Online Safety Update: Issue 25


Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 25: May 2019' online now.

In this issue we are extremely pleased to announce that the PACT has joined the National Online Safety Certified Schools Membership scheme.  Find out more including details of how you can access the parent/carer resources and courses in issue 25 of our Online Safety Update - out now!

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.

Safely On The Roads Surrounding The School

Dear Parents/Guardians

Please, can I ask all parents to park respectfully and safely on the roads surrounding the school when picking up and dropping off children. Please do not park across residents driveways.

Additionally, during these busy times, please can I remind you of the importance of holding children’s hands and walking together. We have had a number of incidents recently where school staff have had to return children to their parents after they have already been collected.

Thank you for your continued support in keeping our children safe.

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School 

Non – School Uniform – Friday 24th May 2019

Dear Parents,

On Friday 24th May 2019. It will be a non–school uniform day. 

A £1.00 contribution is being asked of all pupils who wish to take part.

Yours Sincerely,

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School

Arts fortnight

Dear Parents/Carers,

Monday 3rdJune 2019 will be the start of Arts fortnight across the PACT. This is an opportunity to celebrate the Arts and at Birchfield,we would really like to get all the parents involved in this. We would like to invite you to an Arts workshop where you will work with your child to complete a piece of artworktogether. We feel this would be a fantastic opportunity for you to spend some time with your child in school and to support them. 

The workshops will take place at the following times and last for approximately 1hr


Wednesday 12thJune am 9 am- pm 12.45pm                      


Friday 7thJune start at 9 am

Year 1

Monday 3rdJune Start at 9 am

Year 2

Monday 3rdJune – Start at 2 pm

Year 3

Tuesday 11thJune – Start at 9 am

Year 4

Wednesday 12thJune – Start at 2 pm

Year 5

Thursday 13thJune – Start at 9 am

Year 6 

Friday 14thJune – Start at 9 am

These workshops will take part in the school hall. If you require any further information then please speak to your child’s class teacher. 

We can’t wait to see the masterpieces. 

Thank you

Mrs A Turner 

Year 5 Grammar School Applications

Dear Parents and Carers,

As some of you may be aware, the application window for children in Year 5 to apply for Grammar School entrance in September 2020 is now open. This year the entrance criteria for grammar schools haschanged and there are more opportunities for children who live in the local area to gain entrance. 

If you would like to find out more, there will be a session held at Heathfield Primary School, with Ms Daniels, an Assistant Head at King Edwards VI Handsworth on Friday May 24th at 9:15am to talk to you about the process. She will be able to talk about the process for both boys and girls. We will also have some students from King Edwards who will be able to support you with the application during the session.  

If you would like to complete the online form during the session, then please ensure you have (on your phone or other device) a recent photo of your child's face. It must have been taken within the last month. This picture needs to be in JPG, PNG or GIF format and less than 2MB in size. PDFs will not upload.

As this session will be open to parents from both Heathfield and Birchfield, we ask you to complete the slip below if you would like to attend so we have an idea of numbers.  

Yours sincerely, 

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School 

Child’s name   ____________________________

Class               ____________________________


I will be attending the information session           

I will not be attending the information session

School Photos – Monday 17th June 2019

Dear Parents,

School photographers will be coming into school on Monday 17thJune 2019. They will be taking photos of individual students and siblings for you to purchase.

Please could you complete the form below

Your child’s name ____________________________   Class ______________________________

Please tick the box below to confirm if you would like the school photographer to take sibling photos. If yes please also complete the information below

Yes                No             (Please tick one option)

1st Sibling name  __________________________ Class____________________________

2nd Sibling name __________________________ Class____________________________

3rd Sibling name  __________________________ Class____________________________


Parent signature _____________________________ Date ________________________________

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Z Thewlis

Head of School

KS2 SATS EXAM WEEK – 13th MAY 2019

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We have national examinations coming up for Y1, 2 and 6 and we need to continue to work together to ensure our children achieve the results they deserve. The KS2 SATs Tests will commence from the week beginning the 13thMay 2019. The last test for year 6 pupils will be on the 16thMay 2019. 


Monday 13th May 

English Grammar, punctuation and spelling test, Paper 1, short answer questions. Paper 2, spelling.   

Tuesday 14th May 

English Reading test

Wednesday 15th May 

Key stage 2 Mathematics, Paper 1 Arithmetic test. Paper 2 Reasoning.

Thursday 16th May 

Key stage 2 Mathematics, Paper 3, Reasoning.


The school will provide breakfast from 8:00am untill 8:20am after which the pupils will receive revision sessions up untill 8:50am registration.  We will also provide a healthy snack during each morning of the tests. 

Please ensure your children come to school everyday, in particular during the test week. If there are exceptional circumstances, or indeed any emergencies that arise which prevent your child from attending, 

it is essential that you let the school now as soon as possible. This will help to ensure that the school can organise timetable variations to allow your child to sit any test they may miss at an alternative agreed time. Please call 0121 464 5661 if your child is going to be absent for any of the tests.

YEAR 2 SATS – throughout May 2019. 

YEAR 1 PHONICS – week beginning 10thJune 2019. 

KS1 SAT’s for Year 2 will take place throughout the month of May. They will commence form the 7thMay 2019. The year 1 / 2 Phonics test will take place during the week commencing the 12thof June 2019.

It is an extremely busy term and all of your help and support is much appreciated. We wish all our pupils the very best of luck and we look forward to an exciting and successful Summer Term. 

Yours sincerely, 


Ms Y.Malik

Deputy Headteacher

Home Learning - Handwriting and Reading Support

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As part of our drive to improve the quality of your child’s handwriting we are adding in a daily 10 minute handwriting session in all year groups. The class teachers will be teaching/modelling cursive handwriting on a daily basis and we look forward to seeing a big improvement in the standards of handwriting across the school.

We would like you to encourage your child to use the handwriting practice booklets/worksheets (given out by your child’s class teacher) with your child for 10 minutes – four times a week. The handwriting needs to be completed in an execise book or notebook not in the work booklet provided.  This regular practise will really help as your child will be able to receive one-to-one guidance, encouragement and feedback. 

We are also very keen to improve the standards of reading across the school and we would like to encourage you to hear your children read for 15 minutes - of an age appropriate text. This is the most important key skill that your child needs to develop and master - your attention, motivation and encouragement is paramount in order for them to become fluent readers.


  1. Handwriting practice booklets/worksheets for 10 minutes per day - four times a week.
  2. Reading with your child for 15 minutes per day – seven days a week
  3. Any other spelling, times tables or Mathletics (available until August 2019) set by your children’s class teacher.

If you have any further questions please speak to your child’s class teacher, myself or any member of the senior leadership team.

Yours sincerely,

Ms Y Malik

Deputy Head Teacher