- Message from Mrs Jones
- Years 2 and 5 Sharing Assemblies
- Calendar Dates
- PTA News
- Reception The Big Dig
- Year 1 French Fruits
- Year 1 Wild Plants and Letter Writing
- Year 2 Get creative!
- Year 3 Bridge making
- Year 4 at Forest School
- Year 5 Why do some people believe God exists?
- Year 5 French - Body Parts
- Year 6 African Masks
- Netball is back!
We could feel the excitement this morning as Year 4 arrived equipped ready for their day out at Bristol Forest school. It is the first time we have been anticipating the arrival of a coach since March 2020. It was a time to reflect and look forward to the further trips planned for the weeks ahead. Please see the report from Year 4 about their day.
Whilst we are not able to invite parents/carers into school we have made best endeavours to record and celebrate what we have been doing. Our weekly newsletters are a great platform for this, but in addition we have class assemblies from Years 2 and 5 to share with you this week.
Also, please click on the link to a whole school presentation about our learning inspired by ‘What we will build,’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children through the school have discussed some important and pertinent themes; friendship, division and conflict, peace and unity, equality and diversity, building a future, building identity, what makes me, me and my hopes and aspirations. It has been a thought-provoking project for our whole school community. The children have learned about some key people who have spoken up about these themes across the world.
Please see the letter sent today regarding assessment and reporting arrangements for terms 5 and 6.
Have a look below at the Year 2 and Year 5 Sharing Assemblies. Well done to all the children for their superb presenting, clear voices and lovely singing. Thank you to the adults for their hard work planning these assemblies. Stay tuned for more coming soon.
Monday 3rd May- Bank holiday-no children in school
Friday 28th May- INSET day-no children in school
Half term 31st May-4th June- no children in school
Monday 7th June-start of term 6 children return to school
Tuesday 20th July-last day in school for children
Wednesday 21st July- INSET day-no children in school
INSET days 2nd and 3rd September
Monday 6th September- children start school, new Reception children start induction arrangements
Please notify us of unavoidable appointments on SZapp forms/ absence requests
Second hand school uniform sale:
Friday 14th May 9-10:30am
A dedicated slot for browsing school uniforms for sale will be held at their shop on Friday 14th May, from 9 to 10.30am.
Address: 24 Regent St, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HG
PTA Special General Meeting: Thursday 10th June at 8pm
Please join our next PTA meeting, on Thursday 10 June at 8pm. Please note that this will also include a Special General Meeting. The invite will be sent via Szapp closer to the date.
Agenda for the General Meeting is:
1/ Update to the constitution and name of the association
2/ Committee members
Save the date for Campfest '21: 9-11th July
Assuming the roadmap out of restrictions stays on track, the PTA are gearing up to organise Campfest this year, a fun-filled camping weekend, with lots of entertainment and things to do for the kids. There are lots of ways to get involved, please fill out the following form if you would like to volunteer to help! https://forms.gle/9BdiEWL99N6KAEow8
If you do some shopping online, please don't forget to sign up to the Giving Machine and Amazon Smile! It's very easy and helps generate donations to the PTA at no extra cost to you!
- Entering your details takes 2 minutes and you’re done!
- Once you’ve signed up:
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- To make sure you never miss a donation download the free Shop&Givemobile app and the free desktop reminder app https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/shop-and-give/
- Plus, click the Daily Bonus Donationbutton to raise a free donation every day – no purchase necessary! Find out more here https://www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/news/view/daily-bonus-donation
- If your friends/neighbours/relations shop online, show this to them, they can sign up too!
2/ Amazon Smile , which allows you to choose a charity for your Amazon purchases, meaning that all eligible items via Amazon Smile will generate funds!
This week in Reception we have been learning how to be palaeontologists by searching for clues to discover fossils and dinosaur bones. We have learned how fossils are created and which tools to use to unearth them carefully. We were so inspired that we made our own fossils by imprinting dinosaurs into clay and we drew our own dinosaur skeletons using white crayons. As a class we have been reciting poems about our favourite dinosaurs – watch out for our performances later in the term.
In Maths we have been learning about ‘Tangrams’ a collection of shapes that can fit together to make a square and rearranged to create different pictures. We have been making our own animal tangrams. It was great fun!
This term, Year 1 children are having fun learning the names of fruits and vegetables pretending they are on their bike and they are shopping at a French market. They are learning to say: je voudrais (I would like), une banane (a banana), une pomme (an apple), une poire (a pear) … We are using a song called Sur ma bicyclette (On my bike, by Audrey Johnson from Petits Zouzous). Parents/carers, you can find it on Youtube and listen to it with your children! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R7VvIq698s).
This week in Science, Year 1 have been learning all about wild plants. We went on a wild plant hunt outside to try and find out which are the most common around school. We kept a tally of the plants we found and used counting in fives to help us find the total number. Some of the wild plants we found included daisies, dandelions, buttercups and ivy.
In Literacy this week, Year 1 have been writing letters to Orion from our story ‘Orion and the Dark’. We thought about what we could say to Orion to reassure him when he is feeling scared and wrote him some top tips for staying calm. We explored the story further by making models of the character Dark and by using musical instruments to create sounds of the dark.
This week Year 2 have been busy bees, learning about direction and position in Maths.
They created their own routes using grids and had lots of fun using I-pads to direct their Bee-bots to the flower.
In Art this week the children used oil pastels to conjure up the leafy forest scene from our Power of Reading book 'Rapunzel'. They learned how to add texture to their pictures and listened to relaxing forest music as they concentrated.
What an exciting week of learning we've had in Year 2!
Year 3 have had another productive week! One highlight was a team-building afternoon, where the children were given roles in their group (e.g. messenger, timekeeper etc…) and were challenged to make a bridge out of paper, 4 pieces of cellotape and some glue. Their only requirement was that it had to be lifted off the ground to hold the weight of a pen. They worked brilliantly in their teams and built some cleverly-designed bridges.
The children have been enjoying their Ukulele lessons; this week, they learnt the F chord, which was a little trickier. They also learnt about the different lengths of notes, using words to help them. One of their favourite parts is playing along to pieces of music, like ‘We Will Rock You’.
Our RE topic this term is based on the key question: Why do some people believe God exists?
We have been thinking about the terms theist, atheist and agnostic and considering how believing in God can affect people's lives differently. In our most recent lesson, we learnt that the Bible is split in to the Old Testament and New Testament; the OT is made up of 39 books and the NT is made up of 27 books. We then played a game where we had to find the page number for a book, chapter and verse. The person who could find and read out the verse first was the winner. Once we had orientated ourselves with the Bible, we used the Bible verses to learn about characteristics of God.
In French we are continuing to learn parts of the body. This week we learnt to sing Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Tête, Epaules, Genoux et Pieds) Madame Maurier said we were in fine voice and was really impressed with our accents and efforts!
WOW - what a week for year 6! The first week in May has brought with it a burst of enthusiasm and added pizazz.
Master potter James Newbold led a clay workshop for both classes. We produced an array of African Masks inspired by a variety of traditions, rituals, and spiritual meanings.
In Maths, we've started focusing on Ratio - looking at how much of one thing there is compared to another.
Today saw Netball club host its first session. Miss Barsby and Mr Curry were very impressed and are already looking forward to future sessions!