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  • St John Fisher Catholic Primary School
  • Alvechurch Road, West Heath, Birmingham
  • West Midlands, B31 3PN
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St John Fisher Children's Charter

We have given careful consideration to our curriculum content, opportunities for language acquisition and our children’s charter in order to provide our pupils with a rich primary school experience, ensuring a level playing field for all. All children have strengths, interests and skills which need to nurtured and developed. Our offer at St John Fisher School affords a broad range of opportunities for all in order to close the gap of inequality.

Language development is key in ensuring that pupils can converse at a high level and have a good grasp and fluency with tier 2 vocabulary. Whilst this is achieved primarily through the classroom, it is also further enhanced by the vast array of experiences we offer beyond the classroom, which some pupils may never otherwise encounter. Our children's charter ensures that all pupils not only visit places of interest or experience opportunities linked to our curriculum but also those that we see as rite of passage as a primary aged child. Among those included are opportunities to take part in sporting activities, perform, visit the seaside,  experience live music, theatre and sport to name but a few.

See the table below for our trips, opportunities and experiences offered by class and then following on from that opportunities beyond the classroom for various groups and clubs to further enrich our pupils time here at St John Fisher School.

 

Whole Class Opportunities Throughout Our School

Class

What/Where

Type of experience

Links

Reception

The Happy Chick Company

 

Chick Hatching

KUW – Growing and changing

Attwell Farm

Experience with animals

KUW – Growing and changing

Theatre Visit - Midlands Art Centre

 

See a live theatre performance

 

Link to literacy text

HSBC Money Sense workshops

 

Money sense and banking

Maths and RHE

Forest School

 

Nature/engagement with risk/problem solving and team building 

KUW, PSED and PD

Year 1

Weston Super-Mare

 

 

Experience the seaside

Coast – Geography

Seascapes- Art

Link to literacy texts

 

Theatre Visit - Midlands Art Centre

 

See a live theatre performance

Link to literacy text

 

Explore local area – West Heath ‘Bath Tub’

Local historical places of interest

History – Discovering History (3 lessons on local)

Geography – local area

 

HSBC Money Sense workshops

 

Money sense and banking

Maths and RHE

Forest School

 

Nature/engagement with risk/problem solving and team building 

Science and RE

Year 2

Theatre Visit - Midlands Art Centre

 

See a live theatre performance

Link to literacy text

Selly Manor (local)

 

Local historical places of interest

 

Tudors - History

 

Cadburys

Local historical places of interest

 

Local History – ‘Powerful Voices (George Cadbury)

HSBC Money Sense workshops

 

Money sense and banking

Maths and RHE

Forest School

 

Nature/engagement with risk/problem solving and team building 

Science and RE

Year 3

Birmingham Hippodrome –Welsh National Opera

 

Hear live music

Music

Harvington Hall

Visit local landmark/Historical Building

Tudors/Law and Power/War of the Roses – History

Reformation of the Church –RE

 

Lickey Hills

Experience the Forest

 

Forest activities and team building

RE retreat – link to Laudato Si

 

HSBC Money Sense workshops

 

Money sense and banking

Maths and RHE

Forest School

 

Nature/engagement with risk/problem solving and team building 

Science and RE

STACS Faith retreat

 

Faith Retreat

RE

Year 4

STACS - STEM

STEM Workshops in secondary science labs

 

Science and DT

Birmingham Music Service

 

Learn to play an instrument

Tenor Horn lessons weekly - Music

Birmingham Symphony Hall

 

Live music

 

Music – Birmingham Symphony Hall to see CBSO live performance

London  -Parliament and Thames Tour

 

Experience the Capital City

London and the South East – Geography

Stuarts  - History

HSBC Money Sense workshops

 

Money sense and banking

Maths and RHE

Forest School

 

Nature/engagement with risk/problem solving and team building 

Science and RE

Year 5

STACS - STEM

STEM Workshops in secondary science labs

 

Science and DT

STACS mini concert

 

Musical performance

Music

Women’s Football Match – Birmingham City

 

Experience live sport in a stadium

PE

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery or Barber Institute of Fine Arts

 

See important works of art and museum collections

Art and History

Birmingham City Centre (local)

 

 

Visit our town centre and know about its history, use and development

West Midlands and local study – Geography

 

Harry Potter Studios

 

Film making and bringing stories to life

 

Literacy text studied

HSBC Money Sense workshops

 

Money sense and banking

Maths and RHE

Forest School

 

 

 

Bike Ability

Nature/engagement with risk/problem solving and team building

 

Learning how to ride safely on the roads and in the community 

Science and RE

 

 

 

PE, RHE and safeguarding

Year 6

French  -STACS

Conversational French with language expert

 

MFL

Bletchley Park

 

Visit important landmark/Historical Building

 

WW2 – History

 

Alton Castle

Experience a residential visit

Experience a religious retreat

 

Catholic Retreat – RE

Adventurous Activities - PE

HSBC Money Sense workshops

 

Money sense and banking

Maths and RHE

Forest School

 

 

 

Bike Ability

Nature/engagement with risk/problem solving and team building 

 

Learning how to ride safely on the roads and in the community 

 

Science and RE

 

 

 

PE, RHE and safeguarding

Opportunities for groups within school

 

Mini Vinnies (Y4,Y5 and Y6 pupils)

 

This group meet regularly to look at ways that we can support those in need. This includes visiting the local SVP food bank and making grocery packs for the fortnightly collection. They also lead on gathering collections of toiletries and chocolates for the homeless in Birmingham. Our Mini Vinnies also organise community activities such as Parish Bingo afternoons and afternoon tea in the school hall. This facilitates opportunities for our children to support the elderly within our community too.

 

Caritas Ambassadors (Y5 and Y6)

 

This group meet to think about putting their faith into action. They have written to the local MP about their views on the refugee and asylum seeking process. They have also visited St Chad's Sanctuary in Birmingham to find out about what newly arrived people experience and support available to them. We are proud of achieving the 'School of Sanctuary' status which was awarded to us in 2022.

 

School Choir (KS2)

 

We have an amazing school choir! They sing every week after school have have taken part in some wonderful opportunities to perform. They perform at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, St John Fisher Church Christmas Carol Service, St Thomas Aquinas Concerts at Easter and Christmas, Redditch Palace Theatre, Birmingham Symphony Hall Youth Proms and even at Resorts World Arena as part of the Young Voices choir. 

 

Eco Committee (KS2)

 

Our Eco Committee challenge us to think about the ways that we can more sustainable and look after our world. We are proud to be and Eco School and Ambassadors for the Green Flag Award. We are currently looking at ways to 'Live Simply' in line with the CAFOD programme in order to live more simply, live in solidarity with people in poverty and live sustainably with creation.

 

School Council (KS2)

Our school councillors ensure that pupil voice is heard in our school. They meet regularly to suggest improvements to our school and also lead on projects to raise funds such as the Macmillan Coffee morning or swap shop events to promote sharing resources within school. The school councillors are elected by their peers to represent their views at meetings.

Whole School Experiences

 

Learn to Swim!

We take our children to the state of the art pool at Birmingham University Sports and Fitness Centre. Our children receive high quality swimming tuition in 2-week blocks where they are attend for 45 minute lessons every day. We have found this to be the most successful approach in ensuring children are competent swimmers. Children leave our school able to swim 25 metres and attend booster sessions if needed to ensure they are confident swimmers ready for secondary school.

 

Pantomime

Pantomime is a beloved British tradition and is much loved by the children in our school. Every year we hire a theatre company to come in to school with props and scenery to perform for the whole school. The children enjoy seeing a live theatre performance with lots of audience participation. This is a highlight in our St John Fisher Calendar every Christmas.

Sport Opportunities

 

We pride ourselves on the wide range of sports we offer here at St John Fisher School. Through our primary cluster of Lumen Christi Schools we take part in a number of events throughout the year which not only look at different sports but also different outcomes from each event. These can be categorised as follows.

 

INSPIRE events are non-competitive festivals created to inspire a targeted group of young people who would benefit most from a positive physical activity experience e.g., Wellbeing Festival, Personal Best festival.

DEVELOP events are for pupils who enjoy friendly competition but do not want to solely focus on winning and losing. Develop events will have a strong emphasis on the School Games values and will primarily focus on supporting the development of the physical, personal, emotional and social health.

COMPETE events are for pupils who are competitive in nature and enjoy performing and competing against others. Compete events will be developed using the School Games principles of competition, ensuring SMILES for all.

 

An example of primary cluster events timetabled for this year is below...

 

DATE

COMPETITION

VENUE

Thursday 13 October 2022

COMPETE

KS1 & KS2

Cross Country

The Hayes, Redhill Road, B38 9EL

Thursday 20

October 2022

DEVELOP

Year 6

Tchouckball

Newman University

Thursday 17 November 2022

INSPIRE

Year 2 Multi – Skills

 

Newman University

Thursday 2 February 2023

DEVELOP

Year 4

Handball

Newman University

Thursday 2 March 2023

DEVELOP

Year 5

Basketball/tennis/

Badminton/Tag Rugby

Newman

University

Tuesday 28

March 2023

INCLUSION EVENT

DEVELOP

All Year Groups

CAB FEST (Archery, Boccia, Curling)

Colmers School Sports Hall

Tuesday 2 May 2023

INSPIRE

Year 1

Gymnastics Festival

Earls Gymnastics Centre B692BU

Tue 16 May 2023

COMPETE

KS2

Athletics training and competition

Tudor Grange Stadium

Tue 23 May 2023

COMPETE

KS2

Swimming Gala

Birmingham University

Thu 8 June 2023

 

 

DEVELOP

Year 3

Tennis Festival

Newman University

Mon 26 June 2023

INSPIRE

Year 6

Orienteering

Boundless Outdoors, Quantry Lane, DY9 9UU

Wednesday 28 June 2023

COMPETE

Year 6

Rounders/Cricket

Newman University

 

 

In addition to this we are also members of the Birmingham Catholic School Sports Association (BCSSA), the Kings Norton football league and also get involved in events led by the local School Games Organiser at local secondary schools such as dance festivals.

 

Sports Week each year is a time for our school to introduce our children to new sports and opportunities as well as incorporating our annual sports days where we share our love of sports with our families too. KS2 sports days are at a local athletics stadium to give our children have the experience of running on a real track and access to high jump, long jump and throwing activities using the best facilities available to us.

 

After School Sports Clubs

We are fortunate to have good links with BCFC as their training ground is nearby. They offer football coaching to our girls and boys after school. We also offer clubs after school such as Dodgeball, Gaelic football, Multi Skills etc. from Reception to Y6. 

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