30 April, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
What a whirl of a week, as you will see from our very busy newsletter!! We welcomed Habibah into Year 2 and our precious school family. She has had a fabulous week, and as usual, our beautiful children have made her wonderfully welcome! I know that she will flourish and thrive as all our children do, within the loving and nurturing arms of BCPS!
Staff and children alike have thoroughly enjoyed our annual World Religions Week, which allows each of our classes to study a different World Religion each year throughout their school life. It is so very important to us that we raise our children to become young people who understand, value and respect each other and our beliefs. As I often say, education is the greatest gift, that we are proud to provide here at BCPS, buy it is about so much more than reading, writing and arithmetic! We completed our week with a celebration assembly, sharing what we had learnt as well as prayers from the different faiths studied.
Next week, the staff are looking forward to catching up with you all and reporting on your children’s progress in individual telephone calls. We are also looking forward to an exceedingly exciting Science Day on Wednesday. Hopefully, experiments will remain under control and we won’t blow anything TOO vital to smithereens!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend and a restful and relaxing May Day Bank Holiday on Monday! Fingers crossed for that sun!!!
We remain ‘Together Whilst Apart’!
Best wishes! As always, Miss Farrow
Please find below diary dates for what promises to be an exciting term ahead. Of course, you realise that we remain bound by Government guidelines but fingers crossed, the dates will stand. We appreciate your understanding should there need to be any changes.
May Day Holiday
Parents’ Evening Phone Consultations
wb 17 May
We Are Britain Week
NHS Day (dressing up for Mediquip4Kids)
Half Term Holiday
Return to School
wb 14 June
wb 28 June
First Holy Communion Day
It’s a Knockout! Whole school team challenge
Leavers’ Speech Day
Summer holiday (Midday finish)
This week’s Star Badges go to:
Nursery: Maarya, for settling in so well.
Reception: Saladin, for his super attitude towards work.
Year 1: Zeidan, for his exceptional work and curiosity during World Religion week.
Year 2: Habibah, for settling in so well and impressing us all with her amazing work ethic and fabulous smile.
Year 3: Aribah, for her amazing work on fractions.
Year 4: Eesa, for fantastic attitude and achievement in all lessons this week.
Year 5: Nimra, for enthusiastic, thoughtful and inspired contributions to World Religions Week.
Year 6: Amelia, for her reading enthusiasm. Well done, sunshine! You are developing the most precious of life skills!
THE VERY HUNGRY NURSERY CATERPILLARS!
This week our focus was ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ story by Eric Carle.
We read the story together and it prompted lots of interesting conversations between the children about their favourite foods, and which foods should be kept for treats. We looked at the butterfly that the caterpillar transformed into and talked about how both wings were the same, symmetrical!.
To demonstrate this, we made our own pictures by painting one side of a piece of paper. When we pressed the paper together it made a symmetrical print. This again prompted lots of talk about colour mixing and the different shapes the children could see.
Finally we welcomed five little (well little for now) furry friends into the classroom – they don’t have names yet and all suggestions are welcome!
I wonder what they will become ……??
5th Sunday of Easter
I AM THE VINE
Jesus became one of us and so we are joined to him. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We are all connected and need each other to grow and be everything that God wants us to be. Sometimes we might have to face difficulties, but our friend Jesus will help us to grow even stronger. If we stay close to him Jesus will help us to be fruitful and to do good in the world. We will be fruitful when we share God’s love with the people we meet. We all need Jesus and each other to help us grow.
DID YOU KNOW?
3 May is the feast of the apostles, saints Philip and James. These men were both close friends of Jesus who spread the Good News about Jesus. We thank God for all the apostles and ask God to help us carry on their work of sharing Jesus’ message of love by what we do and say.
Dear Jesus, help me to stay close to you. Help me to be like a vine growing lovely fruit, making the world a really happy place. Amen.
Count how many pieces of fruit and vegetables you eat each day – and see if you can eat even more!
PARENTS’ ’PHONE CONSULTATIONS
As we did during the Autumn term, we shall replace our usual Parents’ Evening arrangements with personal telephone calls to you all. These will take place next week and you will receive details of this from your child’s class teacher. The ‘phone calls will provide a valuable opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, and the staff are really looking forward to passing on lots of good news as well as advising on ways to encourage further steps forward.
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to the whole of Year 2 for being true to our BCPS ideals and making Habibah, who joined their class this week, so very welcome, She says “I have had the best time and have made lots of new friends already. I have learnt lots and everybody has been really kind! I love being at BCPS!”
WORLD RELIGIONS WEEK
This week, we have all thoroughly enjoyed our very special themed week. As a whole school, we have been studying the major world religions. Year One enjoyed an introduction to a range of religions and particularly loved making Diwali lanterns, which involved lots of glitter! Year 2 looked at Christianity whilst Year 3 investigated Judaism. Year 4 had a great time designing Islamic patterns during their study of Islam. Year 5 learnt about Sikhism and Year 6 worked exceptionally hard together to make beautiful Wesak lanterns during their study of Buddhism.
We all learnt so much from our books, from our teachers and from each other, and were fascinated to discover how many similarities there are between the different religions.
Source of Many Names,
- The words we use to honour you are different and diverse
- Help us see that beneath all these differences
- We are all connected
- Allow us to see beauty in our religious diversities,
- And show us ways to honour each other,
- No matter which way we choose to connect to You.
- Let acceptance among all people of all faiths. Be cherished as a great virtue.
- We pray it may be so.
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most Improved Speed
Imaan 0.90s! Getting quicker all the time
George 176698 coins
TT Star of the Week
Aaminah 3.43s in the studio in Year 1!
Class of the Week
Year 1 – for spending much longer playing the game than any other class.
Extra-curricular activities began again this week in school. Each class, once again, is being offered an extra-curricular opportunity, and these operate in class bubbles, and are planned and presided over by class teachers. As you will see, there are some changes in the programme, whilst some of our original choices are back, once again, by popular demand. It’s not too late to join in! Should you wish to take advantage of the clubs, please email your child’s class teacher to ’book in’, to allow them to resource the clubs.
“PLAY ME A SONG, MR PIANO MAN…”
Hearty congratulations this week are offered to Freddie who has achieved marvellous results in his Grade 2 Associated Board Piano Exam—he passed with merit! Freddie delighted Miss Farrow with a personal recital during the week, serenading her with all four of the pieces he had to learn for the exam.
‘Make a Bug Hotel‘
‘WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CHESTER ZOO’…BY OUR ROVING REPORTER, LUCAS (Year 1)!
On Friday I went to Chester Zoo with my family. I saw dusty elephants and then I saw lemurs, and one lemur even sat next to me! I saw two red lemurs. One was on a rock and the other jumped on its back. It was doing a piggy back! Some of the lemurs were screaming!
I saw one of the last species of Komodo dragons in the world. I expected it to be bigger. I saw a black bear that was sitting in a tree. It was suntanning and snacking on bamboo!
The lion and the lionesses were sleeping, and so was my little brother Noah!
I saw one lonely, skinny cheetah in his house and I loved seeing the meerkats. One of the meerkats was standing guard, some were getting food. I stood on a rock and pretended to be a meerkat too! I had a wonderful day!
PAINTED LADIES FLY INTO RECEPTION!
This week we have been learning all about the lifecycle of a butterfly.
We discussed how butterflies have beautiful patterns on their wings and that their wings match each other exactly! The children blew us all away with their knowledge of symmetry and gave great examples of things that are symmetrical. The children enjoyed a demonstration of how we could paint on one side of a piece of paper and then fold it over to magically print the same pattern on the other side. We then turned our paintings into beautiful butterflies for our classroom display board.