1 Jul 2015

New admissions for the New Year.

A warm welcome to all prospective new parents at Bielefeld school. If you have just arrived, and wish to enrol your child/children in the school, please contact the office to make an appointment to visit the school with your completed forms. During your visit you will have the opportunity to tour our school. Should you arrive during the summer holidays, the school will be open, for new arrivals, on Tuesday 1st September between 10am and 12 midday.

26 Jun 2015

Head Teacher's Message

Year FS1 Week 24 2015

The children are really getting involved in our new topic “under the sea” and have been having a “whale” of a time in our new aquarium role play area out in the garden. To start the topic the children told us what they knew about creatures under the sea. We were really amazed by the number of facts they already knew. Well done!
Don’t forget about our “under the sea” dressing up party on 15th July.
More congratulations are due for all the children’s efforts in the Sports Day on Wednesday. We had a super time and enjoyed being with all the bigger children too.

Enjoy the long weekend. Let’s hope that the sun shines.

Dates for your calendar
Please note that the end of term for FS1 will be at midday on Friday 17th July. The main school will close at 13.15. There will be NO E.D.C. that day. For more information, please see the school website www.bielefeldschool.com

Thank you for your support,
The FS1 Team

Year FS2 Week 24 2015

FS2 have been very busy again this week! We all had a fabulous time at Osnabruck Zoo visit learning lots about the animals and exploring the zoo environment. We were very fortunate with the weather as it stopped raining as soon as we got off the bus and we even had some sunshine! Thank you very much to all our parent helpers too, we really appreciate your help. 
It was great to see so many of you at the Sports Day on Wednesday, and we think you will agree a good time was had by all! Well done to the  children – you were all great sports!
In preparation for your child moving into Year One, we would like them to make a memory box but they will need their own empty shoe box – if you haven’t already provided one, please can we have them in by Monday. We also would like your child to bring in a white tee shirt that they can decorate (this could be their PE shirt if you wish, but please indicate if this is the case!). 

Dates for your diary
Tuesday 7th July: Stay and Play (pirate themed!) 10.30-11.30am
Tuesday 14th July: Graduation assembly 10am (FS2 parents welcome)
As the weather is getting warmer now, it might be an idea to make sure your child has a named sun hat to wear outside. Also if you would like your child to have suncream in school, please make sure they know how to apply it to themselves as we are unable to do this in school, and it is labelled with their name. Please also ensure your child has a named water bottle in school – thank you!

Have a lovely weekend!
Best wishes from the FS2 team

Year 1 Week 24 2015

In Literacy we have started to look at how to write a letter. We discussed the different types of letters that you could send e.g. a postcard, party invitation etc. The children then had a go at ‘showing us what they already know’. Over the next few weeks we will be writing different styles of letters as we link our learning into the story ‘The Jolly Postman’.

In Mathematics the children created block graphs. The children measured different sized books using cubes then recorded their results onto a block graph. The children were able to tell which the biggest book was by finding the biggest block on their graph. We have also had a look at repeating patters this week by using different 2D shapes. The children had a go at creating their own.

The children thought about what they would take with them if they were going on a seaside holiday. The children came up with lots of ideas but the most important things to have are a bucket and spade.
Sports Day

Great Concentration !
We would like to say well done to all of the children for taking part in Sports Day. It was lovely to see everyone being good sportsmen and women by cheering on not only their team but others as well. They are all winners in our eyes, well done Year 1!

Future Usain Bolts?

Final Note
We hope you all have a lovely, long weekend (hopefully the sun will make an appearance again!)  
The Year One Tea


Year 3 Week 24 2015

This week in English we have started to write our innovated versions of the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The children also performed their introductory speeches in the ‘boxing ring’. They did so well I think they may be future TV presenters!

Mr. Kerray’s mathematics group this week have looked at addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers.
Mr. Askew’s group have used the grid method for multiplication.

In RE the children looked at the story of Ganesh and it’s influence on Hindus.
In Computing we took part in an Accelerated Reader assessment.
In art the children finished their Greek solider sculptures – they look  magnificent!
In music Mr Reeves developed the children’s chords on their ukuleles and was so impressed he made a recording of us playing a composition!
The children were also impressive when SAFFA came in to teach us life – saving skills!
The children enjoyed sports day and really entered  into the spirit of the event!

Homework: ukulele practice and mathletics.
Please remember a daily reading session of about 10 minutes will really help your child’s progress. Also a few questions about what they have read will help aid comprehension.
Please bring in P.E kits on Monday - these will be sent home on Fridays.

Many Thanks for your continued support!
Mr Askew, Mr Kerray, Mrs Jefferys and Mrs Baker.

Year 4 Week 24 2015

Enjoying a good poem
WOW! - What a super afternoon we had yesterday with our Sports Day.  The results for the Y4 teams were very close!  The children participated with such enthusiasm and determination, it was lovely to see.    What was even better to witness was the great sportsmanship between the different teams, with lots of ‘well dones’, ‘great efforts’ and hand shaking going on.  What a heart-warming pleasure to see.

Our Literacy work this week has focussed on poetry, in particular kennings.  We have written class kennings about Henry VIII and a hamster(!) and the children have then written their own kenning about a subject of their choice.

In Maths, Mrs Pond-Barrett’s group have continued with their work on 3D shapes, exploring the 2D shapes that make up the faces of 3D shapes and have used nets to make dodecahedrons and octahedrons.
Miss Graham’s group have recapped complements of 100 and thought about when to use a jottings strategy and when to use mental recall to help with this. The children are also continuing to do well on their 'Maths Challenges' - keep up the good work!

In Topic, we have explored laws and crime during Tudor times and the terrible punishments given for committing such crimes.  The children have thought of news laws  and have also given Tudor-style punishments to modern day laws!

Topic - The children have a mini project about William Shakespeare to work on. - Date for completion is Monday 29th June.
Maths - Miss Graham’s group have some Maths challenge sheets to complete.
Mrs Pond-Barrett’s group have some homework to complete about writing lengths in both metres, and also in metres and centimetres.
Please ensure homework is completed and returned to school no later than Thursday 2nd July.
Spellings - Your child will bring home a new set of spelling words to learn on Tuesday. - Please ensure that your child returns their yellow spelling folder on a Friday.
Music – Please practice the piece of music sent home this week, as well as ‘The Streets of London’ - Daily guitar practice for 10-15 minutes please!

Thank you for your continued support.  Have a lovely 3-day weekend!
Mrs Pond-Barrett
Mrs Whitaker and Mrs Porter

Year 5 Week 24 2015

Life saving skills. Placing a friend in the recovery position 
The children earned the title of Official Junior Life Savers this week when they successfully completed training on life saving skills as part of the SSAFA health promotion for Healthy Heart Day.  It was great to see how quickly the children learnt these essential life skills and were able to confidently place people in the recovery position as well as demonstrate CPR on a Resusci Anne.

In English, almost all of the children earnt two smile points for reading at least five times a week at home – well done.  This week in writing we have looked at the structure of instructions in more detail and have planned a class set of instructions based on ensnaring a Cyber Gremlin.  Their homework this week is to now plan their own instructions (see below). 

In maths, Mrs Scannell’s group have revised multiplying fractions by whole numbers and have also completed two maths assessments. Mrs Hood’s group have been learning about Roman numerals, understanding how to both read and write numbers from 1-9000.

Unless otherwise stated, all homework should be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday.

English The children should plan their own instructions for trapping the creature they created for their homework previously on the boxed up plan in their homework folder. 

Maths Both groups should complete the challenges set in their homework books.   

Spelling The spelling list was sent home on Tuesday.  Spelling homework should be completed and returned on Monday.

Reading The children should continue to read at least 5 times a week and record this in their journal. We encourage the children to read a wide range of texts, including non-fiction and fiction books.  Two smile points will be awarded each week for children who read 5 or more times a week and record it in their journal.  

Thank you for your continued support.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs Scannell, Miss Graham and Mrs Hood
Mrs Grant and Mrs Porter

Year 6 Week 24 2015

Last week children finished on a high, after a great woodland walk. Despite an 80% chance of rain being forecast, we enjoyed sunshine up on the ridge. Along the way, children aged tree stumps, learnt to blow grass, did some natural graffiti and built dens. We all enjoyed a sunny picnic before returning to school.

This week the children have completed a review of their final Year at Bielefeld School, reflecting on the things that they have achieved and enjoyed.

All of the children are now official ‘Junior Life Savers’ after a great first aid session in the gym. The children learnt how to put people into the recovery position and carry out CPR.

It was fantastic to see so many of you at Sports Day on Wednesday encouraging the children. The children were enthusiastic and supportive all afternoon and we were very proud of the sportsmanship they displayed. During the KS1 Sports Day, the children were fundamental to the success of the activities with many parents and staff noting how well they represented themselves.

Mrs Hood’s English class have finished innovating the model text this week and have begun planning a new explanation text - ‘Why are pandas an endangered species’ - using the research from last week’s homework. We look forward to sharing these texts with Miss. Kinsey’s class next week.

Miss Kinsey’s class have finished their book reviews and are looking at characterisation and dilemmas in Pigheart Boy. Children received their certificates for their summer postcard reading challenge- well done!

Mrs Hood’s Maths class have been learning about Roman numerals, understanding how to both read and write numbers from 1-9000. We have also wowed Mrs Hood with our statistical knowledge!

In Maths with Miss Kinsey we have been investigating number sequences as well as the patterns found in Sierpinski triangles.

Please note that the children attending King’s School next year have their induction day Wednesday 1st July. We look forward to hearing all about it on Thursday.

Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs. Hood, Miss. Kinsey and Mrs. Goddard

19 Jun 2015

Head Teacher's Message

Year FS1 Week 23 2015

This week we have been reading “The Hungry Caterpillar” and learning about the life cycle of the butterfly. The children have really enjoyed sequencing all the foods the caterpillar ate and have been fantastic at memorising each item.

Out in the garden the children have been busy making a fairy castle and in the Green Room the role play area has been transformed into a “dressing up clothes shop”.

Please make sure you know which colour team your child will be competing in on Wednesday 24th June for Sports Day. If possible please dress your child in a coloured tee shirt for that team. Please join us on the sports field at 10.00 a.m. Please note that before the final running race, FS1 children will return to the FS1 setting at around 11.00 a.m. You will be able to collect FS1 children, from the setting, to go home at the usual time.

Upper FS1 children will begin meeting with Mrs Corbett and Mrs Kerray this week and visiting the FS2 setting. On Wednesday 1st July the whole school will be involved in the “Class Swap” with children visiting their new classes for next year. Parents are welcome to join the Upper FS1 children in FS2 between 11 a.m. and midday.

All FS1 parents are also invited to “Stay and Play” in FS1 on Friday 10th July between 10.30 a.m. and midday.

As you know, next week we begin our last topic of the year, based on “under the sea”. If you have any story books you can share with us, please bring them in. No doubt we will be finding out about sharks and whales and all the mysteries of the deep seas. It will be interesting to see where our investigations take us. Our end of year dressing up party will take place on Wednesday 15th July, so start planning your “under the sea” costume now!

Snack next week: digestive biscuits and Philli, pittas and dips, shortbread and toast and jam.
We have enjoyed the summer berries in snack time this week and we hope to try a variety of melons next week, since this week’s watermelon was such a hit!

Remember that the school will be closed for an INSET day next Friday 26th June.
Dates for your calendar
Please note that the end of term for FS1 will be at midday on Friday 17th July. The main school will close at 13.15. There will be NO E.D.C. that day. For more information, please see the school website www.bielefeldschool.com

Thank you for your support,
The FS1 Team