MONday Assembly - 19th october 2020

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.

Welcome to Monday's Assembly.

Today I want to share with you some of the brilliant things we've been doing as a school to help look after the planet.  Our school is very active in thinking of ways to look after our environment and that's because the people in it - YOU - care so much, and want to change things for the better!

Have a look below at all the different things that we have been doing as a school. 

What else would you like to do to help?

MONday Assembly - 5th october 2020

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.

Welcome to Monday's Assembly.

It's a new month - October - and this week we are making our Harvest collection for North Bristol Foodbank.  Remember to bring in a donation in if you can!

 

MONday Assembly - 28th september 2020

Below is the link ot KS2's Foodbank Assembly:

https://youtu.be/PskceY6NU8I

MONday Assembly - 14th september 2020

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.

Welcome to Monday's Assembly.

Today we're going to talk abotu this term's School Value and then I'm going to play you a story written by a little girl who lives in Bristol.

Click on the arrow below for today's assembly introduction and then on the second arrow for the story:

MONday Assembly - 7th september 2020

WElcome back to school

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.

Welcome to Monday's Assembly.

Today I'm going to read you the story of 'The Koala Who Could' by Rachel Bright.

Click on the arrow below to hear the story:

Friday Assembly - JUly 17th 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.

Welcome to Friday Assembly.

Today we say goodbye to our Year Six Leavers and their families, some of whom have be part of the Hotwells' school community for many years.  We have greatly valued your support and presence during your child's journey through primary school and we wish you all the very best as we say farewell. 

 

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This week's Friday Assembly Song is 'What If'. It was sung by 2,292 singers aged 18 and under from 80 countries around the world.

Click on the image to be the 2,293rd voice!

Friday Assembly - JUly 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.

Welcome to Friday Assembly.

I've been looking at the great challenges achieved by all of you who entered our virtual Sports Day - well done all of you!  I've enjoyed hearing about your Olympic efforts! 

I thought it would be fitting to choose the biography of an athlete, as today's assembly story.  Enjoy!

This week's Friday Assembly Song is 'One Day' by Matisyahu. It is a song about hope and humanity.

Friday Assembly - JUNE 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.

Welcome to Friday Assembly.

Today I'm going to tell you a short, true story about a girl called Wangari.  Click on the arrow below to hear the story.

 

Friday Assembly - 5th JUNE 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.

 

This week's Friday Assembly Song is 'Didn't It Rain' by Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Visit the Music page to find out more. Click on Sister Rosetta to enjoy it now.

Friday Assembly - 22nd may 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.  

 

Here's a story for today.  It's called The Crow and the Pitcher.  A pitcher is a large jug.  It's anther Aesop's Fable which means it's a story with a moral, which you'll find it at the end of the story.

A Crow, exhausted with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to get at it.

He tried, and he tried, but at last had to give up in despair.

Then a thought came to him, and he took a pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher.

Then he took another pebble and dropped it into the Pitcher.

Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher.

Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher.

Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher.

Then he took another pebble and dropped that into the Pitcher.

At last, at last, he saw the water mount up near him, and after casting in a few more pebbles he was able to quench his thirst and save his life.

 

Moral of this Fable: "Little by little does the trick"

This week's Friday Assembly Song is 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.

It is a song about hope, dreams and the beauty of the natural world. Click on the image below to be transported.

Stay well and stay safe.

With best wishes from Mrs Delor 

Friday Assembly - 15th may 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.  

I thought I would start today's assembly by showing you a photo of school.  I know that lots of you are missing seeing our lovely little school and I'm certainly missing seeing you all in it.  Look at how the playground garden is blossoming...

 

This Week's Friday Assembly Song is 'Something Inside So Strong' by Labi Siffre. It is a song about nurturing Courage in difficult times.

Click on the cover below to enjoy it. 

Today's story is one of my favourites.  I come back to this story year after year. 

If you were sitting here in front of me now I would ask you, after telling the story, what you think it means for us all, today. 

I've recorded it today - so click on the play arrow below....

Friday Assembly - 8th may 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.  

Welcome to Friday Assembly and happy Bank Holiday - the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.

I know that some of you like collecting coins.  Have a look at this new coin below....

KS1 Questions: 

Can you work out what the picture is about?  What do the people's faces tell us about what they are feeling?  What do you think the woman is holding? 

Can you see any writing in the background?

KS2 Facts:

The Royal Mint has released a new commemorative £2 coin as it says ‘thank you’ to the wartime generation on the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The coin has been created to ‘capture the spirit and stoicism of the wartime generation and the gratitude of those that followed’. During these challenging times it feels especially important to protect those that lived through so much.

The coin’s design symbolises the first steps towards peace and recovery after the war.

Millions of people came together in the streets to celebrate the end of the war in Europe, inspiring the image of smiling faces at the heart of the coin. The rays evoke searchlights, a familiar sight in the skies during wartime, except that here they represent rays of hope.

The events of May 1945 initiated and defined the world we live in today. The costliest conflict in human history was nearing its end, and a new era of hope, optimism and social transformation was beginning.

Much anxiety and many challenges remained, but the determination prevailed that, out of an unprecedented global catastrophe, a better human society should emerge and there is no doubt that the relevance of this vision is as strong now as it was then.

This week's Friday Assembly Song is 'We'll Meet Again', sung by Vera Lynn. Click on the picture below to enjoy it. 

Visit the Music page to find out a fact about Vera!

Stay well, stay safe, stay home.

With best wishes from Mrs Delor 

Friday Assembly - 1st may 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.  

Welcome to Friday Assembly and Happy May Day!

As well as being May Day today, May is national Share-a-Story month!

KS2 Facts:

There are all sorts of traditions surrounding this time of year and the first day of the month of May.  One of the oldest is from Roman times.  The Roman goddess Floralia - the goddess of flowers - was celebrated at this time and when the Romans came to Britain they brought this five day festival with them.  Nowadays people sometimes fill baskets with flowers and give them as gifts.  In medieval times the tradition of dancing around a maypole was introduced and dances using coloured ribbons and flowers became popular.  

Much more recently May Day took on a focus as International Workers' Day and the origins of the eight-hour working day in Britain and America.  In 1978, more than forty years ago, the first May Day Bank Holiday was celebrated, introduced by the Labour Government of the day.  

 

KS1 Ideas:

If you'd like to listen to lots of stories today try out the following website - the Book Trust are holding a Festival of Books today - it looks like great fun!

www.booktrust.org.uk/pyjamarama-festival

the lion and the mouse

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A small mouse crept up to a sleeping lion. The mouse admired the lion's ears, his long whiskers and his great mane.

"Since he's sleeping," thought the mouse, "he'll never suspect I'm here!"

With that, the little mouse climbed up onto the lion's tail, ran across its back, slid down its leg and jumped off of its paw. The lion awoke and quickly caught the mouse between its claws.

"Please," said the mouse, "let me go and I'll come back and help you someday."

The lion laughed, "You are so small! How could you ever help me?"

The lion laughed so hard he had to hold his belly! The mouse jumped to freedom and ran until she was far, far away.

The next day, two hunters came to the jungle. They went to the lion's lair. They set a huge rope snare. When the lion came home that night, he stepped into the trap.

He roared! He wept! But he couldn't pull himself free.

The mouse heard the lion's pitiful roar and came back to help him.

The mouse eyed the trap and noticed the one thick rope that held it together. She began nibbling and nibbling until the rope broke. The lion was able to shake off the other ropes that held him tight. He stood up free again!

The lion turned to the mouse and said, "Dear friend, I was foolish to ridicule you for being small. You helped me by saving my life after all!"

 

Stay well, stay safe, stay home.

With best wishes from Mrs Delor 

 

Friday Assembly - 24th april 2020 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.  Welcome to Friday Assembly.

 It's Term 5 and we have a new school value to focus on in assemblies - Courage.  

Enjoy the story below - it's an old school favourite called 'Giraffe's Can't Dance'.

 This week's Friday Assembly Song is 'Easy' by Mesadorm. Possibly my favourite of this whole year.  Click on the picture just below to enjoy it. Visit the Music page to find out more.

Friday Assembly - 3rd april 2020

 

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.  
Welcome to Friday Assembly.

 

I noticed this week that lots of the flowers in the school garden have begun to blossom and there are buds on the apple tree near my house.  We have an Art Competition for you to enter this Easter holiday - enjoy taking part!  I’ve enjoyed looking at your class web pages every day and all the comments and the photos that are appearing.

I wonder if you’ve been learning this week’s songs, ‘Touch the Sky' or 'My Fantasy Football Team'? You can find them both on the Music Page low down on the Children tab. Have a listen. Happy listening or singing!

This is the last Friday of Term 4 and our last assembly focusing on Honesty. Here is another short story to share - there are lots of different versions of this old story but they all end in the same way.   Maybe you can read it or a grown up can read it to you?

 

the wooden axe

A poor Woodman was chopping a tree near the edge of a deep pool in the forest. It was late in the day and the Woodman was tired. He had been working since sunrise and his strokes were not so sure as they had been early that morning. Thus it happened that the axe slipped and flew out of his hands into the pool.

The Woodman was in despair. The axe was all he possessed with which to make a living and he had not money enough to buy a new one. As he stood wringing his hands and weeping, the god Mercury suddenly appeared and asked what the trouble was. The Woodman told what had happened, and straightway the kind Mercury dived into the pool. When he came up again he held a wonderful golden axe.

"Is this your axe?" Mercury asked the Woodman.

"No," answered the honest Woodman, "that is not my axe."

Mercury laid the golden axe on the bank and sprang back into the pool. This time he brought up an axe of silver but the Woodman declared again that his axe was just an ordinary one with a wooden handle.

Mercury dived down for the third time, and when he came up again he was holding the very axe that had been lost.

The poor Woodman was very glad that his axe had been found and could not thank the kind god enough. Mercury was greatly pleased with the Woodman's honesty.

"I admire your honesty," he said, "and as a reward you may have all three axes, the gold and the silver as well as your own."

The happy Woodman returned to his home with his treasures and soon the story of his good fortune was known to everybody in the village. Now there were several Woodmen in the village who believed that they could easily win the same good fortune. They hurried out into the woods, one here, one there, and hiding their axes in the bushes, pretended they had lost them. Then they wept and wailed and called on Mercury to help them.

And indeed, Mercury did appear, first to this one, then to that. To each one he showed an axe of gold, and each one eagerly claimed it to be the one he had lost. But Mercury did not give them the golden axe. Oh no! Instead he banished them home. And when they returned next day to look for their own axes they were nowhere to be found.

 

Stay well, stay safe, stay home.

With best wishes from Mrs Delor 

 

Friday Assembly - 27th March 2020

Good Morning Children!  Good Morning Everyone.  
Welcome to Friday Assembly.

 

It ‘s lovely to hear about some of the things you are enjoying at home and the way you are spending your time with your families. I’ve heard that lots of you are enjoying your home learning packs and also using your class web pages every day. I’ve enjoyed looking at the photos and comments.

Life in school is busy although in a different sort of way. We have lots of plans to make for the coming days as well as looking after the school and keeping it safe and clean.

The sunshine has made me smile and I remembered the first two lines of a poem I learned when I was a child;

‘The trees are coming into leaf

Like something almost being said….’

By Philip Larkin.

 

I wonder if you’ve been learning this week’s song, ‘You Can Do It’? You can find it on the Music Page under the Children tab. Have a listen. Happy listening or singing!

Hands up if you remember what our School Value is this term? (Answer at the bottom of this page)

Here's a short version of the story we began to share last week.   Maybe you can read it or a grown up can read it to you?

 

the Boy Who Cried Wolf

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There once was a shepherd boy who was bored as he sat on the hillside watching the village sheep. To amuse himself he took a great breath and sang out, "Wolf! Wolf! The Wolf is chasing the sheep!"

The villagers came running up the hill to help the boy drive the wolf away. But when they arrived at the top of the hill, they found no wolf. The boy laughed at the sight of their angry faces. 

"Don't cry 'wolf', shepherd boy," said the villagers, "when there's no wolf!" They went grumbling back down the hill.

Later, the boy sang out again, "Wolf! Wolf! The wolf is chasing the sheep!" To his naughty delight, he watched the villagers run up the hill to help him drive the wolf away.

When the villagers saw no wolf they sternly said, "Save your frightened song for when there is really something wrong! Don't cry 'wolf' when there is NO wolf!"

But the boy just grinned and watched them go grumbling down the hill once more.

Later, he saw a REAL wolf prowling about his flock. Alarmed, he leaped to his feet and sang out as loudly as he could, "Wolf! Wolf!"

But the villagers thought he was trying to fool them again, and so they didn't come.

At sunset, everyone wondered why the shepherd boy hadn't returned to the village with their sheep. They went up the hill to find the boy. They found him weeping.

"There really was a wolf here! The flock has scattered! I cried out, "Wolf!" Why didn't you come?"

An old man tried to comfort the boy as they walked back to the village.

"We'll help you look for the lost sheep in the morning," he said, putting his arm around the youth, "People tire of listening to liars...even when they are telling the truth."

 

Stay well, stay safe, stay home.

With best wishes from Mrs Delor. 

 

(Our School Value this term is Honesty)