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October 13, 2017

Friday 13th October 2017 – Be Bright Be Seen

Filed under: Whole School @ 2:00 pm

Your Time To Shine:

As part of the school’s work on road safety, we are asking all pupils to come into school on Wednesday 18th October wearing very bright clothes. The ‘Be Bright Be Seen’ message is something we promote across BWJS in a bid to keep pupils safe (and be seen by drivers) as they walk to and from school.

Friday 13th October 2017 – Maths Parent Workshops

Filed under: Maths,Whole School @ 1:59 pm

Multiplication & Division Maths Workshop

Following on from the popularity of the addition and subtraction maths workshops, the school will be hosting two further workshops in the coming weeks. This time they will focus on the progression in calculation strategies for multiplication and division. As this area of maths proves quite complex for most pupils, we have decided to run one workshop for the lower school and one for the upper school.

Thursday 2nd November: Year 3&4 Parents (6.00-7.00pm)
Thursday 23rd November: Year 5&6 Parents (6.00-7.00pm)

If you are unable to attend, all of the documentation will be posted onto the school website

Friday 13th October 2017 – Times Table Rockstars Launched at BWJS

Filed under: Uncategorized @ 1:57 pm

Times Table Rockstars was officially launched across the whole school today – much to the excitement of both staff and pupils. This structured programme, if followed correctly, is designed to help the pupils speed and accuracy in their recall of multiplication facts.

1. Type ttrockstars.com into your browser’s address bar. (PC/Laptop/Ipad)
2. Type Bishop’s into the bar that says school. You should then see our full school name.
3. Log in by entering your child’s username and password
4. Children must design/create their avatar and select a Rockname. This name cannot be changed once selected.
5. Play

 Download and install the online mobile application from ‘Apple’ or ‘Google Play’ (Times Table Rockstars) so children can also play the game using a phone.

There are 4 different Game Modes
Single Player

Garage – the questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week. As pupils start to answer questions, TT Rock Stars works out which facts they take longer on and will give them more of these questions to answer. The Garage is best for getting quicker at a few facts. Players get 10 coins per question.

Studio – the questions in the Studio can be anything from 1×1 up to 12×12.
TT Rock Stars calculates each the mean speed from their last 10 games in the Studio and translates into a Rock Status:
≤ 1 sec/qu = Rock Hero
≤ 2 secs/qu = Rock Legend
≤ 3 secs/qu = Rock Star
≤ 4 secs = Headliner
≤ 5 secs/qu = Support Act
≤ 6 secs/qu = Breakthrough Artist
≤ 7 secs/qu = Unsigned Act
≤ 8 secs/qu = Gigger
≤ 9 secs/qu = Busker
≤ 10 secs/qu = Garage Rocker
> 10 secs/qu = Wannabe

They earn 1 coin per question and the Studio is the place for them to set their best time across all the tables.

Multiplayer

Rock Arena – The Arena allows players to compete against all other members of their Band (their Bandmates (class) would need to join the same game in order to compete together).
A new Arena game starts every 15 seconds and once the clock starts they race to answer more questions than the others. In the Arena, questions will only come from the times tables the teacher has set for the week, similar to the Garage. They earn 1 coin per correct answer.

Rock Festival – The Rock Festival games are open to players from around the world. Like the Arena, there is no limit to the number of players who can join a game; however, unlike the Arena, questions are selected at random from 1×1 to 12×12.

Pupils might choose the Rock Festival if they were playing at home (and therefore couldn’t easily synchronise playing against a classmate) or wanted to compete against others not in their Band. They earn 1 coin per correct answer.

Encourage your children to play the ‘Garage’ game as these times tables questions have been set via the teacher.

Friday 13th October 2017 – Walktober

Filed under: Whole School @ 1:54 pm

On Thursday 12th October, a number of pupils and parents participated in a ‘Park and Stride’ event in conjunction with the My Journey Team from Hampshire County Council.
As pupils walked the route, from Hoe Road Recreation Ground to Bishop’s Waltham Junior, they had to answer a range of questions about air quality. The aim of the event was to promote the fact that parents are able to use this venue to park their cars and walk the remainder of the way to the school. As well as the healthy benefits linked to walking, parking and striding will also help reduce the amount of cars in and around the school and cut down on carbon emissions.

Thank you to everyone who took part.

Friday 13th October 2017 – Year Group Updates

Filed under: Whole School @ 1:52 pm

YEAR 3
Y3 have been busy writing Non-Chronological Reports about unicorns. They gathered ideas from a unicorn expert to help with their writing and saw some live sightings of unicorns too!
We also had our first ‘Graffiti Maths’ session where the children had the opportunity to explore number using different resources. It was great fun!
Finally, we have been looking at leaves in Art and developing our sketching techniques.

(Miss Pearmain/Miss Mrozinski/Mrs Davey/Mrs Mars)

YEAR 4
In English & Topic, Y4 have been focusing on India. We used our research we completed for homework to write poems about Diwali and we are now moving on to writing about Holi. In Geography we have located lots of places in India using the Atlas and Google maps. We are comparing different places in India to Bishop’s Waltham.

By contrast, the ceremony of Baptism has been the central topic in RE. This unit prompted some very purposeful discussions between the pupils. This RE topic was further enriched as we welcomed Rev James Hunt and Lizzie Davidson (St Peter’s Church) into the classroom to support the learning.

In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting measures. We have used place value counters to help us understand exchanging when we are subtracting. We have been problem solving too. It is really pleasing to see the children persevering to solve these challenges.

(Mrs Mars/Mr McKenna/Mrs Barclay/Mrs Harris)

YEAR 5
Year 5 have continued to enjoy and make good progress with their learning about WW2. Classes have been focussing on the impact the war had on children and families – with evacuation being a major theme.

In art, the children have been sketching WW2 pictures and have been introduced to as famous artist, L.S. Lowry. In English, the pupils have been tasked with writing a range of pieces based on the Michael Morpurgo story ‘Friend or Foe’.

(Mrs. Peach/Mr. Geraghty/Miss Batchelor/Mrs. Amos/Mrs. Ekless)

YEAR 6
As part the Y6 geography topic, pupils visited the Living Rainforest (Newbury) yesterday to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real rainforest environment.
The Living Rainforest contains a range of plants and animals that would be found in real tropical rainforest. The pupils enjoyed looking at the exotic plants, and searching for the armadillos, free-ranging birds and the water dragons. They also managed to catch a glimpse of the elusive sloth nestled high up near the glass ceiling.

After a chance to wander around the rainforest environment in groups, pupils came together after lunch for a formal tour led by centre staff. They showed us some of the hidden details we missed during our own exploration and explained some of the adaptations that plants and animals have made to cope with the rainforest environment.

We had a great day, and the pupils were a credit to the school – ‘One of the best groups they’d ever had’, according to our guides.

(Mr. Senior/Mrs. Arnold/Mrs. Zillwood/Mrs. Johnson/Mrs. Bradley

October 12, 2017

Thursday 12th October 2017 – Maths Workshops

Filed under: Maths,Whole School @ 6:28 pm

This evening, we ran the second of our after-school maths workshops, this time focusing on formal addition and subtraction for Years 4, 5 and 6.  This was an opportunity for children and parents to work together through our school’s calculation strategies, learning how the skills of addition and subtraction grow and develop throughout Key Stage 2.  Further details of our calculation progression can be found here, on our school website.

A further workshop to run through multiplic

ation and division will be held here at school on Thursday 2nd November.

Thursday 12th October 2017 – Year Six at the Living Rainforest

As part of our geography topic, Year 6 visited the Living Rainforest near Newbury today to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real rainforest environment.

The Living Rainforest contains a range of plants and animals that would be found in real tropical rainforests.  We enjoyed looking at the exotic plants, and searching for the armadillos, the free-ranging birds and the water dragons.  We also managed to catch a glimpse of the elusive sloth nestled high up near the glass ceiling.

After a chance to wander the rainforest environment in our own groups, we then came together after lunch for a formal tour led by centre staff.  They showed us some of the hidden details we missed during our own exploration and explained some of the adaptations that plants and animals have made to cope with the rainforest environment.

We had a great day, and the children were a credit to the school – ‘one of the best groups they’d ever had’, according to our guides.

September 25, 2017

Monday 25th September 2017 – Primary Science Quality Mark (Silver Award)

Filed under: Science,Whole School @ 1:46 pm

I am pleased to share with you that Bishop’s Waltham Junior School has been awarded the Silver Primary Science Quality Mark.

The Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) is an award scheme designed to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science teaching, learning and provision. Supported by high-quality training and mentoring led by experts across the country, schools can achieve a bronze, silver or gold Primary Science Quality Mark award through a year-long process of audit, action and reflection.

PSQM is recognised by Ofsted and is viewed as an effective mechanism to help raise the profile of science in primary schools, improve teachers’ confidence and ability to teach science and have a positive impact on pupils’ performance, their engagement and enjoyment.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each awarded school is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

I would like thank all pupils and staff for their hard work in achieving this award and a special mention for Mrs. Arnold for her hard work in putting the submission together and for leading science very enthusiastically across the school.
Yours sincerely,

Mr. D Campbell
Headteacher

September 22, 2017

Friday 22nd September 2017 – Year 4 Problem solving

Filed under: Maths,Year 4 @ 3:45 pm

This week in Maths, Year 4 have been solving problems. The context of these problems have included roller coasters, sheep and chickens!

September 20, 2017

Wednesday 20th September 2017 – Maths Workshops:

Filed under: Whole School,Year 3,Year 4,Year 5,Year 6 @ 2:41 pm

BWJS will shortly be running some maths workshops (for parents & children) focusing on the addition and subtraction calculation strategies taught at the school.

The aims of these informal workshops are:

 To familiarise parents with the strategies taught at BWJS for addition and subtraction
 To explain and demonstrate the progression in skills from Y3 to Y6
 To enable parents to use these strategies to support their child(ren) with homework tasks
 To give parents the opportunity to work alongside their child(ren) in a school environment.

Please make every effort to attend.

Thursday 5th October (6-7pm) – YEAR 3
Thursday 12th October (6-7pm) – YEARS 4/5/6

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