Welcome to Alligator Class Page!
Information from Alligator Staff!
Alligator class will have two teachers this year. 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 take part in weekly French lessons!
The children will still have the opportunity to earn class points in order to have a special class party 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 particularly enjoyed completing the Gromit Unleashed trail last summer and the Plymouth Elmer trail this summer as we found interesting places we'd never been to before!
I am really looking forward to getting to know your children this year. Please do feel free to come and have a chat after school if you have any questions or concerns, or you'd like any more information!
A note from Mrs Rammell
I have been lucky enough to be teaching at Barley Close since January 2010, and as a result, many children and families know me well already. If you don’t know me so well, I look forward to getting to know you very quickly! I love working at Barley Close and being a part of everything it has to offer – whether this is through teaching, events, FoBC or Governors! I missed the children, families and staff of Barley Close hugely whilst on maternity leave recently- although I did thoroughly enjoy taking the year off to be with my baby boy! I am also very pleased to be working directly with Mrs S again this year. We know each other very well and I am excited to be part of the team who will support your child throughout Year 3.
When I'm not at school, I really enjoy spending time with my family. As you will know, I am now lucky enough be a mother myself and I wouldn’t change it for the world! This past year, I have really enjoyed watching my little boy grow and develop into a real character – a little monkey indeed! I am excited for what the future brings for him as each year passes. As a little family we love to go for long walks, holidays abroad (although these are now very different to my past holidays!), visit the park, pop out for lunch or spend time with our family and friends.
Please do feel free to come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns, or you'd like any more information! I look forward to spending a great year with you all!
Handy things to remember.
Handy things to know!
Book bag / Lunch boxes / Reading books
In Year 3, book bags will go in the children’s drawers, lunch boxes in the trolley by the cloakroom.
Please make sure that you sign the reading diary with a short, encouraging/ informative comment so that we know how your child is getting on at home. If their yellow reading record is not signed, they will not be able to change their book.
Snacks / Water bottles
Please remember that tuck is not offered in school any more so feel free to provide your child with a healthy morning play time snack. Please remember that we are a nut-free school!
You may wish to send your child in with a bottle of water to keep in the classroom. I strongly advise this as it a quick and easy way for your child to stay topped up with water! Please make sure that the bottle contains water only and is named.
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 Thursday, with swimming taking place on a Monday. 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.
Your child should have a yellow reading record book, a reading book and spelling book.
Please take the time to practise reading and spellings at least 3x a week and note down when you read with your child in the yellow reading record book. If you could complete more, that would be fantastic! Reading books can be changed on a Tuesday or a Friday as long as their reading record book has been signed and a comment has been made. Spellings are given out on a Friday and are tested the following Friday.