We are very proud of our Birches community. During these difficult times we would like to use this space to help keep our Birches community connected and help keep the ‘Spirit of Birches’ alive. Below we will post a selection of items – lighthearted ‘fun’ features (quizes/challenges), community news, quotes or helpful hints or ideas. If you come across any ideas that could be posted here that you feel may help others through the challenge of lockdown, social distancing and self-isolation then please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Rainbow Banner and Pebble Garden
We would love to create a bright and colourful pebble garden underneath our magnificient rainbow banner. Why not give it a go and add your own!
Quote of the Week
VE Day 75th Anniversay
Please click on the link below to view activity grid with suggestions for celebrating VE Day during lockdown.
A Message From Our Key Worker Children
The children attendning our childcare provision at Codsall Middle School have been busy showing their appreciation for the NHS!
Birches Staff Toilet Roll Challenge!
You have all seen the footballers and their toilet roll challenge right? Well we wanted to have a go too! We hope this makes everyone smile!
The BBC have created this poignant but thought provoking video message;
Bringing us closer: A message from all of us, to all of you. Together we’ll get through – BBC
Let’s hold on to that hopeful message – ‘together we’ll get through’. Stay home, save lives.
Free child friendly e-book to explain Coronavirus
Please click on the image to follow link to a new child friendly book that you may like to download and print to share with your children. Alternatively click here to view a ‘read online’ version (scroll to bottom of page.)
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
We want to make sure that this book is accessible to every child and family and so the book is offered totally free of charge to anyone who wants to read it. However, we have suggested, at the back of the book, that families might make a donation to help our health service if they find the book useful: https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/.
Why not create a time capsule to help you remember this time in the future? Click on the image to download a template.
A Poem -
The Rainbow Children
Please click the image to view a lovely poem about hope for our children’s futures.
Do you think you can grow a champion sunflower?! Please see poster for details.
Pictures of Hope for Hospitals and Key Workers
Over recent weeks our Birches community have decorated our website and windows with beautiful rainbows of hope. We are now encouraging the children to create some new pieces of art that can help brighten up hospital wards and raise the spirits of those who are sick and as a means of saying thank you to those who are working so hard to help fight Coronavirus.
Your pictures can be posted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the address shown here or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward them onto other recipients such as New Cross Hospital, West Midlands Ambulance Service and the new Nightingale Hospitals.
Messy Church Easter Bonnet Competition
Can you work out the titles of these famous children’s books from the emoji clues?
How many have you read?
Traditional Tale Emoji Challenge!
Can you work out the titles of these well known Traditional Tales from the emoji clues?
How many have you read? Why not have a go at creating your own emoji clues?!
For those with children who may find it hard to explain what is going on, this makes a lovely story…
How many Disney characters can you name in the below image?