Telephone:

01454 867799

Email:

enquiries@barrscourtps.org.uk

Address:

Stephens Drive, Longwell Green, Bristol, BS30 7JB

Headteacher:

J Caunter

FS2

Pearl

Name of Teacher(s): Mrs R Parr

Name of Support Staff: Mrs K Ward 

If you wish to speak to Mrs Parr, the drop-in day for Pearl class will be straight after school on Tuesdays. If this is not possible for you, please ring the school office to arrange an appointment for a more convenient day. Pearl class have PE on Fridays, though it would be advisable to make sure that children have their PE kits in school every day, as we sometimes have outside providers running additional sports sessions. It is also hoped that each child has a pair of their own wellington boots kept in school so that they are suitably prepared for ‘welly walks’ and outdoor learning opportunities. Please can we remind parents that all items of clothing need to be clearly named. We ask that you read five times each week with your child and FIVERS will be checked off every Friday. There will also be keywords that we would like the children to learn from memory so we would be grateful if you could practise these with your child regularly. As well as the initial set containing Oxford Reading Tree character names, ten additional sets of keywords are available. Miss Turle will provide a new set of keywords when the previous set is known securely; i.e. each word can be read by sight. Details of any further activities and topic overviews can be found in the ‘Curriculum Letters’ section of this website. 

Opal

Name of Teacher(s): Mrs Duce-Jones and Miss Drew 

Name of Support Staff: Mrs K Ward

If you wish to speak to Mrs Duce-Jones or Miss Drew, the drop-in day for Opal class will be straight after school on Tuesdays. If this is not possible for you, please ring the school office to arrange an appointment for a more convenient day. Opal class have PE on Fridays, though it would be advisable to make sure that children have their PE kits in school every day, as we sometimes have outside providers running additional sports sessions. It is also hoped that each child has a pair of their own wellington boots kept in school so that they are suitably prepared for ‘welly walks’ and outdoor learning opportunities. Please can we remind parents that all items of clothing need to be clearly named. We ask that you read five times each week with your child and FIVERS will be checked off every Friday. There will also be keywords that we would like the children to learn from memory so we would be grateful if you could practise these with your child regularly. As well as the initial set containing Oxford Reading Tree character names, ten additional sets of keywords are available. Mrs Parr or Miss Drew will provide a new set of keywords when the previous set is known securely; i.e. each word can be read by sight. Details of any further activities and topic overviews can be found in the ‘Curriculum Letters’ section of this website. 

The Message Centre, March 2020.

Following an inspirational talk with the creator of ‘The Message Centre’, Greg Bottrill, Mrs Duce-Jones couldn’t wait to launch the idea in our classroom. The children are choosing to visit the message centre during continuous provision and are producing more independent writing than ever before, especially those children that wouldn’t normally choose to do so. They are writing for a really important purpose – making their friends feel good. They write secret messages and hide them for their friends to find. Greg Bottrill said the classroom would fill with joy – he was right! We are loving the re-brand of our writing station!

Faith Day, January 2020.

We were a part of the whole school Faith day and our focus was Christianity and the church as a place of worship. Some of us had never been in a church, so we enjoyed learning about the features and why Christians might go there.

Chinese New Year, January 2020.

We have thoroughly enjoyed this topic; learning about the Great Race story, the Myth of the Nian and how Chinese New Year is celebrated. We explored Chinese writing and got creative making Chinese dragons in all shapes and sizes! PE was so much fun – ribbon dancing and dragon dancing. Ask us anything about Chinese New Year – we are experts!

Chinese New Year Learning Exhibition

We were excited to invite our special grown-ups in to celebrate our learning. We did activities with the grown ups and finished the session with the song, ‘Gong hei fat choy’ (Happy New Year). It was a great way to end our topic.

The Very Hopeless Camel

FS2 Fundraising Craft Morning

We had a fantastic time making Christmas crafts with parents and carers. Our classroom was so busy and we made so many beautiful Christmas decorations. We ended the morning with delicious hot chocolate, marshmallows and a mince pie! THANK YOU to all our reception families for supporting our Christmas fundraiser. Because of your support, the children will return to some fabulous new resources in the new year!

FS2/KS1 Harvest celebration, October 2019

In October, FS2 performed in our FS2/KS1 Harvest celebration. After watching the celebration, the parents were invited to come and share in some of the learning we’d been doing in term 1. The children loved showing and telling their Parents and Grandparents about what we’d been up to!

World Mental Health Day, October 2019

Barrs Court School marked World Mental Health Day this year by wearing something yellow and thinking about mental well-being in our classes. FS2 thought about things that make us happy and things that make us sad or worried. We talked about who we can go to if we are sad or worried about anything. 

Art Week

We recently enjoyed our annual Arts Week. This year the theme was ‘Maths in Art’. We chose to look closely at the work of Kandinsky – lots of 2d shape and concentric circles. We took the theme of circles a little further and created aboriginal art; we got dotty with paint and cotton buds!