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Bramcote Church Of England (Aided) Primary School, Hanley Avenue, Bramcote, Nottingham, NG9 3HE
Head Teacher: Mrs S Meredith    Business Manager: Mrs W Gill

Friends Of Bramcote Church Of England (Aided) Primary School

We are an active, friendly, willing group of parents who organise a variety of social and fundraising events throughout the year for the benefit of the children. As a result of our fundraising we have been able to contribute towards our all-weather play area, our sports hall, laptops for the children, interactive white boards/projectors, musical instruments, presents from Santa and much more. Annually we subsidise the cost of transport for the Year 6 Residential.

A typical year consists of our annual Family Fireworks Night - despite the rain it’s always a huge success! The Christmas Fair would be our next major event of the year and is as popular as ever as we are able to welcome the wider Bramcote community into school. The food hall and the raffle are a great success. The fair is very well supported by school families and staff and Santa arrives to work his magic as he always does! The children also enjoy the annual Christmas party to which we provide presents of books for infants and games for juniors.

The Summer Fair is always a great success – it is always well received and we have lots of fun activities for the children and adults to enjoy.

We serve refreshments at Sports Day and this is welcomed by thirsty parents and carers and raises more funds. The year finishes off with a junior disco which is always well attended and gives the children a great opportunity to let their hair down at the end of term. Throughout the year we host cafes and cake and uniform sales. Everything generates a good income and also gives an opportunity for parents and carers to get to know one another better.

As a parent you are automatically a member of our Group. We are always looking for additional help and appreciate your thoughts and suggestions – all the funds raised go towards exciting extras for the children. Please come along and join us - look out for dates of our meetings on the weekly newsletter.

Do you own your own business or work for a company that can help? Perhaps you could donate items that we can use for our raffles at the summer or Christmas Fair?

If you can help with any of this, please get in touch with us.

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Name Labels

Friends have negotiated with Stikins who are a labelling company for school uniform. The link to the website is below and our unique membership number is 2546.

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SPORTS RELIEF 2018

WOW - WE ARE AMAZING !!! £426.68

The children have had a super day and we have raised an incredible £256.68 for non uniform and "Pennies on Bolt" and £170 for wristbands ...

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Closure update

School will remain closed tomorrow Friday 2nd March. Our heating is still not working properly, the roads around school and the school site remain treacherous due to the snow and icy conditions.

We apologise for the inconvenience and will continue to keep you updated.
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School Closure

School will be closed today 1st March 2018. we will keep you updated. ...

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Class 1 Trip to The Midland Railway

Class 1 Trip to The Midland Railway

On Wednesday 15th November Class 1 visited the Midland Railway in Ripley, Derbyshire. The children had a super time, asked lots of relevant questions and showed a good level of prior learning. First the children travelled on a diesel train to Swannick. There they split into three groups and took part in three activities. The first was to explore the Railway museum including a post train. They also had a trip on a narrow gauge train to look at the country park. The children took turns waving the red and green flags telling the driver when to stop and go. The third activity was to look at the transport museum. Here they saw how vehicles have changed over time, sat in some very old buses and even got to dress up as a bus driver and conductor!
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Prayer Encounter

Prayer Encounter

Before half term the whole school took part in the Prayer Encounter experience organised by Mrs Renton and her team of helpers. Class 1 enjoyed the opportunity to explore different ways of communicating with God. They were all fully engaged and appreciated the experience. Thanks to Mrs Renton!...

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National Sea Life Centre Birmingham 2017

National Sea Life Centre Birmingham 2017

Hello Everyone!

Today the children had their very first school trip to The National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham!

We saw lots of different animals and creatures!
Otters, Sharks, Jellyfish, Rays, Seahorses, Catfish, Guitarfish, Clown Fish, Octopus, and Penguins!

When we arrived we were whisked off on a special guided tour! We found out lots of interesting facts!

Did you know, otters are actually dangerous? They have a very strong bite!


We walked through the 360' tunnel and saw sharks, turtles and we met 'Beyonc-ray', a type of sting ray!

After we had our lunch, we went to a 4D cinema 👓 to watch an Octonauts Adventure to the Amazon River! The seats vibrated, lights flashed... there were even bubbles and scents released into the cinema!

We had an amazing day exploring all of the areas in the Sea Life Centre.


All the children are now fully certified 'National Sea Life Experts' with the certificate to pr...

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Trip to Dovedale

Trip to Dovedale

On Tuesday 16th May Class 4 went on an amazing trip to Dovedale in the Peak District. Despite the wet weather, we all had a great time and learnt so much about the geography of the area.
We were split into two groups which were led by National Park Rangers. We learnt about wind speed and direction, fossils and limestone. Sadly, because it was so wet, we were unable to climb Thorpe Cloud as planned because the limestone was so slippery. We did climb Hampston Hill though and had a great view from the top.
At the end of our walk, we were able to cross the River Dove on the famous stepping stones. Fortunately, nobody fell in the river! We had a fabulous day and our rangers thought we were amazing!...

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Farms!

Farms!

We have been learning about Farms for the past half term. The children visited White Post Farm, where we had the opportunity to hold a range of animals and feed them too. They asked lots of interesting questions and found out fun facts about the animals. The children have found out about farming through the ages and how farming has changed over time.
We were really lucky to have 3 chicks in the classroom for a week in April. The children were able to hold them and learn lots about their life cycle and how to care for them successfully. It was a really enjoyable time for the children and helped them to find out more in a practical way....

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Badminton CHAMPIONS

Badminton CHAMPIONS

1st place Bramcote Cof E, 2nd place Trowell CofE, 3rd place Bispham, 4th place Eskdale and last years winners Fairfield 5th but they only entered 4 players. Bramcote had 11 players and 3 of them agreed to help out Fairfield by playing for them but they still receive gold medals as part of the winning team and deserve a special mention for their sporting gesture Breanna, Eva and Constance
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Zoo Labs Visit

Zoo Labs Visit

The reception children had a great time last week when ZooLabs came to visit! We found out lots of interesting facts about animals that live in the rainforest and we even got to hold/feel some of them!

We met:

Sophie the snake,
Gary the gecko,
Michelle the millipede,
Steve the scorpion,
Tracy the tarantula
and a few others!

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ZooLab Visit

ZooLab Visit

ZooLab gave us the opportunity to learn more about rainforest animals by getting up close to them. It was great to see animals that we had never seen before and we were even allowed to handle some of them! The expert was very knowledgeable and we learned lots of interesting facts. ...

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Fire & Rescue Service Visit

Fire & Rescue Service Visit

The Fire and Rescue Service came to visit the reception children at school!
We have been thinking about people who help us in our lives, families and communities.

We prepared lots of questions to ask the fire fighters and we found out lots of information from them!

The children got to look around the fire engine and even sat inside it!
We listened to the sirens and sprayed the fire hose too!

We saw the clothes and special equipment they have to use, listened to what a smoke alarm sounds like p, and we even practiced the Stop, Drop, and Roll!


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Prayer Encounters

Prayer Encounters

A big thank you to Mrs Renton for organising Prayer Encounters. The children responded with some very mature and thoughtful ideas and got a lot out of the morning....

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Easter Curriculum Week

Easter Curriculum Week

The last week of term was our very exciting curriculum week. Our theme this term was Eggs! We worked with the rest of Key Stage 1 and Early Years carrying out lots of arts and crafts activities. We created a scene from the Easter story on an egg, turned hard boiled eggs into book characters and made Easter cards for our families. We all had lots of fun!...

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We're going on a fossil hunt!

We're going on a fossil hunt!

As part of our Dinosaur topic Class 2 had a fantastic time searching the school grounds for fossils. We then wrote some excellent recounts of our experiences. We were even allowed to take our fossils home!...

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Super Soup

Super Soup

Our Super Soup lunch was a fantastic success raising over £70. As a result we have been able to buy a toilet for the Tuol Kpos Village in Cambodia. Thank you to all parents who came along and those who sent in ingredients for the children to use...

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Nottingham Castle Visit

Nottingham Castle Visit

Class 5 had a fantastic day at Nottingham Castle, learning about life in Viking times. Everyone represented the school brilliantly and it was a great way to finish off our Invaders and Settlers topic. ...

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World Book Day 2017

World Book Day 2017

We celebrated World Book Day!

Well done to everyone for all the amazing costumes!

We had a lovely day sharing the books which our characters came from.
We had Dorothy, Goldilocks, a Knight, Prince Charming, Harry Potter, The Snail & the Whale, Captain Hook, Mr Tickle and many more!

Some of us also went along to the bring and buy sale to buy some new books to take home!

A fantastic day was had by all!

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World Book Day

World Book Day

We had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day! As well as the fantastic costumes, we all took part in fun and exciting activities relating to our favourite fictional book characters ...

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Invaders and Settlers Day!

Invaders and Settlers Day!

On our topic theme day, we had great fun getting into character as Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We learned about Viking food and even made some traditional bread to try ourselves....

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Dance!

Dance!

This half term Year 4 have been creating repetitive dances to different pieces of music. We have had lots of exercise and giggles along the way! Our favourite piece of music was 'Cotton Eye Joe'....

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

December 2016 saw Year 3 and 4 perform their amazing play 'Hansel and Gretel'. We had great fun learning the songs and putting the show together! ...

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Maths Open Morning!

Maths Open Morning!

On Tuesday 7th February, our whole school opened its doors to parents. We were very excited to have them in our classroom having a look at what Maths looks like in our classroom!


Some of the activities included:

⚫️Numicon number bond printing
⚫️Building Lego models
⚫️Finding missing numbers
⚫️Tower building
⚫️Shape hunt in the water tray
⚫️Chalk numbers


It was a fantastic opportunity for us to let parents, grandparents, and even a few siblings, into the classroom and see the kinds of things the children get up to in maths!

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Class 2 visit Nottingham Castle

Class 2 visit Nottingham Castle

Last week class 2 had a brilliant day at Nottingham Castle as part of our work on Robin Hood. We spotted him straight away! In the morning we had a look around the Hood in the Wood gallery, completing a treasure hunt – we found King Richard, Little John and even Robin Hood himself! After lunch in the castle gatehouse we met a gentleman named Philip who told us the story of Robin Hood and the golden arrow. ...

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Bollywood Dancing

Bollywood Dancing

Class ^ have been working hard to put together their Bollywood dance routines....

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Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers have now been launched. Please help us by donating your vouchers to school – these can be placed in the box outside the office. Once again vouchers may be printed with your till receipt so look out for them when you pay – you should get 1 voucher for every £10 you spend either in store or online.
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Pancake Day - Tuesday 28th February

On Tuesday 28th February the Friends will be holding activities for Pancake Day. There will be pancake racing, pancake tossing, pancake games, a café serving hot and cold drinks with pancakes and various toppings. The event will take place after school but parents need to be present with their child. The event is free to enter, however tickets will be issued by the office to give an idea on numbers...

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Nativity

Nativity

Class 2 have been working hard in the run-up to Christmas. After lots of practising, learning lines, songs and actions we performed a fantastic Nativity, alongside Reception Class and Class 1. We really enjoyed dressing up and getting into character, everyone had an important part to play. Well done Class 2!!...

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Autumn Curriculum Week

Autumn Curriculum Week

Our Autumn term curriculum week had a very Shakespearean theme. We looked at the play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Class two particularly focused on the fairy characters, Oberon, Titania and Puck. Puck quickly became a class favourite! We had a go making frothing fairy potions, following a recipe to create magical biscuits and making our own fairy characters using a variety of autumnal leaves. We even had a go at performing part of the play and did an amazing job, especially with the Shakespearean language!...

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Cookery Club Cakes for Children in Need

Cookery Club Cakes for Children in Need

Cookery Club have been busy making cakes to sell for Children in Need today. From plain chocolate covered cakes to cherry and chocolate chips - delicious and plenty to enjoy! ...

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Out and About in Bramcote

Out and About in Bramcote

Class 3 had a great time learning about the history of our local area this morning. We were given a guided tour of Bramcote Village by Mrs Robinson, who we all agreed is very knowledgeable.
We saw many buildings of interest and learnt about what they were used for in the past, such as The Ivy House, Broomhill Terrace and the Almshouses.
We are looking forward to finding out more back at school through looking at some old photographs....

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Marvellous Maths in Class 5

Marvellous Maths in Class 5

In class 5, we have been doing lots of problem solving in maths. We carried out an investigation to find out how tall Class 5 would be, if we all stood on top of each other. We used our measuring skills first of all and then used column addition to add the measurements together. We all worked really hard but it was also a lot of fun!...

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Performing Shakespeare

Performing Shakespeare

Today year 5 and 6 performed Act 3 Scene 2 from A Midsummer Night's Dream. Thank you to Mrs Norris for fantastic direction....

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Class 4's assembly

Class 4's assembly

On Tuesday 8th November 2016 Class 4 presented our awesome assembly about the Roman Invasion of Britain.
We had great fun dressing up as Roman soldiers, emperors and Celts. We sang a song about Boudicca very loudly!
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From Toys to Fairy Tales...

From Toys to Fairy Tales...

We had a great time exploring our topic of Toys last half term! ⚽️🎨🐻

In the last couple of days, as you may have noticed, our classroom has been slowly turning into a big fairy tale! That's because our new topic is Fairy Tales!

This week we are thinking about Jack and the Beanstalk. 🌱
Over the past couple of days we have read the story 📜and also started to build our very own beanstalk - we will be adding letters and words to it soon! 🌿 We have also started making the turrets for our castle!

We will be building the Giant's castle in the clouds 🌥, growing our own bean stalks 🌱, and using play dough to make lots of wonderful things from the story!


I wonder if you can guess what our next fairytale will be? 🌟...

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Y6 Cookery Club

Y6 Cookery Club

What a FANTASTIC time we are having in Cookery Club. This week we made scrumptious sausage rolls and gorgeous jacket potato boats! ...

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Learning about Australia

Learning about Australia

Class 2 have had a fantastic start to the year. This term we have been learning all about Australia! We have been looking at Aboriginal art and have created our own work in the Aboriginal style. We have also been looking at the Australian dreamtime stories, and thoroughly enjoyed our visit from Steve Stickley. He told us the story of Tiddalik the Toad and how he drank all the water. We had great fun joining in with all the actions and finding out what the animals did to make Tiddalik laugh and get the water back....

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PE in Class 5

PE in Class 5

We have been doing lots of dance this first half term in PE. Here are some photos of our shapes and balances. We did warm-ups where we had to make a certain shape with our bodies to prepare for our routines....

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Volcanic Eruptions

Volcanic Eruptions

What an exciting afternoon we had today! After many lessons of creating and painting our very own volcanoes we finally got to watch them erupt. We could barely contain our excitement as one after the other they bubbled and fizzed and the 'lava' ran down the sides!...

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Class 4 Roman Army

Class 4 Roman Army

This week Class 4 put their Roman shields to use and pretended to be Legion 4 of the Roman Army.
Mrs Norris was the Centurion and shouted commands in Latin.
We used our shields to make the TESTUDO or 'tortoise' formation with our shields. The Romans used this to protect them from spears and arrows....

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Year 6 Cookery Club

Year 6 Cookery Club

Year 6 Cookery Club has got off to a good start. The first week we made delicious apple crumble and this week sumptuous savoury scones with cheese and chives. Christmas is just around the corner and we are already planning what we will be making in the few weeks before - keep a look out for our 'Cracking Christmas Creations'....

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School Parliament 2016/17

School Parliament 2016/17

We have successfully elected our new School Parliament for 2016-17. This year we had so many children writing manifestos in an attempt to become their class minister. All of the candidates read their manifesto’s out to their classes. The children putting themselves forward for Prime Minister were all heard in whole school assembly.The elections took place on Friday 30th September and all of the children were able to vote. We set up our hall as a polling station and Mrs Gill and Mrs Davies helped by registering names and handing out ballot papers. All of the children were asked to vote for a class minister and a one of the prime minister candidates. They posted their ballot papers into sealed black boxes and these were opened and counted once the voting process was completed. The announcement of the results took place in our Bramcote Stars Assembly and the successful candidates received their parliament badges and read out their man...

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Transport,transport,transport!

Transport,transport,transport!

Class 1 have settled very quickly into the new term and are working incredibly hard!

The children have particularly enjoyed their topic this half term-Transport.

Over the summer holidays they got started by creating models of types of transport. We were amazed at the variety of ideas and techniques the children used!

They have been finding out about how and why transport has developed over the years, they have learned about transport inventors and have created their own transport time-lines.

In art they have been creating transport scenes including very effective stencilling of vehicles-please look at the display in our classroom!

We were so pleased to have based this term's trip around our topic and last week had a super trip to the British Motor Museum. The children had a wonderful time. They explored the development of transport through role play and dressing up, they learned how the very first motor cars worked an...

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Our First Half Term

Our First Half Term

The children have had a wonderful few weeks settling into reception and school life in general.

They have been finding out about many different things!

The highlight of this half term has to be our trip to the British Motor Museum!

Reception had a fantastic time at the British Motor Museum! We had lunch just after arriving (a little late!) and then moved onto two different activities!

First, we climbed aboard a 90 year old London Double Decker 🚌! (The children made sure the grown ups didn't bounce on the seats!) The bus had very big wheels - bigger than lots of the children in our class!) 😄

Did you know, the bus didn't have a roof or windscreen wipers?😲

We also found out that if you go to London and get the number 36 bus, you will be able to follow the same route as the bus in the museum used to do!

Next, we all went to see some very strange cars 🚗 . We noticed that there were a lot of things that we...

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Residential 2016

Residential 2016

Year 6 had a fantastic week at the residential. All staff were really impressed with behaviour and most of all the children's attitude to the activities we did. Each child approached every task with a resilient mindset and achieved or surpassed the targets they had set themselves. The staff at Rock UK were very complimentary of all of the children and we are all extremely proud of everything they achieved during their week away!...

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Class 3 Prayer Encounter

Class 3 Prayer Encounter

Class 3 took part in 'Prayer Encounter'. We learnt about the difficulties refugees face while sitting in a inflatable dingy and then we prayed for them. We also considered what God would say to our school and world if He wrote us a letter, lots of us thought He would remind us to be kind and look after others and our planet. We also got to play with a static electric ball and consider the power of God. We had a great time and it was a lovely way to start our new school year. ...

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Welcome Back

A very warm welcome back to our new school year and especially to our new children and staff.

The children are all looking very smart and have started the year off well with a positive attitude to learning.

We hope all of the leavers have settled into their new schools.

We look forward to a busy term with new school parliament elections due to take place on the 30th September and we would encourage as many of our children to put themselves forward as class ministers. We will post the results of our new Parliament on following the election.

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Summer Fair

Summer Fair

Saturday 9th July is our Summer Fair - 12-2pm.

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Safety Week

Safety Week

This week all the children have been taking part in our safety week.
Our School Parliament were promoting a walk to school and gave out stickers each day to children that had travelled to school either by walking, cycling, scooting and even roller skating! They have recorded their findings and will be presenting these in Parliament next week.
The year five pupils took part in bike-ability on Monday and although it was a very wet day they all had a great time learning about how to be safe on the road.
Mrs Norris and Mr McCallion led assembly on Wednesday engaging the children in a road safety quiz.
Mrs Ottewell talked about e-safety on Thursday and how children can be safe on-line both at home and in school.
Finally we concluded the week joining in with the National Big First Aid Live led by St John Ambulance and Dr Ranj from CBBC. ...

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Half Term Update

It’s been lovely to welcome all the children back after the half term holiday-they all seem well rested and enthusiastic for our last half term in Reception Class.

We have been amazed at the nature homework the children did over the holiday and are so pleased they managed to get out and about and explore. We hope to find a suitable spot in the classroom to display their pictures and collages. Keep your eyes peeled!

This will be a busy but fun half term for the children. We have sports day, mini-olympics and a curriculum themed week coming up, and of course our much awaited trip to Twycross Zoo.

We have begun getting the children ready for the transition to Class 1 with some slightly more structured activities and opportunities for some of them to begin to develop their independence in carrying out tasks. We have been amazed already at their ability to cope with these changes but will ensure plenty of free choice/child ...

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Tideswell Dale Explorers

Tideswell Dale Explorers

Class 4 had a fantastic, sunny day exploring the glorious Peak District. We became 'Dales Explorers' for the day, finding out how the Dales have been created over time and searching for bugs and plants.
The sun shone all day as we looked for evidence of fossils, rocks and the path of the water.
We wobbled across the crystal clear stream and went into a small cave, where we touched the damp walls and saw the stalactites forming on the roof.
In the meadow we lay on our tummies and looked for the different plants that grow in the Dales. Darcy discovered a plant, moonwort, the rangers didn't know was there! Tideswell is special because lots of early purple orchids grow there.
It was fantastic to be outside all day in the countryside....

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Attenborough Nature Reserve Class Trip

Class One enjoyed a class trip to Attenborough Nature Reserve. The children have used Word to write up what they have done.

We went to Attenborough Nature Reserve and I loved pond dipping because I found a water boatman.
Andrew

We went to Attenborough. I liked looking at the centipede.
DONNAY

We went to Attenborough Nature Reserve. My favourite thing was pond dipping because we got to find amazing creatures and my favourite animal was a water leech.
William

We have been to Attenborough. I love the pond dipping especially when Tayla caught a water snail. It is my best day ever.
Hope

I enjoyed pond dipping and going in the forest and playing the bee game. I really liked Attenborough Nature Reserve. I liked the seed game and I was talking to my friends and I had a good time. It was nice doing things in the air. My favourite thing was the forest.
Remi
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Research for our Sensory Garden

Research for our Sensory Garden

On Monday 23rd May we went to Bardills Garden Center to do some research for our Sensory Garden. We found out some really interesting things about different herbs and plants and we bought quite a lot of them! They are now planted in our Sensory garden at school and we can tell you all sorts of interesting things about the plants....

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Archaeological Glory!

Archaeological Glory!

I can’t quite believe I am saying this but we found some artefacts! I was not expecting anyone to find anything other than bricks and pottery, but we actually found four Stone Age artefacts. We all got assigned jobs including digging, raking and sieving through the excavated earth and, after excavating to the depth of approximately two feet we began to uncover some breath-taking discoveries. Fortunately we had Mr Challis-Smith, who is a real archaeologist, helping us, so our finds were examined and we were told roughly what period of prehistory each item originated and what they would have been used for.
We all quickly became overwhelmed with excitement and the excavation process sped up drastically. When we returned, wet and muddy, to the classroom, we set about building an inventory containing all of the artefacts we found.
Throughout the week we looked at newspaper reports, as we were so keen to tell the world of our amazing dis...

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Friends Dates for Your Diaries


• Thurs 28th April 7:45 for 8pm AGM

• Fri 13th May 3:30pm Film Night (Juniors only)

• Fri 26th May 3:30pm Cake sale

• Fri 1st July 3:30pm Sports Day picnic

• Fri 8th July Non uniform 'bring-a-bottle’ day

• Sat 9th July 12-2pm Summer fair

• Fri 15th July 3:30pm Junior disco
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Friends Annual General Meeting

A warm welcome awaits at this year’s AGM. Come along to the small hall at school, 7:45pm, for a drink, nibbles and a chance to chat before we settle down to start at 8pm. Finance, fairs and the committee to be included in the agenda. If that isn’t exciting enough, please join us afterwards as we head down to the White Lion in Bramcote for a swift shandy or two!
There are a number of positions on the committee open to volunteers. Here is a quick overview of the roles:
• Chair: Co-ordinates with staff and chairs the meetings. Letters are sent out from the Chair. There is a lot of behind the scenes organisation and speaking to parents.
• Vice-Chair: Supports the Chair and hosts the meetings in their absence.
• Treasurer: Keeps track of income, expenses, cheques and provides floats for events.
• Secretary: Records minutes of the meetings and sends out emails.
Friends can’t run without YOU! If you would like mo...

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Visit from the High Sheriff of Nottingham

Visit from the High Sheriff of Nottingham

On Sunday 3rd April 2016, the High Sheriff of Nottingham Judy Naake was installed. She invited some of the children from our school to sing two of their favourite Christian songs as part of the service at St Michael & All Angels Church. Led by Mrs Lee the children sang Lord you see me and The Lords my Shepherd. They performed brilliantly in front of a packed church and were thanked by many of the visitors attending the service.

On Tuesday 19th April, the High Sheriff of Nottingham came into school to visit and talk to the children about her new role and also to thank personally those that took part in the service.

She talked about her official outfit and hat and some of the work that she will be carrying out in and around Nottingham. The children listened intently and asked some very interesting questions! ...

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The Iron Man

Welcome back to a new term in Class 4! Fortunately the sun shone on us as most of us chose to wear our summer uniforms this week.
We have begun studying a new book in our English lessons this term. We are looking at the classic story, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes. Each week we will be looking in depth at a chapter of this powerful and exciting story.
We have begun by finding lots of brilliant uses of language in the text. Ted Hughes has used similes, repetition, personification, adjectives and verbs to great effect, making it really exciting to read aloud and listen to. We could imagine the Iron Man's fall.
In computing we began experimenting with animation to bring the beginning of the story alive. Watch this space to see how they turn out!...

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Amazing Archaeology with Class 3

Class 3 are all very excited this term – our topic is Stone Age to Iron Age. We all had so many questions that needed answering when we found out just how far back in history the Stone Age started. What did the people look like? What did they wear? Where did they live? What did they eat? The list goes on.
However, we realised that finding information about this period of history is rather tricky because there are no written accounts of what happened, no pictures and certainly no people alive today who could tell us about it. To demonstrate just how tricky it is to know what happened back then, we looked into the rubbish bins of every class in the school to find out what they had all done that morning. So much was missing, but we were also able to make guesses about what happened and when.
In order to discover what life was like all those years ago, we found that we would have to make educated guesses about what it would have been ...

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The final lesson of Class 2's Dinosaur Topic

The final lesson of Class 2's Dinosaur Topic

In Class 2 we have had a wonderful time learning about dinosaurs. Alongside lots of exciting story writing we have been making huge dinosaur feet. When these were dry we used them to create dinosaur footprints. After we had done this we looked at photographs of real dinosaur footprints and compared them. Ours were very good! ...

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Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Check out these awesome eggs made by the egg-cellent pupils in Class 5....

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The Vikings are Invading!

The Vikings are Invading!

Class 5 had a lot of fun preparing for and acting in our Class Assembly today! Mrs Shaw is very proud of us! The songs will be going round in our head for ages! ...

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Fairtrade Bake Off Grand Winner!

Fairtrade Bake Off Grand Winner!

Class 5 is very pleased to announce that we have a star baker in our midst. Abbie entered a competition among our family of schools and blew the judges away with the presentation and taste of her amazing multi-coloured piñata cake!
Bramcote also boasts a KS1 winner, Theo, and a Reception Winner, Alicia. ...

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Viking broaches

Viking broaches

Here are some of the Viking broaches we have been making in Class 5....

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Soup-er Soup!!

Following our RE topic on Charities, on Wednesday 16th March, for Christian Aid Class 6 worked in groups making and then selling soup.

One person in Class 6 quoted "it was really fun making soup, but at sometimes stressful. Our group name was the cracking carrot and coriander crew - the soup we made was very nice".

We spent the morning making a range of soups which took about an hour - the flavours were:
Carrot & Coriander
Tomato & Basil
Tomato & Coriander
Lentil
Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato

We also offered an option of bread, cream/yoghurt and seasoning.

Many parents and teachers attended and donated money which was great as this was for a generous charity - Christian Aid which helps many countries in many ways.

To conclude Class 6,Mrs Bodily, Mrs Renton & Mrs Edwards would like to thank anyone who attended our Soup-er Soup fundraising event....

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Viking Raid

Viking Raid

What a fantastic day! Class 5 actually got to be Vikings! We dressed up as Vikings and rowed our longships over the North Sea to 'Angleland' (now known as England). We attempted to take some rather fine quality treasure but the Anglo-Saxon warriors got wind of us and fought us back. Sadly our leader Torunn died in battle so we gave him a true Norse burial by setting his ship alight with him inside.
The leaders of the day were incredibly impressed with how well the class took part and Mrs Shaw is very proud. ...

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Galleries of Justice visit

Galleries of Justice visit

Use this photo on your next visit to the Galleries of Justice...

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Class One Pirate Day

Class One Pirate Day

Class One had a Pirate Day which was great fun. Everyone came to school dressed in Pirate costumes and we all looked very fierce.

In the morning we had a visit from Professor Pop-up who brought lots of materials and helped us to make live- hand Pirate puppets. We had great fun designing our faces and making them look as scary as possible. Then we had a go at making our own puppet show with them.

In the afternoon we did lots of different activities. We decorated Pirate biscuits, made Treasure Island maps, made our own pirate hats, completed word searches and had fun playing in our pirate ship. It was a great day!
We have also worked really hard this term making Pirate Portraits, writing messages in bottles and writing some fantastic Pirate stories. We have particularly enjoyed playing in our Pirate ship which Mr Houldsworth kindly made for us.
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Vikings Trip

Vikings Trip

Class 5 had a fantastic day at The University of Nottingham! In the morning we learnt about place names in Nottinghamshire which originate from Old English and Old Norse, made our own Viking burial scene, wrote secret messages in Runes and got to touch and use some Viking weapons and armour!
Then in the afternoon we were allowed to handle artefacts from the Museum and found out what they would have been used for. We found the earwax scoop particularly interesting!
In all great day out and we were very pleased the weather was so fantastic as we were allowed to go to the playground at lunch time!
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FANTASTIC "BIG FAIR TRADE BREAKFAST"

FANTASTIC "BIG FAIR TRADE BREAKFAST"

This week we have been learning all about "Fair Trade" and what that means. The children have been involved in a variety of activities from identifying where food comes from to the cost of the production. The children have been really engaged and have been struck by the moral issues that have been raised.
They have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the designing and production of various fair trade breakfast items like bread, smoothies, porridge, muffins etc. This was enjoyed by the children, parents and staff at our "Fair Trade Big Breakfast." We raised a fantastic £240 to send to the "Trade Craft Foundation" which is a Christian run charity supporting Fair Trade for all.
St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, Bramcote joined in by bringing along "Fair Trade" items and produce to sell and raised an additional £200.
Mrs Smith and Mrs Willan from St Michael's commented that they had been around a few schools in the past tw...

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Fair's Fair - Food around the World

Fair's Fair - Food around the World

We looked at the labels on fruit and found out the country they came from then we used atlases to locate the country and put markers on our map.
It was really interesting to find out where food on our supermarket shelves came from and the miles they would have travelled to get there.
Later in the week we will be making our very own smoothies which you will be able to taste at our Big Fairtrade Breakfast on Friday!
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Prayer Encounter

Prayer Encounter

We had a really good time at the 'Prayer Encounter' experience. We were prompted to think about situations in our world which are not fair. We prayed for children with dirty drinking water and wrote our messages in a bottle. Then we had a go at making a paper bag, some of us found it a bit tricky and we were grateful we didn't have to make them all day like some children. We also took time to consider whether we had been unfair towards others and had time to reflect and say sorry to God.
It was a very special morning and we are really grateful to Mrs Renton for organising it!...

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Fizzy Balloons

Fizzy Balloons

We had an awesome lesson in Science yesterday!

We investigated what happened when vinegar and baking soda are mixed inside a bottle with a balloon on the end.

'I found it very interesting, I didn't know that the balloon would blow up!' Kezia G
'We learnt that because vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base, when they are mixed a chemical reaction occurs and carbon dioxide is made.' Abbie B
'The balloon inflated it was so cool!' Elliot H
'I thought the balloon was going to pop! So much gas was being created. This is known as effervescing.' Elliott U
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Friends Cafe

Come along and join us at our next Friends Café which will take place in the small hall on Monday 1st February at 9am - All welcome to pop in for coffee, cake and a chat!...

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New Style Newsletter!

We hope you enjoy reading our new style newsletter which is produced weekly to keep you up to date with events happening in and around school....

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Class 2's trip to Nottingham Castle

Class 2's trip to Nottingham Castle

Class 2's topic this half term is Robin Hood. We went to Nottingham castle and were very pleased when we spotted him straight away...but he was made out of wicker. We spent the morning with a really interesting lady called Ray, who taught us all about the animals that would have been in Sherwood Forest and what life would have been like for Robin Hood, Maid Marian and the Merry Men. We made masks and did a dramatic soundscape while Ray told us a story of Robin Hood. After lunch in the very exciting gatehouse, we spent the afternoon in the 'hood in the wood' gallery, playing at life in Sherwood Forest. Friar Tuck was there and he told us lots of exciting tales. Oh and of course, we went to the shop. A great day had by children and adults alike!
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A Busy Start to the New Term!

What a busy start to the new term! Class three and I have been working really hard the past few weeks and have so much to say.
The highlight of the first week was definitely persuading Mr Boggington of Onions R US not to build his new factory on the school field. This preposterous idea spread like wildfire throughout the school building and, as a result, nearly every child became incensed at the preposterous proposal. Every child worked really hard and came up with some great arguments against Mr Boggington’s evil plans and I sent their letters to him as soon as they had finished. He replied promptly, telling us he had thought about their letters and had decided to build in another location. Victory!
The next week we spent researching about non-renewable energy (particularly coal power stations) and renewable energy (wind, solar and hydroelectric power) and their pros and cons. The children really enjoyed learning about this and co...

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Reflections on Hope

Reflections on Hope

In Class 5 we have been thinking about the meaning of hope. We considered what it meant for us and also had a look at what the Bible says about hope.

We really liked the verse ‘We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, it keeps us firm and secure’ from the book of Hebrews 6:19.

This is why our display has a nautical theme. We thought about what it means for Jesus to be like an anchor for us throughout different situation in our lives. Do have a look at what we wrote!

It forms a number of displays in our Small Hall and we really recommend that you take a look at them!
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Class 2 Christmas Cakes

Class 2 Christmas Cakes

"This week in Class 2 we have been working on our acting and singing skills for next week’s show, learning about time in Maths and writing our own Information books in English! We were really feeling in the Christmas spirit so we decided it was about time that we put our aprons on and got in the kitchen. We have had a lot of fun making our delicious Christmas cakes. The smell is fantastic and we’ve been very good at making sure we put the mixture in the baking tins rather than eating it!"...

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WOW - WE RAISED £1700 FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

Our school is absolutely fantastic about clubbing together and doing amazing things. This week children staff and families worked together to raise a totally awesome £1700 for Children in Need. The children entered into the spirit of the occasion, dressing as Roald Dahl characters (to link in with our theme week on Authors). We had some very impressive Willy Wonkas, Fantastic Mr Foxes and Ompa Lumpa’s showing a massive amount of effort from parents and children. The kids looked great
Our day started with signed book auction, ably and humorously chaired by our Prime minister and Deputy Prime minster. We had a good selection of books for both adults and children as well as signed photograph and artwork. This was closely followed by a second hand book sale as well as a cake sale at the end of the day.
It is such a privilege to know that our children have contributed to providing things like respite care, community centres and much nee...

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School Parliament

As you know, this year Bramcote C of E have launched a brand new school parliament. This Friday our MPs had the privilege of meeting and chatting to Anna Soubry, Minister for Small Businesses and MP for Broxtowe.
Prime minister Elliot Fox and Deputy Prime minister Sam Norris, showed Anna around school and introduced her to the staff. The whole school parliament then met for a question and answer session. Anna was very impressed by the politeness and maturity of all MPS from year 6 all the way to our Year 1 representatives. The parliament did have some challenging questions for Anna, including asking about school testing, her opinions on Europe and building on green belt land. The children all raised concern about park facilities and road safety in and around Bramcote and she has promised to contact the local councillors on our behalf.
All in all, this was a fantastic opportunity for the children to find out about government life and...

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Class 5 Greek Tiles

Class 5 Greek Tiles

Take a look at these clay tiles made by Class 5! We tried to copy patterns and our designs show scenes from Ancient Greece. George and Luke’s show the Parthenon, Sam’s has the fearsome looking Cerberus. Leo made a golden Drachma coin. The children made their paints out of natural materials: vinegar, salt, carrot, raspberries, flour, beetroot and even egg!...

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Beat Feet Drumming - Class 4

Beat Feet Drumming - Class 4

“I love chocolate cake, I love chocolate cake…” No, not the staff room mantra, but one of the catchy hooks which Y4 sang and played out on their Djembe’s in their African drumming workshop lead by Jude from Beat Feet.
The children had a very noisy afternoon putting science into action: feeling vibrations and changing the volume and pitch as we learnt how to play polyrhythmic beats, conduct and sing African songs.
We finished off the afternoon with a performance for parents, siblings, teachers and anyone within earshot! Well done Year 4! It was well worth those ‘sausage fingers’! ...

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Fireworks Extravaganza - Thurs 5th Nov 5.30-7.30pm

The Friends of Bramcote C of E are excited to be holding our Annual Family Fireworks Extravaganza this year in conjunction with the 2nd Bramcote Scouts. We have a fabulous firework display lined up and will have a BBQ, jacket potatoes and mushy peas as well as hot chocolate with cream and sprinkles to keep you warm. Although we can’t guarantee the weather, the rain hasn’t dampened our spirits in previous years so I’m sure we will have a wonderful evening again.

Tickets are available now from the school office or through the scouts and are priced at £3 for adults and £2 for children. All tickets purchased on the night will be £3.

We look forward to seeing you and any friends you’d like to bring along too on Thursday 5th November.

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Class 2 English Lessons

Class 2 English Lessons

This week in our English lessons Class 2 have been using their skills with imperative verbs to write some commands for a Monster recipe. We have had enormous fun describing the weird and sometimes icky ingredients monsters have in their food and have come up with some mind-boggling recipes for them to cook. These include; 'Frog spawn soup', 'chicken and toy pie' and 'mash ice cream with spiders legs'. We are expecting a call from Mary Berry soon as we are sure she will want us to share the recipes for her next book....

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Class 3’s blog

Where to start my first ever class blog? I know – I will start by saying that, quite honestly, I believe Class 3 is the room in which the most learning has taken place so far this year, if not the whole history of Bramcote C of E. “What a big-headed thing to say!” I hear you incredulously exclaim. But I think it’s true. Not only have the children of Class 3 helped me to learn things about the school and to settle in, but I have helped the children to learn lots of interesting things about our topic, Mathematics and English, and we still have three weeks to go! My first month at Bramcote C of E has gone so quickly! Every single person, from the midday supervisors to the scary Year 6 children, have made me feel welcome, so I want to thank everybody for that.
There are many things I would like to share with you all about our Class’ first few weeks, but I think I will begin with my absolute favourite afternoon in the history of ...

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Y6 Residential

Last week the whole of year 6 went on our residential trip to Rock UK in Northamptonshire. We enjoyed the welcome service at St Michaels Church on Monday morning and then headed off on the coach to challenge ourselves in a range of outdoor activities.

Over the next few days we pushed ourselves, supported each other and showed great determination to take part in range of activities that included the high ropes, rock climbing, canoeing, archery and mountain biking. The staff at the centre were very impressed with the way we worked as a team, especially when raft building, Mr McCallion told us that we had done the school proud with our attitude and behaviour during the whole week.

Although everyday was very busy and tiring, we were kept going by the excellent food at the centre along with the wonderful array of cakes provided by parents (thank-you Afton for the amazing birthday cake).

Now we are back at school we have formed eve...

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New Reception Children

At the end of our first full week in school we take a moment to take a look at how our newest children have settled in. We have enjoyed our first service at St Michaels and both children and parents were very pleased to receive their own Children’s Bible and a blessing from Paul our vicar.
We are settling into the everyday routines of school, enjoying some scrummy dinners, getting our home school reading books and even picking up the odd head teachers award. The reception teaching team are busy finding out all the things that the children can do and coming up with an exciting programme that matches their needs and interests.
This term our topic is “Under the Sea” and we look forward to keeping everyone updated with all the different activities we get up to in the coming weeks.
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Welcome Back

Welcome back to this new school year!
We welcome our new Deputy Headteacher, Mr McCallion who will be teaching year six and Mr Burton who will be teaching year three.
All of the staff have been working hard over the summer preparing the classrooms and planning for new and exciting learning opportunities and we look forward to the term ahead.
On Friday we launched our new School Parliament and the children from year one to year six were encouraged to apply for the roles of class minister. To do this we have asked them to write a manifesto which they will present to the whole school later in September. We are looking forward to establishing our new school parliament which will give the children the opportunity to support staff and governors with school improvement.
This week we welcome our new reception children into school, we hope that they will enjoy their first experience of school life and look forward to seeing them grow an...

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Eden Camp - Year 6

Eden Camp - Year 6

Now this amazing trip had it’s special features like the awesome huts they had or the room where it had all the soldiers uniforms: my favourite! We have been reading a book called “Blitzed” and it mentioned your Blitz Hut – it described it so well. When I got there the whole scene was there just as described (Rayhan Niaz)

Nervously I walked to the Spitfire, I was amused by the model - it was noisy and I couldn’t hear myself think. Hut 5 was the best because of the black-out (Joshua Lloyd)

I’m going to make a WW2 leaflet which this trip has helped with a lot! By seeing models acting out parts in the war and seeing the little pallets with information on, this was the best trip ever! (Connie Woods)

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Gardening Club

Gardening Club

We greenfingered gardeners have been busy harvesting our strawberries and raspberries! We can confirm that they were delicious and very juicy!
We have also planted Sunflowers, Carrots and Spring Onions with Miss Marson and Mrs Shaw and we are looking forward to them growing. Watch this space!
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Snail Race!!

Snail Race!!

The long awaited day arrived: Snail Racing day in Nature Club. The competitors were raring to go, egged on by tempting lettuce leaves they charged along the track to the finishing line...well 'charged' may be a slight exaggeration! Reporters were on hand to capture the moment:

“S.L.O.W. Blob made a spectacular comeback at the annual Snail Racing Championships by speeding up tremendously and won by at least 5cm (half a track). He was owned by Hannah and Jinny, who were very proud of their amazing snail”.
Reporters Hannah and Jinny

"When we were racing today he was so amazing in his first race". Emma and Isobelle are the proud owners of a white shelled snail who is amazing. "He came second, amazing for his elderly age" Uniwolf is a talented snail who came to the Bramcote CofE Nature Club race with the look of determination on his face.
Reporters Isobelle and Emma

PLEASE NOTE: No snails were harmed in the race, all were fed...

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Magna Science Adventure Centre

Magna Science Adventure Centre

On Thursday 4th June 2015 Class 3 went to Magna Science Adventure Centre! Wow, what a jam packed, fun filled day! We had a workshop with a very enthusiastic chap, who taught us so much about what happens to rubbish that cant be recycled. He showed us how to make a fuel brick and even burnt it in front of us! We saw a fire tornado, spent time learning about how water is used in different ways and also had ALOT of fun in the outdoor water park getting absolutely soaked. Finn said "this trip was so much better than I thought it would be...it might be the school day of my life." The children said lots of thank yous to the really awesome helpers we had on the day.

We have decided it is Class 3s favourite trip yet!...

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Stone Age to Iron Age!

On Monday 18th May Class 3 had a 'Stone Age to Iron Age workshop day!'. Thanks to our visitor, we now know an awful lot about prehistoric times and have learnt some new skills as well. If you need any sheeps fleece spindled into wool, wool woven into cloth, grains ground into flour, flints being made into arrows, or prehistoric jewellery then we are your guys! A great day was had by all and Miss Smith is still beaming from ear to ear to be told that Mrs Paish found class 3 to be very polite, super smart and a pleasure to be with for the day. We are looking forward to our class leading collective worship later this week so that we can share some more of the things we have been learning....

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Brackenhurst Orienteering

Brackenhurst Orienteering

On Thursday 7th May, Class 4 went to Brackenhurst to practise the orienteering skills we have been learning in P.E.

A lady called Corby met us there and showed us into a classroom. We had our fruit snack while we looked at a map of the site. We worked out the key and saw ponds, woodlands, buildings and paths. Corby also pointed out the Ha-ha, which is a ditch with a fence in to stop the cows coming into the garden.

Next, we walked across to the house to begin our orienteering task. We were put into teams and given 9 markers to find. We had to use our maps to follow routes around the beautiful woodland. We learned that we had to work together as a team to complete the challenge.

Just as we finished orienteering, it began to rain so we went back to the classroom for our lunch. Luckily, everyone had a waterproof coat!

In the afternoon, we did team challenge games. Some examples were ‘Save the Planet’, where we h...

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Class 5 Pond Dipping at Wollaton Park

Class 5 Pond Dipping at Wollaton Park

On Tuesday 5th May Class 5 visited Wollaton Hall and Park. We had a packed day investigating the plants and wildlife.
Our day began at the Camellia House where we loved looking at and sketching the beautiful flowers.
Once the Hall opened, we visited the Natural History Museum. One of our favourite discoveries was that the Peregrine Falcon is the fastest member of the animal kingdom and can reach speeds up to 242 mph!

It was then time to put our waterproofs on to begin Pond Dipping. We carried nets, insect identification cards, magnifying glasses and other equipment down to the lake. We had some terrific discoveries! Sam found a water beetle, Linnae got very excited by a leech and others found swimming mayflies, water nymphs, worms and even water fleas!

After lunch we went into the Visitor Centre and were able to see lots of stuffed animals that make Wollaton their habitat. There was a huge deer which many of us sketched.
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Magic Music!

Magic Music!


On Thursday 30th April we were treated to an amazing evening of music by our KS1 and KS2 children. Two of our Year 6 students, Dan Wattis and Elita Illsley, compared the evening very well. We had brilliant performances from the children playing strings, woodwind, brass and even percussion! Our KS1 recorder group played ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on the evening. We hope that many of our younger children will have been inspired to take up a musical instrument in the years ahead!
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Sporting Success!

Congratulations to our Year 5 and 6 tag rugby players who completed in the Broxtowe Tag Rugby Festival last week. Despite being drawn in a tough group they finished the tournament strongly with a win and two draws. All of the participants showed superb sportsmanship and ensured that they represented the school very well indeed.

Last week our school netball and football teams competed with 11 other primaries in the Summer Tournament at Bramcote Hills Primary. The netball team finished fourth overall and our football team reached the semi-finals of the tournament for the second consecutive year. Again the children represented our school very well through their performances and their conduct.
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Bikeability Day!

Bikeability Day!

Class 5 stepped up a gear today learning how to ride our bikes safely. We learnt all about how to check our bikes are in good condition and how to set off, signal and brake. It was ‘wheely’ fun especially the slow races which Hannah D and Jack were excellent at!
Then we go to go on the roads, we all wore high vis jackets and made sure we listened to instructions very carefully.

By the end of the day we were all ‘tyred’ out and ready for a ‘brake’ but we had a fantastic day! We hope this will set off a chain reaction of lots more children in school enjoying outdoors on their bikes!
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Outdoor Grammar in Class 3

Outdoor Grammar in Class 3

As the weather was nice last week, Class 3 decided to take the opportunity to do some outdoor learning. We are writing nature poems this week so we sat under the trees and got inspired to build some descriptive sentences about the things we could see, hear and smell. We are now really looking forward to building these into our poems and hopefully the sun will shine so that we can take them back outside to read them aloud.
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Year 6 Cookery Club

Year 6 Cookery Club

Since October 2014 some of our Year 6 pupils have had the opportunity to develop life skills in our cookery club on Monday after school.
The children's creations have included a wide range of cooking learning many different skills - Since Christmas we have made pizza, quiche, chicken pie, lemon flan, jacket potato & salad and shortbread with a fresh fruit salad. The club comes to an end next week with the creation of an Easter cake.
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Year 5 Vikings

Year 5 Vikings

Viking Day
Class 5 had an excellent day with Partake Theatre Company experiencing what life was like as a Viking. In the morning we tried on some armour, made silver bracelets, made clay coil pots, learnt how to spin wool on a spindle, tried our hand at weaving and ground some spelt grain to flour! It was hard work! The afternoon was just as exciting as we enacted a Viking raid complete with costumes and our own wooden sword.

Viking Workshop Trip
The fun continued in Class 5 as in the same week we also had a trip to the University of Nottingham. There we learnt how to write in runes and about how towns in Nottinghamshire got their names from the Vikings! After learning about all the items Vikings were buried with we also made our own burial ships using craft paper, plasticine and a peg doll. The highlight was watching a re-enactment of two Viking warriors fighting. We were on the edge of our seat as they clashed swords!
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Nature Club

Bramcote’s Nature Club meets weekly after school on Wednesdays, led by Mrs Renton. We do a mixture of activities including nature inspired craft, learning more about the animals and minibeasts in our local environment and looking after the nature area and pond area and the animals that live in them. Here are some comments by club members:
“In Nature Cub I really enjoyed painting with nature. We used berries, grass, mud and petals. It was very good fun. I am looking forward to making paper again and snail racing!”
“In Nature Club we studied woodlice and looked at their exoskeletons. We also filled in a booklet about them.”
“At Nature Club we make lots of things like: bird feeders, Christmas stars out of twigs, we painted with nature, we made animals from pinecones and a block of wood. I liked painting with Nature, I am also looking forward to snail racing! At nature Club we do lots of things to help nature (clue in the...

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Class 6’s trip to The Galleries Of Justice.

Class 6’s trip to The Galleries Of Justice.

In the morning, we arrived at the Galleries of Justice and met our guide for the day, Becci. She gave us a brief overview of the day and then led us off to the lunch room. We then proceeded to an old courtroom where we commenced in our first activity… Victorian CSI.

We were told that a murder had taken place in Narrowmarsh, a dangerous slum village. We investigated in the murder, but in the end we could not collect enough evidence to solve the case. The murder, we were told, was based on a real case believed to been committed by Jack the Ripper around 1888 in London.

After a short break, we were off on our tour of the buildings which started with a re-enactment of Valentine Marshelle’s court hearing. Then we went down a set of stone steps where we saw different crimes and punishments through the years. At the end of the room there was a ‘wax’ jailer (or so we thought!). When he started shouting at us we realised he was not...

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SNOW !!!!!

There is an often quoted statement “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” Reception proved this on Thursday when we had a sudden fall of snow. In reception we have a full class set of waterproof trousers and jackets, allowing us to play and learn whatever the weather, and even throw the odd snowball! Fun was had by all, including Miss Jones who generously spend the afternoon supervising groups of excited children,
P.S - We have a small selection of wellies but always welcome more. Your donations are gratefully received.
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The Future is Green!

The Future is Green!

On Monday 19th January Class 3 went on a trip to Attenborough Nature Reserve for an exciting day of activities called ‘The Future Is Green!’ We learnt about renewable energy and made our own solar powered propeller boats that sailed across the pond. We also investigated the most effective blades to use on wind turbines to generate the most electricity! A great day was had by all, and even though it was freezing cold the activities kept us warm and there were smiles all round....

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Annual Primary Team Maths Challenger

Annual Primary Team Maths Challenger

Tuesday 13th January was an exciting day for four mathematicians from Class Six; Dom, Dan, Annie and Bart had been selected to represent the school in the Annual Primary Team Maths Challenge hosted by DAGFA House School.
The team took part in five rounds of challenging maths problems, including a maths crossword, speed tests, a group logic test and even a maths relay race! Twelve competitive schools from around Nottingham took part in the annual daylong event, now in its third year at DAGFA.
Our gallant team from Bramcote worked extremely hard in all the rounds, demonstrating their maths skills, problem solving abilities and the ability to work well in a team. For the maths relay they also had to be fast and agile runners! Throughout the competition we were somewhere in the top four highest scoring teams, and at the end we held on to that position despite stiff competition, and were just a few points away from being placed third.
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Reception Sweet Shop!

Reception Sweet Shop!

On Thursday 8th January, Reception class planned, prepared and ran their own sweetshop. After reading and doing Literacy work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the children were very keen to create and sell their own sweets.
We looked at inventing sweet names, chaired and took part in a planning meeting, made our own sweets, wrote recipes and then ran our own shop. The children loved being responsible for manning their part of the sweet shop and were able to enhance their money counting skills! We raised £28 which the children choose to spend on new games for the classroom.
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OUR INSET DAY ON MONDAY!

OUR INSET DAY ON MONDAY!

I am sure some of you wonder actually what happens on an INSET day. I heard this week that someone as a child always thought these days were INSECT DAYS and thought that teachers would bring their insects to school! Well after the wonderful Christmas holiday the staff gathered on Monday to learn about computer programming. One of the requirements of the new national curriculum is children begin to learn how to program on a computer. On Monday we were joined by a team from Capital One in Nottingham. One of these was Mr Mistry who is a parent here at Bramcote C of E. They very helpfully taught us the basics of using ‘Scratch’ a program that we will be using with some of our Key Stage 2 children later this year. It was fantastic to learn together new skills that we will now be able to pass onto the children. I would like to extend my thanks to Mr Mistry and Captial One for spending the time preparing for and delivering the session.
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FOODBANK

FOODBANK

On Wednesday 17th December three members of our School Council (Daniel Deane, Isobel Edwards and Rayhan Niaz) visited Beeston Hope Foodbank. The children helped to sort the food into different boxes as well as helping to weigh all of our food! The total weight of the food items came to a thumping 120.94kg!! School Council will be considering next term how we can continue to support our local Beeston Foodbank.

Many thanks to everyone who donated food last Friday on National Christmas Jumper Day. The food is very much in need and will be a huge blessing to members of our local community....

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WOW !!

Our Christmas Fair last Saturday made over an amazing £1750 - Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen and to everyone who came along to spend money. Santa is extremely busy at the North Pole, making sure all the presents, including yours, are ready and wrapped for Christmas Eve - ho ho ho and a merry christmas to you all....

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Greek Pots !

Greek Pots !

Class 5 had loads of fun making Greek pots for our topic. First we blew up some balloons to just the right size. Then we coated them in sticky glue and used paper mache to build up the shape, after adding sturdy handles and a firm base we hung them up to dry. Eventually after many layers they were strong enough so we painted them orange and then did our black designs.
Our designs were inspired by the myths we had learnt about. You can see some of them in the picture. I did a labyrinth, Wonjun did Zeus, Archie and Ben did hoplite soldiers and Alisha did Demeter the goddess of farming. We are really proud of them.

By Afton
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Panto !!

Panto !!

On Friday 28th November the children enjoyed a great pantomime of Cinderella by M&M Productions. The performance was kept secret until early Friday afternoon when news began to spread of what was to come. The pantomime itself had great sets, a very talented cast and lots of Frozen and chart songs for the children to sing along to. The children responded fantastically to the pantomime banter and it really was a brilliant end to the week. Here are some comments that the children said about the performance:

Harry (Year 5) There lots of funny jokes through the show!

Megan (Year 5) We really liked the songs because we knew the words to them

Dominic (Year 5) There were a lot of jokes and lots of humour

Faith (Year 3) The cast wore fantastic costumes and I liked it when the fairy godmother used her wand and everything began to move!

Caitlin (Year 4) It was great. It was funny and I enjoyed joining in with the audience.
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Stonebridge City Farm

Stonebridge City Farm

Last week in class 3 we went on a trip to Stonebridge City Farm. We had an awesome day and learnt about the animals on the farm and how to care for them. We got to feed goats and sheep, hold baby rabbits and also learnt that you are not allowed to feed the Kune Kune pigs are they are too grumpy and too greedy! The sun shone for us all day and a fabulous day was had by everyone. If you want to know why Kune Kune pigs have their name, come and ask us in class 3!...

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Footprints Theatre Company

Footprints Theatre Company

On Monday 17th November Class 2 had a visit from Steve Stickley of Footprints Theatre Company. We were all very excited to hear the dream story of Tiddlik the Toad. This is an Australian Aboriginal story which we are learning about as part of our Australia Topic this term.

We really enjoyed the story which Steve acted out with the aid of a didgeridoo and a rhythm stick. The story tells us about Tiddalik the Toad who was very thirsty and drank all the water from the rivers, streams and ponds. The other animals were very angry because they had nothing left to drink so they made a plan to get the water back. The wombat suggested that they should try to make Toad laugh so that he opened his mouth to let the water out, so they all tried telling jokes and being silly, but nothing worked. Unfortunately they woke up the platypus who came out to see what all the noise was about. Tiddalik had never seen such a ridiculous looking animal and a...

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Drumming Workshop for Class 4

Class 4 enjoyed an afternoon of drumming. A wonderful lady called Jude came in and led us in a drumming workshop. The drums were called djembe drums. Jude got her drums from Senegal. Senegal is a country in Africa. You hold the djembe drum by tilting it away from you so that the resonator can let all the wonderful sound out. There are three ways of playing the drum; ‘Base’ which is performed by closing all your fingers up and hitting your hand on the skin. ‘Tone’ which is performed by hitting the side of the drum and last but not least the ‘slap’. You slap the drum to make the sound. To finish your piece off you ‘flam’ the drum. We did a conducting game using a stick to wave up and down. One person did this at a time. High meant fast and loud however, low meant slow and quiet. Did you know the skin of the djembe drum is goat’s skin? I thought my drumming experience to be amazing.
Jessica Mistry
Class 4

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Children in Need

We raised a fantastic amount of £612 for Children in Need last Friday, 14th November. Well done everyone....

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

We are delighted that as a school we have collected more than 60 shoeboxes which is amazing! They will be sent to Kyrgyzstan later this month. The shoeboxes will bring much joy and happiness to the children who receive these boxes over the Christmas period.

Thank you to all who have contributed to the making and buying of gifts for the shoeboxes. We have a final deadline of 9am Monday 17th November if you would still like to contribute a shoebox this year.

Many thanks
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Pudsey - Children in Need

Pudsey - Children in Need

FRIDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2014

On Friday 14th November we have having a non-uniform day with the theme “Wear Your Pyjama’s” or “Spots”. Everyone will have to pay £1 for not wearing school uniform.

We will be drawing a large Pudsey in chalk in the reception area and we would like to fill in the picture with your spare change – pennies, two’s and five pence pieces.

We will also be holding a Cake Sale on Friday at 3.30pm on the playground (weather permitting) or the small hall. Donations of cakes, home-made or shop purchased will be gratefully received.

If parents would like to make an additional special donation
please see Mrs Gill in the school office

All money raised on this Friday will be donated to
“Children in Need”
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Groovy Greek Day

Groovy Greek Day

Class 5’s Groovy Greek Day
As soon as I received and read my letter about Greek Day I was buzzing with excitement. The weekend after, I immediately started on my costume. (Ben)

When I woke up it felt like a regular day. I got up, ate my breakfast and put my school uniform on. Then I realised it was Greek Day!! I hurriedly got undressed and got into my Greek costume! Everything happened very quickly after that and suddenly I arrived at school. Standing there in the playground were all my friends dressed like there were completely different people. This was going to be an extraordinary day. (Harry)

Everyone looked AWESOME, and I mean everyone, including the teachers. Dominic had a tunic made out of curtains, lots of boys were hoplite soldiers and Dan had died his hair blue to be Poseidon. (Sebastian)

First of all we had to see how many words we could make from ‘Ancient Greece’. I found 20 and I came second in the class. (S...

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Class 3 have been making Volcanoes!

Class 3 have been making Volcanoes!

Class 3 have been having alot of fun with our topic 'the active planet' and have particularly enjoyed making and erupting our own volcanoes! If you want to know how to make your own volcano at home, or for some interesting volcano facts come and ask us in class 3!...

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Fireworks Extravaganza

Come along and join us for our Fireworks Extravaganza on Wednesday 5th November 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Advance Tickets available from school office or scouts £3 adults/£2 children/U2's Free. Tickets on night all £3. BBQ, tombola, jacket potatoes, candy floss, sweet stalls etc. ...

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New Arrival for Mrs Meredith

Toby John Meredith born 15th October 2014 weighing in at 8lbs. Mother and baby doing well....

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Starting Year 6

Starting Year 6

Starting Year 6 has been hard. But fun! We’re looking forward to learning lots of new things!

Year 6 is a big step up from the lower classes because you have to apply for secondary schools and you have SATs (dum dum dummm). Some of the challenges you face in Year 6 are SATs, extra responsibilities and high expectations.

In Year 6 the teachers help to prepare us for SATS because it is our chance to show what we have learnt in Primary School and our chance to shine.

Year 6 has its privileges though, like sitting on benches in assembly instead of on the floor, the new jobs we are trusted with and the chance to improve friendships

We had to apply for a monitor role. We had to write a letter to Mr Goddard, all you can do is hope and pray you get the one you want, and then we had to have an interview. Our monitor roles were not as easy to get as we expected. Eventually the meeting comes and you feel anxious about what Mr Godda...

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