We've been learning about endangered animals
As part of the wider theme of 'Our World Matters' we have all been using art to help understand the plight of endangered animals around the world.
We have been thinking about the wonder and beauty of our natural world and the need to protect it. What can we do to help?
Each class has been focussing on one species and children have painted or printed pictures for their display, using different techniques and materials including printing with polystyrene tiles and aboriginal pointillism. These superb individual artworks have made fantastic displays all around the school for everyone to enjoy. We can share some of them with you below:
Saltford pupils share their computing skills
On Monday Miss Hansford took 5 Digital Leaders to Saltford Hall to help members of the local community with any problems they had with their i-pads, phones and laptops.
Poppy and Ciaran from Class JG estimated there were about 10 people who needed help at the Hall. Poppy said, “I helped a lady to upload a photograph as an attachment to an e-mail on her i-pad. The lady was really pleased that I could help her and liked the end result. The same lady asked me to show her how to create a folder within e-mail and then move some messages into this folder. I enjoyed sharing my skills.”
Ciaran said, “I was able to help a gentleman set up a new phone he had been given. I explained about mobile data. I also gave him some help with setting up his e-mail on his new phone and gave him help with wi-fi.”
Well done to Sid the author
Miss Jupp was very impressed when Sid in her class told her that he has written a book and published it online.
The book is about underwater life. Sid shared it with the class today. It's really good!
You can take a look too: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/63000042/life-underwater
Sid is interested in animals on land, in the sky and in the water. If you enjoy reading his book, he suggests making a donation to a cause close to his heart, the Marine Conservation Society, via his JustGiving page here.
Key stage two are off to the panto
A huge cheer went up in the playground as Mr Baker's Dame appeared. KS2 children always greatly enjoy this visit to the theatre and everyone wearing fancy dress makes it a very special occasion. We feel that going to the panto with their school friends is a memorable experience and no two panto performances are ever the same!
This year's pantomime is ‘Beauty and The Beast’. The school links curriculum activities, such as writing play scripts in English, with this visit so there is also an element of learning with this fun New Year activity.
We thank Mr Baker and all the staff - including Mr "Pirate" Bowkett, Mrs "Cat in the Hat" Newark and "Sister" Saunders - who enter wholeheartedly into the spirit of things to make this such an enjoyable afternoon.
Here's how the children and staff brightened up this cloudy January day:
Curriculum workshops for parents
Over the coming weeks, we are pleased to be able to offer parents of all year groups a valuable opportunity to come into school to work with staff on how best to support children's progress through the curriculum.
The aim of these workshops is to give parents insight into how children are taught in school and how they are assessed, including discussion of SATS testing. You will leave with a better understanding of how your child is being taught and with plenty of practical tips and advice on how you can support this learning at home. We think you might even enjoy yourselves!
Please see the links below for full information about each workshop and how to confirm your attendance. We do hope to see as many of you as possible, as we believe these are crucial stages of your child's school life.
- Y2 parents' information evening Monday 20th January
- Maths for parents of years R – 6, Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd January, Badger Room, 9.30 - 10am (directly after access mornings)
- Y6 parents' information evening Thursday 23rd January, 6.30pm
- Y1 phonics workshop for parents, Wednesday 29th January
and Christmas fair feedback request
If you have unwanted or unused gifts left over from Christmas, you can re-gift them to the PTA for one of the forthcoming events, fairs or raffles. Please leave your gifts in the PTA box that you'll find next to the school office. We’ll collect for a few weeks as people have a spring clean out and store them for future events this year. Thanks in advance for your donations.
Your feedback on the Christmas fair
In order to keep our events relevant and enjoyable, the PTA is looking for feedback about the Christmas fair. This is your chance to say what you think and help out the PTA with just a few minutes of your time. Please complete the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/7Z7KFDB
Thanks very much.
Boogie on down
The school discos are back on 31st January.
The EYFS & KS1 disco takes place between 5.30 and 6.45pm. Tickets are £3 which includes a glowstick and a bag of sweets.
The KS2 disco takes place between 7.00 and 8.15pm. Tickets are £2.80 and a tuck shop is available during the disco.
All tickets are on sale from Monday 13th January at 7pm through www.pta-events.co.uk/saltfordschoolpta
Refreshments will be available in the library for parents.
It's a jolly holiday
A highlight for children, parents and staff of the last week of term is the KS2 Christmas production. The standard of acting and singing always amazes audiences seeing the show for the first time.
Here are a few photos from this year's fabulous performance.
The magic of Christmas with The Nutcracker
We are delighted to report that Billy from Y6 is performing in The Nutcracker with the Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall throughout the Christmas period.
He did incredibly well to be selected from hundreds of applicants for this exciting opportunity.
He is attending rehearsals in Birmingham twice a week and we commend him for his dedication. Good luck on the stage!
Saltford sisters crowned club champions
We are very proud of Tessa and Elen, racing sisters from Saltford School, who were crowned club champions in the annual Sulis Scorpions youth cycling club presentation ceremony in December.
The girls, from Year 4 and Year 6, had to compete through multiple disciplines that included hill climb, time trial, circuit racing and cyclocross. Their wins are the culmination of a number of years of commitment to bike racing.
Well done to both of you; keep up the good work!
Christmas in the community
On the evening of December 5th a choir made up of 90 of our Year Six, Year Five and Year 4 children performed at the ‘Lighting of the Christmas Tree’ concert at Saltford hall. One of our Year 1 children had been chosen to light the tree on behalf of the whole community and he performed this ceremony perfectly.
This year, our children especially enjoyed the joint performance with Saltford village choir, with 'Torches' sounding particularly rousing. Mr Baker's humorous rendition of Ogden Nash's 'The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Claus' was thoroughly enjoyed by the whole audience, as was the school choir's performance of 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' dressed in full antlers.
Mrs Sage says 'thank you to everyone who came to support them; I hope you agree they were wonderful.'
This is always a special Christmas event in the village calendar. Thanks to Mr Baker and Sally Baker for accompanying the children and all the staff who supported the event. A big thank you to the children for all their hard work, which was rewarded by a tremendous performance."
'News, news, read all about it!'
As the newspaper 'Angel Express' brings news of a special baby about to be born, the choir of angels decides to work on a special song to celebrate the birth. They only have two weeks…
Audiences were laughing out loud as the unruly choir of angels initially struggled to hold a tune. However, with the birth of Jesus, everything fitted into place and the grand finale was a truly special and moving performance of 'Welcome to the World'. The audience was spellbound and the singing was beautiful.
Two angels from year 2, Cora and Lois, said how much they had enjoyed being part of the production, especially pretending to be naughty angels and helping our youngest angels with their first nativity show. Miss Davis also congratulated Esther, a 'narrator extraordinaire' who stepped in at late notice to cover illness and performed brilliantly.
We are grateful for all the support that parents give their children to enable them to enjoy being part of such a show, and for the hard work of all the EYFS/KS1 staff involved. We thank also the parents who have officially filmed and photographed the show.
We're giving to help families in need
Following the success of last year, we once again invited the children to take part in our reverse advent calendar and, in doing so, help a family in need this Christmas.
Mrs Nethercott took all our donations to Keynsham Food Bank in good time to get the goods to local families over Christmas. On behalf of the food bank, Mrs Nethercott would like to thank all parents, children and staff who generously supported this initiative.
For more information about how to access help from the Keynsham and Saltford food banks, see our Pupil premium page. If you would like to know more about the Keynsham food bank, you can see their website here.
Sharing our Christmas spirit
Mr Baker, Mrs Kidd and twelve of our year 6 pupils enjoyed a traditional vist 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 – this year the children sang a selection from the KS2 Production, the Lighting of the Christmas Tree and some traditional Christmas carols with everyone joining in at times.
Thank you to Mr Baker and Mrs Kidd for continuing this lovely tradition.
As part of our work on Tudor explorers, the Year 5 & 6 children brought to life their study of Henry VIII’s Flag Ship, The Mary Rose and the battle in which it was sunk by visiting the ship at Portsmouth. Henry VIII was an enthusiastic shipbuilder, whose pride in his “Army by Sea” would see his fleet grow from 5 at the start of his reign to 58 by the time of his death in 1547. It is the Mary Rose that is remembered as his favourite.
The children enjoyed exploring the different parts of the ship and meeting the characters who lived on board. One year 6 said, "My favourite part was actually seeing the Mary Rose." The children learnt about the battle where the Mary Rose was sunk and even planned their own strategies for victory as the French and English.They also got to train in a Tudor gun drill where they got to experience what it might have been like to fire a cannon in a naval battle.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.