27 Mar 2015

Head Teachers Message

Year FS1 Week 13 2015

Dear Parents/Carers,
Just a quick note to wish everyone a very happy Easter holiday. The children have really enjoyed making Easter cards and cakes and decorating eggs too this week and of course hunting for eggs!!! Don’t forget that the clocks go forward by one hour this Sunday.
Dates for your calendar:
The summer term starts at 8.45 a.m. on Monday 13th April. For more information, please see the school website www.bielefeldschool.com

Thank you for your support,
The FS1 Team

Year FS2 Week 13 2015

Releasing the butterflies 
After all the waiting, our class butterflies finally hatched!  We had the chance to hold the butterflies before we set them free in our garden; it was a ‘first’ for most of the children and they felt very pleased with themselves for being so brave!

Our week has been a very busy one completing our Easter jobs – we hope you like the surprises and treats the children have made as they have all worked very hard! We look forward to hearing all about your Easter holidays when we come back and please remember to practise reading with your child over this time as it really helps when they start back after a long break!

We would like to take the opportunity to remind you that the children are allowed to bring in their own water bottles to use in the classroom but please make sure that they are only filled with water. Thank you for your understanding. Also a reminder that as a treat the children are allowed to bring in a toy from home on Fridays to play with at the Golden Time they have earned for following our SMILE rules!
Have a lovely Easter break!

Best wishes from the FS2 team.

Year 1 Week 13 2015

In Literacy our “Hot Write” was “How to Trap a Big Friendly Giant”. The children used time connectives and bossy verbs when they wrote their instructions. We were thrilled to see some correct punctuation in the writing as well. Did we trap the BFG? Your child will enjoy telling you all about it!

In Mathematics the children have practised the skills and concepts that they have been taught during the term. Well done to everybody who played the computer games that were set for homework last week.

Forest Schools – We all thoroughly enjoyed our hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows around the fire this week. Thank you very much, Mrs Carroll and Mr Halstead.

Art and D & T – Mr Fidler has taught every child how to make a moving vehicle. The children have all worked extremely hard so that their vehicles can travel along a surface.

Have a Good Holiday! – We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a restful and peaceful holiday. We look forward to welcoming everybody back to school at the start of the Summer Term.

Thank you for your continued support.
The Year One Team

Year 2 Week 13 2015

In literacy this week the children have written their own versions of the Tunnel Story changing and describing the setting and the character. They have been learning to use adjectives to describe and interesting speech verbs to show how a character speaks.

In numeracy the children in both groups have continued to learn about multiplication. They have been using their knowledge to solve simple problems.

Thank you to everyone who came to Parents Evening. It was good to meet you all.

For homework over the holiday we are giving each child a maths pack with lots of ideas and games for them to play. These are aimed at helping them to develop and consolidate mathematical concepts necessary for effective problem solving. The main aim is for you and your child to have fun.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss Mead, Mrs Halstead and The Year Two Team.

Year 3 Week 13 2015

This week in English we have continued our Talk for Writing unit based on the story of the Dragon Kite and are using the text as a model for good writing. The adventures of Chang are terribly exciting.

Mr. Kerray’s mathematics group this week have continued their on fractions, looking at a whole, half and a quarter. Mr. Askew’s group have been working on measuring time.

In RE the children learnt about The Last Supper. In Computing the children created Easter cards. (Don’t forget your child has Log Ins for educational sites in the front of their journal.)
Mr Fidler continued his printing project in clay, based on the work of the Victorian designer William Morris. Mr Reeves continued teaching the children skills for mastering the art of playing the ukulele!

Year 3 have worked incredibly hard this term, they have fully immersed themselves in our Victorian study unit and they really enjoyed our work on Macbeth.
We have many exciting things planned for the summer term.

Please remember a daily reading session of about 10 minutes will really help our 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.
Where ever you are, we wish you a peaceful relaxing Easter holiday.

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

Year 4 Week 13 2015

Researching the ancient City of Chichen Itza
WOW! - Another term completed and it seems to have flown by. It’s been a busy term and the children have really worked hard and they have made progress in their learning!
I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your continued support throughout the term and for all of the help, guidance and support that you provide to your children at home.

This week in Literacy, we have completed our unit of work on settings. The children wrote descriptively about the Chocolate Room in Willy Wonka’s factory. They then designed their own confectionery

delights for their very own Invention Room. The children worked hard to plan and complete a ‘HOT WRITE’ piece describing the setting of their Invention Room and all the wonderful inventions hidden inside!

In Maths, we started to look at decimals. The children were recognising and using decimals numbers and understanding the place value in decimal numbers. The children have also spent some time on the Active Learn website, enjoying playing the games and revising and reinforcing their learning.
Researching an ancient City

In Art, the children completed their mosaic masks. These have created quite a striking display outside the Y4 classroom!

In PE, we have completed our Aerobic dance unit of work. The children have thoroughly enjoyed this area of PE, especially the ‘Club Classics’ booming from the stereo! After the Easter break, we will be focussing on Gymnastics and Games. We will endeavour to go outside for our Games sessions, (Weather permitting), so please ensure that your children has the correct PE kit with them - T-shirt, shorts/ jogging bottoms, trainers, socks & a jumper/fleece. Please remind your children that their kits should be brought to school on a Monday ready for the week ahead.

Maths – The children have been allocated some games to play on www.activelearnprimary.co.uk (log-in& password details inside the journal)
Reading – Please continue to listen to your child read at least 5 times a week and either your children or the parents record any reading that they do in their journals.

Thank you for your continued support.
Have a lovely Easter break!        
Mrs Pond-Barrett
Mrs Whitaker and Mrs Porter

Year 5 Week 13 2015

The children have continued to work hard in lessons right up to the end of term, further impressing the staff with their attitude and the quality of their work.

Painting canopic jars in art
In English, we concluded our work on discursive writing. As part of the build up to their ‘hot write’, the children wrote a paragraph at a time on the subject of whether or not a roller coaster should be built in the school playground! They thought of some fantastic reasons for and some extremely sensible reasons against building this rather large piece of playground equipment on the KS2 playground! The children then went on to apply everything they had learnt about the features of a discursive text to write an impressive piece of writing entitled, ‘Should School Uniform be Banned?’

In Maths, Mrs Scannell’s group have been exploring 2D shapes and identifying polygons. In the process of learning about polygons, the children have revised and used terms such as parallel and perpendicular. Mrs Hood’s group have been developing their understanding of answering questions mentally, along with adding large numbers.

Homework. All homework should be completed and returned on Monday 13th April.

Easter reading challenge. The children should read at least one book during the Easter holiday and complete the book review in their English homework folder. Five smile points will be awarded for each book review completed. So, the more books the children read and complete a review on, the more smile points they will receive. Note that reviews should only be completed on books read during the Easter holiday and not ones that have been read previously!

Handwriting. We would like the children to practise their cursive (joined up) writing with a lead stroke. The children should complete the first 6 pages of their handwriting booklet, remembering to take their time over each exercise, ensuring each letter is formed correctly.

Spelling. The spelling list was sent home on Tuesday after the spelling lesson. Spellings should be practised ready for the test on the first Monday back.

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

Thank you for your continued support.
Have a great Easter!

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

Year 6 Week 13 2015

Thank you to all of the parents who supported the SATs meeting on Wednesday evening. We are aware of all the hard work that is going on behind the scenes at home to support children with their test preparation at this very busy time.

For those parents that were unable to attend the meeting, we have sent out a revision pack which you can choose to use as much or as little as you wish. We hope that the children use the holiday to get some fresh air, exercise and recuperate.

In Maths this week children have been working through some examples of past SATs papers. Miss Kinsey’s maths group have also been focusing on aspects of handling data, shape and space. We have been interpreting line graphs and conversion graphs as well as solving area shapes including compound shapes. Mrs Hood’s class have been developing their understanding of answering questions mentally, along with adding large numbers.

In English, the children have completed their unit of work on discursive writing culminating in an extended write about whether or not children should wear school uniform.

The children have continued to impress Mr Reeves this week in Music. If your child is able to spend any time practising their instrument over the holidays then this will ensure that their skills continue to develop.

We hope that you all have a lovely Easter and look forward to seeing you in the summer term.

Miss Graham, Mrs Hood & Miss Kinsey
Mrs Creighton, Mrs Goddard & Mrs Grant.

24 Mar 2015

Vanuatu Mufti Day - Friday 27 March!

Stop Press ... NEW YORK/VANUATU, 24 March 2015 – UNICEF has only around fifteen per cent of the money it needs to get life-saving aid to thousands of children and their families, after Cyclone Pam wreaked havoc in Vanuatu and other Pacific islands ...

Please bring a Euro to school this Friday, for our Vanuatu Mufti Day. Thank you.

Every cent counts!

Parents' Evenings & Lost Property

The parents' and carers' evenings, next week, 24 to 26 March, will provide you with an opportunity to check our lost property collection for ... lost property!

We cordially invite you to rummage through the items in our Reception Area and recover any items of clothing etc. that may belong to you.

At the end of the term, 27 March 2015, the school may recycle or remove unclaimed items, as it sees fit. We need to reclaim the space.

Thank you for helping us to re-unify possessions with their owners.