7 May, 2021
Dear Parents, Families and Friends of BCPS,
It has been another busy but ‘oh so productive’ week in school as we have enjoyed, amongst all our other learning, a fabulous whole school ’Science Day’. It was a complete delight to witness the children’s pure joy as they tackled science challenges and investigations galore! I know you’ll enjoy all the wonderful photographs and the report contained in the newsletter below.
We have been delighted to welcome back Mr and Mrs Johnson to conduct ‘face to face’ instrumental music lessons. How utterly sublime to hear live music played by our young musicians in school. Little by little we are tiptoe-ing our way back to normality, and we welcome every step!
Watch this space next week for lots of news about our impending ‘We Are Britain Week’ which takes place in only ten days! We are working so hard behind the scenes to plan the most magical week for children and staff alike! Is there anywhere better to be than Bury Catholic Preparatory School? Personally, I don’t think so! How lucky we are!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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.
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:
Pre-School: Sebastian, for persistence to learn numbers.
Reception: Esther, for her incredible presenting skills.
Year 1: Lucas, for asking mature science questions beyond his years.
Year 2: James, for being able to brilliantly convert metres into centimetres.
Year 3: Isabella and Abbie, for incredible teamwork during ‘Science Day’.
Year 4: Jessica, for a brilliant piece of persuasive writing.
Year 5: Abbas, for pulling out all the stops in our T T Rockstars competition – an awesome performance.
Year 6: Caitlin, for her patience and kindness in helping and supporting her friends—and her teacher—in class. None of your quiet and loving support goes unnoticed! Thank you.
What The Ladybird Heard!
This week in Pre-School, our activities were inspired by “What the Ladybird Heard” by one of our favourite authors, Julia Donaldson.
We used our creative talents to turn boring pebbles and stones into colourful butterflies and bees. Next week, we will be hiding some of them around the school for the other children to find in a big game of hide & seek! if you find one, bring it to Pre-School to collect your house points. Watch out ! They could be hiding in your classroom or in the playground, or even in the library! Where will you find yours?
I wonder which book will inspire us next week? Do you know any good books about mini-beasts?
We would love to hear your suggestions…..
6th Sunday of Easter
Jesus tells us just how much he loves us. God the Father loves Jesus very much. Jesus says he loves each one of us just as much as that. Jesus asks us to do just one thing: to love other people. Real love can hurt us. Jesus showed us what real love is when he died on the cross. Our job is to do what Jesus did and to love everyone we meet. Putting other people before ourselves is not always easy, but we know that our friend Jesus will always help us.
DID YOU KNOW?
‘Ecumenism’ is the word which describes all the different ways Christians are working to understand each other better. The Christian Church is made up of lots of different groups of Christians, all of whom are trying to follow Jesus. All the denominations want to be good friends with each other, just as Jesus wants.
Thank you, Jesus, for choosing me to be your friend. Help me to be a good friend to the people I meet. Amen.
Have fun with your friend – play a game you’ve not tried before.
Looking ahead, the week beginning 28th June is timetabled as ’Aspirations Week’ for our Year 6 children. During the week we welcome visitors from far and wide in the world of work to talk to the children about their jobs in what is, in a sense, a first ‘Careers Week’. In only a couple of years, our oldest children will be thinking about GCSE options and the paths their careers might take. We have already booked police officers, a doctor and a Justice of the Peace to speak to them. If you can help by sparing half an hour during the week to talk to Year 6 about your job, you would be welcomed with open arms. It is so lovely to be able to rely on our own school community to support our precious children as they prepare to take their next steps towards young adulthood!
Please contact Miss Farrow at:- Year6@burycatholicprepschool.co.uk if you can help.
The Kindness Cup this week is awarded to Hudson, for being a true gentleman and a good and kind friend to everyone in the Early Years Department...always! Thank you! So little and already a fine example of a BCPS boy!
What a fabulous day we enjoyed on Wednesday, when we celebrated ‘all things science’! We launched our special day at our morning assembly and then, from one end of the building to the other, for the whole day, our wonderful school became one huge laboratory! Our youngest budding scientists in Pre-School……, whilst the Reception children managed to conjure up balloons which inflated ALL BY THEMSELVES…as if by magic!
Our Year 1 children experimented with various ‘chemicals’ to fine tune exploding sky rockets (some even landed on the roof!!) and Year 2 turned their classroom into an ‘Environmental Issues Office’ as they investigated greenhouse gases. Our Year 3 children had a fabulous time launching contraptions containing ’protected eggs’ from the top of our fire escape in an attempt to help Humpty Dumpty to avoid cracking every time he falls off a wall!
Year 4 showed off their entrepreneurial skills as they invented games based on the completion of electrical circuits, whilst Year 5 dipped their toes into the lucrative world of cycling as they came up with state of the art brake pad designs! Our Year 6 children made some extremely effective periscopes after studying reflecting light and angles of incidence and reflection. The periscopes will come in very handy to allow our teachers to be able to see round corners!!!
As the day drew to an exciting close, all the classes gathered to report back on their day in a ‘show and tell jamboree’!!
TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS UPDATE!
Well done to our top achievers below…
Ask your teacher for more information
Most Improved Speed
Imaan 0.84s! Getting quicker all the time
George 182254 coins
TT Star of the Week
Betty – Outstanding performance from a Reception child
Class of the Week
Year 5 – the winners of our first inter-class battle, this time against Year 6
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.
‘Make a Bug Hotel‘
The Inflation Game!
What excitement Reception had on Science Day! This experiment demonstrated how states of matter can change – mixing a solid with a liquid to create gas!
The children discussed the materials used for the experiment and learnt that a chemical reaction happens when vinegar is mixed with baking soda creating a mini-explosion, causing the balloon to inflate on its own.
They had sooooooo much fun!
The children then made an information board to present to the whole school, enabling them to share their findings. They even recreated their experiment and demonstrated it to the whole school, impressing the socks off everyone! What a wonderful day!