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Y1 - Leopard

Welcome to Leopard Class


We are very lucky and have two teachers in Leopard Class, Mrs Gee and Mrs Prideaux. Mrs Gee will be in school every Monday and Wednesday and Mrs Prideaux will be in school every Tuesday, 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.

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 12 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 7 years. This will be my third 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 11 years ago! We now have a gorgeous little girl, Elodie. When I’m not in school, I attend many groups with my daughter such as swimming, rhyme time and dancing tots. 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 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 tshirt, and black daps/trainers. Please adhere to the uniform. 

PE kit is a white T shirt, black shorts and daps.


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. 


Swimming will be on a Wednesday in T1,5&6 – Please ensure children have swimming costume (one piece) or swimming trunks (above the knee) and a towel for these sessions. If you would like to volunteer and support us with swimming please let the class teacher know.


Book bags should be in school every day. The children will be encouraged to put all letters to go home in these bags.


Reading books should be in school every day! Please ensure the children are reading at home at least 3 times a week – more if you can! Please see note inside yellow reading record for more information.


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!


Spellings will be sent home on a Thursday. Please practice several times.  The children will be tested on a WEDNESDAY – please ensure they bring their yellow spelling book!

*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

As you know a child in Yr 1 has Leukaemia. To help we need to know if anyone in the class has come into contact or is ill. We can then tell the parents who can make sure the right medication is given. Thanks for your support

Illnesses in year 1

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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