Year 1

The Christmas season is officially upon us!

We have been ‘wowed’ by the children’s level of enthusiasm and effort that has gone into their singing and dancing this year. The Year One children were absolutely AMAZING in their performance and we are incredibly proud of them.

Even though the Christmas chaos has begun the children are still putting fantastic efforts into their core subjects. In our writing lessons we have been learning the story ‘The Tiger Child’. We have been blown away by the vocabulary and structure that the children have used in their story writing. The children have also been working hard in Maths lessons using their amazing Oracy skills to prove addition and subtraction equations.


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 6 Blog

Visit to M-Shed

This week, Year 6 were lucky enough to visit the M-Shed museum and take part in a workshop based on how the lives of people in Bristol were impacted during World War One. We explored sources from the past such as photographs and postcards as well as artefacts such as bomb shells and thought about what this told us about life during this time. We were even able to dress up as people from the era and learnt about their roles in society.

We were particularly interested to find out more about conscientious objectors who chose not to fight in war, even when conscription was introduced in 1916. We learnt about how they were sent to prison for refusing to fight and were often given the white feather by people as they were believed to be cowards.

 

After learning about the lives of many different people during this time, the children put on a short sketch to demonstrate how the lives of people were affected both during and after World War One. The children were extremely creative with these sketches and demonstrated fantastic knowledge and understanding of the lives of people at this time.

We then enjoyed a visit around the museum and managed to find lots of different things linked to our topic. We were particularly interested in the display which was all about the Suffragettes. We found out about the many different ways in which they fought for their rights.


Year 4 Blog

Welcome back to Term 2 and we’ve started it with a big focus on KINDNESS. Let’s see how many year 4 children can gain an ‘I am kind’ sticker from Ms Porter and Miss Robbins. We’re really proud of those children who have already received one!

At the end of last term Year 4 children turned into journalists and went back in time to the Battle of Hastings. They worked extremely hard and we are very proud of their final results. We had a clear focus for the children to ensure they wrote formally and included factually correct information. They amazed us because they were able to remember key facts of the Battle of Hastings without guidance. Most children were fascinated with the way Harold Godwinson took an arrow to the eye, allowing William the Conqueror to be crowned King on Christmas day in 1066.

Year 4 have also shown their creative side with Mr Jeanes and have been focusing on their own Viking character. The children worked really hard to ensure that their Viking people were historically accurate and even were keen to include finer details.

 

Our next creative venture is in Design and Technology where the children will be cross stitching their initials using Viking Runes.

Can’t wait for a great term 2. Don’t forget that ‘in a world where you can be anything, be kind.’


Year 5 Blog

Ever wondered where your coffee comes from? Year 5 finished last term with fantastic explanation texts on how coffee is made.   We certainly worked hard researching, writing and designing our published pieces.  These included information on where coffee beans grow, how they are harvested and the most popular ways to drink coffee.  We were all proud of our efforts.

Year 5 have also been great scientists.  We have been developing our scientific knowledge and skills by designing and conducting fair tests.  We investigated whether water temperature had an effect on the dissolving of sucrose (sugar) in smarties which led to some surprising results!

 

We particularly enjoyed our latest experiment where we used blueberries to dye t-shirt material for different lengths of time to see if it affected the absorption of pigment (colour). This was inspired by our Americas topic including the Native Americans who used fruits and vegetables to dye their clothes, tepees and wigwams.

    

In our topic lessons, year 5 have been focusing on blues music and its influence on modern day music.  We will soon be writing our very own song in the style of the 12 bar blues.  In art with Mr Jeanes, Year 5 produced beautiful pieces of artwork based on landscapes using colour swatches, which have now been framed ready for display.

Year 5 certainly have had a marvellous start to Term 2!


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.


EYFS Autumn Walk

Learning about autumn has been great fun.  We have studied leaves, pinecones and conkers and even met some tortoises getting ready to hibernate over the winter.  This week we left the school for our autumn walk.  We walked along the cycle path to Mangotsfield Station noticing the signs of autumn as we went.  When we arrived there we carried out a scavenger hunt, looking for different coloured leaves (there were lots of yellow and orange leaves) and for other natural objects.  We even chanted the story of the Bear Hunt as we explored.  Later we collected twigs and leaves to make a cosy home for a hedgehog.

After our walk we used the objects we collected and described them using our five senses.  We came up with a collaborative autumn sensory poem.

“In the autumn I can see the leaves changing colour.

In the autumn I can hear the leaves crunching underneath my feet.

In the autumn I can feel water from the puddles splashing.

In the autumn I can smell smoke from a bonfire.

In the autumn I can taste hot chocolate and toffee apples.”

Our children have thoroughly enjoyed their first term at school and have settled into their learning brilliantly.  We are so proud of the way they have become positive learners and can’t wait to see the progress they continue to make in term two.


Life in Year 6

Lifeskills

This week, we have been fortunate enough to visit the Lifeskills Centre. Lifeskills aims to show children how to take personal responsibility for their own safety. The children learnt how to assess risk and cope with difficult situations by taking part in a range of realistic, interactive activities.

The children worked in small groups and were taken around the realistic “village” by the excellent volunteer guides.  Here, they experienced a number of difficult or dangerous situations. Some examples of these included understanding the safety regulations on a beach, a train track, and crossing roads. The children also learnt how to call the fire, ambulance and police service, giving clear and accurate information of the event and the location they were in.  It was brilliant to see the children working together to decide how to overcome each problem and have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes in a safe environment.

 

Black History Month

During this month, we have been celebrating the work of some key, influential black women and learning about their impact on both history and society today. We have learnt how Maya Angelou pursued her dream to become a writer by not allowing those who told her she could not because of the colour of her skin. We have also studied the British athlete, Tessa Sanderson CBE and discussed how she has influenced many young athletes to take part in sports today. We even tried to throw a javelin like her during our lunch time. This week, we have learnt about Malala Yousafzai and her role in fighting for equal rights for girls in education. We thought about how brave Malala was during very difficult times in her life and reflected upon our own bravery to stand up to things that we know are unfair or unjust.

Remembrance Garden

Next term, linking closely with our World War 1 topic, we will be creating a commemorative remembrance garden. We will be filling the garden with poppies and will take time to reflect and remember those soldiers who have scarified their lives for our country. We would like to thank you for all of the plastic bottles that we have received from you which we will be using to make our poppies.

Homework Club

It has been wonderful to see so many children attending homework club every Monday after school and working so hard during this time. It is great to see the children developing their learning further and asking questions to support them in securing their understanding of different topics. It has also been wonderful to see the children move on to further challenges beyond their homework to extend their understanding.

 


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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