Special Events

Year 5 Bikeability – Learn to Ride

This week some of our Year 5 children have had the fantastic opportunity to take part in the government's national cycle training programme - Bikeability. The training programme helps you learn practical skills and understand how to cycle on today's roads.

Freedom, Adventure, the road to enjoyment and confidence on two (or three!) wheels - that's Bikeability.

The children have been learning the importance of wearing the right clothing when riding a bike, how to keep your bike in tip-top condition with essential bike maintenance and to sit comfortably and in the right position in order to enjoy the ride. 

Starting on the school playground at level 1, the children have been mastering the art of balancing, pedalling, practising how to start and stop safely, showing their skills when riding in and out of cones and becoming familiar with their surroundings. Level 2 teaches children how to grow more confident with each turn of the pedal. In the afternoons, the expert instructors have taken some of the children onto the quiet roads, to experience "real" cycling. They have been using their road sense to ensure that they are safe and have proven to be excellent at riding out in the local area.

Some, who have never ridden before, have conquered their fears and now have the confidence to ride.

As well as becoming much more proficient riders, the children have had a fantastic time so far and think it is one of the best experiences they have ever had.


City of Empire to City of Diversity

As a school we were very excited when the exhibition called 'From the City of Empire to City of Diversity - A Visual Journey' arrived at school and was set up in the library.  During the week, all the children in the school had the opportunity to visit the exhibition looking at the different photographs on display, which helped us to imagine what life in Birmingham during the 1940s-1980s was like.



The photographs were taken by Ernest Dyche and his son Malcolm.  A successful portrait and events photographer, Dyche opened his second studio to local customers at 354 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath around 1919. After the Second World War, many people came to live here in Birmingham from Commonwealth countries including those in the Caribbean, the Indian subcontinent and Ireland. Eager to record their new lives in the city, many went to the Dyche studio to have their picture taken, buying prints to keep and to send to family they had left behind. The two photographers saw an enormous change in both the local area and their customers, welcoming thousands of first and second-generation migrants into their studio over the years and recording their social events. These photographs taken by Dyche help us learn more about Birmingham’s story of Commonwealth migration, looking at the very people involved. 

As the children were exploring the photographs on display and when back in the classroom, key questions and lines of enquiry were encouraged by the staff.

  • What pushed people to leave home and what pulled them here?
  • If you had to leave your country behind, what one object would you take with you and why?
  • What challenges did the people in the photographs face?  Why?
  • What occasions are being shown in the photograph? Why are these important? 
  • Thinking about these portraits of African-Caribbean and South Asian migrants, how might they want to be seen, particularly by friends and relatives they have left behind? 
  • Does looking at these photographs help you think about your own family heritage?



Parliament Week

As a school, we all took part in Parliament week.  During this week, we thought about democracy and how Parliament works. We looked at the big picture first by thinking about Great Britain and London.  We then focused in on our area and school by running our school council elections.  This allowed each child in the Juniors to have a voice by voting for a representative for their class.  During this week, Kiran Sahota one of our School Governors, came to teach some of the children in Year 3 and Year 6 about the working of parliament and how we can all have a voice.