Monthly Archives: May 2016

Year 6’s Readathon

Year 6 have recently visited Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


We have decided to raise money for them by doing a live Readathon on youtube.

You can sponsor us by visiting the schools reception and putting money into this box…


Mr Hudson presents….

This is the second, in what will be a series of blog posts, showcasing different examples of the amazing work going on in English at Billesley Primary School. These young men have been studying the poem The Sound Collector by Roger McGough with Mrs Lynch in Year 4.

After exploring the use of language, rhyme and imagery, the children were tasked with writing their own poem inspired by the original.  Not only have these budding poets written a masterpiece apiece (boom) but they were also prepared to perform their poems, with sound effects and actions!

Sit back and prepare to be WOWED!

Almost there…

As you all know, year 1 have been working super hard on their performance with the help of Stan’s Cafe. Well, just to let you in on a secret…we’re almost there and we are so excited to show off our amazing hard work. We’re not going to tell you too much as we don’t want to ruin the surprise but here’s a sneaky picture to keep you going until our big show on Tuesday!


year three dispersion!

In science this week, year three have been investigating seeds and the different types that we have. Dicot and monocot. We then examined fruit and found out that actually our fruit is the mature ripened ovary that contains seeds! Wow! We didn’t know that when we bit into our apples!


Finally we investigated seed dispersal and the four ways in which seeds are successfully dispersed. In particular we focuses on wind dispersal. We created our own experiment to show this! What do you think? Leave us your opinion and questions please ?


Alien Bee 2016

alien one

On Friday 6th May, Billesley Primary held its very first Alien Bee competition – and what a roaring success it was!

An Alien Bee is a bit like a Spelling Bee, but instead of spelling the words, the children have to read them. However that’s not the hard part!  All of the words in the Alien Bee are alien words, which means they are not real, sensible words; rather, they are complete and utter nonsense words – all made up using the different sounds that the children practice everyday in their phonics lessons. The job of an alien word, is to find out if the children know their sounds and can use them confidently.

Throughout the previous week, each class held a competition to find their class-champion- alien- word-reader, culminating in the grand final in front of  friends and family on Friday afternoon.  The stage was set……

alien 3

Each class finalist competed against the other finalists from their year group, each taking turns to read  alien words, until they got one wrong.  The competition carried on until only one person was left standing in each year group.


Oh it was a tense and exciting affair! Nails were bitten and breath was held. Audible gasps and spontaneous applause echoed, until only three brave warriors were left, holding their small but perfectly formed trophies aloft.

Our congratulations to our three champions and all our finalists; you embodied the Billesley spirit  perfectly – confident, able, courageous and above all, fantastic role-models to your peers.  We are very proud of you all. Three cheers!

Mr Hudson

Sailing, sailing, over the ocean blue …

Today we continued with the preparation for our big show. We went through each part and put sections of the show together. Each group had to listen carefully to when their part was coming up. We also practised our song and the actions to go with it.

Here is a sneak preview of our show …

Lubna said “In our show I look at the stars with a telescope”

Isabella told me that she sings a song all about jobs the crew do on board the Santa Maria.


After practicing our show we worked with Denise on our log books. We added more things to the inside and continued to write about what we had done this week in our sessions. Some children also created an ink print.








Dominic explained what his log book was all about.

image“I’m going to Africa to see the cheetahs and alligators. I made a compass so I can travel east, west, north or south”







Here is Mehrunisa explaining her ink print.


Getting started on our big show.


We had lots of fun today in year 1, working with Stan’s Café. Not only have we been logging our own discovery we’d like to make in our personalised log books, we have also started to work on our big show. We have some exciting things for you to see! We have our very own Christopher Columbus, our own ship and some amazing singing skills to share…stay tuned for more updates next week.