Children's school life
Here you will find out more about the opportunities for our children to develop outside the curriculum. They are involved in shaping the school through our house system, school council, green and e-teams and clubs.
This year's School Council
Our school council plays a very active role in the life of Saltford School ensuring that the children’s views are shared and acted upon. Two representatives from each class (Year 1 to Year Six) are chosen by the children in September. They attend meetings either jointly or as separate Key Stages with Mrs Spincer. Children in Year 6 prepared a helpful powerpoint presentation on healthy eating as part of their work on the School Council.
One of our previous year's projects was the Sugar Smart initiative promoted by BANES. Please find our School Council assembly presentation here. There are more useful links, including tips for packed lunches, on our own 'sugar smart' page which will also show our progress with this initiative. We have also produced a Pupil Questionnaire, which has been used by primary schools across the Wellsway MAT. We are currently looking at this year's outcomes and how they can help us improve our school - some of the topics under discussion include developing our school play spaces (working with Mr. Boyle) and working to produce Activity Booklets for each year group. Some of the suggestions resulting from the questionnaire are included in the School Improvement Plan, which we have shared with our classes. Every year representatives of our School Council take part in the BANES Primary Parliament.
It is important for children to experience a variety of environments as part of their learning. We love to get outside in our extensive and varied school grounds in all weathers. We have plenty of stimulating play areas – including the iconic Ark and the climbing frame – and other spaces for quieter enjoyment and discovery such as the school garden. Early Years have their own covered outdoor area for maximum opportunity and their own bike track. All children benefit from our own sports field and playground facilities.
We are fortunate to be within easy reach of local Manor Woods. Forest school takes children to this different, inspiring, setting where they can enjoy practical activities in smaller groups. They rise to the particular challenges of being outside and grow in confidence as they see what they can accomplish. Sessions are designed to build team working skills and independence.
Green team in action
Our new green team is full of people who are interested in looking after the environment and growing things and who like being outdoors. The green team meets with Mr Jenkins and Mrs Newark once a term and is responsible for making Saltford a GREEN school. Green team is open to all children from year one to year six.
Here is our current green team.
In the school garden
E is for equality. We have established an E-team to ensure that everyone is treated equally and fairly, and no-one is left out or discriminated against.
E-team has regular meetings with Miss Jupp (PSHE and E-team leader) to discuss current topics, bullying initiatives, the buddy system and other E-team projects.
We have recently introduced a playground buddy scheme aimed at improving playtimes for all pupils and making everyone feel included. E-team buddies are there to help children find friends.
E-team is also leading a lot of the work that Saltford School is doing about the UNICEF Rights of the Child. E-team are working to promote the UNICEF Rights of the Child by leading assemblies, making posters and leading discussions in their classes. You can see our assembly presentation here. Take a look at our presentation on the Right to Play.
This is the current E-Team:
In October 2019 the E-Team lead a whole school assembly to introduce themselves and tell the school about their plans for the year. Their powerpoint presentation can be viewed here.
Digital leaders support ICT and computing across the school and in the community.
Digital leaders support Computing throughout the school by assisting staff with setting up for Computing lessons, using multimedia in assemblies and leading online safety discussions amongst pupils. Pupils who may be worried about their online safety know they can always talk to a digital leader if they need advice.The digital leaders enjoy visits to local community sessions where they support older people with their computing learning.
This club is open to a maximum of 10 Year 5 and 6 children. Please see the office for an application form.
Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel. Saltford C of E Primary is the first school in Bath and North East Somerset to receive a silver award as part of the national Modeshift STARS scheme.
We have introduced a number of measures to encourage cycling and walking, including free Active Travel Breakfasts for those who walk, cycle or scoot to school, poster competitions and have created Active Ambassadors to represent pupils and come up with ideas to improve travel to school. Year 5 and 6 pupils have been given bikeability training while new bike racks and scooter pods have also been installed.
Our aprons show we can help
A caring school
There are many other ways in which our children support each other during the school day. This makes school life happier and giving children the opportunity to help promotes a collective responsibility for the success of the school.
In the morning, our 'wake and shake' team lead regular activity sessions (often to music) to get the day off to a positive start.
At playtime our playground leaders support other children with their play and the use of our 'Huff and Puff' equipment.
At lunchtime, each KS2 class takes a turn to support the EYFS and KS1 classes a week at a time, both in the dinner hall and on the playground.
Every Year 6 child is encouraged to take a monitor role such as distributing school milk or helping in the library.