Outdoor Classroom Day - 23 May 2019
Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outdoors and prioritise playtime. Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. Play not only teaches critical life skills such as resilience, teamwork and creativity, but is central to children’s enjoyment of childhood. Below is a selection of pictures taken on the day at Bickershaw. More pictures are available on the class pages.
Art Week 2019
Each class has spent the past week focusing on the work of a designer or strand of design. The children had to find out about their theme and find common trends in the style of work. They then tried to create their own pieces, linked to an art media. Our displays can be seen in our school Art Gallery.
May Queen 2019
The whole community turned out to welcome their new May Queen. Continuing a tradition that begun in the early part of last century which was revived in approximately 1974, the 2019 May Queen was crowned, by Governor Sue Bristow, before leading a grand procession. The girls were beautifully presented in ornate gowns and their attendants followed in equally elegant attire. Other costumes and the whole schools’ fancy dress outfits were created by parents, the children themselves, friends and staff. A whole host of stalls and games were laid on around the school hall, which made for a fun family day out for parents and children alike.
Same Difference - Building Stronger Communities
As part of Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE & C), children participated in an assembly called SAME DIFFERENCE run by a local company called Building Stronger Communities.
Year 4/5 also had a workshop where they explored and talked about British Values, equality, challenging stereotypes and discussed how we can work both individually and as a school to encourage community cohesion.
You can find our more by visiting the Building Stronger Communities website.
Whole School Mini Enterprise December 2018
After school on 4th and 5th December we had a whole school ‘Mini Enterprise’. There were stalls, refreshments and games all designed and made by the children. Once again lots of people came along to support the children.
Birds of Prey - Key Stage 2
Birds of Prey - Key Stage 1
Zoolab 2018 - All About Me and Build a Dinosaur Workshops
Children learned about their bodies, their histories, their place in the world, and so much more, all through a variety of fun and creative animal handling activities. They also saw how some animals can even change colour and body temperature.
Silly Sock Day
The whole school took part in a silly sock day to raise money for school fund.
Mountain Monkeys 2018
Mountain Monkeys came to school to deliver a fantastic and fun day by providing; Mobile Climbing Wall, Archery, Bushcraft, Team Building and Problem Solving Activities.
Whole School Mini Enterprise 2018
After school on Thursday 28th and Friday 29th June we had a whole school ‘Mini Enterprise’. There were stalls, refreshments and games all designed and made by the children. Once again lots of people came along to support the children.
Whole School Art Week
The children across school took part in an Art/Geography week. During this week each class investigated a different continent, finding out about the physical and human features of that area. Following this, the children created art pieces inspired by their continent. After Celebration Assembly, parents were invited to visit the Art Gallery with tours given by children. All of the children enjoyed finding out about their given continents and creating individual and group pieces of art.
Year 3 sketching
Art / Geography week
Children were given the opportunity to choose what they wanted to base their project on. Some children chose sculpture, paintings, and drawings.
May Queen 2018
The whole community turned out to welcome their new May Queen. Continuing a tradition that begun in the early part of last century which was revived in approximately 1974, the 2018 May Queen was crowned, by former Governor Anne-Marie Yates, before leading a grand procession. The girls were beautifully presented in ornate gowns and their attendants followed in equally elegant attire. Other costumes and the whole schools’ fancy dress outfits were created by parents, the children themselves, friends and staff. A whole host of stalls and games were laid on around the school hall, which made for a fun family day out for parents and children alike. A grand total of £843 was raised for school funds!
Swimming Safety Assembly May 2018
The children enjoyed an assembly delivered by Steve from the swimming teachers' team at the Wigan Leisure Centres. He told us four reasons to learn how to swim:
- Learning to swim can save your life.
- Learning to swim is fun!
- Learning to swim keeps you fit and healthy
- Learning to swim might mean you can be a sports star in the Olympics!
World Book Day 2018
Children had a great time dressing up as their favourite character from a book. Everyone looked fantastic. Once again we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for the time and effort that was put in to such an amazing array of costumes.
Key Stage Two Music Performance
The Key Stage Two choir sang at each of our school Nativity plays this December. Over 30 children volunteered their lunchtimes for practise as well as their time after school to return and sing. They sang a range of songs from old to modern, familiar and brand new to each audience. Their Christmas cheer was certainly in full force!
Whole School Mini Enterprise 2017
After school on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December we had a whole school ‘Mini Enterprise’. There were stalls, refreshments and games all designed and made by the children. Once again lots of people came along to support the children.
Year 5/6 Cross Country Competition
Children took part in an inter-school Cross Country Competition, organised by Leigh Harriers and Athletic Club, at Leigh Sports Village on 21st November. Amazing effort by everyone involved!
Whole School Mini Enterprise
After school on Monday 10th July and Tuesday 11th July we had a whole school ‘Mini Enterprise’. There were stalls, refreshments and games all designed and made by the children. Lots of people came along to support the children.
Each class has spent this week being inspired by the work of an artist or a style of working based on the theme 'It's What's Inside that Counts'. We have all used different media to create pieces to explore different ideas. This has tied in with our Mental Health Week and so a lot of emphasis has been placed upon growth mindset and reflecting upon what we are good at and how 'it's what's inside us that counts'.
The week culminated with a whole school art exhibition in which parents where invited to come into school and celebrate our fantastic creations.
Below you can see our school displays:
May Queen 2017
It was a right royal occasion down at Bickershaw Church of England Primary School when the whole community turned out to welcome their new May Queen. Continuing a tradition that begun in the early part of last century which was revived in approximately 1974, the 2017 May Queen was crowned, by former teaching assistant Janet Smith, before leading a grand procession. The girls were beautifully presented in ornate gowns created by a local seamstress and their attendants followed in equally elegant attire. Other costumes and the whole schools’ fancy dress outfits were created by parents, the children themselves, friends and staff. A whole host of stalls and games were laid on around the school hall, which made for a fun family day out for parents and children alike. A grand total of £1,000 was raised for school funds!
Walk to School Week
Children took part in our Walk to School Week Challenge in May. Here are some of the children with their certificates of achievement. Look out for our next Walk to School Week Challenge coming up in October. Well done to all the children who took part!
The children met Boris the Robot when they were introduced to our new scheme, HeartSmart, which promotes a growth mindset and a positive sense of self.
Children from across the school have recently been representing Bickershaw at a series of inter-school challenges on Science, Spelling, Maths to name just a few. We are really proud of the efforts the children made and how they represented our school.
World Book Day 2017
Children had a great time dressing up as their favourite character from a book. Everyone looked fantastic. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for the time and effort that was put in to such an amazing array of costumes.
Children across the school were given the opportunity to learn about and hold a selection of domestic and exotic animals when we had a fantastic visit from Zoolab.
Sainsbury's School Games Presentation
Children from Year 4 visited Lowton High School to be presented with our Bronze Level Sainsbury's School Games award.
We began the presentation with a fantastic performance from the Anglican Youth Fellowship Choir of Uganda who took part in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, giving encouragement during the cycling heats. Mr Pollard, the school Principal, then presented, thanking the staff, the children and Mrs McGreevy for their hard word and support of school sport.
Excitingly, we then heard from Holly Lam-Moores about her journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Injury plagued her career and unfortunately she was forced to retire from professional sport immediately following the Olympics. Her sporting journey didn't end there though and she now coaches young people around the county, encouraging them to begin and further their sporting journey.
The importance of school sport is huge, providing the foundations for children to peruse further sporting opportunities. The skills honed during this time transcend physical activity and branch into leadership, respect, determination and most importantly fun.
This year we aim to further the importance of sport within school providing a daily Golden Mile, new and exciting extra curricular clubs like Fencing, Judo and School of Military and taking part in a wide range of competitions offered by the Wigan East partnership.
Well done to the Basketball team who took part in the Sainsbury's School Games Competition. The children worked hard as a team, practicing skills they had learned in lessons. They also looked at upcoming fixtures and decided teams based on their strengths.
Birds of Prey 10.11.16
On Thursday, Mike from the Welsh Birds of Prey Centre visited the us. He brought along a range of birds including a Peregrine Falcon and a Eurasian eagle-owl. The children were interested to learn about the different birds. The Eurasian eagle-owl flew back to its perch and even hooted at Mike on command. We really enjoyed the afternoon. Check back for work being done in each class.
Our Ethos Group
Meet our Ethos Group who will be leading our Harvest Service on Thursday 13th October. Join us in church from 2:15pm.
A big thank you and well done to all of the children that took part in Education Sunday. Each class showed a sample of their work from the first half term and sang beautifully.
Children new to Reception were welcomed by the church and school with a first Bible and blessing of the book bags.
Treasure Island Production
The whole school enjoyed a theatre production of Treasure Island and had a pirate day.
Travelling Science Show 17.6.16
The children enjoyed a visit from Adrian Bowden and his travelling science show.
The key stage 2 session was focused on magnificent materials. They were delighted to watch as Adrian demonstrated properties of solids, liquids and gases. Children were able to participate in experiments and help Adrian with his demonstrations. They explored changing states of matter, reversible and irreversible changes and how mixtures are made and separated.
The Key Stage 1 children learned about sound and light. They helped to change Adrian's voice, explore shadows, make sound effects end even created a rainbow on the ceiling!
The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebrations 13.6.16
The whole school took part in celebrations for the Queen's 90th birthday. Key Stage 2 made cards and the best six have been posted to the Queen. We also had a party in the classroom and learned about the Queen's family tree. The infants played party games on the playground and made crowns.
French Theme Day 24.5.16
The children had the opportunity to find out a little about the culture of France, as well as using the French they have learned in lessons and visits to Westleigh High School. Across the school there were artistic opportunities ranging from pointillism to Paul Cezanne, Eiffel Tower building, cheese tasting, picnics and French songs.
Poetry Visit 16.5.16
Andy Tooze, a Performance Poet, came to visit school to share his passion for poetry with us all. He started the day by joining our Act of Worship and performing some of his poems with us all. He then worked with each class during the day to help all the children create their own poems.
The children in Reception wrote a dinosaur poem together:
Dinosaurs ate food,
Dinosaurs stamped their feet,
Dinosaurs jumped in the swamp,
Dinosaurs jumped over the mud,
T-Rex walking round,
Here come the meat-eaters
CHOMP! CHOMP! CHOMP!
The children in the juniors wrote and performed their own poems.
The children in Year 1 wrote their own animal poems.
World Book Day 04.03.16
For World Book Day, the children of Bickershaw came to school dressed as their favourite cartoon or comic characters and spent the day producing an issue of "The Adventures of Bickershaw Heroes". Every child had the opportunity to participate in the production of the comic which was ready to sell at the end of the school day. Demand was high with over 80 copies being sold!! Some still warm off the press...!
Copies are still available in school to buy, in the school libraries to borrow or an electronic version on the school website - just click on the link below.