Message From CEO – 9 December 2018
I am inspired by the range and quality of learning opportunities that you are providing for pupils across our trust. Children’s enjoyment of all that you provide is clear to see in their smiles and engagement.
Children in ‘Saplings’ at Churchfield Nursery have created a big, bold new piece of art to display in their classroom. Working together, in their keyworker ‘families’, they used colourful fingerprints to decorate a canvas before revealing, with a ‘wow’, a cross surrounded by rays of light.
The whole nursery has been getting into the spirit of Christmas this week. The under twos are beginning to discover the joys of Christmas by exploring tinsel and baubles while the older pre-schoolers have been designing, cutting and sticking their own sparkly decorations for two enormous Christmas trees, trying to make their own snow and singing Christmas songs. Everyone agrees that this has made the nursery “beautiful and special”.
This week at St Andrew’s Church School Bath, the Foundation Stage class welcomed a magical visitor! Pip the Elf arrived to spread Christmas cheer and show the children acts of kindness throughout advent. The children have enjoyed writing letters to the North Pole, sharing kind words about their friends and promoting their school values to impress their new friend!
St Andrew’s children across Key Stage 1 and 2 took part in assemblies and workshops as part of the NSPCC Speak out Stay Safe programme. The children were informed about speaking out and staying safe and who to contact if they have worries, this was referred to as a trusted adult.
Zac from Year 6 commented following the workshop ‘There are more trusted adults in the world than worries’.
Year 3 have been learning about Vertebrates and Invertebrates in Science. They learned that spiders are invertebrates that have exoskeletons, which means their skeletons are on the outside. They held some tarantula exoskeletons which had been shed from a real spider.
St James Church School had another active travel to school day on Wednesday. Walk, cycle or scoot to school and get a free breakfast – the theme was Bling Your Bike! So many children decorated their scooters and bikes – there was tinsel, fairy lights and smiles all round. The schools aim is to increase the number of children who actively and regularly travel to school. The active passport allows the school to track how many days the children actively travel in – if they get over 100, they could win a bike!
St Saviour’s Junior Church School’s EU Erasmus Plus project is up and running. They held a great assembly where they shared singing, dancing and martial arts with their partner schools (videos on their school website).
Bishops Lydeard Church School were visited by Parent zone, who in association with Google, talked to KS2 children about being ‘Internet Legends’. Taunton Deane MP, Rebecca Pow, also shared the work she is leading around internet safety. She was so impressed with the children she asked if she could come back again to discuss British values and debating
Bishops Lydeard pupils were also visited by BBC Radio Somerset who interviewed year 5 pupils for their daily show of ‘Playground Politics’. The children spoke about their views on Brexit and what matters to them in the world. All of the children spoke confidently and knowledgeably.
Pupils and staff at St John the Evangelist Church School were thrilled to receive the news that they have been awarded the Active Healthy Schools Award. They are the first school in the whole of North Somerset to achieve this. The North Somerset Healthy Schools Network Team wrote to congratulate them and said:
“We are delighted with the range of health-promoting activities at St John the Evangelist Church School and have no hesitation in awarding you the ‘Active Healthy Schools Award,’ in recognition of your enduring and impressive commitment to health and well-being.”
Special recognition was also given to Deputy Head teacher, Nikki Short, for her hard work and dedication to ensure St John’s received the gold standard of the Healthy School’s initiative.
Staplegrove Church School’s STEM day began with their STEM Ambassador Sariqa holding an inspiring assembly where she discussed the importance of science in today’s world. Each class were given an exciting STEM challenge, ranging from making waterproof hats for Teddy to helping farmers in Bangladesh to overcome the problem of flooding. The day was full of active questioning, problem solving and sharing of ideas. It culminated in an assembly which gave the children a chance to share their learning.
The Ambassador commented after the event;
“The day was brilliantly organised, and the activities were of a high standard and well thought out for all the year groups. The Sharing assembly at the end of the day was a great way of bringing all the different science activities together and I was impressed by the enthusiasm of all the children.
Please send my thanks to Mrs Clears and the future scientists of Willow class and thank you again Mrs Thorn and Mrs Venning for a fantastic day.”
Year 5 pupils from Court De Wyck Church School went to Cadbury House for a Science Summit meeting. The children had a brilliant morning learning about different ways to look after the environment. They particularly enjoyed the Van d Graaff generator which was a ‘hair raising’ experience.
Sapphire Class at Kingshill Church School had a fantastic day when they visited ‘We the Curious’ in Bristol. They took part in an “Earth, Sun and Moon” workshop learning about the seasons, and watching the Magic Globe which shows the movement of the Earth. They also enjoyed the film “We Are Aliens” which asked “Could there be life in our Universe elsewhere?”
Year 6 at Churchfield Church School had a fantastic day out at SS Great Britain as part of their Victorian topic. The children learnt all about Brunel including a great experience in the “Be Brunel” exhibition. Children travelled in a simulator recreating a journey in one of the first Great Western Railway trains. The children also had lots of fun dressing up in Victorian costume, having a guided tour of the ship and exploring what life would have been like as a passenger on the SS Great Britain’s maiden voyage.
St Mark’s Church School were fortunate to be picked as the first school to visit Aerospace in a ‘Kids take over museums day’. A selected group of pupils from Years 5 and 6 who have an interest in science ran some of the departments alongside Aerospace staff. This included the gift shop, the gallery museum, checking and scanning in admission tickets, designing a new logo, helping with marketing and welcoming members of the public on board Concorde!
It was a thrilling day with a full agenda of activities to keep everyone busy. Lots of new information was gained about Concorde and the importance of Bristol in the aircraft industry. Mrs Davis, Family Adviser, said the children were all excellent ambassadors for St Mark’s.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the day:
A spectacular day – because everything that we did was great. My favourite part was having a go at all the different jobs in the museum.
Perfect day! Over-all we had an amazing experience. My favourite part was going on Concorde and seeing it all for myself.
Bathampton Primary School were delighted to have been announced as the winners of the Modeshift Stars award for Bath and North East Somerset this year. The children and Mr Brewer went to receive the award, for changing parents behaviours around travelling to and from school. The presentation was on the SS Great Britain. The children represented the school and trust impeccably and will now work towards gaining the regional award in the coming years.
In every classroom, every school, every hub, every day, it is what you all – teachers, support staff and leaders do that makes learning happen for our pupils. A creative, imaginative, challenging curriculum that nurtures mind, body and spirit and responds to learners needs and interests is so strongly evident across our Trust. Together you create a thirst for and a love of learning in our pupils that opens up the way for them to reach to achieve their very best.