Whole School events
Tree Poem Challenge
This term we will be joining twenty other schools from Bristol and Somerset in a Science challenge. Each school will be given a science investigation based on the issue of deforestation.
The children were given a homework challenge over the Christmas holidays to write a poem about the issue of deforestation and/or the beauty of trees and forests. The most effective lines from the poems would then be chosen by Mrs Alsop and set to music and recorded as a whole school. We had some wonderful poems to choose from and Mrs Alsop has composed a beautiful song and the children are already learning it in Singing Assembly and in KS2 Choir.
You can view a selection of the poems in the slideshow below. Well done to Eva C, Jowan, Aimee, Lenny, Hatty M, Evan, Isla, Chloe H and Hattie B for your contribution towards the words in the song.
In Term 3, we had a visit from the Roustabout Theatre Company who performed a production of "Luna" (a play about the moon) to the children from Years 3 to 6. It inspired many questions including Amelia in Class 8 who wanted to know "Why did you choose a play about the moon?" "Do you want to go to the moon in real life?" and "How does the moon stay in place and not fall down?"
We entered the ALL (Association for Language Learning) European day of Languages writing competition 2019 and have had our work published on pages 2 and 4 of the report - A magical trip.
Well done to Jessica and Gracie who both won prizes for their wonderful writing in the past tense! Jessica described her journey in a hot air balloon, where she met a flying tiger and sang with the birds. Gracie recounted meeting a turtle who took her on a wonderful moonlit adventure. Both pieces of work used language creatively and were beautifully and imaginatively presented.
To have a look at the lovely work they did, have a glance through the report uploaded below.
KS2 Choir at Southmead Hospital
We always like to support community events and one of our favourite places to sing is in the Atrium at Southmead Hospital. The acoustics are amazing and the sound of the children just raises up through the building and this year it was quite moving to see both staff and patients looking over the barriers from above to listen to the children sing. We even have our own banner!
Helpers Coffee Morning
For many years now, we have invited parents, friends and relatives who have helped us at school in any way over the last year to join us for coffee, mince pies and entertainment. Our KS2 Choir performed some of this year's Christmas repetoire, as well as Mr Lawrence's Year 6 Boy's Choir. We also had delightful singing from some of his Voice students, including Martha and Alice's performance of "I'd do anything" from "Oliver!" - quite special!
Our Reception children performed their wonderful Nativity play - well done to everyone involved! A huge thank you to Mrs Peet, Reception staff and helpers who made this happen. Another highlight of our year!
Christmas is coming!
The Old Vic Theatre School returned to our school to perform their annual Christmas Nativity. We always look forward to watching their enthusiastic performance - it a highlight of the school year. We have to say thank you very much to the School Association for funding this event.
Special Christmas Prayer Space
Huge thanks to Mel Currer, Hannah Aird, Gemma Summers and Annette North who led activities on the theme of hope for both KS1 and KS2 children during lunchtimes. "I am the light of the world".
Agents of Change
Mrs Moody and three Year Six members of the Eco Council attended a very special conference for ‘Agents of Change’ at Cotham School for Eco Councillors at our local schools. Caitlin, Judah and Lily really enjoyed presenting their powerpoint which celebrates the actions they have carried out so far at our school. They were very interested to hear about the ideas which have been put into practice at other local schools in NW24.
Our Year 6 representatives travelled to the Water Explorers Awards event in Canary Wharf, London recently. Our school was recognised for the fantastic work that journey we had been on from a STEM project using plastic recycling, to writing and recording our Song of the Sea which has spread far and wide! Austin and Mya did an amazing job of presenting at the ceremony. We were all very proud of them.
BBC Music Day
We were really pleased as a school to be invited back to join in with the BBC Music Day. This year it was held at Bristol Plays Music. It was very exciting as BBC Points West broadcast live on the lunchtime news, a short feature on the evening news and a fleeting glance on The One Show! The children had great fun working and playing alongside Naomi (from the BBC's Naomi's Nightmares of Nature) and even had a visit from Wallace and Gromit. Well done to all of the orchestra who looked and sounded amazing.