Message from CEO – 5 November 2017
It has been wonderful to see ‘mathmagical’ plans becoming a reality in classrooms across our Trust. St John and St Francis Church School invited parents and carers to take part in mathematics sessions this week and shared outcomes including the following:
During Jay Class’s maths session, children and adults were challenged to become detectives. They needed to work their way out of 4 boxes by solving place value, addition and subtraction problems. They also needed to keep their eye out for extra challenges to earn more points.
Y3 data handling with Smarties
Y6 persevering and thinking in more than one way about a tricky
problem including a chicken, a fox and a bag of grain
It was great to hear some of the pupil and parent reflections on their mathmagical experiences.‘I loved the pyramid challenge as I had to really persevere.’ Brogan.
‘The codes were really tricky, but we worked as a team.’ Sophie.
‘I had to think but it was nice to see how the children learn.’ Year 3 parent.
The commitment of Head teachers who, supported by their teams back in school, are prepared to give their time to support learning and learners across our Trust was evidenced on Friday this week. Thank you to Ian Doswell, who represented Head teachers from North Somerset, Adam Beauford from South Somerset and Jason Eveleigh who represented Heads from Taunton at our Leadership Meeting in Wells. Their ideas and contributions were characteristically reflective and perceptive.
This week, we welcome two new members to our finance support team – Andrea Bowden and Sarah Balchin. As Finance Assistant, part of Andrea’s role includes providing helpdesk finance support for schools. Sarah takes up the newly created post of Payroll & Pensions Officer for our Trust. We look forward to working with you both.
Next week there are exciting opportunities for different groups to learn, share expertise, ideas and plan next steps together.
- Monday 6th TA Voice Meeting, The Hive, St James 1 – 3pm
- Tuesday 7th November, leaders and teachers across our North Somerset hub exploring our shared values and vision, St John the Evangelist Church School, 4pm
- Thursday 9th November, EYFS Assessment Day, The Hive, St James.
It was good to share our Trust, hub and schools’ priorities with new and experienced BWMAT Directors on Tuesday. They were delighted to hear reports of some of the many ways you are developing teaching, learning, our shared vision and values. They, like me, are so very grateful for all you do, every day, in every classroom, school and hub. Your commitment to working together, supporting and challenging pupils to achieve their very best will impact on how our pupils see themselves as learners and as people, on the relationships they build, on their hopes and aspirations and on the opportunities that will open up to them as they step into their futures.