Foundation Stage Blog – 14 October 2016

This week the children visited the ICT suite for the first time. They were excited to explore a different area of the school and enjoyed having their own computer.

The children learnt how to hold and control a computer mouse to create a picture using 2Paint A Picture software.

They were challenged to use the keyboard to find the letters of their name.

Many misconceptions were addressed within the ICT session, from learning that the mouse needs to be on a flat surface and will not work if it is held in the air to understanding that not all screens are touch screens and you have to use a mouse to navigate around areas on a computer.

It was wonderful to see the children’s enthusiastic approach to learning and when they returned to the classroom the children asked “Can we go back there again?”

Next week the children will continue to develop their computer mouse skills when using 2Simple City software.

Quiz Night – 11 November 2016

The PTA are holding a quiz night on the 11 November 2016.

Tickets cost £5 and teams can consist of no more than 6 people.

Quiz Night - 11 November 2016

Foundation Stage Blog – 7 October 2016

This week in Foundation Stage the children have been participating in circle and group time activities with a focus on developing their personal, social and emotional skills. During these activities the children have played name games to get to know each other and talked about their family. It was lovely to see the children’s enjoyment when playing a number version of the game duck-duck goose.

We have started to introduce a time in the afternoon for the children to start planning their own independent learning and talking about it with a friend. This has made the children’s play more purposeful and through adult questioning and interactions, the children have developed their thinking, sharing and imaginative skills.

The children were very enthusiastic about trying on their PE kits and taking part in their first school PE session where they explore different ways of moving and finding a sensible space of their own.

Foundation Stage Blog – 30 September 2016

The children have thoroughly enjoyed their first full-time week in FS2! They have been busy exploring the area and developing relationships with their friends. It has been wonderful to see the children engaged in their play and making independent choices about their learning.

The children were introduced to daily phonics sessions following the Read Write Inc. (RWI) scheme (written by Ruth Miskin) and were excited about learning a new sound each day, to consolidate their learning the children were given a sheet for each sound they had learnt to practise at home.

A highlight of the week was when the children put their trainers on and went to the outdoor climbing equipment. There were many smiley faces and the children were keen to show the adults what they could do on the various pieces of equipment. They showed great perseverance when learning how to use the apparatus and move from one piece to the next, whilst keeping their balance.

Parent information about Read Write Inc. phonics can be found at http://www.ruthmiskin.com/en/parents/

Headteacher’s Blog – 30 September 2016

Volunteer to help your school

self-helpI am always looking for help when you run a school as big as ours. With a potential of nearly 1,000 stakeholders when you include pupils, staff, parents, governors and friends surely it’s not difficult to get help.

“It’s always the same few!” I hear you say- that’s the cry from the resilient ones who turn up on Self Help days.

A big thank you to Callum Fraser (father of Kaden) and Mike Comber (father of Harry). Mike kindly worked hard for two hours cleaning the windows for Class 1/2K and FS2N and Callum helped me for four hours excavating the area behind the PE store for more storage in our plans to protect equipment from the weather. Here is a picture of the huge volcano of soil we made with our barrows and spades.

Well here’s your chance to help across the school throughout the year. We need help in a number of areas:

  • PTA contact Mrs Hamer
  • Reading in School, Guided Reading – Contact Mrs Patel
  • Promotions Team – Contact Mr Davies
  • Self Help Days (Here are the next Self Help Saturdays 8th October, Saturday 12th November, Saturday 26th November, Saturday 10th December & Saturday from 9.30am – 2.30pm)
  • Business partner- Contact Mrs Blinco/ Mrs Cowan ( new Bursar from 31st October)

Under the heading of Business Partner I am looking for someone to build a hub of parents’ businesses both self employed and employees of companies who can offer the school skills, materials,  expertise in sourcing or procuring contacts, engaging sponsorship and even applying for grants.

As with all schools we are suffering from austerity and the government have a huge debt to clear so we all have to look after ourselves and it really is survival of the fittest. We have to find ways of saving money so as to continue developing our school. I believe that you should continue to develop and expand in a down turn to steal a march on your neighbours or competitors. Better still if you can link with another school and host teacher training you can save on costs – there are ways to save money.

If any parents would like to help the school in any of the above ways please feel free to contact me.

Gordon Davies

 

‘Roald Dahl Day’ on Friday 7th October

roalddahldayWe will be celebrating ‘Roald Dahl Day’ on Friday 7th October.

Children in Years 1-6 will be spend time exploring one of his mayhem-filled and much-loved books. In order to make the day more memorable and exciting, we would like children to come to school dressed as a character from any of Roald Dahl’s books.

Please can children bring in a voluntary donation of £1, if they wish to take part. All money raised will go towards purchasing new books for the school.

Please note that Foundation Stage will not be taking part in this event as the children will still be getting used to their new surroundings. They will have their own dress-up days throughout the year. However, children may bring in a Roald Dahl Book or picture to school on the day.

Roald Dahl Day 2016 Letter

Headteacher’s Blog – Monday 26 October 2016

We’re now fully underway after three weeks of familiarisation at school and clubs started last week extending everyone’s day at school.  We have such a large choice of clubs that include 17 creative opportunities and 15 sporting activities. Our children are very lucky at as we have built up such a diverse range of activities to do. We keep replenishing the equipment and new staff offer new opportunities such as ultimate Frisbee, Mr Gunbie and first aid for everyone by Miss Norman.

The year 4’s today set off on the first of 3 residential trips, ran by the school, to Condover Hall in Shrewsbury (Year 5 will visit Pendine, Wales and the year 6’s will cross the channel to France in the summer).

The School’s KS2 results have come out better than expected and are above the government floor targets in terms of a value added measure. We still need to improve in Maths and put more emphasis on Reading Comprehension which are our targets for this year as a school.

As reported in the first bulletin the school has been given the green light for building improvements/extensions and I am looking forward to have four new classrooms, a new staffroom, library, resources area and meeting rooms as well as girls’ and boys’ changing rooms. It’s quite a project and the works starts in the new year.

Finally, if you would like to help out your school the please make an effort to turn up for our regular Self Help Days, the next one is on Saturday 8th October. Refreshments available for all the family.

PTA Halloween Disco – 21st October 2016

The PTA are holding a Halloween Disco on the 21st October 2016.

Foundation & Years 1-2 from 6.30pm to 7.15pm (£1.00 entry).

Years 3-6 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm (£1.50 entry).

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Year 3/4 Blog “Sorting shapes” – 23 September 2016

The children in 3/4LR have been learning about shapes and their properties. Have a look at these photos of them sorting shapes using Carroll Diagrams.

The Bulmershe School – Open Mornings/Evening

The Bulmershe School are holding Open Mornings on the 26th, 28th & 30th September 2016 from 9.00am to 11.00am.

They will also be holding an Open Evening on Thursday 22nd September 2016 from 6.00pm to 7.30pm.

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CAN Family Fun Day – Saturday 1st October 2016

REACH Wokingham in Partnership with Wokingham Borough Council CAN Network are hosting the Children with Additional Needs Family Fun and Information Day on Saturday 1st October 2016, 11.00am to 4.00pm at St Crispin’s Leisure Centre, London Road, Wokingham RG40 1SR.

There will be numerous information stalls where you can find out more about support, services and activities that are available locally to support families who have a child with SEND.  During the day there will also be a number of guest speakers. Lots of activities for children are planned to keep them entertained, including a bouncy castle, circus skills, face painting, Lu’s Owls, sports activities and a climbing wall.

This event is open to anyone living in the Wokingham Borough who has a child or young person with a special educational need or disability up to the age of 25, and is free to attend. You do not have to be a member of the CAN Network or REACH. Everyone is welcome. Please book tickets to help us with numbers at Eventbrite and  Please circulate details of this event as widely as possible.

PowerPoint Presentation

Year 5 Science Club at The Bulmershe School

Please see attached below details of an after-school Science Club that Bulmershe School are running again this year for Year 5 students.

If you are interested in your child(ren) attending then please contact Bulmershe directly.

The club runs every Wednesday from 3.30 – 4.30pm, from 9th November to 14th December inclusive. There are limited spaces and parents should email jgrier@bulmershe.wokingham.sch.uk for more details or to sign up.

Years 7 and 8  Science Club

Wokingham Active Adults – Autumn Term 2016

Please see attached programme of physical activity classes on offer in Wokingham.

All new participants pay the members price which entitles each person to a 15% discount.

*Please note new Circuits and Aerobics classes held at Cantley Park are not specified on the programme. They are starting 28th September*

Circuits 6:30-7:30pm
Aerobics 7:30-8:30pm

To book a place please fill in the attached consent form and email back.

 

Wokingham Active Adults

Wokingham Active Adults – Consent Form

Kind regards,
Beechwood Primary School

Open Mornings 2016

Beechwood will be hosting Open Mornings (starting at 9.30am) on the following dates:

Thursday 6 October, Tuesday 18 October, Tuesday 1 November, Tuesday 15 November, Thursday 1 December and Tuesday 10 January.

Booking for these dates will commence in September.

Open Day Poster

Year 1/2 Making/Baking Cookies – June 2016

Year 1/2 have been making cookies this week, chilli chocolate flavour as part of their Mexican theme.

Have a look at the finished products below – YUMMY!

Year 1/2 Making/Baking Cookies – June 2016