Yesterday’s News (2018-120)
Goodbye and Hello
We are really sorry to say goodbye to some members of staff at the end of this term. Miss Hutchings, Miss Lincoln, Mrs Grant, Mrs Styles and Mrs Jarvis are all moving on to new adventures and we will miss them all very much. We wish them all the best for the future. Miss Whitmore will be starting her maternity leave in September and we send our very best wishes to the whole family. Mr Human will be taking her class in Year 6 and Miss Stevens will also be joining the Key Stage 2 team.
We also say goodbye and good luck to all our Year 6 leavers and anyone else that will be going onto a new school in the Autumn term. Thank you for all of your hard work while you have been at Badgerbrook.
Here is an amazing poem for you as you prepare to go to your new schools in September:
Here are some pictures of pizzas we made in school today. The children at home have also been making pizzas and will be sending their creations to Seesaw.
Year 3 have been sharing photos with us using Seesaw:
During lockdown we took photographs of coloured objects during our daily exercise or around our homes. As part of our computing curriculum we uploaded the digital images and produced a colour collage.
We blew dandelion clocks and made a wish. We then wrote our own wish poems.
We have been learning about obtuse and acute angles. We used semaphore to practise making different angles and for spelling our name …
… and we made ‘Be Kind’ collages
A worm hunt
Bubble 5 have been exploring how worms help plants to grow. After their discussion, they went on a worm hunt in the pouring rain and made their own worm hotels. What great fun they had!
Badgerbrook Book News
Here is edition No 5 of the Badgerbrook Book News from Mrs Price
Hello everyone! We hope you are all well and keeping safe.
We know how busy you have been doing your learning at home. We have been so excited to see all the amazing work and activities you have been sharing with us.
Now that we have a few more children in school we want to let you know that the children who are in bubbles in school will be following the same daily learning activities that are being emailed out to those who are still at home. We are still using these resources (along with many others):
We hope you continue to find some of these resources helpful. Thank you for all you are already doing to support your children in these difficult times.
If you have any questions about how best to support your child with these resources, please contact your child’s class teacher (through the class email address). The class teacher knows your child as a learner and sets the daily learning, so they are the people to go to for advice. They will respond to you by email or phone call as soon as they have time out of their bubble.
We would like you to not put too much pressure on yourselves, or the children when it comes to the home schooling, as juggling that, along with working and managing a home is a lot of pressure for anyone. Lots of us here are working in school and then home schooling our own children, so we certainly understand the pressures – you are not alone.
You will receive a report on your child’s progress and attainment on July 3rd. This will not be the usual annual report format as the staff have not worked directly with most children for 3 months and have had no opportunities to assess, but we thought as parents you will appreciate some form of feedback.
Changes to school
We have been working hard to ensure the school is safe and ready to open for a larger group of children of key workers. We have measured and set out the classrooms so that we can ensure social distancing and worked out how many pupils we can safely accommodate within the guidelines. The number of pupils we can welcome back in to school is dependent on our risk assessment of the school building, the protective measures we can put in place and the number of staff who are able to work in school. Our classrooms can accommodate between 8 and 12 pupils safely and so we have capacity for 12 bubbles.
As you can see from the photos – classrooms and the school environment are looking quite different now.
Thank you to everyone for your continued understanding and support – the safety of pupils and staff is our main priority.
Foundation have been building a minibeast hotel to welcome more minibeasts into our garden. We worked together to help create the hotel.
Supertato in Foundation Stage
While we have been at home we listened to a story read by Mrs Little called Supertato by Sue Hendra.
Mrs Little also had a Super carrot at home checking for the evil pea and helping out with jobs around the house.
We then created our own vegetable superheroes at home. The new Super Veggies even helped some of us do jobs too. Miss Bass had a Supertato to help her at home as well.
Letter from Ms Meyrick 7th May 2020
Please click here for the letter sent to parents today.
Tomorrow – Friday 8th May – is a bank holiday. We hope you can enjoy your stay at home VE Day celebrations.
In these difficult times children are spending more time on the internet than usual so online safety is very important.
The ThinkUKnow team at CEOP have released their 4th activity packs for children and young people.
Daily Learning Activities
Class teachers are continuing to email out daily learning activities for you using many of the resources we have mentioned before. We have also put each year groups Big Picture for this half term on the website. You can follow the links below:
Mrs Price has found some free spelling lessons for everyone to watch – a brilliant way to learn the spelling of tricky words from ‘they’ to ‘onomatopoeia’! Tune in at 2 for Sir Linkalot Time by clicking here.
We are discovering new resources all the time and Year 5 teachers have been sharing a Bletchley Park VE Day activity pack with their classes. You might find something in here to help celebrate VE Day on the Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May.
The Department for Education still have a list of online resources which you can fine here
Scroll down to our post at the start of term for links to other resources to help with learning , health and mental wellbeing.
Badgerbrook Book News
Please have a look at the Book News sent out by Mrs Price.
Scholastic have updated their ‘Top 100 books, chosen by teachers’
You might like to take a look for inspiration!
The April Newsletter has been emailed to parents but a copy is available here:
Theses attachments were also sent out with the Newsletter
Free School Meals
For those of you who have children who are eligible for free school meals (not the Universal Infant Free School Meals) we are moving to providing eCode vouchers. We are in the process of setting up the details with the Department for Education’s supplier – Edenred, although it is currently taking quite a while! If this applies to you please look out for a voucher, which will be emailed too you. The eCodes will be for £15 per eligible child per week.
If your child is not currently registered as being eligible for free school meals and you think you might be eligible for a voucher please register with Leicestershire County Council as soon as possible:
When your application has been approved by the Council we will be able too apply for a £15 per week eCode for you.
Oak National Academy
Here is the link to the Oak National Academy www.thenational.academy
You will have seen in the news that this a new collection of lessons and online resources to support teachers, parents and children. It has been created by the government in response to the coronavirus lockdown. “Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize to offer a structure for the day for children until schools fully re-open.”
The staff at Badgerbrook already have much in place to support learning at home and they will continue to send out daily learning activities. From next week they may use some of the Oak National Academy materials. If they do, they will include links – either to whole lessons or to parts of lessons that fit best with what they have already planned.
However, as parents you can access it at any time to see what resources are available and to become familiar with the way the website works.
If you have any questions about how best to support your child with these resources, please contact the class teacher (through the class email address) in the first instance. They may not have all the answers yet – it is a new resource for us too.
Message from #teambadgerbrook
Here is a message to all our pupils and families from all the Badgerbrook Team
Thank you posters
Here are some thank you posters for you to colour in and display to show your appreciation to some of the people who are helping us out right now.
Print out the posters and use your best and brightest paints or pens to colour them in.
With thanks to Sophie Holt for the designs.
The new term!
At this time, the overriding factor is the wellbeing of all in our families and in our community. We want to say a huge thank you, for working together with us to continue to support our children during this difficult time.
We are very proud of Badgerbrook pupils, who we know have been working hard on the activities staff have set, which have been devised to help them keep some structure to their days, continue good habits for learning and let them know that their teachers are thinking of them.
Now we are thinking about what would have been the start of the Summer Term – so here are some reminders about resources available to use while most pupils are based at home. As a school we are already using:
Times Tables RockStars
If you need any help with logins etc for any of these please contact your child’s class teacher using the class email address. We will continue to email learning activities after the Easter break.
The government have published a list of online educational resources which may be useful in supplementing what your child’s class teacher is already providing. Follow the link to see details of lots of free resources:
It is important to maintain physical and mental wellbeing.
Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel more energised, and more optimistic. Please encourage your children to take care of their physical health and wellbeing. Plan time outside to exercise if you can safely do so – such as a walk, run, cycle ride – provided they are doing so in a way that meets the latest social distancing guidelines.
We know that lots of pupils are already taking part in the Joe Wicks daily workout, in order to keep moving and stay healthy and positive. You do not need any equipment, just tune in to the Body Coach YouTube channel at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout.
Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport have devised a new website to help you stay #HealthyAtHome which has many useful suggestions.
The government has also issued some guidance for parents and carers on supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak:
YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health, has some helpful suggestions. The website provides resources and information.
We hope you find some of these resources helpful. Thank you for all you are already doing to support your children in these unprecedented times.
Response to Covid19 (updated 22 March 2020)
For those parents whose children are attending Badgerbrook tomorrow (you already know if this applies to you);
- Arrive by the hall and wait outside a safe distance apart until you are called inside
- There will be three tables: Foundation Stage/Year 1/Year 2, Year 3/Year4, Year 5/Year 6 – go to the correct table to register your child, when called
- Following government guidelines it’s important that you stay at home unless absolutely necessary, in order to limit the spread of infection. So therefore we will ensure the number of children in school is kept to a minimum with only those with 2 key workers being able to attend, or our numbers would be too high to remain safe to open
- Children are NOT to wear school uniform as clothes need to be washed daily, to kill the Covid19 virus. This is following government guidance because it lives on clothing.
- We will be posting updates and information on our website and Facebook page
- Please look at this presentation about staying safe in school : stay safe
Please see the letter sent out to parents on 20th March with the latest information.
We have put some parental advice from National Online Safety about keeping your child safe online on our Internet Advice page.
You can also find a link to DITTO on this page. This is a free e-safety magazine for schools and parents. This month the magazine is looking at:
- Socialisation or Social Isolation?
- IWF Update – Live streaming
- Social Media Pressures
- Monkey App
The Art club have been really busy over the last 6 weeks producing some amazing art work. They are very talented and have been a pleasure to work with! Have a look at some of the examples of work they have created. Look out for another 6 week block during the Summer term if you are feeling creative. #creativity
“Where does chocolate come from?”
To help us answer our Big Question Year 5 visited Cadbury World to learn more about the Ancient Maya civilisation and their involvement in the early history of cocoa. We also enjoyed learning how chocolate is made.
World Book Day
We had a fantastic day on World Book Day last week! We had lots of parents and grandparents coming to join us at our reading café first thing. Parents and carers then joined us to learn about reading at Badgerbrook. The kitchen team provided some delicious cakes and biscuits – thank you! Children and staff came in the pyjamas or dressed as a book character. Children entered our book in a jar competition and all enjoyed looking at the fabulous entries – parents came to look too! It was great to spend so much time reading. Thanks to all parents who came or supported their child to make the day such a success
4HH enjoying the Reading Cafe:
Toys from the past
Year One had an exciting day when Tommy Tophat visited to talk to us about toys from the past. The children had lots of fun exploring old toys and finding out what toys were like before batteries. In the afternoon we even had a go at making our own toys!
Year 4 Visit to London
Our Year 4 Big Question last term was, ‘Is London a cool place to live?’ After working hard in the classroom, studying the famous landmarks, discussing pollution and the importance of the River Thames, we visited the capital city during the last week of term. We were extremely lucky – the weather was fantastic and we were able to see all the important buildings from the top of the London Eye and along the Thames on our cruise.
It was an amazing, unforgettable day!
The Big Picture
We base our curriculum on a ‘Challenge’ curriculum where each topic begins with a ‘Big Question’. Our teachers bring the National Curriculum alive by making links between the individual subjects and applying them to topics. Each half term teachers produce a curriculum plan that shows the links between different curriculum subjects and how they can be linked by overarching topics- we call this the ‘Big Picture’.
Here is the working wall for the Year 6 Big Question – “Why is Africa Amazing?”
Year 3 asked “What makes the Earth Angry?”
In Year 2 they wanted to know “Would a Minion like to live in Whetstone?”
Pupils in Year 1 were asked “Would you rather be a meerkat or a penguin?”
New Toys and Resources
Foundation Stage have had a delivery of new toys which were bought using the money raised at the Christmas Fayre and Year 1 bought some pens.
Parent Information page
There is a page on the website for Parent Information. We have just put a copy of the Year 2 presentation on the Key Stage 1 SATs on this page. It also contains some information about our ‘No Outsiders’ work. This page is password protected and we will be sending a reminder of the password to parents shortly.
Maths report from Year 4
A group of Year 4 children went to a Maths lesson at Thomas Estley, we came in 3rd place and had 4 points out of 7 points. We had to organise a school trip, and we had to calculate how much money to spend and how many people (children and adults) were coming. Also we had to calculate how much money per person, the adults cost more than the children. At the end we had a sweet for participating.
Year 5 children were inspired by the authors Charlie Higson, Francesca Simon and Frank Cottrell Boyce to think of story ideas for stories set in the past, present or future. It is hoped they will write their stories and enter the national BBC online competition hosted by Zoe Ball. Watch this space for story snippets coming soon…fingers crossed we have a winner in our midst!
Click here to read to the second Badgerbrook Books Newsletter
Year 5 Fire Awareness
Year 5 received vital fire safety information from Firefighter Sophie. She outlined the importance of having a working smoke detector at home. The children saw a video of how quickly fire and smoke can spread.
Her advice included: Pick a special date – your birthday – and buy your smoke alarm a new battery for your birthday! Check it works once a month – poke the button with a stick.
Keep doors closed overnight as, if a fire does start, a closed door can hold fire back for up to 15 minutes.
The children also learned about the importance of only making 999 calls for REAL emergencies- and how making hoax calls can cause deaths if fire engines are not available for REAL fires.
A World With Friends
Two ex-Badgerbrook pupils, Callum & Betty (whose sister is Edith in Year 5) are involved in a new charity song which is in the running to become a Christmas No 1.
“NHS hero Lewis Hine and a team of incredible young people who all suffer with a chronic illness or disability have taken the music world by storm and become the highest new entry on iTunes chart. With backing from Gary Barlow, Matt Terry, Frank Turner, Susanna Reid and cast from Love Island and Towie they have done the impossible. These amazing young people are raising the awareness of the loneliness and isolation that comes with chronic illness and disability. They are not pop stars but they can seriously sing ! They may not have a big record company behind them but fueled by their passion and determination the fight for Xmas no. 1 is on.”
They have a music video and background stories of some of those involved which can be found by searching Merry Christmas With You, A World With Friends. You can help their bid by downloading the song:
Badgerbrook Vision Statement
During this term Ms Meyrick and the governors have been consulting with pupils, staff and parents to renew the Badgerbrook Vision statement
Click here to read our new version which includes a link to our ‘character muscles’.
Year 1 Christmas Crafts
The Year 1 children have had a busy afternoon making lots of lovely Christmas decorations. A big thank you to all of our helpers for your support with this.
Foundation Stage Christmas Production
Foundation performed their version of The Bossy King to parents and grandparents. We all sang, danced, acted and spoke beautifully. Well done everyone
Whole-School Cross-Curricula Maths
In December, we did a whole-school cross-curricular maths activity! Each class chose an aspect of our curriculum to focus on to see how maths relates to it. From this, we were able to realise that maths is all around us and integral to our daily lives. Here are some of the fun activities that we got up to:
In FDL we did our subtraction outside. We read the number sentence then looked at the number line to work out the answer. One of us then jumped backwards down the number line to check to see if we were right. We have also been ordering by length. We put the strips of paper in order from longest to shortest and made it into a Christmas tree.
FLB took part in a selection of different maths activities such as: jumping along a number line (PE and maths), ordering numbers, making a repeated pattern (art and maths) and a subtraction song “five little speckled frogs” (music and maths).
Year 1 enjoyed using the beebots to explore 3D shapes and their properties. We used our ICT skills to give the Beebots instructions and solved maths challenges by sending the Beebots to different shapes on the mat.
In Year 3, we explored how music and maths are related! We looked at musical notation in bars of beats of four. We were able to recognise how to make 4 in different ways using part whole models, this included using our fractions and decimals knowledge as you can also get half beats in music! We also looked at notation and realised that this a form of algebra (representing numbers with symbols). Musically, our lesson included composition and performance as well as notation, instrumental playing and looking at rhythm.
4HH/JS looked at the American graffiti artist, ‘Thank you x’. His murals are based on creating illusions of 3D shapes from 2D paintings. We created our own group cube display.
Our class (5DN) organised a Hot Wheels jump off to see which is the best car for travelling the furthest off a ramp.
We used measuring tapes and measured distances.
We also worked out the mean average of our group’s results.
We ordered and compared the averages from each group.
We presented the data in tables and as a bar line graph.
Pupils in 5LC combined their artistic skills and mathematical knowledge to produce their own factor mobiles.
They chose a number to find factors of and used different colours and shapes to represent these. They linked their prior knowledge and chose a way to represent factors that were prime or square. they used different materials to construct and create their mobiles.
In Year 6, we linked maths with PE and science. We wanted to know how exercise impacts on our pulse rate, so we created an investigation to explore it. We used measuring to record our pulse rate when resting and after a series of progressively more challenging exercises. After each exercise, we counted our pulse for 30 seconds. We then used doubling to see what our pulse rate would be after 1 minute. We recorded our results in a table. Next, we created a line graph which enabled us to compare our heart rates with that of a friend to see if any trends began to immerge. We plan to extend this activity by comparing the results of every member of the class, we would like to find the average pulse rate for each exercise by using mean, mode and median.
Foundation Stage ‘Ready, Set, Ride’
We have all had a go on balance bikes which we have borrowed for a few weeks as part of the Ready Set Ride scheme. Firstly we talked about the importance of wearing a helmet to protect our heads in case we fall and we all put a helmet on and tested that they were fitted correctly by doing the wobble test!
We then had fun playing different games on the bikes. We played ‘wibble, wobble’ and had to sit on the seat and move our feet in and out. Then we played ‘scoot, stride, glide’, we scooted by walking our feet along the ground then trying to lift them up to glide along while balancing.
We also rode around our track looking out for other children and then finished by playing ‘box the lot’ where we had to stop in a given space.
Parents can find out more about the scheme on www.readysetride.co.uk
We held our Christmas Fayre on Thursday 28th November. It was a roaring success and the families and children had such a fun time. Thank you to all the parents, families and staff who came to support us. Thank you for all your kind donations. We raised a grand total of £2,900. This will be used to buy new books and curriculum resources for our children.
Route to Resilience
Badgerbrook was one of 94 schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to complete the Route to Resilience project. This helped us develop the emotional well-being and resilience of children and young people. We are still following this programme and you will already know about how we are developing our Character Muscles.
As a result of all our hard work we are now a Route to Resilience accredited school.
Big English Quiz
Four Year 4 children visited Thomas Estley to take part in the ‘Big English Quiz’. They spent part of an afternoon competing against other primary schools, and worked as a team to answer lots of questions about well-known children’s books, characters and famous authors. They narrowly missed out on a place in the final! The children had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
We are very proud of them for being such brilliant representatives of Badgerbrook.
Following on from the success of the ‘Beat the Street’ initiative, Badgerbrook pupils were given the opportunity to enter a competition as part of the ‘Safe and Sustainable Travel’ programme organised by Leicestershire County Council.
The children had to design a banner to be displayed outside school which promoted leaving the car at home (or parking a distance from school) and walking, cycling or scooting the final part of the journey. The aim being to reduce congestion at busy times and promote active travel.
Melissa from Year 5 was the winner of the competition and her design can now be seen on the banner outside school. Well done Melissa!
Children in Need Day
The School Council organised a ‘Spotty or Sporty’ day to raise money for Children in Need. Pupils and staff raised over £300 for the charity.
Many of the classes also joined in with the Big Morning Move hosted by Joe Wickes and live streamed on the BBC Children in Need YouTube Channel!
Odd Socks Day
On Tuesday 12th November we supported ‘Odd Socks Day’ for Anti-bullying Week to celebrate what makes us all unique. At Badgerbrook we are proud to be a ‘No Outsiders’ school – everyone is different and everyone is welcome here. #changestartswithus
“Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. By making small, simple changes, we can break this cycle and create a safe environment for everyone. Because together, we can challenge bullying. Change starts with a conversation. It starts with checking in. It starts with work together.
Change starts here.
Change starts now.
Change starts with us.”
Leicestershire’s Consultation on School Admissions Policy and arrangements for entry Autumn 2021 onwards
Leicestershire County Council is consulting on proposed changes to its School Admissions Policy and arrangements to take effect from Autumn 2021. You are invited to make comment on the proposed changes to policy. The attached document contains full details (including the proposed changes to the Badgerbrook catchment area) and has links to the full consultation and the survey response form.
Keeping Safe on Social Media
In an assembly we looked at #Goldilocks – A Cautionary Tale of Goldilocks trying to get lots of likes but realising her posts and shares were out there forever – and the bears found out!
The message was THINK before you press Send.
World Mental Health Day
Class 5DN took part in a BBC live lesson with hundreds of schools around the UK. We learnt about having a growth mindset and how to use breathing techniques to de-stress. The BBC name checked us during the programme and published the fact that we are proud of our school’s worry box.
Year 4 Roman Day
Here are some photos from our Roman Day on 9th October. We had a great visit from ‘Lucius’ the Roman soldier who taught us all about the Roman Empire and what life was like in the Roman army. We learnt some new Latin words, looked at Roman armour and even made the famous ‘Testudo’ formation to see what it was like going into battle as a Roman legionary!
Santander Discovery Project
A group of volunteers from Santander spent a day working on improving the front garden at school. The plants were purchased from Chamney’s Garden Centre and the volunteers worked hard planting them. Now it should be easy for us to look after and will brighten the entrance to our school. Thank you very much Santander.
Foundation Stage thanks
Foundation stage have had a great start to the new term. We are very lucky to have had a new playhouse donated over the holidays and are using it as a reading and writing den. We have also had some sensory equipment added into our playground which was won in a competition by Mr Carr. Thank you for both donations, they are really appreciated.
Goodbye and Hello
At the end of the Summer Term we said goodbye and good luck in the future to our Year 6 pupils and those from other year groups who were moving to new schools
We also said goodbye to some members of staff. Teachers Mrs Button, Mrs Jarvis and Mrs Morrin, Nursery Nurse Mrs Ward, Learning Support Assistant Mr Elliott, ICT Technician Mr Megginson, Midday Supervisors Mrs Hayward and Mrs Croughwell, and Cleaner Mrs Cunnington have all moved on to different adventures. We wish them all well for the future.
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
Click here for the latest SEND Newsletter from Leicestershire County Council
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!