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Friday 3rd October

3 October 2014


Dear Parents / Carers


Learning this week Nursery children have been working with numbers and learning to count.  In Reception the children have been matching numerals to quantity with Ms Squirrel!  They have also been mixing autumnal colours.  Year 1 children have been writing ideas for birthday presents for ‘Titch’.  Children in year 2 have been learning about London and how important it is in the world of money!   Children in year 3 went swimming for the first time this term. In literacy they have been changing the ‘Billy Goat Gruff’ story so that the troll is a good person!   In science year 4 children have been testing air resistance through different size parachutes and on Monday their classroom had been attacked by a ‘Jorvik Ridgeback’!  Year 5 children visited @Bristol and investigated how to change the state of various substances.  Year 6 children have been learning about fractions and percentages.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – Louis                 1 Willow – Zed                      2 Apple – Dawid

2 Cherry – Sabira                 3 Hazel – Layla                    3 Larch – Azaan

4 Poplar – Emilio                 4 Sycamore – Jermaine     5 Ash – Elli-May

5 Hawthorn –            Malachy         6 Silver Birch – Liam           6 White Beam – Harley-Jay


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – Wilf                    1 Willow – Tiyanna              2 Apple – Millie

2 Cherry – Jennifer             3 Hazel – Shreya                 3 Larch – Mahdi

4 Poplar – Ellie                     4 Sycamore – Stacey          5 Ash – Zoe

5 Hawthorn –            Abigail           6 Silver Birch – Tommy      6 White Beam – Daisy


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!)


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:- 


Caption Competition Congratulations to Miles 4 Poplar, Tehillah Reception Elm, Leon 4 Poplar and Katie 2 Apple for being the winning entries in our photo caption competition.  They all received colour photos and pencil cases from Kenya.  Well done everyone who took part – the standard of entries was very high and we appreciate all the effort you all made.  Money raised will go to Child of Hope.


The system to support children with special educational needs and disabilities is changing  The new Special Educational Needs and Disability system came into force in 

September and means that your local authority and school has to make sure you

and your child are fully involved in decisions about how they support your child's

special educational needs and disabilities in future. They must listen carefully to what

you want and give you advice and support. The local authority has published its 

'local offer' making clear which services are available for children with SEN locally.

You can find this at If you think these changes to the SEN and disability system applies to you, you can: ​​​Speak to your child's teacher or school SENDCo (Miss Radnor), contact your local authority's impartial information, advice and support service. You can find contact information for one of these here:, or with the SEN section at the local authority  on 0117 922 3700.


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 will be celebrating Eid Al Adha in school this week. All children are invited to wear their celebration clothes to school on Thursday 9th October, these can be traditional or party clothes, for a donation of 50p.  We are holding our Eid party after school in the hall. If you would like to bring in food or cakes for our party please bring it in on Thursday morning or if you are bringing hot food please bring it in at 3pm.  We look forward to seeing you all at the party.


ART ON THE HILL EXHIBITION, WORKSHOPS AND CAFE: Saturday 4 Oct 10.30-4.00 Please come along tomorrow to see your child’s work in an art exhibition, take part in free workshops and eat delicious food from our vintage cafe.  Everyone is welcome.


PTFA News:-  Don't forget, it's our Art On The Hill Art Exhibition & Workshop Day on Sat 4th Oct, 10.30am-4pm in the school playground. We could still do with a few more volunteers to look after the art exhibitions for an hour.  Please email, if you can help.  We would also LOVE donations of cakes for our Tea Room.  Please bring cakes to school playground on Sat 4th from 9am onwards. Many thanks, Jo, Alex, Sarah & Katy (PTFA Committee)



Dates for your Diary:

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


I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  Eid Mubarak to all our families celebrating Eid.  We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 6 October 2014.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne,


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