Children's school life
Our house system is named after birds
Robin house is red
Owl house is blue
Woodpecker is green and
Goldfinch is... gold, of course.
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.
This year's school council.
One of last 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 update our '80 by 18' booklets. 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.
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.
We were pleased to welcome some visitors from SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) to school to lead an assembly for KS2. Here is the presentation they shared with us.
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. See further details here.
80 x 18
All our children are given an 80 by 18 passport. This suggests 80 different things to try before they reach the age of 18, encouraging the children to gain a wide variety of experiences over and above their usual work in school.
The passports have been developed in collaboration with other local schools, one for KS1 and one for KS2. The children are encouraged to have a go at as many of the activities in the booklets as they can in their own time and occasionally we provide time for these in school. Throughout the year, the children will be given the opportunity to bring their passports into school to share their experiences and have their pages stamped if they are completed.