St Francis CofE Primary School

News & Special Events


Dear Parents and Carers,

St Francis School are pleased to announce a homework competition, that we are sure will encourage your child to be motivated and excited to enter.

The children have been asked to complete the spelling investigation from their homework planner for term 4, and to bringing this into class. They will then be automatically entered in to a prize draw.

There will be a £10 Amazon voucher awarded to each winner in Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2. Spelling Investigations must be brought in to the class teacher by the 26th March.

Children’s efforts will be celebrated in class and some will also make it onto our whole school celebration of spelling display board.

Thank you for supporting your child,

Kind regards,

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

World Book Week – important information

 Our focus this year is: Poetry.

On Monday, 26th February, all children are asked to bring in their favourite poetry book from home. Each child must ensure their name is in the book as children will need to leave it in school for the week. Children will have opportunities to share their favourite poems as part of the poetry focus for book week.

On Monday and Tuesday, 26th and 27th February, the children will have the opportunity to work with poet and author, Coral Rumble.

On Thursday, 1st March we will be holding a dress up day with a difference, our very own Vocabulary Parade. Children are asked to select an adjective, verb, or even adverb, and create a costume illustrating their word. Each child must also display their word as part of their costume.

In order to set a reasonable level of challenge, and to increase children’s exposure to a wide range of vocabulary, nouns are not permitted and so we please ask that children do not come as any nouns e.g. footballer, unicorn or Disney hero/heroines. Ideas can be found if you ‘google’ the phrase: vocabulary parade and look at images. Remember we are setting the extra challenge of NO NOUNS! Have fun getting creative.  Click on the attached for  some more ideas for you.

On the dress up day, children from the youngest to oldest will take part in a parade of costumes in the hall. There will also be lots of opportunities for creative work with the wide range of ideas represented in each class.

Thank you for support,

The English Team

 

Tree Planting - Monday January 29th 2018

On this day the Forest of Avon trust are donating nearly 300 trees to be planted around the school grounds. We will have a range of native species to plant mostly on the inside of our boundary fence to fill in the gaps and to create two clumps of shade on the edges of the field. Every child in the school, Reception to Year 6, will have the opportunity to plant a tree throughout the day. The children in the Nursery will be helping Mrs Thring and Mrs Jeffery to plant the clumps on the field.

 Please can all children have wellies or a change of shoes in school on this day for when they are tree planting.

 Many thanks,

 Mr Farmer

 

 

Playground Timetable Spring 1 2018.pdf 

 

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

 

Today sees the launch of the 2018 500 words story writing competition.

The competition closes on Thursday 22nd February 2018 (The first Thursday after half term).

The full website has lots of information and ideas about the story programmes writing competition and can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/ /p00rfvk1

All entries have to be submitted on line, via the website application form. An adult needs to verify each entry individually, on line. For children, for whom accessing the website is tricky, I am proposing to make the ICT suite available at lunchtimes (Monday till Thursday) starting from next Monday (22nd January 2018) to support children with writing their stories.

Children need to come with a draft written on paper first so that ideas and writing is as polished as possible. Typing from scratch will take too long!! Children can also use stories they have written previously and can improve them further for the competition.

Children, please do take the time to look at the website and ideas together, talk to teachers and your parents if you want to have a go and let me know if you’re doing it from home as I am really interested to know who’s going to enter.

Last year we submitted about 35 entries which children had created in their own time, showing plenty of perseverance to produce their best work. This year the finals will be announced at Hampton Court Palace – a very grand location for this exciting competition.

I look forward to reading some imaginative short stories soon!

 

Mrs Millsop

 

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On Tuesday 9th January 44 St Francis singers and teachers filed on  to the coach heading for the Genting Arena. We were so excited to be taking part in Young Voices 2018 . St Francis’ first time singing in a concert with a massed choir of over 6000 children. After lunch we found our seats and rehearsals began. We practised all the songs and medleys we had been learning over the Autumn term . David the conductor managed to get the whole choir to sing in harmony too!

We practised all afternoon including  brushing up on our dance moves  with the professional singers. We also rehearsed with the soloists too: Natalie Williams, Alfie Sheard—a guitarist, Urban strides; a fantastic dance group and The M4GNETS—a quartet whom we accompanied. We couldn’t believe we’d been  rehearsing for three hours before it was time to stop for tea.

After tea, we put on our t shirts and got very excited whilst the vast audience arrived. We had a huge banner to help our parents find our section of the choir. The concert began. It was fantastic and the crowd loved our singing and had to participate too. The sound of all the children singing together was incredible.

The performance came to a wonderful close with everyone singing a brilliant Stevie Wonder Medley. We made our way home and were thrilled with the experiences and fun we’d had.

Take a look at some photos of our day on the Gallery page of our website.