Last Thursday the Butterflies and Bumblebees had a wonderful time exploring Bath City Farm.
They saw pigs, sheep, ponies and were even brave enough to feed the goats and chickens! After this they went to the allotment and learnt all about different plants we can grow to eat.
They learnt a lot about farming and Harvest time as well as having lots of fun!
Thank you to Miss Honeybell for organising this trip and to all the EYFS staff who helped on the day.
A big thank you to all the helpers who joined us on this trip.
School catering wins top award
We are delighted that Claire Mansri and our school caterers, Zest, won the ‘Best Self Managed School Caterer’ category at the national EduCatering Awards in London on 8th October.
This industry recognition of Claire’s leadership and the hard work of the Trust's catering teams is fantastic news and well deserved. Congratulations to Claire and the whole team.
Have your say
B&NES Council is holding an online consultation on the future use of the river bank at Mead Lane in Saltford and has stated that key to the success of this consultation will be the extent of public participation. The survey is expected to end on 31st October.
There is information and a link on the B&NES website at www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/environment/river-and-canal/mead-lane-saltford-mooring-trial. The on-line consultation survey about the future use of the river bank at Mead Lane is now available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MeadLane.
The survey contains both closed and open questions and opportunities to express opinions. Replies are anonymous unless the respondent chooses to give that information.GDPR rules are fully complied with.
The Saltford Environment Group (SEG) has published some background information on the Mead Lane consultation and its own response to the consultation. See the SEG website here.
Our donations support our community
This year we have enjoyed our traditional harvest festivals and thought about our community and where our food comes from.
The KS2 harvest festival had a French flavour as all years performed their prayers and songs in French as part of the 'languages matter' week that we celebrated earlier in the term. La chenille qui fait des trous made an appearance (better known as the hungry caterpillar) and Frère Jacques was busy with his tomatoes.
As a school, we collected harvest gifts for Julian House and Saltford Food Bank. This is "caring for our community" in practice. We asked EYFS and KS1 to bring dried or tinned goods for Saltford Food Bank and the juniors to give as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible which have gone very quickly to Julian House.
We hope that everyone who attended the services enjoyed the efforts of the children who performed with such enthusiasm and enjoyed the opportunity to make a donation to those members of our community who need support from the food bank and from Julian House.
Bonjour! Hola! Ciao!
All our children had lots of fun learning about languages in our 'languages matter' week when we celebrated languages and through the entire week.
EYFS explored a map of the world and learnt to say 'bonjour', Year 1 and 2 had fun making French soup and tasting it, Year 3 and 4 took a virtual tour of Paris and made models of the Eiffel tower and its skyline and Year 5 and 6 enjoyed running a French themed café.
The children have also been introduced to other languages from Italy, Spain, Wales and Sri Lanka and enjoyed a visit from our Spanish club teacher in our whole school assembly.
Mrs Sage would like to thank the staff for all the lovely activities this week and Mrs Nethercott for her leadership of modern foreign languages.
Gold and silver performances at National Karate Qualifiers
Joshua in Year 5 competed at the National Karate GKR Qualifier Championships in Birmingham at the end of September. He displayed great resolve in his Kumite (sparring) resulting in a gold medal. He also achieved a silver medal in Kata. He will now be competing at the National Karate GKR Championships in Sheffield in November.
Joshua's teacher and classmates enjoyed celebrating his achievement with him when he brought his medals in to class.
His parents and the school are extremely proud of him, particularly as he put in lots of practice at home without going to extra Karate lessons. On the day his preparation and determination paid off with wins against some very strong opposition.
On the 18th October the PTA will be holding its first children’s discos of the year. The discos take place after school on a Friday evening, one for Reception and Key Stage 1, followed by one for Key Stage 2 later in the evening
Tickets are on sale online here. If you need instructions for setting up your account, please see the letter to parents here. Prices of tickets are £3.50 for KS1 & reception (including refreshments) and £2.50 for KS2 (these tickets do not include refreshments).
Reception & KS1 tickets include refreshments so they do not need to bring any money into the disco. There will a tuck shop for KS2 so please bring your pocket money. Prices as follows:
Sweet bags - 50p
Crisps - 30p
Glow sticks - 20p
Haribo snakes - 20p
Small haribo bags - 15p
Candy pencils - 10p
Each child may bring their own named water bottle to the disco. They will be asked to leave their bottle on their class table, which will be clearly marked, and to drink only in that area and leave their bottles there.
This year we will be recycling as much as possible from the disco. Please look at for the bins with different coloured lids for the following items:
Yellow Lid - Paper
Blue Lid - Cans
Red Lid - Plastic
Due to the fire limits of the hall it is not possible for parents to stay with their children during the disco. You will need to drop them at the hall at 5.30pm and collect them at 6.45pm. The KS2 disco will start at 7.00pm and will end at 8:15pm. If you wish to stay at school there will be refreshments for parents in the library.
We like to include reception children in this event as many really enjoy it and we don’t want those with older siblings to feel excluded. However we also understand that this is happening very early in the school year and that some parents may feel that it will be a little overwhelming for their children when they have only been at school for a few weeks. If this is the case, be assured that we run a second disco at the end of January when your children will be more settled in at school.
Remember, remember the 5th of November
The PTA will be selling fireworks wristbands after school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week from 3pm. This will be in the usual space outside RJ, just look for the long queue! If you are not sure, ask another parent to direct you.
There are no wristbands for sale at the event, and entry is by wristband only so please don't miss out. If you are unable to get to school please ask a friend/other parent to buy your wristbands for you.
Wristbands are £3.50 each. Under 2s go free. You can pay by cheque, cash, card and Apple Pay.
After Friday 4th October, any remaining wristbands will be on sale to the community at Davies and Way on the main road. We sold out last year so don't delay getting your wristbands if you plan on coming along.
Do keep an eye on the PTA's website for other ticketed events where you can buy tickets easily online. Tickets are now available for the forthcoming school discos on 18th October.
Fun at the farm!
Key Stage One have enjoyed their visits to Warleigh Lodge Farm this week. Luckily enough the weather held out for all classes, so the children could enjoy their activties outside. There were lots of jobs for the children such as harvesting the Fodder Beet, feeding the pigs, goats and hens, riding on the trailer behind the farmers tractor to feed the cows, making a bed for the pigs and collecting eggs.
The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot about farming.
Knockout fundraising idea
Theo and Freddie from Year 6 are selling conkers in aid of Saltford Food Bank. They had the idea to sell some conkers to raise money for charity. They will use the money to donate food to Saltford Food Bank.
Help collect Team GB stickers with Aldi’s Kit for Schools
We’re collecting Team GB stickers with Aldi’s Kit for Schools. When a member of our community spends £30 in any Aldi store, they’ll receive a special Team GB athlete sticker. Please help us collect 300 stickers to complete our poster and we’ll receive an exclusive sports kit plus a chance to win £20,000!
This promotion runs from 6th September until 3rd November so please spread the word to family members and friends and send your stickers into school with your child - a box will be in our reception area to drop them off.
Please see https://www.aldi.co.uk/kitforschools for more information.
Thank you for your support.
Every child benefits
We would like to thank our PTA for another fantastic year of fundraising. Look out for posters with a summary of last year's impressive figures and how every child in the school has benefitted.
The 2018/2019 school year was yet another fantastic year for fundraising. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the committee, parents, staff, and everyone who attends our PTA events, a massive £23,600 was raised!
They've given us...
How has the money been spent so far? During the last school year, the PTA supported the building of substantial new outdoor play equipment, including grass matting to enable year-round use and bought books for the reading library. The whole school took part in an online safety project run by Bigfoot Art Education and each class received new golden time games and toys; Key Stage 2 children enjoyed special robot wars workshops and received personal planners; younger children had Lego STEM workshops and received resources for EYFS social groups and the THRIVE programme.
The work of the PTA enriches school life in so many ways. We're looking forward to another successful year of collaboration and enjoyable events.
Finding the fun in reading... prizes to be won
This year we have a range of exciting events lined up to inspire children to read and read some more. There are prizes on offer and we are also searching for guest readers who would like to come in to school to share a favourite story with the children.
The gift of reading
To mark the start of the new school year each class received a brand new book for their class, wrapped up and ready to share. Reception will get theirs when they start full time.
Children need to keep their eyes peeled for a different mystery reader each week. When they notice a member of staff reading in unexpected circumstances they can enter their guess, along with their name and class into the box in the office for a chance to win a prize.
Each term, Miss Davis will host a book club for a year group to share what they are reading, listen to part of a new story they may not have heard and review the book. The first book club will run for Year Six on Friday 13th September 12.20- 1.00 in the library with a follow up session on Friday 11th October at the same time. If your child would like to be involved please see Miss Davis and remember to bring a packed lunch on the day.
Are you a brilliant storyteller? Is there a book you’d like to share with a class? Would you like the opportunity to read to a group of children? We would like to invite a guest reader to join us for a one off story telling session. This is open to parents, grandparents, governors and friends of the school. If you would like to share a book with a class please let the class teacher know and arrange a time to drop by.
Does your child have what it takes to be a Reading champion? We are looking for one exceptional champion from each class to promote reading and fly the flag for books. If your child would like to be their class’s champion they need to write a brief letter (assisted by you for younger years) to Miss Davis, outlining why they would be an excellent champ. Please can letters be given to Miss Davis by Monday 23rd September with the Champions announced on Thursday 26th September in assembly.
Book bucket list
Have you seen Miss Davis’s Poster in the library? It shows are a range of classic books that children can read and enjoy. Has your child read any? If they have, they can submit a book review and scratch off the panel for that book. Help Miss Davis scratch them all!
Everything you need to know for the first week back
Mrs Sage would like to welcome everyone back for the new school year. There's lots to look forward to and lots of opportunities linked to additional provision to enrich our children's education.
Important aspects of our curriculum will be highlighted through some "matters" weeks, including Languages matter and Our World matters. Outdoor learning is a key area for us so we are also planning a themed week linked to Geography and creative writing where children will be able to get out and about in our village.
There will be a focus on spelling, highlighted in September with the launch of a spelling bee competition. Daily reading will continue to be important; it is really helpful if parents can write a comment in the reading record books to keep us up to date with how the children are getting on with their reading at home.
We've highlighted below some practical information you'll need before the first day back. Also see www.saltfordschool.org.uk/the-office/#school-notices for tips for parents on having your child ready for school. These include what to do about absences, tips for healthy snacks in line with school policy and the procedure at the end of the school day.
When do we start?
This year, school starts on Wednesday 4th September. Years 1 – 6 should be in school by 8.50am as usual,
New Reception children who are in the morning group will start at 10am on this first day only. Thereafter they should be in school for 8.50am. Those in the afternoon group should come to school by 1.15pm.
What should we bring?
Children should bring their school book bags and be wearing the correct school uniform. Children are not expected to bring their PE kit on the first day back. We like to encourage the children to take responsibility for remembering what they need to bring to school and packing it in good time. Please remember to name all items. If you wonder why, take a look at our overflowing lost property box!
There will be no swimming in the first week of term, so no kit is required. Swimming for years 1 - 6 will start on Monday 9th September. The only club that will be running in the first week will be Tiger Martial Arts on a Thursday morning before school. Keep your eye on the Clubs page for up-to-date information about clubs and their timetables.
The current menu is available on the 'school dinners' section of the website. Dinners for children in years 3 - 6 should be paid for in advance using the School Gateway. Parents of children moving into year 3 might like to revisit the letter sent last term. The menu for Wednesday 4th September can be found here.
During the first week of term, parents will receive a class letter and curriculum map that will detail class arrangements for terms 1 and 2, including swimming and PE times.
Do look out for our launch newsletter that will be emailed to every family on Thursday of the first week back. This website is frequently updated with news, pictures and practical information, so keep an eye on our news, sports reports and dates for your diary pages. The weekly newsletter is emailed to all contacts every Thursday. Our school Twitter account gives you instant access to pictures and news as we have so much going on in a typical week at Saltford School.
We always encourage parents to be engaged in school life. Please take a look at our wonderful PTA pages and find out how you could get involved. It's rewarding and it's fun.
We also encourage children to be engaged in all that school has to offer. See our 'Children' section for details of all the opportunities available to them.
We always appreciate the help parents and extended families can give in the school day. Mrs Sage sends a letter to ask for help in the classroom each year. Please complete the form on the letter if you are able to hear children read, help with computers etc. Any offer of help is welcome.
...to Mrs Kidd, Miss Rudd and Mrs White
We were sorry to say "goodbye" today to three valued members of staff this year.
Mrs White is retiring after 6 years of sterling service where she's focused on EYFS who have appreciated her kind and gentle presence. EYFS marked their appreciation with a lovely card and gift from all the children.
Mrs Kidd is retiring from her Teaching Assistant role after 15 years. She has brought much pleasure to her colleagues and to the children with her enthusiasm and creative skills in craft, cooking and costume making - including support with our Year 6 show costumes.
Miss Rudd is leaving after four years to explore other opportunities. She is an excellent teacher and has done a great job with Class HR this year. We will miss her enthusiasm, kindness and laughter.
They were each presented with a memory book from staff and children, and a personal gift from the children.
Mrs Kidd received a handmade garden mosaic table. Thank you to Mrs Parfrey and Mrs Arden (supported by Mrs Pokojski, Mrs Mason and representatives from Year 6 craft club) for their hard work and skill producing this special gift.
Miss Rudd received an original painting created by Mr Boyle supported by representatives from each class. The painting depicts Miss Rudd's beloved dog Wilf and also our 4 house bird emblems. We hope she treasures this gift.
Wishing you well on the road ahead
The last day of the school year is particularly poignant for our year 6 children who will be walking out of the grounds for the last time. We are very proud of them all, each one has contributed to our school life in their own way through the years. Our staff and the parents like to make a huge effort to make this day special for the leavers so that they have some lovely memories and feel excited about the next chapter in their lives.
There's always a packed programme for the last day, starting with the leavers' service where the children get to tease the staff in front of the whole school and their parents. Children wear their leavers' T shirts all day and sometimes like to collect autographs from their friends after the service.
Here's the year 6 interpretation of Mr Godwin telling off some of his class.
The traditional pool party takes place after lunch; you can imagine the fun and games as everyone is feeling ready for the holidays!
In the evening, all children are invited to their end of school party at Saltford Golf Club. They always enjoy the scenic bus ride from school to the Golf Club that takes them around the village. Parents and villagers can come out and wave them on their way. The bus departs from the school at 6.30pm. Thank you to the parents of our Year 6 children for organising such a lovely evening - particular thanks to Julie Dean, Ali Williams, Tanya Oliver, Megan Jackson, Anita Bignell, Nathan Sheppard, Sally Cornelius, Sarah Arnott and Mark Thomas.
The bus route is as follows: school, Claverton Rd, Grange Rd, Manor Rd, Beech Rd, Norman Rd, Bath Rd and Keynsham Church, Grange Rd, Manor Rd, Bath Rd, Uplands Rd, Saltford Golf Club.
We wholeheartedly with the best of luck to each and every year 6; we will miss you and would love to hear how you're getting on.
Fun-filled evening rounds off a great year
Thank you everyone who came along and supported the Circus event, bought food and drink and had some tattoos or a face paint. We know the audience had a fabulous time... Regan the acrobat wowed the crowd in his amazing outfit and Mr Slinky's fun routine had the children laughing hard.
Thank you to everyone who helped in the run up and during the event. Many hands make light work and that meant the PTA and staff were leaving the site at 8:20pm. Without your help we can not run these events. Thank you to R Presswood for arranging and organising the event and J Sparey for organising the Face Painting team. Thank you to T Oliver for designing our eye catching poster. Big thanks go to Andy Beckett for his continual help at all our events, carrying and moving things making our events work easily.
We raised £2200 from our final event which is a fantastic amount, so thank you. All these amounts add up to a significant investment from the PTA in every child's experience at Saltford School, so please keep supporting future events and get involved if you can.
Reception children go on a pirate adventure.
Yesterday the Butterflies and Bumblebees went on a pirate adventure! The children and staff looked wonderful in their pirate costumes. We started our day with a treasure hunt around the school and then travelled to Bristol Harbour to visit The Matthew. Each class took it in turns to travel along the river in a real pirate ship. We scrubbed the decks, learnt about real pirates and even had a tug of war! Thank you to Miss Donovan for organising this visit, and to all the EYFS staff and parents who accompanied the children.
Pupils demonstrate their musical talents
On Tuesday evening, we were delighted to listen to children from Key Stage Two as they performed in our annual summer concert.
We have a large number of children learning to play musical instruments and last night was a wonderful opportunity for them to perform to an audience. Children from Year three to Year six have the opportunity of receiving music lessons if they wish, and we have a number of peripatetic teachers visiting our school each week. The children performed brilliantly and there was a lovely variety of music.
Thank you to all the parents for supporting your children and to all the peripatetic teachers for their hard work and dedication. Thank you to all the staff who supported the evening, and a huge thank you to Sally Baker for organising the whole event. It was a truly memorable evening!
Pupils prove that singing is good for your health and well-being
The infant children held their traditional Summer Concert today. This year the theme was Health and Well -being to celebrate all things we do to be happy and healthy. They sang songs about understanding their feelings, celebrating the good times anddeveloping resilience for life's challenges.The children sang beautifully. We hope you enjoyed our performance.
Thank you to Miss Honeybell for co-ordinating the concert, Mrs Browne and Mrs Hayden for teaching the songs, to all the EYFS/KS1 teachers and staff for supporting the children. Thank you to all our friends and family who came along to support.
Gas Masks, Anderson Shelter and Saltford WW2 stories engage pupils
Classes RJ, PNMN and NB had a visit from Grace and her brother Geoff last Thursday. Grace is the Great Grand Mother of Josh D and had come in to talk to the children about her experiences of being a child during World War II and to answer questions put to her by the children about her experiences.
On Friday Years 3 & 4 had a visit from Albert Fenton and his son Andrew. Albert is a D-Day veteran who talked to the children about the D-Day landings in Normandy and his time as a soldier during and after the end of the war.
On Tuesday morning this week, the children did a walking tour of Saltford to discover how the village was affected by the events of World War II. The children particularly enjoyed looking into the 'Anderson Shelter' which is still in-situ in the garden of the house of children from this school. To bring their topic on World War II to a fitting end, in the afternoon the children had an afternoon in the hall to sing songs and learn how to dance the Lindy Hop!
Thank you to the Year 3 & 4 staff for organising such a special series of activities for the children.
We would also like to thank Grace, Geoff, Albert and Andrew for sharing their experiences and Mrs Dark, Mrs Banfield, and Mr Russell for helping to organise these events and all the parent helpers who walked with the children around Saltford.
Maths for all ages
We have been involved with DoodleMaths since the Spring at Saltford school, and we see it as an important way for the children to make progress and practice their maths skills at home, competing in challenges and achieving stars.
Having a learning routine over the summer ensures that the children do not lose key skills and are able to begin the new academic year ready to pick up where they left off. This summer, DoodleMaths are launching a 'Summer challenge.' This started on 1st July and will end on 1st September.
To take part children need to - Earn 750 stars in total and gain a 14 day streak. Parents need to - Post a photo or comment about your child using DoodleMaths twice on social media. Tag @DoodleMaths and use the hashtag #DoodleMathsChallenge. To claim you child's reward, please submit your entry using the online form upon completion of the challenge. They must receive all entries by Wednesday 4th September.
To take part in the Summer Challenge, please go to the website below where you can find more details: https://www.doodlemaths.com/doodlemathschallenge/
In May this year we announced that we had purchased an award-winning online maths resource called DoodleMaths. As well as being an asset to teaching in school, it is available at home as a free app for your phone or tablet. We expect that children and parents will find this resource fun and enjoyable to use, while still giving children the motivation to challenge themselves at maths when working on the activities through the site.
As part of our commitment to making DoodleMaths an integral part of our maths teaching, we offered all parents the opportunity to come into school for an information meeting. Feedback from parents was very positive and children are already enjoying taking advantage of home access to DoodleMaths. You can revisit the DoodleMaths presentation here.
There are a number of features designed to drive children's engagement: they will be able to take part in games and challenges designed to learn what their strengths are and what they need to work on. From that, DoodleMaths will build a programme that is just for them.
Doodle Maths is in use in lots of primary and secondary schools across the country, and has been shown to improve engagement in maths to help children make big improvements in both their ability and confidence in maths. Using for 10 minutes a day has helped children make 3 months' progress in just 1 month. For further details please see the DoodleMaths website. For more information about the whole maths picture at Saltford, take a look at our maths curriculum page.
Winning designs announced
Earlier this year Kier refurbished our PE shed and outdoor changing rooms, improving the children's PE experience for many years to come. In addition to this practical help, they came into school to deliver an assembly to the whole school on staying safe in construction and they launched an A4 poster competition for the children to design a house for the future.
Many congratulations to Class HR, Eloise R, Daisy O, Bernice, Oliver HH, Joe C, Izzy S, Aalia, Rula, Ava, Danny P and Millie K who all entered the Kier competition to 'design a house of the future’.
Each entry won a goody bag filled with stationery with the overall winning designs awarded to:
- Freddie ( RH)
- Eloise ( NB)
- Millie ( JG)
who each received a goody bag and a box of chocolates.
Well done to all of them and a huge thank you to everyone who took part. The lucky winning entries will have their designs buried in a time capsule underneath the new Keynsham Leisure Centre which Kier are currently refurbishing.
Thanks to the site team from Kier for providing this wonderful opportunity and thank you to Mrs Brook for co-ordinating this project.
Congratulations on your selection for the South West
We are very proud of Brooke from class JG who has been selected for the England Aspire Under 13s programme to play basketball. She will be travelling to Manchester to represent the South West in a tournament for Under13s.
Huge congratulations to Kaiya
We're always delighted to hear of children's achievements outside of school. We're very proud of Kaiya from Class AB who went through an audition and was accepted by the Royal Ballet as a Junior Associate. The audition is very competitive and this is a huge achievement for her and her dance school.
The photos show Kaiya in her recent ballet exam.
One pupil takes action
Mrs Sage was very impressed when she found a letter on her desk this week. Sabrina had taken the time to write down a detailed proposal for some practical actions that the school could take to better tackle air pollution, wastage of paper and water and improving the school environment. She wants to make some changes before she leaves school.
There were ideas to involve the whole school community and Mrs Sage says she will be working with the Green Team and the rest of the school to make sure we put some of them into action. Well done Sabrina.
Children travel back to the 1940's
Years 3 & 4 (Classes ESST, PNMN, NB & RJ) visited STEAM (The Museum of the Great Western Railway) in Swindon this July as part of their World War II topic. The children took part in different activities including an air raid and an evacuation experience. To add to the experience the children dressed up in 'authentic' World War II clothing, carried their own gas mask and box and brought a packed lunch based upon food eaten in the 1940's. They even wore an evacuation label on their clothing!
Mr Jenkins commented, "The quality of the workshops was excellent and provided a fantastic experience for the children with opportunities for drama and role play. They really enjoyed and benefitted from the day as it brought our exciting World War II topic to life! I would like to thank all our parents who helped with making the children's costumes, gas masks and packed lunches and also our parent helpers who came on the visit and for entering into the spirit of the day by dressing up in 1940's style clothes as well!"
Thank you to Mr Jenkins for organising this visit, to all the Year 3 & 4 staff and parents who accompanied the children on both days.
Welsh Bicknor here we come!
Year 6 were very excited to set off on their camp on Monday morning to the Forest of Dean. Arriving at the Activity Centre before lunch they chose two activities they wanted to do from Abseiling, Caving, Climbing, Archery and High Ropes. After lunch they changed activity and then set off for the Wye Valley Youth Hostel. Gloucester Cathedral was the destination for Tuesday morning and in the afternoon they went skiing and tubing at the Gloucester Ski Centre. On Wednesday the Year 6 enjoyed a day on the river for a day of canoeing.
Well done to all the children who showed their resilience and had an enjoyable day. On Thursday they went on a long walk through the Wye Valley, doing drama and art activities and enjoyed a game of rounders after lunch. Friday was the last day and the children enjoyed a day at the Perrygrove railway.
Thank you to Mr Godwin, who organised the trip, Mrs Godwin, Mr Styles, Mrs Kidd, Mrs Parfrey and Mrs Hathaway for accompanying the children for the week.
Well done to the children for their excellent behaviour through the week.
Saltford School connects with St Mary's Church
We greatly value our status as a Church of England school and our close links with Saint Mary's Church in Saltford. Every child at school was invited to a special celebration of collective worship.
We visited St Mary's in three age groups, each group walking to and from school to attend.
The services, conducted by the Revd Daile Wilshere, celebrated God's wonderful creations. Children were invited to think about their favourite parts of God's creations; flowers, animals, sea or sky. They sang songs such as 'The Rainbow Song' and 'The World is a Wonderful Place' with enthusiasm and enjoyed the shared experience.
Poppy was nervous when she was asked to read a poem about God's creation but she managed to read it clearly.
Thanks to Mrs King, one of our Governors, who led one of the songs, to Revd Daile and to the volunteers who accompanied us on the walk.
Top award for third year running
The School Games Mark is a government-led award scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. This year were are delighted to have achieved the gold award for the third consecutive year.
We receive a Sports Premium Grant for each financial year which must be used, in line with government policy, to encourage the development of healthy, active lifestyles and to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of PE and sport that we offer. At Saltford C of E Primary we are enormously proud of our commitment to sport. Each year, the Sports Premium Fund is carefully planned against the 5 key indicators set out by the government.
This year were are delighted to report that every member of our current Y6 has benefitted from this fund whether they have represented the school at a sporting festival or competition or been offered the opportunity of some expert coaching in sports such as golf, tag rugby, basketball, handball, gymnastics, hockey, orienteering and/or football.
This year, we are extremely proud of our numerous team and individual sporting successes:
- Y6 Swimming Team – Runners Up in the B&NES competition AND beat 3 School gala records along the way.
- Y6 Cross Country Team WON Gold, Silver and Bronze medals
- Y6 Girls Football Team – Runners Up in B&NES tournament
- Y5/6 Gymnastics Team WON Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals
- Y3/4 Gymnastics Team WON Silver and Bronze Medals
- Y4 boys Football Team- Runners Up in B&NES competition
- Y4 mixed Tennis Team- Runners Up in B&NES competition
- Y6 mixed Basketball Team – WON the B&NES competition
- Y6 Boys Cricket Team WON the B&NES competition,
- Y6 mixed Tag Rugby team WON the B&NES competition AND WON the County finals
- Y6 mixed Indoor Athletics team WON the B&NES competition and were 6/12 schools at the County finals
- Y6 mixed Quadkids Athletics WON the B&NES competition and will compete at the County Finals next month.
- Y6 Boys Football Team are still in the B&NES knock out Cup Competition.
- Y6 Girls Netball – a successful year winning numerous matches
- Y6 Hockey team – represented the school at the B&NES tournament
- Y6 Orienteering team- represented the school at the B&NES festival.
We’d like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who has helped us achieve this gold school games award; to our expert coaches who have coached the various teams along their journeys, to the parents and grandparents for their continued support and to Mr Burston and Miss Jones for all of their support as our School Games Organisers.
Mrs Sage would particularly like to pay tribute to Mrs Brook's role pulling together all the sporting activities. Without her, it simply couldn't happen.
Hygiene inspection confirms catering standards
Our school kitchen was subject to a hygiene inspection in June 2019. Catering Manager Lynne Portlock said she was proud and delighted that the kitchen retained its maximum rating of 5, very good. Lynne and her team have worked hard to keep meeting the standards required. We have five stars for the rating, and five stars in our kitchen: Ms Portlock, Mrs Ford, Miss Hope, Mrs Jenkins and Ms Macke.
The maximum rating of 5 means that our hygiene standards are very good and fully comply with the law. For more information about the hygiene rating, please see the Food Standards Agency website here, and for more information about school dinners at Saltford School, you can see our School dinners page here.
Year 6 prepare for the journey ahead
Year 6 enjoyed a special Pilgrimage Day at Wells Cathedral on Tuesday taking part in collective worship with other schools from across our Diocese. The children were split into groups with children from other schools and took part in a wide range of activities. They were praised for their enthusiasm which really shone through in activities like the flag worship and drama, where they showed no hesitation in joining in. Well done to year 6 for representing the school so well. A special mention goes to Violet B in class NS who read our school prayer beautifully from the pulpit in front of 400 children. Thank you to all of our helpers and staff who helped make the day a success.
Green Team led an assembly last week to share with the school all of the different projects they have been working on. Jess, Faye, Millie and Amelia from Class AB created a power point to show and presented it to the whole school, a huge thank you to them. (The power point can be found here) They talked about the activities that we have participated in, including, litter picks, monitoring energy usage, making eco bricks, maintaining the secret garden and flower pots, the potato project and bug houses.
In the future the Green Team would like to try and limit single use plastic at school and remind the school about reduce, reuse, recycle which will include pictorially labelling the bins to make it clearer where things go.
We also launched The Great Battery Hunt, to encourage everyone to recycle their batteries and each child has taken home a box. There are certificates/mini prizes for the biggest collection. Please see the accompanying letter and power point here!
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the Green Team this year. Especially to Mrs Hodgson, Mr Hayden, Mrs Butler, Ms Stiles, Mrs Sampson and Mrs Curtis. We really love having others come to share their knowledge so please get in touch if you can help. Also, we are always looking for volunteers to work with children (or alone) on some gardening.
Year 3 & 4 check out Roman Mosaics
Years 3 and 4 visited Bath & North East Somerset's Archaeology Store at Pixash Lane on Tuesday 4th June. While they were there, each class was split into 2 groups who alternated between two different activities - making mosaics and looking at Roman artefacts.
Mr Jenkins commented 'The children loved the activities and were really engaged and interested. Many of the children commented how much they had enjoyed themselves and how great it was to see real artefacts that were made by the Romans! Their 'souvenir' mosaics were a big hit too!'.
Thank you to Mr Jenkins and the Year 3 and 4 staff and all the parent helpers who helped walk the children down to Pixash Lane.
We focus on keeping healthy and keeping happy
Here at Saltford Primary School we embrace a whole school approach where all staff value and recognise the need to promote positive mental health and well-being in every child. We place great importance on developing the whole child academically, socially and emotionally. Happy children learn well and if you get that right at primary school you are then building on firm foundations.
We're taking two weeks in early June to allow the whole school to focus on looking after ourselves mentally and physically. There will be a programme of activities involving the whole school and the wider community.
As part of our Well-Being fortnight, Michelle Baden, a psychotherapist working with adults, is offering a workshop aimed at parents who would like to learn about how looking after their own mental health can positively impact on their children. To read more and find out how to book a place, please click here.
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.
Thumbs up for the exciting new play zones
The PTA commissioned a playground extension to provide new active zones for all ages, built by Big Wood Play. The area to the right of the school has been transformed into an “Active Zone” with castle towers linked by a wobbly bridge, complete with a scramble net, a climbing wall and a ladder, with a slide and a firefighter's pole too.
It's clear from the pictures that this installation gets a big thumbs up from the children. Everyone was delighted to play together.
Alice, Isaac and Mo from year 5 said how great it was to have something "adventurey" that would be enjoyed by all ages. Mo particularly liked playing on the tree branches, and all agreed being right in the tree was exciting.
The early years area now enjoys a new active area for use during lessons comprising a traverse wall, stilt walk, beam and rope, balance beam, bridge and an 'A' frame climber.
This was all made from environmentally sustainable, English farmed larch, sourced locally and using the skills of local craftsmen. Beneath the equipment rubber grass mats provide a soft, but durable surface and a pathway of the same material links to the upper playground, allowing year-round access to these lovely resources.
We would like to say a big 'thank you' to the wonderful fundraising efforts of our PTA and your support of all they do.
Unwinding together in our lovely countryside
Last Friday we held our annual Ascensiontide walk to the top of Kelston Roundhill. This is a very old Saltford School tradition which we revived over ten years ago and which has become a favourite day for many children and teachers. As a Church school we think it is important to mark the major Christian festivals and it is good that we can commemorate this special event at the end of SATs week.
We started walking in rather damp conditions but luckily the weather soon improved - after ten o'clock it was dry but cloudy. Ideal walking conditions for a large group of children.
We walk down into the village, along the cycle track, over the fields to Kelston and across the main road. When we get to the top of the hill we have a short act of collective worship with readings, prayers and songs. We were delighted that our new Foundation Governor, Mrs Emma King, was able to join us this year and she gave the children a very interesting talk about the meaning of Jesus's Ascension.
After the service we ate our packed lunches and then there was an opportunity to play on the hilltop or just sit and admire the beautiful view, albeit a rather cloudy one on this occasion.
On our way back, as we walked down the lane back to the cycle track, we met a very friendly herd of cows who had decided to move to an upper field. All the children waited quietly and sensibly on the grass verge while the somewhat bemused animals passed by!
We are very grateful to landowner William Heath for giving us permission to visit the round hill once again and to all the adults who gave up their day to come along. Well done to all the children for their sensible behaviour on the walks and during the service. We hope you all enjoyed your day.
N Baker RE coordinator
Thank you to our generous parents
Thank you to all of the parents/carers of Saltford School. The seven cake sales this school year have raised a wonderful £1304.23 for the classes. The children along with their teacher get to choose items for the classroom, this could be games, toys, books etc.
We are getting a list together to give you an idea of what they have chosen this year and hope to put a little piece on here before the end of the school year.
We do have one more cake request to all parents, carers and grandparents for the 'Tea Rooms' for the summer fair on Saturday 15 June. These donations help give visitors to our summer fair a wonderful choice to pick from and is a huge fundraiser, so please don't put your wooden spoons down just yet. More details will be available closer to the event.
Thank you again for all your support, what an amazing school community we have.
Help save our special pool
At Saltford we are very lucky to have a swimming pool on site. This way we know that all our children can learn this life-saving skill with minimal disruption to the rest of their school day.
However, understandably, the maintenance, running costs and swimming teacher’s wages are expensive and so, considering the current educational funding crisis, we do need your support to continue to fund the upkeep of the pool.
We have not reached the decision to make this request lightly and we only do so after considering all other options, including using the public pool. We understand that not every family will be able to make a contribution but we cannot save costs by offering fewer lessons because if the pool is not operated regularly enough then it would become irreparably damaged.
If we do not receive sufficient contributions for this academic year, we will have to consider very seriously permanently discontinuing swimming at Saltford and pursuing the much inferior but cheaper public pool provision instead. Please take a look at our Swimming information for full details of costs and the options that have been considered.
If we are to keep all children at Saltford School swimming we respectfully ask parents for a voluntary contribution to cover the lessons, running costs and repairs for this academic year September 2018 – July 2019. The suggested contribution is £25.70 per pupil (for 20 weeks). For those parents of children in our Reception classes, swimming starts in Term 5. As these children will only swim once a week for 13 weeks, the suggested contribution is £15.50 per child. However, if you feel that you are able to contribute more we would be very grateful for any donations.
Please donate online via the School Gateway.
Saltford year 4s head to Wellsway School
On Thursday 9th May all of our year 4s were invited to an afternoon of indoor athletics at Wellsway School, organised by Mrs Burston, Wellsway’s sports coordinator.
The children took part in numerous activities focusing on the three disciplines of running, throwing and jumping. The whole afternoon was a joy to witness as the children from Saltford worked so positively with the year 4s from St Johns Primary School as they were coached by Wellsway’s year 8 and year 9 Sports Ambassadors, many of whom are former Saltford pupils.
Mrs Brook would like to thank all of the parents who walked with us, to Mrs Burston for organising this wonderful event and to the Sports Ambassadors for their guidance and patience throughout.
We're in Cheddar for Year 5 camp
On 24th April, our entire Year 5 set off for their 3-day camp at Cheddar youth hostel. We packed a lot in, including a visit to Weston-super-Mare museum, followed by lunch under a soggy pier then a walk along Brean Down beach as it was too wet and windy to climb to the top of the hill. Day two was equally as busy hiking along Cheddar Gorge and gorging on ice cream in the village. We enjoyed our last outing to Wookey Hole with all its additional attractions. During the evening the children enjoyed playing games, exploring the grounds of the hostel and chatting in their rooms.
We thank the staff at the hostel for providing four delicious meals and packed lunches for our two day trips. One child commented on the exceptional taste of the honey sponge. All staff members were impressed by the manners and helpfulness displayed during dinner times.
You can see from the photos below what a great time we all had, in the woods, on the beach and spending time together away from school.
County champtions at mixed tag rugby
We've had a spring in our step this April as far as sport is concerned.
We are very proud of our Year 6 mixed tag rugby team who became county champtions at the 2019 West of England Spring School Games. You can read all about this remarkable achievement in our sports reports.
Our girls' tag rugby team came out on top at the annual girls’ tag rugby festival at Avon RFC in Bath and our basketball team was the overall winner against seven other primary schools in this year's annual festival. We were particularly pleased to be complimented on our fair play and sportsmanship in the girls' tag rugby.
See our sports reports for pictures and full accounts of the matches.
Thanks to our PE staff for their unwavering enthusiasm and to all the coaches, parents and supporters who keep us going.
Learning and fun away from school
When spring arrives it's time for Year 4 to head out of school to go on camp. We enjoyed another very successful visit to Barton Camp near Winscombe.
After arriving and unloading the coach we climbed up to Crook Peak, from where we enjoyed stunning views of the Mendips, the Quantocks and the Bristol Channel. We also did a scavenger hunt in small groups - amazing how challenging it can be to find a feather in the countryside!
We had new caterers this year, Mendip Outdoor Pursuits, and they did a great job. We all really enjoyed our evening meal and breakfast. We also enjoyed playing outside in the sunshine until quite late and we finished the evening watching a film together.
On our second day we visited Puxton Park near Weston-super-Mare and enjoyed the Farm Animals experience, finding out about dairy cows and other domestic animals. We finished our tour with a tractor trailer ride which was great fun.
Voluntary team of the year
Congratulations to Saltford PTA who have won the community award for Voluntary Team of the Year. Awards are given for an outstanding contribution, performance or commitment to Saltford. All awards are to recognise those individuals and groups that have made and are making a positive contribution to Saltford life, and are showing leadership, initiative or commitment in the local community.
This workshop was led by Sarah Savage who is a Primary Maths and Assessment lead. She is an expert in her field and a very engaging speaker.
The aim of the workshop was to inform parents about our approaches to the teaching and understanding of number and other maths skills. We wanted to provide families with many practical ideas for supporting children at home from the Reception year onwards.
You can find a copy of the presentation here.
We hope you found the workshop to be beneficial. We believe the benefit will not just be for the Reception year but also for your child’s future development in maths.
Remembering the "good old days"
What an amazing day we had last Friday. Our Year One and Year Two children looked wonderful in their 1950s/60s outfits, and they thoroughly enjoyed all the playground games organised by parents and grandparents. The children had various activities in their own classes, including dancing, games and watching programmes from the 1960s! The Friday before, Mr Pallett told the children about music in the 1950s and played a selection of tunes throughout that era and into the 1960s. The children learned 'Hand Jives' and a bit of 'Rock-n-Roll’ and enjoyed dancing to the music from the 1950s and 1960s. The children absolutely loved it. Thank you very much to the Grandparents, Mrs Macnaughton, Mr Pallett and all the Key Stage One staff for making it such a memorable day.
"You can't stop the beat"
On Tuesday 2nd April our Year 2s and Year 6s, enjoyed their annual participation in the Dance Umbrella at The Forum in Bath. After all the practice and preparations, it was time to take to the stage.
33 year 2s took part, performing to 'You Can't Stop The Beat' from the musical 'Hairspray'. The children have worked so hard to learn the routine and really enjoyed performing it in front of a packed audience. Miss Jupp says "well done year 2! We are very proud of you!"
"Sunshine, moonlight, good time, boogie." Year 6 also performed their dance to the Big Fun version of 'Blame it on the Boogie'. They brought a fantastic attitude to rehearsals and learnt the routine carefully. They really gave it their all on the night of the performance and put on an excellent show for all of the parents in the audience. Mr Styles says "great job Year 6!"
In late March, 13 of our year 6 students spent the morning at Wellsway School working alongside year 7-9 English students, thinking about equality issues.
In groups they explored different areas of equality and presented their conclusions through stories, fact sheets, speeches, letters and newspaper reports. The work produced in such a short space of time was fantastic.
Well done to all students who took part and a big thanks to Mrs Hathaway and the students and English teachers at Wellsway.
Let battle commence!
As part of our "computing matters" week, we had some amazing robot wars workshops for Key Stage 2.
Each class worked in small groups to design and make their own robot, with a battery pack and radio. The groups had to create and put together their own wheels and strong frame and then battle could commence! Class RJ were thrilled to watch Mega Monster take on Shell Crusher, and Shellreaper battle Lightening Bolt.
Here are a few thoughts on the workshops from the children who took part:
Poppy liked how she had to work out the control panel for herself. She said "my favourite part was designing the robot. It was challenging but it was fun!"
Molly most enjoyed doing the controlling of the robot; "it was difficult but really fun".
Pippa liked the competitive element and that it was a bit different from normal school days. She also "liked finding out how engines run".
Ella thought the workshop had "helped me understand how to program a robot and use the controls. I also liked designing and making".
See our "computing matters" week news item for details and pictures of other activities in this special theme week. Our next focus will be a health and well-being fortnight starting the week beginning the 3rd June.
Symphonic orchestral experience on a Friday afternoon
Last Friday, a group of 30 KS2 children were fortunate to go to the Forum in Bath for a classical concert with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The program of music was based around the theme of ‘Celebration’ as it was 125 years since the formation of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. The concert featured superb pieces from some of the world’s best classical composers, such as the ‘Festive Overture’ by Shostakovich, Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy,’ and Bernstein’s ‘Symphonic Dances Finale’ and ‘Candide Overture.’
James Redwood, a musical director and composer who presented the concert, led the children in some body percussion and Makaton which meant the children were involved in some of the pieces during the performance. It was an enriching experience, and great for the children to see and hear a live symphonic orchestra playing both original and classical pieces. It was a lovely way to round off a Friday afternoon!
Congratulations to Emma and Eryn
We are very proud of Emma and Eryn from class NJ who achieved 2nd place in the Dream Legacy cheer and dance competition at NIA Birmingham on Sunday. They are both members of Phoenix Allstars cheerleaders.
As a Church school, our celebration of the major Christian festivals is an important part of our community life. Therefore we would like as many children as possible to make an Easter garden to display at our Easter service on Friday 5th April.
Children can use a plastic tray or dish, seed tray etc. to make it in. Soil, card, paper, sand can all be used for the base of the garden. They can be as creative as they like. There needs to be a little hill with three crosses, a cave beneath for the tomb and something to represent the stone that was rolled away. The gardens can be brought to school from Wednesday 3rd April and put in the hall. Please ensure the garden is named, and remember to take the garden home after school on the last day of term.
The display of these Easter gardens at the front of the hall helps the children to focus on the story of Jesus' crucifixion and Resurrection.
Improving the school environment for everyone
Green Team have had a busy start to the year. They brainstormed a list of ideas covering 10 environmental topics, coming up with ideas of how they could help Saltford School to become more green!
The KS2 Green Team have monitored energy use and class temperatures over a week and then fed back the results to Mrs Sage. They are aiming to write a report for the children and staff to share their ideas of how we can save energy.
The KS1 Green Team members have put potatoes from the ‘potato project’ out for ‘chitting’ and will be planting those shortly. We aim to grow these and then cook them in school.
Last Friday the KS2 Green Team went on a litter pick in the local area. They were amazed by the amount of litter that we collected and one lucky litter picker even found £1!
Many thanks to Mrs Sampson for supplying us with litter pickers, gloves and bags.
The Green Team have also been supporting Mr Jenkins with the management of the Secret Garden by weeding, planting bulbs with Mrs Butler and spreading bark on the paths. We would like to thank Mrs Hodgson who regularly weeds this garden.
The children are also designing a bug house for a competition run by the Keynsham Rotary Club. We look for to seeing their designs soon.
Our future projects are going to include ‘Eco bricks’: if anyone has any 500ml Evian bottles please bring them into school for us to fill and turn into little stools. We will also be think about reducing our use of single use plastics. We are looking forward to sharing our hard work in an assembly soon.
We are also grateful if anyone who has any expertise in this area would be prepared to share it with us, particularly with regards to our future projects or our garden.
We're up for this reading challenge
We are taking part in the 200 Million Minutes Reading Challenge – a global reading initiative from education charity Achievement for All. Beginning on World Book Day (Thursday 7th March 2019) children and young people from around the world will try to read for 200 million minutes collectively!
According to JK Rowling, "if you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book". Do take a look at our English page for tips on getting the most from your reading, and many suggestions for things to read.
Saltford children have received a special 200 Million Minutes bookmark for recording daily how many minutes they are spending reading. There are prizes for those settings reading the most, so every minute counts!
Miss Davis will collate the school's running total every week. We will be collecting minutes up until 1st April, so let's rise to the challenge!
Online and offline focus on computing
The week of 11th March is our "Computing Matters" week in Saltford. In our "matters" weeks, we take a specific subject and raise its profile throughout the week, particularly in relation to the other subjects we are covering.
There will be many different activities in the classrooms, with and without computers. We are planning some engaging "unplugged" activities that demonstrate computing concepts such as programming and algorithms.
We are lucky enough to have a Lego robotics workshop for all of KS1 on the Friday where they will learn by making and programming a Lego vehicle.
At the end of March KS2 will be participating in a "Robot Wars" workshop, also making and programming their own robots ready for a grand inter-class battle!
We'll post some news and pictures as the week progresses.
Our next focus will be a health and well-being fortnight starting the week beginning the 3rd June.
Key Stage 1 had an amazing time at their Lego robotics workshops on Friday. They built a mini robot out of Lego and created algorithms to make it spin, play music and speak. This was such a great opportunity to practise both programing and creative skills.
We've secured lottery funding for our youngest children
We are delighted to be able to provide an exciting new lunch time club especially for the children in Foundation Stage. This is due to special funding the school has received, a total of £1850.00, from Big Lottery – Awards For All. We had to bid for the funding and were pleased to find that we were successful. The funding will provide enough weekly sessions for EYFS for the rest of this academic year from March.
Debutots interactive storytelling and dramatic play sessions promote speech, language and literacy skills and encourage self-confidence and imagination. There is a unique interactive story each session, with movement to music and dramatic play. The children then jump into the story world and bring the characters and scenery to life. Each session is carefully linked to the Early Years Foundation stage. As your children grow in age and poise, the more confident they’ll become and the more we’ll challenge their thinking and creative skills through different drama skills. This will have a very positive impact on our youngest children’s development.
Thank you to Miss Honeybell for all the work that went into finding and winning this funding.
Inspirational children's author brings a bathtub to assembly!
Our visiting author, David Lawrence Jones told us all about how and why he became a writer, from being a reluctant reader at school. David's presentation was full of enthusiasm and fun, leaving the children inspired to read more.
What a fantastic way to kick start our World Book Day celebrations! We think you will see from the photos how much the children enjoyed this experience.
Change of uniform on 26th February
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were invited to come to school on Tuesday 26th February wearing those uniforms rather than school uniform.
This was to celebrate the birthdays on 22nd February of both Robert Baden Powell and Olave Baden-Powell. This day has been chosen by nearly all Guiding and Scouting groups as World Thinking Day and is also recognised as Founder's Day for the Scouting movement.
Here are our Year 4 Scouts and Brownies proudly wearing their uniforms:
On Thursday afternoon Saltford School 'Dropped Everything and Read'. All staff and children enjoyed 15 minutes of uninterrupted reading of a book of their choice- either from home or from the classroom and used their (in some cases new) book corners to their full advantage. For pictures and information of the event please see our website and Twitter feed.
Remember to visit our reading section of the school website for tips and recommendations and don't forget to use the local library over the half term holiday for an excellent range of books, including audiobooks which can be borrowed through the app 'BorrowBox Library'
Parents are invited to offer ideas
We always aim to be fresh and ambitious with our thinking and planning around the curriculum.This spring we are revisiting our curriculum, ready to phase in new ideas in September. This planning will form part of our INSET day on 24th May.
Staff are identifying key elements that they would like to see running through our curriculum and we would really like to seek parents' input also. All parents will receive a letter asking for their ideas and thoughts. Please see the letter for more detail on areas for development. Your input is valuable, whether it is handwritten or digital, anonymous or named.
We would like to use the consultation evenings on 11th and 14th March to collect and display parental contributions. Why not talk to your children and see what they think? There will be a display in the library for recording and sharing ideas.
Zest catering announces fresh, healthy and tasty options for the spring term
Please see the new menu here (PDF).
Available daily, we have an unlimited salad bar with a variety of salads including Greek salad, coleslaw, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot and sultana, pasta salad and potato salads. The drink of the day (water or milk) and fresh fruit are also available daily. All our fish is sustainable and MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified; all our eggs are free-range and our meat is farm-assured as a minimum standard.
Zest can support any allergies or food intolerances your child may have. Please call in to the school office if you would like to discuss this for your child.
Zest catering constantly looks for ways to improve their service by seeking valuable input from our children and their families. If you have any questions about your child’s food at school, please do not hesitate to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll be dressing as our favourite book characters to celebrate
We are excited to announce that this year we will be celebrating World Book Day by having a dress up day on Thursday 7th March and coming to school as our favourite book characters.
This can be as simple or as extravagant as you wish and the teachers will be joining in too! If you would like some ideas about what to dress up as, please visit https://www.worldbookday.com/dressing-up/
To help spread the word about the pleasures of reading, every child in the UK and Ireland will receive a free £1 World Book Token (to be sent home in reading folders on 28th February). These tokens can be redeemed at all participating bookshops from Thursday 28th February-Sunday 31st March 2019. You can either use it towards a book you were planning to buy, or swap it for one of these twelve exclusive, new and completely FREE World Book Day books.
We hope you enjoy sharing a new book during this special week. Check out the World Book Day website for lots of tips and ideas.
Click here to view the special menu for the day.
Original programmes on display in school
We are extremely grateful to Mrs Julia Norton (née Savage) who was kind enough to send us two original programmes from the official opening of Saltford VC Primary School.
The programmes are now on display on the wall opposite Mrs Sage's office. Do take a look when you are in school. If you are interested in the school's history, there is more information and some photos on our history page.
At the time of the opening of the new site, Mrs Norton was a pupil in the final year of the school. It was lovely to hear that she still has fond memories of her time at Saltford.
"Together for a better internet"
On this year's Safer Internet Day, the call goes out to everyone to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.
In school, we will be marking this important day with a special assembly and classroom activities. Key Stage 2 are lucky enough to have a drama workshop on cyberbullying from Bigfoot Arts Education. Here they are, clearly enjoying the session.
We would like to thank the PTA for funding this workshop.
It's a great opportunity for parents to talk to children about the work they have been doing in school and any issues they may face when online, playing games and using the internet.
Key Stage 1 will be encouraged to think about the ways in which they ask for, give and receive consent online.
Key Stage 2 will be focusing on how they can take control of their digital lives and consider how consent works in an online context. This could be in their friendships or relationships, how they take and share images and videos or how they manage their privacy and data.
Our online safety page contains lots of useful links for parents and children. Let's keep the conversation going all year.
You can keep an eye on the Safer Internet Day website, as well as the Better Internet for Kids (BIK) portal for the latest news about the campaign and please also visit SID's Facebook and Twitter profiles regularly for the latest news, and follow the #SID2019 and #SaferInternetDay hashtags.
From pop art to pointillism, our walls are covered!
The theme for our school art displays this term is 'An Artist's Room'. Each class is focusing on an artist and exploring their style of working. The children are then working collaboratively to produce a 'shoe box' room in the style of their chosen artist. The children have really enjoyed learning about various artists and have worked very hard to create their 'rooms'. Thank you to all the staff and children for your hard work and for producing such amazing displays. Please come and see our wonderful creations! Thank you very much to the parents for providing all the shoe boxes!
Reading support for parents presentation
On the mornings of Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd January we held our first 'Inspire' workshop, led by Miss Davis, focusing on supporting parents with their child's reading.
We were delighted to welcome 61 parents over the two days to the presentation that gave an insight into how reading is taught at Saltford and tips for how you can further support your child's learning at home.
Please do take some time to look over the presentation here which also includes links to some useful websites that give book recommendations, information about milestones in reading and handy hints for parents.
Traditional end to the year
This year our last Christmas celebration before breaking up was the Christingle service. In this charming event, the whole school gathers in the hall to sing traditional carols and songs. Each class makes a Christingle orange that is presented and lit during the service. Well done to our Year Six children who read a selection of passages from the bible beautifully.
On stage at the Theatre Royal in Bath
If you are planning to see Peter Pan at the Theatre Royal in Bath you should know that three pupils from Saltford School are performing in the show as lost boys and a dancer. Benji, Billy and Kaiya all have incredibly busy schedules with many performances over the Christmas period. They say "it feels amazing" to be on stage.
The children were selected for the pantomime by audition. Two are members of Dorothy Coleborn School of Dance and one has previously appeared in Oliver! They have committed many, many hours to their training over the years. Well done! Key Stage Two are looking forward to seeing them perform when they attend the performance in January.
Pupils in Year 6 are rightly proud of their hand made felted Christmas cards. Georgie, Martha, Talya and Daisy from class JG said how much they had enjoyed the process; take pure wool, some washing up liquid and some bubble wrap, add water and your imagination and these are the impressive results.
Some lucky people will be receiving the best in unique Christmas cards this year.
Thanks to Mrs Kidd for providing inspiration and guidance and thanks to the Year 6s for their creativity and skill.
All the fun of the panto from KS2 performances
What a show! Audiences were greatly entertained by Key Stage 2's original production of Cinderella. They commented on the assured performances, the quality of the singing and jokes and the imaginative scenery.
Thanks to Mr Baker who directed the show and to our house band, Sally Baker, Neil Baker, Nick Pallett, Bernadette Sewell, Ruth Hayden, Sheila Tang, Andy Boyle and Chris Docherty.
Congratulations from Mr Baker to all children in year 6 who worked so hard to put on a splendid production this year. Everyone showed great commitment and dedication in coming to rehearsals, learning lines and dances and practising at home.
Thanks are also due to Mrs Browne and Mr Styles for choreography, Mr Baker and Mrs Sage for work on the acting and singing, and Miss Bonser for assisting Mr Baker.
We would like to thank Sharon Wood for the loan of the costumes, and all those staff, parents and children who together created the scenery. Also all the staff and parents who were involved with administration, practice and support to get the show on the stage.
Thanks to Mrs Jackson and Mrs Presswood for taking the photos, and to Dan Forster for filming the production. DVDs will be available to order in the new year, and parents will be contacted with information about how to access the photos online for a limited time.
Christmas celebrations for the whole school
On Wednesday it was time for the whole school to celebrate Christmas together. You can see from the pictures below how much the day was enjoyed by us all.
Children and staff were invited to wear Christmas jumpers in exchange for a suggested donation of £1 which went to support the Save the Children Christmas jumper day. We raised over £300 for this good cause.
We would like to thank our catering team, headed by Lynne, who provided a special Christmas dinner complete with crackers. Children had the chance to show off the Christmas hats they had been making in class.
After lunch, children were treated to some festive fun and games provided by the teachers and TAs. Children in KS2 visited each other's classrooms for different games in each room.
A lovely start to the festivities
This year’s Christmas fair was held on Friday 7 December after school.
As usual, school was overtaken with festive fun. Santa was very busy in his grotto and, with plenty to enjoy for children and adults alike, it was lovely to see everyone coming together for singing in the hall, a chat in our Christmas café and participation at one of the many stalls.
The chocolate and wine tombola tables seemed to groan under the weight of goodies and proved as popular as ever.
Christmas raffle: there were lots of lucky winners in our amazing raffle. Prizes ranged from technology to hampers to experience vouchers. Bumblebee class won the competition for selling the most raffle tickets per class.
Decorate a sweetie jar competition for children: the children were asked to bring filled, decorated jars into school that would be used on a sweetie tombola. There were prizes for the best entries. Well done to Foundation Stage's winner and runner-up Emily and Belle, KS1's winner and runner-up Mila and Ruby, and KS2's winner and runner-up Ella and Rosa.
Here's a selection of the entries showing what fun and creativity you can get from a jam jar!
Bedminster Down School warmly welcomed
Andrea Arlidge, CEO of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT) announced "Bedminster Down School officially joined Wellsway Multi Academy Trust on the 1st of December. I am sure you will want to join me in welcoming the school into our trust. Bedminster Down School will bring significant additional capacity to our family of schools and we look forward to developing further what is already a strong relationship."
Time to shine for our youngest children
Foundation/Key Stage One staged their nativity, Babushka. We are sure if you saw either of the shows you would have been amazed by the standard of the production. We were very impressed with the children who sang so well and who showed such commitment to learning their words and actions.
The quality of the nativity reflects how hard everyone worked to achieve the high standard of acting and singing. We are very grateful for your support as parents.
Thank you to all the EYFS/KS1 staff for their hard work – including Mrs Browne and Mrs Hayden for teaching the songs, Miss Davis for supporting the Year 2's and preparing their costumes and Miss Honeybell for directing the Year 2's and co-ordinating the Nativity production. Thank you also to Mrs Willett and Mrs Oliver for photographing the performances and to Mr Forster for the filming.
The joy of giving and helping families in need
In early December volunteers from Keynsham food bank collected the donations from our “Reverse Advent calendar.” The idea behind this scheme was that, instead of counting down to Christmas with a treat for ourselves each day, the children of Saltford School would bring in a treat from home each day for 25 days. These contributions would be collected for the Keynsham food bank in time for distribution over Christmas.
Once again the children have risen to the challenge and there were enough donations to fill two cars today! Keynsham food bank are very grateful to all of the parents, children and staff who participated.
Thank you all for your generosity this Christmas 2018. Thanks also to Mrs Nethercott for co-ordinating the project.
For more information about how to access help from the Keynsham and Saltford food banks, see our Pupil premium page which explains how you can get referral vouchers from school. If you would like to know more about the Keynsham food bank, locations and opening times, you can see their website here.
Saltford Year 6s share some Christmas cheer with Saltford's elderly
Mr Baker, Mrs Hathaway and twelve of our year 6 pupils braved the blustery weather to sing a variety of Christmas songs for the residents at Hinton Close and Kingfisher Lodge. These included traditional carols and other songs that the children have rehearsed for the school production and the Lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony in Saltford Hall.
This annual event is enjoyed by the children and the elderly alike, with everyone joining in at times. "God rest ye merry gentlemen" proved especially popular. Phoebe and Jamie from class JG said how much they enjoyed seeing their audience enjoy themselves (and the refreshments provided). Their personal favourites were "All I want for Christmas is you" and "We wish you a merry Christmas".
Thanks to Mr Baker and Mrs Hathaway for continuing this lovely tradition.
Thank you to a talented grandparent who made our new post boxes
Take a look at our great new Post Boxes this year! Thank you to Mr Molyneax, grandfather to two of our children, who made our lovely new post boxes this year. The post boxes will be located in the School Library for children to post their Christmas Cards to their friends from Monday 3rd December. Please remember that the cards should have the recipient's first name, surname and class on the envelope. There is one box for FS/KS1 and one box for KS2.
Saltford school joins the community in heartfelt remembrance event
We were pleased to join around 300 people from the Saltford community in a very special exhibition at the Community Hall to mark the centenary of the end of the first world war.
Our art and poetry that we produced in school as part of a special project was on display, along with many other interesting displays such as memorabilia from the Western Front Association, local genealogy research and a display about Saltford's role during the war years. All this was accompanied by a sing-along to music of the time, tea and cake.
Phil Harding, Chair of Planning Committee and Vice Chair of Saltford Parish Council, thanked particularly the children of Saltford School for their contributions that "added a very uplifting feel to the event".
Our work on display at Saltford Hall
This autumn, we welcomed a local artist, Liz Jordan, who developed an art project based around the centenary of WW1.
She worked with a group of children in KS2 and also organised an additional task to ensure that every child in the school could be involved. The art sessions have taken place on Friday afternoons, and the children have thoroughly enjoyed the activities.
The children have experimented with clay modelling, painting, printing and collage, and all worked towards a combined public display in Saltford Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 11th November. Our creations formed an important part of this WW1 exhibition and were well received by the local community. There is a snapshot below, and more on our Remembrance report.
Mrs Hayden would like to thank Liz for her inspirational work, and her time and effort in organising such a wide range of wonderful activities.
Top 40 achievement at National Gymnastics Competition
Thomas from class HR went to Birmingham to compete in a National Gymnastics competition on Friday 9th November.
We are very proud of him for his dedication to training every day, and delighted that this has paid off. He achieved 38th position nationally, with a score of 9.5. His favourite discipline is the pommel horse.
Remember, remember, the fifth of November
Saltford School PTA hosted their first Family Fireworks Display on Monday 5th November at the school. It is safe to say that it was a spectacular success.
We are delighted to report that the event was very well attended by the local community event and we hope that it will become a regular fixture in the Saltford calendar in the years to come.
Although the show was staged by a professional company, it could not have happened without a lot of support from the PTA, parents and staff. Thank you to Ruth Presswood for co-ordinating the event and all the PTA team who helped with the planning and setting up on the day. Thank you to all the parents who donated their time at the event or sent in cakes to sell. Thank you to the staff who came along to help on the evening. Thank you to Paul Hudson of AP First Aid Training who was our first aider for the night. Thank you to Domino’s Pizza, Keynsham and Tesco Express, Saltford for the pizzas and doughnuts.
Our PTA engaged some wonderful sponsors who helped to keep the ticket prices low – Saltford Motor Services, Davies and Way, Amdaris and The Crown Inn. Thank you to everyone who supported this event – we hope you enjoyed the display. Early indications show that the PTA made a profit of over £3500 from this event.
Upper Key Stage Two get curious with Science
On Wednesday Years 5 & 6 had an interesting and informative visit to "We the Curious" in Bristol. The children were able to take part in a variety of interactive lectures that were relevant to the things they have been learning about in school. They were also able to go on the many exhibits around the centre all looking at different aspects of Science. Some of the children were congratulated by members of the public on their excellent behaviour, and they all had a great day. Thank you to all the Year 5 & 6 children for representing the school so well. Thank you to the many parents who helped on the day and to the Upper Key Stage Two teachers who accompanied the children and to Miss Rudd for organising the trip.
Please help discover and celebrate the most extraordinary young people across our region
Bath & North East Somerset council is asking the public to nominate a child or young person who they feel has achieved something special, however big or small, that deserves recognition.
There are five main categories for the awards; Courage, Education, Innovation, Sport and Unsung. The awards are open to any child or young person aged 18 or under at 31 December 2018 who lives in Bath and North East Somerset. Nominations close on 30 November 2018.
In December a panel of judges will look at all the nominations and decide upon three of the most deserving children in each category to become finalists. These fifteen finalists will then be invited to a Gala Awards Dinner on 9th March 2019 for a celebration of their achievements, where the winners will be announced with awards being presented to all finalists.
As this is entirely self-funded, B&NES thanks the sponsors who have enabled this event to happen.
Full details at www.bathnes.gov.uk/ouryoungstars.
Well done Leo for going the extra mile!
Class HR topic this term is Earth and Space in Science so Leo decided to complete extra homework to support his learning.
Well done Leo!
Last Friday the Butterflies and Bumblebees had a wonderful time exploring Bath City Farm.
They saw pigs, sheep and were even brave enough to feed the goats and chickens! After this they went on a bug hunt and identified slugs, snails and spiders amongst other minibeasts!
They learnt a lot about farming and Harvest time as well as having lots of fun!
Thank you to Miss Honeybell for organising this trip and to all the EYFS staff who helped on the day.
A big thank you to all the helpers who joined us on this trip.
Loading the dry goods donated to Saltford Food Bank
On Tuesday afternoon, the children from Class NB helped volunteers from Saltford Foodbank to load up all of the dried goods that were so generously donated by the children from Saltford School.
Thank you to everyone who donated items for the food bank this year, it really is very much appreciated. Watch this space for news of how you can help further with our Reverse Advent Calendar. Details to follow.
Donations welcomed for Saltford Food Bank
EYFS/KS1 enjoyed a traditional harvest theme, all singing about farmers, fruit and vegetables. We are proud of the Reception children who were giving their first performance, and each year group performed their song with enthusiasm. Some Year 2 children read prayers that they had written themselves.
We asked the infants to give as many dried and packaged goods as possible. Foods such as rice, pasta, tinned food and biscuits were all most welcome. These will go to Saltford Food Bank.
Fresh fruit and vegetables for Leonard Cheshire Homes
We asked the juniors to give as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible. These were welcomed by Leonard Cheshire Homes. We were pleased to have two residents from their Greenhill House attending the harvest festival service.
As we approach the centenary of WW1 coming to an end, we celebrated with a Remembrance theme by singing both traditional and modern songs, reading from the Bible and joining in with the prayers. It was moving to see how much thought and reflection was demonstrated by our older children.
You can see from the selection of pictures below how much everyone enjoyed participating in the service.
Year 6 visited the Guildhall in Bath this week in order to hear two writers, Catherine Johnson and Katherine Woodfine, discussing the book 'Make More Noise', which is full of short stories about protest and standing up for what you believe. They read extracts from their own stories and discussed the different ways people take a stand for their beliefs. An interesting Q&A session focused on how the authors find inspiration for writing, as well as top tips for anyone who might like to write when they are older. It was lovely to see some children so inspired that they immediately put pen to paper upon returning to school. Well done to year 6 for representing the school so superbly and thank you to all the staff and parent helpers that came along on the visit. A big thank you also to Miss Hansford, who organised this lovely visit for our oldest children.
This week all the classes from KS1 visited Manor Road Community Woodland to do some work supporting their current science topics, Animals including Humans. The children considered the needs of different animals and used this to create shelters for their furry friends. They then looked for signs of Autumn, supporting their work on Harvest, and completed a scavenger hunt around the woodland. It was a great morning for all involved and the children left the woodland inspired to do more work on this topic.
Today the children from KS1 were transported back to 1666 by Jethro Knuckleskull, servant of Samuel Pepys. The children explored the Great Fire of London through drama and with their own individual class workshops. The children were inspired by the event which supports their current in-class topic.
Well Done to our First 'Get Caught Reading' Winners
Call for would-be runners to help raise money for lifeskills centre
Did your child come to Lifeskills? Would you like to improve your fitness and challenge yourself while raising money for a fantastic cause? There are 8 spaces left for the Bath Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 17th March 2019. The entry fee is £35 and the fundraising target is £300. If you are interested in running or would like further information, please call 0117 922 4511 or email email@example.com.
Please see the flyer with the relevant details. Runners are needed to raise essential funds for Lifeskills so that we can keep visitng this fantastic safety centre which our Year 6s enjoy every year.
Off to pastures new
This morning we said goodbye to our Year Six Pupils as they leave Saltford to begin the next stage of their journey. They will be really missed by everyone here. They performed the ‘Leavers’ service to their parents and the school. This will be followed by an afternoon of pool fun. Thank you to all the staff working with Year 6 who have made their final year, and this day, special. The children all look brilliant wearing their leavers’ t-shirts. Thank you to the Year 6 parents for organising a fun evening for the children, we know that it will leave the children with long-lasting memories. We wish the Year 6 Leavers all the very best in their move to Secondary School they will be very lucky to have you. We are very proud of them, they have represented themselves really well throughout their time here, and know that they will go on to do great things. Good Luck Year 6, what a fantastic year group.
Children perform like professionals
We had a wonderful end of term treat on Tuesday evening when children from Year 3 – 6 entertained us with their musical talents. There were some excellent performances on a variety of musical instruments as well as some delightful singers. The children have worked very hard this year and a wide range of genres were included. Thank you to Sally Baker for co-ordinating the concert, to Mrs Hayden who co-ordinates our music lessons, and also to the staff, parents and peripatetic teachers who supported the event. Congratulations to all the children who performed and made it such an enjoyable evening
The Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066
On a warm summer afternoon, Thursday 12th July, the children in year 5 and 6 re-enacted a ferocious battle, bringing to life the fateful events of a year of destiny in the history of England. We all know the date-1066-William the Conquerer of Normandy defeats Harold the Saxon King of England at the Battle of Hastings. But there was another ferocious battle in 1066, a matter of weeks before. This time Harold's mighty Saxon army was defending England one final time against the Vikings.
The year 5 children, who were the Saxons-Harold's professional housecarls and the ordinary men of the fyrd- received shocking news that the Vikings had invaded in the north and were heading toward York. The children of HR and AB travelled at speed up the north road to rid England of the Viking menace once and for all. When they arrived in the north, they found the Vikings, played by the year 6 children in NS and JG, resting at Stamford Bridge near York. The children in HR and AB couldn't believe their luck. The year 6 Vikings weren't expecting them so soon and many of them were not wearing any armour. King Harold, played by Harry, ordered his men to attack and the Vikings tried to escape over the bridge. A huge Norseman, played by Luca, stopped the entire year 5 Saxon army with only his axe and enormous strength. However, a cunning Saxon soldier, played by Daisie, drifted under the bridge on a barrel and brought the mighty Norseman down with her spear. After the Saxons charged over the bridge, the two great armies faced each other on the other side with their shields locked together to form impenetrable shield walls. The sound of the year 5 and 6 battle cries was deafening. Finally, after hours of exhausting battle, the year 5 Saxons broke through the year 6 Viking shield wall, surrounded them and left no Viking standing. The year 5 Saxons had repelled the year 6 Vikings from England. Long live Harold, King of England!
Shockingly, only a matter of days after the Saxon triumph, Harold received word that the Normans had invaded the south coast and were heading toward Hastings. The Saxons would have to travel and fight another battle. The destiny of England hung in the balance once more. Would the year 5 warriors have the resilience to work as a team all over again? We shall see when they reach the dizzy heights of year 6 in September. Well done to the children in Years 5 and 6 for designing and making their own shields and axes and for re-enacting the battle with historical accuracy, huge enthusiasm and lots of fun. Thank you to the staff and parents for helping and preparing the children to take part in an experience that will live long in the memory.
STEM themed concert at Saltford
The infant children held their traditional Summer Concert today. This year the theme was STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to celebrate a year of amazing learning opportunities in these subjects. They sang songs about food chains, seeds and keeping our bodies healthy. The children sang beautifully. We hope you enjoyed our performance. Thank you to Miss Honeybell for co-ordinating the concert, Mrs Browne and mrs Hayden for teaching the songs, to all the EYFS/KS1 teachers and staff for supporting the children. Thank you to all our friends and family who came along to support.
A great community effort
A huge thank you to everyone who came to Saltfest on Saturday. It was a very hot afternoon and the England Football Team were in action from 3 pm. Our PTA worked so hard and kept everyone happy and hydrated throughout the afternoon and during the match. We will let you know how much was rasied once we have the final figure. Events such as this take agreat deal of organising prior to the event, during the event and after the event.
Thank you to the PTA members who co-ordinated the fair - Ali Williams, Suzanne Young, Emma Willett and Jody Sparey. Thank you also to the PTA committee members who worked so hard organising the different aspects of the fair - Ruth Presswood, Janet Allen, Caroline Flynn, Amanda Hawkins, Rebecca Knight, Sarah MacNaughton, Anita Bignell, Liz Taylor, Andy Butterworth and Leanne Morse. Thanks should also go to all our PTA members' families for their hard work - Lee Bignell and Mobius Works for supplying the electrics - and all the children of the PTA members who worked very hard.
I should also mention Tanya Oliver for the programme design, Anita Bignell who organised all the programme adverts, Geraint Lewis from Up and Under Sports for bringing his attraction to the fair free of charge, Saltford Environment Group for organising the Saltford Slow Cycle, Mark Smith for providing the coconuts, Andy Morse for bringing and running the inflatable football goal shooting equipment and the WI of Saltford for running various stalls during the afternoon.
And finally to all the parents who helped set up and run the fair. I felt so proud of this fantastic community effort on behalf of the school.
English Team visit Year 6
On Wednesday, Year 6 had a visit from Miss Swinscoe and Miss Grout from Wellsway School to give our children a preview of the type of English they will be doing at secondary school. We have been reading The Giant's Necklace by Michael Morpurgo, and the children carried out a text analysis, looking at language features and the structure of the book. They complimented us on how hard working, polite and well behaved our children were and we know the children gained a great deal from the session.
Visit brings Victorian topic to life
On Monday and Tuesday Years 3 & 4 (Classes ESMN, PNST, NB & RJ) visited Brunel's SS Great Britain in Bristol as part of their Victorian topic. The children took part in different activities including a guided tour of the ship, a walk beneath the 'glass sea' in the dry dock, a look around the Dockyard Museum and a chance to experience the recently opened Being Brunel Museum.
Mr Jenkins commented, " The quality of the tour of the ship was excellent and provided a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience life on-board a ship on a long distant voyage. They really enjoyed and benefitted from the day exploring the world's first great ocean liner as well as the first to have an iron hull, steam power and a propeller. I would like to thank all the parent helpers who came on the visit and the staff at the SS Great Britain."
Thank you to Mr Jenkins for organising this interesting visit, to the Year 3 and Year 4 staff and the parents who accompanied the children on the two days.
Last Friday the Butterflies and Bumblebees went on a pirate adventure. We started our day with a treasure hunt around school on the hunt for real treasure. We then travelled to Bristol and walked down to the harbour. Each class took it in turns to travel along the river in a real pirate ship. We scrubbed the decks, learnt about real pirates and even had a tug of war! Everyone had a great day and there were some very tired pirates at home time. Thank you to Miss Donovan for organising this visit and to all the EYFS staff who went along to help. A big thank you to all the parents who came along to help us.
Winners for the second year running
On Monday afternoon 4 Year 5 students represented the school at the Wellsway Maths Challenge. They competed 7 challenges as a team against 8 other schools. Well done to Sam H, Sam J, Violet B and Talya W for winning and bringing home the trophy for a second year. Sam J said, "At the maths challenge I knew more than the year 7's and I'm glad we won". Sam H said, " I knew we were a strong team but I didn't expect to win, I really enjoyed it". Violet B said, "I'm really glad we won and think its amazing". Talya added, "It's an amazing experience, quite pressurised but fun".
Thank you to Mr Carl for running this event.
The Monday lunchtime Spanish Club had an brilliant end of term lesson! Everyone received medals, certificates and badges. We tried some chorizo y queso manchego too, ñam ñam!
Long term students from KS2 were awarded a special Premio de Excelencia badge to acknowledge their dedication ad perseverance with the course they have spent two years completing! As an added treat KS1 met their new teacher for September - Andrea from Valencia!
It was a wonderful end to another super year of Spanish at Saltford. For any information on the Spanish club please contact Katherine at firstname.lastname@example.org ¡Felices vacaciones!
Interest in Chemistry starts at Primary School
Will Loney, a pupil at Saltford School from 2004 - 2011, has just been awarded a first in his Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol. Will developed a love of learning at Saltford School and went on to achieve fantastic GCSE and A level grades at Wellsway School. Well done Will, your former teachers are very proud of you.
Art Exhibition at Saltford Primary School
After School Art Club held a mini exhibition this week to show off the brilliant art work created this term. The children have been working on cityscapes using watercolour, acryclic, print and clay techniques. Art club will continue in September, if your child is interested in joining please email email@example.com. Registration forms can be found in the leaflet holders at the school office.
Louis Nicholson-Pallett off to Oxford
A former pupil of Saltford School, Louis Nicholson-Pallett (2001 - 2008) has graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in History from Royal Holloway College, London and will be off to Oxford in September to undertake a Masters at Queen's College. Louis thanks all his former teachers at Saltford for embedding a love of learning at an early age. Congratulations Louis from all the staff at Saltford Primary School.
People Who Help Us
Last term the Butterflies and Bumblebees learnt all about People Who Help Us and were very lucky to have lots of kind visitors come in to tell us all about their jobs.
The Butterfly Class were very lucky to have a visit from Dr Andrews who taught us lots of things about being a doctor. We learnt about some of our organs and had a go at things that doctors do like weighing and measuring babies and putting bandages on.
Both Reception classes were very lucky to have a visit from Mrs Ferris who told us all about being a nurse. She spoke to us about germs and showed us how important it is to wash our hands.
Another special visitor we had was Dr Smith-Collins who came to talk to us all about being a paediatrician. He showed us some instruments that doctors might use and he even let us pretend to be doctors too.
We had a visit from Mrs Singh to talk to us about being a Parking Enforcement officer. We learnt why it is so important to park your car safely and what the Parking Attendants have to do and wear every day.
This term we have been lucky enough to have visits from paramedics and police officers. Mr and Mrs Brett came and speak to us about being paramedics. They told us about the equipment they use and taught us how they might treat somebody who had hurt their arm. We even got to look inside the ambulance. PC Sean and PC Steve bought a police van in and taught us all about what police officers do and how to stay safe. They let us print our fingerprints and showed us how to use the radio.
A huge thank you to all of our visitors for giving up their time to make our learning so exciting.
Do see our Twitter page for some photos of these lovely visits!
What a performance!
All key stage two children were invited to play in our school orchestra and we have been overwhelmed by the response and enthusiasm of our pupils. We have formed an orchestra of thirty children with a wide range of instruments consisting of violins, clarinets, flutes, recorders, saxophones, percussion and a cello! The children began their first rehearsal by watching a clip of 'Ode to Joy' and then practised playing the tune themselves. Mrs Hodgkin (one of our parents) has transcribed all the music for the children to play. She practised individual parts, and by the end of the first rehearsal, they were performing the whole piece! The children were really engaged and enjoyed the whole experience. They will be performing to their parents at 3pm on Friday 22nd June and then giving another performance at 2pm on Saturday 7th July at the Summer Fair. Please come along to support them if you can. We would like to thank Mrs. Hodgkin for her tremendous enthusiasm and for inspiring our children to play together. She has written all the parts, organised the instruments and managed to create a wonderful performance in just three weeks! We are extremely grateful to her for her patience, inspiration and support. The children have absolutely loved it! We hope you enjoy the performance.
NSPCC and 02 join forces with parents to help keep your child safe online
We were delighted to host the NSPCC for this hour-long workshop on that most important subject, the online safety of children.
This workshop was part of a range of activities from the 'speak out, stay safe' programme that the NSPCC has been delivering in our school. It is designed to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.
Many parents attended the workshop, which covered information about what children might be doing online and discussed particular apps and games they might be using. There was advice on how to set expectations with children, and how to start a conversation about their online life.
If you missed the talk there are leaflets available in reception and you can check out the following links for support and advice:
Shareaware, developed in conjunction with O2, contains lots of advice and links to help parents encourage their children to be 'share aware'.
Netaware is a guide for parents to the most popular sites, games and apps that children use, helping parents to form their own views about which ones are appropriate for their children.
You can also find a collection links to useful online safety advice on our own online safety page.
NSPCC maths challenge
A huge WELL DONE to all the children that took part in Buddy's Meaningful Maths Challenge for the NSPCC. We are so pleased to announce that as a school we raised in excess of £4100 for the NPSCC. This is an absolutely amazing amount of money that will be able to help so many children all across the UK. Thank you so much to all the parents, family and friends who sponsored our children. Butterfly class won the award for the highest number of sponsors. Tamsin and Sarah from the NSPCC announced the amount in our whole school assembly on Monday before leading the Online Safety Workshop for parents. As a school we would like to thank the NSPCC for their informative assemblies and workshops.
Feel good, live well; health and equality for life
This summer two of our School Council members, Polly S and Lily P, represented the school at the 2018 BANES Primary Parliament. This event occurs every year and this time was held at Somerdale Pavillion in Keynsham, with the theme 'Feel good, Live Well' (Health and Equality for Life).
The children took part in various activities linked with the theme, including a presentation they prepared with children from other schools on 'Food, Glorious Food', supporting our Sugar Smart campaign. The day concluded with talks from our local Member of the Youth Parliament, Hannah Powell, and the Chair of BANES Council, Karen Walker.
Well done to Polly and Lily for representing the school so brilliantly!
More playtime fun and games in store for younger children
On Monday, we welcomed Cath Burston in to school to work with our Y5/6 Playground Leaders.
During the morning the leaders were split into groups of five and their task was to use the PE resources to lead a small game which would engage FS/KS1 during playtimes.
Next term, these Y5/6 playtime leaders will continue their excellent leadership qualities and continue to lead some games during the infants lunchtime play. Thank you to Mrs Burston for providing this wonderful opportunity for our Y5/6 children. She told the leaders that they should all be very proud of themselves for demonstrating many of the skills that will make them excellent playtime leaders.
Mrs Brook 23.05.18.
KS2 observe Ascension Day by heading outside
We were pleased to make the most of the fair May weather and make our annual pilgrimage to remember the events of Ascension Day on Kelston Roundhill.
We assemble at the top of the hill for a service with prayers, a Bible reading, hymn singing and a reminder of the significance of the occasion. This is followed by a well-deserved picnic lunch and an opportunity to play in the fresh air before heading back to school.
This memorable day also gives the children a chance to chat with their friends, teachers and other adults, enjoy the scenery and observe nature. Well done to all the children for participating so well.
Thank you to Mr Baker for his organisation, to all the staff and parent helpers who accompanied us and to the landowner, William Heath, for once again extending an invitation to us to use the site for this event.
Class ED wins the challenge!
Mrs Brook would like to thank everyone who joined in with The Big Pedal. We were delighted with the numbers of children, parents and carers who cycled or came on their scooters each day to and from school.
Special congratulation are due to the children in Class ED who won the challenge with a record number of children travelling to school on two wheels. The children were each given a high visibility wrist band as a prize.
We celebrated the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with our special lunch
Successful collaboration in the community
Mr Baker and nearly half his class led the Family Service at St Mary's Church last Sunday, 13th May. After a warm welcome from Rev'd Daile, the children did a Bible reading, acted out a play based on Jesus' Parable of the Talents, showed pictures that they had drawn based on this story and read prayers they had written themselves.
We were very impressed with the way the children behaved, spoke and sang and many members of the congregation commented how nice it was to see so many children from Saltford School at church with their parents. We very much value our strong links with St Mary's and this annual event certain serves to strengthen that relationship.
Thank you to the parents who made it possible for their children to attend and who came along to support the event and to the people of St Mary's for making us so welcome, including providing refreshments after the service.
Following a consultation period, we would like to inform parents/carers that the new red PE T shirts that we have been trialling will become part of our school uniform policy from September 2018.
The supplier, Harvem, has informed us that stocks are currently running low at the £3.50 price (which was subsidised by the school) and that the new stock will be priced at £4.50.
Please see the uniform policy for all requirements for sports wear. The red embroidered T shirts can either be ordered online direct at harvemschoolwear.co.uk or by visiting the uniform shop Harvem, Bath Hill, Keynsham.
Saltford pupil wins B&NES crime writing competition
Girls win at gymnastics competition
Congratulations to Poppy, Francesca, Oona, Amelia, Lucia, Erin, Savannah, Ilaria, Emily, Eve, Katie, Erin, Mia and Molly who represented our school in the Kingswood schools gymnastics competition in April.
They won individual medals and both the infants and juniors finished in first place winning gold cups for Saltford. Well done to our gymnasts!
Congratulations to Brooke
Brooke has been playing basketball for the Girls Bristol Flyers for a number of years and has been previously selected to play for the Under 10s, Under 12s and last month for the Under 14s. Last weekend Brooke was invted to trial for the county team. Following 2 days of trials, she was successful - well done Brooke.
Brooke wll play her first county tournament in Gloucester at the end of April - we wish her good luck.
Mr Egypt comes to visit
Lower KS2 were lucky enough to round off our term’s history work with a visit from ‘Mr. Egypt’ (Egyptologist Phil Harris).
He told us all about daily life for Ancient Egyptian children, food and beliefs (amongst other things), as well as setting us challenges with hieroglyphics and Egyptian numbers. The day culminated in sharing some genuine artefacts and a mummy wrapping teamwork exercise. We were all amazed by his knowledge and enthusiasm and many children reported that they were inspired to become Egyptologists themselves!
Many thanks to Mrs. Newark for organising this visit.
Back to Medieval times at Saltford
To bring our topic to life, our year one and year two children had a special Castle Day on Monday. They came dressed in wonderful outfits ready for lots of fun.
Various activities took place in the morning such as shield and crown making, castle games and stories. In the afternoon we gathered together in the hall for some Medieval dancing and jousting with balloons! Several jesters then stood up and entertained us with their favourite jokes.
We all rose to the challenge of making our very own castles with working drawbridges.
It was a very enjoyable and exciting topic.
Groups from year two and year six participated in the Dance Umbrella at The Forum in Bath this March. From the sea to the spooky we all had a thrilling time.
Huge congratulations to the children who represented the school so well and performed amazingly. Enormous thanks go to the very talented Mrs Browne for the choreography and running the after school rehearsals Thank you to the parents for providing such fantastic costumes for the Year 6 children and to Lucy Ratnett or the hire of the costumes for the Year 2 children.
Here's a taste of the spectactular:
Year 6 learn valuable life skills
Y6 were lucky to receive a visit from Little Lifesavers, who gave them lots of useful advice and practical help about how to help when someone's life is in danger. They were able to practise how to resuscitate a person, how to help if they come across a person who is choking, and how to put a patient into the recovery position.
We would like to thank the volunteers for coming in and teaching the children such valuable life skills.
Saltford School takes a stand against racism and inequality
We were pleased to welcome Alessia and Tamana from SARI (Stand Against Racism and Inequality) to KS2 on 15th March. They took an assembly about racism and racist bullying and led some workshops exploring these issues in greater detail with our Y6 classes. Please take a look at their interesting assembly presentation here.
The children engaged with the issues in a very mature and thoughtful way and some very interesting discussions followed the assembly back in classes.
The children were reminded that it's very important to let someone know if they experience or witness any incidents of racism or racist bullying and that these would be taken very seriously by our school and would be investigated by Mrs. Sage.
SARI is a specialist organisation contracted by B&NES to deliver proactive education interventions in co-operation with schools.
Saltford School's digital leaders help out at the Computer Café
Our "amazing and knowledgeable" digital leaders went to put their digital skills to good use at the Computer Café session that took place at Saltford Hall on 12th March.
The photos speak for themselves; the customers at the Computer Café were delighted with some help from the younger members of the community and the children really enjoyed sharing their skills along with some squash and biscuits.
Topics covered included using email, watching YouTube and changing iPad settings.
Thank you to Mr Freemantle and Miss Hansford for working together on this successful collaboration.
Successful bid from Big Lottery - Awards for All
Saltford School is now providing a new lunch time club especially for the children in Foundation Stage. This is due to special funding the school has received, a total of £1850.00, from Big Lottery – Awards For All. We placed a bid for the funding and were delighted to find that we were successful. The funding will provide enough weekly sessions for EYFS for a whole year.
Debutots interactive storytelling and dramatic play sessions promote speech, language and literacy skills and encourage self-confidence and imagination. There is a unique interactive story each session, with movement to music and dramatic play. The children then jump into the story world and bring the characters and scenery to life. Each session is carefully linked to the Early Years Foundation stage. As your children grow in age and poise, the more confident they’ll become and the more we’ll challenge their thinking and creative skills through different drama skills. This will have a very positive impact on our youngest children’s development.
Spaces at Saltford Rainbows
The 1st Saltford Rainbows currently have a few spaces for girls who would like to have fun, play games, earn badges and go on trips. They meet at the Guide Hut, Radcliffe Hall, in Lansdown Road on a Tuesday evening.
Helping you support your child
Thank you to so many parents for attending the Y6 SATs information meeting on Thursday evening, 25th January. We hope you found it useful, and that it will help you to support your child for the tests in May.
During the meeting, parents were told about the different tests in Maths and English that the children will do, the way that they are marked, and how the children's scores will be reported to parents, showing whether they are working above or below national expectations. Parents had an opportunity to ask questions and look at the ways that the assessment data is used. We discussed the way that writing is marked and assessed over the whole year, and is not tested during SAT week.
Thank you to Mr Godwin and Mr Styles for taking the time to run the evening; we hope parents found the meeting informative. You can see a copy of the presentation here and, if you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
All children can access the latest learning technology
In one of the biggest changes to our classroom environment for many years, eight new touchscreens were installed in the main building and Year 6 classrooms over the Christmas holiday. Now all children have access to the latest in educational technology.
Jess in Year 5 said how pleased they are with a large, clear screen that everyone can enjoy and interact with. Staff can now make full use of video and applications, knowing that everyone can see and use them from anywhere in the classroom.
We also expect that ongoing maintenance requirements and energy consumption of this equipment will be far lower than the whiteboard and projector setup we had before.
This has only been possible because of the dedication and generosity of our PTA who have funded the entire project. Of course, their success depends on your support of all our fundraising events. We thank the PTA, Mr May who coordinated the project, and the IT team who worked hard over the holidays to install the screens.
Consultation on Proposed Admissions 2019-2020
This consultation on proposed admission arrangements for 2019/20 academic year is open to everyone and is particularly aimed at:
Parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen in Bath & North East Somerset
Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of all mainstream schools and Academies in Bath & North East Somerset
Neighbouring Local Authorities
The Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Clifton Diocese
Bath & North East Somerset Councillors
Saltford C of E Primary School is consulting on their proposed admission arrangements and admission numbers for the 2019/20 school year.
The 2019/20 consultation documents are listed below:
The consultation starts on 4th December and will end on Friday 12 January 2018. Following the consultation period Saltford C of E School will determine its admission arrangements by 28 February 2018 and these will then be published on this website by 15 March 2018. Once arrangements have been determined objections can be made to the Office of the School Adjudicator.
To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org Alternatively you can write to Saltford C of E Primary School, Claverton Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3DW
The Local Authority may have been asked to publish details of the proposed admission arrangements for Foundation (including Trust) and Voluntary Aided Schools or Academies where the Governors/Academy Trust are the admission authority. Any such details will be listed below and the consultation period for the schools concerned will end by 28 February 2018.
Responses concerning Academies should be sent to the school concerned for the attention of the Headteacher and/or Chair of Governors.
Saltford wins top prize of B&NES "Primary School of the Year 2017"
On 21st November, Stanley, Bella and Mrs Brook travelled to Swindon to attend an awards ceremony in recognition of attaining our Silver Modeshift Award last year.
Bella and Stanley write: "during the day, we played some games, created a comic strip, had a delicious lunch and took part in some drama activities. In the afternoon, we listened to the awards take place and we were absolutely delighted to receive the top prize of The Primary School of The Year 2017 in B&NES for our work on promoting sustainable travel at Saltford School. In addition, Bella won the top prize in the raffle: a colourful scooter."
We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and want to thank all pupils, parents and carers for continuing to support Saltford in promoting sustainable travel. We are currently working towards achieving a gold award and would like as many children, parents and carers as possible to support our weekly WOW days. Just to remind you, we encourage you to walk, scoot or cycle to school whenever possible but on Wednesdays, our Active Ambassadors will be recording the numbers of participants from each class to determine the winning class. Thank you to Mrs Brook for all her hard work on our travel plan.
We welcomed SIAMS inspectors into school on November 2nd
We are delighted to report that the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) found that "the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Saltford as a Church of England school are outstanding."
Cross country trials took place last Friday and a squad of 20 children from Year 5 and 6 were chosen from many eager competitors. Well done to all the children for taking part and making the trials a very competitive and exciting event. Congratulations to the children who were chosen for the cross country team and who will be representing Saltford School in the BANES cross country competition on Wednesday 4th October. Good luck Team Saltford!
Open to girls aged from 5 to 7
Last week one of the Saltford Guide leaders launched a brand new Rainbow group for girls aged 5-7. The group runs on Thursdays from 4.30 -5.30pm.
She writes: the existing Tuesday group is oversubscribed, but we would like as many girls as possible to have the opportunity to join. Please see the link below for full details of how to register your daughter.
Pupils welcomed back to exciting changes on the school site.
We are very excited that our six classroom new build will be ready for occupation in September 2017. The whole project has been documented on our "Big Build Blog", where you can see pictures and comments covering all the developments since the first work began in September 2016.
In the new part of the school, one Year One, two Year Two, one Year Three and two Year Four classes will be located. We are going to be utilising our two classrooms on the field for our Year Six classes. Chuckles Before and After School club will be using their current room (the Piano Room) and also using the classroom currently occupied by Class JG which will mean they can increase their provision and enjoy easy access to the playground and field space. During the day these two rooms will be used for small group work and meetings.
We are delighted to announce that we have received the recognition of commitment certificate
This demonstrates that we are working towards this important award.
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)?
It is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. Children have the right to participate, so meaningful involvement of children and young people is fundamental to every stage of our RRSA journey.