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Term 1

PE: PE will be on Monday for both classes. Children need to come to school dressed in their PE kit, a plain white T shirt and black or navy shorts or joggers. 


Forest School: This will be on Friday afternoon for Panda and Tuesday afternoon for Koala. We have protective outer clothing the children wear but they will need a pair of wellies. It is advised to provide a thick jumper, hat and gloves on the colder days as we will go to the Forest area in all but the most extreme weathers.

What a week!

It has been an amazing start to school for the Reception children.

They have explored the different learning environments and have been on a walk around the wider school, we even managed to spot some of their siblings hard at work.

We have stayed for our first school lunch and our super work is already on the wall. But most importantly we have made some new friends.

The staff are very much looking forward to next week when the children are all full time and learning can start properly.


The children have coped really well with their first week of full time school.

We have started our phonics sessions and learnt our first 4 sounds, m, a, s and d.

In maths we have explored the numbers 1 and 2, and the relationship between them. We know that 2 is 1 more than 1 and that 1 is 1 less than 2.

In small group we have talked about our different families and drawn them.

Week 3

Another busy week for Reception.

We had our first PE Session. The children learnt about keeping their space and moving safely around the hall. We played a game of Jelly Beans to practice our listening skills in a larger space.

In Phonics we learnt the sounds t, i, p and n. We learnt to use Fred Talk to blend the individual sounds into words. 

In Maths we looked at the numerals 3 and 4. We looked at the relationship between them and how to make them, for example we could make 4 by 1+3, 2+2, 3+1 and 4+0.

We looked at different emotions; angry, sad, happy and worried, and what would make us feel these emotions.

We also made junk model robots using our growing DT skills.

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