Weekly Newsletter

Filed in Main School Newsletters | Posted on November 8, 2019

Weekly Newsletter – 8th November 2019

Week Two

Next Week

  • Monday 11th November Year 3 and 4 swimming
  • Tuesday 12th November Year 3 and 4 Tag Rugby Tournament
  • Tuesday 12th November Parent Forum Meeting – 6.00pm in the Dining Room
  • Thursday 14th November Year 5 and 6 trip to Steam Museum
  • Friday 15th November Children In Need fundraising day – Children may wear something spotty in addition to their usual school uniform in return for a donation to this worthy cause.
  • Friday 15th November Reception swimming

Future Events

  • Saturday 30th November FOSS Christmas Fayre – 11.00am until 2.00pm
  • Tuesday 3rd December KS2 Christmas Carol Service, Resound, Mangotsfield 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 4th December Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Nativity Performance
  • Thurs 5th and Fri 6th December KS1 Nativity Play – 9.30am in the Hall
  • Friday 13th December School Closes at 12.00pm for Christmas Holidays

Polite Notices

  • • Please may we continue to remind you of our No Mobile Phonepolicy. We thank you for your continued cooperation.
  • • Please may we also remind you that we are a nut-free site.
  • • We are still observing some drivers not adhering to the 5mph speed limit.The site speed limit is set for the safety of your children and your cooperation with this is much appreciated.
  • • When parking your car please help others by parking courteously.
  • • Please make sure you are familiar with the one way system.
  • • During the school holidays, it is equally as important to maintain the security of the site.Please can you make sure you close the main gates after gaining entry at these times?Thank You.


Reception have spent some time this week in preparation for our School Remembrance Service. They made their own poppies and worked together to create a Reception poppy wreath. In Literacy we have learnt the phonics sounds, v, y and w and continued to form simple CVC words. In Numeracy we have been focusing on number recognition, counting on accurately and working with pennies. In Topic this week we have looked at ‘Sight’ as one of our senses and linked it in with the bright and wonderful fireworks that we may have seen this week around ‘Bonfire Night’.

Year 1

As well as reading stories about fireworks celebrations, Year one have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Diwali and making Rangoli patterns using coloured rice.

Alongside our continued number work, we have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes this week. Can your child spot any around the home?

Sound of the week is ‘ay’ as in ‘day’. Please help your child to find around 8 words containing the ‘ay’ sound to share with the class on Monday.

Work on the nativity play is also now in full swing. Not long now!

Year 2

Year 2 began the week learning how to improve a sentence by using expanded noun phrases. They were able to add many exciting adjectives to a noun to create a description. We have looked at using commas in a list of words and will expand on this next week.

In Topic the children followed in Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s footsteps and created their own design for Clifton Suspension Bridge. We were very impressed with their imaginative ideas.

In Maths this week we have been looking at money. The children have been adding different amounts and learning to use the ‘£ ‘ notation.

The children have enjoyed learning about Remembrance Day and what it’s all about.

Year 3

Year 3 children have begun their new Science unit of Magnets and Forces. We’re sure they will enjoy this interesting topic. See how many Forces they can spot acting around them this weekend.

In Maths we have been looking at multiplying multiples of 10 by one and two digits. We have used the inverse method to check our work.

We have enjoyed a short continuation of poetry this week with the children sharing their favourite poems with each other. To welcome them back, on Monday the children carried out some speaking and listening exercises which gave interesting results! ☺ We have started to talk in more depth about paragraphs and when/how to use them correctly.

The children are starting to practice for their Christmas Carol Concert rehearsal and performance which is extra exciting as this is the first time many Year 3 children will have attended the KS2 Concert in Mangotsfield. Homework this weekend will be to learn the two poems for the concert.

Year 4

This week in literacy, Year 4 have been looking at poetry, in particular, firework poetry. They have been using powerful verbs and adjectives, also similes to create descriptive poems.

In music, Year 4 have started to practice their Christmas songs in preparation for the Christmas concert and are enjoying getting into the Christmas spirit.

On Thursday, the whole school attended the Remembrance Service and enjoyed listening to the Year 6 reading their war poetry and taking the time to reflect on this special day.

A gentle reminder that all Year 4 need to complete their handwriting sheet, given out every week on a Monday in their literacy lesson, to be bought back the following Monday. Thank you

Year 5

Year 5 have returned full of their usual good cheer and energy. Before half term, the rocket making and launching STEM project was a great success and the children seemed to really enjoy the generous input from a wide range of real scientists! Carnival was fabulous and we really enjoyed the creativity expressed by Year 5.

This week in History we have been learning about the first recorded Viking attacks at Lindisfarne and the children will be doing some writing about this in different genres. Preparation has begun for our trip to the Steam Museum next Thursday, so we are making Evacuation labels and discussing the significance of trains.

In English, Year 5 are focussing this term on non-fiction writing, in particular newspaper reports and we will be shortly writing a report on the Lindisfarne Monastery Viking Raid. Homework is to write a diary entry on a special day experienced over half term (please see homework books for instructions).

Year 5 have now completed their first half term of Maths and Mrs Cooke and I are really pleased with how well the children have settled and how hard they are all working. We have been revising many topics such as place value, addition and subtraction and multiplication and division. Both classes have been learning about fractions and simplifying them and adding fractions with the same and different denominators. At the end of the half term all the children thoroughly enjoyed making a variety of 3D shapes using nets.

Year 6

Year 6 made us very proud this week – the children delivered the Remembrance Service to the school in a thoughtful, mature way. They have worked hard over the past weeks in English to produce their own poetry to help remember those lost in war and remind us why going to war is never an easy or right choice. The children recited extracts from their poems with integrity and the depth of emotion which came from their writing was incredibly moving and honest.

Thank you Year 6 for making the service very special and thought provoking. In particular, the journey some children have been on since I have taught them in Year 4 is amazing – they have been taught independence and with support have grown so much in confidence with public speaking and have also learnt how to persevere.

Well done Year 6. It is truly a pleasure teaching you. (Mrs Brocklebank)

Year 6 have astounded Mrs Davis with their enthusiasm. The children are now used to completing a daily Arithmetic paper in 8 minutes which include questions on BIDMAS, fractions, decimals and percentages and long division and multiplication. We have really focused on applying our skills to problem solving situations and using RUCSAC (Read, understand, choose, solve, answer and check) to solve multi-step word problems.

The year 6 children made some brilliant 3D shapes from nets during Arts week.

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