• “Beechwood Primary School is Always Doing Something Good”

Macmillan Coffee Morning

The PTA are hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September 9-9:45 in the school hall.

We need donations of nut-free cakes to be brought into the school on the morning, these can be baked or bought we’re really not fussy.

We also need volunteers to help serve drinks and cake on the morning. If you’re able to help please can you contact the PTA otherwise we’d love to see as many people in the morning pop along, bring a friend or family member have a slice of cake or two with a nice cuppa and raise money for Macmillan.

Assessment update

On Monday 1st October at 6pm we will holding an information session on our new assessment tracking system for all parents and carers.

The meeting will take place in the school hall, please come through the side door.

We hope you can join us.

The intention is to update you on how we are now tracking your child’s progress and what the assessments we will be sending home will look like.

Harvest Festival 

We will be holding our Harvest festival assembly in school on Thursday 27th September at 10am, and you are very welcome to join us.

We will be collecting donations of food for the Woodley food bank. Please send your child into school on the day with store cupboard items such as rice, pasta, tea, coffee, soup, any tinned items, noodles etc.

Please do not send in anything perishable.

Thank you. 

Cycle to school week

Last year our school took part in cycle to school week.

We are delighted to announce that the winners across the borough were Miss Morgan’s class! A huge well done to them.

The prize is a puncture repair lesson and we are waiting to be told when this will happen. 

Mobile phones

If you have a child in year 5 or 6 who will be walking home alone they are allowed to bring a mobile phone into school.

We MUST have your written permission for this to happen. Please ask the office for a form and return this form before your child brings in a phone.

If you completed a form last year you don’t need to fill in another one.

Uniform expectations

Thank you for sending your children into school looking so smart. We are really keen to keep our children looking this fabulous so from next week we will be sending a uniform slip home if your child is not wearing the correct uniform.

Any hair adornments that are not plain and simple will also be kept for safe keeping and sent home at the end of the day. Please remember that our uniform policy states plain black shoes, not trainers.

If you are buying girls shoes in the future please ensure they have a strap, a buckle or Velcro. Ballet flats and slip on shoes are not supportive and can be a trip hazard.

Parent Surveys

We have launched 2 surveys today to gather your opinions on important matters. Both the school and the IEB values your opinion and will carefully assess the results of the questionnaires to inform them of possible future improvements that can be made.

Please spare a few minutes of your time to complete our 2 surveys. Each survey should take no longer more than 5 minutes to complete.

Part 1: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RBJ795D
Part 2: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RHLW95V

Thank you for your time. 😀

Foundation Stage Blog – 13 July 2018

On Monday the children brought in a empty plastic bottle and during the day they wrote a special message to a friend or family member to explain that they were stuck on an island and needed some help to be rescued. 

On Tuesday morning the children wrote pirate descriptions for a pirate wanted poster. After lunch the children made up a class story about pirates, they built up the story as they went around the circle, some children chose to write their own stories during their independent learning.

On Wednesday morning the children had their Sports Day practice on the field and participated in a variety of activities which included rugby passing; obstacle course; target throwing; running races; and the standing long jump. In the afternoon the children talked about their school trip with information about what they needed to bring to school, what they needed to wear and what they would be doing during the day. 

On Thursday the children arrived at school very excited about their first ever school trip, to Beale Park. They climbed aboard Bailey’s coach and were soon there. During the day the children were split into groups and explored the park.  In the morning they saw many interesting animals (e.g. peacocks and birds) and met up at the deer park for their picnic lunch in the sunshine. In the afternoon the children enjoyed a ride on the miniature train and a play in the park before getting back on the coach back to school. The day flew by and the children returned to school looking very tired, they were keen to talk about all that they had seen.​

On Friday the children talked about their trip to Beale Park and then went to the ICT suite, where they drew a picture and then typed a sentence using 2Simple 2Publish.

Throughout the week the children have enjoyed singing pirate songs and listening to pirate stories. 

Next week the children have move up morning on Monday and their Sports day will take place on Wednesday morning.

Foundation Stage Blog – 6 July 2018

On Monday the children returned to school with their treasure chests containing special items. They started the day by learning how to make a paper boat. During their independent learning some children followed adult instructions to make their own paper boat, whilst some children wrote about what they had put in their treasure chest and why it was special to them; these activities continued throughout the week. Before lunch the children played Pirate Pictionary, where a child was chosen to draw a picture which related to our topic and the rest of the class had to guess what they had drawn. After lunch the children listened to the story 10 Little Pirates and sang pirate songs. At the end of the day a group of children talked about the special items they had put in their treasure chest. 

On Tuesday morning the children talked about mermaids and mermen, they were asked to share what they already knew about them and whether or not they were real. After lunch the children practised their letter formation for the letters k, l, m, n, o and wrote the tricky words ‘come’ ‘there’ and ‘you’. At the end of the day a different group of children were chosen to talk about the special items they had put in their treasure chest.

On Wednesday morning the children were asked to describe a pirate or a mermaid and were shown how to write descriptive sentences. The children attended a ‘Mad Science’ assembly about a club that will be starting in September and they took home leaflets about this at the end of the day. After lunch another group of children talked about the special items they had put in their treasure chest. 

On Thursday the children recapped their previous learning about subtraction as counting back. During the input they showed increasing confidence and independence when using a number line to count back and find the answer to a subtraction number sentence. Then the children completed a practical subtraction activity where some children had to walk the plank and then the rest of the class had to find out how many pirates were left on the ship. 

During their independent learning the children explored some pirate themed Maths activities: 

Activity 1 –subtracting using shells; 

Activity 2 –pretending to be pirates and stealing other pirates gold coins; 

Activity 3 –completing number sentences using gold coins; 

Activity 4 – subtraction from 10 number line activity; 

Activity 5 – Subtraction game on the interactive whiteboard. Before lunch the children listened to a pirate themed story and sang some pirate songs. During the afternoon the children were treated to a music session with Eva-Jane’s mum, who showed the children how to use a loop station to make different voice effects and pre-record music. The children thoroughly enjoyed singing in the microphone and having a go on the drums and symbols. The children also learnt how to keep a beat and explored making loud and quiet sounds with instruments. 

On Friday the children consolidated their learning about subtraction and explored finding one less than a given number up to 20. 

During PE this week the children warmed up by playing ‘stuck, stuck, shark’ (adapted version of stuck in the mud) and then they engaged in team games which included: throwing a bean bag into a hoop; running races; and an obstacle course.

During ICT this week the children used the software 2Simple 2Paint a Picture to create a a treasure map or a mermaid underwater picture using the pen tools. To end the week the children attended the whole-school celebration assembly.

In addition to this the children have been engaging in a variety of pirate themed activities during their independent learning, some of which include: writing about pirates using pirate themed word mats; making scrolls; making maps; sharing sea shells; under the sea role play area; investigating sea shells, starfish and coral at the investigation table; pirates and pirate ship small world exploration outside; making a submarine using crates; boats and playmobil people in the water tray; guttering and metal stands to make a water stream; making a desert island using playdough; and looking at sea themed stories (e.g. The rainbow fish, Sharing a Shell)

Ofsted Report and Parents’ Meeting

Dear Parents/Carers,

“Newly appointed leaders are now taking action to tackle the situation’

For many of you the Ofsted report will understandably be disappointing and concerning. For the IEB and senior leadership, the Ofsted outcome was not a surprise, which is why the report recognises the decisive action that has been taken to improve the quality of education for Beechwood pupils. A summary of the report would be that leaders have `an accurate understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses’ and `are now taking action to tackle the situation’. What we lacked was sufficient time to have a measurable impact, however, we should all be reassured that Ofsted supports the measures taken and recognise that there is leadership capacity to bring about rapid improvement. That work has started and will continue throughout the remainder of this term, so that solid foundations for success are in place for September.

Achieving rapid and sustainable improvement requires a collective effort from school leaders, staff, pupils and parents. There has always been a very strong community at Beechwood, and with your continued support we expect every pupil to make good or better progress. As you will have seen from the recent letter, school leaders have secured additional leadership capacity and talented teaching staff. The school has already made rapid progress, and we will be building on these foundations over the coming weeks and months.

We invite you to attend the parents’ meeting in the school hall tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd July @ 6pm, when the local authority, school leaders and IEB, will be present, to explain the report in more detail, talk about the improvements already underway, and answer any questions you may have.

Thank you for your continued support.
On behalf of the IEB

Heatwave – Level 3

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have received the following alert from Public Health with regards to the current level 3 heatwave:

`A level 3 heatwave alert has been issued. This means that temperatures are very likely to rise to levels that increase the risk of ill health among vulnerable people.

`Children’s susceptibility to high temperatures varies; those under four years of age, who are overweight, or who are taking certain medication may be at increased risk of adverse effects. Some children with disabilities or complex health needs may be more susceptible to high temperatures. Children with breathing conditions such as asthma or COPD may be more affected when there are high air pollution levels together with hot weather.’

“Stay out of the sun. Keep your home as cool as possible – shading windows and shutting them during the day may help. Open them when it is cooler at night. Keep drinking fluids. If there’s anybody you know, for example an older person living on their own, who might be at special risk, make sure they know what to do.”

At Beechwood it is imperative that children:

  • Bring in a wide brimmed hat
  • Have sun cream applied before leaving home
  • Bring in a water bottle (if your child does not have a water bottle during this heatwave, they may bring in a plastic cup)

We will ensure children play under the shade as much as we can at break time and lunchtime. The field is out of use during this time.

PE lessons will take place inside. Alternative indoor clubs will be provided for all children due to take part in lunchtime or after school clubs.

Invitational games will be reviewed tomorrow, we will advise parents of the outcome.

Yours sincerely

Miss Sarah Curtis
Headteacher

Foundation Stage Blog – 29 June 2018

Over the weekend the pirates visited Beechwood and Captain Jack left the children a message explaining that some of his treasure was missing! The children used the pirates map to search the outdoor area and find lots of treasure. Then the children created their own treasure maps. Before lunch the children talked about and counted the treasure they had found throughout the morning. After lunch the children listened to a pirate story and sang the song A pirate went to sea, sea, sea. On Tuesday morning the children were shown how to write a letter back to Captain Jack and his pirates explaining that they had found their treasure. Following this the children engaged in a variety of pirate themed Literacy activities:

Activity 1 – writing a letter to the pirates;

Activity 2 – writing about what they would do if they were a pirate, e.g. If I was a pirate I would sail the seven seas;

Activity 3 – making a pirate hat;

Activity 4 – labelling a picture of a pirate;

Activity 5 – designing their own pirate flag.

After lunch the children practised their letter formation for the letters p, q, r, s, t and wrote the tricky words ‘come’ ‘they’ and ‘like’. At the end of the day the children looked at their Knock, Knock Book and individual children were chosen to speak in front of the class about their family and things they like to do at home. On Wednesday morning the children learnt about famous pirates. After lunch the children listened to the story Pirates Love Underpants. At the end of the day FSR performed their ‘Under the sea’ themed assembly. The Foundation Stage staff would like to say well done to the children for using clear loud voices when saying their part and for their fantastic singing. On Thursday the children received another letter from the pirates and Captain Jack explaining how many pirates were on their ship and that they needed the children’s help. The pirates asked the children to share the treasure that they had found fairly between the six pirates. The children answered questions such as “What does sharing mean? How do we share a number? How do we make sure we share fairly?”

During their independent learning the children explored some pirate themed Maths activities:

Activity 1–Share gold coins between a group of pirates;

Activity 2 –halving pirate coins;

Activity 3 – sharing shells between different pots;

Activity 4 – which fish is the heaviest? Weighing fish using cubes and recording their results;

Activity 5– Sharing feathers between parrots.

After lunch the children talked about their outdoor areas and what they like to do during their independent learning time outside. The children were asked to think about what other resources they would like to have outside and they made suggestions such as tennis balls, bats and balls, horses, a fairy house and a trampoline. At the end of the day the children sang some pirate themed songs.

On Friday the children went outside to complete a maths activity. There were 5 large hoops laid out on the floor and the children had to share themselves fairly between the hoops. After this the teachers challenged the children to share different amounts of children between different amounts of hoops.

This week the children have shown a developing understanding of the difference between doubling, halving and sharing. Before lunch the children showcased their treasure chests they had been making throughout the week. The teachers explained that the children will take their treasure chest home this weekend and that they need to find one special treasure to put in their chest and bring it back to school on Monday. The children were asked to think about which special item they would keep in their treasure chest and shared their ideas with a talk partner.

During PE this week the children warmed up by playing ‘stuck, stuck, shark’ (adapted version of stuck in the mud) and then they engaged in team games which included: throwing a bean bag into a hoop; running races; and an obstacle course.

During ICT this week the children used the software 2Simple 2Paint a Picture to create a pirate scene, desert island or a treasure map using the pen tools.

To end the week the children attended the whole-school celebration assembly.

In addition to this the children have been engaging in a variety of pirate themed activities during their independent learning, some of which include: writing about pirates using pirate themed word mats; making scrolls; making maps; sharing sea shells; under the sea role play area; investigating sea shells, starfish and coral at the investigation table; pirates and pirate ship small world exploration outside; making a submarine using crates; boats and playmobil people in the water tray; guttering and metal stands to make a water stream; making a desert island using playdough; and looking at sea themed stories (e.g. The rainbow fish, Sharing a Shell).

The NED SHOW – Tuesday 26 June 2018

The NED show is coming to Beechwood on Tuesday 26 June 2018.

NED School Assembly ProgramThe NED Show is a character education program that centers around three important messages that have lifelong relevance: Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. During the assembly, students will learn about the importance of these three life skills while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks.

The children will be able to buy yoyos from Wednesday 27th June until Wednesday 4th July.

 

PTA Beach Party Disco – Friday 6th July

Beach Party Disco – Friday 6th July

Our last event of the school year and we want to go out on a high.

At the Beach Party Disco, pupils will be able to have a beach drink, try their hand at limbo and have a dance with their friends.

Tickets are available from the school office and from Breakfast/Handy club. Tickets must be purchased by Friday 29th June and will not be available to purchase on the door.

Thanks
Beechwood Primary School PTA

Online Safety Workshop for parents –  Highwood School on Thursday 28th June, 6.30-8.30pm

Staying Safe Online – Online Safety Workshop for parents 

How cyber-safe is your family?

Highwood Primary School are running a workshop for parents/carers on Thursday 28th June, 6.30-8.30pm, how to keep your family safe online and when using social media. 

Topics to be covered include; current e-safety issues, privacy settings, parental controls, warning signs, how to get help for concerns, SMART safety for IT/social media, interactive exercises to put learning into practice and don’t forget to bring your tablets and smart phones to set up parental controls on. 

Flyer: Staying Safe Online Workshop – Highwood Primary School

Application Form: 3.6a Course Application_WBC

 

Foundation Stage Blog – 22 June 2018

This week the children have been learning all about sharks! On Monday morning the children listened to the storyShark in the Dark. After listening to the story the children had to think about how the fish could have scared the shark away. Following this the children developed their knowledge about sharks by looking at facts and the different types of sharks. During their independent learning the children wrote their weekend news. Before lunch the children sang some sea themed songs. After lunch the children listened to the story The Fish who Cried Shark! The story shared the same message as ‘The Boy who Cried Wolf’, the children talked about why the animals didn’t listen to the fish when he cried shark at the end of the story. The children developed their understanding of the importance of always being honest.

On Tuesday the children were shown how to write facts about sharks, remembering to use: finger spaces; full stops; capital letters; tricky words; and making phonetic spelling attempts. Following this the children engaged in a variety of shark and sea animal activities: Activity 1 – writing shark facts; Activity 2 – writing words to describe sharks; Activity 3 – looking at non-fiction books about sea animals; Activity 4 – fish and sea creatures in the water tray (FSR) making shark hats (FSF); Activity 5 – children to drew and labelled sea animals. After lunch the children practised their letter formation for the sounds k, l, m, n, o and practised writing the tricky words ‘she’ ‘are’ ‘all’. To end the day the children looked at their knock, knock book and the children talked in front of the class to develop their self-confidence.

On Wednesday the children were shown some sentences about sea animals with some mistakes, for example, missing finger spaces between words, no full stop or full stop in the wrong place, no capital letter. The children were challenged to identify the mistakes and correct the sentences. After lunch the children watched a video about sharks swimming in the sea and further developed their knowledge of sharks. At the end of the day the children attended singing assembly. FSR’s class assembly is next Wednesday (27th June) at 2:30pm.

On Thursday the children developed their understanding of doubling by doubling groups of shells. The children were asked to explain what doubling means and how they double a number. During their independent learning the children explored some Maths activities: Activity 1 –doubling groups of shell shaped pasta; Activity 2 –halving and sharing fish for the shark; Activity 3 – fish size ordering; Activity 4 – which fish is the heaviest? Weighing fish using cubes and recording their results; Activity 5 – which container holds the most? (FSR) buying fish with 1p coins (FSF). Before lunch the children sang a song to develop their understanding of doubling (1 and 1 is two, bend down and touch your shoe; 2 and 2 is four, bend down and touch the floor; 3 and 3 is six, do some finger clicks; 4 and 4 is eight, stretch up really straight; 5 and 5  is ten, we’re going to start again). After lunch the children practised their handwriting and tricky words.

On Friday the children explored halving and sharing fish for the sharks to eat. The children shared fish biscuits between two sharks and were asked to explain what halving means and how they can halve a group of objects fairly. Following this the children were challenged to share a group of fish fairly between 3 sharks. Before lunch the children sang sea themed songs.

During PE this week the children warmed up by playing ‘stuck, stuck, shark’ (adapted version of stuck in the mud) and then they engaged in team games which included: throwing a bean bag into a hoop; running races; and an obstacle course. During ICT this week the children use the software 2Simple 2Paint a Picture to create an underwater scene using the pen tools. To end the week the children attended the whole-school celebration assembly.

Staffing News

This July Beechwood will be saying goodbye to a number of our teachers and as a result will be welcoming some new faces in September.

The teachers leaving the school are:

  • Mr Lovegrove – leaving to pursue an alternative career in IT education
  • Mr Gunbie – leaving to work in the independent sector
  • Mrs Harte – leaving to have a baby
  • Mrs Tisi – leaving to have a baby
  • Miss Jensen – relocating to Birmingham
  • Miss Anthony – leaving to work in a small village primary school
  • Miss Morgan – leaving to work in Kuwait
  • Miss Hanson – leaving to pursue a career elsewhere
  • Mrs Padbury – leaving as her contract has come to an end
  • Mr Baxter – leaving as his contract has come to an end

Whilst we are very sad to be saying goodbye to so many valued colleagues, we wish them lots of luck with their varied and exciting futures.

Recruitment to replace these staff members has been well under way for some time and although not yet complete we are able to share some news with you.

The school has since taken the opportunity to strengthen the senior leadership team and we are delighted to announce the appointment of two outstanding assistant head teachers.

Leading the upper school, years 3 to 6, will be Mr Compton. Mr Compton is joining us from Kings College Alicante where he is currently upper key stage 2 leader. Mr Compton has a passion and expertise for developing mathematics and prior to his role in Spain he worked in greater Manchester as a teacher and as an advisor improving teaching and learning and outcomes in a wide range of schools.

Leading the lower school, Year R to Year 2 will be Miss Riley. Miss Riley is joining us from London where she leads a year group in a five form entry primary school. Miss Riley has a passion for assessment for learning, English and is an outstanding teacher.

In addition to these two appointments we are delighted to welcome Miss Bowen who is joining us from New Zealand and Mrs Vogues who is joining us from South Africa. Mrs Jain will also be staying at Beechwood as a class teacher having recently completed her training and achieving qualified teacher status.

INSET days 2018/19

Please note that we have made changes to our INSET days for the next academic year, the new term dates can be found at the following; 2018-19 Term Dates.

For the day the school has secured the services of Claire Gadsby, the author of ‘Perfect Assessment for Learning’, to deliver training to the whole staff team on Friday 16th November 2018.

Assessment for learning is a very valuable tool in a classroom and when implemented correctly has well researched benefits for children’s engagement, progress and achievement.

To ensure consistency of approach and whole school impact it was deemed necessary to launch this initiative with whole school training.

The school has cancelled 3 INSET days in total, that were originally planned for the 2018/19 academic year. (This leaves 2 further days to be rescheduled. the cancelled dates are Friday 15th February 2019, Tuesday 23rd April 2019 and Monday 3rd June 2019.)

We do apologise for any convenience this may have caused.

Foundation Stage Blog – 15 June 2018

This week the children have continued their under the sea adventure. On Monday morning the children looked at the mind maps they had created the previous week and tried to find answers to their questions using the internet and non-fiction books. During their independent learning the children wrote about what they had been doing during the weekend. Before lunch the children sang some sea themed songs. After lunch the children listened to the story The Rainbow Fish, they showed a good understanding about the importance of sharing and having friends. The children compared how the Rainbow Fish felt at the beginning of the story and how he felt at the end of the story.

On Tuesday the children learnt some under the sea facts using the internet, non-fiction books, which the children had brought in from home. Following this the children were shown a video about being in a submarine to inspire their independent writing where the children were challenged to write about what they would see if they were in a submarine, during their independent learning they also sequenced pictures fromThe Rainbow Fish story. After lunch the children practised their letter formation for the sounds f, g, h, i, j and practised writing the tricky words ‘of’ ‘was’ ‘they’. To end the day the children sang their sea themed songs and talked about their learning.

On Wednesday the children looked at an under the sea information PowerPoint to develop their knowledge about life under the sea. It has been great to see the children independently writing facts about sea animals and The Rainbow Fish story. After lunch the children talked about respect and how they needed to respect their adults, peers, belongings and school equipment. At the end of the day FSF performed their class assembly about superheroes and the story Superworm. Well done all the children for their fantastic performance and for using such clear voices, their assembly was thoroughly enjoyed by the whole-school. FSR’s class assembly will be on Wednesday 27th June at 2:30pm.

On Thursday the children developed their understanding of subtraction as counting back using sea creatures and number lines. The children saw an amount of animals, circled the number on their number line, took some animals away and jumped back along their number line to find the answer. During their independent learning the children explored some subtraction activities: Activity 1 –children have 10 counting objects, roll a dice and then subtract the amount by taking objects away, lastly the children recorded their subtraction number sentence on a whiteboard;Activity 2 – the children read a given subtraction and jumped back along a number line to find the answer; Activity 3 – undersea colour and count activity where the children had to count how many of each sea animal was hidden in a picture. Before lunch the children sang some subtraction songs, for example 10 green bottles; 10 little monkeys; 10 little men in a flying saucer; and 5 speckled frogs. After lunch the children practised their handwriting and tricky words.

On Friday the children counted how many sea animals were on the interactive whiteboard, rolled a dice and then subtracted that many animals to find out how many were left. The children used their number lines to find the answer (circling the 1st number, jumping back the amount on a dice and then circling the answer). It would be fantastic to see the children using a number line to complete a subtraction at home. Before lunch the children developed their understanding of finding one more or one less than a given number up to 20 using a number line and fishes. The children were asked to count a group of fish and then answer questions such as: How many would there be if I took one away? How many did we start with, what is one less than…? How many would there be if I add one more?

During PE this week the children warmed up by playing ‘stuck, stuck, shark’ (adapted version of stuck in the mud) and then they engaged in team games which included: throwing a bean bag into a hoop; running races; and an obstacle course. During ICT this week the children demonstrated their ability to use an Ipad to take a picture or make a video. The children thoroughly enjoyed walking around the environment taking their own pictures with the school’s Ipads and it was entertaining to watch their videos after school.

This image shows how to use a numberline to count back:

 

 

 

 

Woodley Carnival – Saturday 9 June 2018

For the parents and children taking part in the procession on Saturday can we please ask that:

  • parents and children meet at the school by 9.45am to be registered.
  • parents accompany Foundation children at all times.
  • children wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
  • children will bring a packed lunch in a named bag.
  • children are to be collected from school, after the procession, at approximately 2.00pm.

Thank you to all our helpers!