Message from CEO – 12 November 2017
‘Mathmagical’ inspiration has been evident in classrooms across each hub this week.
Churchfield Church School set up a maths interest table with 5 and 10 frames for children in Nursery. Following her visit on Wednesday, Sue Lucas our EYFS adviser commented children were already beginning to use mathematical language and showing their understanding of number. Churchfield’s Nursery staff have worked with commitment and skill to develop a stimulating, well organised environment that will inspire pupils. It is fantastic to see.
At All Saints Church School, ‘Was Guy Fawkes guilty or framed?’ included cross-curricular mathematics. Year 3 and 4 children created a chronology of events by locating clues using the number bingo activity introduced during the Outdoor Learning Workshop at our conference.
Bethan Foister, Head teacher, was delighted by pupils’ enthusiasm and impressed by the quality of their reasoning and subsequent discussions.
In an innovative first this week, Churchfield teachers worked alongside colleagues for a morning at St. James Church School, Taunton. Teachers came away bursting with ideas and looking forward to hosting a return visit. In the afternoon, staff began work to enrich the wider educational experiences of pupils at Churchfield in a ‘walking meeting’ along the Space Walk on the Bridgwater to Taunton canal. Head teacher Justin Philcox reflected this was a great way for colleagues to talk together and generate ideas.
Learning, collaborating, sharing and developing best practice will be strongly in evidence across our Trust again next week.
- Clerks and Chairs of Local Governing Boards are meeting for evening briefings in South Somerset, Taunton and North Somerset on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening respectively.
- On Tuesday, Paul Sheehan and Duncan Gordon will be welcoming our talented middle leaders for their next development day at The Hive, St James.
- On Wednesday our leaders of the future, NQTS and NQTs+1, are meeting for their first development day of this academic year at Holy Trinity Church School in South Somerset.
It has been wonderful to spend time with staff across the Taunton and North Somerset Hubs over the last few weeks exploring our Trust’s vision and shared values: kindness, respect, perseverance, forgiveness and love. It has been inspiring to see some of the many ways you model and develop these values in our classrooms, schools and hubs. Next week Simon Robinson, Chair of the Diocese Board of Education, and I have been invited to talk about our Trust at the Bishop’s Council, the advisory body for the Bishop of Bath and Wells. It will be a privilege to share our vision of providing an outstanding education for every child with the Council and to talk about some of the many, amazing things you do, every day, to turn our vision and values into learning that nurtures and supports our pupils in mind, body and spirit.