Christmas cheer

I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas concerts and Nativity as much as I have this week.  It was wonderful to see so many parents, relatives and friends in attendance.  We raised over £160 for the Headway charity, thank you again for your contributions. The children were a credit to the school and yourselves and we are looking forward to a few festive fun days next week.  We have the whole school pantomime on Monday and the Christmas dinner and Christmas jumper day on Tuesday.  May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.  School begins again on Thursday 3rd January.  

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Heading for Christmas

Four and a half weeks to go until we break up for Christmas and we have a busy time ahead.  Sorry to those of you who didn't get a place at the Remembrance Lunch this week.  We have a new Catering Manager and I have asked her to organise another parent lunch before Christmas for those of you who didn't get a place.  Children and staff observed a two minute silence on Monday during our Remembrance assembly and the whole school is busy creating a beautiful poppy display to commemorate one hundred years since the end of World War one. 

Children have also been writing instances of kindness on leaves and decorating our new Kindness Tree in the hall.  We are hoping to encourage further acts of kindness over the next few weeks, our school advent calendar may also help with this.  

The children are preparing for the Christmas concerts with weekly singing.  The concerts are proving to be very popular and if ticket requests continue to rise we may have to limit tickets to two per family as space in the church is limited once all the children are inside. 

I am looking forward to the Christmas Fayre and hope to see you all there.  Children in Need tomorrow, wear something colourful for Pudsey. 

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First half term

It has been a very busy first half term, with fabulous topics underway and visitors to school.  Our Ancient Egyptian days were fantastic, children and staff threw themselves into the occasion with wonderful costumes and their behaviour all day was wonderful.  We are looking at further activity days similar to this for other topics. 

We have had visitors this term discussing internet safety and on Monday we have a firework safety talk from the Fire Brigade.  We are also very excited about a special visitor on Monday, Pudsey Bear is coming to Beckers Green with the BBC.  He will be hosting an assembly and classroom walkabout on Monday afternoon and we are looking forward to raising funds for Children in Need on Friday 16th November. 

Mrs Christian and myself are currently hosting tours of the school daily to show around children starting school in September 2019!  Please remember if you have a child of primary or senior school age that applications need to be in soon, letters reminding parents will not be sent by the council this year.  If you have a child who should be starting school next year please make sure you apply as this year we had a waiting list and parents who forgot did not automatically receive a place.  

The school has recently achieved the Attachment Aware status from Essex Virtual school which demonstrates our understanding and work supporting children with attachment disorder.  Training has been undertaken by all staff and changes made to our social and emotional provision throughout school to support as many children as possible.  

A further change this half term has been the creation of an additional support area on the playground during lunch and break times.  With the aim of improving behaviour at these times an area of the playground has been set aside for those children who are struggling to play co-operatively and require additional support to stay safe and happy.  We hope this gives all children the opportunity to enjoy their breaks without conflict.  

I look forward to seeing you all at parents' evening next week and will be available if anyone wishes to see me.  May I also take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful half term.   

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End of the first week

The first three days back have been fantastic with children settling down to their new classes and engaging in this term's topics.  Year 3 and 4 are off to the Zoo next week as part of their topic and other trips are already booked for later in the year.  We are hoping to have SIMS Agora up and running for you next week, it has been as frustrating for us as it has been for you all!!

It was good to see so many of you at the Meet the Teacher events this week, Antelopes and Bears meeting is next week.  Please remember that we are always happy to see you if you have any questions or concerns. 

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Our wonderful Year sixes have been having a fantastic time at Mersea this week and we are looking forward to welcoming them home tomorrow. Unfortunately we have had some technical issues which has meant that we haven't been able to upload any photos onto the blog, but we are hoping to provide the children with a photo CD tomorrow to capture some of their memories at Mersea. 

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Key Stage 2 SATS over for another year

There are some very contented Year Six pupils in school today, enjoying a World War One Experience day.  Year six did us proud this week, all children were in every day and worked through the tests with a fantastic "can do" attitude.  We are very proud of them all.  A huge thanks to the teaching and support staff for their hard work in preparing the children and I expect they are looking forward to a relaxing weekend watching the royal wedding. 

Year five and six are engaged in a War and Peace topic, currently looking at World War One and teachers are hoping for some exceptional writing outcomes following the visit from an expert today.  Year 2 will be sitting their SATS papers next week and can we reassure parents that we make the process as unstressful as possible.  

After half term we look forward to Sports Days and transition, unbelievable that we are already approaching the final half term of the school year.  Letters informing you of your child's next class will be sent out on Friday 29th June and reports will follow on Wednesday 4th July.   The PTA are working hard to plan our Summer Fete on Friday 6th July and we hope to see you all there. 

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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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