Monthly Archives: October 2015

Diversity day!!!

We all thought diversity from BGT were coming in to dance for us! Sadly, they were all too busy! Instead, we thought about what diversity meant and came up with this definition.


Wow! We are really diverse at Billesley Primary, which is a fantastic thing as we can learn and discover lots of new and interesting things!

In year 6 we focused on France. In literacy we watched a video about a French lighthouse keeper. His light broke and a ship was going to crash into the rocks! We had to write our own endings about what we thought was going to happen. Some were bloody, dramatic endings and some with heart warming and happy endings (showing how diverse we are)!


After break we had a P4C lesson and discussed the question,’ does everyone have a right take part in sport and art’. It was an interesting debate.

Some said, “what if they can’t do it, what if they get hurt?”

Others said, “well we can find ways to help them, like putting bells in balls for blind people to play football”.

Some questioned ability?

Others said that ability should never stop someone?


 In the afternoon we looked a Monet’s Pointillism paintings (using dots). 

It was a great afternoon, apart from Mr Cheshire spilling the paint everywhere!!! 

Thai Diversity Day

Sà-wàt-dee! Sà-baai dee măi?

For those of you who don’t speak Thai (unlike Year 5!) we just said ‘Hello! How are you?’

Year 5 had an amazing Diversity Day celebrating all things Thai. We learned some new phrases thanks to an amazing visitor, heard a traditional story about the stars and made Thai elephant art.

Watch the video below to see all the incredible things we did:

Year 5 Diversity Day video

Year 6 Basketball tournament!

We went into the competiton very anxious as this was our first ever basketball tournament. Once we arrived we had a practice and this seemed to settle our nerves and we felt quite confident going into our first match. There were 7 teams in total who took part and the competition started very competitive like always, we started off well and won our first match which gave us lots of confidence going into our second match. The second team we played were a little rough which we wasnt used to, basketball is a non-contact sport but the referee didnt seem to stop any physical contact from happening, nevertheless our guys kept going and working hard but unfortunaltey we lost our second match by 4 points. Onto our third and final match, again the referee seemed to have different rules to our previous referee. The children though were brilliant, they didnt moan or argue they got on with the game and played their hearts out. We lost this match also which meant we won 1 out of 3 which we were happy about seeing as its our first ever basketball tournament. Overall out of 7 teams we managed to finsish in a respectable fourth due to baskets scored and conceded which we were all pleased about. Great work guys, well done!! 20151019_161853[1] 20151019_1704571-300x225 20151019_161905[1]

Sainsburys School Games!


19-22nd October 2015 saw the Sainsbury School Games week come to Billesley. Every half term we have a Sainsburys School games competition to determine who the best house in the school for that half term. The houses we have at Billesley are, Brook, Ford, Mill and Pool. Every year group competes in a competition against the other houses in their class, the sport that class has been learning about determines what competition they play. For example, Year 5 have been learning about rugby so they competeted in a tag rugby tournament. Also when any team was off watching they had to fill in P.E lesson observation sheet to help them peer assess and understand how to improve one another. This week has been so enjoyable for all the children and they have been buzzing around school all week to find out which house is the best. Well here are the results!! In year one they competed in a basketball competition, the winners were POOL!! In year two they competed in a Hockey competition, the winners were MILL!! In year 3 they also competed in a basketball competition and the winners were BROOK! In years 4 and 5 they both competed in a Tag rugby competition and the winners again in both was BROOK!! Year 6 didnt take part unfortunatley due to other commitments. So, the overall the best house this term winning 3 out of the possible 5 tournaments was…….. BROOK!! Well done to everyone who took part it was very competitive but very enjoyable. Cant wait for the next one! 😀 The attached photos are from Year 3’s Basketball competition


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Boys Football team fight back to VICTORY!

On 16th October 2015 our boys football team played another two league matches, Billesley vs St Martins and Billesley vs St Ambrose. Our first match saw us take on St Martins who had won their previous match 14-1, so we knew they were going to be a strong and well organised team. We got off to a bad start going 1 nil down after a few minutes. Once we had picked ourselves back up were started playing some really nice football and creating many scoring opportunities which we couldn’t capitalize on. We then took control of the game, playing in the oppositions half and putting them under enormous amounts of pressure and finally we got our reward! After a neat two touch move and a great ball into our striker, he turned two defenders with a brilliant cruyff turn before poking the ball home to make it one each. From the kick off we again controlled the game for the next few minutes, We let our foot off the gas which allowed St Martins to get a foothold in the game which they did, scoring twice in quick succession before half time making it St Martins 3-1 Billesley. After a chat at half time our boys took everything on board and went out fighting. We limited St Martins to only one clear shot at goal which allowed us to keep attacking and moving forward within the game. We scored two in one minute leveling the score to 3 each. It was a tense last few minutes and it could have gone either way but our persistence and hard work gave us one last opportunity to clinch victory which we did, a low drive into the bottom left hand corner sealed the win for us. Billesley 4 – 3 St Martins.

Our second match saw us play St Ambrose. We started poorly, I think due to fatigue and us playing in a really tough match before hand, again we went one nil down quite early. After half time we had pretty much the same team talk as the first match and went out with the same attitude which saw us pinch a goal back right before the death making it one each. Final scores Billesley 4-3 St Martins, Billesley 1-1 St Ambrose. Still unbeaten in the league, Well done guys!20151016_155853[1]

Loving the Library

Are you a Dahl Devotee? A Walliams Worshiper? Or a Pullman Patron? Well, Year 5 were all of these and more on our trip to Yardley Wood Library!

We took a short walk down to the Library and found out that we can take out up to 10 books for 28 days – completely FREE. This was heaven for many of us who couldn’t decide where to begin with our brand new Library cards.

Listening intently!
Some went for fiction novels (many Halloween themed seeing as its October – spooky!), whilst others went straight for non-fiction and looked up their favourite sport, period of history or animal.

Non-fiction fun.
Finding that perfect novel.
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Here is one of the books we chose and the reason we decided we wanted to take it out –

Yardley Wood Library is open –

Monday: 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Tuesday: 9am – 1pm & 2pm-5pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 12.30pm-6.30pm
Friday: 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm
Sunday: Closed

Boys Football team get off to a WINNING start!

Yesterday our boys football team played in their first competitive match of the season against Kings Heath and got off to a great start winning 5-1. We started off really well passing the ball and working hard for each other and then came the breakthrough. On 4 minutes some excellent wing play and a great ball crossed low and hard across the box was met with a great strike into the bottom corner to put us into the lead. We then dominated possession keeping the ball well and creating some great chances. We went 2 nil up after 6 minutes and let our foot off the gas a little, this proved to be costly. Kings Heath had a corner, a fantastic whipped ball into the box caused confusion and the ball was fumbled into the net making it 2-1. We didnt let this happen again and quickly responded, a neat one two between our strikers led to an oppourtunity to extend our lead which we did. 3-1 Billesley. After half time we went out with high spirits after such a good first half and this showed as we limited Kings Heath to only one shot on goal during the second half. Our defence were phonemonal to say the least, this then allowed our ball players and stirkers to focus soley on attacking which they did scoring another 2 goals making it Billesley 5 – 1 Kings Heath at full time. Brilliant result! Well Done guys!!