Welcome to this celebration of learning blog. I always think of the blogs as providing a window to look into the children’s fascinating world at school.  I am in the privileged position to be able to capture events across the school and community as they happen and share them with you.  It’s also a bit like a diary in that you can look back and see a colourful reflection of the year.

Mrs Harvey


Vision

Our Nursery reflects the nurturing and supportive learning environment of our current Early Years provision where your child will grow and thrive.

Our Busy Blog

The nursery team consists of Mrs Hollingsworth (Nursery Teacher), Mrs Bray (Nursery Teacher), Mrs Abraham (Early Years Practitioner), Mrs Colby (Early Years Teaching Assistant) and Miss Essen (Early Years Practitioner Apprentice). All members of the team work hard to offer a nurturing and supportive learning environment for the children to thrive and grow. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum with an emphasis on promoting the characteristics of effective learning. This approach fosters a love of learning and provides challenge linked closely to developmentally age appropriate experience.  We strive to create an environment where the children feel confident to explore and discover new things. As a Nursery, we understand that all children are unique and understand the importance of following their individual interests.

In Early Years, we cultivate a love of learning for life. Our curriculum is planned to provide balanced and relevant experiences for each individual child. We are passionate about outdoor learning and problem solving. It is important that our children feel safe to be risk takers as they approach their learning challenges.

We are a free flow unit and so we are able to tackle our challenges in our preferred order, at the level we feel most comfortable. Our teachers encourage us to challenge ourselves once we have built confidence in the set tasks and so our learning is never done! Each week we have new 'Rainbow Challenges,' with activities which support our physical development, phonics, writing and mathematical skills. Our progress and work is recorded in a number of ways such as writing books, Our Learning Journeys scrap book and 'Tapestry', so our grown ups can keep updated on what we have been learning.

Early Years is extremely busy and fantastic fun. Keep up to date with us by following our blog.

The Early Years team is

  • R Kelly – Mrs Wise and Mrs Gilkes/ Mrs Zafar
  • R Hepworth – Mrs Spina and Miss Manns
  • R Klee – Miss Williams and Mrs Kensett.

Our P.E day is Friday morning. May we remind you to ensure that all your child’s kit is clearly labelled.

Our library visit day is Thursday morning.

You will find our curriculum information further down the page!

Welcome to Year 1. Our year group is split into 3 classes:

  • 1 Goldsworthy: Mrs Watson, Mrs Biddle, (Miss Gillett HLTA – PPA Cover)
  • 1 Kandinsky: Miss Paine, Mrs Parker, Miss Crocker, (Mr Kennedy HLTA –  PPA Cover)
  • 1 Miro: Miss Knight, Miss Masson, (Mrs Burrows HLTA – PPA Cover

We are also fortunate enough to be supported by other HLTAs within the school who help us with additional reading, writing and maths interventions.

You will find our curriculum information further down the page!

In Year 2, the children develop their independent learning approaches within a supportive and considerate environment. The Year 2 team work closely together to create an exciting and connected curriculum that inspires children to embrace learning challenges.

We are

2 Rousseau – Mrs Coleman and Mrs Hinde

2 Matisse – Miss McDonnell, Miss Peal and Miss Cressey

2 Monet – Miss Barker, Miss Heycock and Ms Gadd

Weekly routine

·       Reading books are changed every Tuesday and Thursday. Children need to bring their reading books to school each day.

·       Children will visit the school library every Wednesday

·       Our PE days are flexible so the days may change. Therefore, please ensure your child has their PE kit in school (clearly labelled) with trainers that they can fasten independently. In the colder months the children will need appropriate clothing for the cold weather.

·       Super-Learner Mission books are due back on Thursday.

·       Our weekly spelling quiz is on a Friday morning and the following week’s spellings will be handed out on Tuesdays.

 

You will find our curriculum information further down the page!

Welcome to Year 3. Our year group is split into 3 classes: 

Welcome to Year 3! This year, the teachers are Mrs Karavadra (3 Rennie Mackintosh), Mrs G Douglas (3 Mondrian) and Mrs Forrestal (3 Hockney). We also have Mrs White and Mrs H Douglas supporting us. The teaching assistants in year 3 will be Mrs Parnell, Mrs Dempsey, Mrs Kowcun and Mrs Woodard.

Theme

Our theme units this year are:

  • Rotten Romans
  • Vicious Vikings
  • Extreme Explorers

You will find our curriculum information further down the page!

Welcome to Year Four 

This year, in Year Four the class teachers are Mrs Holding (4 Lowry), Mrs Range (4 Picasso) and Miss Sheikh (4 Renoir). Miss Quenby, Miss Stagg, Miss Brown and Mrs Bierne, who are our teaching assistants, will be working alongside. We are also lucky enough to have Mrs Archer teaching Spanish and Mrs McMenzie and Mr Kennedy will be teaching RE on a Tuesday afternoon.

We are looking forward to the year ahead with a very exciting curriculum and some fantastic trips planned! We are loving Ancient Egypt already and are looking forward to using this platform to share our learning with you.

You will find our curriculum information further down the page!

Welcome to Year 5!

This year the class teachers are Mrs Redden (5 Dali), Miss Conroy (5 Gaudi) and Miss Holmes (5 Escher). Mrs Torpey, Miss Poole and Mrs Manze will also to support learning across the year group. During the course of Year 5 we will continue to build on the children's independence and resilience skills and also move their learning forward by using our growth mindsets.

You will find our curriculum information further down the page!

In Year 6, we have three classes: 6 Warhol, 6 Banksy and 6 Vasarely.  In 6 Warhol, the class teacher is Miss Brown with the support of Mrs Dalby. In 6 Banksy, the class teacher is Mrs Wooder with the support of Mrs Rose. In 6 Vasarely, the class teachers are Miss Hall and Mrs Hallett, with the support of Mrs Hillery. In addition to this, we are fortunate to have Miss Scott and Mrs Watts (Teaching Assistants) and Mrs Archer (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) who work across all the three classes and run intervention groups where necessary.

In Year 6, we strive to meet the end of Key Stage 2 expectations and prepare the children for their SATs in a supportive environment.  We try to instil independence in the children, as well as develop their resilience and the skills they will need to prepare them for Secondary School and beyond.

You will find our curriculum information further down the page!

Welcome to Bridgewater’s Out of School Club (OSC). Having been established by the school, we pride ourselves in following Bridgewater’s ethos and expectations within a homely, relaxing environment. Children are encouraged to: be respectful to each other and the environment, gain independence, help others, be kind, caring and considerate within our enriching environment.

We organise a variety of activities including: themed weeks, cookery, gardening and always utilise Bridgewater’s fantastic grounds through lots of outdoor play. Children are welcome to complete their home learning on a Thursday evening in a quieter area with a teaching assistant on hand to support.

The OSC is an electronic device free zone where children enjoy playing traditional board games, role play and running outside with their friends etc.

Our afternoon snacks, which are often provided by our chef, are on a two-week rotation and fruit is always available.

The club provides wrap around care with well qualified, caring staff to support families in their busy lives. We open at 7.45 am and drop the children to their classes at 8:45am. Children are then collected from their classes at the end of the school day and we then run until 17:45pm.

Please feel free to contact the school office for further information.

We are very proud to be opening our School Nursery in January 2018. Our approach is guided by the effective characteristics of learning outlined in the EYFS framework. Please make use of the areas around this page to help you.

The teachers in our sandpit blog are Mr. Lemon and Mrs Walsh. Well lucky to be supported by two fantastic teaching assistants; Jenny Liman and Gloria Lau. We are so proud of all of the children in our sandpit blog class! They are fantastic, hard workers and really enjoy learning. There is such a pleasure to teach!

You will find our curriculum information further down the page!

What are we learning this term?

This term our theme is “The Victorians” and we will be using that theme to bring together all manner of different aspects of learning, from history and geography through to music, art, literature and science which will help us to also include mathematics as well. Interestingly, we plan to take a trip to the London science Museum to find out more about how the Victorians discovered so many different things which we take for granted today!

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