22 May 2015

Head Teacher's Message

Year FS1 Week 20 2015

So we have come to the end of another busy half term and of course the end of our “Jack and the Beanstalk” topic. After the holidays we will be starting a new topic on “Minibeasts” which we know will be lots of fun and the children will be coming home with lots of facts about them. We will be starting off the topic on “spiders” aaagh!!!

Of course for our Upper FS1 children, next half term will be their last in FS1 and so we will be arranging transition activities for them and inviting you in for one or two of them as well.

Snack after half term: Cheese and crackers, muffins and jam, cereals, rice cakes and Philli and savoury platter.

Dates for your calendar:
The new half term begins on Monday 1st June. Please note that the school will be closed for an INSET day on Friday 26th June. For your diaries please note that FS1 end of term 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 20 2015

Thank you everyone for your support in coming to our Superhero ‘Stay and Play’ session yesterday – we think you will agree that it was an ‘out-of-this-world’ experience, and many superhero powers were definitely in operation! The children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in their outfits and taking their roles very seriously! After half term we will be continuing our superheroes theme focussing on people who help us and keeping fit and healthy.

Please remember after half term the children will be coming into their classroom at 8.45am with the rest of the school, staying in the school playground when they arrive. At 8.30am teaching assistants from FS2 will be outside with the children ensuring they feel safe and secure with this new change. If you have any further questions or concerns about this please feel free to speak to one of the FS team.

Finally we would like to say a fond farewell to Jackson Clayden and his family, who are leaving Bielefeld onto pastures new – we will miss you very much and wish you the very best of luck in your new school.

It has been a very busy half term and we think children have earned a well-deserved rest. Have a restful and great half term holiday and see you on Monday 1st June.

Best wishes from the FS2 team.

Year 1 week 20 2015

Interviewing Frau Lowe 
In Literacy we have continued to look at newspapers. On Monday we turned back into news reporters and went around the school interviewing people. The children thought of lots of great questions to ask. We then had a look at how we write what was spoken using speech marks and ‘said’ words. The children finally put all their hard work together on Wednesday and have written some great newspaper reports in their ‘hot’ write- well done year 1 for all your hard work.

In Mathematics the children have been finding halves of numbers to 20. We found that you couldn't evenly halve odd numbers! We have also had a re look at money this week. We looked at the value of coins and 5/10 pound notes. The children established that our copper coins are worth the least and our golden coins are worth the most.

Science In science this week the children have looked at different parts of a plant. It was lovely to see that we obviously have some keen gardeners as the children were able to label the roots, stem leaves and flower of different plants and say what they did.

PE Tennis season is upon us and the children have been practising their racket skills- I think we have a few potential Andy Murray's amongst us in year one. It was lovely to see the children working well with one another and coaching each other!

Final Note- Have a lovely and relaxing break, the children have worked incredibly hard this half term and definitely deserve it.

We look forward to seeing you all after the break for the final term!
Thank you for your continued support, 
The Year One Team

Year 2 Week 20 2015

Our literacy work this week has been focussing on reading comprehension.

The children have been learning to make sure that they read the question carefully and that they include, enough specific details to make the answer to the question very clear.

In numeracy the children in Mrs Halstead’s group have been learning to use a range of strategies to complete addition calculations.
Miss Mead’s group have been subtracting two digit numbers by partitioning.

We had a fun filled afternoon at the Forest Schools area, playing team games and sharing books under trees and by the stream. We look forward to seeing you all at the Forest School family picnic.

Have a lovely holiday. 
Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Mead, Mrs Halstead and The Year Two Team. 

Year 3 Week 20 2015

We are continuing to read as many Greek myths and legends as possible.
We have been looking at the Japanese art of Haiku poetry. The children had great fun reading the messages on the love heart sweets and composing new ideas for love Haiku’s using Theseus and the Minotaur for inspiration.

Mr. Kerray’s mathematics group this week have been investigating multiples of three and using strategies to help him recall the multiple of three number facts.

Mr. Askew’s group have been making their own fraction posters and created pictograms from given data.

In R.E. the children have looked at a Muslim story: the origins of the Muslim call to prayer. We discussed and followed the story of Bilal.

In Computing we finished our e-mail from Ariadne and discussed the benefits of electronic mail. (Don’t forget your child has log ins for educational sites in the front of their journal.)

Mr Fidler have finished and decorated their clay coil pots. They also have had a go at ‘scrafito!’ that reflect the influence pottery had.
Mr Reeves continues teaching the children skills for mastering the art of playing the ukulele!
Swimming is back to normal this week.

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 20 2015

Wowee! – Another half term completed and only one to go.  This school year seems to have flown by!

In Literacy this week, the children have completed their unit of work about non-chronological reports and have written and created their own historical reports about the Tudors. Sections of detailed information were carefully written and grouped into paragraphs with subheadings.

The children have continued their work on decimals in Maths. The children have been reading, writing and comparing decimal numbers to 2 places and placing 1-place and 2-place decimals on a number line. They have also been rounding 1-place and 2-place decimals to the nearest whole number. Group 4 children have continued to develop their ability to solve subtractions 3-digit numbers from 3-digit numbers using counting up. To complete the week, the children have worked hard revising and completing assessments.

Writing with a handmade feather quill pen in a Tudor Style!
Enjoying playing some Tudor games in the sunshine
We continued to find out about how different Tudor schools were to schools today during our Topic session with the children making their own feather quill pens. This proved very popular with the children asking to do all their writing using a quill pen!! We also enjoyed spending time outside playing some Tudor games.

In Art/DT, we have embarked on our BIG project; designing and making our own model Tudor houses! The children worked incredibly carefully measuring, then sawing lengths of wood to construct the wooden frames.

Perfectly timed partner work in Gymnastics
Maths – The children have been allocated a selection of games on www.activelearnprimary.co.uk to play and enjoy if/when they get a spare few minutes during their half-term break.
Reading – Please continue to listen to your child read at least 5 times a week. Please make sure any reading that is completed is recorded in the journal.
Spellings - Your child will bring home a new set of spelling words to learn on Monday. - Please ensure that your child returns their yellow spelling folder on a Friday.
Music – Daily guitar practice for 10-15 minutes please! - especially the top line of ‘difficult tune 1’.

Thank you for your continued support. 
Hope you and the children have a great half-term!
Mrs Pond-Barrett
Mrs Whitaker and Mrs Porter

Year 5 Week 20 2015

In English, we have spent the week improving our paragraph writing and preparing to write our ‘hot piece’ which finishes off our ‘Warning Story’ unit. The children have needed to think about lots of descriptive devices, such as using adverbial phrases and relative clauses to add detail.

In maths, Mrs Scannell’s group have been working with decimals, looking at how to compare and order them, how to place decimals on a number line and also how to solve problems involving decimals. Mrs Hood’s group have been exploring time this week, particularly looking at telling the time using both analogue and digital clocks. They have also been working out time intervals to the next o'clock.

In music all the groups: cornets, clarinets and violins have been working hard this week to show that practice = improvement! Keep it up.

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

The children should complete the handwriting practice provided and ensure they read as much as possible over the holiday.

Mrs Scannell’s group should sharpen their mental maths skills on Mathletics and Education City Live over the holiday both log-ins are in their journals). Mrs Hood’s group should complete their usual maths homework and access some time activities on Active Learn.

Spellings homework for the holiday is to revise all the spellings we have covered so far and we have discussed a range of strategies for learning them. There will be a test on the first Monday back testing a random selection of the spellings. Whilst there is nothing to be handed in, spelling folders should be returned on Monday.

Reading Keep up the variety of reading that’s going on and don’t forget to fill in your journal!

Thank you for your continued support.
Have a great half term holiday!

Mrs Scannell, Miss Graham and Mrs Hood
Mrs Grant and Mrs Porter

Year 6 Week 20 2015

On Tuesday, staff and students from King’s School visited to inform children and parents about life at King’s. For those of you who were unable to attend this meeting, the Taster Day on 1st July should provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and to purchase school uniform.

In English this week, Miss Kinsey’s class have completed their instructions to make a ‘Dump Den’ inspired by the class novel ‘Stig of the Dump’. We are now watching the BBC adaptation of the book in readiness to write a review and comparison in the new term.

As Mrs Hood’s class have recently been analysing instructional texts, we thought we would give the children the opportunity to follow a set of instructions. The instructions were a Jamie Oliver recipe for fruit or cheese scones. The children found the experience in the food tech room rewarding (especially the end results), but also challenging as some of the vocabulary was unfamiliar to them. The children made 40 scones in total that were generously shared amongst the whole of Y6.

In Maths, Miss Kinsey’s class started the week identifying patterns in Roman numerals and then we have been out and about investigating spirals. We have taken our learning to the yurt and the playground. We have been drawing our own version of Archimedean spirals using straight lines and investigating fractions of turns in circles.
Mrs Hood’s class have been telling the time on analogue and digital clocks and working out time intervals to the next o'clock.

The trip to the ice cream parlour and the play park was a resounding success, the children have been congratulated for their impeccable behaviour; they are a real credit to the school when out and about in the community.

We hope that you all have a relaxing half term!

Many thanks,

Mrs Hood, Miss Kinsey and Mrs Goddard.

18 May 2015

Get your Children's University Passport stamped at the Station Library!

Our local station library has been in touch to tell us the exciting news that they are linked to Children’s University.

The library situated in the Amenities Block (here on Catterick Barracks) would love to see more of our children accessing the books they have available. As an extra incentive for the children in KS2, who have a Children’s University passport, they are now stamping passports for reading their books.

For every 4 books that the children read from the station library, the librarians will be able to stamp one hour in the children’s passports. There are also Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates for the children to work towards.

In addition to this, the library will also be running a Summer Reading Challenge. If the children read 6 books during the summer, they will be credited with one hour per book!

If you would like any further information on this, please contact the librarians directly either by phone 0521 925 43 123 or by calling into the library. The current opening hours are listed below. (Please be aware the library does close for half an hour at lunchtime)

Monday        09:00-16:30
Tuesday      09:00-16:30
Wednesday        09:00-16:30
Thursday             09:00-16:30
Friday              09:00-14:00

Happy reading!