This half term year three have been doing some amazing science! We have been investigating chemistry and in particular chemical reactions. Some of our favourites have been; the elephant’s toothpaste, the whoosh bottle and the ethanol fire!
This week, year three invited their parents in for a special workshop. The parents were taught by our teachers the importance of; grammar, spelling, reading and phonics.
The parents were introduced to how we are taught handwriting and why it is so important with our progress along with phonics and the amazing effect that it can have on our writing, reading and spelling!
Of course our teachers made our parents work hard too!
Over the next few days Stan’s cafe are going to be working with year 4 to help us develop our understanding of cams and moving parts. 4M Had a brilliant day on Friday creating their own moving toys with the help of Benny! We learned lots of new things and had so much fun in the process! The rest of year 4 are very excited to have a go a creating their own wonderful toys.
We started off by thinking about how things can move. We even had a go at being gears inside a machine!
After that we experimented with gears and cams to see how things move.
Finally we created our own moving toys using cams and what we had learned.
We have had an amazing afternoon in year 6. There is so much talent.
Well done to the 10 amazing acts who battled it out to become the year 6 entries for Billesley’s Got talent.
The winners were!!!!
Abaz and the cheese crew
Cara the impressionist
On Friday 11th March we challenged gender stereo types! Mrs Miller announced that the boys and girls would be having a competition in skipping and football. We all cheered but then she announced that the boys would be skipping and the girls would play football!! This was challenging and great fun!
Group 3 of 3M wrote an adventure story set at the beach. Thomas, the main character, woke up in his tent, but when he looked out he was mysteriously at the beach! Watch the video to see our dramatization of Thomas’ adventure!
This is the first, in what will be a series of blog posts, showcasing some of the amazing work going on in English, at Billesley Primary School. Children having a real purpose and audience for their writing, is an essential component for motivation and enjoyment; not to mention ensuring that the vocabulary, clause structures and use of grammar befit the task at hand…
Here is part of an adventure story, written by a Year 5 student, in which she is transported back in time (via a time-travelling tent) to the V.E day celebrations in London 1945. A rip-roaring first person narrative, full of wonder, colourful characters and bona fide accents to draw the listener in. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
Currently at Yardley Wood Library, there is a display of Year 5’s written historical recounts of the life of Anne Frank and some very moving war-inspired poetry. It is all beautifully presented and is a testament to the hard work of both the children, and their wonderfully dedicated and talented teachers Miss Zielinska and Miss Watson.
Welcome to the Rock’n’roll Fifties, Swinging Sixties, Groovy Seventies and Electric Eighties.
This was Decades Day!
Year 5 had so much fun learning about the world after World War Two. Starting with the 50’s then moving through each decade, we looked at what society was like, how people dressed, what music they listened to, what movies they enjoyed, who was iconic at the time and important events that happened over the era.
To begin the day we dressed up like one of the eras –
We then listened to some awesome music –
Some of the our favourite things that we learned were:
“I learned that Priscilla Presley was married to Elvis!” – Priscilla, 5W
“I learned that in 60’s girls wore short dresses called mini skirts.” – Maddie, 5W
“In the 80’s John Lennon was shot in New York. He was a member of the Beatles” – Mya, 5Z
“In the 70’s David Bowie was famous” – Hawwa, 5W
“In the 70’s they wore huge flares!” – Chanie, 5Z
Finally we learned some iconic dance moves from each decade, including; the moonwalk, the swim, the hand jive and the boogie. All of this resulted in a whole class dance of Kenny Loggins ‘Footloose’.
We had SO many questions by the end of the day so or our homework we had to research our favourite decade.
The United Nations is a world organisation that started in 1945 to deal with the aftermath of World War Two. There were many difficult decisions that needed to be made in the wake of the Hitler’s War.
To understand this, Year 5 became U.N. Delegates from its first 50 founding countries and debated in classes the problems that faced the world.
The children rose to this challenge and we are of the opinion that some of them could become politicians one day!
We talked about things like –
– What shall we do with Germany?
– Where shall we put the Prisoners of War?
– What shall we do about food shortages?
– How can we stop this from happening again?
After a hearty debate, we looked the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ and how we all have the right to be free from discrimination.
This week, as part of our continued drive to raise standards and improve outcomes for our children, the teachers supported each other in a reading standardisation task. Each teacher brought a selection of their guided reading assessment records, and a selection of the children’s work, relating to our daily guided reading teaching.
After the parameters of the task were set, pairs of teachers critically reviewed their colleagues work, measuring it against agreed expectations and school policy. After discussing their findings, they were able to then identify what their colleague was doing well, and what areas of teaching practice could be developed moving forward.
Training such as this takes place every week at Billesley Primary and our teaching staff work incredibly hard to support each other and ensure we as a school continue to achieve excellence in everything we do.