We have had such a positive start to the Summer Term in every year group. I was particularly proud of each and every child in Year 6 for the way they tackled their SATs tests this week, showing real resilience and commitment to their learning. They have done their very best and that is all that matters. I hope that they all remember now, whatever their results, that SATs tests do not reflect who they are as individuals.
We have so many exciting events planned for the next few weeks. It is going to be really important to carefully read emails that come out so that you can stay on top of all of the arrangements!
Our exciting Superstars fundraising event is on Wednesday next week (18th May). A ParentMail has already been sent out with all the details for this. We are also asking parents to send in their child’s money to take part in the events (in 50p pieces if possible) in a named purse or wallet prior to the day. Please can all parents also ensure that they have completed the form to indicate the going home arrangements for their child. Thank you to all the parents who have offered to support with the refreshments. You will soon receive an email informing you of your time slot!
We are having a fun day on Friday 27th May to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. A ParentMail has been sent out about this already. There are lots of competitions your child could choose to take part in. The lunch on this day will be our special Jubilee Lunch, which parents can pre-order. Please can all parents make sure they have completed the form regarding the Jubilee Lunch. Any child not having the Jubilee Lunch will need to bring their own packed lunch into school on that day, as there will be no other lunch option.
YEAR 3 NEWS
We hope you all had a lovely Easter; the children have assured us that lots of chocolate was involved!
Year 3 have had a wonderful start to the summer term; we have done so much already and still have so much to look forward to.
Thank you for supporting our recent fairy tale dress up day - we loved the variety of costumes that came in and appreciated the time and effort that had gone into making them. It was a great way to launch our new English unit and we were so proud of the children for working so hard all day. It was their first experience of Project Based Learning and they produced some wonderful work - a big thank you to the parents who popped in to see what they had been up to and celebrated their achievements with them.
Thank you also to the parents who were able to join us for our Drop, Stop and Calculate sessions. The children thoroughly enjoyed being able to showcase their learning and we hope you found it useful. We did identify a few children who are still struggling to tell the time. This is such an important skill; please keep working on this together at home.
This week we have enjoyed our trips to Dell Quay, 3A on Wednesday and 3B & 3D on Friday. Although the weather was a bit damp on Wednesday, it was fine on Friday, and we were all able to make the most of the great outdoors - splashing around in the river being a definite highlight! It was wonderful to see the children applying what they have been learning in class and sharing their knowledge with the staff at Dell Quay.
We look forward to seeing some of you at Superstars next week!
YEAR 4 NEWS
We have now started our Gardening unit, which all the children (and adults!) have totally embraced. This supports our science units: Plants and Habitats. We will be engaging with our next Project Based Learning (PBL) tasks in this term, which we are all looking forward to as the children absolutely immersed themselves into this style of learning for the Ancient Greeks history unit last term.
Year 4 all had the most wonderful visit to Tuppenny Barn at the start of May. On our visit to the smallholding in Southbourne, we were able to forage for some spinach and herbs before taking them into the kitchen to make some cheese muffins – just delicious! We also learnt more about planting seedlings, composting and the important role of the humble bumblebee.
We have lots of other fun and exciting plans for the Summer Term, which we know everyone is going to love.
YEAR 5 NEWS
The Year 5 children have done a great job of throwing themselves back into their learning after the Easter Holidays. We have now started work on our new unit 'The Highwayman' and the children are enjoying the dark, spooky nature of the narrative poem. We have also begun our new geography unit all about volcanoes and earthquakes, and we are looking forward to some online workshops with the Natural History Museum later in the term.
On Tuesday 26th April, the children took part in the first of three workshops at Warblington School. This included music, art and science - the Bunsen burners were a particular hit! As always, the children did themselves proud with their enthusiasm and behaviour, and we are excited for the next two workshops - Tuesday 24th May and Tuesday 28th June.
With Superstars coming up, we are looking forward to the children showing off their extracurricular skills such as doughnut eating, tower building and wet sponge throwing - although Mrs Browne, Mr Baker and Mr Kershaw are not too excited by that last one! We hope to see as many parents as possible on that day to cheer the children on for this fantastic event.
YEAR 6 NEWS
Year 6 have had a fantastic month. Everyone enjoyed their Easter break and came back ready for our Brecon adventure. We were all excited loading up the coaches for the off and waving goodbye to everyone. All Year 6 had the most wonderful time trying all the brilliant activities that were on offer. Lots of children (and adults) overcame their fears and went for it. On our return, revision week was waiting for us. The children have worked extremely hard to prepare for the SATs tests and have applied themselves so well all week. Well done Year 6.
Now the weather is getting warmer, please can we remind adults to apply sun cream to children before they come into school. It is also good for the children to have a hat/cap to wear at break times. Please ensure your child has their water bottle with them every day.
MEET THE STAFF – Mrs Alison Reilly
What role: I am the Office Manager and I am responsible for the finances of the school, as well as helping Mrs Ware and Mrs Chappell keep the office running smoothly.
Where: I have my own office next to Mrs Robinson and Mr Adam and the main school office.
When: I started at Bosmere in March 2008 and have worked for three different Headteachers here.
What do you like to do in your spare time?: Family are very special to me so I spend a lot of time with them at the weekends. I also enjoy long walks with my Poochon called Teddy. I love going abroad on holiday and love shopping (my daughter claims I am a shop-a-holic). I also love entertaining in Reilly’s Bar (situated at the end of my garden).
Quirky fact: I’m always on a diet, but can’t seem to lose any weight!!!!
When we started our journey to become an Eco-school, which we introduced to the school community as part of Havant’s Big Green Week in September 2021, we never expected to have the most wonderful and enthusiastic bunch of Eco warriors in our Eco club (36 children from across the school - and we still have a waiting list!).
The energy that this unique group of children have put into the numerous projects this year to try to achieve our Green Flag and become recognised as an Eco-school has continually made us all proud. We have had the most wonderful opportunities and submitted our application just before the Easter holidays. Our aim had been to try to achieve the Green Flag this year, the Green Flag with Merit next year and the Green Flag with Distinction the following year.
This week, we were very excited to receive the following email from the assessors to say that not only have we achieved our Green Flag within one year, we have been awarded it with Distinction (this was our 3 year plan – not one!). We could never have done this without the support of everyone in the school community to which we belong. We thought you would like to read the assessors' report to see how we achieved this status. As you can imagine we are buzzing with excitement and we have many more fun things planned for the rest of this term!
CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING YOUR ECO-SCHOOLS GREEN FLAG!
Fantastic work Caroline!
We are very pleased to tell you that you and your Eco-Committee at Bosmere Junior School have been awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag. We reviewed your application and noted the following:
We loved hearing how your Eco-Committee communicated with the rest of their school and wider community! Giving them the chance to deliver assemblies, shows that their work is valued, including information for the parents via MS Teams is a great way to engage parents in environmental action. It is wonderful to hear you have a waiting list for taking part in the Eco-Committee. Thank you for uploading copies of your minutes, very well written. We love your Willow Dome; make sure it is on your action plan to maintain this as it can grow quickly. Well done on the solar panel! We loved that you involved the children in discovering the answers for the Environmental Review, as our programme is all about empowering young people. We loved reading your Action Plan, don’t forget to update your outcomes on there when your actions have been met or how they are progressing. The Action Plan is a working document and some actions could carry over onto next year. Great work linking your Action Plan into your HEARTS mornings! We fully support your ‘Wild Wednesday’ idea for the whole school to participate in an environmental day. Your Informing and Involving work is fantastic and one of the strongest parts of your application. The Eco-Board showed off all your hard work in an organised manner, and it was especially wonderful to hear how you have involved younger children with the wider community in your Eco-Schools work. Partnering with the local secondary school is a great idea. The parental quote really demonstrates how your Eco-School's work is raising awareness not only within school but at home and the wider community. You have some impressive figures in Monitoring and Evaluation, keep up the good work! We loved the enthusiasm of the children in the Eco movie! Loved the energy usage chart, this could have been placed under monitoring and evaluation as well! Finally, having looked through the bonus sections we were delighted to see how you have used your environmental work to benefit a broad range of pupils in your school, this is a real demonstration that environmental action is for all!
It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to review your Eco-Schools Green Flag application - you are most definitely a worthy Eco-Schools with distinction Green Flag Award winner! Congratulations!
If you haven't seen it before, Vodafone has created an adapted version of the classic story 'Goldilocks' that is a brilliant resource to share with children who have or are exposed to social media, and explores ways they can build healthy relationships with social media platforms:
Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Twitch… the sheer number of social websites in today’s world can feel endless. So perhaps it is not too surprising that 48% of children have been exposed to social media by age seven. Before you despair, let us take stock of all the positive outcomes these platforms can have – rallying real change, bridging distances, building communities. The problem is not social media in and of itself. It is how it is used.
That is why we want to help parents like you to have important conversations with your children early on about how to build a healthy relationship with social media.
#Goldilocks is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale that offers a fun and accessible way for you to discuss all things social media related with your younger children. Co-branded by Vodafone UK and Andersen Press, award-winning author Jeanne Willis created the light-hearted story alongside illustrator Tony Ross. The book is designed to help educate children about the potential consequences of being unkind, getting carried away with selfies, or oversharing images, as we see Goldilocks getting into trouble with the three bears over her pursuit of likes on social media….
My child has anger issues…
Do they? Or do they just get angry? The two are very different!
I have heard many children say they have anger issues, as this is what they have been told by their parent/carer. On occasions, this may give the child a feeling of “permission” to behave in a certain manner because they have a “label” which they believe may excuse their behaviour and it should therefore be accepted.
This is not the case.
Anger is a human emotion, experienced by every one of us from babies up to geriatrics, but how it is dealt with has the lasting effect.
Anger occurs for many different reasons and sometimes it is not always understood by those on the receiving end.
Anger can be used as a defence mechanism in order to protect us from “impending danger”.
When we experience heightened emotion such as anger, the chemicals and hormones in our body need time to reduce, so trying to calm an angry child is like “poking a fire with a chocolate stick”. The worst thing you can tell an angry person to do is calm down! Give time, space and patience. Do not rise to their emotion.
When the situation has eased, then is the time to discuss the issue. I bet you find out that the child was not angry … look below the surface and there lie your answers.