PTA Glow in the Dark Disco Update

Disco tickets aren’t selling very well at the moment and there is a risk we will have to cancel or combine the KS1 and KS2 discos.

Tickets are on sale from the school office. You will also be able to buy them from the main gate on Monday morning.

Tickets are £2 each which includes a glow stick.

It’s going to be a really good night so please don’t miss out.

Extra Curricular Clubs after Half Term

We are very pleased to announce that uSports will be delivering the following extra-curricular clubs (see letter below) at Beechwood School after October Half Term.

uSports are a local company that deliver after school provision too many local schools.

Your children will already be familiar with our coaches if they currently attend after school club as they have been sub contracted to Beechwood by Superstar sports over the last term. 

PTA Christmas Card Fundraiser

The PTA are delighted to be participating in the Christmas card fundraiser with IQ Cards. The funds raised through your purchases will be used to benefit the school. 

Your child will have brought home an order form with a blank design space on the back. IQ Cards will print this design onto high quality Greeting Cards, Postcards, Gift Wrap and Sticky Gift Labels. Also, new for 2018 fun and affordable gifts: Fridge Magnets & Coasters (See the leaflet that has also been sent home for visuals / product info.) 

Your child’s name will be printed onto all the products for that personal touch! 

For full details see the attached letter:

Thanks 

Beechwood Primary PTA 

Letter Box Burglaries

In the last couple of weeks Bracknell and Wokingham Local Policing Area has had a few reports of burglaries where the offenders got into the house through the letterbox. Burglars can gain entry by inserting a tool through the flap and then unlock the door from the inside. Another method is to use a tool to reach keys and valuables that have been left near the front door.

We would encourage everyone to ensure that their doors are double locked so that they can’t be opened  by pulling down the handle.  Additionally keys should not be left within sight of the front door.

Message Sent By
Rhys Crowley (Police, Admin Assistant, Loddon Valley)

Emergency Services Fun Day

Arborfield Green Community Centre

Sheerlands Road, Arborfield, RG2 9ND

Date: Thursday 25th October 2018

Time: 10am – 4pm

Glow in the dark disco – Friday 19th October

Our first disco of the year will be a GLOW IN THE DARK DISCO!

There will be lights, music, dancing and games, as well as glow sticks, face paint, tattoos, sweets, snacks and drinks to purchase. Prices range from 20p – £1.50 and there will be something for everyone.

Foundation parents, you are welcome to stay with your child as their first disco can be a bit daunting for them.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 1st – Friday 12th October. Tickets MUST be purchased in advance from the office and will not be available to purchase on the night.

Volunteers

As always, we need parents to help out and volunteer to run the various stalls.

Volunteers are required from 5:30pm to help move the supplies from the PTA garage to the hall. We can decorate and set up for the disco from 6pm once Handy Club has finished.

Any questions please speak to anyone from the PTA.

Open Mornings 2018-19

The school will be holding OPEN MORNINGS on the following dates:

Wednesday 17th October 2018 @ 9.30am Wednesday 7thNovember 2018 @ 9.30am


Please contact the school office to book a place.

Tel: 0118 9695976

Email: admin@beechwood.wokingham.sch.uk


 

Book Fair

We will be holding our book fair from Wednesday 3rd October every evening until Monday 8th October from 3.15 to 3.45pm in the main hall.

The book fair will also be available during parent’s evening.

We get extremely good commission from the fair and that allows us to keep the class-rooms stocked with good quality and interesting books for the children. 

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