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24 October 2014

24 October 2014


Dear Parents / Carers


Thank you to all who came to the Curriculum Afternoon yesterday.  The children enjoyed the opportunity to share their learning with you.


Learning this week Nursery children have been looking at a skeleton in the classroom and have been learning the names of some of the bones in our bodies.  Reception children have been making ‘action’ pictures in art with conkers.  Year 1 children have been discovering the different toys and games, both past and present.  They have also been designing their own games.  Year 2 children have been writing stories about what life would have been like after The Great Fire of London.  In year 3 the children have been studying Art Pointillism which is painting with dots to create colours.   Year 4 children produced a fashion show with speeches and commentaries.  In year 5 the children learnt, in PE, how to pass through spaces. In literacy the children have been writing non-chronological reports.  Year 6 children have been printing and making collages.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – Halle                 1 Willow – Arthur                 2 Apple – Sophie

2 Cherry – Grace                  3 Hazel – Ruby                    3 Larch – Aryon

4 Poplar – The whole class                                                4 Sycamore – The whole class

5 Ash – The whole class    5 Hawthorn – Lucie             6 Silver Birch – Malki

6 White Beam – Rhianna 


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – The whole class                                              1 Willow – Betty

2 Apple – Maryam                2 Cherry – Kaiser                 3 Hazel – Yaseen

3 Larch – Reuben                4 Poplar – Brandon             4 Sycamore – Dylan

5 Ash – Tanusha                 5 Hawthorn – Sarah                        6 Silver Birch – Theo

6 White Beam – Owain



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.


Parents’ Evening Please remember to book an appointment with your child’s teacher.  You can book an appointment by going to or by contacting the school office.


School Uniform can now be purchased on-line directly from Tesco at Your child will bring home a leaflet with further information today.


After School Clubs Please note that due to the INSET day and Parents’ Evening there will be no afterschool clubs in the week after half-term Mon 3 Nov to Fri 7 Nov.

Applying for a place at a secondary school If your child is in year 6 you must apply for a secondary school place before 31 October 2014.  Bristol City Council prefers that you apply online at


Applying for a place at a primary school If you have a child who was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 you must apply for a reception place before 15 January 2015.  Bristol City Council prefers that you apply online at  Please remember that even if your child attends our Nursery you must still complete an application.  Our Family Link Worker, Mr Williams will be happy to help you.


Windmill Hill City Farm October Half Term Activities - Animation workshops, wood chopping and fire building, lantern making, pumpkin carving, apple pressing and lots more.  For further information go to


Park Information Please be warned that on two occasions in the last two weeks we have found drug litter in the park, in the wooded areas behind the dugout.  We have informed the council’s drug and litter team and the police.  Each time the litter has been cleared away safely.  Please take great care when using the park.  Ray, the Park Keeper, is doing his best to help.


Bonfire Night 5 November at Mrs Brown’s Cafe at 5.30pm in the park.  There will be stories, comedy and entertainment from Mr Brown’s pig and special bonfire night hot food.


PTFA News Thank you to everyone who came to the Winter Fair Meeting on Wed.  If you have an idea for a stall you would like to run, or if you would like to offer to help, please email  We will need volunteers for:  Setting up on Friday after school and on Saturday from 10am onwards; Running stalls (2 shifts) 1.45pm-3.30pm and 3.15pm - 5pm; Tidying up 5pm onwards.  We are also looking for people who would be able to help with face painting, nail painting, hair braiding and henna hand painting and for a couple more people to help in the craft room.  We will also need help with stall preparation, poster distribution etc beforehand, if you are not available on the day. Please come along to our social get together on Friday 7th Nov after drop off, at Windmill Hill City Farm cafe.  This is a completely informal event and is just a chance to chat to other parents over a cuppa.

Many thanks, Jo, Alex, Sarah & Katy (PTFA Committee)


PTFA Dates for your diary:

Fri 7 Nov 9am onwards:                  Social get-together - Windmill Hill City Farm Café.

Wed 12 Nov 6pm-7pm:                   Winter Fair Meeting – School Hall *Evening Meeting*

Mon 17 Nov 9am – 10am:               Winter Fair Meeting – In school (room to be confirmed)

Sat 29 Nov 2pm - 5pm:                    Winter Fair – School Hall

Wed 10 Dec 8pm onwards:            Christmas social get-together - Windmill Pub.

Fri 12 Dec 6pm-7.30pm:                 Christmas Disco – School Hall


Dates for your Diary:

Mon 3 Nov – INSET Day – School closed to pupils

Tues 4 Nov – Start of Term 2

Tues 4 Nov – Parents’ Evening – Nursery Oak Only

Wed 5 Nov – Parents’ Evening

Thurs 6 Nov – Parents’ Evening

I hope you all have a lovely break.  We will see your children before 8.55am on Tuesday 4 November 2014.  Gates open at 8.45am.


Emma Payne, Headteacher

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