We were delighted that Darren Jones, our local MP, visited Filton Avenue Primary on Monday morning. After a tour of the school, he spent an illuminating and informative 45 minutes with our Year 5 Pupil Advocates, who put him through his paces with some searching questions. We now have some budding politicians within our midst.
After reading LINE OF FIRE, the illustrated diary of an unknown soldier from World War 1, our year 6 Reading Gladiators decided to try to replicate the illustrations – with powerful results!
We are delighted to announce that their artwork made them joint winners, with two other schools, for the Just Imagine mini-challenge for December! This is particularly noteworthy as they were pitted against year 6 children in schools all over the whole country. Their prize was an interesting selection of graphic novels that our Reading Gladiators will now review for their peers. Meanwhile, a display of their evocative artwork is on our library wall – so don’t forget to visit with your children to celebrate their achievement!
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Pupils who have received three Golden Tickets across the term enjoyed tea/squash and cake with Miss Datta and Mr Roedeck last week. All these children have been wonderful adverts for the school’s values of Collaboration, Aspiration, Respect and Endeavour. Well done!
This week in school our pupils have been exploring E-Safety and some of the issues around staying safe when using technology and the internet. This included some excellent assemblies and workshops provided by our colleagues at Unique Voice.
We know that E-Safety is a cause for concern for many of our Parents and Carers so have attached a copy of the presentation on the topic delivered by Mrs McCorry at the Community Partnership meeting. The NSPCC Net Aware website is also a great tool and allows you to review the suggested minimum and, function and security of a site, app or game to help you support your children in staying safe online.
There is so much to write about – the children have been involved in a wide range of enrichment activities including Den Building, Year 6 Take Over Day, Wellbeing afternoons, Skipping Day, Arts Week, Barton Camp and the Year 6 Leavers Assembly to name a few. The wellbeing afternoons were thoroughly enjoyed by the children and the link to their topic meant that the learning continued into the afternoon. These strategies are practiced during our mindfulness sessions. Children have also had the opportunity to take part in a range of clubs this year including Art, Drama, STEM, Running, Basketball, Multisport (run by OSB), Cricket, Homework Club.
The Sports Days were a huge success this year with great support from parents and carers.
The events that FFA have run this year have been so successful, from discos to fairs. Thank you for all their hard work and supporting the school! We have identified some great items for the playground that we would like to purchase with their support.
Thank you to staff for all their hard work this term and to all the parents/carers for all their support through the year to make this such a successful year. Well done to all the children for making such good progress! Have a wonderful summer and please keep safe.
The last blog of Term 4, before we break up for the two-week holiday, brings lots of exciting news from both campuses.
Following Unique Voice’s visits in February, a group of our pupils at Lockleaze Road ran an assembly for parents/carers and a Phase 3 audience, while the Orchard Campus group ran one for parents/carers and Year 1, 2 and 3. Having spent an afternoon collaborating to prepare it, the children presented on how to stay safe when using the Internet and going online. e-Safety is a key part of our Computing Curriculum, but as access to the Internet and social media becomes easier, understanding the potential dangers become even more important. Thank you to all of you who supported these events.
The NSPCC have visited both Orchard Campus and Lockleaze Road, holding assemblies for Year 1 – 6 and then running workshops for our Y5 + 6 children at Lockleaze Road. The assemblies delivered the NSPCC’s ‘Speak out. Stay safe.’ programme, which focuses on how children can keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries. Our pupils took a lot from the assemblies and workshops, and are now more aware of how they can ‘Speak out’ and ‘Stay safe’.
Each term we continue to hear from different classes about their learning. This term we have been wowed by: Pear and Willow Class at Orchard Campus; 1R, 1G, 2B, 3G, 4C, 6G and 6W at Lockleaze Road. These class assemblies continue to be very well supported by you and we know how much it means to the pupils to be able to show-off their learning to an audience.
Year 3 went to the Roman Baths in Bath as part of their Romans topic. The children enjoyed applying their knowledge about Roman Gods and Roman architecture as they walked around. The children were complimented on their good manners and behaviour.
The inaugural Filton Avenue Primary School ‘Careers Fair’ took place at Lockleaze Road, last Tuesday. It was a huge success, providing our Y5 + 6 pupils with the opportunity to meet and speak to a wide range of different professions, including: medicine, law, engineering, construction, farming, accountancy, the army, music, police, retail, beauty and acting, to name but a few. It was an innovative afternoon, which has raised awareness amongst our older pupils of some of the many and varied careers that are open to them. A massive thank you must go to all our ‘exhibitors’ who gave up their time to come and spend the afternoon with our pupils – having spoken to many of them, we know how much they got from the experience; as well as to Sarah Stefanini for all her hard work in organising the event. We eagerly look forward to our next ‘Careers Fair’!
Saturday saw the school’s Spring Fair take place at Lockleaze Road. The sun shone and the large numbers of people who visited enjoyed the wide-range of stalls and activities; it was great to see Orchard Campus parents/carers at the fair and we look forward to more whole-school events in the future. Naturally, there are many thank yous required following all the logistics that go into organising an event of this size. Not least to Jane and the rest of the FFA team (too many to mention individually, but you know who you are!) here at Lockleaze Road, and to Ben Westley and all the other staff who contributed to such a successful day. Special mentions to our entrepreneurs, i.e. the children who ran their own stalls, Steve England for the recommendation of the Owl Sanctuary, the Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust, and Ebenezer Church for the loan of their van to transport the stocks.
We are also pleased to announce the winners of the Easter Egg design competition: Freya at Orchard Campus; Donika (Y1). Piyu (Y5) and Gracie (Y6) at Lockleaze Road.
Both sites have held their Easter Bonnet Parades this week and, as always, they have been a riot of colour and creativity. Though we say it every year, the designs are getting more and more elaborate and the effort you all put in to this event is greatly appreciated. The pupils had a wonderful time parading up and down the catwalk in front of very enthusiastic audiences! Even our more nervous participants managed and smile and a twirl!
You may look at it regularly, but if not we’d like to remind you about Pobble. Pobble is an online platform that gives our Y3 – 6 pupils a global audience for their writing. Your child’s class teacher will post pieces of learning, written by our pupils, on the Pobble platform, enabling you to see published authors from across the school, city, country and beyond. Once you are logged-on to https://www.pobble.com/ you are able to leave comments on any piece of writing that you’ve read. We feel this is a fantastic medium for promoting a love of writing and celebrate it in our weekly assemblies, asking children to tell the rest of the phase why they’re proud of that piece.
We have been undertaking a new 30 Days to Make a Change challenge this last month, focusing on ‘Moving around Respectfully’. As with our other 30 Days challenges, this has been a great success and has had a real impact on the feel of the school. We will start a new challenge in May. Please see our website for more details.
Finally, we hope you all have a really good break from school and wish you a happy Easter, if you celebrate it. We look forward to seeing you all for the start of Term 5 on Monday 24th April.
We’ve reached over half way through the year already! Christmas feels like a distant memory and we welcome some warmer, sunny days! We have had some wonderful class assemblies this term, each one shows the progress the children are making across the curriculum as well as seeing children’s confidence grow as well.
Our e-safety workshops, led by Unique Voice, have been extremely successful. Unique Voice commented on how knowledgeable the children were and on their enthusiastic participation during the assemblies and workshops.
We have had several trips this term to support learning in class. Year 2 visited Bristol Zoo and were particularly excited about the new addition to the gorillas. Year 1 enjoyed their trip to the SS Great Britain, despite the weather! We’ve seen excellent examples of writing about Brunel and his life. Year 1s have particularly enjoyed this topic; their costumes for the Victorian Day were fantastic. Year 4 visited the M Shed where children took part in workshops and then had the opportunity to walk around Bristol to see examples of our beautiful architecture. Their topic of World War 2 has inspired some fantastic writing. Mrs Castle, a parent, also came in to share her grandfather’s experiences of being a pilot during the war. We would like to say thank you to all the parents/carers that have supported learning in class, home learning and especially to those parent/carers that have supported us during trips out of school.
Year 2 Trip to the Bristol Zoo
Year 1 Trip to SS Great Britain
Year 4 – M Shed Trip
We’ve have seen some excellent examples of learning in class and home learning this term. Miss Datta has struggled to keep up and celebrate their success by posting a picture on my door. “As well as seeing some superb letter formation and sounding out from Apple class, I’ve seen Pear Class challenging themselves with fractions. Trips have really had an impact on learning in the classroom as children have shared their memorable moments from the trip with me. I’ve been particularly impressed with how children have preserved this term, especially when they have found the learning challenging. There has been a real focus in Cherry Class to go back and check their work, using their Mr Men reminders. Across the school, children have been trying their best to get their Pen Licences and are working hard on their letter formation to achieve this. I look forward to awarding more pen licences this term!”
The staff start their big topics with a wow day, this inspires the children’s writing and gets them excited about that term’s learning.
Apple – Goldilocks
Cherry – Victorian Day
Pear – Tudor Day
Hazel – Circus Day
Willow – Greek Day
We have had another successful ‘No Pens Day’. Children and teachers focused on speaking, listening, and sharing their ideas verbally.
As ever, the FFA discos have been extremely popular and successful. Our first disco for Reception and Year 1 showed off some of our fantastic dancers!
As a school we have been working on ‘30 Days to Make a Change’ challenges since Christmas. We started with ‘Manners’ and will continue to work on this, but the impact, as reported by staff and pupils alike, has been hugely positive. This month we are asking the children to show ‘Respect for Property’. This month we are focusing on ‘moving around respectfully’. Please see our website for more details and if you click on the Year Group Blogs you will see examples of current learning in class.
World Book Day was a real success with children and staff dressing up as their favourite characters.
STEM Week 2017
We have focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Children have been introduced to all areas of STEM during the week. Like last year, we have been very lucky as parent volunteer have come in to share their expertise/career. I would like to say thank you to Anne Kennedy, Mark Ireland, Adrian Upex, Karin Kjernsmo, Mike Nobbs and Dan Pope. They have been invited to come in over the next few weeks to inspire the children into STEM subjects. The teachers have been investigating with the children, based on an Enquiry Based Learning model. Parent/carers were invited in during Open Week to share the learning. On Tuesday Children investigating Pi Day and all their learning was bought together on Friday where children showed off the investigations they had conducted during the week.
Our big question this term is DO we need a new world? Today we explored our new book, The Varmints by Helen Ward. We opened the wrapped book and found different clues about it. Then we explored the key themes which are nature and pollution. We carefully looked at different pieces of nature and scribed words about how nature makes us feel. Then we sketched the different plants and flowers and wrote some special adjectives around it. We are very excited to explore our new book and topic further!
At the end of term 3 we got the chance to design and create a healthy meal. We choose to make cheesy bean fajitas. We carefully cut onions, peppers and tomatoes using the bridge and claw technique and fried them with kidney beans and fajita seasoning. Once it was cooked, we put them in wraps and sprinkled them with cheese and lettuce – delicious!
St Werburgh City farm brought their chicken, called Cloud, to visit Reception classes. They have given us some fertilised eggs to look after for 2-3 weeks to see if they will hatch into chicks. Some children had the chance to hold the freshly laid eggs and to also give Cloud a stroke. It will be so exciting for the children to watch the changes occurring and eventually see the eggs hatch into chicks – fingers crossed!
Yesterday Mr Isambard Kingdom Brunel came to visit us in our classes. He talked about his inventions and himself. We even got to ask him some of our own questions. Once he had left, we pretended to be Brunel and made either the SS Great Briton or the Clifton Suspension bridge out of different materials.