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Welcome to Giraffe Class 2018-19!


This will be my third year at Barley Close and my first in Year 6 - although I have taught in Year 6 in my previous school, so I know all about the highs and lows of working with the oldest children in the school! Together with Mrs Harris and Miss Harris, I am really looking forward to getting to know the new Giraffes (even though I taught some of them last year, I'm sure there are still things to learn!) . Miss Beard



In Term 3, we have PE on a Tuesday and Friday. We will be inside for our lessons, so children will need shorts or jogging bottoms, a t-shirt and trainers/daps. Children will need separate PE trainers, rather than just wearing their spare shoes for play times. Long hair will need to be tied back and earrings will need to be removed or covered up. 


Spellings & Reading

Spellings will be sent home on a Wednesday and tested the following week. Although children no longer need to read 'to' an adult, they need to collect at least 3 signatures a week, to say that an adult has seen them reading at home. Reading records are checked every Friday.



Well as we get settled into 2019, I am encouraging the children to take more responsibility for their learning and giving them more choice about how they learn and so far, it is going very well! In Science earlier this week, we were learning about the eye and how it works. Once we had learnt the names of the different parts of it, they were simply told to go off and put together a presentation that showed what they had learnt. Twenty five minutes later, we had some presentations, a game show and a fabulous rap by 'The Cringy Poodles' - it was fabulous to see them play to their strengths! 

  Our English lessons have seen us discussing whether children should be given homework and in Maths, we looked at statistics and fractions, decimals and percentages. The children also had great fun in PE, when we got lots of the apparatus out!

  Well done to Pupils of the Week, Lilly and Kelvin and Times Table Rock Legend, Alex.


   Next week, we continue to look at discussion texts in English and our focus in Maths will be measurements. Our Talk Topic is the friendship between Zero and Stanley in 'Holes' and our extended write will be a play script based around this friendship.  

Spellings to be tested Wednesday 23rd January












A belated Happy New Year to you!

Well in Giraffe Class, we eased ourselves into the year gently, but still packed a lot in! In English, we have started work based around the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar, by writing a persuasive advert. Our Maths work looked at long division (we didn't like that), and dividing fractions (we did like that)! We completed an experiment in Science to find out how light travels and in PE, we had a great game of dodgeball.

     Well done to Pupils of the Week, Immy and Jamie and to Times Table Rock Legend, Indi.

Next week, we will be looking at discussions/debates in English and in Maths we are looking at pie charts and fractions, decimals and percentages. Our Science work on Light will also continue and in PE, we will be starting our units on Gym and Dance. 

   Talk Topic is how you would feel being sent away from home as a punishment and in Extended Write on Friday, we will be writing a poem/rap based on those feelings. 

Spellings to be tested 16.1.19












Well Christmas may be getting closer, but in Giraffe Class, we have been working hard, sitting our 2nd set of mock-KS2 Test Papers! Everyone has tried their very best, remained calm and I think secretly, some children have even enjoyed them! 

   In English, we have been watching a John Lewis advert from the past, 'The Bear and the Hare' and next week, we will be writing our own version of the story. In Maths, we had great fun creating 3-d shapes from nets and we also found the time to finish our e-books about the Home Guard in the Second World War. 

   Next week, we will be continuing our work on Shape in Maths and writing stories in English. Hopefully it will warm up before our Tag Rugby lesson on Thursday - please make sure children have enough layers to keep them warm - as they will be going out, whatever the temperature!


Spellings to be tested Wednesday 19th December












December is here! Well we have the lights and the tinsel up in class, but we are all trying to keep festive thoughts to a minimum and concentrate on our work - which is really hard! Our Maths lessons this week have centred around decimal points and we all seem to have become more confident at multiplying and dividing with them. In English, we wrote a diary entry in character, as Mrs Beech - William's mum in 'Goodnight Mister Tom'. We were all excited about using the iPads to create a book about the Second World War - especially me!! 

  Next week, we will be sitting our second lot of mock KS2 Tests - feeling even more confident than last term, as we know what to expect! In English, we will starting work on a piece of written work linked to Christmas, and our work in Maths is about 3d shapes. 

  Our Talk Topic is the Man on the Moon video (the John Lewis Christmas advert from 2015) and on Friday in our Extended Write, we will be writing an explanation about how we think the man got there. 

Spellings to be tested 12th December












Another week that has flown by! We have spent part of the week talking abut aeroplanes, as our Talk Topic was all about the Battle of Britain and our Extended Write today was a non-chronological report about the event. In our English lessons, we have been debating whether children should have been evacuated during World War 2 and next week we will be writing a balanced argument about this. Our Maths lessons have been all about fractions and confidence in + and - fractions has grown immensely!! I think everyone enjoyed watching 'Goodnight Mister Tom' this week and a lot was learnt about the life of an evacuee. 

  Congratulations to Pupils of the Week Alex and Elisa.


  Next week, we will concentrating on the character of Mrs Beech in our English lessons, in Maths, we will be looking at decimals and in Topic we will be learning about the Home Front, during World War 2.  Hopefully the rain will disappear and we will be able to continue with our Tag Rugby lessons outside!! 

Spellings to be tested Wednesday 5th December












Well how fabulous are Giraffe Class, to be able to write, rehearse and perform an amazing class assembly, that was (according to one parent), 'the best assembly I've ever seen'!! All credit to the children, who had to put up with 4 different adults leading them through their rehearsals - they did a great job and all of the ideas were their own! 

   Although the assembly was the main focus of our afternoons, we also found time to complete lots of other lessons in the mornings. Our English focused on writing a newspaper report about the declaration of World War 2 and in Maths, we furthered our understanding of %, learning that 10% is our bestie!! 

   Well done to Times Table Rock Legend Penny and Pupils of the Week Indi and Olivia.


   Next week, we are going to be writing arguments in English (should children have been evacuated in World War 2) and in Maths we are looking at adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions. Our topic lesson will be centred around researching Evacuees and we will also be watching the film version of 'Goodnight Mister Tom'.

    Our Talk Topic is 'The Battle of Britain' and in Extended Write on Friday, we will be producing a non-chronological report about it. 

Spellings to be tested: Wednesday 28th November












Well what a busy week!! We started it with a cinema trip and ended it with a Year 6 game of hide and seek... and packed an awful lot in, during the bit in the middle!! Everyone seemed to really enjoy our trip to the cinema to see the film 'Zoo'. The film made us laugh, feel sad and even (for some of us) shed a tear! The children responded really well to the events in the film and learnt a lot - they were impeccably behaved and it was a real honour to be out and about with them. 

   Our English lessons this week focused on writing a newspaper report about the declaration of World War 2 and in Maths we focused on multiplication and division. Continuing our topic about the Second World War has been amazing - the children have so many questions and are being very respectful about the events of this period of time. 

  Congratulations to our Times Table Rock Legend Abi. 


  Next week, we will continue with our newspaper reports in English and in Maths we will be learning about percentages. Our afternoons will be busy - preparing for our class assembly, which will be held in the hall at 2.30pm on Friday 23rd December. 

Spellings to be tested 21.11.18












Welcome to Term 2! Well the changing of the clocks has brought wind and rain - but luckily, the sun still shines in Giraffe Class! It took everyone a little bit of Tuesday morning to completely wake up - but once we were properly warmed up, there was some excellent learning going on in all manner of subjects! In English, we have started using the story 'Goodnight Mister Tom' as our text and have been exploring the main characters of William and Mister Tom. In Maths, we revisited our work on number and place value and also spent some time looking at the test papers we sat last term. Our new Topic will be the Second World War and we will also be completing some Science this term as well. 

   Congratulations to Times Table Rock Legend Alex and Pupils of the Week, Ben and Jensen.

   Next week, we kick the week off with a trip to the cinema, to watch 'Zoo', a film set in WW2. In English, we will continue with our work on 'Goodnight Mister Tom' and in Maths, we will be looking at Calculations (+, -, x and ÷). We will look at the main events of WW2 in Topic and in PE, we will be doing Tag Rugby and Dodge Ball. 

  Remember, Friday 16th November is Children in Need Day - don't forget your spots, your money and your own clothes! 

Spellings to be tested Wednesday 14th November












Thank you to all the parents and family members who came into the first Purple Power Project Workshop of the year. The quality of the homework was very high and very informative! 


   Everyone in Giraffe Class has worked really hard in Term 1 and all deserve a well-earned rest! See you in Term 2 - remember November 5th is an inset day, so see you all on Tuesday 6th November!!

Halloween Mummies!!


Week 7 completed and we are still going strong! Well everyone thoroughly enjoyed 'becoming' a cat for our extended write on Friday and the quality of the writing was amazing - generally the fridge seems to have been raided and the dog seems to have been picked on! In English, we turned detective to unmask who had stolen the Hope Diamond, from under the nose of the security guard - and started writing great detective stories. Our Maths work largely centred around completing our first set of mock KS2 Test papers. We generally agreed that they weren't as hard as we thought they were going to be and showed off what we know already! Our Topic work involved looking at the Abolition of Slavery in the 18th century and everyone appeared to enjoy the whole class netball match we played in the sunshine on Friday. 

   Congratulations to Pupils of the Week, Lily and Penny and our Times Table Rock Legend, Cerys.

   Next week, we will be unmasking the thief in our Detective Stories and in Maths, we will be tackling fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be getting mucky with the clay in Art and we are looking forward to sharing our Purple Power Projects on Thursday at 3pm.

Spellings to be tested - Wednesday 24th October












 We have worked hard this week (as we do every week), but we have also laughed - because it says on our class code of conduct we should have fun and it is important to follow the rules!

 The children fully embraced our English work on understanding how a car moves and I apologise if they have been bombarding you with questions when you have been driving! Our Maths work centred around looking at shape and angles and in our Topic work, we looked at how Bristol's location helped it play such a large part in the Atlantic Slave Trade. 

  Congratulations to Times Table Rock Legend Lauren and Pupils of the Week, Abi and Fin.

    Next week, in English we will be looking at a detective story and in Maths we will be looking at converting Measurements. In Topic we will continue to look at Slavery and in Art, we hope to get our fingernails dirty by using clay to depict the slave trade. As we missed our swimming lesson last week, we will be swimming on Tuesday 16th Oct and Friday 19th Oct. 

   Our Talk Topic is pets (especially cats!) and our Extended Write on Friday will be a diary entry, when we will be writing in character as a cat! 

Spellings to be tested on Wednesday 17th October













Well where did that week go - we have packed a lot in!! In English, amazing flashback stories were written about a trip to Bristol and the children enjoyed using their 'iSpace' sentence openers! Our Maths lessons centred around division and everyone was very keen to challenge themselves. In Topic, we looked at what goods were transported around the Triangular Slave Trade and there certainly seemed to be a couple of potential Olympic champions in the pool on Tuesday! 

   Well done to Times Table Rock Legend, George and Pupil of the Week, Callum. 


   Next week, we will be writing an explanation text in English and in Maths, we will be looking at angles and polygons. We will be continuing our work on the slave trade in  our Topic lesson. On Tuesday afternoon, we will be watching a play based around the life of author Roald Dahl. Children are allowed to wear yellow on this day - thank you to everyone who has so far sent in the £1 donation. 

Spellings to be tested 10th October












Well another week that seemed to fly by!! Our Maths work was centred around improving our + and - skills, by making estimations and checking our work carefully. In English, we started writing a flashback story, that focused on returning to 18th Century Bristol, to see what life as a slave was really like! The children are becoming really interested in the terrible treatment the slaves received and this week in Topic, wrote some amazing eye-witness accounts of a slave auction. 

  Everyone really enjoyed our trip to Life Skills on Thursday and the children were described as an 'absolute joy' by one of the volunteers. 

  Congratulations to Pupil of the Week, George and Times Table Rock Legend Jamie. 

  Next week, in Maths, we will revisiting multiplication and division. In English, we will continue our flashback stories and in Art, we will continue to learn about the Abstract Art movement. 

  Our Talk Topic is the importance of exercise and in the Extended Write on Friday, we will be writing a letter to our local MP, asking for Barley Close to get its own outdoor gym!

Spellings to be tested Wednesday 3rd October












 The week flew by and the children have been fantastic! In English, some great poets were discovered, as we wrote poems based on the life of a slave. Our Maths work centred around negative numbers and in Topic, we looked at the role that Bristol played in the Atlantic Slave Trade. Mrs Drake was very complimentary about both the netball skills and the behaviour of the class when she taught them on Friday afternoon. 

   Congratulations to Cerys who was Pupil of the Week and Tianna who was Times Table Rock Legend. 

   Next week, in England, we are writing a flashback narrative and in Maths, we will be fine tuning our adding and subtracting skills, In Topic, we will be continuing to look at Bristol's role in the slave trade. On trip to the Life Skills Centre on Thursday has already got the children buzzing and I'm sure they will have lots to tell you when they return home on Thursday afternoon. 

   Our Talk Topic is Growing up and our Extended Write on Friday, will be a recount about our trip on Thursday. 

Spellings to be tested: 26.9.18














Well despite the fact that lots of germs were after some of the children (and Miss Beard), we battled through our first full week of Term 1 and were still smiling at the end of it! 

  In English, we started learning about the horrific conditions that slaves had to endure on slave ships and the children used some fabulous vocabulary in their Extended Write on Friday. In Maths, we continued improving our understanding of place value and in Topic, we got the atlases out and talked about continents and oceans. 

  Congratulations to Pupil of the Week, Tianna and Times Table Rock Legend, Liam.


  Next week in English, we will looking at poetry about the slave trade. In Maths, we will be continuing to look at place value and in Topic, we will continue to learn about the slave trade. 


   Our Extended Write on Friday is writing in letter in character, against the slave trade and so our Talk Topic is the Slave trade and why people were opposed to it. 




Well it has been a great week in Giraffe Class and we have all coped with the return to school remarkably well! We have spent most of the week settling into our new room, getting used to routines and most importantly, making new friends! 

  Next week, we will begin our English and Maths lessons in earnest. We also get to go in the pool for the first time and start Topic and Science lessons.

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