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Week ending: 05.07.19

 

Another great week from the Zebras, who have come in ready to perform and project manage after their brilliant Camp!

 

A few letters have gone home about various things, so please keep a look out, and as a reminder for next week:

 

  • Tuesday 9th at 2:30pm (prompt) - Market Day (for the business project)

 

Please come along if you can, as the children will be very excited to sell their products to you!

 

If you have any questions about the project, or the production / costumes, give me a shout anytime. Have a great weekend all!

 

 

 

Week ending: 14.06.19

 

 

Thanks once again to Dave from ACE Robotics (and indeed to Izzy and her Mum for the great recommendation) for delivering such a unique and exciting day for year 6! The two classes learnt about robots, saw them in action, designed their own and later built and controlled them. It was great to see so many different children shine, showcasing some amazing STEM skills. 

 

We have just one week left until Camp, so if you have any questions / concerns please do let me know. It will undoubtedly be an unforgettable week for them!

Week ending: 07.06.19

 

A great first week back for Zebra Class, who are enjoying getting stuck in to the business project.

 

Just a reminder for everyone to bring their swimming kits in on Mondays and PE kit on Thursdays.

 

Next week, we will be continuing our writing around the intriguing (and perplexing) class book - The Viewer - and move on to look at innovation ideas for our business project. We'll also be practising our lines for the end of year production. Exciting times!

 

Next Friday, ACE Robotics are coming in to hold a STEM workshop for year 6 children, looking at how to build robots. It should be awesome! 

 

Week ending: 24.05.19

 

Congratulations to the wonderful Zebras for getting through a tough term (although, hopefully, they have enjoyed lots of fun times / activities around the obvious tests we did!)

 

They have shown great maturity and focus, and our reward is a term ahead that will be full of fun things...

 

- Camp

- End of Year Production

- Business Project

- Meal at Botteginos

- Sports Week

- Maths Week

- STEM-focused workshops

- Future friday 

- Winding down to enjoy their remaining time at Barley Close!

 

We'll be swimming on Mondays and doing PE on Thursdays, and if you have any questions about anything coming up then don't hesistate to give me a shout. Have a great half-term break!

Week ending 17.05.19

 

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Huge congratulations to year six for finishing their SATs! Although we won't find out the results until July, their focus, maturity and attitude towards what can be a challenging week was nothing short of exceptional. We are so, so proud of them!

 

The good times begin! After half-term, we will be practicising for our production and starting our business project. Next week, we'll be swimming, cooking, doing PE, art, science and many other fun things.

 

I hope you all have a well-deserved rest this weekend!

Week ending 10.05.19

 

As per the 'homework' sheet I've handed each child, please try to do whatever you can this weekend to take their mind off things ahead of next week. SATs measure just a very small part of what makes this class the great young people that they are, and I would hate to think of anyone overly worrying about them.

 

I have talked with the class about all the great work they've put in this year - they're all going to be brilliant next week regardless. Should you have any questions about anything, please get in touch. We have SATs breakfast from 8pm Mon-Thurs, Swimming on Monday, and will take each day off to do fun, calming things after each test. They are an incredible class and will hopefully spend this weekend relaxing and enjoying themselves.

 

Have a great one Zebras! The fun times are soon to begin!

Week ending 03.05.19

 

First of all, I hope that everyone is looking forward to the bank holiday weekend! 

 

We have just one week to go before SATs, so if there's anything you'd like to discuss with me please let me know. We don't want any of the children to worry about them, and we'll be putting on a SATs breakfast from Monday 13th - Thursday 17th where children can turn up from 8pm to get free toast and juice.

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

- refer

- confide

- excel

- intelligent

- indulge

- reference

- confidence

- excellence

- intelligence

- indulgence

 

This term, swimming will be on a Monday (children are to wear their school uniforms in as normal and bring their swimming kits with them) and PE will be on a Wednesday, so they can wear their PE kits in all day.

 

In a few weeks time will be ramping up the fun in year 6, so plenty to look forward to!

Week ending 26.04.19

 

Welcome back, I hope everyone had a great Easter break!

 

This fifth term is a short one, and with little over two weeks to go until SATs, should you have any questions about anything please let me know.

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

- assistant

- distant

- persevere

- instant

- tolerate

- assistance

- distance

- perseverance

- instance

- tolerance

 

This term, swimming will be on a Monday (children are to wear their school uniforms in as normal and bring their swimming kits with them) and PE will be on a Wednesday, so they can wear their PE kits in all day.

 

In a few weeks time will be ramping up the fun in year 6, so plenty to look forward to!

Week ending 05.04.19

 

What an incredible term. I am so proud of year 6 and everything they've achieved. It is not an easy year, and 10 and 11 year olds across the country are under so much pressure, but to still dedicate themselves, be exellent role models, and, importantly, smile as often as they do, is just awesome. What an incredible class.

 

Huge congratulations to Sonny, Ethan and Bethany - our Dojo prize winners - and to those that won the sweets for continued great effort! Also, big congrats to our Pupil of the Term winner, to be announced in just 2 hours!

 

There is no pressure from me to work / revise for SATs over the holidays. I hope they take well-deserved time off to have some incredible adventures and live as kids!

 

If you have any questions about anything, feel free to pop in and see me. Swimming will be Monday morning's next term, with their usual Weds afternoon PE session. See you all on Weds 24th, and have an amazing Easter break!

Week ending: 29.03.19

 

The maturity and dedication that year 6 are showing in what is, let's face it, a very demanding year, is truly admirable. One week to go, and only a few chapters left in our excellent London Eye Mystery book - what will become of Salim?

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

- usual

- attention

- science

- disappear

- believe

- inconceivable

- descendant

- vague

- typical

- happened

 

Please remember to sign your child's reading record - they are rewarded for this and it encourages them to read at home - a vital life skill. Just a reminder for all children to follow school uniform policy on both PE and non-PE days - again, let me know if you have any questions about this. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 22.03.19

 

Thank you for the kids and parents that supported for the UWE trip and the Chess Tournament. The Science Day was a great experience and insight into university life, and we did really well to come so close to beating Emerson's Green at Chess (who have their own professional coach!) We are nearing the end of our London Eye Mystery book, and the tension is rising!

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

- heard

- herd

- brake

- break

- peace

- piece

- scene

- seen

- morning

- mourning

 

Please remember to sign your child's reading record - they are rewarded for this and it encourages them to read at home - a vital life skill. Just a reminder for all children to follow school uniform policy on both PE and non-PE days - again, let me know if you have any questions about this. Thanks and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 15.03.19

 

Thank you to parents for helping to support the Explorer Dome on Wednesday - the feedback was great and the children really seemed to enjoy it!

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

- whether

- weather

- through

- threw

- aloud

- allowed

- father

- farther

- who's

- whose

 

Thanks for the great outfits, effort and contributions for Red Nose Day today. Please do remember to sign your child's reading record - they are rewarded for this and it encourages them to read at home - a vital life skill. Just a reminder for all children to follow school uniform policy on both PE and non-PE days - again, let me know if you have any questions about this. Next week, there is a Chess Tournament at Barley Close on Thursday - if you're interested in taking part, please see me, thanks.

Week ending: 08.03.19

 

Thank you to parents for taking the time to meet with me this week. It was great to catch up and be able to share the wonderful things that your child is achieving.

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

- desert

- dessert

- stationary

- stationery

- complement

- compliment

- principle

- principal

- profit

- prophet

 

Thanks again for all your ongoing support, and as ever please let me know if you have any qustions about anything. Just a reminder for all children to follow school uniform policy on both PE and non-PE days - again, let me know if you have any questions about this.

 

 

Week ending: 01.03.19

 

Welcome back everyone - I hope you had a great half-term break.

 

Zebras have made a great start to the week, completing a range of short-burst writing acitivities and mastering ratio in maths. The mystery of what happened to Salim continues in our class book, and a Bristol Rovers star - Sam Matthews - kindly popped by to say hi to the kids and take a few pictures. 

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

- leisure

- interfere

- frequently

- dictionary

- category

- competition

- conscious

- curiosity

- explanation

- marvellous

 

Thanks for your support with reading with your children / signing their records at home. This is really encouraging and will surely benefit them as they get older. We are still champions, looking to retain our 100% record! 

 

Please continue to send children in to school dressed in their PE kits on a Monday and Wednesday (feel free to come and speak to me if you have any questions about this). Looking forward to catching up with you all next week.

 

Have a great weekend

 

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Happy half-term everyone! I hope you have a great one.

 

The class finished with a great battle for the Dojos. Congratulations to Freddie for taking top prize! And to Ollie, Gennie and Jude for winning the runner up prizes! Other congratulations go to the high scoring haribo winners.

 

Zebra Class have enjoyed a fun trip to Aerospace Filton, finishing their Holes story, and have had a chilled Friday after all the hard work they've done over the past term.

 

They are an incredibly hardworking class, and I wish them many adventures and lots of laughter over half-tem!

Just one week to go, and the class are having a great term - they're really focused, working hard and learning a lot. They have so much to do (bless them) that their unfailing positivity and good attitude is truly admirable.

 

We have an exciting trip to look forward to on Wednesday (Aerospace), so please remember to give children a packed lunch (including a small bottle of water) to take. 

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

  • accompany
  • attached
  • identity
  • hindrance
  • exaggerate
  • cemetery
  • communicate
  • especially
  • convenience
  • existence

 

And finally an incredible thank you to Lee Haskins (and Chris Sanigar) for visiting our school today! Lee Haskins is a former Boxing World Champion, so for him to take the time to come and speak to the kids (and launch our new Activ Wall) was a truly unforgettable experience. He gave an important message about never giving up on your dreams and about working hard, and the children have been absolutely buzzing since this morning (they've even got autographs to show off to parents!) What an amazing experience and role model. Best of luck to him in his next fight - I think he's made quite a few new fans today!

 

Have a great weekend everyone,

 

Mr Craig

Happy Snow Day!

 

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I hope you all had an amazing one! 

 

This week a big congratulations and thank you goes to the children who took on Emerson's Green at Chess! They were a great side (they even have their own chess tutor), and although we didn't come out on top, we had some very strong individual efforts.

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • racial
  • facial
  • partial
  • essential
  • torrential
  • commercial
  • financial
  • substantial
  • confidential
  • influential

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars, or anything else, let me know. Thank you for your great efforts with ensuring their reading records were signed this week - we are looking to continue our unbeaten record of having the most each week!

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Zebra Class are very proud to have got an amazing 100% in their reading records last week! This is the best I've seen over the past couple of years, so thank you to parents for your support with this. We have also scored a very high percentage today.

 

Just as a reminder, P.E. is on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon, so please ensure that the children have their kits in school on those days.

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars, or anything else, let me know. 

 

A final thank you is to Zebra Class - the way they conducted themselves with the supply teacher this week was so mature. They really are a wonderful bunch.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Zebra Class have had another great week, with some lovely compliments about being reading buddies and supporting younger children. Big congrats to our dodgeball team aswell, who did the school very proud with their first outing at the event - winning their first two games and beating the team that eventually went on to win. A technicality had us out, but we will come back stronger!

 

P.E. is on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon, so please ensure that the children have their kits in school on those days.

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • equipped
  • apparent
  • rhythm
  • ancient
  • rhyme
  • physical
  • profession
  • programme
  • restaurant
  • secretary

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars, or anything else, let me know. Thank you for your amazing efforts with ensuring their reading records were signed this week - we had a record-breaking 100% 3 comments or more, which is outstanding. We are looking to continue this every week, which we're rewarded for.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 11.01.19

 

Welcome back, and a Happy New Year to everyone - I hope you had a great one!

 

Zebra Class have come back that little bit taller, more mature, and now with hoodies! (Which they are practically living in, and very pleased about)

 

The race for the Dojo Champ has begun, with a few 'newbies' showing strong early scores. 

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • cough
  • enough
  • brought
  • dough
  • ought
  • thorough
  • drought
  • sought
  • bough
  • bought

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars, or anything else, let me know. From today, we're sticking stickers into Reading Records to show how the children are doing.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 21.12.18

 

Today, Zebra Class completed an outstanding term with their very own class party - a lovely day of having fun after many weeks of hard work. I want to thank you, Zebras, for your incredible commitment and resilience during these first two terms. Year 6 work is not easy at all, and for you to show such a positive attitude to your learning is simply remarkable. Thank you also to parents for your support, and to those who attended our throwback Christmas Calendar workshop the other day.

 

We've given the children a break with spellings, but I've kept MyMaths and TTR going should any of the children wish to log in and have some fun. 

 

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas break, and look forward to hearing your stories in January. See you all on the 8th.

 

Week ending: 14.12.18

 

One week to go, and Zebras have really impressed this week with their attitude to learning, spirit, and results from mock tests. Well done them! They deserve a great weekend, and we all look forward to a fun Christmas week. As a reminder, parents are welcome to join us for Christmas Calendar making on Wednesday from 2:30pm in Zebra Class.

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • achieve
  • muscle
  • yacht
  • system
  • sincere
  • accommodate
  • temperature
  • signature
  • pronunciation
  • hindrance

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars, or anything else, let me know.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 07.12.18

 

Two weeks to go, and next week we'll be doing a round of practice papers, after which we'll do a variety of activities - many Christmas related, followed by a class party on the last day of term. If you have any qusetions about anything, please let me know.

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • equip
  • interrupt
  • variety
  • stomach
  • relevant
  • definite
  • environment
  • immediate
  • necessary
  • sincerely

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars, or anything else, let me know.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 30.11.18

 

Well done to Zebra Class for racking up a lot of class points this week, all of which mean extra time and refreshments for their Class Christmas Party! A big thanks to those involved with the chess friendly at Emerson's Green on Thursday evening. They were really impressed with how the school conducted themselves and the great sportsmanship the children showed. Bring on next year's tournament!

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • vicious
  • precious
  • delicious
  • cautious
  • ambitious
  • suspicious
  • conscious
  • malicious
  • infectious
  • fictitious

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars, or anything else, let me know.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 23.11.18

 

Zebra Class finish the week with a new, exciting book looming. We will watch Goodnight Mr Tom next week across two afternoons. 

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • forty
  • occur
  • vehicle
  • vegetable
  • develop
  • amateur
  • available
  • individual
  • lightning
  • opportunity

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars let me know.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 16.11.18

 

Thank you to parents who attended parents evening this week - it was lovely to feed back how great your children are. For those that haven't yet booked an appointment, please contact me early next week to do so.

 

Zebra Class end the week on a real high, having celebrated Children in Need day by having a massive year 6 game of hide and seek and mob mob! There were some very highly-skiled hiders! 

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • according
  • average
  • recommend
  • symbol
  • excellent
  • community
  • guaranteed
  • neighbour
  • sacrifice
  • soldier

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars let me know.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 09.11.18

 

Great start to the term from Zebra Class. They've settled back in to their work and are looking forward to their cinema trip on Monday (for the few that haven't yet, please make sure you hand the confirmation slip back into the office first thing Monday morning. If you have any questions, please see Mr Craig or the office, thanks). 

 

 The spellings for this week are tricky, so please practice putting them into sentences:

 

  • advice
  • device
  • practise
  • licence
  • cereal
  • advise
  • devise
  • practice
  • licensed
  • serial

 

If you've yet to book a slot for parents evening, please do so early next week. If you can't make the Tuesday or Thursday then please contact me and we'll arrange a time that you can, thanks.

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars let me know. 

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 26.10.18

 

What an amazing term it's been for Zebra Class! They are truly an excellent bunch of children. We celebrated in style today with an end-of-term party, and finally revealed who the first Dojo champion was... a tie between Anisha and Rachel! Congratulations to them both for an outstanding term. Praise also goes to further prize winners Alisha, Ben and Phoebe who came very close. Who will be crowned next term? The game is on!

 

Have an exquisite half-term and I look forward to seeing everyone in term 2!

Week ending: 19.10.18

 

What an end to the week! An amazing performance by Zebra Class, showing off the talents of some budding actors! I couldn't be more proud of them. Thank you to parents for supporting your child with their lines, it is greatly appreciated. Also, a huge well done to the boys for holding an awesome money-raising football event after school, and to the girls for announcing that they're going to be holding a raffle to support the homeless. What an incredibly giving and kind bunch of children.

 

This week we've enjoyed pretending to be a domestic cat in our extended write, and have begun writing our very own detective story. We have our three suspects, but who did it? Next week, we'll find out.

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • suggest
  • shoulder
  • familiar
  • recognise
  • thorough
  • nuisance
  • awkward
  • disastrous
  • equipment
  • language

 

Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars let me know.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 12.10.18

 

Another exquisite week for Zebra Class, who enjoyed making their own Matilda video on Roald Dahl Day (thank you Mr Filer!) and got to check out my car (only to discover that my 'Ferrari was in fact a Ford).

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • precious
  • delicious
  • atrocious
  • suspicious
  • spacious
  • ambitious
  • infectious
  • cautious
  • nutritious
  • conscientious

 

We have begun practicing our class assembly (please kindly support them with their lines at home). If you're able to make it, please do come along on Friday 19th October at 2:30pm to watch it. We look forward to showing you our acting skills! Please continue to support your child's reading at home, and if you have any questions about MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars let me know.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

Week ending: 05.10.18

 

Another excellent week for Zebra Class, who in assembly, fire drills and class continue to show their maturity and act as great role models for the rest of the school. What a lovely bunch!

 

 The spellings for this week are:

 

  • refer
  • prefer
  • transfer
  • preferred
  • transferred
  • transferring
  • referral
  • preference
  • reference

 

We will be sending home and practicing our class assembly very soon. If you're able to make it, please do come along on Friday 19th October at 2:30pm to watch our assembly. We look forward to showing you our acting skills!

 

If you have any questions about the SATs revision books / letter that went out, please come and see me. They are excellent activity books that really support your child with the kind of questions and topics that will come up in their tests later in the year.

 

As always, thank you for your continued support and have a great weekend!

  • Week ending: 28.09.18

 

Life Skills was a big highlight of Zebra Class's week! Without going into too much detail (so that younger siblings don't read this and have the day's surprises spoilt in the future), it was an honour to have the staff there comment on how excellent the year 6 children were throughout the morning. Dealing with grown-up scenarios, 'scary' moments and learning valuable life lessons, both Zebra and Giraffe classes displayed manners, maturity and, above all.

 

The battle for the Dojo Champion continues, with a number of children in the running. Dojos are earned for spellings, reading record comments, MyMaths, Times Table Rockstars and in-school behaviour, work, progress, manners and achievement, amonst others.

 

The class are tested every Wednesday. Your child will also be asking you to sign their reading record at least 3 times a week, so please help them with this. 

 

Thanks for your continued support.

Week ending: 21.09.18

 

Zebra Class have had another outstanding week, They've produced lovely work, supported younger children, and generally been excellent role models for the rest of the school.

 

The battle for the Dojo Champion has heated up, with Anisha in the lead, Ben in second and Phoebe third, although all could change next week! The spellings for this week are:

 

bargain

persuade

embarrass

criticise

correspond

appreciate

committee

grovernment

parliament

conscience

 

The class will be tested every Wednesday. Your child will also be asking you to sign their reading record at least 3 times a week, so please help them with this. Spellings, reading and maths done out of school are all rewarded, so your support is greatly appreciated.

 

Week ending: 14.09.18

 

Zebra Class have had an outstanding start to the year! They have worked incredibly hard, showing high quality writing and solid mathematical knowledge, and are proving themselves to be excellent role models for the rest of the school. Well done Zebras!

 

Next week, the battle for the Dojo Champion will continue, with the children looking to rack up reading comments, strong spelling scores, Times Table Rockstar coins, MyMaths practice and many in-school accolades to boost their chances of winning a prize at the end of the term. We will be continuning our work on slavery, place value and reading Goodnight Mr Tom, ahead of us studying it next term.

 

Thanks for being incredible Zebras. Great rewards are heading your way.

 

 

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Welcome to Zebra Class

 

A warm welcome to year 6 from me. I’m looking forward to a brilliant year teaching the Zebras; getting to know 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 Miss Beard (in Giraffe (the other Year 6 class) who are both highly experienced and looking forward to the new academic year.

 

Reading:

Children need to read at least three 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 (the children are rewarded for their efforts weekly).

 

Spellings:

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

 

Swimming / P.E:

Swimming takes place on Monday 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 Wednesday, 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.

 

Punctuality:

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


  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
  • Email: enquiries@barleyclose.org.uk
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