Message From CEO – 20 October 2019
Thank you – leaders, teachers, staff, parents and governors – for working together to nurture and promote the on-going development of learning in our schools and across our Trust. This is so strongly evident in the curriculum you offer across our family of Church and Community schools.
Year 5 at Holy Trinity Church School held a Victorian day and welcomed Mr Murphy, Victorian school master to their school. The children enjoyed a day experiencing a Victorian school lesson, finding out about Victorian artefacts and learning about Victorian punishments. The afternoon was spent playing traditional Victorian games such as snakes and ladders, skittles and quoits.
As part of their Science topic at St John the Evangelist Church School, Kites Class have been growing bean plants. They are growing very well
Elm Class at Batheaston Church School are continuing to think about feelings and emotions after Well-being Week. Children have been inspired by the book The Huge Bag of Worries. They now have a worry box to share their worries. One of the children suggested making a ‘Happy Box’, so they now have one of these as well.
Hazel Class enjoyed discussing mental health.
The children have also been inspired by Samuel Pepys’ diary. They have been writing, aging paper and developing calligraphy skills.
Bishops Lydeard Church School took part in their Harvest Service at St Mary’s Church this week. Each class created artwork or delivered a poem or reading. Children at Bishops Lydeard love to sing and they shared some of their favourite Harvest songs with the community. It was a wonderful service for the village community.
It was ‘Wear Pink’ day for both Court De Wyck and Kingshill Church Schools in support of Cancer Research. It was great to see everyone dressed up, raising money for such a worthy cause.
On Monday the children from Court De Wyck Church School met for their Crew Meetings. This is when the children from across all classes ‘mix up’ into their houses and meet as ‘crew’. They spent time talking about the meaning of crew and working as a team. The children always enjoy these sessions and it is great to see children of different classes all working together.
The Headteacher at Kingshill Church School met with the pupils from years 5 and 6 who are interested in helping with Collective Worship and supporting both School and Church Services. They will also be leading the school’s support of the Shan State Home in Myanmar by writing letters to the children there.
During our Trust wide Inset day this Friday, you will all be exploring your school’s curriculum intent and how this links with our Trust.
Our approach to the curriculum is to support and enable all our schools to provide a curriculum that:
- Is tailored to meet the needs of the school, its context and its pupils
- Is rooted in the unique context of each school, drawing on its culture, heritage and community
- Provides experience of and connections to the world beyond the school in both time and place
- Provides a broad range of creative learning experiences to develop children’s moral, spiritual, social, mental, physical and cultural understanding
- Provides opportunities for pupils to understand and develop our five core values – kindness, respect, perseverance, forgiveness, love
- Is ambitious for all pupils
- Recognises, celebrates and welcomes each pupil as a unique individual
- Secures pupils’ core skills, knowledge and understanding to at least an age appropriate level and beyond, and is adapted, designed and developed for pupils with learning needs or disabilities
- Provides both coverage of the National Curriculum and appropriate progression from EYFS to Y6 and beyond
- Provides enrichment opportunities to broaden and enhance the curriculum experience for pupils
- Is flexible and responds to pupils’ feedback, the evaluations of how well pupils learn and make progress, and in pupils’ performance in external and internal assessments
Headteachers and teachers will be discussing and developing these Trust intent statements and exploring how these are implemented in each school. Over the course of this year we will be working together to refine further our curriculum intent, and to fully describe how each individual school develops and implements a curriculum to meet the needs of their learners.
We are a Trust of schools, a Trust working in collaboration to improve and maintain high educational standards. The importance of Trust is so critical in developing our work together. Trust is a relational principle, a core value, a competence and a promise. Thank you all for working with such dedication to ensure that Trust is at the heart of all that we do together.