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Friday 17th October

17 October 2014


Dear Parents / Carers


Learning this week During ‘Black History Month’ nursery children have been learning about Madam C J Walker who created and sold hair products to African Americans.  The children had their own hair salon in the classroom!  Reception children are excited about their first trip to Forest School today.  They have also been learning about The Little Red Hen story.  Children in year 1 have been learning to write in complete sentences and learning the difference between past and present tenses.  Year 2 children have been learning about The Great Fire of London from Samuel Pepys’ diary.  Children in year 3 have been reading about Thomas Edison and learning about his invention of the electric light bulb.  Year 4 children spent a day as Vikings and made shields and baked oat biscuits.  Children in year 5 have been investigating the various features of news reports and have been writing their own news stories.  Following their visit to the National Space Centre last week, children in year 6 have been designing booklets in preparation for the Curriculum afternoon.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – Nojus                1 Willow – Africa                  2 Apple – Ashton

2 Cherry – Jama                  3 Hazel – Jozef                    3 Larch – Jacob

4 Poplar – Magnus              4 Sycamore – Yasmin        5 Ash – William

5 Hawthorn – Audrey          6 Silver Birch – Tommy      6 White Beam – The whole class


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – Nadiya              1 Willow – Joel                     2 Apple – Hussien

2 Cherry – George               3 Hazel – Saja                      3 Larch – Frank

4 Poplar – Evie                     4 Sycamore – Leo                5 Ash – Kaiden

5 Hawthorn – Will                6 – Silver Birch – Saffron   6 White Beam – The whole class


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 You should have received notification of the forthcoming Parents’ Evenings in November.  You can book an appointment with your child’s teacher by going to or by returning the slip at the bottom of the letter.


School Uniform will be available on-line from Tesco with effect from November 2014, further details will follow after half term.


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  If you need help please contact Mr Williams, our Family Link Worker.


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.  Again, Mr Williams will be happy to help you.


Eid Celebration.  We have an amended total figure, of £545.40, for the amount raised during our recent Eid celebration. These monies will go towards Save the Children Fund who are supporting children in Syria.


Lunchtime Football Club If you child attends lunchtime football club could you please ensure you child has a separate kit.  Football club will still continue even in the rain so if your child has PE in the afternoon they will need a dry kit to change into.


Park Survey Bristol City Council are considering how to change funding of parks. We have heard we may lose our park keeper. Please complete the online consultation and have your say at  


PTFA News Our first Winter Fair planning meeting will be held this Wed 22nd Oct 9am-10am in the top kitchen (year 4 and 5 building).  Please come straight to the kitchen after drop off, or meet by the school office and someone will walk you up.  The Fair is on Sat 29th Nov - we will need lots of help to make it a success.  If you have an idea for a stall you would like to run, or if you would like to offer to help, please come to the meeting, or email  Everyone will be very welcome and it is fine to bring young children to the meeting with you.  We will need lots of volunteers for the day itself, but we will also need people to help with preparation on the weeks leading up to the fair (sourcing raffle prizes, putting up posters, wrapping grotto presents, collecting donations on the gates, preparing games and food).  Any help you can give would be brilliant! A huge thank you to everyone who helped with the Art On The Hill Art Exhibition and Workshop Day on Sat 4th Oct and to all of you who came along to take part.  It was a fantastic event and we had lots of delicious cake donations for the cafe - thank you!  The exhibition of Matisse inspired art that the children had done was stunning.  Thank you so much to the parents who led these sessions in the classes in June and July.  The workshops on the day were really inspiring and lots of fun.  Children and parents produced some beautiful Art work.  Well done to DB for leading this project.  The Matisse exhibition is up in the school reception area and school hall, so please do pop in and see it, if you couldn't make it on the day.  Time-lapse film and photos of the event will be available on the school website soon. Many thanks, Jo, Alex, Sarah & Katy (PTFA)

PTFA Diary Dates:-

Wed 22nd Oct 9am-10am:          Winter Fair Meeting – Top Kitchen             

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

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

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

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

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

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


Dates for your Diary:

Thur 23 Oct 2.30pm- 3.20pm Curriculum Afternoon for parents

Fri 24 Oct – End of Term 1

Mon 3 Nov – INSET Day – School closed to pupils

Tues 4 Nov – Start of Term 2

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 20 October 2014.  Gates open at 8.45am.


Emma Payne, Headteacher

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