Tai Chi in Year 1
Thank you to the amazing Mrs Johnson from Loatlands Primary School in Northamptonshire, for teaching our Year 1 pupils to become Tai Chi professionals today.
They are looking forward to sharing the moves with the whole school.
Year 6 visit to Holdenby House
Year 6 went on a fabulous trip to Holdenby House. They dressed up as Victorians and a big thank you goes to the parents as they looked amazing.
The children learned about life as Victorian servants and, as you can see from the photos, did a range of hard jobs. The pupils engaged exceptionally well in this role play day and were a credit to their parents and the school!
100 Books to read
We have added some links to the English at Badgerbrook page with suggestions for books for your child to read at home based on their year group in school. The lists give 100 suggestions for Years 5 & 6, 100 ideas for Years 3 & 4 and 100 suggestions for Key Stage 1. We hope you will find the lists useful when you are in a library, browsing in a book shop/charity shop or looking on ebay!
In case you missed them the links are here as well:
Children in Need
Staff and pupils wore PJs, Onsies or anything with spots on to support Children in Need on Friday 16th November. Between us (even though Year 6 were out on an educational visit) we raised £419. Well done everyone!
BBC Children in Need is currently supporting over 2,700 projects in communities across the UK that are helping children and young people facing a range of disadvantages such as living in poverty, being disabled or ill, or experiencing distress, neglect or trauma.
Further information on BBC Children in Need can be found at bbc.co.uk/Pudsey
Children and their families have been filling and decorating shoeboxes to send to children who are less fortunate than themselves.
The Rotary Club of Blaby Meridian have organised the appeal locally and this year the filled shoeboxes will be distributed to Croatia, Moldova and Romania. For many of the recipients, this will be the only Christmas present they receive. It will let them know that somebody, somewhere, cares.
We have filled our boxes with toys, non-perishable food and household goods and the photo shows members of the School Council helping to stack the boxes ready for collection.
Odd Socks Day
On Monday 12th November staff and pupils wore odd socks to celebrate difference and the start of Anti-Bullying Week 2018. Mrs Button launched the week with a special assembly.
Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity for us all to celebrate our individuality and what makes us all unique. All we had to do to take part was wear odd socks to school! Odd Socks day took place on the first day of Anti Bullying Week, Monday 12th November 2018 to help raise awareness around anti-bullying.
On Friday 9th November we held a special assembly to remember all those who have lost their lives fighting for our country. We learnt about the significance of this year and the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I. All the pupils made their own individual poppy to join together to make our whole school tribute. From 5DN pupils we learnt about heroes from Whetstone who gave their lives in World War I.
#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organizations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approx. every 6 weeks. See below for the October edition
This month it takes a look at:
- Banning adult material.
- Talking to a trusted adult – is this a useful message?
- Fostering an ethos of online safety
- Beware the online safety expert
- A request from Cath Knibbs regarding her work in the impact of violent and graphic media
Jelly in Year 1
Year 1 have completed our DT/ Science unit for designing, making and evaluating a jelly. We decided what fruits to put in the jelly, what flavour jelly and then we made the jelly. We evaluated the smell, taste and talked about what we would change next time. We also wrote instructions for how to make a jelly.
A Roman visitor
Year 4 had a fantastic day when they were visited by a Roman centurion. They learned lots about the life of a Roman soldier and had the opportunity to try on some real Roman armour. In addition to this, the children enhanced their battle skills and practiced some marching formations. They ended their day learning about Roman entertainment in the fighting arena!
Spelling in 4AS
4AS have been working hard to practice their spellings and are working on adding the prefix im, ir and il to root words. We have been thinking of some creative ways to practice our spellings which can all be done at home too! Have a look what we’ve been up to!
Number Bonds in Year 2
In Year 2 we have been making our own number bonds games for homework. The standard of work was fantastic! We have had a lot of fun playing our games with our friends in school.
Homework at Badgerbrook
Staff have been working hard over the last few weeks updating our school homework policy. It is important for us as a school that homework is purposeful and that it builds on your child’s learning. As a parent we know, from feedback, that homework is important to you and that communication needs to be clear to ensure it is positive and has impact.
Homework can have many different forms and will vary throughout school years and key stages. There is a link below to a guide to the general expectations for each year group.
As a school, we are having a strong focus this year on reading, spelling and arithmetic. Reading is such an important part of your child’s learning, whether they are in Foundation Stage or Year 6. We will continue to hold special reading events throughout the year.
We have introduced a new spelling scheme across school from Year 1. This will involve many different activities both in school and at home.
With an increasing emphasis on arithmetic skills you will see this being a big homework focus. Arithmetic homework will be marked in class for instant feedback. Please ensure your child hands it in on time to benefit from this. Look out for the launch of Times Table Rock stars before the end of this term!
If you have any questions regarding homework please feel free to come and speak to your child’s class teacher or myself.
#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) magazine for schools, organizations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approx. every 6 weeks. See below for the September edition
We have been working on our Lunchtime Charter which explains our code of conduct for lunchtimes. It has been shared with all pupils and staff.
No Outsiders at Badgerbrook
Since the Spring term of 2018 we have been promoting a whole school ethos at Badgerbrook to which everyone signs up. The ethos is that there are “NO OUTSIDERS” at Badgerbrook. A place where everyone is welcome and all difference is celebrated. Through a series of whole school assemblies and stories our children learn about the Equality Act 2010. Our aim is that our children leave primary school happy and excited about living in a world full of difference and diversity, whether that difference is through ethnicity, gender, ability, age, sexual orientation or religion.
We are continuing in the Autumn term of 2018 to develop our ethos across the whole school.
Come and look at our amazing display in the school foyer to see what we have done so far!
At the end of the Summer term we said goodbye and wished good luck in the future to: our Year 6 pupils and those from other year groups who are moving to a new school; to Mrs Payne who is going to live in New Zealand and to Mrs Jones, our Headteacher, who is leaving us to take up a post working for the Welsh Government.
On Thursday morning the whole school surprised Mrs Jones by performing a flash mob dance to “Simply the Best”. Former members of staff and ex-colleagues of Mrs Jones joined us for our Leavers Assembly, which included a New Zealand haka, messages from all the children, a special song from the choir, some survival tips for living in New Zealand and Wales and the presentation of gifts and cards.
We hope everyone has a happy and safe summer holiday. When we return at the end of August Mrs Price will be Acting Headteacher and Mrs Toon will be Acting Deputy Headteacher.
School Council Visit
On Wednesday 4th July School Council were invited to Blaby District Council offices, as part of Democracy Week. We looked at local issues and budgets, read out the manifesto for our party and then voted. Parties from other schools voted and Badgerbrook’s policies got the most votes! We learnt a lot about how a real council runs.
Year 2 have been studying Castles as part of their history topic. We had a very busy and exciting day at Tamworth Castle. We helped the Lady set the table and some of us dressed up in clothes people wore in castle times. We also put armour on a knight and had a go at jousting. It was very interesting learning about the castle on our tour around.
We had a creative castle task to complete for our homework. We had to draw, paint, make a model or write some facts about castles. We had a look at all of the wonderful work. What a fantastic job we all did!
Pirates in School!
Foundation had a fabulous pirate day. We made maps, walked the plank to fire cannon balls, climbed the rigging to collect treasure and followed a hunt to find some real treasure. Arrrrrr!
Gardening club have been busy at work this term. They have been looking after the raised beds and have planted and grown sunflowers, tomatoes, pumpkins, potatoes, peas and herbs. We are very fortunate to have had two grandparent volunteers to help bring the garden to life and share their expertise.
Beyond Bullying Award
Three year six children represented Badgerbrook at the Beyond Bullying award ceremony which took place on Friday 29th June at the Warning Zone in Leicester. The children were presented with a framed certificate showing that the school had achieved the highest standard – The Gold Award. The pupils had an opportunity to visit sections of the Warning Zone and had a specific talk on how bullying behaviour could occur in future life and what they could do if they saw this. The children were also interviewed about the impact of their anti-bullying work this year. The pupils were a credit to themselves and were perfect representatives of our school.
Mrs Button AHT
Year 1 Visit to Beaumanor
We went to Beaumanor Hall on a nature day. The children got to build shelters in the woods and also went pond dipping. We caught lots of tadpoles and froglets! We were very lucky with the weather and had a great day.
Class 4AS have had a fantastic term learning about some really exciting topics. We really enjoyed our visit to the think Tank museum in Birmingham which helped us learn more about states of matter! We also held a very creative French day where we developed our art and language skills. As well as this, the children have enjoyed many opportunities for drama, role play and performance poetry.
A huge thank you to all School Council members for their hard work this year. Here they are in our newly opened quiet area. They came up with lots of ideas for this area and we successfully won our Tesco ‘bags of help’ grant. Thanks to parents and friends voting for us we secured the top amount of funding for this project. We also received £1000 from JCB and Palmers Garden Centre are kindly filling and planting 4 new planters for us.
Just a reminder that parents are asked to use ParentPay to pay for school dinners from Monday 18th May. You should have received 1 activation letter per child from the school office. If you did not receive your letter please let us know and we will send a duplicate. If you have not already done so please activate your account so that you can make payment for dinners taken from 18th June onwards. Any queries please ring the school office 0116 2752353.
Year 6 PGL Residential
Year 6 pupils had an amazing time on their PGL Residential. Photos from the week can now be found on the Events page of this website.
We are delighted to announce that Badgerbrook school has been awarded the top standard for Anti- bullying by the local authority, the Gold Award. This is due to a year of work by pupils, teachers and all the other staff towards this amazing award. The whole school has contributed to this but special thanks are due to the Badger Buddies in Year Six, who wrote and produced a play for the whole school, organized pupil surveys to support our playground development and who provided support for pupils across the school. I am delighted that their efforts have been rewarded and we will continue with our aim to make the school a place where we have ‘ No Outsiders’
Anti-bullying Lead Teacher
Here is the latest edition of DITTO (Internet Safety Magazine). This month’s magazine is a YouTube special edition – there is much more to YouTube than many people think. A more in-depth knowledge can help parents at home to understand some of the functionality and restrictions that are available.
School Food Showdown
KS2 pupils enjoyed an exciting morning as the School Food Showdown came to visit. Head Chef Ian led the assembly and taught the children the importance of eating a healthy, balanced diet. Some pupils from Year 5 then joined forces with teaching staff and went head to head in a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style cook-off in which they only had 15 minutes to prepare and cook a healthy meal from scratch! The audience then voted for their winners, the Green Peas!’
Modern Foreign Languages
Some pupils from Thomas Estley Community College came to Badgerbrook to share their knowledge. The TECC students are trained ‘Language Leaders’ and taught exciting lessons on different topics including, hobbies, snacks, school and body parts. The Badgerbrook pupils really gained a lot from the experience and are already excited to welcome our visitors back later on in the year.
Think Tank Museum
Year 4 visited the Think Tank Museum in Birmingham:
‘We all had a wonderful day exploring the science garden and took part in a science workshop where we made slime! We got to experience how real scientists work in a laboratory, handling lots of different equipment and looking the part in white lab coats and protective goggles!’
Drop Everything and Read!
‘DEAR’ Day was on Friday 4th May. We were all encouraged to bring our favourite or current book to school. We had to be prepared to ‘Drop Everything and Read’! At different times throughout the day a whistle would be blown and we stopped what we were doing to read our books or have someone read to us. We were also able to dress in PJs, onsies or as a book character for the day.
Out of lots of high quality entries for the poster competition for ‘Drop Everything and Read’ Day the winner was Indy Garratt of 5KW.
Badgerbrook Musical Evening
The music evening was a great success. It demonstrated how many talented musicians and vocalists we have in our school. Performances included the keyboard and recorder groups, and solos on piano, violin, snare drum and electric guitar. The choir sang 4 musical numbers including a powerful version of “Skyfall”.
Mrs White and Miss Wolloff were really proud of all the performers.
These children in Year 6 got together to write this play about anti-bullying. They worked as a team to create and adapt the story during their own play and lunchtimes. They rehearsed the play and then performed it to the whole school during an assembly on Friday 20th April 2018. The audience enjoyed the experience and our Anti-bullying governor, Mrs Lyne commented that the play had developed amazingly from an initial idea given in one of our anti-bullying working party meetings. She was most impressed by the way the play made the audience both laugh at parts and empathise with the target of the unpleasant behaviour.
The children who act as Badger Buddies in our school, helping children across the school with friendship issues should be very proud of their wonderful commitment to making this school a happy place to be for all pupils.
Anti-bullying Lead Teacher.
DITTO Internet Safety Resources & magazine
Please visit the Internet Advice page of this website to download April’s DITTO Online safety magazine.
This edition looks at:-
- Privacy vs Free
- Skin Gambling (gambling gaming)
- Risky Behaviour (taking risks online)
- Gaming – have the talk
Easter Bonnet Competition
Just before Easter, FOBS held their Easter bonnet/hat competition. There were some brilliant designs and inventions. Everyone paraded their hats to each other during the afternoon and FOBS had the difficult job of judging the winner
Wrapper Free Snack and Lunch
Thank you to all children and staff who took on the challenge of our ‘Wrapper Free Snack and Lunch’. We were very impressed with the efforts you made to reduce packaging and food waste. Some parents even went as far as emptying the contents of a Frube yoghurt into a reusable tub! We hope to run this campaign again in the summer term with the hopes of many more children getting involved. For now, have a look at some of our waste friendly lunches…
In Foundation we have been learning all about internet safety and the rules that keep us safe. We have enjoyed watching Dooby Wop Robot and singing along as he gives us good advice. In our classroom we have been using picture cues to help us remember how to stay safe.
Thank you to all our wonderful families who donated all these supplies during Creative Curriculum Week. Staff at our local food bank in Wigston are looking forward to receiving them.
Food, Glorious Food
Our whole school Creative Curriculum Week took place in the week beginning Monday 26th February and was based around the theme of food. The children learned about food in a science-related way and worked creatively and artistically on food topics. More details and lots of photos can be seen on the Creative Curriculum page of this website but here is a snapshot of the activities that took place.
Waste Week 2018
This year the main focus of the Badgerbrook Eco-club is reducing waste to help the environment. As Eco-club members we are very passionate about looking after our beautiful planet. On Tuesday 6th March we are encouraging all children to take part in a ‘wrapper free lunch’ – all food items are brought into school in reusable containers rather than food wrappers, plastic bags, cling film or foil. Details have been sent out to all families.
Food, Glorious Food
Our whole school Creative Week (Monday 26th February to Friday 2nd March) is based around the theme of food. The children will be learning about food in a science-related way and also working creatively and artistically on food topics. Each year group will take part in a wide variety of enrichment activities linked to their year group theme:
Foundation Stage – The Gingerbread Man
Year 1 – The Wonder of Chocolate
Year 2 – Dairy Detectives
Year 3 – A Rainbow of Food
Year 4 – The Wacky World of Food
Year 5 – Wonderful Willy Wonka
Year 6 – Back in Time for Tea
We are having a whole school ‘Rainbow of Snacks’ time on Friday 2nd March, we will be collecting donations of food products for our local foodbank throughout the week and talking to the children about how we can help others in our local community.
Safer Internet Day
Pupils and staff at Badgerbrook participated in Safer Internet Day 2018 which took place on Tuesday 6th February with the theme ‘Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you’. Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration saw hundreds of schools and organisations join together to raise awareness of online safety issues and run events and activities right across the UK.
No Outsiders in our School
Our new “No Outsiders” project was launched in a recent whole school assembly. The project teaches pupils all about the Equality Act 2010 which promotes equality and celebrates diversity. All staff and pupils at Badgerbrook are now working together to create a NO OUTSIDERS ethos that is part of our school. This term sees the star of class lessons and assemblies across the school using some wonderful story books and pictures to raise awareness of difference and diversity.
Christmas at Badgerbrook
It has become a Badgerbrook Tradition that pupils from Year 3 and Year 5 put together a Christmas Play for the rest of the school to see.
On the last day of term some Year 3 and Year 5 pupils performed Jesus’ Christmas Party to the whole school – a favourite Christmas story written by Nicholas Allan.
“There was nothing the innkeeper liked more than a good nights sleep. But that was the last thing he was getting on a busy night being visited by angels, shepherds, Kings and of course a very special baby!”
Monday 18th December
Foundation had a very busy afternoon today making many crafts. We had fun cutting, sticking, painting, cooking and of course getting all glittery, we had lots of extra help from our parents and grandparents who also seemed to have fun too.
A big thank you for the help and a Happy Christmas to you all from the Foundation Staff.
Foundation Stage’s nativity was called Whoops a Daisy Angel. We performed it to the school and parents. The children all had lots of fun singing, dancing, acting and speaking throughout the show.
Parents and teachers were all very proud of the children. They did a great job.
We have a new website! The new version went live on Monday December 4th Please have a look. If you have any comments or feedback on the new design please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 2 RE Topic
In Year 2 our RE topic was Judaism. We had a visitor from the Jewish Progressive Congregation come in to talk to us. We tried on special clothes, looked at a Torah and other Jewish artefacts and tasted some Matzah and Challah bread. It was lots of fun.
Year 5 Class Assembly – The Ancient Greeks
In front of a packed hall of parents, the Year 5 pupils informed and entertained in a fascinating, fact-packed assembly.
The assembly included a lively song called ‘Living It Up In Greece’, pupils reading their own Greek myth story excerpts, an exhibition of pupils’ Greek themed homework and group dancing to Zorba The Greek. The audience were also kept amused with information about Greek architecture, the Olympics and the competitors’ lack of clothing, the on going battles between Greece and Persia – including the unlucky runner Pheidippides at the Battle of Marathon. The assembly ended with a retelling of the story of The Trojan Horse.
On Monday 4th December Years 3, 4 and 5 attended a Christmas Carol Service at the United Reform Church in Whetstone. The event was organised by the combined churches of Whetstone – bringing together more than 300 children from Badgerbrook and St.Peter’s Primary School.
After a refreshing walk to the church, we all enjoyed joining in with several Carols and Christmas songs, played a nativity-themed game of pass the parcel and shared in prayers and blessings to celebrate Christmas and remember the nativity story.
Life as a Hindu in Britain
As part of our R.E. topic “Life as a Hindu in Britain” Year 4 spent a morning at Shree Hindu Temple in Leicester, the first of its kind in the UK! We learnt about the importance of worship and were shown around the temple by the priest who told us all about the different gods and goddesses.
Pupils and staff held a non-uniform day for Children In Need day on Friday 17th November. This was organised by the School Council. Through donations and by collecting old £1 coins the School Council raised well over £600.
Whetstone Baptist Church
Year 3 visited Whetstone Baptist Church Monday 6th November as part of our R.E. topic “What is it like to be a Christian in Britain today?” Children’s pastor Nicola explained to us lots of the ways that Christians worship and we joined in with prayers and songs, as well as looking at the plans of the new Baptist Church which is currently being built quite near to our school.
A Roman soldier came in to school to tell Year 4 all about life in Roman times. It was a very exciting day! We learnt about life in the Roman army, looked at weaponary and armour, and even did some role play re-enacting the famous ‘tortuda’ army formation! We were also told about gladiator fights inside the Colosseum.
On 1st November Year 6 visited the Warning Zone in Leicester. Warning Zone is a Life-Skills Centre and children safeguarding charity. We really enjoyed learning about all aspects of keeping safe both in the real and online world.
Learning about Harvest Time
Year 1 had fun learning about Harvest time and enjoyed sharing what they had learnt with their parents at the Harvest Assembly on 12th October. 1PS made lovely hedgehog pictures and 1EE/CW had created beautiful paintings of vegetables. The Assembly also included some lovely singing.
On 11th October Foundation Stage had visitors from Leicester Belgrave MELA. They showed us how to make our own rangoli patterns using coloured salt. It was very tricky but lots of fun.
Pet Service at St Andrew’s Church
On Sunday 8th October members of the choir sang at the annual Pet Service at St Andrew’s Church, Leicester. Many thanks to all those who attended. The choir sang beautifully to the congregation and to a wide variety of pets!!