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Welcome to Zebra Class


My name is Mr Craig and I’ve moved to Bristol from London, having taught there for a number of years. I’m looking forward to a brilliant year teaching Year 6 Zebras; getting to them all, their parents too, and working with everyone to provide them with a positive, fun and rewarding learning experience.


Year 6 is an important year and one in which we will strive to achieve the best we can. Your support, as parents, with further work – reading, times table practice etc – will be crucial, as will the role of teachers to ensure children maximise learning opportunities, and I look forward to working with children, parents and the school to balance hard work with fun, challenging activities with wider world experiences.


I have the pleasure of working with Mrs G (in Zebra) and Mrs Popel (in Giraffe (the other Year 6 class) who are both highly experienced and looking forward to the new academic year.



Children need to read at least five times a week and record it in their reading record (which they bring in everyday). Parents are encouraged to sign these to confirm the reading, and to read with children where possible.



These will be sent home every week and tested every Thursday.


Swimming / P.E:

Swimming takes place on Tuesday afternoons (for terms 1, 5 and 6 only – it does not take place in terms 2, 3 and 4). Girls need a one piece swimming costume and boys need trunks - don't forget your towel as well.


P.E. is on a Thursday, and as many activities will take place on the field, it is strongly advised that children have trainers to wear. Kit is to stay in school (unless really dirty) and taken home / washed at the end of each term. Long hair will need to be tied back. Earrings will need to be removed for both PE and swimming.



It is very important that children are in school on time. Your support with this is greatly appreciated.


Please don't hesitate to come and speak to me at the end of the school day, if you need to pass on information about your child or have any questions.


I’m really looking forward to getting to know you all, and to an exciting year ahead!


Best wishes,


Mr Craig

Week ending: 08.09.17


I just wanted to thank Zebra class, and indeed all parents and staff, who made my first week at Barley Close so enjoyable.


The children have made an excellent start - they have been focused, asked and answered lots of insightful questions, and worked really well as Team Zebra. They are ready for Year 6 and all the challenges (and fun) ahead!


In Maths, we re-looked at place value and operations to refresh our memory of important basic skills and sums. In English, we set high expectations for spellings, handwriting and grammar. We also elected our School Councillor (congratulations Gracie), and Sports Captains. We produced great work, had intriguing discussions, and set the bar for an exciting year ahead. 


  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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