Weekly Newsletter

Filed in Main School Newsletters | Posted on November 15, 2019

Weekly Newsletter – 15th November 2019

Next Week – Week One

  • Monday 18th November Year 5 and 6 swimming
  • Friday 22nd November FOSS Mufti Day in return for items for the Tombola
  • Friday 22nd November Year 1 and 2 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 Phone policy. 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.


This week in Reception we have continued with our Phonics each day. Our new sounds are th, z, ch and we have continued with our CVC words. In Mathematics we have concentrated on place value of numbers to 20 and adding the missing number to a number line. In PE we are using songs based on Nursery rhymes to perform simple dances. The children are really enjoying moving to the rhyme and singing well known rhymes.

Year 1

Continuing our work on differences and how different people celebrate, the children have made Diya lamps and Wesak lanterns this week. In literacy, the children have re-told the story of Sleeping Beauty, making sure that sentences make sense and are written with a capital letter and full stop. The sound of the week is ‘ee’ as in sleep. Please help your child to find some words to share for Monday. Year 1 have also been learning to tell the time this week using analogue clocks. We have concentrated on o’ clock and half past. If you have an analogue clock in the home, it would be great to practise this!

We have also been practising adding by counting on from the biggest number, and have begun looking at number bonds to 20 by linking them to number bonds to 10. There are number bonds games for both 10 and 20 on ‘Topmarks’ if your child wants to practise at home (Hit the button).

Year 2

In Literacy this week we have been thinking about story characters. Initially we used our senses to describe the Gruffalo, how he sounded, smelt, looked like and what he did, the children then each choose their own character and wrote a profile to describe their different attributes. In numeracy we have continued with our money topic as well as looking at the units of measurement to measure length. The children learnt about the most appropriate unit of measurement to use depending on an objects size. Our annual Nativity is now in full swing and we are really pleased how well the children are learning their parts.

Year 3

In English, Year 3 children have been introduced to the features of a recount. They have started with an introductory sentence about an event in their half term holiday and built up from there using paragraphs in their writing.

In Maths this week we have been looking at fractions of shapes. We have been finding out about tenths and their relationship to decimals.

In Drama we have been performing short sketches involving ‘Growth Mindsets’. We have discussed how children can learn to be more resilient, along with strategies to improve their attitude to work.

We are really looking forward to the Christmas Concert. Please continue to encourage your child to learn/recite the lines of their poems.

As it is National Anti-Bullying Week, this week’s assembly focused on Silverhill School’s classroom and playtime rules with particular reference to being kind and the benefits of always showing kindness to others.

Year 4

This week in literacy, the children have been finishing off their firework poems, using wonderful similes and powerful verbs. We then shared them with the whole class. The Year 4 have also started to learn their Christmas poem – ‘The Boots of Father Christmas’….this is a very fun poem with lots of expression. The Year 4’s homework this week is to learn this poem off by heart.

In numeracy, the Year 4’s have been learning about the 12 hour and 24 hour clock and connecting digital and analogue time….It would be very useful if you could continue this learning at home. Any attempts to point out the time to your child would be greatly appreciated.

Year 5 and 6

Both year groups had a wonderful and informative visit to the Steam Museum in Swindon this week and a full report with further details and photographs will follow.

Children in Need Day Fundraising and Activities

Year 6 girls helping Year 2 with some

children in need