Message From CEO – 10 February 2019
The snowfall which descended across the south west last Friday, transforming schools’ grounds across our Trust, enabled many of our children the opportunity to share time with their families and have fun in the snow.
St Andrew’s Church School, Taunton
Bathampton Primary School
St Saviour’s Junior School
St Stephen’s Church School
Children in Year 6 at St Stephen’s Church were creatively inspired by the Antoni Gaudi sculptures from Barcelona.
St Mark’s Church School have been participating in some Inter Trust work. The Academy Council at St Mark’s met with School Ambassadors from Redstart Primary School in Chard. Together they took part in a learning walk at St Mark’s. The children showed great insight into how the school is enabling high quality learning and ideas for further development were shared.
As part of Community Week, Cherry Class at Staplegrove Church School worked with their church community at St. John’s. They were asked to lead the Candlemas Service on Sunday 3rd February. The children decided to decorate the church with candles and made candle holders inspired by patterns in the church. They also had help with organising the service including choosing hymns, preparing an order of service and writing prayers. On the day, the children welcomed the congregation, performed a dramatised reading of the story of Anna and Simeon meeting Baby Jesus, and led the prayers. The congregation have asked if they can lead the service every week!
Children in Class 3 at All Saints Church School went to the Willow and Wetlands Centre in Stoke St Gregory. The class trip supported the topic of ‘Art on our Doorstep’ and children soon discovered that willow can be made into many different things including some wonderful sculptures. They learnt how willow is grown and how it is prepared and sorted ready for use.
They watched skilled adults weaving a basket and even a coffin. The children were also surprised to find out that willow is baked to make charcoal and were excited to take this back to school so that they could try sketching with it. During the afternoon, the children experimented with some weaving techniques. They all wove a willow star and then made giant dream catchers in small groups.
Also, children in Acorn Class have been learning about Chinese New Year. The children particularly enjoyed tasting different Chinese food. After tasting the food, they created a pictogram to represent their likes and dislikes. This showed them that everybody in the class liked the fortune cookies and most of the children liked the spring rolls and prawn crackers. However, the children’s opinions were very divided after tasting seaweed! The children are looking forward to continuing their celebrations by creating their very own dragon and performing a dragon dance.
As part of Safer Internet Day at Batheaston Church School the children in Cherry Class have been building models that represent the internet. They have also been thinking carefully about information that they need to keep safe online.
This term at Holy Trinity Church School, Year 5 welcomed family members to an ‘Inspire Morning’. Children and adults worked together on Grammar, Mathematics and Topic activities.
Every child at Churchfield Church School and Nursery is now able to start the day with a free healthy breakfast as part of the Magic Breakfast scheme. The breakfast consists of specially made bagels with jam, cereal and porridge. Breakfast is served every day from 08:15 – 08:40 when staff welcome the children to school and serve breakfast while listening to some very gentle classical music. The children are able to choose what they want to eat, enjoying their breakfast with friends and members of school staff and some wonderful volunteers from local churches.
Goodall Class at St Michael’s Church School have been making good progress in their gymnastics lessons.
On Monday and Tuesday, teachers from across the Trust came together at Kilver Court to explore and develop ‘ The Creative English Curriculum’ .
The day was led by Teresa Cremin, Professor of Education at The Open University. Teresa is an ex teacher, now researcher and a past President of UKLA. Teresa has written and edited nearly 30 books on reading and writing and shared her passion for developing readers and writers through a range of practical ideas to use in the classroom, rooted in extensive research.
On the second day colleagues attended workshops led by Anne Harvey from the Somerset Literacy Network and Hub English Leads, Jess Gudgeon, Becky Barnard and Hannah Klinkert. Organised and led by Hub Subject Leads, these days of exciting learning together exemplified the talent, positivity and creativity of teachers across our Trust and their ambition to ensure we provide the very highest quality for pupils across all our schools.
The range of high quality learning taking place across our Trust this week is inspiring and uplifting – developing pupil’s skill and understanding through exciting and memorable learning opportunities. It is your hard work, skill, creativity, optimism, determination, commitment and high ambition that enables us to provide the very best learning opportunities for all the pupils of our Trust.