To help us to help you, please get involved with some of our activities and challenges on this page, which we will add to during the upcoming weeks and months…

Activity Ten: Emotion Spinner

With the start of the term only tomorrow, you will feel lots of mixed emotions. We are certain that you will be feeling a little nervous but try not to worry as everyone (including the teachers!) will be feeling like this too. We also hope that you are feeling excited to start a new school and make lots of new friends. 

With the unusual changes that have occurred already this year, you may feel even more unsure about starting at a new school. When you join us, we will do lots of activities to talk about our emotions, which will help you to understand that it is okay to feel like this and that it is normal. We will also talk about different ways of managing the emotions and feelings we all have. To help you to talk about your emotions with the people you live with, there is an emotion spinner which you can print out and make below; you could even make your own and replace the emotions. 

We are so excited to welcome you to Birchensale and we cannot wait to get to know you all. On Thursday morning when you have butterflies fluttering in your tummy, remember it is okay. After a few days at Birchensale, those butterflies will have disappeared, and you will be feeling excitement with all the new and wonderful opportunities coming your way. If you find that you are still worrying after a week at Birchensale, talk to your form tutor or Mrs Cartwright and we will help you. 

Head of Year Five 
Birchensale Middle School 

Activity Nine: Summer Activities

We are all very excited to welcome you to Birchensale in September. We have been really impressed with all of the wonderful transition work, which has been emailed to us! Below are some final transition activities for you to do over the summer.

Remember to email photos or scanned copies to as we love to see what you are up to.

Activity Eight: Puzzle Pieces

At Birchensale, we celebrate our strengths and achievements. We also strive to improve and set ourselves challenges and targets. For your activity this week, complete the puzzle template below with the following pieces:

1) Your name
2) Your strengths or what you’re good at
3) Things you find difficult
4) A target for your first year at Birchensale when you join us

See Mrs Cartwright’s ‘Puzzle Pieces’ as an example below

Complete your ‘Puzzle Pieces’ and email a photo or scanned copy to:

Activity Seven: Super Sketching

Have you ever wanted to draw like a famous illustrator? Now you can – read on to find out more… 

Quentin Blake is an artist and writer, who is perhaps best known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s stories and poems. His drawings are easy to recognise and very funny to look at.

Have a go at following Mr Cooke’s videos to draw two familiar characters…  

Complete your drawings on plain paper and email a photo or scanned copy to: 

Challenge: can you design your own character in the style of Quentin Blake? 

Activity Six: My Desert Island

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on a desert island? Well, now you can… For activity six, we would like you to let your imagination and creativity run wild as we ask you to design your very own desert island. Hopefully my example (below) gives you some ideas… can you guess where my idea of the City of Hearts came from? I’ll give you a clue: it might tell you more about one of my favourite story books… Also, don’t forget to include your three must have items, which you would take with you.

Feel free to use the island template or create your own on plain paper. When you’ve completed your desert island designs, send a photo or scanned copy to my email: I have really enjoyed receiving lots of your activities and I can’t wait to open my emails to more!  

Activity Five: Looking Forward

Moving to a new school is a daunting experience, and I am sure you will have lots of mixed feelings. You will feel sad about leaving your first schools, but hopefully excited about your new school and the new opportunities that you will gain. For activity five, we would like you to think of all the wonderful memories you have of your first schools and draw or write them in one lens of the sunglasses (see the template below); in the other lens, draw or write all of the things that you’re looking forward to about coming to Birchensale. I’ve completed an example below. Can you guess which first school and middle school I went to?

Mrs Cartwright’s Looking Forward Glasses

When you’ve completed your ‘Looking Forward’ sunglasses, send a photo or scanned copy to my email: 
I ‘look forward’ to hearing about your memories of first school and I am excited for you to make new memories with us! 😎

Activity Four: All About Me

The Year Five staff are really looking forward to meeting you all. We wanted you to learn a little about us before you join Birchensale, so take a look at our All About Me posters below. 

We would love to find out more about you too, so please choose one of the templates below or create your own on plain paper and send a photo of it to Mrs Cartwright’s email: 

All About Me Templates

Activity Three: The Detective Dog

Dotty hopes that you enjoyed listening to her mum reading her favourite book. Nell sounds like such a cool and wonderful dog! 
Dotty would love to know your favourite books, so for activity three, complete the book review below. You can send your completed reviews to Dotty: Dotty can’t wait to hear lots of you read to her when you join us too! 

Book Review Template

Activity Two: Dear Teacher…

We hope you enjoyed the story and it made you giggle. As Miss Edwards said at the end of the video, we would like you to use your imagination and think of some funny excuses why you can’t come to school – maybe you’re too busy training to be a pilot of a new robot helicopter or you’ve been kidnapped by aliens… be as imaginative and funny as possible. The Year Five staff like to have a good giggle! To help you to write your letter, there are two templates (below) which you can print off; otherwise, you could create your own letter with images around like the example from the book (below). We would really love to hear your letters, so please email them to

Example Letter

Activity One: Silly Billy and his Worry Dolls

As I explained on the video, your first activity is to create your own Worry Doll and share your worries about coming to Birchensale. By sharing your worries, you can give yourself time to think about what is worrying you, and we can help to solve your worries and make you feel better. Please email any worries, photos or scanned Worry Dolls to:

It would be useful if you can include your first name and your first school, so we can get to know you too!

There are two options for this activity; feel free to have a go at both options.