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17th January 2022

 

We have some VERY LUCKY and VERY CHUFFED book worms in Year 6 πŸ“š πŸ› πŸ“• πŸ“– 🌳 

 

Before Christmas, some of our Y6 children were selected to help announce the winners of the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Awards 2021. This was a huge honour! They certainly made their mark and were commended for the enthusiasm and sparkle they brought to the online ceremony. They were bowled over when, a few weeks later, their received letters, and signed books from one of the winning authors - the poet Laura Mucha - as a thank you.

 

Today, our Year 6 have been surprised again. As part of their guided reading, they wrote letters to the author of the poetry book they are reading (Anneliese Emmans Dean the poet behind ‘Buzzing!’). Within their letters, they asked a bunch of questions. They were amazed to receive individual letters back from Anneliese… as well as some other goodies.

 

It is always such a wonderful surprise when authors (including poets) and illustrators respond to the children’s questions and queries. They are such incredibly hardworking and busy people so for them to take the time to respond to the children is a real treat. However, to respond individually like this is just amazingly generous! These letters and goodies are so special… they are going to be treasured and will be a source of inspiration to all of the children.

 

Thank you. Thank you

🌳 Weekly Round Up - 10th January - 14th January 🌳 

 

Here are a few things we have been up to at Mendip Green this week…

 

Our EYFS children had a wonderful time at Worle library this week.

 

Year 1 have been busy making ice habitats and melting them. They have also made some snowflakes and frosty pictures. Brrrr ❄

 

In Year 2, the children have been practising colour mixing, using primary colours to create a range of different colours and shapes for their own colour wheel. They have also been putting the finishing touches to their show ‘Lights Camel Action’ and are very excited to perform next week.

 

Year 3 are learning about Typography in art. This week they drew letters which they had spotted in nature.

 

Year 4 will be making miniature, character galleries as the final outcome for their art project. This week, they have started by making mini people, thinking about the poses their characters may make when looking at pieces of art.

 

Year 5 have been looking at the artist Miro. This week they created collages with coloured card and then had the opportunity to apply automatic drawing on top of these in response to the adult’s voice.

 

Year 6 have enjoyed learning about the difference between a website and a web page. They look forward to developing their own in their computing lessons over the next few weeks.

 

In The Cove this week, EYFS have been learning the story of Little Red Hen. We have used play and puppets to retell the story. Our older children have been learning the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We have been story mapping, learning actions to the story and have been talking about adjectives to describe the characters. In maths we have been looking at measurement as well as square and cube numbers. It's certainly been a busy week!

 

Dot update: Our little marshmallow has been away from school this week as she has been going through some of the trials and tribulations of growing up! She will hopefully be back in school next week, fluffier than ever, and is planning to spend some time hanging out in the calmness of The Cove with her BFF Mr L and getting to know the children better.

🌳 Weekly Round Up: 3rd January - 7th January 🌳

 

Here are just a few things we have been up to at Mendip Green this week…

Happy New Year!

 

The children in Year EYFS have been learning to retell the story of the Little Red Hen! They have done an incredible job to learn and recite the story in just a few days, using a story map and actions to help them.

 

Year 1 have enjoyed using a range of materials to create spirals in art this week.

 

Year 3 have been practicing for their Christingle performance and are looking forward to finally being able to share their singing and readings. They have started new science learning on sound. They learnt that sound is vibrations and investigated this with different instruments.

 

In their RE lessons this week, Year 4 children have been using playdough to represent what they think is important to Christians.

 

Year 4 and 5 have also been busy practicing their Christmas songs for the more reschedules performances. 

 

The Year 6 children were pleased to return to swimming lessons this week. 

 

The children in the Cove have made a fabulous start to Term 3. They certainly have some great mathematicians! The EYFS provision has focused on mark making this week whilst the older children have been writing Christmas recounts. Their book corner is getting the children ready for their focus on fairytales next week too.

 

Dot update: Dot had a very busy Christmas. She found a large number of muddy puddles and had a large number of baths as a result! She tried to overcome her fear of stairs and practiced going up and down 3 stairs in a row encouraged by a lot of sausage!

17th December 2021 - End of Term Fun

 

What a week! It has been so busy and full of Christmassy goodness. A huge thank you to everyone whose generous donations and time allowed us to provide the children with some extra treats in the last few days of term: ELAN, our incredible PTA and Blue Diamond Garden Centre at Cadbury.

 

On the last day of term, we had our class parties with treats from the PTA - the party packs they made for each class were fab.

Each year group also played a range of games, including a GIANT game of Bingo across Years 4 - 6.  There were heaps of prizes for the children to win.

 

We also announced the winners of the children's chocolate raffle this week - there were a lot of VERY happy faces leaving school with an impressive stock of chocolate for Christmas. Will any of it last until 2022?

🌳 Weekly Round Up - 6th December - 17th December πŸŒ³ 

 

This is what we have been up to in the last 2 weeks of a very busy Christmas term…

 

In EYFS we have been busy making Christmas decorations. Look at the letter writing, clay pots and cards. The children in our EYFS classes enjoyed a Christmas craft afternoon in the last week of term.

 

Year 1 have been learning to use the computer to create digital media based on work by Kandinsky. In maths, Year 1 have been comparing number statements using the greater than, fewer than and equals to symbols. They have also begun to explore the names of 3D shapes. Year 1 ended the term with some Christmas crafts.

 

Year 2 have finished and published their poems based on 'The Magic Box' by Kit Wright. They worked really hard on their final poem to make sure it was carefully presented.

 

In Year 3 the children have been separating different soils to see what is in them. It was fascinating to see the water clear and the layers form. 

 

In English, Year 4 have enjoyed developing their characters for their voyage and return stories.

 

Year 5 have really enjoyed this term’s DT project. The children designed and made their own kites.

 

Year 6  published their poems about the Hidden People. They challenged themselves to use ambitious language. They have also finished their bird houses to complete this term's DT project next week!

 

It has been busy in the Cove! The Snowman has made an appearance and has been a great stimulus for writing. The children have explored how the characters may be feeling in preparation for diary entry writing next week. They have also written letters to Father Christmas and walked to the High Street to pop them in the post box! In Maths, the children have continued learning about place value. They have also used their gross and fine motor skills to make salt dough Christmas decorations ready to paint next week!

 

Dot update: As you have probably seen on Facebook, Dot has had a wonderful time rocking her festive knitwear and being treated to Christmas dinner!

🌳 Weekly Round Up 29th November - 3rd December 🌳

 

Here are just a few things we have been up to at Mendip Green this week…

 

Christmas has come to Mendip Green and we have been having a busy, sparkly time.

 

The EYFS children have been enjoying playing maths games to aid their learning this week. The race to 10 game was a favourite!

 

Year 1 have been learning about fact families in maths this week. The children have also enjoyed designing their own moving mechanism pictures and are excited to create them next week in design technology.

 

As part of their computing curriculum, Year 3 have been using I Can Animate to create short stop-frame animation films. 

 

In their writing this week, Year 4 have been learning how to use inverted commas. Check out this fantastic writing! They are well on their way to mastering the rules for this punctuation.

 

Year 5 have been learning all about volcanoes as part of their geography curriculum. They have explored the features of a volcano and what causes an eruption. 

 

Year 6 have been practising their DT skills this week. They have been measuring, sawing and learning about the correct safety equipment for their woodwork task. Ask them what they are making.

 

Winter has officially arrived in The Cove! The EYFS provision has certainly been very snowy this week! The older years have been using concrete resources to develop knowledge of place value as well as planning and starting non-chronological reports. The children also had a fleeting visit from Dot this week which was very exciting! Miss Baker and the team are incredibly proud of how well the children have settled into Mendip Green life so far.

 

Dot update: Dot was very well-behaved for her first haircut and managed not to wriggle too much. She is still a fluff ball but she is now a very stylish fluff ball!

🌳 Weekly Round Up 22nd - 26th November 🌳

 

Here are just a few things we have been up to at Mendip Green this week…

On EYFS the children have been learning about the wider world around them with atlases and globes. They have also made some delicious gingerbread - yum!

 

The children in Year 1 have been exploring subtraction using counters and the part, part, whole model. 

 

Year 2 have been learning how to sew using running stich and over stitch and even learnt how to sew on a button. Look at the concentration on their faces!

 

At Martin’s Church was filled with song this week when Year 3 children visited to practice for their Christingle service. They sounded wonderful and are excited to perform for an audience.

 

Year 4 are continuing their geography learning on trade routes. They have been finding out about maritime routes and have focused on the Suez canal. They were particularly interested in the March 2021 blockage - ask them all about it!

 

The children in Year 5 have started their new sequence of English learning about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. They will be using the beautifully illustrated historical text , ‘Escape from Pompeii’ by Christina Balit.

 

Year 6 have been designing 3D key rings in their computing sessions. They ah e created a wonderful range of intricate and eye-catching designs.

 

Our Cove Team are feeling incredibly proud after their first week of being officially open (and so they should be). They have worked so hard to get the space ready to provide a warm welcome to the children who have started with us at Mendip Green this week.

 

Here are our meals from Thursday this week (week 1). We have added them to our photo menu on the website:
Red - roast turkey with roast potatoes seasonal vegetables and gravy
Green - veggie mince cobbler with seasonal vegetable and gravy
Pudding - banana cake

 

Dot update: Dot has decided that meetings are really rather dull and that sleeping through them (on top of a pile of toys) is the best use of her time. Dot was 6 months old yesterday. She is having her first hair cut next week - so the fluff will be slightly more under control.

🌳 🌍 πŸƒ ♻️ Weekly World Changes ♻️ πŸƒ 🌍 🌳

A huge well done to all of the children who took part in our rock decorating competition. Once we have varnished them, we will add your colourful creations to the flower bed.

 

The winners of the competition are: 
Daisy C1
Theo C5
Henry C11
Laura C16


We hope you enjoy your prizes - both yummy for you and yummy for the bees 🐝 

 

Thank you to our Weekly World Changes group. The group is run solely by the children. They have so many wonderful ideas to make the school, our community AND the world more environmentally friendly. Their passion and enthusiasm for looking after the natural world is inspiring.
#MendipIsGreen
#WeeklyWorldChanges

🌳 Weekly Round Up 15th - 19th November 🌳
Here are just a few things we have been up to at Mendip Green this week…

EYFS children have been exploring leaves in their Outdoor Explorers session… just look at those matching outfits, all ready for their adventures!

In Year 2, the children have been writing instructions. They should be able to direct you perfectly in the art of making a jam sandwich.

Year 3 had a wonderful time this week being soil scientists. They learned all about soil composition and the wonderful things it can do for us!

Having practised different stitches for joins, this week Year 4 applied this knowledge to help them create picture designs on their fabric. Their finished stockings are going to be wonderful.

As part of their computing curriculum, Year 5 have been creating super vector drawings. 

Year 6 were visited by Lee Molland, our ELAN PE Champion. The children learned 3 new attacking and defending games

Dot Update - Dot spent a bit of time in every classroom this week as well helping with gate some duties. The children have been incredible at ignoring her when she comes into their rooms, just whilst she gets used to the classroom noises and all of the new faces. After such busy mornings, Dot usually spends the afternoon snoozing on a desk! 

We added some new photographs to our online photo menu this week
- ham and pineapple pizza with seasoned wedges and sweetcorn (week 3, Tues, red)
- roast gammon ham with seasonal vegetables, roast potatoes and gravy (week 3, Wed, red)
- Quorn pasta bolognese with seasonal vegetables (week 3, Wed, green)
- Jelly! (week 3, Wed, pudding)

Thank you for supporting our fundraising for Children in Need on Friday.

🀩🎸Times Table Rock Stars Competition🎀🀩

And the winners are in…

Class winners - Class 19
2nd place - Class 21
3rd place - Class

Individual Winner - Nate
2nd place - Corey
3rd place - Alyssia

A huge well done to everyone who took part.

Rock on, Team Mendip. Rock on!

Harvest Festivals - 22nd October 2021
πŸ‚πŸπŸŒΎπŸ‚ Harvest Festivals πŸ‚πŸŒΎπŸπŸ‚
We had 3 wonderful harvest festivals this morning. Our EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2 children sang and spoke with such confidence and shared what they were thankful for. It was a joy to be able to invite our Mendip Green families back in to school to share these wonderful experiences with the children.
#BackTogether
#BigRedCombineHarvester

PTA Pumpkin Competition - 20th October 2021
πŸŽƒπŸŒ³πŸŽƒπŸŽƒ Pumpkins Galore πŸŽƒπŸŽƒπŸŒ³πŸŽƒ
Wow! You have blown us away with your incredible pumpkin carving and decorating skills!
Well done to everyone who took part - we hope you had heaps of fun (but not get in too much of a squishy, pumpkiny mess ☺️).
Here is a small sample of the entries to our PTA pumpkin competition.

 

Here are the fantastic winning entries of the pumpkin competition - enjoy your yummy prize.
A huge well done to everyone who took part.


The winners are:
Class 1 - Daisy
Class 2 - Declan
Class 3 - Willow
Class 4 - Josh
Class 5 - Charlie
Class 6 - Euan
Class 7 - Jessica
Class 8 - Archie
Class 9 - Elira
Class 10 - Emilia
Class 11 - Jay
Class 12 - Maddison
Class 13 - Emilia
Class 14 - Harry
Class 15 - Max
Class 16 - Laura
Class 17 - Ellie
Class 18 - Darcy
Class 19 - Corey
Class 20 - Jacob
Class 21 - Milly 

Whole School 2020 - 2021

Sun Safety with #4UMandyJones - July 2021

Six of our classes in EYFS and Key Stage 1 have been learning all about sun safety.  They explored why it is so important to 'Slip, Slap, Slop' and each made a special bracelet with beads that change colour when under the UV rays from the sun.  

These sessions were supported by the local charity #4UMandyJones who donated 200 kits to the school, including leaflets, stickers and everything we needed to make these special bracelets. A huge thank you to the charity for helping us with our learning and for all the work you do to spread such an important message.

In Pictures: Sun Safety with #4UMandyJones

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