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Y6 - Giraffe

Welcome to Giraffe class.


You have finally reached Year 6 and are now the oldest and most responsible children in Barley Close. We have a busy and exciting year ahead of us! Your class teachers are Mrs. Daniel on a Monday and Mrs. Popel Tuesday - Friday. Our teaching assistant this year is Mrs Harris, who also covers Mrs Popel's PPA on a Friday.


A message from Mrs. Daniel....

Amazingly this will be the start of my twelth year at Barley Close and I am really looking forward to teaching year 6 on a Monday. I love being part of Barley Close but when I am not at work Erin, my six year old daughter, keeps me very busy! If I do have any spare time I like to read and go swimming (not at the same time!).


A message from Mrs. Popel....

I'm really looking forward to another year in Y6 and getting to know everyone. I really love teaching and especially enjoy In my spare time, I like to visit the many sights of Bristol with my young son James. I also like watching live music and enjoy running. I'm a regular at Parkrun and have entered the Bristol Half Marathon again this year.



Important things to remember

Spellings: will be tested on a Friday.

PE is on a Monday and Tuesday. Please remember we will be outside all year - you will need trainers and warm clothing.

Reading books, reading records and PE kits must be in school every day!


Multiplication Fact Families worksheet - you can easily create your own based on this design!

Weekly update




Well, this term is flying by as we are nearly half way through term 1. Giraffe class continue to produce good quality work in all areas. In English, I have been very impressed by their poems inspired by the horrors of slavery and all children have really challenged themselves to try and use ambitious vocabulary. In Maths, we have concluded our unit on Place Value with a look at negative numbers. Although some children found this tricky, they didn't give up and made progress. This is one area of Maths that children can practise at home or when out and about by watching the weather, making a note of the temperature or even when discussing money. We've also started our slavery art topic by looking at different pieces of abstract art.


Next week, we will be writing 'flashback' stories in English and looking at Addition and Subtraction in Maths. Don't forget, Thursday is Lifeskills. Due to the numerous roadworks dotted around Bristol, the coaches will be leaving promptly at 8.45 so please be in for 8.30. I know all too well the pain of the roadworks on the ring road!!!


Big Write talk topic: Lifeksills




Here we are at the end of Week 2 and Giraffe class are well into the swing of Y6 now. I've been really impressed this week with their mature attitude and how well they are taking on responsibility. This week we started learning all about Bristol's role in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in both our Topic and English lessons. All the class have tried really hard to improve their writing and increase the amount they write. In Maths we have been carrying on with Place Value and moving on to ordering and comparing whole and decimal numbers. We will continue this next week but will move on to negative numbers. In English we will be writing poetry. It was great to see those who attended the Meet the Teacher event on Wednesday - I hope it was useful! If you weren't able to attend but would like to stop by for a chat, I'm available Tuesday- Thursday after school. 


Talk Topic for next week: Why Slavery is wrong. The class will be writing a letter in character. 




Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful break and looking forward to the new year ahead. This week Giraffe class have mainly been getting to grips with the expectations and routines of Year 6 and, I must say that, they have risen to the challenge brilliantly. In the afternoons, we have been reminding ourselves about what makes a good learner and thinking about how we can challenge ourselves day to day. This week we also had a visit from SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality). Giraffe were very mature and had an excellent discussion about the effects of racism. Next week, in Maths we will continue to look at place value and consolidate our understanding of the building blocks of Maths. In English, we will introduce our new topic with some writing on the Slave Trade. I also look forward to seeing you at the Meet the Teacher event on Wednesday after school.


Talk Topic for next week: being a sailor on a ship bound for the Caribbean.



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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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