School Orchestra

November 08, 2019

We are very pleased with how well our school orchestra played before half term.

Watch these videos of them playing. 🎶🎺

Year 2 - Learning To Use Garage Band

October 13, 2019

During Year 2's music lesson, the children learnt about using Garage Band on iPads. See the photographs below.

End of Year Certificates

July 18, 2019

End of year certificates have been awarded. See the photographs below.

Music Concert 2019

June 26, 2019

On 23 May we had our annual Summer concert. Family and friends of the school were invited to listen to us and this gave an opportunity for our instrumentalists and choir to showcase their talents and show what they have been working on.

The orchestra started the concert off with two pieces : Polka dots and Half Minute Waltz. Then various instrumental ensembles played – guitars, brass, violins, woodwind, keyboards and handbells. The afternoons’ entertainment finished with the year 3 and 4 choir singing When I grow up and A Million dreams.

All children performed well and we hope that the audience enjoyed the concert.

Please click here to view the images.

Cross Country Success for Bilston CE Primary

April 15, 2019

A number of schools took part in the annual Bilston Cross Country Championships on Tuesday 26th March which were held at Bilston CE Primary School.

There were over 50 runners in each race with Bilston CE Primary Teams coming first in the Girls’ race and second in the Boys’ race.

Congratulations to Codi Stanford (pictured left) who came overall first in the Girls Competition.

Bilston CE Primary become City 2019 Hockey Champions!

April 15, 2019

On Wednesday 10th April Bilston CE Primary took part in Wolverhampton’s WASPS outdoor hockey championships at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton. The tournament involved 20 Teams from Primary Schools across the City. Bilston CE Primary entered two teams, an ‘A’ and ‘B’ Team. Both Teams played exceptionally well but the A Team remained unbeaten throughout the event eventually beating Deyncourt Primary 3-0 in the final.

Hockey is coached through an after school club on Friday evenings and is extremely popular with over 25 children (boys and girls) from Year 5 & 6 attending. The team have had much success over the past two years and were joint City Champions in 2018 (sharing the Trophy with Castlecroft Primary).

Bilston CE Primary Receives ICT Mark

November 16, 2018

Pupils, staff and Governors at Bilston CE Primary are celebrating after being awarded the Kite Mark award for outstanding ICT provision. The school were recently notified by Naace, the Education Technology Association, who conducted an assessment of provision at the school in Albany Crescent, Bilston in September.

Senior and subject leadership were seen as a strength of the provision with the report commenting on “a shared and devolved responsibility for the vision and ICT has an extremely high profile within the school”.

The school has developed a scheme of work for computing which is matched to the needs of pupils within school and supported through the work of the subject leader Mrs Donna Robinson. A highly sophisticated assessment regime has been developed which supports the Scheme of Work and allows for target setting and the evaluation of impact.

Mrs Robinson, Senior Leader at the School, commented: ‘There is clear evidence of the impact of technology enhanced learning across the whole school. Pupils speak with enthusiasm and pride about their work and are clearly making significant progress towards meeting the demands of the National Curriculum for Computing and applying the skills across the curriculum.

The school is only the fourth school in Wolverhampton to receive the prestigious Naace Quality Mark.

Wedgewood Art Competition

July 08, 2018

We were delighted to be invited to take part in a competition by the Arts Society. The competition was open to children in Years 3-5 throughout the West Midlands Region. Children were asked to design a plate, which would represent the theme ‘My Birthday Tea Party’ as the Arts Society were celebrating their 50th anniversary. All entries were in for a chance to win some fantastic prizes; including the opportunity to see their design made into plates at the Wedgewood Factory near Stoke-On-Trent. A team at the Wedgewood Factory selected the overall winner and runner-ups, and those children won a cash prize, as well as this the overall winner won a prize for their school.

In addition to this, in Wolverhampton there was a prize for the best local design, where the winner would be able to take their entire class to Wightwick Manor to see a new gallery, which houses the renowned De Morgan collection of ceramics. The winner would also have the privilege of being awarded with their prize by the Mayor Elect of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page.

 

Here at Bilston Church of England Primary School, we quickly took the opportunity to take part in this wonderful competition and we were overjoyed when we received the news that Nikodem Milosz-Urbanczyk in Year 5 was the winner. Nikodem created a wonderful design for his plate, which fully embraced the theme ‘My Birthday Tea Party,’ His plate included a cupcake as the main design in the middle and was surrounded by cherries and balloons. To finish off the design Nikodem decided to be creative and add some Roman Numerals. Winning this competition was fantastic news for both school and Nikodem, as he had won the school a National Trust Membership for one whole year and a trip to Wightwick Manor for his class. Nikodem won some great prizes for himself too.

 

The presentation for this competition was held at the school on Tuesday 26th June 2018 and the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page, presented Nikodem with his prizes. It was a pleasure to host the presentation and we were delighted to celebrate this with the runner-ups. Nikodem’s design has now been entered into the final stage of the competition, which will be held at Wedgewood on Saturday 22nd September. Nikodem and his family will be invited to Wedgewood for the day where the presentation will take place and the overall winner will be announced and presented with a cash prize of £50. In addition to this, cash prizes of £30 and £20 will be given to children whose designs are in second and third place. Nikodem has also won a free entry to the Wedgewood Museum with his family where they can take part in activities.

Please click here to view the images.

Art Gallery Visit

June 03, 2018

On Monday 21st May children from years 1 and 2 were invited to the Art Gallery in Wolverhampton to be presented with a prize for the best entries in the Sacre art competition.

 

The children produced art work linked to their visits to the Gurdwara and St Peters Church, this was on display during half term week. They were presented with a prize for a trip to Conkers and Mr Gentle also treated them all to a McDonalds lunch.

Science Day

March 23, 2018

All the children have had a lovely day today and enjoyed taking part in different science activities. Around the school, they explored scientific investigations based on the theme of ‘discovery’. From creating their own bubbles to becoming archaeologists investigating the diets of early civilisations by examining their `poo` the investigations were about genuinely finding out something new. The children interacted with each other really well and it was great to see them enjoying being scientists and discoverers.

In year 4 and 6 the children had the problem of trying to work out, by measuring the distances different tins rolled, which was their tin of baked beans after their little sister had removed some of the labels from different tins.

Year 4 also discovered that they are able to use milk to make different shapes if they add white vinegar to it to help turn it into plastic milk. They were surprised to discover this is how plastic used to be made about 100 years ago.

Year 3 and year 5 have looked at `poo` from Romans, Vikings, Aztecs, Tudors and Egyptians to help them understand what people ate in the past and how they prepared their food.

The discovery that KS1 were presented with was the puzzle of dinosaurs and other little creatures who were trapped inside blocks of ice and needed to be freed from their ‘icy’ prison.

All the children have had a great day and enjoyed using their problem solving skills to help them explore and discover about the world around them.

To view pictures click here.

FairTrade success for Bilston CE Primary School

March 05, 2018

Youngsters at Bilston CE Primary have been rewarded for their work over the past 9 years promoting FairTrade in school. At a special ceremony held at The Millennium Building, University of Wolverhampton, on Friday 16th February, the school received the Lord Bilston Award for its FairTrade work from Deputy Mayor Cllr Phil Page and Lady Bilston in front of other dignitaries across the City. Bilston CE Primary along with Wolverhampton Girl’s High School were the only two recipients of the award. Donna Robinson (who coordinates the school’s FairTrade work) acknowledged the children’s efforts by saying: “The past nine years have seen a greater awareness from our children and families in promoting and purchasing FairTrade products which impacts upon the lives of workers and farmers across the World. Our school link with Masaba DEB School in Western Kenya has further raised children’s understanding of the need to recognise the importance of ensuring that people receive a fair price for their crops. Kenyan Teachers from our exchange program have spoken about how Bilston families are directly helping families from the Kimilili district by supporting their farmers.”

 

Bilston CE Primary has a weekly school tuck shop which sells products from Wolverhampton’s FairTrade shop and has lessons planned into the school curriculum each Term. It was also the first of two primary schools to be recognised a ‘FairTrade school’ back in 2009. The school is involved in ‘FairTrade fortnight’ 26th February to 10th March 2018.

We have been on a Safari! Come and travel around Africa with us...

October 19, 2017

It has been a fun and creative last day of half term at Bilston. We have been on a Safari adventure including singing, dancing and playing musical instruments. Reception have been moving and dancing like Safari animals. Year One joined Mrs Bateman and Simba dancing to the Lion King and KS2 learnt traditional tribal dances. We had lots of fun exploring the African dance style and playing the Djembe with Mrs Banyard.

KS1 have recreated fantastic Safari scenes— painting, making and collaging animals focusing on the colourful prints. Year Two also prepared themselves for the Safari journey, making and collaging Safari hats and binoculars.

It is great to see Year Three have also produced digital artwork!

We have also explored the work of famous Artists. Year Five have focused on the Artist Michel Keck and produced amazing collages. Year Six have been busy sketching using the Artist Gary Hodges work as their influence.

Visit of the Right Reverend Bishop of Lichfield Michael Ipgrave

November 10, 2017

Today we were very pleased to welcome special visitor to our school- The Right Reverend Bishop of Lichfield Michael Ipgrave. He came to visit our school and to formally dedicate the last part of our school expansion project.

Mr Gentle Head Teacher, Mr Johnson Chair of Governors, Rev Dave Wills from St Leonard’s Church as well as our Head Girl and Head Boy, welcomed him.  Once escorted into school the Bishop and other valued members of the Governing Body and school community were treated to a musical 

performance by the school recorder group and the school choir. We were very proud of the children who performed beautifully and represented our school well.

      Following this, the Head Girl and Head Boy took the visitors on a tour of our school.  They shared with visitors a brief history of our school. Hi highlighting the features of our new build as well as the school achievements in a range of sporting events over the years. The performance by the school recorder group and the school choir. We were very proud of the children who performed beautifully and represented our school well.

      Following this, the Head Girl and Head Boy took the visitors on a tour of our school.  They shared with visitors a brief history of our school. Hi highlighting the features of our new build as well as the school achievements in a range of sporting events over the years.

 

In dedication of our school expansion. The Bishop then led the school in Worship giving thanks to God for our school. This was followed by Worship through Song with Bishop Mike joining in with the wonderful singing in praise of God. Mr Gentle then gave thanks to all our visitors and led the school in our prayer The Lord’s Prayer. It was a day for us to remember,

Getting Ahead Day 2

November 01, 2017

During day 2, the children attended the SuperMe event at the Molineux Stadium. They had to complete a series of events linked to developing their self-esteem and confidence in order to find their ‘SuperMe’. The first task they were set was all about developing their communication skills by expressing confidence when speaking. The children worked in pairs in order to read out super hero facts, gradually getting further away from each other climbing the stairs of the stadium.

After that they were able to take selfies to use when transforming themselves into a super hero! The children recorded a motivational message for their hero to say.

The next task required the children to enter the virtual world! They had to complete a football challenge using the virtual reality headsets to gain points, with Emilija being the overall winner!

The children then moved onto using the ‘Make Waves’ app on the iPads. This gave the children time to blog about Day 1 and gain a digital badge!

 

At the end of the day, the children completed different confidence building task taking on different roles and listening to a range of music. They were then awarded with their certificates and badges!

Dance

May 02, 2017

Dance is a major focus of our performing arts provision in school. Our children really enjoy expressing themselves through the medium of dance and it gives children another way to channel their energy and develop fitness through something they enjoy. 


Every year each class gets the opportunity to perform in the schools ‘Dance Festival’. During this time the children have dance lessons each week in which they learn a routine and on the last day before February half term parents are invited to come and watch their child perform. Children really enjoy this event in school and for the past two years have had the surprise of watching their teachers dance as well. 


There are a variety of other opportunities for children across the school to express themselves through dance such as class assemblies, after school dance clubs and diversity which is held at Wolverhampton Civic each year.  

Bilston CofE HeadStart Success!

July 27, 2016

Billston CofE Primary School were selected to take part to been involved in a pilot project called HeadStart Wolverhampton. This project aims to develop mindfulness and resilience in young people. A key element of the project is to examine the impact that digital technology can have on building resilience. Find out more at www.headstart.fm

 

In order to trial a range of digital activities, four children where selected as part of a group to work with other schools to test and evaluate the activities over the course of this year.

Activity days included , SUMO - 'Change your T-Shirt', Visit to Woodlands Camp – Develop Fruity Thinking, Met the Mayor of Wolverhampton Ian Brookfield.Visit to Safe Side in Birmingham, Activity day at Kingswood and finally the

children took part in a reflection and celebration at Wolverhampton Science Park.

For more information and to Read news stories from each activity day please click on the links below.

HeadStart Day 1: Visit to the Molineux – Change Your T-shirt

HeadStart Day2: Visit to Woodlands Camp – Develop Fruity Thinking.

HeadStart Day 3 – Civic Centre: Remember the beach ball.

HeadStart Day 4 – Safe Side: Ditch Doris Day, Dare to dream!

HeadStart Day 5 – Kingswood – Learn Latin: Carpe Diem 

HeadStart Day 6 – Day 6: Wolverhampton Science Park.

School History Day

June 28, 2016

On Friday 24th June 2016, children at Bilston CE Primary School were taken back in time over the past 90 years (relating to the recent 90th birthday of our Queen) to meet some key people who have made significant contributions to the society in which we live. Staff took on the roles of influential people such as Tim Berners-Lee, Princess Diana, Anne Frank and Sir Tim Peake among others to bring history to life for the children.

 

Pupils developed skills of historical enquiry and communication, historical investigation and the ability to build an overview of British and world history and they had lots of fun at the same time! Foundation subjects are taught within a creative curriculum at Bilston CE Primary School and through this we believe that children receive a full, relevant and exciting curriculum which gives them the skills and confidence to become independent learners whilst promoting core British values.  

 

Mrs. J. Booth, Creative Curriculum Co-ordinator

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