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 education during the autumn term, please see the gov.uk document 'What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term'.
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 24th November 2020
- Revised procedures for KS1 collection point and time 18th November
- Letter to parents 16th November 2020
- Letter to parents 10th November 2020
- Letter to parents 5th November 2020
- Letter to parents 4th November 2020
- Letter to parents 20th October 2020
- Letter to parents 9th October 2020
- Letter to parents 8th 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.
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.
Children and staff are giving back to families in need
Keynsham food bank are fortunate to have had many donations of every day food items. Now they would really like some Christmas treats that they can hand out to those in need over the Christmas period so that everyone can enjoy some of the magic of Christmas. This doesn’t need to be expensive but if you could add in an extra packet of chocolate biscuits, or an extra box of mince pies to your shopping basket and donate it through the reverse Advent calendar, it would be really well received.
We know that at the end of term, some parents like to show their appreciation to staff through small gifts. Saltford staff are asking this year that, should you be considering a token of thanks for your child’s teacher, your generous donations to the Advent calendar collection would be thanks enough.
Thank you in anticipation of your support in this.
For more information about how to access help from the Keynsham and Saltford food banks, see our Pupil premium page. If you would like to know more about the Keynsham food bank, you can see their website here.
United against bullying
Our equalities team leads the activities as part of national anti-bullying week beginning 16th November.
This year's theme is '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 Monday 16th November 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.
Following the call from the Archbishop of Canterbury to pray nationally during this time of lockdown, Mrs Emma King and her dog Henry will be going on a daily prayer walk come rain or shine, to pray for our community. Mrs King is one of our Governors and a Community Outreach Worker for St Mary's Church.
If you would like Mrs King to pray for you, pray for your friends and family, give thanks for something, or someone, please call or text her by 9am daily on 07747 591094.
You can see Mrs King's poster here in PDF.
Online provision for children who are self-isolating
During periods of self-isolation, whether waiting for test results or monitoring symptoms, 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. A detailed summary of our remote education offer when a class or year group is self-isolating can be found here.
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.
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.
There are new activities for autumn available on BBC Bitesize: Autumn 2020 Resources for Primary and Secondary students - BBC Bitesize
Your child can also access software for their year group shared in the class letter found on the Classes page of the website, such as Doodle maths, English and spelling.
In addition, spelling practice and regular reading would also be great.
If you would prefer a hard copy of the Home Learning pack please contact the school office.
Please note that, unlike the summer term where we had staff allocated to online learning and monitoring, all our teaching staff are back in the classroom. They will of course access Tapestry and Seesaw when they can.
Hot meals reintroduced
Because of Covid restrictions, we have been providing school dinners in the form of packed lunch grab-bags. We are pleased to announce that, with the onset of the colder weather, we can now provide hot school dinners from Monday 12th October. Our school meals are prepared fresh on our site by Zest Catering.
The choice of hot meal will be somewhat limited as this meal will be served in a box and distributed in a similar fashion to the packed lunch grab-bags. Drinks will not be served by Zest as children will be based in their classrooms to eat, with full access to their own water bottles. Packed lunch grab-bags will not be part of the choice.
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:
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:
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
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!"
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.