Everything you need for a smooth return to school
We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school in September, along with all our new starters in Reception and other years.
For parents of children starting in Reception there is a wealth of extra information in our 'Starting school in 2020' section. All Reception parents have also received a letter detailing the attendance routine for their child.
Thorough planning is required to make sure that we comply with Government guidelines and do our best to alleviate any fears that children or parents may be feeling. By the new school year, some children will have been away from the classroom for six months but we want to reassure them that, although different in some ways, school will still be a place where they will be cared for and have fun.
All parents have already received email from school confirming all the arrangements for their child, from Reception to Year 6. Please find copies of all these documents below. They contain full detail of procedures and expectations for September
Letter to parents with final plans: Saltford Letter to parents re Sept plans_primary FINAL.pdf is a detailed overview covering information such as our induction day, reopening date and where to access our full risk assessment. It addresses queries about organising siblings in different zones. It is essential that we reduce ‘traffic’ on our school site and that parents model social distancing to the children when accessing the school site.
Full operating procedures for coming back to school in September: Saltford Primary School Sept opening procedures FINAL.pdf has full details on staffing, behaviour, circulation around school, wrap-around care, clubs, play, uniform, home equipment, school resources, food & drink, hygiene arrangements, cleaning arrangements, first aid & sickness, use of PPE, attendance, parental contact, dropping off and picking up, the curriculum and pastoral support.
Welcome back to school e-booklet to share with your child: online at https://online.pubhtml5.com/qxmbh/pgrw/ or as a PDF file here.
In order to accommodate a full timetable, and to ensure minimal contact between groups, we will create four 'phase bubbles' of Reception / Year One &Two / Year Three & Four and Year Five & Six. Classes will remain separate from each other for the majority of the day. We will bring phases together for periods of time, for example, playtimes, lunchtimes, wrap around care etc. We will mitigate this risk by practising social distancing and have high expectations for hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and increased cleaning.
We feel it is important to allow sufficient time to ensure that the children understand the new procedures and systems that will be in place for their safety, in line with the advice from Public Health. To this end, we will be providing one-day induction sessions for them over the first two days of term (Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September) and then all children and staff will be in full time from Monday 7th September.
Over the induction days, Years 1 – 6 will be coming in for one full day with staggered times and entrances; Reception children will have separate arrangements. All parents are being kept fully informed of the arrangements for their child(ren). All arrangements are outlined in this letter from Mrs Sage of 9th July. Please read on for more details.
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September are both INSET days which will be used for staff training and planning in preparation for the start of term
Thursday 3rd September, years R, 1, 3 and 5 only
Year 1 from 8:45am – 3pm, entering and exiting via the main field gate.
Year 3 from 8:45am – 3pm, entering and exiting via the Claverton Road entrance.
Year 5 from 9am – 3:15pm, entering and exiting via the field gate adjacent to Tiddlers Nursery.
Reception parents have details about their child's arrangements.
Friday 4th September, years R, 2, 4 and 6 only
Year 2 from 9am – 3:15pm, entering and exiting via the main field gate.
Year 4 from 9am – 3:15pm, entering and exiting via the Claverton Road entrance.
Year 6 from 9am – 3:15pm, entering and exiting via the field gate adjacent to Tiddlers Nursery.
Reception parents have details about their child's arrangements.
If you have children in different age groups please drop your youngest child at their entrance and then accompany your eldest child round to their entrance. Years 5 and 6 will be entering the gate adjacent to Tiddlers nursery unaccompanied.
Due to distancing requirements it is not going to be possible to provide the usual cooked school meal service in September. However, our catering staff have already adapted while school was open during lockdown and can offer a full packed lunch for the usual school dinner price of £2.60. Please see the menu for September here.
The process for booking school dinners is unchanged: free school meals are available to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 under the Universal Free School Meals scheme and to those eligible for benefits-related free school meals; Years 3 – 6 may purchase a lunch in the normal way through School Gateway. Please see the-office/#school-dinner-service for full details
In case of illness in children or adults
Guidance has been issued to the entire school community. Here, anyone affected must stay at home if they (or their family members) have any of the following symptoms: a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. OR they have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 7 days. Those affected must follow government stay at home guidance as follows https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.
Temperature testing is not recommended on its own. Guidance states that it is not a reliable method for identifying coronavirus. Our procedure will be that If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
Please see the operating procedures document here for further detail.
We would like thank families for their understanding and continuing support as we all get used to these changes. Throughout the planning process the safety of children and adults has been our overriding concern.
All our planning has been done in conjunction with the other primary schools in our trust and we have followed the trust’s risk assessment process in doing so. Our risk assessment has been reviewed and approved by the trust board and is available on the WMAT website.
Our very best wishes to our Year 6 leavers this year
Despite the unprecedented restrictions imposed with lockdown, we still wanted to celebrate with our Year sixes as they came to the end of their primary school lives at Saltford and prepared for their next steps.
Our Year 6 staff rose to the challenge and, with much support from our Year 6 families, came up with new and creative ways to celebrate. We hope you enjoy the videos below, featuring a socially-distanced dance, individual memories of school life and a special poem from staff to our leavers.
The children have had their year book and leavers' t-shirts and will be having some treats on their last day. There will be a socially distanced disco on the school field followed by a packed lunch on the field, finishing with a socially distanced procession so that all the staff can clap them all out of the school gate.
Year 6 have shown remarkable resilience this year, adapting to all the challenges that the current situation has thrown their way. We are so proud of them for the way they have seen out their time in primary school. They all have so many strengths and the schools they are moving to are very lucky to be receiving such amazing young people.
Thank you Year 6 and to all our parents who have been so supportive over the years.
Teachers' message to Year 6 leavers
A fond 'au revoir' from us all
We wish Neil Baker, our much-loved colleague, a very happy and fulfilling retirement as he leaves us at the end of this school year.
Neil joined the school 32 years ago and during this time he has inspired so many pupils, playing a huge role in their well-being and educational development. He led Saltford to outstanding in our SIAM inspections with the high standard of Religious Education and Collective Worship. Neil also founded many Saltford traditions such as school shows and camps.
He is held in the highest regard in the local community where many of his former pupils have gone on to become the parents of children taught by him. Neil’s commitment to the local community was recognised earlier this term with Saltford Parish Council awarding him with the Saltford Achievement Award 2020.
As a close-knit staff, we will miss the camaraderie and support that Neil has provided and wish him all the very best; we hope he will enjoy a happy, healthy and well-deserved retirement and keep in touch. Our teaching staff have adapted a poem as a special retirement video message for him and there is a selection of photos below.
Heartfelt thanks for your support
As a school at the centre of our community, we rely heavily on the goodwill and support of many individuals and groups around us. This has been an exceptional year for everyone and we are pleased to have been able to play our part in supporting the community in turn.
As we look back over the school year, we would like to thank many of those who have made such a contribution to our school.
Year 6 leavers: we say goodbye and good luck to our Year 6 pupils as they leave Saltford Primary to begin the next stage of their journey. Thank you to all the staff working with Year 6 who have made this unprecedented final year at Primary School so special and to our Year Six families who have been so supportive. This special time has been captured in videos which you can see here.
Mr Baker: Neil Baker, our much-loved colleague, has retired this year. Neil joined the school 32 years ago and during this time he has inspired so many pupils, playing a huge role in their well-being and educational development. As a close-knit staff, we will miss the camaraderie and support that Neil has provided and wish him all the very best; we hope he will enjoy a happy, healthy and well-deserved retirement. Please take a few moments to read more here.
Miss Hansford: we thank Miss Hansford for all her work and wish her all the very best as she starts her maternity leave. We look forward to hearing her baby news towards the end of August.
WMAT: thank you to Andrea Arlidge and all our WMAT colleagues who have worked tirelessly to support our school before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are very grateful for their hard work and support.
Our PTA committee: thanks to those who volunteer their time to organise events for our children. Well done to Sally Sneddon and her team for their pre-loved uniform sale at the weekend which raised the fantastic sum of £480. A special thank you goes to our treasurer, Andy Butterworth, who has supported us for so many years, as his youngest child leaves Y6.
Our governors: we are fortunate to have a committed group of volunteers who give their time so freely to support the school and ensure we provide the best education possible for our children. This year we say thank you to Richard May, who is stepping down as a governor after many years, for his time and wisdom as a governor.
Parents and volunteers: we regard you as essential partners in the life of the school and thank you for the variety of support you provide, enriching the childrens' experience in many ways.
We send particular thanks also to Emma King’s father who has generoursly donated £340 to the school, his entire profit from his plant sale at the Saltford Great Front Garden Sale. Thank you also to the keyworker parents who have clubbed together to buy a coffee machine and a coffee fund for the staff to say thank you for all we did during lockdown.
And finally, from Mrs Sage, a huge thank you to the whole of the Saltford team for all their hard work this year. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated team.
Summer promotion 25% off from July
Due to anticipated delays on some product ranges caused by lockdowns in manufacturing, M&S has deferred its usual June school uniform promotion until July and extended it until September. They have also increased the discount from 20 to 25%.
Please see the M&S Your School Uniform leaflet here for product and ordering information.
The 25% off promotion will run between 2nd July and 30th September. Go straight to the Saltford section of the M&S uniform website here.
The M&S uniform website has been undergoing some improvements recently. Some of the features of the new, mobile-friendly website are:
- a guest check out option
- an easier returns process
- an improved search function that allows you to search by size, colour, item or school.
Please see our all our uniform information here in The office section of our site.
Celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter
Hello from Miss Hansford! The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun and enjoyment as well as helping to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’. It motivates children to keep reading to build their skills and conﬁdence.
This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books!
With the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 Challenge will launch in a new digital format designed to keep children engaged and interested in reading. This means everyone can join in no matter how far they are from their local library. The Challenge will run from 5 June to mid-September and you can join in here. The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities that provide incentive and encourage children to take part in reading related activities. Although public library buildings are closed, libraries will continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms. Visit the Find a Read section for more information on accessing reading materials at home.
To keep up to date with all library news and to join in their celebrations and activities, parents can visit the Virtual Library social media pages:
You can see a calendar of the virtual library events for July and August here.
Please remember, we would love to see some photographs of your children enjoying the summer reading challenge. You can send them to email@example.com
Refurbished music hut ready for September
We are very pleased to announce the completion of our newly decorated Music Room which has been lovingly refurbished by Mr. Beckett our caretaker.
The inside of the music hut has been repaired, painted and carpeted and fitted out with new shelving, blinds and guitar hooks. It has some beautiful finishing touches which include a musical clock, pictures and music transfers. It looks completely different and we can't wait for the children and music teachers to see it in September.
Mrs. Hayden would like to thank Mr. Beckett for all his hard work and dedication in producing such a wonderful new Music Room!
Congratulations to Saltford winners
We congratulate everyone who submitted a performance for the WMAT Music Competition. We hope you all enjoyed creating your entries simply for the pleasure that making music brings.
Every entrant has been privileged to receive individual feedback on their entry. The judging panel consisted of Music Director of Northern Ballet and member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Jonathan Lo; Cellist, teacher and ABRSM Examiner, Sam Warner and Music Teacher, Ms McLean from Wellsway School.
Ms McLean from Wellsway School was impressed with the real enthusiasm for music displayed by the primary entries. She said ' It was particularly encouraging to read comments from Jonathan and Sam who described performances as "captivating...thrilling solo...what a beautiful sound". We thoroughly enjoyed the range of genres and were particularly pleased by the number of primary entries, all of whom performed with such energy and spirit.'
Particular congratulations go to:
David S, winner in the category of beginner, instrumental,
Matthew G, winner in Grade 1-3, instrumental, playing drums,
Joshua D, winner in Pop, voice, and
Joshua B, winner in Ensemble, playing electric guitar.
WMAT provision for summer holidays 2020
Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT) has announced a range of summer holiday activities. Please note, there will be no summer clubs hosted at Saltford School this year. Please see full details in this letter from the WMAT.
Book now as places are limited.Please choose your preferred location and book using the relevant links:
SBL Sports Centre – Soccer Shooters Book Here Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, North Street, Oldland Common, BS30 8TS
Cheddar Grove Primary School – Progressive Sports Book Here Cheddar Grove, Bristol BS13 7EN
School tour dates announced
We are proud of our school and welcome prospective new parents and children to see the school in action on one of the following tours:
- Monday 21st September 2020 1.30 pm
- Wednesday 23rd September 2020 9.30 am
- Wednesday 23rd September 2020 11 am
- Thursday 24th September 2020 9.30 am
- Thursday 6th October 2020 9.30 am
- Monday 19th October 2020 1.30 pm
Tours are guided by our Head Teacher, Mrs Sage and usually last about an hour. You will see the school as it really is and have the opportunity to ask plenty of questions.
To book your place or to register your interest for a different date, please fill in our online form here.
Saltford life with Coronavirus project
The Saltford Community Association (SCA) is proposing to create a collective record of what has been going on in our community during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Two of our residents, Fiona Bell and her daughter Rachel, have come forward to collect stories about your experiences of volunteering – receiving or giving – during the lockdown. The aim is to produce a compilation of the stories in a form that can be easily shared and celebrated, such as a blog and even a book.
Fiona and Rachel have lived in the village for 28 years. Fiona volunteers for the Saltford Hub. Pre-lockdown she was on the library rota and cooked for the Thursday lunch club. Rachel, who is pausing her career in theatre stage management, has experience of transcription work and strong organisational skills to collect all our stories together. They both love a good story!
There are lots of ways to contribute. For example you can write up your own story or they will come and see you to collect your experiences, across an appropriate social distance of course! We would also very much welcome your photos to illustrate these stories, as well as revised lyrics to the songs that you have been creating.
Please contact Fiona and Rachel in the first instance on this email: SaltfordStories@gmail.com or phone them on 01225 873693 and leave a message. No doubt many lovely stories and memories of inspirational kindness will emerge. We would love to hear from you so this ‘learning’ is not lost and we create a lasting reminder of how working together can save the community.
These continue to be exceptional times and, along with the SCA, we appeal to everyone to stay safe and follow Government advice.
Frank's twisted tale was a winner!
Congratulations to Frank in class SH who beat all other entrants in the EYFS category to win himself a £20 Amazon gift card. The WMAT competition asked for a 'Twisted Tale' that would be a re-invention of a traditional tale or fairy tale. It could be funny or serious and was open to children from all WMAT schools.
Keep an eye on our Home Assisted Learning page for details of other competitions you might like to enter.
Community support for return to school
We would like to thank the Saltford Scrubs for NHS group who have provided school staff with 28 sets of scrubs, 10 laundry bags and 10 toiletry bags. These were all offered and made really quickly and with plenty of flair! Miss Jupp and Mr Styles model some here:
This group, headed by Tanya Oliver and Angela Ashworth, was created very quickly to respond to the urgent requirement for PPE in some sectors of the community. They have provided over 1095 items in 5 weeks, all done in a great spirit of positivity and collaboration. These items have included scrubs, gowns and masks.
Any contribution no matter how big or small was welcome; some women were sewing nearly all day, some fitted in what they could. Skills with spreadsheets, communications, washing, ironing, cutting, packing and delivering were all valuable and made the whole effort so productive and so creative.
Beneficiaries have included local care homes, doctors' surgeries and, in collaboration with the hot meals service run by the Saltford Community Association, masks were delivered to nearly 100 Saltford residents.
So thank you to one part of the community from another.
Public health information
Test and trace service
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
Please see further information on the NHS Test and Trace service here: www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-nhs-test-and-trace-service and all government information on getting tested here: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
Please see below further information from Public Health B&NES. If you have any questions regarding this information please email the B&NES Public Health Team at Public_health@bathnes.gov.uk.
Procedures in the case of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19
The following charts from Public Health B&NES set out the procedures that will be followed if there is a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19 in a school, including contact details for testing and reporting:
Covid 19 testing for the under 5s
Following the extending of Covid19 testing to under 5s, please see the following frequently-asked questio.
Covid 19 FAQ
Regarding the extending of Covid19 testing to under 5s, here are some answers to frequently asked questions, from the Department of Health and Social Care:
- Why could Under 5s not be tested up until now?
- It was necessary to review and validate the existing supply of testing swabs in order to ensure that they could be clinically approved for the testing over Under-5s. This has now been complete and the extension of eligibility is now appropriate.
- Aren’t the testing swabs used for adults unsafe for Under-5s?
- We have followed updated clinical guidance throughout on the suitability of testing swabs for use on children under the age of 5. This is being supplemented by updated instructions for parents and guardians of those under 5.
- Why are Scotland and Wales not able to test Under5s:
- Testing eligibility is the responsibility of each individual Devolved Administration.
- Will it hurt/cause them harm?
- It is possible that children may experience some mild discomfort, but it should not hurt.
- Who carries out the test?
- Children under 5 must have the test performed by a parent or guardian.
- How do I book a test for my under 5 child?
- You can ask for a test online at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
- We'll ask you:
- how you want to get the test – you may be able to choose between driving to a regional testing site or getting a home test kit
- for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address
- The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre is available to assist eligible individuals through the process of booking and taking a test for Coronavirus. The Call Centre handles all enquiries about the testing process, from how someone books an appointment, to what they do upon receipt of their result.
- The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre can be contacted on 119 between 7am and 11pm.
- The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 119.
- How will their results be shared?
- When a child takes a test, their parent/guardian will be told how results will be passed to them. This may be by email or by text or both. We are aiming to return results within 48 hours of tests taken at regional test sites and 72 hours for home tests.
Introducing Seesaw for home learning
What is Seesaw?
We are very pleased to introduce Seesaw as an important tool for us to provide education for our children during these times of uncertainty.
Seesaw is a secure online learning environment for children that provides a platform for communication between children, parents and school. It supports creative learning by enabling use of photos, videos, drawing and notes.
All families will have received an introductory letter that outlines what teachers and parents can expect from this new platform, how to get started and how any privacy and safeguarding concerns are covered.
How does it work?
When you first activate your account you will find a short video from your child's class teacher saying hello and welcoming you to Seesaw.
From Monday 4th May, three tasks will be uploaded at 7am on every school day onto your child's seesaw page. These will be an English task, a Maths task and a topic task. Please complete these tasks when you can and submit them to your teacher. They will respond to your work with a like or a comment within school hours.
Seesaw tasks will also include newsletter challenges, Mrs Sage's special project and refer to the topic grid you were sent at the beginning of the term and that you can find on your child's class page.
We will suggest ways to respond but if you work in a different way, please do submit your work in this format. We appreciate not everyone will have access to/want to work on devices all the time.
Help for parents
You can see an introductory guide for parents here and watch the video that Miss Davis has made to help parents through using Seesaw for the first time:
B&NES leader impressed by our progress
On Wednesday 29th April, Mr Boyle was invited, on behalf of Saltford School, to talk about the work we have been doing on sustainable travel and to showcase the work of our fantastic Green Team.
The local council’s Sustainability Team wanted to give Will Godfrey, the new Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset Council, a ‘tour’ of the work going on in B&NES and to hear about some of the work happening to tackle the Climate Emergency. In the presentation, Mr Boyle explained the exciting events and ongoing activities our wonderful children and staff are doing at school to protect the environment and preserve our beautiful world for generations to come.
The chief executive, Will Godfrey, and the council members were hugely impressed by the fantastic work happening at Saltford School and thanked the children and staff for their amazing efforts. It was remarked that it sends out a hugely positive message.
A huge well done to all the wonderful children and staff of Saltford School for an amazing team effort. You can read Mr Boyle's full report here to see how all the activities we do at school add up to making a real difference to our environment.
How we did it
This Easter we have had a real variety of activities going on, both in school and at home. It was lovely to see pictures of everyone and what they had been enjoying doing at the end of term and over the holiday.
In school we had Parrot Island holiday club for some children from Saltford and Keynsham schools alongside provision from Up & Under Sports. Home learning has been a lovely mix of Easter and a lot of DT projects such as making work stations, benches, electrical circuits and lots of cooking.
Here are a few photos to give you a flavour of what we were all involved in:
Saltford School staff were delighted with this special Easter treat from the children who contributed to a video rendition of one of our favourite Easter songs, 'Spring Chicken'.
Community hub to match volunteers and those in need of help
Saltford Community Association (SCA), the Parish Council (PC) and associated local organisations* quickly set up a support hub for Saltford residents who may be in need of help, to match them with offers of help from volunteers. This provides a single phone number and email address to contact if you need help in some way. Call 01225 632216.
Please see our Community notices page for up-to-date information on the activities of the Community Hub: https://www.saltfordschool.org.uk/community-notices/#community-info
If you need help
If you need help, please call 01225 632216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beware of Covid-19 scams
According to the Online Watch Link, fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID19 to facilitate various types of fraud. Please remember:
- Watch out for scam messages. Don't click on links or attachments in suspicious emails
- Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details
- Exercise the same caution that you normally would and don't allow anyone unfamiliar into your property, even if they are offering to help
- To report a fraud or scam: Actionfraud.police.uk / 0300 123 2040
*The key community representatives who are regularly liaising regarding Saltford’s response to the COVID-19 situation include representatives of Saltford Parish Council, Saltford Community Association, Saltford Primary School, St Mary’s Church, the Saltford Day Centre, Saltford Community Post Office and Library, Day Lewis Pharmacy, Saltford Food Bank, Clarkson’s Independent Funeral Directors as well as the B&NES Saltford Ward Councillors.
Congratulations to Reception and year 1 after-school club gymnasts who took part in the Kingswood schools competition on Sunday 15th March. All gymnasts won individual medals and came first in the team event winning a gold cup for Saltford. The year 2s also did a great job and finished in 3rd place.
Mrs Cary says "well done everyone!"
Encouraging sustainable travel to school
As part of our 'Our World Matters' theme week, we wanted to encourage children (and parents) to come to school without a car, enjoying the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting to school. In return for choosing 'active travel', children in KS2 enjoyed a free healthy and nutritious breakfast.
Zest Catering jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this initiative and were keen to showcase how much fun a well-being breakfast could be. FareShare SW supported the event by providing surplus food and, supported by our own catering staff, we were able to provide tasty treats including, bagels, tea cakes, cereals, fresh fruit and fresh smoothies.
The children had an opportunity to dress up in fruit and vegetable costumes and learn about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. FareShare said they were very impressed with the children, their willingess to be involved in the session and to give their feedback on the breakfast.
We would like to to thank our own kitchen staff, Zest Catering - Claire Mansri in particular - and FareShare SW for making this such a memorable event. We plan to run a similar opportunity for KS1 later in the year.
FareShare South West, based in Bristol, was set up in late 2007 to work with community groups in and around Bristol city. They currently support over 170 organisations including, hostels, day centres, lunch clubs, young peoples projects and Zest's breakfast clubs within 4 of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust's schools.
Zest Catering won the award for 'self managed school caterer of the year' at the 2019 Educatering Excellence Awards.
How can we protect it?
During this special themed week, starting on Monday 9th March, the whole school will be involved in activities to help us think about how precious our world and natural resources are to us, and how we can look after them for the future.
Through a range of interesting and enjoyable activities, we'll be discussing recycling, climate change and fair trade among other things.
We will be considering our immediate environment and taking small steps that are within our control, such as coming to school without a car, enjoying the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting to school. In return for choosing 'active travel' on Wednesday 11th March, children in KS2 will enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast including homemade smoothies, and plenty of other goodies, along with fruit, juices and yogurts. All the details are in the well-being breakfast letter that has been sent to parents.
We would also like to encourage the children to ‘bling’ their bikes and scooters on the same Wednesday for the chance to win a prizes including a cycle helmet, back packs, cycle bells and hi-viz jackets. The only limit is your imagination.
With a focus on reducing waste, we are mounting a waste-free lunch challenge through the week. You can see full details and suggestions here.
We'll also be thinking about people living in different parts of the world and what role we have to play in being a global citizen. We hope to hear all about the work of Water Aid investigate different habitats and ecosystems from around the globe.
If you have any ideas for activities, or links for further information, we would be grateful if you would get in touch with us.
On Monday we had an Assembly from Wessex Water to highlight the important of water to our daily lives together with informing the children about what should and should not be flushed down the toilet and the consequences.
The swimming pool was also filled with plastic bottles to highlight the use of single use plastics and their effect on polluting the Oceans. The children were given an opportunity to visit the pool to reflect on this image and then given an opportunity to express their thoughts in writing.
On Wednesday we had an Active Travel breakfast where the children in KS2 were encouraged to come to school without a car, enjoying the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting to school. In return for choosing 'active travel' children enjoyed a healthy and nutritious breakfast including homemade smoothies, and plenty of other goodies, along with fruit, juices and yogurts.
The children were also encouraged to ‘bling’ their bikes and scooters that day and were awarded prizes for the best 'bling' including a cycle helmet, back packs, cycle bells and hi-viz jackets.
Well done to the winner Cam H in Class RJ whose bike represented the continents of the world to highlight the need to save endangered species with the beautiful snow leopard decorating his handle bars. The runner up was Ella W in Class AB for her imaginative scooter decoration - unfortunately Ella was unable to collect her prize on the day but was represented by Olivia B in Class AB.
All the children who enterred the competition were awarded a small prize.
On Thursday we had an Assembly lead by Ian Freemantle and Frances Eggbear from Saltford Fairtrade to promote fairtrade at school using educational materials from the fairtrade site.
On Friday Year 4 visited the Saltford Water Recycling Centre in Mead Lane. The children were given a tour of the works as well as carrying out an investigation activity whilst there.
Children will be writing a pledge of one thing tht they will try to do to help ‘our world’.
Mr Jenkins said, "The children across the school really took a great interest in all the interesting and enjoyable activities we discussed with them this week, including recycling, climate change and fair trade among other things. I would like to thank the parent volunteers who walked with us and helped the children at the Recycling Centre. Finally we would like to thank James Lovell and Gillian Smith from Wessex Water and Ian Freemantle and Frances Eggbear from Saltford Fairtrade for working with us on this themed week and for making it a very special experience for the children."
Ofsted visit 15th May
On 15th May we welcomed Ofsted Inspector, Mrs Wendy Marriott, for the day. We were pleased to be able to share with her all that makes our school the special place that it is. We are delighted that the final report recognises all the excellent work going on here at Saltford Primary.
We have maintained our status as a ‘good’ school. The grading cannot be changed as a result of a one-day inspection. Therefore we are very pleased that the inspector recognised that, since our last inspection in May 2013, we have
‘demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas’.
As the inspector recognised that the school has improved significantly overall since our ‘good’ grading she has recommended a further section 5 inspection.
Mrs Sage has thanked all the parents, our fantastic children and our dedicated staff for their hard work and commitment. This has all contributed to making Saltford School an outstanding place for learning, working and succeeding.
The inspector recognised the considerable strengths of the school but also recognised the improvement plans we have in place and the positive impact these will continue to have. This demonstrates that we know and understand our strengths and areas to continue to improve.
We are especially proud of the many positive comments that included:
‘Together with your senior leadership team and skilled governing body, you have accomplished the school’s aim of bringing about high-quality leadership and teaching.’
‘You now have a skilled and effective team of subject leaders across the full range of national curriculum subjects.’
‘The standard of pupils’ reading and writing is high and supports their good access to learning in other subjects.’
In maths: ‘Pupils’ work and visits to classes now show that teachers’ consistently high expectations and very effective teaching strategies have rectified the weakness in problem solving…’
The children and staff were amazing ambassadors. A particular highlight was the confidence with which the children spoke to the inspector, explaining how we keep them safe and them knowing who they can speak to should they need help.
We were also overwhelmed by the positive response to the parental survey. One parent echoed the view of others by saying: ‘In my opinion Saltford is an exceptional school.’
Mrs Sage has pledged to parents that we will continue to focus on raising standards and ensuring that children who attend Saltford School are given the very best education. To that end, parents have been sent a letter asking them to complete a questionnaire for parents that will inform school's direction. Also, we would like to remind parents that you can share your thoughts about our school with Ofsted at any time by going to Parent View.
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.
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.