It is my great pleasure to be the teacher of Giraffe Class again this year and I am very much looking forward to the year ahead! Unbelievably, this is going to be my 6th year at Barley Close and I think it's about my 18th year of teaching. I've taught in every year group during my time as a teacher, but recently, most of my experience has been in Year 5 and 6.
It's really important to me that everyone who is in my class enjoys coming to school and thinks that classtime is fun. Yes we have lots of learning to do - but when you think about how many hours of our lives we spend at school, it's as important to laugh, smile and have a good time!
We are lucky enough to have Mrs Harris, Mrs Spindler and Miss Wilkins in class with us as well . Mrs Harris will also be teaching you on Monday afternoons.
I will post regular updates here, so please check back to see what has been happening in class. I will also post spellings here on a weekly basis. If you need to contact me, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can message me via class dojo (if you need me to re-invite you, then let me know).
In Term 3, PE will be on a Wednesday and a Friday. Remember to wear your PE kit to school! Long hair should be tied back, earrings should be removed and no branded sportswear should be worn. We will be going outside, so make sure you wear something warm!
Children will be bringing home a school reading book. The reading books will need to be sent into school every Friday, so that they can be changed. Books will be quarantined for 48 hours, before being cleaned and returned to the shelves for others to borrow them.
Children will also need to bring in their reading records on the same day, as we will be checking that they have read 5 times at home. This expectation is in line with local primary schools and is also good preparation for Year 7 when they will be expected to read regularly. Parents/carers need to sign the reading record 5 times - either to say the child has read to them, or that they have seen the child reading independently. Although children often protest that 'they are too old to read to an adult', they certainly always enjoy it in school and it's a nice calming activity to do together in a busy world!
We are no longer using Reading Eggspress as a whole school home learning resource.
Spellings will be posted here every Friday, to be tested the following Friday. Children will be given their spellings in school, but will be unable to bring their book home.
All children will be given a TTRS log in, which they can access from either the app or the TTRS website. The expectation is that children will complete at least 25 minutes a week on TTRS.
Children will also be given a MyMaths log and will be expected to complete at least two activities a week. Both of these things will be monitored by me.
Spellings to be tested on Friday 28th January
Friday 21st January
Well it has been a very quiet week in Giraffe Class with so many children off ill - we have missed all the poorly Giraffes very much and are looking forward to them returning when they are well!
In English, we have been revising our knowledge of antonyms, synonyms and apostrophes for contractions. Our Maths work has centred around multiplication and division, area and perimeter. In PE we worked on our rolling skills and played an enthusiastic game of hockey and we have also done some art linked to The Viewer. Everyone really enjoyed the trip to Lifeskills and learnt lots of useful information.
Pupils of the Week: Charlie M and Daria
Raffle Ticket Winners: Alissa, Isabella, Charlie M, DJ and Rio
Reading Champion: Alfie W
TTRS Rock Legend: Daria
Next week, we are hoping that all the Giraffes are back to work on writing a diary entry in English; the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages in Maths; the declaration of World War 2 in Topic and we will continue to work on our gym and teamwork skills in PE.
Spellings to be tested: Friday January 21st
Friday 14th January
Another busy week in Giraffe Class! As well as our usual lessons, some people from UWE came in to share a drama workshop with us on Tuesday and on Monday, lots of people helped to run the Infant Agility classes.
In English, we concentrated on using ambitious vocabulary and then put this to good use in the stories we wrote about Tristan from 'The Viewer' visiting his local junkyard. In Maths, we have revised our knowledge on area and perimeter and today we made our heads ache working on %! In Science, we learnt about the 6 different enquiry approaches there are and in Art we learnt about the work of Wassily Kandinsky.
Pupils of the Week: Ruby and Ashton
TTRS Rock Legend: Maya
Reading Champion: Beth
Raffle Ticket Winners: Charlie M, Isabel, Beth, Maya and Kate
Next week in Maths, we are continuing our work on Area and Perimeter and in English, we will be starting a new unit - writing a diary entry. Our Topic lesson will be based around the declaration of World War 2 and in PE, we will continue to work on our gym and netball skills.
On Tuesday morning, we are due to visit the Life Skills centre - which is always an amazing trip!!
Spellings to be tested: Friday 14th January
Friday 7th January
Happy New Year!!
It has been a great first week back and the children have excelled themselves with the hard work and effort they have put into their learning! In English, we have started looking at a new text 'The Viewer' by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. The book has amazing pictures and we have been kept very busy trying to spot all of the amazing details. In Maths, we have been multiplying and dividing 2 digit numbers. There were lots of cries of 'this is fun' - which is always good to hear!
In Topic, we looked at the causes of World War 2 - this the the topic we will be looking at for the next two terms. In RE we looked at rules and codes for living and in PE, we got the apparatus out!
Pupils of the Week: Imogen and Rio
TTRS Rock Legend: Imogen
Reading Champion: Ruby
Raffle Ticket Winners: Archie, Alfie M, Lyla, Charlie M and Jacob CH.
Next week in English, we will be rewriting the opening of The Viewer. In Maths, we will be revising our knowledge of area and perimeter and in Science, we will be learning about the different types of experiments you can do.
Thursday 16th December
We've had a great final week of Term 2! We've written explanation texts in English and revisited calculation in Maths. Everyone seemed to enjoy the class reward on Tuesday and we were busy today making cards and calendars.
Pupil of the Term: Charlie M
Raffle Ticket Winners: Isabella, Beth, Jamie, Rio, Maya
Reading Ambassador: Tailor
I hope you all have a fabulous holiday - see you on Tuesday 4th January at 8.45!!
Friday 10th December
I know I say it every Friday, but we have had another great week in Giraffe Class!!
In English, we started our unit on explanation texts and today, the children wrote the introduction to an explanation text about something linked to Christmas. In Maths, we have been looking at statistics - line, graphs, pie charts and finding the mean. Our Topic work taught us about the Underground Railroad - a series of safe houses where enslaved Africans could find safety on the way to freedom. The children also braved the cold on Wednesday to play some great hockey matches.
Pupils of the Week - Freya and Kara
Raffle Ticket Winners - Jaedon, Jacob CH, Daria, Maya and Rio
TTRS Rock Legend - Jacob CH
Reading Champion - Ashton
Next week, we will be writing a Christmas themed explanation text in English and in Maths we will be revising our calculation skills. In Topic, we will be finding how the Atlantic Slave trade has affected life now and we will also be playing outdoor games on Tuesday afternoon - children need old, warm clothes and old shoes that can get muddy!!
Spellings to be tested on Friday 10th December
Friday 3rd December
I'm not sure where this week has gone! In English, the children have written amazing stories, retelling the life of Henry 'box' Brown, who was an enslaved African, who mailed himself across America to find freedom. In Maths, we have revisited our understanding of rounding numbers, negative numbers and multiplying 2 digit numbers. In Science, we learnt the different parts of the eye (and made up some great raps) and in Topic, the children learnt about Harriet Tubman. They were also lucky enough to take part in an online Science lesson yesterday, where they devised a pulley system for Santa to move presents around!
Pupils of the Week - Isabel and Ashton
Raffle Ticket Winners - Isabella, Charlie C, Imogen, Rio, Ruby
Reading Champion - Isabel
TTRS Rock Legend - Beth
Spellings to be tested: Friday 3rd December
Friday 26th November
Term 2 test week complete!!! Every single child has worked really hard and should feel very proud of themselves! I will use the information from the tests to plan work for next term and also look at whether anyone needs to have some extra support. After a broken Year 4 and Year 5 because of Covid, there will be gaps in everyone's learning, but we will make sure we fill as many of those gaps as possible!
In PE we worked on our hockey skills (our netball lesson today got rained off) and in Topic, we learnt about what life was like for the enslaved Africans, living on a plantation.
Pupils of the Week - Isabella and Tailor
TTRS Rock Legend - Archie
Reading Champion - Jamie
Raffle Ticket Winners - Alfie W, Kate, Isabella, Isabel and Tailor
Next week, we will be retelling the story of Henry 'box' Brown, who escaped from a life of enslavement by mailing himself across America in a large box and in Maths, we will be revisiting work on place value and multiplying 2 digit numbers. We are taking part in an online Science activity on Thursday and on Monday, we will be taking part in a food tasting workshop led by UWE.
Spellings to be tested: Friday 26th November
Friday 19th November
Yet another lush week in Giraffe Class! We have written stories in English and made our brains ache converting measurements in Maths. In Science we carried out an investigation that proved light travels in straight lines and in PE, we polished our hockey and netball skills. Everyone enjoyed the trip to the cinema on Tuesday and some people even fell asleep!
Pupils of the Week - Jamie and Maya
TTRS Rock Legend - Oliver
Reading Champion - Charlie M
Raffle Ticket Winners - Lyla, Alfie W, Beth, Charlie M and Kate
Next week, we will be completing our first set of 'proper' mock KS2 tests and in English, we will be retelling the story of Henry 'Box' Brown. Our Maths work will be about calculations.
Spellings to be tested: Friday 19th November
Friday 12th November
An amazing week in Giraffe Class! In English, the children have written fabulous diary entries as enslaved Africans - the vocabulary they chose was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. In Maths, we have made our heads hurt learning how to find % of numbers - but everyone definitely knows more today than they did on Monday! Our PE lessons have been netball and hockey and in Topic, we learnt what a slave auction involved.
Pupils of the Week - Alfie M and Mason
TTRS Rock Legend - Ashton
Reading Champion - Charlie M
Raffle Ticket Winners - Jaedon, Maya, Rio, Alfie W, Kara and Jacob P (I did 6 by mistake!)
Next week in English, we will be starting a unit about writing a narrative of the enslaved African Henry Brown and in Maths, we are revising our knowledge of converting measurements. We will be starting our Science topic, light and will also be continuing to find out the best way to research things on the internet in Computing.
Spellings to be tested: Friday 12th November
Friday 5th November
The children have had a great first week back. In English, we have learnt the story of Henry Brown, who escaped from a life of slavery by mailing himself across America in a large parcel! We have also refreshed our understanding of fronted adverbials. In Maths, we have been revising our knowledge of fractions and have also tackled multiplying and dividing decimals. Our Topic lesson was about life on board a slave ship and in Computing we learnt how search engines work (and that there was life before the internet!!!)
Pupils of the Week - DJ and Ruby
TTRS Rock Legend - Alfie W
Reading Champion - Alissa
Raffle Ticket Winners - Mason, Alfie W, Isabel, Isabella, Imogen
Next week, we will be writing diary entries in English, looking at % in Maths and also starting our Science Topic for this term, which is Light and Sound. In PE, we will be outside (Wednesday and Friday) so children should make sure they are going to be warm enough!
Friday 22nd October
Term 1 complete!!!!!!! It has been a long one - 7 weeks - but your children have been absolutely fabulous. Already I can see how much they have grown in confidence and resilience and they have all worked really hard. They definitely deserve their half term break!!
We have had a great week, writing balanced arguments in English, calculating with fractions in Maths and talking about our identities in RE. Today we have had great fun doing silly challenges and lots of the children impressed themselves with their abilities - it was also great to see them cheering each other on and celebrating successes!
Pupils of the Week - Jacob P and Tailor
TTRS Rock Legend - Ruby
Raffle Ticket Winners - Alfie W, Oliver, Alissa, Rio and Isabella
Special congratulations to:
Reading Ambassador - Rio
Pupil of the Term - Lyla
Have a fabulous half term and I'll see all the children on Monday 1st November!
Spellings to be tested on Friday 22nd October
Friday 15th October
Yet again, it has been a fab week in Giraffe Class! The children have been amazing - it was our first 'Test Week' of the year and they have all tried their very best and worked very hard! The tests give us a clear picture of where gaps in learning are and also prepare everyone for what 'SATS week' might look like in May. The KS2 tests that we sit in May are taken by all schools in England - they are commonly referred to as 'SATS'.
In PE we enjoyed getting the large apparatus out again and in Science, we talked about how the heart works. We also took advantage of the good weather and snuck in some extra playtime!!
Pupils of the Week: Beth and Alfie W
TTRS Rock Legend: Alissa
Reading Champion: Isabella
Raffle Ticket Winners: Archie, Maya, Jacob CH, Alfie W and Alissa
Next week in English, we will be writing a balanced argument. Our lessons in Maths will be centred around calculation and in Topic,, we will continue our work on the Atlantic Slave Trade.
Spellings to be tested Friday 15th October
Friday 8th October
Week 5 completed! We have been busy again - in English, we have started looking at balanced arguments, focusing on sentence starters and how to write the introduction. In Maths, we have learnt about reflective and translation symmetry and coordinates. All three subjects made the childrens' heads ache, but most of them realised that they actually knew more than they thought!! In Topic, we learnt about the Atlantic Slave Trade triangle and in PE we got the large apparatus out again!
Pupils of the Week - Charlie M and Jacob CH
Reading Star - Archie
Raffle Ticket Winners - Lily, Kate, Freya, Rio and Alexia
TTRS Rock Legend - Mason
Next week in English, we will be writing a balanced argument and in Maths we will be looking at multiplication and division. In Computing, we will be looking at how to search effectively on the internet and in Science, we will be continuing our work on Living Things.
Spellings to be tested: Friday 8th October
Friday 1st October
Another week has flown by in Giraffe Class! In English, we have written fabulous non-chronological reports about yellow-spotted lizards and in Maths we have been continuing our work on shape - learning the names of the different parts of a circle, building nets of 3d shapes and also comparing shapes. We took part in a live masterclass with a professor from the University of Lancaster this afternoon - he gave us lots of great information about space and space weather! Our PE lesson involved getting the big apparatus out and we also had a great time in the swimming pool on Monday!
Pupils of the Week: Lyla and Rio
Reading Star: Daria
TTRS Rock Legend: Tailor
Raffle Ticket Winners: Beth, Archie, Imogen, Jamie and Tailor
Next week in English, we will be looking at argument texts and in Maths, we will be revising our knowledge of symmetry and coordinates.
Spellings to be tested Friday 1st October
Friday 24th September
Another fab week in Giraffe Class! In English, we have been learning all about the yellow spotted lizard, in preparation for writing a non-chronological report about it next week. In Maths, we have been revising our knowledge of 2d and 3d shapes and also drawing 3d shapes. Our Topic lesson centred around why the Atlantic Slave Trade developed and in PE we got to use the apparatus for the first time in a long time!!!
TTRS Rock Legend - Freya
Pupils of the Week - Oliver and Lily
Raffle Ticket Winners - Kate, Beth, Rio, Daria and Alexia
Spelling Superstar - Isabella
Reading Star - Rio
Next week in English, we will be writing a non-chronological report about the yellow spotted lizard. Our Maths lessons will cover classifying shapes and learning about circles. In computing, we will look at how to search the internet effectively and in PE we are hoping to get the large apparatus out!
A reminder that the weekly home learning expectations are:
Reading 5 x a week
TTRS - 25 minutes a week
Spelling - 3 x a week
MyMaths - 2 activities a week.
Spellings to be tested on Friday 24th September
Friday 17th September
The second week of Term 1 has been even better than week 1!! Everyone is getting into their stride and the children are even getting used to my bad jokes!
We kicked off the week with time in the swimming pool and ended with extra play in the sunshine - in between that we did lots of work and had some laughs as well. In English, we have continued our work on 'Holes' and have looked at the main character and written a letter home to his Mum. Our Maths work included revising our knowledge of rounding numbers and negative numbers. We successfully got the laptops out in computing and in Topic, we learnt about continents, oceans and countries around the world.
Pupils of the Week - Alissa and Vinnie
TTRS Rock Legend - Kara
Raffle Ticket Winners - Charlie C, Jacob CH and Lyla.
Please remember that children are expected to read a minimum of 4 times a week and their reading records need to be signed by a parent to say this has happened. They should be completing 25 minutes of TTRS every week and also completing the two activities on MyMaths that have been set for them.
Next week in English, we will be learning about writing non-chronological reports; in Maths we will be looking at 2d and 3d shapes and in Science, our topic will be living things.
Spellings to be tested Friday 17th September
Friday 10th September
Week one complete!! Giraffe Class 2021-22 are all complete superstars and it has been so lovely getting to know them this week! We spent Monday making lots of things like drawer and coat peg labels and getting used to being back at school. Since then we have been reminding ourselves about Number and Place Value in Maths and in English, we have started looking at the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. We learnt about in Ecology in Science and today we have had a Music lesson led by Mrs Gilpin from Mangotsfield Secondary school - she was very impressed with everyone's behaviour and enthusiasm!
Pupils of the Week - Archie and Kate
Raffle Ticket Winners - Archie, Alfie W and Charlie C
Next week, we will be swimming on Monday morning and in English we will be continuing to focus on descriptive language. Our Maths work will continue to be based around Number and Place Value and in Topic we will begin to look at slavery.