Bentley Weekly Update 15.12.2023


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Christmas performances
A huge well done to all the children for performing so well this week in the Christmas performances at the church and at school.  They all enjoyed showing their talents to family and friends.  We hope you all enjoyed watching.  There will be some photos on the gallery soon.
Change to menu next week and first day back
Our catering provider have advised that there is a change to the menu on Wednesday, instead of chcken in a bun it will be chicken nuggets or vegetable nuggets with jacket wedges and veg or salad.  There will still be the option of jacket potatoes
On Thursday 4th January (week 3) instead of roast chicken it will be chicken meatballs or vegetable meatballs with pasta. Please discuss these changes with your child so they know what to order for lunch. 
Multi-sports Club
We will be offering a multi- sport club on a Tuesday afterschool run by Ipswich Town Football Club - this will be open to Years 4 to 6 in the first instance. The multi-sport focus enables us to cater for indoor/outdoor sessions dependent on the weather!  It will run for 5 weeks from Tuesday 16th January to February half term. The cost for the 5 weeks is £10.00.  Please complete the Multi-Sports form to sign up and make payment by cash, cheque or via spider. ITFC will also be running a lunchtime club where school selected children will participate to enable practice for upcoming tournaments - this will be provided free of charge.
Lost Property - there are still a large amount of lost property in the tub - mostly PE hoodies.  Please check if your child has lost any items of clothing.  As we cannot store clothing, anything left at the end of term will be donated to a chairty shop.  Uniform items will be kept as spares in school. 
Please can you check that your child has not brought home another child's cardigan recently and lastly please ensure all clothing, uniform and and PE kit is named.
Please note that we will be sending home all medication from classes/office on Wednesday.  Please check them over the holiday to ensure they are in date, and full and return at the start of the Spring Term. Calpol etc will also be returned that may have been left in the office. This can be returned if your child needs any in the new term.
Online Safety support for Parents
If you missed the webinar last month, it is still available until the end of the year here Creating a Safe Digital Playground for Your Child - YouTube. Please try to check in so you can support your child to stay safe online.
Check out this link to keep you updated on useful guides to support your child online. The Key Safeguarding | Parent online safety zone (
For a more personalised response to meet your families needs, this link will provide you with a tailored toolkit full of resources linked to your children's digital habits. 



Gymnastics Club
A reminder of the Gymnastics club on a Monday from 3.20pm to 4.20pm.  It will start on Monday 15th January for 10 weeks.  The cost is £40 for the 10 weeks.  Unfortunately due to space in the hall we are just offering this club to Years R to 4. There is one more space available.  Please contact the office if you would like to book your child a place. Payments for anyone signed up must be made by 8th January please.
Lunches and morning club - please ensure all lunches and morning club sessions are paid up to date. preferably by Tuesday so we can reconcile all payments - remember to include the Christmas Dinner, if you are unsure of the amount owed, please contact the office.
Reading for Pleasure - please keep up the reading for pleasure over Christmas as it is so important that children read or are read to at least five times a week!
Please share you views as part of the National Campaign - The Big Ambition. This provides a much-needed opportunity for the children of England to tell political decision makers what is important to them ahead of the General Election.The Children's Commissioner will be sharing their responses with Government to ensure that children’s voices are heard. Children or parents can complete the survey here: Further resources are available on their website.


Every week we encourage parents to support their children to learn and use new vocabulary. In school we will be exploring the origin of new words, what they mean and how to use them effectively in context. If you can encourage your child to use these words it would be really helpful!

Wolves: no words for this week

Hedgehogs: no words for this week

Adders: Adders Class have a spelling test on their Common Exception Words during the first week back after Christmas so the children need to be practising these please.



arrow 2.PNGTuesday 19th December -  Christmas Lunch - if you have not ordered your child a Christmas lunch, please send your child in with a packed lunch, children can wear a Christmas jumper on that day instead of their uniform cardigan or sweatshirt.

Wednesday 20th December Last Day of Term

Thursday 4th January 2024 - Children return to school

19th-23rd February - Half Term

Thursday 28th March - Last Day of Term


Learners of the week

'Try New Things"  

Wolves: Margot and Evie

Hedgehogs: Austin, Alfie

Adders: Noah and Jake

Value - Elodie, Ellie, Seb


Reading Giants

This is the new name for our Reading Challenge!  We will be sharing which class has been excited by reading the most each week

Last week was Hedgehogs

Bentley School's Christian Ethos

"Know that I am with you always," Matthew 28:20 We encourage the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of the school family by embedding Christian values into everyday life. Our vision is for all children to be confident individuals, successful learners and responsible citizens who are well equipped for future life, knowing that God is with them always.