Beckfield News – 10 June

Beckfield News – 10 June

A message from Mrs Watkiss 

Welcome back to the final half-term of the academic year! I hope you had a wonderful break. I am delighted to be sharing with you the successes of our first week back. 

On Monday, we had a guest poet in school doing some poetry workshops with our Year 5 and 6 classes. These were thoroughly enjoyed by all and the children had the chance to creatively express themselves in their poetry writing. 

We had our whole school assembly on Monday afternoon and the theme was ‘Tolerance’. I played some very silly tricks on the children and they were very shocked! I had some helpers at the front and we all took part in deciding whether the scenarios were an example of somebody being tolerant or not. The children set a fantastic example and showed their empathy with the characters we discussed. We made a pledge that we would be more tolerant and accepting of each other and show interest in our differences, because these are what make us special.

On Tuesday, each class was given an artistic theme to focus on, from photography to drama to sculpting. Children spent all day working on their projects and we had a visitor from Sky Arts who was observing all the talents we have across school. We were awarded £100 to spend on art equipment, for all our efforts! What a brilliant way to start the second summer term. 

There are lots of exciting things planned in the coming weeks and we look forward to seeing our parents in and around school a lot more. 

Goodbye and Thank You to Ms Dobbs

As you know, Ms Dobbs was at Beckfield in an interim capacity as Headteacher, and in the past few months has brought her expertise and experience to foster improvements across school. We want to say thank you to her for all her work at Beckfield and send warm wishes for the future. 

Mrs Watkiss will take on her new role as Head of Academy and will work with our new Executive Headteacher, Mr Sowter, in leading Beckfield from this week onwards. Mrs Watkiss has written a welcome letter, which you can read here.

Play Leaders

This week I have given children in Year 5 and 6 the chance to complete an application form to be a Play Leader. The children who wanted to apply should have brought the forms home to complete. Once appointed, the Play Leaders will be given high-visibility jackets, which are labelled with their role, and they will be trained in how to lead activities and referee games on the playground at lunchtime. This is a great opportunity for children who want to develop their leadership skills and set a strong example to their peers in sensible and safe but fun play. We look forward to sharing with you our new Play Leaders next week. 

Social Media – we’re branching out!

Find us on Facebook and Instagram – @coopbeckfield

Skills Builder

Our focus for the next fortnight is on Speaking. Children will be rewarded for showing good speaking skills and homework tasks will be centred around children getting extra practice outside of school. Speaking does not come as easily to some children as it does to others but we want all of our children to feel confident enough to use their voice and to know the best way to communicate what they want to say.   

Careers afternoon

In July, we are hosting a Careers afternoon for children across the whole school. We would like to hear from parents who would like to come in and do some sessions to talk all about their job and how they got the job and what skills they use in their job. This is linked to our Skills Builder work and will be a great opportunity for children to learn about all the different jobs they could have when they’re older. We want a wide variety of jobs so it doesn’t matter what you do, we want to hear about it!

Thank you to those of you who have been in touch already. If you want to volunteer, please get in touch with Mrs Watkiss to find out more. 

TikTok

This week, we have had an increasing number of children talking about TikTok and having TikTok accounts. The minimum age for this app is 13 years. Here is a parent guide, to support you in monitoring your child’s activity and making sure they are safe. 

Tyersal Crossing Update

We have received a reply from Simon Seary, Local Councillor, about our request to install a crossing outside Tyersal shops. 

Mr Seary explained that a request had previously been made to the council to install an island to cross but this had been rejected as the road is not wide enough. After this, there had been a request to install a crossing further up the road, at the top of Tyersal Walk. This had not been accepted either. Mr Seary is going to take our new proposal to the council and let us know what we need to do to make progress with this. 

We’ll keep you updated. 

Arts Week

We have had a wonderful time taking part in Arts week this week. Thank you to Miss Robinson for organising everything and thank you to all the children for working so well and being such a creative and talented bunch! 

Take a look at what we have been up to…

New procedures for the start and end of the school day

Our new procedures will come into effect on Monday 13th June. If you haven’t seen the letter we sent out about this, you can find it here. 

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…Zakariya Fateh

Zak is always such a pleasure to be around. He makes any room feel positive and every time I see him, he is polite and always wanting to help with something. He is a wonderful example of a Beckfield Learner. Well done and thank you, Zak!

Attendance winners

Our target for attendance is 96%. Every week, this is calculated for each class, based on the number of children who arrive on time each day to school. 

This week Year 6 achieved our attendance goal!

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. 

June is Pride Month – show your support for the LGBTQ+ community

Thank you!

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Beckfield Team