Welcome to Alligator Class Page!
My name is Miss Richards and I am excited to be joining Barley Close as the teacher in Alligator class. I have met your children a few times now and spent an afternoon and one whole day with them towards the end of last term – they are a wonderful bunch and I can’t wait to get to know them, and you, more!
Everyone at Barley Close has made me feel extremely welcome and it is clearly a very friendly school. My class at my last school was year 4 but I have taught every primary year group – but year 3 is definitely my favourite!
Though my passion is teaching I have things I like to do outside of school. I like to read (my favourite is the Harry Potter series!), watching Netflix, and when the weather is nice I will go for a run. I speak a bit of French and if I can find the time I’m hoping to do a course in sign language – which is something I’ve always wanted to do.
I love visiting new places. Last summer I went to France, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands and met lots of interesting people from around the world. I’ve lived in different places closer to home over the past few years too, including Oxford, Brighton, and more recently the small but pretty island of Guernsey! But my favourite part of the UK has to be the West Country – though I am new to Bristol I have a few friends here already and everyone else I have met so far has been very friendly. Bristol is also not far from my family and friends in Oxfordshire, extended family members in Wales, and an airport should I want to pop away
further afield in the summer!
I’m so happy to be here at Barley Close and look forward to meeting you all properly in the new term.
Information from Mrs Rammell
Hello! As you know, our teacher in Alligator class is Mrs Rammell and our teaching assistant is Mrs Merchant. Mrs Lockwood is also our reading assistant, who comes in for an hour every afternoon to support children with their reading. We also have Mrs Williams who will support children with phonics and focus tasks to support their progress.
We are always very busy in Alligator class 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 SPaG/Phonics sessions. Weekly Guided Reading activities and focus tasks also happen. In the afternoons we have various creative activities such as; topic, PE, swimming, music, Religious Education and PSHE. We will also take part in weekly French lessons too!
The children will still have the opportunity to earn class points in order to have a special class party and if their attendance meets the school target, we get extra play - something that will be missed during the afternoons in Year 3 no doubt!
Days to remember
For your information, we have swimming on a Tuesday each week and PE on a Wednesday.
Please remember to bring in your full PE kit the first day back each term and leave it in school for the whole term (unless it gets muddy of course!). Your PE kit will include black shorts and a white t-shirt and black daps or trainers. Jogging bottoms and a jumper are also handy as we do complete PE outdoors as well. A full body swimming costume or swimming trunks are required for swimming each week. These are fun lessons to take part in and something I really enjoy teaching so please remember your kit!
Please also remember that if your child wears earrings, then they MUST be taken out that morning before school - otherwise your child could miss out on this lesson.
Spellings will be given out on Friday and then tested the following Friday.
From the teacher: Mrs Rammell
My name is Mrs Rammell and I am lucky enough to be with your children again this year! This is very exciting they really are a lovely class and moving into Year 3 with them will be great fun! I have previous experience of Year 3 so this is a year group that I am really used to.
I joined Barley Close January 2010 and I am very happy here! The children and their families are absolutely lovely and the school has a great feel about it! Although I have really enjoyed teaching Year 3, Year 1 and Year 2 previously, I thoroughly enjoyed Year 3 hence why I am looking forward to returning to this year group.
I love teaching and working with children however, I also have lots of other interests! Outside of school, I like to; go shopping, read books, watch films and try to keep fit - although I much prefer eating food than working it off! However, I do enjoy going for walks, bike rides and playing badminton when I have some free time!
This summer was spent relaxing and seeing those close to me. I did however have a lovely break in Barcelona which included the beach, sightseeing and eating lots of tapas!
Two summers ago I got married over the summer holidays! We were lucky to have the ceremony outside as the sun was shining! It was a fantastic day with our friends and family! For our honeymoon, we went to a few different places in America. AMAZING!
I also enjoy going to Cornwall, looking around the cobbled street shops and going for walks on the sand dunes - especially as there is a lovely café which serves bacon sandwiches and chunks of cake! Previous "travelling" experiences also include South East Asia a few years ago and this year included the Indian Ocean. What an experience!
Friends and family are so important to me. Therefore I ensure that I catch up with both as often as possible which includes meals in or out, games nights, ‘play time’ with my niece and nephew and any other socials I can squeeze in-between my work!
As you are aware, I am about to embark on a new adventure as I will be having a baby in early January. This is a welcomed but scary experience for me but I am looking forward to becoming a mother and using the tips and tricks picked up from all of my lovely parents at Barley Close! Whoever takes over me to cover my maternity leave will be very lucky as I have a very special class!
Please see below for more information about our learning and different photographs that will be posted as and when...
Your child should have a yellow reading record book, a reading book and spelling book.
Please take the time to practice reading and spellings at least 5x a week and note down when you read with your child in the yellow reading record book. Reading books can be changed on a Tuesday or a Friday as long as their reading record book has been signed and a comment has been made. Spellings are given out on a Friday and are tested the following Friday.