24 Oct 2014

Year FS1 Week 43 2014

Hand Printing, spooky shapes! 
Well, we’ve reached the end of a half term and the children are well and truly settled in FS1. This week they enjoyed having FS2 join them on Wednesday for some Spooky Fun. FS2 enjoyed the morning too, catching up with old FS1 friends.

We will be arranging parents’ meetings for week commencing 10th November and your Key Worker will have a signing up sheet for you.

After half term we will be celebrating Guy Fawkes night and also learning about the German festival of St. Martin and learning a German song called “Laterne”. Some of them know it already.

Snack next week: Cheese & crackers, muffins, Bonfire sausages, beans & potatoes, cereals, savoury platter.

Dates for your calendar:

  • Return to school after half term on Monday 3rd November.
  • The end of the Autumn term is Friday 19th December, for any of you preparing to book Christmas travel and we start back on Tuesday 6th January. 
  • Please note Monday 5th January is an Inset day and the school will be closed. 

Thank you for your support, The FS1 Team

Year FS2 Week 43 2014

Pumpkin Preparation 
We have come to the end of a very busy half term and we are very proud of how your children have settled so well to the new demands of FS2. And so we look forward to a restful half term for all.

This week our learning has been based around ”Room on the Broom.” The children enthusiastically helped to tell the story by joining in refrains; made horrible beasts, each one unique and they make come home to scare you today.

We had a lovely morning with FS1 on Wednesday, investigating pumpkins and joining in with other Halloween Activities. This was so good that we are repeating the experience on 5th Nov.

We say a sad Goodbye and a huge Thank you to Mrs Faktaufon and Mrs O’Callaghan as they leave us to go back to England. We will miss them and wish them all the very best for the future.

Dates: Back to school 3rd Nov

Have a lovely Half Term 
Mrs Baxter and Mrs Kerray

Boys Love Books 

Year 1 Week 43 2014

The Leaf Man Cometh!
This week, our work has been linked to the story called “The Leaf Man” by Lois Ehlert. In fact, the Leaf Man blew through our classrooms on Tuesday night!

In Literacy we wrote about places that we have enjoyed visiting, explaining why. We have all been practising using “because” to add detail to our sentences. Every child also worked hard to leave a finger space between each word.

In Mathematics we have been comparing and ordering numbers. The children have been estimating how many objects there might be in a container. We have also been learning how to form one-digit and two-digit numbers correctly.
Mathematical Order 

Holiday We hope that you all have a good holiday. We look forward to the children returning to school, refreshed, on Monday 3rd November. 

Thank you for your continued support. Mrs Hawker and Miss Caunter

Year 2 Week 43 2014

Carroll Diagram Work
On An Interactive Whiteboard
Literacy: The children have been learning about direct speech, and how an author shows that a character is speaking, using the story of Lima and the Red Hot Chilli. Today they will be changing element s of the story for their special writing. 

Numeracy:   We have been learning how to sort objects and represent our findings in a Venn diagram or a Carroll diagram. 

Spellings:  have, who, said, like, was, some, what. 

Homework:  Each child has got a creative homework project in their book that relates to our topic about Bielefeld.  We are giving the children a few weeks to complete it, so it does not need to be back at school until the week beginning 17.11.14.

Forest Schools:  Please could all children have spare clothes to change into, as well as waterproofs and wellies each week.  

We hope that everyone has an enjoyable half term and we look forward to seeing the children on Monday 3rd November. 

Thank you for your continued support. Have a lovely weekend. Miiss Mead, Mrs Halstead  and The Year Two Team. 

Year 3 Week 43 2014

3D Shapes in Mathematics 
In Literacy this week we have continued to look at the questions we would like to ask Ravana. We are studying question words and the use of capital letters and question marks. In the answers to our questions we will be reinforcing capital letters,proper nouns and full stops.

In mathematics this week Mr.Kerray's set has been working on subtraction of tens and units with and without exchanging; using an economic strategy! Mr.Askew's set have been investigating 3-D shape and their properties.

In computing the children have used Microsoft Publisher to create Diwali cards.

In R.E. we are continuing with our weekly Laxmi puja and have studied the composition of the Hindu Trimurti:Brahma,Vishnu and Shiva. We had a lovely 'Diwali' morning, celebrating the victory of light over darkness; where we tasted some Indian foods and celebrated with Diwali activities.
Mr.Fidler with the children this week produced pin hole cameras continuing our theme of light and dark. 

We were also treated to a session of Indonesian Gamelan playing from a Gamelan expert from U.K. 

If you feel you need to discuss any issues with us please don't hesitate to get in touch. We hope you all have a relaxing and fruitful half term. 


  • Remember to continue reading daily with your child, 10 minutes daily practice will really help them to improve.
  • You could also discuss together the book you have read, again this is an important reading skill that
  • the children need to develop. 
  • *Please keep signing your child's journal  to indicate that you have read with your child.* Many thanks.
  • Please bring PE kits into school on Monday, we will send them home on Friday.  

Many thanks for your support  Mr Askew and Mr Kerray

Year 4 Week 43 2014

Gamelan Workshop 
Well, we’re at the end of our first half-term!  The children have all worked extremely hard since the beginning of September and we’re all proud of their achievements!  Well done children!

The children across the school have all had the opportunity to take part in a Gamelan workshop this week.  Gamelan is traditional music originating from Indonesia, made up of percussion instruments.  Year 4 took part in their workshop on Thursday and we’re sure they’ll tell you more about it!

This week, we have started a non-fiction unit in Literacy, with the focus being on instructions.  We completed a ‘cold writing’ assessment writing instructions about how to make a Roman chariot board game.  Then we have spent the rest of the week evaluating different types of instructions as a reader and have begun to identify the important key features necessary when writing a set of instructions.

Indoor Hockey - At Speed! 
In Maths this week, the children in Mrs Pond-Barrett’s group have been telling the time on both analogue and digital clocks and have also been calculating time intervals.  The children have also been measuring in centimetres and millimetres and converting between these two units of measurement and using decimal notation to record measurements, (e.g. 7cm 4mm = 7.4cm = 74mm)  

In Mrs Scannell’s Maths group, the children have been revised the names and properties of 2D shapes.  They have then applied this knowledge when working with 3D shapes.  The children worked hard to recognise, name and describe properties of a variety of 3D shapes, using mathematical vocabulary including; face, edge and vertices.

In DT with Mr Fidler, the children have completed their work on developing levers and pivots.  This week, they created a 3D automaton with a lever and pivot that rotated.  The children designed their models with a character that turned round.  Some great imagination was seen in their designs!

Homework – Please see homework folders.

Creative Homework – The children should be working on their Roman shields.  We have already had a few completed and brought into school.  They look brilliant!  Well done!
Design And Technology - Levers 

Mrs Pond-Barrett’s group – The children have some time intervals to calculate from reading a train timetable.  They also have a measuring activity to complete, giving the lengths in 2 ways, (e.g 4cm 6mm and 4.6cm)

Mrs Scannell’s group – The children have some timetables cards to use to help them learn their 2, 5 and 10 times tables with corresponding division facts off by heart.

During the half-term break, we would like the children to spend some time reading for pleasure and reading a variety of books, comics and poems.  The children need to then complete a book review, recommending (or not!) one of the books that they have read to their friends.

Thank you for your continued support throughout this half-term. Have a fantastic half-term break!

Mrs Pond-Barrett and Mrs Scannell

Special Visitor to Y5/6G

On Wednesday 22nd October Y5/6G were visited by a special presenter. 

Herr Kreft came to visit Y5/6G to talk about the history of his family both just before and during WW1. We were treated to some wonderful photographs of his grandfather who fought during WW1 and we also learnt about his family’s strong links to Great Britain before the war. 

Herr Kreft also allowed us to look at various mementoes and artefacts from the period including his grandfather’s binoculars and a shell case that his grandfather collected in December 1916.

We would like to thank Herr Kreft for giving up his time to visit us. We very much enjoyed his presentation.

Years 5/6 Week 43 2014

Years 5/6 Discovering About
Cheese Making In Science This Week
Huge congratulations to those children who have read at least five times a week every week this half term. These children have been celebrated and we look forward to more celebrations next half term!

In English this week, the children have been continuing to explore a novel in order to improve character descriptions.

In maths this week Miss Graham’s and Miss Kinsey’s groups have been solving simple algebraic equations. Mrs Hood’s group have been working hard to consolidate their recall of times tables facts. Over the half term should your child have any spare time that they wish to devote to improving their mathematical skills, there are links to child friendly websites via the school’s website.

Reminders: The children’s English homework for this week was set last Friday, therefore if your child has already completed their remembrance poem they have half term to consider their presentation of it,  ready to be shared with the class after the holiday.

The Creative Homework needs to be in by the 10th November; we look forward to seeing the finished models!  

Wishing you all a lovely half term,

Miss Graham & Mrs Creighton 
Mrs Hood & Mrs Goddard
Miss Kinsey & Mr Titley

Remembrance Day - Ceramic Poppies

On Tuesday 11 November 2014, Armistice Day, Bielefeld School will hold its annual Remembrance Day Assembly, at 10.10 hrs in the School Hall.

Our children have been making their own ceramic poppies this year, in Art with Mr. Fidler.

If you would like to purchase one of these hand-crafted, limited-edition collectibles - and make a minimum donation of €2 to the Royal British Legion's Poppy Day Appeal - please take your seats in the Hall by 10.00hrs on the 11th of November.

A Prototype Bielefeld School Ceramic Poppy 

FOBS' Scary Nights Disco - Fri 7 Nov 14

It’s been a long half term, and no doubt, everyone is looking forward to a rest. Of course, Halloween takes place during the half term holiday and lots of you will be dressing up for parties. But don't put your costumes away, because on Friday 7th November, F.O.B.S. will present a “Scary Nights Disco”, for all the family from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. We will send out more information about tickets after half term, but just as we did for our summer event, the tickets for children in years FS2 – Year 6 will be €2 per child. If you are bringing FS1 and younger children, who must stay with parents for the evening, these children will have free entry. A pro-forma will be sent out to you on Monday 3rd November, so that you don’t lose it over the half term holiday!!

We need your help! For F.O.B.S. to run events such as the “Scary Nights Disco”, we desperately need your help as volunteers to help out on the night. Without your help, we simply cannot run the event. We need parents to help supervise and to help sell sweets, drinks and hot dogs. We also need parents or older siblings who are able to do face painting and people to help at the colouring and painting tables, which usually includes a lot of glitter!!! It would also be really nice if we could have some home made cakes or biscuits for the parents’ cafĂ©. If you can help with any of these, please drop a line in your child’s home school journal or give the main office a call.

FOBS' Christmas Fayre - Fri 5 Dec

Clearing out your cellars? 

No doubt many of you will be clearing out cellars and lofts over half term. As you start to throw things out, think if they could be brought in for the F.O.B.S. Christmas Fayre on Friday 5th December. Please start bringing in your unwanted games, D.V.D.s, C.D.s, books, cuddly toys, jigsaw puzzles and general bric- a - brac items. No videos please.

Remember, when you look around the house, there may be something you don’t want ......... but someone else might! Please ensure that the items are in good condition, with instructions and boxes if possible and that there are no pages or pieces missing.