MESSAGE FROM MRS ROBINSON
It seems unbelievable that we are already at the half way point in our Spring Term! I continue to be amazed at the children’s hard working attitude and the way they have been applying themselves to their learning. I have been particularly looking out for children showing our GROW IT Value of ‘Originality’ and our HEARTS Value of ‘Ambition’ this half term and have been so impressed with what I have seen. We have some wonderfully ambitious children with some very creative ideas – you deserve to be extremely proud of them!
Mrs Baker, our Spanish teacher, and Mrs Taw, our additional teacher in Year 5 are both poorly at the moment and will not be in for the rest of this term. We are very pleased that Mrs Clarke will be picking up our Spanish teaching across the school and we welcome Mrs Wicks to Bosmere, who will be providing our additional teaching in Year 5 whilst Mrs Taw is absent. We wish Mrs Baker and Mrs Taw a speedy recovery.
We have been keeping busy in Year 3, enjoying learning about rivers in Geography and continuing to explore the Ancient Egyptians in History.
Our History unit has been running alongside our English unit on instructional writing. The children did a brilliant job this week of pulling together their newly discovered mummification knowledge to write a set of instructions for the mummification of an Egyptian Pharoah. Some of the children definitely channelled their inner ‘Horrible Historian’ and didn’t leave the gory details out!
After a practical session last week mummifying a tomato, our Year 3s are fast becoming embalming experts! If they haven't already shared what they know with you, please do find some time to ask them about it (although we advise that on this occasion, dinner time might not be the best opportunity!)
We were also lucky enough to have the opportunity to make a playground river, identifying the different features and bringing our unit to life in our school environment. There was lots of excitement across the year group, and some very supportive children encouraging our 'river' to find its path through the stones and soil. The highlight was definitely the formation of a waterfall!
We are currently comparing the Hermitage River to rivers across the world; if you do get a chance to visit our local river over half term, it will really help contextualise this for the children.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful half term.
We have been very impressed by the amount of children who are really trying to improve their speed and accuracy in their times tables this term. We know lots of you are practising at home and cannot advocate this enough as it helps the children so much with all aspects of the maths curriculum.
This term, we have had great fun in science learning about electricity and we will be using equipment to make circuits, which always creates a real buzz (excuse the pun!) This week 4DW and 4S have taken part in an exciting DT day where they put their new science knowledge to the test in order to make their very own working torches. 4R, it will be your turn after half term!
Finally, we are about to begin a very exciting time in Year 4, totally immersing ourselves into our History unit learning about the Ancient Greeks. The children will work in small groups for our project based learning tasks. This is a very different way of working where the pupils choose something they would like to find more about. They undertake research and then produce some project work to present to everyone. We look forward to welcoming you in at the end of next half term to see the amazing work they produce.
Year 5 had a fabulous 1940's day. The children were amazed about how different life at school in 1940 was. We are all looking forward to our trips coming up to the D-Day Museum to continue exploring our WW2 topic. This will help them when they start their WW2 PBL project.
Year 5 have just completed a topic on poetry and came up with some fantastic poems of their own.
Year 6 have been busy as usual. All three classes have now been to Dell Quay and Havant Plaza. We started at Dell Quay and got into role to debate whether dog walkers should be allowed to use the coastal path. The children took on different guises such as business owners and bird watchers. We then wrote statements to read at the Havant Council offices. Everyone spoke really enthusiastically, whilst staying in role, about if they were for or against the ban. In the end two classes were against the ban whilst one class was for the ban. Year 6 proved that they were great in a debate.
Some of Year 6 went to the O2 to participate in the Young Voices performance. All sang their hearts out and had a fantastic experience.
We used our HEARTS morning to explore the world of money. The children were amazed at how many bills adults have to pay and where their money is used to fund services.
In January, our new flora and fauna identification board, funded by Waitrose, was presented to Eco Club, joined by Kathy Heidstrom from Waitrose and our new Eco Governor, Mrs Jenny Lane. The board will be installed in Bosmere's wild meadow over half term.
On 24th January Eco Club took part in the RSPB Big Schools' Bird Watch, spotting birds in the copse and around the school grounds. Altogether we identified 9 different species and submitted our results to the RSPB.
We are trying to encourage less single-use plastics in Bosmere's lunch boxes: Every Wednesday lunchtime, Mrs Dunn and Eco Club check lunch boxes, giving out stickers for lunch boxes with small, reusable containers and minimal single-use plastics. So far, Year 6 are streaking ahead, closely followed by Year 3, with Years 4 and 5 jostling for third place.
Energy Monitors record whether the lights and computer monitors have been turned off in classrooms every lunchtime. Since September, the class with the most ticks is 5K, followed by 4S, then 6C. Year 6 is generally better than the other year groups. Every member of Eco Club is taking on responsibility to close playground doors when they see them standing open.
Miss Dawes and the Bosmere Junior Road Safety Officers (JRSOs) have created a survey for every Bosmere pupil to complete in a computing lesson, telling us how they currently travel to and from school, and whether they might consider travelling in a more sustainable way - walking, cycling, scooting, etc. - for at least some days when they come to school. The survey results will be published once every class has had a chance to complete it.
Dominique created a superb poster to encourage people to save toilet paper - less paper means less water is needed to flush the toilet. Eco Club stuck posters on the doors of all 25 toilet cubicles around the school!
Eco Club helped with the second Pre-Loved Uniform, Clothing and Wellies Event. Nearly £90 was raised for school PTA funds. It was great to see so many families making use of this; it is always good to know that clothing which is no longer needed by one family is being handed on to another. There will be another event in the Summer Term on 16th May, so watch this space for more details!
… We have lots more exciting eco activities planned for next month …!
Does your child play Fortnite at home?
Since its release in 2017, the battle-royale simulator – Fortnite, has become immensely popular throughout the world. The game, which features cartoonish characters, bright colours and non-consequence free violence, has had a mass appeal to children. However, children who play can be exposed to multi-player chatting with strangers, and financial exploitation via the game’s spend-to-gain-advantage operating style, which allows children to use real world money to gain perks and costumes. Internetmatters.org has published a guide to understand the game and help keep your children safe. You can find the link below:
Being a parent
Whoever said being a parent was easy can’t have been a parent themselves! Parenting comes with ups and downs and it’s always best to expect the unexpected! If only children came with instruction manuals parenting would be so much easier!
As a parent we are sometimes expected to have all the answers, but this definitely isn’t the case. We learn along the way with our children and have to figure it out together. We grow as a parent as our children grow.
A child loves to be heard and know they are being listened to and in turn the child knows it is safe to talk and share how they are feeling. Listen to your child and let them know you’re listening. Reflect back on what they’ve told you so they know you’ve heard what they’ve said and refrain from dismissing or undermining them as this may prevent them opening up to you again for fear of a negative reaction. I know we are all busy, life gets in the way and time flies by, but giving you child some uninterrupted quality time with you will only strengthen the relationship and bond.
Turn off the TV, get off your phone, put down the iPad.
Giving your child time costs nothing and everyone likes something for nothing!
MEET THE STAFF – Miss Zoe Carew
What role: I am an LSA in Year 4.
Where do you find me? : Room 9
When: I started at Bosmere about 12 years ago
What do you like to do in your spare time? : I like going to the theatre, concerts, and West End shows. I love a good walk, as long as there is a cup of tea and cake at the end. I'm a keen crafter and make all sorts of things (not always successful) but I have fun regardless.
Quirky fact: I'm a mad Spice Girls fan and have seen them numerous times in concert.
MEET THE GOVERNOR
Having left school at 16 I joined an apprenticeship scheme; I have worked predominantly within the health and social care sector since then. I spent many years managing care homes for young adults with learning disabilities and then branched in to the quality assurance side of things. I now work for a Hampshire based charity as their Head of Compliance and Data Protection Officer.
Interests: I have lived in Havant for over 10 years and just love living by the coast. Being able to be outdoors is really important to me and I enjoy long walks around the harbour and on the South Downs. I recently took on an allotment, so I am excited about developing that and learning to grow things on a larger scale than in my garden. I love camping and travelling the UK. I am currently restoring a 1980’s VW Camper Van with my husband, so we are looking forward to many more adventures in that.
Why I became a Governor and what is expected of me
Compliance and effective governance is very important to me. Having experienced poor standards of schooling in my childhood, it has been very important to me to ensure that children and families in my local community receive high quality support and education. I became a Governor because I wanted to give back to the community and support schools wherever possible. This is even more important to me now that I am a mother myself.
I have a son who attends Bosmere and I am fortunate that I can fit my Governor duties around my work and home life. It is lovely to be able to come into the school during the day and see the amazing work that all the staff and pupils do. I am always made to feel welcome and that my contribution, no matter how small, is valued. We are encouraged to carry out visits as often as we can, but do share this across the Governing Body.
My current roles on the Governing Body and what they involve
I joined the Governing Body at Bosmere in September 2022 as a Parent Governor, so I am still quite new, but I do have experience of being a Governor at another local school for several years.
As a Governor we get the opportunity to have a focus year group, so this academic year I chose Year 3. I also oversee the topic of Art and I am a member of the Head Teacher Performance Management Committee.
The role of Governor develops over time and we get to choose committees we might like to be part of (using our strengths and skill bases, or just an area which we might have an interest in). We get to support events at the school and there are lots of ways we can get involved and be part of the school community. There are also ways to support the school out of hours too, so this helps with working around our own lives.
If you think you might like to be a Governor then I highly recommend looking into it, as it is so rewarding.
Spring Term Clubs will continue straight after the Easter holidays. Please remember to let us know if your child will not be attending the club one week, as we have safeguarding measures in place to account for all children who should be attending.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigated the first day of the planned teacher industrial action. On this occasion our risk assessments meant that we were able to keep the school open to all pupils. This may not, however, be the case on future days, so please can we remind parents that alternative arrangements for childcare may be required on
- Thursday 2nd March
- Wednesday 15th March
- Thursday 16th March
Further updates will be provided for each of the dates as soon as we are able to.
PARENTS EVENING CHANGE OF DATE
The proposed Spring Term Parents Consultation evening session had been planned for Thursday 16th March. As this coincides with one of the proposed industrial action dates, this has now been moved to Monday 20th March. Day consultation meetings will also be available for parents between 20th March and 27th March. Further details will be sent out after the half term holiday.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT WORKERS
Some of you met our new Mental Health Support Workers, who were visiting the school during our pre-loved uniform event. They were able to chat to parents about the support they can provide and signpost other resources which are available. They will also be in school between 4pm and 4:45pm on Monday 20th March as part of Parents Evening.
We are a having a well-being theme to our book week this year and will have competitions and readings to reflect this.
We will have visiting writer Rachel Bright, author of The Love Monster series, doing a virtual presentation to Year 3 and 4. Rachel’s books allow children to think about big themes such as friendship and teamwork using the safety of the characters in her stories. We will also have Ben Davis, author of The Joe Cowley series, delivering a whole school assembly and presenting to Year 5 and 6 on 9th March. Ben’s books also tackle big themes in a light-hearted way. There will be an opportunity for children to purchase signed books by these authors during the week.
During the week, each class will be creating a collaborative art piece, based on the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane using mindfulness art techniques.
We will be asking children to dress up as their favourite book character on Friday 10th March and are looking forward to seeing all their wonderful costumes.
There will be a few quizzes running during the week, which all children can participate in, and there will be animal drawing workshops in the library at lunchtimes. We are also encouraging children to create a loo roll book character. This is something you and your child might like to work on during half term. These will be displayed during Book Week.
Our virtual book fair will run from 6th March till 17th March. Please do have a look to see what books they have on offer as any purchases made through the fair result in a small donation to school. More details to follow.
Book Reviews and Recommendations
Sharing books which the children have enjoyed reading is a great way to encourage others to try new titles or authors. Our ever-changing library display presents popular books, along with reviews and recommendations the children have written.
Blank forms and bookmarks are available in the library and on our website here.
Some of our pupil librarians have had great fun making videos of their book reviews and recommendations which have been shared in Celebration Assembly and you can see them on our website here. We are always keen to hear what the children have enjoyed reading; they can see Mrs Library Dunn if they want to recommend a book.
Twice every week we run our lunchtime drop-in sessions of Brain Games – LS on Mondays, US on Thursdays. The children have great fun challenging their little grey cells with puzzles, memory games, quizzes and riddles. A big favourite is to design your own word search then get others to see if they can find everything on your list.
We have received some superb donations of books to the Library this year – thank you very much! With tight financial budgets, we are always keen to receive books which are no longer needed at home; if you have any to spare, please send them in to Mrs Library Dunn. Thank you!
|13th - 17th
||Y6 SATs and Residential meeting 3pm
||9am PTA meeting
3D Class Assembly 9am
5B Visit to D Day Museum
|6th - 10th
5K Visit to D Day Museum
Y6 STEM fair Chichester College
||5S Visit to D Day Museum
||Yr 5 & Yr 6 Author Visit – Ben Davis
||Book Character Dress up day
||Eco Club: Beach clean
||Y5 Drop, Stop and Read 9am
||Interim reports sent home
HEARTS and GROW IT Day
Red Nose Day - More information to follow
Parents’ Evening 3.45-7pm - CHANGE OF DATE
Mental Health Team chat 4pm - 4.45pm
|20th - 24th
||Parent Consultation Days
Spring Concert (time TBC)
Disco L/S 4.45pm - 6.15pm
Disco U/S 6.45pm - 8.15pm
Spring Term clubs finish
Last Day of Term – non-school uniform
Y4 Parents invited to PBL about Ancient Greeks 2.30pm (m/d room)
|3rd - 14th
Summer Term begins
|17th - 21st
||Yr 6 Residential to IOW
|Y3 Fairytale day
Summer clubs start (10 weeks)
Y3 Drop Stop and Calculate (Time TBC)
||Y4 Drop Stop and Calculate (Time TBC)
||4S Class assembly 9am
||Coronation Celebration Event Whole School TBC
||Coronation Bank Holiday
|9th - 12th
||Choir singing at St Faith’s with Solent Male Voice Choir (Time TBC)
||4R trip to Tuppenny Barn
4DW trip to Tuppenny Barn
Summer Pre-Loved Uniform Event 3pm
||5W Class Assembly 9am
||HEARTS and GROW IT Day
||4S trip to Tuppenny Barn
||5B Class Assembly 9am
Y6 Water Fight
Last Day of Term
|29th - 2nd June
||Return to school