- Message from Mrs Jones
- Christmas Dates
- Reception learn about Balance
- Year 1 Christmas Dance and Show and Tell
- Year 2 are trying to make sure the Angel doesn't miss it all!
- Year 3's Christmas Experience
- Year 4 Voices in the Park
- Year 5 Viking Longboats and Christmas Forest School
- Year 6 Fractions and Xmas Forest School
- Year 5/6 Basketball League
- PTA News
As Advent begins school is full of song as the children are preparing for their performances and concerts next week. Year 3 have been to the Church for the Christmas experience workshop-a huge thank you Pastor Ruthy and Emelye and the team of volunteers who provided this for us it was an excellent way of learning about the Christmas Story.
Year one has had opportunity to learn about the Jewish festival of Hannukah that falls this week. It is the festival of light and kindly Sheva’s mum came into school to make candles with the children.
We are remaining hopeful that our plans for the next two weeks will go ahead as planned. Our school has experienced a rise in seasonal coughs and colds and we are very appreciative of the support of parents/carers to keep their children at home when they are unwell and seeking PCR tests. The staff team are also catching the coughs and colds and fortunately to date we have been able to cover absence within our own staff team. Our aim is to remain open and we are very appreciative of the support shown by our community in understanding the operational challenges we face. We are maintaining our vigilance and monitoring, as well as following guidance provided to us.
The children have a busy two weeks ahead enjoying our Christmas traditions as well as many curriculum enriching experiences.
The PTA have been busy preparing wreath kits for making either at school this evening or at home - please remember to pick up your kits from the end of the school car park at pick up this afternoon. Enjoy!
- Years 5 and 6 to the Cathedral see Szapp and Google form
- Years 1 and 2, ‘The angel who nearly missed it all,’ 2pm-ticket only
- KS2 choir to St George- see Szapp and Google form
- Years 1 and 2, ‘The angel who nearly missed it all,’ 2pm-ticket only
- Reception- Whoops-a-daisy angel. 10 am- ticket only
- Author visit to Reception pm
- ‘Oh yes, it is,’ Theatre experience Years 3 and 4, Years 5 and 6.
- Year 5 Viking Day
- Author visit Years 1 and 2-info to follow
- Bristol Old Vic theatre school The Nativity performance for Reception, Years 1 and 2.
- School Christmas dinner
- 10 am Christmas celebration in the church-all welcome
- Year 6 world war two day
- Christmas Jumper Day-children may wear festive jumper and donate £1/£2 for Save the Children
- Last day of term.
It's been another busy week of learning in Reception. Christmas play rehearsals are in full swing and we can't wait to show you all our hard work in our performance next week! We have continued our work with 'Dear Zoo' by Rod Campbell, labelling animals for our very own zoo. We have also been thinking about all the sounds we have learnt this term in phonics, creating CVC words and practising our reading. In maths, we have had lots of fun thinking about 'heavier' and 'lighter'. We explored this using balance scales and using our own arms to create human scales!
This week Year 1 have been busy practising our dances for the Christmas performance. We can’t wait to share them with you next week! We have been so impressed with the wonderful and creative Show and Tell ideas we have seen this term. Molly made a home for Stick Man; Norah made a fantastic Stick Man board game; Hettie wrote a charming book of poems; and George made intricate figurines for the characters in Stick Man, as well as a set. Well done Year 1!
Year 2 have had a busy week rehearsing for the Christmas performance and practising their wonderful songs. They have been polishing their lines and trying out their costumes…not to mention the sewing skills lavished upon them by Miss Didymus! We can’t wait to perform to you next week. We have started to explore money in maths. We are learning to recognise coins by describing how they are different and how they are similar to one another. We enjoyed using wax crayons to make rubbings of different coins and add different combinations together. Why not try making your own shop at home with penny prices on and see if you can find the coins to match?
As we approach the Christmas period, year 3 have been focusing on religious celebrations across a range of faiths. We were very lucky this week to be invited to Christ Church to take part in their ‘Christmas Experience’. This involved a range of carefully planned activities, to bring the Christmas story to life for the children. After taking part in 4 workshops, the children came together to understand the meaning of Christmas for Christians. The session concluded with each child making a Christingle. As you can see from the photos, the children thoroughly enjoyed this experience and were so grateful to all the adults at the Church for making it happen. What a wonderful way to finish our RE celebrations topic!
This week Year 4 went to Forest school in the outdoor classroom. As always it was super special and such a treat! We used sparks to light mini fires in scallop shells and then put the fires out using fire proof gloves. After that, we all enjoyed toasting marshmallows for s'mores and drinking hot chocolate around the campfire. To finish it off, we all listened to Tim read a gorgeous picture book called 'Voices in the Park' by Anthony Browne and then sang a song to warm our spirts before heading back to the classroom.
This week in History, Year 5 were considering what legacy the Vikings left behind. The children placed statements about the Vikings onto a Venn diagram and were asked to prioritise the key ideas and then find compelling evidence to support their judgement. We concluded that the Vikings started as raiders and became settlers by the time of the Danelaw.
Moving on from multiplication and division, we have subsequently begun to explore measurement. We started this week by finding the perimeter of shapes. We also saw great problem-solving during maths lessons this week.
Our Viking longboat making is beginning to take shape - this week we have constructed our Viking boat, put on shields, measured and drawn our sails. Next week we will use saws to cut dowels and use our sewing skills to complete the sail, we can't wait!
Forest school with Tim and Jane was magical. We learned the skills of lighting a fire using a ferro rod and striker. Afterward, we helped build a fire, we toasted marshmallows to make s'mores, drank hot chocolate, listened to a wonderful story, and sang a heart-warming campfire song in two rounds!
Y6 have spent most of this term working on fractions in Maths. They have been adding them, subtracting them, multiplying and dividing them. A lot of hard work has gone in to remembering the various methods and processes needed but they've done a brilliant job. This week they have been using all the knowledge they have learnt and have been applying it to solve problems involving fractions. Here they are solving a "Fractions Jigsaw" from NRICH.
The Year 5/6 basketball league has come to an end and what a fantastic job the boys did over the last few weeks! Every week, every game and every shot mattered as the final was made up of the six highest scoring teams across the tournament and Christchurch made the top 6! It was a tough final with some excellent opponents but the boys persevered, worked as a team and played incredibly well. They came away with Bronze medals and really did do Christ Church proud.
Thank you to all the parents/carers who transported them and supported them week by week too.
PTA Social - Tuesday 7th December at 7.30pm -
The Mall (66 The Mall, Clifton)
Save the date ! Join us for some drinks on Tuesday 9th December at 7.30pm.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are coming.
Following the very successful ParentKind big PTA summer raffle, we are joining in the ParentKind big PTA Christmas raffle! Please buy some tickets to be in with a chance of winning up to £5,000 and raising funds for the school, with 50% of every ticket going to the PTA.
You can buy tickets at the following page, to support Christ Church PTA:
Please forward this message on to your classes, and to family and friends, they can also join in! Tickets do sell out fast, so don't leave it too long if you want to take part.
Fundraise for Christ Church PTA every time you shop online!
As Christmas is coming, we wanted to remind you about two ways you can help fundraise for the PTA when you shop online:
1/ The Giving Machine: Collect FREE donations for the PTA when you shop via the Giving Machine, which is affiliated with over 2,000 top retailers!
- Go to this link: www.thegivingmachine.co.uk/giver/join/?pbid=265792
- Entering your details takes 2 minutes and you’re done!
- Once you’ve signed up:
- Each time you shop online, go to The Giving Machine website and click on your chosen shop to be taken through to its site, and you will generate donations.
- To make sure you never miss a donation download the free Shop&Give mobile appand 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!
- It’s very simple: choose the PTA as your designated charity using this link: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/1023160-0
- Shop on Amazon using smile.amazon.co.uk
- If you’re using the app, activate Amazon Smile in the app Settings.
Thank you for your help!