Bentley Weekly Update 08/02/19

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 Lego Tokens – Please help us to collect enough tokens from The East Anglian Daily Times and the Ipswich Star to get a set of LEGO® Education equipment. Tokens will be printed every day from this Saturday, 9th February. Our families and the wider community did brilliantly last year collecting tokens for sports equipment and books, thank you. 

Words of the Week

Reception – ‘above’ and ‘below’

Year 1/2 – ‘identify’ and ‘common’

Hedgehogs – ‘ambiguous’ and ‘perimeter’

Adders – ‘antagonise’ and ‘robust’ 

Hedgehogs Wolsey Visit – Years 3 and 4 travelled to Copdock this week to see some actors from the Wolsey Theatre putting on a special, interactive performance. It was extremely funny and the children were actually falling about with laughter at some points.  

Bake Off Finals – As this is being written, Laura in year 3 and Katie in year 6 are in London taking part in the Educate and Celebrate Live Bake Off Finals! A lot of planning has gone into this by the children and the grown-ups; we will update you next week as to how they did. Good luck girls! 

Year 5/6 Basketball Competition – Selected children from Adders class will be going to Inspire Ipswich on Tuesday to take part in a basketball competition. The parents of those children involved have been emailed already. They have been training for the event over the last few weeks and we are sure they will do well in the competition. 

Tractors into Schools – This annual treat, organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association, gives children a close up look at agricultural machinery and a chance to ask a local farmer questions about farming working in the industry. We are very pleased, and grateful, that James Harris will be joining us again this year, bringing his tractor into the school on Tuesday. Look out for pictures in the EADT. 

Children’s Mental Health Week – You may have seen on media that this week is Children’s Mental Health Week. We have a super program in place in school, to help boost self-esteem and resilience in our children; the peer mentors in Adders are an absolutely crucial part of this and do a fantastic job. ParentZone has produced a lovely guide to helping boost children’s self esteem; if you would like to read more it can be found at 

Governor Vacancies – Sadly, Tony Wright has resigned as a parent governor due to work commitments. Therefore we will be looking to recruit a new parent governor as soon as possible. Paperwork will be sent home soon so look out for it please. We also have 2 other vacancies for governors so if you know of anyone with particular strengths in finance or HR please do tell them about our super federation and invite them to contact the office for more information.

Live Lesson on Story Writing – Hedgehogs and Adders took part in a live lesson this week that the BBC organised as part of Radio 2’s 500 words story competition. The children were inspired by the live lesson and, with imaginations sparked, are keen to get writing their own stories! 100s of schools took part in the live lesson and it can be found on the BBC website if you would like to re-watch it with your child.

Dates for your diary:


Monday 11th Feb

Swimming years 2-4

Monday 11th Feb

KS1 gymnastics @ Bentley 3:30 – 4:20pm

Tuesday 12th Feb

Year 5/6 Basketball Competition– packed lunch required

Tuesday 12th Feb

Tractors Into Schools visit

Tuesday 12th Feb

KS2 gymnastics @ Copdock 3:30 – 4:20pm

Friday 15th Feb

Last day of half term

Monday 25th Feb

Children return

Monday 25th Feb

Swimming years 2-4

Friday 1st March

Shared Learning from 2:15pm to 3pm

Friday 1st March

3pm - Vocab activity in class for parents to join in with

Monday 4th March

Swimming years 2-4

Tuesday 5th March

Hedgehogs Recycling Day

WC 11th March

Science Week

Monday 11th March

Swimming years 2-4

Weds 13th March

Spelling Bee Competition @ EBHS (selected year 5 and 6 pupils)

Thursday 14th March

Wolves class at Copdock Primary all day, Science Investigations

Thursday 14th March

Adders and Hedgehogs to Copdock Village Hall all day, Science Investigations – packed lunch required

Friday 15th March

PTA meeting at 3:15pm

Monday 18th March

Swimming years 2-4

Friday 22nd March

Under 7s and Under 9s Gymnastics comp – PROVISIONAL DATE

Monday 25th March

Swimming years 2-4

Tuesday 26th March

5-7pm Parent Consultations Years 1-6

Thursday 28th March

3:30-5:30pm Parent Consultations Years 1-6

Friday 29th March

Family Assembly at 9:00am

Friday 29th March

PTA Mothers’ Day Afternoon Tea

Monday 1st April

Last Swimming years 2-4

Weds 3rd April

Year 4/5/6 Cross Country comp @ RHS

Thursday 4th April

Journey to Holy Communion Experience

Friday 5th April

Family assembly and Easter Bonnets at 2:30pm

Friday 5th April

Last day of term

Tuesday 23rd April

Pupils return










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School Hill, Copdock

Ipswich, Suffolk


Tel: 01473 730337

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Church Road

Ipswich, Suffolk


Tel: 01473 310253

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Bentley is a Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School and has close links with the local church of St Mary's. As a church school we seek to encourage the spiritual, social, moral and cultural development of the school family by embedding Christian values into the ethos of every day school life.