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"Pupils thrive on the positive, aspirational approach"
Ofsted 2017

"The school has achieved an award for extending pupils’ understanding of world religions." SIAMS 2019

"As confident young learners, pupils are ambitious for themselves and supportive of each other." Ofsted 2017

"Worship is invitational allowing pupils of no religious affiliation to contribute with integrity."  SIAMS 2019

"The school has achieved an award for extending pupils’ understanding of world religions." SIAMS 2019

"Pupils are encouraged to think for themselves and to be curious." Ofsted 2017

"Your team are instilling a passion for learning that pupils find infectious." Ofsted 2017

Let Your Light Shine - Matthew 5:16

Community Links

Keith Campion, author of The Last Post, contacted our year 6 children to be ‘test readers’ for his new book ‘The Flower Boy’. Four children read the original manuscript for the book and gave feedback before it was published. The girls each received a signed copy of the book as a thank you from Keith. It was brilliant to see how a book is made from start to finish and be a part of the process.

This week’s edition of The Week In:

World Book Day

Bitton Parish Council ‘Dreaming of Dragons’ Competition

At St Barnabas we love reading and Book Week was the perfect way to celebrate our enthusiasm with a range of exciting activities!

We didn’t let being parted during the lockdown hinder our celebrations and both the children at home and in school celebrated World Book Day. Each day of book week we had a masked reader share a story in the style of the TV show, The Masked Singer, the children loved guessing who was behind the mask! On World Book Day, we celebrated by dressing up as a character from our favourite books. It was amazing to see all the hard-work that had gone into the costumes, both at home and in school. Our favourite literary characters were brought to life and it felt like we had been absorbed into the middle of a book. The children really took on the role of their character and their English work was based around their new persona.  We also spent time ‘Dreaming of Dragons’ as we completed creative stories, poems and art-work for Bitton Parish Council’s creative arts competition. It goes without saying that we took the time to relax with a story and read for pleasure, the children got to choose whatever text they wanted to read – from comics to classics and audio books to blogs – it was all about reading for fun.

Kingswood Heritage Museum Link

During their WW1 project, Year 5 and 6 borrowed project boxes of artefacts from Kingswood Heritage Museum to inspire them in their writing.  The museum were so impressed with their work that some examples were published in their January Newsletter.

Echoes Publisher January 2021


Oh What a Glorious Night!

Carols for Bristol

Some of our KS2 children took part in Carols for Bristol.

Available on youtube from 7pm on Friday 11th December   #CAROLSforBRISTOL


Year 5 enjoyed collective worship via Teams

Not to be deterred by the lockdown, today Year 5 enjoyed collective worship via Teams with Reverend Jeremy Andrew from St Barnabas Church. We thought all about advent and it’s importance in the lives of Christians as the build up to celebrating the birth of Jesus.


KS1 real life superhero visits – November 2020

Kindness Elves – October 2020

This week we as part of our ‘Marvellous Me’ topic, we have read ‘The Story of the Kindness Elves’, which is all about a group of teeny tiny elves that live in the clouds and spend their days making kindness potions. In the story the elves send letters to children, challenging them to carry out acts of kindness.

The children were excited to find an elf door and two of the elves in our classroom, each day they set us a letter with a kindness challenge.
At the start of the week the focus was being kind in nursery so we had a circle time to talk about what it means to be a kind friend. The children received challenges to make friendship bracelets for each other, to draw pictures for their friends, to take turns playing board games with one another and to make their own kindness potions. They were even kind to the wildlife in our garden and made bird feeders to hand in the tree! I was very impressed with the children’s sharing, turn taking and kindness.

Towards the end of the week the Kindness Elves began challenging us to spread kindness to our wider community. On Wednesday we made thank you cards for doctors and nurses (this links on from real life superheroes last week and matches our current role play theme), on Thursday we baked cakes to share with our families and on Friday we planted flowers to send to a local care home to make the elderly smile. (Pictures to follow once the cards and flowers have quarantined for 72 hours).
What a lovely week to finish off our Marvellous Me theme!!

Warmley Bakery Visit – October 2020

An exciting Visit to our local bakery as part of our Wonderful Warmley topic. The children ordered their own treat and paid for it by themselves, checking they had the right money. Phoenix class demonstrated exceptional manners and especially enjoyed sampling their treat when we stopped for a snack before heading back to school.


St Barnabas Church – October 2020

Key Stage 2 children from St Barnabas created Harvest pictures to decorate St Barnabas church for their Harvest services.  Reverend Jeremy Andrew contacted us to ask for support in decorating the church as they were unable to have their usual floral decorations due to covid19 restrictions.  Key Stage 2 took on the mission and we hear that the congregation thoroughly enjoyed the artwork brightening up the church this week.

Edgemont House Nursing Home – September 2020

This week we sent off our first set of letters to Edgemont House Nursing home. The residents had asked to hear all about the children’s return to school. Throughout this year we will be keeping in touch with the residents who will be helping us out with some of our projects, starting with sharing their knowledge of what Bristol City Centre was like when they were children. We are really looking forward to developing this link within our local community.