Message From CEO – 28 April 2019
Thinking ahead to Key Stage 1 and 2 English and Mathematics SATs this term made me reflect for a moment not only on the tests’ undoubted importance for our pupils, staff and our schools. It also reminded me these tests capture just some of the high quality academic, social, emotional and spiritual learning our teachers, TAs and staff work with such thought, ambition and skill to enable our pupils to experience.
At Oakhill Church School, Years 3 and 4 were lucky enough to be invited to attend the Field to Food show at the Bath & West Showground. The day started early and the children were the first of 33 schools to arrive. Children visited numerous displays and interactive events to find out how food comes from a field all the way to the food on their table. Lots of up close interactions with animals, farm machinery and countryside activities meant they were all exhausted for the journey home. An amazing opportunity for pupils at Oakhill to discover more about the countryside around their homes.
” I like walking to school and being out in the fresh air and looking at the plants.” Oilvia
Teachers from across the North Somerset Hub gathered together at the school for the second joint teaching and learning hub event of this academic year. The session was led by Ann Harvey and followed up from the work undertaken at the recent English development days, led by Ann and Teresa Cremin. Ann led staff through a very enjoyable and interesting journey to explore ways to teach English creatively; through promoting the joy of reading with potent texts, providing rich and stimulating writing experiences and ensuring that all children had access to imaginative and creative learning, underpinned by play, drama and plentiful speaking and listening opportunities. This was a powerful and valuable session for all that attended and teachers went away with lots of ideas to try back in their classrooms.
The children at St Andrew’s Church School in Taunton enjoyed an amazing session at the Taunton museum this week. They have been making Tudor soap, writing with quills, exploring a Tudor Almshouse and investigating some rather disgusting Tudor medicines.
Brue Class have had a very busy week and were fortunate to visit the River Barle at Simonsbath, Exmoor. They had fun in the sun whilst learning.
What a fabulous start to the Year 5 Easter Cracked experience too. They started as a whole school in the hall where we met the characters and learnt about the story of Easter.
They even had a real live donkey or two and a fearsome soldier. The crowds were waving palms and cheering ‘Hosanna’ – ‘Save me’.
Their hockey team competed in the final round of the county championships at Millfield School but unfortunately lost out in the semi-finals and the 3rd place play-off. However, their performance did not reflect the score – they were outstanding and never running out of energy or commitment. St Andrew’s are now officially the 4th best team in Somerset.
Children came to school dressed as pollinators; there were quite a few bees (including the Headteacher) and butterflies but there were also other more uncommonly known pollinators, such as wasps and birds.
The children and staff at Staplegrove thoroughly enjoyed their science week last week. It followed the same theme as British Science Week – Journeys. Each class had a different journey to investigate and presented their findings to parents during an exciting open afternoon.
Beech class researched the journey of a dinosaur through time before making their own clay dinosaurs.
The four houses were also set a challenge to build the tallest spaghetti and marshmallow tower. All of the attempts showed excellent team work and skill but the overall winner was Blackdown.
Cherry Class also visited the Roman Fortress in Caerleon. They viewed a reconstructed Barracks room to see where the Roman soldiers would have slept, even trying out the straw mattresses and itchy blankets. Next, they visited the Roman Baths where the soldiers went to chill out and relax, before taking part in a re-enactment of a Roman schoolroom. Finally they visited the Roman amphitheatre and the remains of a Barracks Block. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and came back keen to tell their families what they had learned.
This week Year 5 at St Mark’s Church School have visited Bristol zoo to learn about the animals of South America. They had a lot of fun, spotting all kinds of animals and then getting the chance to hold Hissing Cockroaches, get up close to a scorpion and stroke a tree boa! They learnt all about the differences between woodland and rainforest habitats and how animals adapted to their environments.
Freshford School have shared this, innocent conversation by two boys from their Reception and Year 1 class, overheard whilst walking back, hand in hand, through the village, returning from the Easter service in St Peter’s Church…
St Vigor and St John Church School in Chilcompton has just finished a Focus Week centred around Community.
Children from several classes worked with an artist to create two giant Talking Heads. The two giant heads had a discussion about the nature of community and what happens if things change. Two heads definitely are better than one – in this case one was certainly a worrier and the other had a more positive outlook.
What a wonderfully rich and imaginative learning experience you provide for all our pupils. Thank you all, for the many ways each and every one of you supports the development of learning across our Trust. Thank you for the personal qualities you draw on: your determination, resilience, persistence and positivity, for your professional skills: your creativity, knowledge, experience and willingness to work collaboratively that ensure striving for successful, high quality learning is so strongly evident across our Trust.