Principal’s Blog – February 2019


The three values of our new curriculum are to Excite, Explore & Excel and during this half-term, I have definitely seen these values being embedded.

Over the last six weeks, the children have been very keen to share their new learning, inviting me into their classrooms. In Nursery, I have seen an amazing performance of the Snowman, viewed and listened to descriptions of their castles in Year 2 and in Year 4, the children have shared what they have learnt about the Blue Abyss. I have supported the children in Year 5, creating planets and met some superheroes in Year 1 and evacuees in Year 6. Plus, over this last week, I have met some robotic visitors in Reception, some of whom are bigger than the children.

Birmingham Hippodrome

We have been very lucky to have staff from the Birmingham Hippodrome come into school, working with a variety of classes and delivering drama workshops. Years 4, 5, 6 and 1 have really enjoyed them. Year 6 have also auditioned for a part in their end of year performance ‘Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat’ and will be working more on this in the Summer Term.

Times Tables Rock Stars

To support our children in learning their times tables, we have purchased a programme that will make learning them fun. It has been launched in school and I am pleased to see that some children have already been online and started on their challenge. Have fun and rock on!

Phonic Reading Books

In Year 1, we have introduced some new home reading books that are linked to the Phonics phases and sounds that your child is learning. After half-term, there will be another set of phonic workshops for parents to attend. If you haven’t already signed up, please see your child’s class teacher.

Keeping Children Safe

The week beginning 4th February, we had a Safer Internet Week, led by Mrs McGregor our DSL. She shared ways for them to stay safe on the internet and how to protect themselves whilst online.

On 26th February, Year 5 will be participating in a Safety Day that involves them working with DECCA, Rewind, Sandwell ASB and the Police.

  • Rewind will be focusing upon what their identity is and why it is important.
  • Sandwell ASB – The ASB Team will deliver a presentation covering the definition and examples of anti-social behaviour, the consequences and feelings for the victim and perpetrator. It also includes a group exercise where the students design a dream park in which they then destroy with ASB.
  • Police – The police will explore social media such as Facebook and the online world, theft, robbery and mobile phones. It will also explore some safety tips and advice for keeping themselves safer.
  • DECCA – The DECCA (drug education counselling and confidential advice) Team offer sessions for year 5 on tobacco and smoke free lives, looking at both the effects of tobacco on the body but also the effects of second-hand smoke.

Thank you for your support this term, especially with the children’s projects and your participation in our school workshops.

Have a happy half-term and see you all back on Monday 25th February.