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23 January 2015

23 January 2015


Dear Parents / Carers


Learning this week Nursery children have been continuing the ‘Frozen’ theme by making penguins and snowmen from various materials.  Reception children were pretending to be palaeontologists - instead of discovering dinosaur bones, the children were extracting chocolate chips from biscuits with wooden tools!   Children in year 1 have been reading the Anansi Stories and then writing and performing their own stories.  Year 2 children have been learning to divide by 3,4 and 5.  Using the netbooks to research facts about the Brazilian Rainforest has been one of the topics for year 3 children.  Year 4 children have had a ‘Chocolate Quest’ from which they have learnt about chocolate.  Year 5 and 6 children had an exciting ‘CSI’ (Crime Scene Investigations) day in school.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – Maeve               1 Willow – Lucan                 2 Cherry – Jess                   

3 Hazel – Draco                   3 Larch – Arlo                       4 Poplar – Ava                     

4 Sycamore – Emmanuella                                               5 Ash – Tanusha                            

6 Silver Birch – Samir         6 White Beam – The whole class


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – Isobel                1 Willow – Olive                   2 Cherry – Eve                    

3 Hazel – David                    3 Larch – Jude                     4 Poplar – Erwin                 

4 Sycamore – Ameena       5 Ash – Dylan                       6 Silver Birch – Kaichi

6 White Beam – Sam


Redcliffe Lantern Parade Sat 24 Jan – We are very excited as it’s nearly time! All the children have made fabulous lanterns.  Everyone is really welcome to come along with their family.  Hope to see you there! Children to collect their lanterns at 4.30pm from the Children’s Centre car park in Ship Lane.  The parade will start at 4.45pm.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Wear warm clothes and waterproofs.  The children may take their lanterns home after the parade.  There will be free refreshments available at the end of the parade – hot soup and roll, tea and flapjacks.


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-  Please note that our website now has a ‘translator’ button on the ‘Home’ page which allows text to be translated from English.





Free School Meals.  If you think your child may be entitled to receive free schools meals please either come to the school office or go to to apply.  It is very important that anyone who is entitled applies for free school meals as the school receives extra funding towards the children’s education.  All information that you provide is, of course, confidential.  Please remember that even if you apply for free school meals your child does not have to have school dinners – you can continue to provide them with a packed lunch if you wish. This includes Reception, year 1 and year 2 children (even though they get a free lunch!)


ESOL Classes:  Do you want to improve your English? Do you want to improve your grammar and increase your vocabulary?  We will be running free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) conversation classes for parents in school this term.  Classes start 4th February 1 pm - 3pm in the School House.  There will be a free creche available for pre-school children. If you are interested please sign up at the school office.


Shape the Future! Personalise local services for families of children with SEN and disabilities  Join parent carers and professionals on Thursday 26 Feb 2015, 9.30am to 2.30pm at the Future Inn Bristol, Bond Street South, Bristol.  Booking is essential – visit or call 0117 9375623 or email


PTFA News:  First PTFA meeting of this term on Mon 26 January9am-10am, in the school house. Everyone is welcome, please do come. This is your chance to have an input into planning events and to discuss how the money we raise can be used to benefit our children.  It is also a great way to meet other parents. We will be holding other meetings and social events throughout the term.  Please see dates below.  

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Many thanks, Jo, Alex, Sarah and Katy (PTFA Committee).

Request If you have any empty plastic water bottles (any size) please bring them to school for the Nursery children who are hoping to build an arch with them.

Dates for your Diary:


Thurs 5 Feb              9am onwards – PTFA Social get-together - Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe

Thurs 5 Feb              6.30 – 7.30pm Parents Workshop - Come and learn about Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar with New Curriculum and Assessment update

Fri 13 Feb                  End of Term 3

Mon 23 Feb               Start of Term 4

Tues 3 Mar                9am-10am – PTFA General Meeting - School 

Mon 9 Mar                 9am onwards – PTFA Social get-together – Windmill Hill City Farm Cafe

Wed 18 Mar               6.30-7.30pm - PTFA AGM - School Hall (childcare provided)

Wed 25 Mar               7.30pm onwards – PTFA Social get-together - Windmill Pub                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 26 January 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am.




Emma Payne,


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