Message From CEO – 8 March 2020
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and most importantly, it’s a celebration of reading. This is the 23rd year and across our Trust children participated in wonderful, memorable events.
For World Book Day, Batheaston Church School held the Big Book Share and created collaborative story maps of ‘The Little Red Hen’.
They also had a Commotion In The Ocean gymnastics lesson where Cherry Class worked hard to move like the animals in the book.
It has been a busy time at Bishops Lydeard Church School. Reception class and the Nursery enjoyed a visit from Noah’s Ark who brought along some of their minibeasts.
They also took part in fruit kebab making with the community Co-op team.
KS1 took part in a Florence Nightingale workshop for their topic learning.
Pupils also had some great World Book Day costumes.
1st March is ‘Baba Marta’s Day’ in Bulgaria and a Reception pupil at St John the Evangelist Church School made Martenitsi for his classmates. These traditional tokens of red and white strings wish ‘health and happiness’ and remind us that Spring is coming.
St Michael’s Church School in Bath had lots of creative fun with World Book Day this week.
Year 5 Heron and Kingfisher Class at St John and St Francis Church School went to Ashford Water Treatment Centre in Cannington as part of their topic on Rivers and Water. They completed 3 different activities, toured the water treatment plant and found out how the water from our rivers is transformed into drinking water within 12 hours. They were able to see the different areas where the processes happen and were also lucky to be able to have access to the control room. They were given a tour of the currently extremely flooded areas of the river at Cannington, and they were able to see a confluence, rapids and a meander. From there they were taken to see the reservoir and used their knowledge and understanding of the water cycle to complete an activity within the old pumping station. Everyone had a fabulous day even though it was rather wet, muddy and cold!
Year 6 Teacher and English Lead, Hannah Dyer, created a special school newsletter about Fairy Tales week and ran a creative writing competition with prizes of book vouchers for each phase. Over a quarter of the school entered and prizes were awarded during the school assembly.
Year 2 at Holy Trinity Church School loved dressing up for World Book Day. They enjoyed sharing with their class which character they were and why they picked that character. They also designed their own book covers for their favourite book. A visit to the library that day was also a highlight.
This is Jess one of the year 6 pupils at St Mark’s Church School. She is very passionate about global warming and when she heard Greta Thunberg was coming to the Bristol area she spoke with Headteacher Mrs Bath and asked if she could attend and support with her mum. Jess had just been appointed into the new school Eco Council and was delighted to be able to represent St Mark’s school community at the event. At the start of the event Jess was picked out from over 30,000 people to stand on the stage and warm everyone up with a round of heads, shoulders, knees and toes and finishing with a Mexican wave. The school are very proud of her. The school vision is “Let your light shine” and Jess definitely did that on the day.
St Andrew’s Church School in Bath were so pleased to welcome parents to join in a wonderful book sharing event for Foundation Stage and Years 1-3. The children loved sharing stories with staff and parents. They then had the opportunity to hear a story by a mystery reader. The children finished the morning by choosing a book from the book swap table of book donations. This was a super way to share the joy of reading and recycle books.
The children shared their Reading for Pleasure artwork, inspired by Oliver Jeffers and his use of words from other stories to create images in the book. Year 5 chose their own favourite book and illustrated it with language and extracts taken from their favourite scenes.
Year 6 have been experimenting with mark making in the planning stages of their relief printing project. They explored different marks and then created collages to plan their printing, inspired by their class book ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl. They have looked at the work of printmaking artists and abstract imagery. The children discussed how we all see different things within an abstract image and bring in our own meaning to what we see. The children had time to look at the work of their peers to inspire and further develop their own ideas.
In each school your unique rich and broad curriculum offer, so clearly evident each week, makes learning fun, relevant and engaging for the pupils in your schools, and turns our aims and values into reality.
Thank you to you all for the contribution you make to making the curriculum offer to pupils so engaging.