Message From CEO – 28 June 2020
We have all progressed through a number of phases during the last few months; partially closing schools back in March; establishing support for the children of key workers and vulnerable groups; developing home learning and online support, and undertaking complex risk assessments to welcome back pupils in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. Together you have risen to the challenges we have faced and supported your pupils, families and communities, with creativity, commitment, and dedication.
As we approach the last few weeks of term and a welcome summer for all, we can reflect on everything that has been achieved with pride. We can now also look ahead to the Autumn term and prepare ourselves and our pupils for the possibility of a full return to school in September.
Wembdon St George’s Church School have reflected on their experiences during this period. They have created a video which celebrates all that has been achieved.
These are some of the dream catchers that children in Year 1 made this week at Churchfield Church School. They have talked about hopes, aspirations, and future dreams.
In Reception at Bathampton Primary School the two ‘Pods’ of children have been writing to each other. They are enjoying having a friend to write to and this week they have been sharing minibeast information.
Hot air balloons have been created by the Year 4, 5 & 6 Key worker Bubble at St John and St Francis Church School.
Year 6 have been enjoying Forest School.
Pupils at St Saviour’s Church Schools have been enjoying their online sessions and the key worker group have been joining in from the school ICT suite.
Children from Bishops Lydeard Church School have been busy developing their own interests as part of home learning. Millie has been improving her photography skills and Rowan has enjoyed real life science by identifying a range of different moth species, dissecting flowers and looking at them under a microscope.
Jack has been busy improving his local environment by completing a litter pick as part of his summer project.
In Green Bubble at Court De Wyck School this week children have enjoyed the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’. They also read the story of Noah’s Ark, discussed how Noah felt and made some spinning craft wheels.
Pupils in Blue Bubble have been practising their number bonds to 10 and have created their own pop art self-portraits.
Emerald Bubble at Kingshill Church School have had a busy week, meeting with Nailsea teachers to talk about transition to secondary school and taking part in a ‘Virtual Pilgrim’s Day’ at school. They also managed to fit in a mini Sports Day. The children took part in a 60 second speed bounce challenge, a long jump event, egg and spoon race, tennis skills games, a netball challenge and a ‘Beat the Goalie’ game.
To celebrate the end of their time at Kingshill Year 6 pupils had a socially distanced meeting outside. Teachers shared their memories of the children and they were presented with their much-anticipated leavers hoodies.
Trinity Church School are looking forward to welcoming back Years 2-5 next week. Staff have enjoyed the challenge of being creative with space. A marquee has been installed on the school field to create an amazing outdoor learning space. Year 6 are extremely excited as this will be their new classroom!
Year 1 have been learning about their sense of taste: sweet, salty, bitter, and sour. They were set a taste test challenge to try to identify each of the four different taste groups. Some types of food and drink were more popular than others!
Year 3 have been using their class book, ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker, to inspire their creative lantern designs.
Year 4 have been creating their own scientific experiments to show a working water cycle. They used hot water, salt, cling film and ice to create evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.
From the beginning of August, we will welcome Faye Bertham to the Central Team. Faye will be the Regional Director of the Bath family of schools and will be joining us from South Gloucestershire Council.
When lockdown was announced in March, you were all asked to respond by rapidly developing untested, and for many, unfamiliar IT practices, digital learning, and lessons on Teams with classes of remote pupils learning from home.
I have been so impressed by the way in which you embraced this challenge. As a result, you have received glowing reports from parents full of admiration for the way you have embraced technology to keep children engaged and learning at home.
One parent commented:
‘Staff had made enormous significant effort to keep going in difficult circumstances. We have witnessed constructive, adaptive, intelligent change over and above what anyone was expecting. Each day we have had a structured learning set of tasks sent beautifully online, with videos, audio, pictures, and clear instructions. What teachers have achieved is nothing short of extraordinary. The longer staff have been implementing a system, the harder it is to change, but they have regrouped, adapted, listened and intelligently marched forward.’