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 The children will be withdrawn from class to work with their parents/carers to help to alleviate the stress of the tests.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.

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.

Crossing patrol update

We would like to thank all parents, carers and Governors who, along with the school have contacted the Local Authority to try and resolve the issue about a lack of a crossing patrol officer for our school. Unfortunately, Caerphilly have not been able to allocate a relief crossing patrol officer at this time and therefore, we ask that all parents/cares maintain vigilance for the safety of all our pupils when crossing the road.

phs LifeCycle Easter Competition

phs are fully aware of Bedwas Junior School’s commitment to the environment and have asked all pupils to take part in a competition to design a new design for their trucks. All children have been provided with an A3 piece of paper to draw their designs. We ask that all designs are returned to school on Monday 16th April. Please find further information from phs below:

Everyone produces waste – it’s part of being human. From the moment you’re born to old age, you’ll be using some sort of hygiene waste such as nappies, sanitary and incontinence pads. It’s important we work together to protect the planet as some people dispose of this type of waste down the toilet or it gets sent to landfill. phs are here to help.

Only paper, pee and poo should be flushed down the toilet but some people flush nappies and sanitary products which is not good for the environment. Putting a nappy or a sanitary product into the right bin is important so we can help the environment. We at phs take things like dirty nappies to our processing factory called LifeCycle where we process the waste into energy to power schools like yours.

We want you to show us your take on LifeCycle. So your design should tell us how hygiene waste such as nappies is taken to LifeCycle and is then processed into energy to power schools. The winning entry will get their design blown up on the side of one of phs’ titan trucks and will be seen by many across the motorways. The winning school will win art supplies too!

Get your crayons out over Easter and be a part of our aim to transform the future of waste management. For more information on LifeCycle – please visit www.phslifecycle.co.uk and watch our video too!

Eisteddfod Celebrations – Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Rhydri and Bedwas pupils will be celebrating St. David’s Day together in Rhydri Village Hall. All children are requested to wear Welsh themed or red clothing to school on this day.

Throughout the morning of celebrations, children will be reciting Welsh poems, singing Welsh songs and performing with their musical instruments. Each class will be performing their poems on the stage in front of the rest of the pupils.

Can all pupils who are playing a musical instrument please ensure they have their instruments in school tomorrow.

National Tests: 2nd – 9th May

As you are probably aware, all children in Wales are required to take part in National tests during the first two weeks of May.   This year, children will be taking a reading test, a mathematics test and a numerical reasoning test.

The following link provides information for parents and carers on what the National Tests involve and what the test results can tell you about your child’s learning. http://learning.gov.wales/docs/learningwales/publications/170413-information-for-parents-carers-2-9-en.pdf

Starting from tomorrow afternoon, the school will be offering parent/carer workshops linked to the national tests.

For our first session this week we are going to focus on the following:

  • An overview of the National Tests (Reading, Numerical Reasoning and Procedural);
  • Looking at a sample of past papers, relevant to your child’s year group;
  • Discussion on the reading test and techniques you can use at home to support your child;
  • Topics in Mathematics you would like to focus on in future weeks, which you may be unfamiliar with.

If you would like to attend, the sessions will begin at 1:30pm and will last approximately 1 hour.

Eisteddfod: Tuesday 27th March

Our annual Eisteddfod has been rescheduled to take place on Tuesday 27th March. Children will be transported to Rudry Village Hall by coach for the joint Eisteddfod. All children are requested to wear Welsh themed or red clothing to school on this day.

School Closure – Snow

Dear Parent / Carer

In the light of the Amber weather warning, all schools in Caerphilly have been urged by the Local Authority to consider closing on Thursday 1st March in the interests of the health and safety of pupils, parents and staff.

As a result of this Bedwas will be closed tomorrow and the situation reassessed later in the day on Thursday with regards to whether or not the school will open on Friday. Please check the Caerphilly School Closure website for the latest updates – http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Schools-and-learning/Schools,-term-dates-and-closures/Check-if-your-school-is-closed.aspx

This is an approach that is being adopted by some other neighbouring authorities and seems to be sensible in light of current forecasts and the unpredictability of the snowfall forecast.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Cook – Headteacher

 

Weather Warning

As you will be aware, there are weather warnings in place for snow this week. If it snows during the school day and conditions worsen, we will update the school blog and ask you to pick up your children from school. If you feel that you need to pick them up before because of any extra transport difficulties relating to where you live then that is obviously fine.  

If it snows overnight a decision on whether the school will close will be made by 7.45am. This information will be available on the Caerphilly School Closures website

http://www.caerphilly.gov.uk/Services/Schools-and-learning/Schools,-term-dates-and-closures/Check-if-your-school-is-closed.aspx

 It is always a difficult decision to make but all decisions will be made in the interests of everyone’s safety.

 

March 1st – Eisteddfod Celebrations

Tomorrow, Rhydri and Bedwas pupils will be celebrating St. David’s Day together in Rhydri Village Hall. All children are requested to wear Welsh themed or red clothing to school on this day.

Throughout the morning of celebrations, children will be reciting Welsh poems, singing Welsh songs and performing with their musical instruments. Each class will be performing their poems on the stage in front of the rest of the pupils.

Can all pupils who are playing a musical instrument please ensure they have their instruments in school tomorrow.