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  • Lockdown Learning Week 2

    Published 18/01/21

    We have had another successful week here at Smith’s Wood, where our pupils are taking part in a range of ways to engage with learning.
    Mr Meers’ PE lessons went live via zoom for our remote learners to access high quality provision whilst at home, which was met with an overwhelming attendance by pupils in Reception - Year 3.
    In Year 2, Disney day was a resounding success with fantastic participation from our in school bubble and our home learners.  It was wonderful to see the children dressed as their favourite characters throughout the day linked to their topic A Whole New World.
    Year 5 turned their hands to improving their culinary skills by cooking a Chicken Balti, carefully slicing chicken and learning the importance of meal preparation and hygiene.

    A huge thank you to all the support you have offered to the school over the few past weeks it is greatly appreciated.  This has helped us to provide high quality provision to both home learners and the children in school.

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  • Active together 2021: The family physical activity challenge

    Published 15/01/21

    Please see below an Active Families, Active Together 2021 challenge to share with parents, all data collection and entries are managed by the sports partnership.


    Active Together 2021


    The Family Challenge 

    Complete and log 21 x 20+ minute physical activity bursts including 2 or more members of your household using the activity log below. Activities must be completed between Monday 11th January and Sunday 14th February.


     Family prizes - Selected by raffle 

    1st place - Family activity hamper worth £100 

    2nd place - Family activity hamper worth £50 

    3rd place – Family activity hamper worth £30


    Terms and conditions

    • 1 entry per household. 
    • Only families with children in Solihull Primary schools can enter this challenge. 
    • School winners will be decided by the percentage of participants against NOR. 
    • Winning Family hampers will be delivered to relevant schools for collection. 
    • Your entry may be linked to more than one school, if you have household members attend more than one school.



    Active together families log

    Terms and conditions of the challenge

    Physical activity directory resources for parents – all activities are free of charge


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  • How to keep children healthy, happy, learning and entertained at home

    Published 12/01/21

    Dear Parents/Guardians,


    Please see below for your free e-copy of Family First magazine, packed full of information to help keep children happy, learning & entertained at home during lockdown- We hope it helps in some way.

    Please click on the link below:

    Stay safe,
    The Family First Team

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  • Reading Books During Lockdown

    Published 11/01/21

    Throughout this lockdown period we want to ensure that reading continues to be a top priority for all of our pupils at Smith’s Wood Primary Academy. For pupils in school, reading will continue as normal. For pupils at home, we have put measures into place to ensure they continue to develop their reading fluency and comprehension skills.

    As I am sure you are all aware, all pupils across school are already being offered a live Zoom lesson for guided reading/phonics daily. Please get in touch with us if you need support to access this provision.

    In addition to this, as of Monday 11th January we want to give pupils who are at home the chance to swap their home reading book once a week. In order to do this, parents must email the school before 3pm on Monday to request a new book for that week. Please email and state your child’s name, class and explain that you wish to request a new reading book. We will then find a suitable book for your child and give it to the office for collection on Wednesday. Please return the old book to school on a Wednesday and collect your child’s new book. We ask that you send a new request each Monday so that we know which books to get ready.

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  • Week 1 ‘Lockdown Learning’ at Smith’s Wood Primary Academy

    Published 08/01/21

    What a phenomenal first week of ‘lockdown learning’ we have had here at Smith’s Wood Primary Academy.

    Our ‘Remote learners’ have accessed 4 live lessons throughout the day, delivered by their year group teachers, whilst our pupils, who are in school, have continued to receive the quality provision delivered by their fantastic year group teachers. Whether you are a home learner, or are learning in school, the learning hasn’t stopped this week for our pupils- all teachers have been in school, combining lives lessons for pupils at home, as well as face to face lessons for pupils in school.

    The opportunities have been endless and the commitment to learning, from all our pupils, has been outstanding. Some of our pupils, who are learning remotely at home, even dressed up for their year group’s theme day, sharing their costumes with their teacher during the live lessons on Zoom. Thank you to all the parents and pupils who have supported both remote learning and also learning in school.

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  • Smith's Wood Primary Update

    Published 04/01/21

    Please find attached an update for Smith's Wood Primary Academy

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  • End of Autumn Term Message

    Published 18/12/20

    Please find a snapshot of the Autumn term, for Smith’s Wood Primary Academy. It has been such a successful term for the school, in terms of getting our children back to school with their teachers and their friends. The progress they have made has been outstanding and all the pupils have settled back into school with such commitment and resilience.


    I am also pleased to celebrate that Smith’s Wood Primary Academy has gone the whole term without having to close any year group bubble; in the current climate, this is a fantastic achievement and one which we have celebrated repeatedly over the term. The whole school community have been respectful of the guidelines, which the school have put in place, and the result of this is that our pupils have been able to enjoy a full term at school. We are looking forward to welcoming them all back for the Spring term.


    Finally, I’d like to thank parents for the support they have shown the school over the term and  would like to take this opportunity to wish all the families at Smith’s Wood Primary a very enjoyable Christmas. We hope that you all enjoy the holidays and enjoy spending time with your families. Please keep yourselves as safe as possible over the Christmas break and we look forward to seeing all the pupils return on the 5th January 2021.


    The school will reopen on the 4th January, for a Teacher training day, therefore the school office will be open from the 4th January should you need to contact us. In the meantime, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


    Miss D Givens


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  • Weekly Attendance

    Published 11/12/20

    Our overall attendance this week was 95.3%

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  • Club Highlight - Year 3 Baking

    Published 11/12/20

    This half term, year 3 have been participating in their very own 'Bake Off'. Each week they have baked different cakes and biscuits such as Shortbreads and Flapjacks as well as making their own pastry for mince pies and jam tarts! We've even awarded a star baker each week! This has led up to a 'Great British Smith's Wood Bake Off' in the final week where we decorated cupcakes with our superhero houses for inspiration! 

    For more pictures from our star bakers in Year 3 please see our gallery

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  • Netball Skills Championship 2020

    Published 11/12/20

    Despite a cold, wintery, Thursday evening the titans of Year 6 met under to lights for the Inaugural Smith's Wood netball skills competition. The competition was fierce with all sides reaping the rewards of countless hours of training!

    Their determination and teamwork illuminated the hall brighter than any house light could. Resilience was on display in an abundance. Spider took an early lead in the competition and with their fantastic cooperation and perfect shooting they managed to secure a win for their prestigious house.

    Well done to Spider House and all teams involved, every team member from all houses showed wonderful teamwork and fortitude. 

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  • Christmas events at Smith’s Wood Primary Academy

    Published 04/12/20

    Dear parents/ carers,

     Please find attached a letter, from Mrs Hudson, outlining all the exciting events that we have coming up over the next 2 weeks. Even in these usual times, staff are working hard to provide opportunities for pupils at Smith’s Wood Primary Academy to celebrate the festive season, alongside providing high quality teaching and learning. Whilst we appreciate that we are not able to offer all of the usual events in the style we normally would, we have planned in a variety of experiences to ensure that the pupils have an enjoyable last 2 weeks of term.

     I am also pleased to celebrate yet another week, where we have not had to close any year group bubbles at Smith’s Wood Primary Academy. We are extremely proud that we have gone a total of 13 weeks so far this term, without having to close any bubble in the school. We are really hoping that we can get to the end of the Autumn term with all of our pupils in school each day.

     Thank you once again for the support you are offering the school during these challenging times and we are looking forward to celebrating the last 2 weeks of this term with all of our pupils.

     Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Monday.

     Miss D Givens


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  • Club Highlight - Badminton

    Published 04/12/20

    Our weekly highlighted club this week is Y3 Badminton, run by Mr Meers.

    Year 3 have had a very rare opportunity to attend our Badminton club this year. The children have had a fantastic time and have learned many new skills over the last few weeks including: Serving, forehand, backhand and smash shots

    All children are now able to compete in a competitive rally and have enjoyed progressing from week to week starting with balloons in Week 1, moving to high speed shuttles.

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