As we break for half term we are thankful for a busy term enjoying some trips, workshops and activities that we have been able to return to and we are looking forward to further enriching curriculum opportunities in term 6.
The children have done so well and we have managed to have a full term in school for every class bubble. Thank you for your continued support and vigilance to help achieve this for our school.
We all hope you have an enjoyable half term and are able to have some time in the fresh air and sunshine that we have been waiting for.
Mrs Rowe and Mrs Fowler will be returning in term 6 following their maternity leaves and this will further increase our teaching capacity for term 6 to support our children.
Eric Carle the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar has died. We love his books in school and he has inspired many projects and learning, as well as being a favourite at story time
Contact tracing over May half term
To support track and trace if your child develops symptoms over this weekend and they receive a positive PCR test result on or before Saturday 29th May, please notify us by texting the school Covid telephone number 07342081168 in order that we are able to notify the school staff and class members. For positive cases after Sunday 30th May parents/carers should follow isolation advice provided by NHS track and trace.
Return to school on Monday 7th June - if your child or household has been required to isolate during the May half term holiday they should not return to school until the 10 days isolation period has ended. Please notify the school office of their absence on 7th June in the normal way.
Please see links to Year 6 Class Assemblies:
Reception, Year 1 and Year 3 Assemblies will follow in Term 6
Trips/ events term 6
Tues 8th June - Year 3 Beggar Bush Activity Centre,
Fri 11th June - 6ED swimming lessons start
Tues 15th June - Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket (after school)
Thur 17th June - Year 4 Beggar Bush Activity Centre
Fri 18th June - 6ED swimming lessons
Tues 22nd June - 5HT All Aboard Water Sports, Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket (after school)
Thurs 24th June - 5WB All Aboard Water Sports
Fri 25th June - 6ED swimming lessons
Mon 28th June - whole school class photos
Tues 29th June - Year 6 Beggar Bush Activity Centre, Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket (after school)
Weds 30th June - Year 6 Boat Building workshop (note - moved from 21st June)
Thurs 1st July - Year 2 Beggar Bush Activity Centre
Fri 2nd July - 6ED swimming lessons
Tues 6th July - Reception Beggar Bush Activity Centre, Yrs 5&6 Portishead Lido, Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket (after school)
Thurs 8th July - Year 1 Beggar Bush Activity Centre, Year 5 Mojo Active
Fri 9th July - Year 6 Mojo Active
Tues 13th July - Year 5 Beggar Bush Activity Centre, Year 6 Mendip Activity Centre
Fri 16th July - whole school Sports Day, Newfields, Clifton College
Mon 19th July - Year 6 Leavers Outdoor BBQ & Cinema
End of Term 6 - Tues 20th July (Weds 21st July Inset Day)
Beginning of Term 1 - Mon 6th September (Thurs 2nd and Fri 3rd Sept Inset Days)
Start Date – Monday 7th June
Christ Church has been chosen to be part of an exciting nationwide challenge to encourage more children and their families to walk to school. The WOW – walk to school challenge is delivered by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, to help as many children as possible experience the benefits of walking and actively travelling to school.
WOW is a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day. If they travel sustainably (walk, cycle, scoot or Park and Stride) at least three times a week for a month, they get rewarded with a special badge each month. It's that easy!
The monthly WOW badges are made using excess yoghurt-pot material previously destined for landfill and are produced in the UK, minimising our carbon footprint. The packaging we use is 100% biodegradable. Living Streets is proud to have found a brilliant use for landfill material.
Living Streets’ new WOW Activity Tracker allows all children to record their daily activity.
What are the benefits of walking to school? Walking to school helps children feel happier and healthier and they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn. More families walking means fewer cars on the road during the school run, helping to reduce congestion and pollution at the school gates.
What if you can’t walk to school? If you live too far away or don’t have time to walk the whole way to school, you can Park and Stride to help your child earn their WOW badge. Park or hop off public transport at least five to ten minutes away from school and walk the rest of the way. You could even pop your scooter in the boot and park and scoot.
Have a look at the map on the next page. There are lots of places to park within a 5 to 10 minute walk to school. We would ask that if you are driving to school, then park outside the5 minute red circle.
Let’s swap those school runs for school walks!
Please see the below flyer from Travel West
The children had a fun week both indoors and outdoors this week. In the outdoor area they had to rescue the dinosaurs that had been frozen. It was great fun using mini hammers to break the ice!
We were lucky enough to meet some stick insects this week. We enjoyed learning facts about them, including the life cycle of a stick insect. Many of the children even braved holding them! Did you know a stick insect can grow as long as 30cm long.
Geraldine introduced us to another vowel digraph and we amazed our teachers with our phonics and spelling of tricky words during daily phonics.
We enjoyed making our own ‘We’re going on a dinosaur hunt’ stories using the same pattern as Michael Rosen’s story of ‘We’re going on a bear hunt.’
Reception loved the dinosaur topic and amazed us with their knowledge. Well done children.
This week year 1 has taken a trip back to Victorian England. Children began by learning about famous Bristolian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. They were amazed by how much he has achieved and how his work is still so relevant to our city today. The children then wrote fact files to show what they had learnt. Some children noted that the Clifton Suspension Bridge which Brunel designed is our school logo! Year 1 went on to look at the history of our school in more detail and discovered that our school began in the building which is now Clifton library. Children were tasked with ordering a range of school photographs from oldest to newest and they discussed the similarities and differences between each one.
This week Year 2 have been exploring fairy tales and writing alternative versions of 'The Three Little Pigs'.
The children in 2KH and 2RD imagined what a kind and caring wolf would look like. They created a 'role on the wall' using exciting adjectives to describe the wolf's character and appearance. Together they conjured up an image of the wolf who became friends with the 'Three Little Pigs'.
'Once upon a time there lived three little pigs and a generous, kind, superhero wolf'. - Cecily (2RD)
In PSHE the children reviewed their learning from this month about 'Relationships'. They created their own bunting with images and words representing who and what is special to them. We also included those whom we trust and discussed the importance of being honest.
What a brilliant week of learning together we've had. Well done Year 2!
This week, Year 2 had a lot of fun writing the French vocabulary of the key words and colouring the pictures from this term story La petite poule rousse (The little Red Hen). They also really enjoyed retelling the story as a class and in groups especially with the help of Eva and Cecily leading the story at the front of the class (see the videos). Bravo Year 2!
This week, Year 3 created their own embossed robot, inspired by their beloved Roz the Robot. We have all been so enthralled by ‘The Wild Robot’ that we have begun reading the sequel ‘Wild Robot Escapes’. We can’t wait to see what adventures Roz goes on next!
In computing, the children programmed their very own game using a ‘Scratch’ algorithm. They carefully placed their codes into the correct sequence and did lots of tricky troubleshooting. They are now real experts in using Scratch independently; their resilience and determination certainly shows.
We hope everyone has a happy and sun-filled half term break. We look forward to lots of exciting learning for our final term!
To kick start the day, Lucas put on our very own circus show and got lots of the children involved in his tricks. This got the children very excited for the workshop where they learnt how to balance peacock feathers on various parts of their body, spin plates, use a diablo, juggle and use flower sticks. All the skills took a lot of resilience and perseverance, but everyone was able to master new talents. As it turns out, Year 4 are a brilliant bunch of circus performers and some children even managed to choreograph their own circus routines! At the end of the day, all the children were involved in a performance where they were able to demonstrate all the amazing tricks they’d learnt throughout the day. we have some video footage which we will share through Google Classroom once we have edited it.
For the last 5 weeks Year 4 have been having tennis coaching from Calum, an LTA coach from Redland Green Club. Our tennis skills have hugely improved and we are all rising tennis stars! Big shout out to Redland Green for making it all possible and for ensuring that we all had so much fun. Wimbledon here we come!!
To celebrate the end of our Power of Reading book, The Green Ship, we all had a tea party on the Pirate Ship just like Mrs Tredegar, Alice and her brother. We were blessed with sunshine, and all had lots of fun eating cucumber sandwiches and playing nautical games.
In Year 5 this week we have taken on Mr Campbell's Agents of Change challenge and designed posters all about kettles! Did you know that approximately 70% of people admit to overfilling their kettles? We are trying to encourage people to be more eco aware so look out for our posters around school containing lots of fun but important facts. Here are some examples to whet your appetite!
In Geography this term, we have been learning all about National Parks. We have been thinking about them as "breathing spaces" and what this means. We have used our map skills to locate all the National Parks across the UK; we have learnt about their importance for cultural heritage and we have designed leaflets, encouraging people to visit them. Have a look at 5HT's wonderful creations:
You will also remember that we have been rehearsing lots of songs recently so that we can join in Bristol Plays Music's "Stop Everything and Sing" event, later in June. We really enjoyed our rehearsal last week and each class taking part was asked to create a rainbow, which will feature in the concert (on screen). We could be as creative as we liked. Here is 5WB's contribution:
And finally, our Giacometti sculptures are now finished! We are really pleased with them and they have been greatly admired on display in the entrance hall.
It's been an incredibly busy week for Year 6 - final week of term always is! Excitingly we've reached the next step of our clay African mask projects. As you can see, they've been fired and are ready for painting, something to look forward to next term!
In writing this week we published our letters to Zoe's (protagonist in our book) parents. We were writing in role as Zoe and I think you'll agree the outcomes looked brilliant!
Furthering our adventure into Amazing Anatomies, this week we were exploring blood types. With reems of information at our disposal, we deiced to create bar charts to show the percentage of different blood types in UK population.
Additionally we were lucky enough to host Doug West - a real life doctor - who came and delivered a workshop to both classes!
In this unit, Year 6 focused on sports and opinions. Recently, the children worked in groups and completed 5 different tasks. At the end, they were able to write a short paragraph about the sports they do and like. They described sports, using simple sentences with je fais (I do) and Je joue (I play). It got very competitive between the groups for who would finish first!
This year Campfest will be taking place (hopefully) during the weekend of 9th – 11th July
CampFest Sign up Genius is now live
Please sign up to help out, the following link allows you to sign up for a variety of roles from baking a cake to assistant camp organiser so please put your name down for something if you are planning to attend.
We are particularly looking for people to organise individual activities such as craft sessions, discos, sport activities – ideally people sign up to one of these and run them on the weekend, most already have a loose structure to get you started and Campfest organisers will help with the planning beforehand if you need it.
What is Campfest?
Campfest is our annual camping weekend for families at Christ Church, organised by the PTA.
We book the Rugby pitch at Cotham Park Rugby Club on Beggar Bush Lane and have access to the club house facilities, kitchen, lounge, toilets and showers.
Personal family tents can then be pitched around the rugby pitch. In the centre near the club house we have communal tents, where activities take place over the weekend.
During the weekend the PTA organise food options for all mealtimes and activities to keep everyone entertained. These have included: crafts, games, local walks, mini disco, camp fire...
You can book for 1 or 2 nights camping or just turn up for the day on Saturday to join in the fun!
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