Friday, 15 June 2018

Expansion Update 15th June

The progress being made with the expansion is in line with the anticipated schedule. A lot of progress has been made with the school's extended hall.

The extension means that the hall's size will increase by a really significant 60m2. In terms of lessons, there will only be one class in the hall at a time, so the extra space is a bonus. The contractors will extend the existing flooring. Very exciting.

In the photograph below you can see that the ground work for the main block is well underway. The crates will be filled with concrete. 

We are presently planning for our new library/ quiet area. This is located where the existing Y3 classroom is situated. Mrs Menmuir is looking at lots of different designs for book storage and we will make the space a calm but inviting area for children to read in. A big advantage of this is that Moorhens children will be able to access this area after school once the build is complete. This means that they will eventually have access to four different zones - the two chalets, the ICT suite and the new library. 

Outside Fun at Moorhens

Children having some well earned fresh air whilst the weather is still nice.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Moor Hall School Oral History Project

Moor Hall School Oral History Project

As you know History is an important part of the curriculum at school. The children enjoy the visitors and trips out which we use to engage the pupils in their learning.

I would like to add to this engagement by starting an oral history library of the memories of parents, grandparents and friends of the children who attend our school. I see it as a resource which teachers can use with pupils immediately to give greater perspective to how life has changed in the relatively recent past.

Adult participants can record or video short clips (no more than a minute) of themselves talking about specific subjects.
At the moment I suggest participants talking about subjects such as:
·       Moor Hall School (for past pupils or neighbours)
·       My School Life
·       Mere Green
·       Sutton Coldfield
·       Birmingham
·       Transport
·       My home – to include domestic items like telephones- how soon will it be before landlines are a thing of the past?!
·       Toys and games (what did we do before computers?!)

I would also love to get people talking about their memories of World War Two- does anyone know people who were evacuated?

This is not an exhaustive list, if you have any ideas please feel free to follow them up.
When you record your piece, it does not need to be scripted or formal. I would like every clip to start with the participant saying their month and year of their birth, this will add to the historical perspective.

I would like this to be an ongoing resource library which we can build up and  use for years to come.
In the first instance please send your video or audio clips into school via email to so Mr Pittaway (our ICT technician)  and I can sort and store them safely. If you have any questions, comments or queries please come and discuss them with me.
Thank you in anticipation of your support for this exciting project.

Your sincerely

Roger Winter

Thursday, 17 May 2018

M&S School Uniform Summer Promotion

M&S are pleased to announce that they will be offering a fantastic 20% off all uniform on the M&S Your School Uniform website – This will run from June 5th – July 3rd 2018. Please have a look to make sure you don’t miss out.

All orders over £50 continue to receive free standard delivery. You are encouraged to place your order before the end of July to ensure any uniform ordered will be delivered in time for the new school year. The next day delivery option isn’t available during August as M&S simply cannot guarantee it will be fulfilled that quickly because of the huge demand over the summer.

If a product is not available customers will see an ‘AVAILABLE SOON’ message. Directly below this, customers are asked to leave their email address in order to be told when it is back in stock. When this box is completed it actually ensures the request is added to an embroidery requirement list and will prioritise the embroidery of this product. It acts as an instruction to M&S which they act upon and is not simply a means of communication to their customers.

See the Uniform section of our school website for more details on Moor Hall's uniform. 

Friday, 11 May 2018

Year 5 at the Schools' Challenge final

Yesterday, Year 5 had a fantastic time at Perry Barr Fire Station to take part in the 'Schools' Challenge' final! We have learnt lots of safety facts and had lots of fun!
Well done to Year 5! You have made everyone extremely proud!

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Wildlife Club Full

The Wildlife club which Mrs Glare runs has proven again to be very popular. The Wildlife club for the June-July term is now full.
Parents rushed into Moorhens yesterday afternoon and this morning to try and secure places for their children within the Wildlife club and within 1 hour it was full. We apologise to anyone who has tried to secure a place for this club, but we only have a limited number of spaces available for a very popular club.

Places are still available within the other clubs that we will be providing for Summer term 2, such as Athletics, Netball, Tennis and Cricket/ Rounders.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Expansion Update 24th April

During the Easter break the car park was completed. This will provide us with a significant increase in space and has had very little impact on the school's field. A large area of scrubland was cleared in order for space to be made available. Once the project has been completed the area that is presently being occupied by Balfour Beatty units will be used for additional car parking space.

There have been a lot of interesting pieces of equipment being used to do a variety of work over the last few weeks. Miss Shindler came in to school during to holidays and was very excited to have seen a large machine pumping concrete over the top of the school building.

The majority of the work at the school has been focused on the hall expansion. This is progressing well on schedule.

This is a photo of a hired Vac-Ex machine which we use to excavate around live services. It’s like a big Vacuum that removes the risk of striking live services with digger buckets!!

This is where a new pathway will connect the hall to the new block. This pathway will be sheltered and will pass through an area where there will be plants and a pond.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Space Camp 2018

On Thursday night we had a memorable evening at school - Space Camp. The Y5 children did a lot of different activities and then slept over in the school hall. We were fortunate enough to have had a clear evening so the children were able to see star constellations, the moon and the planet Venus from the car park. Photographs to follow on our website this week.

The children took some of the pictures using Mr Steggall's camera. The moon was a crescent and this meant that the sky was not flooded with light so we could see some of the stars. Venus was clearly visible.

Marble Run Competition

Lots of children entered our 'Marble Run' competition and we were very impressed with the entries. Everyone who entered did so with enthusiasm and had thought really carefully about how their marble run was going to work. Mrs Garrington and Mrs Menmuir judged them on Thursday and the winners will be announced this week.

Photographs will be added to our website under special events.