Beckfield News – 17 June

Beckfield News – 17 June

A message from Team Beckfield

Thank you for taking the time to read our weekly news. I hope you’ve all had a lovely week. 

We are looking forward to a weekend of scorching temperatures! I hope everyone gets to enjoy it in one way or another, but make sure you’re using plenty of sunscreen as we don’t want any burnt skin when we see each other again on Monday!

If you’re like me, you’ll have mixed feelings about the weather because even though I love the sunshine, I don’t like all the sticky pollen that comes with it! If you see me out and around school, please forgive my croaky voice and watery eyes and nose. 

We’ve had another lovely week at school. There’s a really positive feeling in the air. The staff are busy laying lots of plans down for the coming weeks and we hope to see as many of you as possible coming to join in. 

See our website and Facebook page for details of upcoming events and we’ll see you there.

Find us on Facebook and Instagram – @coopbeckfield

Play Leaders

It is very exciting to share that we have now chosen our Play Leaders and these will be announced in our whole-school assembly on Monday afternoon. 

Miss Robinson is going to train them up next week and they are going to work on a rota basis, alongside our lunchtime staff to facilitate and referee games in the playground and on the field. This is a great opportunity for the children to develop their leadership skills in preparation for high school.

Skills Builder 

Our focus on Speaking continues for the next fortnight. 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

As you know, 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. 

Reception New Starter Meeting

On Wednesday, we hosted our open evening for our new starters in Reception class for next academic year. We had lots of information to share, including our new starter packs and Miss Brodigan gave a presentation all about what school will be like for our new intake. 

There was even some delicious food to try as a sample of what our school lunches are like. 

It was a real pleasure getting to meet some of our new families and greet some familiar faces too! Thank you to everybody who came to visit, and to Miss Brodigan and Mrs Nicholls for organising it.

Safe and happy children 

This week we bring you a guide to support children with using ‘Discord’. You will note that there are some significant problems with this app and we hope that this guide will help you to support your children to stay safe.

Tyersal Crossing Update

We have received another update from Simon Seary, Local Councillor, about our request to install a crossing outside Tyersal shops. Read his email:

Good afternoon,

Please find below an update from the council’s highways department, I will keep you updated.

Dear Councillor Seary

Thank you for your email regarding Tyersal Road, Pudsey.

Similarly to the query on Waterloo Road, the best initial course of action would be to have a pedestrian crossing count undertaken here that may provide the initial justification for a crossing facility. I will have the survey cover from Tyersal View through to the other side of the shops, as pedestrians are dictated where to cross by the fencing that’s in place.

Whilst there are solutions, the main issue with providing any kind of crossing here are the driveways/accesses on the southern side of the road that restrict where a crossing can be placed. From an initial site visit, I think it’s most feasible to provide one close to the existing bus stops to ensure our impact on the surrounding area is minimised.

When the above survey is returned to me I will ensure that a more detailed assessment is undertaken, and will write to you with the findings.

If you require anything in the interim period then please do not hesitate to ask.

Kinds regards 

Councillor Simon Seary

New procedures for the start and end of the school day

Our new procedures came into effect on Monday 13th June. If you haven’t seen the letter we sent out about this, you can find it here. Thank you for working with us to get your children here on time every day. We can see improvements with this already. 

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…Jack Jardine

I have spent some time in Y5 this week and couldn’t help but notice how hard Jack works. He was setting such a great example to the other children through his determination and resilience when given tricky tasks. It was a pleasure to work with him and see him succeed. Well done, Jack!

Attendance winners

This week our Year 5 class has the highest attendance. Well done to you all!

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. 

Dates for your diary

Week beginning Monday 20th June: Multiplication tables check for Year 4

Tuesday 21st June: Leeds Big Sing event @ Pudsey Civic Hall – Year 5 and 6

Tuesday 21st June: Year 5/6 Rounders Competition @ Pudsey Grammar

Week beginning 27th June: Assessment week for Y1, 3, 4 & 5

Wednesday 29th June: Sports Partnership Olympics

Thursday 30th June: Relationships and Sex Education Day

Thursday 30th June: Transition Day

Friday 1st July: Y5 Workshop with Priesthorpe

Tuesday 5th July: KS2 Results Day

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

Thursday 7th July: Careers Afternoon

Thursday 7th July: Y2 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

Thursday 21st July: Ice cream van

Friday 22nd July at 2 pm: Y6 Leavers’ Assembly

Friday 22nd July: End of Year events

Thank you!

Have a bright and sunny weekend!

The Beckfield Team

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