Rights Respecting School – Primary

In Primary we enjoy listening to this song about our rights. How many can you count?

‘We’ve all got rights’ is a fantastic song and animation by children and staff from Crosby High School, a Unicef UK Rights Respecting School in Liverpool. … © Paul Parry, 2013

Clubs in Primary

On Monday afternoon, the Infant, Lower Junior and Upper Junior classes meet up for an extra-curricular club (article 15). The children can choose from the following: ILS (independent living skills), Lego Therapy, RRSA, Craft, Library or Kitchen Science. Here are some photos from the activities they have enjoyed.
















Christmas Cards Collection

In Primary, we have collected a massive 11kg of used Christmas cards to donate to the Charlie Ramsey Research Fund! Each kg is worth 30p and will be put towards a defibrillator for somewhere in Birmingham. We learnt about how a defibrillator is used to save someone’s life (article 24).












Collection for Paddington

We are proud to have collected a grand total of £25.00 in loose change to help Paddington Bear and UNICEF to buy presents for children in need this Christmas time.

We have sent warm hats and gloves (article 27) for £12.00 and a batch of measles vaccinations (article 24) for £13.00 in our parcel.


Children in Need

We raised money for Children in Need and were very lucky to have a visit from Pudsey Bear.

Thank you to Asda Queslett!










Class Charters

Have a look at the fabulous class charters in Primary!








Conference at The Pines School

The Rights Respecting Champions from Primary have recently participated in a conference event with other rights respecting schools from across Birmingham. Priestley’s champions were involved in the planning meetings along with Longwill Primary, Victoria Primary, Dame Ellen Pinsent School, The Pines School and St. Matthew’s School.

At the conference all the children had the opportunity to work with children from other schools to debate having access to news information in the media (article 15).

There was a carousel of activities which included a radio presentation on the microphone, a video interview, internet research and one last one involving a golden toilet!

Here are the comments from a couple of the attending champions:

  • I liked the radio station. We spoke in the radio station microphone about sharing the news at school. I liked sharing the thoughts and opinions because I’ve got the right to.
  • I was on the blue team and I looked on the computer with my partners from other schools. It was nice working with other children from other schools.

Special thanks to all the schools involved in the organisation of the conference, especially The Pines School for hosting and Longwill School for organising.


Primary RRSA Club

Primary RRSA Club have made some colourful posters to put up around the Primary Department asking for donations to support Acorns charity shop in Kingstanding. The club members will come to collect donated items on Monday 10th June.






Shoe Share March 2019

“Shoe Share is a shoe collection project where all shoes collected go to Clarks. Once donated, we paired them up with elastic bands and put them in boxes. Then, we delivered them to Clarks. We really enjoyed doing this project as it really helps the community. Thank you to everyone who donated their shoes!” – Primary RRSA Champions

The Primary RRSA Champions collected a grand total of 74 shoes for the Shoe Share project.  Well done!









UNICEF and Clarks Shoe Share

The RRSA Champions have been working really hard sorting out all the shoes Priestley Smith have collected during March. You have a few more days to send in shoes to be recycled before we do the big drop off!






Today (21.3.19) is the UN day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination!

In Primary, we learnt more about eliminating racial discrimination. The morning activities focussed on:

  • Article 2 – The Convention applies to every child, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, place of birth, religion, politics, disability, and status.
  • Article 12 – All children and young people have the right to give their opinion and for adults to listen and take them seriously.
  • Article 30 – All children and young people have the right to practice their own culture, language and religion.
  • Article 42 – Governments should make knowledge of the rights in the Convention known to adults and children.

The Infant, Lower Junior and Upper Junior classes were shuffled up to create three new groups: Fairness, Equality and Freedom. Each group moved around to do a different activity with the teachers.

We learnt about our similarities and differences in the Infant class and made beautiful tactile self-portraits.

We learnt about discrimination and how we are unique, just like our fingerprints, and made fingerprint art in the Lower Junior class.

We learnt about different races and nationalities in the Upper Junior class, where we made a band using percussion instruments from around the world.

Have a look at what we did and some of the comments we made.

Here are a couple more of us doing our activities and our thoughts.


Happy Chinese New Year!

The Primary Department learnt about Global Goal #10 – Reduced Inequalities

The day started off with a whole department assembly to share the Chinese New Year story. The children found out that 2019 is the year of the pig! Which animal are you?

What can did the Priestley children learn?

Primary then learnt about how too much of the world’s wealth is held by a very small group of people. This is unfair because everyone is equal regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, social background and physical abilities.

After the assembly, the children enjoyed a carousel of activities, which focussed on the articles below:

  • Education must encourage the child’s respect for human rights, as well as respect for their own and other cultures. (Article 29) – In the Infant class, children made beautiful Chinese drums.
  • Every child has the right to learn and use the language, customs and religion of their family, whether or not these are shared by the majority of the people in the country where they live. (Article 30) In the Upper Junior class, children learn Chinese greets and the Happy New Year Song.
  • Every child has the right to take part in cultural and artistic activities. (Article 31) – In the Lower Junior class, children made colourful paper dragons.


We’re recycling paper!

We’re recycling paper to help save trees and protect the environment. Here are our very proud Primary RRSA Champions, who are doing a fabulous job of collecting the recycling boxes.

What do you recycle at home? What else could we recycle at school? Tell your Primary Champion about your ideas.


World Children’s Day

We celebrated World Children’s Day (November 20th) by holding the World’s Largest Lesson in Primary.

We explored Global Goal #13- Climate Action.

Why is taking climate action important? Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising and becoming more acidic, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history. The world’s average surface temperature is increasing.

What should we do? In a nut shell, turn to renewable energy and a range of other measures in agriculture that will reduce emissions and move toward a low- carbon economy.

What did the Primary children at Priestley Smith learn?

In mixed-age groups, Primary did 3 activities:

1. Recycling/upcycling with Mrs Witcutt. The children recycled old Christmas cards to make new Christmas decorations. 

2. Finding out where food comes from with Miss Harris. The children learnt the journey food goes on (food miles) and how eating local and seasonal produce is better for the climate.

3. Exploring pollution with Miss Sims. Each group found out about ways of travelling with are better for the environment like walking and cycling.