Snippets of News

Key Stage 2 PTFA Disco

Children clearly enjoying the disco.

16 November 2017

On the 16th November 2017 the Key Stage 2 pupils gathered together to bust some moves on the dance floor (aka the school hall).

The wonderful parent volunteers arranged an array of fabulous opportunities including delicious snacks , juices and temporary tattoos.

Y1LH Shared Lunch

Families and children playing together after lunch.

15 November 2017

Y1LH enjoyed their shared lunch when parents and family members joined us in sharing our delicious dinner and scrumptious puddings.

After our plates were cleared we went outside and enjoyed playing badmington, hockey and chalking pictures on the playground floor.

We all enjoyed spending time with our loved ones and sharing school routines.

Thank you to all those family members who joined us.

Years 1 to 3 PTFA Disco

Having a great time at the disco.

10 November 2017

On Thursday 10th November 2017, our amazing PTFA organised a disco for pupils in Years 1, 2 and 3.

Our resident DJ’s MC Harris and MC McTernan responded to song requests playing a mixture of favourite party tunes and up to date hits.

Everyone had a fabulous evening.

Thank you very much to all parents who gave up their time planning and organising the event.

Y2KR Shared Lunch

Families enjoying school lunch together.

8 November 2017

On Wednesday 8th November it was Y2KR's turn to be hosts and invite their families to share lunchtime together.

After a delicious lunch in the hall, families were able to make the most of all the wonderful activities put on by our amazing lunchtime staff. Big favourites were the loose parts and creating space rockets out of a variety of materials.

Thank you to all parents, grandparents and family members who were able to attend and also to all the staff who made this fantastic lunchtime possible.

Reception Maths Workshops

Children and parents working together.

7 to 9 November 2017

Reception children were excited to welcome their parents into school to support them with a maths workshop.

First the children showed parents how they are learning the days of the week with their song.

Next they demonstrated taking away by singing the currant bun song.

Then it was the parents turn to join in and they worked with their child to make a board game, following the instructions.

It was great to see so many parents supporting their children. Great fun was had by all.

Pupils Meet Gold Medalist

Pupils at Kingsbury CIC.

2 November 2017

On Thursday 2nd November 2017 some of our pupils represented our school at a wonderful sports event hosted by Kingsbury CIC.

Our pupils had a wonderful time with Jenna Downing the Gold medal winning inline skater. Our children were inspired by Jenna designing her own line of skates with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Charities.

Erdington Headteachers Fight for Funding

Headteachers meet with the Schools Minister.

16 October 2017

On 16th October 2017 a delegation of seven headteachers travelled to the Department of Education to meet Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

The headteachers from Abbey Catholic Primary, Birches Green Infants, Brookvale Primary, Osborne Primary, Paget Primary, Slade Primary and Twickenham Primary represented Erdington constituents and schools with their MP Jack Dromey.

The group discussed issues around assessment, accountability and funding, with particular emphasis on services which will need to be cut if school funding is not increased.

An honest and frank discussion took place with the Schools Minister stating that the department were ‘on the side of the (teaching) profession’ he also stated that ‘...people forget how severe the financial crash was...’

Following discussions around a call for austerity in education, Nick Gibb reinforced: ‘I didn’t call for austerity, I’m faced with the consequences of the treasury not having enough money.’

Jack Dromey MP shared that the delegation of headteachers were ‘magnificent’ and ‘gave powerful testimony on the impact of government cuts on local schools.’

Y3EH Shared Lunch

Parents and children enjoying lunch together.

11 October 2017

We were delighted to welcome our Y3EH families to join us for shared on Wednesday 11th October.

With the Autumnal weather being particularly warm it was fantastic to see our parents sampling the variety of fit and healthy activities our children experience daily.

Thank you to all who were able to support this event.

Reception visit Highbury Theatre

Reception children at the theatre.

4 October 2017

Reception had an exciting morning visiting Highbury Theatre.

They travelled by train and enjoyed an Autumnal walk discussing the changing of season.

Each group confidently went on stage and sang a nursery rhyme they had been practising in class.

A great time was had by all.

Creative Writing Workshop

Writing their own suspense story.

3 October 2017

A group of Year 5 pupils got the opportunity to work with children from three other schools in the local area in a creative writing workshop. The theme was... Suspense!

They looked at the differences between suspense and horror and learnt the key ingredients in order to hook their reader. Then they wrote a story of their own - thoroughly chilling!

Y4JB Sharing Lunch

Families enjoying lunch together.

27 September 2017

On Wednesday 27th September, parents, grandparents and other relatives were invited to join Y4JB to share lunchtime together.

It was a lovely occasion where children could show their family member where they had their lunch and were also able to sample what delicious food we have on offer!

As the weather was glorious too, some of our guests enjoyed eating ' al fresco 'and socialising outside.

Thank you to all who attended and to the wonderful dinner team for making this possible.

Year 6 Workshop at the Old Rep Theatre

Year 6 at the Old Rep.

26 September 2017

In preparation for their upcoming performance, Year 6 took part in a cast workshop at the Old Rep Theatre.

We met Anja and Lucy who will be supporting us on the performance evening. We also had the opportunity to work on the stage and practice some of the skills we have been developing. Each cast rehearsed a scene from their play and got some top tips!

A very useful afternoon was spent working on our voice projection and stage craft.

Reception Phonics Workshops

Enjoying the phonics workshop together

25 to 28 September 2017

From the 25th to 28th September 2017, Reception Parents joined their children as their 'perfect partner' in a RWInc Phonic lesson.

Parents were shown how we teach saying the letter sounds purely (not letter names). How to hold the pencil correctly and how to form the letters.

Lastly, children showed their parents how good they were getting at making words on their magnetic boards, then using their finger pointed and said each sound before sweeping their finger underneath to blend the sounds together and read the whole word eg. m-a-t = mat.

It was fabulous to have so many parents in school supporting their children - Whoosh!

Learning to Shape Birmingham Conference

At the conference.

22 September 2017

Our Headteacher joined other Headteachers from across Birmingham on Friday 22nd September 2027 at the Birmingham Education Conference which focused on 'Learning to shape Birmingham'.

The conference covered latest government policy and inspirational speakers focused on navigating the challenges ahead.

Severn Trent Water Assembly

Severn Trent Assembly.

21 September 2017

On Thursday afternoon, the whole school attended an assembly led by Justin from Severn Trent Water.

As part of our Sustainable Schools Award Justin showed us, with some handy helpers, where our water comes from and what happens to it when we have used it. Then our handy helpers showed us how we can save water instead of wasting it.

The Eco-Team worked with Justin after the assembly to create a water saving action plan. Watch this space for more exciting water news!

Year 6 Shared Lunch

Families enjoying lunch together.

20 September 2017

On Wednesday 20th September 2017, parents of Year 6 pupils had the opportunity to join their children to share lunchtime together.

Shared lunches are now an embedded event in our annual school timetable and are enjoyed by both parents and children.

Several parents lamented that as their child was in the final year of primary school, this would be their last shared lunch.

It was lovely to receive so much positive feedback and thanks from parents during and after the session.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Pirates as far as the eye can see!

19 September 2017

The whole school joined in this annual event when we transform to become pirates. Ahoys and Aarghs rang through the air as we stood to attention as the Cap'n approached.

Some great descriptions of dastardly pirates were created and even some treasure was found!

The recreation of a fearsome battle was created through dance and messages in bottles were spotted.

Year 5 at Lunt Fort

At Lunt Fort.

8 September 2017

On Friday 8th September, Year 5 enjoyed a historical trip to Lunt Fort, Coventry, in order to get a first hand experience of Roman battle.

The visit enabled the children to gain an understanding of Roman life, which will support their new topic 'The Big, the Brave and the Bold'.

A fantastic day was had by all, with the children 'becoming' Roman recruits for the day: learning Latin commands, checking defences and taking part in battle drills.

Year 4 trip to Cadbury World

Year 4 at Cadbury World.

8 September 2017

On Friday 8th September, Year 4 went to Cadbury World to kick start our exciting new topic - Chocolate!

We learnt about the history of Cadbury's chocolate, the manufacturing of their products, advertising and even explored some chocolate tasting - which of course was delicious! The difficult thing was which topping to choose!

The fabulous tour also included a visit to their amazing 4D experience - which was truly exhilarating.

Before heading home, we finished off in the classroom where we had the opportunity to look, touch and smell real cocoa pods and cocoa butter - as well as try on some of the uniforms that staff at the factory have to wear!

A fantastic day was had by all.

Year 3 Rock Up Adventures

Year 3 indoor rock climbing.

7 and 8 September 2017

We saw great courage and sporting dexterity from our Year 3 pupils when they attended the indoor rock climbing adventure course - Rock Up.

Pupils climbed safe in the knowledge that they were perfectly safe as they were attached by harnesses and were following the guidelines that had been given in the safety briefing. This then allowed pupils to push their boundaries and overcome any fears.

We saw everyone 'have a go' and many improved and were soon fearless - conquering the walls with ease.

Year 1 visit the Black Country Museum

What interested children in the 1920's? Sweets of course!

7 September 2017

Year 2 travelled to Victorian Britain for the day today as they visited the Black Country museum.

We visited a variety of houses and thought about how life was different for children 90 years ago.

We look forwards to exploring more people of the past during the Autumn term.

Year 1 at the Thinktank

Year 1 at the Thinktank.

7 September 2017

On Thursday 7th September, Year 1 visited the Thinktank in Birmingham to explore the delights of the Science museum.

We were all captivated to learn all about our senses and we even listened to each other's heartbeats!

We then explored the other exhibits the museum has to offer including the interactive science garden.

Road Safety Sessions

Checking the speed limit of local road users.

6 and 7 September 2017

Our local PCSOs visited our school in the first week of term to run workshops for Years 3, 4 and 5 on the importance of Road Safety.

Pupils learnt all about how to stay safe on the roads. Then they were put to work with the speed camera! Children captured many cars that were driving above the legal speed limits. One was even exceeding the limit by 13 miles per hour.

These sessions were really enjoyable and informative.

Goodbye and Good Luck

Mr Kirke and Mr Poole.

20 July 2017

In July 2017 we said goodbye and good luck to Mr Poole and Mr Kirke.

Mr Poole is continuing his teaching career in Russia. We wish him every success with this exciting new adventure.

Mr Kirke is taking up a 'head of school' position in a one form entry Catholic Primary School within the diocese, as a 12 month secondment.

Please keep both of them in your prayers.

How to Survive Falling into Cold Water

Year 6 on their Safe Swim course.

11 July 2017

As part of our safeguarding and preparing children for life, the children of Year 6 attended a Safe Swim course in July run by the RNLI. They learnt how you can survive if you fall into cold water.

Skills learnt included:

  • How to call for help (arm straight up in the air whilst shouting ‘Help!’)
  • The star float – a good position to lie in and relax if you first fall in the water.
  • The huddle position – linking arms with others in the water and holding your own hands so that the link is difficult to break.
  • The warm position – crossing your arms in front of you to conserve heat.

Working with our Local MP

Meeting with our MP, Jack Dromey.

6 July 2017

On 6th July 2017, our Headteacher and other Erdington Headteachers met with our MP, Jack Dromey.

Jack and local school leaders are standing up against school budget cuts and doing everything they can to raise awareness to the valuable support that will be cut in schools if budget cuts are introduced.

Arts Award Good Practice Centre

4 July 2017

We are delighted to have been awarded Good Practice Centre by Arts Award - one of only ten centres nationally. This accolade recognises the outstanding arts provision provided to pupils at the Abbey.

Throughout the year there will be special celebratory and networking events that highlight the work that we do and to spread the word about arts provision and its importance.

We now have a team of four trained Arts Advisors who deliver bespoke arts courses to children from Year 1 to Year 6 and look forward to the year ahead and the chance to inspire more of our young people.

Sustainable School and Modeshift Stars Awards

Team members receiving their certificates from the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

4 July 2017

On Tuesday, some members from the Eco-Club and Travel Team visited the Council House in Birmingham. They attended an award ceremony where they received two awards on behalf of the school.

During the ceremony, the children had to deliver a presentation which was watched by the Lord Mayor and other schools.

Then the Lord Mayor presented the team with their Modeshift Stars Bronze Award. This recognises all the initiatives that have been put in place to encourage sustainable travel.

The Lord Mayor then presented the teams with their Sustainable Schools Award where they achieved the Platinum level which is the highest acolade. To achieve this award, the Eco-Club have worked hard to; reduce the schools energy usage, encourage people to recycle, care for the animals in our local environment and educate the school on being more 'green'.

The award presentation was then followed by a tasty lunch in the banqueting suite. The children had a wonderful time and they can't wait to carry on spreading the sustainable living message!

School Council Meet the Lord Mayor

School Council meet the Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

29 June 2017

School Council had the honour of meeting with the Lord Mayor. They each asked a question around her role as Lord Mayor.

After drinks with her the children had a tour of the Council House.

It was a day they will always remember.

Great Midlands Fun Run

Some of our participants in the Fun Run.

4 June 2017

On Sunday 4th June 2017, pupils, parents and staff from school completed the Great Midlands Fun Run.

The 8.5 mile course was great fun and challenging in parts - we think we know how 'Cardiac Hill' got its nickname.

It was wonderful to see pupils and parents running together. Without exception, all staff got overtaken by some of our fabulous speedy pupil runners. Ms T is claiming it shows the impact of our great sports coaching in school.

Perhaps we can have a bigger team next year? You've got 12 months to get ready...

Year 4 Sports and Activity Day

Year 4 playing tchoukball.

12 May 2017

On Friday 12th May, Year 4 were treated to a whole day of sport and physical activity to immerse themselves into their topic Shaping Up.

Throughout the day, children had the opportunity to work with the fitness company ACE in order to learn an exciting, alternative sport - Tchoukball and a fitness circuit in the afternoon to help them develop their physical literacy.

The children thoroughly enjoyed Tchoukball where they worked hard as a team to score points from the rebounder using both attacking and defending skills.

The afternoon session allowed children to take part in a carousel of fitness stations all focussing on working different parts of their body - both endurance and cardiovascular activities. All the children worked really hard in both sessions and took away fitness activities that they could continue at home to maintain and develop a healthy lifestyle.

Staff vs Parents Football Match

The staff and parent football teams.

5 May 2017

On Friday 5th May 2017 the inaugural staff vs parents football match took place.

Spectators paid £1 towards our Lenten charities collection. This was the final drive in our Lenterprise fundraising.

The parents team were victorious. Everyone had a wonderful time and celebrated with refreshments afterwards.

Thank you to all involved. We are already planning further matches to fundraise next Lent.

Peer Mediator Training

New Peer Mediators in training.

2 to 4 May 2017

24 children in Year 5 have under gone training to become qualified Peer Mediators.

These children were voted for specifically by they classmates as children who would do a good job of mediating conflicts amongst peers during break and lunchtimes.

The training included being able to take the blame out of an argument, advise children to listen to each others points of view and find a solution themselves to their problems.

These Peer Mediators are now responsible for supporting staff in dealing with conflicts on the playground.

Reception trip to Plantasia

Reception enjoy their trip to Plantasia.

4 April 2017

Reception had a fabulous time at Plantasia learning about seeds. They found out that seeds need air, water, sun and soil to grow.

The children had fun in the mazes and managed not to get lost!

Second Science Breakfast Meeting

Our second Science Breakfast Meeting.

29 March 2017

On 29th March children and parents attended the Abbey's second Science Breakfast Meeting.

Miss Haynes shared the science vision that has been developed by the staff, governors and parents. Then everyone took part in some simple but exciting experiments using things we can find at home.

Finally, a super Science selfie competition was revealed. Wow! We can't wait to find out who will win the best Science selfie!

Warwick Castle Science Fair

At the Big Bang Science Fair.

24 March 2017

On Friday a group of children from Year 5 and 6 visited Warwick Castle where they were hosting the Big Bang Science Fair.

Whilst they were there the children watched a range of shows including 'Fire and Ice' by Atomic Science and 'Really Ugly Animals'.

There were several stalls that the group visited. They measured how fast they could kick a ball, made a helium balloon hover in mid-air and they looked inside their eye using an iPhone.

We can't wait to book for next year!

St Patrick's Day Fun

Going green on St Patrick's Day.

17 March 2017

On Friday 17th March 2017, the Abbey Primary turned luscious shades of emerald as all children and staff wore green.

To commemorate the Irish heritage of our parish and to raise funds for our Lenten charities, members of our school community exchanged wearing green for £1.

The 17th March is St Patrick's Day and as well as wearing green, some pupils wore colours of the Irish counties where their parents or grandparents were born.

Céad míle fáilte to all.

Science Day

Exciting projects on Science Day.

16 March 2017

On Thursday 16th March, the whole school took part in a thrilling Science Day during the national 'Science Week'. As part of the British Science Week, the school pledged to hold a 'demo day'.

The theme was Changes and we looked at changes that we seen in our everyday life from the weather to materials and energy.

At the start of the day, there was a hands-on assembly with some really exciting experiments that can be done at home. Miss Haynes, along with some willing members of staff, made ice cream and fruit slush in a plastic bag. Then we looked at some materials that have been invented recently. At the end of the assembly, two pupils let Miss Haynes pour coffee and squash over their t-shirts. The results were surprising!

Back in the classroom there were lots of exciting experiments for all the pupils to get involved with. We can't wait for the next Science Day!

Year 1 Meet the Hedgehogs

Year 1 meet some hedgehogs.

7 March 2017

Year 1 were visited by three hairy friends this week, as we managed to welcome hedgehogs to our classroom.

We learnt about where they live; what they eat and how they survive.

Thank you to our visitors and Mr McTernan for arranging the visit!

Bags2School Collection

Lots of bags collected.

1 March 2017

On Wednesday 1st March 2017 we had another wonderful response to our bags to school appeal.

It's a great opportunity to have a clear out at home and raise funds for school with minimum effort.

Thank you for taking the time to fill a bag with unwanted clothes.

Watch the weekly newsletter for details of our next collection.

Year 4's Tudor Workshop

Year 4 enjoying their Tudor workshop.

2 February 2017

On Thursday 2nd February, Year 4 children took part in a Tudor workshop in conjunction with Round Midnight Theatre Company as part of our immersion day.

Children came to school dressed as a Tudor and sampled what life was like in the Tudor times through Dance, Singing and Drama. They explored what life was like for the rich and poor people during the reigns of Henry VII and VIII as well as the history surrounding Henry's wives.

It was a fantastic opportunity for all the children -developing dance, music and drama skills - discovering new talents and a thirst for performing.

Year 6 Parents' Workshop

Families working together.

18 January 2017

On Wednesday 18th January 2017 we welcomed Year 6 parents to join their children in the school hall for a writing workshop.

Parents and pupils worked together to see how they could improve individual writing.

Thank you to all staff and families involved in the wonderful morning.

Abbey's Amazing Chefs

Our award winning team.

16 January 2017

We are very proud of our amazing team of school chefs who were presented with a Special Recognition Award by Citiserve for all of the fabulous work they do.

Congratulations to Helen and her amazing team.

Year 2 Visit Pizza Express

Year 2 making pizzas.

10 January 2017

On Tuesday 10th January 2017, Year 2 visited Pizza Express as part of our new topic 'We are what we eat'.

The children learnt how to make a Pizza and even took their own individual Pizza back to school for lunch.


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