Enjoy half term

The last six weeks have flown by and half term is upon us.  It has been great to see so many parents in school this week with our outcomes afternoons in Foundation stage and Year 4 and class assemblies, thank you for all for your attendance.  Today I am surrounded by superheroes and was treated to some wonderful singing in assembly this morning.  Thank you for your donations and cakes, I'm sure we will have raised a great total for Mrs Christian's and Miss Hague's chosen charity.  

Just a quick reminder that children are not in school tomorrow as teachers are attending our annual conference at Alec Hunter, this year looking at behaviour management.  May I take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy half term.

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Superhero Day - Thursday 8th February 2018

You may have spotted in the newsletter that on Thursday 8th February we will be having a Superhero Day in school.  For a £1 donation children may come to school in non-uniform wearing a superhero type costume if they have one. All funds will be donated to Children with Cancer - which is Miss Hague and Mrs Christian's chosen sponsorship charity for when they run the London Marathon in April.

We will also be having a cake sale on this day and ask for donations to be sent into the school office, on the paper plates provided, on either Wednesday 7th January or before school on the Thursday. These will be sold at break time, and any left overs will be sold after school. Children are asked to bring up to 50p in a named envelope to ensure money is kept safely.

Many thanks for your continued support,

Mrs Christian

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Stay and Play

Just a reminder about our Stay and Play session on Tuesday morning. This will run from 9-10.30 in 'The Hive', you can now go straight there from 'drop off' instead of signing in at the office.

These sessions are for both pre-schoolers and babies, refreshments for both adults and children will be provided and there is no charge for this. If you have friends who do not attend the school then they are also welcome to attend.

Miss Hatchman and Mrs Possee have been busy planning fun activities along with some songs to sing together.

Hope to see some of you then,

Mrs Christian

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Welcome back

Happy new year to you all, let's hope 2018 is a happy, healthy and successful year for us all. 

Considering how difficult it was to get up this morning, today has been very calm and the children have returned to their learning with relish.  We will be introducing a new homework format this term, details will reach you very soon and we hope this will ensure a more consistent approach to home learning.  We are gradually sorting out teething problems with DB Primary and hope, in the end, this will be a useful learning tool for your children at home and at school. We have also invested in a programme called Times Table Rock Stars to support children in learning their tables.  This can be accessed from home by downloading the Times Table Rock Stars app onto a tablet or phone or on a computer by logging on to the website.  Children will be given their log in details at school. 

We will soon be a cashless school, Mrs Darch and Mrs Frisby are currently completing training so that parents can pay for school dinners, clubs and trips online.  We hope this will make life easier for everyone. 

As always, please come and see me if you have any concerns.

 

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Happy Christmas!

As we come to the end of the term I would like to thank all parents and carers for their support during this very busy and successful term. It has been excellent to see so many of you attending events within school and would like to take this opportunity to remind you of other events during the next few days and in the New Year.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 19th December) - Christmas Jumper Day

                                                         Christmas Dinner

                                                         Carol Service in the Playground at 2.40pm (please come through the back)

School Reopens - Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Weeks beginning 1st January 2018, 8th January 2018, 15th January 2018 - One Plan Meetings - Invite letters going home this week

 

Tuesday 9th January 2018 - 9.00 - 10.25 - Stay and Play for Pre-school children and babies in the hive with Miss Hatchman, Mrs Possee and Mrs Christian (Come straight to the hive after drop off)

We all hope you have a relaxing and joyful break, keep safe and we will see you in the New Year,

Mrs Christian

 

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Anti-Bullying and other news

I hope you all received and read the letter sent last week on Anti-Bullying.  All classes will be watching the short film made by Dangerpoint this week and carrying out further activities on understanding what bullying is, knowing how to respond, who could help if a child is experiencing bullying and the importance of being kind to others.  

Year three received a visit this week from Mr Les Kemp, a retired headteacher who runs a Reading Project aimed at encouraging parents to read to their children.  The children had received a book a few weeks before his visit and parents had been asked to read the book to their children.  Mr Kemp came in to discuss the book and children were given rewards if they had completed the book.  The classes have now been given a second book and we hope they enjoy reading it at home.  Mr Kemp will be returning in January.  As a school we would encourage parents to read to their children throughout Primary school and develop a love of sharing books.  

Learning through topics continues this term, with some classes continuing on their topic from last term and others moving on to new subjects.  Key Stage 1 are highly engaged by their Great Fire of London topic and received a visit from the Fire Brigade to extend their learning on fire safety.  In Outdoor learning children in the Dolphins class created houses made from twigs to represent houses in Pudding Lane and these have now been turned into bird feeders!  

The festive season is fast approaching and I am looking forward to the many events which are planned.  We have our Foundation Stage Nativity, Carol Concert and Christmas fete all in the diary.  I look forward to seeing you at one or all of the events. 

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Healthy Packed Lunches

Welcome back! I hope you all had a relaxing half term. I have enjoyed catching up with many of the children this week and hearing about all the fun things they got up to.

Can I please remind you all about the expectations for those bringing in packed lunches. Any types of fizzy drink, sweets and large chocolate bars are not considered to be in line with our 'Healthy School' status. A fruit or vegetable option is also encouraged.

Look out for upcoming news from Miss Brown who is about to introduce our launch of 'The Children's Health Project' which we hope will enhance many areas of school life, including diet.

It has been good to see so many of you attending parents evening appointments this week and to receive positive comments about the school. If you did not get a chance to engage with your child's teacher then you may contact them this week to arrange an alternative time.

Both Mrs Smyth and I have an open door policy and if you do have anything further you wish to discuss, then please feel free to pop in or make an appointment through the school office.

We are all looking forward to a happy and successful half term.

Mrs Christian

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Healthy Lunches

Welcome back. I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing break. It has been great to hear from the children about the exciting things they got up to.

Please can I just remind everyone about our expectations for those children who bring a packed lunch. As part of our healthy schools policy we do recommend that children do not have sweets, full sized chocolate bars or fizzy drinks as part of their lunch but always have a fruit or vegetable option provided.

Thank you for your continued support.

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Exciting opportunity

Dear Parents 

We are looking for another Parent Governor to join our Governing Body as soon as possible.  Becoming a Governor commits you to attending on average two meetings a term, one late afternoon and one during the morning, to discuss various elements of school life and to ensure the school is being run effectively.  You will shortly be receiving an email with a form attached if you would like to apply for the position.  We have two parent governors currently, Mrs Quilter and Mrs Foster, I am sure they would be happy to have a chat with you if you are considering applying for the position.  We are a friendly bunch and we eat a lot of biscuits!! 

If we receive more than one application we will hold a vote, I look forward to receiving your applications. 

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Happy half term

Well done to everybody on a very successful half term.  The children have been working hard and producing some fantastic pieces of work.  I hope you will be equally impressed when you see their work during Parents' Evening on our first week back after half term.  On the first Thursday back we are having a Firework Safety Assembly to ensure children have all the information to keep safe in the next few weeks.   The week after that Key Stage One are working with the Fire Brigade to learn about The Great Fire of London.

Please look at our new film on the School Videos tab, Miss Brown and Mr Cooper worked hard to produce it, and it shows our children recreating the beautiful book, "We're going on a Bear Hunt."  It really is fantastic and reflects our aim to ensure children have exciting experiences at school to support their learning.   

Enjoy half term and we will see you back on Monday 30th November.

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Busy week ahead

After a busy start to the school year children have settled well into their new classes and are working hard.  Tonight at 5pm we have a meeting about the Year 6 Mersea trip, followed by a visit from Mr Lawn, Headteacher at Alec Hunter.  It may seem strange to be meeting about summer trips and high school so early in the year, but we like you to have all the information as soon as possible.  

On Friday morning the school is hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at 9.30 in the school hall.  It is a charity very close to all of our hearts at Beckers Green and we hope to see many of you there for a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake.  Mrs Di Paola has worked very hard sending home plates to all our families, hoping for cake donations to ensure we can raise as much money as possible. We have a tradition of selling cakes to all the children at break time once the adults have left and in past years this has been very successful.  We have also allowed non-uniform on Friday in the hope of raising further funds.

We will soon be creating a new film based on our Early Years provision and this will be available in a few weeks via the pod feed and the school videos tab on the front page of the website.  We hope you are enjoying the films that have been produced so far.  

Don't forget school photos on Thursday.

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Where has the Summer gone?

I can't actually believe that there is only one more weekend before the new term starts.  The school is looking wonderful as staff have worked hard over the Summer to make sure classrooms are ready to inspire learning.  Building work has taken place in our Foundation rooms to create an opening between the two rooms to allow for more space and increased activity opportunities.  

Hopefully the children are ready to return to school, I am looking forward to seeing them all.  I hope to see all children following the uniform code, dressed smartly and ready to learn.  

Last year the main priority for the school was improving our teaching of reading and developing the children's collaborative skills.  The introduction of reading skills lessons and further use of the Accelerated reader scheme had a positive impact on our end of Key stage data, with a further 30% of children passing the Year 6 Reading SATs paper.  This year our main emphasis will be on developing a clear and consistent approach to the teaching of writing at Beckers Green.  Our attainment and progress in writing is good, however we want to make sure we help children to develop a love of writing.  We are looking to create opportunities that allow children to write with real purpose about topics they are interested in and have experienced.  We shall also be focusing on developing our teaching of phonics to ensure that an increased number of children pass the phonics screening in Year 1.  

Some of you may have heard that Miss Patterson has relocated to London and will therefore not be returning to Beckers Green this term.  Miss Patterson has been an amazing Learning support assistant at Beckers for many years, supporting children with their learning and behaviour.  She formed strong, positive relationships with many children over the years, helping them to overcome their barriers to learning and she will be missed tremendously.  We wish her good luck in her new role in London and hope she comes back to visit us soon. 

Mrs Baverstock, our catering manager has also moved on to a new role and we would like to thank her for all her hard work over the last few years.  

Enjoy the weekend and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning. 

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Flying visit

Mrs Christian and myself popped to Mersea for a couple of hours this afternoon and can report that everyone is having a fantastic time.  The sun was shining and the children had just finished a lunch of pizza and wedges.  Activities for the afternoon included pedal carts, climbing and archery.  We saw Jamie reach the top of the climbing wall twice and Kian win the archery tournament. I think the adults are hoping for more sleep tonight, following the BBQ and beach festival.  May the sun continue to shine!!!!

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Final week

The final week is upon us and what a busy week it will be!  Year six set off for Mersea this morning, looking very excited and the weather is so far being very kind.  Mrs Christian and myself are heading down tomorrow to spend some time with our hardworking year sixes.  Transition is going well with children already settled into their new classes and getting to know their new teachers.  We have asked the children to really focus on their presentation next year and this will be a key focus this week, setting the expectations for the coming year.  

Please remember to have a look at our new school film on Peer and Collaborative learning, it can be found by clicking on the school videos tab on the left hand side of the homepage on the website.  The children can be seen explaining how the peer and collaborative strategies help them to learn and increase their independence.

I hope you all have a fabulous Summer and look forward to seeing you all again in September. 

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British Values morning

Just a quick blog to update you on our recent British Values morning.  It began with a stirring rendition of the National Anthem in the hall, followed by individual classes carrying out work on various values.  I visited all classes and was very impressed with the discussions and activities that were taking place.  Children were discussing what it means to be British in Year 6 and I was impressed with their understanding.  Year 2 carried out role play demonstrating some of the values such as respect and democracy.  Year 4 and 5 spent time matching various images to the values, this led to some excellent debate about what the values actually meant.  Some of the work will be displayed in the hall so that the whole school can appreciate the efforts made.

A new film on Peer and Collaborative Learning is available to watch involving many of your children.  Please take time to watch and learn about how we are using peer and collaborative strategies to extend learning.  The film can be accessed by clicking on the school films tab on the home page.  

 

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Learner to Learner event

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to attend the Learner to Learner Event at Alec Hunter High School.  Eight of our Year 5 students completed the project, which included working with children from other local schools to answer important questions about education.  The children had visited four schools and looked at what impacts children's learning, such as displays, independence, teaching style and many other things.  On Wednesday the children produced a presentation with the help of teachers from each school and presented this to headteachers and governors from all of the schools involved.  I was incredibly impressed with the presentations and the confidence the children showed in front of a large audience.  A massive thank you to Mrs Knowles and Mrs Banks who worked with the children on their projects and to the following children who represented the school so well; Saulius, Luke, Alfie, Josh, Divya, Lucie-Anne, Jasmine and Jazac. 

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The summer is definitely here!

It is very early on Monday morning and I am hoping that children will arrive today with hats, water and sun cream.  We shall do our very best to keep them cool today, classrooms will be open at lunchtime to provide further shade and as many drink breaks as children require will be allowed.  

This week we have a visit from a local dentist on Wednesday, who will be carrying out workshops with Foundation and Key Stage 1 classes.  This morning we have our Sports Day assembly, Miss Brown, Miss Edwards and Mr Cooper have been busy sorting the scores and will be giving out rosettes and certificates.  They will also be announcing the overall house winners!!  I am sure you will agree that all four of the Sports Day events were excellent, the children's attitude was fabulous and it was great to see so many parents in attendance.  A massive thank you to Miss Brown, Miss Edwards and Mr Cooper for organising the events.

It has been brought to my attention that there was a mistake on the new class letter, the Flamingos class will be a Key Stage 2 class next year, not Key Stage 1 as noted on the letter.  Clearly the heat was getting to me last week. 

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Postponement

Ks1 and Foundation School games day has be postponed until the 14th June

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Welcome back

Welcome back to the final half term of the academic year.  As usual, this half term is packed full of exciting events.  I look forward to seeing many of you at upcoming events such as Sports Day, parent lunches, open afternoon and the Summer Fayre.  Letters regarding your child's class for next year will be with you by next week and our transition sessions begin on Thursday 29th June.  This is a fabulous opportunity for the children to meet their new teacher and begin working with their new class.  Our film on the transition process at Beckers Green is available for you to watch on the homepage, click on school videos on the left of the home page and you will be able to select the film on transition. 

I am sure that you have all been distressed and concerned by the recent terrorist activity in Manchester and London.  As a school we are here to support the children in anyway we can, however we do not wish to alarm any child who is unaware that these events have taken place.  Teachers have been asked to speak to those children who have shown they are concerned, advice has been sought from the NSPCC and the BBC as to how this should be done in a sensitive manner.  I have included two links below, which may help you if you wish to discuss recent events with your child.

www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/supporting-children-worried-about-terrorism/

 

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News round up

The SATS for KS2 are officially over!! The children have been amazing, working very hard with a fantastic attitude.  We have tried to make the experience as positive as possible and the children have appeared relatively relaxed throughout the week.  Thank you parents for ensuring they had early nights this week, let's hope for excellent results, which the children certainly deserve.  A massive thank you to Mrs Kerry, Mrs Skinner, Mrs Holmes and Miss Brunton for their work this year covering the Year 6 curriculum so effectively.  A wonderful Summer term now awaits.

KS1 Sats begin next week, these tests are used to support teacher assessment and we will ensure your children do not feel stressed during this process.  We work hard to maintain a relaxed atmosphere in school during testing weeks.

You can now access our films on Choose and Challenge Maths and Outdoor learning directly via our website, rather than watching the pod feed.  Head for the home page, scroll down below the Sainsburys Voucher advert and you will see the 2 films which can be clicked on.  We will soon add a film on our new approach to Peer and Collaborative learning in school which I hope you will find informative.

In other news, Mrs Sheldrick has set up a Bilingual Workshop on Wednesdays after school between 3.15 and 4.15.  Any parent who speaks another language is welcome to attend with their children to share skills and offer support to other parents.  Please feel free to attend, it is held weekly in the Jaguars class. Mrs Sheldrick has also begun her own Blog page. 

 

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