Belthorn Academy
Meet Our Tribes

Little Bells & Reception

The Bears

“We are the bears, hear us roar.”

The children in Little Bells have been learning about Bears including bear Characteristics, a bear is not mean or malicious but gentle and tolerant. We have looked at different types of bears and their habitat. We have talked about the bears we like and dis-like, adding reasons why.

We have linked our tribal learning to our topic, traditional tales and the story, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The children have all signed a bear handprint to join the tribe and agree to the tribal rules. We have made bear masks and role played different stories during our play.

Chief Bears

Year 1

We’re not cubs anymore
Watch us soar
Hear our roar

When we enter our kingdom, we do a paw pump to feel welcomed into our class.

As lions we work together as a pride so that we feel safe, protected and cared for.

We help each other and respect our kingdom.

We work hard and persevere so that we can learn and achieve our targets.

Chief Lion

Year 2
We are deer,
we save the day,
hear us cheer
and shout HOORAY!
(By Evie in Y6)


Year 2 are deer. As a tribe, we are sensitive, gentle and kind to our tribal members. If someone is sad, we cheer them up. If someone is happy, we share their happiness. We are thoughtful to others and extremely friendly.

No one is forgotten about, we all work together to achieve our best. We praise and show positivity to our tribe and we encourage each other to use our growth mindsets. We truly respect one another.

Chief deer.

Year 3

We are Eagles, watch us soar!

The Native Indians saw the Eagle as a symbol for great strength, leadership and vision. The eagle brings the message of renewed life because it is
associated with the east winds – the direction of spring, dawn and rebirth.

If an individual has been going through a hard time, eagle not only signals a new beginning, but also provides that person with the stamina and resilience to endure the difficulties. If eagle has appeared, it bestows freedom and courage to look ahead. The eagle is symbolic of the importance of honesty and truthful principles. Eagle people are seen as visionaries, those who are seekers and who are willing to push the limits of self-discovery and personal freedom.

In year 3, we draw upon the inspiration of this majestic creature and wish to develop our resilience and stamina to aid us on our journey this year.

Chief Eagle

Year 4

Wild Horses.

Year 4 are Wild Horses, Each of us is a strong and unique character, fiercely independent and perfectly capable of managing on our own.

However, we have a strong bond with each other and prefer to work together. We watch out for each other. We are confident to tackle any challenge and find our own way to do it. As Wild Horses, we enjoy the freedom to roam but know
that our herd will always be close by to provide safety, support and companionship.

Chief Wild Horse

Year 5

The Wolves

We are the ‘Wolves’ and we have created a ‘Wolf Pack’ in year 5. The Wolf is a symbol of guardianship, loyalty and spirit. Wolf packs have a hierarchical structure with the head of the pack (Mr. Griffiths) as the leader. It is the leader’s job to help nurture its pack to become intelligent, caring and loyal creatures. Wolves are an incredibly devoted creature and we aim to imitate this trait in and out of class. We are loyal to our Wolf Pack and look after each other at all times. The Wolf has a natural instinct of choosing the correct path. We aim to always try our best to make the right choices in order for us to follow the path to success. Wolves have been misunderstood to be viscous animals. However, this is not the case. Wolves go out of their way to avoid negative confrontation. Again, as a pack we must try and make the right choices to stay on the right track. In year 5 we care for our cubs so that they can become good leaders and the best they can be.

Chief Wolf

Year 6

The Otters

In year 6 our spirit animal is the otter. We have chosen this as they are representative of not only their teacher, but of the attitude we want our children to adopt in year 6. The final year of primary school is thought of as the most stressful one for students due to the fact they have their SATs to prepare for. With this in mind, we chose the otter to counterbalance that stress as the otter symbolizes the following traits: family, healing, playfulness, ingenuity, creativity and fun. Our aim is for the children to understand when the time comes to work hard that they apply themselves but when the hard work is done we embrace our inner otter and be creative, imaginative and playful.

Chief Otter