- Message from Mrs Jones
- Living Streets Travel Tracker and Eat Them to Defeat Them
- Reception MiniBeasts
- Reception Dans mon chateau, il y a un robot
- Year 1 Yoga and '10 things I Can Do To Help My World'
- Year 2 Tell the Time and look at Ten Things I Can do to Save My World
- Year 3 Beggar Bush and Pop Up Art
- Year 4 The Bluest Blues
- Year 5 Journey to the River Sea
- Year 6 Poetry
- PTA News
Welcome back to the start of term 6. We are staying hopeful about the activities/trips we have planned for the weeks ahead. Please ensure that you have access to SZapp which is our quickest route for sharing information which could be last minute, with parents/carers. Also, please update the school office if the named emergency contacts you have provided for your child(ren) have changed. As we experienced for a class yesterday you may be required to collect your child from school at short notice.
Next week the forecast looks sunny please ensure your child has a sun hat, water bottle and apply sun cream before coming to school.
Beggar Bush Activity centre has re-opened its woods and Christ Church was the first school to arrive for a day of activities in the outdoors-see below for the report of the trip. Year 4 it’s your turn next week on Thursday 17th. Years 1, 2 and 3 are having the remainder of their Yoga sessions missed during lockdown. Y5/6 netball club restarted for term 6 before school this morning in the dry! Please read Mr Campbell’s reports about Travel tracker and ‘Eat them to defeat them;’ it is sweetcorn next week!
Curriculum newsletters and spellings have been shared on Google Classroom, please view these for an overview of the learning for this term.
The bees love the Irises at the front of our school. Can you spot the bee in this picture?
Radio 2 have launched a competition to design a bee friendly garden, Year 2 have already started designing. For more information please visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2qk4dDdJJdsVFmcLhZ7RwmW/how-to-enter
'It has been awesome to see the statistics from Travel Tracker, which was launched on Monday 7th June; there have been lots of active journeys to school. It is important that we continue to work hard to make the streets around school even safer and less polluted, whilst helping our community stay active. We would ask that parents do not drop children off at the school gates, nor park in the streets immediately next to school. Please park further away, and then walk the rest of the journey - Park and Stride' Stay tuned for some data from the start of this exciting initiative.
Veg Power - Eat Them To Defeat Them
The carrots have been devoured this week, in both school dinners and packed lunches. The challenge next week is to keep including those crunchy carrots and introduce sweetcorn to the lunches. Look out for some recipe ideas.
Research shows that carrots are children’s second favourite vegetable with 20% naming it as the best, just beaten by sweetcorn with 21%; it will be interesting to see how this research works out here at Christ Church next week when the sweetcorn arrives.
Wow what an action packed first week back for reception. We launched our minibeast topic and have enjoyed reading our new Power of Reading book called “Aaaarrgghh, Spider!” By Lydia Monks. In the outdoor area we had to rescue the minibeasts from the spider web using tweezers.
We used our sounds to write postcards to our friends about our half term. We have settled back in really well and can’t wait for the arrival of our caterpillars next week and learning about bee keeping.
This week in French, Reception had a lot of fun, miming and singing their new French song Dans mon chateau, il y a un robot (In my castle, there is a robot). They can understand and say the words: marche (walk), court (run), tourne (turn), saute (jump), danse (dance), dort (sleep), bois de l’eau (drink water), and mange du fer (eat some iron).
You can find this song on Youtube and listen to it at home (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEBi4yooJUI). They also really enjoyed playing Jacques a dit (Simon says) in French!
Year 1 were really excited to welcome Carolyn back for our guided yoga session on Wednesday morning. We practised how to be calm and how to focus our minds by playing a variety of games and practising yoga poses.
To launch our new text '10 things I Can Do To Help My World' we worked in groups to create a finger-painted earth and discussed what we love about the planet. We then wrote lists of things we can each do to help keep it clean and healthy.
In Year 2 we have launched our new Power of Reading book, Ten Things I Can do to Save My World. We are excited to learn about little changes we can make everyday to ensure we keep our planet a beautiful place for us all to live. We started by listing all things we could think of that we could do at home, at school, in our community and when we go to the seaside. They were very long lists!
In Science this week, we started our fascinating topic about plants. We enjoyed observing the parts of flowers and trees. It was fun to identify the different flower and plant types in our woodland area and then drawing sketches.
Fun fact: oak trees can live up to 150 years and their wood is one of the strongest in the world!
Year 2 have also been learning to tell the time! We enjoyed being the long and short hands on the giant clock face and sorting times into the correct box. Ask me what 10 o’clock would look like on the clock at home!
What a first week back for year 3, it has been Non stop! We were very lucky to start of the week with beautiful weather and the first trip back to Beggar Bush! I think you can see from the pictures that an amazing time was had by all and the children were so engaged, respectful and engrossed in all the activities.
We have started many new topics across the curriculum including a Greek Myth in English, Shape in maths and some DT. We created 3D pop up art based on our previous book Wild Robot!
If the rest of the term continues like this week it is going to be absolutely wonderful. Well done Year 3
To kick start our amazing, new Power of Reading book, The Bluest Blues, which is all about Anna Atkins and the first book of photography, Year 4 interviewed Miss Cator's Dad who is a photographer. During the interview he showed us his old-fashioned cameras and how they worked, his darkroom and some of his photographic books. We also had the opportunity to ask him our own questions and we're now feeling inspired to learn more about photography.
In Year 5 we have started Journey to the River Sea this week, which is our Power of Reading book for Term 6. The River Sea is another name for the Amazon so there has been a lot of focus on the rainforest setting. On Wednesday in Literacy we listened to the sounds of the rainforest and wrote descriptive sentences which we then turned in to group poems. We also had a go at writing our own poems based on what we think we could hear, see and smell in the rainforest. Here are some examples:
In PE this week, we started practising for Sports Day. We did a carousel of activities, such as: shotput; javelin; hurdles; egg and spoon races and long jump. 5HT particularly enjoyed their long jump efforts. They had 3 attempts each and each time they tried to beat their distance. The furthest distance jumped was over 1.7m!
6ED have shown fantastic collaboration skills this week as they worked together to generate ideas for a poem to begin our poetry unit.
Once written they performed them with clarith and volume. Brilliant!
Later in the week we began our PSHE unit on Changing Me.
The children showed such maturity and good manners as the explored the subject of puperty and reproduction. What fantastic role models you are year 6.
Big PTA Raffle
Following the very successful raffle back in November, we are joining in the ParentKind big PTA summer 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:
You can forward this link 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.
Save the date for Campfest '21: 9-11th July
This year Campfest will be taking place (hopefully) during the weekend of 9th – 11th July
CampFest Sign up Genius is now live
Please sign up to help out, the following link allows you to sign up for a variety of roles from baking a cake to assistant camp organiser so please put your name down for something if you are planning to attend.
We are particularly looking for people to organise individual activities such as craft sessions, discos, sport activities – ideally people sign up to one of these and run them on the weekend, most already have a loose structure to get you started and Campfest organisers will help with the planning beforehand if you need it.
What is Campfest?
Campfest is our annual camping weekend for families at Christ Church, organised by the PTA.
We book the Rugby pitch at Cotham Park Rugby Club on Beggar Bush Lane and have access to the club house facilities, kitchen, lounge, toilets and showers.
Personal family tents can then be pitched around the rugby pitch. In the centre near the club house we have communal tents, where activities take place over the weekend.
During the weekend the PTA organise food options for all mealtimes and activities to keep everyone entertained. These have included: crafts, games, local walks, mini disco, camp fire...
You can book for 1 or 2 nights camping or just turn up for the day on Saturday to join in the fun!
Second hand school uniform
Following a successful second hand uniform sale in May, we're following up with another set of dates to collect and sell second hand uniform.
Donations: 25th June at school drop off and pick up by the car park gate
Sale: 2nd & 3rd July at Mary's Living and Giving
We will also take any unwanted club uniform such as Brownies/Beavers/Cubs/and Official Dancewear for local clubs if you have any.
Please remember Mary’s Living & Giving welcome any other charity shop donations directly to the shop.