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Rich Opportunities and Memorable Experiences

Rich Opportunities and Memorable Experiences
It is really important to me that children enjoy coming to school. At Birchwood we work extremely hard to ensure that our children receive a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, but we also take every opportunity we can to provide our children with new and exciting experiences. Academic expectations, placed upon children in Primary schools, have risen significantly over the last few years. As a school we have taken the approach to shoulder these expectations ourselves and are very careful to ensure that we support our children to succeed in a nurturing and caring environment.
Using themes to lead children’s learning enables us to deliver fun, engaging, creative and exciting lessons. Giving learning a purpose and linking it to real life also supports our children to achieve.
Extra-curricular activities at Birchwood are highly valued. These give children who may not be high academic achievers a chance to shine, excel and develop skills and self-esteem in other areas. Providing and facilitating these opportunities takes up a huge amount of time, money and resources, but the outcomes are well worth all the extra effort! At Birchwood we look to get involved in everything and are always on the lookout for new and exciting challenges.
This year our musical theatre has doubled in size and I very much look forward to the end of year school production. We also have planned five exciting after school clubs, one for each day of the school week. Currently running after school are Embody Dance sessions, Aston Villa Football, Elite Football, Top Score sport skills and Boogie Bounce fitness. We also continue to get involved with local area sports. This half term we have already competed in football tournaments and cross country.
Visits and visitors are also an extremely important part of our curriculum. Each half term theme covered in school is supported by either an educational visit or a visitor into school. School trips provide unique opportunities for kinaesthetic learning i.e. 'learning by doing' and encourage children to engage with people, places and buildings in new ways. This is particularly beneficial for many SEN children who find visual and sensory experiences helpful to their learning and understanding.
Team Birchwood Primary School (TBPS) also support our work in this area by organising a range of events in school for all children to enjoy and help raise money for the school at the same time. This year they have already held a tea party for parents and children in Reception, they have a movie night coming up soon and are already busy preparing for our Christmas Fair. Watch this space for news of other new exciting and memorable learning to come at Birchwood.
Mr N Coleman - Headteacher