Beckstone Primary Newsletter
Academic Year  2017/2018 ● Issue 1 ● September 2017

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Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new school year and to some of you welcome to your first newsletter from Beckstone Primary School ... a bumper issue!!

If it is your first newsletter then 'Thank You' for entrusting your child's education to us. We will do our utmost to ensure they have a highly valuable, enjoyable, enriching and successful time with us over their Primary career.

I do hope you have all had a great summer and the children are refreshed and eager to learn.

2016/17 was a very successful year for the school with an excellent Ofsted report, an excellent Health & Safety report and the re-awarding of Sports Gold. The academic outcomes for the children were very strong showing the additional 'value' the school adds to each cohort. Whilst a very daunting task we hope to build on these successes and make 2017/18 our best year ever!

There are many exciting and interesting activities already planned for your child this year so please do take the time to read this newsletter as it should keep you up to speed with what is happening at school. There is a list of dates already agreed for this term on the back of this newsletter and indeed some dates into 2018! Please take note of some of the plethora of dates as many may concern you (for example the Curriculum Evenings that take place next week for some parents) as well as other events that may take place soon and indeed the parents' evenings later this term that affect all ... you could pin the dates page up on your fridge!

We are all looking forward to working with you and your children over the course of this year and hope that you find the information contained in the newsletter informative and useful.

If ever you wish to contribute anything to this newsletter or would like some educational issue raised then please do come and talk to me.

Best wishes,
Mr Warbrick

2016-17 Key Stage Outcomes

The school outcomes at the end of Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 show that every cohort of pupils made at least good progress at each point and indeed progress was often above national levels. From below average entry into the school the children are leaving Beckstone Primary in line with or above national expected outcomes. This is wonderful news and is down to the hard work of your children, school staff and your support.

Indeed, we feel that your support for homework, reading at home and of our report system and parental targets were a major contributory factor to this success. Full details of outcomes are on the school's website in the 'School Performance Zone'. This will be added to over the course of this term as further Government statistics are released.

Thank you for your time in developing your child's learning and please help us maintain these high standards this year. A good start is to ensure you are reading with your child for at least 20 minutes daily! Reading is the key to curriculum success and spending time with your child reading is the most valuable gift you can give them. There is further information about how you can support your child with their reading later in this newsletter.

Curriculum Meetings

There was an excellent turn out at these meetings at the end of last term. Hopefully you all found the opportunity to meet with your child's new teacher and the presentations on the curriculum, expectations and assessment valuable and informative.

The second round of curriculum meetings for the older children takes place NEXT Monday (11th) with meetings at the following times:

4.30 pm - 5JT

4.50 pm - 4JM

5.10pm 5/6AN & 6HG

School Games Mark Gold!!

The school received word on the last day of the Summer term that it has been re-awarded the 'Sainsbury's School Games Gold' award. This is a very rare award and the school has again been honoured for the excellence of its sporting provision and involvement of the community. Indeed as we have been awarded the 'Gold' award so many times we have been invited to apply for the 'Platinum' award which is a new award for schools that maintain high quality and excellence in sport.

Worthy of special mention are Ms Gorman, Mrs Chambers and Mrs Walker - our staff sports team - who are responsible for this success.

Our Sports Apprentice, Ms Fawkes was also instrumental in this success and has now qualified and left to develop her career.

We welcome Mr Heppell as her replacement and he will support sport at school throughout this year and next.

Details of all the school's sporting successes and how it has been effectively using the Government's Sports Premium Funding are available here or follow the QR code displayed below.

Sporting Value Trophies

The school awards trophies for sporting behaviour on a termly basis. The winners for last term are shown below - they were awarded these for the sporting values they showed during the summer term and were awarded their trophies in assembly in the last week of term. Their trophies are kept with them in class for this term. The trophies will then be re-awarded in January for the children showing the sporting values over the course of this term.

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Incidentally, Lilia who is pictured above signed as a youth player for Blackburn Rovers last term and is pictured below:

Sports Day

The weather was kind to us on Sports Day and Yellow House won the Sports Day cup - congratulations to them and all who took part making it a memorable occasion.

Photos of the sports are available in the Film and Photo Gallery or you can use the displayed QR code.

Workington Football Cup

To complete the year of sporting success the Year 3 & 4 school football team won their Workington Cup in the Workington Primary Heads' Tournament at the new Leisure Centre at the end of last term.

Our Year 5 &6 'B' team were runners up and just missed out on winning via a last minute goal. All our other teams played well and a good day was had by all.

In addition the event (organised by our school) raised £438 for CfM's Cash for Kids too! Particular thanks go to some parents who helped the coaching of some of our teams, particularly Mr Rosser and Mr Johnston.


In recognition of the 'World Gurning Championship' that takes place every year at Egremont Crab Fair (now in its historic 750th year!!) the school will be continuing its own annual Gurning competition to involve the children in Cumbrian traditions.

Each class will vote for their best 'Gurner' who will then go on to represent their class at the Gurning Finals in assembly on Thursday 14th September (the eve of the Crab Fair weekend).

Last year's winner, Grace, is pictured above.

Year 6 Graduation

Our Year 6 Leavers' put on an amazing performance at the end of last term and 'graduated' from school. Their group photograph will soon adorn the main staircase and join all the leavers' cohorts since the school opened in 2005.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

Year 6 are organising a coffee morning coinciding with the national MacMillan Nurses coffee morning that you may see advertised elsewhere.

The coffee morning will take place on Friday 29th September and will open at 9am so you can drop in after you have brought your child in to school.

Children in the school will also get a chance to visit the café during the morning as well.

Donations of cakes on the day to support MacMillan Nurses would be very much welcomed.

Non Uniform Day

The first non-uniform day of the school year and only one this month is on Friday 22nd September in aid of the 'Jeans for Genes' charity.

We are asking for a donation to this worthwhile charity for genetic disorders.

In addition, due to the tight financial situation the school finds itself in, the Governors have agreed to continue support local and national charities but also to share any donations with the school to ease these financial pressures.

Please do support this day if you can.

Give Blood - Help Save a Life!

The next donor session is on Tuesday 19th of this month, from 3-7pm at the Bridge Centre, Central Square, Workington.

Further details can be found at

Attendance Cup

The class with the highest attendance of 97.45% for the second half term in the Summer was 2SF and they were awarded the trophy in the last assembly on the last day of last term. They are pictured here from earlier in the year

Consistent attendance is vital for success at school and it is the statutory duty of every family to ensure their children attend consistently and punctually. Attendance matters!

If your child received a rating for attendance that wasn't 'green' on the end of year reports then please ensure this is put right this year. Please also note the information below on holidays and the weeks of testing for children in Y1, Y2 and Y6 on the Diary Dates page on the website.

Term Time Holidays and the Law

The Government's policy of not allowing families to take holidays in term time and those that do being liable to prosecution and a fine is still in operation. We would like to ensure all families are aware of this law.

The Headteacher is not allowed to authorise absence and indeed any holiday absences in term time will be counted as 'unauthorised' (which equates to a truancy mark) and may be subject to a fixed penalty notice/fine.

Parents need to fill in a leave of absence form if their child is going to be missing from school (this is of vital importance as the school immediately chases up any unknown absences on the day itself and if the child's whereabouts is not known then the Police are notified - this is school policy). Parents can apply for 'exceptional circumstances' on this form if they so wish. It is imperative that school knows where your child is for safety reasons.

Nursery Intakes

Children born between 1 April 2014 and 31 August 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week Nursery education from September 2017 and should be in Nursery now!

If you know of any children with birth dates between these times and would like their child to come to this school then please ask them to get in touch with the School Office as soon as possible.

Children born between 1 September 2014 and 31 December 2014 can receive their free 15 hours a week from January 2018.

Children born between 1 January 2015 and 31 March 2015 can receive their free 15 hours a week from April 2018. These children are likely to start in our afternoon Nursery and move to mornings in September.

Forms for applying for any of these intakes are available from the School Office or just ring and we can post them out.

Revisewise & SATS Boosters

Free revision classes for Year 6 children now take place on a Wednesday and a Thursday from 8.20 to 8.50am. Please encourage your children to attend as it has proved to really help and support your child through Year 6.

Ms Gorman's SAT boosters after school clubs will begin on Tuesday 3rd October - letters will go out at the curriculum meeting.

School Savings Account

Encourage your child to start saving towards Christmas (!!) or for something special they would like and make use of our school savings account facility. Simply call in at the School Office to open an account if your child does not already have one.

Encourage your children to save towards Christmas.


The school would welcome the following:


Games, puzzles and jigsaws


Construction Equipment e.g. Lego


Bikes and Trikes for Nursery & Reception


Good quality books


Comics/games for wet playtimes


Thanks in advance for any donations.

School Milk

Milk is vital for growing children as it strengthens bones and teeth. Children in Reception and Nursery are entitled to free milk as are children who are eligible for free school meals and clothing vouchers (not the universal free meal for all FS & KS1 children).

The cost of milk for the first half term of this school year is £9.00 and needs to be paid for by the first Friday of term (8th September). Due to the administrative burden of checking attendance and the inability to change the order daily unfortunately milk money cannot be refunded for absence.

School Fund

We are in need of donations to this fund as funds are getting REALLY tight so please help if you can. The fund is donation based (for example the businesses advertising in this newsletter provide donations to this fund) and is used to fund the coaches for sporting events, buy many consumable items and fun activities for the pupils as well as many other things for school that enable us to provide services free of charge.

Please have a ratch down the sofa or anywhere to find some spare money to donate to the school to support all the children.

Please help if you can by donating to this fund. Any donation, however small, would be greatly appreciated! Regular donations are greatly welcomed.

This runs every Wednesday afternoon from 1.30 to 3pm.

There is no cost to join but a £1.50 levy is charged to cover the cost of refreshments etc.

Advance Notice

The school is having the internal plaster underneath the Victorian eaves repaired at October half term. This will entail many school ceilings being taken down and as a result of the mess that will be created classrooms equipment, furniture and resources have to be completely removed and stored in other rooms and then reinstated. The County have scheduled the work for the first Saturday of the October half term through to the last Sunday of half term.

In addition the DfE has awarded the school a grant to extend its Nursery provision due to the new 30 hour offer and ground works for services etc will be taking place at that end of school at this time as well.

As a consequence for health & safety and effective management reasons the Governors and County have agreed 2 closure days. These will be on Friday 20th October and Monday 30th October 2017. These are the days before and after half term. Staff will be on site moving items out of rooms and then back in and generally ensuring all is safe for the children to return on 31st October (our Halloween themed day).

The closure decision has not been taken lightly and it is extremely rare for this school to close for any reason. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thought it wise to give you a good deal of notice.

Beckstone's Extended Services

Our extended services include:

 the Breakfast Club (£3.50 from 7.30am, £3.00 from 8am);

Educare (our popular afternoon child care provision for morning Nursery children priced at £3.00 an hour (£4.20 however for the first hour including lunch - unfortunately we are unable to offer facilities for packed lunches) until 3.00pm and

Beckstone Xtra (again £3.00 an hour) from the end of the school day until 5.15pm

The prices for our extended services are extremely competitive to support families in these difficult economic times. The price per hour is £3 and this may be reviewed later in the year.

Safety on the School Hill

Please can all ensure that their children walk sensibly down the school path. There continues to be concerns that some children are running and this is being condoned or ignored by parents.

All it would take is a slight trip and a child would suffer severe grazing at a minimum.

 We will keep giving out the message in school that they MUST ALWAYS WALK, please can all families ensure they give their children the same message - thanks!


The next 'Go4it' club will meet in the Church Hall on the 4th Sunday of the month (24th September) and will consist of games, stories, music, cooking, competitions and fun for all.

The club starts at 10.30am so make a date in your diaries.

Organisers: Ann Brown, Susan Janulis, Julie Topping and Fiona Woodward.

Clothing Bank

The clothing bank is just inside the main gate. Any sort of clothing/textile or footwear can be donated and in any condition.

Just fill up a bag and deposit in the bank.

The school will benefit from profits made from this recycling opportunity so please don't throw out any clothes, just use the bank and help the children at the school!

The bank is open from early morning until the evening but is locked at night and weekends.

If you are bringing bags by car please come any time before 8.45am or after 9.15am (not at the end of the school day when there are children around) or in the evening up until 7pm.

Salterbeck Youth Club

The Salterbeck Youth Club meets every Thursday from 5 to 6pm at the Oval Centre.

New members are always welcome so please encourage your child to be active and join in at the club!

Shopping Gateway

We are in partnership with a charity called 'School Angel' to raise money for the school.

This is really simple to use and you can visit via our web site by clicking on the 'Shopping Gateway'.

Once on the page all you need to do is click on the logo for whatever shop you would like to visit.


Safeguarding/Child Protection

Full details on the county's policies, procedures and processes with regard to safeguarding plus analysis of outcomes of serious case reviews can be accessed through the Cumbria LSCB Web Site at The site also has a parental information zone.

In addition to the above the school has a 'Safeguarding Zone' on its web site which contains the above link as  well as relevant school policies, further information and a diagram showing how we keep your child safe in school. It is well worth a look.

Sharing information is in the best interests of children and their safeguarding. The school reserves the right to share and receive information from other agencies that may have had dealings with your child.

If you ever have any concerns about the safety or well-being of a child then you can ring your concerns through to the County's 24 hour 'Safeguarding Hub' number and you can remain anonymous if you wish. Callers can outline their concerns and the Safeguarding Hub will give advice (consultation) and if necessary undertake an assessment of need.

There is now also an adult NSPCC helpline where any concerned adult can seek advice if they are concerned about a child and would like advice on whether to make a referral.

The number to call is:

Domestic Violence

Debbie Cook, our Educational Support Manager has trained to be a 'Domestic Violence Champion' and is a resource available to any adult who would like to confidentially share incidents with her and is a very good source of advice. Just contact the School Office to get in touch with her.

Domestic violence is on the increase and causes terrible harm to victims and the associated children.

It is everyone's responsibility to ensure it is eradicated. We are working closely with the Police and the school will learn of any incidents in order to support any children whose lives are affected by any incidents.

QR Codes

QR stands for quick response. QR Codes, if you don't know, are those funny black and white boxes you see in newspapers and magazines such as the image below.

These are placed within the newsletter at relevant points to give you quick access to websites mentioned.

All you have to do is 'Install a free QR code reader' to your phone/tablet, just search the App/Play store using 'QR', and simply scan the code.

Why not try downloading it and scan this code and see if it works. It should take you directly to our school web site.

Walk to School

The school is again part of the 'Walk to School/ Feet First' scheme.

Children will receive dinosaur related goodies if they walk to school at least once a week over this term.

Please support your child in trying to achieve this and the benefits are fitter people. less congestion and a greener planet!

School Meals

The menu for this term can be viewed on the School Meals section of the website and is a handy reference to encourage your child to have school meals and also to help them with their choices.

Information about menus can be found at as well as our School Meals Zone.

We are pleased to announce that the cost of the school meals for those in Key Stage 2 will remain at £2.10 in September thanks to the West Cumbria Meals Consortium (of which Mr Warbrick is Chair).

They have again managed to negotiate some efficiency savings to keep the meals at an excellent value and fully compliant with the new nutritional standards.

There are however national food price pressures and the cost will be reviewed from January as the meal provider is reviewing their cost price due to inflation, we will keep you posted.

The meals are of a high quality with a fabulous array of choices, served by an excellent and committed canteen staff. Indeed the school continues to receive a '5' for its hygiene and cleanliness under the 'Food Safety & Hygiene Regulations Act.

We do encourage all children to have a school meal as the balance of Nutrition is designed to ensure a healthy and long life

Please note the school does not have facilities for storing packed lunches at appropriate temperatures and that packed lunches MUST be healthy - see graphic on the page after the menu.

Please give serious thought as to why your child should not have a school dinner, particularly in Years Reception, 1 & 2 when they are FREE!

Free School Meals Application

This section applies to ALL children irrespective of whether they have FREE meals as part of the Government's Infant scheme so we URGE those parents who have children in the Infants to please apply as it will not only help you it will also help the school as it will then receive much needed additional funding.

Eligibility for Free Meals brings other benefits such as a uniform grant, free milk, free instrumental hire and also provides the school with additional funding. We ask that ALL ELIGIBLE PARENTS OF PUPILS FROM RECEPTION UP TO YEAR 6 fill in the school meals registration form that accompanied the newsletter in July or is freely available from the School Office or apply online at

or ... use the QR Code!!!

Packed Lunches

Finally on the subject of school meals if you do send your child with a packed lunch please make sure it is nutritious and healthy.

Please can parents making packed lunches please avoid sugary or fatty foods such as chocolate and crisps.

Please see the picture below.

Workington Academy

There is an open Evening for Year 6 parents and children from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday 20th September.

It is worth going to hear what is being offered and what the future of the school is before any decisions on which Secondary schools to choose.

This school has a close working relationship with the Academy and transition procedures are good.

Reports & Parents' Evenings

The school will be continuing with the report format similar to last year with changes to reflect reviews in its effectiveness and developments in our internal assessment system.

Each term you will receive detailed information on your child's targets and progress towards them as well as Red, Amber or Green ratings for many other areas of their school life.

You can support their targets by, for example, ensuring they are punctual or always have their P.E. Kit.

The Parents' Evenings are scheduled towards the end of each term (dates are on the back of the newsletter).

However if you wish to discuss any issues with your child's class teacher then please contact school and the teacher will be happy to meet with you.


The school newsletter has been supported by local businesses since the school opened and we are very appreciative of the support we receive.

The cost of an advert is £5 per month and the newsletter goes into well over 300 houses locally.

If you would like to advertise your business however large or small (even baby-sitting services) then please do get in touch with the School Office.

Adverts are subject to the approval of the Governing Body.


As some of you are aware we now have a permanent Foodbank collection point in school.

The collection bin can be found near the door that leads into the front playground by the Reception classes.

There are around 600 families in the area that regularly have needed to use the Foodbank so any donations would be greatly appreciated.

A list of foods that would be welcomed is below:

Punctuality & Start of the Day

Please ensure that your child arrives on time to school every day - this is a statutory responsibility for all parents.

Doors open at 8.50am and everyone should be in class by 9am. No child should be unaccompanied on the school yards prior to the doors opening.

If work means you have to drop off your child early then please use the Breakfast Club.

Latecomers must report to the school office and dependent on age will either be escorted from there to class or will go by themselves. Parents are not to escort children to classes after this time.

Please do not open outside doors for children or parents after the 9am bell rings.

Also please could parents with children in Nursery and the main school not use Nursery's internal doors but go round the outside instead to drop off their main school child(ren).

It is important these procedures are followed to avoid children being missed from the register or from not ordering their lunch.

In addition to encourage independence we ask that Key Stage 2 children come to class on their own and that Key Stage 1 parents try to ensure their children can access their classes unescorted as soon as they are able (try and say goodbye at the door!).

If your child is late on a number of occasions and no reasons are given you will be called in for a meeting.

It is a statutory responsibility for parents to ensure their child arrives at school ON TIME.

Infant Collection Zones

It is very important for the smooth running of the end of the day that all Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 parents remember to collect their children from the following area zones (floor painting or wall displays).

Please do not wait at the steps or collect children as they make their way to the pick-up point.

Your co-operation in this matter is expected and appreciated.

Nursery Gate - 2LS

Alphabet Frieze (bottom of steps) - 2SF

Water Fountain - 1JWh

UK Map Frieze - 1/2RM

Bear Alphabet Frieze - RMP

Word Wall Frieze- RAC

Contacting Police when a Child is Missing

As mentioned in the attendance article above, to ensure the safety of your child the school has a policy whereby' after not receiving advanced notification of an absence and then not being able to contact the family, the child will be reported as missing to the Police.

This procedure is aimed at ensuring that a situation where the family think the child is at school and the school thinks the child is with the family does not arise as this would then result in a child being missing until mid-afternoon!

Failure to notify the school has only happened rarely but causes unnecessary upset when it does.

To avoid police involvement please could all families ensure the school knows the whereabouts of your child in term times by ringing school on the day of absence or completing a leave of absence form in advance.

There are leave of absence forms available from the School Office.


If your child needs an inhaler then please ensure that it is not empty and an asthma card has been completed and handed in at the School Office.

Please ensure your child's inhaler is labelled or the school will write your child's name on the inhalers with permanent marker to prevent confusion and to enable any lost inhalers to be returned to their rightful owners.


If your child is allergic to plasters then please do let the School Office know.

Plasters are effective in controlling bleeding and securing wounds from infection and they will be used for minor cuts and grazes unless you have let us know otherwise.

Road Crossing Officers

The Road Crossing Officers attached to the school are Mary who patrols Church Road and Tom on the Main Road.

Both are in post before and after school.

It is a very important job and please ensure your children say 'Thank You'. If for any reason either are not at work the County does not have any 'supply' Officers.

As a result please ensure that you teach them how to safely cross Church Road by using the green cross code (stop, look & listen) and at the Main Road that they know the importance of only crossing when there is a green man showing and also to check that cars are stopping!!

Mobile Numbers

It is ESSENTIAL that if you change your mobile number you let the school know.

It is of the utmost importance that in case of emergencies we can get in touch with you.

The school regularly keeps you up to date with important information via our text messaging service.

School Photographer

The school photographer is visiting the school on Thursday 5th October to take individual photographs of the children.

Please ensure your child is looking smart!

If you would like family groups with either yourselves or your child with brothers and sisters who do not attend this school then these photographs will be taken first from 8.30 in the morning until just after 9am so make a date in your diary.

The photographer will be based in the Sports Hall which can be accessed round the back of the school.

There will be a further reminder in the next newsletter.

Beckstone Bear Teddies

These are on sale in the School Office priced at £4.00.

School Glossary

For new parents the following are terms you may see in this or other newsletters with their explanations!

Nursery age

Children are entitled to a 'free' 15 hours a week Nursery place starting from the term after their 3rd birthday. Depending on when a child is born they could spend up to 5 terms in the Nursery. Children are able to access our Educare service immediately on or after their 3rd birthday.


This is a service which is offered by the school for parents of children in the Nursery. Educare provides further Nursery provision up to the full school day. This can be purchased with through the new additional FREE scheme set up by the Government. Parents need a registration code for this (there is a £3 charge however for lunch and care over this time). Further details are available from the School Office. Alternatively Educare is also available at a very competitive cost of £4.50 for the first hour of the afternoon (including lunch) and £3 per hour thereafter which is £10.50 for the full afternoon session to 3.10pm Child care vouchers from employers are also welcomed.


This is the school year after Nursery and before Year 1, the year in which a child has their 5th birthday.

Foundation Stage

This is the first phase in a child's educational career and comprises of the Nursery and Reception years. The phase ends with an assessment on your child's attainment over a number of early learning strands which are reported in the end of Reception report.

Key Stage 1 (KS1)

This is school Years 1 & 2. There is a nationally standardised test in phonics at the end of Year 1 (repeated in Year 2 if a child doesn't pass first time) and nationally standardised and locally moderated learning outcomes at the end of Year 2.

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

This is a specific check on the progress of children in Year 1 in learning how to read. It is called the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. The check is a list of 40 words that children read one-to-one with the teacher. Some of the words are real words that are likely to be known to the children. Some of the words are non-words which are aimed at helping test whether children are using only their knowledge of letter sounds to build up what the word says (and not other clues). Support for phonics and further information is available in the parent information zone of our web site.

Key Stage 2 (KS2)

This is school Years 3, 4, 5 & 6. There are ongoing summative assessments throughout these years and at the end of every year. At the end of year 6 the children are nationally tested (known as the SATs):

- in English there will be a national test in reading plus spelling, grammar and with writing being teacher assessed.
- In Maths (3 papers, one on arithmetic and 2 on mathematical reasoning) and on occasion
- Science (which is a national sample test)

SATs These take place at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. Results will be reported in the form of raw scores which is the sum of the marks awarded in the test and scaled scores where national data is analysed and the average raw score is awarded '100' which becomes the national average. Other raw scores are then scaled to give a number above or below this to compare outcomes with national averages. In addition the end of year report in these years will show whether or not your child has achieved the nationally expected standard i.e. the outcome as pre-determined by the Government for a 7 year or an 11 year old child, There is a lot of information about assessments and samples of end of year tests in the Revision zone of the web site. You will need to use the log-in details provided by school.

Across the school your child will be assessed formatively i.e. as they go along to pinpoint future progress needs.

Their assessment levels and progress will be communicated to you each term through the report and parents' meetings.


Don't forget you are welcome to help yourself to a pinch of herbs to brighten up your home cooking.

The sign above the herbs (in front of Mrs Trotter's class, to the left of the front door as you look at it) gives ideas as to how you can use them to add flavour to your cooking.

You only need little sprigs to add bags of flavour!

Do take the opportunity whilst you can as the herbs will be going on their winter holiday soon.


The school's Homework Policy was updated and agreed at the last Governors' meeting of the last academic year.

The Policy can be read in full on our web site in the Policies section or is available in our carousel of policies in the school entrance.

The following are 2 sections that explain some key facets of homework set at the school:

Our routines

All classes give out weekly homework on a Friday. If it is a piece that needs handing in, it is expected to be returned by the following Wednesday.

The work should always have been explained and discussed in class before coming home; it maybe a continuation of classwork, or a maths games already familiar to your child.

It is our intention, and good practice, not to send work home that the child cannot already do i.e. parents are not expected to teach new skills.

There should be a clear explanation/reminder from the teacher of what is expected.

Each child has a homework book or folder and the majority of tasks are kept in there. Work that needs marking (and is not feeding into other classwork) will be returned to the folder. This should happen each week.

The tasks set will not always need to be handed in; there are other ways in which teachers will respond or give feedback, for example, sharing results in class discussion, putting work onto a display or transferring work into class books.

Our current expectations


Parents are encouraged to read a variety of books to their children and to change their reading books daily. They are also encouraged to use everyday situations for counting and communication with their children.

Parents are regularly given information about the work being covered and offered ideas about how to develop them at home. Parents are also given skills based targets on reports and provided with information on how to help prepare their child for full time school.


Reading books and tricky words are taken home daily and letters and sounds are regularly sent home for children to practise. Parents are given skills based targets and are encouraged to learn rhymes and play counting games with their children.


Reading books and Reading Records should be taken home daily. Children who read five times a week are rewarded by being entered into our Strive for Five Raffle. Weekly Friday homework will consist of one piece of basic skills maths practise and a reading comprehension. Learning Challenge homework may be given over longer holidays. Y2 children may work on specific spellings in order to prepare for SATs.

Reading books and Reading Records should be taken home daily. Accelerated Reader is used by the children to ensure their comprehension is secure. Weekly Friday homework will consist of one piece of maths - focusing on calculation or times tables and a reading comprehension. Learning Challenge homework may be given over longer holidays. As children prepare for SATs in KS2, homework will focus on preparing children for the demands of these tests and the format of questions.

We expect children to maintain the same standards for presentation of homework as we set in school i.e. to use their best handwriting and a sharp pencil or blue pen.

One constant homework is to read (or be read to) for at least 20 minutes a day. We would urge every parent to ensure this happens. Below are some ideas to ensure this time is a useful learning experience - READING is the key to all learning and it is the main thing that parents can really do to support their child(ren) with their school work.


Reading together - sharing books and stories should be an enjoyable experience for you both. Choose a time that is suitable for both parent and child and choose books that appeal to the child.


Praise and encouragement are the most important words to remember. Make praise specific where possible.


Talking about books, authors, pictures, stories and characters is every bit as important as 'de-coding'. Take time to introduce the book before reading and ask questions about it afterwards e.g. 'How do you think Lucy felt when ...  ... ?'


The initial (first) letter sound of a word is often a good clue to an unfamiliar word. Take care when asking children to sound out the letters in a word as they may not be successful.


Encourage children to use the meaning of what they have read to guess an unknown word.


When your child gets stuck get them to read from the beginning of the sentence again to have another try or skip the word, go to the end of the sentence and come back for another try.


Have regular checks for understanding.


Try to avoid too many interruptions. If the child says a different word to the printed word but it still makes sense then let them carry on and come back to it at the end of the page or paragraph.


If the child is making too many errors they may need a different book. As a rough guide, if the child is making about 1 error in every 10 words then the book is probably too hard.


Read to the child even when they can read for themselves, they benefit from hearing stories well read and talking about them.


Try reading alternate pages to add interest and to pick up the pace.


Make it easy for children to practise reading - take them to the library, buy them books of their own, swap comics and magazines with friends and look at the printed word all around e.g. posters on car journeys.


Let them see you reading sometimes ... & enjoying it!

There is also a lot of information to help your child with reading in the 'Help Your Child to Read' zone on our web site.

Finally there is a cut off slip at the bottom of the last page and this page which can be used as a prompt sheet with your child to help develop their comprehension of what they have read (there are also some quick times tables you can help your children learn off by heart as a starter).

By the time your child completes their Primary education it is the comprehension of what they have read rather than their reading skills that are tested. Indeed children in Years 3 & 4 will be using 'Accelerated Reading' this year to give them a mid-school reading boost. It is designed to boost comprehension skills.

School Prospectus

An updated version for 2017/18 will soon be available on our web site or on request from the School Office.

It contains useful information on all school policies/procedures and will be updated in the next few weeks.

Home school agreement

Every family and child is asked to sign a home/school agreement each year and this will be discussed at the parents' evening in November.

The full text of the agreement is available in the 'Policies' section of our web site and will be published in a subsequent newsletter.

In the meantime if anyone has any objections to other parents filming their child perform as part of a class assembly or having their child on the school web site (all close up faces on photos here are of low resolution anyway if they are taken near enough to be recognisable) or for other educational uses or having the local press taking their photograph then please do let the school know immediately.


The school continually updates its behaviour policies and procedures.

The Bullying Intervention Group has been instrumental in developing our current Behaviour and the Anti Bullying Policies (these can be viewed on the school web site).

Further information on how you can join this group and attend meetings will be released shortly.


The uniform for Beckstone Primary is as follows:


Dark navy sweatshirt


Sky blue polo shirt


Dark grey or black trousers/skirt


Blue gingham dress


Black shoes/trainers (with no logos)

Please do remember that the uniform consists of 'black' footwear ... white or other colour trainers clearly are not covered by this ruling!

In addition the shoes should be plain with no logos to prevent any additional expense for families.

Finally, please please please also ensure that your children's clothes have their name in them!

PE Kit

This is a reminder that the PE Kit is STRICTLY light blue T shirts and black shorts plus appropriate socks and footwear (plimsolls for indoor and trainers for outdoor).

Please note NO Football Shirts etc to be used for PE - only school agreed kit.

As they will be doing gymnastics in bare feet please ensure any veruccas have been sealed with Bazuka gel or an equivalent.

Failure to bring correct kit will result in less than green ratings on your child's report and a reminder letter will be sent home as appropriate.

Hopefully you should be aware of the days that your child does PE.

It is important that they have their PE Kit on these days (and that their names are clearly marked in it, the school will label the T shirts!).

It may be advisable for kit bags to be left in lockers for a few weeks e.g. to half term so it is always on hand and to be brought home just for a wash on a regular basis.

Please can all families note that PE is a statutory subject and if a child is well enough to come to school they are well enough to do PE (unless there is medical advice to the contrary).

Lost Property

There was an awful lot of lost property left over at the end of last term.

Again please make sure all items of clothing including coats and PE kits are labelled so any lost items can be returned to your child.

A permanent pen or 'Sharpie' is effective otherwise if you would like contact details for label suppliers please ask in the School Office.


Fruit is available free to all children in Foundation and Key Stage 1 during class time (they can bring their own fruit to eat if you wish as an alternative).

It is also available to purchase at a cost of 20p a day from the school's own healthy tuck shop.

Children in Key Stage 2 can purchase fruit during morning playtimes and Reception and Key Stage 1 children can purchase additional fruit from the fruit trolleys adeptly run by our trained 'Fruitinis' (Year 5 & 6 children!).


The only jewellery items allowed in school are watches and stud ear-rings which have to be removed for PE/Sport.

If your child cannot remove their ear-rings as they have been recently pierced then please provide plasters to cover them up.

There have been many instances of injury nationally from wearing jewellery whilst undertaking sporting activity.

Loom bands can be brought in to weave at play and lunchtimes but can only be worn on non-uniform days.


Year 5 will be having swimming lessons this term. Lessons begin on Monday 11th September and finish on Monday 20th November.

Children in Years 3 & 4 will then go weekly on a Monday during the Spring term.

Children will need a bag, a towel, appropriate swimwear and a hair brush or comb.

Time is tight and the children will not have time for any 'beauty' treatments before returning to school on the bus!

Again, please can all note that swimming is statutory and all should take part unless medical advice states otherwise.

There is no better sport for overall health than swimming.

It's great for your heart and circulation, provides natural, low-impact resistance for building muscle and as it challenges your body it will help release endorphins - your body's natural pain and stress fighters which can fight off infection and also make you feel happy.

A letter regarding swimming issued by the Workington Primary Heads Association is included on the paper copy of this newsletter.

Workington Swimming Club

If your child enjoys swimming and would like to join a swimming club that is committed to bringing out the potential in all, then Workington Amateur Swimming Club has a place for you!

A number of children from the school go, thoroughly enjoy it and share their successes in assembly.

If you would like more information then please contact or go to their website at


The school will administer medicine only when it is
4 times a day and has an appropriate prescription sticker.

Please note that cough medicines/lozenges etc are not allowed unless they have been prescribed.

If you wish the school to administer medicine then you will need to complete a form available from the School Office.

Class Assemblies

The dates for these for the coming year are in the Diary Dates page of the newsletter.

They take place on selected Fridays from 9.05am.

They are an opportunity for your child to perform on stage and all parents (& other relatives) are more than welcome to attend on these occasions.

In addition to their class assembly your child will also be involved in other public performances during the year and some of these dates are already listed on the Diary Dates page so make a note in your diary!

High Harrington Community Centre

The Community Centre is in Crook lands in High Harrington and is colloquially known as the 'Green Hut'.

It is a very competitively priced and useful resource for all in the community to use.

To hire this facility for any event then please contact Marjorie Rae on 01946 831004.

The venue can be used for children or adult parties, meetings etc. and hire rates are very reasonable indeed.

If you do hire this venue please let Marjorie know you read about it in this newsletter.

Also please pass on the following details to anyone you think may be interested:

Ladies Club, every Tuesday from1.30 to 3.45pm. All ages are welcome to attend. A great opportunity to get to know new people and make new friends.

Ready to Learn

The parental information sheet below is a handy reminder sheet on how you can support your child in being ready for each new school day.

It is part of a series of parental help leaflets that are available in the 'Parenting Information & Guidance Zone' of our web site. It is well worth a look.

There is also information about illnesses, absences from school, supporting reading and many other useful factsheets to help your role as a parent.

Facebook & Online Newsletters


The school has a live Facebook page - it is called "Beckstone Primary School (Official Facebook Group)", you should be able to search for the group or you can use this address or QR code.

The top of the page should look like the image below ... there appears to be other sites with the school name on but these are not official.

We have created this page to let you know when our school website is updated and to send messages.

It is for information only and doesn't accept comments.

If you are a Facebook user and would like to receive news feeds and updates about the school then don't forget to 'join' the group and select the "see first" button.

The Facebook page has open access and will also contain links to updates on our web site and messages from school - there is no facility to message school, please use other methods.

As a result any photos etc will only appear from our web site following clicking on a link.

It is hoped this will dissuade children who are under 13 using Facebook but will allow adults to receive updates about the school. Indeed please note no children should have Facebook accounts under the age of 13 and applications to join the group will be refused.

We will be seeking views and requests for electronic newsletters at the Parents' Evenings later this term.

Safer Internet

The pupils of the school regularly receive lessons on internet safety and we would like you to follow this up at home.

We would like to stress our concern at how easy it is for any child to access inappropriate material from the internet on a computer as well as make contact with potentially dangerous people.

At school your child is protected as far as is practically possible by an educational 'filter', some blocking of sites at school level and also constant supervision of access.

At home there are generally no filters and often there can be no supervision which can leave children vulnerable.

There is a company called 'Blue Coat' which has made its internet filtering software available FREE to parents.

They have created a consumer friendly parental control solution called K9 web protection.

Any parent can have it for free by going to

The filter should block any sites promoting hate speech, violence or pornography. It is available for all platforms, PCs, Macs, Ipads, tablets and all types of phone.

It should act as a first line of defence for your child but also some basic rules on internet use are also needed and these should be made clear to children.

Help with this is available in the 'Internet Safety' zone of our school web site (where you will also find the school's safety policy).

In addition there are many helpful materials for you to use with your child including stories, cartoons and films in order to get them to understand e-safety, these can be found at  and also at

The latter site contains up to date information and advice on starting school, Snapchat, body imaging and peer pressure as well as cyber-bullying, it is an extremely useful parental guide and well worth a look.

Follow the QR code for quick access on your phone or other device.

Please also note that there is a free 'Block 'Em' app available for mobiles that enable any unwanted calls to be blocked on your child's phone or even yours.

Furthermore please also note there are legal minimum ages for using Facebook or Instagram and these are
13, well beyond Primary age.

No pupil should be using these social media sites, they are not mature enough to handle them responsibly and can cause a lot of upset which has been known to happen particularly at the top end of school - please be firm with your children over this and blame Mr Warbrick for it!

Finally, please be aware of email scams.

There seems to be a flurry of these at the moment with emails purporting to come from BT, Apple, PayPal and banks.

Do not share bank details ... ring and check if necessary.


Social Media

In addition to the school urging all parents to ensure that they do not allow their children to use social media sites until they are 13 (which is the law) as they are not mature enough to use them without causing upset we also urge all adults to use them responsibly.

School, its staff and other pupils should not be discussed in a negative manner on any site and the school will take such actions very seriously.

Indeed the consortium of Workington Schools will take action if any inappropriate material is posted.

If there are concerns about the school then please discuss them with a member of staff and DO NOT involve yourself in public debate over any issues.



Year 6 are going to an adventure activity centre in Hexham called 'Kingswood' from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th October.


In addition Year 5 have the opportunity to go on a city residential trip to Edinburgh again. This will take place from Tuesday 6th February to Thursday 8th February 2018. Further details will be sent out soon.

Influenza vaccination

All children in Years 1, 2, 3 & 4 in England are eligible for seasonal flu vaccination during the autumn of 2017.

It is a nasal spray vaccination and will not only help protect the children from getting flu but it also stops them spreading the disease to their family, carers and the wider population.

As flu viruses change each year last year's immunisation for those that had it will not be effective.

The vaccination (Fluenz Tetra®) will be offered in school on Wednesday 22nd November and parents do not need to be present but can request to attend.

The Cumbria Partnership Foundation will be writing to parents for consent for their child to take part.

It is painless as it is squirted up their nose.

The only children who will be excluded are those where there is contra-indicated medical advice and there are very few this will apply to across the country.

Parents of younger children may like to know that children aged 2 upwards and also in Nursery and Reception can receive their free vaccination through their GP or Pharmacies.

Flu vaccinations for adults are also available for adults on request at Pharmacies or large supermarkets for an average £10 fee.

It could ensure a flu free winter and school staff will have this option later this term when a pharmacist visits the site specifically for them.

Birthday Cakes in School

Please can all families note that whilst it is a lovely idea to share your child's birthday cake at school with their friends for health and safety reasons we are afraid we cannot let you do so.

This is a school policy agreed by Governors and compliant with National Food Standards.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused, however as it applies equally to everyone it is fair for all.

Cinema Nights

The first cinema Nights of the Year take place in October (dates are on the Diary Dates page).

Further details and booking forms will be sent out nearer the time.

Circuits Days!

Following the success of the Sponsored Circuits the children completed last half term we are planning a FREE Circuits Day on the first Friday of each half term.

Children can come in Sports Clothes and challenge themselves on the circuits over the year to increase their fitness.

The first 'Circuits Day' of the year is THIS Friday (8th September).

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Please look out for their advert and support them when you can.
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