All the information you need for a smooth return to school 19th April
We hope you have a lovely Easter break. Welcome back to school on Monday 19th April.
There have been some changes to the operational plan. The current operational plan is in effect from the beginning of term 5. Parents have been emailed about the operational requirements and recent changes. Please see the complete current operational plan here.
Changes are summarised in this email to parents of 30th March.
The three main points to be aware of for the new term are:
- Uniform: we are back to normal uniform requirements for this term. Children should wear full school uniform every day. All uniform information is here. Your term 5 class letter and class page on the website will give details of the days your child will need to have their PE kit with them to change into. Year Six can of course continue to wear their leavers' sweatshirts.
- Starting times: please be aware that your child should be arriving at school a good five minutes before the actual starting time of their classes, in order that they can be settled and ready to learn by the start time.
Reception classes are returning to a 9am drop off and 3:15pm pick up (which is their usual time. As the gates close at 9am please drop your children off around 8:50/8:55am. If you arrive after 9am you will need to go to the school office to register your children.
- Swimming: we have had to postpone the resumption of swimming lessons until term 6 (from Monday 7th June). We very much regret that this has been necessary but we feel it is ultimately in the best interests of the safety of our children.
Thank you to all our Reception and Year One parents who replied to our swimming questionnaire - the outcome of which was, understandably, varied. We will be sending out a questionnaire for all other year groups to capture details so that we can group the children. We will be in touch when we have full details about the reopening of the pool. In the meantime, we thank our swimming teacher, Gordon Lye, of Barracuda swimming for supporting our next steps.
The fabulous picture shows drawings by pupils who attend their clubs of the teachers who have kept them safe. We will hang this up in the school to remind us all how much we have achieved together.
To be in with a chance to win a prize, we are asking all children to decorate a wooden spoon – SPECTACULARLY!
Before the end of term, children will have been given a wooden spoon to take home in their reading folders. These are to be decorated over the Easter holidays. They could be made into a spectacular character or just decorated with some sparkle and flair.
There will be one winner and one runner up from each class, so everyone has a really good chance of winning as you will only be up against your classmates. Prizes are being donated by the PTA and the competition is free to enter.
Please bring your decorated spoons into school from Monday 19th April (after the Easter break) and before the deadline of Friday 23rd April. They must be labelled with your name on the back of the spoon and then handed in to the class teacher. There will be a special display box in each classroom.
As visitors are unable to come into school to see the display, we will be sharing it virtually so look out for pictures on the school website and Twitter account. We hope to be able to take the display boxes into the hall for the children to get the opportunity to see each other’s creativity once the competition has closed.
Children can ask their class teacher if they need a replacement spoon. They may find some inspiration from the examples below.
We were delighted to announce the winners of the PTA #Winterwatch photography competition. We had over 160 photos for our judge Peter Travers to pick the winners from. The entries were extremely varied and beautiful. They certainly met the original brief which was "to take a photo of something that catches your eye, something of natural beauty" inspired by BBC Winterwatch.
Prizes were awarded to first and second place in categories EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. Each first and second place winner received a certificate and a personalised mug with their image printed on, kindly funded by the PTA. Winners were as follows:
EYFS first place Annie H, second place Larissa T; KS1 first place Imogen D, second place Piper W; Lower KS2 first place Emily T, second place Cody W; Upper KS2 first place Cam H and second place Pippa S.
We would like to thank everyone who made the effort to enter the competition, Ruth Presswood for organising it and Peter Travers for judging.
Here are the winners and their lovely photos:
As a Church school, our celebration of the major Christian festivals is an important part of our community life.
Our normal tradition is for the younger children to make their Easter bonnets at home and then show them to the older children with a lovely Easter parade. As this is not practical this year, they will be making their hats as a school activity. We would still love to see any bonnets made at home and celebrate them in class so please keep an eye on Tapestry for details of how to do this.
We would like as many children as possible from all years to make an Easter garden to display at our Easter service on Wednesday 31st March. The display of these Easter gardens at the front of the hall helps us to focus on the story of Jesus' crucifixion and Resurrection.
Children can bring in their Easter gardens from Wednesday 24th March, taking them to their classroom in the first instance with their name and class clearly marked on it. After the Easter service we will arrange for the children to collect their gardens from the Hall.
You can use a plastic tray or dish, seed tray etc. to make your garden 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.
Here are some ideas of the kind of thing you might be able to make:
Fundraising for his Captain Tom challenge
Elliot in Class JSB is writing 100 poems for his Captain Tom challenge which is to do 100 of something to raise funds. Elliot has chosen to support the Alzheimer's Society
Not only is he writing 100 poems in different styles, he is turning them into an online experience by using Scratch. We're really proud of what he's achieved so far. He reached the halfway point on March 1st with a great poem about daffodils.
If you're intrigued by titles such as "Ode to a Zombie" and "Don't get Poo on your Shoes", take a look at some of his poems here: scratch.mit.edu/projects/494495593
If you'd like to support Elliot and his cause, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/penny-pledges.
Well done Elliot.
From New Zealand to Saltford
During the first lockdown, Jaz (Class NS) and Jess (Class RJ) wrote to the Prime Minister of New Zealand to say how impressed they were with the way she handled the Coronavirus and what a fantastic role model to women she was. They made her a Hama bead heart which they enclosed with the letter.
They were delighted to receive this reply, with an extra hand written note.
Well done Jazz and Jess for taking the initiative and taking an international interest.
Information for parents in the event of Covid-19 at school
Please read on for information about procedures that will apply in the event of a confirmed case or an outbreak of Covid-19 in our school community.
Please see the Remote education news item for full information about how remote education will be offered for any Saltford School children who are required to remain at home because of Covid-19.
For general guidance for parents about children's primary education, please see the gov.uk document 'What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges'. For full government information about Covid-19 please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
See also up-to-date information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) here.
There is a free children's book that is designed to explain all about coronavirus to children aged 5 – 9. It is available to read online, as a download or as an audio book and is illustrated by the popular Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. See nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/ for more information.
Any updates in the form of letters to parents will be posted here.
- Letter to parents 10th February 2021 re contact tracing in Feb half term
- Letter to parents 5 February 2021
- Letter to parents 5 January 2021
- Letter to parents re Covid and Christmas holiday
- Revised procedures for KS1 collection point and time 18th November
- Letter to parents 16th November 2020
- Letter to parents 5th November 2020
- Letter to parents 20th October 2020
- Letter to parents 9th October 2020
Letters from Public Health England.
School sports wear: the Harvem shop in Keynsham is required to close its shop as a retail premises during lockdown. However, there is now a click and collect function on the online ordering system.
You can pay online and choose the click and collect option at checkout. You can collect goods at the shop door on production of the receipt. See harvemschoolwear.co.uk.
If your child develops symptoms at school
- They will be taken out of class and a parent or guardian will be contacted to discuss the next steps
- The school will follow the guidelines from the DfE as set out in this action list.
- The child must stay at home and follow the government's guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection: www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
- They must arrange to have a test. See also www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/
- If your child receives a positive test result for Covid-19 please complete the positive Covid-19 test reporting form here.
If a pupil or member of staff at Saltford School tests positive
- They will already be out of school, self isolating and have been tested
- The school will inform the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) who will advise the school on a course of action based on latest public health advice.
- The advice service will rapidly assess who has been in close contact (within two metres for over 15 minutes) with the confirmed case during their infectious period.
- Children who have been in close contact with the positive case, will be required to self-isolate according to the government's guidance. School will text and send an email letter to parents of all affected children giving relevant dates of close contact and isolation period.
- Parents of children who are not required to self-isolate will also receive a letter to let them know that there is a positive case in school and the class/year group affected. The case will not be named because health information is confidential.
If my child is sent home to self-isolate because they were in contact with someone with a positive test
- Your child will be provided with remote learning. See the Remote education news item for full details.
- Parents do not have to self-isolate unless the child who was sent home develops symptoms.
- Any other children in the family who are in other classes or year groups at Saltford School will not have to self-isolate as they will not have had close contact with the positive case.
- If a confirmed case has had contact with others outside their class, those individuals would be contacted and required to self-isolate.
If there is an outbreak of Covid-19 at Saltford School
Saltford School has planned for a potential outbreak of Covid-19 at school and would work with PHE and the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust to implement that plan. Plans include communications and remote learning provision.
If my child usually has a free school meal
- School plans to support children who would normally receive a benefit-related free school meal. Individual families will be contacted by the school where this is applicable.
- Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who receive a 'universal free school meal' will unfortunately not be eligible for extra support.
If my child is self-isolating and it is difficult for me to get other children to school
- Parents, carers and guardians are responsible for ensuring regular attendance and that includes making sure that their children can still get to school. This case is treated the same as a sibling being ill under normal circumstances.
- Please check the government guidance relating to household bubbles. This might enable a parent living on their own with children aged under 18 to ask an adult from their ‘bubble’ to take their children to and from school.
- Families with children aged 13 and under are able to form a childcare bubble with another household which allows for an informal childcare arrangement that might be helpful.
- If you are having difficulties, please contact the school to discuss your circumstances.
- Work will be provided only for the child who is self-isolating. See the Remote education news item for full information. Siblings are still required to attend school as normal to access their education.
If there is a local lockdown
All parents will be contacted by school with details of how local lockdown measures will affect our school. These measures will be taken following guidance from PHE or the Dept. of Health and Socal Care.
We would like thank families for their understanding and continuing support as we all work through these changes. Throughout the planning process the safety of children and adults has been our overriding concern. For further information please see the operating procedures document here.
All our planning has been done in conjunction with the other primary schools in our trust and we have followed the Wellsway Multi Academy's 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.
Online provision for Saltford School children learning at home
During periods of self-isolation – whether waiting for test results or monitoring symptoms – or national lockdown, it is important that children have support to continue their education while they are at home, as long as they are well enough to do so.
For full details of our remote education offer please see the following:
- Visual overview of the whole remote learning provision PDF document
- Our commitment for remote and blended learning PDF document
- Detailed remote learning plan for 2020 – 21 PDF document
- Q&A document here for more detailed information about what parents and carers can expect from remote education if government restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.
Please follow the links below to find three daily lessons to support your child's learning at home. Children can then share what they do via Tapestry or Seesaw. The login details remain the same as before. Please contact us if there are any issues with this.
Please see communications sent to parents/carers with regard to our use of Microsoft Teams for live meet ups. Instruction document can be found here.
Oak National Academy
These are free online lessons across a variety of UK school curriculum subjects. Please choose the appropriate year group and then select the day of the week.
BBC TV and Bitesize online
The BBC has added curriculum-based television programming to its online offering to support families during the latest lockdown. Programming for primary aged children will be on CBBC between 9am and 12pm every weekday. The Bitesize daily lessons will also be shown on the Red Button service on TV.
Please see the following links for how to access the online BBC content:
Online learning resources for children of all ages on the BBC Bitesize website.
All Bitesize daily lesson episodes will be available on catch-up, on demand on iPlayer.
Virtual curriculum page
On the virtual curriculum page we have put together some additional ideas and activities to support your child's learning at home in each of the subject areas. This can be used independently or as directed by your child's class teacher. The resources from this page, and any linked websites, will complement any in-school teaching or remote learning.
Stay safe online
Please get familiar with our online safety advice here for up to date help with keeping safe online. This includes information on a wide range of apps and devices including gaming platforms. It's also important to keep a balance between screen time and other activities. See our PE virtual curriculum page for plenty of ideas for getting away from your screen.
Using Seesaw for home learning
What is Seesaw?
We are very pleased to have Seesaw as an important tool for us to provide education for our children when remote learning is required.
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 should see your child in their current class. Your teacher will respond to anything you post with a like or a comment. Please be aware teachers are all in school teaching during school hours so will not be able to respond straight away. Any work needed will be assigned to your child for them to complete and submit. Seesaw tasks may include special projects and different challenges.
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:
Fundraising for NHS Charities Together
Seven-year old Aimee has created a beautifully illustrated e-book to raise funds for the NHS. It is called 'The Very Hungry Honey Bee' and was inspired in part by the Thursday claps for key workers, her friend's own fundraising initiative and Eric Carle's famous book.
Aimee said "I loved it on a Thursday when everyone was out in their streets clapping on our key workers, so I thought why not write and illustrate a book that people could read to show their love and appreciation for our hardworking keyworkers."
If you would like to support Aimee's fundraising and request a copy of the book, please visit her JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheVeryHungryHoneyBee.
Raising funds and awareness for Julian House
We are hoping for good weather on Friday 5th March. Isaac from Class RJ and his Dad are taking part in the Big Bath Sleep Out on Friday night to support Julian House. They are sleeping in the garden without a tent and will have to build a shelter to sleep in. This is to raise funds and awareness for men and women who have to sleep outside every night.
Well done Isaac for thinking about others and taking action in this way.
If anyone would like to sponsor Isaac, please use this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/m-seymour1.
Come rain, come shine, let's zumba
Morwenna and Elowen from Class CM have been doing an hour of zumba every day to raise money for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal for the Bristol Children's Hospital. They are approaching their target of 50 zumbas!
Well done girls for your commitment to this great cause. You can donate to their JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marie-Blatchford?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=Marie-Blatchford&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=5370a54f328e41b48875715a4940f84e.
Supporting the Little Princess Trust
Sienna in Class NJ, has decided to raise money for the charity the Little Princess Trust which supports children who have cancer.
She will be cutting off about 12 inches of her lovely, long hair and donating it to the charity, where it will be used to make wigs for children that have lost their hair during cancer treatment. Sienna said "I am cutting my hair for charity to raise money for children with cancer. I feel excited to donate my hair for other children who need it more than me."
We are very proud of Sienna for deciding to do this and for thinking of other children who are going through a really difficult time.
If you would like to donate to the cause, here is the link to her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sarah-O-brien26
Poetry and sculpture to enhance the forest
Isla in class PN and her Dad, Robin, have been commissioned to create collaboratively a sculpture for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.
They thought up ideas, visited the site, wrote a proposal together and won the commission based on their joint ideas.
It's Isla's first proper sculpture / art commission and daughter and father are taking it very seriously. We hear she is super excited! We are super-proud.
See lots more information and a lovely picture in this article: www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk/father-and-9-year-old-daughter-win-south-west-sculpture-award/
Bookmark competition… prizes to be won!
World Book Day at Saltford School
We've been celebrating the importance of books in a variety of ways this year.
All children will receive their digital voucher on Tapestry or Seesaw. It can be redeemed up until 28th March. There are also free audiobooks available until 28th March from www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/.
There are live events available through the World Book Day website, and in Reception and KS1 we'll be participating in 'Share a Story Corner'.
Can you work out the Masked Reader? Watch the video below to see if you can work out who is The Star, The Football, The Croissant, The Alien and The Burger as they read you a blurb from one of their favourite books.
It's Day Two of The Masked Reader. Who is behind the coffee cup, smiley face, tree, fried egg, toadstool and cupcake?
It's Day Three of The Masked Reader. Can you guess the identity of The Love Heart, The Sunshine, The Birthday Present, The Bunch of Flowers and The Cool Kid?
Please see our World Book Day summary here.
Bookmark design competition.
In celebration of World Book Day we launched Saltford School’s bookmark design competition with prizes of a £10 book token!
We thank Mr B’s Emporium of reading delights for their kind donation of the prize vouchers.
The winners are: Freddie A (RH), Larissa T(Bumblebees), Claudia G (CM) and Maya A (JSB) . All winners will receive their bookmark vouchers. Liv R (MN) deserves a special mention for her detailed drawings of the characters from the BFG.
Thank you to all those who entered, we really hope you enjoyed participating. We would like to give special thanks to Garry Abson, Jen Faulkner and Kate Simants for taking the time to judge the competition, to Miss Davis for helping to coordinate and of course to Mr B’s Book Emporium for kindly donating the book vouchers. The school would especially like to thank Laura Tallo for organising this wonderful competition.
Bringing Reception together at the South Pole
All our Reception children were invited to join together from school and from home to party like a penguin. We had been busy preparing by doing penguin-related work such as making fact files, penguin models and penguin hats. When it came time to party, Mrs Browne led all the fun for us! We did penguin dancing, penguin egg transportation and fish blowing games and some ribbon dancing to make the southern lights!
We were very glad to hear from some parents how much the children had enjoyed the party. Comments from key worker parents included:
‘Ahhh so lovely to see them all enjoying themselves. Thank you so much, L has been so engaged in this topic, so excited about today.’
Messages also came from parents with children at home: ‘We all enjoyed watching the children have a little fun this afternoon. Thank you!’ ‘E really enjoyed the penguin party this afternoon, especially seeing all the teachers and her friends’.
'Exploring reliability in the online world'
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.
Safer Internet Day this year is Tuesday 9th February and the theme is 'An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world'. Each year Safer Internet Day is the biggest celebration of online safety in the UK. As a result of Safer Internet Day
- 77% of young people said they felt more confident about what to do if they were worried about something online.
- 78% said they know what to do if they, or someone they know, are targeted online because they are different in some way.
- 19% said they spoke to someone about something that had been worrying them online.
EYFS and KS1 will be learning about Detective Digi Duck. The aim is to encourage young children to start thinking about online content and help them understand that what they read or see online might be true, untrue, or simply someone's opinion.
KS2 will also be looking at what and who to trust online. They will focus on making sensible decisions online and how to check whether a source is trustworthy. Here is the link to the Virtual Assembly for KS2
BBC are broadcasting a live lesson on Tuesday 9th February.
BBC Own It App: The app features a special keyboard which appears wherever a keyboard would normally surface and offers in-the-moment help and adivce on what a child is typing. It recognises if the child is typing something which might be upsetting to a recipient, if a a child types personal details and can even recognise language that might suggest a child is in trouble and offers them advice.
NSPCC have useful information on their website on how to keep safe online during the pandemic.
Here is a link to some videos for each age group to help them recognise reliability online.
Here are some additional online safety home materials:
You will find our February safety newsletter in the online safety section of the school website, which will give you further practical help and support and a special online safety newsletter for Safer Internet day here
Our online safety page contains lots of useful links for parents and children. Let's keep the conversation going all year.
Tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore
In response to Captain Sir Tom Moore's 100 challenge, Year 6 set a goal of completing 100 skips each in 5 mins.
The challenge took place on 10th February with 25 children from Y6 who were in school so the class target was 2500 skips in 5 minutes. We managed an amazing 5317 skips.
Well done year 6 for an amazing effort.
Special menu and pancake races on 11th February
As Shrove Tuesday falls during half term this year, on 16th February, we celebrated early. We designated Thursday 11th February as our pancake day in school. We hope you enjoy the pictures below. We are hoping to get many more pictures of children tossing pancakes at home that we can add to this gallery.
Traditional Pancake Race Thursday 11th February
Lent is the period of six weeks 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar. In western Christian churches, the day before Lent starts is Shrove Tuesday. This is also known as Pancake Day. This year, because of half term, we are going to mark this both at home and school on Thursday 11th.
This day was traditionally the last chance to use up the foods Christians would not be eating during Lent. Some Christians choose to give up something they really enjoy such as cakes or chocolate. As is our tradition, children can bring in a pan and a pancake (in a tied named carrier bag) and we will hold pancake events on the playground for FS/KS1 and KS2 pupils following all Covid safety precautions. It would be lovely to see children based at home joining in if they can, either by cooking pancakes or by flipping them with their pans in the garden. We would love you to send us your pictures.
For people who care about the environment and nature
Congratulations to Seb in Year 2 for being awarded a green Blue Peter badge for writing a poem called 'The Last Fish'. He recieved a letter from all the presenters and the Blue Peter editor praising his 'cleverly written and beautifully illustrated' poem.
The poem was intended to make people think about what could happen if we keep polluting our oceans.
Here is Seb with his badge and his headteacher award sticker.
Well done Seb; we're all very proud of you.
Sit back, relax and enjoy!
EYFS and KS1 are proud to present 'The Very Hopeless Camel' this year. Of course, we could not put on the usual stage performance but we are pleased to be able to create a video of this entertaining show so that families can still enjoy this Saltford tradition.
Congratulations to our wonderful EYFS and KS1 Classes for their incredible Nativity 'The Very Hopeless Camel'. What wonderful acting from our Year 2 children, super singing and performance from our Year Ones and amazing EYFS Angels. Please find below the links to the performances for the different classes for you to watch at home. We hope you enjoy them.
As with all of our performances, please do not post the videos or links onto your own social media.
The Very Hopeless camel, Group 1, starring classes GD, RH and NJ
To view directly on YouTube for a full-screen experience, please use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBmJb7EOseY&feature=youtu.be
The Very Hopeless camel, Group 2, starring classes ED, CE and MN
To view directly on YouTube for a full-screen experience, please use this link: https://youtu.be/okzTIRnm2_8
A huge thank you must go to the EYFS/ KS1 Team for all their work leading the children with their acting, singing and dancing and organising the costumes. Thanks also go to Ollie Weaver from WMAT for some of the filming and editing and to Miss Davis for her scriptwriting.
Here's are some stills from the filming:
Our KS2 children and staff have been hard at work on this year's Christmas performance of 'Christmas Around the World'. Despite the challenges that this year has presented, the children have really risen to the occasion and done a brilliant job of singing, acting and dancing. We have put this together into a video which we are sure you will enjoy.
As with all of our performances, please do not post the videos or links onto your own social media.
If you would like to see the video in full screen, please go direct in YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=Uh_0GDk9cH0&feature=youtu.be
We thank the Year 6 children for their performances, Mr Styles for his great work on the script and green screen magic, and Mr Weaver who came to film us. We also thank all the KS2 staff for their hard work and creativity in making sure that this year's Christmas production was as special an occasion as it always is.
We thank also all of the Year 4 and 5 classes who worked hard on their performances and the staff for all the props and rehearsals.
Class CM have been exploring Christmas traditions in Germany and have made biscuits for our own German market stall display. We have learned to sign the popular carol Silent Night.
Class PN have been exploring Christmas traditions in Mexico. We have discovered that the story of the Nativity is central to their celebrations. We have learnt a traditional Christmas song called 'Mi Burrito Sabanero' which tells the story of the journey to Bethlehem made by the donkey. In class, we have made our own maracas, Mexican stars and piñatas to celebrate the festivities. We hope you enjoy our song!
Class ESST have been learning about Christmas in Sweden. We have made Swedish decorations and learnt a lovely song about Santa Lucia. She was a lady who took food to the poor in the evenings, wearing candles in her hair in order to be able to see and still carry more food. At Christmas in Sweden, girls dress up as Lucia and boys sometimes accompany her dressed as Star Boys (representing the 3 Kings who visited Jesus) with tall white hats and carrying a star.
Class RJ have chosen Australia as their country and the song 'Aussie Jingle Bells'. It is the summer time in Australia at Christmas and therefore it is very different from Christmas in Britain. The weather is very hot and children are more likely to have a BBQ, seafood and go to the beach or swim in the pool, than have a roast dinner and sit by the fire. They would also be dressed in shorts, T-shirts and flip flops rather than in woolly jumpers, scarves and coats on Christmas Day.
Tune in for her prize winning story on Friday 11th December
Congratulations to Oona in class CM who has won the Keynsham Winter Festival writing competition with her story ‘Santa and the Penguins’. As well as receiving a prize, Oona was excited to hear that her story will feature in the Keynsham virtual Winter Festival and that she will be able to read it out on local radio station KTCR FM!
As part of the Keynsham Winter Festival, the story has been read and filmed by a Dickensian Character, to be broadcast on Friday 11th December at 6pm. You can watch this live on Friday11th December and any time after that on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/hpcZUyON_Q8.
Also, parts of the story will be hidden in shop windows after 11th December around the town to form a trail, that everyone can follow.
Well done Oona; we hope you enjoy all these special experiences.
Working together to keep improving
We know that a positive relationship between our families and the school is the very best foundation for your child's school experience. We encourage the children to work and learn together and, in the same spirit, we actively seek to engage with parents in order to continue improving our school.
We have recently had three vacancies for parent governors and we are grateful to the five parents who would like to stand for election. All candidates have prepared a statement that has been sent to all parents and every parent has the right to vote in the ballot.
Our document on the role of a parent governor helps to define the special role of parent governors.
Parent governors are required to bring a parental perspective to the issues raised in meetings. In all other respects they participate as other governors in the running of the school. See our Governors section for full information.
Parent voice group
This new initiative for 2021 seeks to reintroduce a scheduled opportunity for parents to join discussions with governors and the Headteacher about a variety of ideas. This is to replace the Parents' Forum which has seen dwindling participation recently.
In the Parent Voice Group (PVG) the focus will be around social and academic issues specific to our school. Termly meetings will include issues/questions brought by parent representatives. It is also an opportunity for us to seek parental response to any new developments. We might also, for example, express our appreciation of parental help and involvement, and parents might tell us what things they like, what is going well and areas to develop. We envisage that meetings would last about an hour and a set of agreed minutes would be circulated to all parents.
We are currently seeking two parent representatives per class to join the new PVG. Initially these representatives would serve for the rest of the academic year. If you have children in different year groups, please state which class you would like to represent or whether you do not mind representing either. If you are interested, please fill in this online form by Friday 11th December.
Watch it streaming on Saturday and Sunday 7 – 8pm
Children in our Reception classes were invited by Bath & Wells Church Diocese to take part in a special nativity event organised by South West Carols.
Our Reception children were ready, willing and able to act out part of the nativity story to a narration. This was produced and filmed in the school hall by Mrs Browne and the Reception teachers and staff, following all covid-related safety procedures.
This first ever such event is a celebration of all the good things that take place at this wonderful time of year and the reasons why we celebrate. It includes a great selection high quality musical performances from diverse artists and participation from schools all over the South West. It also promises interviews, stories and fun moments to make you laugh out loud. The nativity was streamed on Saturday and Sunday December 5th and 6th.
You can see the Saltford children in action below or if you would like to see in full screen, please watch on YouTube at youtu.be/6Zz5cIjTgPg
You can also watch the whole South West Carols show on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oHF8H9cOg8
Christmas trail in the school garden
The children are looking forward to getting out in the school garden for a special Advent nature trail which will be led by Reverend Daile.
Years 3 & 4 head outside
Years 3 and 4 welcomed SG Forest school to Saltford at the end of November to give the children a hands-on experience of life in the Stone Age.
The children had the opportunity to strike flint, build dens, grind wheat and make pots as they discussed the key question, "Were the people living in the Stone Age super-heroes?" After the experience, they decided that yes, to be able to survive without any of today's luxuries, they were!
A huge thank you to Tim and Jane from SG Forest School for bringing the Stone Age to life for us.
United against bullying
Our equalities team lead the activities as part of national anti-bullying week beginning 16th November.
This year's theme was 'United Against Bullying' and is part of the ongoing work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance who provide lots of useful resources for parents and children online.
Children were encouraged to wear odd socks to school on the Monday to show their support and they responded in great numbers. Why wear odd socks? It's about celebrating individuality and appreciating that we are all unique.
Here are Class PN and Frankie & Freddie from Class ESST showing off their odd socks to support anti-bullying
All classes participated in activities and discussions about bullying and thinking about ways to stop bullying from happening. All the children at Saltford School regularly discuss bullying in their classes throughout the year but the purpose of this week is to raise its profile even more. In class we look at different types of bullying, how to help if you think someone is being bullied or what to do if you think you are being bullied.
Here are some examples of the lovely work Class ESST did on the part they would play in stopping bullying
E-team and Miss Jupp are also there to support all children across the school who need extra support.
We're proud of our published author
Theo in Y6 has contributed a page to 'Rosa's Footprint', a children's book by Devon author Jo Earlam. Theo's page is called 'Theo's fossil-tastic facts'. This was part of the 'Think Footprint' project which encouraged children to think about the footprint they leave behind.
Mr Styles said 'it's really lovely for him to be able to use his passion this way'.
Theo has brought in a special copy of the book for the school, signed by Jo Earlam and by him. He did a fantastic Q&A session with his class and the book will be passed to other classes before going into the school library.
Theo also attended the book launch where he was presented with a signed copy of the book, a certificate and a 3D printed model of the footprint which was found in Sidmouth around which the book was based.
Here is Jo Earlam's Facebook video featuring Theo:
Our own Mrs Harding has her memoir published
Congratulations to Diane Harding, who lives in Saltford and was Secretary at Saltford School for twenty years, on having her memoir ‘Always in the Dark’ published by BLKDOG Publishing.
Born in Cape Town, at the age of fourteen she moved to England after her father secured a transfer with Cadbury’s. She knew her upbringing was a weird one and it was only after her mother’s death that she discovered a wealth of staggering information and that her childhood had been filled with secrets and scandal. Diane knew from a tender age that she would one day write a book, a promise she made to her mother, and telling her story has allowed her to put the record straight.
Her book is available from Waterstones and Amazon.
Macmillan fundraising goes ahead
Not to be deterred when her family's usual fundraising coffee morning couldn't take place, enterprising Anna from Year 1 decided to host an outdoor cake sale on her driveway.
She raised an impressive £78.20 for Macmillan cancer support by selling cupcakes, cookies, fudge and shortbread. Well done Anna!
Using collage to depict birds
Free, engaging digital book festival for all
This year Bath Children’s Literature Festival has joined forces with other brilliant festivals from around the world to create the Reading is Magic Festival. It is a free, inclusive, and engaging digital book festival for schools and families! The festival will be taking place from 27th September – 2nd October.
For more information about the festival and to purchase any books that will be read visit www.readingismagicfestival.com.
A letter from Buckingham Palace
Aimee in year 3 was excited to receive a letter from Buckingham Palace which she brought in to share with her class.
She was thanked on behalf of The Queen for being such a caring great-granddaughter and also received two photographs of The Queen, one for her great grandfather and one for herself>
Everything you need for a smooth return to school
We are very much enjoying welcoming everyone back to school including 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 concerns 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.
September update letter to parents: a reminder to parents of the procedures for September, including an update on face coverings and extra links to 'back to school' preparation resources (also included below on this page).Sept letter to parents Saltford primary.pdf
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 Oct 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.
Saltford's 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.
Public Health England booklet about preparing to go back to school: Returning to primary school; what parents need to know
Government information and practical guidance for getting your child ready to return to school: Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.
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.
The situation regarding the wearing of face coverings has changed and the government has issued new guidance to schools. The general advice is still that the government does not recommend that face coverings should be worn in primary schools because the measures in place provide sufficient protection and coverings have the potential to impact negatively on learning. It is still the case that children over the age of 11 are required to wear a face covering on public or school transport. We will of course keep this situation under review and take immediate action should the situation change.
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.
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 1.30 pm
- Tuesday 6th October 2020 9.30 am
- Friday 9th October 9.30 am
- Monday 12th October 1.30 pm
- Monday 19th October 2020 1.30 pm
Tours are guided by our Head Teacher, Mrs Sage and usually last about an hour. Tours will be in small groups and will follow all the Covid related procedures. 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 contact the school office by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.