The Spring term started in mystery and intrigue after the murder of Tom, a famous artist, right in the middle of the Year 5 classrooms. Luckily for us the police had already removed the body but left us with different evidence to be sifted through, as we had to find out who committed the awful crime. Using chromatography, fingerprinting, line graphs of pulse rates, time maps of the suspects’ movements and amazing sleuthing skills the pupils had to turn into junior investigators to find the guilty culprit…
What a lovely last full week of
term! The Year 6 disco and bbq was a blast with all the children
behaving so well and dancing the night away - there were some
impressive moves and not just from the children! The DJ said how much
he enjoyed coming to our school to run the disco as the children are
so lovely and so polite. Well done Year 6. They received their
dictionaries from the Rotary Club as well this week and our grateful
thanks go to the Rotarians for this annual generous gift.
Billi Band blew us, and the children, away with their performance on Thursday - see Twitter for a clip with the band playing and the children breaking into spontaneous singing! The talent on show was amazing and made us all very proud. My thanks to Mrs Webb, Mrs Harvey Gay, Mrs Quigley, Mrs Pullen and Mr Ibelo for supporting the band so well with their own musical talents.
Many parents attended the open afternoons to see what their child has been doing over the last year. I know parents said how pleased they are with their child's report.
Friday afternoon we held the Year 6 Leavers' Prize Giving. This is always an emotional event but one of our favourites of the year - a chance to celebrate each and every Year 6 child and their achievements.
A pleasurable time was had with the School Council and all the House Captains at our annual 'thank you' tea. After all their hard work and for being such good ambassadors for the school, it was nice to share some cake with them!
A huge thank you to the BPSCA for holding another very successful Cinema Afternoon. All the children behaved very well and enjoyed the film 'Sing' - so much so they were dancing in the aisles to the songs!
A huge well done to all of the children who took part in the Horsham and District Schools' Country Dancing Festival. It was the most perfect summer's evening and a joy to see everyone having such fun. Thank you to Mrs Doran and Mr Buckler for training the dancers and to all the parents and families who came to support on the night.
Congratulations to the KS2 Choir who sang at the Hawth on Monday night as part of the Weald Schools' Summer Concert. They all put a lot of effort into learning the harmony parts and memorising the words We had good feedback from the audience who said how much they enjoyed it and how some of them had even shed tears because of the beautiful singing! Well done!
Our Year 6 children returned from their residential on Friday 9th June, following a rather soggy at times, but fun week. The children were impeccably behaved (as usual) and enjoyed taking part in a range of activities from canoeing to archery to high ropes climbing.
Science week has been explosive! We had a visit from a university scientist, Charlie Footer, on Tuesday and he made a number of chemicals (coca-cola!) explode (safely!) in assembly. The children have been tackling the marble challenge and looking at all kinds of changes. See what they have been up to on Twitter.
What a lovely week, and it was wonderful to see everyone dressed up. Thank you to our parents for pictures of children reading, the costumes and donations for our book sale. Go to @BPShead on Twitter to see the staff's costumes and some of the lovely things that have been happening. If you don't have Twitter just go to the front page of the website.
Our children were buzzing with excitement following the two day visit of Dr Matt Pritchard, who brought maths and science to life through a clever combination of wit, wisdom, comedy and magic. His presentations prompted a myriad of questions and generated enthusiasm and interest in maths and science across the whole school. Children were inspired to go back to their classrooms to try some of the activities for themselves, or do further research. Furthermore, Dr Pritchard spent time chatting to the children at lunchtimes and, I am pleased to say, said some very positive things about their curiosity and behaviour, and the lovely atmosphere throughout the school.
Very well done to the fifty strong KS2 choir who joined children from all over the country to sing at the O2 on Monday night. It was an amazing experience for all involved and, as usual, the children were an absolute credit to the school and their parents. Thank you also to their parents and families who went to cheer them on in the arena. It was a long day and a very late night, but an experience that will stay with all those involved for a very long time. An enormous thank you to Miss Milton for organising this fabulous trip and to all the staff who supported the children on the day.
It has been a very exciting week as the whole school have read and explored 'The day the Crayons Quit', a wonderful picture book about colourful crayons who decide enough is enough and that Duncan needs to hear a few complaints! It was lovely to see all the children dressed up in their favourite crayon colour and they shared some of their work on Friday afternoon.
Year 1 - 6 had the most inspiring day working with 7billionideas. The
children were incredibly creative in coming up with world changing
ideas. One Year 6 group will be going to a final at The Weald with
ideas from all the local schools. I think we were all impressed by the
children's innovation, thoughtfulness and motivation to develop their
fantastic ideas. The team from 7billion were also very impressed; I
received this email from David Harkin -
'The teachers and pupils of Billingshurst Primary School were outstanding. It was an absolute pleasure to inspire their 600+ students in 1 single day and on our travels around schools across the UK, we will always speak highly of the school and how they made yesterday a superb day. I hope we can work with them again in the future! Well done BPS!'
A fantastic time was had by all during the three Shakespeare Rocks! performances held. The audience were grinning from ear-to-ear throughout and Year 6 pupils really enjoyed themselves. Happy memories for Year 6 to take with them as they move on.
Olympic week was a glorious success and the children really entered into the spirit of the event, waving their class flags, cheering on their teams and having lots of fun. The Year 5 and 6 children were particularly brilliant in supporting the younger children and helping with equipment.
Our two sports days were held this week. Miraculously the weather was on our side and the children threw themselves into the events to compete in their houses for the Sports Cup. The winners were Goodwood House!
Our Science Week is inspired by Tim Peake's time on the International Space Station and our work will have links to the science of space and forces. We invite parents and carers to come into school on Friday at 2.30 pm to see what has been happening throughout the week in class.
On Wednesday we held the Musicians' Showcase with over 100 children involved in singing and playing a range of instruments. It was absolutely lovely to see those just starting out learning an instrument as well as those who have been learning for longer. The choirs sang beautifully and the range of talent on show was fabulous.
Seven assessment update sessions were held during parent consultation evenings in March. Feedback from those who attended suggests that they found it interesting and informative. For those who were not able to attend, a copy of the presentation is available on this website in parent workshop section.
Thank you to all those of you who so kindly supported the Book Fair this week and have helped raise money for books for our school. It was lovely to see so many children receiving books as a 'well done' for a fabulous parents' evening report.
On Tuesday, all children in KS1 and KS2 took part in an assembly led by the Alzheimer Society and are now Dementia Friends. They learnt about the challenges faced by people living with all forms of dementia and how being thoughtful and kind could make a difference to people living with dementia. They have been wearing their badges with pride and we are the first school in West Sussex to be Dementia Friends.
Another highlight this week was on South Today when John, our Crossing Patrol, and the children were on the BBC talking about our book 'Cross Now Please!' with Abi Smith, Parent Governor, the author. It was lovely to see all the children and John so celebrated and it is great that the book is doing so well. Thanks go to Abi and the BPSCA.
Another inspiring maths workshop was held for parents on Wednesday run by Mr Collinson and Miss Andrews. The presentation can be viewed by going to Learning/Parent Workshops on this website.
Today has been a very exciting one for BPS! Firstly we were on BBC Radio Sussex this morning to celebrate the launch of Abi Smith's book 'Cross Now Please!' about John Gooderham, our fabulous and unique Crossing Patrol. the children were very excited to be on the radio and even more excited to be able to say how much they appreciate John keeping them safe every morning. If you would like to listen on iplayer go the the Neil Pringle show on listen again and we are in the last 5 minutes of the broadcast.
Then this morning we welcomed Jeremy Quin to our school to share in celebrating our recent Ofsted outcome but also to continue to press for better funding for West Sussex schools, which Mr Quin is fully supporting through the Worth Less campaign. We are one of the worst funded schools in West Sussex, which is the worst funded local authority in England and we face crippling financial pressures as employment costs rise and funding drops. Jeremy spent time with the children and even sat a Year 6 spelling test! We are grateful to him for his time and we appreciated greatly his congratulations on the school's Ofsted success.
On Tuesday 2nd February we were all, children and adults, inspired by seeing Tim Peake live from the ISS via a Cosmic Classroom event. We tweeted a number of times, hoping to get a mention but were not lucky this time, however the children were thrilled to see how water behaves in space and to hear about how life's more mundane tasks become very complicated in space (like going to the toilet!). Follow Tim on Twitter (we are following him @BPShead) and we hope there will be more similar events in the very near future.
One of our parents, Abi Smith, is a children's author and has written a book about a School Patrol Crossing man entitled 'Cross Now Please!'. The children have been involved in designing illustrations for the book and are very excited about seeing their pictures in print. The book will on sale soon, with proceeds going to the school.
Click here to view the Ofsted report from our recent inspection.
Please click here for a list of Christmas activities happening within the next few weeks.
Following our successful fortnight at the beginning of term on e-safety, we took part in the national anti-bullying week but turned it into a fortnight's work. Please click here to see a presentation made at the Parents Meeting held on 27th November and click here to see the posters made by the children.
If Parents/Carers were unable to attend the Blackland Farm Residential Parent's Meeting please click here to view the powerpoint from the meeting.
Sadly the day has come that we have all been dreading - Mrs Summerfield's last day. I know she will be showered with gifts, cards and best wishes from staff, children, families and visitors. We will all miss her terribly but wish her every success and happiness in her new job - no-one deserves it more.
Thank you to all our parents who supported the Macmillan Coffee morning on 25 September. We raised an amazing £806.62. The morning was a huge success and pictures are on BPSnews on Twitter.
An enormous thank you to all our families and friends who supported this year's record-breaking BPSCA Summer Fair - the final figure raised from Summer Fun Day was an amazing £10,092.62!! We are so incredibly fortunate to have such a hard working BPSCA, led so ably by Mrs Bik-kay Talbot, who raise such amazing amounts of money to provide our children with the 'extras', such as violin lessons, visits, the Clockhouse, that otherwise would not be possible. We are a very lucky school!
We were thrilled to hear recently that we have been awarded 'Dyslexia Aware Schools Award' recognising the work that the school does to meet the needs of children with a dyslexia and dyslexic tendencies. The team have worked hard to make sure that we are adopting best practice and we are really pleased to receive this award. A new logo will be joining the others on our letter head and website soon.
A big well done to our KS2 choir who performed with other local schools at The Hawth on Wednesday. They sang a range of songs from shows since the 1930s up to and including the favourite 'Let it Go' from Frozen! Our children were fabulous and, again, a credit to the school. Thank you to Miss Nicholls, Mrs Pullen and Mrs Harvey Gay for working so hard to prepare our choir for this event.
On a bright but breezy Tuesday evening this week, a number of our children took part in the Horsham Country Dancing Festival. Many parents attended and great fun was had by all. The children danced really well and showed off the new costumes bought by the BPSCA. Thank you to all the parents who kept the staff warm with cups of coffee and to all the staff who have spent a number of weeks running the Country Dancing Club for this event. Well done to all the children who, as usual, represented the school so well.
We have welcomed two new members of the school community this week - two new rescue hens have joined Reception. They have been rather shy this week as they get used to their new surroundings but they are doing well and settling in to their new home.
A huge well done to all the children and to all the incredibly hard working staff at Blackland Farm residential for Year 6 this week. Thank you also to the parents who put such lovely comments on the Twitter BPSResidential page (a locked site for Year 6 parents only). I know the children have been delightful and a pleasure to take away - their enthusiasm and energy was wonderful to see. Their behaviour has, as ever, been impeccable. We look forward to seeing them home.
We have recently held several meeting for Parents/Carers to explain the new arrangements for curriculum and assessment. If you were unable to attend these meetings you can view the presentation by clicking here. There is also a very informative 'You Tube' video by Tim Oates which you can view by clicking on the link below:-
A huge well done to Year 6 who have undertaken all the tests this
week in a calm and confident manner. I am sure they have done
themselves proud. Thank you to Sainsbury's for sponsoring the
breakfast for Year 6 this week but also thank you to the staff,
particularly Year 1 Teachers, who donated and cooked bacon so that
Year 6 could enjoy a bacon sandwich on Thursday, the last day of the
tests! Year 6 now have lots of exciting things to look forward to
including Blackland Farm and spending the day at The Weald. Well done
Year 6 and all the staff.
Another positive meeting was held on Wednesday. The presentation can be viewed by clicking here
Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Spring Fair. We had a
lovely sunny afternoon on the playground and lots of fun was had by
all. Thank you to everyone who entered the Spring Fair Poster
competition which was judged by Fowlers and all entries are proudly on
show around the school.
On Thursday 16th April, Mr Collinson hosted an enjoyable and useful
session on 'Creating 'Can Do' Mathematicians'. The second session was
videod and this will be uploaded to the website as soon as possible so
that those who were unable to attend will be able to benefit from the
presentation in supporting children at home with maths.
On Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th January we underwent a Section 8
monitoring visit by an Ofsted Inspector for HMI, monitoring our
progress since the last inspection and the monitoring visit in May. We
felt it to be a positive two days and the letter can be viewed from
the Ofsted page of the website.
If you were unable to attend the above meeting held on 6th May 2014, you can view the presentation on the Ofsted page of our Website:- About Us/Ofsted or clicking on the link below:-