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Friday 15th - part 2!

It's offcially the weekend now!


Congratulations to all the school learners this week, who have worked hard, laughed lots and made me smile everyday. Thank you very much everyone!


Congratulations to all the home learners who have accessed some form of home learning this week, especially Thomas, Callum, Max, Megan, Georgia and Grace.


Enjoy whatever you get up to over the weekend,

I'll be back on Monday! 

Miss Bsmiley


Friday 15th January

It's Friday and you  have completed your second week of home learning!! You are all doing an amazing job! It's been lovely to see and hear about the work you've been doing and I know Mrs Harris really enjoyed talking to some of you on the phone this week. Those of us that are in school are missing you all, but we know we will be reunited at some point and that will feel brilliant! Remember to take time to chill out over the weekend and also help each other out by being kind. 

Enjoy your day,

Miss Bsmiley

Thursday 14th January

It's Thursday and it's raining - but hopefully it won't rain all day and at least it's warmer! I hope you are managing to find lots to keep you busy - Mrs Welch has been busy uploading lots of activities and lessons and obviously you can find your own learning from other websites. Also, it's important to chill and do things you enjoy! In school we are doing the same lessons that you are doing and also discussing the important things, like whether it is better to have red sauce or brown sauce on an all day breakfast! 

   Have a good day, make someone smile and stay safe.

    Miss Bsmiley

Wednesday 13th January

Happy Wednesday everyone! The week is well underway and we are heading towards the weekend! I hope you are all managing to find a good balance between chilling and learning - and that you are managing to get out and about in the warmer weather! 

   Mrs Harris will be busy making phone calls to you all this morning, so if you get an unknown number come up, it may well be her and she is excited about talking to you!

 Have a good day,

Miss Bsmiley

Tuesday 12th January

The good news is that it is warmer - but it's also wetter! Which surely means an excuse to get your wellies on and splash in puddles! Hopefully you are finding lots of things to do to keep you busy - I can certainly see from looking at log in details and from the work I am receiving, that lots of you are completing lots of work in the morning and then relaxing in the afternoon. You have to find a way that suits you and your family - the important thing is to find what works and keep happy.

  I hope that you all have a good day,

Miss Bsmiley

Monday 11th January

Hello! You'll see I've had a bit of a tidy up and all the work for home learning will now be put into the folders above - hopefully it will make it easier to find everything. The videos are still being uploaded onto the video resource centre, as they can't be uploaded here (for some technical reason I don't understand). Please take time to read the newsletter above, as it will shed some light on what we are providing for you this week. 

   BBC Bitesize also launches its second set of lockdown programme today - so if you don't find anything above that interests you, then check it out! Also Joe Wicks starts his online PE lessons again today. 

   Remember, as a school we are legally obligated to provide at least 3 hours of learning every day - but you aren't legally obligated to teach for that length of time! Do what is right for you and your family... what works one day, might not work the next. Just know that you are all being brilliant!

Have a good day,

Miss Bsmiley

Friday 8th January - part 2!

It's the weekend - we've made it!

As we couldn't have our regular class celebration today, I am going to do an online version!


Congratulations to our in-school Giraffes:

Chloe B, Shylah, Aimee, Veronica, Cassius, Louis, Spencer and Chloe C who have made my week very special and who have made Jack and Isaac from Zebra class feel very welcome. 


Congratulations to the out-of-school-Giraffes who have completed online learning or shared work with me:

Thomas, Max, Grace, Summer, Yvie, Alfie, Macey, Marcella, Megan, Callum, Moreno and Taylor.


Welcome to our new member of Giraffe Class: Georgia, who joins us at a very strange time -  we will be excited to meet you when this is all over.


Thank you to everyone for messages and support this week. Our first week is done and next week will feel less strange. Know that you are all amazing and that we will come through this period of separation excited to see each other and thankful for what we have.


Enjoy your weekend - stay safe and keep smiling.

Miss Bsmiley

Friday 8th January

We've made it - it's Friday! It has been a memorable week and not the one I thought we were getting when I was sat at home on Sunday afternoon! But you have all been amazing and we have survived! Thank you for putting up with all our technical difficulties as we adjust to remote learning - Mrs Welch has done a stirling job getting as much uploaded as she has. Hopefully next week the technology gremlins will leave us alone!

   Although there is an expectation that children will complete some level of home learning every day please make sure this is working for your family situation. The most important thing is that everyone is happy - pick and choose the activities that your child likes most and try to achieve a broad balance of subjects throughout the week, as there is more to life than just English and Maths! 

  Enjoy your day,

   Miss B smiley

Message from Mrs Welch regarding home learning: 

Here are some other ideas if you need some!




Thursday 7th January

Hello! Well our day at school started without internet - but it's back and so our day can continue! Hope you are all doing okay - whilst it's good for children to be doing some element of home learning, remember it doesn't do anyone good to get stressed out! The children are always capable of doing more than they think they are - and nothing we are doing so far in English and Maths is completely new... despite what they might say! 

Have a good day,

Miss Bsmiley

ENGLISH LEARNING AND RESOURCES (Class Book study and Grammar) 


You will need to familiarise yourself with the book 'The Viewer'. Due to the large size of this video I have uploaded this to YouTube so please take a moment 6/1/20 to listen to it from there.

This is on my you tube channel where I will also be posting other videos, which can't be uploaded due to their size.


 Grammar 7.1.2021 Dialogue 


You can test at home - these aren't new words, they have been sent out in previous weeks. Next week will be new words!













Other learning: 


7.1.2021 - MUSIC - You can now create your own Blob Opera! Check out how to do it here


And then have a go here -


8.1.2021 Internet Safety. Please take a look at this video which introduces our theme for computing this term 'Own it'. We will be looking at digital well being on all different platform types.

Wednesday 6th January

Hello! Happy Wednesday to you!

Mrs Welch will be uploading work later today, in the meantime, you can keep yourself busy on TTRS, MyMaths and Reading Eggs. I have set TTRS so you have to do 10 minutes on garage before you can play any other games - but that doesn't mean you only have to do 10 minutes! 

Enjoy your day,

Miss Bsmiley

Lockdown Learning Update!

So day one is complete and you have all been amazing!  Mrs Welch and I have been able to make some plans for the rest of the week - once we have those under our belt, we will look to the next few weeks!

   I will be in school everyday teaching the Year 6 children that are in  and Mrs Welch is going to be organising all the home learning. She will upload activities and resources to this page and any videos will be uploaded to the Video Resource Centre (which you can find if you click on the Children tab of the website). We are trying to get a 'Year 6' folder created there - if not, the videos will be in either Giraffe or Zebra folder - I will confirm this when I know. I will also be putting videos on there - I will be reading some of our class book and anything else that might be useful. This work should all start appearing from Wednesday 6th January. The lessons will cover English, Reading Inference, Arithmetic, Maths, Science, Topic and RE - and are the same as what I will be teaching in class, so hopefully when we all get to come back together everyone will have had access to the same learning. 

  As well as the above activities, children should be accessing TTRS (10 -  15 minutes minimum) and Reading Eggs (20 - 30 minutes minimum) daily - I am able to see who is logging in and will be checking. MyMaths is also available and I have set activities for everyone to  complete. 

  I completely understand that home learning can bring stresses and strains to all members of the household - please do what is right for your family. We will try and give as much information as possible to help the children be independent learners - they all know so much more than they think they do, I know they will be brilliant! 

  Please share completed work with me via class dojo - I may not respond instantly if I am teaching, but I will look at everything as soon as I can. 


Sorry for such a long message and thank you all for being so supportive and fabulous.

Miss Bsmiley

Lockdown Learning!

Tuesday 5th January 2021

Here we are again then! We've come through it before and we will get through it again. There are some maths activities below to keep you busy for a bit today. Going forward, there will be videos with the activities to help with understanding - you are not alone! Once I have got organised, I will be able to give you more information about where work will be located and how you can share completed work with me. There will be English and Maths activities provided every day and also some topic and Science as well. Please get in touch via dojo or by emailing me (  if there is anything I can do to help. As I am teaching in school, the reply might not be instant, but I will get back to you as soon as I can!

 Miss Bsmiley


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 5th year at Barley Close and I think it's about my 17th 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 and Mrs Kenny in class with us as well - Mrs Harris will be with us every morning and Mrs Kenny will be in all day.  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 ring or email the office, or you can message me via class dojo (if you need me to re-invite you, then let me know).


Miss Beard smiley


In Term 2, PE will be on a Wednesday and a Friday. All of our PE lessons will be outside, so please dress appropriately! Long hair should be tied back, earrings should be removed and no branded sportswear should be worn. 



All children will be given a reading book during the first week of school, but they will  not be able to bring it home. Therefore children should continue to use Reading Eggs at home. We will be monitoring this weekly - children are expected to read for 45 minutes a week at home.  If you need log in details for Reading Eggs, please let me know. 



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 have been given a new TTRS log in, which they can access from either the app or the TTRS website. 



December 17th

Well here we are then, we have all made it the end of Term 2! We have spent some time this morning talking about all the things we know now, that we didn't know on September 2nd - it involved a lot of talk about fractions and percentages and Slavery and also some mentions of how coming back to school wasn't as scary as they thought it would be! 

  I know that Mrs Harris and Mrs Kenny have enjoyed being in class as much as I have; we feel very lucky that we get to spend our working days with such amazing children. It has been truly amazing to see how they have adapted to all the changes and rules and they have shown great understanding about the importance of keeping to the rules to keep us all safe. 


  I hope you all have an amazing holiday season, even with all the current restrictions and that you all find time to do things that you enjoy. School reopens on Tuesday January 5th.


Happy Christmas,

Miss Beard 

December 11th

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The children have been busy in our English lessons, writing an explanation text about What Santa does. In Maths, we have been making our heads hurt, working with percentages and in Topic, we learnt about the abolishment of slavery and how slavery still impacts on life in 2020. 


Congratulations to:

TTRS Rock Legend - Izzie

Pupils of the Week - Yvie and Callum

Raffle Ticket Winners - Marcella, Alfie and Maddie

Reading Star - Max



Well done to Alfie, Macey, Callum, Aimee, Seren, Max, Fredrica and Chloe B who have all read for the 45 minutes that is expected of them (and most have read for considerable more than that).


Next week in Maths, we will be looking at shape. Our Science lessons will involve looking at living things and we will also be completing some Christmas activities. There are no new spellings to learn, as we have a shorter school week next week AND they've all worked so hard this term, they deserve a week off!  

Spellings to be tested December 11th











December 4th

Another brilliant week in Giraffe Class! In English, we have been learning about explanation texts - including one about how to be a teacher... apparently it involves eating biscuits and drinking coffee and having a great death stare! Our Maths lessons saw us revising knowledge of fractions and decimals and in Topic, we learnt about the role the Underground Railroad played in helping enslaved Africans escape to freedom in the USA. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the class reward this afternoon and it was richly deserved.


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week - Izzie and Spencer

TTRS Rock Legend - Max

Raffle Ticket winners - Harvey, Fredrica and Izzie

Reading Star - Fredrica



Chloe B, Callum, Fredrica and Aimee all completed the 45 minutes of reading that was expected of them. Several others have been using Reading Eggspress and just need to up the amount of time they are going on there.


Next week, we will be looking at calculating percentages of amounts in Maths and in English we will be writing a Christmas inspired explanation text. Friday 11th December is Christmas Jumper Day. 

Spellings to be tested December 4th











November 27th

Yet again, the children have continued to impress me with their positive attitude towards completing mock-KS2 tests. We've sat another set this week - everyone tried really hard and thoroughly deserved the scores they earned. Lots of the children chose to write down their scores and bring them home - please contact me on dojo if you need any help understanding what they tell you.

  As well as sitting tests, in English the children wrote amazing poems about slavery. Our Maths work centred around statistics and in Topic, we learnt about Harriet Tubman. Everyone has coped very well with the fall in temperature and coats have been put on where necessary! 

  Thank you to you all for putting up with the muddy state many of them are coming home in! I know the mud isn't the best thing to see at the end of the day, but giving the children the chance to run off some of their energy on the field is the best thing for them to be doing - although I understand it's easy for me to say that when I don't have to do the washing! We will continue to monitor it throughout the winter - if it gets very wet and boggy underfoot then we may well limit the amount of time we use the field. 


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week - Aimee and Louis

TTRS Rock Legend - Summer

Raffle ticket winners - Grace, Chloe B and Harvey

Reading Star - Seren



Well done to Fredrica, Callum, Aimee, Thomas, Veronica, Max, Chloe B, Seren and Alfie who have all completed the necessary 45 minutes reading - and some have done considerably more than 45 minutes!!


Next week in maths, we will be revising our knowledge of fractions and in English, we will be looking at explanation texts. Our Topic lesson will be about the underground railroad. 

Information about end of year party.

Spellings to be tested: Friday 27th November











November 20th

Another fantabulous week in Giraffe Class! In Maths, we learnt lots about angles and how to calculate missing ones and in English we looked at poems and started thinking about writing our own that contained extended metaphors. Our Topic lesson was all about daily life for enslaved Africans on a plantation and in PE it was, of course more netball - even though the rain tried to put us off! Our computing lesson focused on self-regulation of screen time and everyone made a pledge to try and take more breaks or not spend quite so much time looking at a screen.

    However the most exciting news of the week was the arrival of the leavers hoodies!!!!!!! It was nice to see something 'normal' happening in the crazy times we currently find ourselves in!


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week: Harvey and Chloe C

TTRS Rock Legend: Grace

Raffle Ticket Winners: Aimee, Lanie and Lucy

Reading Star: Summer



Well done to Aimee, Alfie, Macey, Marcella, Summer, Callum, Thomas, Shylah, Chloe B, Max and Veronica, who have all completed the 45 minutes of reading that is expected of them.


Next week, we will be learning about Harriet Tubman in Topic, continuing our work on poetry in English and looking at time and statistics in Maths. 

Spellings to be tested: Friday 20th November











November 13th

Another week has flown by and we have learnt lots and laughed lots! In English, we planned and wrote AMAZING diary entries, about life as an enslaved African. The work that was produced was a real pleasure to read. In Maths, we have spent the work concentrating on Shape - identifying, drawing, comparing and classifying them. Our Topic work was about the auction of enslaved Africans and in Computing, everyone was very enthusiastic about using Natterhub - an online programme that teaches us about being safe when we are 'surfing the net'. 


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week: Max and Seren

TTRS Rock Legend: Spencer

Reading Star: Thomas

Raffle Ticket Winners: Louis, Fredrica and Aimee



Well done to Aimee, Meg, Yvie, Thomas, Veronica, Max, Shylah, Chloe B and Callum who have all read for the required time this week. 


Next week, in English, we will be starting a unit on poetry and in Maths, we will be continuing with more work on shape (angles and properties of rectangles) and also revising our knowledge of time. We will continue to use Natterhub in Computing and in Topic, we will be looking at life on plantations, during the slave trade. 


Spellings to be tested Friday November 13th











November 6th

A very positive start to Term 2 in Giraffe Class! In English, we have been thinking about life for the enslaved Africans on the slave ships and the children have been writing some amazing diary entries, using adverbial phrases. Our Maths lessons centred on rounding and negative numbers (and we listened to some dodgy songs to help us learn about prime numbers and multiples) and in Topic we learnt about slave ships. We tried a new teaching tool in computing called Natterhub, which everyone enjoyed and in PE, we had another great game of netball. PE lessons are a bit tricky because of all the restrictions, but everyone is definitely enjoying netball! 



Pupils of the Week - Fredrica and Macey

Raffle Ticket Winners - Louis, Daniel, Grace

Reading Star - Shylah

TTRS Rock Legend - Alfie



Well done to Aimee, Maddie, Max, Shylah, Meg and Callum, who have all read over the 45 minutes that is expected of them. Everyone has been reminded about the need to use reading eggspress or read actual books, so that I don't have to start contacting parents!


Next week in Maths, we will be looking at 2d shapes - identifying, drawing and classifying them. Our English work will continue to build towards writing a long diary entry about life on board a slave ship and in Computing, we will be using Natterhub again, to think about how we can be kind when we are communicating with others online. 



October 23rd

Stop the clock! We made it to the end of Term 1!!

We spent our last week in quite a chilled out way - in English, we wrote character descriptions of Stanley and Mrs Daniel and Mrs Drake were VERY impressed when they came in to read them. Our Maths learning centred around symmetry and co-ordinates and I think most people felt more confident in both areas by the end of the week. We had a class reward on Tuesday afternoon (and another one on Wednesday as the children are so lush) and generally laughed a lot!

  Children were given the test papers they had completed the previous week. Some were pleased, some were proud and some were upset. But I stressed that they had all done a great job just by completing them and that we still have a lot of learning to do before we sit the 'real' tests in May. 


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week: Marcella and Chloe B

TTRS Rock Legend: Aimee

Reading Star: Lanie

Raffle Ticket Winners: Max, Macey and Fredrica

Reading Ambassador - Term 1: Aimee



Well done to Max, Thomas, Veronica and Aimee who read over the 45 minutes that is expected.


   I hope you have a great half term and stay well. I really can't stress enough just how much I have LOVED getting to know the children this term - they have made me laugh, smile and feel proud in so many different ways. I feel very lucky to be their class teacher - they are a funny, enthusiastic, inspiring bunch and I am already looking forward to Term 2! 


October 16th

Well I've known since September 2nd how amazing the children of Giraffe Class are - but this week, they have shown that amazing just isn't a big enough word to describe how amazing they are! I am so proud of everything they have achieved this week!

          First of all, we have had our first 'mock' SATs test week of the year. Most of them were excited when I told them this was happening on Monday, and after we had completed the first test everyone agreed that they weren't as hard as they thought they would be! We complete a set of mocks every term - it gives Mrs Welch and I a great indicator of where the gaps in learning are and more importantly, sets the children's minds at ease as to what the 'SATs Tests' actually look like. The children will get their papers given back to them next week, so they can see their scores.... We make it clear that it isn't about comparing scores with the person sat next to them, but about the progress they make throughout the year. 

     Then we had to prepare our first 'online only' class assembly. The children worked really hard writing and rehearsing their scripts for their roles plays and also enjoyed watching the finished video. It is available to watch on this website. Click on the 'children' tab on the home page and then look in the video resource centre.

    Funnily enough, we haven't had time for Topic or Science lessons this week, because of preparing for the assembly - we will get back to those next week!


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week: Thomas and Veronica

Reading Star: Chloe B

Raffle Ticket Winners: Alfie, Max and Veronica

TTRS Rock Legend: Chloe C



Well done to Callum, Max, Shylah, Chloe B, Thomas, Marcella, Aimee, Meg and Veronica who have all done the required amount of reading for the week. 


Next week, we will be looking at symmetry and co-ordinates in Maths, in Science we will be launching our parachutes that we made a couple of weeks ago and we will also be doing more description work in English.


Spellings to be tested: October 22nd (Thursday, as Friday is an inset day)












Spellings to be tested October 16th











October 9th

Another amazing week in Giraffe Class! In English, we have been writing descriptions about the desert, in Maths we have been working on our division and multiplication skills and in Topic we learnt about the Atlantic Slave Triangle! We have made parachutes in Science (and will test their air resistance over the next couple of weeks) and in PE, we have played netball and team games. 


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week: Aimee and Summer

Raffle Prize Winners: Alfie, Macey and Marcella

Reading Star: Veronica

TTRS Rock Legend: Shylah



Well Done to Callum, Veronica, Max, Yvie, Thomas, Alfie, Chloe B, Marcella, Megan and Aimee who have all comepleted their reading this week. 


Next week in English, we will be looking at what 'year 6 writing' looks like and how we need to improve and in Maths, we will be ordering, comparing and +/- with fractions. We will also be busy writing, rehearsing and filiming our class assembly, which will be available to watch on the school website from Friday afternoon.

Spellings to be tested October 9th











October 2nd

Well it has bit of a soggy week and the children have missed out on both of their outside PE slots, but there hasn't been one word of complaint! They really are superstars!! This afternoon, they have also achieved their first class reward of the year and we will decide what we are going to do soon. 

    In English, they worked hard to write amazing fables, based on our work on the book 'Holes'. In Maths, they showed great resilience when tackling multiplication and division and in Science we looked at gravity. Our Topic lesson saw us looking at why the Atlantic Slave Trade began. 


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week - Lucy and Maddie

TTRS Rock Legend - Maddie

Raffle Ticket Winners - Shylah, Spencer and Harvey

Reading Star - Max


Well done to the following people who have all read for at least 45 minutes:

Max, Callum, Thomas, Yvie, Shylah, Veronica, Megan, Marcella, Chloe B and Aimee. 


Next week, we will be continuing our work on multiplication and division in Maths and in English, we will start looking at the features of a balanced argument. Our Science lesson will involve an experiment looking at air resistance and in Topic, we will continue to look at the Slave Trade. 


As the weather gets colder and wetter, please make sure your child comes to school with a coat and suitable shoes. We are going outside when it is raining slightly, so that they all get the chance to move around a bit and some of them are feeling the cold!



September 25th

The end of Week 4! Well it has got colder outside, but the children are still being amazing putting up with open doors and windows! They have all worked hard this week and we have also found time to have fun and laugh lots! They have written some great descriptions in English and also improved their understanding of expanded noun phrases. In Maths, we have spent the week improving their addition and subtraction confidence.


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week - Zak and Shylah

Reading Star - Thomas

TTRS Rock Legend - Megan

Raffle ticket winners - Macey, Alfie and Max



Well done to the following people, who have all read for at least 45 minutes.

Marcella, Megan, Aimee, Callum, Thomas, Shylah, Fredrica and Veronica. 


Next week in Maths, we will be looking at multiplication and division and in English, we will rewriting part of the 'Holes' book. Our Topic lesson will be an introduction to slavery (learning about it, not actually being slaves) and in PE we will continue with team games and netball. 


Spellings to be tested Friday 2nd October











September 18th

Another completed week in Giraffe Class - and we have been very busy! In English, we wrote non-chronological reports about Yellow Spotted Lizards and in Maths we have been revising our knowledge of rounding numbers and using negative numbers. We had another great game of netball in the sun on Wednesday and played team games on Friday morning! 

   We've also taken full advantage of the glorious weather and spent lots of time out on the field enjoying ourselves - we are making the most of the sunshine!! It really has been a great pleasure to be with the whole class this week and the resilience and enthusiasm they are all showing for their learning is truly amazing - it's like they've never been away from school!


 Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week - Megan and Daniel.

Reading Eggspress Star - Shylah

TTRS Rock Legend - Cassius

Raffle Ticket Winners - Veronica, Megan and Callum. 



Well done to the following children who have all spent at least 45 minutes (the school expectation) on Reading Eggspress. 

Fredrica, Shylah, Callum, Summer, Thomas, Louis, Max, Marcella, Moreno, Chloe C, Daniel and Megan. 


Spellings to be tested on Friday 25th September












A message from the parents who are organising the leaver's hoodies this year! 


Hi all year 6 parents,
As our children are now in their last year of primary school we are arranging leavers hoodies. 

The hoodies will be blue to match the staff hoodies, on the back of the hoodies will be the numbers ‘21’, within these numbers will be the first name of each child in year 6. If you DO NOT 

want your child’s name on the hoodies please can you inform the class teacher by next week.
The children will be able to wear the hoodies to school on PE days.
Details of how to order the hoodies from Initially Yours will follow shortly.
Any questions please feel free to ask.
Many thanks
Pam (Max B's Mum)
PS we also have set up a messenger group for arranging activities/hoodies for the year 6 

leavers. There is no pressure to help you can join just to stay up to date, if you would like to 

join the group please let me know.

September 11th

Our first full week completed! Whoop Whoop!!

Everyone in Giraffe Class (including the adults) has coped really well with a whole week of 'proper' lessons. In English, we have been looking at embedded clauses in preparation for writing a non-chronological report about a yellow-spotted lizard next week, Our Maths work has concentrated on place value work and we re-started Arithmetic and TTRS.  The children had a great whole-class game of netball on Wednesday afternoon (they even kept going through the rain!) and it was great to see them working together and having fun!

    Thanks to everyone who has signed up to Class dojo - I will send out paper copies of the log in details to those people who haven't yet signed up. 


Congratulations to:

Pupils of the Week - Moreno and Alfie

Reading Eggspress Star - Callum

Raffle Ticket Winners - Megan, Moreno and Macey



Well done to the following people who have logged into Reading Eggspress this week.

Callum, Chloe B, Max, Alfie, Shylah, Thomas, Veronica, Macey, Fredrica, Chloe C, Lanie, Marcella, Cassius and Spencer.


From next week, the expectation will be that every child spends at least 45 minutes on the programme during the week. They can do this is small blocks or two blocks or one massive block - whichever they prefer! 



Children have been given their first set of spellings today, which they have stuck into their spelling book, which will stay in school. I will post them here every week and also stick them up in the classroom window. The test will happen on Friday 18th September. 

This week's words are:











September 5th

Week 1 completed!!

Well I think Giraffe Class have had a great few days together. We have spent time getting to know each other, talking about our families and hopes and dreams and also got used to the new rules! It has been lovely to see the children socialising and catching up on their news and everyone seemed VERY happy to be back - let's hope that continues!

    I will be posting an update here every week, to let you know what we have been up to. I will post spellings here every Friday (the first set will land on September 10th) and also celebrate our Pupils of the Week, Raffle Ticket Winners, Reading Eggs star and TTRs Rock Legend. 

  Congratulations to Grace and Lanie, our first Pupils of the Week! Unfortunately, certificates can't be brought home at the moment, but we will keep them safe in class and they will be brought home one day! 

   Well done to everyone who remembered PE kit on Friday - I have reminded the children that they are now old enough to remember this sort of information for themselves and that blaming Mums and Dads isn't really fair! Our lessons will all have to be outside, so please make sure they are dressed warmly with trainers that are allowed to get wet and muddy. As the weather gets colder, it might even be worth sending in a spare pair of trainers and socks to keep feet dry! 

    Thank you to everyone who has been following all the new systems around school. Please can I remind you to drop off and pick up at the time you have been asked and not to hang around either before or after your child comes into class. I know it is really hard, but it is important for everyone's safety that we all follow the government guidelines. 


   Next week, we will be starting work on our book 'Holes' in English and looking at place value in Maths. We will be revising our knowledge of school learning gems in PSHE and also logging into all our online learning accounts in Computing.

   If you need to speak to me, please contact me via class dojo. I have sent out two invites to the emails that we have recorded at school. I will send out paper copies of the log in information this week. Dojo is an app that is a great way to communicate with each other, especially as children become more independent and want to travel to and from school on their own!


  Have a great weekend,

    Miss Beard

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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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