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Democracy (3 images)

In assembly today the theme was British values so we looked at democracy. We discovered what the word means and where it originally came from. We looked at who ruled our country- the queen, the army, the police or the people? We watched a short video that explained the difference between a dictatorship and democracy. The video then went on to explain the three tier system of parliament and how members of parliament are elected.

Macmillan Coffee Afternoon 2019 (38 images)

On Monday 30th October, Shaw Hill school held our annual Macmillan charity event. We raised an amazing £250! Parents, staff and children enjoyed eating homemade cakes and coffee. Thank you to all the parents who supported our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon.

Introducing the new Junior Leadership Team (6 images)

On Friday 20th September, some of our new Junior Leadership Team were introduced to KS2 during assembly. KS2 then had the opportunity to suggest ways in which the Junior Leadership Team could introduce new ideas and make some changes to benefit school life.

Year 2 Meet the Teacher (7 images)

Thank you to all the parents who attended Year 2’s meeting on 19th September. Parents were informed about general routines of the school day, age related expectations in the core subjects and basic information relating to year 2 SATs.

Year 4 Meet the Teacher (15 images)

Thank you to all the parents who attended Year 4’s meeting on Wednesday 25th September. Parents were introduced to the Year 4 class teachers, informed about general routines of the school day as well as uniform, behaviour expectations, age related expectations in the core subjects, homework and reading journals.

Year 6 Meet the Teacher Meeting (26 images)

On Wednesday 25th September, Year 6 held their ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting. Parents were informed about the expectations in Year 6 and how they can help their child to achieve their full potential throughout the year. At the meeting, the Year 6 team discussed: SATs week and shared dates of the assessment, curriculum, upcoming education visits, homework, uniform and the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality as our pupils have so much to learn. Alongside the Meet the Teacher meeting, Year 6 teacher Mr Karl Baum, presented the secondary transfer meeting to ensure that all parents understood how to apply for their child’s secondary school placement. Parents were offered the chance to ask questions and clarify any uncertainties. Overall, the meetings were a success which attracted an excellent turnout from parents and guardians. Thank you very much for your continued support.

Being Me in My World (13 images)

The PowerPoint for this assembly enabled us to talk about how the people in each picture are using their hands for kind things but also unkind things. We talked about why it is important to use kind hands and kind words and how it makes people feel when we do this. The new topic for this half term – ‘Being Me in My World,’ was also introduced to the children. The children had a moment to reflect about being kind and that they should always think before they say something.

Behaviour: Right and Wrong (12 images)

On Tuesday 17th September, KS2 looked at moral dilemmas in assembly. We discussed the difference between right and wrong and having good morals. We discussed how our moral compass guides us to make the right choices and guides us on the right path in life. The PowerPoint showed some different dilemmas for us to discuss what we would do in these situations and what would be the right thing to do.

Year 5 Meet the Teacher 2019-20 (16 images)

Thank you to all the parents who attended Year 5’s meeting on Monday 23rd September. Parents were informed about general routines of the school day, uniform, behaviour expectations, age related expectations in the core subjects, homework, and reading journals.

Year 3 Meet the Teacher 2019-20 (14 images)

Thank you to all the parents who attended Year 3’s meeting on Friday 27th September. Parents were informed about general routines of the school day, uniform, behaviour expectations, age related expectations in the core subjects, homework, and reading journals.

Year 1 Meet the Teacher (29 images)

Thank you to all the parents who attended Year 1’s meeting on 20th September. Parents were informed about general routines of the school day, age related expectations in the core subjects and when the Year 1 Phonics Screening will take place in June 2019.

New Beginnings (5 images)

On Wednesday 4th September, we welcomed children back from their Summer holidays. They enjoyed an assembly in which different types of new beginnings were discussed. The children thought about having the opportunity for a fresh start in this new academic year where they could achieve all of their goals.

Young Writers' Award (2 images)

At the end of last year, children who were at the time in years 4 and 5 entered a Young Writers’ Ancient Adventures competition. The competition involved writing a mini saga based around their current history topic. We are pleased to announce a number of children who entered were successful and their work has been chosen for publication in Ancient Adventures 2019 – Birmingham. Well done to all children who entered – we look forward to reading them!

6th September 2019 (10 images)

To mark the start of the new academic year, our assembly theme was 'New Beginnings'. In his assembly, Mr Baum used a story to demonstrate how we can embrace new opportunities and treat the new year as a fresh start.

Life at Shaw Hill (4 images)

KS1 Black History Month Assembly (17 images)

The theme for 2019 is black migrations. An introduction to some significant black figures from history and why they were important. A PowerPoint was shared containing the following information: an explanation as to why black history month was created and when black history month is celebrated.

Year 1 Meet the Teacher (29 images)

Year 1 Meet the Teacher 2019 Thank you to all the parents who attended Year 1’s meeting on 20th September. Parents were informed about general routines of the school day, age related expectations in the core subjects and when the Year 1 Phonics Screening will take place in June 2019.

Key Stage 2 Teachers and Teaching Assistants (19 images)

Additional Staff (8 images)

Key Stage 1 Teachers and Teaching Assistants (8 images)

Early Years Teachers and Teaching Assistants (8 images)

Sports Day (8 images)

Over the last few weeks key stage one and two took part in sports day. They all had to compete in eight activities such as: team hurdles, sprint, team relay race and javelin. The children also had to wear their house colours because they were also trying to score points for their house. Winners and medals will be presented in our sports award assembly on Monday 8th July 2019.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Summer Solstice (6 images)

Miss Hunt led the key stage two assembly on summer solstice.

Whole School Assembly - Stranger Danger (8 images)

Stranger danger awareness

Home Readers Awards Ceremony (7 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Science Day at Shaw Hill (12 images)

The children at Shaw Hill had lots of fun on Science Day.

Roman Day at Shaw Hill (11 images)

On Friday 7th June, Shaw Hill had our first Roman Day!! Staff and students came dressed in Roman outfits, including togas and gladiator armour. Miss Crane led an assembly and explained why it is important to study the Romans as they did a lot for Britain and introduced a lot of things to our country such as toilets, plumbing, roads and writing. After the assembly, some staff and children went outside for our photoshoot! We re-enacted a battle between Roman gladiators and then a market scene with people milling around wearing Roman outfits. Check out the photos from the day! Throughout the day, each year group were busy designing, researching and making their own Roman objects, jewellery, food and even buildings! Everyone had a lot of fun learning more about Ancient Rome. During the day we also took children from each class to help Mrs Beatty and Miss Crane make a whole-school Roman mosaic! At the end of the day, the mosaic was completed and will be displayed around school once it is dry. Thank you all for your support with Roman day, all of the children (and staff) really enjoyed it!

Year 6 Art Banksy (10 images)

During the unit of work, the pupils studied the style and expressive style of art which is attributed to the artist known as Banksy. The pupils explored different art techniques and media culminating in the use of fie chalk to graffiti the school playground with their own political messages. The messages chosen were focussed on their topic ‘The Amazon and the rainforest’. The pupils were allowed to freely express themselves and their concerns with regard to the topic.

Year 6 Circus Skills (10 images)

During Circus Skills the children in Year 5 and 6 developed key gymnastic skills of balancing, travelling and jumping. The children were challenged to attempt different somersaults, balance on a variety of equipment like balance boards and balancing straps. The children also developed their throwing and catching skills by practising in the juggling activity.

Year 6 Transition Meeting (5 images)

Year 6 Transition Meeting

Year 5 trip to Cadbury World (7 images)

Year 5 had a fantastic day at Cadbury World.

Year 6 trip to Sutton Park (8 images)

Year 6 visited Sutton Park for an outdoor and recreational experience within their home city of Birmingham. It was an amazing day where all children had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The children were given the opportunity to go on a 2 mile woodland walk, dine (for lunch) on the banks of one of Sutton Park’s luxurious lakes, partake in a relaxing picnic, buy refreshments from the park shop and finally play games with their peers which were designed to challenge their levels of fitness and health. Thank you for an excellent day kids, I hope you revisit the park soon! Mr Baum and the Year 6 Team

Year 6 trip to Drayton Manor (5 images)

Year 6 really enjoyed their end of year trip to Drayton Manor – especially Storm Force 10! We all had lots of fun and many children said that it was their best trip they have ever been on in Shaw Hill Primary School.

year 3 trip to Weston Super Mare (7 images)

Year 3 had fantastic day at the seaside!

Nursery trip to Twycross Zoo (10 images)

Nursery had an amazing time at Twycross Zoo.

Year 4 trip to Warwick Castle (10 images)

On Tuesday 25th June, Year 4 had a trip to Warwick Castle! We had an amazing time and the children’s behaviour was impeccable even though the weather was extremely wet! The day began with a climb up onto the castle walls! It was a spiral staircase and was very old so we had to be careful, especially because of the weather but the children were very brave! From the walls we climbed up to the top of the tallest tower which was almost 200 steps up. The views were amazing and we could see for miles and miles. After the walls, we went to the Kingmaker exhibition where we saw how many people and how much equipment was needed to get a medieval army ready for a battle. Everything looked very realistic and it felt as if we went back in time! During lunch, we were able to watch an incredible display of birds of prey called the Falconer’s Quest, including bald eagles, sea eagles and vultures. They were huge and magnificent! We also went into the castle and saw the magnificent and richly decorated rooms including a bed that Queen Anne died in! Our day ended in the maze but thankfully no-one got lost so we could all get back to school on time!

5E Class Assembly (4 images)

Well done to 5E on their class assembly.

5B Class Assembly (5 images)

Well done to 5B on their class assembly.

Overcoming Setbacks (8 images)

On Tuesday 11th January, we welcomed the children back with an assembly about how to overcome our fears and achieve our goals. We read about how famous celebrities had difficulties and what they did to achieve their goals. The children then thought about what their goals should be for the New Year.

Handa's Surprise Workshop (3 images)

On Wednesday 16th January, Reception teachers delivered a workshop - based on a story called Handa’s Surprise. Parents watched the children act out the story and were given ideas of how to support childrens with the language related to the topic. They were shown how to encourage their children to make healthy choices. They were also given a small project to do at home to develop the children’s curiosity, creativity and communication.

Christmas Sing-Song (5 images)

To finish the autumn term on Thursday 20th December, the whole school took part in a Christmas sing-song assembly. Every class performed a song they had been rehearsing in front of the rest of the school – some even included actions and dance moves! The whole school performed The Twelve Days of Christmas and the staff then all took to the stage to perform their version of Band Aid (Do they know it’s Christmas) to finish off. A Christmassy fun time was had by all!

Christmas Carols (17 images)

On Thursday 20th December, the whole school took part in a Christmas sing-song assembly. Every class performed a song that they have been rehearsing– some even included actions and dance moves! The whole school performed ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ and the staff then all took to the stage to perform their version of Band Aid (Do they know it’s Christmas) to finish off. A Christmassy fun time was had by all!

Christmas jumper day (2 images)

Shaw Hill staff looked amazing in their Christmas jumpers.

Christmas Party (14 images)

Children and staff had a lovely afternoon celebrating Christmas. They enjoyed eating lots of food and getting in to the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Fayre (23 images)

All the children had a wonderful time at our Christmas fayre. They had the opportunity to play lots of games, win lots of prizes and get into the spirit of Christmas. They are already looking forward to our summer fayre!

Attendance Assembly (5 images)

On Monday 17th December 2018, we held our autumn term attendance assembly. This is a special assembly where the children are awarded with a bronze attendance certificate for coming to school every day since September 2018. The children were also entered into a raffle draw if they had full attendance since September. The prize was a Nintendo DS console. The winners in Key Stage 1 were Rumasia and Jalaal. The winners in key stage 2 were Humaira and Yusuf. We hope the children enjoy their prizes over the Christmas holidays.

Houses of Parliament (3 images)

On Tuesday 11th of December, members of the Junior Leadership Team went to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. They began with a tour of the Palace of Westminster and spent time in the public gallery watching Jeremy Corbyn leader of the Labour party debate Brexit with fellow MPs. The pupils then took part in a workshop exploring the world of campaigning and learning how they could be involved. It began with an introduction to the different government levels in the UK, followed by an interactive quiz using voting pod about methods people might use to campaign. Pupils then considered how they could influence decision makers by creating their own campaign. The workshop finished with a visit from our local MP Liam Byrne.

Year 1 Nativity (5 images)

On Tuesday, Year 1 performed their nativity for the parents and the whole school. The children were fantastic and really enjoyed the experience. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch.

Early Years Production (5 images)

On Wednesday 12th December, Nursery and Reception performed a Carol Concert for the parents and the whole school. The children performed a series of songs and amazed the teachers and parents with their growing confidence with singing and dancing. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch.

Aladdin panto (14 images)

On Wednesday 5th December, the children were lucky to watch a Pantomime based the story on Aladdin. We were thoroughly entertained and enjoyed watching Miss Samra and Mrs Clark take part in the fun, when they were asked to join in with the dancing. By the end of the panto the children left with a smile on their faces and were ready for the Christmas festivities to begin. Mrs Patel

2B Class Assembly (2 images)

Home Readers Awards Assembly (12 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Stone Age Man visits Year 3 (12 images)

On Thursday 6th December , a Stone Age man came to visit year 3! He took all of the year group into the hall and began by telling us all about the Stone Age. We took part in a quiz to find out some interesting facts about the Stone Age and understand what life was like and find out where it all started! We learnt about how they would have captured the mega woolly mammoth. A spear was no good! The children pretended to be the Stone Age Neanderthals and tried to capture a woolly mammoth by surrounding him and leading him to a thick muddy swamp! It was lots of fun! He even bought in part of a real woolly mammoth bone! It was really heavy which shows just how colossal this huge beast was!

Key Stage 2 Music Concert (4 images)

On Tuesday 11th December, we held our annual Christmas music concert with performances by a variety of musicians in Key Stage 2. All the children who have instrumental tuition from Mr Beatty – guitarists, keyboardists and the music band club, entertained the rest of KS2 with a variety of songs, including Jingle Bells, Ode to Joy and Merry Christmas Everybody.

Year 5 visit Black Country (3 images)

On Wednesday 21st November, Year 5 went to the Black Country Museum to further their learning about the Victorians. We all enjoyed visiting the houses and shops, where volunteers were there to tell us all about the history of that building including information about specific utensils and artefacts that were used in Victorian times. Our favourite part of the day was visiting the school and experiencing learning typical to that period. All the children enjoyed watching the teachers getting told off after a hand inspection!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Advent Sunday (1 images)

This week (week beginning 3rd December) the theme for the assembly was Advent Sunday. Advent is a Christian festival that begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. In the assembly we discussed the word advent and talked about how it was an important time for the Christians who are preparing for Christmas and how it represents the arrival of Jesus. Christians light a candle each Sunday. Each candle has a different meaning; hope, love, joy and peace. On Christmas day, the fifth candle is lit which Christians believe represents the coming of Jesus, who for them, is the light in the darkness. The children also looked at the different ways advent is celebrated around the world, from hanging pictures to putting sweets in shoes and eating chocolate!

Junior Leadership Team Assembly (3 images)

On Tuesday 4th of December, the new Junior Leadership Team held their first assembly. They introduced themselves and told the children about the action plan they have drawn. As part of this action plan they asked the following questions; How can we make lessons more interesting? What can pupils do to become better learners? They took feedback from their peers and will be using these ideas to form part of the action plan they will be completing.

Early Years Speech and Language Workshop (3 images)

On Friday 7th of December, Nursery and Reception parents were invited to attend a special workshop entitled ‘Supporting your child’s speech, language and communication.’ The work shop was delivered by Shaw Hill’s Speech and Language therapist. The aim of the session was to provide parents with practical ideas to do at home with their child to support their speech, language and communication development. We would like to thank all the parents who attended.

Harry Potter Studios (2 images)

On Thursday 8th November, Year 4 went on the most magical school trip! Warner Bro’s Studio Tour! We left school early and got to the studio at about 10.30. After a quick snack, we were let into the tour! We watched a quick video about the legacy of the Harry Potter films and then the magic began! The doors opened onto the Great Hall and we were amazed at what was in front of us! All of the sets, props, costumes, characters and so much more were laid out for us to see! We began the tour by seeing Gryffindor Common Room, Harry’s dormitory and Dumbedore’s office. Alongside the large sets, we saw wands, paintings, costumes and trophies! Some more of the sets we saw included: the potions classroom, the Ministry of Magic and the forbidden forest! The forest set was amazing and gave us lots of ideas for our Literacy topic; stories with fantasy settings. We emerged onto platform 9 3/4 and saw the Hogwarts Express! When we reached the backlot (outside sets), we sat and had our lunch outside Privet Drive! Our tour finished with an amazing surprise—we saw Hogwarts! Feeling amazed, we went into the shop and bought lots of Harry Potter related gifts and presents!

Decorating the Christmas trees (17 images)

The school council worked very hard and used their imagination to decorate the two Christmas trees we located in our main halls. We think they did a great job!

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Inter faith Week (3 images)

The children were asked what they knew about Interfaith Week. The meaning of the words and the purpose of the week were then discussed so that the children understood about different religions in order to promote harmony. The principles or rules of each main religion were shared and the similarities discussed. A short clip was shown which highlighted some of the rules of Judaism. Finally the message that our world is a diverse place was reiterated and children were reminded that we should embrace diversity and not be prejudiced towards people whose beliefs differ from our own.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Inter faith Week (14 images)

To mark interfaith week, each year group learnt about a different religion through researching the main values and principles. The pupils were then able to use an aspect of that to complete some work about the religion. Work completed involved art, writing and using the computers to research. All the work was then shared in Friday’s assembly.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Enid Blyton (1 images)

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Anti Bullying Week (8 images)

On Monday 12th November, we launched Anti-bullying week with Odd Sock Day and a whole school assembly. We wore odd socks to demonstrate that even though we are all different we should be able to get on and show respect to each other. The pupils were introduced to the theme, ‘Choose Respect’ and informed about the competition they could enter during the week. In their lesson that week, the children learnt about ways of showing respect to each other. At the end of the week we had a closing assembly with some information about what the pupils had learnt and a chance to announce the winners of the competition. The pupils and teachers also all took part in a pledge to choose respect over bullying and raised their decorated handprints in declaration, which are now displayed by the playground doors.

Reception Workshop (4 images)

On Wednesday 14th November, Reception took part in a workshop about How to Catch a Star, a story by Oliver Jeffers. The parents listened to the story and were given ideas of how to read picture books to develop their child’s speaking and listening skills. They were shown how to practise phonics skills with their children and they were introduced to the first phonic sounds that their children will learn in reception. The parents were also given a small task as part of the ‘EYFS inquisite Child Project’ to do at home with their child.

Thank you from Birmingham City Mission (2 images)

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Viking Day (2 images)

On Thursday 18th October, a Viking came to visit year 4! She took all of the year group into the hall and began by giving us a quick whistle-stop tour of the Viking settlement of Britain..

SLT (6 images)

Additional Teachers (1 images)

Nursery Workshop - nursery rhymes (2 images)

In Nursery, a reading workshop was held this week. We discussed the activities the children are going to be doing to help them prepare for reading. This included a discussion about why nursery rhymes and songs are important for helping children remember a sequence of events. We also discussed the importance of modelling language skills in order to enable the children to construct their own sentences and questions. The teacher showed the parents how to use a story book without words as a way to encourage their children to tell a story using pictures. The workshop also covered the importance of practising fine motor skills to prepare the children for using writing tools. To close the workshop, the teacher explained the importance of encouraging independence with their children.

Whole School Assembly - Birmingham City Mission (5 images)

Matt, from Birmingham City Mission, shared a story about helping others and being helped in assembly. He narrated the story of the Good Samaritan and discussed how the Good Samaritan helped someone when others didn’t. The children learnt about their opportunity to help others through the harvest collection taking place over the next few weeks at school. They recognised how this collection would benefit the community and the people that live in it.

MacMillan Coffee Afternoon (37 images)

Our Macmillan Coffee Afternoon went extremely well. A lovely selection of cakes were donated by the staff at school to help us raise money for Macmillan cancer support. The parents enjoyed a lovely cup of coffee or tea and cake. After school the children were also able to visit the cake sale with their parents and buy some cake. We would like to say thank you to everyone who donated cake or purchased a cake. We raised a fabulous £284.42 which has been donated to Macmillan cancer support.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - World Mental Health Day (6 images)

On Tuesday the 9th October, Mr. Baum delivered an assembly about World Mental Health Day. The main focus of the assembly was about treating people positively and respectfully in order to promote positivity and respectfulness in all others. The assembly also covered the importance of being resilient in life and that resilience is a key skill which is needed to overcome difficult challenges and therefore gain a true sense of worth and satisfaction.

Year 6 Meet the Teacher Meeting (21 images)

On Thursday 13th September, Year 6 held their ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting. Parents were informed about the expectations in Year 6 and how they can help their child to achieve their full potential throughout the year. At the meeting, the Year 6 team discussed: curriculum, after-school boosters, homework, uniform and the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality as our pupils have so much to learn. Alongside the meet the teacher meeting, Year 6 teacher Mr Karl Baum, presented the secondary transfer meeting to ensure that all parents understood how to apply for their child’s secondary school placement. Parents were offered the chance to ask questions and clarify any uncertainties with Mr Baum. Overall, the meetings were a success which attracted an excellent turnout from parents and guardians. Thank you very much for your continued support.

Year 5 Meet the Teacher Meeting (16 images)

Year 5 held their ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on Tuesday 18th September. Parents were welcomed in to find out about the staff and curriculum in Year 5, as well as other useful information about the school day. Thank you to those who attended the meeting.

Year 4 Meet the Teacher Meeting (20 images)

Year 4 held a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on Wednesday 12th September. This gave parents the chance to meet all of the staff in Year 4 and find out about key information regarding their class. As well as information regarding uniform, timings, homework and reading expectations, we also shared the ARE sheets for maths and writing. We hope that you found the workshop helpful and a big thank you to those who attended the meeting.

EYFS Phonics Meeting (3 images)

On Thursday 25th September, Reception parents attended a special reading workshop. The main aim of the session was to inform the parents about the importance of reading in the Foundation Stage and how phonics is taught. Reception teachers talked about the methods used to teach phonics and the ways in which parents can support their children with Literacy at home. All the parents were given a pack that included handwriting sheets and phoneme cards. We thank all of the parents who attended.

Whole School Assembly - Black History Month (17 images)

On Tuesday 2nd October, Miss Crane led an assembly on Black History Month. The assembly explained why we celebrate Black History Month, the history of the celebration and discussed a selection of famous black people. These people have all achieved something important in their lives, whether it is becoming the first black president or standing up for black rights. The assembly ended with discussing how each class will be learning about black history and the different activities that everyone would be doing.

Year 3 Meet the Teacher Meeting (20 images)

Year 3 held a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on Thursday 13th September. This gave parents the chance to meet all of the staff in Year 3 and find out about key information regarding their class. As well as information regarding uniform, timings, homework and reading expectations, we also shared the ARE sheets for maths and writing. Thank you to those who attended the meeting.

Year 2 Meet the Teacher Meeting (11 images)

On Friday 21st September, Year 2 held a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting. This was an opportunity for parents to meet all the staff in Year 2, for class teachers to share key information and for parents to ask any questions they may have about what year 2 is like. The information shared by class teachers included: attendance, timetables, assessment, behaviour expectations, targets, home reading, homework and information about the Year 2 SATs.

Year 1 Meet the Teacher Meeting (11 images)

Thank you to all the parents who attended Year 1’s meeting on 19th October. Parents were informed about general routines of the school day, age related expectations in the core subjects and when the Year 1 Phonics Screening will take place in June 2019.

Whole School Awards Assembly 2018 (15 images)

The end of year celebration assembly was a complete success. Many children, across the whole school, were rewarded for their hard work and attainment throughout the school year. Well done to everyone who received an award.

Year 5 trip to Safari Park (8 images)

On Tuesday 17th July, Year 5 visited West Midlands Safari Park. It was a great day out as we were able to see the animals so close to the coach. Deer, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, lions and tigers were spotted on the drive through the park. Year 5 then enjoyed an afternoon of rides in the theme park, with the log flume being a firm favourite!

Attendance Assembly (4 images)

On Wednesday 18th July, our end of year attendance assembly was held. This is always an exciting time for all the children who receive their awards for having excellent attendance. The children who received a gold certificate were also awarded with a special plaque and a £5 WHSmith voucher. The pupils who won a gold award wre entered into a raffle prize draw and the winners were, Ruqiya in reception and Muddaser in year one. The winners in key stage 2 were Ibrahim and Asila in year 5. These children won a Nintendo 2DS. We hope they enjoy using these consoles during the holidays. We would also like to say well done to all the children who come to school every day. This would not be possible without our supportive parents who ensure their children attend school regularly.

Year 2 Graduation (3 images)

On Tuesday 17th July, the children in year 2 celebrated the end of the year by having a graduation ceremony. They shared fond memories of the year and their ambitions for the future. Each child was presented with a certificate rewarding them for their hard work and success in Year 2. Thank you to all the parents for their support during the year.

Nursery Graduation (3 images)

On Monday 16th July a graduation was held for the children in Nursery. They each received a certificate and a photo of them in their graduation gown. The parents enjoyed learning about what each child wants to be when they grow up, these range from being a firefighter to a teacher, hairdresser, doctor or nurse. After the children had received their certificates, they enjoyed some party food with their mums and dads.

Year 6 trip to Sutton Park (7 images)

On Wednesday 11th July, Year 6 visited Sutton Park for an outdoor and recreational experience within their home city of Birmingham. It was an amazing day where all children had a thoroughly enjoyable time. The children were given the opportunity to go on a 2 mile woodland walk, dine (for lunch) on the banks of one of Sutton Park’s luxurious lakes, partake in a relaxing picnic, buy refreshments from the park shop and finally play games with their peers which were designed to challenge their levels of fitness and health. Thank you for an excellent day kids, I hope you revisit the park soon! Mr Baum and the Year 6 Team

Sports Awards Assembly (5 images)

On Monday 16th July many key stage one and two children were presented with their winners medals from sports day. Each winner was presented with a certificate and medal by the head boy and head girl.

Year 6 Prom (4 images)

The Year 6 School Prom took place on Tuesday 3rd July to celebrate the children’s hard work and commitment to learning. Everyone dressed to impress and it was a great evening! The evening started off with an award ceremony. The certificates were awarded for progress and achievement in as well as being responsible citizens throughout the year. This was followed by a delicious buffet meal where children had the opportunity to mingle with friends and members of staff. Later in the evening, a dance party was provided by our DJ. Well done Year 6 for a fabulous year!

Year 2 Inspire Workshop (9 images)

On Friday 6th July, an Inspire Workshop was held for Year 2 children and their parents. The workshop focused on improving story writing skills by using conjunctions, adjectives and varied sentence openers. The teachers also discussed age related expectations in writing in year 2. Everybody made a story dice and spinner and used them to write an exciting story. Year 2 staff would like to thank the parents for a great turnout!

Sports Around the World (1 images)

On Thursday 5th July, Miss Crane led a whole school assembly on ‘Sports around the World’. Each year group discussed what they had learnt about the different countries and sports they had studied. Reception: Jamaica Year 1: India Year 2: Nepal Year 3: Iceland Year 4: Finland Year 5: New Zealand Year 6: Malaysia

Whole School City Mission Assembly (4 images)

Suzie from Birmingham City Mission shared a story from the Bible about Gideon and the Midianites. In the story Gideon defeated the Midianites because he was courageous and planned his victory. She stressed the importance of being courageous and believing in our own abilities. The children reflected on their day-to-day lives and how they could try their best in different situations and overcome obstacles.

Early Years Induction Day (6 images)

On Friday 13th of July, the parents of children who are due to start in our Reception class in September were invited to attend an induction meeting. The parents were shown a PowerPoint presentation that explained what they and their child can expect at Shaw Hill Primary school. They were introduced to the Learning Mentors and also to the SENDCO Mrs Lees. Parents were also given the opportunity to purchase school uniform ready for September.

Whole School Assembly - Refugee Week (13 images)

The children listened to ‘I Will Never Let You Down’ by Rita Ora as they came into the hall. The children were given the following information about Rita Ora. Rita was born in Pristina in Kosovo to Albanian parents. When she was only 1 year old her family had to flee from their home due to the start of war. On their arrival to Britain Rita and her older sister were housed in a children’s home and her parents had to battle for months to get them back. Eventually they settled in London where Rita grew up. She is famous for her music and has had several hit records as well as being a judge on the reality tv shows ‘The Voice’ and ‘X Factor’. Children from each year group came up to present the work that they had carried out during refugee week. . Reflection Friends of the Earth give the following definition of climate refugees (which was shared with the children.) Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their country and cannot return home safely. They are escaping war, persecution or conflict. People fleeing for any other reason – even dire poverty – are defined as migrants. Refugees are protected by international laws. These laws prevent them from being returned to danger and give them access to fair asylum procedures. People fleeing because of climate change don't have the same protections. Climate refugees are forced to leave their homes because of environmental changes which risk their lives or livelihoods. Such changes might include extreme weather, drought or rising sea levels. The children reflected on how lucky they were to have a safe place to live and how difficult it would be if they had to leave their home suddenly. The finalists for the climate refugee art competition were called out and presented with their certificates and the key stage 1 and 2 winners were announced Barbara and Claire to presented prizes to the competition winners. Barbara then made a short speech to the children about school of sanctuary and presented Mr. Bh

Cavern Club (14 images)

On July 10th, our music band club children were invited to perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, made famous by the Beatles. The children did Shaw Hill proud with a wonderful, confident performance and they also had the opportunity to enjoy performances by the other schools.

Year 3 trip to Weston-Super-Mare (9 images)

On Tuesday 19th June, Year 3 went to Weston Super Mare which we were all very excited about. We were very lucky as it was a lovely day and the children enjoyed playing in the sand and going into the sea to splash around with their friends. We then visited the pier and went into some of the local shops where the children were able to buy some souvenirs. The children enjoyed being able to have a ride on a donkey and eat an ice cream on the beach. The children were all very well behaved and had a wonderful time!

Year 1 trip to Cadbury World (12 images)

On Tuesday 3rd July, Year 1 went to Cadbury World. The children discovered how chocolate is made and they took part in some activities using liquid chocolate. Everyone chose different toppings and tasted the liquid chocolate too! The children learnt about the life of John Cadbury and how he made life better for his factory workers. The children also went in the 4D cinema and enjoyed the ride. All the children and teachers had a fantastic time, the children were very well behaved. Well done year 1!

Summer Fayre (62 images)

The children had a fun, busy and exciting day at Shaw Hill’s Summer Fayre. Pupils had the opportunity to have their face painted. At the fayre there were lots of games that the children could play including drop disk, hook the duck, hoopla and much, much more. The cakes and lollies was a great treat to enjoy while listening to the music and taking in the happy atmosphere of the Fayre. I very much look forward to the next Fayre.

Year 6 trip to Drayton Manor Park (2 images)

On Wednesday 27th June 2018, Year 6 descended upon Drayton Manor Theme Park. All pupils involved had a truly epic time and wished they didn’t have to leave. The trip was a reward for all of the pupils’ hard work, dedication to their learning and professional attitude to their studies. Overall, the pupils got to experience large rides like Shockwave and Storm Force 10 as well as smaller rides like the Buffalo Coaster and Thomas Land. The weather was truly spectacular and only surpassed by the mature and responsible nature of our wonderful Year 6 pupils. Thank you for the memories Year 6. You’re amazing! Kind regards, Mr Karl Baum and Mrs Sandhya Galloway.

Home Readers Awards Assembly (8 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Year 3 Inspire Workshop (12 images)

On Friday 22nd June, Year 3 parents were invited to attend a reading workshop led by Mrs Sandhu and Mrs Bhatti. The aim of the workshop was to inform parents of the importance of reading with their child, what a typical weekly guided reading session looks like and there was also a focus on and ways in which parents can support their child at home.

Year 5 Inspire Workshop (13 images)

For Year 5’s Inspire workshop, the focus was spellings. The parents had the chance to see the kinds of spellings expected in years 5 and 6 and to discuss the spelling patterns and rules. Our pupils and their parents first sorted the spellings into groups and then matched words to their meanings.

Year 2 trip to Tywcross Zoo (18 images)

On Thursday 21st June, Year 2 visited Twycross Zoo to find out more about some of the animals they studied in science. The children were able to look at animals from a wide range of countries and observe their appearance and how they behave. They were encouraged to read the signs to find out about the animals habitats and diet. The children took part in a workshop where they were able to create their own habitats by putting in the type of animals that might be found there. They were also shown a chinchilla, a bearded dragon and cockroaches.

Reception trip to Hatton Park (15 images)

On Friday 22nd June, both Reception classes went to Hatton Adventure World. The children learnt about caring for animals including snakes and reptiles. They rode in a tractor and watched and cheered a sheep race. The children also had the chance to enjoy the soft play area, the sand pit and the fairground rides. It was a lovely sunny day and everyone had a wonderful time.

Shaw Hill Sports Day (64 images)

On Wednesday 20th June and Thursday 21st June, pupils from Shaw Hill Primary School took part in their annual Sports Day on Saint Peter’s Urban Village Trust Playing Field. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed a day of sports and challenges which were undertaken in a competitive environment with high standards expected. The event was a complete success, thanks mainly to the Year 6 sports leaders who led the main activities on the day. The pupils took part in: javelin, discus, team baton relay, individual sprint, standing jump, team hurdles challenge, dribble run and the shot putt. Medals will be awarded to the children who come first, second and third in their year groups for the individual sports. Well done to all the pupils for trying as hard as they did and for never giving in even when they became tired from competing in all of the different sports. Thank you to the teachers for your excellent organisation and to the sports leaders for a successful day of sport.

Andy Conors visits Year 4 (7 images)

This year, Refugee Week focused on ‘Climate Refugees’. Climate Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their home because of something that happened due to the weather changing. This could be a flood or a drought. We had three lessons during Refugee Week. The first part began by going through a PowerPoint that described what Climate Refugees are and asked the children lots of questions to do with refugees and how they would feel if there were in the same position as Climate Refugees. The second part of this lesson was an art competition. We understood that refugees are people that lose their home and have to leave where they live. This got us thinking about what ‘home’ means and we decided that home is not a place, it is the people that are around us. Losing our house would be very sad but it would be much worse if we lost the people that we love around us; we could always rebuild our ho. To represent our thought of what ‘home’ is, we each drew and painted the trunk and branches of a tree. After this, we used handprints of different people around the classroom who we care about to create the leaves of the tree. This showed us that home can be anywhere where these people are. After our two lessons on Climate Refugees, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Andy, a poet who writes poetry about refugees and coming to a new country. The children though about the different struggles that elephants face when they migrate and related it to new people travelling and arriving at a new school. Andy (and a couple of volunteers) then read out some of the excellent poems that he had written describing what it was like to come to a new school and not be able to speak the language. After listening to Andy’s poems, the children had the chance to write their own. The children were encouraged to use their imagination and even to write in different languages if they had a similar experience themselves of coming to a new school.

Year 4 Inspire Workshop (24 images)

On Tuesday 19th June, Year 4 parents were invited to attend a numeracy workshop led by Mrs Patel and Miss Crane. The focus of the workshop was on arithmetic skills. We went through the formal method for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, giving examples of how to do each. The parents and children then had the chance (after each skill was modelled) to do some arithmetic questions to practise the skill. After this, the parents and children looked at the types of arithmetic questions that are asked of children during a test. We hope that all parents enjoyed the workshop and will attend any future workshops.

Refugee speaker visits Year 5 (3 images)

In year 5 we had a special visitor come into school to talk to us about being a refugee. This lady had to flee from her home country, Iran, when her husband printed some leaflets opposing the government. Zahra explained that she and her sons spent 10 days in the back of a furniture lorry to get from Turkey to Birmingham, eating only biscuits and drinking water. They had no sunlight for 10 days and only had a plastic bag for when they needed the toilet. When they arrived they stayed in hostel before being given a house to live in. Meanwhile, her husband had been arrested and sent to prison. When he left prison, after 6 months he journeyed over to England and joined his wife and children. Year 5 children learnt a lot about refugees from Zahra and wrote her story in the form of a storyboard.

Roman Soldier visits Year 3 (6 images)

On Wednesday 20th June, Year 3 were lucky enough to have a visit from a Roman soldier. They really enjoyed learning about the Ancient Romans. They were very excited to see and handle some real artefacts that were used by the Roman soldiers. He told them more about the different types of soldiers, their daily routine and the tasks that they carried out. He also told the children more about Boudicca and the revolt of the Celts against the Romans. In the afternoon, the children took part in some training and drill practice with the Roman soldier in the playground. They each had a wooden sword and shield to train and they practised performing the Testudo (tortoise) formation where the soldiers would use their shields to create a protective barrier from the enemies with their weapons. The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and learnt a great deal from this visit!

Year 4 trip to Warwick Castle (5 images)

On Wednesday 20th June, Year 4 went to Warwick Castle! We had an amazing time and the children’s behaviour was impeccable. The day began with a climb up onto the castle walls. The stairs were spiral and very old so we had to be careful. From the walls, we climbed up to the top of the tallest tower which was almost 200 steps up; some of the children were a bit scared but everyone managed to get to the top. The views were amazing and we could see for miles and miles. After walking around the walls, we went to watch the trebuchet (a giant catapult) being fired. The ball that was fired travelled over 200m! We then watched a bowman show where the archer fired arrows from a gigantic 2m long bow to a target. The children were very excited by the demonstration and they cheered, screamed and shouted at the archer. During lunch, we were able to watch an incredible display of birds of prey, including bald eagles, sea eagles and vultures. They were huge and magnificent. After lunch, we visited the time tower and went back in time with the castle. Our day ended in the maze but thankfully no-one got lost so they could all spend their money in the shop!

Eid party (10 images)

The children had a great time celebrating Eid at school. They enjoyed lots of tasty food, dance and music.

Nursery trip Twycross Zoo (3 images)

In Nursery, the children and their parents visited Twycross Zoo. It was a lovely day and everyone enjoyed looking at the animals and sitting outside in the sun eating ice-cream! The children had the chance to see lots of different animals including elephants, giraffes, monkeys, zebras, penguins, meerkats, giant tortoises and a leopard.

3B Class Assembly (10 images)

On Tuesday 29th May, 3B carried out their assembly to children and parents to share what they had learnt about the Romans. The Romans were the people who came from the city of Rome and lived over 2 thousand years ago. They invaded most of Europe and parts of North Africa, and made them all part of their empire. The Roman soldiers were very skilled and highly trained which meant they were able to easily defeat the Celtic warriors from Britain. After they invaded, the Romans settled in Britain and stayed for almost 400 years during which they made many changes. They built better houses, invented central heating and had an excellent system of roads built by the army. 3B enjoyed learning about the Romans and being able to share what they had learnt with everyone! We hope you enjoyed it too!

Reception Assembly (29 images)

On Friday 25th May, both classes reception performed a musical extravaganza of the ‘The Gruffalo: The Musical’ for the parents and the whole school. The children sang songs, performed dances and acted out the roles with exceptional skill and enthusiasm. They looked magnificent in their costumes and really enjoyed the experience. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Friendship (2 images)

During our Key Stage 2 assembly about friendship, on Tuesday 5th June, the children were given a famous quote with one missing word. Using picture clues from the PowerPoint, we worked out the missing word was ‘friend’. We then thought about the qualities that a good friend has and discussed the lyrics from the song, ‘You’ve got a friend in me.’ At the end of the assembly, pupils were asked to think about how they could be friends with other pupils.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Friendship (12 images)

During our Key Stage 1 assembly on Tuesday 5th of June the children were shown a PowerPoint about friendship. We discussed what it means to be a good friend. We then looked at a short video about two friends and how one friend really helped the other to be happy and confident. At the end of the video we thought about the ways we could be a good friend to others.

Home Readers Awards Assembly (5 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Pentecost (2 images)

On Tuesday 15th May, Miss Crane delivered an assembly on Pentecost. We went through the story of Jesus’ ascension to heaven and what his disciples did when he had left. We thought about the symbols of Pentecost and the children learnt that red is often worn and seen in churches during this festival to symbolise the flames of the Holy Spirit that came to Jesus’ disciples. It was interesting to learn how Christianity spread and how Pentecost is often called ‘the birth of Christianity’.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Pentecost (2 images)

On Tuesday 15th May, the children in Key Stage 1 learnt about Pentecost. They watched a PowerPoint presentation which showed the significance of this day to many people around the world. They also learnt how different people in different communities globally celebrated this day. Furthermore, they began to find out more about the customs and traditions of Pentecost and understood that these were often influenced by culture.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Egyptians (1 images)

On Tuesday 8th May, KS1 held an assembly where we learnt all about the Ancient Egyptians. We started the assembly not knowing very much about this topic and ended the assembly knowing who the pharaohs were; knowing all about mummies, pyramids, hieroglyphics and life during Ancient Egyptians time.

1S Class Assembly (3 images)

On Friday 18th May 2018, class 1S performed their class assembly to key stage 1, 2 and parents of the pupils in 1S. The theme for the assembly was the importance of respect. The performance explored a scenario where Mr Rude didn’t use his manners and he was unkind however Mr Happy decided that Mr Rude needed a lesson in showing respect and using good manners. The assembly concluded with a song and range of rules that class 1S had written themselves about manners. Well done again to class 1S for speaking so loudly and clearly.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Egyptians (18 images)

On Tuesday 8th May, in assembly we learnt about Egypt and where it is in the world. We focused on who the ancient Egyptians were and what they did. We found out the ancient Egyptians lived around 5000 years ago and that they settled by the River Nile as it flooded every year and that fertilised the soil around it. They worshipped many gods in their world. The ancient Egyptians left behind some great monuments that can still be seen today, such as the pyramids.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - St George's Day (6 images)

During our Key Stage 1 assembly on Wednesday 25th of April the children found out about the patron Saint of England, St George. We found out that April 23rd was named St. George’s Day in 1222. We looked at St. George’s emblem which is red cross on a white background, this is now the English flag. The real St. George is believed to have been a brave Roman Soldier who protested against the Romans’ torture of Christians. However, we also looked at the alternative story of St George being a brave knight who defeated a dragon.

Year 1 Inspire Workshop (22 images)

Thank you to all the parents who came to support their children in the year 1 workshop. Everybody really enjoyed being creative and making monster puppets. The children also wrote some fantastic stories and descriptions using their monsters as inspiration.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - St George's Day (21 images)

On Tuesday 24th April, the children in key stage 2 learnt all about the story of George and the Dragon; identifying who George really was and why he is the patron saint of England.

Nursery Workshop (2 images)

In Nursery, we held The Tiger Who Came to Tea ‘fun to learn’ workshop. We discussed the activities the children are going to be doing, based around the new story including learning the names of 2D shapes, creating patterns, healthy eating, talking about our families and reading and writing CVC words. We gave the parents a project to complete at home with their child. We also talked about how to encourage correct number and letter formation. The parents received resources to make a tiger mask and a number formation worksheet to complete at home with their child.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Vaisakhi (1 images)

On Tuesday 17th of April, the theme of the key stage one assembly was Vaisakhi - the Sikh New Year festival. Children learnt how Vaisakhi is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. The children learnt about the special things that Sikhs do on this day like visiting the Gurdwara, taking part in a special parade and celebrating with their friends and family.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Vaisakhi (10 images)

On Tuesday 17th April, Mr Baum delivered an assembly that taught the pupils about Vaisakhi. The assembly had a particular focus on the following aspects: origins of Vaisakhi, meaning of Vaisakhi, who celebrates Vaisakhi and how people celebrate Vaisakhi. As a key stage, we also discussed how we celebrate the rich religious and cultural diversity of Birmingham by exploring where and when Vaisakhi is celebrated in Birmingham.

Key Stage 1 trip to the Methodist Church (2 images)

On Tuesday 27th April KS1 went on a local visit to Saltley Methodist Church. While we were there we listened to the story of Easter and learnt the reasons why Christians around the world celebrate Easter. The reverend talked about the similarities between Christianity and Islam. We all had a lovely morning.

Animal Man visits Year 2 (8 images)

Year 2 enjoyed a visit from the animal man. He brought in a selection of animals from around the world including lizards, snakes, a baby owl, a tenrec and a tarantula. The children were given the opportunity to hold or stroke the animals if they wished. Having first-hand experience of these animals really enhanced the learning that has taken place in science.

Easter Bonnet Parade (77 images)

During Easter Parade this year there was a wonderful array of colours displayed in all of the bonnets. All the children and staff who made them worked really hard. Both staff and children were very inventive in designing their hats. We’d like to thank all the parents who supported their child by cheering them on throughout the parade. It was a huge success and I am very much looking forward to next year’s parade.

Attendance Assembly (5 images)

On Wednesday 28th March, our spring term attendance assembly was held. Some children were awarded with bronze and silver attendance awards to take home and show their parents. the winners for the key stage 1 were Iqra (1S) and Yasin (RE). The winners for key stage 2 were Ifsha (5P) and Subhan (5D). We would like to say a big well done to all the children for coming to school every day.

World Book Day Competition Winner (1 images)

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, Miss Crane and Mrs Patel launched a competition to design the front cover of our school book ‘The Ghost of Shaw Hill Castle’. We read the story to the children and they had two weeks to think about what the front cover would look like. After looking through 132 entries, Miss Crane decided on a winner from each year group and then an overall winner.

Home Readers Awards Assembly (8 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - L.S Lowry (10 images)

On Tuesday 20th March 2018, KS1 celebrated the work of L. S. Lowry. We made predictions of what we thought he was famous for and then learnt about his life. We looked at paintings that he had created and discussed how the people that he had drawn looked like matchsticks as he never used much detail when painting people.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - L.S Lowry (13 images)

On Thursday 22nd March, KS2 children learnt about a British artist called L S Lowry during an assembly. Pupils learnt details about his life from a short biography and what actually inspired him to become an artist. He was greatly influenced by his surroundings (factories and other buildings) and people going about their daily business. They then watched a short video clip which compared some of his famous paintings to photographs of current places. Many of the buildings and landscapes he had painted had changed significantly but it was still possible to see some evidence of the original drawings. Finally, the children had to answer some quick fire questions about the artist.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Individual Liberty (14 images)

On 22nd March 2018, in assembly we learnt about Individual Liberty. We found out how lucky we are in England to have this benefit, as some people in other countries are oppressed as their government restricts them. Individual liberty is when we can do what we like as long as it’s the right thing and legal thing to do. We also thought about ways that individuals show their individual liberty.

4MC Class Assembly (7 images)

On Friday 23rd March, 4MC carried out a class assembly to parents and children about the suffragette Movement, a group of strong women who protested to try and get women the vote. In Victorian times, women were not allowed to vote and were thought of as not as intelligent or interesting as men were. A group of women called the suffragettes, led by Emmeline Pankhurst protested against this. When men went off to fight in the First World War, women ended up doing the jobs that they left, and people began to realise that women could do jobs equally as well or better than men could. This led to women finally getting the vote in the last year of the First World War. Our class assembly told the story of the suffragettes.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - St Patrick's Day (1 images)

On Tuesday 13th March, the children in Key Stage 2 learnt about St Patrick’s day. They watched a PowerPoint presentation which showed the significance of this day to many people around the world. They also learnt how different people in different communities globally celebrated this day. Furthermore, they began to found out more about the different customs and traditions and understood that these were often influenced by culture.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Water Safety Day (16 images)

The theme of our Key Stage 1 assembly on Tuesday 13th of March was “Water Safety.” The children were shown a PowerPoint with different pictures associated with water safety. They were asked to identify which pictures showed children playing safely around water. The children identified it was important to always have an adult around you when playing near water. We looked at the different ways water can be dangerous. We discussed the water safety code SAFE: Stay Away From the Edge. The children repeated the water safety code and identified the dangers of water.

Year 4 Inspire Workshop (14 images)

On Tuesday 13th March, Year 4 parents were invited to attend a Literacy workshop led by Mrs Patel and Miss Crane. The focus of the workshop was on GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling). The parents were introduced to the type of grammar and punctuation that is expected of children in year 4. We discussed noun phrases and fronted adverbially, then we carried out a short activity to try and describe a haunted house. The parents and children then had the chance to read the different types of GPS questions that are asked of children during a test, including multiple choice and tick box questions, and they tried doing some GPS test style questions together. We hope that all parents enjoyed the workshop and will attend any future workshops.

Whole School Assembly - World Book Day Competition (10 images)

On Wednesday 14th March, Mrs Patel and Miss Crane read through the school story that was written by the school for World Book Day last week. The story began in reception and made its way up to year 6 by the end of the day, who finished the story. It was called ‘The Ghost of Shaw Hill Castle’. Over this assembly, we read the story and then introduced our school competition to design the front cover of the story. The winner’s front cover will be attached to the story and copies will be kept all around the school.

Whole School Assembly - International Women's Day (2 images)

On Friday 9th March, Miss Crane carried out an assembly about International Women’s Day. The 8th March every year is International Women’s Day, where everything amazing that women do is celebrated. Women in lots of countries are still not seen as equal and women are often stereotyped to only be able to do certain jobs. The assembly emphasised the importance of everyone being able to follow their dreams, no matter who they are or where they come from.

World Book Day (36 images)

On Tuesday 6th of March, Shaw Hill Primary School celebrated World Book Day. Mrs Patel and Miss Crane organised a fun filled day for the children all to do with books and authors. Each member of staff and all the children dressed up as their favourite literary character. The day began with a whole school assembly, where we got to see everyone’s costume. Each teacher decided on a winner from their class for the best dressed character, who got a book prize. The school councillors then decided on the best dressed teacher. Some teachers came to the front of the hall and shared their favourite extracts from their favourite stories. Throughout the day, Shaw Hill wrote a school story, ‘The Ghost of Shaw Hill Castle’. The story started off being written in reception and ended in Year 6 at the end of the day. The final story will be read to the children, where a competition will be launched for the children to become an illustrator and design the front cover for our school story. To end the assembly, we all spent some quiet time reading together. We hope that the children had an enjoyable day. We certainly did!

Nursery Hungry Caterpillar Workshop (3 images)

In Nursery we held The Very Hungry Caterpillar ‘fun to learn’ workshop. We discussed the activities the children are going to be doing, based around the new story including forming patterns, size ordering, healthy eating, painting butterflies and reading cvc words. We gave the parents a project to complete at home with their child. We also talked about number and letter formation. The parents received number and letter rhymes to help their child practise writing at home.

Reception Jack and the Beanstalk Workshop (4 images)

On Wednesday 7th March 2018, the parents of the children in Reception were invited to a “Jack and the Beanstalk, Fun to Learn” Workshop and to talk about our new topic: Dragons. The parents and children were given a small project to complete at home, based upon this new topic. The children also demonstrated their phonic skills and reading comprehension skills by answering questions about Jack and the Beanstalk. Thank you to all of the parents that attended this workshop.

Birmingham City Mission thanking Shaw Hill (2 images)

Birmingham City Mission sent a certificate and letter to all the children at Shaw Hill thanking them for their contribution towards the Harvest collection.

Home Readers Awards Assembly (5 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Safer Internet Assembly (10 images)

On Wednesday 7th February, Mrs Patel carried out an assembly on how we can stay safe on the internet. The children listened really well and took on board the advice given to them. Firstly, nearly everyone in school uses the internet every day and we learnt about Hector the Protector. Hector is on all the school computers, he is there so that the children can click on him, if they see something on the computer that upsets them. We also found out about how we can report cyber bullies on the internet too, using the links on our school website. It is extremely important that an adult supervises children when they are using the internet at home particularly ensuring that the children do not give out any personal information to strangers.

Sports Diversity Day (4 images)

As part of our Diversity Day at school, on Tuesday 6th February 2018, all the children wore their own sports clothes to raise money for two sports charities that were visiting us. The two charities that we were supporting were the ‘Dwarf Sports Association UK,’ and ‘Angling Unlimited.’ A visitor named Andrew Stead came to school, he works with the different sports charities to raise awareness of the range of sporting activities that disabled people can play. Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to play Boccia and Kurling, a type of sport that can be played by all people regardless of their ability, whereas Key Stage 1 took part in angling activities with the charity ‘Angling Unlimited.’ Thank you to all the children who donated money to these charities.

Whole School Assembly - Severn Trent Water (4 images)

On Tuesday 30th January, Justin from Severn Trent water came to school and carried out a wonderful whole school assembly about water. Both teachers and students were amazed by all of the facts that Justin came out with! He taught us about the water cycle and how water goes from our water sources (rivers and lakes), to our taps and then what happens to our waste water and how it goes back into the rivers and lakes after being cleaned again. Justin told us all some incredible facts about how much water we all use and how much water we are wasting without realising it! All of the children thought about how they could start saving water and everyone made a promise to try and save a few litres a day and be more mindful about how we use our water!

Year 5 trip to Think Tank (7 images)

On Tuesday 23rd January, year 5 pupils visited the Thinktank museum in town as part of their ‘Forces’ topic. The children took part in a fabulous, hands on workshop where they tested various materials to see how they affected friction. They also explored pushes and pulls using magnets to test various materials for magnetic properties. They were reminded about the importance of fair testing; how only one factor should change and how all other factors needed to remain the same.

Science Afternoon (12 images)

On Thursday 1st February 2018, Shaw Hill Primary School held a Science Day. The children from all the classes Nursery to Year 6 took part in a range of science investigations and experiments that were linked to different units from the Science National Curriculum. Children had a lot of fun completing their Science investigations. Some of these investigations included making slime, dancing raisins and making sugar glass. It was a fantastic day where children discovered lots while enjoying being scientists.

School Council visits BBC Mailbox (21 images)

On Monday 29th January 2018, the school council visited BBC Mailbox. At the BBC mailbox we went to the Blue Room. In the Blue Room we got to try some of BBC’s technology such as touch screen TVs, smartphones and laptops. We all agreed that was our favourite part. Then we went to Asian Radio: there were microphones, headphones and volume controllers in this area, furthermore we got to try them out. We also went over to the BBC newsroom; there were so many cameras and lights. The guides also told us that the hosts have to write their own script. We also made our own drama radio, with self-made sound effects, it was so much fun. You can find this on our website - just go News/Shaw Hill video Channel/School Council BBC Drama. By Adam (4P)

Key Stage 2 Assembly - World Religion Day (18 images)

World Religion Day is celebrated on the third Sunday every January. We learned about the different religions from around the world and found out the day is to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony so that everyone feels united regardless of their faith. We read about the key messages from some religions and found that they all have one message in common, which was to treat one another with respect and to do to others what you would wish for all not one.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - World Religion Day (11 images)

On Wednesday 31st January, KS1 held an assembly to celebrate World Religion Day. The children had remembered lots about the major world religions from Inter Faith Week which Shaw Hill Primary held earlier in the school year. Together we shared what we knew about the six major world religions and then learnt new facts based around World Religion Day.

Whole School Assembly - Spanish Day (1 images)

On Thursday 25th January 2018, all children at Shaw Hill Primary School took part in Spanish theme day. The children came to school wearing red and yellow clothes to represent the Spanish flag. There was a special assembly in the morning to introduce the children to the day and give a little information about Spain’s customs and culture. A range of activities took place across the school, such as food tasting, baking, and looking at famous Spanish artists and learning Spanish phrases. The children had lots of fun. Key Stage 2 already learn Spanish as part of their modern foreign language so they really enjoyed learning lots more information about this country.

Harvest Collection at Shaw Hill (4 images)

For many years Shaw Hill Primary school has worked with Birmingham City Mission during harvest to collect food for the local community. All the food collected is distributed by Birmingham City Mission to people who are less fortunate than ourselves. During January, children, parents and staff at Shaw Hill came together to support the local community with this collection. The school councillors and learning mentors packed all the food that was kindly donated. Thank you to everyone who has supported Shaw Hill with this mission!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - British Values - Compassion (10 images)

During the KS2 assembly the children were told what compassion is; discussed how they show compassion towards others and were shown examples of compassion through the school’s own actions and the actions of others around them.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - British Values - Compassion (2 images)

On Tuesday 23rd of January, the assembly theme was ‘Compassion’. We talked about what compassion means and what it looks like. We also talked about what it means when we are not compassionate. We watched some scenarios of children reacting to each other in a range of situations. As a group we rated the how compassionate the children were. Children demonstrated a good understanding of what constitutes as compassionate behaviour and gave the videos a thumbs up or a thumbs down. We reflected on our own behaviour. We thought about how it feels when someone shows compassion to us and what we could do in the future to show compassion to others.

Year 1 Phonics Workshop (16 images)

In January, Year 1 children and parents took part in a phonics workshop. The parents were informed about what would happen during the Year 1 Phonics Screening tests in June. They were shown the best way to support their children with reading phonemes. The children made a special reading pointer to help them. Everyone had a support pack to take home. Thank you to all the parents who attended. Happy reading!

Key Stage 1 Website Meeting (4 images)

On Friday 19th January key stage 1 parents and carers were invited to attend a website meeting. The parents learnt about how they could use the website to stay up-to-date with enrichment activities and events happening in school by using the curriculum enrichment, assemblies and special events link on the home page. After exploring the parents’ zone the parents learnt about e-safety as well as discussing the links to the literacy and numeracy support areas of the site. The parents and carers also had the opportunity to use the links in the children’s zone and they identified how they could be used to support children’s learning at home. Time was given to parents and carers so they could watch videos, read through information and identify suitable resources for their children via the school website.

Reception Workshop (3 images)

On Tuesday 16th January, Reception took part in a workshop about Handa’s Surprise, a story by Eileen Brown. The parents watched the children act out the story and were given ideas of how to support their child by using the language related to the topic. The parents were also shown how to practise addition and subtraction using practical and written methods. They were also given a small project to do at home with their child; making their own story books!

Year 4 Severn Trent Workshop (4 images)

On Wednesday 24th January, the children had a visit from Justin who works at Severn Trent water company. He led a workshop with year 4 to tell them more about where our water comes from, where our waste water goes and think about how we use our water. He began by giving the children lots of interesting facts, for example, an elephant can only live 1 day without water! And there are 1380 trillion litres of water on the earth! That is 1380,000,000,000,000 litres! We then watched a video about how our water comes from rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but is cleaned for 3 and a half hours before becoming our safe, drinkable tap water. After the video, the children thought about what we use our tap water for at home and we did a diamond sorting activity where we ranked the uses of water from most important to least important. The last video we watched showed where our dirty water and sewage is treated. This was interesting to see what happens to our waste and how it can be used and turned into something useful. Justin ended the session by making us think about how much water we waste and how bad it is becoming for our planet. We all made promises to try and stop using so much water and to try and save it!

Nursery Owl Babies Workshop (4 images)

The parents came into Nursery to learn about the work we are doing this half term around the Owl Babies story. We explained that the children are going to start learning to write their name and we provided each parent with a pack to help their child do this at home. We also talked about number recognition and showed the parents different ways to help their child recognise numbers and match numerals to quantities.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Ernest Shackleton (11 images)

In this assembly we learnt about Ernest Shackleton. Ernest Shackleton was born in Ireland in 1874. He was the second oldest of 10 children. He lived in Ireland until 1884, when his family moved to South London. Ernest loved reading, and had a great imagination. He loved the idea of going on great adventures. At the age of just 16, Shackleton joined the Merchant Navy and became a sailor. At just 18, he had been promoted to first mate. He was able to fulfil his dreams of having adventures and sailing all over the world. He wanted to become an explorer. We learnt about how he made it to the South Pole to fulfill his dream.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Ernest Shackleton (16 images)

During our Key Stage 1 assembly on Tuesday 16th of January the children were shown a PowerPoint about the explorer Earnest Shackleton. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. The children were shown pictures of him and also pictures of what the Antarctic looks like and the conditions he faced. The key message to the children was all about determination. Despite facing lots of setbacks in his life, Earnest Shackleton never gave up.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Face and resolve setbacks and learn from them (25 images)

On Wednesday 10th January, the assembly theme was “Overcoming Setbacks and Learning From Them.” We discussed what a setback means and how people could respond differently when faced with a problem or obstacle. A PowerPoint presentation on Beethoven was shared where we read about some of the setbacks or obstacles he faced that stood in his way of achieving his ambition. We discussed how he continued to fight against them rather than let them prevent him from going forwards and becoming a great composer. We then discussed how we all face challenges every day and how it is best to face these challenges rather than to run away from our problems.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Face and resolve setbacks and learn from them (1 images)

The children had the concept of an obstacle introduced to them. Then they were introduced to a boy named Alex and given the following information. Alex goes to school in the foothills of Mount Elgon in Kenya. Alex had polio when he was four years old. Polio is a serious illness that stunted the growth in Alex's leg and left it twisted so that he cannot walk on it. The video in the link was then watched. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldclass/15498571 After the video the children were asked a variety of questions about what they had watched including what obstacles had Alex overcome? Did he give up when it was difficult? The type of obstacles that the children might face at school were then discussed. Reflection:- The children were asked to reflect on something that they find difficult and how they are going to overcome that obstacle.

Year 1 Nativity (9 images)

On the last day of term 1H performed their nativity for the parents and the whole school. The children were fantastic and really enjoyed the experience. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch.

Year 1 trip to Winter Wonderland (6 images)

In December, Year 1 visited Winter Wonderland in Telford. All the children were very well behaved and had a wonderful time! They saw Father Christmas and each child received a present. Mrs Christmas showed the children around her house and told them about the special cake she made. The children then explored dinosaur land and the fairy tale cottages.

KS2 Music Concert (3 images)

On Wednesday 6th December 2017, Shaw Hill held a Winter Music Concert. Mr Beatty and his rock band performed many songs and supplied their own music. We had children playing the drums, keyboards and guitars as well pupils singing. It was a great success and everyone thoroughly enjoyed watching the show!

Christmas Carols (19 images)

As part of our Christmas celebrations, all classes performed a Christmas carol or song in our special end of term assembly. This was enjoyed by all the children and staff

Christmas Party (12 images)

Children and staff had a lovely afternoon celebrating Christmas. They enjoyed eating lots of food and getting in to the Christmas spirit.

Home Readers Awards Assembly (6 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Attendance Assembly (6 images)

Our Attendance assemblies took place on Tuesday 19th December 2017. Many children were awarded bronze certificate for attending school every day since September 2017. The raffle prize winners for KS1 were Tayyab in RE and Kaima in 2B. The winners in KS2 were Musa in 4MC and Sahra in 4P. We would like to thank them all the parents who send their children to school every day.

Christmas Fayre (42 images)

All the children had a wonderful time at our Christmas fayre. They had the opportunity to play lots of games, win lots of prizes and get into the spirit of Christmas. They are already looking forward to our summer fayre!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Hanukkah (16 images)

The theme of the assembly was ‘Hanukah’. We discussed why and how Jews celebrate Hanukkah. Every year Jews light eight candles to remind them of the miracle – when the oil lamp burned for eight days instead of one.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Hanukkah (11 images)

In the Key Stage One assembly, the children were shown the word Hannukah. They were told that it is the name for a Jewish festival held at this time of year. The story of Hannukah was shared using the powerpoint. The actions of the king in the story were analysed. Was he right to force his beliefs on other people? Reflection Children were encouraged to think about how people around the world have different religious beliefs. They were asked to think about anyone they know that may have a religion different to their own. The children were reminded that we should show respect and tolerance to others who may have different beliefs to their own.

Pantomime (20 images)

On Friday 8th December, the children were treated to watching the annual school pantomime. This year it was Peter Pan. Both children and staff thoroughly enjoyed this and many laughs were had by all! The acting, dancing and singing was fabulous. We can’t wait to watch Aladdin next year!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - British Values - Tolerance (2 images)

On 5th December, KS2 learnt about respecting others as part of the assembly theme about ‘tolerance’. The aim of the assembly was to remind children that everyone, no matter who they are, should be respected. We also learnt that even if people have different views that we might not agree with, they should still be respected. The children then listened to the fable of ‘The Lion, the Mouse and the Mosquito’ which showed that respect needs to be earned too. We finished by thinking about the children could earn someone’s respect in school, at home and in the community.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - British Values - Tolerance (6 images)

In the key stage 1 assembly on Tuesday 4th of December, we discussed the importance of tolerance. The aim of the assembly was to understand what tolerance means and to understand ways in which we can be tolerant. Being tolerant, or behaving with tolerance, means to accept other people’s differences. Tolerance means showing respect for other people’s: •race •religion •age •gender •opinions We looked at different scenarios and discussed whether they showed tolerance. We finished by having time to reflect on our own tolerance of others.

Whole School Assembly - Interfaith Week (10 images)

On Friday 1st December 2017 Shaw Hill School celebrated Interfaith Week. Each year group showcased what they had learnt under our theme of Creativity and the Arts. We found out about the six major world religions and each child created something linked to that religion. It was great to see each class had had so much fun learning about other religions and how we are respectful and tolerant to those with other beliefs from us.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Inter faith Week (20 images)

At the end of interfaith week, an assembly was held which quizzed the children about what they knew about different faiths and religions. There were a lot of questions about the 5 main religions in the world and children received house points for answering correctly. The children were very knowledgeable about different faiths, not just the religion that they follow. We spoke about the importance of different religions, how they are similar and how they are different, and ended by thinking about why it is even more important that we are respectful and tolerant of everybody regardless of faith or belief.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Inter faith Week (2 images)

On Friday 24th November KS1 celebrated Inter Faith Week through assembly. The children had been working in class on their own Inter Faith Week areas. The children shared what they had already learnt this week and then we went through what Inter Faith means and how we can be tolerant of others with different beliefs. We learnt the main aspects of the six major world religions and discussed how some of these traditions are similar across the religions.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Advent Sunday (2 images)

During the assembly, all children were told about the origins and purpose of Advent. The children were also told about some of the traditions of other countries during Advent. The children learnt that Advent is a Christian festival that begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. The children also learnt that Christians use Advent as a preparation for the celebration of the arrival of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Advent Sunday (12 images)

On Tuesday 28th November KS1 learnt about Advent as Advent will be starting this week. The children had heard of the word ‘Advent’ before but could only link this to Advent calendars. We went through what advent meant and what it symbolised for Christians. We looked at how the churches celebrated advent each Sunday with the first Sunday being Advent Sunday (The first Sunday in December). Lots of children decided that they would like an Advent calendar to help them to countdown Christmas.

Hooping Workshop (8 images)

On Thursday 30th November 2017 and Thursday 14th December 2017, we were lucky enough to have a special visitor in to teach the children all about hooping. Each class from key stage 1 and 2 had the chance to take part in a special hooping workshop, which first involved them learning how to hold the hoop correctly. This then progressed to children practising hooping the children also took part in small competitions to see who could hoop for the longest. They had lots of fun!

Year 1 trip to Winter Wonderland (6 images)

Everybody in Year 1 enjoyed the trip to Winter Wonderland in Telford in December. The children met Father Christmas and received a gift. They helped Mrs Christmas to make a special cake and explored different fairy tale houses.

Early Years Production (9 images)

The Early Years children were delighted to show off their singing, music and dance talents in the annual Songs around the Christmas Tree event. Reception and the Nursery children were brilliant in their performance of “The Snow Dance” which was inspired after their recent work on The Snowman. The parents also commented on how well their children were doing and how confidently the Nursery children performed in their first term in a setting. It was good to see our parents and families and sharing mince pies and getting to know each other at the end of the performance. The Early Years Team would like to thank the parents for attending and sharing this special event.

Year 3 trip to Sarehole Mill (8 images)

On Wednesday 22nd November, Year 3 went to Sarehole Mill to support the work they have been doing in their topic, ‘Stone Age to Iron Age’. During the day the children had the chance to hold artefacts and visit a real Bronze Age site. They learnt about how archaeologists have found out so much information about this time period – sometimes from as little as animal dung! Their day also included an archaeological dig and the chance to use wattle and daub for a Bronze-Age home.

Anti Bullying Workshop (9 images)

On Thursday 23rd November 2017, we had some special visitors from ActionWork come into school and perform to key stage 1 and 2. The workshops were all about Anti-Bullying Week and linked to the main theme ‘All Different, All Equal.’ Key stage 1 enjoyed watching a puppet show and key stage 2 were able to learn about the different types of cyber-bullying and how best to seek help. We look forward to another visit from them next year!

Anti Bullying Competition (5 images)

To mark the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week, every child had to come to school wearing odd socks for the day. This is linked to the theme for this year called, ‘All different, all equal.’ A special assembly was held on the Monday morning, before we made our way to the playground for our official balloon launch. The children also took part in lots of activities throughout the week, such as a competition to design the best odd socks, anti-bullying lessons and workshops for both parents and children. Winners of the sock competition presented their socks to the rest of the school, modelling their designs to support the theme of ‘All different, all equal.’

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Anti bullying Week (2 images)

In the Key Stage 2 assembly during anti bullying week, cyber bullying was discussed. The children learned about the ways that cyber bullying could take place and what to do about it if it happened.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Anti bullying Week (2 images)

The children were reminded that the theme for this week’s Anti- Bullying Week was All Different, All Equal. They were shown some pictures of children and asked what was different about them. The children were able to identify differences in appearance, including hair colour, skin colour, eye colour, those that wear glasses and those that walked with a walking frame. The children were then asked who in the picture was the most important. After some discussion it was decided that nobody was more important. It was decided that all the people pictured were equal, some of the people in the picture may be from a different country or speak a different language or have a different religion but they were all still equal. The children were asked to reflect on how they can treat others fairly and what they can do to treat their friends and peers equally.

Anti bullying Week Balloon Launch (33 images)

On Monday 13th November, we launched Anti-Bullying Week at Shaw Hill Primary School. The theme for this year is ALL DIFFERENT, ALL EQUAL. The children and staff came to school wearing odd socks to promote the theme. After the assembly the whole school gathered in the playground where we released colourful balloons to launch and celebrate Anti-Bullying Week. Throughout the week there will be many activities for the children to participate in, including a sock designing competition where winners will get a chance to decorate real socks with their designs.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Remembrance Day (2 images)

On the 7th November, Miss Crane led an assembly on the theme of Remembrance Day. We talked about what Remembrance Day is, and why it is so important to take time to remember and reflect about the people who have fought and died for our country, and to keep us safe. We then moved on to discussing the importance of the poppy in Remembrance Day. The children learnt that after the battles of the First World War, poppies began growing in the fields of Flanders, in Belgium. This inspired John McCrae to write a poem called In “Flanders Fields.” We read this poem out and the children reflected on the meaning of it. In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Remembrance Day (2 images)

In the Key Stage One assembly on Tuesday 7th of November the children learnt about the significance of the poppy and why we wear them on Remembrance Day. We talked about the fact that Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the date and time when the First World War ended. We watched a short video that showed how the poppies were first made and how they are made today.

Victorian Day (34 images)

On 10th November, Shaw Hill arranged to have a ‘Victorian Day’. This meant that all of the teachers and staff at the school dressed up and acted as Victorians for the day. Classrooms were transformed and lessons followed a Victorian timetable. Mr Bhatti and Miss Crane led an assembly as the children came into the hall to explain what the day was about. Throughout the day the children were taught lessons such as handwriting, times tables (arithmetic), dictation, writing, drills, history, art and geography; however, they were all very different from our normal lessons! For handwriting, the children all wrote using chalk on our homemade ‘slates’, and they had to learn Victorian poems. Whenever an adult came into a classroom, all the children had to stand up to show respect, and each class had at least 2 hand and nail inspections a day to ensure cleanliness and hygiene. Miss Crane visited the classes throughout the afternoon to do on-the-spot hand and nail inspections, and children who were not clean enough had to go and wash their hands. One of the highlights for many children was the ‘Dunces hat’, which some children enjoyed wearing. Everyone had a very interesting day and learnt a lot about how different school was 150 years ago!

Year 4 trip to Birmingham Museum (5 images)

On Monday 30th October, year 4 visited Birmingham Museum, in the centre of the city, to learn more about their history topic, the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. The children took part in different workshops; one where they became archaeologists and found out all of the ways that people in the museum have to look after and understand artefacts, one where they learnt about Anglo Saxon daily life and an art workshop where they learnt three techniques that the Anglo Saxons used when decorating metal to be used on weapons. Before getting on the coach home, we looked at the Staffordshire hoard; a collection of gold and silver Anglo Saxon artefacts that were found recently in a farmer’s field. It was excellent for the children to see the real artefacts that they had been looking at over the day and everyone came away with new knowledge about this historical period.

5P Class Assembly (5 images)

On Thursday 16th November 2017, class 5P performed their class assembly to key stage 1, 2 and parents of the pupils in 5P. The theme for the assembly was linked to Anti-Bullying Week, the performance explored a game show where a child had to answer different questions about bullying and explore different scenarios. The assembly concluded with a range of poems that class 5P had written themselves about anti-bullying. Well done again to class 5P for speaking so loud and clear.

Reception Stars Workshop (3 images)

On Wednesday 8th November, Reception took part in a workshop about How to Catch a Star, a story by Oliver Jeffers. The parents listened to the story and were given ideas of how to read picture books to develop their child’s speaking and listening skills. They were shown how to practise counting and phonics and were introduced to the first phonics sounds that their children will learn. They were also given a small project to do at home with their child; making their own stars mobile!

Year 4 trip to Harry Potter Museum (13 images)

In Literacy, Year 4 have been learning about stories that are set in imaginary settings. We have also been reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as our class reader and we have been thoroughly enjoying it. Therefore, on Wednesday 8th November we went to the Warner Brother Studios in London, where the Harry Potter films were recorded to gather ideas that we can then use when we start to write our stories in Literacy. We came across many settings like the Hogwarts Castle and The Forbidden Forest. We also saw lots of the imagery creatures that the author J K Rowling wrote about in her books. The year 4 team were extremely proud of the behaviour of our children on this trip and we hope that the children gathered lots of ideas that they can now use in the creative writing. We look forward to reading all your lovely work.

Nursery Snowman Workshop (8 images)

This half term Nursery children are learning the story of The Snowman. The parents listened to the story and were given ideas of how to read a story that only has pictures to develop their child’s speaking and listening skills. They were shown a new counting song that they can sing with their children at home, ‘5 Little Snowmen’. The parents were then introduced to Jolly Phonics and shown the first phonics sounds that their children will learn. They were also given a small project to do at home with their child making their own snowman!

Birmingham City Mission Assembly (4 images)

Matt from Birmingham City Mission spoke to the children of Shaw Hill about the importance of sharing, regardless of how little it may be. He narrated a story of Jesus and his disciples who always shared, especially amongst those who were weak and vulnerable. Matt thanked our school children and the community for their year on year effort in collecting food for the harvest which was then distributed amongst the needy in our society.

Year 5 trip to Black Country Museum (7 images)

As part of our Victorians topic, year 5 visited the Black Country museum. The children witnessed first-hand what it was like going to school in those times. They wrote on slates with chalk and learnt their times tables by reciting them. They even saw their teachers being punished for wearing nail polish and walking in late! Victorian adults and children had to work in mines so it was really amazing for them to actually walk through and explore a real mine; experiencing the sights, sounds and smells. The children had a chance to visit real Victorian houses (both rich and poor) and ask questions about the various, interesting objects in the house such as a carpet beater and why people had pots under their beds. All in all it was a fabulous, exciting trip that brought history alive for them and we can’t wait to go again next year!

Buddy Training (2 images)

After the success of last year’s buddy training system, we are continuing to train new buddies this year. Buddies help to welcome new children to our school and look after them for the first few weeks after they have arrived. Two children from each class received their certificates this week after taking part in the buddy training programme. They took part in a special workshops where they worked collaboratively, brainstorming ideas and role playing scenarios to help newly arrived children. Congratulations to Rehan and Ifra in 1H, Aleena and Rahman in 1S, Samiul and Zahraa in 2B, Rahim and Zohra in 2P, Estera and Amier in 3J, Ayesha and Abdul Hadi in 3B, Ibrahim and Tasnim in 4P, Bilal and Aleena in 4MC, Aliya and Ionatan in 5P and Hafsah and Subhaan in 5D.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Bonfire Night (14 images)

On Sunday 5th November people all over the United Kingdom celebrate a very special day, Bonfire Night. You cannot forget the 5th of November as we have a poem that helps us to remember and it goes something like this: Remember, remember the 5th of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot, I see no reason, Why gunpowder and treason, Should ever be forgot! And the British people never forget! We found out how Guy Fawkes and his plotters thought of the idea to blow up the Houses of Parliament and how they were punished when they were caught. The Houses of Parliament is still in London and is one of the most famous historical buildings in Britain. If you are out celebrating, we hope that you have a happy and safe Bonfire Night.

4P's Class Assembly - Diwali (4 images)

Class 4P were learning about why Hindus and Sikhs around the world celebrate Diwali. We based our assembly on the Hindu story of Rama and Sita. We learnt how Rama, who was the future King, was banished to the forest for 14 years. On his return, after killing the evil Ravana, he returned to his Kingdom, the streets were lit with diva lamps to help them find their way home. Hindus all over the world celebrate Diwali by lighting divas, making sweets and cracking fireworks. Class 4P loved making the props for the monkeys and the 10 headed mask for the demon, Ravana. We thoroughly enjoyed acting out the Diwali story and we hope that you enjoyed it too.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Halloween (8 images)

On Tuesday 31st October, KS1 learnt about Halloween in assembly. We learnt about the reason why Halloween is celebrated and discussed the different traditions that are commonly celebrated on this day. The children were excited to share what they already knew about Halloween and were eager to know more.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Diwali (1 images)

On Friday 20th October, the theme for assembly was Diwali. During this assembly the pupils discussed what they remembered about the story of Diwali and some time was spent reflecting upon the story of Rama and Sita. They discussed how the story shows the importance of friendship and loyalty, giving and sharing, goodness and happiness, hope and new beginnings.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Diwali (17 images)

In the Key Stage One assembly on Tuesday 19th of October the children learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali. Diwali is a very important celebration for Hindus. It is known as the “festival of lights” and marks the beginning of a new year in some parts of the world. The children listened to the story of Sita and Rama. During the festival, Hindus celebrate the Diwali legend of the return of Rama and Sita to Rama’s Kingdom after fourteen years of being banished.

Year 2 trip to Aston Hall (13 images)

On Thursday 12th October Year 2 visited Aston Hall as an introduction to their topic about the Great Fire of London. They toured the house and recreated the events from the Great Fire of London in some of the different rooms. The children dressed up as historical characters and role played events including what happened in the lead up, during and after the fire. They also made Great Fire of London themed crafts. The children and all the staff had a wonderful time.

Year 1 Meet the Teacher Meetings (14 images)

On Thursday 14th September Year 1 held a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting. This was an opportunity for parents to meet all the staff in Year 1, for class teachers to share key information and for parents to ask any questions. The information shared by class teachers included: attendance, timetables, phonics assessment, behaviour expectations, targets, home reading and homework.

Year 2 Meet the Teacher Meetings (13 images)

On Friday 15th September Year 2 held a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting. This was an opportunity for parents to meet all the staff in Year 2, for class teachers to share key information and for parents to ask any questions. The information shared by class teachers included: attendance, timetables, assessment, behaviour expectations, targets, home reading, homework and information about the Year 2 SATs.

Year 3 Meet the Teacher Meeting (19 images)

Year 3 held a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting on Wednesday 13th September. This gave parents the chance to meet all of the staff in Year 3 and find out about key information. As well as information regarding uniform, timings, homework and reading expectations, we also shared the ARE sheets for maths and writing. Thank you to those who attended the meeting.

Year 4 Meet the Teacher Meeting (18 images)

The Year 4 team would like to thank the parents who attended our meet the teacher meeting on Monday 18th September. We hope that you found it beneficial and it helped you gain more information about what your child will be learning this year and how you can support your child at home. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Year 5 Meet the Teacher Meeting (16 images)

Thank you to all of the parents who attended our meet the teacher meeting for year 5 on Wednesday 20th September 2017. In this meeting we shared information about the school day, including home readers and homework. In addition to this, the age related expectations for year 5 were shared for writing, reading and numeracy.

Year 6 Meet the Teacher Meeting (16 images)

On Friday 22nd September 2017, the Year 6 teachers (Mr Karl Baum and Mrs Galloway) held their Meet the Teacher meetings for all year 6 parents. During the meeting the teachers discussed key areas of interest for the year 6 children and answered a variety of questions posed by the parents. The teachers discussed the following points:uniform, PE kit, SATs week, secondary school forms, homework, e-safety, the residential trip and after school clubs.

Home Readers Awards Assembly (8 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

MacMillan Coffee Morning (11 images)

The Macmillan Coffee Morning was a great success once again this year we raised £227.68 which is a great success! The parents and staff enjoyed a hot drink and slice of cake on Friday 29th September. Staff baked and donated cakes for the cake sale. It is really important to raise awareness about cancer so that we all can do something to help the charity. We look forward to hosting another coffee morning next year.

Whole School Assembly - Standing Ovation (7 images)

Standing Ovation is a music programme that Shaw Hill have been involved with for over a year now. The children have the opportunity to be part of a fantastic choir which is delivered by the Standing Ovation team in school. Anthony, from the Standing Ovation team came in to school to introduce the choir to all the children for the new academic year and the assembly was enjoyed by all the children and staff listening to him sing and dance. Children from year 2 to year 6 will have the chance to join the choir and take part in various concerts and events.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Harvest (3 images)

The theme for the assembly on the 25th September was Harvest Festival. We discussed what it meant and how it was traditionally a time where people were thankful for the harvest that was brought in and stored for the winter months. In assembly we discussed how we should be thankful for all the food we get to eat every day and how a lot of the foods we eat comes from all around the world. We saw how many miles some of ingredients that were used in our meals had travelled before they reached us which helped us appreciate the work and effort of all the people who harvested and prepared the foods. We decided that it was important to be thankful and show appreciation for all the foods we receive.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Harvest (2 images)

The children were introduced to the topic of harvest festival using a PowerPoint to explain what it is, when it happens and who celebrates it. The concept of harvest and how different food is harvested was explored. The children were told how Christians in Britain celebrate harvest and they were also shown pictures of how harvest is celebrated in different ways around the world. Reflection. The children were asked to think about how lucky they were to have plenty of food and a large variety of different foods and think about those less fortunate people around the world who may only have one small meal for they day or in some cases nothing at all.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Rosh Hashanah (14 images)

In the key stage 1 assembly on Tuesday 19th of September children learnt about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah. We discovered that Jewish people celebrate New Year in late September. They celebrate it as the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Jews believe that on Rosh Hashanah, God looks at each of them to see what they have done, good and bad, in the previous year. They have ten days to ‘repent’ and be good. On the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), if they have tried hard to be good, and made friends with people they’ve argued with, they will be forgiven. Apples and honey are eaten because the people want sweetness and happiness in their lives in the coming year and wish this for others.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Rosh Hashanah (14 images)

In the key stage 2 assembly the children learnt about the Jewish festival of Rosh Hashanah and why this is important to them. They learnt it was a time of reflection and forgiveness.

Key Stage 1 Attendance Assembly (5 images)

At the end of year attendance assembly. Lots of children received awards for attending school everyday which is super! The prize for the raffle draw was a LeapPad 3 that children could use at home to help them with their learning. The winners for key stage 1 were Saffiyah Abdullah in 2H and Rayn Yasir in 2H. We would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents who ensure their children attend school everyday!

Key Stage 2 Attendance Assembly (6 images)

Children in key stage 2 received lots of awards for excellent attendance and lots of gold certificates were given; this means that these children did not miss one day of school! The prize for the raffle draw this year was an ALBA tablet that the children could have fun with at home during the summer! The winners in key stage 2 were Maham Shaffiq in 6S and Hashem Al-T im in 4R. We would also like to say a big thank you to all the parents who ensure their children attend school everyday!

Music Performance (2 images)

It was a lovely end to the summer term with a fantastic concert from our musicians at Shaw Hill Primary School. Two performances took place for key stage 1 and key stage 2, the children enjoyed all the musical performances from ukulele and guitars to keyboards and music band club. A special thank you to Mr Beatty for his support with all of the music clubs that he teaches.

Sports Awards (4 images)

All the children of Shaw Hill Primary School took part in an awesome sports awards ceremony to celebrate our 2017 sports day. Children who achieved gold, silver and bronze in the Olympic events received their sporting medals and certificates to much applause and celebration.

Home Readers Awards Assembly (4 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Year 2 Graduation (6 images)

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Refugee Week (1 images)

On Tuesday 20th June 2017, KS1 celebrated Refugee Week in assembly. We discussed what a refugee is and the different reasons why people become refugees. We looked at images of refugee camps and discussed what it would be like to stay there until a refugee finds a more permanent home. We reflected on what it must feel like for refugees when they have to leave their home, family, friends and all of their belongings and move quickly to a new country. We also thought about how we would feel it that happened to us, we all decided that we would be very unhappy to leave our families and our possessions but we knew that being safe meant more than anything else.

Year 6 trip to Rock Up Centre (11 images)

On Wednesday 28th June, year 6 visited the rock-up centre where they all enjoyed a day of rock climbing. All the children had a go and learnt about how to climb by using their core strength, arms and legs to propel their body up the vertical rock face. I’m proud of all the year 6 pupils for the excellent behaviour and steadfast determination to climb. I am particularly proud of those children who were a little anxious and unsure but gave it a good go anyway. Well done year 6, you’re all awesome!

Summer Fayre 2017 (43 images)

The children had a fun, busy and exciting day at Shaw Hill’s Summer Fayre. Pupils had the opportunity to have their face painted. At the fayre there were lots of games that the children could play including drop disk, hook the duck, hoopla and much, much more. The cakes and lollies was a great treat to enjoy while listening to the music and taking in the happy atmosphere of the Fayre. I very much look forward to the next Fayre.

Whole School Assembly - Refugee Week (20 images)

Refugee visits Year 5 (2 images)

During Refugee Week, a visitor came into school and talked to year 5. She was a refugee from Iran who came to tell her story about why she had to leave her country. The children were very interested to hear all about the hardship this lady had gone through. They were able to ask lots of questions and thoroughly enjoyed her visit.

Year 2 and Year 6 Refugee Week Workshop (4 images)

On Monday 19th June, year 6 and year 2 collaborated on an art project which aimed to teach the children about their different pasts and their (possible) shared futures. The children discussed and shared key details about themselves like: where they were born, which locality they live in, what their names are, how old they are, where they want to live and what their aspirations are for the future. Every year 2 child was paired up with a year 6 child. Needless to say, our wonderful year 6 children supported the younger year 2 children with their learning in areas like: -Grammar -Punctuation -Spelling -Artistic skills in drawing and painting During the activity the children helped each other so they could trace around their hands in pencil. After that the children wrote their key details around the outline sketch of their hand. Then they finally worked together to print their hand (in paint) over the original outline of their hand. It goes without saying that year 2 and year 6 enjoyed putting their hands in the paint and making such a beautiful piece of personalised artwork. Well done Year 6 and year 2, you really made your teachers proud!

Year 4 Poetry Workshop with Andy Connor (3 images)

Year 4 had a special guest for refugee week, who was a poet called Andy Connor. With him, we watched a video showing elephants migrating in Africa. We talked about their feelings at different parts of their journey and used this to begin planning our own poems.

Birmingham City Mission Assembly (4 images)

During faith assembly on Wednesday 21st March, Matt from Birmingham City Mission told the children a Bible story about being fair and kind. The children learnt that the Bible teaches Christians not to blame others when things go wrong, but to look at themselves and consider whether they are doing the right thing. The children then had the opportunity to reflect on their own actions and how they can be fair and kind to one another.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Father's Day (2 images)

The children were asked if they knew what special day it was going to be on Sunday. Once it was established that it was Father’s day the children were asked if anyone was doing anything for their dads on this day. Responses were shared and these included making a card, drawing a picture or buying chocolates. The children were then taught about where Father’s day originated from and when it first became celebrated using a PowerPoint presentation. The concept that both parents are equally as important was discussed and that we should celebrate the men in our lives as well as the women therefore Father’s day is as important as Mother’s day. Reflection What can you do for your dad, grandad, uncle or other important male family members to show them that you care on Father’s day?

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Father's Day (10 images)

During the assembly, KS2 children learnt why Father’s Day is celebrated and how and where it is originated.

Reception Fun to Learn Workshop (8 images)

Reception held a “Fun to Learn” workshop for parents about “The Gruffalo.” The children started by sharing a special dinosaur dance they were learning. The parents were shown ideas to help their children with literacy. At the end of the workshop a small creative project was given to the parents to complete at home with their child. We would like to thank all the parents for coming to this very successful workshop.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Refugee Week (1 images)

Key Stage 2 Music Performance (5 images)

On Monday 19th June and Wednesday 21st June 2017, Mr Beatty our specialist music teacher put on a music concert for key stage 1 and key stage 2. Ukulele players in year 4, keyboard players, guitar players and our very own school rock band performed to the rest of the school. The children were able to play confidently on their own and as part of a group. All of the children and parents thoroughly enjoyed the performances and are already looking forward to the winter concert.

Year 5 trip to Space Centre (21 images)

On Tuesday 16th May 2017, year 5 visited the National Space Centre, which is located in Leicester. Once the children arrived, they had the chance to explore the centre and read amazing facts about space. After this, the children visited the Planetarium to watch a show called ‘Astronaut’ – a fun film explaining the training involved in becoming an astronaut and their job role once in space. The children also climbed 140 stairs to reach the top of the tower and look at the views of Leicester. Finally the pupils had a last chance to explore the museum before returning back to school.

Year 5 Rock Climbing (29 images)

On Wednesday 4th May 2017, Year 5 visited a rock climbing centre called ‘Rock Up.’ The first twenty minutes was spent being fitted with harnesses and listening to a safety briefing. The children then had a whole hour to explore the different walls and climb them. This was a fantastic trip and the children clearly had lots of fun. Take a look at the pictures and see how brave they all were!

The Cavern CLub (2 images)

On Monday 13th March Shaw Hill’s very own rock band performed live on stage at the well-known club named ‘The Cavern Club,’ in Liverpool. The children have been practising all year for this performance and they had a fantastic time. Other schools from and around the Birmingham and Solihull area travelled to Liverpool to take part in this amazing opportunity. Our school band consisted of a lead drummer, a ukulele player, guitar players, keyboard players and singers. Take a look at the pictures on the website.

Houses of Parliament (25 images)

On Tuesday 25th April 2017, the school councillors, along with some children from years 3, 4 and 5, travelled to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. Once the children arrived at the Education Centre, they were taken on a tour inside the Houses of Parliament. This was a fantastic experience as children were able to see the House of Lords and even the House of Commons in action. After the tour, the children took part in a workshop based around making laws and the importance of democracy. The children had to work together to create a new law and look at the different processes that happen before the law is enforced. The children learnt lots of interesting information about the Houses of Parliament and we look forward to future visits here.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - St George's Day (11 images)

On Tuesday 2nd May KS1 celebrated St. Georges Day in assembly. We learnt who St. George was and why we remember St. George for what he did. We now know how people celebrate St. Georges Day across the world.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - St George's Day (7 images)

In assembly on Friday 5th May 2017, the children learnt about St George's Day. They were taught about the story behind St George's day, why he is important and how it is celebrated in the UK.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Vaisakhi (2 images)

The children were asked how people might show their devotion to a football team, a band or God. They were then told that Vaisakhi is a Sikh celebration and some ways that it is celebrated were discussed. A short video of the Sikh story of Vaisakhi which shows the forming of the first Khalsa. (group of Sikh devotees) was shown to the children. Finally pupils were told that on Vaisakhi Sikh teenagers are accepted into the Khalsa after making 5 promises that show their devotion to the Sikh faith.

Year 2 Inspire Workshop (9 images)

On Tuesday 24th April 2017, an Inspire Workshop was held for Year 2 children and their parents. The workshop focused on improving story writing skills by using conjunctions, adjectives and varied sentence openers. The teachers also discussed age related expectations in writing. Everybody made a story dice and spinner and used them to write an exciting story. Year 2 staff would like to thank the parents for an excellent turnout!

Year 6 Inspire Workshop (10 images)

Year 6 Inspire workshop took place on Monday 6th March 2017. The focus for this session was looking at the new SATs tests content and how parents can support their children at home. The parents had an opportunity to try out the tests similar to the ones that the year 6 children will do in May. They were shown sample test papers for Reading, Maths and Spelling Grammar and Punctuation. The parents enjoyed each session and felt that they were able to help their child at home in order to succeed in their SATs. Thank you to all parents who attended the session.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Vaisakhi (1 images)

In assembly on Tuesday 25th April 2017, the children learned about the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi. They listened to the story of Vaisakhi and how the Khalsa was created and their link to the 5 Ks. They then learned how Vaisakhi is celebrated by people of the Sikh faith.

Year 5 Inspire Workshop (5 images)

On Wednesday 5th April 2017 year 5 parents were invited to an INSPIRE Reading workshop. The workshop started with a warm up where children had to use certain letters of the alphabet to create as many different words as possible. They then had the chance to learn about synonyms and antonyms and match them together. After this year 5 pupils and parents read different extracts from books. The children had to used their inference skills to interpret how certain characters were feeling. The workshop also gave the parents an insight to the types of questions children are asked during guided reading in year 5, as well as during assessments.

Easter Bonnet Parade (47 images)

During Easter Parade this year there was a wonderful array of colours displayed in all of the bonnets. All the children and staff who made them worked really hard. Both staff and children were very inventive in designing their hats. We’d like to thank all the parents who supported their child by cheering them on throughout the parade. It was a huge success and I am very much looking forward to next year’s parade.

Year 1 Inspire Workshop (9 images)

Thank you to everyone who supported Year 1’s Writing Inspire Workshop. Parents learnt about writing in year 1. Everyone had great fun creating a new character for a story that they are going to write. Both the children and parents enjoyed thinking of adjectives to describe their new character.

3MC Class Assembly (1 images)

On Friday 31st April, 3MC carried out an assembly about Lent. The children discussed the history of Lent, thinking about what happened to Jesus. They then sang an uplifting song to remind people not to give up or stop trying, even when things are hard, like they were for Jesus. Then, the children told the audience lots of information about how different countries celebrate Lent. The children held each flag up to represent the country. To finish, the rest of the school had to participate in a quiz about how each country celebrates Lent. Two boys ended the assembly by reciting a poem about sharing and reflecting on yourself, as Jesus did when he was in the wilderness.

Attendance Assembly (3 images)

On Tuesday 4th April 2017, Shaw Hill held our Attendance assemblies. Lots of children received a silver award which means they have come to school everyday since September. This is brilliant, we would like to say thank you to all our parents who send their children to school everyday. The raffle prize which was a Nintendo 2DS was awarded to a pupil who had gained their silver attendance award. The winners in KS1 were Liyana and Jamal. The winners in KS2 were Muizz and Aliyah. A big well done to the prize winners.

Year 3 Inspire Workshop (10 images)

On the morning of Thursday 6th April, Year 3 parents and children attended a workshop intended to increase their knowledge and understanding of aspects of Literacy. The workshop began with ‘Kung Fu’ punctuation, where children and parents were encouraged to get active and have fun whilst learning about different types of punctuation. We then thought about the difference between fiction and non-fiction and the parents and children had the chance to try and distinguish between different types of text. Everyone completed a short task identifying some features of grammar, punctuation and spelling that Year 3 have to learn. Parents and children left the workshop with more ideas (and a pack) of activities to complete at home to help with their learning.

Merit Assembly - Home Readers (8 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Use and Enjoy Solitude (1 images)

During Key Stage 1 assembly on the 28th March, the children discussed what it means to be happy with yourself. They talked about what they loved about themselves and learnt that it was alright to be yourself and to be happy with who you are. The children also learnt that it was alright to spend time on your own and reflect.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Use and Enjoy Solitude (14 images)

The Key Stage Two assembly this week was all about the importance of having time to yourself. We discussed the way we react when we are angry and how we could avoid losing our temper. We looked at other ways to help our mental health such as eating healthily and spending time outside playing and exercising. One of the ways suggested was to have time out on our own to think things through and help us to calm down. We looked at ways we could find a space even in crowded areas to have some solitude and thinking time. The aim of the assembly was for children to realise that spending some time alone can be good for you and allow you to think things through.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Water Safety (17 images)

On Friday 24th March Key Stage One learnt about staying safe near water. The children thought about staying safe near lakes, rivers and canals and were shown pictures of what they shouldn’t do near water. The children also talked about how to stay safe on their holidays and near the sea and swimming pools.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Water Safety (28 images)

On Friday 24th March the children learnt all about how to stay safe when they are in and around water, such as canals, rivers and the sea. Although playing in and around water can be a lot of fun, we thought about why it is very important to learn how to stay safe when you are in these areas. Children learnt the SAFE code. S - Spot the dangers. Children looked at some pictures and had to find the dangers that were in it, for example, children playing on a bridge, a person fishing on a footpath and people trying to cross the river. A – Advice. We thought about who can give you advice on going in water, for example, lifeguards. F – Friends and family. Children learnt that they should always go with someone when they are planning on visiting a river, canal or the sea as this makes it safer. E – Emergency. Children thought about what they should do in an emergency and who they can contact.

Whole School Assembly - Birmingham City Mission (2 images)

On Wednesday 15th March, Matt from Birmingham City Mission visited our school. During the assembly, Matt told the children a Bible story about forgiveness. The children learnt that Christians believe anyone who trusts Jesus can be forgiven. During reflection time the children thought about their behaviour and how doing the wrong thing can make them feel. They considered ways in which they can apologise when they have behaved in an unacceptable manner.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Mother's Day (2 images)

On Tuesday 21st March, key stage 2 children at Shaw Hill took part in an assembly which was themed around Mothering Sunday. The children learnt about the origins of Mothering Sunday, how and when Mothering Sunday is celebrated and who’s celebrated (not always just mothers). The children shared their own viewpoints of Mothering Sunday and how they will celebrate the women in their lives who mother and protect them.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Mother's Day (11 images)

On Tuesday 21st March KS1 celebrated Mother’s Day in their assembly. They learnt the background story of how Mother’s Day started in Britain and what children used to give their mothers as gifts in the past. How countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day was also discussed. The children shared how they are thankful for what their mothers do as well as what gifts they will be giving to their Mums on Mother’ Day.

Buddy Awards (1 images)

On Monday 20th March, Mr. Bhatti presented two new children, Abdinur and Diego from 2P, with certificates for settling so well into Shaw Hill School. Their buddies, Zainab and Adnan, were also presented with certificates for doing such a fantastic job helping their new classmates during their first few weeks at school. Congratulations to them all.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - St. Patrick's Day (12 images)

In assembly on 14th March, KS2 learned about the life of St. Patrick and why St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland because he introduced Christianity to Ireland and 17th March was the date of his death, which was made into a national holiday. The children also found out that he used a clover to explain Christianity to the pagans, which is why the clover is the national symbol of Ireland.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - St. Patrick's Day (13 images)

The children wereinformed that St Patrick day is the patron saint for Ireland and that Irish people all around the world celebrate St Patrick’s day. They were shown a Power Point explaining who St Patrick was and how people celebrate St Patrick’s day. After that the children were told about the St Patrick’s day parade that had taken place in Birmingham at the weekend and asked if they had attended. Experiences were shared. Reflection – What things do you celebrate and how do you celebrate them? Think how lucky you are to be able to celebrate things that are important to you.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Community (13 images)

During Key Stage 1 assembly on 9th March 2017, the children discussed what it means belong to different groups or communities. They talked about how people show that they belong to a group or community and what attributes are needed to keep communities strong.

Nursery Workshop (6 images)

Parents of the nursery children were invited to a Fun to Learn workshop entitled ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ on Friday 10th March to find out about our new topic. Mrs Tiwana modelled how parents can support their child’s learning through this topic using fun and engaging activities. The children also answered questions about the story to show their understanding of the topic to their parents. Nursery staff would like to thank all the parents who attended the workshop and we would encourage all parents to use the caterpillar workshop pack to help their child’s understanding of our current topic.

Reception workshop - Jack and the Beanstalk (3 images)

On Friday 10th March 2017, the parents of the children in Reception were invited to a “Jack and the Beanstalk, Fun to Learn” Workshop and to talk about our new topic: Dragons. The parents and children were given a small project to complete at home, based upon this new topic. The children also demonstrated their phonic skills and reading comprehension skills by answering questions about Jack and the Beanstalk. Thank you to all of the parents that attended this workshop.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Lent (2 images)

On Tuesday 7th March, the children from key stage 2 took part in a Lent assembly where they learnt: what Lent is, how Lent is practised, who practises Lent and why Lent is practised. As a key stage, we explored what items are traditionally given up for Lent and also looked at more modern sacrifices. We also discussed what the children might give up for Lent.

Roman Soldier visits Year 3 (5 images)

On Wednesday 8th March, a Roman soldier visited year 3. He came to school with lots of interesting artefacts and objects from his life. We began the day by talking about why the Romans invaded Britain. The children had lots of opportunities to ask questions and dress up in his wonderful outfits! After learning about Roman Britain, the children then went outside to take part in some Roman soldier training! They had to chant ‘sin, dex’ for left and right and then they made some different military formations, including the famous ‘turtle shell’ formation. After their training, the children had the chance to handle all of Titus’ equipment and used their deduction skills to think about what it could be used for. After lunch, Titus taught us about the rebellions that the Romans faced whilst living in Britain, including that of Boudicca.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Lent (12 images)

On Tuesday 7th March the children learnt about Lent and how Christians prepare for Easter. The children listened to the story of Lent and how Jesus was tempted by the devil. They were then encouraged to think about how to resist temptation and what they could give up for Lent.

Key Stage 2 trip to Symphony Hall (7 images)

On Monday 6th March, a selection of pupils from years 3 to 6 had the opportunity to attend Symphony Hall for the Music for Youth Primary Prom. The concert aimed to inspire a new generation of young people to take up music and develop their music potential. The pupils enjoyed watching a range of performances from other children aged 8 – 18 years. They also really appreciated learning new facts about music, such as the ‘Taiko’ which is Japanese for ‘fat drum’. From jazz to choirs, folk music to Japanese art forms, the children were left feeling inspired.

5PS Class Assembly (3 images)

On Thursday 9th February 2017, class 5PS performed their assembly to parents, teachers and children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The children have been working really hard for the past two weeks to put on a fantastic performance with a very important theme. The theme for this assembly was ‘Internet Safety’, which linked to ‘Internet Safety Day’ that week. The aim of the assembly was to teach children about all the ways to protect yourself when using the internet and the SMART rules. S – keep your personal information safe and secure M – do not agree to meet anyone you meet on the internet – they may not be who you think they are. A – do not accept any e-mails or messages from people you don’t know. They may contain nasty viruses that would harm your computer or mean and nasty messages from them. R – remember, do not always rely on information that you find on the internet. It may not be correct. T – finally, if something upsets you when you are on the internet, always TELL an adult, whether you are in school or at home. The children also sang a very informative song and carried out a quiz to keep the audience interested. Well done again class 5PS!

3S Class Assembly (4 images)

On Friday 3rd February 2017, class 3S carried out an assembly all about prejudice and how we can live in harmony. They explored different religions and looked at the similarities between them all. The key message was treating people the way you would like to be treated and showing love and kindness. The children also shared a song about living in harmony. Year 3 learnt that prejudice still takes place all around the world but as a school, we can make a difference.

5P visit the fire station (5 images)

On Monday 30th January class 5P went to the Ward End Fire Station. The children had an interesting session with the fire men and women who told them what it was like to be a fire fighter. The children enjoyed exploring the fire engine. They were fascinated by the pole at the station that they had instead of stairs, so that in an emergency they could get to their vehicle really quickly. They also had to learn to get into their safety uniform really quickly too. Most importantly the fire fighters told the children about fire safety in the house and what to do if you need to call for the help.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - St David's Day (15 images)

On 3rd March 2017, the children in key stage 2 learnt all about St David's Day in their assembly. They discussed where wales is, how the Welsh celebrate this special day and why St David was an important figure.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - World Book Day (18 images)

On Thursday 2nd March 2017, the children learnt all about World Book Day and why and how it is celebrated around the world. The children were able to reflect on why reading is so important and think about their favourite books. Lots of the children agreed that reading improves writing and can help develop imagination.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - World Book Day (2 images)

In assembly on 2nd March 2017, the children learnt about World Book Day. They had the opportunity to talk to a friend about their favourite book. We discussed as a Key Stage what was great about books. The children learnt what World Book Day means and how long it has been celebrated around the world. I shared with the children how Shaw Hill was going to celebrate World Book day.

Anthony from Standing Innovation visits Shaw Hill (4 images)

On Wednesday 1st March 2017, we had a special guest visiting Shaw Hill to carry out an assembly. This guest was a representative from a company called ‘Standing Innovation’ who will be providing the opportunity for children to join the choir and take part in performances during the year. It is a great way to develop confidence and singing skills.

Clay Exhibition (24 images)

On Friday 17th February 2017, the whole school had a great opportunity to take part in an art exhibition which was a huge success. Each child made a clay model and these were displayed in the school’s hall. Each class had the opportunity to look around the exhibition. All the models were amazing and they were presented as though they were at a museum. The children’s families were then able to buy the clay model.

Year 2 SATs Meeting (2 images)

On Tuesday 28th February 2017, Year 2 parents attended a SATs meeting. The Year 2 teachers explained the changes to the assessments and assessment without levels. Samples of formal tests were discussed and advice was given on how to support their children at home. Frequent reading at home and learning multiplication tables by heart are of great importance to boost the children’s confidence at school. The parent zone and the children’s zone on the website were shared with the parents as they are great tools to support learning in all areas.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Shrove Tuesday (3 images)

In the assembly on Tuesday 28th February 2017, the children learnt about Shrove Tuesday. They discussed how and why pancakes are made. The children watched a PowerPoint about how Pancake Day is celebrated around the world and they talked about their favourite pancake topping.

Merit Assembly - Home Readers (7 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - E-safety (2 images)

On Tuesday 7th February 2017 the assembly in KS1 was to raise awareness of how we can be safer on the Internet. We watched a short clip about Hector the Protector and discussed what we should do if we see something on the internet we don’t like or if someone starts to talk to us that we don’t know. The children all had lots of ideas on how to be safer online.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - World Inter Faith Harmony Week (12 images)

In Key Stage Two assembly on 31st January 2017, we discussed the importance of having a World Interfaith Harmony week around the world we read some quotes from key people in world history and how they relate to religion in the modern world.

Animal man visits Year 2 (9 images)

Year 2 enjoyed a visit from the animal man. He brought in a selection of animals from around the world including lizards, snakes, a baby owl, a hedgehog and a racoon. The children were given the opportunity to hold or stroke the animals if they wished. Having first-hand experience of these animals really enhanced the learning that has taken place in literacy and science.

Year 2 visit Ward End library (5 images)

The children in Year 2 visited Ward End library. The librarian explained how to join the library and talked to the children about the different types of books that are available. She read two humorous stories which everyone enjoyed. After that, Year 2 were treated to an interactive performance of Little Red Riding Hood. They explored the library and read books that interested them.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - World Inter Faith Harmony Week (19 images)

On the 31st January, Key Stage One children participated in an Assembly about Inter-Faith harmony week. Miss Earley showed lots of different symbols linked to a variety of faiths and also the children saw pictures of their work from our Inter-Faith Week. The children thought about British values and particularly understanding and respecting different faiths and religions.

Year 1 trip to Cadbury World (3 images)

The children in year 1 visited Cadbury World on Friday 28th January. They had the opportunity to find out how chocolate was made and see Cadbury workers moulding chocolate. They learnt more information about the Cadbury family and how the chocolate factory began. The children had a lot of fun riding around in the Cadbury cars and found 4D cinema very exciting especially because they had to wear the 4D glasses. The children even had the opportunity to taste the chocolate which made them very happy.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Going for Goals (8 images)

In KS2 assembly on Friday 27th January 2017, we discussed the meaning of the term ‘going for goals’ and decided that it meant persevering to achieve our targets. We listened to the story of Samrinda and how he had to persevere and not give up in order to achieve his goal.

Refugee Week (4 images)

Last June, Year 1 and Year 6 took part in some activities for “Refugee Week”. As well as having a whole school assembly on the subject, the children learnt about and discussed what it might be like to be a refugee and what it might feel like moving to a new place. This gave some of the children who have moved to the area from other countries the chance to discuss what it had felt like for them when they moved. The children from Y1 and Y6 worked collaboratively to create posters about themselves and where they were from. The theme for the week was “Welcome”. In Year 1, the children produced welcome posters to welcome refugees arriving to the area. The Year 6 children produced welcome booklets which contained useful information for refugees arriving in the area which included the locations of medical centres, schools, places of worship and shops. This work has been put with material from other schools to form part of an exhibition which is currently located in the Training Room at the School and Pupil Support Centre in Nechells, which is regularly used by a variety of different community groups.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Chinese New Year (16 images)

On the 27th January 2017, the Chinese community begin their celebrations for the New Year. This year will be the Year of the Rooster. The children learnt about the story about animals taking part in The Chinese Community named the years depending on the order that they won the race in. We hope that you have a wonderful Chinese New Year if you are celebrating.

Year 5 trip to Think Tank (26 images)

Year 5 had a wonderful visit to the Thinktank in Birmingham on Thursday 26th January 2017. This was linked to the school topic that they are currently studying in Science – Forces. The children took part in a special workshop looking at forces and magnets. They had to complete a series of tests using a range of equipment, for example, which materials had the most friction on a wooden surface? The children also enjoyed exploring the rest of the museum, for example, reading all about scientific facts, reading all of the scientific facts.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Chinese New Year (15 images)

In key stage 1 assembly, the children learned about the Chinese New Year. They watched a video of the story of the Chinese dragon and discussed the year of the rooster. They also learned about how the Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world.

Reception 'Fun to Learn' workshop (3 images)

Reception held a ‘Fun to Learn’ workshop for parents about “Handa’s Surprise.” The children started by reading the story and answering questions about it. The parents were shown ideas to help their children with reading and maths. At the end of the workshop they were given a small creative project to do with their child and how to contribute to their learning journey. We would like to thank all the parents for coming to this very successful workshop. We value your opinion about the usefulness of the workshops and we will incorporate your ideas into our planning next term.

Reception Trip to Town Hall (2 images)

The children had a wonderful time visiting the Town Hall to see the “What The Ladybird Heard.” Their behaviour was impeccable and this valuable experience has led the children to develop some exceptional work across all seven areas of learning.

Year 3 trip to Ward End library (6 images)

On Tuesday 17th January, Year 3 visited Ward End Library. We walked to the library through the park which was a lovely experience. When we got to the library, the children went to have a look around. They could talk to the librarians about what books they had and were given a chance to read books that they were interested in. then they enjoyed a talk about the library and were read a lovely book. Lots of the children were very interested in the library after the visit and wanted to join and get their own library card to start borrowing some books!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Martin Luther King Day (2 images)

In assembly on Tuesday 17th January, the children discussed race equality and civil rights through the actions of Martin Luther King. The children were told about his life and his achievements. They were particularly impressed when they found out that he was once the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace prize. The children discussed the importance of civil rights and race equality and how we have the same laws and values in the United Kingdom.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Martin Luther King Day (5 images)

On Tuesday 17th January 2017, in the KS1 assembly the children discussed race equality and civil rights through the actions of Martin Luther King. They were told about his life and his achievements. The children were particularly impressed when they found out that he was once the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace prize. The children discussed the importance of civil rights and race equality and how we have the same laws and values in the United Kingdom as they do in the US.

Year 1 Letters and Sounds Workshop (6 images)

Thank you to all the Year 1 parents who attended the phonics workshop. The parents learnt about the phonics screening test their child will be taking in May. They were also shown games that they could play with their child on the computer. All year one children were given a pack to support their learning at home.

FoodNET leaves city school lifestyle legacy (2 images)

Shaw Hill Primary School were lucky enough to be asked if we could be featured in an NHS news article about our partnership with Birmingham Community Healthcare’s FoodNET team. The news article features some of our children and talks about how over the past two years we have worked with FoodNET to introduce a range of initiatives to promote healthy eating and raise awareness of the health benefits of good dietary choices. This article has been made available for different healthcare providers, online and in a monthly magazine. Take a look!

Replies from Anti Bullying Balloon Launch (5 images)

Following on from the balloon launch we were awaiting responses from people who had found the balloons in their gardens. Notes were attached onto the balloons asking for the school to be notified of where the balloons were found. Take a look at where some of the balloons were found across the country.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - British Values - Democracy (3 images)

During our Key Stage 1 assembly on Tuesday 11th of January the children were shown a PowerPoint about the explorer Earnest Shackleton. Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was a polar explorer who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic. The children were shown pictures of him and also pictures of what the Antarctic looks like and the conditions he faced. The key message to the children was all about determination. Despite facing lots of setbacks in his life, Earnest Shackleton never gave up.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - British Values - Democracy (19 images)

On Tuesday 10th January 2017, in the key stage 2 assembly, we learned about a famous explorer called Ernest Shackleton. We found out that he joined an expedition so that his team could be the first explorers to reach the South Pole however they were unable to complete their mission and they had to abandon their attempt. This motivated Shackleton to think of his next adventure, so in 1914, Shackleton left with his crew of 27 men and 68 dogs aboard the Endurance but they became stuck in the ice and they had to abandon the ship as the boat sank. His team had to stay on the ice berg for 5 months and Shackleton had to go and get help. They eventually returned home after 2 years.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Compassion (6 images)

During the KS2 assembly the children were told what compassion is; discussed how they show compassion towards others and were shown examples of compassion through the school’s own actions and the actions of others around them. For example: In 2013 Shaw Hill Primary School pupils fundraised money through sponsored times table tests and paid for the construction of two water wells in third world countries. This was an act of compassion because the school saw how people were suffering and acted to change this situation for the better.

Buddy Training (2 images)

This year we are training children to be buddies that can help to welcome new children to our school and look after them for the first few weeks after they have arrived. 2 children from each class received their certificates this week after taking part in the buddy training programme. They took part in a special training workshop where they worked collaboratively, brainstorming ideas and role playing scenarios. Congratulations to Taha and Karima in 1H, Jamal and Juwairya in 1O, Layla and Yusuf in 2H, Abdulrizaaq and Zainab in 2P, Yusuf and Hafsah in 3MC, Musa and Sara in 3S, Sidra and Hussain in 4S, Araaniya and Zain in 4R, Qasim and Mareia and 5P and Samia and Anees in 5PS.

Christmas Carols (5 images)

What a fantastic way to end the year 2016! The whole of Shaw Hill Primary School joined together in the hall for a Christmas carol concert. All year groups performed their Christmas carol in front of each other, the singing was excellent and the actions topped off the performances. At the end of the assembly all of the teachers and teaching assistants sang a Christmas carol together and the winner of the most exciting Christmas jumper was announced.

Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime (4 images)

On Friday 9th December the children were treated to a fantastic pantomime of Jack and the Beanstalk by a professional theatre company. There was much audience participation, dancing, singing and funny jokes! It was thoroughly enjoyed by both staff and children, so much so, the pantomime has been booked again for next year!

Merit Assembly - Home Readers (3 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Anti Bullying Competition (5 images)

On Monday 21st November 2016, the winners of the anti-bullying competition were announced. The theme for this year’s anti-bullying week was ‘Power for Good’ and so the children had to design their own superhero mask. These superhero masks would represent power, a positive power that could stand up to bullies. Al the children worked extremely hard to decorate their own masks and everyone enjoyed wearing them during the celebration assembly. Well done to everyone who entered and an extra well done for those who won!

Launch of Anti Bullying Week (16 images)

On Monday 14th November 2016 everyone came to school wearing something blue to show support for our “Anti-Bullying Week”. To officially mark the launch of Anti-Bullying Week the whole school attended a special assembly where it was discussed how to prevent bullying across the school. Everyone then headed into the playground to release the balloons. During anti-bullying week all children took part in a range of lessons and workshops to raise awareness of anti-bullying and talk about issues such as cyber-bullying. All the children had the chance to enter the competition, this year children had to design a super hero mask which supported the theme ‘Power For Good.’

Early Years Production (5 images)

The Early Years children were delighted to show off their singing, music and dance talents in the annual Songs around the Christmas Tree event. Reception and the Nursery children were brilliant in their performance of “The Snow Dance” which was inspired after their recent work on The Snowman. The parents also commented on how well their children were doing and how confidently the Nursery children performed in their first term in a setting. It was good to see our parents and families and sharing mince pies and getting to know each other at the end of the performance. The Early Years Team would like to thank the parents for attending and sharing this special event.

Year 2 Meet the Teacher Meeting (9 images)

On Thursday 18th September Year 2 held a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting for parents. The teachers gave out important information about Year 2. This included homework sheets and ideas of how to support children using the school website. It was also an opportunity for parents to ask any questions about their child’s learning.

Year 5 Meet the Teacher Meeting (2 images)

Thank you to all the parents that attended the year 5 meet the teacher meeting. The meet the teacher meeting is an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s new teacher and ask any questions that they may have about their child’s learning. The information that was discussed included, the school timetable, attendance information, safeguarding requirements, assessment details, end of year targets, the home reading process and homework. Mrs Patel and Miss Peers.

Year 6 Meet the Teacher Meeting (1 images)

On Friday 23rd September 2016, the Year 6 teachers (Mr Karl Baum and Miss Sangha) held their Meet the Teacher meetings for all year 6 parents. During the meeting the teachers discussed key areas of interest for the year 6 children and answered a variety of questions posed by the parents. The teachers discussed the following points:uniform, PE kit, SATs week, secondary school forms, homework, e-safety, the residential trip and after school clubs.

Attendance Assembly (6 images)

The end of term attendance assemblies went very well, lots of children received their Bronze certificate. We would like to say a big well done to all the children who came to school every day this term. The raffle ticket draw took place and the prizes were a Nintendo console for the winning children. The winners in key stage one were Aminah and Samuel. The winners in key stage two were Subhan and Sathiyah. We would also like to say thank you to all the parents in supporting the school and ensuring your children attend school everyday.

Year 2 trip to Think Tank (8 images)

On Thursday 1st December, the children in Year 2 went on a trip to the Think Tank. They visited different zones and learnt about recycling and how machines work. Whilst exploring the science garden, the children had fun experimenting with different forces. During the teaching session they had the opportunity to find out about how their bodies work, in particular learning about their senses and why exercise is important.

Year 1 Nativity (5 images)

On Tuesday 13th December, year 1 performed their Nativity. The children told the story of why Christians celebrate Christmas. They acted out the story which included dances and Christmas songs. The children fully enjoyed performing the Nativity story and showing it to their friends, family and the other school children.

Year 1 trip to Winter Wonderland (12 images)

On Monday 5th December Year 1 had a fun and exciting day at Telford Winter Wonderland. We had the opportunity to see Santa’s reindeers. Father Christmas gave a present to each child. We met Mrs Claus and helped her to make her mince pie mixture and we added all of our Christmas wishes to the pot. She was going to use the mixture to make mince pies for Father Christmas. We had lots of fun on the rides and went inside the Three Bears House and the Witches House. We all had a great time on our trip!

Interfaith Assembly (21 images)

In the week beginning Monday 28th November, we celebrated Inter Faith Week. The theme for our Inter Faith Week was festivals and celebrations. Each year group were given a different religion to study, learning more about that religion, their festivals and how that religion celebrates. On Friday 2nd December we celebrated Inter Faith Week by coming together as a whole school and sharing what we had learnt in the previous week. The whole school had a fantastic time and it was great to learn so much from other religions.

Year 4 trip to Harry Potter (15 images)

On Thursday 10th November, Year 4 had the opportunity to visit the Harry Potter Studios as part of their Literacy unit ‘Stories with imaginary settings’. The children and staff had a wonderful time looking at all the special effects, the costumes, the sets used in the Harry Potter films, the Hogwarts express, Harry’s bedroom under the stairs, Privet Drive and the Knight bus. Some children pretended to ride on broomsticks, whilst others had the opportunity to try some acting, using green screen technology in the carriages of the Hogwarts Express. We saw the model of Hogwarts’ which was much bigger than expected and exceeded our expectations! They had a fun and exciting day at the studios with so much to take in. We all had a fantastic time!

Year 3 trip to Sarehole Mill (7 images)

On Wednesday 30th November, year 3 went on a trip to Sarehole Mill to learn more about the topic of the Stone Age. In the morning, one class started their day with Sarehole Mill’s brilliant guide and played a game of hunter gatherers where the hunters had to catch their food. This warmed the children up on a very cold day! Following this, the children got to see a real Bronze Age site, which was fascinating and it taught the children how things started to change after the Stone Age. The other class took part in some teacher led activities where the children got to be archaeologists and dig for artefacts; build their own shelter and also study the trees that would have been around during the Stone Age by looking at the leaves and carrying out tree rubbings. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip and they really impressed the guide with all their fantastic knowledge of the Stone Age.

Visit from local MP Liam Byrne (3 images)

It was so wonderful to have or local MP Liam Byrne visit our school on Friday 25th November 2016. The school council had the opportunity to ask him questions about his role in Parliament. Mr Byrne then led a KS2 assembly talking to the children about his job and his vision for the future in the local area. He then went to greet parents on the playground. The children thoroughly enjoyed his visit and look forward to him visiting the school again soon.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Inter faith Week (1 images)

The children were asked what they knew about interfaith week. The meaning of the words and the purpose of the week were then discussed so that the childen understood that we are finding about different religions to understand each other better and promote harmony. Year 2 were asked to feedback to the other children about what they had learned about Buddhism. They said that Buddhists celebrated Wesak by decorating their houses with lanterns and making offerings at the temple. They then added that Wesak was a celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. The children were then informed that Buddha was a teacher who taught people how to live a good life. This was then compared to the teaching of Jesus in Christianity and Mohammed in Islam to show that all these leaders in the different religions taught the same things about peace, harmony and tolerance.

Christmas Fayre (20 images)

All the children had a wonderful time at our Christmas fayre. They had the opportunity to play lots of games, win lots of prizes and get into the spirit of Christmas. They are already looking forward to our summer fayre!

Decorating the Christmas trees (12 images)

The school council worked very hard and used their imagination to decorate the two Christmas trees we located in our main halls. We think they did a great job!

Year 2 Meet the Teacher Meeting (11 images)

In the first half of the autumn term we held “Meet The Teacher” meetings across the whole school. This was an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s class teacher and for the class teachers to share key information and answer any questions which parents may have about their child’s learning. The type of information shared by teachers included: times of the school day, attendance information, safeguarding needs, timetables, how teachers assess children’s progress and attainment, end of year targets, information about home reading/homework and information about end of year testing/statutory testing.

Year 3 Meet the Teacher Meeting (18 images)

On Monday 19th September, parents from the children in year 3 came to school to meet the teachers. Miss Crane and Miss Stockdale provided important information about year 3 and the expectations in key stage 2. They were also able to answer questions the parents may have.

4S Class Assembly (2 images)

On Friday 18th November 2016, Class 4S performed their assembly on Anti Bullying week which took place this week (14th November- 18th November). Anti Bullying week shines a spotlight on bullying and encourages children to identify bullying and take action. The children highlighted this throughout their assembly to raise awareness of the different types of bullying and ways in which any pupil can deal with it.

Website Meeting (5 images)

During the week beginning 14th November Shaw Hill parents and carers were invited to attend website meetings. The parents learnt about how they could use the website effectively by using the homework section to support children’s learning. They also found out how to keep up-to-date with enrichment activities, events, assemblies and workshops taking place at Shaw Hill. The parents had the opportunity to learn how Shaw Hill promotes British values by viewing documents in the ‘promoting British values’ section of the website. In the meeting, Miss Pervez showed all the parents the link to E-safety on the home page noticeboard and discussed its importance. Parents and carers were given time to watch the videos and look through the information. Thank you to all the parents who attended!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Inter faith Week (2 images)

During Inter Faith week, in the Key Stage 2 assembly, the children learnt about the refugee crisis in countries such as Syria. The PowerPoint presentation encouraged the pupils to think about the refugee crisis and the influence it had on the people who were adversely affected by war and conflict in their home country. Refugee Crisis: 2016 Update presentation from christianaid.org.uk/learn

Take A Picture (7 images)

On Thursday 14th October everyone at Shaw Hill took part in ‘Take One Picture’ afternoon. During this afternoon, children across the school from Nursery to Year 6 explored themes in a painting called ‘The Umbrellas’ by Renoir. Some of the themes explored were based on colour, shade and tone, weather, people in paintings and expressions. Children used the painting as inspiration for their own artwork. Each year group went onto creating displays of their artwork. Take a look at our gallery.

5P Class Assembly (3 images)

On Thursday 20th October class 5P presented their assembly which was based on Black History Month. We carried out research about significant people from the past who influenced the world in their unique and peaceful way. Children at Shaw Hill show mutual respect and tolerance towards one another. We hope that you enjoyed listening to our assembly and learnt some interesting facts.

Visit from Ex-Pupil (10 images)

We were delighted to have an ex-pupil visit our school on Monday 14th November 2016. Robert Francis attended Shaw Hill Primary School during World War Two and he wanted to take a look at how the school had changed since that time. Later in the term, year 5 will be learning about World War Two, so we used this fantastic opportunity to ask Robert some questions about the war and to get an insight to what life was like growing up during this time in and around the Alum Rock area. The children found this very interesting and will now be able to use this information in their History lessons.

Diwali Assemblies (21 images)

On Tuesday 1st November the children in Key Stage one and two discovered that Diwali is a very important celebration for Hindus. It is known as the “festival of lights” and celebrates the Hindu New Year. The word Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. The children were told the story of Rama and Sita and how good triumphed over evil. The pupils were given time to think about how they could do something good that day for someone else.

Harvest Collection at Shaw Hill (11 images)

For many years Shaw Hill Primary school has worked with Birmingham City Mission during harvest to collect food for the local community. All the food collected is distributed by Birmingham City Mission to people who are less fortunate than ourselves. During October, children, parents and staff at Shaw Hill came together to support the local community with this collection. The school councillors and learning mentors packed all the food that was kindly donated. Thank you to everyone who has supported Shaw Hill with this mission!

2016/17 School Council Assembly (2 images)

On Friday 21st October 2016, during an assembly entitled ‘Democracy in Action,’ the new members of the school council for 2015-2016 were introduced to the school. The new councillors all wore their new green council jumpers to ensure their fellow peers know who they are. The councillors were presented with their council note book which will be used to write down any views and ideas presented to them by their fellow peers in the coming school year. During their first council meeting the councillors will be further demonstrating democracy in action by voting for the chair person and vice- chair of the newly elected school council.

Birmingham City Mission Assembly (3 images)

Matt Cook from Birmingham City Mission visited our school on Wednesday 19th October 2016. During the faith assembly, he re told the biblical story of the wealthy man who mocked an extremely poor woman for giving a small amount in charity. However, this small act of kindness was very pleasing to God. Matt went on to thank the children of Shaw Hill for their act of kindness and generosity for bringing in food for the harvest collection. Well done Shaw Hill!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Black History Month (16 images)

In the key stage 2 assembly on Tuesday 18th October 2016, the children discussed the reasons why Black History Month is so important and why we must remember the achievements and accomplishments of black people throughout history. The children then learned about particular individuals, past and present, who have played an important part in black history throughout the world.

Year 4 Meet the Teacher Meeting (2 images)

On Tuesday 20th September, Year 4 held a ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting. During the meeting, the teachers gave out important information regarding expectations of the children in year four and ways in which parents could help and support their child at home using the school website. During this session, there was also an opportunity for parents to ask any questions or raise any concerns they may have had.

Merit Assembly - Reading (7 images)

To celebrate the success of our home reading programme, our merit assembly rewarded the children who have shown a real commitment to improving their reading at home. One child per class was rewarded with a merit certificate and a book prize.

Year 5 trip to Blakesley Hall (8 images)

On Wednesday the 5th October Year 5 visited the Black Country Museum. We had an amazing time at the museum as we thought we had walked into the past. The Victorian village at the museum was set up like Victorian Birmingham and everyone was dressed up as a Victorian. The children had a go at experiencing what life was like as Victorian child as they had the opportunity to understand what it was like to work in a coal mine. This was really scary as it was really dark down there. We then explored the life of some Victorian children and went into the houses and the shops to learn about life in the past. We learnt how they made boiled sweets and how the Victorians loved to reuse household items. We even saw a Victorian toilet which was outside and it had no toilet paper. The family bathed once a week… all in the same water! The most exciting part was going to the school. We had to write on a slate using chalk and recite the alphabet backwards. The teacher was really mean, as she was carrying a cane but it was all good fun.

MacMillan Coffee Morning (9 images)

On Friday 30th September, Shaw Hill Primary School hosted a MacMillan Coffee Morning. The staff baked and bought cakes for this charity appeal. During the morning parents and staff were able to sample the delicious cakes and donate money to this worthwhile cause. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event and in total £187 was raised.

Year 1 Meet the Teacher Meeting (14 images)

On Friday 16th September, Year 1 parents were invited into school to meet the staff in Year 1, Mrs O’Neill, Miss Hughson, Mrs Clark and Miss Akhtar. It was great that so many parents were able to attend the meeting as school procedures and policies were discussed as well as news about the Phonics Testing that takes place in the Summer Term in Year 1. Thank you all for your support and taking time to meet the Year 1 staff.

Whole School Awards Assembly 2016 (7 images)

The end of year awards assembly was a resounding success. Many awards were presented to pupils across the school. These children truly deserved the prizes they were given and all the staff at Shaw Hill School are proud of their achievements and the successful year they have had.

Year 6 Prom (26 images)

On the evening of Thursday 21st of July, Shaw Hill Primary School saw the coming of the Year 6 Prom. May I take this opportunity to thank all involved including; parents for sending their children in to school so smartly dressed, teachers for their support with the logistical management of the event and of course the children themselves for being an outstanding cohort of responsible, well mannered and pleasant individuals. Needless to say, the prom was a resounding success which ran smoothly without incident. The children had a fantastic time receiving awards for their hard work and success and they all thoroughly enjoyed their evening meal. As well as this they were given time to have their autograph books signed by members of staff (who have previously taught them) and their close friends. Finally the children were treated to music and dancing with their own entertainers who played music of the children’s choice. As mentioned before, the prom was an absolute triumph only made possible by the support of parents, teachers and children. Thank you to all who attended the prom and made the evening an incredible success.

Attendance Assembly (10 images)

The attendance assembly went really well. Children were very excited to receive their awards especially the Gold Award. The winners for KS1 raffle draw were Jamima (RE) and Danyal (2H). In KS2 the raffle winners were Musa (6S) and Zaynab (4S). We would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents for all their support this year.

Year 1 trip to Sealife Centre (7 images)

On Monday 11th July Year 1 had a great day at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. The children had great fun walking around seeing all of the different sea creatures. Pupils saw the penguins, turtles, sharks, clown fish and even stroked the star fish. We were expecting the star fish to be soft but they were quite hard and rough. We went into the 4D Cinema to watch a film and saw the mermaid in the Sea Tunnel. Year 1 had an absolutely brilliant time and none of us wanted to come home.

Sports Awards Assembly (12 images)

On Monday 18th July, all the children of Shaw Hill Primary School took part in an awesome sports awards ceremony to celebrate our 2016 sports day. Children who achieved gold, silver and bronze in the Olympic events received their sporting medals and certificates to much applause and celebration. Best luck in your sporting futures my little Olympians, Mr. Karl Baum and the Year 6 sports leader team

Nursery Graduation (6 images)

On Tuesday 19th July 2016, nursery had a special graduation assembly to mark the end of their time in pre-school. The nursery children have had a fantastic year and we will miss them all very much. We are all very proud of all their achievements. We wish them well for the rest of their learning journey through school life.

Year 6 Production (5 images)

On Wednesday 20th July, Year 6 children performed their leavers’ assembly to parents, key stage 1 and key stage 2 children. The performance was based on the children’s memories of Shaw Hill primary school and they used the opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to staff members who have helped them to achieve great success this year. The children were amazing as they wrote all the scripts themselves and performed in front of a wonderful audience. Well done children you really made us proud!

Summer Fayre 2016 (20 images)

The children had a fun, busy and exciting day at Shaw Hill’s Summer Fayre. Pupils had the opportunity to have their nails and face painted. At the fayre there were lots of games that the children could play including drop disk, spin the wheel, hoopla and much, much more. The giant chocolate bar raffle was extremely popular. The cakes and lollies was a great treat to enjoy while listening to the music and taking in the happy atmosphere of the Fayre. I very much look forward to the next Fayre.

Reception Assembly (3 images)

Reception classes excelled themselves during their wonderful Class Assembly to a packed audience. The children clearly enjoyed sharing their singing, dancing and acting skills with their parents. The parents were treated to an exhibition of photographs about their children’s visit to Twycross Zoo whilst they sang ‘We’re Going To The Zoo’. The children proved how they have grown in confidence and developed into very capable and skilled individuals. The story of “The Very Sleepy Sloath” captivated the audience and finished with the most wonderful “Mr Noah” song which had everyone humming and singing along.

Reception Pet Day (6 images)

As part of the Dear Zoo topic, the children and staff were invited to bring their small pets into school to talk about how they care for their pet. We were not disappointed as we had some very exciting visitors… Amber’s parrot‘Ruby’flew in, along with, Mr Sullivan’s dog Roxy and Miss Earley’s rabbits ‘Daisy’ and ‘Poppy’. The children had a great time and spent the day watching, playing and learning about how to look after pets by asking the pet owners questions about their pets.

Year 4 trip to Warwick Castle (5 images)

On Wednesday 13th July Year 4 visited Warwick Castle. They all had a wonderful time exploring the castle grounds. Our adventure started at the Horrible Histories Maze, where the children were able to walk through the giant hedges uncovering fun facts and challenges throughout history and trying to escape! Next, the children were able to enter the castle and explore the different rooms where the occupants would have lived and were able to see what life may have been like within the castle walls. We then climbed all the way to the top of the castle to see the breath-taking views of the surrounding areas. We were able to watch a birds of prey show whilst we ate our lunch, where eagles swooped over head as the children ate. Some children even braved the 200 stair climb to the top of the Princess Tower! All in all the children had a fantastic day out.

Year 2 Graduation (9 images)

The children celebrated the end of Year 2 by having a graduation ceremony. They shared what they enjoyed this year and what they want to be when they are older. Each children was presented with a certificate rewarding them for their hard work and success this year. Thank you to all parents for their support this year.

Year 2 trip to Tywcross Zoo (10 images)

The children in Year 2 visited Twycross zoo and had lots of fun. They learnt about habitats in their teaching session and were able to touch a variety of animals. They enjoyed exploring the zoo and learning about many animals from different areas of the world.

Year 3 trip to Weston-Super-Mare (10 images)

On Monday 11th July, Year 3 travelled all the way to the seaside at Weston Super Mare in Somerset. We left school at 8am and arrived back at 6pm, it was a very long day! When the children got to the seaside, we found our patch of the beach and set up camp. It was slightly too windy to go in the sea to begin with so the children played in the sand and made sand castles. They then had a chance to have a donkey ride, which was really fun! After lunch, all of the children went for a paddle in the sea and had a chance to jump over the waves. We then had our lunch sitting on the beach and it was time for the children to go off in their small groups to explore the town. Most groups headed for the pier and children played games in the arcade and went to the shops to spend their money. They also had an ice cream whilst they were on the beach. At 3pm, we started to get ready to go home, everyone was very tired and windswept but we all had a fantastic time!

Music Concert (7 images)

On Monday 4th July, Key Stage 2 children had the opportunity to watch a fantastic music concert performed by pupils from different year groups. Keyboard club began with a song called ‘Seven years old’ by Lukas Graham, this was followed by Year 4 who played their ukuleles. The guitar club performed a well-known piece of music by a band called, ‘The White Stripes’. Finally, music band club showed the whole of Key Stage 2 their musical talents, from singing, to playing the guitar and even the drums. The show was excellent and everyone enjoyed it. Well done to the performers and for their commitment to learning their instrument!

Sports Day (10 images)

On Friday 1st July key stage one children participated in their annual sports day at St Peters Fields. The children took part in a broad range of sports and activities which were designed to develop and refine their skills in PE. The children took part in sports like: javelin, discuss, sprint relay, standing jump, hurdles and the shot put. All the activities enabled the children to practise and show off their skills in: speed, reaction time, agility, balance, coordination and balance. In the near future the children’s achievements will be celebrated in a special awards ceremony where the children will be prrsented with a certificate and either a gold, silver or bronze medal. A special thank you must also be mentioned for the year 6 sports leaders who made the sports days a resounding success.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Stranger Danger (17 images)

During the assembly on 28th June 2016, the children discussed what the word stranger meant and what to do if they were approached by a stranger. We looked at some key principles of staying safe such as always letting an adult know where you are and how important it was to know parents’ phone numbers off by heart.

Art Displays (6 images)

In lessons across the school, the children have been learning about different artists and sculptors. They have used drawing, painting or sculptures to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. By looking at the work of different artists and sculptors the children have been able to discuss colours, shapes, lines, textures or materials used. This has given them the opportunity to describe similarities and difference between their work and that of the artists.

Year 6 Golf Workshop (4 images)

As part of the children’s education about the Olympics, year 6 were taught how to golf. They were informed about its Olympic heritage and about some of the sports, key sportsmen and women. The children had the opportunity to put and chip the ball off a short tee. They were taught about the names of the apparatus, types of shots, scoring rules and were also able to hone their own skills whilst using the clubs. Excellent effort Year 6!

Year 6 Fencing Workshop (4 images)

On Monday 27th June, 6B were taught about fencing. The children were taught how to: strike, parry and lunge whilst taking part in fencing bouts. They were very able and showed great promise as possible future Olympians. Well done 6B. You were awesome!

Shaw Hill's Got Talent Show (30 images)

On Friday 24th June 2016, Shaw Hill Primary School held the final of Shaw Hill’s Got Talent show. We were really lucky to have a trained classical singer called Lydia Borg to host the show and entertain us with her singing. The whole school had a wonderful afternoon watching the show. They were entertained by singers, dancers, magicians and much more. The children at Shaw Hill School have talent in abundance. We certainly can’t wait to see the talent next year.

Years 1 and 6 Sanctuary Project (6 images)

On Monday 20th June, Year 1 and Year 6 spent the afternoon working together on Refugee Week as part of being a School of Sanctuary. This was to celebrate and show how we welcome asylum seeking and refugee families into our school community, welcoming and including all who come to Shaw Hill. As part of this, each Year 6 child chose someone from Year 1 to work with. The children each printed handprints and then shared information about themselves based on who they were, where they lived and what they liked doing. Every single child had a brilliant afternoon and it was fantastic to see how great all of the children worked together.

Whole School Assembly - Refugee Week (15 images)

Refugee week is a UK wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities that celebrates the contribution of refugees to the UK and promotes a better understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Y1 and Y6 have been taking part in a variety of activities to find out about refugees and promote this year’s theme of “Welcome”. Historically, many refugees have settled in the UK (eg Dutch and French protestants between 1560 and 1575). Many are fleeing war (Roman Catholics during the French revolution, Belgians during the First World War and Jews during the Second World War, Albanian Kosovans during the Balkan War) Children were asked to reflect on how they might feel if they had to leave their country and home because it became too unsafe to stay there. They were also asked to debate how we can show compassion and care towards people to whom this has happened. Finally, some famous refugees were discussed including Rita Ora, Bob Marley and Paul Hamlyn and their contributions to the country. Reflection Children were asked to reflect on the following quote from a Syrian refugee. “All I ask for is the right to live without fear. The right to think about the future of my family; the right to develop my work and not have to run away from fireballs, chemical weapons and explosions. The right to feel safe.”

Birmingham City Mission Assembly (3 images)

On Tuesday 21st June 2016, the children listened to a story from the Bible about challenges (Book of Numbers). They learnt that Christians believe that everyone faces challenges but if they trust God; God will give them courage and confidence to face anything. The children reflected on their actions. They recognised that they face challenges everyday inside and outside school and by being confident and courageous they would be ready to face them.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Father's Day (17 images)

On Tuesday 14th June Key Stage One and Reception participated in a Father’s Day Assembly. They listened to the story ‘A Perfect Father’s Day’ and thought about how they could make Father’s Day special for their dad’s, grandads or guardians.

Year 3 trip to Birmingham Museum (12 images)

On Thursday 9th June, Year 3 went on a trip to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery to learn more about our topic of Roman Britain. We were split into our two classes and had the chance to carry out three different activities in order to become hands on with Roman life and understand how historians have found out about The Romans. We had time to look at real Roman artefacts, such as oil burners and jewellery, and the children had a chance to become archaeologists and guess what each artefact was used for. We then went around the Roman Gallery and found some Roman alternatives to modern items that we have, such as perfume bottles and baby feeders. Our last activity was a chance to learn more about Roman art, and the children were able to create their own clay oil burner in the style of the real Roman oil burners that they saw earlier in the day. The children absolutely loved the trip into Birmingham and were fascinated with everything Roman!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Positive Relationships (15 images)

In the assembly, on Tuesday 14th June 2016, children in Key Stage 2 talked about what made a good friend and what made a bad friend. The children were asked to suggest the attributes of a good friend and a bad friend. The pupils reflected on the occasions they had been a good friend and then also when they had been a bad friend. Students discussed how they felt when they had been a bad friend and why friendship is important and how we have to work at it if it is to last. Children also talked about showing each other respect and how this is important in class.

Whole School Assembly - Celebrating the Queen's Birthday (18 images)

On Friday 10th June 2016, celebrated The Queens 90th birthday. The children wore red, white and blue clothes for the day. They attended a special assembly wearing their crowns that they had made previously this week. In assembly the children learnt about the Queen and the royal family. The children enjoyed eating a slice of cake to celebrate this special event.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Trooping the Colour (2 images)

The children were introduced to the concept of traditions. They were asked to talk to a partner about the traditions in their family when it is someone’s birthday. The children were asked if they could think of someone famous who has a special birthday this year Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday. The reasons for the British monarch having a second official birthday was explained to the children. They were then introduced to the term ‘Trooping The Colour’ and were given a brief description of the parade and then by a short clip showing the British Grenadiers at the Trooping The Colour.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Trooping the Colour (3 images)

In the Key Stage Two assembly on 7th June, the children learnt about ‘Trooping the Colour’. This event takes place in order to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. There is a big parade in London with the Queen’s Guards and Household Cavalry. The Queen used to inspect this parade on horseback, but nowadays she rides round her regiment in an open carriage. The event finishes with the Royal Family gathering at 1 p.m. on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast by the RAF. Thousands of people go to see this traditional parade every year, and many tourists join them from all over the world.

Olympics Games Sessions (6 images)

In order to teach the children about this year’s Olympics, our Year 6 children have had the opportunity to take part in some of the (more popular but less traditional) Olympic sports that they will see at Rio de Janerio this summer. Today, the children took part in the Olympic sport of Archery. In the near future the children will also be able to take part in the Olympic sports of fencing and golf. These Olympic sessions have been delivered in partnership with Shaw Hill Primary School and the sports coaching company, Premier Sports. The children developed their understanding of: the sport of archery, the Olympics themselves and how to shoot an arrow. Overall, the children really enjoyed learning what it is like to be an archer as the children took part in competitive games in individual and team challenges.

Nursery trip to Drayton Manor Park (5 images)

On Friday 27th May 2016, children in nursery enjoyed a fun packed family trip to Drayton Manor Park on a hot and lovely day. Children explored the in the Zoo, Thomas land, park and the dinosaurs.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Manners (4 images)

On Tuesday 24th May 2016, the key stage 2 assembly focussed on: manners, speaking with polite language, self-image and self-respect. The children shared how they use good manners and polite language in their everyday lives at school, home and in the local community. The children also shared their viewpoints and opinions about the importance of being perceived as: trustworthy, respectable and responsible and how this can have a positive impact on our lives.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - World Cultural Diversity Day (6 images)

On Tuesday 17th May 2016, there was an assembly for key stage two on World Cultural Diversity Day. The children learnt the meaning of the word diversity and how people around the world contribute to our everyday life. The pupils discussed why it was important to recognise the importance of such a day.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Pentecost (3 images)

On Tuesday 10th May KS1 learnt about the Christian celebration of Pentecost. We read a story to understand why Christians believe in Pentecost and discussed how this celebration is seen as the birthday of the Christian Church.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Pentecost (4 images)

In the key stage 2 assembly, the children learnt about the story of Pentecost and how it is linked to the story of Easter. They learnt that it is an important festival for Christians as it celebrates the fact that Jesus was ascended into heaven 50 days after he was resurrected and the Holy Spirit appeared to his disciples. The pupils also learned about the ways that Christians celebrate Pentecost.

Matt Cook form City Mission visits Year 3 (4 images)

On Thursday 19th and 26th May, Matt Cook from Birmingham City Mission came in to talk to year 3 about why Christians value times of silence. The children explored quietness and thought about why it might be difficult to listen when it is loud. They learnt about the story of Elijah in the bible and that God didn’t come to him in a loud and impressive way, but in a quiet whisper so that Elijah would have to listen. Year 3 listened to calming music and thought about how it felt and then thought about the difference between hearing and listening. At the end of the sessions, they had learnt a lot more about Christianity and why Christians and all kinds of people like having some times when they are quiet and can reflect.

Year 3 Foodnet Workshop (5 images)

On Wednesday 18th May 2016, Gemma Gill from Food NET came into school to speak to the year three children about the importance of healthy eating. They were reintroduced to Mr Nobody – a man that shows all the important food that we need to eat to have a healthy diet. The children discussed the benefits of each of the food groups and why we need them in our diet. Gemma talked about the use of advertising and how we are tempted by certain foods because of the way companies advertise their products. One of the examples used was how Pepsi use famous footballers to encourage people to buy it. Another example was how Nesquik include a free toy inside the packaging to encourage children to buy their products. The children then had a go at creating their own adverts for different products. They had to think about their choice of words, pictures and any other ways they could make the product tempting to buy.

Reception trip to Twycross Zoo (14 images)

On Wednesday 25th May 2016, Reception pupils visited Twycross Zoo as an introduction to their new topic for the summer term. The children saw monkeys, elephants, giraffes and penguins and were amazed by the butterfly farm. The rain stayed away whilst the children enjoyed their picnic lunch and a play in the playground. This was perfect end to a lovely day.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Generosity (4 images)

On Tuesday 3rd May 2016, the children learnt about generosity in the Key Stage 1 assembly. First we talked about what generosity was and then we discussed five ways in which you could be generous. The main one that we focused on was how to be generous to somebody that was unkind to you. The children then shared in assembly how they were going to be generous that week.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Generosity (4 images)

In the key stage 2 assembly about generosity, the children were required to think about what 'being generous means' and they discussed being generous with thoughts, deeds and words. Miss Hunt shared a story about the generosity of deed provided to Mahatma Gandhi by a very poor woman.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - British Values (10 images)

On Tuesday 26th April, key stage one took part in an assembly about ‘Rule of Law’. They discussed British Values and why it is important to have rules and laws. They thought about why rules help us and how the court systems enforce these rules.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - British Values (10 images)

In key stage 2 assembly on Tuesday 26th of April, we completed a quiz based on our knowledge of Great Britain. The children were shown pictures of both places and people and asked if they could identify them. Some of the questions were multiple choice and they children had to select the answer they thought was correct from four possible choices.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - St George's Day (4 images)

On Tuesday 19th April 2016, an assembly took place about St George’s day and why this special day is celebrated. The children were asked what special day it might be on Sat 23rd April. The concept of a patron saint was discussed and the children were told that each country has a patron saint and St George is the patron saint for England. The ways in which St Georges day are celebrated were discussed including wearing a rose and flying the cross of St George flag. The children were also informed that St George is the patron saint of scouting so on St George’s day children in the scouts take part in a parade. The children were then told the famous story of St George and the dragon in which St George fights and kills the dragon saving the local village girls from being sacrificed.

Year 6 trip to Sutton Park (10 images)

On Friday 20th May 2016, year 6 children visited Sutton Park where enjoyed a forest walk to experience the ancient woodland. The children also visited a couple of the lakes at Sutton Park and were able to see a wide variety of local birdlife like: swans, geese and ducks. All in all, the children had a very good experience in the woods and at the lakes. After our walk through the park the children were given some time to develop their skills in PE by taking part in cricket, rounders and football sessions (on the grass) which were run by the staff. Year 6 behaved impeccably and they were fantastic role models for their families, their school and their community. Both Miss Sangha and I are proud of every single child. Well done Year 6!!!

Year 6 trip to Drayton Manor Park (6 images)

On Wednesday 18th May 2016, year 6 pupils visited Drayton Manor Theme Park where they enjoyed the thrill of many rides such as Ben 10, Shockwave, Apocalypse, Maelstrom, Pandemonium and the Bumper Cars. The children couldn’t believe that one of the rides even travelled backwards. During lunchtime everyone sat near the lake but undercover as the good old British summer decided to turn up and interrupt our sandwiches with a sudden and powerful downpour. They finished the day off by having an ice cream or buying a souvenir from the shop. The whole day was enjoyed by both staff and children. Year 6 behaved impeccably and they were fantastic role models for their families, their school and their community. Both Mr Baum and I are proud of every single child. Well done Year 6!!! Miss Sangha.

Year 5's visit to the Gurdwara (12 images)

On Thursday 5th of May, year 5 visited a local Gurdwara located on the Soho Road. We were greeted by a lovely volunteer called Kiran, who took the time out to take us on a grand tour of the Gurdwara all morning. Firstly, we went to the Guru Darbar to witness how Sikhs pray and what the prayer room was like. Afterwards, we were then was all given the opportunity to try ‘Prasad’, which was a sweet dish and it was delicious. Continuing the tour around the Gurdwara, we all had the privilege exploring the dome, which is at the very top of the Gurdwara, to see another prayer room. The dome is extremely special as it is adorned with beautiful decorations, created by a Muslim man called Abdul Jubar. The dome was a lot smaller than the first prayer room, however the children were fascinated by the tiny mirrors used to decorate the interior of the dome. We learnt a number of different facts about Sikhism. One of the facts that surprised the children was that Guru Nanak was indecisive about what religion to follow. He was born in India where people were either a Hindu or a Muslim. Nanak felt like he never suited any religion, so he created Sikhism, which was an amalgamation of both faiths. The Guru Granth Sahib (the holy book of Sikhs) uses scriptures from many faiths. Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed the trip and behaved exceptional all morning. They asked many questions and showed great respect towards the Sikh religion.

Nursery Workshop - The Tiger Who Came to Tea (7 images)

Parents of the nursery children were invited to a Fun to Learn workshop entitled ‘The Tiger who came to Tea’ on Friday 29th April to find out about our new topic. Mrs Tiwana modelled to the parents how they could support their child’s learning through this topic using fun and engaging activities. The children also answered questions about the story to show their understanding of the topic to their parents and all had fun joining in singing ‘5 Little Monkey’s swinging on the tree teasing Mr Tiger you can’t catch me.’ Nursery staff would like to thank all the parents who attended the workshop and we would encourage all parents to use the workshop pack to help their child’s understanding of our current topic.

Year 5 trip to the Space Centre (3 images)

On Thursday 28th of April Year 5 went to The Space Centre in Leicester. We thought that the trip was amazing, especially the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium. We were shown what it would be like to be an astronaut and what training you would need to have in order to go into space. Furthermore, some children experienced another show which was a simulation of how we could blast off to Jupiter on a rocket! The museum at The Space Centre was extremely interesting too, it even had a sample of moon rock that the astronauts from the Apollo 17 mission brought back to Earth. Along with this, there were plenty of interesting exhibitions to see. A model of Saturn in a water filled bath tub was shown because this planet would actually float on water. This is because it is less dense than water. We thoroughly enjoyed this trip to the Space Centre and hope to use our new knowledge in our forthcoming Science lessons. The children said that it was the best trip they have been on!

Year 3 trip to the Mosque (6 images)

On Wednesday 27th April, year 3 had the opportunity to visit Birmingham Central Mosque. None of us had ever been to such a big Mosque before! We were introduced to Muhammad who was our guide for the morning. He gave us a lot of information about Islam, and told us that there would be a quiz at the end so we had to listen carefully! We learnt about the five pillars of Islam, how Christianity and Islam believe in many of the same things and the routine that Muslims go through when they come to Mosque. When we went into the prayer hall, we found out about the what Muslims do when they pray and we learnt a lot of Arabic words! All Muslims face East towards Mecca when they pray, and the Imam leads the prayer for everyone. At the end, we took part in a quiz. It was boys versus girls versus the teachers! In the end, the teachers and the girls had a sudden death round and the teachers won! We had a fun day and learnt so much about the religion of Islam and Muslims around the world!

Key Stage 2 Assembly - St George's Day (27 images)

On Tuesday 19th April 2016, an assembly took place about St George’s Day and why this special day is celebrated. Children learnt about both the factual story and the fictional story (involving a dragon) behind this day.

Reception Gruffalo Workshop (4 images)

Reception held a Fun to learn workshop for parents about “The Gruffalo.” The children started by sharing a special Dinosaur dance they were learning. The parents were shown ideas to help their children with their literacy skills and the end of the workshop they were given a small creative project to do with their child in order to contribute to their learning journey. We would like to thank all the parents for coming to this very successful workshop.

Year 2 Inspire Workshop (8 images)

On Friday 15th April 2016, an Inspire Workshop took place for Year 2 children and their parents. The workshop focused on improving story writing by using conjunctions and sentence openers. The teachers discussed age related expectations in writing. Everybody made a story dice and spinner and used them to write an exciting story. Year 2 staff would like to thank the parents for an excellent turnout!

Easter Bonnet Parade (18 images)

The children really enjoyed this years Easter celebrations! We had a special assembly where children in each class were given prizes for making the best bonnets. We also gave a special prize for the best bonnet by a member of staff. This years winners were Mrs Gill and Miss Clark. Everybody had a wonderful time.

Vaisakhi Assembly (9 images)

On Tuesday 12th April 2016, the children in Key Stage one and two enjoyed a special assembly about Vaisakhi. They learnt about the story of Vaisakhi and how and why Sikhs celebrate Vaisakhi. The children then watched a short clip about how Vaisakhi is celebrated all around the world.

Key Stage 2 Science Assembly and Workshops (7 images)

During the week beginning the 21st March 2016, KS2 have been celebrating ‘British Science Week’ by carrying out a range of Science based activities to support their learning about different scientific concepts and skills. The children watched an AMAZING assembly carried out by a company called ‘Science Boffins,’ where they learnt all about scientific tricks. The children were clearly impressed with the experiments that they saw. They showed their enthusiasm with many ‘oohs and ahhs!’ The KS2 pupils also attended workshops throughout the day on Thursday. The children were given an opportunity to carry out some of the activities based on the theme ‘Space.’

Key Stage 1 trip to Methodist Church (9 images)

On Monday 21st March 2016, Year 1 and 2 had the pleasure of visiting a local church as part of their learning in RE. Reverend Andy told the children a story about Easter and talked to them about what Christians believe. All the children and staff enjoyed the visit to the church.

KS1 and KS2 Attendance Assembly (6 images)

Attendance assemblies took place today for both silver and bronze awards on Tuesday 22nd March 2016. The children were very excited and eager to find out who was going to be the raffle ticket winner. The children who received the Bronze awards have attended school every day since January and those who received the Silver awards have not taken a single day off school since the start of the school in September. The prizes for this assembly were a Nintendo DS Console. The winners in Key Stage One were Mehr Ali 1K and Serena Adress 2P. The winners in Key Stage Two were Muhammed Owais 4S and Hubba Gul 6S. Mr Bhatti would like to also say a big well done to all the children who were awarded with certificates this morning. Keep up the good work!

Year 4 Inspire Workshop (6 images)

In our Inspire workshop in Year 4 on Thursday 16th March 2016, parents were invited to engage with their children and find out more information on how they can support their children with story writing. We all watched a video clip together and planned our story based on what was happening in the story. We tried to write the opening to our story, making sure we used the success criteria to describe the setting and the main character. We then encouraged our parents to writing the rest of the story at home with the children.

Roman Soldier visits Year 3 (11 images)

On Thursday 17th March 2016, year 3 were lucky enough to have a visit from a real Roman soldier! He came in to tell the children all about his life, and all of the interesting (and disgusting) things that he did. For example, he didn’t use toilet paper on the toilet, he used a sponge on a stick, which he would rinse and the next person would also use! Seeing a Roman soldier got the children excited and reday to learn about their new topic that begins in the summer term. Some of the things that we learnt were: Roman soldiers use the words ‘Sin’ and ‘Dex’ when they are marching. This means left and right; a Centurion is in charge of 80 soldiers; the Romans were quite cruel and would force land off people, or would kill their families and they had gladiator fights in stadiums where they would fight animals such as lions! The children had a lot of fun this day, and got to be very hands on with equipment. They even took part in Roman gladiator training!

Year 3 Inspire Workshop (5 images)

In year 3 a Literacy workshop was held for the parents. The aims for the session were: to be familiar with the four handwriting joins; to know some of the different text types and their features; to know the difference between fiction and non-fiction and to be familiar with targets for writing. The children had lots of fun completing the activities, especially the Kung Fu punctuation which had everyone up and on their feet. Take a look at some of our pictures from the day.

Key Stage 2 Arithmetic Workshops (3 images)

On Thursday 17th March 2016, parents of the children in years 3, 4 and 5 were invited in to learn about calculation methods and the new arithmetic tests. They had a go at some of the questions themselves!

Key Stage 1 Assembly - British Values (8 images)

On Tuesday 15th March, in assembly, the children learnt about British Liberty. They discussed and talked about their rights and their responsibilities. The children took part in a quiz to see who could remember what their rights and responsibilities were. All the children were keen to take part in the quiz and they were able to remember nearly all the rights and responsibilities.

Top Table at Shaw Hill (5 images)

On Friday 11th March 2016, Shaw Hill launched the Top Table initiative at dinner times. The dinner supervisors are looking out for good behaviour at dinner times from all the children. Examples of this would be showing good table manners, eating up all your dinner, sharing and playing nicely with friends or listening to instructions first time. One child from each class will be invited to sit on the Top Table. They are also encouraged to ask a friend to come with them.

Year 5 Inspire Workshop (16 images)

On Thursday 10th March, Year 5 held their Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling workshop. The focus was to introduce the syllabus to the parents and to make them aware of the age related expectations for year 5 pupils in the New Curriculum. The age related expectations were explained to the parents and copy provided so that they are aware of what each child needs to achieve by the end of the year. The parents were given Literacy resources which could support their child’s learning at home. There was a particular emphasis on spelling. Expectations for handwriting in year 5 were discussed and the teachers showed how important it is that the children’s writing is legible. Handwriting packs were given out for support too. We hope that the parents found this workshop useful and any questions can be referred to the year five teachers.

Year 3 Foodnet Workshop (16 images)

In the Food Net workshops, the children are continuing to learn the importance of healthy eating and the sorts of food that should be eaten. On the week beginning 7th March 2016, Year 3 held a Food Net workshop. During the session a discussion took place about five food groups and how certain foods affect their bodies positively and negatively. The pupils also learnt about portion size. The children then had the opportunity to be label detectives. They were looking at how much fat and sugar is in different foods. In pairs they completed a reading label quiz before they shared their findings as a class

Year 6 Inspire Workshop (17 images)

Year 6 Inspire workshop took place on Monday 7rd March 2016. The focus for this session was mainly looking at the new SATs tests content and how parents can support their children at home. Parents had an opportunity to carry out tests just like the year 6 children will do in May. They were shown test papers for Reading, Maths and Spelling Grammar and Punctuation. The parents enjoyed each session and felt that they were able to help their child at home in order to succeed in their SATs. Thank you to all parents who attended the session.

Nursery Workshop (8 images)

Parents of the nursery children were invited to a Fun to Learn workshop entitled ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ on Friday 4th March to find out about our new topic. Mrs Tiwana modelled how parents can support their child’s learning through this topic using fun and engaging activities. The children also answered questions about the story to show their understanding of the topic to their parents. Nursery staff would like to thank all the parents who attended the workshop and we would encourage all parents to use the caterpillar workshop pack to help their child’s understanding of our current topic.

Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Workshop (30 images)

On Thursday 3rd March, Year 1 held an Inspire workshop all about the Literacy and Numeracy that takes place within the year group. Miss Kilsby and Miss Aynsley spoke to the parents about the curriculum, our expectations, the targets we set for the children and how parents can support at home. The children were then invited to complete some Literacy tasks with their parents – planning a story with characters, settings, villains, as well as a clear beginning, middle and end. All of the children in Year 1 were set tasks to complete at home with their families. Miss Kilsby and Miss Aynsley would both like to thank all of the parents who attended the workshop and for their continued support.

Reception Workshop (5 images)

On Friday 4th March 2016, Reception held a Fun to Learn Workshop for parents about “Dragons.” The children started by sharing the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” using talk for writing. The parents were shown ideas to help their children with maths. At the end of the workshop the parents were given a creative project to complete with their child and how to contribute to their learning journey. We would like to thank all the parents for coming to this very successful workshop.

Mother's Day Assemblies (14 images)

On Tuesday 8th March Key Stage 1 enjoyed an assembly about Mother’s day. Some Reception children taught the pupils about the actions and a song for Mother’s day. In Key Stage 2 the children also considered how they can be helpful and kind towards their mums throughout the year – not just on Mother’s Day. The children learnt about how Mother’s day came about and how people celebrate it. They talked about what they did for Mother’s day and how they thanked their mums.

St David's Day Assembly (5 images)

On Friday 4th March 2016 Mrs Patel carried out an assembly all about St David’s Day. We found out that St David’s day is celebrated on the 1st of March in honour of St David, who was a Celtic Monk, abbot (head of a monastery) and bishop who lived in the sixth century. Leeks and daffodils are the national emblems of Wales and St David’s Day is commemorated by people wearing them. St David’s’ Day is celebrated with a parade, that makes its way through Cardiff City Centre and people also take part in traditional dance and eat Cawl which is a soup made from leeks.

Whole School Birmingham City Mission Assembly (4 images)

On Tuesday 1st March 2016, the children listened to a story from the Bible about forgiveness (Luke, chapter 7). They learnt that in Christianity God is forgiving and forgives anyone who has done anything wrong. The children reflected on their actions and thought about why apologies are necessary. They recognised that that can say sorry but also show they are sorry through their actions.

Year 2 SATs Workshop (33 images)

On Thursday 25th February 2016, Year 2 parents attended a SATs meeting. The Year 2 teachers explained the changes to the assessments and assessment without levels. Samples of formal tests were discussed and advice was given on how to support their children at home. Frequent reading at home and learning multiplication tables learnt by heart are of great importance to boost the children’s confidence at school. The parent zone and the children’s zone on the website are great tools to support learning in all areas.

Year 1 trip to Cadbury World (3 images)

On Friday 12th February, Year 1 enjoyed a great day out at Cadbury World. We learnt lots about John Cadbury which added to what we had learnt about him in our History topic lessons. We enjoyed having a tour of the factory and finding out all about how chocolate is made. We were given chocolate to try which we all enjoyed, especially the teachers.

Selfridges Globe Project Launch (29 images)

On Wednesday 24th February 2016, the children who were involved in the Selfridges project to design a globe using sustainable materials were invited to the Globe Launch which took place at Selfridges Bull Ring. The Lord Sheriff of West Midlands was also there to meet the children and announce the winner. The children had a lovely morning and were even given a Selfridges goody bag to take home. The project has been lots of fun and the children have really enjoyed it.

5HL Class Assembly (5 images)

On Friday 12th February 2016, 5HL presented an assembly all about Chinese New Year to coinade with the Year of the Monkey which began on February 8th 2016. It the assembly, the audience was told all about the different animals that Chinese people use to represent each year. All the different things that people do to celebrate Chinese New Year was shared with the children , including how Chinese families celebrate by having feasts and watching a dragon dance!

Shaw Hill Bake Off (30 images)

On Monday 8th February 2016, Shaw Hill held a staff “Bake Off.” It was a huge success. All staff were asked to bake cakes which were then judged by the school council. The cakes were then sold to staff to raise money for school fund. The school council had a fun time judging the cakes. All of them agreed that the staff had worked really hard and that they were all great bakers. They judged the cakes on how they were presented and their taste. We look forward to making the “The Shaw Hill Bake Off” bigger and better next year.

Shaw Hill Peer Mediators Assembly (3 images)

The year 5 Peer Mediators have been working with Mrs Begum in order to train them so that they are able to help children during lunch times. The Peer Mediators will be on duty every day and will be able to assist any child who may need support at lunch time in order to develop their friendship groups or to experience a more enjoyable playtime. These mediators will be wearing special hats and jackets so children are able recognise them easily. They have been trained to listen to problems and help their peers come up with a solution. Any child can seek help from a peer mediator who is on duty and these pupils will be more than happy to help anyone.

Key Stage 2 assembly - Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday (3 images)

In assembly, on Tuesday 9th February 2016, the children learned about the importance of Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday for the people of the Christian faith. They also found out why Shrove Tuesday is celebrated as Pancake Day and why some Christians fast during Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.

Key Stage 1 assembly - Chinese New Year (4 images)

On Tuesday 9th February, the children learnt about Chinese New Year in assembly. And heard the story of how The Chinese New Year began. They then looked at how this event is celebrated around the world and how Chinese people prepare for the celebration. The children then watched a clip of people celebrating Chinese New Year in New York. Finally, the children discussed with their friends what they had learnt about The Chinese New Year.

Key Stage 1 assembly - World Interfaith and Harmony Week (4 images)

On Tuesday 2nd February 2016, key stage 1 learnt about International Harmony Week. The event happens every year in the first week of February. it brings all faiths together.

Key Stage 2 assembly - British Values: Mutual Respect and Tolerance (12 images)

At Shaw Hill Primary school we take our British Values seriously. On Tuesday 2nd February the children were treated to an assembly which clarified what these values are. In the assembly the children were informed about the true meaning of being a British citizen. They discussed the following topics: • Individual liberty and freedom and how precious this is • Tolerance for all beliefs, cultures and social groups • The importance of showing mutual respect to each other • The rule of law within British society and how this keeps us safe • The rule of democracy and how this helps us

Black History Month Displays (8 images)

During Black History Month, each year group studied a significant black person and the impact they’ve had on our lives. Wonderful displays were created following their research.

Year 1 Parent Workshop (7 images)

On Tuesday 9th February, Year 1 held a workshop to inform parents all about the phonics work that takes place in Year 1. Advice was given to the parents about ways in which they can support their children at home with their phonic knowledge in preparation for the Year 1 phonics test (that will take place in the Summer term). During the workshop, parents were invited to complete activities with their child and they were also given lots of resources to work on together at home. Miss Kilsby and Miss Aynsley would like to thank all of the parents for attending the workshop and their continued support.

Bullring Selfridges - Globe Project (23 images)

Year 5 have been working on a very exciting project with Bullring Selfridges. They have been designing globes using sustainable materials. These globes will be on display at the store during half term. Please show your support and if you are in the city centre feel free to go and have a look.

Year 5 trip to Blakesley Hall (4 images)

On Thursday 5th February, Year Five visited Blakesley Hall. We had a fantastic day and all of the children were engaged in a range of activities. Both classes had the chance to go inside Blakesley Hall where they learned fascinating facts about the history of the house and its inhabitants. The children even got to dress up like the owner of the house (Richard Smallbrooke) and like his servant! The children were involved in some fun classroom activities, they went on a herb treasure hunt, got to write with a quill pen, built a model of Blakesley Hall, tried some brass rubbings and got to look at some artefacts! Year Five had an amazing time!

3P Class Assembly (5 images)

On Thursday 4th February 2016, class 3P performed their assembly during World Harmony and Interfaith Week. This week happens during the first month of February and refers to the importance of harmony and tolerance. The children highlighted this in their assembly through role play and songs.

Key Stage 1 and 2 Assemblies - Going for Goals (5 images)

On Tuesday the 26th January key stage 1 and key stage 2 participated in a assembly about ‘going for goals’. They talked about what a goal might be and about goals and targets we might have in school and for the rest of our lives. They listened to a story about a small boy who found it difficult to reach his goal. Then the children discussed not giving up when you find something difficult and asking for help when you need it.

Nursery Workshop (5 images)

Parents of the nursery children were invited to a ‘Owl Babies workshop’ on Friday 15th January to find out about our new topic this term called: ‘Owl Babies’. Mrs Tiwana modelled how parents can support their child’s learning through this topic. Children also answered questions about the story to show their understanding of the topic to their parents. Nursery staff would like to thank all the parents that attended the workshop and we would encourage all parents to use the workshop pack to help their child’s understanding of our topic.

Key Stage 2 assembly - Martin Luther King (9 images)

On Tuesday 19th January, the assembly for key stage two pupils was about Martin Luther King. This was to mark Martin Luther King Day which is celebrated in America on 15th January every year. Most of the pupils were already aware of him, his beliefs and how he made such an impact on equality in America, so they listened to a story told from the perspective of a lady who had attended one of his marches as a child to find out first-hand what it was like to be there at that time.

Key Stage 1 assembly - Martin Luther King (2 images)

Key Stage One children enjoyed an assembly learning about Martin Luther King, as it would have been his birthday on the 15th January if he had still been alive and this is also the reason for Martin Luther King Day. We spoke about what Martin Luther King was famous for and how we can live our lives in a way in which we ensure that we treat each other equally and fairly and not judge people on the colour of their skin, where they are from or their religion.

Key Stage 2 assembly - Democracy (5 images)

During the week beginning 11th January 2016, our theme for all our assemblies has been Democracy. Children in key stage 2 learnt how the Queen is the head of state and how citizens in the United Kingdom vote for their prime minister. The children found out some interesting facts about the Houses of Parliament, which included the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Key Stage 1 assembly - Democracy (4 images)

The word democracy was introduced to the children in the key stage 1 assembly and the British electoral system explained to them in straight forward terms. The children were then told that they were going to carry out a democratic vote to decide the future of snack time at Shaw Hill School. Three candidates were picked and each given a statement that they would campaign about. The other children then discussed with a partner which campaign they would vote for and why. When all the votes were counted the winning candidate was identified. The children chose democratically to have fruit for snack time because it is healthy.

Reception Handa's Surprise Workshop (7 images)

Reception held a Handa’s Surprise Workshop on Friday 15th January. All of the parents from Reception were invited. The teachers shared information about this new topic and how it supports the children in working towards the Early Learning Goals. The teachers modelled how the parents could support the teaching of reading and how to ask comprehension style questions about their reading books. The parents were then given a project to complete with their child at home. Mrs Sultan and Miss Earley would like to thank all of the parents that attended this workshop for their continued support.

E-safety (10 images)

Staff Christmas Jumper Day (9 images)

This year the staff at Shaw Hill primary school decided to support the Christmas jumper day appeal. Almost all the staff came to school wearing a Christmas jumper and then made a donation 'Make a Wish', MacMillan and Save the Children Charities . We are extremely pleased to know that the money raised will be used to help and support people in need.

Christmas Sing Song (14 images)

As part of our Christmas celebrations, all classes performed a Christmas carol or song in our special end of term assembly. This was enjoyed by all the children and staff and a special well done goes out to the year 5 children for their stunning performance of 'Dominic the Donkey.'

Santa visits Shaw Hill (4 images)

Shaw Hill school was extremely lucky as it received a special visit from Santa Claus! He happily set up a grotto in school and gave presents to all the children. We thanked him for paying us a visit and wished him the best of luck for his long journey back home.

Attendance Assembly (5 images)

The end of term attendance assemblies went very well and the children were all excited about receiving their bronze certificates awarded for full attendance during the Autumn term. The bronze certificate winners were entered into a raffle to win a prize. We would just like to say that regular attendance to school is vital for children’s progress and social skills. Please continue to support us with improving our attendance.

Christmas Party (5 images)

Children and staff had a lovely afternoon celebrating Christmas. They enjoyed eating lots of food and getting in to the Christmas spirit.

Wizard of Oz Pantomime (6 images)

On Friday 4th of December, children had the opportunity to watch and take part in the Christmas pantomime. They really enjoyed the experience and are already looking forward to next years production!

Chistmas Fayre 2015 (34 images)

All the children had a wonderful time at our Christmas fayre. They had the opportunity to play lots of games, win lots of prizes and get into the spirit of Christmas. They are already looking forward to our summer fayre!

Key Stage 1 assembly - Hannukah (6 images)

On Tuesday 8th December, key stage 1 children enjoyed learning about Hannukah in assembly today. They learnt why Jewish people celebrate Hannukah and some children were selected to participate in a dance which is often performed during the celebration of Hannukah.

Key Stage 2 assembly - Hannukah (4 images)

On Tuesday 8th December, key stage 2 pupils learned about the festival of Hannukah and how people of the Jewish faith celebrate this eight day event.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - British Values (23 images)

On Thursday 3rd December 2015, key stage 2 children discussed what they believe to be their own personal values and then went on to look at the five British Values, which promote social development. They are defined by Ofsted as: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Each one was discussed in turn so the children could understand what each of these values mean. They also discussed ‘Tolerance’ and reviewed what it means to be tolerant and why this is important.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - British Values (4 images)

On Thursday 3rd December 2015, key stage 1 enjoyed their assembly based upon British Values. They discussed what the Union Jack was and what it represented. The children helped to recall rules that they have to follow in Britain and how this helps everyone to live safely. The children listened to the national anthem and talked about how they recognise it and knew what it meant.

Website Meetings (9 images)

We would just like to say a very big thank you to all the parents who attended the website meetings. The feedback from the parents was very positive and they all found this meeting useful. The website is updated regularly and is a great resource to use at home with children.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - What is Democracy? (10 images)

Children discussed what a democracy is and when democratic decisions happen. A mock election was then held to model how democracies work and to explore feelings that may exist if you don’t win.

Decorating Christmas trees at Shaw Hill (14 images)

The school council worked very hard and used their imagination to decorate the two Christmas trees we located in our main halls. We think they did a great job!

Key Stage 1 and 2 Assembly - Inter Faith Week (7 images)

In key stage 1 and 2, children learnt that Inter Faith week takes place in order to encourage people to learn about different faiths and celebrate diversity. Children discussed the primary teachings of different religions and identified how mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs is a fundamental British value. As it was Thanksgiving (a celebration of giving thanks for the blessing of Harvest), they also learnt about how Christians show that they are grateful by celebrating this particular event, especially in Canada and the United States of America. They found out that some people donate food to charities to help people in need, like we did at school. Some children shared what they are thankful for.

Key Stage 2 Assembly Presented by the School Council (16 images)

Members of the school council joined forces with the head boy and head girl to present an assembly about our recent Anti-Bullying week. These children wanted to find out what valuable lessons the pupils had learnt during the week. The assembly concluded with the introduction of our new playground rules. The school councillors and head girl and head boy introduced the new rules to their peers using a PowerPoint presentation. The assembly was the first to be undertaken by the children in their new roles and was a great success.

Anti Bullying Drama Workshops (7 images)

The Learning Mentors delivered a variety of drama workshops to children in Year 5 and 6. The workshops consisted of children sharing their views about what they think bullying is and discussed ways to deal with this issue. They also acted out different scenarios and shared their characters feelings with their group.

Anti Bullying Week Competition (12 images)

Congratulations to those children who won the ‘design a backpack’ competition. The winners were announced during celebration assembly on Monday 23rd November 2015.

Anti Bullying Week Assemblies (5 images)

In the Key Stage 1 and 2 assemblies on Thursday 19th November, the effects of bullying were highlighted to the children and what could be done to make a change.

Launch of Anti Bullying Week (27 images)

Monday 16th November 2015 was the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week for Shaw Hill Primary School and all other primary schools in the country. All the children came into school wearing blue to mark the beginning of Anti-Bullying week. There was a special assembly where Miss Peers explained the definition of ‘bullying’ and showed children pictures of famous celebrities who were bullied when they were younger. They could see that they had overcome the bullying and it did not stop them achieving their goals. Our school competition was launched too! The competition was to design a backpack that represented Anti-Bullying Week. Once the assembly was over, the whole school made their way into the playground for the balloon launch. Selected children from each class let go a blue balloon and watched as it began to float higher and higher into the sky. The balloon launch marked the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week. The children had lots of other activities lined up for the rest of the week.

Anti - Bullying Workshop (21 images)

On Friday 13th November some very special visitors came to our school. These visitors were from Actionwork film and theatre; they came to work with children and gave the school information about Anti-Bullying Week. Reception, year 1 and 2 enjoyed a puppet show that retold a story about someone who was being bullied. Key stage 2 took part in a special roadshow. The children watched a play where a girl was put on trial for being a bully. After listening to the evidence presented, children had to decide whether she was guilty. The children had lots of fun!

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Diwali (5 images)

In our key stage 1 assembly, the children explored the Hindu and Sikh festival of lights. This is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs all around the world. The festival lasts for five days and could be celebrated with colourful fireworks, special lamps called 'diyas', celebratory clothes, presents and sweets. The children looked at lots of pictures including some brightly coloured Rangoli patterns, which are drawn out of flour outside homes and templates to celebrate Diwali.

Key Stage 1 Assembly - Remembrance Day (7 images)

On Thursday 5th November 2015, Remembrance Day assembly was held for key stage one pupils. The children shared their ideas on why we have two minutes silence each Remembrance Day. They discussed what a poppy symbolises and why people wear them. The children were surprised to discover that 36 million poppies are made every in the UK year by only 40 people.

Key Stage 2 Assembly - Remembrance Sunday (7 images)

During the KS2 assembly on 3rd November 2015, the children learnt more details about Remembrance Sunday and why this day is recognised by many nations around the world. After discussing what they knew about the Remembrance Day Events, the pupils watched a short BBC video clip which explained in more detail about the events that take place in the UK on Remembrance Sunday and the importance of this day to every British citizen.

African Drumming Workshops (19 images)

During the week beginning 19th October, children at Shaw Hill have had the opportunity to develop their learning about Black History Month through music. Pupils from across the school attended African Drumming Workshops led by The Education Group. The group leader demonstrated different sounds the children could make using the African drums and rhythms they could create. Children learnt that African drums are made out of wood and goat skin, and experimented with using the palm of their hands and their fingertips to create low and high sounds. All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the workshops!

Parents Evening (4 images)

We would like to thank all parents and carers who attended parents evening. It was a very productive evening where we were able to discuss your child's achievement and how we will continue to work in partnership.

Harvest Collection (11 images)

Over the week beginning 5th October 2015, the children collected a range of food items for the Harvest collection. All the food was distributed by Birmingham City Mission to those people who are less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you to all the children and parents who have supported this collection. In doing this, it has enabled Shaw Hill to be generous to the community.

MacMillan Coffee Morning (20 images)

We had a very successful coffee morning raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support. Parents and members of staff enjoyed a warm drink and a piece of cake! We would like to say thank you to all of our parents and staff who contributed. We raised £310!

Birmingham City Mission Assembly (8 images)

On Tuesday 13th October a special harvest assembly was presented by Matt from Birmingham City Mission. Matt shared a story from the Bible (Luke chapter 12). The story was called The Rich Fool and it was about a rich man who was greedy. The children learnt that Christians believe that God is generous and they thought about how they could be generous too. The children recognised that they could share the things that they have with other people.

Key Stage 1 - Esafety Assembly (2 images)

In the E safety assembly for key stage one, which took place on Tuesday 6th October 2015, three crucial messages were discussed: only use the internet with an adult's permission; never give your personal details to anyone you don't know; if you see something that makes you unhappy or uncomfortable then you need to tell an adult. The following video was shown to illustrate rule. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/Episode1/ Further e safety videos can be found on the same website.

Key Stage 2 - Esafety Assembly (4 images)

In the key stage 2 Esafety assembly on Tuesday 6th October 2015, the children took part in a discussion about how to stay safe online, playing video games and when they are using their mobile phones. The children understood the importance of ensuring that they are always sensible when using the internet, gaming sites and mobile devices.

Eid Party (11 images)

On Friday 25th September, the children and staff had a lovely afternoon celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Adha. The children enjoyed an afternoon of song, dance and they ate lots of delicious food.

Shaw Hill School Council 2015/16 (11 images)

On Tuesday 22nd of September, during an assembly entitled ‘Democracy in Action,’ the new members of the school council for 2015-2016 were introduced to the school. The new councillors all wore their new green council jumpers to ensure their fellow peers know who they are. The councillors were presented with their council note book which will be used to write down any views and ideas presented to them by their fellow peers in the coming school year. During their first council meeting the councillors will be further demonstrating democracy in action by voting for the chair person and vice- chair of the newly elected school council.

Year 1 Nativity (7 images)

We would like to thank all of the parents who attended Year 1’s Christmas Nativity performance. The children recited the story of Jesus’ birth. There were some amazing performances by our fabulous actors, narrators and beautiful singers. All of the children worked really hard and all of the Year 1 staff are very proud of them. Well done!

Early Years Production (14 images)

At the annual Early Years Christmas Concert on Monday 14th December Reception and Nursery children performed a Christmas Concert for years 1-6 and their parents. They performed ‘Five Little Snowmen’ and ‘I Wish It Would Snow’ these linked to Nursery’s theme of Snow. They also performed ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ which links with Reception’s theme of stars. The Christmas songs they performed were ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’, ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’ and ‘Santa Got Stuck Up The Chimney’. The children enjoyed sharing their Christmas crafts with their parents. Thank you to all the parents who came and shared a mince pie with the staff and children.

Year 3 trip to Sarehole Mill (35 images)

On Wednesday 9th December year 3 visited Sarehole Mill to help them develop their knowledge of their topic, ‘The Stone Age’. The children were able to look at Stone Age artefacts and imagine what life was like to live during that period of time. They particularly enjoyed the archaeology area where they had to dig for pottery and other interesting items.

Year 2 trip to Think Tank (23 images)

Children in Year 2 went on a trip to the Think Tank. They visited different zones and learnt about recycling and how machines work. Whilst exploring the science garden, the children had fun experimenting with different forces. During the teaching session they had the opportunity to find out about how their bodies work, their senses and why exercise is important.

Year 4 trip to RAF Cosford (15 images)

On Thursday 10th December 2015, Year 4 visited RAF Cosford as part of their World War 2 Topic. They met a war veteran who shared her experience of the war with the children and they were given the opportunity to ask questions about it. The children then took part in a workshop where they were able to understand what life was like during World War II. They were able to try on gas masks and clothing worn in the 1940s. They also pretended to be children during the war and went to take cover in an Anderson shelter during a ‘practice’ air raid. Vintage games such as; marbles, tiddlywinks, dominoes and memory games were available for children to play. To complete their day the children visited the museum to see a range of war planes such as the ‘Spitfire’ and ‘Hurricane’ planes (which were used during The Blitz) and also German bomber planes. All the children had an enjoyable yet informative day where they were able to experience first-hand what life might have been like in the war.

Year 1 trip to Wonderland (8 images)

On Friday 4th December 2015, year 1 had a lovely time when they went to the Winter Wonderland in Telford. The children looked at all of the houses designed like buildings from traditional tales and they learnt more about the stories that they come from. We explored the ice land and found Father Christmas in his grotto. We all had a lovely time.

Reception Reading Workshop (22 images)

On Friday 4th December , Nursery and Reception parents attended a special reading workshop. The main aim of the session was to inform the parents about the importance of reading in the foundation stage and how phonics is taught. Staff in Nursery and Reception talked about the methods used to teach phonics and the ways in which parents can support their children at home. All the parents were given a pack that included handwriting sheets and phoneme cards. We thank all of the parents who attended.

Key Stage 2 Music Concert (6 images)

On Monday 7th December, a selection of pupils from across Key Stage 2 took part in a music concert. Year 4 pupils showcased their ukulele playing, which they have only been learning since September. This was followed by the year 5 and 6 keyboard club, who played some Christmas music. The guitar club then performed, before the final act from music band club was presented. There were a mixture of ages and abilities on stage, and they all performed brilliantly, with even some solo performances!

5P's Class Assembly (7 images)

On Friday 20th November 2015, 5P’s class assembly focused on Anti Bullying. The children discussed what they thought bullying was and they delivered this message to the school so that they could understand what bullying is all about. Bullying is deliberate, hurtful and repeated. Furthermore, the issue of cyber- bullying was also addressed.

Residential trip to Condover Hall (35 images)

Year 6 recently visited Condover Hall for their annual weekly residential trip. Condover Hall is a prestigious Elizabethan residential activity centre, which focusses on developing team skills and social skills with a strong emphasis on improving physical strength and ability in competitive environments. The children took part in a wide variety of challenging activities including: Archery, Vertical Face Abseiling, Vertical Face Climbing, Tunnelling, Lazer Maze, Grid of Stones, Conquest Lazer Challenge, Body Zorbing, Survival Skills, Aerial, Trek, High Ropes, Fencing, Initiative Exercises , Orienteering, Egg Protector, Night Safari. All of the children had an amazing time and they certainly wish they could go back for another fun filled adventure before they leave Shaw Hill. Both Miss Sangha and I would like to thank the children for their: wonderful manners, being excellent ambassadors for Shaw Hill, always following the rules and listening to their instructors.

Nursery Snowman Workshop (9 images)

On Friday 13th November 2015, parents of the nursery children were invited to a ‘Snowman workshop’ to talk about our new topic this term: ‘The Snowman’. The children were given a small project to complete at home with their parents. They also participate in singing the ‘5 Little Snowmen’ song which they can learn at home with their family. Children also answered questions about the story to show their understanding of the topic. Nursery staff would like to thank all the parents that attended the workshop and we would encourage all parents to use the workshop pack to help your child’s understanding of our topic.

Reception Workshop (6 images)

On Thursday morning, parents of the children in Reception were invited to a “Stars ” Workshop to talk about our new topic: Space. The parents and children were given a small project to complete at home, based on this new topic. The children also demonstrated their reading skills by reading and answering questions about the story, ‘How to Catch a Star.’ We thank all the parents that attended this workshop.

1920's (5 images)

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1930's (3 images)

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1940's (4 images)

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1950's (4 images)

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1960's (3 images)

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1970's (10 images)

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1980's (15 images)

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1990's (12 images)

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2000-2009 (11 images)

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2010-2020 (34 images)

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4S Class Assembly (5 images)

4S have been learning about Black History Month and why it is special. They have been researching all the good things black people have achieved over the years and celebrated them. 4S’s class assembly aimed to teach everyone about some famous black people who have changed history.

Year 5 trip to the Roman Baths (11 images)

On Wednesday 7th October 2015, Year 5 visited the Roman Baths in Bath as part of our curriculum topic entitled “What did the Romans ever do for us?” When we arrived, a lady called Meg shared some fascinating things about Roman clothes and artefacts with 5HL, while 5P went on the interesting tour around the museum with an audio guide. After lunch the classes swapped over their activities. We had such a great day!

Year 4 FoodNet Workshop (5 images)

Children in Year 4 have been attending FoodNet Workshops which take place every Wednesday in the Community House. The aim of the workshops is to teach our children and parents about healthy eating. The workshops are very interesting and the children tryb our new recipes each week. The parents and children are able to participate in different activities about healthy eating. Each week the children and parents choose a recipe to cook and taste.

Year 6 Meet the Teacher Meeting (4 images)

In the first half of the autumn term we held “Meet The Teacher” meetings across the whole school. This was an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s class teacher and for the class teachers to share key information and answer any questions which parents may have about their child’s learning. The type of information shared by teachers included: times of the school day, attendance information, safeguarding needs, timetables, how teachers assess children’s progress and attainment, end of year targets, information about home reading/homework and information about end of year testing/statutory testing.

Year 5 Meet the Teacher Meeting (21 images)

In the first half of the autumn term we held “Meet The Teacher” meetings across the whole school. This was an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s class teacher and for the class teachers to share key information and answer any questions which parents may have about their child’s learning. The type of information shared by teachers included: times of the school day, attendance information, safeguarding needs, timetables, how teachers assess children’s progress and attainment, end of year targets, information about home reading/homework and information about end of year testing/statutory testing.

Year 4 Meet the Teacher Meeting (19 images)

In the first half of the autumn term we held “Meet The Teacher” meetings across the whole school. This was an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s class teacher and for the class teachers to share key information and answer any questions which parents may have about their child’s learning. The type of information shared by teachers included: times of the school day, attendance information, safeguarding needs, timetables, how teachers assess children’s progress and attainment, end of year targets, information about home reading/homework and information about end of year testing/statutory testing.

Year 3 Meet the Teacher Meeting (21 images)

In the first half of the autumn term we held “Meet The Teacher” meetings across the whole school. This was an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s class teacher and for the class teachers to share key information and answer any questions which parents may have about their child’s learning. The type of information shared by teachers included: times of the school day, attendance information, safeguarding needs, timetables, how teachers assess children’s progress and attainment, end of year targets, information about home reading/homework and information about end of year testing/statutory testing.

Year 1 Meet the Teacher Meeting (15 images)

In the first half of the autumn term we held “Meet The Teacher” meetings across the whole school. This was an opportunity for parents to meet their child’s class teacher and for the class teachers to share key information and answer any questions which parents may have about their child’s learning. The type of information shared by teachers included: times of the school day, attendance information, safeguarding needs, timetables, how teachers assess children’s progress and attainment, end of year targets, information about home reading/homework and information about end of year testing/statutory testing.

Early Years Letters, Sounds and Reading Workshop (9 images)

On Friday 2nd October, Nursery and Reception parents attended their first workshop. The main aim of the session was to inform the parents about the importance of reading in the foundation stage and how phonics is taught. Staff in Nursery and Reception talked about the methods used to teach phonics and the ways in which parents can support their children at home. All the parents were given a pack that included handwriting sheets and phoneme cards. Thank you to all of the parents who attended.

Nursery Graduation (10 images)

On Wednesday 15th July a graduation ceremony was held to celebrate the achievements of all the nursery children. Miss Kilsby shared with the parents the aspirations of all the nursery children and what they want to be when they are older. It was a lovely way to end the year. Thank you to all the parents who attended this ceremony - well done nursery children!

Whole School End of Year Awards (11 images)

On Thursday 16th July, a celebration assembly took place to congratulate many children at Shaw Hill school for all their hard work, success and achievement throughout the academic year. Some pupils received book awards, others were delighted with their book vouchers and each year 6 child received a individually named paper weight.

Attendance Assembly (8 images)

On Tuesday 14th July 2015, many children at the school celebrated their attendance achievements by being rewarded with a bronze, silver or gold certificate. Also a prize draw took place where four children won bikes as a result of their excellent attendance. Well done to all children who have tried their best to come in to school every day to learn and have fun. September is a new start – keep up the good attendance!

Sports Awards Ceremony (8 images)

On Monday 13th July, the most successful athletes in each year group were awarded with their sports day medals. Overall there were 30 gold medal winners, 30 silver medal winners and 30 bronze medal winners. Congratulations children, you’ve done extremely well. Mr. Baum.

Year 6 Production (4 images)

On Friday 10th July, Year 6 children performed their leavers’ assembly to parents, key stage 1 and key stage 2 children. The performance was based on the children’s memories of Shaw Hill primary school and they used the opportunity to say thank you and goodbye to staff members who have helped them to achieve such great success this year. The children were amazing as they wrote all the scripts and performed in front of a wonderful audience. Well done children you really made us proud!

Year 2 Graduation (17 images)

Year 2 children graduated on Thursday 9th July and they were proud to share what they have enjoyed over the year and what they want to be when they grow up. All the children have worked really hard this year and received an ice cream treat for their effort. The year two staff would like to thank all the parents for attending the graduation and for all their support this year.

Key Stage 2 Music Concert (10 images)

On Wednesday 8th July, the pupils who have been learning instruments all year, performed in our end of year music concert. The pupils in year 4 sang and played their ukuleles and even performed 2 songs they had written themselves, with the help of the music teacher, Mr Beatty. There were also performances from the guitar and keyboard clubs as well as our very own music band – The Alum Rockers! They all performed brilliantly and with confidence, demonstrating all their hard work in music this year.

Shaw Hill's Got Talent 2015 (26 images)

On Thursday 2nd July, the school hosted a talent show presented by our guest, Leo Golden Child. Leo Golden Child kept the children, staff and parents entertained all the way through. Many acts performed and wowed the judges and audience. All the acts and participants were fantastic, but the Frozen Queens stole the judges’ hearts! We would like to thank all the parents who came to the talent show and supported their children during their performances. Miss Markman, Mrs Lees and Miss Pervez were also brilliant judges – thank you!

Birmingham City Mission Assembly (5 images)

On Wednesday 1st July, a special assembly was presented by Matt from Birmingham City Mission. Matt shared a story from the Bible (1 Kings Chapter 3). This story, from the Old Testament, was about the wise king Solomon. The children learnt how lies have a negative impact on friendships and that trust matters. They found out that Christian’s believe although nothing can be hidden from God, God is loving and forgiving.

Sports Day (37 images)

On Thursday 25th and Friday 26th of June the children of Shaw Hill Primary School participated in their annual sports day at St Peters Fields. The children took part in a broad range of sports and activities which were designed to develop and refine their skills in PE. The children partook in sports such as: javelin, discuss, sprint relay, sprint, standing jump, hurdles, shot put and the dribble run. All the activities enabled the children to practise and show off their skills in: speed, reaction time, agility, balance, coordination and balance. In the near future the children’s achievements will be celebrated in a special ceremony where the children will be awarded with a certificate and either a gold, silver or bronze medal. Thank you also to the sports leaders from year 6, it wouldn’t have been as great as it was without your decisive leadership and management skills on the sports day activities, I’m truly proud of every single one of you! Kind regards, Mr. Karl Baum

School Council visit to our partner school (1 images)

On 19th June 2015, the chair and vice chair of our school council, visited our partner school, Hanwell Fields in Banbury, Oxfordshire. They met the school principal and the school council members from Hanwell Fields. They discussed how both schools could help each other in the future. The children had a wonderful time. Thank you Hanwell Fields!

Year 6 Awards Ceremony and Prom (25 images)

Children from year six attended their annual awards ceremony and prom where they were rewarded for all their commitment and dedication to their learning throughout the year. The pupils in year six have worked very hard to achieve their best results in the SATs examinations and the prom is one of the ways that the school tries to recognise all this hard work. The children were awarded certificates for the following: outstanding Progress in all core subjects – Reading, Writing, Maths, spelling, punctuation and grammar, excellence in PE, excellence in Computing, excellence in Science, excellence in History, excellence in Geography, excellence in Art, excellence in Design Technology, perseverance and determination, maturity and responsibility, leadership and responsibility.

Nursery's trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park (12 images)

On Friday 5th June the children in nursery enjoyed a visit to Drayton Manor Park. We had a fantastic time on all of the rides and we especially liked the rides in Thomas Land. We encouraged our mums and dads to go on the rides with us, they were more frightened than we were! It was a lovely trip. Thank you to all the parents who came with us to support their children.

Year 6's Trip to Drayton Manor Theme Park (4 images)

On Tuesday 9th June 2015, year 6 pupils at Shaw Hill visited Drayton Manor Theme Park, where they enjoyed the thrill of many rides such as Ben 10, Stormforce 10 and the Bumper Cars. The children couldn’t believe that one of the rides even travelled backwards. During lunchtime everyone sat near the lake whilst watching the ducks swimming around and looking for food. The children finished the day off by having an ice cream or buying a souvenir from the shop. The whole day was enjoyed by both staff and children. Year 6 behaved impeccably and they were fantastic role models for their families, their school and their community. Both Mr Baum and I are proud of every single child. Well done Year 6!!! Miss Sangha

Year 3's trip to West Midlands Safari Park (15 images)

On Friday 5th June, Year 3 visited The West Midlands Safari Park. As part of the action packed day, the children enjoyed a safari ride through the park while traveling on the bus. They enjoyed seeing a range of animals from the Bengal Tigers to the Dhole – a dog native to Central and Southeast Asia which looks more like a fox. Later on during the day, the children enjoyed going on the exciting array of rides including the ghost trains to the water rides. The Safari Park also has a dinosaur adventure land where the children were able to walk through the attraction spotting many different types of dinosaur along the way. These dinosaurs were very realistic and frightened us at times with their scary sounds and movements. The best part was meeting the baby dinosaur, which was cute and incredible. It was a fabulous day for all those involved!

Reception's Pet Day (14 images)

As part of the Dear Zoo topic, the children and staff were invited to bring their small pets into school to talk about how they care for their pet. We were not disappointed as we had some very exciting visitor; Rayan’s rabbit ‘Thunder’ hopped in, along with some goldfish, Mr Sullivan’s dog - Roxy and Miss Early’s rabbits - ‘Daisy’ and ‘Poppy.’ The children had a great time spending the day watching, playing and learning about how to look after pets by asking the pet owners questions about their animals.

Shaw Hill Allotment (18 images)

The children in year 6 have been extremely busy in the allotment as they’ve been weeding plant beds and preparing the soil with compost, bedding plants, and sowing seeds. The children started with a blank canvas and decided where they wanted the plants to grow. They were only allowed to prepare their own planting beds if they could apply their scientific knowledge of plants (a need of light, warmth, soil and water to survive) to the planting of the seeds. As you can see from the images, the children worked really hard and have taken great pride in being part of the allotment project at Shaw Hill Primary.

Year 6 trip to Ragley Hall (7 images)

On Tuesday 2nd June, Year 6 visited Ragley Hall-a thriving country estate, park and gardens which are run as a tourist attraction and events venue as well as being a family home to the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their four children. As part of the action packed day, the children enjoyed playing in the Adventure Playground, getting lost in the 3D maze and then taking part in a Woodland Walk. Ragley’s Adventure Wood is an exciting and fun play area which boasts an aerial runway, slides, rope bridge, climbing wall, swings and the extremely popular 3D Maze. The woodland is carefully managed to ensure it remains a valuable habitat and haven for indigenous flora and fauna. The trail directed us through grassland, an arcade of cherry trees, established woodland and young plantations. The Ragley woodlands are home to an abundance of wildlife so we kept a keen eye open for deer, pheasants and a plethora of birds and other woodland creatures.

Reception Assembly- Jack and the Beanstalk Musical (7 images)

On Thursday 21st May 2015, reception children excelled themselves during their wonderful class assembly. They clearly enjoyed sharing their singing, dancing and acting skills with their parents. The musical of Jack and the Beanstalk demonstrated the children’s talents in singing dancing and speaking to a packed audience. During the assembly, the coolest Jack performed excellently, the loudest giant scared everyone, the softest harp played peacefully and the bossiest mother shouted the loudest. This musical extravaganza captivated the audience and it was finished with the most wonderful dancing disco flowers ever seen.

Summer Fayre (34 images)

Children and parents had a great time during this years Summer Fayre. There was so much for the children to do. They had the opportunity to go to the food stalls, buy bric and brac, have a go on the bouncy castle and vote for which teacher was going to be gunged! We hope you have lots of positive memories of this event and if you have any ideas on how we can improve on next years summer fayre please let us know.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Production (8 images)

On Friday 22nd May 2015, years 3, 4, 5 and 6 were treated to a very special performance. They all watched and enjoyed The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe performed by M&M Productions.

Assembly- World Cultural Diversity Day (5 images)

During the week beginning 18th May 2015, the children were introduced to World Cultural Awareness Day and learnt that it is celebrated on the 21st May every year. They were shown pictures in order to help them understand what the word “culture” might mean. Pictures included food, musical instruments, religious symbols, clothes and languages. They then learnt that all these things combine to make each culture and that there are lots of different cultures around the world. The meaning of the word diversity was then discussed. The children were asked who might celebrate World Cultural Diversity Day. They gave a variety of different answers before learning that they were all right as anyone can celebrate! Children were shown ways in which world cultural awareness day is celebrated, for example, seminars, education programmes and exhibitions. Children also learned ways in which they could mark Cultural Diversity Awareness Day.examples included; visiting a museum or exhibit about another culture, reading a book or watching a film about another country or culture, trying food from a different country, listening to music from a different culture and visiting a place of worship different from your own religion. “Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world.” This was an important quote by Martin Luther King that introduced children to the idea of “World Cultural Diversity Day." Furthermore, a discussion took place to explore how we could be more diverse, for example, by going to a museum that is dedicated to another culture or trying something new from another culture. A poem by Benjamin Zephaniah called “The British (serves 60 million),” was shared and enjoyed by all the children!

Promoting British Values Assembly - Mutual Respect and Tolerance (5 images)

The subject ‘Mutual respect and tolerance’ was the theme for assemblies during the week beginning 5th May 2015. The children discussed nine key areas relating to this topic: being a British citizen; democracy; equal rights; fairness; respect; equality; diversity; community and participation. Links were made between the rules followed in school and the laws British citizens must abide by.

School Council leading school improvement (6 images)

The school council, supported by the head boy and girl, met with the site manager (Mr Sullivan) to discuss improvements to the school playground. Following presenting their proposals to the head teacher, they undertook a site survey with Mr Sullivan. As a result of their work, the playground will extend its grassed area and there will be two designated cricket pitches marked out.

Promoting British Values Assembly - Democracy (5 images)

During the week beginning 27th April 2015, the children learnt about the idea of Democracy in their assemblies. This was linked to the theme of British Values and how we live in a democratic society. The assemblies also explained the origins of democracy from the cities in Ancient Greece and how their form of absolute democracy differs from our representative democracy.

St George's Day Assembly (6 images)

During the week beginning 20th April 2015, children learnt about life of St George and why he is the patron saint of England. The children heard about the legend of George and the Dragon.

Year 6 Workshop (9 images)

On Friday 22nd May 2015, Year 6 were involved in an after show activity which allowed them to talk to the performers from the show. The purpose of the activity was to explain to the children how the performance works. The children were shown how the sound effects, lighting, back boards and props are created and used during the show. As well as this, the children took part in acting activities where they developed their voice intonation and body language skills.

Vaisakhi Assembly (16 images)

During the week beginning 13th April 2015, children at Shaw Hill learnt about Vaisakhi and how Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists celebrate this festival. The pupils found out that Sikhs celebrate the laying down of the foundation of the Khalsa Panth, Buddhists celebrate Gautama Buddha’s enlightenment and Hindus celebrate this as the start of a new year. The children observed how Vaisakhi celebrations take place in Birmingham and how they bring the local community together. This year’s Vaisakhi festival is due to take place on April 26th 2015 in Birmingham

Year 6 trip to Sutton Park (5 images)

On Tuesday 19th May 2015, Year 6 children visited Sutton Park where they went on a forest walk to experience the ancient woodland. The children also visited a couple of the lakes at Sutton Park and were able to see a wide variety of local birdlife such as swans, geese and ducks. Whilst eating lunch next to the lake, the children were fortunate to see one of the ducks lay an egg. All in all the children had a very good experience in the woods and at the lakes. After our morning walk through the park the children were given some time to develop their skills in PE by taking part in cricket and football sessions (on the grass). I’m pleased to announce that 6B beat 6S by a score of 7-6. It was a close game! Towards the end of the day the children enjoyed some free time on the local playground where they were able to shrug off the stress of SATs and enjoy themselves and have fun. Year 6 behaved impeccably and they were fantastic role models for their families, their school and their community. Both Miss Sangha and I are proud of every single child. Well done Year 6!!! Mr Baum.

Reception's trip to Botanical Gardens (12 images)

During the trip to the Botanical Gardens the reception children went to look for The Gruffalo, whilst on the search the children observed tree trails, collected leaves and made a crown. The children were kings and queens of the woods as the search for The Gruffalo continued. In the Glasshouse they explored the tropical rainforest, looked at prickly cacti and learnt about all the fascinating plants that have developed to cope in different environments. The children thought about the beanstalk garden and how to make the beanstalks (at school) grow quicker. Later on the pupils recalled the previous class topic on "Chocolate" and we found out where chocolate comes from. Even though we didn't find The Gruffalo it was a lovely day and everyone had a great time.

Year 2 trip to Think Tank (26 images)

The children have been on a trip to Think Tank. This was related to their science topic: Living Things and their Habitats. The children learnt about the human body in their teaching session and about forces, recycling and how machines work when they explored different galleries.

Year 2's trip to Twycross Zoo (18 images)

Year 2 enjoyed their trip to Twycross Zoo. They learnt lots about animals and their habitats in the teacher sessions. On our walk around the zoo the children saw many different animals such as giraffes, elephants, penguins and otters. All the children agreed that it was the best trip they had ever been on!

Year 1 Inspire Workshop (7 images)

On Friday 1st May 2015, year one parents were invited to attend a Literacy workshop. The focus of this workshop was to share with the parents how the grammatical features of writing such as capital letters, finger spaces and full stops are taught to the children. During the session parents also got the chance to make some resources which would help the children to improve the types of connectives and adjectives that they use in their writing.

Year 3 Inspire Workshop (16 images)

On Thursday 23rd April 2015, year 3 held an Inspire workshop. The aim of the workshop was to familiarise parents with the Literacy Target sheets; to know some of the different types of writing genres; to find ways to support writing at home and to have fun in their learning! During the introduction to the workshop parents were introduced to the actions used for "Kung- Fu Punctuation", everyone enjoyed participating in this and learnt moves to represent different types of punctuation.

Year 5 Inspire Workshop (7 images)

On Tuesday 21st April 2015, a Numeracy Inspire workshop was held with the children and parents of both Year 5 classes. The purpose of this workshop was to give parents a clear idea on the way maths is taught in Year 5 at Shaw Hill, particularly mental maths and problem solving. For the mental maths section of the workshop, parents were given the opportunity to sit a timed mental maths test in the same way the children would. This was done in order to show the parents the standard that the children need to achieve in order to be at or above age related for Year 5. During the problem solving section of the workshop Mr Ronan and Miss Patel introduced the concept of “RUCSAC” to the parents and modelled how to use this skill when solving real life maths problems. The parents and children were then given time to complete some problems independently. Thank you to everyone who attended the workshop.

Reception Fun to Learn Workshop (5 images)

On Wednesday 22nd April 2015, the parents of the children in Reception were invited to a “Gruffalo Fun to Learn” Workshop and to talk about their new topic, Dinosaurs. The parents and children have been given a small project to complete at home, based upon this new topic. The children also demonstrated their reading skills by reading and answering questions about The Gruffalo Story. Thank you to all of the parents that attended this workshop.

Year 5 trip to the National Space Centre (8 images)

On Wednesday 22nd April 2015, Year 5 went on a trip to the National Space Centre in Leicester. The Space Centre was chosen as our trip for this term in order to introduce our topic all about space. Whilst we were at the Space Centre the children explored the centre with their lead teacher. There are many different exhibits in the Space Centre including: knowledge about the universe, the possibility of life on other planets, the space race and how to train to be an astronaut. In addition to these areas of the Space Centre, the children also watched a short film about being an astronaut (in The Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium). This proved extremely popular with all the children. The children also got the opportunity to experience a simulator ride. This ride gave the children the chance to feel what it is like to travel from a lunar base to the moon of Jupiter (called Europa). This is something that the children really enjoyed. Overall the children had a very enjoyable day.

Year 2 Inspire Workshop (9 images)

Year 2 staff would like thank all the parents who attended the workshop. There was a great turn out and the children worked hard with their mums and dads. They learnt how to put connectives and sentence openers into their writing. Then they made a character dice and planned an exciting story using the resource pack. Year 2 will be sending out additional homework linked to their workshop.

‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ Fun to Learn Workshop (5 images)

On Friday 24th April 2015, Nursery held a fun to learn workshop. The children helped Miss Kilsby to re-tell the story to parents, explaining exactly what the Tiger had been doing when he went to Sophie’s house. Parents were all given packs of activities to take home. The children were also given paper bags to collect up to three things from home, which are special to them. Miss Kilsby can’t wait to see what the children have chosen to bring into school!

Easter Parade (28 images)

The children really enjoyed this years Easter celebrations! We had a special assembly where children in each class were given prizes for making the best bonnets. We also gave a special prize for the best bonnet by a member of staff. This years winner was Mrs Gill. We finished our celebrations with an Easter bonnet parade. Both children and staff showed off their bonnets to all the parents and carers. Everybody had a wonderful time.

Parents Evening (8 images)

We would like to thank all parents and carers who attended parents evening. It was a very productive evening where we were able to discuss your child's achievement and how we will continue to work in partnership.

Attendance Assembly (4 images)

During Easter attendance assembly, many children achieved a bronze or silver certificate as a reward for 100% attendance over the Autumn and Spring terms. The proud and excited winners of the raffle prizes for attendance were: Faizan (RH), Misbah (1B), Hassan (6B) and Aleena (3T). We would like to thank all parents who ensure that their child attends school every day. Good attendance contributes to good learning. Keep up the great work!

4R's Class Assembly (8 images)

On Thursday 26th March 2015, 4R presented the Christian story of Easter as part of their assembly. They told us the reasons why Christians celebrate Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

New Prefects at Shaw Hill (16 images)

Prefect elections have taken place this March! A vast number of pupils wanted to take on the role of being a prefect. Candidates from years 4, 5 and 6 prepared and presented a short speech in assembly, trying to persuade key stage 2 pupils to vote for them. Their speeches were excellent! They all wanted to make a positive difference to our school and ensure everyone is kept safe, well and happy.

Year 4 Art and DT Workshop (19 images)

Year 4 had a fantastic and fun Art/DT day on 19th March 2015. The children have been learning about artists including David Hockney. As part of the workshop they produced artwork inspired by David Hockney. The children also colour washed pictures of the Birmingham skyline, as well as building models of famous Birmingham landmarks. The favourite activity carried out by the children was tie dyeing t-shirts then printing repeating designs on them. Year 4 enjoyed all the activities and can't wait to wear their t-shirts!

Year 4 Inspire Workshop (12 images)

Year 4's inspire workshop took place on Tuesday 10th March. Parents and children took part in a story-writing workshop. Parents were introduced to the process of story writing we follow in class. They shared ideas for settings and characters with their children. Together with their child they then produced a story mountain ready for their child to write a story. The story will be completed over the next few weeks for homework with parental support.

Year 6 Inspire Workshop (15 images)

Year 6 inspire workshop took place on Tuesday 3rd March 2015. The focus for this session was mainly looking at SATs content and how parents can support their children at home. Parents had an opportunity to carry out tests just like the year 6 children do in their lessons. They were shown test papers for reading, maths, mental maths and spelling grammar and punctuation. The parents enjoyed each session and felt that they were able to help their child at home in order to succeed in their SATs. Thank you to all parents who attended the session.

Reading Workshop (14 images)

On Tuesday 17th March 2015, Mrs Jan and Mrs Begum held a reading workshop. The aim of the workshop was to make parents aware of resources they can use to support their child’s reading at home. The children had lots of fun sharing a story on the iPad with their parents.

Celebrating British Science Week (22 images)

Children at Shaw Hill have been celebrating ‘British Science Week,’ during the week beginning 16th March 2015. The children carried out a range of activities to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding and were also treated to an AMAZING assembly carried out by a company called ‘Science Wizards,’ where they learnt all about different types of forces. Children from key stage 2 attended workshops throughout the day where they were given the opportunity to carry out some of the activities seen in assembly.

Promoting British Values Assemblies- Individual Liberty (12 images)

During the week beginning 9th March 2015, Mrs Dunning held special assemblies focussing on the second strand of the British values- individual liberty. Children explored what their rights and responsibilities are and how they can make a difference to society by working as part of the community. Children were very interested in finding out more about their rights and knew that they had responsibilities in and out of school, including looking after each other and being responsible for their actions.

Promoting British Values Assemblies- Rule of Law (12 images)

During the week beginning 2nd March 2015, the assemblies were about one of the four British values- the rule of law. The children found out how laws start as bills and have to be debated and voted on by the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Lent Assembly (11 images)

During assembly Mr Baum explained what Lent is, why it is important to Christians and how it is celebrated. Pupils discussed the importance of self-denial (fasting) and the act of alms-giving (charity work and giving), during Lent in great detail. Some of the aspects of Lent were compared with the Islamic observance of Ramadan so that the children could gather a good understanding of why Christians celebrate Lent.

Website Meetings (6 images)

During the week beginning 9th February 2015, each year group held website meetings for parents. At the meetings parents were shown what resources are available to them in order to support their child’s learning at home.

Nursery Workshop- The Hungry Caterpillar (4 images)

The parents of the children in the Nursery took part in a Fun to Learn Workshop all about our new topic of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The children showed their parents our Butterfly Boogie Beebies Dance and helped Miss Kilsby to retell the Story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The children were set a task to make their own paper chain caterpillars at home with their parents. Lots of children have already brought these back to school and they are fantastic – well done children and a big thank you for all of the parents for their continued support.

Reception Fun to Learn Workshop (9 images)

Reception held a fun to learn workshop for parents about “Dragons.” The children started by sharing a special dance they were learning . The parents were shown ideas to help their children with maths. At the end of the workshop the parents were given a small creative project to do with their child and how to contribute to their learning journey. We would like to thank all the parents for coming to this very successful workshop and big thank you for completing the evaluations about our workshops. We value your opinion and will incorporate some of your ideas into our planning next term.

Year 4's Trip to Safari Park (41 images)

On Friday the 13th of June year 4 went to the West Midlands Safari Park. We had a fantastic day looking at the animals followed by a visit to the theme park. We saw Lions, Elephants and our favourite the Giraffes. We had our lunch and then we all went to the theme park. We went on lots of rides including the Jungle Cat Dodgems and the Zambezi Water Splash to name but a few. It was lot of fun!

Year 1 Trip to West Midlands safari Park (10 images)

On 27th February 2015 year 1 went to West Midlands Safari Park because our topic was animals last half term. We went for a drive and saw different kinds of animals in their habitats. We saw animals such as: elephants, penguins, tigers, lions, giraffes, cheaters, lemurs, rhinos, hippos, meerkat and bats. We had a great day and it was a good way to finish our animal topic.

Lent Assembly (3 images)

During assembly, Mrs Sultan explained what lent is and when it begins. The children watched a video of Jesus's time in the dessert. Mrs Sultan then asked the children to think about what they would give up and why.

3L's Class Assembly (7 images)

3L's class assembly was based on the current theme 'Going for Goals'. Children shared a story called 'Leo the Late Developer'. This was about a lion who couldn't do all of the things a lion should be able to do, but eventually after lots of practice he was successful in achieving all his goals. Some of the children shared their goals for the future. 3L's main message was "strive for your goals, try your best and never give up!"

Year 6 SATs Meeting (5 images)

On Tuesday afternoon at 14:50 parents and Year 6 children were treated to a SATs preparation presentation by the Year 6 teachers. The main message of the presentation was: how to help your child prepare for their SAT examinations in May. The topics covered were: the right time for bedtime, eating and drinking frequently and healthily during SATs, punctuality during SATs week, the SATS week and when the tests are scheduled to take place, revision, how to do it and why it’s important, how to prevent your child from worrying too much during stressful times.

5R's Class Assembly (6 images)

In our assembly this year we moved away from spreading knowledge about one of our topics in curriculum to deliver an important message linked to RE. Our focus was determined by the fact that we were scheduled to do our assembly on the first week of February. This meant we were looking at World Interfaith Harmony Week. We decided that the best way to spread the harmony associated with this week by delivering messages of peace from each of the major religions. We finished the assembly by asking our audience to think about how they would show an act of peace to someone they met.

Assembly- Martin Luther King (11 images)

The children heard how Martin Luther King had believed in equal rights and led peaceful protests to give his message. We remember him on Martin Luther King day every January.

Famous British Monarchs Assembly (key stage 1) (9 images)

In the key stage one assembly, the theme was: Famous British Monarchs. Miss Hughson talked about our current monarch- Queen Elizabeth. Key stage one learnt about the Queen's family, Buckingham Palace and the Golden Jubilee.

Famous British Monarchs Assembly (key stage 2) (31 images)

In the key stage two assembly, the theme was: Famous British Monarchs. Miss Hunt talked about our current monarch- Queen Elizabeth and her family. Key stage two learnt about her family tree, some of the history of her family as well as some key features of her reign as Queen.

World Interfaith Harmony Assembly (key stage 1) (3 images)

In some of our assemblies this week the children have been learning about World Interfaith Harmony Week. They have recognised that this week is important because it spreads the message of harmony and tolerance among the followers of all the world’s religions. The children in key stage one learnt about the history of Judaism and important Jewish beliefs.

School Council Assembly (5 images)

On Tuesday 3rd February, Mrs Lees and the School Council introduced the idea of prefects for our school. Pupils gave some excellent feedback on what they thought the role of a prefect should be. Each class from years 4, 5 and 6 will have one prefect. We will be holding a formal election after half term when each phase will vote for the school prefects they think will do the best job. Through this, the children will learn the importance of democracy and how holding a valid opinion and articulating it in the correct way can make a positive difference.

Birmingham City Mission Assembly (5 images)

On Wednesday 4th February we had a special whole school assembly led by Birmingham City Mission. We listened to a story taken from the Bible (Luke chapter 15). We learnt that Jesus told this story to send out the message that everyone matters. The Bible says that everyone is precious no matter what their race, religion or disability.

Year 1 Phonics Workshop (9 images)

On Friday 16th January 2015, parents were invited to attend Year 1's phonics workshop. Teachers showed parents how they teach phonics and parents then had the opportunity to read with their child. Thank you to all the parents who attended the workshop.

Reception's trip to Alum Rock (5 images)

The spring term has got started with a great start. On Tuesday 13th January 2015, Reception visited the local shops and brought some fruit and learnt about food from around the world. The children decided they wanted to make a fruit salad with some of the food they brought and are continuing to enjoy the topic about Handa’s Surprise.

Reception Reading Workshop (2 images)

Reception invited parents to the “Handa's Surprise” workshop. The parents had the opportunity to see how reading and writing is taught in Foundation Stage and there were a set of free books to enjoy with their children.

Promoting British Values Assembly (12 images)

At Shaw Hill Primary school we take our British Values seriously. On Tuesday 13th January the children were treated to an assembly which clarified what these values are. In the assembly the children were informed about the true meaning of being a British citizen. They discussed the following topics: • Individual liberty and freedom and how precious this is • Tolerance for all beliefs, cultures and social groups • The importance of showing mutual respect to each other • The rule of law within British society and how this keeps us safe • The rule of democracy and how this helps us

Nursery Parent Workshop- Owl Babies (2 images)

The parents of the Nursery children were invited to Nursery to complete a Fun to Learn Workshop based on our new topic of Owl Babies. The parents and children were set two tasks to complete at home based on our new topic. The children also showed the parents how we have been starting to sing our jolly phonics songs to go with each letter of the alphabet. Thank you to all of the parents that attended this workshop.

Nursery Parent Workshop- Fun to learn (4 images)

Nursery had a fun to learn workshop where the parents were invited into Nursery. The children showed the parents how we take part in Boogie Beebies every day and we explained the topic to the parents. The children were set a task to do with their parents at home and it has been lovely to see all of the snowmen that the children have made. Thank you to all of the parents that attended this Fun to Learn Workshop.

Key Stage 2 visit to Saltley Methodist Church (1 images)

Year 4, 5 and 6 children were invited to the local church to find out about the story of the nativity. The children watched an entertaining play involving a puppet and discovered more about the story of the nativity starting with Joseph and Mary’s journey from Galilee and ending with the birth of Jesus in the stable.

Christmas Party (4 images)

Children and staff had a lovely afternoon celebrating Christmas. They enjoyed eating lots of food and getting in to the Christmas spirit.

Year 1 Nativity (7 images)

Year 1 staff and children were extremely proud to present the nativity story to the rest of the children in school and to Year 1 parents. The nativity story reminded children in school, why Christians all over the world celebrate Christmas. Everyone was impressed with how well the children performed.

Visit from Hanwell Community School (5 images)

In order to ensure that we fully meet children's cultural and social development, Shaw Hill school has made links with a partner school from a different setting in the UK. Our partner school is called Hanwell Primary Academy and is located in Banbury, Oxfordshire. We were extremely pleased to meet their school council. They met with our school council to discuss how both schools could work together. We look forward to visiting Hanwell Academy in the new year.

Santa visits Shaw Hill (6 images)

Shaw Hill school was extremely lucky as it received a special visit from Santa Claus. He happily set up a grotto in school and gave a present to all the children. We thanked him for paying us a visit and wished him the best of luck for his long journey back home.

Christmas Singing Assembly (7 images)

As part of our Christmas celebrations, all classes performed a Christmas carol or song in our special end of term assembly. This year the children performed: Reception- 'When Santa got stuck up the chimney,' Year 1- 'Away in a manger,' Year 2- 'It was on a stary night,' Year 3- 'Rudolph the red nose reindeer', Year 4- 'Jingle bell rock,' Year 5- 'Merry Christmas everyone,' Year 6- 'Rocking around the Christmas tree.' To finish the assembly, all staff performed a song for the children. This year the staff sang 'Merry Christmas Everybody.' This was enjoyed by all the children ... and staff!

Attendance Assembly- Bronze Award (5 images)

Every term we hold special assemblies to celebrate outstanding attendance. We give children, who have not missed a single school day, a certificate to congratulate them on their attendance. We also give these children a chance to win a special prize.

Early Years Production (9 images)

The Early Years were delighted to show off their singing music and dance talents in the annual songs around the Christmas tree event. Reception were brilliant in their performance of “The dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy ” which was inspired after their recent theatre trip to see the Nutcracker. Parents also commented on how well their children were doing and how confidently the Nursery children performed in their first term in a setting. The Early Years Team would like to thank the parents for attending and sharing this special event.

Year 4 trip to Birmingham Museum (5 images)

On Monday 15th of December year 4 went to Birmingham museum as part of their topic on the Ancient Egyptians. The children took part in a workshop and discovered how the Egyptians mummified their dead Pharaohs. This process involved finding out which organs went into canopic jars and which organs were thrown away. The children also found out what happened at a Pharaohs funeral and why a Pharaoh had lots of his possessions buried with him when he died. After the workshop the children had the opportunity to look around the museum at other displays before returning to school.

Christmas Fayre (17 images)

All the children had a wonderful time at our Christmas fayre. They had the opportunity to play lots of games, win lots of prizes and get into the spirit of Christmas. They are already looking forward to our summer fayre!

Staff Christmas Jumper Day (1 images)

This year the staff at Shaw Hill primary school decided to support Save the Children's Christmas jumper day appeal. Almost all the staff came to school wearing a Christmas jumper and then donated £2. We are extremely pleased to know that the money raised will be used to help and support children in need.

Year 2 FoodNet Workshop (5 images)

Every term children at Shaw Hill Primary School are given the opportunity to cook. This term children in Year 2 were given the opportunity to cook Noodle Pots. Children got involved in preparing the ingredients and especially enjoyed chopping tomatoes and spring onions. All the children were very careful with the knives and hot water. Well done Year 2! We are already looking forward to cooking next term!

Reception trip to the theatre (2 images)

The children had a wonderful time visiting the theatre to see the Nutcracker. Their behaviour was impeccable and this valuable experience has led the children to develop some exceptional work across all seven areas of learning.

Hanukkah Assembly (key stage 1) (6 images)

At Shaw Hill Primary School the children are given the opportunity to learn about different religions. This week the children have been learning about Judaism. The children in key stage 1 have learnt about why Hanukkah is an important festival in Judaism and how it is celebrated.

Hanukkah Assembly (key stage 2) (10 images)

At Shaw Hill Primary School the children are given the opportunity to learn about different religions. Key stage 2 received a visit from Yvonne at Birmingham Progressive Synagogue. The children learnt about why Hanukkah is an important festival in Judaism. Yvonne talked to the children about the miracle of the lamp, the significance of the menorah and how Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah.

Pantomime- Aladdin (6 images)

On Friday 5th of December, children had the opportunity to watch and take part in the Christmas pantomime. They really enjoyed the experience and are already looking forward to next years production!

Decorating Christmas trees at Shaw Hill (10 images)

The school council worked very hard and used their imagination to decorate the two Christmas trees we located in our main halls. We think they did a great job!

Key Stage 2 Music Concert (6 images)

On Monday 8th December, children from key stage 2 took part in a music assembly led by Mr Beatty with the ukuleles. Year 5 and 6 played the keyboard and children from year 3-6 performed in the music band.

Year 6 trip to RAF Cosford (10 images)

On Thursday 4th December Year 6 visited RAF Cosford where they learnt about a wide variety of topics like: Life for children at home during the Second World War The children of year six visited and explored a building which was presented as a world War Two home. The children saw and used ration books, gas masks, World War Two era clothing, toys and a Morrison shelter. They all thoroughly enjoyed this interactive experience. Life for children at Christmas during the Second World War Fortunately for the children, they were able to speak to a World War Two survivor named Pat. Pat was aged 5-10 during the Second World War. She very eloquently informed the children what life was like as a child during the War. She told us about her air raid, rationing and evacuation experiences. As well as all this she even told us about how she was once shot at while walking in Sutton Park by a marauding German air crew. Unbelievable! The children were given the opportunity to ask her questions and I’m glad to say that Pat said our questions were the best she’d ever been asked. Life for children at school during the Second World War The children also visited a World War Two era school classroom where they made traditional Christmas decorations and were part of an unexpected air raid. Fortunately all the children safely made it to the safety of the classroom’s Anderson shelter before any German ordnance could reach them. After the all clear sounded they all returned to the classroom to continue with their learning. World War Two Aircraft After dinner, the children had a tour of the World War Two aircraft where they saw the following aeroplanes: Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane, Lincoln Bomber, Messerschmitt Me-109, Mosquito Bomber, Focke Wolf, Japanese Zero.

Birmingham City Mission Assembly (10 images)

We had a visit from Hannah at Birmingham City Mission. Birmingham City Mission is a Birmingham based charity and also visits schools to tell interactive Bible stories. The theme for this assembly was compassion. Hannah told the children a story about Jesus healing people when they were sick and how he was compassionate towards everyone. She talked to the children about how they have been compassionate, loving and caring to other people in their community as they have collected food for harvest. Birmingham City Mission will donate the food that children and staff have kindly brought in to people who are in need of it in and around Birmingham. The children thoroughly enjoyed it.

Year 1 Trip to Wonderland (9 images)

On 1st December 2014 Year 1 went to Wonderland for our topic imaginary worlds. We looked at all the different types of imaginary houses and discussed who lived there, what they were made out of and why they were imaginary. Some children explained the reason that some of the houses were imaginary were because they were made out of sweets (Hansel and Gretel witches house) and the old Mother Hubbard’s house because she lived in a shoe. We really enjoyed ourselves and we also went to visit Father Christmas and received our presents. It was a magical day.

Inter Faith Week Assembly (key stage 2) (6 images)

This week's assembly focused on inter- faith week. The children learnt about Hanukkah, which is celebrated by Jews and Guru Nanak's birthday, which is celebrated by Sikhs. The children discussed the traditions involved in these celebrations.

Inter Faith Week Assembly (key stage 1) (8 images)

For Inter-faith week, key stage 1 thought about all the different religions around the world. They looked closely at Christianity and what Christians believe and what you would find in a church.

Malachi Workshops (13 images)

On Monday 24th November 2014, children in key stage 1 and 2 took part in workshops delivered by Malachi. The workshops reinforced the focus of Anti Bullying Week.

Anti Bullying T-shirt Competition (10 images)

Well done to everyone who took part in the competition. The winners from key stage 1 and 2 had the chance to print their t-shirt and showed off their designs to everyone in assembly.

Year 1 Reading Workshop (9 images)

The teaching assistants in Year 1 did a parent workshop focusing on reading. Mrs Gill and Mrs Hussain talked about the guidelines for home reading and different techniques parents can use to read with their children at home.

4L's Class Assembly (13 images)

On Thursday 20th November 4L did a class assembly on bullying. The assembly tied in with anti-bullying week at Shaw Hill Primary School. The children used the assembly to cover the different types of bullying especially cyber bullying. Through their assembly 4L hoped to get the message over to all pupils to be safe on the internet and follow the SMART rules.

Anti Bullying Week Workshops (9 images)

During Anti- bullying week the children at Shaw Hill participated in drama workshops. They took part in role play to help them understand the importance of telling someone if they were being bullied. The children acted out some fantastic drama plays and really enjoyed themselves.

Anti Bullying Assembly (key stage 2) - Preventing cyber bullying (12 images)

This assembly gave children information about cyber bullying, and what they could do to prevent it from happening.

Anti Bullying Assembly (key stage 1) (7 images)

Key stage 1 watched a video describing what bullying is. It gave advice about bullying. We watched a video about why some children bully others and what it feels like to be bullied. We talked about what they can do to help with the problem. We made clear it is persistent unwanted behaviour on purpose.

Anti Bullying Assembly (whole school)- Shaw Hill Taking a Stand Together (9 images)

To start anti bullying week we had a special whole school assembly on Monday 17th November 2014. The assembly focussed on making children aware of different types of bullying, there was a special focus on cyber bullying, as children have access to ICT, which can make them vulnerable against bullying.

Year 3's Trip to Weston Super Mare (16 images)

On Thursday 19th of June year 3 had the opportunity to visit Weston Super Mare. We travelled by coach. It was a very long journey but we all enjoyed it. When we reached Weston, we started off with a paddle in the sea. We then had our lunch on the beach. After lunch, 3L went for their donkey ride, followed by ice-creams. During this time 3P visited the Pier and did some shopping. Then we swapped over and 3L did some shopping on the beach. We bought back some exciting items for our families. We all had a fantastic time on the beach and have some lovely memories to keep forever.

Year 3's Trip to Birmingham City Centre (5 images)

Year 3 visited Birmingham City Centre to collect research to use in their Literacy work. They visited many different places around Birmingham that are interesting tourist attractions. All of the children walked through the ICC and looked at the canal. It was lots of fun!

Year 3's Trip to Hams Hall (22 images)

In Year 3, we have been learning about the Tudors. We have visited Hams Hall, Lea Ford cottage to help us gain an insight into the life of the Tudors. We had the opportunity to look at artefacts and costumes. We were also able to compare the lives of the rich and the poor.

Year 4's Trip to Think Tank (15 images)

On Wednesday 4th of December year 4 went on a trip to the Think Tank at Millennium Point in Birmingham. We went as part of our Science topic on forces. During our visit we took part in a workshop on friction and forces in action. We watched demonstrations then we undertook our own experiments all related to our topic of forces. We discovered which metals are magnetic and which material has the most friction. We also had a chance to explore the many different learning areas the Think Tank has to offer. We spent time in the Science garden and explored ‘The Street’ and ‘The Past’. We found out lots of interesting facts about forces and were able to apply them to our learning in the classroom.

Year 3's Science Topic (2 images)

Our Science topic has been about Materials. We have looked at the properties of different materials and their uses. We have carried out an investigation to see which denier tights are most stretchy.

Anti Bullying Week Balloon Launch (24 images)

On Monday 17th November 2014 fifty balloons labelled with Shaw Hill tags were launched to start the beginning of Anti-bullying Week. Mr Bhatti said a few words regarding whole school approach against any sort of bullying, we take any type of bullying very seriously and ensure key elements from the Equalities Act (2010) are addressed. We want Shaw Hill to be a bully free school. Last year we had a response from someone all the way in Somerset. Watch this space for updates!

Reception Trip to Saltley Methodist Church (15 images)

Reception visited Saltley Methodist Church. Reverend Andy Smith showed the children around the church and told them about the objects in the church, he also told the children a story about how to put things right when you make a mistake. Reception learnt about what a pulpit, font, cross and bible were used for by Christians.

Reception Workshop (7 images)

A big thank to all the parents who came to the Workshop. We had a lot of positive feedback from parents. Please keep up all the hard work you are doing at home in supporting your child in their learning.

Positive Parenting Workshop (6 images)

The Positive Parenting Workshops include various activities to help and support parents with their children at home. This week we discussed what children's needs are. The parents who attended really enjoyed the session and came up with lots of ideas for discussions.

Remembrance Day Assembly (13 images)

Shaw Hill staff and pupils observed a two minute silence during our Remembrance assembly on Armistice Day, to show our respect to those who fought and died in the World Wars. The children explored what Armistice Day is, why we wear poppies and how Remembrance Day is observed at the Centotaph in London. One year five pupil summed up our assembly, by saying "we should show gratitude and respect for all those people who gave their lives up for us. They died while fighting and protecting people in Britain. It's really important that we remember them!"

Year 2 SATs Parent Workshop (15 images)

Year 2 held a maths and reading workshop.

5P's Class Assembly (24 images)

Roman Adventure. Year 5 have been learning about the Romans. After their trip to the Roman Baths Year 5 were super excited about their assembly on the Romans. We hope you found out lots of facts as Year 5 enjoyed learning all about them! Did you know that Roman soldiers were in the army for 20 years?

'Good to be Me' Assemblies (10 images)

This week's assemblies focused on the theme 'It's Good To Be Me.' It is important that children feel good about who they are and that they are unique. There is no one else quite like them in the whole world. Feeling good about who you are is what makes you special.

Diwali Assembly (7 images)

As a school we recognise the many and varied cultures and religions which enrich Great Britain. Our pupils learn about and explore these major religions through lessons in class, key assemblies and specially arranged visits to local places of worship. Special assemblies were held the week beginning 20th October, highlighting how and why Hindus in Great Britain and around the world celebrate Diwali.

Year 1 Phonics Workshop (6 images)

On 23rd October 2014 an outside visitor came to teach us phonics. We had lots of fun. We looked at different phonemes, digraphs and trigraphs. We played phonics bingo and had to find the word with the matching sound. We had to make up names for our monsters using different digraphs such as oo, qu and ee.

Year 5 trip to Roman Baths (20 images)

This half term we have been learning all about The Romans. We have covered a range of topics from Roman dance, Roman weapons and where they lived. The children particularly enjoyed learning about the requirements to be in the Roman Army. We had a fantastic ending to the half term with a trip to a real Roman baths in the city of Bath. This provided an authentic insight into how Romans lived in Britain.

Residential trip to Condover Hall (27 images)

Year 5 and Year 6 visited Condover Hall for a 5 day residential trip. I am pleased to announce that the trip to Condover Hall was a resounding success. All the children that attended were; well behaved, showed excellent listening skills and showed great bravery by attempting all the activities that were set out in front of them. Well done kids, you truly were the greatest ambassadors for both our school and your families. During their stay at Condover Hall the children took part in the following activities. Abseiling Archery Body Zorbing Buggy Building Camp Fire Climbing Disco Fencing Giant Cluedo Grid of Stones Laser Maze Nocturnal Safari Night Walk Orienteering Rocket Launch Sports Activities (ultimate frisbee, quick football and quick cricket) Survival Tunnelling

Introducing the new school council (6 images)

At the beginning of this term we elected our new school councillors. The school council has also held an assembly to introduce themselves to the rest of the school and point out their roles and responsibilities to their peers. The school council meet on a regular basis and a variety of issues are discussed including selling poppies for Remembrance Sunday. During the Christmas period they will be kept busy delivering cards via the school’s internal posting system that operates during this time. During the coming term they will be discussing a variety of topics relating to the school and its role in the wider community. The council is always ready to listen to the views and ideas of pupils regarding improvements that can be made.The school council is an important vehicle for pupil voice in our school and they play an active role in the school community.

Behaviour Assembly (4 images)

In our assemblies this term, we are concentrating on learning about important skills, attitudes and values. So far we have discussed what it means to be tolerant, how we show respect and what we should do if we feel unsettled or unhappy about things people say or do. Future assemblies will focus on equal rights, diversity, democracy and being British citizens.

Eid Party (16 images)

The children and staff had a lovely afternoon celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Adha. The children enjoyed an afternoon of song, dance and they ate lots of delicious food.

MacMillan Coffee Morning (31 images)

A big thank you to all the staff who provided the cakes. What a wonderful turn out of parents and staff to raise money for such a good cause. Thank you and we look forward to a bigger coffee morning next year.

Meet the Teacher Meeting (15 images)

Parents were invited to attend a meeting with their child’s teacher. Parents were able to meet all the staff in the year group and find out about the work their child will do, the trips, especially residential and the homework.

FoodNet Workshop (14 images)

As a school we are trying to promote healthy eating. Eating a healthy nutritional meal at lunch time will help improve a child’s concentration and ensure that they have enough slow release energy foods throughout the day. Parents were invited to attend the Foodnet Workshop in the Community House to learn more about the topic.

Attainment and Progress Tracking Workshop (7 images)

Workshops were held this week to inform parents of Assessment without Levels.' The new age related expectations were shared as well as the new school's Attainment and Progress Tracker.

Nursery Graduation (14 images)

On Thursday 16th July, every Nursery child took part in their very own Graduation Ceremony. Parents got to see a presentation of their children’s experiences. The children looked fabulous in their sparkling hats as they received their well-deserved certificates. A particular thank you to the fantastic turn out of very proud parents who attended. Nursery staff would also like to take the opportunity to thank all their children for their continued efforts and enthusiasm throughout the year and we wish you all the best for the future.

Attendance Assembly (12 images)

The attendance assembly went really well and lots of certificates were given out. The children won bikes this year as a special prize. The Key Stage 1 winners were Zilehuma (2P) and Sulaiman (2P). Key Stage 2 winners were Halima (6B) and Khonain (5R). This year attendance has been fantastic. Please continue to support the school in improving our attendance. Thank you Mrs Begum Mrs Iqbal

Football Event (7 images)

On Thursday 17th July upper key stage 2 (years 5 and 6) were witness to games of such skill and excellence that not even the World Cup Final was better. Of course I am referring to the football match that was played between pupils of Year 6 and the teachers and adults of Shaw Hill Primary School. Three games were played in which 8 adults played ‘battled ferociously’ against a well organised and hardened Year 6 team of 10 pupils. Although the adults had a bright start with some interesting shots, fatigue began to set in early on in the match. Certain individuals really excelled and presented themselves as awesome players. One such individual was Mohammed Ahmed (Isaaq) ‘or Manuel Neuer as I like to call him, he really excelled as goal keeper and ensured that the children secured wins for their games. Due to the lack of adult strength and agility the pupils were able to take advantage of the adults’ team and score some fantastic goals. All match victories were closely fought but the children managed to win most of the games. Congratulations to Year 6, you apply yourselves to football as well as you applied yourselves in your SATs and your Year 6 performance. You are all truly awesome! Thanks for a great year. Best luck for the future, Mr. Karl Baum and the Year 6 team

Sports Awards Assembly (39 images)

On Tuesday 15th July children of Shaw Hill Primary School took part in an awesome awards ceremony which took place to celebrate our rich sporting heritage. Children who achieved gold, silver and bronze in the sports day received their sporting medals and certificates. Not only did we celebrate our sports day, we also celebrated some amazing achievements in Martial Arts and the extremely popular dance club.

Music Performance (14 images)

On Thursday 10th July 2014 Key stage 2 were invited to attend a music concert hosted by other children at Shaw Hill who are learning to play an instrument. All of year 4 performed two pieces of music using the ukuleles they had been practicing to play throughout the year. A few children from years 5 and 6 who give up part of their lunch time once a week also performed. They played the guitar and keyboard. Parents of these children were also invited and everyone was very impressed with the musical talent. Mr Edwards and Mr Samson have worked very hard with these children this past year and we hope that the children continue to practice learning a musical instrument in the future.

Year 2 Graduation (27 images)

In July Year 2 held a Graduation Ceremony to celebrate a successful year and to wish the children luck as they move on to Key Stage 2. The children shared what they had enjoyed over the year and their aspirations for the future. We had a record number of parents attend and the Year 2 staff would like to thank everyone for their support.

Sports Day (15 images)

This year children in Year 1 to 6 had a fantastic sports day at St Peters Field. All of the children participated in a wide variety of sport like: javelin, discuss, team relay, sprint, jump, team hurdles and shot put. The children showed good control and use of their core skills at the event and they had a good solid day of exercise. The children who achieved gold, silver and bronze standard in their year groups at these events will be awarded with a certificate and a medal. Medals will be given out in school during a special awards ceremony and the winning children will be celebrated by every class that took part. As PE co-ordinator I would like to pass my gratitude on towards a number of people who made the event as successful as it was; Thank you to the Year 6 sports leaders for your excellent organisation and management skills (you’re all awesome)! Thank you to all the class teachers for your support and comments. Thank you to every child who took part and had fun, I look forward to next year! Kind Regards, Mr. Baum

Careers talk with Year 6 (4 images)

On Tuesday 1st July year 6 had some special guests come into school to talk about their careers. They spoke about how they trained at University or College and then the children had the opportunity to ask some very interesting questions. We had visits from a nurse, a hairdresser, a radio presenter and a solicitor.

Year 1 Trip to Botanical Gardens (16 images)

Year 1 had a lovely time at Botanical Gardens. We learnt about the different parts of a plant and the jobs that they do. We also got to see some very interesting plants in the green houses. Just before we came back to school we had a chance to go on the swings and slides in the play area.

Nursery Trip to Sheldon Park (24 images)

Nursery had a brilliant time at Sheldon Park! Please click on the thumbnail to view the slideshow.

Summer Fayre 2014 (80 images)

What another successful summer fayre. A big thank you to everyone who supported the fayre. We raised £822 for school fund which is amazing. What a lot of fun we had! I can't wait until next years, I'm sure it will be bigger and better. Miss E. Hughson

Attendance Assembly (13 images)

Attendance assembly went really well, lots of bronze and silver awards were given out in KS1. Aaron (RH) and Aishah (2P) won the DS Nintendo and a game and KS2 winners were Eesah (5H) and Marwa (3P). Please continue to send your children to school everyday.

Year 5's Trip to the National Space Centre (15 images)

Our final trip in year 5 this year was to the National Space Centre in Leicester. This trip was chosen to coincide with our space topic in science. When we arrived at the space centre we were taken into the Sir Patrick Moore planetarium for an introduction to the day. Whilst in the planetarium we watched a short movie called ‘Astronaut’. This movie gave us lots of information about the lives of astronauts both in space and before they go. After this we then split off into smaller groups. Each group went to look around the museum, focusing on a whole range of different areas, which included: The space race The stages of life in space what the future holds for space Astronaut training (including a simulator ride) How we have learnt so much about space Some of the children even had time to record a weather forecast in the specially designed ‘weather pod’.

Year 6 Prom (68 images)

Earlier on in the week, on the evening of Monday 23rd of June, Shaw Hill Primary School saw the coming of the Year 6 Prom. May I take this opportunity to thank all involved including; parents for sending their children in to school so smartly dressed, teachers for their support with the logistical management of the event and of course the children themselves for being an outstanding cohort of responsible, well mannered and pleasant individuals. Needless to say, the prom was a resounding success which ran smoothly without incident. The children had a fantastic time receiving awards for their hard work and success and they all thoroughly enjoyed their evening meal. As well as this they were given time to have their autograph books signed by members of staff (who have previously taught them) and their close friends. Finally the children were treated to music and dancing with their own entertainers who played music of the children’s choice. As mentioned before, the prom was an absolute triumph only made possible by the support of parents, teachers and children. Thank you to all who attended the prom and made the evening an incredible success. Yours gratefully, Mr K. Baum Year 6 Teacher

Positive Parenting (20 images)

A few mothers were invited to attend a six week positive parenting course, which included strategies, boundaries and ways to play and interact with their children. On the completion of the six week programme, the mothers enjoyed a picnic with their children in the park. By S. Begum and A. Iqbal (Learning Mentors)

World Cup (28 images)

On Thursday 12 June 2014 to celebrate the beginning of the World Cup children came to school in a football top/sports top. There was also a special World Cup themed dinner, which all the children enjoyed.

Year 6 Trip to Ragley Hall (13 images)

Year 6 went to Ragley Hall on Thursday 5th June. We had an enjoyable but tiresome walk through the acres and acres of woodland, absorbing all the wonderful scenery the hall had to offer. We took it turns on the adventure playground and we got lost in the maze, however we all did make it back in the end.

Year 6 Trip to Sutton Park (19 images)

Year 6 had a fantastic day out to Sutton Park in May. We went for a long walk through the park and spent the afternoon doing sport. We had an excellent time and we can't wait until our next trip!

Nursery Workshop (4 images)

In Nursery, children have enjoyed learning through the story of “The Tiger Who came to tea.” This half term the children have developed their understanding of food, health, family and relationships, so it was particularly helpful and a special thank you to all the parents who came as it was a great turn out during the workshops.

Animal Man (15 images)

The animal man came to visit year 2 in April. He brought a selection of animals including a skunk, snakes and a tarantula. The children were allowed to hold the animals and learnt all about them. The animal man explained how the animals needed to be cared for and how to treat them with respect.

Reception Trip to Wonderland (76 images)

Reception went to Wonderland in Telford for our summer trip, it might have been raining a little but it did not stop us from having lots of fun. We all got to go on lots of rides which didn't scare us. We saw the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk, he was very big and tall. We got to see the Mad Hatter from Alice and Wonderland, he even tried to teach Danyal how to use the juggling sticks. We got to go into the house of the Three Bears. Inside there was a baby sized chair that was broken, we had guessed that Goldilocks had been to that house just before we got there. We saw Humpty Dumpty, Little Red Riding hood and lots of other magical things throughout the day. We all had a great time which made us very sleepy on the coach journey back to school. It was a great day out!

Lads and Dads Writing Workshop (13 images)

Reception had lots of fun at the Lads and Dads Writing Workshop. Lads and dads enjoyed lots of different activities, the building activity was very popular. A big thank you to those who attended.

Easter Parade (49 images)

This year we had a fantastic response to our annual Easter bonnet competition. The children really used their imaginations and picking the winners was very difficult. We were pleased to see the huge number of parents who turned out to support this annual event.

Year 4 Inspire (19 images)

Year 4 held a successful inspire workshop based on story writing. Parents had the opportunity to see how the teachers teach the skills of story writing and to work with their child on planning and writing the opening of a story.

Year 2 Inspire Workshop (15 images)

Year 2 held an Inspire Workshop linked to literacy. The workshop focused on improving story writing by using level two and three success criteria. There was a good turn out so thank you to all the parents that attended.

Year 1 Phonics Workshop (7 images)

Year 1 held a workshop for parents which was all about phonics. We talked about the phonics screening test which is coming up shortly and how parents can support their children at home in order for them to pass the test. We also discussed how we teach phonics in school on a daily basis.

Year 5 Maths Workshop (10 images)

Our focus was mental maths strategies and problem solving. These are two areas that our children need more work on. During our workshop, we discussed how mental maths is taught in school and we even got parents to have a go at doing a mental maths test! For the second part of the workshop, we looked at the best ways to solve word problems. This was a very useful workshop and gave parents some ideas on how they can help their children at home. Thank you to all parents who took part.

Shaw Hill's Got Talent Show 2014 (25 images)

What a wonderful 2014 Talent Show. I think you would agree the finalists were amazing. Children at Shaw Hill School definitely have talent! Leo Golden Child our host was amazing and all the children loved to seeing him again. We are all looking forward to the 2015 Talent Show!

Jeff Rich from Status Quo visits Shaw Hill Primary! (41 images)

Key Stage 2 had a fantastic afternoon on Monday 31st March 2014. Jeff Rich, who is known for being the drummer in the popular band Status Quo, visited the school to lead a Music workshop. Children learnt lots about different types of drums and were even able to play a duet with Jeff Rich. All children had the opportunity to play a percussion instrument together, whilst Jeff Rich improvised on the drums. All children left the hall very happy and excited!

Numeracy Information Meeting (16 images)

On Wednesday 12th March 2014 parents were invited to a numeracy information meeting. Parents were given free resources and advice to help their child learn number facts. The meeting proved to be very helpful and parents were very happy with the information given.

Health, Safety and Equal Opportunities Workshop (34 images)

On Friday 14th February 2014 Shaw Hill School, in conjunction with West Midlands Fire Service and PCDN (Pakistani Community Development Network), held a Health, safety and equal opportunities awareness afternoon for the local community. There were a wide variety of public and community service organisations at the school. During the afternoon, there were free demonstrations and merchandise for families to take away, free health checks and a whole host of other sessions. The event was an excellent opportunity for families to access and engage with a host of providers for their benefit.

Reception Literacy Workshop (12 images)

A big thank to all the parents who came to the Literacy Workshop. We had a lot of fun and the feedback from parents was really positive. Please keep up all the hard work you are doing at home in supporting your child in their learning.

Maths and Reading Workshop (3 images)

In February year 2 staff ran a workshop on maths and reading. The maths workshop focused on different methods of calculation and the reading workshop focused on different types of questions that can be used when reading with children. Below are some of the comments the parents made about our workshop. For those of you who have requested more workshops we will keep you posted.

Literacy Workshop (5 images)

On Wednesday 29th January 2014, Shaw Hill held a Literacy Workshop. Over 60 parents attended the workshop so they could better help their children in reading, writing, handwriting, spelling and phonics. Free resources and advice was given out to ensure the children make accelerated progress at home and at school.

ESOL Classes (5 images)

Shaw Hill School have been running English classes for parents. Well done to all the parents who completed their course. If you would like further information about the classes, please contact the school.

Mathematics Workshop (1 images)

We had a Mathematics Workshop on Friday 17th January. All of the parents from Reception were invited. The teachers shared information about the Early Learning Goals for Mathematics which all of the children are working towards. Parents were told ways in which they could help their children to achieve these goals at home. The parents then had time with their children to enjoy some of the lovely activities that were set out. Everybody had a brilliant time. Miss Kilsby and Miss Hughson would like to thank all of the parents that attended this workshop for their continued support.

Safe Water Project (7 images)

During the week beginning February 25th 2013 children from Year 1 - Year 5 took part in a sponsored number bonds or times table test. We raised £1000 to help set up two water wells in Pakistan, in an area where water is very scarce. Please click on the pictures below to see how our donation has made an impact on the people of Sindh.

Christmas Sing Song (17 images)

Well done to all the children for a wonderful Christmas sing song.

Christmas Fayre (38 images)

What a fantastic Christmas Fayre! We raised £460. Thank you to everyone for supporting us. The winning raffle ticket was 176. A big well done to La-Raib in RK who won a food hamper.

Key Stage 2 Maths Whizz Quiz (6 images)

On the 18th December 2013 Key Stage 2 took part in a Maths Quiz. Individuals and team members were asked a range of numeracy questions/problems. Children in the audience were also asked quick fire questions to earn points for their house team. Adderley won the quiz! "It was tough competition" (Safia, 6B) "Adderley won by 3 points." (Faizan, 6S) "The quiz was so much fun, I really enjoyed myself." (Humza, 6B)

Christmas Party (12 images)

Our Christmas Party took place on Tuesday 17th December. Santa came to visit Shaw Hill and surprised all the children with presents. Everyone had a great time!

Anti Bullying Week (14 images)

We supported Anti Bullying Week during the 25th November to 29th November. We sold ribbons and wore them to show our support. We launched balloons as a whole school on Monday. To get all the children involved, the learning mentors launched a t-shirt designing competition and the winners had the chance to print their designs onto a real t-shirt. We ended the week with a fantastic drama workshop, which gave the children a better insight into different types of bullying and how to deal with this.

Roald Dahl Day (3 images)

On Wednesday 27th November 2013, the children at Shaw Hill celebrated Roald Dahl Day by wearing yellow. This was Roald Dahl's favourite colour. We raised just over £150 for school fund.

Balloon Launch (10 images)

On the 25th November 2013, we celebrated the beginning of Anti Bullying Week with a fantastic balloon launch. We take any type of bullying very seriously and ensure key elements from the Equalities Act (2010) are addressed. We want Shaw Hill to be a bully free school.

Children in Need (9 images)

On Friday 15th November Shaw Hill supported Children in Need. We had a non-uniform day, sold wrist bands and held a cake sale at the end of the school day. We raised just over £450. We had a brilliant day!

Eid Party (10 images)

The children and staff had a lovely afternoon celebrating the Muslim festival of Eid-Ul-Fitr. The children enjoyed an afternoon of song, dance and they ate lots of delicious food. They also learnt about why Muslims celebrate this festival.

Letters and Sounds Workshop (16 images)

Reception had a fun time at the Letters and Sounds workshop. They took part in many different types of activities. They learnt how to write phonemes in foam and sand. It got very messy!

Macmillan Coffee Morning (7 images)

A big thank you to all the parents and staff who supported the Coffee Morning. We raised over £100 for Macmillan Cancer.

Keeping Alum Rock Tidy (8 images)

The children at Shaw Hill teamed up with the local community police to pick up litter on Anthony Road. At the end of the afternoon, Anthony Road looked spotless. Well done everyone!

Black Country Museum (10 images)

On Thursday 16th of January year 5 went on a trip to the Black Country Museum in Dudley. We went as part of our History topic on The Victorians. During our visit we took we looked at the different types of houses and shops in the museum. We were also lucky enough to go in the mines to see what life what like for people during the Victorian times. We thoroughly enjoyed going into the shops and asking questions about people’s lives during that time. We went into the sweet shop and the bakery. Some of us even got to taste some of the delicious sweets for free! This trip really helped us to understand what happened during the Victorian times and supported our learning in our lesson.

Shaw Hill at Condover Hall (60 images)

In the second week of November (11.11.13) children from Year 5 and Year 6 visited Condover Hall for a 5 day residential trip. I am pleased to announce that the trip to Condover Hall was a resounding success. All the children that attended were; well behaved, showed excellent listening skills and showed great bravery by attempting all the activities that were set out in front of them. Well done kids, you truly were the greatest ambassadors for both our school and your families. During their stay at Condover Hall the children took part in the following activities. Some of the children have provided you with a short recount of their own experiences of these activities. Abseiling Archery Body Zorbing Buggy Building Camp Fire Climbing Disco Fencing Giant Cluedo Grid of Stones Laser Maze Nocturnal Safari Night Walk Orienteering Rocket Launch Sports Activities (ultimate frisbee, quick football and quick cricket) Survival Tunnelling

World War Two (4 images)

World War Two is our humanities topic and the children have explored a number of issues surrounding this important era in history. In particular the children have studied: rationing, evacuation, pivotal battles and invasions, the leaders of both sides, geography of the world and the different languages spoken (German and French).

Villa Vitality (1 images)

Year 5 are currently taking part in a project which is run by Aston Villa. It has been set up to encourage children to eat healthy foods and regularly do exercise. This year we have had coaches from Aston Villa come into school to introduce this fantastic project to our children. We have been given a six week challenge to complete before our visit to the villa ground. The children thoroughly enjoyed the visitors talks and fun football type games that they took part in. Watch this space for more exciting news about the project.

Toy Museum (14 images)

Children in Year 1 got the opportunity to see the wonderful Punch and Judy show. They also had the chance to look at and play with toys from the past. Children learnt about the types of materials that were used to make toys a very long time ago.

Think Tank (2 images)

In Year 2 we have been learning about electricity in science. We have looked at difference ways in which appliances can get electricity and how circuits work. We also went on a trip to Think Tank and explored different ways of making circuits and the interactive science resources. The children thoroughly enjoyed the trip.

Reception Trip to Ash End Farm (63 images)

We had a good trip to the farm. We saw lots of baby animals. We fed and held them. We all picked an egg to take home, the eggs tasted delicious.

Early Years Christmas Production (6 images)

Well done to all the children in Reception and Nursery for putting on a fantastic Christmas show. Click on the photos below to view some of the pictures from the Christmas Production.