Year 6 gave a huge sigh of relief (actually it was a rather loud cheer) on Thursday when the children put their pencils down at the end of their final test paper. All of the children have given their best effort and approached their preparation with diligence and the assessment week with resilience. Well done to the children and the year 6 teachers for getting through the week- there was a well-deserved trip to the Downs for games and donuts on Thursday afternoon.
Year 3 had a fantastic day at Beggar Bush activity centre on Monday in the beautiful sunshine. The children relished their day of forest school activities in the outdoors. Year 4 it’s your turn next, on Monday. Please remember to wear long sleeve tops and full length bottoms.
It is a busy time of year please support our school office team by making lunch bookings in good time as well as providing your consent and contributions for trips and activities when requested.
- Monday 16th - Year 4 to Beggar Bush activity centre-consent and contribution is needed.
- Year 6 First Aid session
- Swim gala-invite only
- Tuesday 17th - 2.45pm younger siblings are invited to a storytime with their Reception aged siblings-response needed to Google form invite
- Wednesday 18th - Year 6 R.E workshop in school
-Year 3 and 4 singing workshop in school
- Thursday 19th - 9am meeting in school for Reception parents/carers regarding transition into year 1.
- Friday 20th - County netball finals- invite only- consent needed via Google form
- Monday 23rd - Year 6 to Beggar Bush activity centre- consent and contribution is needed.
- 9am Reception parents/carers visit to view learning diaries
- Tuesday 24th - Reception trip to the Downs- consent needed via Google form
- Wednesday 25th - Reception class RRP train trip- consent needed via Google form
- Thursday 26th - Reception class RVA train trip- consent needed via Google form
- Last day of term 5 Thursday 26th - Non-uniform day donate your pennies/pounds to PTA funds.
- Friday 27th - Academy day-school closed for children
Reception continue to be excited and enthused by their learning all about ‘Transport’. This week their focus was to use their communication skills to talk about transport used in the ‘past’ and the ‘present’. They were encouraged to use their observational skills to talk to a friend about what they thought made them look old and new and comparing the pictures to sort them into groups.
In Maths the children have been using ‘First, then and Now’ stories to help their adding more and some children even had a go at writing their own number sentences! They have been practising their letter formation in all writing and are getting really good with their mouse skills which helped when drawing their own form of transport.
On Friday Reception had the opportunity to find out all about ‘Hot air balloons’ as a special visitor came in to answer all our pre-prepared questions about this impressive form of transport! Many thanks again for all your photos either uploaded onto Google Classroom or sent in via your child. Keep them coming!
This week Year 1 have been learning all about the history of our school. We started by looking at a photograph of the old school site at Clifton Library that was taken over one hundred years ago and talked about what we noticed. Then we looked at photographs of the school dating back from 1920 to the present day and ordered them from the oldest to most recent. In Science we have been learning about the parts of the plant and the function of each part. We have been watering our nasturtium seeds each day and we are excited to see many have started to germinate!
This week Year 2 have learnt about position and direction. We used animal pictures and mazes to decipher a route based on quarter turns in clockwise and anticlockwise directions. The children have picked it up quickly and their recall of their left and right has been very beneficial. In Literacy, the children have continued to learn about The Paper Bag Princess and use their creative writing skills to write detailed character descriptions.
Between lessons, Year 2 have also been busy with their quizzes and activity booklets. Both classes have demonstrated excellent listening skills, and all have tried their best. Miss Daniels has been working with the children from both classes in the outdoor classroom producing lovely artwork inspired by nature.
What a fantastic week we’ve had! Year 3 got on the coach for our Beggar Bush trip in great anticipation for the adventures ahead! We had a carousel of activities, which included; making our own fire using a flint lighter and cotton wool (this included marshmallows!), den-building, forest exploration and whittling a stick to create and animal. It was wonderful to see the children swinging on vines, climbing trees and building innovative shelters. A truly memorable trip! A huge thanks to our parent helpers for coming along.
In History this week, we have got stuck into our ‘Riotous Royalty’ topic, which has been fascinating. The children have created a comic strip to tell the story of William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings, then they came up with their very own school Magna Carta as they learnt about the nasty King John. Next week, we will move onto Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth II.
Year 4 have had a brilliant and varied week. In Music, we have started a composer's journal inspired by the spring trees in blossom. We spent time observing trees and blossom and wrote words to describe our observations and feelings and then experimented with percussion instruments to convey the sense of the words.
‘What’s the weather?’ Is the question that’s been on Year 4’s minds in Computing this week. We’ve had loads of fun exploring the weather around the world and have talked about how it’s possible for us to have hourly updates on our smart devices – where ever we are. In groups we designed and built our own weather stations, thinking about all the inputs we would need to test the wind, rainfall and temperature. They absolutely blew me away with their ingenuity and fantastic teamwork.
We have also enjoyed reading for pleasure in the outdoor classroom. It has been wonderful to see all the children share and discuss the books they're are interested by. There has been a real buzz about reading this term and it has been infectious! If you're ever stuck for a book to read, come and ask the children in Year 4!
This term, Year 4 children were introduced to France’s café culture by listening and then practising a typical conversation ordering food and drink in a café. Last week, they used their language detective skills for find out the meaning of food and identify cognates and near cognates (words that are exactly the same in both French and English or very similar). This week, the children demonstrated their café conversations at the front of the class. Some of the performances were really funny. Bravo Year 4!
Year 5 have had another wonderful week of poetry this week. We’ve looked at ‘If I had ears the size of satellite dishes’ by Brian Moses and Kit Wright’s ‘The Magic Box’ before writing our own versions, publishing them and then performing them in front of the class. The imagery and vocabulary was outstanding and the children have produced some poetry to be really proud of.
The children used percussion in their outside performance. Hopefully no one was having an afternoon nap nearby!
In Geography, we have continued our learning about the UK’s 15 National Parks and thought about how National Parks attract visitors. Working in pairs, we researched one of the National Parks and created a leaflet informing visitors about must do activities within the Parks.
We have also continued our fish made from old Bristol Pounds, these will be displayed at the M-Shed in June.
A MASSIVE well done to all of Year 6 for the effort and maturity you have shown this week while completing your SATs. We continue to be incredibly proud of you and hope that you remember the words in this poem:
SATs don't measure sports, SATs don't measure art,
SATs don't measure music, or the kindness in your heart.
SATs don't see your beauty, SATs don't know your worth,
SATs don't see the reasons you were put upon this earth.
SATs don't see your magic, how you make others smile,
SATs don't time how quickly you can run a mile.
SATs don't hear your laughter, or see you've come this far,
SATs are just a tiny glimpse of who you really are.
Non Uniform day for the Jubilee - Thursday 26th May:
Children are invited to come to school wearing blue/red/white for the last day of term 5, and bring in a small donation of spare coins!
The PTA have also prepared some cool activities to do with those spare coins:
Jubilee Tea Party - Thursday 9th June: save the date for Jubilee Tea Party in school from 3.15pm
Kids will be treated to a little cake, and parents will be able to join in from 3.15, with cake and refreshments available.
July 8th, 9th & 10th: Campfest:
Preparations are starting for this year’s Campfest. Please save the date, and fill out the form below to sign up as a volunteer:
PTA Social and AGM – 21st June at 7:30pm at the school
All parents and carers welcome!
The AGM is a great opportunity to find out more about the PTA. Or if you already know what we do, come along to have a catch up with friends. There will be a few formalities to cover as well. We will be looking at the year ahead and discussing events - any new and creative ideas are most welcome.
Drinks and nibbles will be provided, so please come along. We look forward to seeing you there!
Agenda of the AGM:
- Review of minutes from last meeting
- Finance update
- Committee members
- Next events