Bikeability ‐ Year 6
23 Nov 2023
Some of our year 6 children took part in Bike-ability this week. During the week they have learnt how to signal and maneuver correctly and how to navigate local roads. Well done everyone!
Next week we have Level 1 Bike-ability for Year 5 and Learn to Ride for children in Reception. Both of these course were oversubscribed and we hope to book extra courses early next year so everyone has an opportunity to take part
Love Food, Hate Waste Workshop
21 Nov 2023
Parents and children enjoyed a fantastic workshop which was all about how to cut down on food waste.
Under the expert guidance of a chef they all ended up making a delicious vegetable chow mein. Thank you to Mrs Rogers for organising the workshop.
Cinema Trip - Year 4
21 Nov 2023
Some of our year 4 children were lucky enough to go on a trip to the cinema last week; they had a fantastic time!
‘We went on the bus to Romford to watch two movies called the Smeds and the Smoos, and the Superworm.
We had some snacks to eat, and then we took the 86 bus back to school. We had a very good time!’ Hassan 4F & Hussain 4B
Air Quality Project
20 Nov 2023
Next Wednesday is the last day of the air quality project that has been going on this term. The Eco ambassadors have been working hard on this project and have been involved in a variety of tasks.
The project has been looking at pollution and the harmful effects it can have on us, especially children.
To mark the end of the project we have a few exciting events on Wednesday 29th November; Bling Your Bike - , more details below, prizes to be won!
Walk or wheel - children who walk or wheel to school on Wednesday will receive a breakfast item to enjoy! Eco Ambassadors will perform a special assembly for their parents at 3pm on Wednesday in the junior hall.
Tennis Festival Trip
17 Nov 2023
Redbridge Sports Centre held a Tennis festival on Wednesday for 14 children from various schools to attend and take part in Tennis challenges.
The children selected to go were Hussain, Hassan, Idrees, Lenny ,Mubin, Matas, Owais, Minsa, Amira, Theodora, Elsa, Nairah and Mehmet. The children had tennis coaches to work with them. The children were showing great potential and enjoyed themselves very much.
Thank you to Mrs Landa for organising the trip and to the parents who helped on the day.
Globe Theatre Trip ‐ Year 5
16 Nov 2023
Year 5 recently visited the Globe Theatre in London. The children took part in a Macbeth workshop and had a tour. Thank you to the parents who helped on the day.
Dear Parents and Carers
20 Oct 2023
We have come to the end of the first half term which has seen many exciting things happening across the curriculum, including trips in the local area.
Thank you for attending yesterday’s parent consultation meetings and I hope you enjoyed sharing your child’s work when they brought their books home last weekend.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support this half term and wish everyone a relaxing break.
Message From The Chair of Governors
20 Oct 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am sure you will be pleased to know that Mr Henry is on the road to recovery, although it is taking a little longer than he had originally hoped. It should go without saying that I have stressed that he must not come back to school until he is fully fit and able to take up the reins again. For now, we are unable to put any timescale on his return.
Thank you for your continued support for Ms Ballantyne, other members of the senior Leadership Team and, indeed, all members of staff. I know they are all working hard to make sure the school continues to run normally.
I wish you a very relaxing half-term holiday.
David Backhouse MBE
Chair of Governors
Gurdwara Trip - Year 6
19 Oct 2023
This week year 6 children visited the Gurdwara in Seven Kings.
‘ We went to a Gurdwara to learn more about the Sikh faith, as the large building is the home of the religion. The people were extremely kind, and told us lots of amazing facts about the religion. I really enjoyed it! ‘ Abdul 6N
‘When our class was ready to go upstairs, we took our shoes off to show respect. We wore a head covering, which was a piece of cloth tied at the back. We learnt about Guru Nanak’s birth place. It was a fantastic trip!’ Mahdi 6N
18 Oct 2023
Mrs Landa took seven children to a Netball Tournament at The Redbridge Sports Centre last week. Barley Lane were competing against many schools in Redbridge. The children played to the best of their ability which was amazing! Every-one really enjoyed the day - a big well done to Fiza, Hannah, Carlos, Sadad, Benjamin, Sumaiya and Anaya.
Stone Age Cooking!
17 Oct 2023
Year 3 had a lovely feast outside using their food technology skills. They made porridge using fresh berries to recreate a classic Stone Age dish.
Prospective Parents Meeting
16 Oct 2023
There will be a Prospective Parents Meeting for parents who are looking for their children to join Reception next September. The date of the meeting is 14th November 9.15-10am and 5-5.45pm. No need to book, please enter through the school office.
Learning With The Lords - Year 4
13 Oct 2023
Year 4 had a workshop this week with the House of Lords.
' We met Lord Browne and he answered our questions. there are over 700 Lords and Baronesses. We were so excited to learn that Lord Browne had met David Attenborough and was interested in sustainability and looking after the environment.' Hassan, Umar & Owais 4F
Trim Trail Grand Opening
22 Sep 2023
After receiving the Redbridge Sports Premium Grant, our amazing trim trail is now open in the KS1 playground. The children had great fun trying out all of the activities, which included a rope bridge,wobble weave, balance challenge, log rope and stepping stumps
Harvest Festival Collection
21 Sep 2023
As part of our Harvest Festival celebrations we will once again be collecting for Redbridge Food-bank. We will be accepting donations all next week, your child can hand them into the class teacher or bring them to the school office. In addition to the shopping list on the poster, the food-bank will also accept:
Tinned kidney beans
Tinned chick peas
20 Sep 2023
Parents evening will be on Thursday 19th October 2-5pm. Children will finish at 1.30pm on the day. Appointments will be face to face - the booking system will open on Thursday 5th October. Details will be sent nearer the time.
Huxley & Barley
18 Sep 2023
Our lovely school guinea pigs Huxley and Barley are now back in school after enjoying a summer holiday at Mrs. Rogers' house. Some of our new Year 6 children have been trained to look after them.
We Care For Our Air Project
15 Sep 2023
This week our Eco Ambassadors took part in the first of six workshops focusing on caring for our air. The session focused on developing an understanding of air pollution looking at its causes and effects. The children carried out air pollution experiments around the local area. Further information will be shared about their findings.
Secondary School Admissions
12 Sep 2023
Year 6 – Applications to start secondary school Year 7 for September 2024.
This application applies to children with birthdays from 1 September 2012 to 31 August 2013. This application can only be made online. Please ensure you apply for your child’s school place by Tuesday 31 October 2023. You must apply through the re-admissions portal which opened at mid-night on 1 September 2023. If you need help with your child’s application there will be a support session at school on Tuesday 17th October 9-10am.
Open Evening Dates
Atam Academy: Wednesday 27 September – 5pm -7pm
Chadwell Heath Academy: Wednesday 27 September - 4.30pm-6.30pm
Mayfield: Thursday 5 October – 5.30pm - 8.00pm
Oaks Park: Thursday 5 October – 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Palmer Academy: Thursday 19 October – 4.30pm -7.00pm
Warren School: Thursday 28 September – 5pm-7pm
Please look at the school’s individual websites for more information.
National Fitness Day
11 Sep 2023
We took part in National Fitness Day this week. The children got active by running around the field for a mile while Year 1 children used the KS1 playground. Everyone enjoyed having fun while keeping fit!
We Care For Our Air
8 Sep 2023
Barley Lane Primary is taking part in a really valuable Defra funded project called ‘We Care For Our Air’ which aims to bring residents together in a frank conversation about the air quality where they live, and provide information and tools to help combat it.
As a school we are really excited to be involved in this project and are looking forward to taking part in an array of activities throughout the year!
To get the conversation about air quality started we want everyone to enter the We Care for Our Air prize draw competition by filling in the We Care for Our Air survey.
The survey is broken down into geographic areas to give us a better understanding of the areas most affected and what locals there understand about what they can do about the problem. In return, you can WIN A FREE BIKE, SCOOTERS AND SOME £50 VOUCHERS FOR FOOD OR CLOTHING.
6 Sep 2023
Children should wear their PE kit on their PE day. Indoor PE is gymnastics this half term, please make sure children do not wear baggy/wide jogging bottoms. Information about PE kit can be found on our website.
PE days are as follows:
Reception : Thursday (outdoor) Friday (indoor)
1A, 1B, 1W: Monday (outdoor) Wednesday (indoor)
1G: Monday (outdoor) Friday (indoor)
2A & 2Q: Tuesday (indoor) Friday (outdoor)
2H & 2T: Monday (indoor) Friday (outdoor)
3A: Monday (indoor) Friday (outdoor)
3D: Thursday (indoor) Friday (outdoor)
3K: Tuesday (indoor) Friday (outdoor)
3R: Wednesday (indoor) Friday (outdoor)
4B & 4BM: Tuesday (indoor) Wednesday (outdoor)
4F & 4R: Monday (indoor) Wednesday (outdoor)
5B & 5M:Tuesday (indoor) Thursday (outdoor)
5HS & 5T: Wednesday (indoor) Thursday (outdoor)
6C & 6F: Thursday (indoor) Tuesday (outdoor)
6J & 6N: Friday (indoor) Tuesday (outdoor)
Message from the Headteacher
20 Jul 2023
Dear Parents &Carers
It’s hard to believe that the academic year has come to an end. What a busy year it has been! We have thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our 70th birthday and welcoming our families, past pupils and former staff to celebrate. All who have visited have praised the school for its welcoming atmosphere, vibrant learning environment and wonderful children. I completely agree!
We say goodbye to our Year 6 children today. They have grown and developed in so many ways during their time here and we are so proud of what they have achieved. There have been challenges, particularly during the pandemic, which they have faced and overcome. I have no doubt that the transition to secondary school will be a successful one for all!
We say farewell to a number of support staff this term and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours: Mrs Gashi, Miss Hames, Mr Heeralal, Mrs Mohamed, Miss Morris and Miss Shehu. We also say goodbye to Mrs Kilic who has worked tirelessly in the dining hall and wish her all the best.
Thank you for the kind words and gifts for our dedicated and hardworking staff over the past week. They are truly appreciated. I wish you all a restful summer break! We look forward to welcoming the children back on Wednesday 6th September, where we’ll do it all again! Take care, Mr Henry
Eco Schools Green Flag Award
19 Jul 2023
This year has been a very successful one for developing our outdoor learning and sustain-ability priorities. We have received bronze, silver and gold Green Tree awards from the Woodland Trust.
We have also just received a Green Flag Eco-School accreditation for our work in ten key areas: biodiversity, energy, global citizen-ship, healthy living, litter, marine, school grounds, transport, waste and water.
A big well done to the whole school community for working to achieve this.
Kenneth Moore Theatre Trip - Year 5
18 Jul 2023
Last week year 5 children visited the Kenneth Moore Theatre in Ilford for an author workshop.
"We went to meet Michael Mann at the Kenneth Moore theatre. First we took the bus from school and arrived in Ilford. Michael Mann was signing books. After that, we went and sat in our seats where we took part in a writers workshop. The author showed us his books and books he had written when he was in primary school. He told us to keep persevering and use our families to inspire our writing. Many of us got signed copies and we had lots of fun."
Diaymar and Hashim 5 F
Year 2 Graduation Assembly
17 Jul 2023
Thank you to the parents and carers who attended our graduation assembly. Year 2 teachers would like to say congratulations to all the Year2 students. They have all been a joy to teach this year, and they all were amazing in their graduation assembly!
‘My favourite part was being a narrator with a partner’ Nameer 2H ‘I loved throwing our hats at the end!’ Saara 2H
Olympic Park Trip - Year 5
14 Jul 2023
“On Monday 26th June, we went to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We travelled on the Elizabeth line to Stratford. Once we reached Stratford, we walked to the park. When we arrived, we did a few activities which included a nature bingo and a study of the River Lea. Next we ate our lunch before making our way to West Ham Stadium followed by the Blossom Garden. At the Blossom Garden, we drew the view that we could see. Lastly, we took a group photo of all the year 5 children, before heading back to school. This was a really fun trip, and I hope that we can do this again. “
Mariyah and Aishwarya 5R
13 Jul 2023
This year sports day was a huge success, the weather stayed sunny and dry and we had lots of parents and carers come to cheer their children on. We even had some parents and staff races, well done to all who took part!
Thank you to all the amazing sports day year 4 and 6 helpers who helped make sure the days ran smoothly, they did a fantastic job! Also thank you to Mrs Landa & Mr Miah for organising the week.
Camping Night - Year 4
12 Jul 2023
On the 23rd June, Year 4 had an intense evening of activities as 61 children camped overnight. After putting their tents up during the school day, the children returned eagerly at 6:30 with rather big bags for the night ahead. What followed was a really enjoy-able evening of: basketball tournaments; competitive treasure hunts; lantern making and a magical time around the campfire singing songs and enjoying marshmallows with hot chocolate. As the sky became darker and the air became colder, the children retreat-ed to their sleeping spaces and SOME sleep was had (we think)! After a breakfast where many children struggled to stay awake, all children were picked up by their parents ready to tell them about the fun, independence and excitement they had experienced. A big thank you to all staff that stayed and contributed to making the night a success.
Basketball Workshop—Year 6
11 Jul 2023
Chadwell Academy's England Girls basketball champions came to Barley Lane on Monday 26th June to work with the Year 6 classes. The year 6 children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, the team were coaching them with skills and showing various drills they do themselves. It was a very fun afternoon. Thank you to the basketball coach from Chadwell Academy, Mr Henry, for bringing the team over to us. Some of the year 6 children won prizes for great effort, their energy and skills -Dennis, Mayank, Juliet, Atiya, Eleanor, Athina and Anjum. Well done everyone!
Barley Lane 70th Birthday
9 Jun 2023
We will be celebrating our 70th Birthday to-day with a picnic party on the field. Everyone has worked very hard getting everything ready so we have a great afternoon.
Thank you to Mrs Khalid who has made hundreds of cakes for the children this week and also to Mrs Chan and Mr Boddy who coordinated a fabulous aerial photograph of all our children and staff on the field last week.
As you can see, it looks spectacular! Thank you to Gary and Carl from illusion Fireworks for travelling from Ox-fordshire to mark out the field with their robot GPS line marker. An 10x8 souvenir photo-graph is available to buy at a cost of £3.50. Payment can be made on ParentPay.com. Deadline for orders is Friday 30th June.
Church Trip - Year 1
8 Jun 2023
Year 1 enjoyed a trip to the local church just before half term. The children had a tour of the church with Reverend Janet, and learned about what Christians do there. They had a great time!
7 Jun 2023
We are looking forward to Sports Day coming up next month and we hope you’ll be able to join us. Dates and times for your child are below.
Monday 19th June - Nursery PM & Reception - 1.35-3.15pm
Tuesday 20th June-Nursery AM - 9.30 - 10.45am
Tuesday 20th June - Year 1 & Year 2 - 1.35-3.15pm
Wednesday 21st June - Year 3 & Year 4 - 1.35-3.15pm
Thursday 22nd June - Year 5 & Year 6 - 1.35 - 3.15pm
Air Quality Campaign
6 Jun 2023
Barley Lane Primary School has been invited to join a new LBR project to help improve air quality in the local area. The project will take place over two years and kicks off next Tuesday 13th June at the end of the school day. Please come along to the ‘We care for our air’ parent pop-up event in the KS2 and KS1 playgrounds from 3:15-3:45 and find out more about how you can get involved.
To find out more, visit https://bit.ly/CareforOurAir.
We are very excited about getting our community involved in looking for prac-tical and sustainable ways to improve our local environment!
Half Term Message
29 May 2023
Dear Parents and Carers
Another half term is complete and we are feeling the summer vibes! It’s been wonderful to see the children using our outdoor spaces more and more this half term. They are certainly lucky to have so much space to explore. We are looking forward to sharing it with our whole school community on Friday 9th June at 2pm for our 70th Birthday picnic. Please do come along and donate some cakes in advance if you can.
We have had two external reviews of learning at BLPS so far in 2023, one focusing on our pastoral care and RE curriculum, the other focusing on writing. The reviewer spoke to children, staff, observed teaching and looked at our books. Feedback has been very positive on both occasions, and we have taken some development points on board to make our practice even better!
I hope you have a restful half term.
26 May 2023
Calling all parents or family members that work in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics field.
If you have a passion to inspire the next generation in STEM, we would welcome volunteers to offer their time, passion, and energy to visit our school and inspire our children in their learning.
Your time will aim to connect young children to a range of STEM backgrounds, helping them to get excited about STEM subjects and to recognise the links between the school curriculum and possible future career pathways.
Please let us know if you or someone you know can help, so that we can keep you informed of when we could call you in to work with us when we plan our future science learning.
Happy Birthday Huxley & Barley!
24 May 2023
We now have had Barley and Huxley, our school guinea pigs, for a year!! Happy birthday!!
They arrived as 8-12 week old babies and have provided entertainment, and comfort, to our school community.
Some children have made birthday cards for them.
Basketball Tournament Years 5&6
23 May 2023
Year 5 and 6 participated in a Basketball Tournament at Chadwell Academy 17th May 2023. Out of 28 teams Barley Lane came in Bronze position, this tournament was to represent Redbridge in the Big Basketball competition in July. What a fantastic achievement! The children absolutely smashed it with their talent, skills and sportsmanship. The team received their medals on the podium. Everyone had a great day.
Thanks to Mrs Landa for organising the trip. Here are Umar, Mayank, Tauhid, Ilyaas, Dennis, Munsib, Aisha, Zahraa, Joyful and Halima receiving their medals.
Hyde Park Trip - Year 3
19 May 2023
Year 3 went to Hyde Park last week to consolidate our learning about plants as part of our science topic. We visited the rose garden, observed and sketched flowering plants. We then identified trees using leaf dials. Here are some photos of 3A and 3B. We had lovely weather and the day was enjoyed by everyone!
Team Building Day - Year 6
18 May 2023
Year 6 have had a team building day which they thoroughly enjoyed. They were engaged in a variety of activities including team games involving tyres and thinking of strategies as to how to work together.
Aztecs Cricket -Year 4
11 May 2023
Aztec Cricket Club will be coming in every Tuesday morning each week to teach year 4 cricket until the end of term.
The children really enjoyed their time with the coaches.
’It was a lot of fun, I liked it when we played a match” Rayaan & Hazel 4D
Zoolab - Nursery & Reception
9 May 2023
We had a visitor from Zoolab who brought an Australian tree frog, a giant African snail, Cornfield Boer Constrictor snake from America, a scorpion from Africa and a giant millipede from Africa.
We were allowed to touch and hold some of the creatures, some of us were really brave. They all felt strange to touch. We learned a few facts about their habitats and what they eat. The scorpion even glows turquoise under an ultraviolet light. It was very exciting to have real life creatures at school!
Woodland Trust Gold Award
8 May 2023
We are proud to let you know that we have now been awarded a gold Green Tree Award from the Woodland Trust and will be receiving a special plaque in recognition of this.
Coronation Day Celebrations
5 May 2023
We had a lovely day last Friday celebrating the coronation of King Charles. Children dressed in red white and blue and we had a special lunch. During the afternoon the children enjoyed snacks and even cream teas!
Our year 5 children went to the local church to hear about Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953!
‘Last week, we went to the local church to have a discussion with people from our local community about the Queen's Coronation, which took place in 1953. We spoke about what life was like in the past and asked questions about what happened at the Coronation. A few of them brought artefacts and memorable items to share with us - most of them had a royal symbol of a picture of Queen Elizabeth II on it. We also spoke about what the Coronation in 2023 would be like. We really enjoyed the conversations that we had and hope that we get to do something like this again!’
Aishwarya 5R, Debora 5T
Daily Mile Record Attempt
28 Apr 2023
We are taking part in The Daily Mile, a social and physical activity with the children walking running or wheeling at their own pace in the fresh air with their friends. Today we took part in the Guinness World Record attempt to have the most children running the daily mile on one day!
School Closing at 1:30pm on Monday 24th April
21 Apr 2023
We will be closing to children at 1:30 for parent consultations on 24th April.
Woodland Trust—Silver Award
21 Apr 2023
We are proud to tell you that we have now achieved a silver Green Tree Award from the Woodland Trust. Recent activities to earn this award have been a special assembly about the importance of trees and classes have designed ‘tree champi-ons’ to help look after the trees. We have also celebrated our school trees by decorating them.
We have also been out in our local area this week litter picking.
‘ Last week, the eco ambassadors along with Mrs Rogers and Ms Lane went litter picking around the perimeter of Barley Lane. We split into two groups and our area was very tidy and clean. However we did find lots of cigarette ends. To stop smoking is very beneficial to the environment and to your own personal health’ Rushda 6N
Reach Out Graduation
21 Apr 2023
On 21st April, a group of year 6 children attended their ReachOut Grad-uation Ceremony in London. Eleven year 6 children completed a 20 week mentoring programme work-ing on social and academic confi-dence, considering career options for the future, developing relationships with new adults and peers and developing character strengths including fairness, good judgement and self-control. During the ceremony Asher was awarded the Mentee of the Group and Misha received an award for showing great self-control. Well done to everyone who completed the programme!
Basketball Skills Camp
19 Apr 2023
On 19th April 2023 Year 3 and 4 children were selected to go to Chadwell Academy for a Basketball skills camp. The children took part in various skills and then went onto playing matches against other primary schools. Barley Lane did amazingly when versing other schools. Ayub 3A, Allahdad 4D, Mehmet 3G, Aaleyah 4K, Reet 4F, Elsa 3M, Rayann 4D, Tyler 4C. Daria 4F, Zain U 4C, Arvin 4F and Zahid 4K. The children made Barley Lane Primary School very proud. Mehmet won a basketball for outstanding performance during the day in all activities. Thanks to Mrs Landa for organising the trip.
Composer Workshop -Choir
6 Apr 2023
Our committed choir finished up last term singing with Com-poser Kayleigh Burton.
On Friday 31st March Kayleigh came to Barley Lane School to sing some of the songs she composed for pasts Redbridge Choral Festival at the Royal Albert Hall.
The children really enjoyed singing warm-ups, learning new signing techniques and adding fun actions to her songs.
Dear parents and carers
31 Mar 2023
Another busy term draws to a close. Thank you for your support and encouragement this term and for working with us to achieve the best outcomes for the children of Barley Lane.
As you can see from newsletters this term (including today’s!) the children have been out and about this term, with lots of exciting experiences across London. We bid farewell to Miss Khatun today, and wish her all the best with her new career path. Mrs Bezant and Ms Sanger will be teaching 4K next term.
Wishing you a peaceful Ramadan and a Happy Easter! Mr Henry
31 Mar 2023
This term our children have been enjoying sessions outside in the school spinney. Knowledge of birds and trees is increasing and there is a grow-ing appreciation of the natural world and a better understanding of why we need to care for it. We have recently had new seating in the spinney and our pond will soon be cleaned, ready for some pond dipping. If you are able to help us with our out-door learning vision in any way, e.g. sponsorship, fund raising or helping with our growing areas, please get in touch, we’d love to have your help! Your child’s spinney days are below
Big Walk and Wheel Week
30 Mar 2023
Children have made a fantastic effort this week to walk and cycle to school and those that did received a sticker from their teacher. We encourage children to walk, cycle or scooter to school; It’s been proven that children who do some form of exercise, espe-cially a walk before school, do better in class be-cause they arrive refreshed, fit and ready to learn.
We also had Dr Bike pay us a visit this week, he mended and serviced some of the children’s bikes so we hope they’ll be able to go for a bike ride these holidays!
Cycle Helmet Design Competition: Well done to the following children who en-tered the competition to design an eco helmet. The winners are: Ajeesh 2B, Sawdah 2B, Dua 2B, Sumaiya 5C Each of them will receive a prize—a cycle helmet!
Florence Nightingale Visits Year 2
29 Mar 2023
Year 2 have been learning about Florence Nightingale recently and enjoyed a workshop last week. The children said about the experience:
"I got to ask her interesting questions" "It was fun because we got to role play as nurs-es and soldiers and we had to cure them."
Redbridge Geography Bee Winners!
28 Mar 2023
The Geography Bee took place at Glade Primary School with lots of other Redbridge schools. The children took part in different rounds and worked well as a team to collaborate and answer the questions. We came joint first with Downshall Primary, which is amazing! Well done to Julia 5F, Sofia 5F, Mahdi 5T, Timur 5C!
Sea Life Aquarium Trip– Year 1
27 Mar 2023
Year 1 children visited Sea Life aquarium and experienced life under the ocean. Children saw jellyfish, seahorses, sharks, tortoises, a variety of fish and penguins. Children had the op-portunity to touch a star fish too!
Basketball Match V Chadwell Primary
24 Mar 2023
Last week some of our Y5 and Y6 pupils played a basketball match at Chadwell Primary for a 5v5 basketball match. Our amazing team consisted of Dennis 6R, Umar 6R, Joyful 6M, Inaya 6J, Amelia 6J, Ilyaas 6R, Zahra 6J, Benjamin 5C and Miraya 5R. Thanks to Zahra’s mum for helping out and Mrs Landa for organising the trip. The children had a great after-noon and are looking for-ward to the next match!
Big Walk & Wheel Week
23 Mar 2023
Week beginning 27th March 2023 is Barley Lane’s ‘Big walk and wheel’ week. Children are encouraged to walk during the whole of this week. On their year groups designated day during this week children can cycle or scoot to school (check your year groups designated day below).
Walking, cycling and scooting is good as it makes our bodies healthier, creates happier minds, fewer cars at the school gates, cleaner air, less pollution, and more time to chat with family and friends and enjoy the great outdoors. If you live a long way a way from school why not try to park and stride. Leave your car ten minutes away and walk. If you can’t walk to school every day try to walk to school on at least one or two days next week.
Children that are seen walking, cycling or scooting during this week will receive a sticker.
Your year groups designated day to cycle or scoot to school is:
Monday – 27.3.23 – Year 6 and Reception
Tuesday 28.3.23 – Year 4 and 2
Wednesday 29.3.23 – Year 5 and 1
Thursday 30.3.23 – Year 3 and Nursery
Year 6, 5, 4 to leave bikes in the area behind Huxley Building.
Year Reception,1,2,3 to leave bikes and scooters in the quad.
Animal Workshop - Year 1
22 Mar 2023
This week, Year 1 had the opportunity to learn about, see and handle a range of animals.
Children held lizards, a python, a baby owl, a meerkat and a tarantula.
They were very brave and enjoyed finding out about the diets of these animals, their habitats and the physical features of the animals.
Fire Station Trip - Year 2
22 Mar 2023
This half term, Year 2 have enjoyed a trip to Ilford Fire Station where they learnt about the role of fire-fighters and the equipment they use. Children enjoyed exploring the inside of a fire engine, learnt the importance of heat cameras, watched how an emergency call is received at the station and even got to use the hoses! It was a thoroughly enjoyable morning for all. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped on the trip.
Let Girls Play Football
21 Mar 2023
On Wednesday 8th March 2023 it was International Wom-en’s Day. Barley Lane celebrated this by having Let Girls Play Football all afternoon with Mrs S Landa. The sports helpers were Zah-ra 6J, Jiya 6M, Ayisha 6R, Joyful 6M, Halima 6M, Amarni 6R, Amelia 6T, Inaya 6J, Aliza 6N, Juliet 6R.
‘Recently it was International Women’s Day and that is when we appreciate what all girls have done for us. We had an hour of PE and some football and it was amazing, everybody had a smile on their face including me! The session was really fun and we took part in lots of activities’ Ayat 6J
Choral Festival - Royal Albert Hall
20 Mar 2023
Well done to our “Barley Lane Junior Choir” for representing and making our school proud last Monday 13th March at 2023 Choral Festival “Happy and Glorious” at the Royal Albert Hall.
It has been Redbridge’s most ambitious event, where over 1,500 students from fifty Primary and Secondary schools formed the most astounding choir.
Everyone enjoyed the whole day!
Thank you to the teachers, support staff and volunteers who helped on the day and special thanks to Mrs Aguerralde for organising the trip.
World Book Day
3 Mar 2023
The children have had a wonderful day to-day reading books and listen-ing to their favourite stories. They will each receive a £1 book token today to go to-wards a book of their choice at participating stores.
Primary Maths Challenge
2 Mar 2023
Congratulations to 11 children in Year 6, who made it through to the Bonus round of the National Primary Maths Challenge.
Laasyasree, Haider and Malak scored within the Gold level; Sharwathah, Kamran, Naysha and Imraan scored within the silver level and Rushda, Samaria, Musa and Tauhid scored within the Bronze level.
We are very proud of their achievements.
Choir visit the Kenneth More Theatre
1 Mar 2023
BLPS Junior Choir enjoyed rehearsing the fantastic concert repertoire at Kenneth More Theatre last Thursday 23th February. Only 9 days to go for the Big Day now: how exciting! Here is a link to the songs to sing along at home and get ready for a sensational night at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 13th March. Thank you to the parents who helped on the trip.
House of Lords Zoom - Year 5
25 Feb 2023
Last week, year 5 children had a zoom meeting with Baroness Scott from the House of Lords, and learned some interesting facts.
‘During the Learning with the Lords session we met Baroness Scott of Needham Market. We asked her questions about sustainability and pollution. We spoke about the envi-ronment. She was very nice and answered all our questions’
Izaan & Ahsan 5F
Dress to Express
10 Feb 2023
This week has been Children’s Mental Health Week, and to mark the importance and raise awareness of young people’s mental health, we have ‘Dressed to Express!’
We have seen some fabulous outfits today .
Well done everyone!
9 Feb 2023
Well done to the following children who have recently received a Headteacher’s Award!
Laylah - Red Veeraj - 4D Kelsey - 4F Aidaan - 1M Shalom - 4D Hardika - 5C Gurshish- 1M Taliyah - 4D Inaaya - 5C Araf - 1R Zain - 4D Anaya - 5C Noah - 1R Rizwan - 4D Adrian - 5C Ismaeel - 1R Charlie - 4D Ahyaan - 5C Dragos - 1R Trisha - 4D Zunairah - 4D Ajeesh - 2B Skyla - 3M Priya - 2B Owais - 3B
Ilford Islamic Centre Trip - Year 5
8 Feb 2023
Year 5 went to Ilford Islamic Centre this week as we are learning about Islam in R.E. We met Imam Khurram who shared an insightful talk about the mosque/Muslim beliefs and showed us around the building. We also took part in a mosque feature hunt which was great fun! We had a wonderful time.
7 Feb 2023
Do you like gardening?
Have you any expertise in all things growing and planting?
Could you spare some time to help us trans-form our planting areas in school?
If you can offer any help, please see Mrs. Rogers or Mr. Curtis or contact the school office.
Big Garden Bird Watch
6 Feb 2023
If you took part in the Big Garden Bird Watch then the results have now been compiled by the RSPB. For more information go to the RSPB website rspb.org.uk
Please look out for the parakeets in our school spinney!
House sparrow number one again!
House sparrows are top of the flocks for the 19th year running. But it’s vital we continue to look out for sparrows as there are far fewer around now. The population has declined so much that they are on the UK Red List for birds – any further declines would be devastating.
27 Jan 2023
Spring is just around the corner and to encourage our pupils to get cycling and scootering we have an exciting competition for all year groups to enter:
Design an Eco themed helmet in the brightest colours you can! Draw or paint your design on A4 paper. Think about sustainable travel or green places you might ride your bike or scooter . Winners will re-ceive a helmet - there will be one prize for each year group.
Entries must be submitted to the class teacher or the school office by Friday 10th February. Good Luck!
26 Jan 2023
Children in Years 1 and 2 are enjoying using our KS1 library to choose and borrow books each week. We have purchased more great books to add to the library. As well as diverse books, we also have a selection of picture books and non fiction books. Please look after the books that are borrowed and remember to return them on your child's allocated library day.
Arc Theatre Workshop - Year 5 & 6
25 Jan 2023
‘On Wednesday we had a performance from the Arc Theatre. It was called ‘Outsider’ and it was set in World War 2. Outsider was about a brother and sister meeting a friend from their old school, who wanted to find German spies in the area. The message of the performance was to not judge a person by their ethnicity. After, we had a discussion about what we liked about the performance.’
Sofia & Diaymar 5F
Young Voices Concert
24 Jan 2023
On Wednesday 18th January our amazing BLPS singers were part of the "Biggest school choir concert on Earth" along with 8,800 children from all around London. The performance was spectacular for all, choir, parents and teachers who en-joyed disco dancing very much!!! Beat Box Collec-tive, Urban Strides and violinist Ana Phoebe were part of the show under the great conductor David Lawrence. Children sang their hearts out.
Well done Barley Lane for such a great trip. Thanks to Mrs Aguerralde, Mr. Henry, Mrs Gusaric and Mrs Borowy for coming with the choir to the O2 and making sure everyone was safe and happy!
BIG Garden Birdwatch
23 Jan 2023
The RSPB ( Royal Society For The Protection Of Birds) are holding their 'BIG Garden Birdwatch' from Friday 27th January to Sunday 29th January. You don't have to have a garden, you can watch the birds from a balcony or in the park!
- Watch the birds around you for one hour.
-Count how many of each species of bird LANDS, not flies, on your patch.
- Go to rspb.org.uk - Big Garden Birdwatch- and send in the species you have seen and the number of them. There is lots of information on this site to help you identify birds.
38 million birds from UK skies have been lost in the last 50 years and nature is in crisis. These birdwatching results help the RSPB monitor how our UK birds are coping.
Our children in Barley Lane are learning about sustainability and part of that is helping to protect other living things. Some classes have been going outside to see what birds we have on our school grounds and we will be sending this information to the RSPB too.
70th Birthday Celebrations
20 Jan 2023
Calling all ex-pupils and ex-members of staff!
Please could you share your photographs and memories of your time at Barley Lane with us. We would like to share with the children so that they can compare their experiences of Barley Lane:
Come and join us for our celebratory 70th picnic on FRIDAY 9th June from 2pm – 7pm.
19 Jan 2023
Well done to Zoha in Year 6 and her brother Shaheer in Nursery who won trophies in a dance competition re-cently. Zoha also won a medal for completing Level 6 in gymnastics. We love hearing about the children’s achievements: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Voices Concert
18 Jan 2023
Attention BLPS Choir! The Young Voices 2023 concert at the O2 Arena is fast approaching!
Here is the Spotify link for our final practice before the Big Day on Wednesday 18th January! https://open.spotify.com/album...
Reception Admissions Sept 2023
17 Jan 2023
Apply to start primary school reception for September 2023
This application applies to children with birthdays between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019. This application can only be made online. Please ensure you apply for your child’s school place by Sunday 15 January 2022.
16 Jan 2023
Well done to the following children who have recently received a Headteacher’s Award!
Ibraheem - 1M Noah - 1R Mehreen - 6N Nicolae - 1M Sai - 4K Rayan - 6J Abrish - 1A Maria - 4D Abdulbathin - 6J Yoana - 1R Sofia - 5F Mehmet - 3G Nazafrin - 4F Sumaiya - 4F Umaiza - 4K
World Cup Fever!
19 Dec 2022
Mrs Aguerralde is over the moon with Argentina’s success! 3A picked the winning World Cup Team, Argentina, and celebrated with the World Cup trophy in their class.
Time FM Christmas Toy Appeal
19 Dec 2022
Our school council have been extremely successful in gathering toys and donations for the Time FM Christmas Appeal. The Time FM staff were extremely grateful and the toys will go to families in need. Thank you to Mrs Gheewala for organising the collection.
Animal Workshop - Y4
16 Dec 2022
Year 4 had an animal workshop this week and met some unusual creatures. We saw a desert fox, a tarantula a Burmese snake and a millipede. The children learnt that a Burmese snake eats once every 4 months and eats chickens. The chameleon lives in the rainforest and changes colour depending on it’s mood. The tarantula is actually very fragile because it has an exoskeleton. The desert fox has large ears and can hear a spider crawling in the desert.
Great Fire of London Workshop - Y2
15 Dec 2022
As part of our History topic on the Great Fire of London, Year 2 participated in an exciting workshop. Children took part in acting out events, learnt about the impact of the fire through an experiment and created Great Fire of London scenes through layered art work. It was a fun and educational experience for everyone!
School Closed Today
12 Dec 2022
School will be closed today due to the adverse weather conditions. We hope to reopen tomorrow (Tuesday 13th)
School Council Christmas Appeal
9 Dec 2022
We are taking part in the Christmas Appeal for Time FM again this year. Time FM would prefer donations to their GoFundMe page this year, but Barley Lane will gratefully accept toys and gifts and deliver to TimeFM by Friday 16th December.
Barley and Huxley News!
8 Dec 2022
Barley and Huxley, our school guinea pigs, are embracing the Christmas season! Barley is hoping for some baby cucumbers in his Christmas stocking whilst Huxley is hoping for some mint to nibble on in his. We look forward to reading more in next week’s ‘Christmas Special’ newsletter!
First Aid Workshop
7 Dec 2022
“In the first aid workshop, we learned important life skills. A lady called Sue from the British Red Cross guided us on how to deal with someone who has fainted or has a broken bone. We learned about how we could potentially save a person’s life and debated about the five senses. The meaning of first aid is ‘first help’ which you can get before going to the hospital. We really liked this educational workshop and we thank our teachers for organising it’ Julia and Sofia 5F
6 Dec 2022
This week some of our eco ambassadors went litter picking on the school field, main playground and in the spin-ney. After just twenty minutes, they had filled a black sack with rubbish. We will be reinforcing to our children the importance of putting their litter in one of the bins provided.
Sustainability is one of our priorities on this year’s School Development Plan.
Road Safety Workshop
5 Dec 2022
“In our road safety workshop, we did some work on how to be safe on the roads. We acted out scenarios, for example if you do not know whether to cross the road, you should look, listen, look again and if it's safe you can cross! Another scenario was to not disturb the driver in case he or she looks back and needs to brake. After we rehearsed, we acted out the play to the rest of year 5 and 6. The workshop was very enjoyable and we all learnt lots from it!”
Yamin and Mirayah 5R
Primary Maths Challenge
2 Dec 2022
Some of our Year 5 and 6 children entered the National Primary Maths Challenge this week.
We had some fantastic scores. Congratulations to those in gold positions and to Sharwatha, Lassyaree and Haider for getting through to the next round which will be in February.
Abdul - 5T Laasyasree 6J Timur - 5C Haider - 6J Sharwarthah - 6N
Ishaq - 5T Musa - 6M Ahsan - 5R Malak - 6M Kamran - 6N Samaira - 6R
Julia - 5F Naysha - 6N Imraan - 6R Tauhid - 6J Rushda - 6N
Zoya - 5C, Nagarithvik - 5R, Sofia - 5F, Vivan - 5R, Yamin - 5R, Saif - 5R, Azmain - 5R, Neha - 5C, Miraya - 5R, Mahel - 5R, Hannah - 5R, Sumaiya - 5C, Anaya - 5C, Atifa - 5T, Maryam - 5C, Innaya - 5C, Mahdi - 5T, Hafeez - 5F, Adil - 5F, Jazib - 5F, Ahsan - 5F, Diaymar - 5F, Hardika - 5C, Imtiaz - 6R, Anjana 6N, Hasann - 6N, Zuhair - 6J, Harsh - 6R, Motahera - 6N, Umar - 6R, Atiya - 6R, Rayan - 6J, Ha-ris - 6N, Ismael - 6J, Tahseeen - 6R, Mustafa - 6J, Saisivan - 6J, Jiya - 6M, Maryiam - 6N, Harnoor– 6N
Keep Britain Tidy
1 Dec 2022
Years 1-6 have all had sustainability workshops run by the charity Keep Britain Tidy. The older children have been learning about the 3Rs reduce, reuse and recycle and the younger children about keeping our oceans clean.
“ We really enjoyed the sustainability workshop and we learnt many new things. Did you know that batteries should not be thrown in the regular bin? Also, we all made a promise to reduce, reuse and recycle!” Kelsey and Ayyub 4F
Stone Age Workshop - Year 3
29 Nov 2022
Year 3 had a brilliant Stone Age workshop last week with a visit from Pukub. The children were able to take part in many activi-ties, including cooking bread and potatoes on the fire, and making flour from seeds and spinning wool. They also learnt all about how stone age people lived.
Some children even dressed up in stone age clothes!
Non Uniform Days
28 Nov 2022
We have recently had two non uniform days. The first was Glow Day last week, and we saw some fabulous bright and sparkly outfits for the ‘be bright, be seen’ campaign.
This week we got into the world cup spirit by cheering on England during their match against Iran on Monday before having a special lunch and non uniform day yesterday . Children made a super effort to dress up as their class team colours, and we have also raised some money from £1 contributions to go towards new books for school. We will let you know how much we raised in our next newsletter.
Mandir Trip - Year 3
25 Nov 2022
Our Year 3 children had a very in-formative visit to the Hindu Temple in Ilford this week and found out some interesting facts. They were able to look at the beautiful decorations and they learnt all about how Hindus pray to their God. Thank you to the parents who helped on the trip.
Year 5 Church Visit
22 Nov 2022
“On Tuesday 22nd November we had the opportunity to visit the local church. Our experience was outstanding, as the reverend (who was a woman) was extremely kind and she introduced us to the church and spoke to us in great detail. When we ar-rived, we had a look at the church. The outside had a unique style just like a Tudor cathedral. We then were able to meet the hosts and also got a tour of the inside. It had a lot of paintings, which were tell-ing the story of Jesus. The church also had some stained glass win-dows, which were beautiful. We learnt lots of information about the religion, before we came back to school”. Abdul & Anas 5T
16 Nov 2022
“On Wednesday 16th November, we were very fortunate to have a Brass Recital with very talented musicians playing live at our school.
We were able to ask them questions about the different types of brass instruments (such as trumpets, trombone, French horn and tuba) We were astonished when we saw how big the tuba was! We learnt some facts about the instruments too.. The trombone is the only one that has a "slide" however the trumpet, French horn and tuba have valves to play the different sounds.
They played vary famous tunes, some of our favourites were: "Star wars" tune and "The Simpsons" theme”.
Jazib & Hashim 5F
14 Nov 2022
We are marking Anti Bullying Week this week with a series of assemblies and class discussions. This year's theme is 'Reach Out'
Barley Lane Fireworks Extravaganza
11 Nov 2022
Our fireworks extravaganza was such a fabulous event! The evening was sell out with 2,500 people attending. A huge thank you to everyone that attended, it was our biggest ever!
The event was put on with the help of volunteers made up of Barley Lane parents and carers, teachers, school staff and local residents. Without them we couldn't do it and we appreciate everything they do from the planning, set up on Friday to the ‘Big Clean Up’ on Sunday and many extras.
You can watch our display on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5f4e37BxS8
Remembrance Assembly - Year 6
11 Nov 2022
Year 6 recently had a special Remembrance Day live assembly with the National Literacy Trust partnered with the Royal British Legion. For this event, we were joined by over 200,000 children from over 1,000 other schools across the country to commemorate the sacrifices made by British soldiers. The assembly has since been uploaded to the National Literacy Trust YouTube channel to allow viewers to watch during their own time. It was a great success and we hope to do it again next year, inviting more year groups to join us!
"I found that this was the most meaningful Remembrance Day assembly I've ever been to. I liked how they included many different views and speakers as part of the event. The two minute silence really got me thinking." - Asher, 6M
"The reason I enjoyed the assembly is because during the two minutes of silence, you could see everyone in the studio and across other schools doing it with you. I really felt for the soldiers during the assembly." - Hadi, 6M
Globe Theatre Trip
11 Nov 2022
“On Friday 11th November, Year 5 visited Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. We travelled to London by train. When we arrived, we got to enjoy a tour of The Globe Theatre. We saw the inside of the theatre and learnt that the Globe was mostly made of wood. However, many things were painted to look like marble and gold. We also learnt that the theatre had an open roof to let in natural light, as they didn't have electricity. After the tour, we took part in a drama workshop. In the workshop, we acted out a scene from Macbeth (a play written by Shakespeare). We did freeze frames, which were based on the three witches. After that, we went on a nice walk over the Millennium Bridge. It was a very enjoyable trip and we hope to go on an-other one”.
Mariyah & Hannah 5R
KS1 Library Grand Opening
8 Nov 2022
Our newly refurbished EYFS and KS1 library was officially opened today! Children were introduced to our new underwater water themed library space. Classes will visit the library each week during the school day to choose a book to read and share at home. Your child's teacher will inform you of your allocated library day. Please remember to look after books and return them each week.
Thank you to everyone that was involved in creating our new library.
21 Oct 2022
A huge thank you to our parents and carers for their generous donations to the Redbridge Foodbank last week.
We had such a large amount of donations that the foodbank had to do two collections!
Well done to School Council children who helped to load everything up into the car!
21 Oct 2022
We say farewell to a number of staff today.
Mr Mulligan has done a wonderful job as assistant site manager over the past year.
Miss Martin has worked with us in a number of administrative roles since 2015 and we wish her well at her new school.
Mr McCarthy has taught and led PE for 12 years and will be missed by children, parents and staff alike. He has had a huge impact on our children’s health and fitness over the past 12 years. We wish him well with a change of career.
Finally, after 29 years of dedicated service to the children of Barley Lane Primary School, we wish Mrs Bhanot all the best with her re-tirement. She has supported some of our most vulnerable children with care and consideration, and certainly deserves a restful retirement.
Rangoli Art -Year 3
18 Oct 2022
Year 3 have been busy learning about Diwali and the signifi-cance of the Goddess Lakshmi for Hindus at this special time of year. They have enjoyed cre-ating their own intricate Rangoli patterns to decorate the school using a range of mediums such as chalk, crayons, felt tips and coloured rice.
BLPS Fireworks Tickets
7 Oct 2022
Tickets for our Firework display can be purchased through Eventbrite from Friday 7th October. To purchase either click the in the news article or scan our QR Code.
Tudor Day - Year 5
6 Oct 2022
Tudor day was amazing! We explored the depth of Tudor life, through different activi-ties such as food tasting and ar-chery. We also learnt about Tudor medicine and the ‘cunning wom-an’ (you would go to her if you were sick) who would do witch-craft on you (yes really!) Our favourite activities from the day, were sewing and trying on the Tudor armour. A funny activity that we took part in, was imagining that we were in a Tudor court where punishments and fines were given, de-pending on your crime. Overall, it was a great ex-perience! Thank you to Mistress Hil-lary, Master Robert and our teachers.
5 Oct 2022
We launched our 70th birthday celebrations last week by planting an apple tree on the field. Our School Council members helped with making sure the tree was securely in the ground while KS2 children watched.
All children and staff enjoyed a cup cake after their lunch to start the celebra-tions! Thank you to Pabulum, our catering company, for supplying the tree and the cupcakes.
4 Oct 2022
On Tuesday 4th October, our pupils had an amazing opportunity singing opera with some of the world's most famous opera singers from the ROH in London!!!!
Pupils from Y2 to Y6, took part in a live event, along with other school's up and down the coun-try. During the workshop they were: Learn-ing several vocal and drama warmups, explor-ing some of the building blocks of opera and singing "Pa-,pa-,pa-,Papageno' duet from "The Magic Flute" by Mozart. It was a fantastic experience !!!!
BLPSFA September Newsletter
30 Sep 2022
Please see our BLPSFA page under 'Parents' for the latest newsletter, featuring Firework Extravaganza, Monday Mile and Let's Bake workshop information.
Barley & Huxley
28 Sep 2022
Barley and Huxley have had a lovely summer holiday staying with Mrs. Chishty and Mrs. Singh and are now back in school like the rest of us. Both of them have doubled in size since they came to us as babies and Huxley has now become the boss!
Some new guinea pig helpers are being trained up by Mrs. Rogers to help look after them. They have spent some story session time in 6J and will, hopefully, be visiting 2W next week.
It’s Our Birthday!
23 Sep 2022
This year Barley Lane Primary School is 70 years old! We have lots of activities in store through-out the year. We will kick off our celebrations next week with some tree planting in KS2 and a special birthday cup cake for the chil-dren and staff to enjoy after lunch.
Year 1 Outdoor Area Grand Opening
21 Sep 2022
It was the grand opening of the year 1 playground this week and you may have noticed the new activities the children can enjoy.
The work was started in the summer holidays and was recently completed. The area includes a gravel and sand pit, a stage, a reading den and water wall. Olaf visited us and declared the playground officially open - and cut the ribbon with some help!
Year 1 children are already making great use of it.
Thank you to Mrs Warry and Mr Boddy for planning and organising this special space!
Remembering Queen Elizabeth II
9 Sep 2022
It was with great and genuine sadness that we mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. She was admired and respected by so many across the world. Books of condolence and floral tribute sites have opened at six locations across Redbridge, our nearest being Goodmayes Library. We will update our parents with news of any school closure when the funeral is announced.
5 Sep 2022
We welcome our children and families back after the holidays and wish you all the best for the upcoming school year.
Science Museum Trip - Year 5
Last week, Year 5 went to the Science Museum. When we arrived we explored the different galleries, and one of the things that we saw were spacecrafts. The part that we liked the most was when we went to the Wonderlab because there were friction slides. We had an enjoyable time!’
Miraya and Azmain 5R