Message from CEO – 9 June 2019
It has been a week filled with evidence of the amazing learning experiences that teachers, staff and leaders are creating, and of the high-quality outcomes our pupils achieve as a result.
Year 4 at Staplegrove Church School visited Coates Willow and Wetlands Centre as part of their topic. During the visit the children were able to see examples of willow weaving – some of which appeared in the London Olympics in 2012 and others that have appeared in films such as War Horse. The children very much enjoyed the tour of the museum and the willow sheds where they saw willow being stripped. During the final part of the day the children produced their own willow wands and willow hearts. It was an enjoyable trip for all.
Year 2 at St Georges Church School had a wonderful day, visiting Bristol Aquarium, to launch their ‘Under the Sea’ project. They saw, and learnt about, a vast array of sea creatures, as well as feeding the fish and getting to hold a shark’s tooth and a mermaid’s purse. Each child chose a sea creature, which they saw during their visit, to focus on for their project back in school.
Year 6 pupils at Bathampton Primary School have been on an exciting school trip to Mill on the Brue.
Fantastic sports skills were on display at the EYFS multi skills festival. Well done Apple Class from Batheaston Church School.
Maple Class were working on developing their vocabulary and writing a descriptive piece about their beautiful village. Here they are exploring and spotting features of Batheaston.
Children at St John the Evangelist Church School have taken part in a whole school art project as part of the North Somerset Arts Week. The theme was Nature and the Environment. The artwork produced was then catalogued and displayed in the school, forming one exhibition of many across the county. The school welcomed parents, friends and members of the general public to view the work and there were lots of positive comments and praise received.
As part of All Saints Church School Commonwealth topic, the School Council and Eco-Committee planned a Green Day to help the whole school learn about the importance of reduce, reuse, recycle an11- 18d repair when considering how to help care for our environment. All classes carried out STEAM activities using collected rubbish and turned it into something useful. Year 5 made eco-bricks for a company that produces outdoor furniture and Year 3 used milk bottles to make ball catchers! Year 4 thought about their carbon footprint and wrote pledges to help look after our world. Even the Reception children were inspired by the idea of being eco-friendly and asked for a recycling centre in their role play area! The schools very passionate Eco-Committee drove much of the day’s inspiration by collecting lunch rubbish and displaying it to the children in a whole school assembly. The School Council also asked all children to think about how they could help make our school, our homes and the environment a better place. Ideas were written on recycled paper leaves and displayed for all to see in the library.
To end the day, a Pop-Up Eco Supermarket was set up in the playground in conjunction with ‘Take No Wrap’ (a local business that sells eco-friendly lunch packaging alternatives). The Pop-Up Supermarket received many questions from parents and children about how they could improve their management of recyclable waste.
Year 5 children from Trinity Church School enjoyed their Greek Wow Day, led by Nikolaides from Corinth. They performed choral theatre and took part in an Olympic Games contest as well as playing the ancient Greek game of Petteia. They learnt about the inventions of some Greek mathematicians and great thinkers such as Archimedes and Pythagoras. The children enjoyed investigating mathematical puzzles and games. In the afternoon, they learnt about and handled some armour and weapons, before performing a dramatic choral version of Jason and the Argonauts.
This week Court De Wyck Church School were delighted to welcome Rev Nigel and story-teller Michael Loader, along with members of Yatton and Congresbury Wildlife Action Group. They worked with years 4, 5 and 6 on a Wildlife Project. During the first day the children enjoyed a whole school assembly all about the local wildlife and Cadbury Hill. After that they took part in group activities, which included becoming nature detectives, retelling stories and creating drama sequences. The second day included walking up Cadbury Hill, taking part in activities and enjoying a healthy picnic.
Year 5 at St Andrew’s Church School in Bath had a great time at No 1 Royal Crescent, starting their project “Image Control” with Bath Preservation Trust. The children visited a new exhibition looking at how important image was to the Georgians. They then created collages based on Georgian portraits using modern images from magazines.
At the end of the Spring Term, Year 5 wrote letters to the Prime Minister to raise their concerns about the use of palm oil and deforestation. This week they were pleased to get a reply from No.10 Downing Street.
Thank you for the way you are all working together, using your skills and experience, to plan and develop exciting and engaging learning across EYFS, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 in each school, Hub and across our Trust.
Please remember that everything you have done and continue to do, is so very much appreciated and valued, and contributes to what makes the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust so very special.