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Friday, 24 October 2008

Our Celebration Assembly

Today we had a special assembly. Mr Condon talked about inviting people to special events and how we should try and invite all people to our celebrations.

At the end of the assembly Mr Condon told us that Father Eric started as a priest in Fishponds 30 years ago when Mr Condon was a pupil at this school!

The School gave Father Eric a big card and a special present to thank him for 30 years of love and care towards the school and the community. Congratulations Father Eric!

Year 2 has a visit from the school cook

Today Year 2 had a visit from Zoe, the school cook. The children prepared for her visit by writing some open questions to ask her.

When she arrived she talked to the class about her job and the foods she cooks. After that, the children asked her lots of questions about food preparation, types of food and how to cook different things. It was great to hear how much the children have learned about food.
Thank you Zoe for coming in. We really enjoyed it!

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Y5/6P Poetry

The following group poem was produced after our lesson on personification, metaphor and similes.


I am the sun,
I burn away the darkness
With my blazing spirit.
The planets are my children
Surrounding me day and night.

I am a flower without any petals.
I am a clock without hands.
I am a face, gleaming with light.
I am a balloon, high up in the sky.
I am the one who gives you light.

Callum, Sam, Charlotte, Rhianna.

World War II Dunkirk

During their topic on World War II, Y5/6 looked at what happened at Dunkirk. They tried to imagine how soldiers, or rescuers, would have felt at that time and wrote diary entries. Below are two of the entries from Y5/6P

Dear Diary,
Standing here, near the edge of the cold, turquoise sea, my feet sinking in the sand and my spine vibrating, I am desperately hoping that I will be rescued by tonight.
Seconds pass, minutes pass- even hours pass and still no boat. I am scared, scared that I might be one of the unlucky ones - not being rescued, not going home to my family.
Thoughts after thoughts, my head can't take it any more. Then, in the middle of a flashback - Yes! A 15 man boat. I am one of the lucky ones.

Dear Diary,
I was really, really scared. I haven't seen my family yet. I am shaking. I was standing on the sandy beach. My feet were sinking into the ground. "Lord, take me now." I said. Then the sea was crashing against my feet and I saw a boat coming to collect me. I was really glad.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Y2 helping people to recycle

This week in ICT Year 2 have been creating posters to encourage people to recycle. The children remembered lots from last week's recycling workshop and used some new skills to create their posters, including changing the font of their writing. Here are some examples:

Do you recycle?

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Fantastic food sorting

In Y2S we have been doing lots of sorting this week. The children have been sorting foods made from plants and foods made from animals as well as matching up animal based foods with the correct animal that they are made from.

During the group work the children were using their good co-operation and communication skills. Well done Y2S!

Sunday, 12 October 2008

International Singing!

What better way to learn languages than to sing them! That's what we were doing in Singing Assembly this week. We sang a counting song in French - what accents! and started to learn a Polish playground song, helped by all the Polish children. More on that one later...

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Book Week

This week was International Book Week and, to celebrate, many classes met up with each other to share their books and read together. On Friday, the Reception class and Y5/6J spent a happy afternoon sharing their books. We really enjoyed reading to each other and getting to know what we all like to read. We won't be waiting for the next Book Week but will arrange another meeting soon!

Friday, 10 October 2008

Our recycling recount

Today we did a Big Write about yesterday's materials workshop. We were learning how to use time connectives to show the order that things happen. Here is what Dean wrote:
Firstly when Hellen the rubish-techer came in we had a chat about rubish and were it goes. After that we did some rubish drama and Hellen turnd us into steal-cans and we went into the steal-cans resicling facttory. First we got crusht. Then we went into the in-furus and wrer melted.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Today Year 1 and 2 had a visit from Helen, the recycling lady. She explained about what happens to our waste. We learned about what items can be recycled, what happens to a can when it is recycled and why we should use our brown and black bins.
We even got a chance to make a fridge magnet to help us remember what we should put in our brown and black bins.

Can you rememeber what items you can recycle?

Creative writing in Mrs Bell's group

Today, Mrs. Bell's Read/Write group wrote this fantastic piece of descriptive writing together.

One dark moonless night I was walking faster and faster down the lane. When suddenly there was a ghostly figure. The mysterious figure was dressed in black from head to toe and he was carrying a big, red bag.

He took lots of things out of his massive bag, they were covered in blood. I felt sick!

He stared at me with his large spooky red eyes. I sprinted away as quickly as I could. What a terribly scary night.

What an impressive piece of writing. Thankyou to Cole fot helping to put it on the blog!

Wednesday, 8 October 2008


Over the past few weeks Y5/6C has been receiving cricket training from a professional coach. The children have had fun working on skills such as batting, catching and fielding. Check out the videos below, we may have some cricket stars of the future!

Book Week

This week is book week. Children from different classes have joined together to share stories. Below are some photos of children from Y5/6C & Y2S enjoying books together.

Did you know 2008 is the national year of reading?

Below are some website links

Click here for some online picture stories

Click here to for reading challenges -Why not take a book quiz?

Click here for reading ideas

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Get blogging!

Last week Year 2 learned how to find this blog on the internet and how to read and add comments to the stories that are published. It's lovely to read all the comments that they made. You too can make a comment on any of the stories in this blog. Start by clicking on the blue 'comments' link at the bottom of the story you want to comment on. Happy blogging!

Monday, 6 October 2008

Year 5 and 6 have been writing stories about what it must have been like in an air raid during World War Two. Morgan's story really captured the atmosphere. Here's an extract:.

Charlie didn’t know what to do. He couldn’t find his mum or his brother Tom. “Why? Why do I have to go there?” The air raid warden just looked very angry.
“Just do it!” he said sharply. So Charlie did.

Nervously, the boy scampered down to the shelter and shut the door behind him. Charlie thought his heart was going to come out of his chest. Do this; do that; he didn’t know who to listen to. The eight year old boy was all alone. People running around; no one took any notice of poor Charlie. With that, he saw his brother, Tom. “Come on, you lazy thing,” said Tom. “Mum’s been looking for you everywhere.”

Courageously, Charlie walked outside to meet his mother. BANG! “Aww!” said Charlie, “what was that for?”

“That was for not listening to me when I said ‘bombs’,” said his mother.

As Charlie walked into his house, he heard a faint explosion in the distance. Charlie turned round. All around was silence. “Mum! Mum!” There was no reply. He had done it again: lost his mum and brother Tom. “Mum, Mum. Please reply, Mum. I’m scared! MUM!”

What a brilliant piece of writing! Well done, Morgan.

Saturday, 4 October 2008

3D shape drawings

In maths this week Year 5 & 6 have been finding out more about shapes. In this lesson the children needed to create various shapes from cubes. The children were asked to draw their shapes in 3D from different views. Some of the children enjoyed the task so much, they have set themselves a project of producing more 3D pictures.

Friday, 3 October 2008

Year 3/4's stories in familiar settings

Mine and Mrs Mantle's Literacy groups have been looking at stories set in places that we are familiar with. This week we've taken our groups out into the playground to see how it can be so different when it is empty and when it is full with children!

We then used this as inspiration to write the setting of a story. Here is an extract of Agnel's story.

The sky was baby blue with fluffy white clouds in the breezy, cold, peaceful playground. In the background I could hear sirens and motorcycles. Butterflies fluttered around drinking pollen. The autumn leaves swooshed around. Sunlight was beating on the ground. Trucks passed quickly, birds sung their beautiful songs.

Excellent descriptive writing Agnel!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Reception's Class Pets!

As well as having 30 new children in Reception, we are also looking forward to the birth of hundreds of baby snails! The little white eggs, which look like polystyrene balls appeared in their cage this morning. Anyone with any tips or desire to home one (or more) of these delightful, low maintainance pets can speak to Mrs. Rollings.