• School/Eco Council meets on a fortnightly basis and feedback to the rest of the school the following week in a whole school assembly (that the school council lead).  A big question is set by the School Council that is later debated in the classrooms and responses are placed into the green book.  The responses are discussed as agenda items in the next meeting.
  • Two minutes of silence at 11.00am on Remembrance Day
  • Use of the Suffolk RE Syllabus to learn about and from 6 major religions, including Christianity
  • KS2 Carols around the tree
  • Forest School - fascination in learning about themselves and the world around them
  • Christmas and Easter experiences for all year groups at St. Michaels Church 


  • Food For Life (FFL), teaches our children the ‘seed to plate’ food philosophy.  The produce the children grow in the school garden, fruit trees and vegetable plots are central to the Seed-to-Plate project.  Starting with seeds, the children nurture young plants and harvest the crops before learning how to make good use of them. Planting is linked to other aspects of the children’s studies.
  • The Food Policy seeks out all stakeholders views.  Children, parents and staff vote on ‘healthy snacks’ for playtimes and drinks for lunchtime to inform policy.
  • Our Eco Council leads the school to a deeper understanding of the effect we can have on our local, national and global environment (e.g. central school recycling area, ‘Phil the Bag’, stamps for the Hospice, visit the recycling centre in Great Blakenham, regular litter picks, water butt collection, Eco Conferences led by our children to Council departments and other Primary Schools, Greenest County Event, Belstead House presentation CPD for teachers in Suffolk, themed assemblies, solar thermal presentations, recycled Christmas tree decorations and school uniforms for bunting, achieving grants for the Bike and Sail Shelters).
  • Junior Road Safety Officers
  • Switch off fortnight
  • Energy month/Green Day
  • Each class shares the BART rules to ensure the school is a happy, safe and nurturing place to learn for everyone, recognising the differences between right and wrong
  • School council book sales
  • Pupil consultation regarding annual behavioural policy update to ensure pupils are fully aware of the consequences of their behaviour and actions
  • Our philosophy teaching gives pupils opportunities to offer reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and understand and respect the viewpoints of others


  • By inviting parents, families, friends and the local community to see the school in action
  • Inter school sporting fixtures and tournaments
  • Parent helpers with reading, maths, trips etc
  • Termly parent ‘Learning Together’ sessions
  • Parent Information Sessions run for all year groups (e.g. phonic acquisition, maths calculation strategies, 1:1 reading training, Learning Platform access and use)
  • Weekly Celebration Assemblies 
  • Birchwood annual music festival (including the presentation of Musician of the Year)
  • Birchwood annual dance festival (and appearances for Hip Hop Club at Dance East)
  • Annual ‘Birchwood’s Got Talent’ – classes vote on 2 acts to put through to the final
  • Y6 Breakfast Club funded by the PTFA during SATs week
  • School Council visits to other schools to support project decision making (e.g. Katie’s Garden, Bike Shelter, Play equipment, chickens)
  • Ipswich Community Garden Link
  • Y2 Potato planting with other primaries at Trinity Park
  • The school has been fortunate to develop a close relationship with Suffolk Food Hall and has close links with a farm in Pettistree.
  • Farmers Market - volunteering and cooperating well with others


  • Class RE learning about Family, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam
  • Rec/KS1 Christmas nativity
  • Our Wheel of Wisdom Curriculum – South America, The Wild West, Celebrations (Diwali, Harvest, the Gun Powder Plot, Hanukah)
  • Weekly singing assemblies, singing worship songs
  • Whole School Art Gallery Sale to parents
  • PTFA Christmas Card project
  • Specialist dance teaching
  • Foreign Language teaching of Mandarin EYFS-Y6.
  • Pupils demonstrate their willingness to participate in the many musical, sporting, cultural opportunities offered to them






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