The children in Key Stage 1 performed their nativity "I'm Gonna Shine" to the whole school and an audience of mums, dads nans, grandads aunties and uncles - a total of four performances. The staff are so proud of every single one of the children and think they really did shine! Well done everyone. and happy Christmas.
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Well done Year 1! You have certainly widened your horizons and learnt about some local landmarks and some a little further away!
After 7 events, which included running, jumping and throwing, it was Bramford that came out on top to be crowned Champions! We are so proud of those that took part!
Congratulations to Rowan, Frankie, Skye, Caitlin, Freddy and Tyler. Go Team Bramford!!
Hamilton Reception children have been exploring Mary Anning and had a lovely time exploring fossils, and then how to make water rise in buckets. They used lots of amazing language and had lots of (wet!) fun. They then continued this learning outdoors using their outdoor environment. Because they are creative chameleons, they even made their own fossils with salt dough.
Year 5 Newton have also made their wind turbines, investigating how wind can be used as an alternative environment-friendly power source.
Year 1 have been slinky linkys, linking their science learning with their artistic skills. They sat in the outside area, observing and sketching plants. We definitely have some budding Monets and Van Goghs in Year 1!
They have also been learning about Marie Curie, a change maker who discovered polonium and radium, and changed the way we treat cancer.
Finally, Year 4 were also creative chameleons in creating a water cycle bag which imitates the water cycle. The water is heated by the sun and turns into a gas (evaporation); when it hits the sides of the bag and cools it becomes solid water again (condensation). As the water drops grow larger and heavier, they begin to fall back down into the bag (rain). Then the cycle begins all over again. What an ingenious way to demonstrate the water cycle!
Reception children have had fun learning about Mary Anning and her fossil hunting. They wanted to be creative chameleons and so made their own fossils using playdough. The children thoroughly enjoyed looking at real fossils and guessing what they were.
The afternoon continued with our concentrating crocodiles investigating floating and sinking objects, sorting objects such as rocks, leaves and dinosaur bones!
Year 5’s work today was entitled “Wonderful Winds” and as change makers, they learned about wind power as an alternative to using fossil fuels and how the power of wind can be harnessed to generate electricity. They created their own wind turbine from recycled bottles and card to make sails. It was lovely to see their enthusiasm and excitement as they constructed their wind turbines and tested them out.
Year 2 have also been exploring elephants today. They carried out a changing materials experiment, trying to bend, twist, squash and stretch a variety of everyday objects. They recorded their findings on a grid like real scientists and then wrote the results of the experiments. And, what did they find out? Lots of objects are bendable and squashable, but only a few objects can be stretched.
What a school of super scientists we have!
Year 3 have been looking at the life cycle of a flowering plant. They concentrated on seed dispersal using wind and tried to make sycamore seeds to catch the breeze. It was super breezy so they span and flew really well. Some children even tried launching them like the bursting style plants for a bit of extra oomph!
Year 6 have also joined with their Year 6 Griffin companions across the country to test how craters are made on the moon. They tested a variety of meteors (‘impactors’) to identify the length and depth the craters made, and whether the size and mass of the meteor had an effect on the crater caused. Of course, we completed the experiment as a fair test to ensure our results were accurate.
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Even with enabling safety features, there are still potential hazards in apps, games and software that children will want to install and use. Knowing what to look for and discussing those risks with your child may help avoid any nasty surprises this Christmas. Here are some top tips for ensuring that unwrapping this year’s presents doesn’t unleash any unexpected dangers.
On Wednesday, four of our year 5s travelled to Starbank Primary School for their Anti-Bullying Ambassador training. They learned what it means to be an ambassador, the types of bullying, what to do if someone tells them that they are being bullied and much more! Finally, they began to plan what anti-bullying campaigns they want to run in school. Alongside our year 6 ambassadors, who are already trained, they hope to make a real difference around school.
HiPal is a trending social media app which turns phones into walkie-talkies. In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as contact with strangers, dangerous challenges and intrusive features.
🏆🏀 CHAMPIONS 🏆🏀
Last week, we hosted a GST basketball competition for our West Midlands schools.
Bramford, Perrywood and Chivenor battled it out in the hope of being crowned the ‘West Midlands Hub Champions’.
After lots of high quality action, Bramford came out on top to claim 1st place overall🥇
Well done to all our Midland Griffins. We certainly have some NBA stars of the future 🏀
This year's Christmas fayre was a fantastic success. It was lovely to see so many of you enjoyng yourself. A big thank you to all the staff and pupils who helped create a wonderful experience and thank you so much to everyone who visited Santa's Grotto for being so patient.
The raffles were drawn and today the children's prizes will be given to the winners. The adults' raffle winners will be sent out on expressions and the prizes can be picked up from the school office by an adult.
The BPFA name a bear competition will be runing until Friday. If you would like to take part it is £1 a name and these can be bought from the school office.
Also, we had so many entries for design a Christmas decoration that judging will take place today and winners announced on Friday.
Finally, please enjoy our wondeful choir who opened up the festivities and put everyone in the Christmas mood.
From all of the staff at Bramford, we wish you a very merry Christmas.
We're looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday for our annual Christmas Fayre! Don't forget we have raffle tickets on sale tomorrow and Wednesday - 20p a ticket or a £1 a strip! Children can win lots of things from hampers to an air mayhem pass to chocolates to a cinema pass!
Also on offer is a visit to Father Christmas himself! Our grotto is filling up nicely, but Santa still has a few spaces if you want to send in your slips and money tomorrow!
Don't forget, we also have a Christmas tree decoration competition running! We look forward to seeing what you create!
See you on Wednesday for some Festive fun!
This evening our Year 6 Griffins are at Coventry Cathedral with GabrieliCandP to take part in the last performance of 'In Dulci Jubilo'. A truly amazing experience and event which has been attended by all of our West Midlands and North Warwickshire schools.
The children in Year 2 had a fantastic time at Forest School today. They toasted marshmallows, cooked popcorn outdoors and ate it! Previously they had learned the stop drop and roll rules to ensure everyone was safe in our wonderful outdoors classroom. What exploring elephants they have been all throughout their time in Forest School. Well done everyone.
World cup fever has hit Bramford. Year 1 enjoyed using their addition and subtraction skills to solve world cup maths problems. They were exploring elephants as they hunted for the flags of qualifying countries around school and super scientists when investigating whether the size of the ball affects how far you can kick it. Answers on a postcard.
Last week, year 5 had the opportunity to visit Lapworth Museum in Birmingham. During the day they learnt about different fossils that were unearthed in our local area - Wrens Nest. They were Slinky Linky Snakes, linking different animals to their fossils. Year 5 took on the role of geologists, studying different minerals, their formation, size and color. Finally a highlight of the day was finding out about the Dudley Bug that lived in the area over 428 million years ago.
Yesterday in 2M's science experiment the children were learning how to stop germs spreading. One of the girls did a pretend sneeze and Mrs Millard poured glitter in her hands. She high fived all her friends and then they all had glittery hands. The glittery germs spread everywhere!
One of the boys tried to get the glittery germs off by rinsing his hands in cold water - that didn’t work. The children were horrified!
Luckily, everyone washed their hands with soap and warm water and the glittery germs disappeared! Phew!
The children found out to stop germs spreading and stay healthy you need to wash your hands with soap and warm water.
With Christmas approaching this guide provides top tips for setting up new device such as: adjusting the screen time settings, setting windows limits and installing Xbox family settings.
A few weeks ago, we received an email to sign up to the Positive Postbox campaign run by The Diana Award. As we were one of the first 300 to sign up, we won a Positive Postbox to be delivered to school and have been chosen to be part of this fabulous opportunity! Schools across the country will write and draw anonymous messages, letters and pictures of positivity and post them in the postbox. They will then be sent to another school. In return, we will receive positive messages – we can’t wait!
We have written our letters as part of our Anti-Bullying Week. Across the school, we have been thinking about what positive messages we want to send and how we can spread happiness and positivity around. Have a look at some of our lovely messages:
Nursery have had a fantastic time celebrating World Nursey Rhyme Week. They enjoyed singing nursery rhymes and were Creative Chameleons, making fish and frog masks. Nursery also had great fun taking part in role play. Their new favourite nursery rhyme is The Big Ship Sails. A great time was had by all.
Defined as “ongoing hurtful behaviour towards someone online”, cyber-bullying makes its victims feel upset, uncomfortable and unsafe. In the digital world, it has numerous forms – such as hurtful comments on a person’s posts or profile; deliberately leaving them out of group chats; sharing embarrassing images or videos of someone; or spreading gossip about them. In support of Anti-Bullying Week, we’ve provided a list of tips to help trusted adults know what to look for and how to respond to it.
This week, for their Prep for Learning, Year 6 were set the task of researching the felt artist, Elizabeth Armstrong ready for their D.T lessons where they will be using felt. Ava could not find much information about her but instead of giving up, she was a Persevering Parrot and she decided to email Elizabeth herself. To Ava’s delight, she received a reply! This was a fantastic example of how, at Bramford, children lead their own learning. Well done, Ava!
Our Proud Tradition of the Bramford BPFA Disco returned with BANG!
The 'glow in the dark' disco was fabulous on Wednesday evening after a three-year absence. Our little 'Griffins' were impeccably behaved and the children enjoyed themselves immensely.
Special thanks to the staff who volunteered their time to help out, to DJ Phil for providing the music and to the members of the BPFA for organising the event.
Thank you for supporting the event to make it such a success.
Roll on Valentines Day...
🥉 Bramford takes the bronze 🥉
On Wednesday, 12 of our year 5 and 6 Griffins took part in a sports hall athletics competition held at St James Academy. The competition, run by Active Black Country, featured 11 schools from around the Dudley North borough. After events such as: javelin, long jump, chest push, speed bounce and relay races, it was Bramford who earned a well-deserved 3rd place finish.
Well done to our Griffins; we are very proud of you 😀
This week, nursery will be taking part in World Nursery Rhyme Week. It promotes the importance of nursery rhymes with a particular focus on how nursery rhymes boost early language and literacy skills.
Nursery have lots of exciting activities planned throughout this week. I'm sure the children will be keen to share what they have been up to.
Year 2 made poppies to wear for Remembrance Day. They wore the poppies as they watched the British Legion Webinar and stood quietly for the two minutes silence. Well done Year 2.
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. Today, on the 11th of November, our Head boys and girls and some of our year 6 pupils took the time to remember all those that have fallen in wars around the world. A proud tradition of ours is to involve the pupils themselves in the writing of our Bramford ‘Service’ which is traditionally held at our local Cenotaph. It was lovely to see some of our extended Bramford Family join us for the service – thank you for taking the time to reflect with us, I'm sure you agree, our pupils were extremely respectful and did us proud in the way they conducted themselves. Lest we Forget.
TikTok is a video-sharing social media app which lets people create, view and download looping 15-second clips. Typically, these are videos of users lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs or soundbites (often for comic purposes), enhanced with filters, effects and text. Designed with young people in mind, TikTok skyrocketed in popularity in 2019 and has featured near the top of download charts ever since. It now has around 1 billion active users worldwide.
In the guide, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as age-inappropriate content and in-app spending.
The children in Year Two have been learning about the famous astronaut Neil Armstrong who was the first person to walk on the Moon. In their D&T lessons they designed and made a lunar buggy for Neil and his friends to travel across the Moon's dusty bumpy surface. Here are some pictures of the chassis and the finished lunar buggies. The children tested their chassis to make sure they were constructed correctly before building the buggy on the chassis.
Last week, both Reception classes had an amazing time visiting Coseley Library. It was their first time travelling on the minibus, and they were so excited to go on this journey. The children were concentrating crocodiles listening attentively to two stories that were read by the librarian. They also enjoyed singing and dancing to the songs during rhythm time - so did Mr Siviter.
It was lovely to see the children reading the wide variety of books that the library had to offer. Lots of children were Go for It Gorillas, recognising their newly learnt phonics sounds in their chosen books.
All of the reception staff were very proud of the children on their first Reception trip.
Is your child in year 3 - 6 at Bramford? Do they attend any extra-curricular activities? Are they in need of any equipment to help them succeed in their activity? Why not pop an application in for the Sports and Arts fund if they do. If you need any further information, please speak to Mrs Talbot.
The link to apply is below.
Closing date 11th November 2022
It’s Christmaaaaaaaaaas! Okay, maybe not quit yet but . . . Do you run your own business? Perhaps you’re a crafter and have your own etsy shop? Would you like to hold a stall at Bramford’s Christmas Fayre?
Our Proud Tradition of our annual Christmas Fayre is always a popular one and this year we’re going bigger and better!! We are offering the opportunity on a first come first served basis for people to hold a stall – there is no charge for this, we just ask that you make a donation at the end of the event and it is totally up to yourself how much you give!
The fayre is on Wednesday 7th December 3.30pm – 5.00pm. If you are interested in holding a stall or know someone who would be, please contact the School on [email protected] FAO of Miss Badlan, stating what your stall would be selling and she will get back to you! We can’t wait to share with you what else we have planned for our Bramford Family.
What a day!
Every child had an amazing time taking part in the Skip2Bfit 2-minute challenge.
Each child showed perseverance and resilience when trying to beat their personal bests which all of them managed to do.
We can’t wait to use skipping as a way of keeping healthy and fit throughout the school day.
Well done Bramford, you smashed it!
P.S. Did you know that 2 minutes of skipping is the equivalent of a 10-minute run. Wow!
Year 6 have had a “wow” start to their new theme, “The Tragic Titanic”. We travelled to the Maritime Museum in Liverpool to explore a huge array of artefacts and memorabilia, linked to the infamous “unsinkable” boat. They also took part in a workshop, exploring the building of the boat, the fortunate and not so fortunate passengers, as well as the reasons behind why it actually sank.
The Year 6 staff were Proud Peacocks, because, as always, our children behaved impeccably and were a credit to Bramford. They listened well, they thought carefully when answering questions, and were Exploring Elephants, using the displays to develop a super knowledge about our new topic. Now, we can’t wait to be I Know Rhinos and learn more about this iconic boat.
And just like that, our first half term is over.
In PE, children are earning house points in the hope of becoming 'House Team Champion'.
We are pleased to announce that the Autumn 1 House Team Champions are ...
Below are Abbey’s house captains proudly holding the house cup 🏆
Who will be our winner next half term? 👀
Some half term savings to be had.
Happy Diwali to all those celebrating.
BPFA are running a Scholastic book fair after school on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th October in the school hall. Payment is by cash or card.
Did you know that Scholastic donate over £2.2 million worth of free books annually to schools nationwide to support literacy and reading for pleasure. You can help make a difference by purchasing from the Scholastic Fair – every purchase earns our school rewards which we can then spend on free books to stock our library and classrooms.
On Thursday, our year 5 Griffins had the opportunity to visit RAF Cosford Museum to take part in a STEM Learning Day. They had such an amazing time being engineers, building Mars Rovers, testing them, navigating asteroid fields using computerized robots that they built, making rocket as well as testing how far they would go. They were certainly Innovative Iguanas, Go for it Gorillas and Creative Chameleons...fun was had by all.
Wow! We are so proud of our sporting superstars.
Two days of outstanding individual performances and immense team efforts meant that we left, the first Griffin Sports festival in three years, with an array of medals. This included an overall third place finish, that got us a team Bronze 🥉
There are definitely potential future athletic stars walking amongst us at Bramford. Mr Green, Mrs Morgan and Mrs Guest were so proud of your resilience, self belief and determination. You will go down in history as our best performance yet!
GSF Day 2 began with an early morning call, breakfast and a quick game of uno before packing the bus and heading to the stadium for the athletic track finals and the duathlon.
It has been an inspirational day watching our Griffins give each activity their all.
GSF day 1 over and everyone is settled in bed. What a day it has been. Track and field, handball, basketball and curling all complete. There have been some amazing examples of team work and some super individual performances. Well done team Bramford.
Despite Friday's rain, 1 Webber had a fabulous time at Dudley castle. We were all Exploring Elephants using maps to find our way around and I know Rhino's spotting all the features of a castle that we had learnt about in class.
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