BEESTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
We have had a very busy autumn term and are now looking forward to the new opportunities 2018 will bring, both as a school and as a Trust (as we are part of Unity Education Trust).
We had an open afternoon in December, where we invited prospective new families to join a Story Café in our youngest Class; Stars Class. We will be holding further such events over the course of the year.
If you would like to visit the school in the meantime, please call the school office and make an appointment with Caroline Bell on 01328 701267 or email: email@example.com .We would love to show you around our lovely school.
Well done to all the children who have been participating in the ‘Golden Mile’. Children have the opportunity to walk/run regularly and log their miles. Since we have started this initiative the miles clocked up by the classes are as follows:-
Stars Class EYFS/KS1- 51.35miles
Key Stage 2 (Planets and Comets Class) – 78.23miles
Congratulations goes to Kerry B in Comets Class who is the first person in the school to achieve her 10 mile Golden Mile Certificate. Well done Kerry. We look forward to many more in 2018. Here’s to a healthy and fit 2018.
We are thrilled to let you know that the Assembly House Trust in Norwich have agreed to fund a package for Beeston Primary School to participate in the ‘GoGoCreate’ Project. Our school leveret sculpture will be on display in Norwich from 24th June to 8th September 2018 in the ‘GoGoHares’ trail. Watch out for further information.
We raised £170.56 with our Christingle candle collection boxes and traditional church service led by Reverend Hemp, and we had over 70 people in attendance, thank you. The singing was brought to life this year with live music from Mrs Wheeler, thank you for this lovely addition.
Whole school Cathedral trip
Thanks to the Friends of Beeston School we were able to take the whole school to ‘Follow the Star’ and discover advent and Christmas at the Cathedral on the last Monday of term. It was an enjoyable day of learning and a nice treat for the end of term, thank you to FOBS.
Comets Class Mid-Norfolk Food Bank
Comets class organised a Christmas collection for the Mid-Norfolk Food Bank, this linked in to their topic learning in class. The food was safely delivered to the Dereham hub to be used over the Christmas period.
West Norwich and Dereham School Sports Partnership(WNDSSP)
In December year 4 and year 5 participated in the small schools Sports Hall Athletics event being held at UEA. They had a good team day out of school and we look forward to participating in further such events in 2018, ensuring that our children have the opportunity to participate in a varied number of sporting events both in Dereham and Norwich.
Stars Class – Road Safety Talk
Thank you to Tracey Lingfield from Norfolk County Council for bringing Bethany & Benjamin into Stars Class in December for a road safety talk. The children enjoyed meeting their informative visitors.
E-safety talk for parents
There will be an e-safety talk for parents in January about how to help to keep your children safe online:key information for the world we live in.
Family Learning / Sharing our learning assemblies
We continue to offer family shared learning opportunities via our Story Cafes and through Sharing our Learning assemblies for each class, where the children share their curriculum learning with parents and carers.
Friday Open mornings
All parents/carers have the opportunity to come into the classroom every Friday between 8:35and8:50am so that their child can share their learning, or show items on display/objects in the classroom.
Breakfast club runs daily from 8am and our after-school club runs daily from 3pm to 4:30pm.
Victoria Norris, Head of School
We need you!
We are looking for parents and/or members of the local community to join the Local Governing Board.
We meet twice a term and our aim is to put the children at the heart of all we do. If you would like to know more, please contact Mrs Norris, Head of School (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Chair of Governors, Julie Lawrence via email@example.com.
Tesco Harvest Trail
Thank you to all staff and parent helpers who joined us on this harvest trail trip. A very interesting visit was had by all and we enjoyed making soup in each class with the vegetables we were given to bring back.
Here are some of their comments from Stars Class after they tasted it:
Grace and Georgia both said: ‘I love it!’ Jessica said ‘it was delicious’.
Jerome said ‘it was yummy’.
Alex used the word ‘scrumptious.’
Toby commented that he thought he wouldn’t like it but he did!
MacMillan coffee morning Friday 29th September
The MacMillan fundraising coffee morning was run by year 6 supported by Miss Forster. A total of £234.27 was raised for this very worthy cause, thank you to all our visitors for their support.
Year 6 – Primary Maths Challenge – hosted by Northgate High School
Our team of four year 6 children represented Beeston at the Primary Maths Challenge at the end of September. All four were awarded a Team Ant certificate and made Mrs Norris very proud with their efforts.
Year 1 & 2 Pedestrian Training – Step On
On Thursday 5th October year 1 and year 2 children from Stars Class will be participating in pedestrian training, to ensure they are road aware. Thank you very much to Ms Lingfield of Norfolk County Council who offer this service to schools.
Year 6 On-road Cycling
On-road sessions for year 6 took place over four sessions in October, to give them road awareness training. Again thanks to Ms Lingfield of Norfolk County Council who are providing this training.
Litcham Book Club
We are lucky again to be included in Litcham School’s Book Club. Mrs Berry, librarian at Litcham High School, has organised sets of the same books to be rotated around local primary schools for the interest, enjoyment or contemplation of year 6 children.
In previous years children have written book reviews upon completion, however this year they have the opportunity to upload their comments to Litcham School’s ‘twitter’ account. The finale to Book Club occurs next summer when the year 6 children will be invited to participate in book quizzes and book talks at Litcham High School.
The 392nd Bomb Group has regular contact with Beeston Primary School via John Gilbert. Mr Gilbert was a schoolboy at the school during the war and he has just returned from a convention in America, where he was given two books for the school written by Ralph Welsh.
The books contained the following information for the school:
‘My name is Ralph Welsh……. I’m a 93¾ year old thirty-three mission B/24 pilot/crew commander, 8th AF 1944.’ The books are entitled ‘Bombs Away Volume 1 and Volume 2’ and they give a collection of veteran accounts. The books are available to order from Amazon. Clubs
This half-term, in addition to our breakfast club and tea time club, we are running two sports clubs, one for younger children and the other for the older children. We are looking at enhancing our after school club offer in the future.
Friday Open mornings
We give all parents/carers the opportunity to come into the classroom every Friday between 8:35am and 8.55am so that their child can share their learning, or show items on display and objects in the classroom.
Family Learning, Story café & Sharing our learning assembly (SOLA)
We continue to offer family shared learning opportunities via our Story Cafes. Stars Class parents enjoyed a cafe in September and Planets and Comets Class will host these in October and November.
We are also introducing ‘Sharing our Learning’ assemblies where each class shares with parents and carers their learning from the curriculum.
Unity Education Trust Update
Unity Education Trust (UET) was established in March 2017. There are currently 5 academies within our trust;
Beeston Primary School
Garvestone Primary School
Grove House Infant and Nursery School
Kings Park Infant School
Northgate High School and Dereham Sixth Form College.
UET is a multi-academy trust built on developing like-minded schools to the level of outstanding and beyond through collaborative working that develops a unity of purpose in all that we do.
The Unity Education Trust is committed to providing the best possible opportunities for all our learners and we continue to work hard to deliver outstanding education for learners from pre-school right up to age 19.
As we are part of UET, Beeston have participated in the Dereham Carnival with the UET carnival float, we are now a member of the West Norwich and Dereham Schools Sports Partnership (giving us opportunities to access good quality sporting opportunities) and we now have a shared UET Senco working across the primary and infant schools.
UET ensures that each of our academies maintains its unique identity at the heart of their community and engages with all partners and stakeholders and other high performing educational organisations.
We are now operating accounts with Facebook and Twitter, please ‘like’ and keep up to date with our news. We will use this as an information service to parents and carers and the local community.
FaceBook: Beeston Primary School – Norfolk
My name is Mrs Norris and I am the newly appointed Head of School at Beeston. I have taken up the post after having recently worked at one of our Unity Education Trust Schools and having been a Head at two other Norfolk primary schools. We look forward to meeting parents/carers and Beeston residents over the coming months.
New School Year
We welcomed new children and staff into school at the beginning of September and are pleased to report that all have settled into life well at Beeston Primary School.
We have trips planned to Tesco to participate in their new autumn harvest trail, all classes will visit and take part in the in store visits and spend time in the Tesco education room.
Friday 29th September will see us providing our annual support for the Macmillan Coffee Morning, our Year 6 children will host the fundraiser and parents/carers are invited to join us to raise funds for this event.
Our classes sharing our learning assemblies (SOLA) will start this term alongside our new creative curriculum. Our Topic themes in each class are:-
Stars Class – Whatever the weather – we will be learning about materials, weather and seasons.
Planets Class – It’s all Greek to me! – we will be learning about Ancient Greece – about place and time.
Comets Class – Abracadabra – we will be learning about materials, their properties and behaviour.
Forest Schools – we welcome Mrs Ostler an experienced Forest Schools teacher to our school once a week to teach all classes. Each class will be taught once a fortnight.
At Beeston Primary School we place learning at the heart of all that we do. We are starting to encourage the children to talk about their learning more effectively. We intend to achieve this through a ‘building our learning power’ project.
What is Building Learning Power?
We can continually expand our capacity to learn in new and challenging circumstances throughout our life. In the developing field of ‘learning to learn’, research suggests that there are several broad dispositions that we need to develop in order to become successful learners.
Professor Guy Claxton suggests that there are four key learning dispositions:
We have adapted these headings to use in our every day learning at Beeston Primary School. Each disposition has different animal characters. Each character has different learning behaviours that the children can talk about and try to develop within themselves. Every Friday, in our celebration assembly, the children will be awarded certificates for showing one or more of these four learning powers, which help them become successful learners.
To support school communication our weekly newsletter will be available for you to read on our brand new website and we will also be operating a school Facebook and Twitter account.
Twitter account: Beeston School @Beestonschool
Facebook account will be: Beeston Primary School (Norfolk).
We look forward to sharing with you our learning on a monthly basis and all our news from Beeston Primary School.
Victoria Norris, Head of School, Beeston Primary School
The last few months at Beeston primary school have been full of hard work and preparation with SATS coming up for Y6 and Y2. By the time you read this we will have all completed them and be having a well-deserved break!
This term, Comets have been learning about friendships and prior to that it was map skills. They have recently made a friendship magazine in groups of 4 to help young people and their friendship problems. In map skills we have been using 6 figure grid references to find places on a map.
Planets class has been busy learning about modern Europe and rocks and fossils. They have been using atlases to find places in Europe. In Rocks and Fossils they have been using pipettes to see whether water can go through some rocks or not. Scott says, “there are 43 countries in Europe.” Joe and Lexi quote: “we had to do a puzzle to find out about the countries,” and finally Tilly says: “we have learnt that if acid drops onto rocks they will sometimes fizz away.”
Stars class has been looking at mini-beasts and the children have gathered a lot of information. Alex and Emma say: “the parts of a mini-beast are the head, thorax and abdomen.” Jessica says, “some mini-beasts have exoskeletons.” Toby quotes, “an ant, ladybird, spider and scorpion have an exoskeleton.” They have also made a life cycle wheel of a butterfly.
Sophie and Harriet, Wells House Captains
Beeston Primary School
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