Welcome to Alligator Class Page!
Information from Alligator Staff!
Alligator class will have two teachers this year. After her return from maternity leave, Mrs Rammell will teach the first half of the week and Mrs Silbereis will teach the second half of the week, including alternating Wednesdays.
We are always very busy in Alligator 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 English and Maths Basic Skills sessions. The children also complete Guided Reading sessions several times a week. In the afternoons we have various creative activities such as; topic, PE, swimming, music, Religious Education and PSHE. We will also be learning some French!
We understand that the children will all have had different experiences of learning since the start of Covid-19. We will be focusing on building relationships with the children early on so that we can find out how each child likes to learn best.
The children will have the opportunity to earn class points in order to have a special class treat and if their attendance meets the school target, we get extra play - something that will be missed during the afternoons in Year 3 no doubt!
A note from Mrs Silbereis
Hello! I've been teaching at Barley Close for over ten years, so I've had the privilege to get to know many of our lovely families really well! It's a lovely, welcoming school and I'm looking forward to another year of exciting experiences!
Having had my own two children since I started at Barley Close, I now understand how a parent feels entrusting their child to someone else 5 days a week! We work really hard at Barley Close to involve the children's individual interests, skills and needs in every lesson to make learning fun and ensure they enjoy coming to school.
When I'm not at school, I really enjoy spending time with my family. We love picnics, steam railways and beach walks especially! We often visit Cornwall and I love exploring new places too. We enjoy local walks with our dog and my favourite time of year for these walks is Autumn with its crunchy leaves and fresh air! I started collecting bird feeders in lockdown and really enjoy seeing the different types of birds that visit them in my garden.
I am really looking forward to getting to know your children this year. Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns, or if you'd like any more information!
A note from Mrs Rammell
My name is Mrs Rammell and I am lucky enough to have returned to Alligator Class again this year! This is very exciting as I love this year group and it feels like I have come home!
It has been lovely to get to know your children really well in Term 2 and I am excited to complete their Year 3 journey with them.
I joined Barley Close January 2010 and I am very happy here! The children, their families and my colleagues are absolutely lovely and the school has a great feel about it! Whilst working here, I have had the pleasure of teaching across Year 1, 2 and 3. This has allowed me to gain a great understanding of where your children have progressed from i.e. Key Stage 1 whilst also having a solid understanding of Lower Key Stage 2.
I love teaching and working with children however, I also have other interests! Outside of school, when Covid-19 isn’t impacting our lives, I like to; go shopping, read books, watch films and try to keep fit - although I much prefer eating food than working it off! However, my husband did get me a weighted hula hoop for Christmas so watch this space! Hmm…
However, I am also very lucky to have two children – a boy and girl and basically, all of my free time is spent with them – going to parks, farms, gym sessions, baking and also lots of play time at home. My oldest will be starting school in September 2022 so any tips being ‘the parent’ rather than ‘the teacher’ would be greatly appreciated!
Friends and family are so important to me. Therefore I ensure that I catch up with both where and when possible – I tend to squeeze everything in in-between my family, school work and home life!
Do come and see me if you have any questions or queries or if you would just like to say hello!
Handy things to know!
Book bag / Lunch boxes / Reading books / Spelling books
Whilst many Covid restrictions are easing, we are still taking steps to ensure our classroom is as safe as it can possibly be for all the children. Please ensure your child does not bring any unnecessary items to school- this includes teddies, toys and jewellery. They can bring a coat, a water bottle, a packed lunch box and a healthy morning snack- no crisps, chocolate or cake please. We are a "Healthy School" and work hard to ensure our children have the best opportunity to be healthy and happy.
The children will each be assigned a reading book, which they will be asked to take home and bring back to school each day. Please try to read at least 5 times per week at home, and sign/ comment in the Reading Record. If their yellow reading record is not signed, they will not be able to change their book. Book changing day in Alligator class is FRIDAY.
Spelling tests will be done every FRIDAY- please check our webpage and our class door so that you know what spellings your child will be learning each week in order to support them with their weekly test. Thank you!
TT Rock Stars / MyMaths
The above online learning platforms will be reactivated in early September. Your child will bring home log-in details for each account so that they can access these at home. If any get mislaid, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can provide these details again.
Snacks / Water bottles
You will need send your child in with a bottle of water to keep in the classroom as the water fountains will not be in use. Please make sure that the bottle contains water only and is named.
Please remember to provide your child with a coat on days it is needed (as we cannot provide anything alternative to wear) and also a hat if we happen to have a hot, sunny day. Please also apply sun cream to your child before arriving at school when necessary as we will not be able to assist with this.
School uniform PE kits are to be worn to school on the day your child has PE. Our PE lessons will take place on TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS. Please ensure that your child is sent in with the appropriate kit for that day so that they are able to take part in a fun, interactive lesson! Please also ensure any earrings are removed for these days so that your child can participate. No branded clothing items should be worn for PE, especially hoodies as these can be dangerous during some PE lessons such as Gym.
Please ensure that your child wears the correct uniform to school as colourful hair bows, jewellery etc can become very distracting and can easily get lost.
Once we have had a chance to send everything home, your child should have a yellow reading record book, a reading book and spelling book. Spellings will be attached on the class website page to ensure you can access them from home.
Please take the time to practise reading and spellings at least 4x a week. If you could complete more, that would be fantastic! Spellings are tested on Fridays each week.
TT Rockstars should be accessed frequently for best results- ten minutes 5 times a week would ensure your child makes progress with their times tables.