Welcome to Bede Burn Primary School

Welcome to Bede Burn – a fantastic school that we are all proud to be a part of. Thank you for taking the time to look at our website.  We provide a very happy, caring, supportive place to learn and grow…as one parent put it, we are ‘a small school with a big heart!’ We have a talented and dedicated team of staff who focus on making life at our school fun, exciting and educational: a place where children want to be. We provide a broad curriculum and we value creativity and innovation. Energy, passion and praise are found here in abundance, as well as a loveIMG_0254 of learning.

We inspire our pupils to achieve, and have high expectations for all of our children; we aim to instil the belief that we are all capable of anything, with hard work and perseverance. We embrace challenges, safe in the knowledge that mistakes are simply opportunities to improve further. We think big – we dream big – and we go for it. Our hope is that our children leave Year 6 with everything they need for success in their bright futures, including a broad academic knowledge, respect for themselves and others, confidence and a host of fond memories.

We encourage a strong sense of collaboration within school, as well as with our families and our global community. We offer a wide range of clubs to our pupils, as well as visitor opportunities and other curriculum-enriching activities such as our international links. We have seen international recognition for our amazing singing efforts and we look forward to continuing this success throughout this year and beyond. We know the importance of contributing to our community and also appreciate support from others, including our Governors, parents, grandparents and our ‘Bede Burn Buddies’ group.

We are proud of our achievements – our children shine brightly and we welcome you to explore our website further.  Please feel free to comment on our posts; it’s always nice to hear your views. Please contact us if you require any further information.

Nicola Faulkner

Headteacher

 

 

Our new Vision Statement is here!

Parents/Carers –

You may remember me writing to you all in the Autumn term, asking you to jot down words/phrases in response to a few questions (What we want the children to feel at school, what we valued, and so on).

I also asked all of the staff, Governors and the pupils the same questions, correlated the results and used everyone’s ideas to write our vision statement.

The result is a vision that is shared by everyone in our school community – we are all a part of it and can be proud to call it our vision of Bede Burn.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Thank you for your contributions.

I’ve also uploaded our Classroom Code, which we designed in Autumn. It is displayed in all classrooms and explains our ethos of how we want our children to learn.

Nicola Faulkner

Headteacher

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Reading club

imageimageIMG_0243 IMG_0244Reading club was fab today! We all chose a book that we thought looked interesting and shared the stories with our friends. We discussed what happened and even made some predictions about what we thought might happen next. We have some amazing readers in Year 2! We can’t wait for next week! Well done boys! 👍

Y5 Spring term

Welcome back and Happy New Year to you all! Firstly we would like to thank you all for the lovely Christmas wishes, cards and gifts we received. It was very kind and thoughtful and we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your families.

 

This term we have a lot going on and we hope the children continue to show the same commitment and efforts in order to make the progress they are capable of.

 

In English this term we are reading ‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ by Tom McLaughlin. Much of our work will be based around this story and we will be doing lots of drama, reading comprehension and grammar work in the hope to get some quality written work from the children. The children loved last term’s book, ‘The Imagination Box’ and it was lovely to see them so engaged and keen to listen and take part in the work based around it. We hope to see more of this over the next few weeks.

 

In Maths we are focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages with a big focus on the children being able to apply the skills they learn through problem solving and reasoning activities. The children are working hard in maths and learning that it is ok to make mistakes and in fact it just makes our brain grow!

 

Our topic this term is South America with a focus on Rainforests and we will be doing a lot of cross-curricular work within this. We will be doing some map work and finding out what lies within South America. We hope to find out about rainforest habitats, the animals that live there, the different plants and the structure of the rainforest itself. Within this topic we will be doing some reading comprehension work, some leaf sketches, animal paintings and hopefully be able to create our own mini rainforests along with some writing links in there too.

 

In Science the children will be studying ‘Properties and Changes of materials’, where they will look at states of matter, changes of state, reversible and irreversible changes and materials and their properties. There will be a lot of practical work and scientific investigation which we’re sure the children will love.

 

P.E this term will be a Wednesday afternoon with a gymnastics coach but it is advised that children have their kits in everyday in case we do other P.E activities linked to other subjects.

Computing will see the children working with a program called ‘Scratch’ on a counting machine. PSHE will focus on democracy where the children will learn about British values and the rule of law.

R.E is based around what we know about the Bible and why it is important to Christians.

Music the children are working through a scheme called Charanga where they are give the chance to explore music is many different ways.

In Art this term we are looking at Matisse, under water and sky pictures as well as many links to our topic South America.

 

We’d like to thank you for your continued support and like to remind you the door is always open if there is ever anything you feel you’d like to discuss. Here’s to a successful 2017 for all.

 

Many thanks

Miss Smith and Mrs Smith

Full Steam ahead for Year 3

Happy 2017!

Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you for the lovely gifts and cards I received this Christmas. I was certainly very spoilt and I am very grateful.

This is an exciting term in Year 3, we are beginning a study of the development of the railways and in particular we will be finding out about the “Father of the Railways” himself… George Stephenson. A fascinating character and a local lad to be proud of!

Science will also provide a chance to explore as part of our study of Forces and magnets. We will be working on exploring questions and investigating using fair tests. Slightly worryingly, our work after February half term will be focusing on Plants. We will be finding out what plants need to grow and thrive… mainly not being anywhere near to the Year 3 teacher who has a very bad track record with growing anything successfully.

This is a very exciting term in our PE lessons, on a Wednesday we have a gymnastics coach coming in to work with us, then after half term in February we will begin to go swimming. I will be in touch to give you more details nearer to the time. The children are already full of excitement and looking forward to this new area of our curriculum.

Maths this term will include developing our skills in multiplying and dividing, exploring measures with a particular focus on time and finally the chance to extend our knowledge of fractions – no more asking who wants the biggest half!

I am particularly excited about our English work this term, we will be concentrating on two very special books, The Tin Forest and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Both books will allow us to create different types of writing from letters to narratives to instructions, we might even get to hear from Mr. Wonka himself!

As you can see a busy and exciting term. If you have any questions or want to discuss any issues please get in touch.

Thank you

A Lenney

Choir at Christmas

Thank you to my amazing choir who performed with oomph and gusto everywhere they went!

Mrs N Faulkner

Children in Need Day – Pudsey Bears!

Thank you to the fabulous Mrs Peacock for, once again, knitting 21 Pudsey Bears! Children’s names were drawn out and the lucky winners are below. Thanks also to everyone who donated to this fabulous cause…as a school we raised an amazing £377.50!

 

 

 

Show Racism the Red Card!

On Friday 21st October, we joined in with ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ day and managed to raise £161! Well done everyone.

Nicola Faulkner

Pumpkin carving winners!

Wowza! What an absolutely fantastic day we had yesterday! Hallowe’en certainly went with a bang, thanks to the amazing efforts of our children and their families in decorating pumpkins. Below you can see the winning designs for each class and the prizes won!

Well done everyone.

Nicola Faulkner

Colin Nell visited our school!

What an exciting day at Bede Burn! Today we were visited by the celebrity footballing free-styler Colin Nell, who has featured in films, computer games, promotional campaigns and more. We brought him in as a thank-you for the children’s hard work and motivation this half-term, and to inspire the children to further build on their achievements in the future.

 

Colin talked to all of the children about the power of ‘dreaming big’…of believing in themselves, aiming high and working hard to make their dreams a reality. As Colin quoted, “The road to greatness is not marked by perfection, but by the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure.”

 

Colin also showed us some of the amazing free-styling tricks for which he is famous…we were all flabbergasted by his skills! It was as much of a treat to see the children’s faces light up in delight and amazement as it was to see the show itself!

 

The school was also fortunate enough to be given a signed copy of Mo Farah’s autobiography (Colin is his brother-in-law). We will be reading some inspirational excerpts from it in future assemblies. We were also given some signed photographs of Colin and he even signed our ‘classroom code’ poster in the hall.

 

After the fantastic assembly, Colin spent time with each class individually, teaching them some tricks of their own to practice at home. I am looking forward to seeing some of these tricks once children have practiced and mastered them!

 

All in all, it was an inspirational day for the pupils and the staff…we were all left with the feeling that anything was possible, if we believe in it enough and work hard at it. Thank you to Colin Nell; he helped me to greet the pupils at the gate, was amazing with the children and was even spotted helping the kitchen staff sweep up after dinner!

 

The positive message given by Colin today ties in perfectly with our new ‘classroom code’ posters which encourage the children to ‘think big, dream big, go for it!’ I hope that today’s phenomenal boost of self-belief and positivity continues to grow and flourish next half term….I can’t wait to see what our amazing pupils will achieve…

 

Nicola Faulkner