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Year 5/6 Sports Day - 14th June 2022

๐ŸŒณโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿƒ‍โ™‚๏ธ Year 5/6 Sports Day ๐Ÿƒ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒ‍โ™€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒณ

We have had a wonderful morning of sports with our Year 5/6 children AND their families, today.
Our first proper sports day since COVID.
Dot’s first ever sports day
And the last sports day at Mendip for our Year 6 children!
The sun even shone for us. It really was the perfect morning and we are so thankful to everyone who was able to come to support the children today. 

 

It is fair to say that, as usual, the team relay was highly entertaining. The children were full of beans! It was quite clear that the teachers were a little competitive about this particular event too.

 

A massive well done to all of our children who really gave it their all today. From long distance running and standing long jumps to soggy water relays and javelin throws, they approached every event with enthusiasm, gusto and fantastic team spirit ๐Ÿฅฐ

 

Well done to our class relay winners:
- Year 5: Class 17
- Year 6: Class 21
And our overall winners: The Blue Team ๐Ÿ’™


We can’t wait for our next event in a busy summer of sport, shows, teddy bear picnics and transition.

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 23rd May - 27th May ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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

 

EYFS had a busy final day of term making jam sandwiches, decorating biscuits, creating union Jack collages, and building Buckingham Palace out of Lego and bricks! They really enjoyed celebrating the queen's jubilee togetherness.

 

Year 1 have completed some amazing writing this week based on their innovated story of Float. Instead, they named it Fly!  The children also concluded their science learning on materials by designing the perfect bag!

 

Year 2 enjoyed drawing on a large scale to create fossils on material with different media. Just look at their designs!

 

Year 3 have worked extremely hard over the past few weeks on their drawing and clay learning in art. First they drew cross sections of fruit or vegetables then transferred this to a clay tile. A lick of watercolour paint and hey presto, just like Topps Tiles!

 

Year 4 had a wonderful time on school camp. Despite some rain, all of the children were able to enjoy marshmallows around the camp fire and a huge water fight!

 

Year 6 ended their art topic decorating clay tiles with their mark-making self portraits. We think they are amazing! Not all of the children have quite finished this term so will create theirs in the first week back.

 

The Cove celebrated the jubilee in style

With some very British biscuits and cake!

 

Dot Watch: Dot celebrated her 1st birthday in style. She had such a fun day! All of the excitement of her birthday and a jubilee picnic meant she had to sleep most of Saturday to recover!

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee - 27th May 2022
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโค๏ธ๐ŸŒณ Jubilee Celebrations ๐ŸŒณโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
What a day! We have had such fun celebrating the Jubilee. The children showed off their imagination and creativity in the morning with lots of Jubilee activities.
By far, the highlight of the day was our picnic. It was just wonderful to invite all of our families into school again and to be together. We are so looking forward to Term 6 which is full of family events. It has been far too long since we have been able to celebrate properly as a school community so we certainly plan on making the most of it.
A huge thank you to everyone who was able to join us. We hope you enjoyed the sunshine and ice cream!
#backtogether
#MendipGreenFamily
#TeamMG
#MendipAssemble
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโค๏ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡งโค๏ธ Jubilee Competition Winners โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
We had a wonderful selection of plates and crowns for our jubilee competition! It was incredibly difficult to pick winners!
All children who entered have a certificate and there was a winner for each class. 
A huge well done to everyone who took part! And a special shout out to our staff winner (and only grown up entrant), Mrs Lightowler!

Dot’s Birthday - 27th May 2022
๐Ÿง๐ŸŽˆโ˜๏ธ๐ŸŽˆHAPPY BIRTHDAY DOT ๐ŸŽˆโ˜๏ธ ๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿง

Our little marshmallow cloud is 1 today. She has had a very exciting morning so far! All of her favourite things have happened: cuddles, sausage for breakfast, tummy tickles, extra sausage for lunch, lots of visitors to the office, zoomies, new toys, cake…! It has been the best of days so far. 
Dot has brought love, cuddles and fluff to Mendip Green since she started visiting in August. She has been the perfect addition to Team Mendip. โค๏ธ

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 16th May - 20th May ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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

 

Our EYFS classes have enjoyed the dry weather this week and have explored the outside learning environment. Children have made food in the mud kitchen, run races on the track and built amazing pirate ships.

 

Year 1 have been learning about significant people through history. This week it is the turn of Mary Anning. The children found out all about the first fossils that she discovered!

 

In their art lessons, Year 2 have been creating fossils using different media. The children had to choose the design of their fossil and how they were going to design it. The children then took a few minutes to walk around to look at all of their hard work and give positive feedback about each others art. In maths, Year 2 have been learning how to measure using the standard measures for length, mass, temperature and capacity this week. The children had fun practically measuring ml in the sun!

 

Year 3 have developed their clay skills by making tiles inspired by their observational drawings. The children have painted them using water colours to create the correct colours.

 

Year 4 have enjoyed creating their final sequence of slithery movements in PE. They have been taking on the role of serpernts to perform contemporary dances.

 

There has been a special delivery in The Cove! The children look forward to observing the caterpillars growing over the next few weeks! Over the past few weeks the children and grown ups have been able to make the most and appreciate our lovely outdoor space ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Dot Watch: Guess what… Dot is nearly 1! She is very excited about the big day on 27th May. She has heard that there is going to be a big party on the field just for her, and maybe Queen Elizabeth, but mostly her! ๐Ÿฅณ 

Now she is getting older, she can start doing more things around school. She loved hearing Poppy in EYFS read this week and helping C13 with their maths lesson. Dot would like to say a big thank you for the special picture she was given this week.

๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ” ๐Ÿ’ญ Corridor of Curiosity 2.0 - 16th May 2022 ๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘€๐ŸŒณ

This special space has come together in the last few days thanks to an Herculean effort from our amazing site team, Steve and Jenni, and the creative talents of the fab Mrs Kus. They have taken a gloomy, green corridor and completely transformed it in to this bright space with a wall of framed displays and cubbies full of curiosities. There is so much to see, touch and wonder about!

 

The children are allowed to pick up and explore all of the items no matter how delicate. We believe that when we give the children trust and responsibility, they rise to it. We may have the odd accident from time to time but so does every museum in the land… we have a little stash of super glue, just in case ๐Ÿ˜†

 

We are so excited to see this collection grow over time and hope to have curiosities spring up all around the school. 
 

If you have anything at home that you think would interest the children and you would be happy to donate it, please pop it into the school office ๐ŸŒณ

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 2nd May - 13th May ๐ŸŒณ 

 

Here are a few things we have been up to…

 

EYFS have done some terrific writing about their weekends. In Jigsaw, they have been learning and discussing how to be good friends. They now know the rhyme "make friends, make friends, never ever break friends"

In outdoor explorer, the children have been excited to be welcome the warmer weather and have noticed the differences in the environment around our school.

 

Year 2 have been developing their observational drawing skills as part of their art unit on fossils. They have also been busy in computing, learning how to program a floor turtle using algorithms. It was great fun!

 

In Year 3, the children have had great fun testing the friction of different surfaces. If you want to know the best surface to drive your car on, please come and talk to us! Year 3 have also been learning all about coding multiple sprites using Scratch. They created some fab animations in their computing lessons.

 

Year 4 have been focusing on the digestive system. They enjoyed, and were slightly grossed out, by the practical learning we did.

 

Year 6 had a well deserved celebration day on after SATs. All of the children came to school positive every day and enjoyed sitting the papers giving them an opportunity to show off  their knowledge. After a week of delicious breakfasts provided by the kitchen, the children were treated to sausage sandwiches on their arrival and enjoyed free time in class, song requests and extra playtime. Well done Year 6. We are so proud of you all.

 

Dot has been practising her recall. She is is very easily distracted by daisies and bumble bees but her doggy friends have been helping her out and modelling good listening. 

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 25th April - 29th April ๐ŸŒณ 

 

We are fully staffed ๐Ÿ˜ฎ‍๐Ÿ’จ and the weekly round up is back! Here are a few things we have been up to at Mendip Green this week…

 

The fruit trees that we planted earlier in the year have started to blossom. They are still very young, but are already looking beautiful! A huge well done to our Weekly World Changes crew and Mrs Grimes for sourcing these for us.

 

It is the start of a new term which means new learning sequences for each of the subjects we are studying - ask us what we have learnt! 

 

Our Eco Council has been elected and will be meeting for the very first time next week.

 

Friday Clubs is also back next week - we are very excited.

 

In our EYFS classes, the children have been learning about the artist Georges Seurat. They tried painining using a pointillism technique. The children took care and time to create their own representations of his art.

 

Year 1 have enjoyed learning about Queen Elizabeth II in history and started to develop their printing skills in art.

 

Year 3 have enjoyed doing line drawings in art this week.

 

In art, Y4 have enjoyed using carbon copy paper, tracing paper and their wonderful imaginations to draw what might be inside an egg.

 

Here is a first look at Year 5’s new artist case study, Grayson Perry.

 

On Friday, Year 6 bid a very fond farewell to Mrs Bramwell as she had her final day before starting her maternity leave. We hope she is putting her feet up and having a very well deserved rest!

 

Dot Watch: Dot was incredibly excited to be back in school this week! Once she had calmed down she had fun showing the adults in the office the new tricks she leaned over Easter. She has to concentrate very hard and do really good listening to get them all right… a little bit of cheese helps too! ๐Ÿง€

๐Ÿƒ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒ The Daily Mile 10th Anniversary 28th April ๐Ÿƒ‍โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ‍โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒ

We celebrated the 10th birthday of The Daily Mile on Thursday 28th April. Our fantastic ELAN PE champion, Mr Molland, planned the perfect way to party Daily Mile style by setting himself the challenge to run a mile in each ELAN school! ๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿฅณ

The children joined in to support Mr Molland with his mile.

Over the last few years, The Daily Mile has become an important and enjoyable part of the school day.  This 15 minutes of self-paced outdoor activity has shown to benefit pupils' cognition and wellbeing.

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - end of Term 5 ๐ŸŒณ 

 

The end of term was incredibly busy. Despite staff shortages across the school, it was business as usual, with a huge variety of activities taking place.

 

Here is a BUMPER round up of the last few weeks of term…

 

In our EYFS classes, the children have wowed us with their amazing sentence writing. They learned all about recycling and where our waste goes after it leaves our home. The children have also been learning the story of Goldilocks and have enjoyed tasting some porridge. Yummy! The children have definitely made the most of the lovely spring weather. They have noticed the bulbs we planted have started to sprout and we've been doing some observational paintings of flowers. Some children have been using their imaginations to create stories as to what might be inside our drains! In EYFS we were very excited to find a golden egg in our classroom. Class 3 wrote to Mr Oakley to ask if he knew where the egg had come from and what may be inside the egg, but unfortunately Mr Oakley did not know the answers! Class 2 had some great predictions of what may be inside - fish and chips and jammies dodgers on top, chocolate animal biscuits, 10 fruit shoots, a rainbow rabbit but most importantly definitely not a dinosaur! Class 1 thought there might be Easter eggs from the Easter bunny, potentially a flamingo and elephants!

 

During their gymnastics sessions, Year 1 have been using their cognitive skills to think of ways to create shapes using the apparatus. Year 1 have been investigating herbivore, carnivore and omnivore poo. In computing, they have been planning algorithms to move the Beebot accurately.

 

Year 2 enjoyed designing, making and testing out their own bubble wands. The children have also been making houses for the 3 little pigs and designing and making bubble blowers with their UWE students for STEM this week. It was super fun! In science, Year 2 have been developing their observational and recording skills when looking at the plants we have been growing.

 

Year 3 have enjoyed making collaborative posters about rivers around the world. It was great fun and a chance for the children to show what they have learned in geography. The children have had great fun making underwater book pages with moving parts. They have created sliding parts, wheels and even added extra features such as ‘lift the flap!’

 

In Year 4, children have been exploring seasonal food! This looks yummy! The children have enjoyed learning about significant thinkers and scientists of ancient Greece. We had some fantastic presentations to demonstrate their learning. Year 4 have been focusing on character building in tennis. They enjoyed supporting their partners, starting with floor tennis and building up to having a go with rackets! We were very proud of the patience and respect they showed to each other whilst trying to master their new skills.

 

Year 5 finished their Bikeability sessions. The children were amazing, even during the very soggy, wet sessions โ˜”๏ธ 

 

Year 6 took part in bread tasting to choose a suitable roll for the burger they will make at the end of term. The children also had a blast celebrating science week with the help of students from UWE.

 

Dot Watch: Dot has been loving exploring outside. She thinks she is a skilled and helpful gardener: she loves to dig anywhere that you are trying to work and lying in soil and the holes she has dug is just the best fun. She does not enjoy the bath that follows her gardening attempts. Dot has 2 new favourite spots where she enjoys ‘watching’.

she loves it when the grown ups put a chair in the window so she can watch the gate and who is arriving. She also loves watching Mrs Barrett and Mrs stone eat their lunch… normally, quite a bit of that lunch end up in Dot’s tummy.

 

๐Ÿ’ ๐ŸŽจ โ™ŸFriday Afternoon Clubs - 25th March 2022 ๐ŸŽถ ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿƒ 

We are now over half way through our Term 4 Friday afternoon clubs. Club time which runs in terms 3-5 is part of the enrichment offer at Me dip Green.

Through clubs, we aim to:
- Develop character: attitudes, skills and behaviours – such as confidence, resilience, self-control, motivation and social skills – that will underpin success in school and beyond.
- Allow children to pursue academic goals through non-traditional means.
- Pursue wider goals: children make choices about the activities they would like to engage with, allowing them the opportunity to pursue an existing interest or passion or to try something completely new.

Our Friday clubs run in school time, are free of charge and available to all.

This week our EYFS-KS1 Nature Club made nature crowns and our KS2 Clay Club painted their clay creations. 

Key Stage 2 Netball - 23rd March 2022

Our netballers have been very busy recently.

They played an amazing game on 10th March showing tremendous team spirit, resilience, comraderie and much improved netball skills. Mr Molland commended the girls on how much they have improved since their last game. 
 

On 23rd March the Y5 and Y6 girls took part in a netball tournament at Bristol Grammar School this morning. The girls scored an amazing 4 goals, won their first game as a team and played fantastically well. Well done girls. ๐Ÿ‘

Go Team Mendip! We are very proud of you all.
๐ŸŒณ ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿคฉ ๐Ÿ’ช

Red Nose Day - 18th March 2022

๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ˜† Comic Relief - Crazy Hair Day ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ”ด
On 18th March, children and staff raised money for Red Nose Day by coming to school in non-uniform and with wonderful, wacky hairdos!


We saw hair of EVERY colour ๐ŸŒˆ There were swirls and curls and spikes and unicorn horns… even the 1980s crimp made a strong comeback. We saw real hair and wigs and a plethora of added extras. We even had children with hair sculpted into works of art!

A huge thank you to all of the adults at home who helped the children with their hairy creations. You must have had a VERY early morning.

 

Together, we raised £341.07 for this incredible charity which helps people to live free from poverty, violence and discrimination in the UK and around the world

Key Stage 1 PE Assembly - 9th March
Mr Molland - our ELAN PE Champion - came to visit Years 1 and 2 today. He taught the children all about how important it is to keep active, eat the right things and stay healthy.

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 28th February - 4th March ๐ŸŒณ 

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

 

We have celebrated World Book Day AND Shrove Tuesday this weeks… pancakes and books- what a deliciously brilliant combination!

 

In EYFS this week the children have been learning about measure. They have weighed ingredients to make pancakes (and eaten the pancakes with delicious toppings), measured the length of items using cubes and explored how much water they can fit into different containers.

 

Year 1 have been representing numbers to 50 in lots of different ways ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Year 2 have been planting seeds and bulbs for their new science topic.

 

Year 3 have had an amazing time in PE making letters out of themselves.

 

In Year 4, as always, Class 14 have been thoroughly enjoying their ukulele sessions! Look at those concentrating faces!

 

In The Cove for World Book Day, there was an Alice in Wonderland Theme including a Mad Hatters Tea Party. 

 

Dot Watch: Dot visited again and this time she had tummy tickles from Mr L (her BFF). The children joined in with some strokes and tickles which was a huge step for some of them and a lovely treat for Dot. 

World Book Day - 3rd March 2022

World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Their mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own.
 

Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more than their family circumstances, their parents’ educational background or their income. They want to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and the improved life chances this brings them. 
 

Designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, World Book Day is marked in over 100 countries around the globe.

This year, World Book Day is celebrating its 25th year and we are delighted to be celebrating with them at Mendip Green.


After celebrating World Book Day remotely last year, we are so pleased that we have been able to spend this day of bookish fun together again. Children (and adults) got involved with dressing up, sharing stories, discussing their favourite books and joining in with our ‘Caught Reading’ and art competitions.
 

We have had a tremendous day!

Adultโ€™s Dress Up

Competition Entries - Caught Reading

Competition Entries - Story Boxes

Competition Entries - Painted Pebbles

Krispy Kreme Sale - 2nd March 2020

A huge thank you to our incredible PTA (and their helpers) who brought us not 1 but 2 after school donut sales this week. 
I think it would be fair to say that we are BIG fans Krispie Kremes and even BIGGER fans of our PTA! ๐Ÿฉ ๐ŸŒณ ๐Ÿ˜‹

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 14th February - 18th February ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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

 

In our EYFS classes we the children have been reading the story Handa's Hen so as a challenge the children had an egg to look after. They were very busy building somewhere safe to leave their eggs.

 

Year 1 Year rose to the challenge of counting  to 50. They have learnt about mammals in science and enjoyed completing their bird sculptures in art. The children's reading continues to amaze their adults in the year groups. They are so proud of them.

 

Year 2 worked hard to finish their bug hotels and wrote wonderful non chronological reports for hummingbirds. Class 9 also bid a find farewell to Miss Saunders.

 

Year 3 became rappers, practising and performing raps, beat boxing and learning all about rhythm and rhyme in their music lessons.

 

Year 4 finally created their character galleries. They have worked so hard on them.

 

Year 5 finished their Beuwolf stories. They have included a variety of  descriptive phrases and focused on presentation.

 

Year 6 finished their art unit by creating Cubist masterpieces inspired by Pablo Picasso and George Braque.

 

In The Cove their people in the community focus has been Firefighters.๐Ÿš’๐Ÿ”ฅ The children have been role playing fire fighters and sharing books about what they do and how important they are. The writing focus week was instruction writing linked to The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch. Some of the children went on a trip to the High Street to buy ingredients to make jam sandwiches and everyone had lots of fun making (and eating!) them. They made sure they followed our instructions carefully!๐Ÿž๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ˜‹

 

Dot Watch: Dot spent some time in Sunshine and The Cove this week. She visited the Cove in her travel bag as some of the children are a little wary about dogs. Friday’s storm saw Mendip staff doing a remote INSET day… back to working from home! Our dogs coped in very different ways. Peppa (one of Mrs Neate’s pugs) patrolled the desk and kept watch. Dot approached remote working the same way she does all meetings… she through the whole thing!

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 7th February - 11th February ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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

 

In our EYFS classes the children have been learning about 2d shapes. They explored naming the shapes and also using different shapes to make new shapes. The children also learnt the story Handa's Hen. They explored using adjectives to describe some of the characters. They also used rainbow sentences to make a sentence with 'who', 'doing what' and 'where' parts.

 

Year 1 have continued with their amazing writing about Owl Bat Bat Owl and danced to Reach for the Stars to mark Mental Health Awareness Week! the children have also been continuing their studies of the United Kingdom in their Geography lessons. This week they focused on Northern Ireland.

 

Year 2 enjoyed making their bug hotels in their science lesson.

 

As part of Mental Health Week, Year 3 enjoyed a yoga session. They had great fun clearing their minds before the weekend. Namaste ๐Ÿ™

 

Year 4 have enjoyed creating a game using their knowledge about electricity. They had to think carefully about electrical conductors and insulators. Ask them how it works!

 

Year 5 have been creating their monster themed sculptures this week in art. They will make them into a 3d sculpture in their next lesson.

 

Year 6 have been learning about the different biomes. They worked together to gather information about Antartica and consider which biome it is. Ask them to name the different biomes and their characteristics.

 

In The Cove this week, the children have been learning about Children's Mental Health Week. They have talked lots about their feelings and emotions and how they can support one another. These has been some spectacular writing happening in The Cove this week too. Every Friday, they have a celebration service! Check out the pictures ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜†

 

Dot Watch: Hair cut alert! ๐Ÿšจโœ‚๏ธ Dot has be de-fluffed (a bit). She is still a cloud but is now more of a cirrus cloud (or a cloud nugget) rather than a cumulonimbus cloud โ˜๏ธ โ˜๏ธ 
Dot has loved sharing some of the children’s work this week and enjoyed a bit of roast turkey on Thursday. Next week, she plans to pop to The Cove in her travel bag to help a few children who are a little nervous around dogs.

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 31st January - 4th February ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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

 

We have had a fabulous week in our EYFS classes! We have celebrated Chinese New Year by making masks, exploring varieties of foods and learning about Tigers. We also had a visit from the police. They spoke to the children about the types of jobs they do and how they can help keep people safe. In maths children learnt about doubling and halving. The biscuits certainly helped us to explore the concept of halving being an equal share. 

 

In Georgraphy this week, Year 1 have been learning about Scotland as part of their UK topic. The children have made thistles out of 2D shapes, built castles out of wooden blocks and made scary Lochness monsters out of play dough ๐Ÿ‰

 

In Year 2, the children have been working together to create their bug house designs in science.

 

Year 3 have been using their geography knowledge about the South West to create exciting magazine covers in computing.

 

Year 4 have been focusing on working as a team in Jigsaw this week. They created their own potato person and worked on their group skills to complete the task.

 

Year 5 have been adding fractions this week as part of their maths CT CT  learning. They are becoming whizzes at fractions!

 

Year 6 have been learning how to use ink this term. The children are really enjoying their still life art unit. They thought carefully about shadow and then progressed onto mixing colours.

 

Dot Watch: Dot has been expanding her horizons this week. She is getting braver out and about in the school corridors. Her new best place is the Key Stage 2 corridor: it’s the perfect place to make friends, play fetch and master her ‘sniffer dog’ skills. We are still not quite sure what it is she is trying to ‘sniff’ for(possibly cheese, carrots or shoe laces… her current favourite things) but only the owners of the bottom row of bags are in any danger of being ‘sniffed’ and identified.

She has also been helping out with first aid. Turns out a marshmallow cloud is almost as magical at making bumps feel better as a wet paper towel!

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 24th January - 28th January ๐ŸŒณ 

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

 

EYFS have explored clay this week. We have learnt how to smooth it, cut it, join it using slip and how to make thumb pots. It was very messy but great fun. Some staff were very lucky and had food made for them with the clay - delicious burgers and even a birthday cake!

 

The children have been so busy in Year 1! From practicing sight words and phonics to mastering numbers to 10, as well as some energetic dance and a spot of science, you name it, Year 1 have done it!

 

Year 2 have been writing wonderful texts all about hummingbirds. They have worked so hard on this over the last few weeks.

 

Year 3 are in the process of becoming money experts in their maths lessons.

 

In Year 4, the children have been learning about electrical conductors and electrical insulators this week. We have tested a variety of materials. Did you know that wood is an electrical insulator?

 

In The Cove the children have been busy bees this week! Our EYFS children have been learning the story of Farmer Duck. They have also been learning about people in our community and we have been looking at what people who work in a bakery do. 
Our key stage 2 children have  been planning their innovated stories of Jack and the Beanstalk. We look forward to reading them next week!

 

Dot Watch: Lots of children have been asking just how small Dot is under all of that fluff. Well, she had a bath at the weekend (which she does not like - not sure she particularly enjoys having her shampooed hair made into silly styles either ๐Ÿ˜ฌ). When she is wet her nose takes up most of her face. After her blow dry (she quite enjoys a this bit) her nose is back to being a little button in the middle of the marshmallow fluff!

 

Due to staff absence in the week, not all year groups took photos of learning so we have a few gaps - sorry. The children definitely did heaps of learning though!

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up: 17th January - 21st January ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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

 

The EYFS children have been writing words in their phonics books. They have been making so much progress and we are super proud of them.

 

Year 1 have explored more about the United Kingdom this week and focused on its capital city, London. We have talked about many of the famous landmarks.

 

Year 2 had a fantastic week performing their Christmas Pantomime - Lights, Camel, Action! They put on 4 fantastic shows. It was a wonderful end to our ‘slightly longer than normal’ Christmas season at Mendip. In between their performances, they made time to brush up on their addition and subtraction skills too!

 

Year 3 have had a great time this week hot-seating in the role of Tom from The Mousehole Cat. To understand his character, we posed questions and thought about what answers he would give.

 

Year 4 have enjoyed their PE focus this week: to respond and react quickly. They will be working on this in the coming weeks while developing their agility skills.

 

Year 6 enjoyed creating dance routines in PE  based on the Hakka. Ask them to give you a demonstration.

 

Year 5 have written some fantastic Beowulf diaries this week. They have blown us away with the quality of their work.

 

Dot update: Dot has had a week of firsts! She has FINALLY overcome her fear of stairs (apart from the bottom stair… that is still a big no!). She will now go all the way up from the second step by herself! Now just to crack coming back down again. At the end of the Y2 show she met a camel and 2 lambs… this was a bit scary at first but she was a big fan once she realised that there were some nice children hidden inside them. Dot has also attended some CPD - a spot of online safer recruitment training - she slept through the whole thing so will not be sitting on any interview panels any time soon.

Authors and Poets - 17th January 2022

 

We have some VERY LUCKY and VERY CHUFFED book worms in Year 6 ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ› ๐Ÿ“• ๐Ÿ“– ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 10th January - 14th January ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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 โ„

 

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.

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up: 3rd January - 7th January ๐ŸŒณ

 

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?

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up - 6th December - 17th December ๐ŸŒณ 

 

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!

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up 29th November - 3rd December ๐ŸŒณ

 

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!

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up 22nd - 26th November ๐ŸŒณ

 

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.

๐ŸŒณ ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿƒ โ™ป๏ธ Weekly World Changes โ™ป๏ธ ๐Ÿƒ ๐ŸŒ ๐ŸŒณ

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 ๐Ÿ 

 

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

๐ŸŒณ Weekly Round Up 15th - 19th November ๐ŸŒณ
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.

๐Ÿคฉ๐ŸŽธTimes Table Rock Stars Competition๐ŸŽค๐Ÿคฉ

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
๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‚ Harvest Festivals ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚
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
๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ Pumpkins Galore ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŽƒ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŽƒ
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 โ˜บ๏ธ).
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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