Monthly Archives: November 2016

Year 5’s Trip to Birmingham

How has Birmingham had an impact on the world?

On Friday 18th November, Year 5 visited Birmingham City Centre to learn more about Matthew Boulton and the Industrial Revolution.img_2323 

After an exciting trip on the train, we arrived at Snow Hill Station at 9:45am not far from where Matthew Boulton grew up.img_2327

Then we walked to Broad Street where we located the statue of Boulton, Watts and Murdoch. img_2333

Here we did observational drawings of the statue into our sketchbooks and we gathered facts about the inventors. It was very sunny!!img_2329

Then we headed back to New Street where we stopped for lunch at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.  img_2335

Finally, we explored BMAG and enjoyed tours around their Birmingham People and Places exhibition and Birmingham History exhibition. We learned about how Birmingham has changed over the years including details about the Industrial Revolution. img_2347 img_2366 img_2382

After all of that we made our way back to Snow Hill station where we got a train back to Yardley Wood. Wow…. what a day!


Year 3&4 Gymnastics competition

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On Tuesday 22nd November we entered into our first gymnastics competition of the year, it was a mixed gender competition and we competed against 7 other schools from around the borough. The standard was extremely high with many young talented gymnast’s there who compete for clubs outside of school. The children had a floor routine and a vault each to learn before performing them on the night, each child performed to the best of their ability and worked so hard during the weeks before the competition to practice and perfect each part of their floor routine and vault. Overall we finished just outside the medals by 2 points, finishing fourth overall. A great effort by all, well done!

Healthy Pizza!

On Tuesday we had the best afternoon of the year so far, because we got to make Pizza. However, it was special pizza, because it was a healthy pizza.

We use these ingredients;

img_3357 Tomato sauce (One of your 5 a day) img_3358 Light Cheese (less fat in it) img_3359 Mushroom (One of your 5 a day)img_3360 Sweetcorn (One of your 5 a day) img_3361 Wholemeal pitta bread.

We made our pizza using the ingredients. 

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Then we cooked them in the oven


Then we ate them (they were better than Pizza Hut). 


Book Week 2016 – Sponsored Read


Book Week this year has been jampacked with exciting reading opportunities. To start things off, we launched a sponsored read and challenged all children, from Nursery to Year 6, to read for 15 minutes everyday for a week.

Each year group was challenged to earn as much money as possible through reading sponsorship, with the promise that whatever they earned they could keep and spend on lovely new books for their classrooms.

The response from the children and parents was overwhelming, with a grand total of £1391 being raised for new books.  Usborne, our book sponsor, then gifted a further £834 of free books to say well done to Billesley!  A whopping £2225 for the children to spend.

A special mention went out to 14 children, who between them raised an amazing £650! They received a thank you certificate during our Monday assembly and a rapturous round of applause.

Each Year Group is now currently browsing the Usborne catalogue and choosing the books they want to purchase,  read and keep in their classrooms. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!

I’d like to say a HUGE thank you to all the parents and children for being so generous and helping the school to raise such a fantastic amount of money, to help inspire reading.

Reading is the key to success.

Mr Hudson


Arghhhh Pirates!

Ever wondered whether pirates actually walk the plank?

If they really buried their treasure?

Who Blackbeard really was?

When piracy ended?

Well, if you have…

Welcome to Year 6’s wonderful world of pirates!

For our topic Crime and Punishment we learned about some of the most notorious criminals in history – pirates!

The video you are about to watch has been researched by Year 6, written by Year 6, performed by Year 6 and designed by Year 6!

BE WARNED! Several questionable puns and pirate accents ahead…

Book Week 2016 – Author Visit


As part of a very busy Book Week, the children in Years 3,4,5 and 6  were paid a visit by John Dougherty, a local author who has written children’s stories, such as….

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John delivered a rip-roaring assembly to Years 3&4 and Years 5&6, in which he caused riotous laughter, sings songs, reciting poems, telling jokes and answering the children’s questions. Importantly he talked lots and lots about books, reading and being an author.


In the afternoon, John ran a workshop for a group of children who the teachers felt needing inspiring to read more regularly at home. John read excerpts from his and other authors books, and got the children chatting all about what they liked and didn’t like about the books he was reading out loud to them.


Reports back from the children were very positive and we look forward to helping them become more inspired by books, comics, web pages and newspapers – ANYTHING to get them reading more often.

Why do want them to read more often? Because we know that if a child reads regularly at home with mum or dad, they do much, MUCH better at school, in ALL subjects.

We want our children to achieve and to achieve they have to read.  Simples.

If you would like help or advice about how to help and encourage your child to read more at home, please speak to Mr Hudson.

Book Week 2016 – Howbraveisthewren

img_0725As part of Book Week, we were delighted to welcome a very special visitor to Billesley, to help in our quest to inspire every child to read every day. Children reading everyday is our top priority as we know what a HUGE impact daily reading has on a child’s education and happiness.


Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 met Jenny from Howbraveisthewren, who drove in the playground in her wonderful reading caravan and mobile bookshop. The children visited Jenny in small groups and shared inspiring stories, all read by Jenny.  She asked the children lots of questions and listened to their thoughts and opinions. Jenny was so impressed by the children of Billesley, how well they listened and how insightful their comments were.


Both the children and staff alike returned from the caravan enthused and inspired with lots and LOTS to talk about. Everyone loved their time with Jenny and we look forward to welcoming her back to Billesley Primary School.

Remember – ALL research clearly shows that children who read regularly do much better at school than children who do not.  It is that simple.  We suggest 10-15 mins everyday.  If you would like to talk about ways to help your child read at home, please speak to Mr Hudson.