Special Events at Abbey

Termly, children are encouraged to get involved, do something different and experience different aspects of life. Below are a few of the events Abbey Primary School children have enjoyed recently.

Street Teams with KS2

All of our KS2 children were involved in session run by Street Teams. The intention behind the interactive tasks was to highlight the importance of children's perseverance, resilience and well being. The importance of being and feeling safe was a key issue delivered by Street Teams. Lots of useful and interesting information was shared across Y3 & Y4 and then Y5 and Y6. A fabulous afternoon, and successful one, was shared by all KS2.

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The Y6 related session was to encourage emotional health and well being amongst our pupils. Children wrote their thoughts up on the graffiti wall which led to lots of discussion and interaction. We are hoping to pursue more events for a wider audience over the coming year.

Y6 Wilderness Adventure in the Peak District

The Wilderness Academy was the camping venue for just over 20 pupils from Y6. The 3 day camping experience included building shelters, playing team activities, cooking their food on an open fire and a not-so-leisurely six mile trek through the woods. The staff complained of sleep deprivation however, the children complained that it ended all to soon! A fabulous experience was had by everyone involved.

Visit from Chidlren's Poet Ian Bland

Over the past few months at Abbey we have had a few exciting visitors that have performed, entertained and engaged us! Children's Poet Ian Bland read a selection of his interactive poems before teaching Y1 to Y6 some of his literacy skills in creating various forms of poetry. After a fabulous day and lots of fantastic ideas the children's efforts were later performed in a whole school assembly, all doing 'The Dinner Lady Dance!'
Children's Author Eammon Reilly also paid us a visit back in March and read some passages from a selection of his published books, yet another fabulous day had by all.

Diversity and Disability Week
During our week of diversity, children from all years got to experience dance sessions from Def Motion Dance and learnt skills to improve their sketching and artwork from local artist Sam. Both of these highly-talented local professionals visited our school to highlight diversity inside and outside of school life. Both - Billy Read, born in Walsall, was diagnosed profoundly deaf from a very young age, whilst Sam Brunell, also born in Walsall, was born with a physical disability - have gone on to achieve many accomplishments and accolades worldwide. Both kindly dedicated time to help the children understand that ALL people can 'believe and achieve' no matter what beliefs, disabilities or disadvantages we may face. A super day was enjoyed by all and will stay long in the memory of the enthusiastic and totally engaged children. Thank you Billy and Sam, please visit again soon.
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The author Eamonn Reilly visits our school
On Tuesday 21st March we were very pleased to welcome the author Eamonn Reilly to our school. Eamonn led an assembly where he introduced us to his books. He spoke about how he became an author, why he loves to write and left us with some writing challenges. He was enthusiastic, funny  and entertaining. All of the children really enjoyed seeing him and learning about his life as an author. Eamonn left us with some books to purchase and they have been selling like hotcakes. When he returns to school to collect his books he is going to autograph our copies.
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Walsall Primary Singing Festival
Yesterday (08/03) Y5 and the KS2 choir performed in the Walsall Primary Singing Festival at Forest Arts in Leamore? All of the children were brilliant and really did us proud.
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Safer Internet Day 2017
Safer Internet Day 2017 was celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February with the theme 'Be the change: unite for a better internet'. As part of our computing curriculum at Abbey all the pupils from Nursery to Y6 took part in the day. The aim was to bring awareness, highlight potential risks and introduce pupils to a safer approach and when using the internet. Y6 and Y3 produced some fabulous acrostic poems, Y5 and Y4 used age-appropriate search engines and keeping personal information safe. KS1 looked at better approaches to use internet-connected devices and watched videos to prompt self awareness. EYFS looked at safe and unsafe uses of the internet and made decisions based on SMARTer thinking. All children took part of a very successful day for Abbey and hopefully have taken these ideas, skills and approaches home for safer internet use.
 
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Chinese New Year Celebration
As a whole school we celebrated Chinese New Year, the year of the rooster, by learning a traditional dragon dance, researching the culture and meaning of the event alongside the story of the Jade Emperor's great zodiac race. Added to the events, Year One presented a fabulous assembly to tell us stories and the importance of family, celebrating together and many lucky traditions. A super experience for all the children. Kung Hei Fat Choi.
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World Music Day
World Music Day was celebrated with an introduction to Caribbean-influenced steel drum performances. The history of the instruments, the meaning and cultural background with how to play the drums, were all part of our day. We then played them to create a simple harmony that sounded fabulous. Thank you to our workshop for such an engaging and enjoyable day.
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Mattesley Court Christmas Carols Y3 & Y4

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On a chilly winter's morning Y3 & Y4 performed a selection of Christmas Carols at Mattesley Court, our local elderly care facility, much to the delight of the residents. The children's singing was accompanied with mince pies, warming cups of tea and lots of festive cheer - shared between the generations.

 

We would like to pass on our gratitude for our warm welcome. Merry Christmas all residents and staff, thanks for having us!

 
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Walsall FC Football Competition

On Monday 5th December Walsall FC held a football competition for local primary schools across the borough. A selection of Y5 pupils created a team of seven hoping to qualify through the first stages of the national EFL Kids Cup Tournament. Their enjoyment, sportsmanship and teamwork deserved a better return, but the fourth place finish was a proud and sterling effort. Two draws, one win and an unlucky loss warmed the hands of both staff and spectators! The team said they are ready and raring for better things next year... well done Y5 - you made Abbey Primary, and yourselves, very proud.
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NSPCC Visit KS1 and KS2

During November the NSPCC delivered a set of safeguarding Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies for Abbey pupils from Y1 - Y6. Their aim was to remind children of their rights and if any problems or worries occur - prompt pupils to speak to trusted people, speak out and not carry the baggage of worries inside - share them - tell someone! The representatives highlighted potential issues for concern such as cyber-bullying, neglect and domestic abuse. Pupils were asked to discuss different scenarios and watched informative and interactive situations to consider actions. Useful phone numbers and agency details were also given out. More work with UKS2 pupils will follow later this term.
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Anti-Bullying Week

The whole school got on board with Anti-Bullying week.  We started off the week with a whole school assembly.  Then all classes worked hard understanding what bullying is and what we should do if we feel we are being bullied or see someone else being bullied.  We learnt a lot about feelings and friendship.  Have a look below at what some classes took part in.

 

Power for Good!

 

Nursery/2 Year olds did 'Giraffes Can't Dance' for Anti bullying week.  We read the story and talked about what made Gerald happy and what made him sad.  We then used 'happy suns' and 'sad clouds' as we read through the story.  The children decided for themselves if they thought Gerald was happy or sad and showed the picture.

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Year 1 played a game - what makes a good friend and what doesn’t?
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Y3 took part in a t-shirt design competition with the anti-bullying motto/logo. During the week we also visited websites, talked about responses and created an a-z word bank.
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Y4 looked at the different types of bullying. We also discussed the reason why people would bully and our feelings about it. We agreed what actions we should take- telling someone if we see it or are victims of it.
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Year 5  learnt about Cyber-bullying and being safe online. We talked about what to do if you were being cyber-bullied and the children designed posters to tell others what to do.


Year 6 took part in drama sketches that they worked in groups and performed to their peers.  We had discussions about what bullying is.  We also used Wonder Why to put our ideas about bullying across.

Harvest Festival


Diwali

 image On Thursday 20th October the children from Year 6 went to Salisbury Primary school to take part in a Diwali activity afternoon.  We all had a wonderful time learning about Diwali and taking part in craft sessions.  We made lanterns, rangoli patterns and designed our own mehndi patterns.  We then had our patterns drawn onto our hand using henna.  

Mrs Patel taught us all about Diwali, what Hindus do to celebrate with their families and the story of Rama and Sita. To finish off the afternoon we sampled some Asian food.

 

We are looking forward to meeting up with our new friends at Salisbury in the future.

 

To all who celebrate Diwali.  Happy Diwali!

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British Values


As part of our lessons on British Values

and Democracy, Year 6 wrote speeches

to argue whether we should remain in,

or leave, the European Union.

   

Hello I’m Samuel Baugh and I’m here to talk to you about the EU referendum and if I could vote I would vote leave.


First, a major point: we pay £15.7 billion pounds to the EU each year but only receive £8 billion pounds a year in the form of public supports. The money we give to the EU could build a new, fully staffed hospital every two weeks and keep the public services the EU gives us; but we can only achieve this outside of the European Union. On average £240 of each UK taxpayers money goes to the EU fund.


Every year the EU headquarters move from Brussels to Strasbourg and back; this switch has cost nearly £2 billion since it started. Do you really think this is what we should fund?


Next, I need to address the claims that we will suffer a recession if we vote to leave. To those claims I say look at the U.S.A and many other nations. Leaving the EU would allow us to take an even more active role in NATO and the UN.
We are still a major world influence as we are a permanent member of the UN Security Council (which puts us on the same level as the U.S.A, Russia, China and France) and also we are a founding member of NATO. Considering all the facts I would vote leave to regain control.

 

Cultural Diversity Assembly: Islam/Eid

On 21st June 2016 a group of Year 5 pupils from Salisbury Primary School, Darlaston came to visit the children at Abbey to teach them about their religion and faith.  The children wrote their own presentation informing the children about being a Muslim, what it means and the importance it is to them.  They discussed Eid and fasting and why Muslims fast during the holy month of Ramadan.  One of the children recited from the Qu’ran.  The children from Abbey listened intently and there was an opportunity to ask questions at the end.  The children from Salisbury were fantastic and we learnt so much! We hope that the two schools will be joining together next academic year to work on projects and visit each other’s schools!

World of Work Week

This year our bi-annual World of Work Week was held from Monday 27th June. All year groups took part in various activities, that involved some going on visits and some having visitors come in to school. All children in KS1 and KS2 learnt about money management as part of their maths and PSHE lessons using the 'My Money Week' resources. Children learnt about different skills and knowledge that is needed to complete different jobs. For example Aiden in Year 3 said that when he went to the bus garage the drivers have to be good at Maths as they have to check the fares are correct, and have a good memory for learning the routes and the numbers.

We would like to thank everyone that gave their time to help us learn more about the World of Work.

We took a peek behind the scenes of Midlands Today, BBC WM, the Asian Network and the famous and intriguing Archers studio!

We were shown around by tour guides who brought the fantastic TV, radio and online productions created at BBC Birmingham to life! They certainly surprised us as they explained how production teams work to deliver what you see on your TV or hear on your radio.

Our tour guides answered our questions on broadcasting wizardry as they explained the ins and outs of the centre's mind-blowing technology. We saw how BBC Radio Drama is made and the sound effects!

Two teams took part in CBBC's Copycats quiz show and made a draw. Thomas also read the News from an autocue and we all enjoyed watching it back! We felt that the BBC was a really interesting place to work and some of us are even thinking about a career in the media.

Bike Maintenance for KS2

As part of Walsall Council's ASTARS initiative to encourage healthier lifestyles, Abbey Primary School continues to promote all apects of healthy living. During May 2015 we asked all KS2 children to attend a 'Bike Maintenance Session'. The objective was to develop their skills of fixing and repairing their own bikes, look after their belongings and support them in riding their bikes for a lifetime.

Commando Joes for KS1 and KS2

Weekly, KS1 and KS2 children are given their 'marching orders' from Commando Joes. All children are given extra physical activities and challenges to develop many skills such as; team-building, encouraging positive attitudes, improvement in behaviour and determination. All delivered by ex-military personnel to ensure a positive role-model standards.

Theatre Shows and Perfomances

Over the course of the school year Abbey has many shows and performances from outside professionals to promote further learning through varied media forms. This form is always an excellent, and very enjoyable, approach of extending children's learning. Many songs and dances with participation engage and capture children's imgination with great outcomes


Abbey Primary School | Glastonbury Crescent | Mossley Estate | Bloxwich | WS3 2RP
Phone: 01922 710753 | Fax: 01922 404365 | Email: postbox@abbey.walsall.sch.uk
Headteacher: Mr Mark Gilbert