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Term 1


PE will be on Mondays, once the children are in full time, and children will need to wear their PE kit to school.

Please be advised PE will take place in our outdoor area so joggers, rather than shorts, will be more appropriate and please ensure your child has a hoodie or jumper with them.


Forest School

Forest School sessions will be on Tuesdays, once the children are full time. We provide protective over trousers and coats but children will need long trousers and a jumper, and a hat and gloves as the weather gets colder.

We recommend that wellies remain in school for use in our outdoor area too.

Forest School sessions take place in all weathers but maybe shortened in extremes of cold, wind or heat.

What a week!

Wow our first week is already over. It may have been short but we have fitted a lot in. We have explored the different rooms and outdoor area. We have made some new friends and we have had fun.

The children have coped very well and are already picking up the daily routines and should be very proud of themselves.

Well Done

Another wonderful week from the children, they should be really proud. They have enjoyed being together, they've experienced their first school lunches and coped very well with the introduction of small group time.

We have talked about our families and how they are all different and we have drawn them to go on our "Our Learning" wall.



Next week will see the introduction of our daily Phonics lessons

Monday is PE and the children need to come to school in their PE kits.

Tuesday we will start Forest School so the children need to ensure they have their wellies in school.

18th Sept

Again the children should be really proud of themselves. 

We had great fun at our first Forest School session but naughty Cyril the Squirrel, who lives in the oak tree, kept throwing acorns at us!

We have started our phonics sessions and have learnt the sound and action for m, a, s and d. We have also learnt the rhymes to help form the letters correctly. Tonight they have brought home sheets to help them practice. We have even started to blend the sounds together to make words.

We have also begun exploring numbers in our daily maths session.

We have started sharing reading books. These have no words at the moment but we make up our own stories around the illustrations. Tonight they have brought a sheet home with all the characters on.

25th September

Another amazing week. 

We have been reading "We're Going on a Bear Hunt". We have had a sensory tray to help us retell the story. We have created our own collages of the story, which will go on "our Learning" wall when they are dry.

We have learnt t, i, n and p in phonics and are learning to segment and blend them into words.

2nd October

Another amazing week for Pandas.

They have coped very well with changes this week, a supply teacher on Monday and a fire drill.

This week we have been reading Goldilocks and the 3 Bears  and so at Forest School we made porridge for the bears in our mud kitchen.

We have drawn Goldilocks and The Bears, carefully thinking about the different sizes and colours so that we can tell which is which.

We have been learning g, o, c and k. Fred and Freda our phonic frogs have helped us use our sounds to create words by blending sounds together.

In maths we have been working on our numeral recognition, by playing flash and splat, and practicing our careful counting.

9th October

This week we have been reading The Three Little Pigs.

In small group times we made collages of the story and we drew simple story maps of the events to help us re-tell it.

We have enjoyed playing What's the Time Mr Wolf in PE and in independent learning.

In Forest School we built dens but the wind thought it was the Big Bad Wolf and tried to blow them down.

In phonics we learnt the sounds, u, b e and f. We have thought of lots of things that begin with them and we have practiced writing them.

In maths we have been comparing the size of groups by having a competition to see who had the most/fewest objects. The winner wasn't always the one with the most. We have been learning about estimation and how its ok to be wrong as long as its a sensible guess. 

We have continued to explore 2D shapes. This week we focused on the rectangle and found lots of them in our room: the screen, the door, some signs and even the tables.

16th October

Another busy week in Panda Class.

This week we have been reading The Gingerbread Man and looking for the words cat, dog and and in the text.

In Forest School we caught the Gingerbread Man and decorated our own with natural materials.

In maths we added buttons to Gingerbread Man outlines, counting carefully to ensure we added the correct amount.

We have also continued to look at different 2D shapes. This week we focused on the square and how it's different from a rectangle. We noticed that the window and number cards are square.

We investigated the Reading Eggs website with Mrs Collins so that we can now use it at home. If I haven't already sent you your username and password, it'll be with you in the next few days.

In phonics we learnt the sounds l, h, r, j and v. We also explored the Fast Phonics section of the Reading Eggs website.

22nd October

This week we have been reading "Room on the Broom" and making spells and potions.

We have learnt the last of the single sounds during phonics, w, x, y and z and we are already trying to use them in our writing.

We celebrated it being the end of term with a film afternoon and a treat.

It is lovely to see so many children already engaging in Reading Eggs and Fast Phonics.

Please remember to sign up for a parent's evening meeting.

Wow, how can we have completed a term already? It has been an amazing 8 weeks and the children should be very proud of themselves.

Have a safe and healthy break and we'll see you all again on November 2nd. 

  • Barley Close Community Primary School
  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
  • Tel: 01454 867090
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