). The children will need to pretend they are the little boy and write a diary entry about his visit to the moon. Maybe watch the film together and discuss ideas for a diary entry, focusing on past tense - I went to the moon.... I stepped up an old wooden ladder.... I saw


Friday 19th - Instructions - How to Catch the Moon again based on La Luna, what do you need to do to catch the stars or make the moon shine. Focus on bossy verbs (get, put, grab, take) and the way instructions look with sub headings and writing in a list.


Friday 26th - Poem Write Up - in guided reading we are learning a poem called Spaghetti Spaghetti. The children will try and remember and write it up. The poem is on the internet if you google it and I will put a copy in the window/send home. Its very fun so just practise reciting and listening to each other. Focus on full stops, capital letters and spelling.


Friday 2nd - Recipe for Bread - linking with our Great Fire of London topic the children will need to write a recipe for bread support them by looking at recipes looking for features and getting those bossy verbs in, get a mixing bowl, put in the flour ...


Friday 9th - A non-chronological report about the Great Fire of London. This is a non-fiction piece of writing like a fact file. Support by looking at non fiction book features and talking about what we have learnt about the Great Fire of London so far.


Sorry lots of information, but is now there for the term in case time runs away with us.


As always please let me know if you need to discuss your child in school or if you have any questions. From this first week back it looks like we are going to have a great term!


Miss Cripps.




Monday 4th December


Please note that our Stay and Read sessions will now be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday only. Stay and Read will not take place in the final week of term, however there will be a Christmas themed Stay and Read on Friday 15th December at 2.30.


It has been great to see the children's speed in maths improve as they get better and better at their number facts. Please continue to help your child learn these (a copy was previously sent home).


The Talk Topic this week will be a letter to Santa (Friday 8th December). This will be a chance for children to apply their letter writing skills and their commas for lists, as well as neat handwriting that Santa can read!


Have a wonderful week,


Miss Cripps

A successful parents evening

It was lovely to see so many parents attend Parents Evening this week. The children love the opportunity to showcase their learning and the teachers find it beneficial when parents continue the children’s learning at home. For those that were unable to attend this time, please find below the key areas in which you can help your child at home.



The children are encouraged to flick the letters out in preparation for cursive writing.



We know you often run out or read the books before change day. So we have started to use Oxford Owl, this is a free website that has a range of e-books that you can read on tablets, iPads and smartphones. The books have quizzes and games to help understanding. If you run out of books, give this a try and record in the Yellow Reading record for us to see.

My class log in

Username: tigerbc password: Barley

Username: lionbc password: Barley



We have been doing phonics every day in class, this is to support both reading and spelling. The children need to know all the sounds and alternatives. A copy of the chart we use for both reading and spelling is below. Ask your child to sound this out for you, use for reading and for sounding spellings - it makes a huge difference very quickly. The children also enjoy watching Geraldine Giraffe for phonics so if you are not sure of a sound, look it up and have a watch, she is very funny and a bit cheeky.



Have a lovely weekend,


Year 2


Poppy Rocks 


Thank you to those who managed to get a rock into school and a huge thank you to Reece's Mum who helped us with an afternoon of rock and globe painting. 


We painted some lovely rocks and added these to the whole school display. 

As we hadn't each painted our own rock (we shared) we decided to use the name Year 2 for ours and Miss Pringle and I have hidden the rocks rather than just picking a few children to do this. We thought it would be fairer. 


They have Year 2, #bristolrocks #barleyclose so lets see how far they get! 


Thank you for all your help and support with this. We had a chance to talk about poppies and ideas surrounding them which the children were very thoughtful about. 


Miss Cripps and Miss Pringle 

Monday 2nd October 2017

Thank you to all the parents that came to our first ‘Stay and Read’ session today. We will be running these sessions every day from 3.00 to 3.15. There is no expectation to come every day, just come when you can! Books will be changed on Fridays as normal.

In maths this week we are beginning to look at division and using language such as ‘sharing’ and ‘equal amounts’. We are using lots of pictures and physical sharing to help us.

In English we are continuing to practise using capital letters and full stops. We are also writing sentences with a ‘bossy verb’ to give instructions on how to do something.

Our Big Write topic this week is ‘how to be a good learner’. We will be talking about ‘purple learning’ and our ‘learning gems’ which help us to be good learners.

Enjoy your week,

Miss Pringle and Mrs Cripps 

Monday 25th September (week 4).


In maths last week we subtracted numbers with up to 2 digits e.g. 15-3 or 13-10. We used Squiggleworth to help us and our knowledge of the number bonds to 10 and 20. We also used number lines and Numicon to help us count.


This week we are beginning to look at multiplication using vocabulary such as ‘array’, ‘row’, ‘column’ and ‘lots of’. At this stage it is very pictorial.


In English we are developing our character description skills and practising using capital letters, full stops and expanded noun phrases. This weeks Talk Topic is write a character description for a wanted poster.


Please note that the reading sessions previously mentioned will begin next week (the week beginning 2nd October). From 3.00 to 3.15 parents or carers are welcome to come in and share a book with their child. Whether it’s every day or once a week, you are all welcome- every little helps!


We have begun to introduce expected Year 2 spellings and will begin our weekly spelling lists next week in week 5.


Miss Pringle and Miss Cripps








Wow, we have already come to the end of our second week in Year 2!


In Maths the children have begun to apply their number skills to 1 and 2 digit addition and will be looking at subtraction next week. Knowing the key facts listed below is really helpful as the children can use them to quickly answer calculations such as 2 + 2 or 4 + 4.


1+1= 2                        1+2=3

2+2=4                         3+2=5

3+3=6                         4+4= 8



The children should also continue their work on number bonds to 10 and 20. The online game in the link below can be tailored to suit individual needs.


Other useful online maths games can be found at:


In English we have been practising writing in full sentences using ‘Kung Fu’ punctuation and ‘Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book?’ by Lauren Child. We have also practised Year 2 spellings such as ‘could’, ‘would’ and ‘should’ using helpful mnemonics such as ‘ o u lucky duck’. 


Next Weeks Talk Topic is Write a Diary Entry about their day (or a made up day) 


Some general reminders:

· Thursday is outdoor PE

· Friday is swimming

· Reading books go home on Fridays

· Spellings and times tables will not be starting just yet. However, feel free to start at home with the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Some tricky word revision for reading and spelling reminders will come home next week but just to ease the children back into this process. 

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Cripps

Welcome to Tiger class.


I hope you have all had a restful holiday and are looking forward to starting Year 2.


Below is some important information for your parents to help you get organised for the new school year.


On Thursday afternoons both Year 2 teachers will be busy planning and preparing for the next week, so the children will have PE with a sports coach at that time. They will also have swimming every Friday with their class teachers.


As you know, we want children to be able to read for both purpose and pleasure. By the end of Year 2 children should be able to:


· Read words confidently without obvious blending or rehearsal

· Learn letter patterns so that decoding becomes fluent

· Blend letter sounds, including alternative patterns e.g. Recognising ‘ue’ as the ‘oo’ sound

· Read aloud words which contain more than one syllable

· Recognise common suffixes such as -ing and -less

· Read words which don’t follow phonetic patterns such as ‘one’ and ‘who’


We will be sending books home on a weekly basis so that the children can continue to practise and develop these skills at home. We would also like to invite parents into Year 2 for some end of the day reading sessions with their child- details to follow at a later date.


We will also be starting spellings and times tables homework in the next few weeks - we will keep you updated on these when we are ready to start.


Remember to keep an eye out for details about Big Write topics on the windows near the classroom door.


In Maths we will begin the year with a focus on number work: 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 will be reading "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book" by Lauren Child. In this story, Herb, the lead character falls into a fairy tale book and has lots of adventures. We will be using this to get our writing going.


I look forward to getting to know you all,


Miss Cripps


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