Message from CEO – 18 November 2018
Each week I am uplifted and inspired by the range and quality of learning opportunities that leaders, teachers and support staff create for pupils across our Trust. Learning opportunities that so often draw on your local community and involve the support of parents and carers.
Children’s learning at Oakhill Church School this term is focused on the theme of ‘Around the World’. Glow Worms class started off their topic with a trip to the local supermarket to learn about where our food comes from. They then visited a pet shop to learn about guinea pigs and hamsters. The children enjoyed travelling on public transport. Before they came back to school, the children posted cards which they had made and learnt about the journey their cards would go on before they reached their houses.
On Monday, Glow Worms class thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Africa. They boarded the plane at 9.15am and enjoyed in-flight refreshments, before touching down with a bump at roughly 9.40am. After checking into their hotel, the children got ready for the day ahead on safari. Hats, binoculars, camcorders and even sun-cream were on the checklist! The children jumped into the jeeps and took the bumpy, dusty roads into the nearby safari to explore and find animals. They found crocodiles in swamps, giraffes, elephants, hippos, rhinos, cheetahs, zebras and even a pride of lions! After an exhausting day, they touched back down in time for pick up.
The day was a huge success and really inspired children’s learning. Thank you to all the parents for their support and enthusiasm in getting the children ready. Thank you to Mr Morris for being in charge of Border Control, Mrs Stone for being and Air Hostess and everyone at Oakhill Airways for making children learning so enjoyable.
Children at Bishops Lydeard Church School have been involved in a themed week focused on art and music. Children have worked on projects such as Bonfire Night and Diwali. On Thursday, all the children took part in African drumming workshops and crowds arrived to watch the carnival parade around the playground. The week ended with the children going to the church to ‘plant’ poppies for the Remembrance Service.
At Horsington Church school children from Earth class carried ‘their’ soldier’s silhouette from the Horsington War Memorial to St Johns Church, watched by the children from the rest of the school.
With their hoods up and others under umbrellas against the heavy rain, the children formed a semi-circle in front of the Memorial with two children holding each silhouette. There was a short service with the gathered congregation hearing the names of those who died in the war called out by children. Three of the children laid their wreaths on behalf of the school. After our two minutes silence ‘The Last Post’ was played and the children formed up behind the flags of the British Legion, the Union Jack and the twenty strong contingent from the Army Air Corps who marched to the church.
Children in the Reception class at St John The Evangelist Church School spent some time in class worship considering the presents they might give and receive as well as the ‘gifts’ that they are blessed with already. Inspired by their teacher, Jane Simmonds, and supported by their families, they decided to support the “Love in a Box” initiative organised by the Mustard Seed Relief Mission.
Children filled four or five shoe-boxes to be sent to underprivileged children across Eastern Europe. Other classes in their school and several local churches added further boxes. By collection day, over 120 boxes had been gathered together, requiring the pupils to form a human chain and so transport them all safely to a waiting lorry!
Values-led learning and love in action from our youngest pupils.
Children at Batheaston Church School had an active and exciting week of learning.
The whole school have been involved in Anti-Bullying week focused on developing pupils understanding of our Trust value – respect.
Elm Class have been having number and history fun with an Egyptian topic involving a mummified teddy bear and a treasure hunt for gold!
Scientific learning has also been the focus of pupils learning. Pupils made windmills to test the force of the wind in science.
Bathampton Primary School have also been supporting Anti-Bullying Week and to celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, pupils wore odd socks.
Year 2 enjoyed a fantastic trip to Dry Arch Growers, a volunteer run cooperative project and community allotment situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with views over both Bathampton meadows and the Kennet and Avon canal.
Staff and children at St Stephens Church School and All Saints Church School also have been participating in Anti-Bullying week by wearing odd socks and creating posters to spread the message.
Also, at All Saints Church School ahead of Armistice commemoration children reflected in Remembrance Sunday through poetry, drama, art and collective worship. A collection of their work is on display for everyone to enjoy at St. Catherine’s Church, Montacute.
The Reception children at All Saints Church School have been extremely excited to have several special visitors this week. PC Sharpe visit the children and spoke to them about how the Police look after people and keep them safe. The children also enjoyed a visit from a Dentist earlier in the week and are particularly looking forward to their upcoming fire engine visit!
Here are some further photographs from St Mark’s Church School and their Community Project Remembrance Service.
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, staff, parents and your communities 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, aim higher and to achieve more that they may think possible.