- Message from Mrs Jones
- PTA News
- Reception 'All are Welcome'
- Year 1 Bees
- Year 2 Animal Sentences
- Year 3 Tennis and Into the Forest
- Year 4 The Romans
- Year 5 What is in the Solar System
- Year 6 - Figurative language, climate change and place value
- Collective Worship
- Reception 2022 Tours
- NW Bristol Arts Trail
We started our week inspired by the exceptional performance of Emma Raducanu, our tennis nets have been out again on our games court during some P.E lessons this week. Our PTA have organised a FUN RUN for us on Saturday 25th September at Clifton College New Fields (where we have our Sports morning). This is our first fundraising event of the school year, there are sponsor forms available. Please see the details further on within this newsletter and we will print some forms to pick up from the classrooms. Do come along at any point during the morning- the children love the fun run and it’s a great way to have a catch up with other parents/carers whilst the children have some fresh air and exercise. Mr Campbell will be there to cheer everyone on (in a costume of course!).
Home school agreement and parent/carer teacher meetings.
During the week commencing 20th September you will receive our home school agreement. This document sets out the importance of a positive partnership between home and school built upon our school values; kindness, respect, co-operation, responsibility, honesty, aspiration. These permeate the life of our school and we aim to demonstrate them in all of our words and actions when we are learning together.
On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th October we will be returning to face to face meetings with the class teachers to hear how your child is settling into their new class. We are aiming to use an online booking system so please look out for further details next week.
Year group information presentations
The class teachers have prepared a summary presentation with key information about the routines and expectations of their year group. These will be available on Google Classroom class pages.
There may be a scam circulating- please only use log in details provided to you directly by our school office not any you may receive via a text.
Save the Date - PTA Fun Run Saturday 25th September, New Fields, Clifton College
After a long year off real life events, we are pleased to say that we will be running our school Fun Run this year on Saturday 25th September. The event will start at 10am - 12pm at Clifton College New Fields.
Parents and siblings are also welcome to attend.
Please use this form to sign up: https://forms.gle/tMVwmzq5nYyU9eHc9
There might even be a special visitor to the Fun Run:!
After a hard night on the trawler in the Bristol Channel, The Fun Run Fisherman told the school about the PTA Fun Run taking place on Saturday 25th September. He will be there at The New Fields to lead the warm up before the laps begin. There is no better plaice to be next Saturday morning.
Click the link to watch his advert. https://youtu.be/na539_Gg8K4
Save the Date - PTA AGM on 7th October
Details to come soon. All parents are welcome to attend the AGM.
If you are new to the school, this is a great opportunity to find out more about the PTA. Or if you already know what we do, come along to have a catch up with friends. There will be a few formalities to cover as well. We will be looking at the year ahead and discussing events - any new and creative ideas are most welcome.
We have had lots of fun meeting new people and exploring our school. We enjoyed meeting Mrs Jones and exploring the school office and waving at the other children when we walked through the school. We loved going to the hall and working on our listening skills to follow instructions in Sticky Kids. Through our story “All Are Welcome” we talked about how we were similar and what made us unique. We painted our portraits and talked about our hair and eye colour. We also explored our outdoor area and enjoyed playing with the new water wall and keeping our new stage area clean and tidy. Wow we have had quite the busy week in reception and cannot wait for next week!
This term Year 1’s Power of Reading story is ‘The Boy Who Lost His Bumble’ by Trudi Esberger. To start our topic all about bees and bugs, we went out into the playground and were bee detectives! We looked closely at the bees buzzing about the flower beds and tried to identify the different species we saw using our bee identification pictures. We then wrote about what we found and created some buzzing bee finger painting pictures.
1CB - Year 1 Miss Burley
Year 2 have had another busy week of learning.
In maths we have been focusing on 2digit numbers by counting in tens and then on in ones. We’ve been getting familiar with different resources which help us with this including the bead strings you can see in the photos. In literacy we have been making sentences about animals and spotting verbs, nouns and adjectives. This term in Science we are learning about living things. We went on a hunt for living things in the woodland area and recorded the things that we found.
It feels like the Year 3’s have fully settled back into school life and they’ve been focused across all of their learning! We have continued reading our Term 1 book ‘Into the forest’ and this week, have written a persuasive letter to one of the characters. The children shared wonderful ideas and we were so impressed at the writing that was produced!
Year 3 have also been completely engrossed by our new history topic of ‘Ancient Egypt’. They have asked thoughtful questions and listened intently as we delve into the fascinating civilisation. We cannot wait to find out more and create our own River Nile’s next week.
As we come to the end of the summer months, we have squeezed in as much outdoor learning as possible. Starting Tennis In PE and reading in the sunshine. Let’s hope we get a few more days next week!
This week Year 4 have started learning about the Romans. We learnt all about what the Romans brought to Britain, and we are starting to learn about Boudicca's revolt after the death of her husband, King Prasutagus. To bring history to life, all the children were given scripts to act out the moment when a Roman tax collector tells Boudicca she must give up all her land and property to Rome. We created a Roman amphitheatre to watch some of the children perform their scripts.
In our science lesson this week we thought about the question – ‘what is in the solar system?’. We learnt the names of the planets, as well as the order in which they occur (starting with the Sun). To make it easier, we used a 'mnemonic' (putting things in a sentence to help us remember things better). Then, all you have to remember now is: My (Mercury) Very (Venus) Easy (Earth) Method (Mars) Just (Jupiter) Speeds (Saturn) Up (Uranus) Nothing (Neptune)…..planets. We enjoyed making up our own mnemonics too. We also learnt about how far away the planets are from the Sun. We then had great fun making a hanging mobile of the solar system.
Here are some photos of us making our mobiles as well as photos of the finished results. We think you will agree they look fantastic!
At lunchtimes and break times we are really enjoying using our new skipping ropes.
This week in Year 6 we have been finishing off our maths topic of place value. The children's confidence has really grown and lots of them are reading and using numbers up to 10,000,000 confidently: this is no mean feat! Our next maths topic revisits the four operations of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing so we are looking forward to securing our methods, problem solving and reasoning over the next few weeks.
Our climate change topic continues in Geography. This week we have been considering the impact that climate change has. Moreover, we have been thinking about direct and indirect consequences of climate change. The children have done a fantastic job of thinking through some big issues and seeing climate change from different peoples' perspectives.
In Literacy, we have spent the week working on our figurative language. Alliteration; assonance; metaphor; personification and similes have all been thought about and examples given, in relation to our Power of Reading text: Varmints. Here are some examples of our fantastic writing.
Pastor Ruthy hosted the first collective worship (church assembly) of the new academic year and she was joined by a very special guest - Rev Chris Brown, who has replaced Rev Neil Shepherd. His entrance will be one that lives long. He did not merely stand at the front and let Pastor Ruthy introduce him; he arrived in a simply spectacular manner - on a unicycle. We look forward to seeing lots more of Rev Chris and Pastor Ruthy.
We are delighted to be able to invite prosepctive parents for Reception 2022 into our school on the following dates. If you have a younger child / or if you have friends and family with children due to start Reception next year please book or encourage them to book onto one of our tours:
Saturday 6th November 2021, 9am - 12noon
Saturday 13th November 2021, 9am - 12noon
We anticipate that the tour will take up to an hour including:
- An introductory talk from Mrs Clare Jones, Headteacher
- Self guided tour of our lovely school facilities
- Opportunity to stop during the tour and ask questions of the Senior Leadership Team, Key Stage Leaders and some of our Year 6 pupils
To support us maintaining social distancing and managing numbers, we ask you to please book an arrival time slot.
Please call the school office (0117 3772830) to book onto a timeslot or Book Here
Bristol at the Heart of our Art
We are delighted to be participating again in the bi-annual North West Bristol Arts trail - exhibiting over the weekend of 16th & 17th October in our school halls.
During the w/c 27th September we will have a whole school Arts Week working to the theme 'Bristol at the Heart of our Art'. We are so lucky to live in the heart of Bristol, a city which brims with art, architecture, music and performance. We will be studying our city and the artists who capture it to inpsire our own artwork for the Arts Trail.
“ Bristol is a vibrant city, heaving with culture and worth exploring. My aim is for my paintings to bring just a little bit of that into people’s homes!…I love what I do and I hope that comes across in my pictures..” Jenny Urquhart