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Friday, 17 December 2010

3D Snowflakes

Today there has been snowflakes in the classroom as well as the playground. With snow falling outside, Y45J have been using craft skills and teamwork to create 3D snowflakes. We used a wikihow to help us. If you want to make your own click here.

Mr Condon HimsELF

Sadly the Christmas Disco has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. It is a great shame as Mr Condon had been preparing some new dance moves that he was going to show off and he was even going to dress up as an elf! Here is some footage of one of his practices.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Press Gang

Y4C have been learning about newspapers over last few weeks as part of their 'Press Gang' project. Recently the class have been looking at news events across the school, creating a class newspaper.


Carols in church

Today the whole school and community sang carols in church with some children acting out the nativity. Well done for the hard work and thank you for those who helped organise the event.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Choir at Cabot circus

On Thursday of last week, the choir were invited to take part in a charity event to raise money for Ronald Macdonald House; a house for the families of ill children. We sang in the balcony area of Cabot Circus in full view of all the shoppers. It can now be revealed that we raised £202.08 during our half hour session of carol singing! This is an amazing amount as the total raised by 12 choirs was £1478. We were also only one of 2 primary choirs, the rest being secondary or adult choirs! So yet again Well Done and Bravo to the choir!!

A Victorian Feast in Y5

Apologies.The Infant Nativity starts at 2.30pm.

That Christmas feeling

There is definitely a Christmas feeling in the air today. The infants have been over to the preschool to watch their wonderful nativity. The singing was great and the audience even joined in with some songs. A big thank you to everyone at preschool for letting us come and watch.
Later the Reception class will be playing some Christmas games on the website, including making a disco dancing santa!

-- By Mr Sherwin

Monday, 13 December 2010

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Making houses

Y4C finished off their 'no place like home' project by making houses. The children worked in groups to measure, saw, glue, paint, build and decorate a house. They used what they have learnt recently in science to construct a circuit to light up their houses. They also fixed a switch to control the light.

Infant Nativity Performance

On Friday the school enjoyed a brilliant Infant Nativity performance.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Wider opportunities performance

Today pupils and parents were treated to a performance by junior classes that have been learning different instruments. Y4C were playing African drums, Y4/5J were playing ocarinas, Y5P played recorders and Y6B were a rock band! It was a fantastic show. Well done everyone!

-- By Mr Sherwin

Monday, 6 December 2010

Victorian Christmas Cards

Y5P have been learning about Victorians. With Christmas coming up, perhaps you would would like to make some Victorian Christmas cards to give to your loved ones. Watch the clip below to find out how but make sure you ask an adult to help with the pin-pricks!

A Wonderful Victorian Project

What an amazing homework project all about Bristol Zoo!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Sketching the past

Yesterday in Y3M these two lucky children dressed up as a knight and a lady. They acted as artist's models for the rest of the class who drew them in their sketch books.

Dinosaur author

We were lucky today to be visited by author Peter J Davidson. He has written two children's novels about dinosaurs. In a special assembly he talked about how he became an author and showed us some fossils. After school David will be in our new library after school. David will be signing books in the Cribbs Causeway on Saturday.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Nativity scene

The gardening club have created a nativity scene next to the courtyard. Come and have a look!

Advent Mass

Today Father Joy came into school a gave a lovely Advent Mass this morning. The school was joined by members of the community and there was some lovely singing.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

This Friday -

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Bristol Questionnaire

For homework Y4C interviewed friends and family to find out more about Bristol for our topic 'There's no place like home'. During a Maths lesson we collected our results together using tallies in a frequency table. Then in ICT we represented our results in bar and pie charts.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Learning about other religions

In Y45J the children have been learning about the Jewish faith. Today they have learned about the Shema, the most important Jewish prayer. The class were asked to write their own prayer in the style of the Shema. Hamze decided to write a Muslim prayer about Allah. Here it is:
Allah is one. Remember everyday. Pray 5 times a day. Allah has no partner. He is one. He is holy and special. Respect Allah when you touch the ground. Respect other faiths.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Year 1 Solve Number Problems

Medieval super sentences

In Y3M the children have been writing some super sentences about knights and castles using adjectives, adverbs and verbs. Here are some that Emily and Hannah created:

The short, scared, ugly knight rode his horse.

Slowly, steadily, lonely the knight rode his horse.

Walking, whispering, cantering the knight rode his horse.

Can you think create your own super sentence?

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Art on homes

Y4C have been looking at how various artists have represented the home. We decided to create some artwork of our own. We put all our drawings together to create a class display.

Parents joining ReadWrite in Reception

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Poetry on being homeless

Y4C have been thinking about the homeless as part of our 'there's no place like home' project. We decided to write some poetry to help raise awareness.

Can you imagine being on the street?

lying there with nothing to eat,

begging for food each day and each night.

Will anyone listen to our moans and cries?

By Isabella

Lying there on the street,

nothing there to eat.

I beg and beg

No one will share a bed.

There is a tear running down my cheek,

Will no one speak?

By Mia

Who will listen?

Who will listen?

Who will help?

Who will help?

Who will give?

Who will give?

Who will live?

By Oliver

Writing property adverts

Y4C have been writing property adverts.

Hill estate agents are proud to present this four bedroom house. This house is big enough for a whole family and there are lots of amenities around. In the living room there is an outstanding and cosy fireplace. It is the house of your dreams, you will definitely be cosy with the fireplace. If you have to drive a car there is a double garage. Buy now!
By Micah

Sydney & Co agents are delighted to promote this truly outstanding 1930's house. It is ideally suited to a growing family. This four bedroom detached house is for sale in Fishponds for £325,000. At the rear of the house is a truly amazing five acre garden, full of fantastic smelly flowers. If you are a gardener then this house will be suited to you. Buy now before it is too late!!
By Sydney.

A,S & R are proud to present for sale a wonderful house in the heart of Fishponds. This stunning house has four spacious bedrooms, all of which are en suite. There are also two modern bathrooms. This house also boasts a fantastic office, perfect for professionals. There is also a large garden -great for children to play and have a tun of fun. Buy now before it's too late!
By Ruby

Friday, 19 November 2010

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Science - Pushing and Pulling

Anti-Bullying Week

This week is anti-bullying week and the children have been learning about what to do if they experience bullying. In year 4 the children have used power point tools to create a poster to help children know what to do.

They also learned about a website,, run by an army of young people working to keep their friends and peers safe by giving advice and support.

Investigating Materials

Year 3 have been investigating different materials to see which is the best insulator. As part of their research they have completed an online simulation. Can you find out which materials are the best insulators?

Y5 Dance Workshop

Y5P have been attending a dance workshop today. They learned loads of cool street dance and hiphop moves and made up their own dances in groups. They will be performing their routines this afternoon.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Wet playtime creativity

Children in Y4C have been making the most of the recent bad weather by building some brilliant models during wet playtimes.

Language Assembly

The juniors were treated to a languages assembly this morning. The children learned to say hello in lots of different languages and sang a song to help them remember them.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Measuring Mass

Today Y4C have been improving their knowledge of mass

Friday, 12 November 2010

Telescopic text

After looking again at the telescopic text website, Y45J have been creating their own extended sentences. Today, they started with 'George stirred his medicine'. Here is what some ended up with:
Yawningly, George stirred his ugly looking, horrific medicine.

George stirred his medicine and it was white as snow.

Yawning, I stirred the poisonous medicine, which was as deadly as a dart with a porcupine spike.

George quickly, stirred his gloomy, fabulous, brown, lumpy and sticky medicine,which was making a horrible stench as horrible as horse droppings and as green as bogeys.

George, as slowly as an elephant walking stirred his marvelous medicine.

Slowly, George suspiciously stirred his medicine, while glaring at his sick, old grandma.

George stirred his unbelievable medicine like crazy, in fact, he was mad like a maniac.

George gently stirred his magnificent, browny, icky, gloomy medicine, which tasted worse than mud and gone off bread.

Data logging

Mrs Joseph's class have been using data loggers to record the sound, light and temperature levels in different parts of the school over the last few days (and nights). Today, they have analysed the data to try and find reasons for the results. There were some very interesting results, especially from Mr. Condon's office and the teacher's staffroom!

-- By Mr Sherwin

Learning how to Write in Reception

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Remembrance Day

Year six performed a moving assembly today to mark Remembrance Day. The assembly included prayers, plays, poems and songs. The school will be holding a 2 minutes silence at 11 o clock.

-- By Mr Sherwin

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

An Assembly About a Special Journey

In this special assembly, Islamic teacher Imam Waqar Nawaz talked to the children about the Hajj, which is the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. This comes before the celebration of the three day global festival of Eid al-Adha.

It's great to be building links with the local Muslim comminity and learning about each others faiths. We look forward to welcoming Imam Nawaz to our school again later this term, to talk to the older children about what beliefs and values our faiths share.