This week at Bentley...
What a windy, rainy week it has been. So much so that the Year 4 PTFA have wisely chosen to halt the Cake Sale for this week for fear of everything blowing away! It looks as though the forecast is set to continue so please dig out those hooded raincoats everyone and for children in Year 3 and 4, please ensure that they have some waterproof trousers too for their activity week.
We have been WOWED by the quality and quantity of the beautiful submissions for the Interfaith Art Competition. Please click on the link below to see the list of winners and runners up; a big well done to everyone who took part. Thank you for your support at home too. The children had clearly thought very hard about how to portray many different religious festivals across many religions and it was very difficult for our judges to choose the final choices.
A note on our current Risk Assessment. We have been advised that the Department for Education will not be publishing any further advice until close to the 21st of June. This means that we are not allowed to commit to any wider gatherings at this time, such as adults to sporting events or PTFA events. We have made just one small change to the plan in our May review to allow staff to stop wearing facemasks indoors. We could see that this was difficult to manage and also unfairly inhibiting understanding for some pupils.
Whilst we have more freedoms at home, the ‘pay off’ is that we need to keep going with what is working in school for now. Important reminders;
- ONE ADULT only still for drop off and pick up
- All visitors and adults on the school site wearing face masks unless exempt
- Lastly, children may go to multiple school clubs but avoid attending more than one additional mixed setting outside of school;
“You should send your child to the same settings consistently and limit the number of settings they attend as far as possible, and ideally ensure they attend only one out-of-school setting in addition to school” DfE, May 2021.
Thank you for your support in those small but significant ways. Let us send love, prayers and hope for those people in countries still struggling with this terrible pandemic.
Let’s hope that the weather is going to take a turn for a wonderful half term week…enjoy the weekend whatever you may be up to! If you are available on Saturday morning, I can wholeheartedly recommend booking a slot at the Mini Family Photoshoot here at school, kindly provided by the Forrester family. You can book your time slot by clicking here.
Mrs Katy Pinchess, Headteacher
Learning of the week
Year R Superb teamwork this week with Runtastic. Year R have tried really hard and have been running laps during their breaktimes too. We have run a total of 293 laps - our best score yet!
Year 1 Writing some fabulous acrostic poems about flowers in our learning journey.
Year 2 Enjoying a drama lesson to kick off our new English learning journey. Using a 3D visualisation of the moon, space sounds - pretending to be a tour guide.
Year 3 We borrowed a box of Roman resources and had fun identifying artefacts from Roman Britain. The sponge on a stick was our favourite!
Year 4 Maths this week was all about money: practising estimating, rounding, ordering and calculations.
Year 5 Exploring brochure features (we went on a holiday to Greece), ready to create brochures on Year 5 activity week.
Year 6 Making our own nets for 3D shapes in order to keep chocolate crunchies in!
...to everyone who took part in our PTFA fundraiser today and came to school in their favourite outfit. You collectively donated £394 to our wonderful PTFA!
Would your Junior child like to learn sign language?
We are very excited to be able to offer junior children the opportunity to learn British Sign Language.
The club will be led by Mrs Refausse (Year 6 parent) and supported by Mrs Miffling, and will run on Tuesdays after school between 3.15 and 4 p.m. for six weeks beginning from Tuesday 8th June. The cost of the club will be £18 for all six sessions.
If your child would like to learn this important communication skill, please let the office know by Wednesday 26th May as places are limited.
Interfaith Art Competition
Thank you to everyone who created artwork for the Interfaith Art Competition – we were amazed by the standard of the submissions! The winning entries were from;
Eleanor in Year 2 – Rosh Hashanah, Judaism
Mary in year 4 – King Sagara, Hinduism
Rida in Year 5 – Khaana Kaaba, Islam
Rose in Year 6 – The clour green linked to Paradise, Islam
Dillon in Year 6 – Holi, Hinduism
We also had runners up…
Yr 6 - Alfie, April. Yr 5 - Razi, Charlotte, George, Nic, Naomi, Bella, George, Matthew, Luke. Yr 4 - Ella H, Imogen. Yr 3 - Pablo, Florence, Gabriel, Flo, Phoebe, Tilly, Sam. Yr 2 - Ben, Barnaby, Annabel, Arianna, Agnes
Great news from former pupils…
We always love to hear about our former pupils and what they are up to now. Idan, former pupil and big brother to Isla in Year 5, who has been ranked 5th fastest 800m runner in the UK for his age group. Idan runs for AFD (Aldershot, Farnham and District). Having already taken 14.5 seconds off his personal best this season, achieving a time of 2.2 mins, Idan and his coach feel very confident that he can take at least another 5 seconds off his 800m time which would put him in contention for 1st place in the UK. Go Idan!
We have heard other great news from parents that two of our former Bentley pupils have been selected as Deputy Head boy and girl at Eggar’s next year! Well done!
Walk to School Week Competition
Hampshire’s Road Safety team need a brand-new look for their Walk to School Week material – and have created a competition to find the best design. The winning entry will be used and printed for October and for future years.
To take part, you need to create a design which promotes one or more of the key pedestrian safety messages, considering the following:
- Green Cross Code
- Stop, look, listen and think
- Find a safe place to cross where you can see what is coming
- Be bright be seen
- Giving the road their full attention
- Don’t be distracted
All you need to do is design your picture (on an A4 or A5 sheet of paper), which promotes one of the messages above and get it back to school by Monday 7 June. Good Luck!