Hello Everyone

Hello everyone

What a super term it has been! The black and white topic has proved to be a very exciting one with lots of focus on history with Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa and Martin Luther King which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. The art work has been really inspirational with the input given by our puppeteer John on one of our WOW days. The masks that the children made at the end of the topic were fabulous too! Going round the classes and seeing the range of Black and White art and the progression in skills has been really exciting. Our two new teachers, Miss Pickford and Miss Pennington have settled in very well and become part of our hard working and super team. The singing in the Christmas Plays this year reached new levels and our visit to St Catherine’s care home was very much appreciated by staff and residents, we were able to bring a lovely feeling of Christmas into the home. Having a new classroom and the use of a hall has been “the icing on the cake.”

May I take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and to wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and a healthy New Year.

Harvest Service

What a fantastic Harvest Festival service. The church looked so colourful with all the children’s art work and Owls class had decorated it so beautifully. The children sang joyfully and the words were very clear. The poems were performed expertly by all the classes. Having the church so close to the school gives the children a wonderful opportunity to perform to a real audience. The prayers that the Squirrels wrote about Autumn were lovely. Watch out for photographs on the website. Well done children and staff – another WOW event!! Thank you very much to our parent community for supporting this event we hope you had an enjoyable time.

Famous Visitors

The school was visited by the world famous Carducci string quartet. We listened to them play some wonderful pieces of music. The children listened so attentively and were enthralled for 45 minutes. I know lots of children didn’t want the performance to end. They explained what instruments they played, how they played them, different techniques they used to make the sounds. They also talked about different pitch and tempo. It was truly fascinating and I know the children got a lot out of it. There was a lovely question and answer session at the end and then the quartet worked with a group of children from Badgers class. What a WOW afternoon!!!

Robot Mania

Robot Mania visited Berkley School again on Monday. What a fantastic day was had by children and staff. Lots of fantastic robot models are displayed around our classes. Thank you so much for all your fantastic support with making the costumes. Particularly as some of you did it twice because of the weather. The children absolutely love dressing up and it certainly makes for a super WOW day. It has been an exciting topic to teach and I know the children have become thoroughly immersed in robots!!!

How Exciting !!

What an exciting start to the term with a topic about Robots. Can hardly wait for Wednesday when we become a robot school. Children have been busy writing character descriptions, writing stories about robots. They have been developing mapping skills in order to give their robots instructions. We even had a snow robot built on Friday when we couldn’t get to school!!! Watch out for those lovely robot photographs.

A Big Thank You !

I can’t believe we are at the end of another year and what a super year it has been!

It is a time to say thank you to so many people. A big thank you to all the parents who organise the fund raising events which are so successful and to all the other parents who support these events. Thank you for giving up your time so generously and willingly.

Another thank you must go to all our parents who come into school and help in the classrooms, your help is so invaluable. An additional thank you to all our parents who have come into class to support our topic work, your skill and expertise have been really welcomed and valued.

The range of activities, trips, themed weeks and WOW days have engaged and motivated the children to achieve at the highest level and there has been such a wonderful buzz in the classrooms!

I will miss our year 4’s and the contribution they have made through their journey at Berkley but wish them well for their future.

Lastly to everyone – have a happy and relaxing summer holidays and let us live in hope for some much needed sunshine.

Another WOW Day

On Monday we had a world renowned wildlife photographer Iain Green in to work with the children. He started off with a brilliant assembly to the whole school where he showed photographs on the interactive whiteboard of some of the animals that he has studied. He is particularly famous for his work with tigers and showed the children some amazing shots. He has also written several books about tigers and wildlife in London and been involved with the BBC on various programmes such as springwatch. After the assembly he then worked with each class in turn. They went out on the school field and some groups of children went in the church yard as well. He worked with the children on developing their observational skills, as he encouraged them to look really closely at things around the school and observe in detail using the camera. He explained that often we don’t appreciate or see what is right under our noses. The children were using their observational skills to notice things such as texture, colour, pattern and shape. We are hoping to invite him back as a stimulus for creative writing. Another super WOW day!!

A Snowy Start

Hi everyone
As you know the children have been learning all about different types of weather which they have found to be very exciting and interesting! They have written some brilliant poems and pieces of descriptive writing inspired by the different weather we have had. There has also been some super art work going on. What a way to end this half term with some snow – the children were able to go outside and both rabbits and squirrels played in the snow. Badgers also went up to experience the effect of snow on our environment. This practical approach really does enhance their learning and gives them meaningful experiences which in turn enrichs their vocabulary and the quality of their work. Have a happy and safe half term.

Welcome Back

Wecome back everyone. I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year.
What a terrifically exciting start we have had to this new term. Monday was certainly a day with the WOW factor. As a staff is was so stimulating to plan an event like that.
Obviously, we had the extra surprise dimension of “something” mysterious visiting the school field which none of us knew about. All the children entered into the fun and excitement of the “visitor” or could it have been visitors? Their imaginations really went into overdrive and the clues that our mysterious visitor left lead to some fantastic discussions amongst the children.
The children were totally absorbed for well over an hour on the field as well as all the preparation before hand. In the afternoon they drew, coloured and painted some very unusual and mysterious creatures (Please do pop in to the classes and see them as they really are super). This is now leading onto some work with other creatures from story books.
Many thanks to all the staff and their husbands and sons, parents, grandparents and friends who gave their time so willingly on Sunday morning to make our WOW day such a huge success!!!! Watch out for the pictures in the Somerset Standard and the super ones that Mrs Hirons has put on our website.

Working Space Theatre – Oliver Twist

We had a brilliant performance from the working space theatre. It was so clever that 2 actresses could take on so many different roles. The childrens’ behaviour was exemplary and the actresses commented on their engagement with the story. Several of our children were used to help with small parts in the play which they did very well. There was super audience participation and a good time was had by all.

Victorian Performance

Didn’t the children do well!! What a fantastic evening we all had last night. The children were all so well behaved and sat for such a long time. All their performances were super. You could hear everything they said and sang. I thought the enthusiasm and confidence that they had with their performances was outstanding. What a lovely range of songs, games, nursery rhymes, peoms and drill! They really thrived on performing in a big hall and were not daunted at all. It was good to see the smiling faces and the giggling going on.
All the teachers and children worked so hard and what a super way of ending the half term. Our celebrations for our 150 years are fast becoming truly memorable. Many thanks to everyone who attended to share this special and happy occasion with us.


Harvest Service

The harvest festival services went really well. The children never cease to amaze me at their capacity for learning so many songs and more importantly the words to the songs in such a short space of time. For the children to perform so well so early on in the year is a true achievement.

Everyone looked delightful in their Victorian costumes! Many thanks to everyone who made the costumes it made the event truly memorable.

Thank you to everyone who attended the services as it is lovely for the children to have an audience to perform to.

Also another big thank you for providing so many and varied harvest gifts which you very kindly bought back at the end of the day.

We are now looking forward to our Victorian performance on Wednesday 19th October. Do please support us in this event as I know it will a truly delightful evening.

Dear Parents and Carers

I can hardly believe that another year is nearly over – time flies when you are enjoying yourself !!

It has been another very successful year for everyone involved at Berkley. With two outstanding inspections recognising the high level of teaching and leadership in the school and this has been a wonderful boost to staff and governors. The topics chosen for the creative curriculum have been truly inspirational this year and the WOW days have really excited the children and added another dimension to their learning. The feedback from the staff at the places we have visited this year on our trip days have praised our children’s behaviour and the depth and breadth of their knowledge. It is always very encouraging to get this sort of feedback and lovely to share it with the whole school community.

The sandpit has been a wonderful addition to the children’s playtimes and we have now added some new toys. The new website is exciting as well as very informative and I know the children are enjoying using their blogs.

I wish all our leavers happiness and success in their move to Selwood. We would also like to thank all our parents for their continued support of the school, the Governing Body who work so hard behind the scenes and the Friends of Berkley School for their marvellous fund raising.

We wish you all a very happy and restful summer break.