On Thursday, a team of Y5 pupils to part in a maths challenge day at Rye College. They were one of 12 teams from local primary schools who had to engage in a range of different tasks and challenges throughout the day, all of which required them to use and apply different aspects of maths knowledge and understanding. Their challenges included, using systematic reasoning skills to crack a cypher to solve a problem and building the tallest possible structure using sheets of paper. Our team did Beckley proud and they came 3rd in the challenge day. Well done!
Pupils in Red Maple and Evergreen had a group of Japanese Students from Buckswood visit them last week and enjoyed learning about what life is like in Japan! The Buckswood teachers and students helped our children learn how to write their names in Japanese and how to eat using chopsticks! Red Maple children really enjoyed finding out about some of the Japanese beliefs and traditions, which gave them a tremendous insight into a very different and wonderful culture.
This week, the pupils at school started to learn about life your young children growing up in the slums of Mumbai – the largest city in India. Here, children have to pass an assessment at a nursery school, or ‘KENDRA’ in order to be able to attend primary school. The Beckley pupils looked at some photos of the Jyoti Kendra in Mumbai and were able to see for themselves just how different it was to the classrooms here. As part of our focus this year on ‘helping others’, Beckley pupils will be raising money throughout the year to help support the children at the Jyoti Kendra.
Pupils from all classes have been taking part in our Road Safety Week this week at school, completing traffic surveys, making posters and carrying out questionnaires with the local residents. The activities throughout the week helped pupils develop their understanding of the traffic issues, particularly at drop-off and pick-up times outside the school. On Thursday afternoon, the School Council worked with the Community Speedwatch Team to record the speeds of any traffic passing by the school – 48% of the vehicles seen were exceeding the speed limit! Children hope that their activities will help them and their parents think carefully about good driving and parking!
Pupils from Beckley entered pieces of Art work for the annual Stormont Awards art competition at Rye Art Gallery last week. In all, 7 schools submitted 20 pieces of art work each – all based around the theme ‘Monsters’! The art work has been exhibited at the gallery and we were thrilled to hear that 5 Beckley pupils won either first of second prize in the age categories. In addition, Beckley School won the prize for the best overall school! What amazing artists we have!
Our cross country winners from Beckley took part in the Hastings and Rother event last week, along with over 80 other pupils from across the area! We are incredibly proud of all our pupils who took part in the event.
Special mention goes to Florence who came 5th and has qualified for the county finals in Brighton! Fantastic!
In October, Beckley School were awarded the prestigous ‘Sportsmark Gold’ award for our commitment to PE activities and sports. The Gold award is based on the number of pupils participating in extra-curricular sports clubs, the number of sports competitions and events the school has taken part in, the number of pupil involved in leading and organising sports activities and the links that the school has to local sports clubs. We are delighted that so many of our children take part in a wide range of sports activities throughout the year and want to say a big ‘thank you’ to Mr Bourne, our Sports Coach for all the work he does.
At Beckley, we believe that taking children away from their classroom into a different space can open up creative opportunities for their learning. We have a well-established culture of using the spaces around the school as ‘outdoor classrooms’ and have recently improved some of our outdoor spaces by making them a little more weather proof. In October, we added large awning covers to the outdoor spaces by Acorns and Red Maple classes, to help keep some of the rain and wind out as we move into the winter months. Already, children are enjoying being able to use these spaces, even when the weather is miserable!
In October, we were thrilled to receive a letter from the Minister for Education Standards, congratulating us on our outstanding results for the Phonics Screening tests last year. This is someting that all Year 1 pupils in England and Wales are required to take. Our success in June 2019 placed the school in the top 2% of schools throughout the country, which is quite an achievement. Huge congratulations to the pupils, and the staff who worked so hard to achieve such success!
On Friday of last week, pupils and staff from Beckley performed a specially written play about the life of Beckley School throughout the years of the First World War. The moving and powerful play was based upon the entries in the school log book between 1914 and 1918, by Mr Blackmore the Headmaster at the time. The performance took place in the village hall, with over 100 people in the audience – including the 92 year old sister of one of the ‘Garden Boys’ in the play, who lost his life during the Great War.
The play was a very powerful and poignant reminder to all those who were there of the impact that WW1 had on the school, the village and the lives of so many people!