Message From CEO – 26 April 2020
Each week when I hear and see how each school is supporting pupils, families and the communities you serve, I am overwhelmed.
The staff at Bathampton Primary School have created these two YouTube videos to keep in touch with each other and with pupils and families.
Teachers Message – https://youtu.be/6_sSJMhA31c
Mr Brewer’s – Easter Message – https://youtu.be/4jitX2hoS74
Year 3 at St Stephen’s Church School have been given a David Hockney picture to inspire the writing of poems. These moving poems were written following a walk in the local woods where children were encouraged to make a note of all they could hear and see, from bird song to creaking branches.
The teachers and support staff at Trinity Church School are continuing to motivate their children through creating assignments, home learning videos and sending messages of support and encouragement. The children are continuing to aim high, achieve their personal best and enjoy their learning. Trinity, like so many schools across our Trust, continue to receive great positive feedback from parents and carers.
Trinity’s key worker children created a banner with a special message to the school community.
Reception children have been investigating, completing and creating imaginative maths patterns using items that could be found at home.
As part of their Geography home learning, Year 1 designed creative and colourful posters representing what they most enjoy about Springtime.
Year 2 have been baking, making salt dough and creating cards as part of their Easter craft challenge. There was a colourful rainbow theme to remember and support our amazing NHS workers.
On St George’s Day each year, the children from St Georges Church School are invited to wear a uniform of their choice. The tradition continued this year with a few adaptations. The children were encouraged to wear their uniform, take photos and share them – Happy St George’s Day from everyone at St Georges!
The key worker children at Wembdon St George’s Church School have been taking advantage of the lovely weather this week, by getting involved in a plethora of outdoor activities. The children designed, built and used an obstacle course. They thoroughly enjoyed balancing, climbing and running. The gate has been locked on their Secret Garden for over a year, so it was great fun for the children to unlock it and see what was inside. With lots of hard work, the children swept leaves and tidied the green house. They are really looking forward to the garden being used by everyone in the school in the future.
As in many other schools and homes, rainbows have been a strong theme. The chalk designs and paintings have brightened up the walls and windows all around the school.
Their creativity has continued. Sewing, modelling and dragon making have kept all the children very busy while their parents have been at work doing their very important jobs.
The key worker children at Bathampton Primary School have made rainbows for the front of their school.
The children also made crispy cakes with Mrs Evans.
Kate Hinton a Year 5 teacher from St John and St Francis Church School is very proud of her pupil Oliver. Oliver and his brother started self-isolating at home a week before the rest of us and Oliver has been feeling very isolated. He decided to write a beautiful letter and the response he got through social media from a lady who did not even know him, was wonderful.
Children have been taking part in the Reading Hour 2020 from home as part of World Reading Night that took place on Thursday evening.
St Michael’s Church School have been holding virtual collective worship. Their focus is now compassion.
Cherry Class at Batheaston Church School have been using socks to help them count in 2’s.
The nursery and reception children at Bishops Lydeard Church School have been very creative at home. They have been trying out some science experiments, cooking, making and learning stories – Jack and the Beanstalk has been popular and some children have even created giant beanstalks.
Nationally there is much debate about when schools may return. The Central team are working closely with Headteachers to ensure that this is successful for all whatever form this may take.
Our strategy will be informed by the following Aims.
- Protect and support the health and wellbeing of all staff and pupils
- Provide a working environment that is clean and safe with appropriate social distancing given the circumstances at the time
- Support pupils and staff, positively and successfully, back into school relationships and routines
- Support those who may have experienced difficulties or bereavement during the period of school closure
- Understand and respond to each individual pupils’ needs, both personal and academic, given the variation in circumstances
- Learn from and draw on the successful curriculum work developed over this period including: home school communication, parental involvement, effective use of ICT, a broad balanced curriculum
Our Trust strategy will be overarching and broad to support all school circumstances and enable individual schools to make decisions that are appropriate for their own contexts. I will of course keep you informed once this planning is ready to share.
Thank you everyone for all you have done and continue to do for pupils, families and communities across our Trust – it is quite wonderful and uplifting. When I see the joy filled smiling faces, bursting with pride and enthusiasm, I can see that you and those working with children at home are doing amazing, creative and inspirational things.
Thank you everyone.