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Leopard Class 2020



Welcome to Leopard Class 


We are very lucky and have two teachers in Leopard Class, Mrs Crocker and Mrs Prideaux. Mrs Crocker will be in school every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Prideaux will be in school every Thursday and Friday! Miss Rowley is our Higher Level Teaching Assistant and Mrs Frost is our Reading Assistant; she will 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.



From the Teacher: Mrs Prideaux


I am looking forward to a new school year and can’t wait to teach Year 1 again! I have been teaching for 13 years and Year 1 is definitely my favourite year group! Shhh!


When I am not in school, my three young children keep me very busy! I love to keep fit and healthy and enjoy Netball and going to the gym!



From the Teacher: Mrs Crocker


I am really looking forward to teaching you in Year 1 this year! I have been teaching at Barley Close for 8 years. This will be my fourth year in Year 1.

As you all know I have a strong Welsh accent. I was born in Swansea, Wales and moved to Bristol with my husband 12 years ago! We now have 2 beautiful children.

I have just started couch to 5k and I'm enjoying starting something new (even though I do find it really hard). I spend many weekends visiting family and friends in Swansea.


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...


PE will be on a Tuesday

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. 



Forest Skills will be on a Friday

Please ensure that there is a change of clothes/waterproofs and wellies in school. Make sure all clothing and wellies are named. 



Usually we would send home reading books and rotate them on a weekly basis. However since the coronavirus outbreak, current guidelines state that if reading books are sent home they need to be wiped then “quarantined” for 4 days before re-issuing. Whilst we could ensure all books are wiped, by having the quarantine so many books for such a long period it would mean that we don’t actually have enough books for every child to send a book home.


Therefore as a school we will be encouraging all families to use Reading Eggs as the tool to support reading at home. Please could you support your child to read at least 4 times a week at home. 


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 4 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. 


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!


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


Our learning in Leopard Class

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
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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