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3rd March 2017

3rd March 2017


Dear Parents /Carers,


Learning this week: Reception classes this week enjoyed their trip to Wookey Hole, where they learned about dinosaurs, stalactites and stalagmites amongst other things. Year 1 have been looking at problem solving and adding 10 to any number. Year 2 have been learning the poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' and in maths they have been adding and subtracting 2 digit numbers. Year 3 have been learning about pictograms and bar graphs this week in maths. Year 4 have been writing ‘warning stories’ and in maths they have been looking at addition problems. Year 5 have been illustrating descriptive extracts from the book 'Journey to the River Sea' by Eva Ibbotson for World book day and in maths they have been practising using the formal method of multiplication. Year 6 have been writing and editing their own narratives and in maths they have been calculating area and perimeter of rectangles, parallelograms and triangles.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to: Reception Hawthorn: James, Reception Ash: the whole class, 1 Silverbirch: Keelie, 1 Whitebeam: Milo, 2 Elm: Javier, 2 Lime: Rafa, 3 Juniper: Olive,

3 Willow: Oliver, 4 Cherry: Ruby, 4 Apple: Ikhlaas, 5 Larch: Tyler, 5 Hazel: Edward, 6 Blackthorn: Chloe,

6 Dogwood: Evie


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to: Reception Hawthorn: Megan, 1 Silverbirch: Pablo,

1 Whitebeam: Iolo, 2 Elm: Storm, 2 Lime: Gabriel, 3 Willow: Tia, 4 Apple: Zac, 4 Cherry: Maja,

5 Larch: Emily, 5 Hazel: Trixel, 6 Blackthorn: Robert, 6 Dogwood: Billy


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


World Book Day: It was great to see so many children and staff dressed up once again for the 20 year anniversary of World Book Day. Thank you to everyone for taking part and helping to raise £136.73 (so far!) for Book Aid International.

We received a letter of thanks and a copy of ‘A Child of Books’ by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston for our library from the World Book Day Competition organisers for our wonderful display in the library.

We would like to say a huge thanks to the PTFA and helpers who helped to organise and run the 50p book sale and bedtime story events which were both a great success and helped make the day really enjoyable for all the children. Children in KS2 can look forward to a visit from author Sean Taylor which has been booked for next term.

£1 World Book Day Vouchers coming home today: These will be sent home with all children today. They can be used to pay for any of the 10 new exclusive £1 books created for World Book Day. To view the titles go to The vouchers can also be used to give £1 off the price of any children’s books in participating shops. Local shops which stock the £1 books and where you can use the vouchers include; Waterstones in The Galleries, Sainsbury’s Castle Court and Tesco at Brislington. We hope the children use the vouchers to choose a new book.


Donations for school in Somaliland: One of our SMSAs, Sabah Egah, is collecting donations for the Go’o primary school in Somaliland. We would be very grateful for donations of children’s clothes/shoes that your children have outgrown; books and pencils. Please give in to the school office. Thanks for your support.


Staff Retirement: We are sorry to announce the retirement, at the end of April, of our amazing Site Manager, Mr Parkes. Mr Parkes has worked at St Mary Redcliffe for 10 years and is a valuable member of the staff team keeping our school secure and ensuring our safety on site. We wish him well for the future!


PTFA News: Seed Planting. We will be holding a seed planting session on Friday 17 March between 9.00am-12.00am in school. We would love as many parent/carer volunteers as possible to come along and help with this. You don't need to be green fingered, just enthusiastic and happy to pitch in. The seeds being planted are to be used for the plant sale on May 18. Come and join in the gardening!


World Book Day: A huge thank you to everyone who helped with world book day, to all the volunteers who offered their time and to the staff who made their classrooms look so fabulous and came along to read bedtime stories. Thank you to all the parents, carers and children who donated books and provided such wonderful costumes and came along to support these fantastic events. Another very successful World Book Day.


Annual General Meeting: A reminder that the PTFA AGM is being held on Monday 20 March at 3.30pm in the school hall. This is our most important meeting of the year and we need as many parents as possible to attend. Keep an eye out for the letter coming home in book bags regarding the PTFA opportunities that are becoming available. All are welcome.


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


Community News: Handfuls of Harmony: Sing into Spring: Saturday 4 March 10.30am - 12.30pm at Ashton Park School, BS3 2JL. FREE and fun singing workshop for adults and children to sing together led by Ali Orbaum of Handfuls of Harmony. No experience necessary. Friendly atmosphere and expert teaching. Refreshments provided. More info at


Window Wanderland: Look out for the children’s art works in the Window Wanderland locally on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March.


Dates for your Diary:

Tue 14 March – Year 6 Camp Meeting – 6.00pm – School Hall

Mon 20 March – PTFA AGM – 3.30pm – School Hall

Thurs 18 May – PTFA Plant Sale

Fri 24 March – Comic Relief Day

Sat 1 July - Summer Fair-School Playground


Have a good weekend. We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 6 March. Gates open at 8.45am.


Lucy Swift

Acting Head

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