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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 1, we have PE on a Friday. We will be going outside for our lessons, so children will need shorts or jogging bottoms, a t-shirt (and maybe a sweatshirt) and trainers. 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. 



In Term 1, we will be swimming on a Tuesday afternoon. Girls need a one piece swimming costume and will need to have long hair tied back. 


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 4 signatures a week, tosay that an adult has seen them reading at home. Reading records are checked every Thursday.



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