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January 31, 2020

Friday 31st January 2020 – BWJS has article published in Hampshire ELSA Newsletter:

Filed under: Whole School @ 10:18 am

There will always be children and young people in schools facing life challenges that detract from their ability to engage with learning. Some will require greater support to increase their emotional literacy than others. ELSA is an initiative developed and supported by educational psychologists. It recognises that children learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

We are lucky enough to have an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant at Bishop’s Waltham Junior School – Mrs Jeannette Mars. She has been trained by Educational Psychologists to plan and deliver programmes of support to pupils who are experiencing temporary or longer term additional emotional needs. The majority of her ELSA work is delivered on an individual basis, but sometimes small group work is more appropriate, especially in the areas of social and friendship skills. Sessions are fun, and use a range of activities such as: games, role-play with puppets or therapeutic activities such as mindfulness or arts and craft.  ELSA sessions take place in our very own ‘ELSA room’ which provides a calm, safe space for the child to feel supported and nurtured.

Recently, Mrs Mars was asked to write an article for the Hampshire ELSA Network Spring Term News about an area of her role that has proved successful. Please take the time time to read the article below.


January 30, 2020

Thursday 30th January 2020 – Gymnastics in Year 5

Filed under: PE,Subject Stories,Year 5 @ 6:07 pm

Year 5 have been working in small groups to choreograph a gymnastics routine to Snow Patrol’s ‘Chasing Cars’. Using a variety of individual skills and partner balances, the children have worked carefully to link their movements smoothly to give a polished performance. We have been really impressed with their creativity during this unit of work. Well done!

January 29, 2020

Wednesday 29th January 2019 – Gardening club update

Filed under: Clubs,Year 3,Year 4 @ 12:34 pm

Last week, BWJS received some lovely plants, bulbs and seeds from Haskins Garden Centre in West End. These were kindly donated as part of their community scheme which enables the garden centre to work with different schools and groups to support outdoor learning.

On Monday, Mrs Amos, Mrs White and the members of gardening club had a good sort through the bulbs and seeds ready for planting – it was very exciting to see the range of different seeds we had been given.

We are very grateful to Haskins for donating these seeds and plants to our school and we look forward to watching them grow!

January 28, 2020

Tuesday 28th January 2020 – Roynon Performing Arts:

Filed under: Whole School @ 4:21 pm

Roynon Performing Arts are very active across the local and wider community. 

They are eager to further support the community in a range of services linked to the creative arts. They currently run over 60+ classes in dance, music, drama and musical theatre, run a casting agency for TV, radio and film and give regular performance opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Roynon wish to further harness the experience (established for over 35 years), qualifications and passion of their teacher team to then enhance the quality and physical/mental wellbeing of individuals in the local area. 

January 22, 2020

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 – Year 6 Clay Lesson

Filed under: Art,Whole School,Year 6 @ 5:35 pm

The Year 6 children had an enjoyable afternoon learning various methods for constructing pots out of clay today. Having learnt about different types of clay that can be used for modelling, they watched a demonstrations of coiling, making a pinch pot, smoothing with hands/tools and joining extra parts such as handles. They then chose the techniques most appropriate for their own authentic Ancient Greek pot design and had a go themselves. Mr Senior and I were most impressed with the children’s positive attitude, resilience, problem-solving and kindness towards each other during this creative task. Well done Year 6 – we can’t wait to see the pots when they have been painted and decorated!

January 21, 2020

Tuesday 21st January 2020 – Support for Mrs Atkinson (BWIS)

Filed under: Whole School @ 2:16 pm
Mrs Atkinson – Learning Support Assistant at Bishop’s Waltham Infant School

Tuesday 21st January 2020 – Year 5/6 Rugby workshop

Filed under: PE,School Trips & Visits,Year 5,Year 6 @ 9:27 am

Yesterday, 7 children across years 5 and 6 attended a rugby workshop run by Boundary Oak School. The workshop focused on the skills used in full contact rugby, culminating in some small sided games. The children were split into ability groups so that those who were already confident and played full contact rugby could begin with practising tackles on one another, whilst those who hadn’t any experience of this, could begin using the tackle bags.

It was a great afternoon – I was so impressed with the children’s level of skill, athleticism and discipline and as always, they represented our school brilliantly. Well done to Mylo, Ethan, Jazmine, Delilah, Issy, Ben and Jamie.

January 17, 2020

Friday 17th January 2020 – Year 4 – CM Sports club taster session

Filed under: Clubs,Whole School,Year 4 @ 2:53 pm

On Tuesday, CM Sports did a club taster session with Year 4. The games the children played involved lots of our school values including Collaboration, Resilience, Creativity and others. The children had a fantastic time and took home a letter about the clubs CM Sports provide yesterday. The instructors commented on the great behaviour and participation of the whole school and what a pleasure it was to take the activities with them.

Friday 17th January 2020 – Fairthorne Manor Day Camps:

Filed under: Whole School @ 2:31 pm

Friday 17th January 2020 – Earth and Space in Year 5

Filed under: Science,Year 5 @ 9:07 am

This week, Year 5 started to look more closely at the planets of our solar system and how night and day are created. Using play dough, they created each planet of our solar system and were surprised at the different sizes of each planet. After discussing how night and day occurs through the use of torches, globes and videos, Year 5 then created sundials to see how the sun ‘moves’ throughout the day. Unfortunately, the rain has meant we haven’t been able to use these yet… but we remain hopeful!

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