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Leopard Class 2021



A little bit about the adults in Leopard class:


Mrs Macaulay

This is my first year of teaching, although I spent some time last year, teaching Year 2. I am looking forward to carrying on my teaching journey at Barley Close.


Outside of school, I love spending time with my family and friends. I live by the seaside, and I enjoy going for walks along the seafront, eating ice-cream. I also love reading in my spare time. 


I am very passionate about my job and will work extremely hard alongside you and your families, to help you to progress and flourish throughout the year, both academically and socially.

If you have any queries or concerns, please email me: and I will reply to your email as soon as possible. .


Miss Rowley

Miss Rowley is the HLTA in Leopard Class, who will be supporting Miss Harvey. Miss Rowley has worked at Barley Close for 16 years. When Miss Rowley is not at school, she enjoys going for long walks and photography. Miss Rowley is really looking forward to seeing you all in September and helping you with your learning.


Meet the teachers

Welcome to Leopard Class 


In Leopard Class, we are very lucky, as we have three adults who will help and support us with our learning. Miss Harvey is the class teacher, Miss Rowley is our Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Mrs Bradford is our Reading Assistant; we will all be in class everyday. 


We are always very busy in Leopard class, as we have lots of fun learning to squeeze in! In the morning, we take part in our daily English and Maths lesson and also complete daily Phonics sessions. In the afternoons we have various creative activities such as; Topic, PE, Swimming, Music, Religious Education, PSHE and Forest Skills.


To ensure that the children have a smooth transition from Reception to Year 1, we have timetabled independent learning throughout their school day. This continuous provision will provide the children with more opportunities to socialise with their friends, get to know their teachers, focus on tasks that they are particularly interested in and it will allow them time to explore the variety of activities available to them. 

In Year 1, we have 2 play times. During our morning play the children can enjoy a healthy snack from home. However, we still provide free fruit that they can have at some point during the day.


Year 1

In the mornings, we encourage parents to leave their children at the door, this ensures the children settle. Please ensure you encourage your children to be as independent as possible. E.g. putting their belongings away and hanging up their own coats. However if you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to speak to a teacher!


Notice board –Please ensure you read the noticeboard that will be in the window, at the bottom of the ramp.


Things to remember...



The spelling books will now be going home with the children. The spellings for the week will be stuck in their spelling books and they will be tested on them every Friday - please make sure the spellings books are coming in, on the Friday!


PE will be on a Tuesday

T Please ensure your child comes into school already dressed in their PE kits on Tuesdays. This includes black joggers/shorts, white/yellow/blue t-shirt, and black daps/trainers. Please adhere to the uniform. 



Swimming will be on a Monday

Please make sure children are bringing in their swimming costumes and towels on this day. They will also need to take off any earrings, necklaces, bracelets or rings.



As a school we encourage all families to support their child/children to read at least 5 times a week at home. This could be through using Reading Eggs or reading a book from school/home/library. The children's reading egg details are in their reading records.


In Leopard class, we will be changing the children's books every Wednesday. Please could you ensure that the children are bringing in their reading books and their signed reading records, everyday, as this will help us monitor their progress.  


Each week we will award one child from Leopard Class with a Reading Egg Star Certificate. This child would be someone that has read at least 5 times at home, per week. At the end of every term, we will award 1 child with a Reading Ambassador Award. 


If you would like to discuss reading further, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 



Every week, children will be expected to complete at least one set activity at home, on mymaths. This activity will be linked to what has been taught in class for that week. I will upload the set activity every Thursday. The children's log ins are in their reading records.


Wellies will need to be kept in school and kept on the Welly trolley in the Year 1 foyer. Please ensure Welly boots are NAMED and are put on the trolley pegged together with a named (wooden) peg.


Website pages will be updated regularly - so please keep an eye on our year page to keep up to date and well informed! I will also be posting regularly on class dojo.


*Please remember to label all of your children's clothes and shoes with their name (including PE and swimming kits).


If you need to get in touch with me, please feel free to email me on: or message me on class dojo. I will respond as quickly as I can:)

How you can help at home!


This is the phonics scheme we follow - it has a sound and a saying to help with handwriting and phonic recall:


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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
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