We are a Good School!

Ofsted came to visit us last month to see all the fantastic work the teachers and pupils have been up to across the school. They agreed that we continue to provide a good education for our pupils!

They said: “Pupils are very proud of their school and say it is a happy place where teachers care about them. Key to this success are the seven core values of ‘RESPECT’ that permeate all aspects of school life and underpin decisions about school policies. Staff teach pupils the importance of resilience, empathy, self-awareness, positivity, excellence and communication.”

Read the full report here!


Year 3 Make 3D Shapes!

Year 3 have built different 3D shapes using marshmallows and cocktail sticks! We had lots of fun and we built lots of shapes. 

We made cubes, cuboids, square based pyramids, triangular prisms and even pentagonal prisms! We then discussed all of their different properties (edges, vertices and faces)

School Council News!

On Friday we held our first school council meeting. Each class from Y1 to Y6 have a representative who will share their class’s ideas and opinions. We talked about the importance of being a school councillor and how we have to be:



Friendly and approachable

Good at listening

Honest and sensible

All the class reps are excited and looking forward to a busy year.

5AH Get Arty!

5AH have been experimenting with chalk to create their own version’s of Van Gogh’s Starry Night!

An Update from Reception!

Over the last three weeks in Reception we have been reading the story 'Owl Babies' and talking about changes in our current lives, starting school, in the outside environment and the changes Autumn brings. The children have had great fun taking part in role play's and creating new characters for the story. 

We also went on an Autumn walk around the school collecting leaves and discussing the colours and changes we could see. We then painted pictures and made leaf prints too. In Maths we have been working on our number recognition and counting up to 10 conkers and beyond. We have also been looking at 2D shapes and we went for a walk to find shapes in our environment, we found many shapes including a hexagon.

Over the next three weeks we will be reading the story 'Dogs' by Emily Gravett  and be discussing how we are all different and equally valued.

The children have also started taking part in Mission lessons with Mr Bramble, learning about reliance and  meeting our new respect characters

Nursery's trip to the farm.

 Nursery 3 went on a trip to Smithills Open Farm
in Bolton. We travelled by coach which was very exciting and the sun
was shining.
Once at the farm we fed lots of animals including sheep, goats and
lambs. We also touched or held Alpacas, donkeys, rabbits, and chicks.
After our packed lunch we went on a tractor ride where we went to a
field to feed the donkeys. Next we all had a turn of riding on a
donkey. We had so much fun!
The coach journey on the way home was very quiet as most of us fell asleep!

Year 4 school trip

J3 and J4 went on an educational visit to Knowsely Safari Park where they had the chance to meet and discover lot of different animals from around the world; such as giraffes, rhinos, ostriches and lions. They even got to ride in the baboon bus, which the children thoroughly enjoyed and found hilarious!

In addition, they watched the seal lion show and the birds of prey show, named 'Flight of the tallons'. It was a brilliant day out for all involved.

Crucial Crew

Year 6 went on their trip to Crucial Crew last Friday. It was a fantastic afternoon where they learnt about how to keep safe around the community from the local PCSOs, the British Transport Police, Stagecoach bus inspectors, St John Ambulance and the Eclipse Drug and Alcohol Awareness Service. The children were praised for their good behaviour while they were there.

Trees of Hope

As we reflect on the year anniversary of the attack on Manchester, representatives from our school visited the Trees of Hope to put our messages on.  We observed a minutes silence on the day.  There will be messages around the school grounds that the children have chosen to write too.  

Family Activity Morning

Briscoe Lane Academy hosted our first family activity morning. This turned out to be a success as it was attended by many children and their parents who took part in different arts and crafts together. The school council also helped on the day so a big thank you to all those that took part. We hope you all enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you all at the next family activity session.

An Animal Adventure

Nursery had some very special visitors to celebrate the end of our ‘Animal’ topic.  Oreo and friends animal encounters, came with some animals. We saw a tarantula, corn snake, tenrec, raccoon, meerkat, tortoise and skunk. We were very brave and held or touched the animals!

Our special visitors

Reception 1, 2 and 3 have had the egg-citing opportunity of nurturing duck eggs until they hatch.  After several weeks of love, care and attention, the ducklings finally hatched.  Each class chose names for the hatched ducklings and both children and staff have become quite attached to them.  In particular, Miss McCosh when one of the ducklings believed she was its mum!

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