Beckfield News – 1 July

Beckfield News – 1 July

A message from Mrs Watkiss

Hi everyone, and welcome to our weekly news!

This week, some of our classes have been doing assessments to measure their progress since before the Easter holidays. All of the children have tried their hardest and shown determination and I am very proud of them all. 

On Thursday, we had a visit from the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Co-op Academies Trust, called Russell. He wanted to come and see our school again after visiting around five years ago when the Co-op first came here. He was so impressed with how bright and welcoming our school is and how lovely the children were when he chatted with them. I told him all about the plans we have for next academic year and I invited him to come back again to see some of it in action. 

Looking forward to next week, we have some BIG PLANS going on! Our Early Years/Key Stage 1 MEGA TRIP to the seaside on Monday, followed by Year 5’s visit to Yorkshire Sculpture Park and then Sports Day and THEN our Careers Afternoon. We will all be tired by next Friday for sure!

What an exciting time to be in school. I am looking forward to seeing all our parents on Wednesday as we set off Sports Day for most of our classes. 

Thank you to all the parents who have agreed to come in and talk to us about their jobs next Thursday. This will be a really inspiring time for the children and we appreciate the time you’re spending to do this. 

I will finish off by wishing everybody a fabulous weekend full of sunshine and laughter. 

Best wishes,

Mrs Watkiss

Goodbye, Mrs Sarginson

As you know, Mrs Sarginson is currently on maternity leave and she will leave us in August when this comes to an end. A sad time for us at Beckfield but a lovely time for her and her family in their new chapter. We want to thank her for everything she has done for our school and wish her the very best for the future. Thanks, Mrs Sarginson. We will miss you!

Skills Builder 

Our focus for next week is still on Teamwork. We have our Sports Days coming up and children will be taking part in challenges as part of a team, where they will compete against other teams to win points. This will mean that they will need to do lots of cooperating and collaborating, which are important skills when trying to achieve anything.  

Careers afternoon – next week!

We can’t wait to welcome some visitors into our school for our Careers Afternoon. The children will get to hear all about a range of exciting jobs that they could do when they’re older and ask questions about what they need to do and what skills and knowledge they might need to have and use. It will certainly be interesting and inspirational.

Safe and happy children: a guide for supporting children with upsetting content

Raising children in the digital age seems to be getting tougher, with the world currently experiencing so many uncertainties. From the continuing impact of COVID-19 to the war in Ukraine, right now children across the globe can scarcely go online without being exposed to unsettling stories, images and ideas. 

Reassuring a concerned child can be difficult, especially when bad news feels like it’s all around us. 

National Online Safety have put together some advice to help parents with discussing upsetting events with young ones.

Mini Mindmate Ambassadors link-up

On Monday, our Mini Mindmate Ambassadors visited Co-op Academy Priesthorpe to meet their Mindmate Ambassadors and talk about mental health. They learned about all the really great things that are going on at the high school, like drop-in sessions and individual support given at break and lunch times. They also took away some resources to use at Beckfield. This was a really valuable experience and something that we will continue to build on next year when we have some new ambassadors. 

Mini Olympics!

On Wednesday, children from across the school visited Pudsey Grammar to take part in a mini Olympics competition with 11 other schools from Pudsey. The children performed so well and were up against some fierce competitors. They represented our school wonderfully and had such a great time. We’re very proud of them all!


On Thursday this week, we celebrated RSE Day. In every classroom, children were taking part in activities all about staying healthy, positive relationships and growing up. We think it’s really important for children to have the time and space to think about these things so that they can make sensible and safe choices, now and when they’re older. The children really enjoyed the activities and participated brilliantly. 

Year6 Transition

Some of our Year 6 children visited their new high schools this week as part of their transition experience. This is an exciting time for them but also understandably, a nerve-wracking one. We hope that the visits made them feel more at ease about moving onto their new placements in September and they can share this with their peers who haven’t had theirs yet. 

Well done, Year 6 – we hope you had a brilliant day!

Year 5 High School Workshop

Our Year 5 children had a visit from some of the staff from Co-op Academy Priesthorpe on Friday afternoon. About this time of year, our Year 5s and their parents will have started to think about what high school they would like to go to so the Priesthorpe staff thought it would be useful to introduce themselves to the children and tell them a bit about what high school is like. It is an exciting time for our Year 5s as they think about moving onto Year 6 in September and all the opportunities that lie ahead of them. 

If you want a sneak peek of what life is like at Priesthorpe, check out this video they have made:

Celebrations and awards

Take a look at all our wonderful winners from this week! We have your names displayed with pride in the entrance to our school, so that all our visitors can see.

This week’s winners

Well done to you all! You have given all your efforts to aim for excellence!

Headteacher award

The winner of this week’s Headteacher award is….Nathaniel Robinson. 

Nathaniel has shown such strength and resilience over the past few weeks. Every time I see him, I am so impressed with his can-do attitude. Nathaniel is such a great role-model for the children in his class and a pleasure to have in our school. Well done, Nathaniel!

Attendance winners

This week our Year 5 class has the highest attendance AGAIN, AGAIN! Well done to you all – a brilliant achievement, continued!

The class with the most attendance stars at the end of the Summer term will have a special afternoon to celebrate their success. 

We will also do another parent draw at the end of the term, for those children who have been in school 100% of the time. 

Have a lovely weekend to all. 

Dates for your diary

Tuesday 5th July: KS2 Results Day

Wednesday 6th July: Sports Day for Reception to Year 6

Thursday 7th July: Careers Afternoon

Thursday 7th July: Year 2 Multi-skills event @ Crawshaw

Tuesday 12th July: Year 3/4 Capture the Flag event @ Crawshaw

Wednesday 13th July: Sports Day for Nursery (two sessions)

Wednesday 13th – Friday 15th July: Year 5/6 Residential Trip @ Cote Ghyll

Tuesday 19th July: Beckfield Summer Fair / BeckFest

Wednesday 20th July: Whole School Skills Builder Challenge Day

Thursday 21st July: Year 5/6 Capture the Flag event @ Crawshaw

Friday 22nd July: Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly

Friday 22nd July: End of Year events

Thank you!

The Beckfield Team