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It was another busy week for Birches last week! The week began with our Grandparents Day celebration. The school really was buzzing all day with chatter and laughter as the children and adults enjoyed a range of activities together. Thank you to all our special guests who joined us and to staff for their organisation.
October is Black History Month and last week each class spent time learning about a significant figure in Black History. The children enjoyed finding out what made their figure so important and celebrating their achievements. Class figures were as follows;
Nursery – Mo Farah
Reception – Barack Obama
Year 1 – Rosa Parkes
Year 2 – Lewis Hamilton
Year 3 – Martin Luther King
Year 4 – Nelson Mandela
On Tuesday the children enjoyed an assembly with Mr Crilly from Severn Trent Water who helped the children explore and understand the importance of water and about the little changes we can make to our day to day lives that can have a huge impact in reducing water wastage.
There were two cross country events held last week. The first, a Year 3/4 event held at Perton Middle School saw our Year 4 girls qualify for the district finals! Our boys and girls teams from Year 3 and 4 all ran brilliantly and demonstrated great sportsmanship as representatives of our school- well done children!
Some of our Year 4 runners ran again on Friday alongside children from St Nics at a event organised by and held at Wolverhampton Grammar School. Once again, our children did a wonderful job and returned to school a little wet and windswept but smiling!! Thanks to staff for accompanying the children on these events and to parents for supporting and helping out with transport. Thanks also to Mr Cothey (Parent Governor at Birches and Assistant Head of WGS Junior School) for his organisation of the event on Friday.
The week ended with the Year 1 children enjoying a visit to the fire station as part of their topic learning about The Great Fire of London.
Over the last few weeks I have been enjoying the chance to get into classes and see more of the children’s learning in action. It has been great to see such positive attitudes and children motivated to learn and determined to try their best as they tackle some super activities and challenges.

The coming week brings us our Phonics Workshop on Monday at 6pm for parents of children in Nursery, Reception or Year 1. We hope to see many of you there and hope that you will find this opportunity useful. Children in Reception and Years 1/2/3 and 4 will be having their nasal spray flu immunisations on Wednesday. Please ensure you have completed and returned your consent form should you wish for your child(ren) to be immunised. On Thursday the children are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Harvest Assembly at 2pm, during which we will celebrate the gifts of harvest and the excitement of autumn. Please send in your harvest produce during this week – all donations will be shared with the local community. There will be a collection at the end of our assembly to raise money for Water Aid, our harvest charity.
Our PFA are looking forward to hosting our first ever Bingo night on Thursday. Grab a ticket if you haven’t already done so and we hope this evening is full of fun!
The week will draw to a close on Friday with our Reception children heading off on their trip to Pendeford Mill and Year 1 parents joining us for their class Parent Lunch. Then on Friday afternoon Year 4 will be entertaining the children and their parents when they join us for their ‘Romans’ themed class assembly.
Have a good week all! Mrs Ferretti