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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.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010


Children in Year 4, 5 and 6 have made a brilliant start to Mathletics. Mathletics is a fantastic online Maths resource which sets tasks and provides help for children's learning in Maths. Some of the classes and children have even managed to make it on to the Hall of fame. Well done!!!

Monday, 8 November 2010

locating local amenities on a map

Today Y4C continued their learning on amenities in the local area by finding amenities on a map. We used google maps & street view to locate the amenities and then matched it to our map. We also made up our own keys.

New After School Clubs


And ICT Club

Playground Singing and Dancing from Year 2

Caerphilly Castle

On Wednesday 3rd November, Y3M went on a trip to Caerphilly Castle as part of their Knights and Castles topic. They we met by Lord Boudiever de Clare, who showed them round the castle. They went into the Great Hall and dressed up. Some of the children dressed as royalty, others were better off servants who lived in the castle and the others were servants from the villages outside the castle walls (they were the poorest and wore sack cloth!)
The children played the game of hunting the lamb and explored the castle rooms, which were used in a recent episode of the TV programme Merlin.
The children also saw some of the engines of war such as a giant cross bow or ballista, a huge catapault called a mangonel and a small one called a trebuchet.
Some of the children bought swords and other things from the shop. It was a fantastic day despite the rain!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

St Fagans

Today Y4C enjoyed a trip to St Fagans National History Museum, as part of their 'No place like home' project. Here we looked at many different homes and houses such as Farmhouses, a tollhouse, a bakehouse, a row of iron workers' houses, a pigsty, bee shelters, prefab bungalows, a celtic village and an eco home/house of the future.

We also visited an 1880's shop, a 13Th century church and many other original buildings moved from various parts of Wales and re-erected to show how people lived throughout the past centuries.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Singing with Parents

This afternoon parents joined the school choir. They came to watch video of the choir's recent charity performance in the new Colston Hall.

Bedroom Designers

Building on the work the children had done for their homework, the children in Y4C have been using to design their own bedrooms. Below are some of their designs. Click on the house in the top right corner to view the room in 3D.

By Joel

By Miegan

Maria Continues Joel's Haunted House Story

Maria was so impressed with Joel's story on the blog, that she continued the story herself during the holiday. That's what I call great homework!

I started with Joel's bit, then carried on with my own bit:

Slowly, pushing the rusty old iron gate open, I gradually got closer and closer. It started to rain, it was so hard it was like a bullet from a gun. Something came into my vision it was two scary statues ready to pounce. Venturing on , the weather got worse and worse when I got closer , I had no choice but to enter.

The house was abandoned. What's going to happen?I jumped through the window and I went into a room. The fire flame flickered as a blaze. The wet window spluttered the room with water. The candles were lit everywhere, I looked very closely and there was a toy car and a treasure chest.I began to scout for a key, I searched in every nook and crannie. “AHA!”I found the lifeless key on the floor next to the kitchen door. I opened the chest, the hinges grinded like two motors colliding . When I opened the chest, there was a nasty odour.I picked up a hand full of the glamouring gold,also it felt like weight lifting, going up stairs I saw another statue glaring at me I was petrified then …. I picked up the blue toy car and it started driving around I was petrified this was ridiculous, I scampered down the stairs whilst this stupid car was chasing after me!I picked it up and threw it out of the window there was a big BOOM! “finally”I ran home , told my parents then they rang the police and closed the abandoned house down and questioned me for hours.

Homework - drawing bedrooms

For topic homework Y4C needed to produce two drawings of their bedrooms. The first was an art drawing of the their room and the second was to map out their room, as if they were looking down on it from above. The homework proved to be a real challenge, with some excellent drawings. The children went on to use these drawings to help them with their ICT work - designing their bedrooms.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Amenities in the local area

Y4C have been taking photos of amenities in the local area without leaving the classroom! As part of their 'no place like home' project the class have been using street view on google maps to find local amenities. How many can you recognise?

Premier Sports

Today the school had a special visitor called John from Premier Sports. He has been teaching each class some new games that they can play at playtimes as well as some other sports and team building games. The children have really enjoyed learning these new games.

-- By Mr Sherwin