Welcome to Alligator Class Page!
Information from Alligator Staff!
Alligator class will have two teachers this year. Mr Moore 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 lockdown- some will have continued learning at home and others might not have been able to. We will focus, first and foremost, on settling the children into a new routine and reassuring any worries they may have. We have chosen exciting and engaging learning topics for Term 1 so they will hopefully enjoy continuing their learning as we start Key Stage 2!
The children will still 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 have found many local walks during lockdown and are still enjoying exploring new places, although closer to home this year! I have also started collecting bird feeders in lockdown and really enjoy seeing the different types of birds that visit them in my garden. What sorts of birds can you spot in your 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 Mr Moore
I have been lucky enough to be teaching at Barley Close since September last year, and have previously taught at other schools in and around Bristol. After a year in year 6, I'm happy to be returning to year 3 as it is an age which I have enjoyed teaching in the past.
It took me a while to discover teaching, so I experimented with a number of different jobs. I've worked as a chef, a publican, a recruitment consultant, a sports coach, a hospital administrator and an actor, among other things. When I'm not at school, I enjoy spending time with my cats: Vincent and Hugo. I also enjoy reading, writing and cooking.
Please do feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns, or you'd like any more information! I look forward to getting to know you all!
Handy things to know!
Book bag / Lunch boxes / Reading books / Spelling books
Things are understandably going to be a bit different this year. The children will not be able to use the cloakroom, so please ensure your child does not bring any unnecessary items to school. They can bring a coat which will be kept on their chair, a water bottle and a packed lunch box. Please do not let your children bring in any other items, particularly toys, as these can increase the spread of infection.
The children will each be assigned a reading book, however at this time we will not be able to send reading books home in order to reduce the spread of infection. Please encourage your child to continue using Reading Eggs at home. Local libraries are also opening back up and books can be pre-ordered from their online catalogue.
Once they are able to be sent home, please let us know how your child is getting on with their reading by signing their reading diary with a short, encouraging/ informative comment. If their yellow reading record is not signed, they will not be able to change their book. We positively encourage you to support your child to read 4 times or more a week!
At present, we cannot send spelling books home either - these will be kept in school. However, 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.
Reading Eggs/Eggspress/ TT Rock Stars / MyMaths
All of the above online learning platforms will be reactivated early September. Your child will bring home log-in details for each account during the first couple of weeks in September 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 at their table 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 it we happen to have a hot, sunny day. Please also apply sun cream to your child before arriving at school as we will not be able to assist or support this in school.
School uniform PE kits are to be worn to school on the day your child has PE. Our PE lessons will take place on a Monday and a Thursday. 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.
As you know, Alligator class will have two teachers this year. The first half of the week will be covered by Mrs Rammell and Mrs Silbereis will teach the second half of the week. Both will teach alternate Wednesdays.
Once we are able 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.