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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Friday, 25 November 2011

Learning about Islam

In RE the school had been learning about Islam. Earlier in the week years 5 and 6 went to visit the local mosque. Today, four Muslim children from the school talked to year 1 about what it is like to be a Muslim and how they pray. Did you know Muslims pray five times a day?
Big thanks to those who gave the talk.
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In Reception today we are...

Reading stories

Learning together

Being healthy

Drawing and writing

And making a troll bridge!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Bristol Old Vic Nativity

A wonderful performance. A big thank you to the PTFA for funding this for all the school.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Faces in history

Y5/6C have placed themselves into different times in history as part of their 'Back to the future' project. The children needed to find photos from 1950 to the present day and then use ICT skills to place themselves into it.

Back to the future - ICT

Liam in Y5/6C produced this fantastic Back to the future scene to go with our project. He has downloaded many pictures and placed them on to google sketchup. - Well done Liam!

Friday, 18 November 2011

Children in need

Today Y5P gave an excellent children in need assembly. The class explained what children in need is all about and why it is so important. We had jokes, dancing and lots of singing -Well done!

A Report about A Day of Dressing Up!

First, myself and my friends Ollie, Oliver and Micah had a discussion about the Jessie May Trust, which is a charity to help sick children. We talked to our head teacher about raising money for them and when we could do it. A non-uniform day was arranged for Friday 11th November. If children wanted to dress up, they were asked to give a donation of £1.00. The money collected was given to the Jessie May Trust. All this information was added to the school newsletter.

On Friday 11th November we all dressed up. It was a fantastic day when lots of children showed off their stylish clothes. Apparently, the whole school dressed up. It was treat for our eyes to see so many different colours and fashions.

We were all very glad and thankful to all the children in our school for participating. We raised a total of £180.25. Myself, I felt very proud for organizing such a great event.

By Joel V

Year 2 sending special letters

Who are they being sent to?

Thursday, 17 November 2011


This week Y5/6C studied Graffiti as part of their 'Back to the future' project. The children went on to create some brilliant Graffiti tags of their own.

Pop Art

Y5/6C have been looking at art through the ages from 1950 to the present day as part of their 'Back to the future' project. We studied Pop art, going on to create some of our own. The children produced some fantastic drawings!

The investigation continues

The community support officers were called in today to help year 1 find out what happened to the missing porridge. They took a detailed description of the suspect, Goldilocks, to help them know who to look for. The children learned how important it is to give a good description with as much information as possible to help the investigation. Did you see anything suspicious yesterday afternoon?

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Missing porridge

Today year 1 were making porridge as part of their Goldilocks and the three bears topic. They made some for Mr Condon, Mrs Rollings and Mr Sherwin but the porridge was too hot so they put it in the classroom to cool down. When they came back after play they saw that someone had eaten the porridge and Mr Sherwin's porridge was eaten all up!
Can you help us investigate what happened?

Charley's Donkey Tooth Fairy

In assembly this week Charley shared his story 'The Donkey Tooth Fairy', which was shown on children's television recently. Charley won a competition to write a story for TV and visited the TV studios to watch his story made into a cartoon and also record the narration. Well done Charley!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Learning Detectives giving feedback to learners in Year 6

Ollie and Evie gave some great feedback to learners in Year 6. A great start for our Learning Detectives.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Scientific Stories in Year 5

Mrs Patton asked Y5P to write a story about the digestive system using scientific information.

Here is my story -

The Story of a Bite of Burger.

The canines pulled me apart and the molars squeezed me to my death! . As I was chewed I was mixed with that bubbly saliva “bluuu!!” I mumbled. “Nooo” as I went down the black pitch hole in the back. Now I will start my long… “journey!! around the warm body . I started to shiver as I saw a deep drop.

I squeaked at the very top of my voice as I was squished by the tonsils. I’m getting flushed by that bubbly saliva again. FLYING at top speed down the orange oesophagus. BANGG! Into the stomach. “Ouchhh!” I’m stuck in between that full stomach.

Hours Later :

All juicy nutrients have been taken out of me. I’m now in the small intestine it feels like I am on a ghost train it is so windy. “Weeeeee.” I’ve been going down the small intestine for three hours and it is really rough and very bumpy. It is so cramped here,pieces of me are just flying of. BANG! BANG! “Oww eee ouchh!” I wailed as I hit the side of the small intestine.

“Woohoo!” I said as I changed from the small intestine to the spacious large intestine. “Ewwww!” I cried as I was covered in slime “uhhh!” I’ve still got a while before I come out of the slimy large intestine. “Wohoo.” My old shape has gone and my new shape is a…s sausage “Uhhh” I gasped as I rolled around and around the large intestine. I felt sick but I only have a couple of minutes left.

I’ve hit the end of the large intestine. “Yey I’ve came to the end of my journeyyy!” Biong I have just hit the rectum. Boof I’m flying out like a bowling bowl going to hit the skittles so hard…

By Sydney-Kay

I got a head teachers award for this piece of scientific description of the digestive system.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

National Anti-Bullying Week 2011

The School Council met in September and wrote some great guidance for other children, if they have a problem in school –

We expect every pupil to take responsibility for looking after each other and being there for everyone!

Someone on their own –

We expect everyone in the school to ask them if they are OK. Perhaps ask them to join in and play. If that does not help ask Buddies for advice.

Children who argue -

Get Buddies to help as they have been trained to help with children who do not get on with each other.

Children hurting each other –

Tell a member of staff immediately.

If you think someone is being bullied –

If you feel able to, point out to the bully what they are doing – they might not have realised they were bullying. Always tell a member of staff who will tell the Headteacher. Befriend the child who is being bullied.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Back to the future science?

Y5/6C have continued to explore electricity in science lessons. This week the class investigated the question -which materials make good electrical conductors? They were then given the challenge of using the 'Back to the future' car to connect a circuit together. The children were inspired by a clip of the film Back to the Future when the characters needed to get power (electricity) to their car. We made our cars from a net after exploring nets in our maths work.

We went on to make different switches and pressure pads.

Time detectives

In ICT this week Y5/6C were time detectives undertaking an internet treasure hunt. The children needed to find out the answer to several history questions from 1948 to the present day. The class was great at using internet search engines to track down the solutions to questions such as:

Helen Sharman was the first British person to go into space in 1991, for which sweet company did she work for before becoming an astronaut?

What was the name of the manager when England won the world cup in 1966?

Friday, 11 November 2011

Y6 Rememberance Assembly

Today the Year 6 class shared an informative and spiritual rememberance day assembly. It included singing, poetry and prayer. Well done year 6.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Dear Parent/Carer,

‘Be Bright High Visibility Day’

To mark the clocks going back and the evenings getting darker, pupils are encouraged to dress up in their brightest clothing for a special BIKE IT dress up day tomorrow. There will be prizes for the best dressed pupils and best blinged bikes! Pupils need to be in the playground by 8.50am to parade. Walkers and cyclists can dress up in bright clothing.

Bikes should decorated or blinged to make them look at wacky and bright as possible. You can use cardboard, paper, tinsel, glitter, material, fake fur, lights, or yoghurt pots.

Your bike must be decorated at home
Make sure there is nothing interfering with your chain, wheels or other moving parts
Your bike must still be safe to ride

Also don’t forget the Bike Gear Sale which takes place at 3.00pm onwards in the playground.

Friday will also be a non-uniform day for the whole school to raise money for the ‘Jessie May Trust’ which is a charity which helps sick children. This has been organised by Ollie, Olly, Joel and Micah who are all in Y5. Bring in a donation of £1 to wear your own clothes.

Next Friday will also be a non-uniform day with a ‘spots’ theme in support of Children in Need. Wear spots on that day and bring in a £1 donation.

Many thanks for supporting these important causes,

Yours sincerely,

Matt Condon,

Learning from Nature

In today's assembly we will be learning lessons from nature. But who is the teacher?

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Shared Prayer

Today Year 1 invited the reception class to come and pray with them. Because Year 1 have been learning the Our Father in Makaton (simple sign language), they decided that they would teach the prayer to the younger ones. Some of the reception children learned the signs very quickly.

Friday, 4 November 2011


Thursday, 3 November 2011


Today we met our new Bike-It officer, Ian. He helped us understand how important it is to be seen on the road, particularly now it is darker in the mornings and evenings. Next Thursday, everyone can come into school as brightly coloured as possible, to make sure you can be seen no matter how dark it is. Don't forget to bring your brightly coloured bike too. There will be a prize for the most 'visible' bike as well as the most 'visible' child.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Talk on Fishponds

Today Y5/6C had a visit from John Bartlett Chairman of the Fishponds Local History Society. We were given a fantastic virtual walkabout tour of Fishponds. We learnt about the history, how it has changed and discovered the many things that were made in the local area.

The Humble Factor

Why were these saints so humble in their service to Jesus?

We are finding the answer in today's assembly...