Family Learning – Today

Apologies but due to Mrs Bodenham being called to a meeting this afternoon the Family Learning sessions detailed below have been cancelled.  The sessions will be run at the same times next Thursday the 3rd May:

1:15pm-2pm: Lower School

2:15pm-3pm: Upper School

 

Family Learning sessions linked to National Tests

A quick reminder we will be continuing to hold sessions to support children in the lead up to the National Tests every Thursday afternoon. This week, the focus will be linked to the Procedural test. The children will be withdrawn from class to work with their parents/carers to help to alleviate the stress of the tests.

Lower School session (Years 3 & 4): Numerical Reasoning: 1:15pm – 2pm

Upper School session (Years 5 & 6): Fractions, Percentages and Decimals: 2:15pm – 3pm

National Tests – Dates

As parents will be aware, next week we will see the start of the annual ‘National Tests’. The dates of each test can be seen in the table below and all tests will take place during the morning:

Date Test Year Group
Wednesday 2nd May Reading 3, 4, 5 & 6
Thursday 3rd May Mathematics: Numerical Reasoning 3 & 4
Friday 4th May Mathematics: Numerical Reasoning 5 & 6
Tuesday 8th May Mathematics: Procedural 3, 4, 5 & 6

Although the National Tests are important in tracking the progress of the pupils, all staff take great care to ensure that children feel as little stress as they possibly can about taking the tests. The message we give to the children is that we want them to ‘try their best’. Please contact the school if you feel your child is feeling overly anxious about taking the tests and you would like us to provide extra support.

It would be very much appreciated if children can have a good breakfast and an early night’s sleep the night before each of the tests. This will help the children to do as well as they possibly can on each day.

PTA: Non-uniform Day

The PTA have arranged for a non-uniform day to be held in school on Friday 27th April. Children are requested to bring in chocloates, which will form part of a stall at our Summer Fair. Bars, packets and boxes of chocolates will be greatly appreciated as the PTA continue to raise funds for the children.

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PTA: Meeting

The PTA will be meeting after school on Thursday 3rd May to discuss arrangements for the Summer Fair. If you are able to offer support in setting up, packing away or running a stall, the PTA would love to hear from you!

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Clubs

This term, the school is able to offer the clubs listed below.  As you will be aware, some of our clubs are provided by specialists and therefore there will be a termly charge of £15.00.  This is heavily subsidised by the school and is still excellent ‘value for money’.  All clubs below re-commenced last week. Please tick the clubs which you would like your child to attend and return to school in an envelope with payment (if required). If your child already attends one of the clubs, their place will continue but could you indicate that they wish to keep it by ticking the appropriate box on the form.

Many of our clubs have places available for the summer term.

Day of the week Club Tick for ‘yes’
Monday Gymnastics (All pupils) – Miss A Bellamy from Creazione

(3:10pm – 4:10pm) £15 per term

Places available

Football (Lower School) – Mr C Lloyd (3:10pm – 4:10pm)

No fee

Places available

Tuesday Singing (All pupils) – Ms K Storey

(Lunchtime club – 11:50am – 12:20pm) No fee

Places available

Chess (All pupils) – Mrs S Banks (3:10pm – 4:10pm) No fee

Places available

Competitive sports inc. football/rugby (All pupils) – Miss K Rees from Creazione (3:10pm – 4:10pm) £15 per term
Wednesday Upper School Media Club (Film, Music) – Miss A Slater

(Lunchtime club – 12:10pm – 12:40pm) No fee

Places available

Thursday Judo (All pupils) – Mr Withers

(Lunchtime club – 12pm – 12:40pm)

Fee paid directly to Mr Steve Withers, Ysgol Judo

Performing Arts/Dance (All pupils) – Creazione

(3:10pm – 4:10pm) £15 per term

Netball (Years 4 – 6) – Miss S Pugh (3:10pm – 4:10pm)

No fee

Places available

Homework Club (All pupils) – Miss K Hillier (3:10pm – 4:10pm)

No fee

Places available

Code Club (Years 5 & 6) – Mr Ankin (3:10pm – 4:10pm)

No fee

 

Child’s name:_____________________________________________ Class: _____________

Please be aware that any over-subscription may result in selecting pupils at random.  Gymnastics is likely to be over subscribed.  The school expects the children to maintain the same high standard of behaviour as they would during the school day.  Misbehaviour will result in children not being allowed to attend the club and any payment already made will be non-refundable.

Please can all cheques be made payable to Bedwas Junior School.

 

 

‘Big Pedal’ 23rd April – 4th May

Due to the recent success in our ‘Wheelie Wednesdays’ we have decided to take part in the ‘Big Pedal’ initiative. This continues to encourage the children to actively travel to school but only focuses on cycling or scooting. Over the next two weeks we will be counting how many ‘cycles’ and ‘scoots’ each class records and will be comparing them to other schools taking part in the area. Well done to all children who have already started to take part in this event over the past few days.

Diary Dates

Please find the updated diary dates below:

27th April PTA Casual day – Donation of chocolates (In preparation for Summer Fair)
1st May P.C. Madley to speak to year 3 pupils – Internet Safety.
2nd – 9th May National Tests
7th May May Day – School closed
11th May P.C. Madley to speak to year 5 pupils – Anti-social behaviour
11th May PTA Jokeathon afternoon – More information to follow.
18th May PTA Royal Wedding party – Children to wear red/white/blue to school on this day.
23rd May Pastor Edwards to lead assembly.
23rd May P.C. Madley to speak to year 6 pupils – Internet Safety.
25th May PTA Casual Day – Donation of toiletries (In preparation for Summer Fair)
25th May Last day in school for children.
Half term: Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June
4th June Children return to school.
11th June Pastor Edwards to lead assembly.
15th June PTA Casual day – Donation of cakes (In preparation for Summer Fair)
15th June 3:10pm: Summer Fair

Family Learning sessions linked to National Tests

A quick reminder we will be continuing to hold sessions to support children in the lead up to the National Tests every Thursday afternoon. This week, the focus will be linked to the Procedural test. The children will be withdrawn from class to work with their parents/carers to help to alleviate the stress of the tests.

Lower School session (Years 3 & 4): 1:15pm – 2pm

Upper School session (Years 5 & 6): 2:15pm – 3pm

National Tests – Dates

As parents will be aware, in a fortnight we will see the start of the annual ‘National Tests’. The dates of each test can be seen in the table below and all tests will take place during the morning:

Date Test Year Group
Wednesday 2nd May Reading 3, 4, 5, & 6
Thursday 3rd May Mathematics: Numerical Reasoning 3 & 4
Friday 4th May Mathematics: Numerical Reasoning 5 & 6
Tuesday 8th May Mathematics: Procedural 3, 4, 5, & 6

Although the National Tests are important in tracking the progress of the pupils, all staff take great care to ensure that children feel as little stress as they possibly can about taking the tests. The message we give to the children is that we want them to ‘try their best’. Please contact the school if you feel your child is feeling overly anxious about taking the tests and you would like us to provide extra support.

It would be very much appreciated if children can have a good breakfast and an early night’s sleep the night before each of the tests. This will help the children to do as well as they possibly can on each day.

PTA – Non-uniform Day

The PTA have arranged for a non-uniform day to be held in school on Friday 20th April. Children are requested to bring in ‘Jolly Jars’. Jolly Jars are clean jam jars that are filled with sweets, lollies, or toys that you find in a party bag. If children wish, they can also decorate the jars. The jars will be sold in the summer fayre to continue to raise funds for the children.

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‘Wheelie Wednesday’ Update

Thank you to everyone who took part in our ‘Wheelie Wednesday’ initiative before Easter. We started with 38% of children travelling actively and finished with 57% achieving our ‘Small Step’ award on the Sustrans Big Shift website. The class with the most journeys was Orange with a grand total of 100 walks, cycles or scoots over the five Wednesdays – Well done! Therefore they have won the golden boot and an afternoon of fun sporting activities.

‘Big Pedal’ 23rd April – 4th May

Due to the recent success in our ‘Wheelie Wednesdays’ we have decided to take part in the ‘Big Pedal’ initiative. This continues to encourage the children to actively travel to school but only focuses on cycling or scooting. Over the next two weeks we will be counting how many ‘cycles’ and ‘scoots’ each class records and will be comparing them to other schools taking part in the area. Again, we hope all children will participate where possible and support their classes.

Diary Dates

Please find the updated diary dates below:

20th April PTA Casual Day – Jolly Jars (In preparation for Summer Fair)
23rd April Colorfoto class photographs.
27th April PTA Casual day – Donation of chocolates (In preparation for Summer Fair)
1st May P.C. Madley to speak to year 3 pupils – Internet Safety.
2nd – 9th May National Tests
7th May May Day – School closed
11th May P.C. Madley to speak to year 5 pupils – Anti-social behaviour
11th May PTA Jokeathon afternoon – More information to follow.
18th May PTA Royal Wedding party – Children to wear red/white/blue to school on this day.
23rd May Pastor Edwards to lead assembly.
23rd May P.C. Madley to speak to year 6 pupils – Internet Safety.
25th May PTA Casual Day – Donation of toiletries (In preparation for Summer Fair)
25th May Last day in school for children.
Half term: Monday 28th May – Friday 1st June
4th June Children return to school.
11th June Pastor Edwards to lead assembly.
15th June PTA Casual day – Donation of cakes (In preparation for Summer Fair)
15th June 3:10pm: Summer Fair

Easter

Thank you for another productive half term; as always your support has been greatly appreciated. Today is the last day for pupils as tomorrow is a teacher training day. Children will return to school on Monday 16th April. Enjoy your break and have a lovely Easter.