Year 2 Blog

Our trip to Kingswood Fire Station

On Friday, Squirrel and Hedgehog class were lucky enough to visit Kingswood Fire Station. After walking there in the cold (without moaning!), we were greeted by Dean the fire fighter.

Squirrels had their fire safety talk first, which included the 5 steps to follow if there is a fire. Hedgehogs went to look around the fire engines and Sean showed them the various tools fire fighters use for different jobs. The classes then swapped and had similar discussions with the fire fighters. The children then got the chance to use the hoses- which they absolutely loved!

Whilst we were there, the station received an emergency call. The fire fighters had to get into their uniforms and into their fire engines as quickly as they could. It was very exciting for us to see the fire fighters in action.

We had a fantastic day and everything we have learned will help us to write our fire safety leaflets this term.

Thank you to Kingswood Fire Station for having us!

 

 

 


Year 1 Blog

Welcome to Year 1!

All the children in Mouse and Rabbit class have had an amazing start to Year 1 and are always excited to learn.

We have been learning about who we are and where we live. As part of this, we went on a trip around Station Road so the children could learn more about their local area. We asked the children to describe what they saw on the walk. We walked up to the shops on Station Road where we saw a barber shop, a small bus stop and a big red post box. Then we walked down to the roundabout past the gardens which had colourful flowers and a stone owl. The children were very excited because we saw an ambulance, a police car and even a red fire engine. After that we stopped for a snack in Deerswood Play Area where we saw green grass and tall trees with red and yellow leaves. The children came up with all of these brilliant describing phrases, such as red leaves, during the walk. The children were so enthusiastic about are trip and are looking forward to writing a recount of the morning using these fantastic descriptions.

 

 

 

 


Year 2 Blog

Welcome to Year 2!

The children have had a fantastic start to Year 2 already and are showing enthusiasm towards our first topic: ‘How do you know? The Great Fire of London.’

We began our topic by looking at fire fighters and finding out about the amazing work that they do. We are very excited to be visiting our local Fire Station next term to see them in action! We have also looked at the Notre Dame fire and the Grenfell Tower fire to help us to understand the importance of fire safety. Looking at these disasters has also helped us to understand more about the devastation of the Great Fire of London and how it affected people’s lives.

In Maths, we have started to look at place value and understanding numbers up to 100. We have had practical lessons making numbers with resources and writing a range of addition and subtraction equations. We have just moved on to partitioning numbers up to 100 so have been using plenty of resources to help our learning.

In writing, we have been learning the story of ‘Vlad and the Great Fire of London’ and have made up actions to help us to remember the story and characters. We will eventually be writing our own story using all the skills we have learnt, such as adjectives and writing in the past tense.

We are very excited to see where the year will take us! Keep up the hard work Squirrels and Hedgehogs!

 

 


Sports Week!

EYFS Sports Week

We began sports weeks in style with our very first Sports Day event.  All children enjoyed taking part in lots of activities such as the sack race, egg and spoon and kicking and throwing. Keeping healthy is very important to us young people and we have been focusing on healthy eating as well as keeping fit and active.  During the week we have tried many new types of sports and tried out unfamiliar sports equipment.  Clubbercise was an invigorating session of heart pumping exercise mixed with light and music.  Bristol Rugby introduced many of us to the delights of Tag Rugby.  We practised passing the ball and tagging each other  through lots of fun games.  We were amazed to be able to play Golf Football where we combined the skills of dribbling and shooting with the aim of teeing off to get the ball into the ‘hole’.  We finally rounded the energetic week off with a visit to Page Park in order to use the space for racing, hurdling and throwing athletic equipment such as javelins, discus and hammers.  That was a scorcher of an afternoon and we were grateful for the shade the trees had to offer.

Year 1 Sports Week

We have enjoyed a glorious week of weather, which has been perfect for all of the sporting activities that the children have experienced.  Sports Day was a wonderful start to our week and we were so proud of how all of the children participated in each activity with such enthusiasm.   We have also had an infant agility session, football coaching and a Clubbercise dance lesson.  All in all, it has been fantastic!

Year 2 Sports Week

Year 2 have had a super sports week! The children have enjoyed a trip to Page Park, had a rugby session with Bristol Bears, a gymnastics lesson and some relaxing pilates with Mya’s mum, Mrs Miller. They’ve all worked brilliantly as a team and everyone has tried a new sport that they have thoroughly enjoyed. Our sports day was brilliant (especially because of the sun!) and the children showed great positivity and teamwork. We are so proud of all of our children for showing all of our school values for the whole week. Well done Team Year 2!

Year 3 Sports Week

Year 3 have had a great sports week! We have learnt many new sports skills and techniques and had the opportunity to be taught by different coaches too. Some of the sports we were lucky to experience were: rugby, tennis skills, karate, gym and athletics. Then of course we had our sports day. It has been a very active and enjoyable week.

Year 4 Sports Week

Year 4 were lucky enough to visit Saltford Golf Club on Tuesday morning where the children were coached by a professional on the techniques needed in golf. We were told of the potential of a few of the children who are naturally talented in golf so watch this space for some future golf stars! Within the rest of the week, Year 4 have taken part in tennis, foot golf and of course our sports day (well done Willow!). To finish off the week, Year 4 had the opportunity to work with Mia from Bristol Flyers who taught the children some new basketball skills. We have been very proud of their attitude throughout the week and their willingness to try new activities.

Year 5 Sports Week

Year 5 have had a brilliant week! It all started with an inspirational trip to Broad Plain Boxing Club where they had the opportunity to put on boxing gloves and try some bag work under the watchful eye of an experienced coach. On Tuesday, tennis instructor Vicky led the children in some hand to eye coordination games. Karate was next on the menu. This involved some excellent team building activities and the chance to learn how to punch safely and accurately. The children learned and exemplified the Five Principles of the Black Belt which are as follows: courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance and indomitable spirit. Sports Day was a huge success, with everyone representing their house fantastically and showing a great growth mind-set. We also squeezed in some foot-golf and a class football tournament which was played in fantastic spirit. The week ended in style with an athletics workshop focusing on baton skills (for relay racing) and a basketball session with Bristol Flyers. Well done to all and thank you Mr. Lecrass for a fabulous Sports Week 2019!

“During the boxing, I loved helping others learn how to stand correctly, keep their guard up and punch properly.” Abi, Adder Class

“I loved playing football with my class because everybody played fairly and we all had fun.” Hayden A., Adder Class

“I liked karate the best because our teacher taught us lots of new tricks and moves.” Mae, Adder Class

Year 6 Sports Week

Year 6 have had an amazing sports week and been able to try a whole host of new activities and have worked with professionals to hone their skills in indoor bowling, gymnastics, athletics and basketball. Lots of talents were discovered along the way, particularly with indoor bowls where the children quickly improved their accuracy and control once they had learned the secrets of the biased woods! The children also took on a challenge to invent their own sports using 3 pieces of their favourite equipment – stiltconeball is a must-try game!

 


Year 2 Blog

The Great Fire of London

The children in year 2 have been working extremely hard during the past 2 terms to build up their knowledge of the Great Fire of London. They have researched their own facts, both at home and in school, have written a non-chronological report about the event and are now working on a presentation that encompasses all of their knowledge.

The children worked in pairs to construct the fact that they wish to say and have worked on how they wish to present it. Lots have chosen to include actions which is amazing! We spoke about Oracy rules and looked at news presenters to gather inspiration. The children have rehearsed their fact in front of their group and in front of the class. They did very well and all showed great confidence and Oracy skills.

We can’t wait to video the presentation on Monday with the green screen!

Well done to all children in year 2- we are so very proud of you for taking pride in this project.

 


Year 2 Blog

Last week Year 2 had a super trip out to the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Hedgehogs were lucky enough to visit the Visitors Centre. They learnt all about how the bridge was made so strong and about the history of the bridge. They also read some interesting stories about its famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Hedgehogs really impressed the staff with their knowledge of Brunel and great enthusiasm.

We bravely walked across the bridge, enjoying the magnificent view and ticking off the sights we could see, such as the Avon Gorge and even Ashton Gate football stadium! The children showed great courage and positivity when walking across the very high bridge- they impressed us all.

In preparation for Arts Week, we had a go at sketching the suspension bridge from the viewpoint by the Clifton Observatory. This will help us as the famous Bristol landmark year 2 have been given is the bridge. It is almost like Miss Timbrell and Miss Ball planned it!?

Despite our excitement and the cold, we were all extremely well behaved and respectful to the other members of the public who were visiting the bridge and Visitors Centre.

 

Year 2 Blog

All aboard!

Year 2 had a fantastic trip to the SS Great Britain this week.

We had a guided tour around the ship and learnt all about what it was like to be a passenger back in 1852 on its voyage to Australia. We saw where the 1st and 3rd class passengers slept, ate and what they did for fun, like playing cards and sewing. The talking toilet was probably our highlight!

We also had a workshop all about Brunel and the building of the ship. We time-travelled back to 1843 and helped to build the SS Great Britain. We used tongs, rivets and hammers to join to pieces of iron together to form the hull of the ship. Then we dressed up as members of the crew and Victorian public ready to watch the launch of the spectacular SS Great Britain.

Squirrel class were lucky enough to go to the ‘Being Brunel’ museum to find out even more about how inspirational Isambard Kingdom Brunel was. We went inside his ‘mind’ and saw Brunel’s life through his eyes. It was amazing!

The staff at SS Great Britain were very impressed with our knowledge of Brunel. We asked fantastic questions and also gave some amazing answers.

Aye aye, Captain!


Year 1 Blog

We have been learning the story of ‘Pumpkin Soup’ in our Reading and Writing lessons. The children are loving it! Last week we got to explore digging up vegetables in our school garden so we could cook and taste our very own soup. The children (most!) enjoyed tasting it and said they would love to make it again. This week we have been focussing on instruction writing. The children have been using lots of different grammar to build their own instructions including time connectives, verbs and adverbs! They are very enthusiastic and excited about their writing and I’m sure they have been telling you all about it. Also, we have been learning about Jewish celebrations Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The children had the opportunity to taste apples dipped in honey which they enjoyed very much.


Year 3 Blog

Frozen Our first topic, ‘Frozen’, began with the children putting their problem solving skills to the test as we set them the challenge of creating an igloo, using just cotton wool balls, scrap paper and glue. All of the children worked extremely well as part of a team, allowing each individual to participate fully. The children loved the creativity of this activity and demonstrated the school value of being responsible learners through their actions. Later that day, we had ‘ice’ music playing whilst the children coloured in their own Inuit. This allowed the children to immerse themselves into the culture of the Arctic.

This week we attended a Road Safety workshop in the school hall. The workshop focused on how to be safe when near a road. Firstly, the children watched a demonstration of how to cross the road safely where specialist equipment, such as a traffic light, was used. Then the classes were split into two groups with each group taking part in a different workshop. The first workshop was about how to stay safe when riding a bicycle and the second workshop covered the importance of wearing a seat belt. The children responded positively throughout each workshop. Every child listened intently and asked, as well as answered, some fantastic questions. They are now certainly well-informed as a result.

We are looking forward to our trip to ‘We the Curious’, situated in Bristol, where we can learn more about our science topic, ‘Forces and Magnets’.

All in all it has been a really positive start to the new school year and we look forward to many more learning opportunities in the coming weeks.

 

Gromit Unleashed 2

Miss Robbins and fourteen children across the school were lucky enough to attend the Wallace and Gromit trail at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway. In Gromit Unleashed 2, Nick Park’s Academy Award-winning character Gromit returned for his second starring role in the award-winning charity’s sculpture trails, but this time he was not alone; the loveable pooch was joined by his pal Wallace and arch nemesis Feathers McGraw! We had the opportunity to see the sixty-six different sculptures designed by high-profile artists, designers, innovators and local talent. We each had our favourite sculpture, however, we all loved the amazing Gromjet!

 

Bath’s Children’s Literature Festival

Miss Robbins and a selection of children from KS2 attended the Children’s Literature Festival at the Guildhall in Bath. On Monday 1st October, we met the authors Meurig and Rachel Bowen who have written the book ‘The School of Music’. It was a fun and face-paced sequence of interactive musical sketches which introduced us to The School of Music’s quirky characters and a wide range of musical styles, from classical and jazz to pop and world. On Tuesday 2nd October, we met the authors Catherine Johnson and Katherine Woodfine who have written the book ‘Make More Noise’. The writers spoke to us about the short stories they’ve contributed to the Make More Noise anthology; and they discussed ways women (and men) have chosen to protest, and why they’ve needed to in the past and present day. On Wednesday 3rd in the morning, we met the authors Alex Frith, Alice James and Jerome Martin who have written the book ‘100 Things About Space’. They took us on an interactive and engaging journey to outer space and filled us with amazing facts. On Wednesday 3rd in the afternoon, we met the author Christopher Lloyd who has written the book ‘Absolutely Everything’. We embarked on an entertaining journey across millennia and continents, and discovered everything about the creation of planet Earth, the age of dinosaurs, the rise of humans, the miserable medieval times, globalisation, wars and global warming all in fifty minutes. It was fascinating!


Year 2 Blog

Welcome to Year 2!

We have had a great start to Year 2 so far and we have been very busy! We have already had: visits from Brunel and a nurse called Emily who taught us all about her job; scooter training so now we are safe to scoot and we started our weekly recorder lessons.

In our Reading and Writing lessons we have been using our acting skills. We have been learning to retell a losing tale and have had a go at acting as some of the characters from the story. In our Writing lessons we have been learning to punctuate sentences correctly and up level sentences to make them even better! We have also just finished writing our stories based on The Magic Finger. We are trying hard to use capital letters, finger spaces, noun phrases and full stops in our writing.

Next week, we are starting to write a non-chronological report on Brunel. Good job we had a visit from him a couple of weeks ago so we already know lots of facts!

Also, we have been looking at plenty of inspirational people as part of our topic, such as: Kandinsky, Florence Nightingale, Louis Armstrong and Bob Marley. We are excited to learn about influential people as part of ‘Black History Month’ that starts on Monday.

 


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