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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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