Message From CEO – 5 January 2020
As we stand at the beginning of the first week of 2020 looking forward to the Spring term, our shared drive to provide an exciting and engaging curriculum is at the fore of our development work.
Thank you to leaders, teachers and staff for the way you have been working together to develop the skills and knowledge progression documentation in core and foundation subjects. Shortly will be releasing the progression documents for Reading, Writing and Mathematics, and while some schools already have this in place, others will be able to draw on this work. Thank you to our talented subject leaders across the Trust for your work on this. There is also development work underway in Foundation subjects and we shall share this as it is available.
The topics across our schools form a strong foundation for our curriculum and it is always a pleasure to celebrate this work each week. Alongside this work, the importance of clear understanding and explicitly planning for skills and knowledge progression across both core and foundation subjects, is also so important to support good learning.
There are again, so many wonderful examples of your inspiring curriculum work to share this week.
At Bishops Lydeard the whole school took part in an Enterprise Sale. Each class made a product to sell. The whole community were involved and it was a great success.
At St Andrew’s Church School in Bath, children celebrated their learning from their topic ‘Through the looking glass’ by holding an exhibition. Each class had been given a mirror and a disposable camera to start the topic. The classes explored different themes including portraiture, identity, light, space and comparing different environments. The classes curated an exhibition of their learning and in the afternoon all classes and parents toured the exhibition to see what each class had been learning over the Autumn Term. The children and adults had opportunities to write feedback and talk to the children when they visited the classes.
Children in Year 1 visited No1 Royal Crescent. They dressed in Georgian costumes, made dance cards and learnt the etiquette for asking people to dance. The house was decorated beautifully for Christmas, and after a tour, children found out how the Georgians made their special food and prepared the dining room ready for visitors. They were even allowed to handle some Georgian objects, such as jelly moulds and tea bowls.
At the end of each term at St Mark’s Church School, they award a Paddington Bear to one child in the school community in memory of Mrs Macaulay who died of cancer. The bear is awarded to a child who puts the needs of others first. With this Paddington link, they decided to work with UNICEF to send Paddington parcels to children around the world who are in need. The two children who won the opportunity to be Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher for the day selected which items to send in Paddington’s parcel. They chose measles vaccinations for 20 children, winter clothes to keep children warm this winter, a football to bring communities together and high energy biscuits to feed children in emergencies when food is not available. This work with UNICEF will make such a difference to children’s lives when their education is interrupted by emergencies.
Class 13 at Holy Trinity Church School have been revising their science knowledge of light, proving how it travels in straight lines, and making links between the distance from the light source and the size of shadow cast.
Their most recent Art topic has been based on Kandinsky – using his artwork as inspiration to create their Christmas cards this year. The children have used their mathematical knowledge to create winter scenes from 2-D shapes.
The children particularly enjoyed leading their Class Worship in November, with a special mention to Ellie, who was amazing at bringing all of the ideas together.
It was wonderful to see all of the parents and carers visiting the school for their Inspire morning, learning alongside their children. They shared a wide range of activities with the adults and thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning together.
In PE the children have been learning some new small games to increase their agility and game play, alongside their throwing and catching skills. They have also been developing their own dance sequences which has encouraged the children to work together and build on their collaboration skills.
Planning for clear skills and knowledge progression with our Topic based approach is a strong focus for our development work over the next two terms.
A well planned, creative, imaginative, challenging curriculum responds to learners needs and interests and both motivates and inspires. Together these elements create a thirst for and a love of learning in our pupils and opens up the way for them to strive to achieve their very best.