- Message from Mrs Jones
- Reception Dinosaurs
- Year 1 Animal Habitats
- Year 2 are Measuring!
- Year 3 'Brown Bear What Do you See?'
- Year 3 Stories in the Sun and What We’ll Build Artwork
- Year 4 Tennis
- Year 5 People in Action Sculpture
- Yr 6 Literacy Geography Swimming and Forest School!
- PTA News
- Daily Mile - Fri 30th April
Welcome back to the start of term 5; it’s been a sunny start to the Summer term and we have been very busy and active already with lots more planned for the weeks ahead. We are keeping hopeful that we will be able to do some of our traditional Summer term events; trips to Beggar Bush activity centre and Sports day to name a few! In school, the children have been great, settling in seamlessly to their learning. Curriculum newsletters providing an overview of the learning for the term ahead have been sent out via email.
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We are looking forward to restarting some trips this term as per the letters sent before the Easter holiday. Parents/Carers will receive further information about the individual trips nearer to the date. Please view our calendar to see the dates of these.
Term 5 Parent/Carer telephone calls/Google meets
As detailed last term in the letter dated 12th March, we are inviting parents/carers to request a telephone call/Google meet with the class teachers again this term. These are an additional opportunity in order to find out how your child is progressing with their learning ahead of the publication of the children’s annual individual written school reports in term 6. Please complete the Google form that will be sent to all parents/carers on Monday 26th April.
Class assemblies and mini concerts
Each year group will be recording an assembly to share what they have been learning in order that our community is able to stay connected with the children’s learning whilst are still unable to invite an audience into school. These will be shared as the weeks progress and we will notify parents/carers when these have been uploaded for view.
We usually like to give our musicians an opportunity to perform for our school in our termly mini concerts. We have really missed these this year and know the children have been practising at home, so we hope to give the children an opportunity to perform in school, to their peers, and we will film and share these.
A big thank you to our PTA for organising some Easter fun; the trail and Crafternoon packs raised £460, please read on below for PTA news and how you can support.
There was excitement this week for the launch of our dinosaur topic! It all began with a mystery egg, the children were asked to guess what would emerge. Reception had many amazing suggestions including an ostrich, an ice dragon and a baby butterfly! They didn't have long to wait as the eggs cracked to reveal the dinosaurs! Rahhhh! The children have designed their own dinosaur eggs and created hand print dinosaur paintings! We have started to learn about different types of dinosaurs and Reception have thought of lots of questions to be answered throughout our learning this term. In maths we've begun to look and numbers beyond 10 and thought about their composition using ten frames.
Year 1 have made a fantastic start to the new term! In Literacy this week, we have been creating new animals and writing descriptions of them. The children thought carefully about what their animal would look like, where it lives and what it eats. We were so impressed with their imaginative ideas!
This term in Science, Year 1 are going to be learning all about plants. To kick off our new topic, we planted some nasturtium seeds and discussed what they will need to grow into healthy plants. We are looking forward to caring for them and watching them grow over the next few weeks.
This week in Year 2 we have started our maths unit on length. We have been learning to measure classroom objects using centimetres. We have even been measuring our feet! It’s been lots of fun.
Year 3 have had a brilliant week back after Easter; what a wonderful start to the term!
Based on the book ‘What We’ll Build’, the children have created a bright and bold piece of artwork. The children thought of lots of the things they want to build their future with, drew them as pictures using wax crayons (in the style of Oliver Jeffers) and placed them on their painting. Don’t they look fab?!
In Maths, we have been focusing on unit and non-unit fractions and counting in tenths. The children are really picking up on the vocabulary they need to be able to explain fractions well. What a bunch of super mathematicians we have!
When all of our hard work has been done, we have enjoyed reading ‘World’s Worst Children’ in the warmth of the afternoon sun. We’re all very happy that spring is here!
Lastly, a few children spent time playing musical instruments outside with Mrs Ford, which they look forward to each week.
On Monday afternoon, Year 4 began the first of their PE sessions for the term with a special guest… Throughout the term, the children are going to be taught by a Lawn Tennis Association coach from Redland Green Tennis Club. We had a super first session in the sunshine where we learnt the importance of coordination skills between ball and racket. The children had an amazing time and we can’t wait for the rest of our sessions!
Watch out Wimbledon!
Year 5 has had a great first week back at school; the children have been working hard with fantastic results!
In Art our focus is Sculpture. Following on from our drawing work last term ‘People in Action’ and looking forward to the beginning of the Tokyo Olympics in July we are continuing to study the work of artists who represent the human figure. In the next few weeks, Year 5 will be studying the work of Alberto Giacometti, a Swiss painter and sculptor, who is best known for his bronze sculptures of human bodies. In art this week Year 5 learned that Giacometti’s sculptures of the human body are meant to be a representation of the subject's shadow and became larger, thinner, more elongated as his work progressed. Each pupil made preliminary sketchbook work of athletes from the Olympic Games, next week they will be creating 3D foil sculptures in the style of Giacometti. In subsequent weeks pupils will be progressing to make wire sculptures. Watch this space!
During PSHE our lesson this week focussed on our characteristics and personal qualities. We discussed how to keep building our self-esteem. Children worked with talk partners to see how their self-perception was the same or different from their partner's view of them; super discussions took place as some were surprised at their partner's responses.
Children worked with a Maths partner to learn how to play Totality. They then challenged an opponent to a game showing great strategy, team work and thinking ahead to ensure they either won or blocked their opponent from winning. The children also had a go at developing their recall of fractions decimals and fractions through an interactive matching game. Search nrich.com, if you wish to have a go at some of these activities at home.
What a first week back. Year 6 haven't had a moment to breathe - no rest for the wicked hey!
In Literacy, we've dived straight into creative writing with a focus on recounting a narrative. The outcomes have been amazing, and we can't wait to publish our writing on Monday.
The beginning of our Geography topic started with us splashing into Climate Change. Throughout the term we'll be exploring this in greater detail.
This week 6TC started their swimming at Bristol University. Both Mr Curry and Miss Barsby were incredibly proud of the behaviour and effort displayed.
Finally, both Year 6 classes enjoyed a fruitful, spring-time edition of SG Forest School. This session had a particular focus on UK birds and their habitats. As well as enjoying sitting round a fire and listening to poems from The Lost Words (truly wonderful book - parents check it out if you haven't heard of it).
Crafternoon Kits and Around the World Trail
Many thanks to all who took part! Thanks to you, these events raised an amazing £460!
We hope you enjoyed your creative packs and the walk around Clifton. Here are some photos of the trail.
PTA meeting: Thursday 29 April at 8pm
Please join our next PTA meeting, next Thurday at 8pm by Zoom. The invite will be sent via Szapp next week!
If you would like to get involved in the PTA, we are looking for a new treasurer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested and would like to discuss what it entails!
Second Hand Uniform
The PTA are working with a charity shop in Clifton Village to sell on Christ Church School second hand uniform. We will be looking for good quality uniform donations of all sizes. More details to follow next week.
Save the date for Campfest '21: 9-11th July
Assuming the roadmap out of restrictions stays on track, the PTA are gearing up to organise Campfest this year, a fun-filled camping weekend, with lots of entertainment and things to do for the kids. There are lots of ways to get involved, please fill out the following form if you would like to volunteer to help! https://forms.gle/9BdiEWL99N6KAEow8
On 6th May, 1954, Roger Bannister was the first athlete to run a mile in under 4 minutes. Next Friday, as part of the first ever National Daily Mile Day, the athletes of Christ Church will complete The Circuit - a 300 metre loop around the school building. How long will it take our runners to run a mile?
Children should wear their school PE kit next Friday.