- Message from Mrs Jones
- SEND Surveys
- Reception 'Stickman' and 'Float & Sink'!
- Year 1 Giraffes!
- Year 2 African Art and Letters to the NHS
- Year 3 Stone Age
- Year 4 Shell Structures & Circus Poems
- Year 5 Shackleton's Expedition
- Year 6 Fox writing
- French Virtual Classroom
- PTA Santa's Grotto Elves
- The Chronicle and Church Assembly
- The Big Garden Birdwatch
- The Changing Seasons project
It’s the RSPB Big Garden Bird watch this weekend. Mr Campbell has uploaded an assembly about this annual survey, which is available on Google Classroom. If you would like to get involved it is something we can do safely from our homes, in the garden or through a window.
We can demonstrate our school values of kindness and respect by looking after our garden birds through the winter when food and shelter is hard to find.
Each class teacher awarded a values certificate today to a child in their class; please look out for these on the class Google Classroom page.
On our school website we have created a home learning page this is where we will be uploading useful information to signpost our community to. It will also celebrate some of the learning activities that our children are completing in school and at home; we also share these in our weekly newsletters.
Please read on to see what has been happening in our school community this week. The class teachers are able to support with any issues you may be experiencing with our home learning provision via Google Classroom or alternatively please email the school office.
Government update- On Wednesday, the Prime Minister announced that it will not be possible to resume face-to-face learning immediately after the February half-term and instead hopes it will be safe to commence the re-opening of schools and colleges from Monday 8 March. This is in response to the national public health data and pressure on NHS capacity.
As we receive further information we will communicate this to parents/carers.
Bristol City Council is are asking children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and their parents and carers to share your views about the services in Bristol. Your feedback will help us to improve SEND services.
All those taking part will have the opportunity to be entered into a draw to win one of two £10 ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers that can be spent online or in store at more than 20,000 shops, restaurants and attractions.
The surveys have been co-designed with Bristol’s Parent Carer Forum and the Supportive Parents service.
Each survey takes about 15 minutes to complete.
The survey will be live for 7 weeks – closing date 5 March
The results will be published on Bristol’s SEND Local Offer website in the summer term. Visit the website for more information: www.bristol.gov.uk/localoffer
Thank you for your support.
Reception have been using the book ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson for their learning opportunities this week – and what inventive and creative outcomes we have had – both at home and in school. The children have been making ‘Stickman’ and his family using sticks that they have found out and about! Some of the children have also used recycled materials. Have a look at their amazing creations!
In maths the children have been learning about the numbers 6, 7 and 8. They enjoyed making number posters. learning about part, part, whole.
The children have also been investigating objects that ‘float and sink’. Thank you to everybody who has sent in their photos and videos showing their findings it has been such fun to share your learning moments. We are so proud of you and we cannot wait to see what you can do with our next book!
Year 1 started the week by watching a short film about diving giraffes! We went on to write our own silly sentences about animals doing unlikely sports and then wrote a detailed description of a giraffe using adjectives. We’ve seen collage, junk modelling and Lego used to create some amazing giraffe art work.
African silhouette Art
This week Year 2 immersed themselves into an African savannah scene and painted a watercolour silhouette scene. The final pieces were spectacular! We also learned the fact that baby giraffes learn to walk almost immediately after birth. 'I used long, light and even strokes that stretched across my page to make my sunset' - (Llewie ,2KH)
Meredith (2RD) has been practising her spellings at home by creating 'spelling flashcards'. What a brilliant idea Meredith!
Leila (2KH) is proud of her spellings as she prepared for her test on Friday.
We learned about the three Ps needed to reach our dreams and goals - Perseverance, Positivity and Practice.
'I love school. I will never give up.' - Niamh (2KH)
We took a moment of mindfulness to reflect on all the positive things that we are grateful for:
'The wonderful animals in our world' - (Tom, 2RD)
Thank you letters to NHS workers
On Monday, we wrote letters of appreciation to all the NHS workers.
We are truly grateful for all their hard work and sacrifices they are making to save lives.
'I believe that your positivity is giving us all hope'. - (Sebastian, 2KH)
This week we enjoyed making African collage masks. We tore up small pieces of tissue paper and glued them to create our unique pattern.
This week we were tasked with finding out about how and what Stone Age people ate. We loved researching, using the Chromebooks, the different methods they used to hunt and gather in order to thrive. Have a look at Charlie’s work from this week to find out more…
We also really wanted to celebrate Joe’s work ethic and determination this week, as he has written an INCREDIBLE new part to our story – The Stone Age Boy. We were focusing on following the rules for speech and using them to imagine a conversation between the two main characters in our story. Joe has surpassed our expectations with his creativity – well done!
The boy walked along, peering around him curiously. He realised with shock that he had never seen this place before. Suddenly he caught sight of a person, and as they nervously got closer to each other, he realised it was a girl, but not like any of the girls he’d seen before.
“Hello, I’m a little lost, can you help me?” shouted the boy nervously.
“You’re in a field of course!” chortled the girl.
They got closer and closer until they were able to see each other properly. The boy stood still, trembling a bit as the girl drew even nearer.
“You look weird!” blurted the boy suddenly.
“So do you!” she giggled cheekily, and he could feel her breath on his face. All of a sudden she reached up and took off his glasses!
“Wow” she awed fascinatedly then she put them on herself and she looked quite silly because she had messy hair and dirt on her face.
Then she ordered, firmly “Come with me!” then grabbed his hand and pulled him roughly away in the direction she had come from.
“Erm ok.” the boy muttered awkwardly and he stumbled clumsily after her.
We have been so impressed with everyone in Year 3's engagement with all the home learning. We have been particularly blown away by the children's imagination, creativity and punctuation in this week's writing. We have been looking at direct speech and cannot believe some of the pieces of writing we have been sent in. It is one thing trying to use inverted comma's whilst in the classroom but to create such well punctuated pieces at home has been remarkable. Here are Nahla and Elliot's pieces of home learning.
For the past few weeks in D.T., Year 4 have been learning about shell structures. We have learnt about the materials and shapes which make a solid and effective shell structure and also how to make a net. This week their designs came to life when they turned their plans into 3D structures!
This week in literacy, Year 4 have designed and written their very own pages to slot into our Power of Reading book, Leon and the Place Between. Everyone has worked super hard to be creative and use powerful, precise language to describe and illustrate their circus act.
This week in Music, Year 4 have been inspired by the composer Modest Mussorgsky. We listened to his piece Night on Bare Mountain and as we listened, we used the medium of paint to express the feelings the music was having on us! Look at the incredible work we produced!
At the end of last week, Year 4 wrote some list poems which build the feeling of anticipation and suspense when arriving at the circus. Well done to all of your for choosing some fantastic expanded noun phrases and words to describe feelings. It's great to see children focusing on presentation and quality in their home learning as well as in school.
In this week's Literacy, Y5 have been adding spice to their writing: using a variety of sentence starters and considering their language choices carefully. Inspired by their learning about Ernest Shackleton's expedition; here are a couple of lovely examples of stories and letters by Noah and Mia:
Out of the blue, disaster struck. A wave of fear washed over Shackleton and his five men. In an attempt to get help for the rest of the crew stranded on the island, they travelled across the stormy seas. Waves crashed on their boat, smashing it up. 15 days passed. Eventually, having run out of fresh water, they began to feel thirsty. “We are done for!” shouted Percy. Devastatingly, they suffered from extreme thirst and hunger. Finally, after two days, they arrived on the other side of the island. No one lived on this side but they were exhausted and none of them wanted to face the sea again. Relieved that they had set foot on land once again, the five men and Shackleton cheered excitedly!
I hope this letter finds you well. You are probably aware of our perilous fate.
Because of the fierce cold and stormy weather our progress has been terribly slow. After enduring months of physical hardships our beloved ship Endurance has finally succumbed to the tortuous terrors of the pack ice and sunk.
Determined to continue the push homeward, and now without our transport, Sir Ernest Shackleton has advised us to abandon our ship and to begin the long march home. Shattered but optimistic, we keep our spirits raised by playing ice football and cards.
After an early start, and a long day’s march in cruel conditions, we gratefully set up camp for the night. Lighting a roaring fire lifts our weary spirits and warms our tired bodies. Devastatingly, we dropped one of our previous food parcels into the briny indigo icy sea. Disheartened, we must become more reliant on our fishing skills to provide us with food. Hauling in our fishing lines we desperately search for a fish to relieve the cold pangs of hunger.
Achingly shaking, we huddle together in the freezing cold. In my mind I think we are trying to survive perhaps at least –100 degrees. As the sun sets and the cold night falls, even if you’re only at 7-8 feet away from the fire you would still freeze. Away from the comfort of camp, while we’re striding on tough isolated pack ice we are absolutely freezing. Determined to get home we will walk with every strength in our bodies until we are with you once more.
I really miss you and your warm hugs.
Hoping to see you soon, love from your dear son Percy!
During Thursday’s Meet Clover and Felix both shared their favourite parts from a fantastic book called Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill. In particular, Clover enjoyed the section all about the dogs that went on the expedition, one was named Bristol! Felix found out about the support crew, named The Ross Sea Party, who were essentially a ‘supply delivery crew’ that continued on their journey delivering supplies to pre-set depots across the Great Ice Barrier, completely unaware of the fate of the Endurance. He said this was interesting because he did not know that another crew had been there to support Ernest Shackleton’s expedition.
Our Virtual Value Certificate this week has gone to: Henry for his dedication and aspirational attitude whilst completing his home learning. It is not easy to learn remotely – well done for your perseverance! Henry received his Virtual Certificate during the class Friday Meet.
Bonjour! Year 1 and Year 2 children will next week enjoy exploring the new French virtual classrooms as part of story week. They can listen to their favourite French songs, revise vocabulary and listen to stories in French. If older children want to have a sneaky look at them, they can open them in the Café du Lac and discover my bitmoji! Children of Year 3, 4, 5 and 6, your virtual classrooms will be ready very soon! Let me know what you think! Merci!
Thank you to all the children who participated in the Santa's Grotto Elf making competition.
The Elves have finally got back to us with their winners!
Prizes will be distributed when the Elves are able to get into school!
The Big Garden Birdwatch From The RSPB
Mr Campbell joined Mr Curry and his small team of twitchers this morning in the playground to record their findings. They observed a variety of different bird species. From Starlings to Sparrows, from Coal Tits to Chaffinches, the band of bird watchers were in observation overload. Well done. Mr Curry has uploaded the findings to the RSPB website. Over the weekend, why don't you join in and spend some time observing. The website has some great resources, including a chart with a variety of bird to look out for. Mr Campbell has set up an assignment in The Chronicle classroom, where you can share any photos or videos. Good luck.
Please note that this year the advice is to take part in the safety of your own home. This could include a birdwatch from your window if you overlook a green space or courtyard.
Mr Campbell introduced another project in his Friday assembly today. Find a plant, tree, or natural landscape, then take a daily (or at regular intervals) photo of it; as we move from Winter into Spring, you will see the changes and growth of nature. You could then create a time lapse video using your photos, or even a collage. This need not stop at Spring; the project could continue for the whole year. How cool would that be! There will be an assignment in The Chronicle's classroom to share your stories, pictures and videos.