Happy 2016 Christmas!

We would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas break. You have worked so hard this term and have impressed us with your positive attitudes. 

This term, we have seen new children settle into our class, new friendships made and old friendships rekindled. We’ve had visits from engineers and artists, had a trip to Cheddar Gorge, baked delicious oat and carrot flapjacks, enjoyed Christmas parties, film nights and fairs, and created Stone Age jewellery and shelters! 


We hope your parents enjoyed coming in for our class celebration to see all your amazing work; we had excellent feedback, so thank you Ospreys. 

Finally, many thanks for the Christmas cards and gifts that we received, and to those parents who contributed to our staff Christmas party; it was very generous and we are very grateful! Thank you. 


Stay safe over the festive season and have fun! See you in January. 

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Remembering the reason for the season…

St. Philip’s led us, once again, in a really heart-warming Christmas service this week. Readers from across the school reminded us of the significance of the historical events that took place many years ago: the birth of Jesus Christ. 

Each class chose a song which retold part of the Christmas story, and Osprey sung a beautiful song called ‘Child in a Manger Born’. I’m sure there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! 

Thank you to everyone who was able to come along and join us in worship, and to all the children for leading yet another fantastic service this Christmas. 

Snowmen get festive! 

If you had walked into our classroom earlier this week, you might have been forgiven for thinking you were witnessing a huge crime scene, as 30 or so children provided us with their fingerprints. However, you’ll be pleased to know that they were producing a Christmas card – and a very messy one at that!

This was the day that we had a visit from our very own Mrs Murphy, who came into class to get us all creative! She showed us how to turn simple thumb prints into little snowmen, each with their own personality. 


We loved getting messy and dipping our fingers and thumbs into the gloop of white paint! Once they had dried, we added small details, thinking how to create characters by changing their eyes, direction of the carrot nose and how they held their arms. Our challenge was to make every snowman different. We hope you enjoyed receiving your Christmas cards! We thought they looked snowmazing

Thank you, Mrs Murphy, for all your help – we loved having you in class!

A visit from SARI

This week, we had a visit from SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality). They came in and spoke to us about what racism looks like, how it makes people feel and how we can combat it. 

Osprey had a really fascinating discussion about how unique we all are, yet at the same time share similarities with each other. One commented on how we are actually all one race – the human race! We then looked up the Oxford dictionary definition for the word ‘race’ and found this:

Each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics:

‘people of all races, colours, and creeds’

We listed all the ways in which we can share similarities with others in our race, such as: hair colour; skin colour; facial features such as eye or nose shape; cultural norms; language; religious beliefs and clothing choices. We all agreed that nobody has the right to single out any of these qualities negatively, just because they are different to their own. 


As a way to combat racism, we designed posters to encourage others to embrace differences as a social norm, and something to be celebrated. 

Take a look at some of our posters:

Head Teacher Awards 09.12.16


This week’s Head teacher award goes to Louie, for a brilliant piece of science work. He is an outstanding scientist and has shown enormous enthusiasm for our topic on forces. He designed a fair test in our recent parachute investigation and used his knowledge of air resistance to test his prediction. Take a look at his beautifully presented write-up:


Well done Louie – Great work! 

A bunch of Head Teacher Awards…

As always, Osprey class have been demonstrating great learning attitudes in lessons and this has been reflected in their class work.  Let’s take a look at our most recent recipients of the highly-esteemed Head Teacher Awards:

Micah, who joined our school in September, has shown a significant improvement in his ability to stay focussed on his work.  He has been attempting more and more challenging tasks and has demonstrated how well he can work quietly and calmly.  Well done, Micah.

Each member of the St. Philip’s football team were nominated for the award by football-team-ht-awards-editedMr Bentley-Taylor for great team work and excellent skills shown in winning the plate against 20 other teams.  Well done to the whole team , but particularly to Jacob, Christian and Toby from Osprey class.

Harry also joined our school in September.  It was evident from the very start that Harry has an impressive vocabulary and could write interesting and engaging pieces of work.  However, it was very difficult to decipher as his handwriting, pencil control and letter formation needed some attention.  So Harry joined a handwriting group and within a matter of weeks was not only forming his letters correctly, but also joining up! We have been very impressed with his efforts – great work, Harry!

This week, the children learned all about Stonehenge.  Their task was to create a double-page spread all about it which would be suitable for a magazine.  Preston and Bella really impressed me with their article.  They made detailed notes during a research session and worked brilliantly together to produce an interesting, informative and well-illustrated fact-sheet.  Great work, Preston and Bella.

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Keep up the great work, Osprey class.

Engineers without Borders

Last week we had a visit from the Engineers without Borders, who came into school to run a workshop with Osprey class on the importance of clean water in developing countries.  Here is what they have to say about their work with young people in the UK:

“Through our Outreach initiative we aim to inspire the next generation of globally responsible engineers, engineers that know they can have a huge impact on the sustainability of our future and the well-being of everyone, everywhere.”  EWB

The workshop, ‘Water for Everyone Everywhere’, taught us about the importance of water in our every day lives.  We learnt about the consequences of not having access to safe and clean water, and how to purify dirty water through the use of filtration.  We designed, built and tested our own water filters using bottles, gauze and sand.  Take a look at how we got on.

Take a look at the Engineers Without Borders website: http://www.ewb-uk.org/