This week has been a week of preparing for winter as well as looking forward to spring and the launch of our ‘Growing Bramhope’ project.
In light of today’s snowfall, I am keen to clarify how we will communicate with parents in the unlikely event of school closure. Please take time to read our new Snow and Ice Policy here . Please note that whilst we will always make every effort to remain open, safety is our main priority when making any decisions about the school.
Looking ahead to spring, I am really excited about our new ‘Growing Bramhope’ project. This is a whole school initiative which aims to develop our wildlife area, provide opportunities for cooking and establish an intergenerational group of ‘garden champions’. Please look out for the letter and form explaining more about the project. I very much look forward to seeing our children taking part in our first planning workshops.
Finally, a big well done to everyone who is attempting the device free challenge this weekend. Over 100 families have pledged to join in so far which is great to see. In the spirit of spending less time online, we are also trying to have an email-free weekend at school which will be challenging! I know that many parents are also looking forward to welcoming back those children who are returning from a two night residential visit to Robinwood. I am sure they will have many stories to tell and would like to end today's letter by thanking Mrs Laws, Mrs Grey, Mr McKeown, Mrs Pearce and Mrs Stewart who accompanied the children on their visit.
Optional donations of snacks for cancer patient visitors
Year 3/4 Spring Assembly
9:30am – 10:30am
KS1 Chocolate Open Morning
9:00am – 9:45am
Parents are invited to an open morning to see the wonderful work on Chocolate that Years 1 & 2 have been doing this term, there will be some sweet treats to purchase, a gallery of children's work and an activity to take part in.
Over the past few weeks we have been organising the store cupboard. This involved clearing out the wet play board games and lost property.
We ask you to come along to our collection events listed below and claim any items belonging to you. Anything that is unclaimed will either go to the Leeds Homeless project or will be sold by a member of our PTA and go towards PTA funds. Whatever is left after all events will be sent to the Clothing Bank.
If your child collects an item their name will be put in a hat and if they are picked out at the end of half term they will win a prize.
Thank you, Year 6 School ambassadors - Annabel, Francesca and Isabelle
KS2 Lost Property Collection Event
3:15pm – 3:45pm
Under the canopy on KS2 playground (in KS2 hall if weather bad)
KS1 Lost Property Collection Event
3:15pm – 3:45pm
On KS1 playground (or in KS1 hall if weather bad)
Get writing for the BBC Radio 2 500 Words Short Story Competition
To coincide with BBC Radio 2's 500 words competition, Mia and Alice in Year 6 have challenged the school to get writing!
It is optional to enter but there will be house points for all entries received with bonus points for 1st, 2nd and 3rd per house. The winning submission from each house will be entered into the full competition.
Look out for posters going up around school and get writing - closing date for entries is Friday 15th February!
Change 4 Life Campaign
This week children should have received a Change 4 Life booklet entitled 'Adventure in Sugar Smart World'. This booklet is filled with handy tips about knowing how much sugar is in different food items and how we can swap sugary treats for something more healthy. As part of our PSHE Physical Health and Well-being topic, children across the school are learning about balanced diets and the importance of eating a variety of foods. Please take the time to look through this booklet with your child and enjoy the activities and recipes it contains!
Language Learners French Classes Bonjour!
Would you like your child to gain enthusiasm, have fun and excel in languages? Our classes have been established for many years here in Yorkshire. We are delighted to have now taken over the French classes at Bramhope Primary School. Our classes will take place on a Monday and Tuesday lunchtime for all age groups. We have several classes depending on age and ability. Our classes are small, planned for specific age groups and interactive. We make learning languages lots of fun! We follow the Award Winning La Jolie Ronde structured programme. For further information please contact Zoë Dooley at Language Learners on 0113 2500809 07946 577545
This week the choir enjoyed a fantastic workshop led by Opera North Choral Delivery Artist Jenny Sterling, pianist, Elizabeth Jones and Schools Activity Manager, Claire Armour.
After a vigorous vocal and physical warm up we began to learn the songs that we will perform in a production of "Wonderland Restored" at St George's Hall Bradford on Friday 14 June. (Performance from 6pm- 7pm - put the date in your diaries!).
It was wonderful to have so many pupils working hard with professionals and making a fantastic sound. All of the choir were complimented on their enthusiasm and many children were brave enough to sing solos. Congratulations everyone!
KS1 Chocolate Open Morning
The open morning will be held at 9am on Thursday 14th Feb 2019 (approx. 45mins).
Parents are invited to come to our open morning to see the wonderful work on Chocolate that Years 1&2 have been doing this term - there will be some sweet treats to purchase, a gallery of children's work and an activity to take part in!
In Art this week Key Stage 2 have been finding out about the life and works of Pieter Bruegel. The children looked closely at his work titled “The Hunters in the Snow” and took great care when studying shade, tones and perspective. I was so impressed with the quality of work produced by all. Here are a few examples and I am sure you will agree that the children’s paintings were of a very high standard.
People who help us
We would like to thank Dr Limaye for joining us and talking about her job as a doctor as part of our 'People Who Help Us' topic. Dr Limaye brought in her Doctors bag and taught the children how to wash their hands to prevent the spread of germs. They were also very excited to receive a sticker and enjoyed telling her why they had to go to the Doctors.
Can you help...
The reception team are requesting donations for their 'People Who Help Us' topic. We need: newspapers (to make ladders for firefighters), dolls and clothes, push chairs for the dolls and any dressing up item (in particular girls costumes!). Thank you in advance for all your help.
Celebrate Chinese New Year!
Wednesday 6th February
If your child already receives a school meal they will automatically be counted in our numbers.
If your child brings a packed lunch and would like to join in with the special Chinese themed menu then go to the 'Shop' on Parentmail and pay for a school meal (£2.50).
Deadline for payments is Monday 4th February!
Hug on a tray is back - raising money for Cancer patients