This year we have introduced the Bethany Graduation Scheme for the children to take part in. The main aim of this is to give children the skills, tools and values needed to be successful in their future career. We will be discussing university, possible careers and answer any questions they may have during their time at Bethany. We hope this will give them a head start and necessary drive and focus when they get to secondary school. The children have all received their Graduation books (which will be kept in school) and will be focussing on achieving their targets. There are targets for the whole school and specific targets for year groups which will be broken down into these categories:
Our World Social Skills Academic Independence Active and Values.
The Year 2 staff held workshops for parents so that they can understand the school’s use of Singapore method of teaching mathematics. The parents worked alongside their children in a typical lesson, gaining an insight into the way problem solving underpins this highly effective teaching approach.
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Year 2 were able to make given amounts in a variety of ways using coins; they were very pleased with themselves. This was a real life application of their addition skills.
Year 1 and 2 looked at the book The Jolly Postman, they wrote poems and then walked to the Post Office to post their letters to Allan Ahlberg. They combined this with completing maps of their locality including drawing their route and making a key so that they could quickly and accurately fill in what they saw.
IN THE SPINNEY
Reception listened to the story A House For Mouse and went to the Spinney to see if they could find Fox's hole, Badger's house and Bear's cave and then make a house for Mouse. They also found snails who took their houses with them!
The children in Year 1 and 2 children wrote and published their own book and launched it at a book signing event in Waterstones. Nicole wrote about her experience:
"I had the most amazing experience yesterday. I went to our book launch. First we went on the coach. I sat with Zak. I had to go to the book launch to collect my book.
After, when we got there we went up the escalator. When we where up the escalator we went into Waterstones. We had drinks and biscuits.
When we were done we went back on the coach and we went back to school and I went back to my mummy and told her all about it. What a great day!"
Led by Heather Torrens, the children took part in the annual Bournemouth Schools Music Association Christmas Carols Festival at the Pavilion.
“The children at Bethany CE Junior School were delighted to take part in a virtual reality day. The Year 2 children from St Clement's and St John's CE Infant School also joined us. Our teachers took their classes on tours of the solar system. They also went diving with sharks and also spotted wildlife in the rainforests of Borneo. A few classes even joined a raspberry on its journey through the digestive system!
We are forward thinking in our use of technology; virtual reality is one aspect that has great potential for promoting learning. We have recently invested in tablet computers for every class; the children in Year 1 have been using augmented reality apps to make dinosaurs run around their classrooms! This week we are setting up a live video link between our infant and junior schools, assisting communication and collaboration. For the children and teachers, it’s a very exciting time.”
"Not only did the year 3 and 4 children at Heathlands raise in excess of £300 they also had a visit from the REAL Pudsey Bear and BBC South Today and the Bournemouth Evening Echo!!! The children organised a fundraiser event and invited parents and community members along to buy cakes, play Top Trumps and the Buzz Game, have a go at apple bobbing, look at their work, get their faces painted, watch dancing and join in singing. Wow, what a day!"