- Message from Mrs Jones
- Reception Knights, Dragons and Princesses
- Year 1 Andy Goldsworthy art
- Year 2 Fun-tastic day at Bristol Zoo
- Year 3 Farms and Stained Glass Art
- Year 4 inspired by Anna Atkins
- Year 5 at Beggar Bush
- Year 6 Boat Building Launch features in the Bristol Parent
- Year 6 Kayaking and Outdoor Cinema
- Year 6 Leavers assembly
- See you on Monday 6th September
We have had a wonderful Summer term enjoying many trips, workshops and activities and most importantly being together in school right to the end with all year groups open. This is a fantastic achievement and one we are very thankful for. The children have been able to try some new adventures as well as some school traditions. Sports day was a success-the children were brilliant and a huge thank you to Miss Barsby and Mr Campbell for organising the event and we are so appreciative of Clifton College for sharing their field with us. We have included many lovely photos below, so it may take a little while to load on your device!
Our Year 6 Leaver’s enjoyed a Christ Church first last night. An outdoor cinema and hot dog supper in the woodland playground. It was such a great event on a perfect evening we will definitely keep this as a new favourite. It was so well deserved our Year 6 children have been fantastic staying focussed on their learning in order to be ready for secondary school and genuinely being a great group of children. Year 6 parents/carers and families moving on, thank you so much for your partnership supporting your children and the contribution you have made to our school as members of our PTA, Governors, supporting on trips and workshops- please keep in touch we have known some of you for many years and some for just one year- we would love to hear how you journey on.
We gathered the children and staff together in the morning shade for an end of year get together. What a moment to be able to join together and who knew we had an amphitheatre in front of the spider climbing frame?! The Reception children paraded in their costumes to the applause of the school.
On behalf of the staff team we would like to wish you all a wonderful Summer and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.
Farewell, Bon voyage and Congratulations
Mrs Kirsten Fowler and Mrs Annalouise Ford have been both made a fabulous contribution to our school. Mrs Fowler has shared her passion for the care of the environment by leading our Eco team and achieving our Green Flag status and Mrs Ford has organised the music for our whole school celebrations, concerts and workshops as well as our end of year talent shows! We will miss them both and wish them and their families well.
Mrs Katerina Castle starts her maternity leave and we look forward to hearing her news when we return in September.
Mrs Holly Taylor is relocating to Devon with her family and Miss Roisin Delaney is flying off to San Francisco where she starts a teaching job in an Italian school. We have loved having them both as teachers at our school and wish them both well on their onward journeys.
Miss Verity Saville is going to gain experience of working with children with SEN in secondary schools. Miss Sophie Beck is going to start a PCGE teacher training course. We know you will both be brilliant in these roles.
Miss Sophie Dando is celebrating her wedding day in August we are delighted that after all of the waiting the happy day is ahead. We wish you both a very special day.
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Reception have enjoyed dressing up as knights, dragons and princesses today. We enjoyed reading different stories with dragons and knights in. We ended the term with an invitation to a royal celebration where we enjoyed singing, dancing, pin the tail on the dragon and a well deserved squash and biscuit.
What a great last day reception.
We have been learning about the work of environmentalist and artist Andy Goldsworthy. He uses lots of different natural resources in his art and sculpture. We were inspired to create our own art using leaves, twigs, small stones, and flowers from the woodland area. We hope you enjoy our art as much as we enjoyed making it!
Last Friday, Year 2 had a 'fun-tastic' day at Bristol Zoo. We set off in our groups bright and early for an awesome adventure. We waved at a group of meercats at the lookout area, peered at scorpions through the protective glass, marvelled at the red panda snoozing in the shade and greeted the sleepy lions who were resting in the tall grass. Next, we trotted into the aquarium and discovered over 90 species of fish from a variety of tropical, temperate and marine habitats.
We were lucky to have the opportunity to speak with a zookeeper at the red panda sanctuary. Did you know that red pandas are excellent climbers and they use their strong claws to grasp branches. Their red fur helps them to blend in with the reddish moss in the wild. It was a day filled with wonder and awe. We enjoyed a delicious picnic on the lawn too!
This week, Year 2 made some spectacular animations using I-Pads to document their 'mini me' adventures using the vehicles that they designed in DT. The children focused hard and worked well in pairs to bring still scenes to life.
Well done for your consistent perseverance Year 2!
It’s still go go go in Year 3 in our final full week! 3HR were lucky enough to have been taught by Miss Williams this week. As Miss Williams lives on a farm, she brought in lots of crops and shared her farm lifestyle with the children. They had lots of questions and absolutely loved being taught by her!
We also started making our own Stain Glass art. We studied the artists Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian and were inspired by their use of bold colour and shape. We spent some time creating mood board design pages in our sketch book before making it come to life with tissue and sugar paper. All the children are still putting their all into everything and we cannot wait to send home all of the sensational work that has been produced this year.
Drawing inspiration from Anna Atkins in our Power of Reading Book, we had a go at making our very own cyanotypes using foliage and flowers. Cyanotypes are one of the earliest forms of photography and we were all fascinated by how much photography has evolved since the early 1800s.
A highlight of our week was our trip to Beggar Bush; we participated in a range of outdoor activities: Axe throwing, problem-solving, and making traps and snares. Everyone got thoroughly involved in the day - it was great to be in the outdoor environment challenging our communication skills, teamwork, creative skills, and analytical skills!
We have also concluded our lessons on our Power of Reading text 'Journey to the River Sea.' in our final lesson we became illustrators and used watercolour to paint a favourite part of the text.
The Bristol Parent have been impressed by our Year 6 Engineers and they have featured in their digital magazine - we are super proud of them:
The boats had been built; the sails had been painted; they were made seaworthy. The time arrived for the boats to face the open water of Bristol's famous floating harbour (designed by William Jessop). Twelve boats were built and twelve pupils were selected to launch the vessels.
They made their rendezvous with Hugh, from MyFutureMyChoice, at Underfall Yard. Our young engineers' first task was to add ballast - for added stability. Next, some fine touches to the sails to match the wind direction.
As the launch grew nearer, the anticipation grew and the questions were being asked;
- Will our boat sail or will it sink?
- How long will it sail for?
The launchers, who were wearing their buoyancy aids, gently cast the boats into the calm water. What followed was a tremendous sight - twelve finely-crafted boats sailing (and floating) across Bristol's historic docks.
A super finale to a truly wonderful project. All boats did admirably, however, a huge well done to Zephie and his team, superbly assisted by their submarine-designing volunteer. Their boat - Skyler - was crowned queen of the seas. Skyler sits proudly in the school's library - bearing little signs of her epic race.
A first for Christ Church this week, we wanted to celebrate the end of year in style and thankfully the weather did too! We set up an outdoor cinema to enjoy the new Pixar release 'Luca'. The wonderful kitchen stuff provided a delicious dinner and it was a truly wonderful set off after a challenging yet rewarding year.
Year 6 went kayaking and canoeing this week at Mendip Activity Centre. For the kayaking, we visited Mendip's private section of the River Yeo based at Hewish.
The Kayaks are individual boats and you use a paddle with two blades. The friendly, qualified instructor's setup fun, mini-games and challenges to build skills and learn the next kayaking strokes, whilst exploring a stunning nature spot.
The large open canoes were used in teams of three people. Originally used by North Americans, they were designed for exploring and hunting.
Both activities tested our skill, balance, communication, and teamwork.
Please have a look at the Year 6 Leavers' Assembly. The children put in a superb effort on this memorable film. A huge thank you goes out to Mrs Derrington, Mr Curry and Miss Barsby, plus all the adults in school, who worked so hard to make this happen. Good luck for what lies ahead Year 6 - Class of 2021.