BWMAT | Message From CEO – 17 May 2020
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BWMAT News

May 18 2020

Message From CEO – 17 May 2020

Dear All,

We are all, parents, teachers, headteachers, governors and Trust staff, faced with many questions and uncertainties at this time.  There is, however, an overriding certainty that we can all rely on – that you continue to support and care for your pupils, communities, and each other.  Whether you are self-isolating or working from home, you all continue to work together to make your valuable contribution to a team effort.

Esther, Ruth and Hannah from Kingshill Church School made ‘calm boxes’ which they learnt about on BBC Bitesize.  They included special things they love such as toys, photographs and prayers so that if they feel angry, sad or worried they can use them to feel calmer.

Seren and Dexter have been learning about space and planets.  Leah did an experiment and made elephants out of milk bottles, she also baked cupcakes and has been learning French in the evenings.

 

Amelia and Ashlea from Court De Wyck Church School celebrated VE Day with a picnic, baking, decorating with bunting and dressing up 1940’s style.

Jasmine made and decorated meringues, cupcakes and donuts on VE day.

 

James has found a new love of woodwork.  Here are some the creations he has been selling on eBay and from home – bug hotels are very popular.

Staff at Oakhill Church School have been busy keeping in touch with their children through video calls.  The children have enjoyed sharing all the learning and activities they have undertaken at home.

This week’s home learning was centred around VE Day.  The children in Reception and Year 1 have spent the week planning a tea party.  They wrote a list of food they would like to eat and created a set of instructions on how to make sandwiches.  They also made an invitation for a member their family, inviting them to their party.

Each week the children are set an outdoor art challenge.  This week’s art challenge was to create mandalas using natural resources only.  These could be from the children’s garden or items they have found around the local area on walks.

This week, Class Two at Bathampton Primary School were asked to draw or make an elephant linked to their Sensational Safari topic.  The children were very creative and produced some wonderful ideas.

Children at Holy Trinity Church School have been working extremely hard both at home and in school.  The children have also been practicing their ‘rainbow distance’ and keeping 2 meters from each other.

 

Year 1 pupils at Trinity Church School have been creating bunting, flags and banners to remember the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

Year 5 have been learning about Archimedes, as part of their Ancient Greeks topic.  They conducted their own science investigation into water displacement using items from home.  Year 6 have been inspired by the Bristol Old Vic to create a giraffe to ‘hold high’ when applauding key workers.

The staff decided to send a message to their pupils to remind them that they are thinking of them.

 

Colourful and uplifting pictures drawn by the children are now on display at Southmead Hospital.  They have helped to brighten up the environment for NHS workers and patients.

Children in the Reception Class have become sight word detectives, they’ve been using their investigation skills to see how many times they could spot their chosen sight words.  The teachers are really impressed with their hard work and enthusiasm for learning.

Some of the Year 6 children have written and produced an animated Froop book called ‘My Crazy Life’.  Click on the link below for the story and be amazed by their hard work, creativity and tech skills.

The children at Wembdon Church School have enjoyed a very creative week, painting pebbles, making enchanted gardens and Socially Distant Puppet shows.

 

    

 

A short message from the staff at St Georges Church School for their pupils.

​​​​​​​St Georges Staff Video

At St Andrew’s Church school in Bath, Mrs Kate has been posting videos on Teams of the tadpoles growing for their home learning projects on lifecycles.  The children are excited to see how the tadpoles have grown over the last few weeks.

A while ago Mrs Kate also bought some caterpillars to keep in class.  Unfortunately, they didn’t arrive before lockdown but she has them at home.  She has made short videos to show the children what has happened so far.  Eventually they will grow into Painted Lady Butterflies.

Mrs Kate has created her own story called Five Hungry Caterpillars, based on The Very Hungry Caterpillar story, retold with actual caterpillars.  The children have been writing about the story and making puppets for storytelling.

The parents are supporting the community in so many ways.  A shout out on Facebook by the Friend’s parent group has brought in donations of plants which have been planted in the beds around school.  The parents have also supported each other and the school in so many ways including, food donations collecting work packs and packed lunches for each other and even baking cakes for the staff.

 

Claire Green, Headteacher at St Michael’s Church School has put together a tour of the school to share some of the things that they are doing to support pupils, families and the community.

https://youtu.be/rjuiShdVJc0

St Michael’s are very proud of this kind and thoughtful young pupil who has spent his time generously making lunches for the homeless.

You are all doing your very best for your friends, colleagues, pupils, communities, and your own families.  This is so strongly evident in the love and care you show in your actions and thoughtfulness.

Thank you once again, to every one of you for your teamwork, professionalism, and inspiring commitment.

Kind regards

 

Philip

 

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