Red Nose Day
Our ‘Do Something Funny for Money’ day was fantastic fun and a great success. Staff and children dressed in the spirit of Comic Relief and together we raised £114.07.
Three children from year two have been working all year with the ’11 MILLION’ project. This is a national initiative organised by the children’s commissioner Sir Al Aynsley-Green. It aims to give the 11 million children in England a ‘voice’ in decisions that affect them. Our children have joined other children from all the schools in the cluster to work together and have fun. The group have formed a ‘Buddy Group’ with the 11 Million team looking and Education and Leisure. They discussed the type of activities they would like to see offered after school and worked to rename the cluster and design the cluster logo.
They chose the name ‘Joined Up’ to reflect everyone working together They have also made a DVD and contributed ideas for the 11 Million web site. One of the highlights of the year was when we all travelled to the Museum of Childhood in London in April for the official launch of the 11 Million web site. We had a fantastic time joining children from all over the country for the launch party and exploring the museum was great fun! This week on July 17th Beeches Infant School hosted the cluster celebration evening which was attended by the deputy children’s commissioner Rob Williams. The evening went with a swing as children and their families from the cluster joined us. Everyone joined in craft activities and games and had a chance to look at the web site. The children were all presented with certificates to commemorate their work during the year. All the children who have taken part have gained so much from working together and the experience has boosted their self esteem and confidence. They are able to express themselves clearly and have confidence to express their views. It has been wonderful to see them blossom over the year.
We have been proud to be part of ‘Shine’ this week. Shine is the national festival celebrating and showcasing all the talents in all our children and young people. Schools from all over the country registered for the festival. At Beeches Infants we have been celebrating everyone’s talents using the Olympics as our theme.
Every child in school was awarded a gold medal by their friends for the things they are good at. Medals were given for swimming, dancing, art, music, maths, writing, for being kind and being a good friend! This photo shows everyone wearing their medals! July 11th sees our special Aiming High assembly where every child in school will be on stage showcasing their talents, playing guitar, violin, recorders, singing, dancing, sport, art, design etc. Parents are invited to stay afterwards to share fruit punch and visit our completed Art Gallery.
Year 2 Visit a Cafe
Year 2 as part of their topic ‘We are what we eat’ went to a local café to choose a snack. They also had to pay for the snack, working out the change, to link with maths. This was a great opportunity for links with the community and the children learning from real life situations..
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day all the children came dressed as their favourite book character. Parents came to watch the parade and it was a great fun day. The teaching staff joined in the fesivities as well known book characters and read stories to the children about their character. We don’t know who had more fun the children or the staff!
Dusk the Barn Owl
Milton the animal man came to show us some of his animals. The children were transfixed by the Barn Owl called ‘Dusk’. Milton said our children were very well behaved and asked sensible questions. This was a stimulating and enjoyable visit for our children. The follow-up work and displays were stunning.
Year 1’s new theme topic is Dressing Up. We had a fantastic time dressing up in traditional or fancy dress costumes. We have looked at where our costumes come from around the world.
Year 2 Outdoor Adventure
Year two children had an exciting time at our outdoor adventure this week.
The children came back to school at 6.00pm and went home at 9.00pm! Helped by a local guide pack the children took part in lots of activities. Craft, story time, orienteering, skipping, games, playing in a tent, a treasure hunt and camp fire songs. Everyone enjoyed the Barbecue and went home tired but happy at the end of the evening!
Stepping Stones Club prepare for the ‘All About Me’ children’s conference at the NEC
Stepping Stones Club are a group of Year 2 children who meet every Thursday lunchtime to learn and have fun together. This year they have been exploring the theme of time travel and have built a huge replica TARDIS. They have written stories on the time travel theme, designed and made monster masks, taken part in a Doctor Who quiz and drawn cartoons. In July they are climbing aboard the TARDIS and travelling to the NEC to share their work with other children from Birmingham. They have planned activities for children attending the ‘All About Me’ children’s conference and will run workshops for 80 children over the two day event. They are all really excited about the project which is a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase their talents.
Fun with Maths
Parents came to school to have fun with their child playing Maths games. The Maths games library is open on Thursday afternoons at 2.55 for parents to choose a game with their child. Games can be exchanged weekly, or kept for a maximum of 2 weeks.
Mothers Day Assembly
To celebrate Mothers Day we held a special assembly and parents were invited to watch the children sing them songs and share the banners each class had made for them. It was a lovely family occasion.
Choir at Easter
Choir went to sing to our local retirement home in their Easter bonnets. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the singing and gave the children an Easter egg each. They have asked us to come back at Christmas and sing Christmas songs.
Mr Snuggles, the Snake
Mr Snuggles the snake certainly caused a lot of excitement. The children were happy to stroke the snake and were quiet because of Mr Snuggles is sensitive!
This was a special music workshop to help Foundation Stage children keep the beat!
Stained Glass Windows
Year 2 children went to Birmingham Cathedral to look at their stained glass windows. They then came back and made a window using our school emblem as inspiration.
Chinese New Year
To celebrate Chinese New Year our cook prepared a special Chinese Lunch with healthy stir fry vegetables, spring rolls, rice and noodles with sweet and sour chicken. It was a great success with staff and pupils. A variety of themed lunches are served throughout the year.
Birmingham Nature Centre
We spent a fantastic day with structured learning, observing habitats from around the world. The follow-up work and independent learning was fantastic.
Old Folks Home Visit
Our choir and guitar clubs like to go and sing to people in the community, and went to sing Christmas Carols at our local residential home. They will be going again at Easter in their Easter bonnets.