We wish all our children, their families and our community a safe and happy summer.
We look forward to seeing all the children on
Monday 5th September at 8:50am.
A big thank you for your donations
Thank you for all your donations for Rags to Riches which raised £120.44.
For more information please use this link: http://www.rags2riches4schools.co.uk/what-we-collect/
Well done Eco Club
A fantastic result by Eco Club today who sold £237.00 worth of plants at Waitrose, Pentwyn.
Click here to see them in action:
Well done to all the Foundation Phase children and staff for their efforts in Sports Fun Day!
Use this link to view our children in action today: https://twitter.com/birchgroveprm
Foundation Phase Sports Fun Day
We look forward to seeing all parent/carers and family members at our Foundation Phase Sports Fun Day on Thursday 23rd June. The timings for the races are as follows:
Reception races will be 9.10am-l0.00am
Year 1 races will be 10.00am-10.45am
Year 2 races will be 10.45am-11.30am
We have split the year groups so that there is more space for parents to watch and
more space for the children to run.
Please come and support the races which your child is in.
We have added the letter we have sent below should you need any further information.
Eco Club have organised Rags 2 Riches to collect any unwanted items of clothing donated by parents, grandparents and friends of the school. Rags 2 Riches 4 Schools is an easy, efficient way for our school to earn some much needed money, and as a real bonus, is a 100% efficient recycling process.
Please help us fundraise by donating your unwanted, reusable (clean, dry and wearable) clothes and accessories. Your donations become affordable clothing in other countries so please do not send poor quality, dirty or wet items, and no duvets, pillows, curtains, CDs, books or bric-a-brac.
Even if it's only one t-shirt, please bring it in, as it will all help. Please involve family, friends and neighbours if you can. We really appreciate your support in helping raise additional funds for our school. There is no better feeling than knowing you raised funds, helped the economy, the environment, and somebody on the other side of the world - and all by donating some clothes.
Please use the provided clothing sacks (which will be sent out to children via their classes), or any non-charity bag. Please return your donation on Friday 13th July at school drop off.
Thank you in advance.
Key Stage 2 Sports Day
We are looking forward another Sports Day at NIAC
on Thursday 9th June from 9.30 till 12.00. Please come along and support all the children.
Please remind your children to wear their house colours to school and also bring a water bottle and snack.
Keep checking our gallery for photos after the event if you were unable to make it.
Check Twitter: https://twitter.com/birchgroveprm
Breakfast Club for 2016-2017
Breakfast club applications are now available.
Please click here http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/virtual-office/ to print off and hand to the office.
The deadline is Friday 24th June 2016 by 3.30pm.
INSET DAY - FRIDAY 27TH MAY
Just to remind you that we have an Inset Day tomorrow for all staff.
We look forward to seeing all the children after half term for their return to school on Monday 6th June at 8.50am.
Do you know all our communication channels?
Don't forget you can stay connected by registering your email address with the school office or by using:
School Website - http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/
Schoop - Download the free app from iTunes or Google Play Store
Twitter - https://twitter.com/birchgroveprm
Year 6 Enterprise Sale
All Key Stage 2 children have been invited to attend the Birchgrove marketplace on Friday 20th May (pm). There will be a selection of tasty treats and bracelets that they can purchase and they have been asked to bring a small amount of pocket money to school on that day.
We look forward to seeing Year 6 parents at 3.30pm.
Keep a look out for the photos from the event on Year 6 class pages:
Many of you will be aware that we have been expecting to have an inspection for some time now. I am pleased to advise you that Estyn will be visiting the school between 6th and 9th June 2016.
It is very important that parents give their views on the school and you can do this by:-
1. Completing the Estyn questionnaire. This can be accessed in two ways:
Alternatively, please request a paper copy from the school office.
The closing date for completing the questionnaire is Friday 13th May.
Additional Numeral Reasoning Examples
Here are more Numeral Reasoning examples for Year 2 to Year 6 if you child would like more practise. You will need to scroll down further in each page to reach the questions.
Welcome back Year 6 - 14:59pm
Update: 14.35pm - due in 10 minutes
All the children are expected 2.45 to 3.00pm - we will keep you informed (22.4.16 - 14:12pm)
To view all the recent updates for the Year 6 children:
Or class pages for Year 6:
Race Night Reminder
This Friday (15th April) we’ll be holding Birchgrove PTFA’s Race Night. It's a fun evening for all the family and a great way to raise funds for our school.
If you’d like to come please purchase your tickets from the office. Tickets are £1 per adult and 50p per child.
There are also still a few horses available to purchase. They are £3 and if your horse wins, you’ll win a prize! If you’d like one, please inbox us at PTFA.
Click here to view our photos from the last Race Night:
If you’ve not been to a race night before, here’s what to expect!
A DVD of Pre-recorded HORSE races will be played on the large screen in the school hall. Everyone who attends will have the chance to bet on the horse they think may win. Each race will be chosen at random by a member of the audience, so there is no way to influence or predict the actual order of results. Everyone with the correct results will win a small cash prize! – It will be our mini version of the Grand National!
There’ll also be a ‘horse racing’ themed photo booth for you, your friends and family to have fun and create some happy memories!
There will also be a bar and a refreshments stall.
Doors will open at 6.30pm and the evening will finish at approximately 9pm
Sports Relief Update 21.3.16
Our final total from all fantastic support for Sports Relief is .......
Sports Relief 2016
All the children and staff have had an amazing day running/walking a mile in each class. We raised a fantastic amount and thank you for your kind donations. We are still counting but so far it stands at £502.29.
Paste this link to view the pictures on twitter: https://twitter.com/birchgroveprm
Practice Test Papers
Reasoning Powerpoint and Test paper:
Reasoning Powerpoint and Test paper:
Reasoning Powerpoint and Test paper:
Reasoning Powerpoint and Test paper:
Reasoning Powerpoint and Test paper:
British Science week is here, March 11th-20th.
Birchgrove will be celebrating British science week by carrying out a range of fun science activities in each year group.
Keep checking the gallery for photos of what has been happening in school.
The links below will allow you to carry out some activities at home.
NASA on line games
If you like science try some of these.
Table Tennis Taster Sessions
Today we were visited by Cardiff City Table Tennis Club. All of the children had a fantastic time learning new skills.
Please click here to view the photos:
Starters orders for Family Race Night
Are you coming to the family race night on Friday 15th April? If so, why don't you buy a horse for £3 and be in with a chance of winning a prize if your horse wins!
Click here for further information and to view last years photos:
Travelling Book Fair
The Book Fair will be at school from
Monday 7th March till Friday 11th March. Please click this link to view our calendar for times:
Meet the Teacher - 9th or 10th March
You are invited to meet your child's teacher. Please return your reply slip by Monday 29th February. Your child's teacher will allocate a date and time and return it to you.
Foundation Phase Maths Talk - 26.02.16
If you missed our Foundation Phase Maths Talk then click on this link to view the information given:
The Big Battery Collection
The Really Rubbish Team have launched a competition inviting all Cardiff schools to collect as many used batteries as they can and the school which collects the most will be rewarded with £250 worth of Amazon vouchers. Please encourage all your family members to take part as well as all donations will be gratefully received.
Batteries can be brought into school at any time and we will pop them into our collection box when it arrives.
Thank you for your support.
PTFA Cake Sale - Friday 26th February
Just a reminder that the year 3 Cake Sale is happening this Friday 26th Febraury
Year 3 parents, please send in donations on Thursday or Friday morning.
Look forward to seeing there - Sarah Day : Chair Person PTFA
We will be on half term from Monday 15th February.
We look forward to seeing all the children back in school
on Monday 22nd February at 8.50am.
Our PTFA Newsletter
Have you seen the February Newsletter from our PTFA?
Click here to view : http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/ptfa-fundraising/
Have you seen the amazing mosaic design by our pupils?
Well done to all of our children who took turns in each year group to place the pieces on the mosaic design. Many thanks to Justine Stroud who supported the children in making this design come to life!
The next meeting for your Birchgrove Voice is Tuesday 12th January at 2pm.
Click here to view the agenda:
Are you interested in joining Mrs Thomas for Literacy Café for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and their parents/grand-parents. Click this link for more information:
Would you like to share your ideas to help us raise valuable funds for our school? Please come along to the next meeting on Monday 11th January at 6.15pm.
If you are not available then use this link to see the upcoming events: http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/ptfa-fundraising/
Or sign up to Schoop (using the code of 3029) to be informed about all the events going on at our school.
Christmas Productions 2015
Videos of the performances are available by clicking the links below. You will then be directed to Dropbox where you can choose to view or download (save) the videos. Please be aware that over the next few days the links will be busy so if it does not load please try it again at another time.
Reception Dress Rehearsal
Reception Performance Day 3
Year 1 and 2 Performance
Our Christmas Jumper Day
Well done and thank you to all children and staff who wore a Christmas Jumper/tinsel in aid of Text Santa. Your efforts raised £371.57.
Click here to view the pictures:
Christmas Fayre update from PTFA .......
We're so pleased to be able to announce the final total raised at the Christmas Fayre was £2612.15!
This is a wonderful amount of money raised which would not have been possible without your support and will make such a difference to all the little people at Birchgrove Primary School.
We've lots of events planned and look forward to your continued support in 2016. See you in the new year!
Click here to see more of the fundraising by the PTFA:
Our Christmas Fayre
Thank you to everyone who came to our fayre, including everyone who helped on the day. We really do appreciate your continued support. Click here to look at some of the photos while we await the final total of money raised.
Rags to Riches
Thank you to everyone who donated towards this collection. We collected 182.6 kg.
If you would like to know more about this organisation, please click the link below:
PTFA Newsletter Now Available
Please use this link to read the PTFA Newsletter for December.
Thanks to everyone who's supported the school at our events over the past few weeks. The Year 5 cake sale raised £36 and our Ladies Night raised over £750!
Click on this link to see the upcoming events and remember any donations for the Christmas Fayre are not retricted to year groups so please bring in all your bric-a-brac:
Anti Bullying Week - 23rd November till 27th November
One of the projects the School Council are working on is anti-bullying.
Use this link to see what we will be doing to support this important our anti-bullying school.
Did you hear about the visit we had today?
A special thank you visit was made by Pudsey today, to thank all the children for their fantastic fund raising on Children In Need Day.
Click here to view the photos :
Children in Need
A fantastic amount of £643.70 was raised for Children in Need. Thank you to everyone who bought cakes, dressed up as heroes and made competitions to help raise money. Well done everyone!
For pictures, please click here http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/whole-school-2/
Do you think you could make a difference to our school?
Our new Birchgrove Voice (previously known as Parent Council) maybe just for you. Please click on the document below for further information.
Thanks to everyone who ventured out in the rain and supported the disco. Together we raised £202!
Eco Club need your help
Can you help us to create a Christmas Tree from cardboard egg boxes? Please bring egg boxes (any size) to school.
We would also like any empty and clean jars (eg; jam, marmalade, pickles).
PTFA - Recent Events
Thanks to everyone who supported the school at our events over the past few weeks! The Year 6 cake sale raised £45 and our Scaries and Fairies Quiz evening raised £205! Use the link below to view the photos from the evening.
Thanks to Jen Lovegrove for hosting such a great evening at the Pantmawr. Hopefully we'll be back soon!
For more information about the PTFA events and other information, please use this link: http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/ptfa-fundraising/
Eco Club make Chutney
Eco Club have been busy growing berries, red and green tomatoes. The tomatoes been made into chutney.
On Friday 23rd October from 3.30pm, the chutney and frozen berries will be available to buy in the school yard.
All monies raised will be used within Eco Club.
Thank you for your support.
All the amazing Waitrose Competition entries have been sent onto their head office by Waitrose.
Due to all our talented children entries, Waitirose have decided to have an instore winner........
Congratulations to our winner!
The Annual General Meeting of Governors will take place at school on
Wednesday 21st October 2015 at 5:30pm
In the main hall
All parents are warmly invited to attend
Letters and ballot papers have been sent to every parent to vote for 3 new Parent Governors.
There are 3 seats to fill and 9 candidates.
Each parent can vote for up to 3 people to fill the vacant spots.
Ballot papers must be returned before the deadline, late returns will not be counted.
Have you heard about our mosaic competition?
Click on the link below for full details, but remember all entries must be submitted by Monday 19th October!
Waitrose Cake Competition
Birchgrove Primary School have been approached by Waitrose to enter a competition to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. Children have been asked to design (on an A4 piece of paper) a birthday cake to celebrate this special day.
The winner's design will be made by Fiona Cairns and sold nationwide in Waitrose stores.
ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RETURNED TO SCHOOL BY MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER. PLEASE CAN YOU MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND SCHOOL IS ON THE BACK OF THE DESIGN.
Good luck Master Chefs!
Scaries and Fairies Family Quiz Night
The PTFA are busy arranging our ‘Scaries and Fairies’ Family Quiz night in partnership with the Pantmawr Pub.
It will take place at the Pantmawr Pub on Friday 23rd October from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.
There will be a quiz for all the family and refreshments available to purchase from the Bar.
Plus Fun Halloween games, stalls and a Raffle
There’ll also be a competition for best dressed ‘Fairy’, ‘Scary’ and Family!
Quiz tickets will be £3 per family and will be available from the school office and PTFA members from Monday October 12th. There will only be a limited number of tickets available, so please make sure you purchase yours as soon as possible!
Just to remind all parents that school will be closed on Monday 28th September for our Inset Day. We look forward to seeing all the children on Tuesday at 8.50am.
Teddy Bears Picnic for Reception, Year 1 and 2
Has y Has your child just started in Reception at Birchgrove? If so, please join us in celebrcelebrating their arrival at our PTFA welcome party on Friday 25th September from 3.45 – 3.45 - 4.45. Our party will take place in the school hall. Simon Sparkles will be there to entto entertain and refreshments will be available to purchase.
Teddy bears are more than welcome to join in too!
If y If you have a child/children in Years 1 and 2 you are also welcome to bring them along to th to the event to say hello to our new friends! They can bring a teddy bear along too! P Please click this link for more events from our PTFA: http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/ptfa-fundraising/
We will use Schoop to send day to day information from reminders, homework tasks, school trip information, newsletters and much, much more. All you need to do is download for free from or and search for SCHOOP or subscribe for email messages. Select your language and add our SCHOOP ID: 3029
Select the relevant groups and click confirm and that is it, sit back and watch the information find you!
Welcome to our Little Visitor
We'd like to introduce Lucy Wilson - Mrs Wilson's gorgeous daughter.
As she is still only small she couldn't stay for long and just wanted to say hello.
Following our fantastic Summer Fayre, above are some of the views from our children.
Our grand total raised is over £4,100 from the Summer Fayre and we would like to thank you all for your support and generosity in raising these funds for our school.
Look at all the other great events which the PTFA have held and you have supported by clicking the following link:
There will be no Netball Club as it has now finished. All of the children have been advised by Mrs Bertelli. We look forward to re-starting in the Autumn Term.
The Great Birchgrove Bake Off
at the PTFA Summer Fayre
Do you want to enter a free competition? Can you bake a cake, cupcake, muffin, or a tray bake?
Click the following link for more information on how to enter, or check your email if you receive our parent mail :
Infants Sports Day
We had a wonderful morning with all the children at our Infants Sports Day. Thank you to everyone who attended. Please click this link to view the photos in our gallery: http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/whole-school/
Breakfast Club Forms 2015-2016
Please remember to complete your breakfast club form for 2015 -2016 and return it to the office for your child/children (s) place.
The closing date for all forms is Friday 19th June by 3.30pm.
KS2 Sports Day
We had a fantastic morning at NIAC for KS2 sports day. Please click on the link below to view the photos.
Birchgrove Primary present HOWZAT!
Click this link to see our talented year 6 pupils in action:
Thank you to everyone who helped and danced their evening away at the disco. You raised an amazing £400.00.
Please click this link to look at all the other fundraising by the PTFA:
Year 2 Great Bake Sale
Year 2 have been busy counting all the money they have raised from their Bake Sale. Thank you to all the children for their hard work and to the parents for their support.
To view more delicious cakes, please click this link: http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/year-2/
The winning results from the PTFA Race Night
A race night for all our community was held by the PTFA at school. Thank you to everyone who arranged and supported this great night, which raised a fantastic total of £624.00.
Please click this link to see more fantastic photos and the latest news from the PTFA fundraising:
Following our recent email, we have registered with Anchor who are helping to support cookery in the school curriculum. Anchor are running a promotion across Anchor Butter and Unsalted Butter from 30th March – 24th May 2015 where the money raised from packs purchased will automatically go towards providing baking kits for school. If anyone uses Anchor at home then please bring in the packet tops into school in order for us to register.
For more information, please clinck the following link. http://kitsforschools.anchordairy.co.uk/index.html
Year 1 PTFA Cake Sale
Thank you to all the children and parents who brought in the delicious cakes for the Year 1 PTFA cake sale. This raised a fantastic £79.80.
Please use the link below to see all the other fundraising so far this year:
Year 2 learn how to be safer pedestrians with Kerbcraft
Year 2 have been working hard to learn new skills and enhance their knowledge in road safety. This programme will provide them with a certificate of achievement.
To find out more information about this programme, please click the link : http://www.roadsafetywales.org.uk/kerbcraft/index.htm
Parent Questionnaire Whole School Summary March 2015
Firstly we would like to thank everybody who took the time and trouble to complete the recent questionnaire. All comments and suggestions will be carefully considered as we strive to further improve the quality of education provided at Birchgrove Primary School.
Comments raised last year which have already been addressed include: updated website, sports day at UWIC, more maths support, additional breakfast club places, more information about topics taught, variety of school trips and more ICT equipment.
This year we received 306 completed questionnaires compared to 241 last year.
Amazing Attendance for Spring Term
There were over 166 children who achieved 100% attendance for the Spring Term. We put all of these names into a raffle, which was randomly drawn and resulted in 4 lucky winners of an Easter Egg each. Well done to all the children who also received their certificates for full attendance for the Spring Term.
Our Foundation Phase Easter Bonnet Parade
All of the children in the Foundation Phase, have been working hard at home and came to school today wearing their 'Egg'cellent Easter Bonnets. A big thank you to all the children and parents.
Click here to view the pictures in our Gallery - Whole School http://www.birchgrovecardiff.co.uk/whole-school/
On Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th March, Dan the Skipping Man came to your school to teach our children through skipping workshops, all the basic skipping skills, but also skipping tricks, long rope games and Double Dutch. We also held a show where children demostrated their new skills to the whole school!
All of the children have learnt new skills for a fitter and healthier lifestyle. Many thanks to Dan the Skipping Man for all his expertise.
A big well done to all the children who entered the Asda colouring competition. There were fantastic seaside scenes compeleted and here are our two winners above.
Today, we started an Arabic Club during lunchtime for children in Year 4 which will run consecutively for 7 weeks. Thank you to all the parents who helped today.
Red Nose Day ...........
Today our children either wore non uniform, had their face painted, or both! Along with class competitions all designed by the children at home and opportunities to learn new moves in the Zumba Workshops, we all had great fun. The staff also had a Bake Off which was judged and the winner was Miss Davies (1D).
From all the generous donations we raised a fantastic amount of £722.18.
A massive thanks to all the children, staff and parents.
Today, we received new goal posts which were kindly donated by the local branch of the Principality. Many thanks to Jane Eyre and all the staff.
Friday 6th February 4pm - 6pm.
Children can be left by parents to watch the movies, but all children must be collected promptly.
There are 3 films to choose from
Night at the Museum 2
Tickets are available from the school office and cost £2.00. per child.
Thank you to everyone who currently helps in school whether that is through working with the magnificent PTFA, preparing the fruit tuck, assisting teachers in the classroom with e.g. reading or helping with working groups to e.g. tidy the school grounds. All of this help is very much appreciated and we are now able to offer something in return! Birchgrove is part of an initiative which rewards time given to school with time credits. These time credits can then be ‘spent’ on activities including going to Boulders or Chapter arts. A trip on 14th December to see the ice hockey is also being planned.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can volunteer and earn time credits please speak to a member of the PTFA or Mrs Thomas.
We had a visitor today!
Click here to see photos.
Would you like to find out more about how we teach literacy in Reception at Birchgrove Primary and how you can help your child develop their skills? If the answer is yes then come along to our literacy talk on Tuesday 25th November at 9am. The workshop will last for around half an hour. We look forward to seeing you there.
15.10.14 - Rags 2 Riches
With your support we have raised a fantastic £220 from your Rag 2 Riches donations - many thanks.
Children in Need - Friday 14th November
This year the BBC charity 'Children in Need' are raising money for disadvantaged children in the UK. Each year they have a theme, this year it is 'Superheroes'.
To show our support for the excellent work Children in Need does we have asked all pupils to dress up as a superhero. This could be a fictional character from tv, book or film (spider-man, cat-woman, superman etc) or a person that helps us (doctor, nurse, lolly-pop lady, fireman etc). To take part in this event and raise money we kindly ask for a small nominal donation from each child.
Good luck with your costumes...we all look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow morning!