- Message from Mrs Jones
- Parent/ carer survey Term 3
- Parent / carer conversations Term 4
- The Chronicle
- PTA News
- Reception Jaspers Beanstalk
- Year 1 Friends & Family
- Year 2 African Animals and Recipes for Happiness
- Year 3 The Lighthouse
- Year 4 local history
- Year 5 Antarctica Adventures
- Year 6 Spies and Nutcrackers
- Spring Half Term Distance Challenge
We’ve all been on quite a journey this term and reached half term, a time to take a breath from the routine of home learning and/or school. It has been an extraordinary effort by our school community to keep going during this period of lockdown; there have been both happy and sad stories shared.
Everyone has shown remarkable resilience and determination and we thank you for your engagement and extraordinary efforts. Again, this week the newsletter and Google classroom class platforms are bulging with learning and experiences. So much in fact we have two parts to today’s newsletter. No Screen Wednesday has its own newsletter in part 2. I hope half term brings further opportunity to step away from our screens.
If you are part of the In School provision and you test positive for Covid 19 over the half term break, please call our out of hours 'Report a postive test' number 07342081168 as soon as possible.
Fancy Dress Friday was a fitting end to term 3. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of mental health and the importance of taking time to connect with people whilst we cannot all be together. Although it is half term we must still remember to observe the lockdown rules and not to socialise with our wider family and friends. We have all worked so hard, we need to protect what we have sacrificed and achieved thus far.
We will look forward to joining up again in term 4 whilst we await news of how the term will progress.
We had an excellent response to our survey. Thank you very much for your comments and feedback. Please see the results in the pdf below.
The balance of delivery methods and activities on offer appears to support most children with their learning and the class teachers will continue to support children to access and engage with home learning. We will continue to adapt and develop our offer during term 4 and are ready to respond to the provision we are asked to offer as the term progresses.
Thank you for completing the form to request a telephone call/Google meet with your child’s class teacher(s). If your class teacher’s day is within the w/c 22nd February you should receive a private link via your child’s Google classroom account. Please contact the school office on Monday 22nd February if you have not received this. If it is during w/c 1st March you will receive your private link in w/c 22nd February. If you have requested a telephone call the class teacher will be doing these throughout the specified day.
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The shows are specially tailored for children of different ages as follows:
- Monday 1st March 4pm – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
- Monday 1st March 5pm – Year 3 and Year 4
- Tuesday 2nd March 4pm – Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
- Tuesday 2nd March 6pm – Year 5 and Year 6
Our suggested donation for this event is £3, but please fill out the following form and give whatever you can, we would like as many children as possible to be able to enjoy this event.
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Christ Church Primary School Around the World Trail
Once Covid restrictions ease we would like to create a walking trail around the local area on the theme of “Around the World”. Each stop on the trail will represent a different country in the world. We would love as many children as possible to make posters as a project over February Half Term. Posters will be displayed either in your own home (if within 1 mile of school and visible from the street), or in local businesses in Clifton.
Please fill out the following google form to let us know which country you would like to make a poster for – this could be one that you have some connection to or a country you have never heard of and want to find out more about!
Please also fill out the form if you have any contacts for businesses or premises who may like to host posters for children who have nowhere to display them
This week Reception have been learning about height, length and growing. After reading 'Jasper's Beanstalk' by Nick Butterworth, the children received a special delivery of cress seeds through the post to plant and watch what happens as they grow. For 'No Screen Day' the children were challenged to get active and create letters from the alphabet with their bodies! We've also had lots of fun completing activities based around 'Zog and the Flying Doctors' by Julia Donaldson. The children have used their phonic knowledge to create 'magic medicine' recipes, made 'magic potion' smoothies, and channelled their creativity by constructing their own costumes to become the characters!
This week Year 1 have been looking at some poems from ‘The Book of Hopes’. First, we listened to the poem ‘The Hope-o-potamus’ by Greg James and Chris Smith- about a hippopotamus who does not give up. Inspired by the ‘hope-o-potamus’ we wrote sentences to remind us to keep going when things get difficult and created hippos from collage and junk modelling. We also looked at the poem ‘Me’ by Swapna Haddow and wrote our own ‘Me’ poems celebrating the things that make each of us wonderful.
We have been thinking about all the things we value about our family and friends. Look at these fantastic appreciation cards and posters.
We have also been learning about internet safety and made some posters to share our advice with others.
This week the children in Year 2 have created their own African animals by using the body parts of other animals! First they got creative and drew their wonderful new creatures and then they wrote about them. The creations were incredibly imaginative and caused lots of amusement when reading the descriptions!
Year 2 were also asked to write recipes for happiness. To start they thought about all the things that make them happy and used these as the ingredients for their recipe. They then used words that would often be used when baking to create their wonderful recipes. Miss Delaney and Miss Holland think their recipes are fabulous and would definitely make people happy!
'Pour in love, care, fun and playfulness' - Ethan (2RD)
'Sprinkle in some joy' - Sebastian (2KH)
What an incredible Term 3 Year 3 have had. Mr Eades', Miss Riddiford and Miss Williams have been blown away each week with the learning happening at school and at home. Each week the children have pushed themselves to keep engaged across all subjects. The Stone Age Topic and book have been such a success and all the writing and Topic work has been sensational.
This week we used 'The lighthouse' to inspire our writing and have produced brilliant narrative pieces which we have attached some examples of.
We are looking forward to starting Term 4 with this ongoing enthusiasm, thank you year 3 for being Superstars.
In History this week, Year 4 looked at historical sources in our local environment. The children produced maps which detailed their local area and the historical sources they could find in it. Their discoveries highlighted how lucky we all are to live in a city that is so rich in history. Fun Fact! Roughly 2000 years ago, the area where the observatory now is, used to be the site for an Iron Age hill fort! Next time you're up there, have a little think about why it would have been a good place to settle 2000 years ago!
This week in Year 5 the children have continued and completed their Antarctica Adventure stories. All of the stories have the same backdrop however each story is uniquely written with so much thought and dedication going into the flow of the story, the character’s that are involved and the outcome of the intrepid adventures that the character’s embarked upon. Well done Year 5. Attached is an extract from Inez’s story. Leo shared his science experiment after learning about forces and the rate at which an object might fall depending on it’s size, shape and air resistance as well as gravity. Anna in 5HT has been beavering away at a project for the class and has, along with contributions from the class, her dad and Noor, created the first e -edition of the 5HT Kids News! Here is a picture of the front cover. Inside, there is a fantastic combination of current affairs, personal columns and comics from children, a tribute to Sir Captain Tom Moore, a mystery guest Q&A and much more – it is extremely inspiring, well done to Anna and all who contributed.
It was then that it dawned on me that I was no longer in the orphanage I once called home. And that is how our story starts, with young me at the age of ten confused and frightened in the middle of Antarctica without a clue what to do next.
A few months later however I was to be found hiding behind a snow covered wall of ice, a spear clutched in my hands, my ‘siblings’ (the polar bear family) crouching beside me, waiting. I gave the signal and we all pounced. At once there were many thuds as my family landed heavily on the ice. I watched the walruses in the middle of our hunting circle.
Hesitating, I galloped forward and feeling as though the world was moving in slow motion, leaped over (my cousin) Shishi’s head and landed on the largest walrus with a light FLUMP.
The moment I landed on our prey, it began rocketing around the inside of the circle like a bucking bull; jumping up and down and rearing in the air, emitting loud snorting sounds that echoed off the raised mountains of ice, making it sound as though there where ten, mad, grunting, walruses. Confidently, I lifted my arms above my head and plunged my spear into the angered animal’s neck. It let out an anguished moan and flopped on the ice sliding gently along the floor, with a shrill squeak of it’s skin rubbing against the ice. Stopping at last at our leader Sia’s feet. I asked her, using body language, whether or not to kill another and she motioned for two more. So the hunting processes was completed twice more, ending with a heap of three limp and steadily bleeding walruses laid at our mistresses feet. And a swift shake of her head signalled the end of the hunt.
Obediently, the family opened the circle and six shocked walruses lumbered out silently
Leo's science experiment:
Year 6 have worked very hard at home this week to create a spy gadget to write persuasive adverts about. They will be recording their outcomes for a radio slot later in the week so we will share them soon. Meanwhile they have drawn some of their ideas.
In maths we have been finishing a huge topic-Fractions, decimals and percentages. The children enjoyed completing Mr Curry’s fiendish challenges.
In music the children explored Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and followed an artist to create their own characters inspired by the music.
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Last weeks creative writing task - writing from the perspective of a window. Sephie brilliantly composed this short story inspired by The Boston Tea Party protests of 1773:
Life as a window
“Liberty! Justice!” The crowded streets of Boston were full of shouting people, stamping their feet and shaking their fists. From the high, terraced balcony of the Weatley Mansion, I gazed across the cobbled road as the furious protesters made their way towards the Stamp Building, which they destroyed, smashing windows and breaking through walls.
Inside the large manner, the whole Weatley family huddled around me, staring down at the chaos. There was silence in the half-empty room. Except for the faint cries from below, nothing could be heard. The startled Weatleys said nothing; they could hardly believe it.
On the other hand, I wasn't surprised. The wealthy family had been talking about it for ages - about the freedom America deserved. Suddenly, everyone jumped up and ran downstairs, leaving me alone in the large, spacious living room, the strong smell of burning wood wafting up to the small balcony.
Far below me, the protest was still in full force: the stamps, the cries, the echoing booms of firing guns.
Then, out of the blue, something hit me - hard. I shook violently. A small crack crept up my side, growing larger and larger all the time. Someone had obviously aimed something at the Stamp Building and accidentally sent it flying in the wrong direction.
Only seconds later, I heard footsteps coming up behind me. A pair of scarlet satin curtains were drawn around me and I saw no more.
Over the half term break, Christ Church has signed up to take part in a nationwide challenge! At 9:00am on Monday 15th February, primary schools across the UK go head-to-head in a bid to travel the greatest distance over the Spring half term break. The event ends at 9.00pm on Sunday 21st February and children are encouraged to walk/run/scoot/wheelchair/cycle etc as much as they are able to during this time in the half term break.
Taking part is easy - all you need to do is quickly log your child’s daily distance at the end of each day by clicking on the tab below:
If you would like to check out the rules and how we're fairing in the competition, you can click onto the website below to view the constantly evolving league table, showing both the absolute distance and the average distance per pupil for every school. The competition is sure to be fierce, but so are we!
Best of luck everyone - I will certainly be putting on my running shoes to help boost our daily distances!