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2nd December 2016

2nd December 2016


Dear Parents /Carers,


Learning This Week:  Reception classes have been making Christmas trees and writing Christmas cards for friends and family.  Year 1 have made an Advent Wreath and been writing their own alien stories.  Year 2 have been writing a story called ‘Into the Forest’ and also a diary entry about story writing.  Today  they went on a Forest School day to Nightingale Woods.  Year 3 have been learning about earthquakes and about 3D shapes in maths.  Year 4 have been learning their 7 times table in maths and learning about apostrophes in English.  Year 5 have been learning about gravity and writing a ‘defeating the beast’ story.  Year 6 have been reviewing their artwork and in maths they have been converting decimals into fractions.


Teachers and children will be updating their class pages on the website every Friday, do look at what they are all learning.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Ash: Elijah, Reception Hawthorn: Amel, 1 Whitebeam: Xander, 2 Elm: Flo, 2 Lime: Maisie,

3 Willow: Harvey, 3 Juniper: Ashton, 4 Apple: Stan, 4 Cherry: Archie, 5 Hazel: Ghaith, 5 Larch: Daniel,

6 Blackthorn: Enzo, 6 Dogwood: Gracie-Jayne


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Ash: Aleena, Reception Hawthorn: Isaac, 1 White Beam: Ava,

2 Elm: Sarah, 2 Lime: Florie, 3 Willow: Joel, 3 Juniper: Giulia, 4 Apple: Brooke, 4 Cherry: Jama,

5 Hazel: McKenzie, 5 Larch: Azarel, 6 Blackthorn: Chloe, 6 Dogwood: Megan


Reception Admission – September 2017: Parents/carers with children born between 01 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 are now able to make an application for reception admission in September 2017.  The guide for parents/carers is available on-line at for you to view and download. The closing date for all applications is midnight 15 January 2017.


Prospective Parent/Carer Evening Tuesday 6 December 6.00pm:  This meeting is for parents/carers who are thinking of applying for a Reception place here at school and who have questions regarding the recent Ofsted inspection.


Christmas Performance Tickets: Christmas play tickets are now on sale from the school office. Tickets are £1 per adult and 50p for children.  Please note that you will only be allowed to purchase 2 tickets per child in the first instance.  We will open waiting lists so that you can request extra tickets should they become available.


World Book Day: All classes have been thinking this week about books that inspire them to love reading.

Some children from each class have worked with author Sean Taylor to create artwork for a library display that will be part of our school entry for this year's World Book Day competition.

Thank you to Sean and all the children involved.


PTFA NEWS:   We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped, donated and came along to the Winter Fair last Saturday.  The day was a fantastic success and we couldn't have done it without all of your support.  We raised an amazing £1925!  We would love any feedback, anything that can help us build on the success for next year.  What was great about this year’s fair?  Was there anything that you felt didn't work?

We have a number of cake tins which still need to be collected.  If you are missing yours please talk to one of us or e-mail us at

Don't forget we also have a Facebook page which is a great way to keep up with events and keep in touch with your PTFA.


Many Thanks, Wendy, Mary, Hannah, Lisa, Katy and Rose (PTFA Committee)


Christmas Food Bank Donations:  Please help families in Bristol this Christmas by donating any of these items before 12 December:

tinned potatoes, noodles, fruit juice (long life), tinned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, sponge puddings, jam, milk (UHT or powdered), crisps/snacks.  You can also donate Christmas treats

(by 9 December) chocolates (tins, boxes, bars), Christmas biscuits, tinned meat, stuffing, gravy, Christmas puddings, mince pies or custard.  These donations can go to 5 Larch or the office.


Bristol Old Vic Theatre Trip: Years 2 to 6 are all going to see ‘The Snow Queen’ at Bristol Old Vic on Wednesday 14 December.  If you have not already done so, please return the permission slip with your payment to the office as soon as possible.  Alternatively you can pay online at  Thank you.


Dates for your Diary:


Tues 6 Dec – prospective parent/carer meeting – 6.00pm – School Hall

Wed 7 Dec – No Cooking Club

Thurs – 8 Dec – No Cooking Club

Fri 9 Dec – Christmas Play performance – EYFS – 9.30 am – School Hall

Fri 9 Dec – Christmas Play performance – KS1 – 2.00pm – School Hall

Sat 10 Dec – Bedminster Lantern Parade

Mon 12 – Christmas Play performance – EYFS – 9.30am – School Hall

Mon 12 – Christmas Play performance – UKS2 – 2.00pm – School Hall

Mon 12 – Christmas Play performance – LKS2 – 6.00pm – School Hall

Tues 13 Dec – Christmas Play performance KS1 – 9.30am – School Hall

Tues 13 Dec – Christmas Play performance LKS2 – 2.00pm – School Hall

Tues 13 Dec – Christmas Play performance UKS2 – 6.00pm – School Hall

Tues 13 Dec – Christmas Dinner & Christmas Jumper Day – 50p donation to charity

Wed 14 Dec – Y2-6 Theatre Trip

Thurs 15 Dec – Christmas Church service & Christmas parties

Fri 16 Dec – last day of term

Tues 3 Jan – INSET DAY – school closed to children

Wed 4 Jan – Term 3 starts


We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 5 December.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Lucy Swift

Acting Head

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