June 2020 - Amazing African Art
It has been fantastic welcoming back a small bubble of pupils into Bestwood mid-June. Our theme is n ow Amazing Africa, and as part of this we have been exploring African masks and making our own from clay (they will be painted when dry). We have also been learning about African patterns and designing our own using our learning as a guide for colours and shapes.
Well done to all the Bestwood pupils who are working from home at the moment. This week I set an art challenge to create images from household objects, and was so impressed with these ones I wanted to share them with everyone. These were made with kitchen utensils (but don't worry there was supervision whilst using the sharp utensils) and I'm sure you'll agree they look fantastic!
Amazing origami skills from one Bestwood pupil!
Week beginning 2nd March 2020 - World Book Day
This week we celebrated World Book Day focusing on Harry Potter. Activities included dressing, swapping books, seeing which house the sorting hat put the pupils in, creating house badges and making butte beer (non-alcoholic don’t worry). It was lovely seeing how engaged they all were and sharing their favourite parts of the stories. But beware...Mrs Wright was placed in Slytherin House!
Week beginning 24th February - topic work
Our theme for this half term is ‘Magic and Mystery’. In topic we are starting to learn about medicine through history and how in medieval times they used herbal potions to cure ailments. Bestwood worked in pairs to create a mint herbal cure that helps the skin heal.
Week beginning 10th Februrary 2020 - Computing and e-safety
As part of e-safety day, we have been learning about staying safe online in computing. Last week we explored what is safe to share and what is not safe, and how to deal with issues around this. This week we looked at cyber bullying and how this makes people feel, how to respond and what to do. Remember the key message is to ‘report, but don’t reply, delete or meet.’
Week beginning 3rd February 2020 - RE
Today in RE we have been exploring Chinese New Year in preparation for our class talk in assembly on Thursday. Some people made dragon paper chains, some coloured dragon masks, some coloured 2020 Year of the Rat posters and some made a dragon from Lego.
Week beginning 20th January - Computing
In computing we set the tables up in class to create a large grid. Each pupil had an object that they needed to get to a Lego brick at the other end of the grid. The pupils had to write algorithms with directions of forwards, backwards, left and right. They had to plan the algorithm first without moving their object. Then took it in turns to test their algorithm and de-bug any errors in their code after the test.
Week beginning 13th January 2020 - RE
In RE we are learning about important and inspirational people in religion and in the wider world. Today we explored the life and lessons of Moses to understand why he is so important to both the Christian and Jewish faith.
Week beginning 16th December - Christmas Around the World
We had a lovely afternoon celebrating Christmas Around the World. Each class had a country to explore how they celebrate Christmas and then create a stall that shared their learning and was interactive for the rest of the school to experience. Bestwood had Poland and had Polish stars to colour and made Polish ginger bread cookies, made with honey.
Week beginning 25th November 2019
This week we had a guest speaker in, Mrs Riley, who told us about local teenage soldiers in The Great War. It was shocking that some children, as young as 12, went to war. The children found it interesting to learn about real local stories, and how the Mansfield MP at the time got the law changed to make it illegal for children to fight.
Week beginning 18th November - Design Technology
In DT with Miss Gladwin, the pupils are working as a group to create a large toy kitchen. They researched and designed it, and have now started to build it. They are using lots of measuring skills and learning to use different tools.
Week beginning 11th November 2019 - Remembrance
In Modern British Values we are taking the theme of 'Conflict' and exploring this in relation to remembrance and sacrifice. This week all made a poppy wreath out of paper and talked about why we use poppies to remember the fallen soldiers of any war. Then we held a remembrance service in class, talking about anyone we know affected by war. We read ‘In Flanders Field’ poem and listen to the Last Post, then held a silence to remember and think about people who had lost their lives in the war. The pupils were very respectful and sensitive when discussing the soldiers.
New Curriculum Theme - Conflict - week beginning 4th November 2019
Bracken Hill are updating and revising our curriculum to a new theme based approach, and trying to link as many subjects into that theme as we can. The theme this half term and next half term (until February) is 'Conflict', see the curriculum map above to show how the different subjects are approaching the theme. The school is also moving to 3 pathways through the curriculum, Explorers, Adventurers and Pioneers. All pathways will follow the same theme but approach the theme in ways that match the needs of their students; Bestwood is following the Pioneers pathway. The aim is for the lessons to have more links between them, to deepen understanding and also the themes to be more motivating and exciting for the pupils.
World Mental Health Day 10th October
To celebrate World Mental Health Day, Bestwood explored positive and negative emotions and feelings. We discussed how both are ok, but when feeling negative, we have to try and think of the positive things to so we have a balance. We played a gamed where we tracked different emotions for different events in a day, then thought about something that made us happy and something that made us feel calm.
Week beginning 7th October 2019
Bestwood and Clumber visited the National Holocaust Centre this week. They learnt about the holocaust which is supporting their Citizenship curriculum this half term on 'Global Political Systems'. It will also support our 'World Wars' topic next half term. While they were there, the pupils met survivors and looked at the various exhibitions. They also took photos and videos which they will use in Computing lessons to produce a presentation about a visitor attraction.
Week beginning 30th September 2019
We've been learning all about our planet in topic. We learnt about at the poles, the northern and southern hemispheres, the equator and the tropics. Also why the weather is hottest in countries along the equator. The pupils then made their own planets out of paper mache and painted them in colours to reflect the key areas.
Week beginning 16th September 2019
We have been learning about where famous landmarks are round the world. Pupils shared knowledge they already had and also researched where famous landmarks are that they had heard about but didn't know where they were. They then used this knowledge to create a pairs game using the computers. The game is played by turning over 2 cards, and trying to match the landmark to the card stating where it is.
Welcome Back week beginning 2nd September 2019
The pupils have had an excellent first week back to school. They are enjoying their new topic 'Where in the world?', and this year we are trying to link our topic to a wider range of lessons where possible. This week we started with exploring natural landmarks including waterfalls round the world and the Northern and Southern lights.
24th July 2019 - Best of British Summer Fayre
The whole school celebrated their learning for their Best of British transition topic this morning. Classes set up a stall at the summer fayre for all the other pupils to see, taste, try out, make and experience. Bestwood had a Best of British Music quiz for higher ability pupils, 'make a shaker' for lower ability pupils, and the pancakes they made for pupils to try. I think you can agree that their work is amazing! What a fantastic way to end the school year.
Bracken Hill's Got Talent 2019 - 23rd July 2019
Congratulations to all the pupils who took part in Bracken Hill's Got Talent this year. We had some amazing songs, jokes and dances. The winners were Welbeck class for an amazing dance, 2nd place were the KS5 Spice Girls, and in joint 3rd place were Connor and Owls Class. It's always an amazing afternoon and so much fun to watch. A special well done to Sky and Ashleigh from Bestwood who told some really funny jokes.
Week beginning 5th July - Best of British topic
As part of our Best of British transition topic for July, pupils have been learning about British landmarks. They found out where they were in the country and added them to maps they'd created. Then they chose their favourite and painted it. Landmarks included Stone Henge, the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Loch Ness, Snowdon and the Houses of Parliament.
July 2019 - Adventure Service
Bestwood have been having a great time this month with the Adventure Service. They have been learning to tie knots and build shelters. Then they made a pizza, and cooked it on an open fire. As well as learning new skills, the pupils are also taking risks, developing self esteem and confidence and learning to work better as part of a team.
Week beginning 5th July - Mrs Wright's Maths Group
In Maths this week, Mrs Wright's group have been spies! Inspired by the code breaking of the Enigma machine, pupils cracked and wrote their own coded messages. They then split into two groups and set a coded adventure hunt round school. They used a range if calculations and problem solving and were very engaged with the activities.
Bestwood Class Timetable from July 2019 - June 2020
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