Message from CEO – 28 January 2018
With the Spring term fully in swing, it has been wonderful to see the wide range of creative learning opportunities that has engaged and inspired pupils learning across our Trust this week.
Emerald class in Kingshill have produced high quality work including writing, art, woodwork and dressmaking. The Tudor topic this term has really captured pupils’ imagination and on Thursday they engaged enthusiastically in a workshop led by Harry Cadwallader and had great fun re-enacting Tudor times.
Children in Oak and Cherry classes at Staplegrove held a ‘museum’ afternoon for their parents. They set up displays of the work they had produced over recent weeks on the theme of ‘Extreme Earth’. Children talked confidently about the geology, geography and science of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and illustrated this with the models and displays they had produced. Teachers and parents were so impressed with their knowledge, understanding and confidence.
Pupils returned to Horsington Church School in their nightwear and with their teddies for bedtime stories, hot chocolate and biscuits!
Staff at St George’s performed a play based on Little Red Riding Hood written by Year 3 pupils.
Swallows class at Oakhill Church School have been learning about ‘The muddiest, brownest river in Africa.’ They have identified the River Nile using Google Earth and spent time looking at the types of animals and plants found in Africa. The children have enjoyed exploring a jungle themed room set up in the school.
Year 6 pupils at All Saints Church School organised a grammar workshop for parents to help them understand the terminology and learning required within the grammar curriculum. With guidance from Miss Bale and Mrs Bridge the Year 5 and 6 teachers’, children invented games and visual prompts which enabled those attending to learn with as much fun as the children have in class.
On Monday I visited St Marks Primary School with Deborah Eveleigh, we talked with the leadership team and visited classrooms to see teachers and pupils at work. Both Deborah and I were uplifted to see the progress that the school continues to make and by the commitment and energy of leaders, teachers and pupils.
On Wednesday thirteen teachers attended a Middle Leaders training course. Duncan Gordon of Cheddon Fitzpaine presented ‘Looking After Yourself; Leadership Wellbeing’, and Joanne Moore, HR Manager, discussed ‘A Leaders Role in Delivering the People Offer’. All the delegates felt the training was very useful and all came away with strategies to take back and implement in school.
Also, on Wednesday we were very happy to welcome Nina Britneff to talk about Social, Emotional and Mental Health. SENDCO’s came together to work with Nina and to develop further strategies to support this work across our Trust.
An exciting and engaging curriculum offer is core to the values of our Trust and this is strongly evident across our schools this week. Thank you to leaders, teachers and staff for the way you work together to create a curriculum which generates enjoyment, ambition and excitement for pupils, that celebrates what they can achieve, that encourages them to have the confidence to reach further and aim higher and to achieve more that they may think possible.
This is a busy time of year for new appointments across our Trust so please do look through the vacancies section on our website. http://www.bwmat.org/vacancies/