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.
Year 3 Blog
This term, Year Three have been continuing their topic on Ancient Civilisations where we have been focussing on Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. To support their learning, we went on a trip to Bristol Museum where we took part in a workshop and had some time to explore. During the workshop, the children became archaeologists in order to study a range of artefacts, used their knowledge of Ancient Egypt to ask questions and they found out about the Egyptologist Amelia Edwards. The children really enjoyed their day and we feel it has deepened their understanding of this topic.
Next week, the pupils will take part in a Christmas Assembly. The children have been practicing their oracy skills to tell jokes, recite poems and offer interesting facts as well as working on their beautiful singing. They have all demonstrated positivity as well as responsibility when rehearsing their lines. We are all very excited to share it with you next week!
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!
Our lovely year 6 classes have settled in beautifully to Badger and Woodpecker class. Not only do they look the part in their super smart shirts and ties but their behaviour and attitude is impeccable to match.
This term, as a whole school, we have been looking closely at the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child and we have been making links to these throughout our topic.
Our topic this term is Freedom. We have been thinking about what freedom means to us, what freedom looked like throughout the Roman and Anglo Saxon era and at inspiring people from the past and present that stand up for their right to freedom and for the rights of others. We have been inspired by the actions of many and have been carefully considering how our small actions can change the world for the better.
Outside of the classroom this term, we were lucky enough to visit the Create Centre in Hotwells and to learn about what it means to be safe and to stay safe in a range of situations such as checking we’ve been given the correct change in the local shop and knowing how and when to call the emergency services. We were perfectly behaved and the staff there took the opportunity to tell our teachers how wonderful we were.
Reception children have been busy learning lots of new sounds. They learn four sounds a week and are enjoying learning how to form these correctly in a variety of interesting ways. Forming these in the sand and with paint have been a particular hit.
It is amazing now to see that they are beginning to be able to blend these sounds together to read short words. Fred the Frog helps us with this. Ask your child if they can tell you the sounds in the word sat (s – a – t). Remember you may see actions as they say these sounds too. This multi-sensory approach helps your child to retain their new knowledge.
Life in Reception continues to be great fun with children forming new friendships and building on their physical development, which will inevitably help with their fine motor skills and handwriting. We are really impressed with their independence and the positive attitude that they come into school with.
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.
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!
Our superstar Year 3s have stepped up to the new challenge of Key Stage 2 with positivity and enthusiasm. We have started our new topic of Ancient Civilisations and we have begun to discuss the importance of other civilisations to us. They have also had great fun becoming archaeologists, decoding and writing in hieroglyphics and learning about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Next week, they will become journalists where they will reporting the discovery of the tomb in their own newspaper articles. As the term progresses, we look forward to learning more about Ancient Egypt before moving on to Ancient Greece.
Miss Withey and Mr Griffiths have been delighted with the children’s effort and attitude towards their learning. They are embodying the school’s values of being responsible, respectful, positive and kind. We both hope this continues for the rest of the term and beyond.
Year 4 have settled in well at the other end of the corridor and are embracing all that Year 4 brings. We have started our new topic of Communication and have begun right at the very beginning focusing on how people communicated during the Stone Age. We were aware of the children’s prior knowledge from Year 3 so we decided to draw upon that and give them a new experience. They have worked hard to understand how cave paintings were used to communicate and were able to re-create an important hunt scene for themselves. They’ve practiced the skill of line drawings alongside using a new tool to engrave their designs onto slate tiles.
We are looking forward to exploring another material used to paint during the Stone Age. Next week, we will attempt to replicate their cave paintings using paint made from crushed berries.
Miss Blake and Miss Elliot have been very impressed with the children’s effort and attitude towards their new learning and long may it continue as we travel through the history of communication to modern day technology!
We cannot believe that our Reception children have already come to the end of their very first year at school. It’s been eventful, emotional, incredible, engaging and, most of all, enormous fun. We hope that all the parents, friends and family who came to watch our ‘Stepping Up’ assembly enjoyed seeing how confident the children have become since they started school. The children are all very much looking forward to being in Mouse or Rabbit class in Year One. Thank you to all of the parents for your continued support and good luck to all of the children from the Early Years Team.
Here are some of the things the children have said about their year…
Lylas: We loved making lots of new friends at the beginning of the year.
Vinnie: We went on a bear hunt around the school, the mud was so squelchy.
Sienna: We went on a trip to the theatre to watch the snow mouse, it was magical.
Sam: We all learnt lots of new skills- we have learnt to cut, stick, staple and hole punch.
Ruby: We had lots of fun going to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, we got to ride on a tractor, we held lots of baby animals and loved visiting the giraffes!
Faith: We loved dressing up as our favourite book characters for world book day.