Summer Reading Challenge 2020
Have you signed up for the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge 2020? If not, find out more below or watch this video from the library service: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3410078299010859
Summer Reading Challenge will return for 2020 with ‘Silly Squad’ – a digital celebration of funny books and laughter, with artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson!
The all-new digital Summer Reading Challenge will launch earlier than usual to keep children reading over the summer and support parents and carers – from June to September 2020.
A whole host of virtual (super silly!) events with guest celebrities and authors will take place on Friday 5 June to mark the launch of the new digital Challenge. The website will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. Although library buildings are currently closed, libraries will continue to deliver the Challenge through e-lending platforms and social media.
Use this link to sign up and enjoy a summer of reading https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
Fabulous news that 4 Sea Mills Parents – Claire, Petra, Holly and Ruth – ran a socially distanced 10k to raise money for the school.
#GreatBristol10kSolo. Together they have raised more than £800! All the money will go towards project ‘Transforming the Trym Trail’. It’s not too late to donate – follow the link https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seamillsptfaruns10k
Monday 16th March
William Shakespeare himself visited Sea Mills to launch our Shakespeare Week. Reception and Key Stage 1 will be exploring the wonderful language and poetry of A Mid-summer Night’s Dream while Key Stage 2 are going to be inspired by the passion and rivalry of MacBeth. Alongside all the drama, reading and writing you would expect of an English Week we will also be holding a portrait competition and a challenge to memorise a short passage of Shakespeare. It promises to be a great week!
Vicky from the Carers Trust came to speak to us about issues facing Young Carers. The children made an excellent contribution to the assembly with carefully considered questions and comments. Any children who identify as Young Carers are encouraged to chat to Nicky our Family Support Worker – she’s a great listener!
The NSPCC were in school this morning for a special EYFS/KS1 assembly and then a KS2 assembly.
A massive THANK YOU to Mrs Franklin, James and Thomas who have bought and very kindly donated a HUGE boxful of books for our school library. We cannot show our gratitude enough for your generosity!
Sea Mills had a visitor called John Hastings come into do an assembly this week. He spoke to us about Window Wanderland event that is happening across the four villages in north Bristol. Miss Bathgate has organised for us to take part as a whole school where all classes will be making some art work to display in the windows in sea Mills surgery after half term.
A massive thank you to all families who brought in bags for our ‘Rags to Riches’ collection yesterday. We made a fantastic £101.20 which we will be using to boost our book collection in the library.
Today, the children joined some long time residents at St Edith’s church for Sea Mills reunion – snack and chat. The children really enjoyed asking questions and listening to some amazing stories.
‘I have never seen such an engaged group of children (which was a delight!).’ – Lori Streich
‘Great day – well done – What a lovely lot of children; I was quite taken with them.’
‘Lovely to meet such intelligent children!’
On Sunday Mrs Randall, Mr Randall, Steve, Holly, Mrs Wild and Robyn came into school for the whole day to plant new willow sculptures on the school grounds. It was tricky but fun work and took from 9.30am until 5.30pm to get everything done.
A massive thank you to everyone who helped and hopefully the sculptures will be around for many many years.
Were looking forward to seeing the willow grow and bloom.
Year 6 are taking part in a local history project that is building up to a special ‘Snack, Chat and Reminisce’ event in St Edyth’s Church next Wednesday 29th January. The children will be talking to older local residents about their experiences of Sea Mills in the past. In preparation, local historians gave the class a guided tour of Sea Mills and trained the children in interview techniques. Many thanks to Mary of Sea Mills 100 for facilitating the workshop and event.
Maths Enterprise Week 2020
Our Mathematicians had a busy week creating exciting things to sell at this year’s Maths Enterprise Sale. They conducted market research, represented their findings in charts and graphs, created their products and made promotional posters.
The whole week was an overwhelming success and over £300 was raised. The profits will be used to buy resources to support the children’s learning in class.
A huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported the children. We were all very proud of what they achieved.
Today our brilliant choir gave the whole school and parents a truly festive performance. The choir sang Christmas carols, winter themed songs and our musicians played their woodwind instruments beautifully. Everyone really enjoyed the performance – Well done and thank you Ali and Mr Kinnear!
Luca had a big clear out!
Luca had a big clear out and sale of over 100 hundred books at home. He had donated some of his profits to help the school buy new books for the library – thanks Luca. It’s massively appreciated!
Children in Need Update
Look what arrived at school today!! Well done everyone – a fantastic amount raised for a very worthy charity.
Sea Mills playground had an exciting delivery today. Angus and Donna from Magnolia Peat products donated and delivered some HUGE tractor and lorry tyres for the playground. They also delivered more bags or humix ( organic peat) in preparation for Spring. Our big playground equipment just got even more adventurous.
In gymnastics Imogen competes and represents Wales. Recently she has changed from artistic to team gym and tumbling.
On the 8th December she had her second team gym competition which was a Christmas league competition.
Her team came first – gold in her age group which has a wide age gap of 7-11 years. Her team also came 3rd bronze in the challenge cup which is the 3 highest scoring teams out of all the mixed age groups.
Well done Imogen!
Thank you from the PTFA
The PTFA would like to pass on their huge gratitude to all the teachers and staff who helped set up, clear up, give donations to and run so many of the stalls. It all helped to make the Fayre such a lovely, festive and smoothly-run event. Overall we have raised somewhere between £1400 and £1500 the official figures will come in shortly.
Highlights were seeing some teenagers and ‘alumni’ helping out with stalls, several new mums volunteer and do their own craft stalls/facepainting etc, and seeing the stunned reaction of the lady who won the staff Christmas hamper (!).
Our new Art Gallery opened on 28.11.19 all the Art work was donated by a Sea Mills resident. The biggest painting is by Karen Edwards who also lives locally.
Our Art gallery will help all our pupils develop their appreciation of art.
Today all the children at Sea Mills Primary School have been treated to a Christmas Panto ‘Cinderella’ by the Rainbow theatre company. We truly hope they all enjoyed the fantastic show.
Year 4 have been learning to play a popular nursery rhyme on the recorder. They performed the piece to parents in their class assembly this week. Check back tomorrow of pictures of their amazing class assembly.
Today a baker visited our reception children and spoke to them all about how they make bread. The children were wowed and we able to feel all the different ingredients that go into bread making. The children asked lots and lots of really thoughtful questions about how bread is made. Why not try baking bread at home this weekend?
Sea Mills took part in Anti-bullying week during the week beginning the 11th November. All children had sessions during the week about anti-bullying and on Tuesday 12th everyone wore odd socks to school! Look at the teachers snazzy fashion statements!
On the 15th of October children from across the school enjoyed a day out at the National Trust property Tyntesfield. We learnt all about life in the stately home and explored the sculptures and climbing equipment in the fantastically wild grounds. Visitors commented on the lovely manners of our pupils!
During the month of October all the children at Sea Mills have been celebrating Diversity. We continuously celebrate diversity but have given it a special focus this month. We have had a range of visitors into school covering topics such as: culture, religions, way of life, traditions, music, food and so much more.
All children have explored the diversity of our local community as well as the world in which we live. We are proud to be a diverse school and live in a diverse world which gives us a beautiful uniqueness that makes everyone an important part of the community.
Our Harvest Celebration included each class sharing their work on ‘World Harvest’. All the children read beautifully and very clearly – well done! We also enjoyed our harvest songs and Vicar John’s special electric experiment. School families have been very generously donating food to be donated to our local food bank. Donations will still be collected until Friday.
Global Climate Strike
Today a group of passionate parents organised and led a march from the park to school with homemade banners and posters to participate in the global climate strike happening across the world today. As children were not able to participate in the school strike, some parents came in to help children make banners for the march yesterday. Today class teachers taught lessons on climate change and discussed the reasons why students, young people and adults are going on strike and protesting. It was lovely to do what we can to feel part of a significant global event here in Sea Mills!
Congratulations to our first two winners of the Home Reading Challenge. They have read 15 times at home so could choose a brand new book from the prize box!