Week beginning 11th March - Topic work
Our topic this half term is local history and geography. As part of this we have been finding out about 'Boots', the company founded in Nottingham in 1854. Mrs Davis, one of Welbeck's TAs, used to work for Boots and used her contacts to get an artefact box of old products. It was fun trying to guess what they were and seeing how products have changed over the years.
Week beginning 4th March 2019
Race for Life - well done to all Bestwood pupils who took part in the Race for Life today for Cancer research. An excellent event for a worthy cause.
Week beginning 11th February - Rainforest Topic
Bestwood finished their rainforest topic this week by displaying their learning. They were particularly proud of their diorama models of the rainforest layers.
Week beginning 4th February 2019
In Citizenship this half term, Bestwood have been exploring the functions and uses of money. Last week the pupils prepared a script to explain a particular type of payment system, such as credit cards, Apple pay or PayPal. This week they practised their presentations then shared them with the class. It was lovely to see such good understanding of different and new ways of paying for things.
Week beginning 28th January 2019 - Zoo Lab!
Zoo Lab came into school today to help us with our 'Rainforest' topic. They showed us lots of different animals, where they live, what they eat and told us facts about them. The pupils got the chance to feel them (except the scorpion!). An amazing hands on experience!
Week beginning 21st January 2019
The pupils created a rainforest with all 4 layers out of paper and pastel drawings. They researched which animals and plants were in each layer, and labelled the display with the information.All pupils were able to use pastels effectively to draw plants or animals. They used books to research the information independently.
Week beginning 14th January 2019
All of Bestwood have come back from their holidays with an amazing attitude to learning. We have started a new topic on 'Rainforests' and have already learnt about where they are in the world and how they are made up of different layers. In Citizenship we are exploring the uses and functions of money. So far we explored Christmas spending by making models of things they were bought, and this week pupils created their own forms of early money and bartered with each other to buys items.
17th December 2018 - Christmas Concert
Well done to Bestwood and all the pupils at Bracken Hill - the Christmas Concert today was amazing! Bestwood led a song then played the hand chimes to 'Walking in the Air'.
23rd November 2018 - Writing Stories
Our class have been writing stories based on the Spiderwick Chronicles with Mrs Jefferies. There have been some fantastic ideas and we really enjoyed listening to each others' adventures.
Well Being Day - 21st November 2018
The whole school had an amazing day away from lessons to promote 'well being' and feeling healthy and happy. Each class experienced something a bit different. Bestwood made superfood smoothies, went to a sound and gong therapy session, went to a drama workshop and a magic workshop. They also started a 'gratitude diary' to consider what they are thankful for and all the good things in their lives. This will be something we look at each week in class.
Week beginning 19th November 2018 - Topic 'Vikings'
The class split into small groups and researched different elements of Viking life. One group looked at ‘Weapons, Armour and Tactics’. The other group looked at ‘Beliefs and Culture’.
In their groups they read the information and highlighted important and interesting pieces of information. They then presented this information to the other group to share their learning.
Week beginning 12th November 2018 - Children In Need
Bestwood had a great day for Children In Need. They dressed in spots, went for a sponsored mile ramble, hunted for Pudsey and had a healthy breakfast. The school raised over £1000! Our biggest amount ever. Well done everyone.
Week beginning 8th October 2018
This week in maths, Mrs Wright's maths group have been developing their number skills. The black group worked on place value in numbers - comparing and ordering and using the 'greater than' and 'less than' symbols. The red group have been developing calculations and written methods using different operations and problem solving.
Week beginning 24th September - Citizenship
Our citizenship topic this half term is 'Participating and Contributing to School'. This week we have been working to contributing to the school's Macmillan coffee morning. We created a 'Pin the cherry on the cake' game and made cakes to sell.
Week beginning 5th September 2018 - Topic Work: The layers of the Earth
We've had a great first week back. The pupils have returned ready to learn with lots of lovely stories about their holidays. Our new topic is geography based: Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Climates. Today we learned about how the Earth is constructed with the different layers. We used Play-doh to make a model and cut it in half to show the inner core, outer core, mantle and crust.
Week beginning 23rd July 2018 - Street Carnival Time!
Our transition topic has been countries in the World Cup. To celebrate and share their learning each class set up a carnival stall and the school spent a wonderful hour at the carnival and learning about the different cultures. Bestwood class had Egypt - they made butter cookies and pyramids, made information posters and created coded messages with hieroglyphs.
Week beginning 16th July 2018 - Egyptian biscuit making
As part of our transition topic 'Egypt' we have been making Egyptian biscuits so give out to the school next week on our street carnival day. They were very buttery, but not as sweet as ones we are used to. The children all worked well together to make them.
Week beginning 2nd July 2018 - Transition time
This week has seen Bracken Hill start the transition to their new classes. We like to do this in July to allow all our students time to get to their new class team and friends before the holidays start, so there's no need to worry over the summer. It's sad that our five Y9s have moved on, but they are now ready for the challenges of KS4, and we all wish them well. However, Bestwood have had fun welcoming 4 new students to the class, who have all settled in really well. It is going to be a fantastic year! Mrs Wright and Miss Kirk
Bestwood Class Timetable 2018-2019
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