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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.

 

Reading:

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.

 

Spellings:

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.

 

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

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. 

 

Week ending 24.11:

 

Dan and Zack continue to rule Times Table Rockstars, with unprecedented coin totals of over 250,000! Hot on their tails is Ellie!

 

The battle for the 'Dojo Champion of Term 2' continues, with half a dozen children just a few points away from one another! With 3 weeks to go, the top 3 prizes could be anyone's!

 

Thanks for continuing to support your child with their spellings and reading records. 8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards. 

 

This week, Year 6 went to watch 'We Will Rock You' at Mangotsfield School and had a blast. We've continued to explore fractions, by looking at how you multiply and divide them, wrote our own adventure story about Spooky Cott (from Goodnight Mr Tom) and done further investigation into evolution.

 

Next week:

 

Should you want any advice on which CGP books to buy for your child to help support them with SATs-style questions at home, please feel free to come and speak to me / send a note in with your child to me. 

 

We'll be doing mock SATs papers next week - in Maths, Reading and Grammar - to get a good understanding of where children are with their learning. We'll run through answers with them afterwards to begin building their confidence with the May tests. If you have any questions / concerns, please come and see me.

 

Have a great weekend all,

 

Mr Craig

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 01.12:

 

There are now a top 4 battling to be the biggest Rock Hero of Zebra Class - Dan, Zack, Ellie and Syed. It's great to see so many of the class challenging themselves at home to be Rock Legends!

 

The battle for the 'Dojo Champion of Term 2' continues, with half a dozen children just a few points away from one another! With 2 weeks to go, the top 3 prizes could be anyone's!

 

Thanks for continuing to support your child with their spellings and reading records. 8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

This week, Year 6 did a range of tests - 3 Maths, Reading and Grammar. I'm really proud of how focused they were and how well they achieved. Your support in boosting their confidence and skills outside of school, to compliment all the good work they do in school, is greatly appreciated.

 

Next week:

 

We have a Road Safety workshop for the children.

 

We will celebrate the British Values work that we've done this week.

 

Should you want any advice on which CGP books to buy for your child to help support them with SATs-style questions at home, please feel free to come and speak to me / send a note in with your child to me. 

 

Similarly, should you have any concerns / questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

 

Week ending 08.12:

 

The top 4 Times Table Rockstars remain, with big efforts from many others across the class. Just one week to go to finish on top!

 

The battle for the 'Dojo Champion of Term 2' continues, with half a dozen children just a few points away from one another! With 1 week left, the top 3 prizes could go to anyone, with Alex, Grace, Ellie, Hattie and Syed all in strong positions.

 

Thanks for continuing to support your child with their spellings and reading records. 8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

This week's spellings are:

 

disappear, actual, weight, marvellous, vegetable, twelfth, pronunciation, manageable, fictitious, tenacious, boundary.

 

This week, we had a Road Safety workshop and celebrated British Values, amongst many other great activities.

 

Next week:

 

We'll watch a run-through of the EYFS production.

 

We'll leave Fractions for a while, and start a bit of work on shape in Maths.

 

We'll start reading a new book that I think everyone will love: Louis Sachar - Holes.

 

We'll have Christmas Lunch together on Wednesday!

 

We'll wear our Christmas jumpers on Friday!

 

Should you want any advice on which CGP books to buy for your child to help support them with SATs-style questions at home, please feel free to come and speak to me / send a note in with your child to me. 

 

Similarly, should you have any concerns / questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

 

Week ending 05.01:

 

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had an excellent Christmas break.

 

Zebra Class have got straight back in to the swing of things, producing some lovely work. The battle for Dojo Champion has reset after Ellie and Syed were crowned joint winners for Term 2! (Special mentions go to Alex, Hattie, Grace and Dan for receiving prizes too)

 

Thanks for continuing to support your child with their spellings, Times Table Rockstar and reading records. 8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

This week's spellings are (commonly misspelt words):

 

definitely, disappear, friend, receive, successful, which, anything, committee, conscious, conscience

 

Next week:

 

We'll be launching a brand new at-home Maths programme called MyMaths. This is a computer-based programme that will allow children to practice some of the work they've done at school. I will provide logins for each child, and if you have any questions please let me know.

 

We'll continue work on area and shape in Maths.

 

We'll continue reading our awesome class book: Louis Sachar - Holes.

 

We'll continue our exciting new topic - Space!

 

Should you have any concerns / questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

Week ending 12.01:

 

The race for the next Dojo champion is underway, with early frontrunners: Syed, Charlie, Ashleigh and Grace.

 

This week, we introduced MyMaths to the children: an online system that gives children the opportunity to practice Maths at home, should they wish. I've kindly ask that all children try it - to see what they think and to check they can login ok - but it is not a compulsory homework. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to come and see me. 

 

Thanks for continuing to support your child with their spellings, Times Table Rockstar and reading records. 8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

This week's spellings are (commonly misspelt words):

 

trough, cough, thorough, although, bought, programme, suggest, signature, vegetable, nuisance.

 

Next week:

 

We'll begin work on ratio and probability in Maths.

 

We'll begin writing our own version of 'Holes.'

 

We'll continue our exciting topic - Space!

 

Should you have any concerns / questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

Week ending 02.02:

 

With just one week of the term left, the battle for the next Dojo champion is heating up!

 

Thanks for continuing to support your child with their spellings, Times Table Rockstar, reading records, project homework (due in 08.02.18) and MyMaths, a brand new system that gives children the opportunity to practice Maths at home. 8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

Next week:

 

We'll be doing Mock SATs tests. Although it can be a slightly full-on week for the children, it's a great opportunity for them to show how far they've progressed since the last tests before Christmas. For those that asked about extra revision / support, the CGP books are great as is MyMaths. Should you have any concerns / questions, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me.

Week ending 09.02:

 

And the results are in! The Dojo Champion has been crowned! There are two: ALEX AND SYED! Congratulations to the two boys who both received prizes, along with a range of runners up who did too.

 

Thank you so much to the parents who were able to visit the Space Workshop yesterday, and indeed to those who supported their children at home with making them. They all looked incredible! The kids were really proud of their work and were rewarded for it.

 

Thanks for continuing to support your child with their spellings, Times Table Rockstar, reading records, and MyMaths, a brand new system that gives children the opportunity to practice Maths at home. 8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

Have a great half-term! 

 

 

 

 

Week ending 23.02:

 

The race for the Dojo Champion is back underway. After a number of children won prizes at the end of last term, many are keen to earn as many points as they can early on.

 

8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards, and now MyMaths! For every piece of MyMaths work completed, one Dojo reward is given. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

brake, break, here, hear, principle, principal, complement, compliment, prophet, profit.

 

Thanks for all your support. It is never an easy time of year for the children, with SATs preperation well underway, but we have so many fun things planned for after them, that the children are learning to work hard, play hard!

 

Next week:

We're continuing to read our new book: London Eye Mystery, and exploring Roman Numerals, time and unit conversions in Maths. If you need any advice around homework / CGP books / SATs preparation, please come and see me.

Week ending 09.03:

 

Ethan is currently leading the pack in the race to be Dojo Champion! 

 

8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards, and now MyMaths! For every piece of MyMaths work completed, one Dojo reward is given. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

whether, weather, medal, meddle, advice, advise, missed, mist, proceed, precede.

 

Thanks for all your support. It is never an easy time of year for the children, with SATs preperation well underway, but we have so many fun things planned for after them, that the children are learning to work hard, play hard! Thanks for taking the time to meet with me at parents evening - it was great to catch up. If you any further questions about anything at any point, please come and see me.

 

Next week:

We're continuing to read our book: London Eye Mystery, and exploring angles in Maths. If you need any advice around homework / CGP books / SATs preparation, please come and see me.

Week ending 16.03:

 

Huge congratulations to Zebra Class for all the hard work they put in to their Class Assembly! The time taken to learn their lines, make costumes, and play their parts was excellent! Thanks also to parents for taking the time to come and see them.

 

The Dojo battle is really hotting up with just one week left to go! 8+ spellings correct and 3 or more comments a week mean Dojo rewards, and now MyMaths! For every piece of MyMaths work completed, one Dojo reward is given. Every child should have at least one parent comment in their Reading Record each week.

 

The spellings for this week are:

 

interrupt, interfere, traction, retract, biannual, binary, prescription, manuscript, teleprinter, telepathy.

 

Thanks for all your support. It is never an easy time of year for the children, with SATs preperation well underway, but we have so many fun things planned for after them, that the children are learning to work hard, play hard! 

 

Next week:

We're continuing to read our book: London Eye Mystery, and exploring translation, reflection and statistics in Maths. If you need any advice around homework / CGP books / SATs preparation, please come and see me.

Week ending 23.03:

 

Big congratulations to the many Dojo prize winners this term! (Syed, Ellie, Alex, Dan, Hattie, Ashleigh, Tom, Tim, Ethan, Cormack and ZiHan).

 

Thanks for all your support. It is never an easy time of year for the children, with SATs preperation well underway, but we have so many fun things planned for after they've taken place that the children are learning to work hard, play hard! 

 

Have a fantastic Easter break!


  • 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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