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June 18, 2019

Tuesday 18th June 2019 – Year 6 STEM Workshop

Filed under: DT,Science,Year 6 @ 3:47 pm

Following Year 5’s experience yesterday, it was Year 6’s turn today to enjoy a boat-building STEM workshop.  In small groups, the children had to design, construct and price up a boat which would successfully float and move down a channel of water.  The children had to think hard about design solutions in context, while being aware of limitations in budget, just as a real designer would need to be.

June 17, 2019

Monday 17th June 2019 – STEM workshop in year 5

Filed under: DT,Maths,Science,Subject Stories,Year 5 @ 6:27 pm

Year 5 took part in a STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) workshop today and used a variety of materials to build a motorised boat. With a budget if £12,000, the children had to carefully plan and buy the materials to power the boat along a channel of water. All of the boats were successful in floating and having a working circuit with a propeller and switch attached. Only a handful made their way along the channel of water and this was because they had built their propeller higher on their boat base which meant it didn’t scrape the bottom of the channel and get stuck. A great time was had by all!

Monday 17th June 2017 – Year 4 – Science: Living things

Filed under: Science,Year 4 @ 1:27 pm

Today, Year 4 children having been learning about living things in Science. They have seen how they can classify living things with the acronym M.R.S. G.R.E.N. which they used to define living things characteristics. After that, children have been classifying different animals using Venn and Carroll diagrams. This activity was accompanied with lots of discussion about where animals should go! Following this children completed a classification quiz. During the rest of the week the children will be investigating habitats and which living things may reside in our school grounds. It is pleasing to witness the enthusiasm and debates that this topic has encouraged in the year group.



June 14, 2019

Friday 14th June 2019 – Year Six Swimming Gala

Filed under: PE,Year 6 @ 3:35 pm

Year Six held their swimming gala this afternoon, and was a fantastic display of ability in the pool. After 21 races of front crawl, back crawl, butterfly and breaststroke – some individual races and some team efforts, the results were:

Tigers – 39 points
Lions – 34 points
Leopards – 30 points
Pumas – 24 points

Well done to all the swimmers today, thank you to Mrs Cooper who came in to help with the races, and thank you to all the parents who came in to watch the event.

Friday 14th June 2019 Music Ensemble First Rehearsal

Filed under: Music,Music Ensemble,Whole School @ 1:15 pm

Wow! Our very first rehearsal of the new Bishop’s Waltham Ensemble was outstanding. The children have already learnt two pieces and they are playing beautifully in unison. Mrs Neale, Mrs Zillwood and Mrs Glasspool were amazed by the children’s professional attitudes and musical talents. We can’t wait to hear them after a few weeks of practise.


Friday 14th June 2019 – Roynon Dance Swanmore (Beauty & The Beast)

Filed under: Whole School @ 1:13 pm

BWJS would like to give a huge shout out to all the amazing Roynon Dance School members from this school.

Last weekend, about 15 BWJS pupils from Y3-6, along with children from Swanmore Primary, Swanmore College and other local schools, danced their socks off at The Berry Theatre in Hedge End – putting on 3 amazing performances of Beauty & The Beast .

Not only did they rise to the occasion on stage by putting on astounding performances for the audience, but back stage they encouraged, supported and helped one another in the changing rooms with their costumes, make up and allaying any backstage nerves.

All of the pupils worked hard this year at their dance lessons and put on an AMAZING show.

Mr Davies (Zara Y5 – Dad) commented: ‘We were thrilled when the hard work that Zara has put in all year was recognised with a Junior Performance Award.

Well done to all who took part.


June 13, 2019

Thursday 13th June 2019 – Year 3 Food Technology Day

Filed under: DT,Geography,Whole School,Year 3 @ 5:07 pm

Year 3 were lucky enough to enjoy a whole day of Design and Technology today, with a healthy sprinkle of environmental awareness mixed in!

The day started with Davina Tibbets spending an hour with each class talking to the children about the wide range of fresh produce that is grown, made and sold locally. The children were then able to sample a lot of this food, including sourdough and olive breads, four different cheeses (including goats cheese and feta), plum tomatoes, watercress, smoked trout pate and smoked salmon. They were very brave, all trying things they were unsure of and often finding that they liked it!

The rest of the morning was spent thinking about how school packed lunches or picnics can be packaged. We learnt about the devastating environmental impact of plastic waste, with a focus on single-use plastic and how we can try to reduce the use of this in our daily lives. Several alternative options to clingfilm and sandwich bags were presented, including beeswax wraps. One child in Gingko class told us that her mum makes these by hand to use for all their sandwiches and to store food items in the fridge. The children really impressed us with their beeswax wrap designs that will be submitted to a UK-wide competition run by The Beeswax Wrap Company. The winner gets their design made into wraps!

In the afternoon, the children got to work in pairs designing a healthy sandwich. They were challenged to use at least two of the ingredients that they had sampled earlier. They also had to design some eco-friendly packaging that their sandwich could be sold in. We are very impressed with all the designs and will have a hard time choosing the winners, who will make and present their sandwiches to a judging panel at the Crown Inn.

A huge thank you to Mrs Senior, Davina, Tanya, Beth from Southern Co-operative, Sam from Southern Co-operative, Hylands and Any Fish for all their generous contributions of time and food! What a lovely experience for the children (and grown ups too!).


Thursday 13th June 2019 – Year 4 – Food tasting and environmental awareness afternoon.

Filed under: DT,Year 4 @ 4:49 pm

This afternoon, Year 4 children were privilege to take part in an exciting food tasting event. There was a variety of locally sourced foods and drinks to taste that. The children enjoyed trying new foods and learning about where they came from. Additionally, the food was delicious! In the next few days, the children will be designing a healthy sandwich based upon foods they tasted today. The winners of this competition will be making their sandwich at the Crown Pub in Bishop’s Waltham.

Also during the session, children learnt about the impact of lunchboxes. They investigated how we could reduce our plastic waste and learnt about plastic alternatives. Finally, they designed a pattern for a beeswax wrapper competition.

A massive thank you to Davina, Tanya, Southern CO-OP, Hylands, Any Fish, Stainers Bakery and The Crown Pub who have given up their time or resources so the children could take part in a fantastic food tasting experience. Also, Year 4 would like to thank Mrs Senior for organising the event and Mrs Mars, Mrs Amos and Mrs White for their assistance on the afternoon.



Thursday 13th June 2019 – Y4 Multiplication Check

Filed under: Year 4 @ 12:35 pm

You may be aware that the Government has made a Multiplication Times Tables Check statutory for all children in Year 4. This will become statutory from next year. Our school has agreed to participate in the multiplication check pilot scheme this year. Over the course of the next two weeks Y4 pupils from this school will go online (using a school laptop) and complete the pilot multiplication tables check devised by the DfE. They are familiar with the format as they have been given opportunities in school over the last month to practice. The tables check is very similar to the games the pupils play on times tables rockstars.

By the end of Year 4 pupils are expected to have rapid recall of their times tables up to 12 x 12. The multiplication tables check will test your child’s ability to rapidly recall times table questions and their associated division facts. The check itself will allow children 6 seconds to answer each question, which is followed by a 3 second break.

To help develop the children’s fluency and speed in their times tables, for the remainder of this term, weekly maths homework for the whole of Y4 will be for the children to play on Times Table Rockstars (minimum of 20 games per week.) This doesn’t need to be for a long amount of time. Little and often is better than a huge chunk of time. We will continue with daily practise of our times tables in school as well.

Times tables underpin mathematical fluency and aid children when completing more complex problems. Children are able to calculate quicker and with greater confidence when they do not need to calculate multiples of numbers, but rather use instant recall of the facts.

Thank you for your continued support.

Thursday 13th June 2019 – Worldclass Fayre 2019:

Filed under: Whole School,Worldclass @ 12:18 pm

On Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th June, BWJS hosted its annual Worldclass Fayre.

77 members of the Worldclass Club had organised stalls and competitions in a bid to raise money to support the PAGEANT charity – enabling children in The Gambia to access full-time education. Despite the wet weather, pupils/parents and community members supported (and really enjoyed!) the event and managed to raise a STAGGERING £812.54. Truly amazing.

Mrs Mars has already spoken with Mr. Badjan (Headteacher at Yundum Lower Basic School – The Gambia) in order to give him the good news and he asked her to pass on his deepest thanks for holding the fayre and for raising so much money.

Thank you to everyone who supported the event, to the worldclass members for running the stalls and to Mrs Mars for her dedication and commitment to such a worthwhile charity and valued school club.

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