I hope you all had a lovely break over the Easter holidays and enjoyed the sunshine. It hardly seems possible that we are now into the start of the Summer Term! Walking round the school it has been wonderful to see the enthusiastic way the children are already tackling their learning this term, with some exciting new curriculum ventures being explored!
MILESTONE 2 ASSESSMENTS AND PARENT CONSULTATION MEETINGS
Your child should have brought home from school a copy of their updated Milestone Assessment Report last Friday. We are currently offering parents the opportunity to meet virtually with their child’s class teacher to discuss these assessments and any other aspects of their life at school. Some of you may feel that you had sufficient contact during lockdown and do not therefore require a meeting, but if you would like to take up the offer, please either contact the office or your child’s class teacher to arrange an appointment.
We are really excited to be able to offer a free of charge multi-sports club for each year group this term. You should have received an email notifying you of your child’s club night and asking you to complete the form on ParentMail if your child would like to attend. The closing date for this form has now passed and we will notify parents via email if their child has been successful in gaining a place. Places are being allocated on a first come first served basis, but there may be the opportunity to split the attendance weeks so that more children can take part.
SUMMER WEATHER/SUN CREAM
As we are now approaching summer and hopefully good weather, please ensure your child has sun cream applied before they come to school in the morning when required. A sun hat would be a good idea in the very hot weather as we are still regularly moving learning outside. Please also remember that your children should be bringing a water bottle into school with them every day.
Superstars is a fundraising event which is run alternate years by the PTA. Under normal circumstances, we would be due to run the event this year. Unfortunately, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have made the decision that it will not be possible to run the event this year. I know this will be a disappointment to some of our children, but year groups will, as always, ensure they include lots of fun and exciting activities in the planning for this term and the PTA are discussing alternative fundraising events which will be possible.
Current COVID-19 restrictions prevent us from inviting parents on site. As we want to be able to go ahead with the planning for some kind of sports day with our children this year, we have made the decision to plan for an event which will not involve parents coming onto the school site. We have always enjoyed sharing this event with parents so this is a great pity, but making this decision now allows us to plan for a great event for the children which does not rely on any guidance changing and will therefore definitely be able to go ahead.
Thank you to all parents who have made such an effort to send their children back to school looking incredibly smart for the Summer Term. We were lenient with uniform expectations last term, understanding the difficulties in obtaining new clothing when children have grown. We are, however, once again insisting on full compliance with the uniform expectations this term. As a reminder, our expectations are:
White shirt with a collar
School sweatshirt or cardigan*
Grey or navy blue skirt / pinafore dress / trousers / shorts (not black)
Grey, navy blue or white socks
Black shoes - plain black trainer style acceptable (No white / coloured soles or logos. No boots. No open toe sandals.)
Blue and white checked dress (optional summer term only)
House colour PE T-shirt*
Royal blue shorts*
Navy blue, black or grey tracksuit or jogging bottoms (NB from September this will change to navy blue jogging bottoms only, available from our uniform shop)
Navy blue, black or grey sweatshirt with no hood (NB from September this will change to house colour sweatshirt, available from our uniform shop)
No jewellery, except for a small pair of stud earrings (removed or not worn on a PE day) and a watch
No extreme hair styles (i.e. dyed or bleached or with patterns shaved in)
Hair accessories should be discreet or uniform colour (i.e. no large flowers / bows)
All items marked * are available from our school uniform shop which can be accessed by contacting the school office by telephone or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
(We will be in contact later this term about purchasing our new PE kits ready for the start of the Autumn Term).
Please do contact us if you have any questions or difficulties with any aspect of our school uniform. We also have a large range of second hand uniform available, which can be purchased via the school office.
Thank you for your support in ensuring we maintain our high standards with school uniform. We really do believe that smart attitudes with uniform lead to smart attitudes with learning.
We are very pleased to announce that we have rearranged the lunchtime routine so the children having school dinners can eat in the hall. This means we are once again able to offer hot meals served on plates, with three menu choices each day.
E-SAFETY TIP - OMEGLE
Live streaming sites have risen in popularity during lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic. One such site that has reportedly risen in popularity is 'Omegle' who, according to research grew globally from about 34 million visits a month in January 2020 to 65 million in January 2021.
Omegle is a social networking website that pairs random strangers to text or video call in real-time. Though it markets itself as a great way to meet new friends (with its slogan, “Talk to strangers!”), incidents of abuse and inappropriate content have featured heavily on the site. Popularity of the site has increased during lockdown, with traffic increasing in December 2020 by 61% in the UK alone. Most new users proved to be under 34, with many of them being teenagers. However, news stories about the risks of using Omegle are not difficult to find. Only recently the BBC reported on how one boy had been tricked into performing a sexual act by someone else on the platform who subsequently recorded and shared the video. It has been reported that young people on the site have exposed themselves or been encouraged to act indecently by the people with whom they are paired.
Omegle states that children aged 13+ can use the site with parental permission however there are no age-verification measures and children can easily access the 18+ portal. The school would strongly advise against allowing your child to have access. However, if you do allow them to use the website, then it is important to make sure they are safe - you can find several online safety tips related to the website here: https://nationalonlinesafety.com/wakeupwednesday/omegle-is-it-safe-for-children
MEET THE STAFF
Who: Mr Wood
What role: Class Teacher
Where: Year 4
When: I joined Bosmere in September 2020
What's it like working at Bosmere: Everyone at Bosmere (both adults and children) are endlessly positive and supportive!
What do you like to do in your spare time: I enjoy listening to audiobooks and I've recently got back into going to the gym
Quirky fact: Before coming to Bosmere, I lived and worked in the Middle East for 3 years!
YEAR 3 NEWS
Those of you who shop at our local TESCO will have noticed the Easter art displayed in the store to enrich the shopping experience! Many congratulations to all of our children who took part in the competition and, in particular, to Billy T from 3S and Gabi M from 3F, who were chosen by TESCO for a special prize to reward their artistic efforts. Mrs Robinson took great pleasure in congratulating the talented winners in Celebration Assembly. The Dioramas that were created over the holidays are ever so impressive - Mrs Dunn and Mrs Robinson are going to have such a tough job to judge them! You can see some photos of them here.
The children have already settled into the Summer Term very well, ready to learn and engage with their peers, which is wonderful. We started the term with our PBL Fairy Tale Day, to launch our new English unit. It was great to see everyone in costume and off timetable for the day, exploring fairy stories together in the spring sunshine and enjoying the different activities on offer, including being entertained by our resident fairy teller dressed as the Big Bad Wolf!
Improving spelling is an important part of this year's School Improvement Plan and fluency in spelling has a powerful effect on reading and writing fluency as well. With this in mind, we ran our Spelling Bee competition to find our Year 3 top spellers. This was great fun and enjoyed by all. We would like to congratulate the following children: Lottie M, Gabriel M and Amelia S for being our 2021 Spelling Bee champions!
This term we have lots to look forward to with our postponed geography trip to Dell Quay in May, our history visit to Butser Ancient Farm in June and our fun and educational Celtic Day in July, when Year 3 will enjoy a day of living history. More information will follow on all of these events. We are thrilled that a partial relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions has meant that we can once again organise such enriching learning experiences for your children (and we love them too!).
Thank you again for all your support and let's hope we can really enjoy our Summer Term this year.
YEAR 4 NEWS
CALLING ALL BUDDING GARDENERS IN YEAR 4!
This term we will be outside gardening one afternoon every week. The lovely Year 4 team came in over the holiday to sort the school garden area and everything is now ready for planting. I know that a few of you have already brought in your own pair of gardening gloves but if not and you are able to get a pair that would be fab!. Mrs Shore took 35 pairs of school gloves for the year group home to wash but doesn't really want to do that every day!!! You have been brilliant at bringing in plastic 2 litre bottles and milk cartons. No more thank you however we do still need some 1 litre square based juice cartons. Thank you so much for your support.
Oh how are the sunflower seeds going? Our plants in school didn't survive but I have been given 6 new plants ready to plant outside when it gets a bit warmer.
YEAR 5 NEWS
Year 5 staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time for our 1940’s day last half term. It was lovely to see the children embrace the day and the activities. The children loved noticing the changes from school as we know it today and enjoyed classes in handwriting and nature. We had the privilege of having some special visitors to Bosmere, the Overlord Society, who brought vehicles, weapons and uniforms from the 1940’s for the children to experience. The children all really enjoyed seeing the weapons that were used during the war and it was definitely a favourite part of the day for many. Another highlight of the day was the big dance, where all the children had the chance to perform their Lindy Hop and at the end we even had an open dance floor where they could all perform together. It was lovely to see the children all dressed up and really getting into character and we are sure the children all enjoyed it as much as the staff.
Year 5 HEARTS morning last half term had us thinking about health. We not only thought about our physical health but also about our mental health. The Year 5 ‘bubble’ was split into three groups who rotated around the school completing different activities. There was one activity in the hall, which was set up like a fitness circuit, where the children took part in different physical activities from sit-ups to star jumps. Another group were concentrating on their keeping their minds healthy and really enjoyed trying to spot the missing item and racing to find the image the quickest. It was interesting to hear all the different answers when the children were asked to find images beginning with certain letters or a colour. The final activity had the children using their imaginations and creativity when they were asked “can you think of a question without an answer?” The children were asked what they think animals might say to us as humans and all thought of some wonderful answers and ideas. They really enjoyed this activity as there were no right or wrong answers and they could be as creative as they liked. It was another very successful HEARTS morning.
Last term, Year 6 designed and made their own catapults which they enjoyed testing. Some of them really went the distance! It took the children a lot of perseverance and resilience to get the separate parts to work. They also had to communicate well with their friends. They really did do us proud, demonstrating the GROW IT and HEARTS values brilliantly.
Mrs Lever is running a virtual coffee morning on Friday the 7th May via Microsoft TEAMS at 10.00am (please check your ParentMail account for an email that includes a link). The focus will be to support parents and care-givers whose child is reportedly experiencing friendship difficulties. We will discuss how to support your child and the procedures school have in place to ensure it is a happy and friendly place. Mrs Lever is happy to discuss any individual needs of a child in a one-to-one meeting if required, but this will need to be arranged separately.
Starting a conversation can sometimes be difficult, especially if you are worried that your child is having a hard time. It doesn’t matter what topic the conversation starts with – it’s about the opportunity it gives you both to talk about feelings and to provide comfort.
Let your child know you are concentrating on them; sit down with a cuppa with no gadgets or devices to distract you or them.
Start with small talk. Big things grow from little seeds.
Let them know you are listening, what is your body language telling them?
Sometimes conversations are difficult and by making full eye contact can make the child uncomfortable. If they want to look away that’s fine so long as they are engaged.
Don’t be afraid of a silence. This will give the child time to re-focus and sort out in their mind what they would like to say next.
Always let your child know you are there to listen and help them.
30th 5R Swimming begins
3rd May Day Bank Holiday
4th 3S Parent Consultation Meetings
Multi Sports clubs start this week
7th Virtual Coffee Morning
11th, 12th & 14th Year 5 Natural History Virtual Workshops