Message From CEO – 3 November 2019
On Friday before half term, teachers, support staff and leaders from across our family of schools and the Wells Central team took part in our Trust wide Inset Day to discuss the curriculum intent, implementation and impact in each of their schools. This was a wonderful opportunity to share ideas, explore inspiring ways to develop and to learn together. Thank you particularly to everyone who prepared workshops and training sessions in each of our schools.
Teachers at St John the Evangelist, for example, worked together to fully explore the Trust’s curriculum intent statement and how this is reflected in the school’s ongoing curriculum development. They identified which aspects of the curriculum that are already well in place, and which aspect needed to be strengthened or developed further. Staff are also working to assure what they term ‘a three dimensional curriculum’ for the children and their current focus is looking at the balance between knowledge and skills. One aspect of this has been the development of knowledge organisers that ensure children have key knowledge “front loaded” within their thematic studies to enable them to then confidently and independently learn and demonstrate the skills required in each curriculum area.
I am look forward to hearing more about the curriculum development work you have progressed during the Trust wide Inset Day.
Early Years teachers and support staff from across the Trust met at Churchfield Church School during our Trust wide Inset day. Sue Rayner led the Keynote session focused on ‘Outstanding Early Years Practice’. There was wide variety of workshops covering personal well being as well as professional development. Churchfield School were great hosts and their early years team led workshops on how they have developed inspiring and enabling learning environments. Each school shared examples of their practice. The day had many examples of effective collaborative working with input from the Diocese, our three local authorities, an English Hub School in North Somerset and organisations who are part of our Trust employee support package.
The EYFS children St Stephen’s Church School have really settled in now, using foam, lentils and rice to practise writing letters.
The grand finale of a whole school cross curricular project on Carnival saw everyone from St John and St Francis Church School taking part in an amazing carnival procession of their own.
The children found out about the history of carnival, carnival across the world and, of course, their own Bridgwater Carnival
Each year group took a different aspect – with dance, samba drumming, mask making, face painting and carnival carts. They were delighted with the vast number of parents who came along to watch and were thrilled with what they saw.
One parent governor wrote in to say ‘I felt incredibly proud as a governor and parent to see so many parents in our playground enjoying the display of sound and colour. The effort from both children and staff was fantastic’.
The school also ran a competition to design the giant carnival mask that will be displayed in Bridgwater Town as part of this year’s carnival celebrations. Two pupils, Broddie from Y5 and George from EYFS were joint winners with their amazing designs. They worked with pupils and staff across the school to recreate their designs. An amazing achievement and all from recycled materials.
Children from St John the Evangelist Church School have taken part in Time and Tide, which is Clevedon’s very first community opera. The performance piece reveals the history of Clevedon pier after its devastating collapse and tells the story of the battle to rebuild it. The children from Year 5 at St John’s played a vital part in acting and singing sections of the opera, written by local musicians Mark Lawrence and Claire Williamson. The children were featured on both local television news and BBC Radio Bristol. They spoke very assuredly and enthusiastically to the reporters and represented their school brilliantly.
Ladybird Reception class at Bishops Lydeard Church School visited the village library this week to take part in making a community tree. They each added a leaf to the tree. They also took part in a story time and learnt about how a library card works and what they can use them for.
Year 6 pupils at Bishops Lydeard Church School have been to London to visit the Houses of Parliament. The children saw debating in the commons from the Chancellor of the Exchequer and took part in a workshop on democracy.
Children at Bathford Church School dressed up and brought teddies to school to raise money for Ted’s Big Day Out, the annual fundraising day for the RUH. They were very excited when they came into assembly to find Ted himself visiting with his helpers and giving out special stickers. In total £259.43 was raised, which the school has specified should go to the neonatal unit at the hospital.
Goldfinch Class at Court De Wyck Church School have been mesmerised by their class pets – water snails! This has sparked some wonderful learning and research. They have also produced drawings and amazing clay models.
Years 1 and 2 designed and made some ‘Autumn Trees’ pictures. There are some wonderful photographs in Owl Class Page on the school website.
Kestrel Class have been working hard with their writing for this term. They clearly take great pride in the presentation of their work. In Kingfisher Class they have been learning about the planets and enjoyed ‘visiting’ the international space station live.
Mr Bellingham visited Topaz Class at Kingshill Church School this week to talk about his job in the Fire Service. The children were thinking about the question ‘Do Firemen only put out fires?’. They found out that there is much more to the job.
To finish the term the school’s community groups met to think about Remembrance, as this will be in their thoughts after half term. Their theme this year is Peace, and the children worked together to create artwork around the symbol of the dove.
The range of high quality learning taking place across our Trust this week and every week is inspiring and uplifting – demonstrating the high quality curriculum you offer to all pupils across the Trust; developing pupils skills in reading and mathematics; encouraging pupils to get involved in their community; enhancing play opportunities for all: encouraging creative problem solving skills; supporting pupils to think about others; fostering pupils’ artistic skills; developing scientific understanding. It is your hard work, skill, creativity, optimism, determination and commitment that enables our pupils to achieve the most amazing things.