Year 4 uncover their “Time Capsule”

Late this time last year, Year 4 were in Year 3 and feeling a bit worried/excited and nervous about their transition into year 4.  So, last year as a class, we wrote letters to our future selves thinking about what kind of people we would like to be, what things we would like to achieve during our time in Year 4.  Together, we talked about how we can make all these things possible.  Then, with a little bit of glitter magic, we buried our letters to ourselves.

Well now, the children’s time in year 4 has just about been and gone and we wanted to see if we have become those people we hope to become and if we have achieved those things we hoped to achieve and we dug up our letters.  Even though they were a bit moldy, wet and a bit stinky (very stinky!) we were able to uncover our letters and have a read.

Here are some of the things the children thought as they uncovered their letters:

“I hoped I was going to help children who were being bullied…but no one was being bullied in our class! I do think I’ve become a kinder person this year though.”

“I wanted to get better at my spellings.  I worked really hard.  At home too! I did really well in my spelling tests.”

“It’s really funny to see my handwriting! It’s got so much better!” 

It’s really interesting to see how we’ve grown and developed as individuals and as a group.  Now…on to year 5! 🙂

We have the TA of the Year at Stoke Park Primary School!

We are very proud to announce that Stoke Park Primary School’s very own Miss Winkworth has won The Bristol Post Primary TA of the Year competition!

The award was given to the Teaching Assistant who the judges felt stands out from the rest. It aims to recognise the TA that goes the extra mile to encourage and assist students and teachers.

We would like to send Miss Winkworth a huge congratulations for winning what was a very competitive awards category against TAs from all over the city.

To read more about the Education Awards, visit the Bristol Post article online using the following link.


Year 4 Trip to Stoke Park Woods

What a day! Year 4 went out on their school trip to explore “The Best of Bristol” on our very own doorstep.  In groups of 3, the children were given a tool kit including, a map, a set of tasks, a brush, some paper and some water.  In their groups, the children had to find their way around the whole of the park to find special sculptures designed by local children and artists.

Finding all the scultures wasn’t as easy as it seemed, some groups of children and their leaders even ended up getting lost! They did however, stumble across some interesting finds like a giant’s footprint and a fairy house! After each sculpture, the children had to complete a specific task using lots of natural bits and bobs – making a snake from leaves, owls from feathers and snails from sticks.

After exploring the woods, we settled down for a nice long lunch followed by some wide outdoor activities playing in the long grass


Keys to Success Assembly – Kalpna Woolf

On Friday, we had the pleasure to introduce the KS2 children to the inspirational and talented Kalpna Woolf. The children were inspired by her role as the Head of Production for BBC Bristol. She then talked about her most recent projects such as the creation of Bristol Food Connections, 91 Ways To Build A Global City to help bring communities together as well as her book ‘Spice Yourself Slim’. Thank you so much for visiting us!

School Council visit Mayor Marvin Rees

On Monday, the School Councillors of Stoke Park School got up close and personal with Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees and Lockleaze Councillors Gill Kirk and Estella Tincknell at City Hall. After a question and answer session with The Mayor, they shared interests, such as, art and keeping fit. Which led to an amusing one arm press up show and tell. I think the Mayor was impressed by our one – arm press up technique.  Brilliant fun!

The Romans were in Lockleaze!

Last week, Stoke Park was visited by a team of archaeologists who told us about the remains of a Roman villa that had been discovered in Lockleaze. We particularly enjoyed handling the artefacts and talking to the archaeologists about the excavation.

We thank Redrow and Cotswold Archaeology for sharing their findings with us.

All items recovered are being donated to the Bristol Museum.

Step back in time … with a celebrity twist!

On Tuesday KS1 visited SS Great Britain. We all had a fantastic day exploring the ship inside and out. We went on a tour of the cabins (1st class and 3rd class), got a taste of life in the kitchens and even got a whiff of some of the smells that would have surrounded passengers on their journeys.In the afternoon we had the chance to step back in time as we dressed as engineers, Victorian ladies and the ship’s crew. Can you spot a familiar face in the crowd as we waved the ship goodbye? We want to give SS Great Britain a massive thank you for their hospitality and gifts and thank you Fern for popping over to say hello on such a busy (and hot!) day. Please use your free tickets to go back and show your family all the sights and sounds.

First few days back in Year 5 and the Football Champions!

It was been a lovely first few days back this term. Well done to the children of Oak class for showing caring and self-responsible behaviour in their attitudes towards work and each other. This final term will be their chance to show off how much they have progressed and learnt throughout the year. I am looking forward to seeing what we create together.

We also celebrated the final of  a project called the Bristol Together Championships. Over the last few months, a range of our children have met and played matches with schools from the local area. They have enjoyed meeting other children from these events, especially the final, held today at UWE. The children also improved their confidence and social and skills and we are proud to announce that they came second place out of 8 teams!


Meet the Governors Coffee Morning

I would like to remind you that you are warmly invited to join some of the governors for coffee and cake on Friday Morning (19th May) at 8.45a.m.

The coffee morning will give you the chance to talk to governors about general issues and ask questions about their work.

We would like to get a sense of the most important issues on parents’ minds so if you could send your questions to us in advance, it will enable us to prioritise the most pressing issues.

Meet the Governors Coffee Morning

Sun Smart

Dear Parents / Carers

I wanted to write and remind you about our sunsmart protection policy.

We developed this to ensure we can all enjoy the sun safely during the coming months.

The sun’s rays are particularly strong over the summer and they can damage children’s skin.  This may not seem like a problem right now, but sadly it can lead to skin cancer in later life.  Your child’s health and well-being are very important.


You can help by:

  • Talking to your child about the importance of sun protection
  • Ensuring your child has sun screen on prior to coming to school. If your child is particularly vulnerable to the suns rays, they may bring labelled sun cream to school to apply at lunchtimes.
  • Sending your child to school with a hat, preferably a wide brimmed one
  • Ensuring your child wears t-shirts with sleeves for when outside
  • Ensuring your child brings a water bottle to school

We will:

  • Encourage children to wear their hats when they go outside
  • Encourage children to drink more, during the school day
  • Ensure that all children are taught about the importance of sun protection
  • Remind children to use sunscreen in the summer months.

More details of these and other sun protection plans can be found in our Sun Smart Policy which is attached to this letter.

Sun Protection policy 2017

Yours sincerely

Anne Jelf

School Health and Safety Officer

Together I hope we can have a very happy and safe summer term.