We have put a list of dates for this academic year in our September 2017 Newsletter. More dates will be added across the year and letters/texts will be sent out to inform parents and carers. Just a reminder that we add our Newsletter to the ‘Parents’ section of our website.
Over the summer holidays the new curriculum grids for 2017-18 were put on our school website www.bournmooor.durham.sch.uk which outline what your child will be learning in school across the year. Also on our website are ‘Useful Guides’ to help with Literacy, Phonics and Maths at home. Subject co-ordinators have written these to try and support learning at home. To provide information on how your child is learning we offer 3 Parents’ Evenings (1 per term) and also you can speak to your child’s class teacher.
Just a reminder that school opens for the new academic year on Tuesday 6th September 2016 at 9am. We look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school then.
We are very proud to announce that we have been awarded the Primary Science Quality Mark Gold. As a school, we have working towards this award for the past twelve months. Since our PSQM submission went in for consideration recently, Mrs Parks (Science co-ordinator) has been eagerly checking her email for the results. We are so happy to find out that, after all her hard work completing the application, we have been successful!
The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire, School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.
Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school. The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each of these schools is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”
On a personal note our feedback was extremely positive and reflected the hard work that had gone on across our school and in the community. The last line of our feedback from Jane Turner, Director said: “An outstanding submission, amazingly well done!”
We are very proud of the all the hard work that pupils and staff have put into achieving this award. It recognises the extensive improvements we have made in our Science teaching and the importance we place on this subject. I would like to extend a huge thank you to parents as you have been so supportive of your children with their Science homework and projects.
At the end of spring term children took part in our science week entitled ‘Brilliant Biology’. Our Science ambassadors had said they would like each aspect of Science made more explicit so we are going to have weeks which focus on three key areas of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The children took part in a range of biology related work and activities during National Science Week. Science and food linked together in our biology week through activities such as a science and food cooking workshop. The feedback from pupils was very positive and we look forward to our next science week.
Bournmoor Tennis Club recently secured funding from Durham Council’s Neighbourhood Budget to upgrade the surface on their hard court. This means that they now have a good quality hard court that can be used over the autumn/winter period to add to the six grass courts used over the spring/summer. To officially commemorate the work and mark the occasion, the committee is planning a celebration day on Saturday 16th April to which everyone is invited. The plan is that there will be a fun day of tennis from 2pm for current members and for those who may wish to consider joining. They look forward to seeing some new faces. If you would like to find out about this local event see www.burnmoortennisclub.wordpress.com.
To launch our new garden area, we are holding a gardening competition. We will be giving a prize to the family who brings in the most unusual planter! This could be as simple as an old colander adapted to be a hanging basket, an old pair of wellies with drainage holes drilled in or any other ‘creative’ container that will be suitable for plants to grow in. You can choose to decorate them or leave them as they are – it’s up to you! More information is contained in the letter sent by Mrs Parks, Science Co-ordinator.
National Science Week takes place March 11th to the 18th this year. To celebrate, in school we are having a ‘Brilliant Biology’ Science week. Pupils will be taking part in a range of activities linking science and food together, such as a science and food cooking workshop and investigations with a food theme. A large part of the week will be spent preparing the garden are so we can grow our own herbs, fruit and vegetables which once harvested, will be used to make a variety of food.
It is time to start thinking about designs for Easter Egg competition entries. Each pupil can enter an imaginative design (maximum A4 size please) that they have made. There is a prize for the winner in each year group. Entries need to be in from Monday 21st March as it will be judged on the morning of Wednesday 23rd March. Good luck!
The list of our next extra-curricular clubs was sent out recently. In case you didn’t receive the letter it is also available on our website under ‘Pupils/Clubs/February & March Clubs’. Our aim is to provide a range of activities which pupils will enjoy across the year and the feedback for this half term has been very positive. In February/March we are offering a wide range including drama, football, multi sports, singing and film club so hopefully there will be something there for everyone.