Friday, 11 November 2016


Yesterday year 6 had a fabulous day in London. We saw all the famous London sights including Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch, Elizabeth Tower, River Thames and, of course, the Houses of Parliament.

Our tour around the Houses of Parliament was fabulous. We got to go into the chambers of both houses, see where the prime minister stands to debate and the robing room where the Queen gets ready to open Parliament every year!

A great day was had by all 🙂

Challenge – What famous item does the Elizabeth Tower contain?

A Day In Politics

Friday, 4 November 2016

Year 6 have been preparing for their visit to London next week by creating their own political parties. They all created a manifesto, created marketing material and presented their ideas to the rest of the class. Democracy then reigned supreme as the children voted on whose political campaig they thought was the best. The winning team was the Pouncing Politicians but, as with any election, it was very close! Well done to all the children who took part so enthusiastically and looked so smart in their ‘business’ outfits.

Have a look at our special video that will show you how exciting our day was.

The Big Read

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

We have a fabulous bench created by our very gifted artists on display as part of ‘The Big Read’. Over summer see if you can go and visit it. Don’t forget to take a book! It’s in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

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Enabling Enterprise Challenge Day

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

We recently enjoyed a fabulous CSI challenge day supported by Enabling Enterprise

Have a look at the report from the day here!




Enabling Enterprise Celebration Day

Thursday, 26 May 2016

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Many Thanks to all the parents and family members who came into school this afternoon to share in our Enabling Enterprise celebration. The children have been working hard on their enterprise skills and have put those skills into practise through their projects. Approximately ÂŁ100 has been raised from the CafĂ© in year 2 and the chocolate companies in year 4 – the children will decide where this money goes or how it will be used.

Parents feedback

“Absolutely fantastic. ”

“I think developing a child’s view of life after school is very valuable. Using different methods of learning is key to opening young minds.”

“It was so fantastic to be able to see first hand the hard work Archie and his classmates produced – It is obvious that they have enjoyed every part of the project; they were brimming with pride.”

“Enabling Enterprise is a wonderful idea for the children as it gives them a sense of independence. Great motivator for confidence building.”

School Council meets Ian Ward

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Local Councillor Ian Ward visited our school today to meet our school council. He explained what would happen with the petition for a new zebra crossing we have asked for on St Giles’ Road. We are hoping for some good news from the transportation department in the new year!

The also ‘grilled’ Mr Ward with some challenging questions and he was so impressed with them he has invited them to visit the council house and meet the Lord Mayor in the new year. We can’t wait! Thank you Mr Ward!


Houses of Parliament

Monday, 9 November 2015

Year 6 enjoyed a fabulous day in London on Friday to visit the Houses of Parliament. We had an early start and a very excitable coach journey. On the journey we wowed Mrs Johnson with what we already knew about Politics and we also learnt about the Battle of Edgehill!

We started our London experience visiting the Cenotaph to pay our respects to the fallen soldiers of the war. Brother Andrew led us in prayer and it was a very special moment for us all. We then got to have a quick look at Downing Street before making our way to the Houses of Parliament.

On our tour we learnt all about the history of the building as well as the day to day politics that takes place. We loved going into the House of Lords and watching the House of Commons in action!

Why don’t you test our year 6 children – ask them what they can remember? Can they tell you the 3 parts that make up parliament?

Following this we took part in a workshop where we debated a new law to lower taxes for adults. We learnt about the process of the ‘Bill’ being passed between the House of Commons and the House of Lords before being signed as a law by the Queen. They call this parliamentary ping pong!

Before leaving we spoke to James who works with our local MP Liam Byrne. He answered some questions about what his job is like and how we can also do a similar job when we are older.

A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all! Ask us about it – we would love to tell you all about it!CTT_48gWcAAic5M CTT_AzPWcAA0XUd CTUAN6wWIAAEXpg

A Day in Politics

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

In the second year of working with Enabling Enterprise, Our Lady’s chose to continue embedding the all-important Enterprise Skills across the curriculum with a focused challenge day, especially for their aspiring Year 6 entrepreneurs.

After a most successful Going Live Lesson Time Project and Moonbase Challenge Day whilst in Year 5 last year, expectations of these 10 and 11 year olds were high from the outset.

Read the full story on the Enabling Enterprise website (external link).

K’Nex centre of excellence

Monday, 12 October 2015

Pupils and staff at Our Lady’s Tile Cross, Birmingham are delighted to have been appointed as a centre of excellence for Data Harvest Robotics who provide primary school science and technology products worldwide. With the enthusiastic help of Bren Taylor Senior Education Advisor at Link2ICT based in Birmingham, Our Lady’s was approached to be a local centre of learning for the K’NEX range of physical computing equipment and software.

Recently Data Harvest visited the school to provide training to staff.This session was also attended by some children who were more than happy to help. The staff and children were given the opportunity to see the equipment and learn about the educational benefits it offers by broadening the school’s resources to help all students achieve.

Exciting times ahead!

National Poetry Day

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Philip Monks came back to school today to celebrate our fabulous poems for National Poetry Day. Each class performed a selection of the poems they had created and we enjoyed hearing Philip perform some of his poems.

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