People Who Help Us
Last term the Butterflies and Bumblebees learnt all about People Who Help Us and were very lucky to have lots of kind visitors come in to tell us all about their jobs.
The Butterfly Class were very lucky to have a visit from Dr Andrews who taught us lots of things about being a doctor. We learnt about some of our organs and had a go at things that doctors do like weighing and measuring babies and putting bandages on.
Both Reception classes were very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Ferris who told us all about being a nurse. She spoke to us about germs and showed us how important it is to wash our hands.
Another special visitor we had was Dr Smith-Collins who came to talk to us all about being a paediatrician. He showed us some instruments that doctors might use and he even let us pretend to be doctors too.
We had a visit from Mrs Singh to talk to us about being a Parking Enforcement officer. We learnt why it is so important to park your car safely and what the Parking Attendants have to do and wear every day.
This term we have been lucky enough to have visits from paramedics and police officers. Mr and Mrs Brett came and speak to us about being paramedics. They told us about the equipment they use and taught us how they might treat somebody who had hurt their arm. We even got to look inside the ambulance. PC Sean and PC Steve bought a police van in and taught us all about what police officers do and how to stay safe. They let us print our fingerprints and showed us how to use the radio.
A huge thank you to all of our visitors for giving up their time to make our learning so exciting.
Do see our Twitter page for some photos of these lovely visits!
What a performance!
All key stage two children were invited to play in our school orchestra and we have been overwhelmed by the response and enthusiasm of our pupils. We have formed an orchestra of thirty children with a wide range of instruments consisting of violins, clarinets, flutes, recorders, saxophones, percussion and a cello! The children began their first rehearsal by watching a clip of 'Ode to Joy' and then practised playing the tune themselves. Mrs Hodgkin (one of our parents) has transcribed all the music for the children to play. She practised individual parts, and by the end of the first rehearsal, they were performing the whole piece! The children were really engaged and enjoyed the whole experience. They will be performing to their parents at 3pm on Friday 22nd June and then giving another performance at 2pm on Saturday 7th July at the Summer Fair. Please come along to support them if you can. We would like to thank Mrs. Hodgkin for her tremendous enthusiasm and for inspiring our children to play together. She has written all the parts, organised the instruments and managed to create a wonderful performance in just three weeks! We are extremely grateful to her for her patience, inspiration and support. The children have absolutely loved it! We hope you enjoy the performance.
NSPCC and 02 join forces with parents to help keep your child safe online
We were delighted to host the NSPCC for this hour-long workshop on that most important subject, the online safety of children.
This workshop was part of a range of activities from the 'speak out, stay safe' programme that the NSPCC has been delivering in our school. It is designed to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.
Many parents attended the workshop, which covered information about what children might be doing online and discussed particular apps and games they might be using. There was advice on how to set expectations with children, and how to start a conversation about their online life.
If you missed the talk there are leaflets available in reception and you can check out the following links for support and advice:
Shareaware, developed in conjunction with O2, contains lots of advice and links to help parents encourage their children to be 'share aware'.
Netaware is a guide for parents to the most popular sites, games and apps that children use, helping parents to form their own views about which ones are appropriate for their children.
You can also find a collection links to useful online safety advice on our own online safety page.
NSPCC maths challenge
A huge WELL DONE to all the children that took part in Buddy's Meaningful Maths Challenge for the NSPCC. We are so pleased to announce that as a school we raised in excess of £4100 for the NPSCC. This is an absolutely amazing amount of money that will be able to help so many children all across the UK. Thank you so much to all the parents, family and friends who sponsored our children. Butterfly class won the award for the highest number of sponsors. Tamsin and Sarah from the NSPCC announced the amount in our whole school assembly on Monday before leading the Online Safety Workshop for parents. As a school we would like to thank the NSPCC for their informative assemblies and workshops.
Year 6 raise the Cathedral roof
Year 6 enjoyed a special Pilgrimage Day at Wells Cathedral on Tuesday. They took part in collective worship with other schools from the Diocese of Bath and Wells and really raised the roof with their singing during the hymns. The children then split into small groups to take part in a range of activities, from walking tours and music to geometric drawing and drama. We then gathered back together (after a quick play on the cathedral green) to take part in a closing worship, where our own Katie G was chosen as a candle-bearer for the service. The children then walked through the west door of the cathedral to symbolise their journey to the next stage of their lives as they move to secondary school. Everyone had a lovely day so thank you to Mr Godwin and Mr Baker for organising the trip, as well as all the staff that accompanied the children. A final thank you to the children for representing the school so well at this important event.
Join in and help create a cleaner future for everyone
#CleanAirDay is happening on 21 June. It is a chance to find out more about air pollution and to take action to make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone. You can find out how you can take simple, practical action to reduce and avoid air pollution.
Discover little-known facts about air pollution on the #CleanAirDay website, and tips for how you can reduce and avoid it. You might be surprised by what you don’t know…
Help spread the word and get involved with an inspiring day of action.
Fun away from home.
On Tuesday this week our Year 5’s set off for Cheddar on their Camp. The first stop was the Seaquarium in Weston Super Mare. The children were given a guided tour before exploring the displays, which they really enjoyed. This was followed by lunch on the seafront and a play on the beach.
They were then off to Brean Down for their first taste of the great outdoors walking over the headland to the old fort. The children were determined and enthusiastic walkers, which was lovely.
After an enjoyable first evening at the hostel, energy was regained with a cooked breakfast before heading into Cheddar village to begin the ascent to the top of the gorge. Starting out near the Lion's Head rock formation, they clambered up the path. Once again, the children were exemplary in their enthusiasm and behaviour on the walk. There were lots of smiles and no complaints. The children more than earned a trip into the shops at Cheddar.
This evening, the children will return to the hostel, where lots of children will chose to spend even more time outside, playing with the sports equipment.
After a thorough tidy up on Thursday morning, the children will make their way out of the hostel for the last time and on to the coach bound for Wookey Hole. In the caves, the children will enjoy an exhilarating experience in the '4D' cinema and then they will be allowed to explore some of the attractions on offer.
They will then made their way back on the coach for the journey home, a little tired, but no worse for wear.
Thank you to Mr Baker for organising this Camp, and to Mr Boyle, Miss Rudd, Mrs Parfrey and Mrs Arden for accompanying the children. You will find further pictures on our twitter site.
More playtime fun and games in store for younger children
On Monday, we welcomed Cath Burston in to school to work with our Y5/6 Playground Leaders.
During the morning the leaders were split into groups of five and their task was to use the PE resources to lead a small game which would engage FS/KS1 during playtimes.
Next term, these Y5/6 playtime leaders will continue their excellent leadership qualities and continue to lead some games during the infants lunchtime play. Thank you to Mrs Burston for providing this wonderful opportunity for our Y5/6 children. She told the leaders that they should all be very proud of themselves for demonstrating many of the skills that will make them excellent playtime leaders.
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KS2 observe Ascension Day by heading outside
We were pleased to make the most of the fair May weather and make our annual pilgrimage to remember the events of Ascension Day on Kelston Roundhill.
We assemble at the top of the hill for a service with prayers, a Bible reading, hymn singing and a reminder of the significance of the occasion. This is followed by a well-deserved picnic lunch and an opportunity to play in the fresh air before heading back to school.
This memorable day also gives the children a chance to chat with their friends, teachers and other adults, enjoy the scenery and observe nature. Well done to all the children for participating so well.
Thank you to Mr Baker for his organisation, to all the staff and parent helpers who accompanied us and to the landowner, William Heath, for once again extending an invitation to us to use the site for this event.
Class ED wins the challenge!
Mrs Brook would like to thank everyone who joined in with The Big Pedal. We were delighted with the numbers of children, parents and carers who cycled or came on their scooters each day to and from school.
Special congratulation are due to the children in Class ED who won the challenge with a record number of children travelling to school on two wheels. The children were each given a high visibility wrist band as a prize.
Help urgently required to run this local Christmas event
The next Saltford Santa Dash which is scheduled to take place on 2nd December 2018 urgently needs volunteers to step forward to join the organising committee to make this happen.
Unfortunately, events such as these, do not just happen; they take a great deal of organising and the SCA needs energetic, enthusiastic committee members to carry this forward. The ‘Dash’ has in the past attracted some 500+ entries for the road run/walk and 400+ children for the field event, not to mention the spectators at the sports ground and on the route.
If you can help and want to see this event continue, please contact the SCA either by e-mail email@example.com or call Richard Evans on 01225 873296 to register your interest.
Find out more about the SCA here.
We celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with our special lunch
Successful collaboration in the community
Mr Baker and nearly half his class led the Family Service at St Mary's Church last Sunday, 13th May. After a warm welcome from Rev'd Daile, the children did a Bible reading, acted out a play based on Jesus' Parable of the Talents, showed pictures that they had drawn based on this story and read prayers they had written themselves.
We were very impressed with the way the children behaved, spoke and sang and many members of the congregation commented how nice it was to see so many children from Saltford School at church with their parents. We very much value our strong links with St Mary's and this annual event certain serves to strengthen that relationship.
Thank you to the parents who made it possible for their children to attend and who came along to support the event and to the people of St Mary's for making us so welcome, including providing refreshments after the service.
Following a consultation period, we would like to inform parents/carers that the new red PE T shirts that we have been trialling will become part of our school uniform policy from September 2018.
The supplier, Harvem, has informed us that stocks are currently running low at the £3.50 price (which was subsidised by the school) and that the new stock will be priced at £4.50.
Please see the uniform policy for all requirements for sports wear. The red embroidered T shirts can either be ordered online direct at harvemschoolwear.co.uk or by visiting the uniform shop Harvem, Bath Hill, Keynsham.
Celebrate your walk to school 21st - 24th May
Walk to School Week, taking place each May, is a country-wide celebration of walking. Each year Living Streets puts together a fun themed challenge to take on while walking to and from school. In 2017 400,000 children and their families joined the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits the simple act of walking can bring.
Saltford school will be entering this challenge and encourage as many families as possible to join in with the celebration of walking to and from school. This event will take place during the last week of this term 5 and, as with The Big Pedal Challenge, there will prizes on offer to the class who has the most pupils walking to school during this week.
Remember, even if you have to travel part way to school by car, you can leave your car outside the 5 minute safe zone and walk the rest of the journey or 'Park & Stride 'by leaving your car in The Crown car park.
Children meet 'How to Train your Dragon' author
On Thursday 3rd May Year 3 were lucky enough to be invited to one of our Wellsway MAT Schools, SBL, to see the author Cressida Cowell speak about her life and work. She inspired us with her creativity and we loved hearing all about how she writes and illustrates her books. Many thanks to Laura Richards (Librarian at SBL) for giving us this wonderful opportunity and to Mrs. Nethercott for arranging our visit.
Saltford pupil wins B&NES crime writing competition
Eyes down at 6.30pm
Come and join the PTA for Family Bingo Night on Friday 18th May at 6pm. Eyes down at 6.30 pm.
Tickets £1 each and include a hotdog - please let the PTA know if you require a veggie version. Refreshments will also be available.
Prizes and raffle to be won!
Tickets will be sold in advance for £1 and will go on sale after school on 1st, 2nd and 3rd May outside Class RH. As tables and seating will be needed for this event, we have a limited number of tickets so don't delay.
All proceeds raised from this family event will go towards a defibrillator for the school. See our poster for full information.
Girls win at gymnastics competition
Congratulations to Poppy, Francesca, Oona, Amelia, Lucia, Erin, Savannah, Ilaria, Emily, Eve, Katie, Erin, Mia and Molly who represented our school in the Kingswood schools gymnastics competition in April.
They won individual medals and both the infants and juniors finished in first place winning gold cups for Saltford. Well done to our gymnasts!
Congratulations to Brooke
Brooke has been playing basketball for the Girls Bristol Flyers for a number of years and has been previously selected to play for the Under 10s, Under 12s and last month for the Under 14s. Last weekend Brooke was invted to trial for the county team. Following 2 days of trials, she was successful - well done Brooke.
Brooke wll play her first county tournament in Gloucester at the end of April - we wish her good luck.
Easter gardens and Easter bonnets
Thank you to all the children who made such lovely Easter gardens for our Easter display.
We also remembered the Easter story in a special service this morning. Thank you to Mr Baker for coordinating and leading the Easter Service.
Today our EYFS children wore their Easter Bonnets to the Easter Service. They looked amazing and we enjoyed seeing all the eggs, bunnies and carrots attached to their colourful bonnets! After the service the children went on a lovely Easter Bonnet parade around the school. Thank you to all the children and parents who worked so hard to make the Bonnets look so special.
Mr Egypt comes to visit
Lower KS2 were lucky enough to round off our term’s history work with a visit from ‘Mr. Egypt’ (Egyptologist Phil Harris).
He told us all about daily life for Ancient Egyptian children, food and beliefs (amongst other things), as well as setting us challenges with hieroglyphics and Egyptian numbers. The day culminated in sharing some genuine artefacts and a mummy wrapping teamwork exercise. We were all amazed by his knowledge and enthusiasm and many children reported that they were inspired to become Egyptologists themselves!
Many thanks to Mrs. Newark for organising this visit.
An amazing experience away from home
Our year fours had a one-night stay at Barton Camp near the Mendips on a very snowy week in March.
The trip included a walk up Crook Peak, a visit to Puxton Park and plenty of activities at the accommodation.
A big thank you to Mr Baker who organised the trip and to all the staff who accompanied it and contributed to the fun. We're already looking forward to a return visit next year, perhaps with slightly warmer weather!
Back to Medieval times at Saltford
To bring our topic to life, our year one and year two children had a special Castle Day on Monday. They came dressed in wonderful outfits ready for lots of fun.
Various activities took place in the morning such as shield and crown making, castle games and stories. In the afternoon we gathered together in the hall for some Medieval dancing and jousting with balloons! Several jesters then stood up and entertained us with their favourite jokes.
We all rose to the challenge of making our very own castles with working drawbridges.
It was a very enjoyable and exciting topic.
Groups from year two and year six participated in the Dance Umbrella at The Forum in Bath this March. From the sea to the spooky we all had a thrilling time.
Huge congratulations to the children who represented the school so well and performed amazingly. Enormous thanks go to the very talented Mrs Browne for the choreography and running the after school rehearsals Thank you to the parents for providing such fantastic costumes for the Year 6 children and to Lucy Ratnett or the hire of the costumes for the Year 2 children.
Here's a taste of the spectactular:
Year 6 learn valuable life skills
Y6 were lucky to receive a visit from Little Lifesavers, who gave them lots of useful advice and practical help about how to help when someone's life is in danger. They were able to practise how to resuscitate a person, how to help if they come across a person who is choking, and how to put a patient into the recovery position.
We would like to thank the volunteers for coming in and teaching the children such valuable life skills.
Saltford School takes a stand against racism and inequality
We were pleased to welcome Alessia and Tamana from SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) to KS2 on 15th March. They took an assembly about racism and racist bullying and led some workshops exploring these issues in greater detail with our Y6 classes. Please take a look at their interesting assembly presentation here.
The children engaged with the issues in a very mature and thoughtful way and some very interesting discussions followed the assembly back in classes.
The children were reminded that it's very important to let someone know if they experience or witness any incidents of racism or racist bullying and that these would be taken very seriously by our school and would be investigated by Mrs. Sage.
SARI is a specialist organisation contracted by B&NES to deliver proactive education interventions in co-operation with schools.
Saltford School's digital leaders help out at the Computer Café
Our "amazing and knowledgeable" digital leaders went to put their digital skills to good use at the Computer Café session that took place at Saltford Hall on 12th March.
The photos speak for themselves; the customers at the Computer Café were delighted with some help from the younger members of the community and the children really enjoyed sharing their skills along with some squash and biscuits.
Topics covered included using email, watching YouTube and changing iPad settings.
Thank you to Mr Freemantle and Miss Hansford for working together on this successful collaboration.
Popular summer school returns 20th - 24th August 2018
This is a hilarious week of drama, dance, craft and singing, culminating in a sparkling performance for friends and family on the Friday.
Suitable for all boys and girls from 4-16.
Jo Browne and Lucy Ratnett will be running their very popular Summer School at Saltford Hall.
Monday and Tuesday morning, Wednesday - Friday all day. £105. for the week.
Early booking offer of £95 if booked before the end of April.
An Art club is available on Monday and a Tuesday afternoons at an additional cost.
For booking forms and more information please email Lucyratnettdance@live.com.
Successful bid from Big Lottery - Awards for All
Saltford School is now providing a new lunch time club especially for the children in Foundation Stage. This is due to special funding the school has received, a total of £1850.00, from Big Lottery – Awards For All. We placed a bid for the funding and were delighted to find that we were successful. The funding will provide enough weekly sessions for EYFS for a whole year.
Debutots interactive storytelling and dramatic play sessions promote speech, language and literacy skills and encourage self-confidence and imagination. There is a unique interactive story each session, with movement to music and dramatic play. The children then jump into the story world and bring the characters and scenery to life. Each session is carefully linked to the Early Years Foundation stage. As your children grow in age and poise, the more confident they’ll become and the more we’ll challenge their thinking and creative skills through different drama skills. This will have a very positive impact on our youngest children’s development.
Spaces at Saltford Rainbows
The 1st Saltford Rainbows currently have a few spaces for girls who would like to have fun, play games, earn badges and go on trips. They meet at the Guide Hut, Radcliffe Hall, in Lansdown Road on a Tuesday evening.
Keep up to date with our community
We thought you might like a sneak preview of the next Saltford Community Association Newsletter, which will be delivered to residents from this weekend. You can read and enjoy it here.
Particularly topical is an article on Saltford Post Office and Library. The SCA writes "We are delighted to say that since going off to print over 60 enthusiastic volunteers met at Saltford Hall to consider the re-opening of Saltford Post Office and the future continuation of Saltford library. We outlined the proposal to relocate the Post Office so as to share the current library building, a way forward that is receiving strong support from B&NES, from Post Offices Ltd and from the Parish Council. The first step towards this will be the formation of a management committee for the joint scheme, which will be a not-for-profit subsidiary of the SCA. The success of the project will depend strongly on the active support of the community and if you are able to help in any way, please contact the SCA on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the SCA Office on 01225 874081. "
Helping you support your child
Thank you to so many parents for attending the Y6 SATs information meeting on Thursday evening, 25th January. We hope you found it useful, and that it will help you to support your child for the tests in May.
During the meeting, parents were told about the different tests in Maths and English that the children will do, the way that they are marked, and how the children's scores will be reported to parents, showing whether they are working above or below national expectations. Parents had an opportunity to ask questions and look at the ways that the assessment data is used. We discussed the way that writing is marked and assessed over the whole year, and is not tested during SAT week.
Thank you to Mr Godwin and Mr Styles for taking the time to run the evening; we hope parents found the meeting informative. You can see a copy of the presentation here and, if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
All children can access the latest learning technology
In one of the biggest changes to our classroom environment for many years, eight new touchscreens were installed in the main building and Year 6 classrooms over the Christmas holiday. Now all children have access to the latest in educational technology.
Jess in Year 5 said how pleased they are with a large, clear screen that everyone can enjoy and interact with. Staff can now make full use of video and applications, knowing that everyone can see and use them from anywhere in the classroom.
We also expect that ongoing maintenance requirements and energy consumption of this equipment will be far lower than the whiteboard and projector setup we had before.
This has only been possible because of the dedication and generosity of our PTA who have funded the entire project. Of course, their success depends on your support of all our fundraising events. We thank the PTA, Mr May who coordinated the project, and the IT team who worked hard over the holidays to install the screens.
Consultation on Proposed Admissions 2019-2020
This consultation on proposed admission arrangements for 2019/20 academic year is open to everyone and is particularly aimed at:
Parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen in Bath & North East Somerset
Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of all mainstream schools and Academies in Bath & North East Somerset
Neighbouring Local Authorities
The Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Clifton Diocese
Bath & North East Somerset Councillors
Saltford C of E Primary School is consulting on their proposed admission arrangements and admission numbers for the 2019/20 school year.
The 2019/20 consultation documents are listed below:
The consultation starts on 4th December and will end on Friday 12 January 2018. Following the consultation period Saltford C of E School will determine its admission arrangements by 28 February 2018 and these will then be published on this website by 15 March 2018. Once arrangements have been determined objections can be made to the Office of the School Adjudicator.
To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to:
email@example.com Alternatively you can write to Saltford C of E Primary School, Claverton Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3DW
The Local Authority may have been asked to publish details of the proposed admission arrangements for Foundation (including Trust) and Voluntary Aided Schools or Academies where the Governors/Academy Trust are the admission authority. Any such details will be listed below and the consultation period for the schools concerned will end by 28 February 2018.
Responses concerning Academies should be sent to the school concerned for the attention of the Headteacher and/or Chair of Governors.
Saltford wins top prize of B&NES "Primary School of the Year 2017"
On 21st November, Stanley, Bella and Mrs Brook travelled to Swindon to attend an awards ceremony in recognition of attaining our Silver Modeshift Award last year.
Bella and Stanley write: "during the day, we played some games, created a comic strip, had a delicious lunch and took part in some drama activities. In the afternoon, we listened to the awards take place and we were absolutely delighted to receive the top prize of The Primary School of The Year 2017 in B&NES for our work on promoting sustainable travel at Saltford School. In addition, Bella won the top prize in the raffle: a colourful scooter."
We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and want to thank all pupils, parents and carers for continuing to support Saltford in promoting sustainable travel. We are currently working towards achieving a gold award and would like as many children, parents and carers as possible to support our weekly WOW days. Just to remind you, we encourage you to walk, scoot or cycle to school whenever possible but on Wednesdays, our Active Ambassadors will be recording the numbers of participants from each class to determine the winning class. Thank you to Mrs Brook for all her hard work on our travel plan.
We welcomed SIAMS inspectors into school on November 2nd
We are delighted to report that the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) found that "the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Saltford as a Church of England school are outstanding."
Cross country trials took place last Friday and a squad of 20 children from Year 5 and 6 were chosen from many eager competitors. Well done to all the children for taking part and making the trials a very competitive and exciting event. Congratulations to the children who were chosen for the cross country team and who will be representing Saltford School in the BANES cross country competition on Wednesday 4th October. Good luck Team Saltford!
Open to girls aged from 5 to 7
Last week one of the Saltford Guide leaders launched a brand new Rainbow group for girls aged 5-7. The group runs on Thursdays from 4.30 -5.30pm.
She writes: the existing Tuesday group is oversubscribed, but we would like as many girls as possible to have the opportunity to join. Please see the link below for full details of how to register your daughter.
Pupils welcomed back to exciting changes on the school site.
We are very excited that our six classroom new build will be ready for occupation in September 2017. The whole project has been documented on our "Big Build Blog", where you can see pictures and comments covering all the developments since the first work began in September 2016.
In the new part of the school, one Year One, two Year Two, one Year Three and two Year Four classes will be located. We are going to be utilising our two classrooms on the field for our Year Six classes. Chuckles Before and After School club will be using their current room (the Piano Room) and also using the classroom currently occupied by Class JG which will mean they can increase their provision and enjoy easy access to the playground and field space. During the day these two rooms will be used for small group work and meetings.
We are delighted to announce that we have received the recognition of commitment certificate
This demonstrates that we are working towards this important award.
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)?
It is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. Children have the right to participate, so meaningful involvement of children and young people is fundamental to every stage of our RRSA journey.