Sex and Relationships Education: Years 3 – 6

Starting from next week, the pupils will be taught the ‘sex and relationships’ part of the PSE curriculum. The local authority Healthy Schools team recognised the school’s provision as excellent practice.  The school’s planning and resourcing has been shared across Caerphilly authority for other schools to use.

All teachers will teach their year groups’ lessons from Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th June. The lessons will be delivered in line with the specified curriculum for each year group.

Understandably, parents may feel anxious about the content of the sessions. If so, please contact the school to discuss the lessons with your child’s class teacher.

Sports Day: Monday 25th June

This year’s sports day will be held on Monday 25th June. The format this year will incorporate the same inclusive approach in the morning, with a more competitive side to the events in the afternoon. Trials have been taking place in school this week and those children who have made it through to the afternoon events will be bringing home a letter.

The morning session within Bedwas Junior School will start at approximately 9.00am with the afternoon’s events taking place at Bedwas High School at approximately 12.50pm.

The morning events will be held on Bedwas Junior School’s grounds where pupils will be taking part in numerous group and individual events. Every pupil will be involved in at least two events and it is expected to be a fun packed morning!

The afternoon’s events will be taking place at Bedwas High where the more traditional sports day events will be taking place. Trials have been taking place within school time this week to give the afternoon a more competitive edge. The children not taking part in the afternoon events will remain behind in school to take part in other activities with Miss Storey and Miss Bodenham.

In the interest of safety, we politely remind parents/carers not to cross the line to give drinks and refreshments to their children. This has caused accidents in the past and can hold up proceedings.

The weather forecast for Monday is currently good. If however, there is unexpected rain, the school will inform parents as soon as possible. The reserve day for Sports Day is Wednesday 4th July.

As we have changed the format of the afternoon activities this year, if you do have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Daily Mile

From this week each class in Bedwas Junior School will be participating in the ‘Daily Mile’. This is a nationwide initiative that encourages thousands of primary and secondary school children to walk or run a mile a day. The aim of this is to improve their physical and mental health as well as their general well-being.

Each class will walk or jog seven laps of the yard during some point of the day with the aim of getting faster the more times they participate. In schools that have taken part in the challenge it has already shown an increase in attention in pupils and an improvement in physical fitness abilities and emotional responses.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE – Breakfast Club

Please can we remind parents/carers that Breakfast Club does not open until 8am. Today we had 11 children in school before 8am. When the children arrive before this time they are unsupervised and we would appreciate if children are not on the school premises before 8am. If you have any queries about Breakfast Club, please contact the school. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Parent Questionnaires

Thank you to all parents/carers who have returned the parent questionnaires. The results will be collated over the next week and results will be shared in next week’s newsletter. If you have still not returned your questionnaire, please send into school by Friday 15th June.

Ffiliffest

Well done to all of the pupils who took part in this year’s Ffiliffest folk dancing in Caerphilly Castle last weekend. The pupils were a credit to the school and photographs of the event can be found on our school website. Thank you to all parents for supporting the school with this event.

Family Learning

Following feedback from parents and carers, please find below the Family Learning sessions planned for this half-term.

If you are interested in attending any of the session with your child, please tick and return the slip to school. 

Date Lower School

1:15pm – 2pm

ü Upper School

2:15pm – 3pm

ü
14th June Column addition and subtraction   Division – Bus stop method  
28th June Timetables   Multiplication – Grid method  
5th July Numerical Reasoning – TRIAL method   Ratio  
12th July Estimation   24 hour clock  

 

Child’s Name: _________________________________________________ Class: ____________________

Name and contact telephone number of parent/carer attending the session:

_____________________________________________________________________________________

Parent Questionnaires

All staff at Bedwas Junior School work exceptionally hard to deliver quality educational experiences, whilst being committed to the wellbeing of all children in our school. We are very keen to receive feedback from parents so that we can identify what we do well and what could be improved in the future.

The school would be very grateful if the questionnaires sent home on Monday could be completed and returned to school in the envelope provided by Friday 8th June.

Visit from Para-Sport Table Tennis Champion

Yesterday, pupils in year 6 met Ashley Davies, a para-sport table tennis champion. Ashley was the Welsh and UK number one and was in the top 40 in the world.   As well as having the chance to play table tennis against Ashley, children also had the opportunity to talk to him about his life.  This included a discussion about the ‘bad’ choices he made as a teenager, which led to an accident which left him disabled.  The discussion between Ashley and the children also focused on substance misuse, consequences and ways of overcoming it. The children were also interested to learn how living with a disability does not prevent Ashley from living a rewarding, enriching life.  All pupils were really interested by his life story and asked a range of questions about peer pressure as a teenager, disability and sport.

Ffiliffest – Saturday 9th June

Our Welsh folk dancers will be taking part in this year’s Ffiliffest, which is taking place in Caerphilly Castle on Saturday 9th June from 11am.  As well as the dancing, there will be lots of other performances on stage inside the castle.  There will also be activities, sports, stalls and a food area – Ffiliffest is a community event so everyone is welcome to attend the free event!

Reminder: G.D.P.R. – General Data Protection Regulation

A reminder to you that data protection law changed on Friday 25th May 2018. Bedwas Junior School takes its responsibilities to protect your personal information very seriously, and we have updated our privacy notice which can be found on the school website.

To help comply with GDPR consent requirements, we need to confirm that you would still like to receive content from us that is sent to you if you ‘follow’ our blog.

If you’d like to continue hearing from us, please ‘opt in’ by returning the attached slip. If you choose not to opt in we will unfortunately be unable to send you any updates via the blog. You can of course sign up to follow the blog again at any time.

I would like to continue receiving e-mail updates from the school blog.

The e-mail address I have used to sign up is: ______________________________________

Signed: _________________________________________________________________

Parent of: _______________________________________________________________

Family Learning

Following feedback from parents and carers, please find below the Family Learning sessions planned for this half-term.

If you are interested in attending any of the session with your child, please tick below and return the slip to school. 

Date Lower School

1:15pm – 2pm

ü Upper School

2:15pm – 3pm

ü
14th June Column addition and subtraction   Division – Bus stop method  
28th June Timetables   Multiplication – Grid method  
5th July Numerical Reasoning – TRIAL method   Ratio  
12th July Estimation   24 hour clock  

 

Child’s Name: ______________________________________ Class: _________________

Name and contact telephone number of parent/carer attending the session:

_______________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________

NSPCC Sponsorship Forms

If your child has any sponsorship money collected for the ‘Danceathon’ that they participated in prior to half-term, can they please hand in forms and donations tomorrow morning as a representative from the NSPCC will be in to collect.  Thank you.

Warm weather

As the warm weather continues this week, we request that all children have sun cream applied before they come to school and also wear a hat to protect them from the sun. Thank you for your continued support.

Half-term

A reminder that children will break up from school on Friday 25th May and will return on Monday 4th June. We hope everyone has a lovely break and enjoys the wonderful weather we have been forecast.

NSPCC Sponsorship Activity

Linked to our recent assembly from the NSPCC ‘Speak out, Stay safe’ we have decided to hold a sponsored event to raise money for the charity. The children have already brought their sponsor forms home and we would be grateful if you could collect even just a small amount for such a good cause.

Our chosen fundraising activity is a ‘Danceathon’. This will be taking place this Thursday 24th May for Upper School and Friday 25th May for Lower school. For the activity the children can bring in a bright and colourful sports kit which might include sweat bands, leg warmers or other fun sporting accessories.

All sponsor forms and money need to be collected and returned to school by Tuesday June 5th.

Woodwind lessons

Mr Benevente will be in school on Thursday this week to carry out his teaching. We ask that all children who receive woodwind lessons ensure they have their instruments in school on this day.

Football Club

Football sessions with Gazza from Cardiff City have now finished, therefore the extra-curricular club after school on a Friday has also finished. We would like to thank Gazza for the time and commitment he has given to Bedwas Junior School and we look forward to welcoming him back next academic year.

Warm weather

As the warm weather is set to continue, we request that all children have sun cream applied before they come to school and also wear a hat to protect them from the sun. Thank you for your continued support.

NSPCC Workshop for Parents

The NSPCC will be running a workshop for parents in school on Friday 18th May from 9am. We will also be welcoming parents/carers from Bedwas Infants and Rhydri Primary to the event and we look forward to seeing you there!