Message From CEO – 27 January 2019
What a week of exciting and engaging opportunities for pupils across our Trust. Thank you to leaders, teachers and staff for the way you work together to create a curriculum which generates enjoyment, ambition and excitement for pupils.
All Saints Church School welcomed ‘Wonderstruck STEM’ learning into their school on Monday 21 January. During the morning a spectacular science show provided children with a wealth of new learning about forces, rockets and pressure. The science was illustrated using loud bangs, fireballs and Wonderstruck’s very own 2 metre long rocket car.
Throughout the day children worked in small, mixed age groups, to design and create rockets that flew the distance of the school field, as well as building model propeller driven cars. Pupils used their scientific and engineering knowledge, to modify their cars and make them go faster.
Mrs Helen Smith is leading the STEM initiative at All Saints Church School, creating exciting learning opportunities.
Pupils at Trinity Church School dressed as rock stars for the day to raise the profile of times tables across the school in a fun and engaging way. The children were involved in a range of mathematical activities. They all enjoyed dressing up as rock stars and there was a real Mathematical buzz around the school.
As part of their community project, ‘Reading in the Neighbourhood’, Year 3 and 4 pupils from Bathford Church School have visited local pre-school and toddler groups, to share books and read with younger children. Other year groups visited Shockerwick House Nursing Home to read with their residents, as well as help with their allotment garden. Local residents have also visited the school to talk about their favourite books with different year groups. It has been a great way for the pupils and staff to make new friends and strengthen their links with local residents.
Cherry class at Batheaston Church School have been inspired to write poetry about Mike’s Meadow.
It was wonderful for children at St Stephen’s Church School to hear about Sanifa’s story in their assembly and how the money they have helped raise with their partner charity @SendaCow has helped families like hers.
On Friday 18 January, 7 schools from across the Taunton Hub came together to provide a joint learning day for 61 children in receipt of the Pupil Premium Grant. The day focussed around experiences: learning to work in new environments with new friends and learning new skills.
St James Church School hosted the event and three learning activities were provided by specialist teachers. Mrs Ray from St James Church School led PE activities, Mr Green from St Andrew’s led forest school activities (supported by Mr Aldridge from St James) and Miss Rumbelow from St James led the art activities. Visiting teachers and TAs all took part.
The children had a snack-filled break time and got to experience all the equipment and games at St James during lunchtime.
One pupil said, ‘This is the best day ever’ and ‘I’ve made two friends today’.
Year 5 at St Mark’s Church School held a Tudor banquet, after making pottage and wholemeal rolls. They spent the day dressed as Tudors, either rich or poor, and completed research on the type of foods they would eat including swan and heron! They then opened their classroom to visitors so that they could read the finished projects and see the Tudor costumes.
As part of Staplegrove Church School’s Community Week, their 5 and 6 year olds from Beech Class visited The Firs Nursing Home to read stories to the residents.
The children had also made cards to give to their new reading friends.
It was such a happy time and a success for both the children and the adults, that the class has been asked to make it a regular event.
Wembdon St Georges Church School have been enjoying a recent visit from Bug Fest.
Congratulations to pupils at Freshford Church School who brought back 3 trophies from the First LEGO League competition.
The competition is broken into 4 sections: robot performance, robot design, research project and core values (such as teamwork). The school’s two teams have been working hard on all sections at their after-school club since September.
At the competition the Year 5 team won the robot performance section, holding their nerve during the intense competition. Their team was also awarded the Runners Up trophy in the Robot Design section.
The Year 6 team reached the semi-finals in the performance section and also scored so highly in all of the other three sections that they brought home the overall runners up Champions Trophy too!
Well done to all – and many thanks to the many parents who have helped out with the club.
At Holy Trinity Church School, Year 3 and Year 6 pupils were paired together for World Religion Day. Both year groups looked at Judaism and worked together to design their star with detailed patterns and mosaic tiles. They showed good co-operation.
Sapphire Class at Kingshill Church School received a visit this week from an Egyptologist who shared her vast knowledge with the children. They looked at artefacts, counted in Egyptian numbers, discussed the mummification process and made their own scarab out of clay.
Bristol Museum staff visited years 4, 5 and 6 at Court De Wyck Church School last week, to help pupils learn more about Anglo-Saxons, particularly those who settled in Bristol.