From Mr. Rooney

Please see the latest notes and letters sent from the Prep. Department.

 Spring Term 2021-2022

Prep Choir – email sent 19.1.2022

As part of our extra-curricular activities, we are excited to announce that the Prep Choir will be restarting next Monday 24th January.  If you were able to watch the Christmas Service 2021 video (https://bridgewaterprep.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=17974&action=edit) , you will see how many of the children were enjoying singing at the church.  Our Prep Choir will provide a fantastic opportunity for the children, not only to develop their enjoyment and engagement with singing in a team, but will encourage self-confidence, resilience, promote social skills and a wonderful sense of wellbeing.

We will be delighted to invite all children from the Junior classes (Prep III – Prep VI) and look forward to seeing those who have already been in choir, as well as welcoming new members.

The Choir will meet in the Prep Hall every Monday lunchtime for 30 minutes, starting at 12.50pm, finishing at 1.20pm.

There will be no auditions; children can just come along for the first two weeks to see if they enjoy singing in the choir.  After two weeks, the children can decide if they would like to commit to regular weekly attendance.  

Choir membership is free and all you need to bring is your voice and a smile – Miss Bradnam and Mrs Sweeney will provide the rest!

We very much look forward to building on our excellent tradition of singing in the Prep Department, and performing in public later this year.

Salford Schools Cross Country on Sat 22 Jan – email sent 18.1.2022

The final cross country race is this coming Saturday with all children in Prep III, IV, V & VI invited to represent Bridgewater Prep in the Salford School Cross Country race. 

Date:                Saturday 22nd January 

Venue:             Buile Hill Park, Eccles Old Rd, Salford M6 8GL

There will be combined age group races at the following times:

Year 3 & 4 Boys – 9.30am (Distance approx. 1000m)

Year 3 & 4 Girls – 9.40am (Distance approx. 1000m)

Year 5 & 6 Boys – 9.50am (Distance approx. 1500m)

Year 5 & 6 Girls – 10.00am (Distance approx. 1500m)

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of your child’s race as races start promptly.

There are no changing facilities at the race venues. Competitors need to come ready to compete in suitable footwear and full Bridgewater PE kit.   

Mrs Tunney will be at the start line for each race to meet everyone who is taking part. Mrs Tunney will also collect the finishing tickets (and hopefully some more top 20 certificates from our runners at the finish line).

Clever Cogs Learning – email sent 17.1.2022

On Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January we have a company called ‘Clever Cogz Learning’ coming into school. This was originally booked for June 2020 but was postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

The company offer a unique learning experience that allows children and staff to work together to overcome problems, challenges and celebrate success.

Children from Prep II up to Prep VI will be able to enter an ‘Escape Room’ and work together to solve clues and riddles to escape the room. They will also have follow up sessions in the classroom to consolidate their learning and experience.

Children from Kindergarten to Prep I will take part in an immersive learning experience called ‘Early Aspirations Street’ which aims to improve skills in numeracy, literacy and help the children’s emotional wellbeing.

We are very much looking forward to this delayed visit and if you would like further information please visit the website www.clevercogz.com for more information.

The cost of the visit is £9.00 per child which should be paid via your ParentPay account.

Kind regards

Mrs C. Davies

Prep I Class Teacher and Numeracy Co-ordinator

Stagecoach – Friday School – Starting January 2022 – email sent 11.1.2022

Please find attached information regarding new Stagecoach classes taking place at Bridgewater School on Fridays between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

Open to 6-18 year olds, the new term runs from Friday 14th January through to 1st April 2022*. (For younger children aged 4-6 years, please see Saturday classes.)

*2-week trial option available.

To book, or for further information, please visit www.stagecoach.co.uk/Salford   

Prep Late Club – email sent 10.1.2022

The Late Club facility will re-commence today, 10th January.  I would like to make it clear to you the arrangements for using this facility during the current COVID-19 outbreak affecting both children and staff.

·        If possible children should be collected on time at the end of the day:

o   KG and Reception – 3.15pm

o   Prep I and II – 3.20pm

o   Prep III and IV – 3.25pm

o   Prep V and VI – 3.30pm

·        The late club facility should only be used if your work circumstances mean that you cannot collect at the end of the day.

·        The late club is not there for children who simply want to stay in school and I am sure you can appreciate this.

·        Late club will now be charged from 3.45pm.

·        LATE CLUB WILL BE LOCATED IN THE PREP DEPARTMENT LIBRARY WHICH CAN BE ACCESSED VIA THE METAL GATE AT THE SIDE OF THE PREP BUILDING.

·        Whilst we recognise the importance of late club as a service, please could I ask you to only use it if necessary.

If you wish to discuss any matters related to Late Club, please contact Mrs. Nairn.

EYFS and KS1 NSPCC Number Day – Fri 4 Feb – email sent 10.1.2022

This year the Prep department has signed up to take part in the NSPCC Number Day which is on Friday 4th February. This will be a fantastic opportunity to take part in fun maths activities in school as well as raise money for the NSPCC.

A big part of the day for Key Stage 2 children is linked with our TTRockstars on line homework game which is used by children from Prep II to Prep VI. So we invite all children including EYFS and Prep I to dress up as Rock stars for the day and contribute a donation of at least £1.00 towards the NSPCC.

The children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 will be taking part in fun number games in their classrooms during the day and teachers will be awarding prizes to the children during our ‘Number Day’ assembly on the Friday afternoon.

Class teachers will be talking to the children about this in their lessons.

We look forward to a fun day.

Many thanks in advance for your support.

KS2 NSPCC Number Day – Fri 4 Feb – email sent 10.1.2022

This year the Prep department has signed up to take part in the NSPCC Number Day which is on Friday 4th February. This will be a fantastic opportunity to take part in fun maths activities in school as well as raise money for the NSPCC.

A big part of the day is linked with our TTRockstars on line homework game which is used by children from Prep II to Prep VI. So we invite all children including EYFS and Prep I to dress up as Rock stars for the day and contribute a donation of at least £1.00 towards the NSPCC.

Over the next few weeks the class teachers will be looking carefully at the children’s use of TTRockstars. Children from Prep III to VI should try to use the Studio game zone as much as possible to achieve their ‘Rock star’ status. We will also be looking at how much effort and time children are putting into using TTRockstars to help learn their times table facts.

We will have a special assembly on Friday 4th February where selected children will take part in a TTRockstar challenge with special prizes awarded to the champions in each class.  Younger children will have the opportunity to take part in different number games and challenges in their classrooms too so that everyone has a fun maths day.

Class teachers will be talking to the children about this in their lessons.

Prep II Football Festival – Fri 21 Jan – email sent 7.1.2022

All pupils in Prep II are invited to take part in a football festival on Friday 21st January at Manchester City Football training grounds. We will leave school at 9am and expect to be back for lunch time.  Parents are able to come and watch in the viewing area of the ground and may be asked to wear a mask.

Children should come into school in their Bridgewater PE kit and bring shin pads, a refillable water bottle with them and maybe a snack.

Please advise by return email if your child is unable to take part, alternatively they can inform Mrs Tunney directly

Shin Pads for Games/PE – email sent 6.1.2022

Due to the nature of the activities in Games/PE this term (Football), it is necessary for the safety of your child to have shin pads as part of their Bridgewater PE kit.  Basic shin pads are absolutely fine.

Thank you for your understanding.

Prep Games Lesson W/C 10 Jan – Cross-country – email sent 6.1.2022

Next week’s games lesson for Prep III-VI will be cross-country (Tuesday Prep III-IV, Thursday Prep V-VI).  Please ensure your child brings a pair of trainers into school that you don’t mind getting muddy and possibly wet.  Please also provide a carrier bag to put them in afterwards.  

Children will be able to choose a level to aim for and have nothing to worry about. 

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