Goodbye and Hello
As the Summer Term draws to a close we say goodbye and good luck in the future to our Year 6 pupils and those from other year groups who are moving to new schools
Sadly, we will also be saying goodbye to some members of staff who are leaving us at the end of this term. Mrs Button and Mrs Ward, who have been dedicated members of staff at Badgerbrook for many years, will be retiring. We wish them both many happy adventures and thank them for all they have done. Mrs Morrin will be leaving us to work for her husband’s business and focus on her young family. We will miss her smiles and bubbly personality. Mr Megginson, our technical support, is leaving to work less hours. He has supported Badgerbrook for many years and we appreciate all that he does. Mrs Jarvis, who joined us at Christmas, will be pursuing an exciting new venture. She has worked tirelessly since she arrived and it feels like she has been with us for much longer. Mr Elliott, who joined us as a LSA in October, is leaving to begin his teacher training journey. Mrs Croughwell, one of our lunchtime team is also leaving and Mrs Cunnington, one of our cleaners left a little earlier in the term
Thank you all for your commitment to our children.
We hope everyone has a happy and safe summer holiday.
When we return at the end of August Ms Meyrick will be our Headteacher, Mrs Price will be Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Toon will be Assistant Headteacher. We are looking forward to welcoming two new members of staff. Mr Cooper and Mrs Styles will both be teaching in Key Stage 2.
We had lots of fun on our Foundation Stage Pirate Day. We hunted for treasure and went on a treasure hunt outside and found the treasure in the classroom. We also had a pirate party in the afternoon and played lots of pirate games.
Cooking in Year 4
Here are a few photos from Year 4’s cooking workshop with KWoklyn Wan. The children collected and organised their ingresdients and learnt how to make ‘wok you like’ fried rice. It was a brilliant morning!
Year 2 visit to Tamworth Castle
We had a fantastic day at Tamworth Castle. We did two workshops and had a tour of the castle. It was fun dressing the knight and doing the jousting. We set the table for the lady of the castle and had to bow and curtsy when she entered the room. Some children dressed up in medieval clothes too.
Design & Technology Challenge
On Monday 24th June Year 6 had a wonderful time working on a Design and Technology Challenge. Some members of the Fanuc UK Engineering team set us a challenge to build a tower. We had a design brief to stick to in making our creations. After we had designed and built our towers they were tested to see which were the strongest and most stable. Our very generous visitors gave out prizes to the top 3 teams and goodie bags to everyone for their hard work.
Route to Resilience – Fun and Families event
It was great to see so many parents and carers on Thursday 20th June challenging their character muscles! There were many chances to use courage, creativity, perseverance, teamwork and many more muscles.
Which was your favourite room?
Year 6 PGL Residential
Our last full day at Caythorpe Court is coming to an end. We have been busy with lots of different activities again today- they included the giant swing, archery and the high ropes course. We have celebrated the end of our trip with a disco this evening. It just dried up in time for us to get dressed up in our special outfits!
We are looking forward to enjoying our final activities in the morning before heading home. See you all tomorrow afternoon.
We have finally had some dry weather today! The children are very much enjoying the different activities. Today we have tackled orienteering, zip wire, climbing and raft building. We thought we would share some meal time pictures with you – we are loving the delicious food.
Hello again- greetings from an incredibly soggy Caythorpe Court!
The weather has made today a real challenge but we have ploughed on with activities regardless. We have tackled sensory trail, trapeze, Jacob’s ladder and even a bit of aeroball. We were so wet and chilly by the end of activities that we all had a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate to warm us up.
Here is a group picture from Twin Lakes. We managed to have a lovely time, even though it rained pretty much constantly. We are safely at PGL now, getting used to our “new home” for the next few days.
A big thank you to FOBS and all the parents and staff who suppported the Spring Fayre on Saturday 18th May 2019. A total of £1,190 was raised.
The recent Zumbathon was supported with great enthusiasm by Year 2 pupils and staff and raised £900 for the Helen & Douglas House Hospice Care for Children and Young Adults.
Healthy School status
Badgerbrook has been successful in achieving Enhanced Healthy Schools Status within the Public Healthy Priority of Emotional Health & Wellbeing. This is mainly due to the school achieving Gold for the Beyond Bullying Award. Thanks to Mrs Wright and Mrs Button for all the work they have done to help us achieve this award.
Hello & Goodbye
Sadly we have said goodbye to Miss Wakeling, who has been working as a Learning Support Assistant in Year 3 since October, Mr Butterworth, our Sports Coach and Mrs Bromwich one of our cleaning team. We thank them for all they have done at Badgerbrook and wish them well in their future careers.
We have five new members of staff in our team. Miss Scott-Wylie, Learning Support Assistant in Year 2, Mrs Bardill, Learning Support Assistant in Year 6, Miss Coughlin, Learning Support Assistant in Year 3, Mrs Croughwell, Midday Supervisor and Miss Neilson, Cleaner. Welcome to the team.
Local Offer SEND Newsletter
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Year Six had a wonderful day on Friday 22nd March at Warning Zone.
We learned all about how to keep safe in real life and on the internet.
Warning Zone is an amazing place and the volunteers who run the sessions made it a superb learning experience.
The children were praised by the staff for their exemplary behaviour and thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
QR codes in Year 4
Year 4 have been learning all about QR codes. We linked our ICT project to our Geography topic about the U.K. We researched different cities within the U.K and encrypted a QR code with the information we had found. We then used smart technology to scan the codes, which were in different locations throughout the school, to reveal which city each code represented.
Thank you to all families that donated phones and tablets which enabled this exciting learning opportunity to happen. We can’t wait to see what else the children can do!
Class 4AS have been out on a walk to ‘Beat the Street’. Whilst out on their walk, they practised their map reading skills and identified human and physical features within the local area.
Please see the latest edition of DITTO, your free online safety magazine. This month covers quite a diverse range of topics including:
Parental advice – from children.
YouTube repulsive comments.
If you have any concerns regarding online safety. Please come and speak to Mrs Toon.
World Book Day 2019
We really appreciated all those parents, carers and grandparents who were able to come into school on Thursday morning. We had a great time sharing books with them. Our class swap was also a great success and we enjoyed sharing our favourite books with children in other year groups.
It was very difficult for our judges to choose winners for our ‘book in a jar’ competition. There were some great entries! # creativity # teamwork
Well done to James (FDL), Lara (2SW/VB), Melissa (4AS), Olivia (3HK), Matthew (5DN), Evie (6LC) and Bethany (5KW).
I want to sing in a band
In Music, Year 2 have been learning to sing a song from Charanga called ‘I want to sing in a band.’ We had lots of fun playing a game to keep the pulse. This week we have rehearsed and performed the song using tuned and untuned musical instruments including chime bars, bells and boom whackers! We hope to include recorders next week.
Emilie in Year 3 has produced a fantastic character muscle poster.
Science in 5KW
Back in the Autumn Term, we were learning about the different types of reproduction in plants and animals. We learnt that certain plants reproduce a-sexually, this means they only require one parent plant to reproduce!
In order to explore this further, we devised a Vegetative Propagation Investigation. The enquiry question that we wanted to explore was- What is the average number offspring produced by a tuber in 2 months?
We got into groups and each of us planted a tuber (potato). We had certain variables in our investigation that we had control over, including the size of the pot, how much compost we would use and how often the plant would be watered.
Results January 2019
Unfortunately, most of the group’s tubers failed to reproduce. However, one group were very successful, their tuber produced 4 offspring that were genetically identical to the parent plant.
Power Maths in 5KW
We have been enjoying using Power Maths this term – we have recently been studying the unit of division. To help us to understand this tricky concept we created our own pizza restaurant in class and we had 253 slices of pizza that we had to plate u, 6 slices to a plate. This led us to realise that 253 slices of pizza made 42 whole pizzas with 1 slice remaining and the number sentence that this created was 253÷ 6 = 42 r1.
The displays around school remind us and visitors to our school about our Route to Resilience project in school. We are developing our character muscles.
Penpals, Mummys and 5000 words
Children in Year 4 have started a pen pals project with a primary school in France. We have been busy preparing our first letters to send to our friends in the town of Saint Jean de Monts in the Vendee, Western France.
We have had a lot of fun learning all about Ancient Egypt in our history lessons this half term. A particular highlight was learning about mummification and all the gruesome bits involved. We even used toilet roll to turn ourselves into mummies!
Here is a photo taken as 4HH took part in the BBC live lesson for Radio 2s 500 Words story competition! The children loved using their imagination to develop a story and listening to children’s authors sharing their top tips. David Walliams even appeared as a guest reader at the end of the show!
Year 5 have shown their developing perseverance skills in a number of ways…
– Shaking cream until it turns into butter… we think it took approximately 800 shakes to make butter
– Making pom poms into a character called Percy Verance!
– Make a hoop travel along a line of children without the children breaking the line and letting go of each other’s hands.
In 4AS, we have been learning about Egyptians and the afterlife. Before we wrote our mummification instructions, we held a mummy wrapping competition. The children were very skilled!
On Friday 11th January, we were excited to have a film crew in school. Badgerbrook has been chosen because of our ‘No Outsiders’ work to contribute to a short film that other schools will see to promote the project and the everyone is welcome ethos.
Our next step will be to hold workshops for parents.
Route to Resilience
Thank you to all the families who responded to our Route to Resilience survey. Five character muscles came out very strongly in your voting and we have added them to those already chosen in school. The full list can be seen below. Staff will be sharing these with children early in the term and we will be using, and building on, the vocabulary and importance of the character muscles from now on – in all aspects of school life.
Foundation Stage have been learning about all things in the air. We made our own kites then took them outside to fly in the wind.
Christmas in Foundation Stage
We had a Christmas Craft afternoon, lots of our parents and grandparents came to help us. We all had a lot of fun creating lots of Christmassy things. We also had a visit from Filbert Fox during our Christmas Party. He joined in with the games and was very good at dancing!!
Beauty and the Beast
Badgerbrook pupils were entertained by two performances of Beauty and the Beast (oh yes they were!) from West End in Schools – a school theatre company which offers pantomimes and workshops to primary school all over the UK.
“Beauty’s magical adventure, with her new friend the Beast, showed us all that kindness and beauty are much more than skin deep…”
Year 1 pupils were delighted that lots of parents were able to come in and help them with their Christmas Craft session. Everyone had a great time – thank you to everyone who came in to school to share the fun.
Goodbye and Hello
Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Powell and Mrs Wale at the end of this term. We also said farewell to Mrs Hyde at the end of October. Mrs Wale will be taking up a full time teaching post at another school and Mrs Powell and Mrs Hyde are looking forward to different and new adventures. We thank them all for their huge commitment to Badgerbrook and we will miss them greatly. Hopefully they will all be able to come back and visit us.
We have welcomed Mrs Patience, Miss Wakeling, Mr Elliott and Mrs Evans to the learning support team and look forward to Mrs Jarvis to joining the Year 1 teaching team in January.
We would like to say a very big ‘Thank You’ to all the parents, grandparents and other family members who supported our Foundation Stage and Year 2 pupils in their Christmas performances. Thanks to your generous donations we raised £345.
Many pupils and members of staff joined in with Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children. We raised over £200. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to this charity.
On Friday 7th December pupils from Key Stage 1 enjoyed their Christmas lunch. Some members of staff joined in the festivities too. Key Stage 2 pupils had their lunch on Friday 14th December which was also Christmas Jumper Day!
Thanks to the kitchen staff for all their hard work!
“Spreading the Word”
Here is the latest edition of the Leicestershire SEND Local Offers’ “Spreading the Word” newsletter. If you would like to receive a copy to your mail box please register your interest at Leicestershirelocaloffer@leics.gov.uk (putting Newsletter Sign Up in the heading)
Year 3’s Kindness Tree
In Year 3 we have a kindness tree. Anyone can nominate someone to be a recipient of a gift from the tree, all they need is to have shown or completed an act of kindness.
Nominees to date have helped each other with their work, assisted in the classroom going above and beyond to help, comforted friends who’ve been alone, encouraged new friendships or have been helping their parents with shopping, carrying the heavy baskets.
The children take a gift from the tree, which they keep so they may share and pass the kindness onto others.
Friends of Badgerbrook
Thank you to everyone who supported the Friends of Badgerbrook Christmas Fayre on Saturday 1st December. It was a very busy afternoon and you helped us raise just over £2,250 to be spent in supporting the school.
Sales of books also generated commission meaning we now have an extra £575 to spend on books for the school. Raffle winners have been notified so if you have not heard from us – Sorry – you were not lucky this time.
The school is very grateful to the Friends of Badgerbrook for all they do in raising funds for school and organising events for pupils and families.
We would also like to thank FOBS for funding and organising the Key Stage 1 and Foundation visit to see Santa in his Grotto.
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.
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!