Barley 2023 - 2024

Miss Peel


Welcome to Class Barley


"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." 

 Colossians 3:12 


We are a mixed Year 1 and Year 2 class. Our class teacher is Miss Peel and we are supported by Mrs Mahmood. Although we are a mixed year class, maths, PE, RE and computing are taught in single year groups. 

Key Information  

PE: Class Barley's PE days are on a Tuesday and a Wednesday. Your child is able to come to school on their PE day wearing their PE kit. 

Please also ensure your child does not wear any jewellery to school as they will not be allowed to take part in PE due to health and safety issues.  

Reading: Every child will read to an adult each week during their guided reading sessions. In addition, home reading books will be sent home with your child, which match the RWI book they are learning in class. These will be kept for the week to help develop both fluency and comprehension in their reading. If your child is on gold, white or lime book band, their books will be changed on a Monday and Friday. Please ensure that you sign and date your child's reading record. We ask that you listen to your child read daily, for at least 10 minutes, in order to build fluency and develop comprehension.

Library: Our library sessions take place on a Thursday (year 1) and Friday (year 2) morning. Please ensure that your child brings in their library book if they would like it to be changed.

Polite reminder: Please inform the school office if you change your email address so that we can update this on our system. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at and I will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can call the school office to book an appointment or visit.


What a fabulous start to the year! I have been amazed at the hardwork, dedication to learning and teamwork that Class Barley have shown this first half term. Well done everyone!

Design Technology Autumn 1

Class Barley have been working hard to design, create and evaluate their own moving monster this half term! We explored different levers, pivots and linkage systems before designing and creating our product. Take a look at these incredible mechanisms in our gallery at the bottom of the page.





Christmas Stockings

To link with our RE unit on 'Why do people give and receive gifts?' , we decided to make some special gifts for people who are important to us. Class Barley got straight to work and made some delicious peppermint creams in a decorative giftbox. We soon realised in the kitchen that icing sugar can be very messy! We also designed and created our own Christmas stockings, filled with tasty treats! Miss Peel and Mrs Mahmood were incredibly impressed with how sensible and skilled the children were when sewing their stocking together.

To have a look at all of our photographs, click on our gallery photos at the bottom of this page. Just look at how amazing our stockings are!


An Autumn Adventure to Walverden Park!

What an incredible adventure we had at Walverden Park this week. We have been learning how to write a non- chronological report about our local area so we decided to explore it for ourselves. Whilst visiting Walverden Park, we were able to read the information on the signs displayed, follow the routes around and have our own conker hunt. We had read earlier in the week that the name 'Walverden' derives from the words 'wolves den' so we made sure that there weren't any more wolves lurking around! We only found one wolf... but luckily this was the sculpture that had been carved out of wood. Phew!

To have a look at all of our photographs, click on our gallery photos at the bottom of this page.




11th October 2021 Exploring Victorian Artefacts

This half term, we have been learning what life may have been like for children who were in school 150 Years ago. Over the past few weeks, we have compared clothing, toys and ways of learning. Here are some of our thoughts...

"The teachers were very strict and the toys were very old. They were made out of wood and some were made out of metal. Some children who spoke in class would get hit with the cane and were sent to put the dunce cap on."  Jannat Ul Naeem

"In the Victorian times, the schools were dark and the classrooms weren't colourful. If the children got something wrong, they had to write lines a hundred times." Leon Howorth

"Some of the teachers were bad because they shouted at kids if they were bad. They had a dunce cap and if the kids were bad, they got hit on their knuckles and their hands were put in finger stocks." Samee Zaroof 





4th October 2021 Magnificent Measuring!

What a great week in Class Barley! We have been exploring measurement and have been measuring the length, height and weight of various objects. We compared the units of measurement and decided which would be the most efficient unit to use. Have a go at answering these questions!

What unit of measurement could you use to measure the height of an elephant?     A. metres (m)      B. grams (g)      C. centimetres (cm)

What unit of measurement could you use to measure the weight of an adult?     A. litres (l)     B. kilograms (kg)     C. centimetres (cm)

Why not have a go at this online measurement quiz! Click on the link below. 





16th September 2021 It's drama time!

In English this week, we have continued reading the story of 'The Pirates Next Door' by Jonny Duddle. In one of our sessions, we explored a drama technique called the magic mirror. The children had to get into the role of Miss Pinky and act out how the character was feeling. As you can see from some of these photographs, the children were fantastic at mirroring each other's body language and facial gestures. 







Decemeber 2020 It's Christmas Time!

We have had a wonderful final week in Class Barley and have enjoyed our festive activities. We learned about why Christmas is such a special time of the year for Christians and we held our own Christingle service in class. There was even time to celebrate when we held our class Christmas party. 

Here's a special Christmas message for you all from Miss Peel, Mrs Mahmood and Mr Ashworth. 

Take care and have a wonderful Christmas with your family.


July 2020 Welcome to Class Barley!

This year, we haven't been able to have our transition days in school, where we have the chance to meet our new teacher, so I have made you a short welcome video. I can't wait to see you all very soon!

Miss Peel


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