Science Week

Year 6

We been investigating heart rate in year 6 this week – did you know that a human’s heart beats on average 2.21 billion times in a life time! We have been exercising, checking our pulse and collecting data – we know that when we work hard our heart works hard  in order to move oxygen rich blood to the muscles in our body that need it the most.

We have been analysing and interpreting a range of data from line graphs, bar charts and pictograms and we have learnt how to calculate the mean average.

A very successful week overall – some of us even ended up doing star jumps in banana onsies!

 

Year 5

This week, Year 5 have been exploring the adaptation of animals and we have learnt about how natural selection has enabled them to thrive in their environments. The children talked about the differences between artic and desert environments and the ways in which animals have certain morphological and physiological features that help them cope with extreme temperatures. We used polar bears as an example and the children used vegetable fat and gloves to immerse both hands in cold water to determine which hand felt the cold quickest! A very hands-on practical that created lots of discussion!

Later in the week, the children began to focus in on those adaptations of marine life, specifically fish. The children explored the external and internal characteristics of sea bream and mackerel and observed differences in their body shapes, the position of their fins and their colouring and patterns, known as counter-shading!

 

Year 4

Year 4 have been refreshing and extending their knowledge about Electricity. The children impressed us by remembering the importance of a full circuit and their memory of how to construct one.

They investigated ‘Which materials are the best conductors to complete the circuit?’ and worked well as a team. They recorded their results accurately and then analysed the results. It was great to see their faces of amazement when they realised that a paper clip and foil could conduct electricity.

In addition to the experiment, the children also created an ‘Electricity Quiz’. They wrote the answers and used buzzers for when they knew the answer! It was fun and the children enjoyed the process of creating the questions, acting as the quiz master and a contestant having to press the buzzer from their own circuit!

 

 

 

Year 3

This week, Year 3 have been looking at the human body and how we breathe. We started off the week by investigating the difference between our heart rate when we are exercising and when we are resting. The children took part in a series of activities around the playground and then measured their heart rate for one minute after each exercise. The children noticed that their heart rate increased as they took part in more vigorous activities.

Year 3 also spent the week investigating how lungs work. We decided we wanted to do this in a different way so the children made lungs. To make them, they cut the end of a blue balloon and tied a knot. They then had to stretch the blue balloon over the end of a plastic bottle which had been but in half. This was a challenge! The children then got a red balloon and placed it in the top of the bottle. The children found that when they pulled the blue balloon the red balloon inside the bottle inflated. From this, the children learnt that when we inhale our lungs are filled with oxygen and when we exhale we release carbon dioxide.

What a great week had by all Year 3 children!

 

Year 2

This week, Year 2 have been looking at diverse places, Antarctica in particular. We started with researching Ernest Shackleton, who explored Antarctica as well as the South Pole. We then looked at how people ‘survive’ Antarctica through an experiment. We were given the challenge of finding the best material to make a thermal jacket from. We tested cling film, cotton wool, fabric, cardboard, tissue paper and bubble wrap. We made observations and asked lots of questions, like ‘What material are explorers’ clothes made from?’ and ‘How can we make it even warmer?’ We knew that Shackleton travelled by boat to Antarctica so later in the week, we learnt about floating and sinking. This helped us to know what material would be best to make a boat float and carry weights.

We had such a fun week being Scientists and learning all about diverse places in our world.

Reception

In Reception we have been learning about how to be scientists.  We have explored 3D shapes, sorting them into shapes that roll or those that slide on their faces.  With this knowledge, we investigated how making changes to the ramp or the type of ball affected how far a ball would roll.  We then studied a variety of types of balls and how the different materials they are made of changed the height of their bounce.  We measured and recorded just like real scientists.


Going Back in Time

  • This week Year 3 enjoyed a cold but fantastic day out at Stonehenge. The trip was organized as part of our topic, “The History of The Isles”.  The children enjoyed seeing first-hand the awesome size of the stones that we had discussed in class and were amazed that they had been moved over such huge distances.

The children also got to experience what life would have been like in the Neolithic period: making ropes from reeds; grinding wheat with stones; and building a ‘wattle and daub’ wall of the kind used to make houses. It was lovely to see both the Deer and the Bats showing how well they could work together and how they could have thrived thousands of years ago.

Miss Withey and Mr Griffiths were really impressed with the behavior from both classes. They all embodied the schools four values of being respectful, responsible, positive and kind. What great ambassadors for the school!


Arts Week

Year 6

Year 6 have enjoyed a brilliant Arts Week themed around article 30 from the rights of the child: you have the right to practise your own culture, language and religion – or any you choose. Minority and indigenous groups need special protection of this right.

We began by exploring the word ‘culture’ and thought about what this meant to us. We discovered that we are all unique by studying our individual fingerprints. We used ink to stamp our print and then sketching and line drawing to upscale the images. Using string, we then created a representation of our fingerprint and around this, wrote everything that makes us unique.

We also thought about British culture – we came up with a range of ideas about what makes Britain, British and worked alongside Mr Jeanes to create representations of aspects of British culture such as rainy days, Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes. We had a plenty of different media to choose from and created our own individual piece; we couldn’t resist a sprinkle of glitter! We then collaborated to put this together in the shape of Great Britain. Some of us also explored Bristol culture and things individual to our wonderful city. Can you spot our wonderful school logo?

Finally, we explored the special protection of this right for minority and indigenous groups and looked closely at the beautiful cultures of the aboriginal people of Australia, we learned about famous Aboriginal artist Clifford Possum and recreated one of his striking spot paintings.

Year 5

Even though we have had so many incredible learning experiences this term, our highlight was Arts Week. We used all prior knowledge on the Industrial Revolution to create glorious individual cityscapes using charcoal. We read a biography on L.S. Lowry, studying his life and works, before painting our own matchstick men scenes. Our teachers taught us about Fairtrade products and living conditions in Brazil. Using Google Earth, we visited favelas in Rio de Janeiro before creating a 3D model of our own favela. We are so proud of our art in Year 5 and cannot wait for Arts Week next year! But first…Term 4!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 4

Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people. Year 4 have certainly embraced Arts Week with an excellent attitude!

On Monday, we introduced Article 29 and straight away were focusing on endangered animals. The children looked closely at either a sea turtle’s eye or a tiger’s eye and re-created it in clay. They practiced the skills of rolling and joining after sketching their animal’s eye. After the clay had dried, they painted their masterpieces.
Luckily, we had Mr Jeanes join us and used his expertise to help us re-create “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” and considered the change in our oceans from 1833 to now. Plastic pollution is such a worldwide problem that all the children represented with a before and now picture.
Focusing on the ‘living peacefully’ element of the article, collaboratively Year 4 created a world and placed their own individually designed doves around it.

Overall, Miss Blake and Miss Elliott have felt extremely proud of the children’s hard work and perseverance to create such brilliant pieces of artwork! Well done all.

 

Year 3

What an excellent Arts Week Year 3 have had!

Throughout the week, Year 3 have engaged in a range of art linking to article 7 from the rights of the child: the right to a nationality (to belong to a country.) We started the week by looking at pop art. We looked at a range of pop art artists including Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The children focused on Roy Lichtenstein’s pop art using words. Each child focused on the word ‘welcome’ but in different languages. The children used felt tip pens as well as paint and cotton buds to create different textures. The children then explored digital art on the iPads where they were able to change the colours and textures of their original images.

Our collaborative art piece was a collage of the union jack flag. The children drew pictures of things that they associate with Britain on red, blue and white card. The children then stuck their pictures onto a template of the union jack.

We have also been busy exploring stencil art. The children really enjoyed going outside where they threw powder paint around their stencil of the United Kingdom. The children then wrote words of things they associate with Britain on the inside of their stencil.

Year 3 have worked extremely hard this week and they have approached each activity with an excellent attitude. Well done!

Year 2

Our right is article 15: The right to choose your friends and join groups as long as they are not harmful to others. We have talked about the importance of being kind to our friends and how we can be a good friend. We have been looking at a picture called ‘Friends under the rain’ by Leonid Afremov. We had great fun creating our back ground using tissue paper. We then created our two friends and umbrella using oil pastels and water colours.

Year 1

Year 1 have loved expressing their creativity during Art Week!

Our artwork is focused around Article 24: Every child has the right to nutritious food and a clean and safe environment. We looked into how we need a balanced diet including food from all the food groups to be healthy. We learned about which foods are fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, protein and dairy. The children have used tissue paper to make food items from these groups on a collage background.

We have also been very busy with papier-mâché! The children covered balloons to make the shape of a bowl, which they then decorated. The outside and inside of the bowls have been painted as different fruit, such as oranges and watermelons, that have been cut in half.

Our collaborative art piece was a giant fruit bowl complete with a range of giant fruit including apples, strawberries and grapes. Each item was made using papier-mâché and then painted to replicate that fruit.

 

Reception

Our focus has been around UNICEF Article 7: you have a right to a name and a nationality.   Our children have developed their carving skills by producing name tablets.  They have used the colours of national flags that are important to their families to produce a weaving.  This was very tricky for their little fingers!  A particularly hilarious activity was reconstructing our portraits with a friend.  The children used their own photographs that were cut into strips to compose a mixed image, exploring our similarities and differences.  The results were very effective.  Finally, each class created a collaborative piece of art that used each child’s unique fingerprint, representing themselves as individuals in a wider community.

 


Year 2 Blog

Achieving our goals

In year 2, our topic is ‘Explorers and Pioneers’. We have looked at significant individuals who achieved their goals and did not give up, such as Christopher Columbus and Amelia Earhart. We took inspiration from these people and have been working on goals that we wanted to achieve. We had a choice of: handwriting, sewing, running or gymnastics.

Over the past 5 weeks, each group has practised a skill that allowed them to achieve their goal. For example, the sewers worked on threading needles, the gymnasts worked on individual moves, the runners built up their stamina and the hand writers worked on their fine motor skills.

We have all worked extremely hard and we are very proud of ourselves (the adults who worked with us are too!). Throughout this term we have learnt about having a growth mindset and learning about the power of ‘yet’. This really helped us to stay positive when things got tricky.

Great job year 2, we are very proud of you all!

 


Reception and The Snow Mouse

Snow Mouse

For our school trip, we boarded the minibuses and traveled to Bath for what turned out to be a brilliant showing. Both classes can hold their heads up high as they represented the school with their great behaviour, making sure we were safe and responsible.

‘I liked the snow mouse when he was hiding from the girl.’ – Freya

Walking up the staircase inside the venue, the children’s excitement and anticipation began to swell. Then, as we stepped into the soft cushioned and whited-out cave of a theatre, they sat in calm wonder, staring at the shining lights projected onto the walls.

A member of the audience began asking questions of the children, asking to help her find items of clothing around the room only to then step onto the stage and engage the children, performing an array of snow based antics. This led her to the discovery of a particularly sociable mouse to which you will have to ask your children for more details on.

‘It was so good because it had a man that found a mouse.’ – Emma

‘It was funny because it was snowing and the kid slipped.’ Marshall

We had an amazing time, children and adults alike. It was lovely to see how fascinated and interested the children were and we are particularly proud with how they managed themselves in such a mature manner.

‘I liked it when the Snow Mouse was sliding down the blocks and saying “weeeee!” .’ – Ray

 

 


Year 5 blog

Year 5 have made a wonderful start to our new topic, all about Trade and Industry. The children began exploring the concept of trade by discussing what it might be like to be sold as a slave in Bristol during the 19th century. The children really enjoyed empathising with how individuals might have felt, what they would have seen, smelt, heard and even tasted in the air…

We have also begun to really delve into solubility in Science! Can oil really be insoluble if it is a liquid? How can we separate a mixture of sand, paper clips, salt and water? Year 5 will use their scientific knowledge to carry out practical investigations and analyse their results to answer these key questions with clarity and understanding.

In Maths and English, Year 5 have been incredibly busy deepening their understanding of mixed number fractions and creating amazing setting descriptions using ambitious expanded noun phrases and personification to describe an industrial scene from many years ago.

We are incredibly excited about the amazing learning experiences Year 5 will be having this term and look forward to sharing these with you!


Year 4 Blog

Year 4 have made a fantastic start back after Christmas, full of excitement for their new topic “Childhood and Education”. We will be learning about Education throughout history, beginning in prehistoric times and travelling right through to the modern day. We will also be looking at how schools differ around the world, and there are exciting plans afoot for some international communication – watch this space!

As an introduction to the Ancient Greek education system, Year 4 spent the morning today experiencing life as an Ancient Greek child. This involved splitting Mole and Buzzard classes into boys and girls, so that the children gained an understanding of the reality of a split education system. Girls learnt weaving and general household tasks, whilst boys experienced rote learning of poetry, sport and philosophy. All children found the morning a real insight into the unfairness of the Ancient Greek era!

Over the next few weeks, we will be moving forward through history and looking at education through the Roman Empire and then the Middle Ages. The children are very much looking forward to this, and we are looking forward to seeing some more of their fantastic work!

 

“I don’t think it was fair because the girls didn’t get to go to school but the boys did in Ancient Greece.”  – Isabelle

“It was fun for the morning but I wouldn’t want to experience it for my whole life.” –  Summer

“Mr Lecrass was looking for the best of the best in sport because that’s what they did in Ancient Greece.” Finlay

 


Reception Blog

How to make a sausage spider

 

Well, we’ve come to the end of another term and we cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by.  We are sure that you at home are as equally amazed at how much the children are progressing and it is only going to increase next term!

During this second term, every child has had the opportunity to develop their cookery skills in the kitchen with Mrs Potter.   They have been making sausage spiders.

First, the children cut the sausages using their knife skills and learned how to use the knife correctly.

Next, they developed their fine motor skills by threading uncooked spaghetti through the sausage pieces.  This needed very careful precision.

While the sausage spiders cooked, the children had the opportunity to discuss where food comes from (many children thought that milk came from Sainsbury’s so were surprised to learn it comes from a cow) and to think about which foods are healthy for us or unhealthy.

We were very pleased to see that all the children were excited to try their cooked products even if they were a bit unsure at first.

As the children announced at the end of our Nativity, we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  See you in 2020!


Year 6 Blog

Year 6 Blog

This has been a jam packed term – just how we like it here in year 6.

Our Freedom topic has continued to interest and inspire as we have been considering the impacts of slavery in today’s society and how human rights aren’t always protected around the world. We have been building this information into our final speeches. After listening to and reading a range of famous speeches from great orators we have been learning how to write persuasive pieces using key skills such as emotive language, repetition and the power of three. We are so excited to present these to our audience of friends and parents on Thursday morning. We’re a little nervous too!

The last couple of weeks have been suitably festive. We were luckily enough to be given the opportunity to take part in a carol service at Clifton Cathedral – magical! We were visited by the music co-coordinator beforehand and taught a few Makaton signs to go alongside the well-loved    lyrics, she was definitely impressed with how quickly we managed to learn them as well as to remember them. The service was very beautiful, there was even a real donkey.

To continue the festivities, we enjoyed watching the nativity performances by EYFS and KS1. To top it off we had a fantastic turnout for Christmas jumper day. This week we’ll be partying at our year 5 and 6 Christmas party and sharing a delicious Christmas dinner in our handmade party hats – phew!

 


Year 1 Blog

Year 1 Blog

Samaritan Shoebox Appeal

As part of our topic, Childhood, Year 1 took part in the Samaritan Shoebox Appeal. Our aim was to fill one or two boxes per class but because of your amazing support we were able to fill nineteen boxes! We were overwhelmed by your donations! Year 1 know that every child has the right to play. Thanks to your kindness and the children’s hard work nineteen children will receive a lovely gift this Christmas with new toys to play with!

Reverend Peter visited Year 1 to collect all the shoe boxes so they could be sent off in time for Christmas. He thought the children were wonderful and very much enjoyed his visit. He presented Year 1 with a certificate thanking us for our extraordinary kindness. All the children loved hearing about how much the presents will mean to those who receive them.

Thank you again for your incredible generosity.


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