Help save our special pool
At Saltford we are very lucky to have a swimming pool on site. This way we know that all our children can learn this life-saving skill with minimal disruption to the rest of their school day.
However, understandably, the maintenance, running costs and swimming teacher’s wages are expensive and so, considering the current educational funding crisis, we do need your support to continue to fund the upkeep of the pool.
We have not reached the decision to make this request lightly and we only do so after considering all other options, including using the public pool. We understand that not every family will be able to make a contribution but we cannot save costs by offering fewer lessons because if the pool is not operated regularly enough then it would become irreparably damaged.
If we do not receive sufficient contributions for this academic year, we will have to consider very seriously permanently discontinuing swimming at Saltford and pursuing the much inferior but cheaper public pool provision instead. Please take a look at our Swimming information for full details of costs and the options that have been considered.
If we are to keep all children at Saltford School swimming we respectfully ask parents for a voluntary contribution to cover the lessons, running costs and repairs for this academic year September 2018 – July 2019. The suggested contribution is £25.70 per pupil (for 20 weeks). For those parents of children in our Reception classes, swimming starts in Term 5. As these children will only swim once a week for 13 weeks, the suggested contribution is £15.50 per child. However, if you feel that you are able to contribute more we would be very grateful for any donations.
Please donate online via the School Gateway.
Maths for all ages
We are pleased to announce that we have purchased an award-winning online maths resource called DoodleMaths. We are looking forward to rolling this out for all age groups in school during term 5.
As well as being an asset to teaching in school, it will be available at home as a free app for your phone or tablet. We hope that children and parents will find this resource fun and enjoyable to use, while still giving children the motivation to challenge themselves at maths when working on the activities through the site.
We are committed to making DoodleMaths an integral part of our maths teaching, and would like to offer all parents the opportunity to come into school for a parents' information meeting. Please fill in the slip at the bottom of this letter and return it to school to indicate which session you would like to attend. Please also indicate if you could attend either session.
- Tuesday 30th April at 2.30 in the school hall
- Thursday 2nd May at 9.40, after access morning, in the Badger Room.
There are a number of features designed to drive children's engagement; they will be able to take part in games and challenges designed to learn what their strengths are and what they need to work on. From that, DoodleMaths will build a programme that is just for them.
Doodle Maths is in use in lots of primary and secondary schools across the country, and has been shown to improve engagement in maths to help children make big improvements in both their ability and confidence in maths. Using for 10 minutes a day has helped children make 3 months' progress in just 1 month. For further details please see the DoodleMaths website.
Enjoy a film with your friends on 26th April
It sounds like the perfect Friday night. The PTA is putting on a film night for children. Make sure you get your tickets in good time.
FS/KS1 Film – Smallfoot (PG)*
Arrive 4.45pm, film starts 5pm prompt. Collection at 6.40pm
KS2 Film – Johnny English Strikes Again (PG)*
Arrive 7pm, film starts 7.15 prompt. Collection at 8.45pm
*Please note that by purchasing a ticket you are agreeing that you are happy with your child watching a PG rated film and any content contained within.
Tickets £3 which includes a small bag of popcorn and chocolate. In a bid to save on one use plastic we are asking children to bring their own reusable water bottle (squash/water will be available for refills during the film).
Tickets on sale outside class RJ, Tues 26th, Weds 27th and Thursday 28th March. If you cannot make it to school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request
Easter holiday clubs
Up & Under Sports are pleased to be running another of our popular Multi Sports Programmes at Saltford School over the Easter Holidays, 9am - 3pm on the following days: Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 April and Tuesday 16 & Wednesday 17 April.
Open to boys and girls age 5 – 11 years of all ability to try a fantastic variety of sports and activities each day including: Football, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Lacrosse, Tchoukball, Handball, Basketball, Tennis, Team Challenges with competitions and prizes. £20 per day or £90 for all 5 days. Early drop off from 8.40am for £2 and a 10% sibling discount is also available.
To book please visit www.upandundersports.co.uk/courses or email email@example.com with your child’s name and days required.
As a Church school, our celebration of the major Christian festivals is an important part of our community life. Therefore we would like as many children as possible to make an Easter garden to display at our Easter service on Friday 5th April.
Children can use a plastic tray or dish, seed tray etc. to make it in. Soil, card, paper, sand can all be used for the base of the garden. They can be as creative as they like. There needs to be a little hill with three crosses, a cave beneath for the tomb and something to represent the stone that was rolled away. The gardens can be brought to school from Wednesday 3rd April and put in the hall. Please ensure the garden is named, and remember to take the garden home after school on the last day of term.
The display of these Easter gardens at the front of the hall helps the children to focus on the story of Jesus' crucifixion and Resurrection.
First chance to see a real Viking buckle
The very rare and regionally important Viking Buckle will be displayed to the public for the first time at the Saltford Heritage Centre (1st floor, Church Hall, Queen Square, High St.) from 9.30am – 12 noon on Saturday 30th March.
Two of the beasts depicted on the buckle are almost certainly dragons, a common feature on Viking artefacts including on the front of their boats. The third beast may be a serpent, a raven or something else. It is too difficult to tell but that adds to the mystery of this 1,000-year old artefact that has for the first time given us evidence of Viking activity in Saltford. This will be of interest to many of our children, as we always enjoy our Viking topic.
Refreshments including hot cross buns will be available from the St Mary’s Easter Market open simultaneously on the ground floor of the hall.
On the Saltford Environment Group's website you can see a magnified image of the detail of the beasts on the buckle, highlighted with a red outline to help depict the main elements of the beast/dragon’s head. You'll find the full description with related information at this online museum.
Photo is © SEG.
It's so easy to find some great books
We are really excited to welcome the travelling book fair to Saltford from Thursday 21st - Thursday 28th March. The book fair will be available after school from 3.15pm in the library.
We can only accept cash or cheque. There is no option for cards! This is an exciting opportunity for children to stock up easily on their favourite titles or find some new ones and a great chance to promote a love of reading.
Do take a look at our online "reading room" for lots of books and games recommendations and tips for children and parents who want to get the most out of their reading.
See you at the fair!
Improving the school environment for everyone
Green Team have had a busy start to the year. They brainstormed a list of ideas covering 10 environmental topics, coming up with ideas of how they could help Saltford School to become more green!
The KS2 Green Team have monitored energy use and class temperatures over a week and then fed back the results to Mrs Sage. They are aiming to write a report for the children and staff to share their ideas of how we can save energy.
The KS1 Green Team members have put potatoes from the ‘potato project’ out for ‘chitting’ and will be planting those shortly. We aim to grow these and then cook them in school.
Last Friday the KS2 Green Team went on a litter pick in the local area. They were amazed by the amount of litter that we collected and one lucky litter picker even found £1!
Many thanks to Mrs Sampson for supplying us with litter pickers, gloves and bags.
The Green Team have also been supporting Mr Jenkins with the management of the Secret Garden by weeding, planting bulbs with Mrs Butler and spreading bark on the paths. We would like to thank Mrs Hodgson who regularly weeds this garden.
The children are also designing a bug house for a competition run by the Keynsham Rotary Club. We look for to seeing their designs soon.
Our future projects are going to include ‘Eco bricks’: if anyone has any 500ml Evian bottles please bring them into school for us to fill and turn into little stools. We will also be think about reducing our use of single use plastics. We are looking forward to sharing our hard work in an assembly soon.
We are also grateful if anyone who has any expertise in this area would be prepared to share it with us, particularly with regards to our future projects or our garden.
We're up for this reading challenge
We are taking part in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a global reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. Beginning on World Book Day (Thursday 7th March 2019) children and young people from around the world will try to read for 200 million minutes collectively!
According to JK Rowling, "if you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book". Do take a look at our English page for tips on getting the most from your reading, and many suggestions for things to read.
Saltford children have received a special 200 Million Minutes bookmark for recording daily how many minutes they are spending reading. There are prizes for those settings reading the most, so every minute counts!
Miss Davis will collate the school's running total every week. We will be collecting minutes up until 1st April, so let's rise to the challenge!
Saturday 15th June
We're already looking forward to summer and one of the highlights of the Saltford calendar, the summer fair. We need the children's help to create an eye-catching programme this year.
They can submit their designs for the cover to the school office up to 22nd March, and there will be prizes for the successful entries. The winner will not only enjoy the glory of seeing their drawing on the front of the Summer Fair programme (which is delivered to every house in Saltford), but will also receive a voucher for The Entertainer, with 3 runners up prizes going to a student from FS, KS1 and KS2.
If you need an extra sheet for multiple entries, please find the PDF file here.
National Governance Association action on school funding
Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT) Board is taking part in the National Governance Association (NGA) co-ordinated action on school funding, being held to draw attention to the underfunding that is causing significant issues for schools across the country.
WMAT trustees attended the mass lobby of MPs in Parliament on 28 February and are now in the process of meeting with the local MPs to ask them to lobby on behalf of schools in their constituencies.
On Monday 4 March there is a full Parliamentary debate on education funding taking place. If you would like to see more information, please take a look at this briefing paper prepared by the NGA for MPs.
Online and offline focus on computing
The week of 11th March is our "Computing Matters" week in Saltford. In our "matters" weeks, we take a specific subject and raise its profile throughout the week, particularly in relation to the other subjects we are covering.
There will be many different activities in the classrooms, with and without computers. We are planning some engaging "unplugged" activities that demonstrate computing concepts such as programming and algorithms.
We are lucky enough to have a Lego robotics workshop for all of KS1 on the Friday where they will learn by making and programming a Lego vehicle.
At the end of March KS2 will be participating in a "Robot Wars" workshop, also making and programming their own robots ready for a grand inter-class battle!
We'll post some news and pictures as the week progresses.
Our next focus will be a health and well-being fortnight starting the week beginning the 3rd June.
Key Stage 1 had an amazing time at their Lego robotics workshops on Friday. They built a mini robot out of Lego and created algorithms to make it spin, play music and speak. This was such a great opportunity to practise both programing and creative skills.
We've secured lottery funding for our youngest children
We are delighted to be able to provide an exciting new lunch time club especially for the children in Foundation Stage. This is due to special funding the school has received, a total of £1850.00, from Big Lottery – Awards For All. We had to bid for the funding and were pleased to find that we were successful. The funding will provide enough weekly sessions for EYFS for the rest of this academic year from March.
Debutots interactive storytelling and dramatic play sessions promote speech, language and literacy skills and encourage self-confidence and imagination. There is a unique interactive story each session, with movement to music and dramatic play. The children then jump into the story world and bring the characters and scenery to life. Each session is carefully linked to the Early Years Foundation stage. As your children grow in age and poise, the more confident they’ll become and the more we’ll challenge their thinking and creative skills through different drama skills. This will have a very positive impact on our youngest children’s development.
Thank you to Miss Honeybell for all the work that went into finding and winning this funding.
Inspirational children's author brings a bathtub to assembly!
Our visiting author, David Lawrence Jones told us all about how and why he became a writer, from being a reluctant reader at school. David's presentation was full of enthusiasm and fun, leaving the children inspired to read more.
What a fantastic way to kick start our World Book Day celebrations! We think you will see from the photos how much the children enjoyed this experience.
Refurbished PE shed and changing rooms
Kier are currently working on refurbishing the Keynsham Leisure Centre so we approached them to ask if we could be part of their Community Project. We were very grateful that they took on the project to refurbish our PE shed and outdoor changing rooms. We are delighted with the results which will improve the children's PE experience for many years to come. In addition to this practical help, they also agreed to come to deliver an assembly to the whole school on staying safe in construction.
Some of the children had the opportunity to dress up like Kieron their mascot and wear protective gloves, glasses , hard hat and a reflective jacket. The team also launched an A4 poster competition for the children to design a house for the future. The closing date is Friday 5th April. See the competition guidelines here. There are prizes for the winner from each age group and the lucky winning entries will have their designs buried in a time capsule underneath the new Keynsham Leisure Centre which Kier are currently refurbishing.
Thanks to the site team from Kier for providing this wonderful opportunity and thank you to Mrs Brook for co-ordinating this project.
Change of uniform on 26th February
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were invited to come to school on Tuesday 26th February wearing those uniforms rather than school uniform.
This was to celebrate the birthdays on 22nd February of both Robert Baden Powell and Olave Baden-Powell. This day has been chosen by nearly all Guiding and Scouting groups as World Thinking Day and is also recognised as Founder's Day for the Scouting movement.
Here are our Year 4 Scouts and Brownies proudly wearing their uniforms:
On Thursday afternoon Saltford School 'Dropped Everything and Read'. All staff and children enjoyed 15 minutes of uninterrupted reading of a book of their choice- either from home or from the classroom and used their (in some cases new) book corners to their full advantage. For pictures and information of the event please see our website and Twitter feed.
Remember to visit our reading section of the school website for tips and recommendations and don't forget to use the local library over the half term holiday for an excellent range of books, including audiobooks which can be borrowed through the app 'BorrowBox Library'
Save the date, Thursday 18th July
Save the date. The summer has truly arrived when the circus comes to town.
The PTA has arranged for Happy's Circus to visit Saltford on Thursday 18th July. Watch this space for full details. Don't miss out - last year's performance was a sell-out success.
Parents are invited to offer ideas
We always aim to be fresh and ambitious with our thinking and planning around the curriculum.This spring we are revisiting our curriculum, ready to phase in new ideas in September. This planning will form part of our INSET day on 25th February.
Staff are identifying key elements that they would like to see running through our curriculum and we would really like to seek parents' input also. All parents will receive a letter asking for their ideas and thoughts. Please see the letter for more detail on areas for development. Your input is valuable, whether it is handwritten or digital, anonymous or named.
We would like to use the consultation evenings on 11th and 14th March to collect and display parental contributions. Why not talk to your children and see what they think? There will be a display in the library for recording and sharing ideas.
Zest catering announces fresh, healthy and tasty options for the spring term
Please see the new menu here (PDF).
Available daily, we have an unlimited salad bar with a variety of salads including Greek salad, coleslaw, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot and sultana, pasta salad and potato salads. The drink of the day (water or milk) and fresh fruit are also available daily. All our fish is sustainable and MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified; all our eggs are free-range and our meat is farm-assured as a minimum standard.
Zest can support any allergies or food intolerances your child may have. Please call in to the school office if you would like to discuss this for your child.
Zest catering constantly looks for ways to improve their service by seeking valuable input from our children and their families. If you have any questions about your child’s food at school, please do not hesitate to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll be dressing as our favourite book characters to celebrate
We are excited to announce that this year we will be celebrating World Book Day by having a dress up day on Thursday 7th March and coming to school as our favourite book characters.
This can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish and the teachers will be joining in too! If you would like some ideas about what to dress up as, please visit https://www.worldbookday.com/dressing-up/
To help spread the word about the pleasures of reading, every child in the UK and Ireland will receive a free £1 World Book Token (to be sent home in reading folders on 28th February). These tokens can be redeemed at all participating bookshops from Thursday 28th February-Sunday 31st March 2019. You can either use it towards a book you were planning to buy, or swap it for one of these twelve exclusive, new and completely FREE World Book Day books.
We hope you enjoy sharing a new book during this special week. Check out the World Book Day website for lots of tips and ideas.
Click here to view the special menu for the day.
Original programmes on display in school
We are extremely grateful to Mrs Julia Norton (née Savage) who was kind enough to send us two original programmes from the official opening of Saltford VC Primary School.
The programmes are now on display on the wall opposite Mrs Sage's office. Do take a look when you are in school. If you are interested in the school's history, there is more information and some photos on our history page.
At the time of the opening of the new site, Mrs Norton was a pupil in the final year of the school. It was lovely to hear that she still has fond memories of her time at Saltford.
"Together for a better internet"
On this year's Safer Internet Day, the call goes out to everyone to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.
In school, we will be marking this important day with a special assembly and classroom activities. Key Stage 2 are lucky enough to have a drama workshop on cyberbullying from Bigfoot Arts Education. Here they are, clearly enjoying the session.
We would like to thank the PTA for funding this workshop.
It's a great opportunity for parents to talk to children about the work they have been doing in school and any issues they may face when online, playing games and using the internet.
Key Stage 1 will be encouraged to think about the ways in which they ask for, give and receive consent online.
Key Stage 2 will be focusing on how they can take control of their digital lives and consider how consent works in an online context. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.
Our online safety page contains lots of useful links for parents and children. Let's keep the conversation going all year.
You can keep an eye on the Safer Internet Day website, as well as the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal for the latest news about the campaign and please also visit SID's Facebook and Twitter profiles regularly for the latest news, and follow the #SID2019 and #SaferInternetDay hashtags.
From pop art to pointillism, our walls are covered!
The theme for our school art displays this term is 'An Artist's Room'. Each class is focusing on an artist and exploring their style of working. The children are then working collaboratively to produce a 'shoe box' room in the style of their chosen artist. The children have really enjoyed learning about various artists and have worked very hard to create their 'rooms'. Thank you to all the staff and children for your hard work and for producing such amazing displays. Please come and see our wonderful creations! Thank you very much to the parents for providing all the shoe boxes!
Reading support for parents presentation
On the mornings of Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd January we held our first 'Inspire' workshop, led by Miss Davis, focusing on supporting parents with their child's reading.
We were delighted to welcome 61 parents over the two days to the presentation that gave an insight into how reading is taught at Saltford and tips for how you can further support your child's learning at home.
Please do take some time to look over the presentation here which also includes links to some useful websites that give book recommendations, information about milestones in reading and handy hints for parents.
Traditional end to the year
This year our last Christmas celebration before breaking up was the Christingle service. In this charming event, the whole school gathers in the hall to sing traditional carols and songs. Each class makes a Christingle orange that is presented and lit during the service. Well done to our Year Six children who read a selection of passages from the bible beautifully.
On stage at the Theatre Royal in Bath
If you are planning to see Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal in Bath you should know that three pupils from Saltford School are performing in the show as lost boys and a dancer. Benji, Billy and Kaiya all have incredibly busy schedules with many performances over the Christmas period. They say "it feels amazing" to be on stage.
The children were selected for the pantomime by audition. Two are members of Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance and one has previously appeared in Oliver! They have committed many, many hours to their training over the years. Well done! Key Stage Two are looking forward to seeing them perform when they attend the performance in January.
Pupils in Year 6 are rightly proud of their hand made felted Christmas cards. Georgie, Martha, Talya and Daisy from class JG said how much they had enjoyed the process; take pure wool, some washing up liquid and some bubble wrap, add water and your imagination and these are the impressive results.
Some lucky people will be receiving the best in unique Christmas cards this year.
Thanks to Mrs Kidd for providing inspiration and guidance and thanks to the Year 6s for their creativity and skill.
All the fun of the panto from KS2 performances
What a show! Audiences were greatly entertained by Key Stage 2's original production of Cinderella. They commented on the assured performances, the quality of the singing and jokes and the imaginative scenery.
Thanks to Mr Baker who directed the show and to our house band, Sally Baker, Neil Baker, Nick Pallett, Bernadette Sewell, Ruth Hayden, Sheila Tang, Andy Boyle and Chris Docherty.
Congratulations from Mr Baker to all children in year 6 who worked so hard to put on a splendid production this year. Everyone showed great commitment and dedication in coming to rehearsals, learning lines and dances and practising at home.
Thanks are also due to Mrs Browne and Mr Styles for choreography, Mr Baker and Mrs Sage for work on the acting and singing, and Miss Bonser for assisting Mr Baker.
We would like to thank Sharon Wood for the loan of the costumes, and all those staff, parents and children who together created the scenery. Also all the staff and parents who were involved with administration, practice and support to get the show on the stage.
Thanks to Mrs Jackson and Mrs Presswood for taking the photos, and to Dan Forster for filming the production. DVDs will be available to order in the new year, and parents will be contacted with information about how to access the photos online for a limited time.
Christmas celebrations for the whole school
On Wednesday it was time for the whole school to celebrate Christmas together. You can see from the pictures below how much the day was enjoyed by us all.
Children and staff were invited to wear Christmas jumpers in exchange for a suggested donation of £1 which went to support the Save the Children Christmas jumper day. We raised over £300 for this good cause.
We would like to thank our catering team, headed by Lynne, who provided a special Christmas dinner complete with crackers. Children had the chance to show off the Christmas hats they had been making in class.
After lunch, children were treated to some festive fun and games provided by the teachers and TAs. Children in KS2 visited each other's classrooms for different games in each room.
A lovely start to the festivities
This year’s Christmas fair was held on Friday 7 December after school.
As usual, school was overtaken with festive fun. Santa was very busy in his grotto and, with plenty to enjoy for children and adults alike, it was lovely to see everyone coming together for singing in the hall, a chat in our Christmas café and participation at one of the many stalls.
The chocolate and wine tombola tables seemed to groan under the weight of goodies and proved as popular as ever.
Christmas raffle: there were lots of lucky winners in our amazing raffle. Prizes ranged from technology to hampers to experience vouchers. Bumblebee class won the competition for selling the most raffle tickets per class.
Decorate a sweetie jar competition for children: the children were asked to bring filled, decorated jars into school that would be used on a sweetie tombola. There were prizes for the best entries. Well done to Foundation Stage's winner and runner-up Emily and Belle, KS1's winner and runner-up Mila and Ruby, and KS2's winner and runner-up Ella and Rosa.
Here's a selection of the entries showing what fun and creativity you can get from a jam jar!
Bedminster Down School warmly welcomed
Andrea Arlidge, CEO of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT) announced "Bedminster Down School officially joined Wellsway Multi Academy Trust on the 1st of December. I am sure you will want to join me in welcoming the school into our trust. Bedminster Down School will bring significant additional capacity to our family of schools and we look forward to developing further what is already a strong relationship."
Time to shine for our youngest children
Foundation/Key Stage One staged their nativity, Babushka. We are sure if you saw either of the shows you would have been amazed by the standard of the production. We were very impressed with the children who sang so well and who showed such commitment to learning their words and actions.
The quality of the nativity reflects how hard everyone worked to achieve the high standard of acting and singing. We are very grateful for your support as parents.
Thank you to all the EYFS/KS1 staff for their hard work – including Mrs Browne and Mrs Hayden for teaching the songs, Miss Davis for supporting the Year 2's and preparing their costumes and Miss Honeybell for directing the Year 2's and co-ordinating the Nativity production. Thank you also to Mrs Willett and Mrs Oliver for photographing the performances and to Mr Forster for the filming.
The joy of giving and helping families in need
In early December volunteers from Keynsham food bank collected the donations from our “Reverse Advent calendar.” The idea behind this scheme was that, instead of counting down to Christmas with a treat for ourselves each day, the children of Saltford School would bring in a treat from home each day for 25 days. These contributions would be collected for the Keynsham food bank in time for distribution over Christmas.
Once again the children have risen to the challenge and there were enough donations to fill two cars today! Keynsham food bank are very grateful to all of the parents, children and staff who participated.
Thank you all for your generosity this Christmas 2018. Thanks also to Mrs Nethercott for co-ordinating the project.
For more information about how to access help from the Keynsham and Saltford food banks, see our Pupil premium page which explains how you can get referral vouchers from school. If you would like to know more about the Keynsham food bank, locations and opening times, you can see their website here.
Saltford Year 6s share some Christmas cheer with Saltford's elderly
Mr Baker, Mrs Hathaway and twelve of our year 6 pupils braved the blustery weather to sing a variety of Christmas songs for the residents at Hinton Close and Kingfisher Lodge. These included traditional carols and other songs that the children have rehearsed for the school production and the Lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony in Saltford Hall.
This annual event is enjoyed by the children and the elderly alike, with everyone joining in at times. "God rest ye merry gentlemen" proved especially popular. Phoebe and Jamie from class JG said how much they enjoyed seeing their audience enjoy themselves (and the refreshments provided). Their personal favourites were "All I want for Christmas is you" and "We wish you a merry Christmas".
Thanks to Mr Baker and Mrs Hathaway for continuing this lovely tradition.
Thank you to a talented grandparent who made our new post boxes
Take a look at our great new Post Boxes this year! Thank you to Mr Molyneax, grandfather to two of our children, who made our lovely new post boxes this year. The post boxes will be located in the School Library for children to post their Christmas Cards to their friends from Monday 3rd December. Please remember that the cards should have the recipient's first name, surname and class on the envelope. There is one box for FS/KS1 and one box for KS2.
Saltford school joins the community in heartfelt remembrance event
We were pleased to join around 300 people from the Saltford community in a very special exhibition at the Community Hall to mark the centenary of the end of the first world war.
Our art and poetry that we produced in school as part of a special project was on display, along with many other interesting displays such as memorabilia from the Western Front Association, local genealogy research and a display about Saltford's role during the war years. All this was accompanied by a sing-along to music of the time, tea and cake.
Phil Harding, Chair of Planning Committee and Vice Chair of Saltford Parish Council, thanked particularly the children of Saltford School for their contributions that "added a very uplifting feel to the event".
Our work on display at Saltford Hall
This autumn, we welcomed a local artist, Liz Jordan, who developed an art project based around the centenary of WW1.
She worked with a group of children in KS2 and also organised an additional task to ensure that every child in the school could be involved. The art sessions have taken place on Friday afternoons, and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the activities.
The children have experimented with clay modelling, painting, printing and collage, and all worked towards a combined public display in Saltford Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 11th November. Our creations formed an important part of this WW1 exhibition and were well received by the local community. There is a snapshot below, and more on our Remembrance report.
Mrs Hayden would like to thank Liz for her inspirational work, and her time and effort in organising such a wide range of wonderful activities.
Top 40 achievement at National Gymnastics Competition
Thomas from class HR went to Birmingham to compete in a National Gymnastics competition on Friday 9th November.
We are very proud of him for his dedication to training every day, and delighted that this has paid off. He achieved 38th position nationally, with a score of 9.5. His favourite discipline is the pommel horse.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Saltford School PTA hosted their first Family Fireworks Display on Monday 5th November at the school. It is safe to say that it was a spectacular success.
We are delighted to report that the event was very well attended by the local community event and we hope that it will become a regular fixture in the Saltford calendar in the years to come.
Although the show was staged by a professional company, it could not have happened without a lot of support from the PTA, parents and staff. Thank you to Ruth Presswood for co-ordinating the event and all the PTA team who helped with the planning and setting up on the day. Thank you to all the parents who donated their time at the event or sent in cakes to sell. Thank you to the staff who came along to help on the evening. Thank you to Paul Hudson of AP First Aid Training who was our first aider for the night. Thank you to Domino’s Pizza, Keynsham and Tesco Express, Saltford for the pizzas and doughnuts.
Our PTA engaged some wonderful sponsors who helped to keep the ticket prices low – Saltford Motor Services, Davies and Way, Amdaris and The Crown Inn. Thank you to everyone who supported this event – we hope you enjoyed the display. Early indications show that the PTA made a profit of over £3500 from this event.
Upper Key Stage Two get curious with Science
On Wednesday Years 5 & 6 had an interesting and informative visit to "We the Curious" in Bristol. The children were able to take part in a variety of interactive lectures that were relevant to the things they have been learning about in school. They were also able to go on the many exhibits around the centre all looking at different aspects of Science. Some of the children were congratulated by members of the public on their excellent behaviour, and they all had a great day. Thank you to all the Year 5 & 6 children for representing the school so well. Thank you to the many parents who helped on the day and to the Upper Key Stage Two teachers who accompanied the children and to Miss Rudd for organising the trip.
Please help discover and celebrate the most extraordinary young people across our region
Bath & North East Somerset council is asking the public to nominate a child or young person who they feel has achieved something special, however big or small, that deserves recognition.
There are five main categories for the awards; Courage, Education, Innovation, Sport and Unsung. The awards are open to any child or young person aged 18 or under at 31 December 2018 who lives in Bath and North East Somerset. Nominations close on 30 November 2018.
In December a panel of judges will look at all the nominations and decide upon three of the most deserving children in each category to become finalists. These fifteen finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced with awards being presented to all finalists.
As this is entirely self-funded, B&NES thanks the sponsors who have enabled this event to happen.
Full details at www.bathnes.gov.uk/ouryoungstars.
Well done Leo for going the extra mile!
Class HR topic this term is Earth and Space in Science so Leo decided to complete extra homework to support his learning.
Well done Leo!
Last Friday the Butterflies and Bumblebees had a wonderful time exploring Bath City Farm.
They saw pigs, sheep and were even brave enough to feed the goats and chickens! After this they went on a bug hunt and identified slugs, snails and spiders amongst other minibeasts!
They learnt a lot about farming and Harvest time as well as having lots of fun!
Thank you to Miss Honeybell for organising this trip and to all the EYFS staff who helped on the day.
A big thank you to all the helpers who joined us on this trip.
Loading the dry goods donated to Saltford Food Bank
On Tuesday afternoon, the children from Class NB helped volunteers from Saltford Foodbank to load up all of the dried goods that were so generously donated by the children from Saltford School.
Thank you to everyone who donated items for the food bank this year, it really is very much appreciated. Watch this space for news of how you can help further with our Reverse Advent Calendar. Details to follow.
Donations welcomed for Saltford Food Bank
EYFS/KS1 enjoyed a traditional harvest theme, all singing about farmers, fruit and vegetables. We are proud of the Reception children who were giving their first performance, and each year group performed their song with enthusiasm. Some Year 2 children read prayers that they had written themselves.
We asked the infants to give as many dried and packaged goods as possible. Foods such as rice, pasta, tinned food and biscuits were all most welcome. These will go to Saltford Food Bank.
Fresh fruit and vegetables for Leonard Cheshire Homes
We asked the juniors to give as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible. These were welcomed by Leonard Cheshire Homes. We were pleased to have two residents from their Greenhill House attending the harvest festival service.
As we approach the centenary of WW1 coming to an end, we celebrated with a Remembrance theme by singing both traditional and modern songs, reading from the Bible and joining in with the prayers. It was moving to see how much thought and reflection was demonstrated by our older children.
You can see from the selection of pictures below how much everyone enjoyed participating in the service.
Year 6 visited the Guildhall in Bath this week in order to hear two writers, Catherine Johnson and Katherine Woodfine, discussing the book 'Make More Noise', which is full of short stories about protest and standing up for what you believe. They read extracts from their own stories and discussed the different ways people take a stand for their beliefs. An interesting Q&A session focused on how the authors find inspiration for writing, as well as top tips for anyone who might like to write when they are older. It was lovely to see some children so inspired that they immediately put pen to paper upon returning to school. Well done to year 6 for representing the school so superbly and thank you to all the staff and parent helpers that came along on the visit. A big thank you also to Miss Hansford, who organised this lovely visit for our oldest children.
This week all the classes from KS1 visited Manor Road Community Woodland to do some work supporting their current science topics, Animals including Humans. The children considered the needs of different animals and used this to create shelters for their furry friends. They then looked for signs of Autumn, supporting their work on Harvest, and completed a scavenger hunt around the woodland. It was a great morning for all involved and the children left the woodland inspired to do more work on this topic.
Today the children from KS1 were transported back to 1666 by Jethro Knuckleskull, servant of Samuel Pepys. The children explored the Great Fire of London through drama and with their own individual class workshops. The children were inspired by the event which supports their current in-class topic.
Well Done to our First 'Get Caught Reading' Winners
Call for would-be runners to help raise money for lifeskills centre
Did your child come to Lifeskills? Would you like to improve your fitness and challenge yourself while raising money for a fantastic cause? There are 8 spaces left for the Bath Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 17th March 2019. The entry fee is £35 and the fundraising target is £300. If you are interested in running or would like further information, please call 0117 922 4511 or email email@example.com.
Please see the flyer with the relevant details. Runners are needed to raise essential funds for Lifeskills so that we can keep visitng this fantastic safety centre which our Year 6s enjoy every year.
Off to pastures new
This morning we said goodbye to our Year Six Pupils as they leave Saltford to begin the next stage of their journey. They will be really missed by everyone here. They performed the ‘Leavers’ service to their parents and the school. This will be followed by an afternoon of pool fun. Thank you to all the staff working with Year 6 who have made their final year, and this day, special. The children all look brilliant wearing their leavers’ t-shirts. Thank you to the Year 6 parents for organising a fun evening for the children, we know that it will leave the children with long-lasting memories. We wish the Year 6 Leavers all the very best in their move to Secondary School they will be very lucky to have you. We are very proud of them, they have represented themselves really well throughout their time here, and know that they will go on to do great things. Good Luck Year 6, what a fantastic year group.
Children perform like professionals
We had a wonderful end of term treat on Tuesday evening when children from Year 3 – 6 entertained us with their musical talents. There were some excellent performances on a variety of musical instruments as well as some delightful singers. The children have worked very hard this year and a wide range of genres were included. Thank you to Sally Baker for co-ordinating the concert, to Mrs Hayden who co-ordinates our music lessons, and also to the staff, parents and peripatetic teachers who supported the event. Congratulations to all the children who performed and made it such an enjoyable evening
The Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066
On a warm summer afternoon, Thursday 12th July, the children in year 5 and 6 re-enacted a ferocious battle, bringing to life the fateful events of a year of destiny in the history of England. We all know the date-1066-William the Conquerer of Normandy defeats Harold the Saxon King of England at the Battle of Hastings. But there was another ferocious battle in 1066, a matter of weeks before. This time Harold's mighty Saxon army was defending England one final time against the Vikings.
The year 5 children, who were the Saxons-Harold's professional housecarls and the ordinary men of the fyrd- received shocking news that the Vikings had invaded in the north and were heading toward York. The children of HR and AB travelled at speed up the north road to rid England of the Viking menace once and for all. When they arrived in the north, they found the Vikings, played by the year 6 children in NS and JG, resting at Stamford Bridge near York. The children in HR and AB couldn't believe their luck. The year 6 Vikings weren't expecting them so soon and many of them were not wearing any armour. King Harold, played by Harry, ordered his men to attack and the Vikings tried to escape over the bridge. A huge Norseman, played by Luca, stopped the entire year 5 Saxon army with only his axe and enormous strength. However, a cunning Saxon soldier, played by Daisie, drifted under the bridge on a barrel and brought the mighty Norseman down with her spear. After the Saxons charged over the bridge, the two great armies faced each other on the other side with their shields locked together to form impenetrable shield walls. The sound of the year 5 and 6 battle cries was deafening. Finally, after hours of exhausting battle, the year 5 Saxons broke through the year 6 Viking shield wall, surrounded them and left no Viking standing. The year 5 Saxons had repelled the year 6 Vikings from England. Long live Harold, King of England!
Shockingly, only a matter of days after the Saxon triumph, Harold received word that the Normans had invaded the south coast and were heading toward Hastings. The Saxons would have to travel and fight another battle. The destiny of England hung in the balance once more. Would the year 5 warriors have the resilience to work as a team all over again? We shall see when they reach the dizzy heights of year 6 in September. Well done to the children in Years 5 and 6 for designing and making their own shields and axes and for re-enacting the battle with historical accuracy, huge enthusiasm and lots of fun. Thank you to the staff and parents for helping and preparing the children to take part in an experience that will live long in the memory.
STEM themed concert at Saltford
The infant children held their traditional Summer Concert today. This year the theme was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to celebrate a year of amazing learning opportunities in these subjects. They sang songs about food chains, seeds and keeping our bodies healthy. The children sang beautifully. We hope you enjoyed our performance. Thank you to Miss Honeybell for co-ordinating the concert, Mrs Browne and mrs Hayden for teaching the songs, to all the EYFS/KS1 teachers and staff for supporting the children. Thank you to all our friends and family who came along to support.
A great community effort
A huge thank you to everyone who came to Saltfest on Saturday. It was a very hot afternoon and the England Football Team were in action from 3 pm. Our PTA worked so hard and kept everyone happy and hydrated throughout the afternoon and during the match. We will let you know how much was rasied once we have the final figure. Events such as this take agreat deal of organising prior to the event, during the event and after the event.
Thank you to the PTA members who co-ordinated the fair - Ali Williams, Suzanne Young, Emma Willett and Jody Sparey. Thank you also to the PTA committee members who worked so hard organising the different aspects of the fair - Ruth Presswood, Janet Allen, Caroline Flynn, Amanda Hawkins, Rebecca Knight, Sarah MacNaughton, Anita Bignell, Liz Taylor, Andy Butterworth and Leanne Morse. Thanks should also go to all our PTA members' families for their hard work - Lee Bignell and Mobius Works for supplying the electrics - and all the children of the PTA members who worked very hard.
I should also mention Tanya Oliver for the programme design, Anita Bignell who organised all the programme adverts, Geraint Lewis from Up and Under Sports for bringing his attraction to the fair free of charge, Saltford Environment Group for organising the Saltford Slow Cycle, Mark Smith for providing the coconuts, Andy Morse for bringing and running the inflatable football goal shooting equipment and the WI of Saltford for running various stalls during the afternoon.
And finally to all the parents who helped set up and run the fair. I felt so proud of this fantastic community effort on behalf of the school.
English Team visit Year 6
On Wednesday, Year 6 had a visit from Miss Swinscoe and Miss Grout from Wellsway School to give our children a preview of the type of English they will be doing at secondary school. We have been reading The Giant's Necklace by Michael Morpurgo, and the children carried out a text analysis, looking at language features and the structure of the book. They complimented us on how hard working, polite and well behaved our children were and we know the children gained a great deal from the session.
Visit brings Victorian topic to life
On Monday and Tuesday Years 3 & 4 (Classes ESMN, PNST, NB & RJ) visited Brunel's SS Great Britain in Bristol as part of their Victorian topic. The children took part in different activities including a guided tour of the ship, a walk beneath the 'glass sea' in the dry dock, a look around the Dockyard Museum and a chance to experience the recently opened Being Brunel Museum.
Mr Jenkins commented, " The quality of the tour of the ship was excellent and provided a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience life on-board a ship on a long distant voyage. They really enjoyed and benefitted from the day exploring the world's first great ocean liner as well as the first to have an iron hull, steam power and a propeller. I would like to thank all the parent helpers who came on the visit and the staff at the SS Great Britain."
Thank you to Mr Jenkins for organising this interesting visit, to the Year 3 and Year 4 staff and the parents who accompanied the children on the two days.
Last Friday the Butterflies and Bumblebees went on a pirate adventure. We started our day with a treasure hunt around school on the hunt for real treasure. We then travelled to Bristol and walked down to the harbour. Each class took it in turns to travel along the river in a real pirate ship. We scrubbed the decks, learnt about real pirates and even had a tug of war! Everyone had a great day and there were some very tired pirates at home time. Thank you to Miss Donovan for organising this visit and to all the EYFS staff who went along to help. A big thank you to all the parents who came along to help us.
Winners for the second year running
On Monday afternoon 4 Year 5 students represented the school at the Wellsway Maths Challenge. They competed 7 challenges as a team against 8 other schools. Well done to Sam H, Sam J, Violet B and Talya W for winning and bringing home the trophy for a second year. Sam J said, "At the maths challenge I knew more than the year 7's and I'm glad we won". Sam H said, " I knew we were a strong team but I didn't expect to win, I really enjoyed it". Violet B said, "I'm really glad we won and think its amazing". Talya added, "It's an amazing experience, quite pressurised but fun".
Thank you to Mr Carl for running this event.
The Monday lunchtime Spanish Club had an brilliant end of term lesson! Everyone received medals, certificates and badges. We tried some chorizo y queso manchego too, ñam ñam!
Long term students from KS2 were awarded a special Premio de Excelencia badge to acknowledge their dedication ad perseverance with the course they have spent two years completing! As an added treat KS1 met their new teacher for September - Andrea from Valencia!
It was a wonderful end to another super year of Spanish at Saltford. For any information on the Spanish club please contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org ¡Felices vacaciones!
Interest in Chemistry starts at Primary School
Will Loney, a pupil at Saltford School from 2004 - 2011, has just been awarded a first in his Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol. Will developed a love of learning at Saltford School and went on to achieve fantastic GCSE and A level grades at Wellsway School. Well done Will, your former teachers are very proud of you.
Art Exhibition at Saltford Primary School
After School Art Club held a mini exhibition this week to show off the brilliant art work created this term. The children have been working on cityscapes using watercolour, acryclic, print and clay techniques. Art club will continue in September, if your child is interested in joining please email email@example.com. Registration forms can be found in the leaflet holders at the school office.
Louis Nicholson-Pallett off to Oxford
A former pupil of Saltford School, Louis Nicholson-Pallett (2001 - 2008) has graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in History from Royal Holloway College, London and will be off to Oxford in September to undertake a Masters at Queen's College. Louis thanks all his former teachers at Saltford for embedding a love of learning at an early age. Congratulations Louis from all the staff at Saltford Primary School.
People Who Help Us
Last term the Butterflies and Bumblebees learnt all about People Who Help Us and were very lucky to have lots of kind visitors come in to tell us all about their jobs.
The Butterfly Class were very lucky to have a visit from Dr Andrews who taught us lots of things about being a doctor. We learnt about some of our organs and had a go at things that doctors do like weighing and measuring babies and putting bandages on.
Both Reception classes were very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Ferris who told us all about being a nurse. She spoke to us about germs and showed us how important it is to wash our hands.
Another special visitor we had was Dr Smith-Collins who came to talk to us all about being a paediatrician. He showed us some instruments that doctors might use and he even let us pretend to be doctors too.
We had a visit from Mrs Singh to talk to us about being a Parking Enforcement officer. We learnt why it is so important to park your car safely and what the Parking Attendants have to do and wear every day.
This term we have been lucky enough to have visits from paramedics and police officers. Mr and Mrs Brett came and speak to us about being paramedics. They told us about the equipment they use and taught us how they might treat somebody who had hurt their arm. We even got to look inside the ambulance. PC Sean and PC Steve bought a police van in and taught us all about what police officers do and how to stay safe. They let us print our fingerprints and showed us how to use the radio.
A huge thank you to all of our visitors for giving up their time to make our learning so exciting.
Do see our Twitter page for some photos of these lovely visits!
What a performance!
All key stage two children were invited to play in our school orchestra and we have been overwhelmed by the response and enthusiasm of our pupils. We have formed an orchestra of thirty children with a wide range of instruments consisting of violins, clarinets, flutes, recorders, saxophones, percussion and a cello! The children began their first rehearsal by watching a clip of 'Ode to Joy' and then practised playing the tune themselves. Mrs Hodgkin (one of our parents) has transcribed all the music for the children to play. She practised individual parts, and by the end of the first rehearsal, they were performing the whole piece! The children were really engaged and enjoyed the whole experience. They will be performing to their parents at 3pm on Friday 22nd June and then giving another performance at 2pm on Saturday 7th July at the Summer Fair. Please come along to support them if you can. We would like to thank Mrs. Hodgkin for her tremendous enthusiasm and for inspiring our children to play together. She has written all the parts, organised the instruments and managed to create a wonderful performance in just three weeks! We are extremely grateful to her for her patience, inspiration and support. The children have absolutely loved it! We hope you enjoy the performance.
NSPCC and 02 join forces with parents to help keep your child safe online
We were delighted to host the NSPCC for this hour-long workshop on that most important subject, the online safety of children.
This workshop was part of a range of activities from the 'speak out, stay safe' programme that the NSPCC has been delivering in our school. It is designed to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.
Many parents attended the workshop, which covered information about what children might be doing online and discussed particular apps and games they might be using. There was advice on how to set expectations with children, and how to start a conversation about their online life.
If you missed the talk there are leaflets available in reception and you can check out the following links for support and advice:
Shareaware, developed in conjunction with O2, contains lots of advice and links to help parents encourage their children to be 'share aware'.
Netaware is a guide for parents to the most popular sites, games and apps that children use, helping parents to form their own views about which ones are appropriate for their children.
You can also find a collection links to useful online safety advice on our own online safety page.
NSPCC maths challenge
A huge WELL DONE to all the children that took part in Buddy's Meaningful Maths Challenge for the NSPCC. We are so pleased to announce that as a school we raised in excess of £4100 for the NPSCC. This is an absolutely amazing amount of money that will be able to help so many children all across the UK. Thank you so much to all the parents, family and friends who sponsored our children. Butterfly class won the award for the highest number of sponsors. Tamsin and Sarah from the NSPCC announced the amount in our whole school assembly on Monday before leading the Online Safety Workshop for parents. As a school we would like to thank the NSPCC for their informative assemblies and workshops.
Feel good, live well; health and equality for life
This summer two of our School Council members, Polly S and Lily P, represented the school at the 2018 BANES Primary Parliament. This event occurs every year and this time was held at Somerdale Pavillion in Keynsham, with the theme 'Feel good, Live Well' (Health and Equality for Life).
The children took part in various activities linked with the theme, including a presentation they prepared with children from other schools on 'Food, Glorious Food', supporting our Sugar Smart campaign. The day concluded with talks from our local Member of the Youth Parliament, Hannah Powell, and the Chair of BANES Council, Karen Walker.
Well done to Polly and Lily for representing the school so brilliantly!
More playtime fun and games in store for younger children
On Monday, we welcomed Cath Burston in to school to work with our Y5/6 Playground Leaders.
During the morning the leaders were split into groups of five and their task was to use the PE resources to lead a small game which would engage FS/KS1 during playtimes.
Next term, these Y5/6 playtime leaders will continue their excellent leadership qualities and continue to lead some games during the infants lunchtime play. Thank you to Mrs Burston for providing this wonderful opportunity for our Y5/6 children. She told the leaders that they should all be very proud of themselves for demonstrating many of the skills that will make them excellent playtime leaders.
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KS2 observe Ascension Day by heading outside
We were pleased to make the most of the fair May weather and make our annual pilgrimage to remember the events of Ascension Day on Kelston Roundhill.
We assemble at the top of the hill for a service with prayers, a Bible reading, hymn singing and a reminder of the significance of the occasion. This is followed by a well-deserved picnic lunch and an opportunity to play in the fresh air before heading back to school.
This memorable day also gives the children a chance to chat with their friends, teachers and other adults, enjoy the scenery and observe nature. Well done to all the children for participating so well.
Thank you to Mr Baker for his organisation, to all the staff and parent helpers who accompanied us and to the landowner, William Heath, for once again extending an invitation to us to use the site for this event.
Class ED wins the challenge!
Mrs Brook would like to thank everyone who joined in with The Big Pedal. We were delighted with the numbers of children, parents and carers who cycled or came on their scooters each day to and from school.
Special congratulation are due to the children in Class ED who won the challenge with a record number of children travelling to school on two wheels. The children were each given a high visibility wrist band as a prize.
We celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with our special lunch
Successful collaboration in the community
Mr Baker and nearly half his class led the Family Service at St Mary's Church last Sunday, 13th May. After a warm welcome from Rev'd Daile, the children did a Bible reading, acted out a play based on Jesus' Parable of the Talents, showed pictures that they had drawn based on this story and read prayers they had written themselves.
We were very impressed with the way the children behaved, spoke and sang and many members of the congregation commented how nice it was to see so many children from Saltford School at church with their parents. We very much value our strong links with St Mary's and this annual event certain serves to strengthen that relationship.
Thank you to the parents who made it possible for their children to attend and who came along to support the event and to the people of St Mary's for making us so welcome, including providing refreshments after the service.
Following a consultation period, we would like to inform parents/carers that the new red PE T shirts that we have been trialling will become part of our school uniform policy from September 2018.
The supplier, Harvem, has informed us that stocks are currently running low at the £3.50 price (which was subsidised by the school) and that the new stock will be priced at £4.50.
Please see the uniform policy for all requirements for sports wear. The red embroidered T shirts can either be ordered online direct at harvemschoolwear.co.uk or by visiting the uniform shop Harvem, Bath Hill, Keynsham.
Saltford pupil wins B&NES crime writing competition
Girls win at gymnastics competition
Congratulations to Poppy, Francesca, Oona, Amelia, Lucia, Erin, Savannah, Ilaria, Emily, Eve, Katie, Erin, Mia and Molly who represented our school in the Kingswood schools gymnastics competition in April.
They won individual medals and both the infants and juniors finished in first place winning gold cups for Saltford. Well done to our gymnasts!
Congratulations to Brooke
Brooke has been playing basketball for the Girls Bristol Flyers for a number of years and has been previously selected to play for the Under 10s, Under 12s and last month for the Under 14s. Last weekend Brooke was invted to trial for the county team. Following 2 days of trials, she was successful - well done Brooke.
Brooke wll play her first county tournament in Gloucester at the end of April - we wish her good luck.
Mr Egypt comes to visit
Lower KS2 were lucky enough to round off our term’s history work with a visit from ‘Mr. Egypt’ (Egyptologist Phil Harris).
He told us all about daily life for Ancient Egyptian children, food and beliefs (amongst other things), as well as setting us challenges with hieroglyphics and Egyptian numbers. The day culminated in sharing some genuine artefacts and a mummy wrapping teamwork exercise. We were all amazed by his knowledge and enthusiasm and many children reported that they were inspired to become Egyptologists themselves!
Many thanks to Mrs. Newark for organising this visit.
Back to Medieval times at Saltford
To bring our topic to life, our year one and year two children had a special Castle Day on Monday. They came dressed in wonderful outfits ready for lots of fun.
Various activities took place in the morning such as shield and crown making, castle games and stories. In the afternoon we gathered together in the hall for some Medieval dancing and jousting with balloons! Several jesters then stood up and entertained us with their favourite jokes.
We all rose to the challenge of making our very own castles with working drawbridges.
It was a very enjoyable and exciting topic.
Groups from year two and year six participated in the Dance Umbrella at The Forum in Bath this March. From the sea to the spooky we all had a thrilling time.
Huge congratulations to the children who represented the school so well and performed amazingly. Enormous thanks go to the very talented Mrs Browne for the choreography and running the after school rehearsals Thank you to the parents for providing such fantastic costumes for the Year 6 children and to Lucy Ratnett or the hire of the costumes for the Year 2 children.
Here's a taste of the spectactular:
Year 6 learn valuable life skills
Y6 were lucky to receive a visit from Little Lifesavers, who gave them lots of useful advice and practical help about how to help when someone's life is in danger. They were able to practise how to resuscitate a person, how to help if they come across a person who is choking, and how to put a patient into the recovery position.
We would like to thank the volunteers for coming in and teaching the children such valuable life skills.
Saltford School takes a stand against racism and inequality
We were pleased to welcome Alessia and Tamana from SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) to KS2 on 15th March. They took an assembly about racism and racist bullying and led some workshops exploring these issues in greater detail with our Y6 classes. Please take a look at their interesting assembly presentation here.
The children engaged with the issues in a very mature and thoughtful way and some very interesting discussions followed the assembly back in classes.
The children were reminded that it's very important to let someone know if they experience or witness any incidents of racism or racist bullying and that these would be taken very seriously by our school and would be investigated by Mrs. Sage.
SARI is a specialist organisation contracted by B&NES to deliver proactive education interventions in co-operation with schools.
Saltford School's digital leaders help out at the Computer Café
Our "amazing and knowledgeable" digital leaders went to put their digital skills to good use at the Computer Café session that took place at Saltford Hall on 12th March.
The photos speak for themselves; the customers at the Computer Café were delighted with some help from the younger members of the community and the children really enjoyed sharing their skills along with some squash and biscuits.
Topics covered included using email, watching YouTube and changing iPad settings.
Thank you to Mr Freemantle and Miss Hansford for working together on this successful collaboration.
Successful bid from Big Lottery - Awards for All
Saltford School is now providing a new lunch time club especially for the children in Foundation Stage. This is due to special funding the school has received, a total of £1850.00, from Big Lottery – Awards For All. We placed a bid for the funding and were delighted to find that we were successful. The funding will provide enough weekly sessions for EYFS for a whole year.
Debutots interactive storytelling and dramatic play sessions promote speech, language and literacy skills and encourage self-confidence and imagination. There is a unique interactive story each session, with movement to music and dramatic play. The children then jump into the story world and bring the characters and scenery to life. Each session is carefully linked to the Early Years Foundation stage. As your children grow in age and poise, the more confident they’ll become and the more we’ll challenge their thinking and creative skills through different drama skills. This will have a very positive impact on our youngest children’s development.
Spaces at Saltford Rainbows
The 1st Saltford Rainbows currently have a few spaces for girls who would like to have fun, play games, earn badges and go on trips. They meet at the Guide Hut, Radcliffe Hall, in Lansdown Road on a Tuesday evening.
Helping you support your child
Thank you to so many parents for attending the Y6 SATs information meeting on Thursday evening, 25th January. We hope you found it useful, and that it will help you to support your child for the tests in May.
During the meeting, parents were told about the different tests in Maths and English that the children will do, the way that they are marked, and how the children's scores will be reported to parents, showing whether they are working above or below national expectations. Parents had an opportunity to ask questions and look at the ways that the assessment data is used. We discussed the way that writing is marked and assessed over the whole year, and is not tested during SAT week.
Thank you to Mr Godwin and Mr Styles for taking the time to run the evening; we hope parents found the meeting informative. You can see a copy of the presentation here and, if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
All children can access the latest learning technology
In one of the biggest changes to our classroom environment for many years, eight new touchscreens were installed in the main building and Year 6 classrooms over the Christmas holiday. Now all children have access to the latest in educational technology.
Jess in Year 5 said how pleased they are with a large, clear screen that everyone can enjoy and interact with. Staff can now make full use of video and applications, knowing that everyone can see and use them from anywhere in the classroom.
We also expect that ongoing maintenance requirements and energy consumption of this equipment will be far lower than the whiteboard and projector setup we had before.
This has only been possible because of the dedication and generosity of our PTA who have funded the entire project. Of course, their success depends on your support of all our fundraising events. We thank the PTA, Mr May who coordinated the project, and the IT team who worked hard over the holidays to install the screens.
Consultation on Proposed Admissions 2019-2020
This consultation on proposed admission arrangements for 2019/20 academic year is open to everyone and is particularly aimed at:
Parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen in Bath & North East Somerset
Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of all mainstream schools and Academies in Bath & North East Somerset
Neighbouring Local Authorities
The Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Clifton Diocese
Bath & North East Somerset Councillors
Saltford C of E Primary School is consulting on their proposed admission arrangements and admission numbers for the 2019/20 school year.
The 2019/20 consultation documents are listed below:
The consultation starts on 4th December and will end on Friday 12 January 2018. Following the consultation period Saltford C of E School will determine its admission arrangements by 28 February 2018 and these will then be published on this website by 15 March 2018. Once arrangements have been determined objections can be made to the Office of the School Adjudicator.
To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively you can write to Saltford C of E Primary School, Claverton Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3DW
The Local Authority may have been asked to publish details of the proposed admission arrangements for Foundation (including Trust) and Voluntary Aided Schools or Academies where the Governors/Academy Trust are the admission authority. Any such details will be listed below and the consultation period for the schools concerned will end by 28 February 2018.
Responses concerning Academies should be sent to the school concerned for the attention of the Headteacher and/or Chair of Governors.
Saltford wins top prize of B&NES "Primary School of the Year 2017"
On 21st November, Stanley, Bella and Mrs Brook travelled to Swindon to attend an awards ceremony in recognition of attaining our Silver Modeshift Award last year.
Bella and Stanley write: "during the day, we played some games, created a comic strip, had a delicious lunch and took part in some drama activities. In the afternoon, we listened to the awards take place and we were absolutely delighted to receive the top prize of The Primary School of The Year 2017 in B&NES for our work on promoting sustainable travel at Saltford School. In addition, Bella won the top prize in the raffle: a colourful scooter."
We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and want to thank all pupils, parents and carers for continuing to support Saltford in promoting sustainable travel. We are currently working towards achieving a gold award and would like as many children, parents and carers as possible to support our weekly WOW days. Just to remind you, we encourage you to walk, scoot or cycle to school whenever possible but on Wednesdays, our Active Ambassadors will be recording the numbers of participants from each class to determine the winning class. Thank you to Mrs Brook for all her hard work on our travel plan.
We welcomed SIAMS inspectors into school on November 2nd
We are delighted to report that the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) found that "the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Saltford as a Church of England school are outstanding."
Cross country trials took place last Friday and a squad of 20 children from Year 5 and 6 were chosen from many eager competitors. Well done to all the children for taking part and making the trials a very competitive and exciting event. Congratulations to the children who were chosen for the cross country team and who will be representing Saltford School in the BANES cross country competition on Wednesday 4th October. Good luck Team Saltford!
Open to girls aged from 5 to 7
Last week one of the Saltford Guide leaders launched a brand new Rainbow group for girls aged 5-7. The group runs on Thursdays from 4.30 -5.30pm.
She writes: the existing Tuesday group is oversubscribed, but we would like as many girls as possible to have the opportunity to join. Please see the link below for full details of how to register your daughter.
Pupils welcomed back to exciting changes on the school site.
We are very excited that our six classroom new build will be ready for occupation in September 2017. The whole project has been documented on our "Big Build Blog", where you can see pictures and comments covering all the developments since the first work began in September 2016.
In the new part of the school, one Year One, two Year Two, one Year Three and two Year Four classes will be located. We are going to be utilising our two classrooms on the field for our Year Six classes. Chuckles Before and After School club will be using their current room (the Piano Room) and also using the classroom currently occupied by Class JG which will mean they can increase their provision and enjoy easy access to the playground and field space. During the day these two rooms will be used for small group work and meetings.
We are delighted to announce that we have received the recognition of commitment certificate
This demonstrates that we are working towards this important award.
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)?
It is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. Children have the right to participate, so meaningful involvement of children and young people is fundamental to every stage of our RRSA journey.