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.

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.

‘Water is Cool in School’ Competition

We have recently had a focus on water in our assemblies and we have therefore decided to run our yearly ‘Water is Cool in School’ competition. So, this week’s homework will be to create a poster about the benefits of drinking water on a regular basis. We would encourage children to complete some research to support their posters, information, ideas and links to other sites can be found on the ‘Water Aid’ website. We are asking all children to complete their poster on an A4 piece of paper (available from school if required). The poster must be informative and attractive and children should use coloured pencils but not felts.  For this activity, we are also asking that children do not use a computer to create their poster. The top two posters from each class will win a prize and be displayed in our corridor.  Everyone who enters will also earn five house points for their house. All posters need to be completed by Wednesday 16th May in order to be judged.

‘Big Pedal’ (23rd April – 4th May) Update

Thank you to everyone who took part in the ’Big Pedal’ over the last two weeks. It was lovely to see so many children and supporters either cycling or scooting to school. We recorded a total of 444 journeys with Red class achieving 110 of these, therefore winning our class competition – Well done! They have won the golden boot and a healthy treat of their choice. We are still waiting to find out our overall position on the ‘Sustrans Big Pedal’ website and we will inform the children as soon as possible.

‘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.

‘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.

Monday 5th March – Sport Relief ‘Step Challenge’

As part of this year’s Sport Relief celebrations, Sport Caerphilly will be delivering a road show linked to this year’s Sport Relief ‘Step Challenge’. The national target set by the organisers of this year’s event is 1 billion steps and with the support of Bedwas Junior School, the pupils will contribute to the nation achieving this goal.

The roadshow will be delivered by Sport Caerphilly coaches and staff and will consist of a variety of sports for years 3 to 6. The sessions will last 30 minutes per class. The sessions will take place all morning on Monday 5th March. Please ensure children have their PE kits in school to enable them to take part.

This is a great opportunity for the pupils in Bedwas Juniors to showcase their contribution to such an important cause and have a lot of fun while doing it.

Wheelie Wednesdays

As part of the Active Journeys programme this year we have decided to continue to encourage the children to find alternative ways to travel to school instead of riding in the car. So, every Wednesday for the next five weeks will be known as ‘Wheelie Wednesday’. We will be running a competition between the classes to see which class walks, cycles or scoots to school the most and the winning class will win the golden boot on the final Wednesday before Easter. We hope all children will participate where possible and support their classes. Every journey will count! We look forward to finding our winning class.