Congratulations to Saltford winners
We congratulate everyone who submitted a performance for the WMAT Music Competition. We hope you all enjoyed creating your entries simply for the pleasure that making music brings.
Every entrant has been privileged to receive individual feedback on their entry. The judging panel consisted of Music Director of Northern Ballet and member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Jonathan Lo; Cellist, teacher and ABRSM Examiner, Sam Warner and Music Teacher, Ms McLean from Wellsway School.
Ms McLean from Wellsway School was impressed with the real enthusiasm for music displayed by the primary entries. She said ' It was particularly encouraging to read comments from Jonathan and Sam who described performances as "captivating...thrilling solo...what a beautiful sound". We thoroughly enjoyed the range of genres and were particularly pleased by the number of primary entries, all of whom performed with such energy and spirit.'
Particular congratulations go to:
David S, winner in the category of beginner, instrumental,
Matthew G, winner in Grade 1-3, instrumental, playing drums,
Joshua D, winner in Pop, voice, and
Joshua B, winner in Ensemble, playing electric guitar.
WMAT provision for summer holidays 2020
Wellsway Multi Academy Trust (WMAT) has announced a range of summer holiday activities. Please note, there will be no summer clubs hosted at Saltford School this year. Please see full details in this letter from the WMAT.
Book now as places are limited.Please choose your preferred location and book using the relevant links:
SBL Sports Centre – Soccer Shooters Book Here Sir Bernard Lovell Academy, North Street, Oldland Common, BS30 8TS
Cheddar Grove Primary School – Progressive Sports Book Here Cheddar Grove, Bristol BS13 7EN
School tour dates announced
We are proud of our school and welcome prospective new parents and children to see the school in action on one of the following tours:
- Monday 21st September 2020 1.30 pm
- Wednesday 23rd September 2020 9.30 am
- Wednesday 23rd September 2020 11 am
- Thursday 24th September 2020 9.30 am
- Thursday 6th October 2020 9.30 am
- Monday 19th October 2020 1.30 pm
Tours are guided by our Head Teacher, Mrs Sage and usually last about an hour. You will see the school as it really is and have the opportunity to ask plenty of questions.
To book your place or to register your interest for a different date, please fill in our online form here.
Transition meet-ups for years 2, 3, 4 and 5
As the end of term approaches, we are delighted to be able to invite children from years 2-5 back into school for a special transition meet-up to help them think about their next steps. Before the end of term, every child who has not been in school because of coronavirus restrictions will have the opportunity to join in some special transition-themed circle and play times with a familiar teacher.
We were very pleased to see so many children attend the first week's transition sessions and, judging by the response, the children were also very happy to be back, albeit briefly. They were able to celebrate their year, ask questions about their new class in September and be thanked for their engagement with Seesaw.
These transition activities are based in our School Hall, with the option of using outdoor space if the weather is fine. Groups are no bigger than 15 children and follow the same rules and routines as the children currently in school, fully supported by staff who make sure they understand what they need to do to stay safe.
In the last week of term, activities on Seesaw will have a transition theme, with messages from current and new teachers scheduled to go out.
Please see Mrs Nethercott's special 'Welcome to Y3' video for the families moving from KS1 to KS2. This is also on Seesaw.
Summer promotion 25% off from July
Due to anticipated delays on some product ranges caused by lockdowns in manufacturing, M&S has deferred its usual June school uniform promotion until July and extended it until September. They have also increased the discount from 20 to 25%.
Please see the M&S Your School Uniform leaflet here for product and ordering information.
The 25% off promotion will run between 2nd July and 30th September. Go straight to the Saltford section of the M&S uniform website here.
The M&S uniform website has been undergoing some improvements recently. Some of the features of the new, mobile-friendly website are:
- a guest check out option
- an easier returns process
- an improved search function that allows you to search by size, colour, item or school.
Please see our all our uniform information here in The office section of our site.
Including pre-loved school uniform at £1
In conjunction with the Great Saltford Front Garden Sale, there will be the opportunity to buy pre-loved Saltford School uniform outside 20a Manor Road, BS31 3DN. All items will be £1.
Come along between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July. There are hundreds of items available in very good condition with sizes ranging from age 3 to age 14. Trousers (Grey), Shorts (Grey), Skirts (Grey), Dresses (Grey and Summer Red and White checked), Red and White Polo shirts (Saltford School Logo and non-branded), Red Jumpers and Cardigans (Saltford School Logo and non-branded), Saltford School Coats, Saltford School Caps, PE Shorts, PE daps, Jogging Bottoms and Tops.
See the SCA facebook post below for details of the wider sale:
Saltford life with Coronavirus project
The Saltford Community Association (SCA) is proposing to create a collective record of what has been going on in our community during the Covid-19 outbreak.
Two of our residents, Fiona Bell and her daughter Rachel, have come forward to collect stories about your experiences of volunteering – receiving or giving – during the lockdown. The aim is to produce a compilation of the stories in a form that can be easily shared and celebrated, such as a blog and even a book.
Fiona and Rachel have lived in the village for 28 years. Fiona volunteers for the Saltford Hub. Pre-lockdown she was on the library rota and cooked for the Thursday lunch club. Rachel, who is pausing her career in theatre stage management, has experience of transcription work and strong organisational skills to collect all our stories together. They both love a good story!
There are lots of ways to contribute. For example you can write up your own story or they will come and see you to collect your experiences, across an appropriate social distance of course! We would also very much welcome your photos to illustrate these stories, as well as revised lyrics to the songs that you have been creating.
Please contact Fiona and Rachel in the first instance on this email: SaltfordStories@gmail.com or phone them on 01225 873693 and leave a message. No doubt many lovely stories and memories of inspirational kindness will emerge. We would love to hear from you so this ‘learning’ is not lost and we create a lasting reminder of how working together can save the community.
These continue to be exceptional times and, along with the SCA, we appeal to everyone to stay safe and follow Government advice.
Unleash your inner performer
St John's School is holding a Performance Poetry Slam across the Wellsway Trust. This is open to all Saltford School pupils.
If you would like to enter either select a poem from the list on Seesaw or choose your own. Once you have practised your poem, ask an adult to video your performance and upload it to Seesaw. You will have full details when you log into Seesaw.
All entries need to be uploaded by Wednesday 24th June. Here are Michael Rosen's top tips for performing poems and stories: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvV23xoZRkI. Here is one of his performances: Michael Rosen – Chocolate Cake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BxQLITdOOc
Saltford School will then decide on the winning entry to be put forward into the Wellsway Trust Competition, which will be judged by English and Drama students at Wellsway. Good luck everyone!
Reopening for YR, Y1 and Y6
Mrs Sage says 'welcome back to our families, pupils and staff to the final half of the summer term. I am looking forward to seeing some of you on Monday 8th June'.
We have gained considerable experience over the last couple of months of providing a safe environment for pupils from seven different schools; they have now returned to their own settings. We are aiming to build on this experience by gradually opening the school to more children from YR, Y1 and Y6 on Monday 8th June.
Considerable work has gone into preparing the school for more pupils attending and making the environment as familiar as possible for children whilst being mindful of the importance of the practical steps we need to take to reduce the risk of infection transmission.
Important information for children
You can prepare your child if they are returning by reading them the following e booklet here: online.pubhtml5.com/qxmbh/mgnd/
Important information for parents
YR, Y1 and Y6 and keyworkers attending our site: Please read through the letter you were sent and the operating procedures carefully. In order to keep your family and our staff safe it is really important you take on board the contents of this and arrive prepared on Monday at the correct entrance. Please note for Year Ones this is not an entrance we normally use - carry on up the path from the usual side gate next to Tiddlers and you will see we are using an old school gate not usually accessed - it will take you straight on to the main school field. You will drop your child at this gate. See links to maps below.
Year Sixes: on the first few days you, in light of the current situation, my advice is that you accompany your child to school and collect them also. This will support them with the social distancing that is required. Once they are in the routine, if we have their permission form, we can allow them to walk home unaccompanied if you would like to restart this arrangement - email the school to confirm.
Parents: in the letter we request a final confirmation for the place as we know at the time many of you were unsure - understandably as we were not able at that time to share the full details of the offer. By completing this online form here by 3.30pm on Monday 4th June we will be expecting you on Monday and will have staffed the rooms accordingly. We will also know that you are removing your child from the keyworker list and understand that the times for this are as noted - including collecting your child at 12 each Friday.
You will receive a separate e-mail on Friday 5th June giving the room your child will be based in and the teacher/TA they will be taught by. All zones are operating as a team and children in each group will be taught the same work they have all planned together. I am sure you understand in the circumstances that group and room changes to accommodate particular requests are not going to be possible. I know you will prepare your child for these changes reading through the e booklet above - so they are as prepared as possible. It will feel different and the way we will be working is different. What won't be different is the amazing team of staff that we have in our school. I have total confidence that they will make it a great place to learn for our children.
Y2, 3, 4, 5 and children/families shielding in the above year groups: we have certainly not forgotten you! I have made sure you have received communications so you keep in touch with what is happening on site. We will make sure we prioritise your year groups and continue to upload work to Tapestry / Seesaw and respond to this. It may not always be your own class teacher - but they will still look through what has been posted each day. Currently with fifteen rooms occupied from Monday and potentially 200 plus children on our site - unless the Government changes the current guidance and lifts the ratio of 1:15 - we will be unable to open to additional year groups.
If you will be taking your child to and from school, please look carefully at the arrangements shown on the relevant map for your child below and check our Frequently Asked Questions document for help with any queries you may have.
Childcare provision from 29th June - 17th July
The government has asked schools to continue to prioritise the provision for key workers. We will continue to provide this service, from 9am – 3pm, five days a week. Key worker parents will be given a choice whether to send their child back to school with their year group or to keep them in the key worker provision. Children will not be able to move between these groups.
It is possible, dependent on numbers, that the provision for children returning to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will not be full time. By registering a child who attends Reception, Year 1 or Year 6, for the key worker provision you are agreeing that they will be placed within this provision and not with their returning year group. This key worker provision will continue to be full time.
Bookings for key worker child care provision 15th - 26th June have now closed. If you wish to book a place in our key worker child care provision for these dates please contact the Saltford School office to enquire if there are spaces available.
Bookings for key worker child care provision 29th June - 17th July have now closed . If you wish to book a place in our key worker child care provision for these dates please contact the Saltford School office to enquire if there are spaces available.
I am sure you will appreciate that with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 now attending school, we need to ensure that we have sufficient space and staff available to operate safely.
If you are a key worker and you have any enquiries regarding schooling of your child/ren, please contact the Saltford School office. Please see the key worker list for further information on those parents/carers who are eligible to access our childcare provision.
Seesaw has been introduced to help children who are learning at home through the Coronavirus restrictions. Children who are still coming to school should bring their Seesaw login details with them. We understand that the situation is different for those key workers' children, so please see the advice here on school expectations with regard to work set on Seesaw.
Any child who has, or develops, a new cough or a temperature, must not attend school. This is essential. As we work to keep our schools safe, we need the support and co-operation of families to ensure that children coming into school are not exposed to those with symptoms.
Celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter
Hello from Miss Hansford! The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4-11 to enjoy the benefits of reading for pleasure over the summer holidays, providing lots of fun and enjoyment as well as helping to prevent the summer reading ‘dip’. It motivates children to keep reading to build their skills and conﬁdence.
This year, the Summer Reading Challenge’s Silly Squad will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books!
With the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 Challenge will launch in a new digital format designed to keep children engaged and interested in reading. The Challenge will run from 5 June to mid-September and you can join in here. The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities that provide incentive and encourage children to take part in reading related activities. Although public library buildings are closed, libraries will continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms. Visit the Find a Read section for more information on accessing reading materials at home.
Please remember, we would love to see some photographs of your children enjoying the summer reading challenge. You can send them to email@example.com
Frank's twisted tale was a winner!
Congratulations to Frank in class SH who beat all other entrants in the EYFS category to win himself a £20 Amazon gift card. The WMAT competition asked for a 'Twisted Tale' that would be a re-invention of a traditional tale or fairy tale. It could be funny or serious and was open to children from all WMAT schools.
Keep an eye on our Home Assisted Learning page for details of other competitions you might like to enter.
Community support for return to school
We would like to thank the Saltford Scrubs for NHS group who have provided school staff with 28 sets of scrubs, 10 laundry bags and 10 toiletry bags. These were all offered and made really quickly and with plenty of flair! Miss Jupp and Mr Styles model some here:
This group, headed by Tanya Oliver and Angela Ashworth, was created very quickly to respond to the urgent requirement for PPE in some sectors of the community. They have provided over 1095 items in 5 weeks, all done in a great spirit of positivity and collaboration. These items have included scrubs, gowns and masks.
Any contribution no matter how big or small was welcome; some women were sewing nearly all day, some fitted in what they could. Skills with spreadsheets, communications, washing, ironing, cutting, packing and delivering were all valuable and made the whole effort so productive and so creative.
Beneficiaries have included local care homes, doctors' surgeries and, in collaboration with the hot meals service run by the Saltford Community Association, masks were delivered to nearly 100 Saltford residents.
So thank you to one part of the community from another.
Public health information
Test and trace service
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
Please see further information on the NHS Test and Trace service here: www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-nhs-test-and-trace-service and all government information on getting tested here: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
Please see below further information from Public Health B&NES. If you have any questions regarding this information please email the B&NES Public Health Team at Public_health@bathnes.gov.uk.
Procedures in the case of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19
The following charts from Public Health B&NES set out the procedures that will be followed if there is a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19 in a school, including contact details for testing and reporting:
Covid 19 testing for the under 5s
Following the extending of Covid19 testing to under 5s, please see the following frequently-asked questio.
Covid 19 FAQ
Regarding the extending of Covid19 testing to under 5s, here are some answers to frequently asked questions, from the Department of Health and Social Care:
- Why could Under 5s not be tested up until now?
- It was necessary to review and validate the existing supply of testing swabs in order to ensure that they could be clinically approved for the testing over Under-5s. This has now been complete and the extension of eligibility is now appropriate.
- Aren’t the testing swabs used for adults unsafe for Under-5s?
- We have followed updated clinical guidance throughout on the suitability of testing swabs for use on children under the age of 5. This is being supplemented by updated instructions for parents and guardians of those under 5.
- Why are Scotland and Wales not able to test Under5s:
- Testing eligibility is the responsibility of each individual Devolved Administration.
- Will it hurt/cause them harm?
- It is possible that children may experience some mild discomfort, but it should not hurt.
- Who carries out the test?
- Children under 5 must have the test performed by a parent or guardian.
- How do I book a test for my under 5 child?
- You can ask for a test online at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
- We'll ask you:
- how you want to get the test – you may be able to choose between driving to a regional testing site or getting a home test kit
- for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address
- The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre is available to assist eligible individuals through the process of booking and taking a test for Coronavirus. The Call Centre handles all enquiries about the testing process, from how someone books an appointment, to what they do upon receipt of their result.
- The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre can be contacted on 119 between 7am and 11pm.
- The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 119.
- How will their results be shared?
- When a child takes a test, their parent/guardian will be told how results will be passed to them. This may be by email or by text or both. We are aiming to return results within 48 hours of tests taken at regional test sites and 72 hours for home tests.
Introducing Seesaw for home learning
What is Seesaw?
We are very pleased to introduce Seesaw as an important tool for us to provide education for our children during these times of uncertainty.
Seesaw is a secure online learning environment for children that provides a platform for communication between children, parents and school. It supports creative learning by enabling use of photos, videos, drawing and notes.
All families will have received an introductory letter that outlines what teachers and parents can expect from this new platform, how to get started and how any privacy and safeguarding concerns are covered.
How does it work?
When you first activate your account you will find a short video from your child's class teacher saying hello and welcoming you to Seesaw.
From Monday 4th May, three tasks will be uploaded at 7am on every school day onto your child's seesaw page. These will be an English task, a Maths task and a topic task. Please complete these tasks when you can and submit them to your teacher. They will respond to your work with a like or a comment within school hours.
Seesaw tasks will also include newsletter challenges, Mrs Sage's special project and refer to the topic grid you were sent at the beginning of the term and that you can find on your child's class page.
We will suggest ways to respond but if you work in a different way, please do submit your work in this format. We appreciate not everyone will have access to/want to work on devices all the time.
Help for parents
You can see an introductory guide for parents here and watch the video that Miss Davis has made to help parents through using Seesaw for the first time:
What is on our website and where you will find it
Here’s a guide to the information we have put together at Saltford School to help guide families through the mass of resources and information that is available.
- Online learning platforms Seesaw and Tapestry
Seesaw for Years 1 – 6: this is where the core essential tasks will be posted each day by your child’s class teacher. This is the main platform for home-school learning. Reception teachers and families are using Tapestry.
- The Home Assisted Learning page on the school website contains a summary of links to all the other resources such as Seesaw, important daily activities such as Doodle Maths, and class and curriculum pages on our website. It also features
- activities and resources made available for learning at home that are recommended by our teaching staff. These are divided by subject area
- Special projects and competitions such as Mrs Sage's projects and the WMAT's competitions
- Specific information for SEN pupils
- A link to assembly material
- Links to class and curriculum pages
- Class pages contain the term's letter from your class teacher. For Years 1 - 6 each class page also gives a link to a home learning grid that will be updated weekly to help structure the week's learning, and a link to a topic activity grid for term 5. These will be referenced in the work set through Seesaw. EYFS classes will be uploading home learning projects and other useful links and sharing work through Tapestry.
- The Assemblies page is designed to provide stories and activities that would have been shared and enjoyed during assembly time at school.
- Curriculum pages give recommended links for the subject area, suitable for all key stages, and an overview of the subject and how it is taught. Each subject leader has added a ‘Resources to use at home’ section in response to the current Covid-19 situation.
Please remember that we love to see what you’ve been doing at home so please keep emailing us at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
B&NES leader impressed by our progress
On Wednesday 29th April, Mr Boyle was invited, on behalf of Saltford School, to talk about the work we have been doing on sustainable travel and to showcase the work of our fantastic Green Team.
The local council’s Sustainability Team wanted to give Will Godfrey, the new Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset Council, a ‘tour’ of the work going on in B&NES and to hear about some of the work happening to tackle the Climate Emergency. In the presentation, Mr Boyle explained the exciting events and ongoing activities our wonderful children and staff are doing at school to protect the environment and preserve our beautiful world for generations to come.
The chief executive, Will Godfrey, and the council members were hugely impressed by the fantastic work happening at Saltford School and thanked the children and staff for their amazing efforts. It was remarked that it sends out a hugely positive message.
A huge well done to all the wonderful children and staff of Saltford School for an amazing team effort. You can read Mr Boyle's full report here to see how all the activities we do at school add up to making a real difference to our environment.
Helping and caring
When we are at school we have lots of opportunities in assemblies, in RE lessons and at other special times to think about really important issues. As members of a Church of England school, we believe it is good to reflect on Christian teaching, e.g. through Bible stories, and to think about how this helps us and other people live our lives.
In this very difficult and challenging time for all of us, let us take some time to think about our communities. There are so many people doing extra, special things to help others at the moment. Maybe you and your family have been helping elderly or needy people who live near you with shopping or just giving them a call to make sure they are okay.
Please have a look at this sheet, which is about Jesus's teaching about community. Read the Bible story about how he fed a huge group of people - maybe you could think of a prayer to thank God for all the people who are working on farms, as van drivers or in shops to make sure we get our food. Could you do some art based on the theme of five barley loaves and two fishes? If you do, please send it to us by the home learning e-mail email@example.com. It would be good to share!
School meals provision
All children who are currently attending school (in YR, Y1, Y6 and key workers' children) may obtain a school meal through the normal term-time procedures. Please be aware that this will be a packed lunch at the moment due to the logistical restrictions in place.
We will not be continuing to provide universal infant free school meals to pupils in Reception, Year 1, or Year 2 who are currently not attending school, in line with government requirements.
Free school meals eligibility
We are very aware that many families may well be experiencing many additional pressures whilst we find ourselves in this pandemic and some families may now find that they are eligible for free school meals as the government have extended some of their eligibility criteria. Below are links which will give you further information to help you understand whether you may be eligible to seek this extended support during the pandemic and how to go about this:
B.& N.E.S Local Authority information: https://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/schools-colleges-and-learning/school-meals-and-catering/free-school-meals
https://keynsham.foodbank.org.uk/ We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.
If you need help, please contact either the food bank or email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
Saltford School news
We have been instructed to close the school to most children after Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice.
Please note that this is a national closure so we are not alone in this challenging situation. We will re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by e-mail and text.
We need to do all we can to provide support for the children of key workers (please see the list below) and children with an educational health care plan or social worker.
Schooling for children of key workers
Saltford Primary School is being used as the site for local key workers' children. The WMAT primary team will be working from Saltford School on a rota basis. Please see the school closure letter from Mrs Sage here. Please be assured that we are following all Public Health England (PHE) guidance with regard to this virus. Our children have also been reminded about hand washing and hygiene.
Please see our news item for key workers for details on how to apply for a place and what to do if your child is unwell.
Please note the message from the government that ‘children who can stay at home, should stay at home’.
Please see our news item here for details of provision of free school meals during the coronavirus shutdown.
Access to school nursing service
The school nursing service would like to let you know that they are still here to offer support during school closures or isolation. There are duty school nurses available at the end of the phone Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm should you require any support with your school age child. This is available permanently for all parents to access for advice and support.
If you would like this support please call one of the nurses on the numbers below. If possible, please avoid 12 - 2pm in order to keep lines free for young people:
Bath area: 01225 831666
Norton Radstock area: 01761 408111
Please see our School notices page here and look for the Health; school nurse and illness section for full details of support for parents and children of all ages.
We will continue to work closely with our health and safety advisers to monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus. We will follow the guidance from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care. This guidance can be found here in full: www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public
How we did it
This Easter we have had a real variety of activities going on, both in school and at home. It was lovely to see pictures of everyone and what they had been enjoying doing at the end of term and over the holiday.
In school we had Parrot Island holiday club for some children from Saltford and Keynsham schools alongside provision from Up & Under Sports. Home learning has been a lovely mix of Easter and a lot of DT projects such as making work stations, benches, electrical circuits and lots of cooking.
Here are a few photos to give you a flavour of what we were all involved in:
Saltford School staff were delighted with this special Easter treat from the children who contributed to a video rendition of one of our favourite Easter songs, 'Spring Chicken'.
Community hub to match volunteers and those in need of help
Saltford Community Association (SCA), the Parish Council (PC) and associated local organisations* quickly set up a support hub for Saltford residents who may be in need of help, to match them with offers of help from volunteers. This provides a single phone number and email address to contact if you need help in some way. Call 01225 632216.
Please see our Community notices page for up-to-date information on the activities of the Community Hub: https://www.saltfordschool.org.uk/community-notices/#community-info
If you need help
If you need help, please call 01225 632216 or email email@example.com.
Beware of Covid-19 scams
According to the Online Watch Link, fraudsters are exploiting the spread of COVID19 to facilitate various types of fraud. Please remember:
- Watch out for scam messages. Don't click on links or attachments in suspicious emails
- Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details
- Exercise the same caution that you normally would and don't allow anyone unfamiliar into your property, even if they are offering to help
- To report a fraud or scam: Actionfraud.police.uk / 0300 123 2040
*The key community representatives who are regularly liaising regarding Saltford’s response to the COVID-19 situation include representatives of Saltford Parish Council, Saltford Community Association, Saltford Primary School, St Mary’s Church, the Saltford Day Centre, Saltford Community Post Office and Library, Day Lewis Pharmacy, Saltford Food Bank, Clarkson’s Independent Funeral Directors as well as the B&NES Saltford Ward Councillors.
Congratulations to Reception and year 1 after-school club gymnasts who took part in the Kingswood schools competition on Sunday 15th March. All gymnasts won individual medals and came first in the team event winning a gold cup for Saltford. The year 2s also did a great job and finished in 3rd place.
Mrs Cary says "well done everyone!"
Encouraging sustainable travel to school
As part of our 'Our World Matters' theme week, we wanted to encourage children (and parents) to come to school without a car, enjoying the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting to school. In return for choosing 'active travel', children in KS2 enjoyed a free healthy and nutritious breakfast.
Zest Catering jumped at the opportunity to be involved in this initiative and were keen to showcase how much fun a well-being breakfast could be. FareShare SW supported the event by providing surplus food and, supported by our own catering staff, we were able to provide tasty treats including, bagels, tea cakes, cereals, fresh fruit and fresh smoothies.
The children had an opportunity to dress up in fruit and vegetable costumes and learn about the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. FareShare said they were very impressed with the children, their willingess to be involved in the session and to give their feedback on the breakfast.
We would like to to thank our own kitchen staff, Zest Catering - Claire Mansri in particular - and FareShare SW for making this such a memorable event. We plan to run a similar opportunity for KS1 later in the year.
FareShare South West, based in Bristol, was set up in late 2007 to work with community groups in and around Bristol city. They currently support over 170 organisations including, hostels, day centres, lunch clubs, young peoples projects and Zest's breakfast clubs within 4 of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust's schools.
Zest Catering won the award for 'self managed school caterer of the year' at the 2019 Educatering Excellence Awards.
How can we protect it?
During this special themed week, starting on Monday 9th March, the whole school will be involved in activities to help us think about how precious our world and natural resources are to us, and how we can look after them for the future.
Through a range of interesting and enjoyable activities, we'll be discussing recycling, climate change and fair trade among other things.
We will be considering our immediate environment and taking small steps that are within our control, such as coming to school without a car, enjoying the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting to school. In return for choosing 'active travel' on Wednesday 11th March, children in KS2 will enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast including homemade smoothies, and plenty of other goodies, along with fruit, juices and yogurts. All the details are in the well-being breakfast letter that has been sent to parents.
We would also like to encourage the children to ‘bling’ their bikes and scooters on the same Wednesday for the chance to win a prizes including a cycle helmet, back packs, cycle bells and hi-viz jackets. The only limit is your imagination.
With a focus on reducing waste, we are mounting a waste-free lunch challenge through the week. You can see full details and suggestions here.
We'll also be thinking about people living in different parts of the world and what role we have to play in being a global citizen. We hope to hear all about the work of Water Aid investigate different habitats and ecosystems from around the globe.
If you have any ideas for activities, or links for further information, we would be grateful if you would get in touch with us.
On Monday we had an Assembly from Wessex Water to highlight the important of water to our daily lives together with informing the children about what should and should not be flushed down the toilet and the consequences.
The swimming pool was also filled with plastic bottles to highlight the use of single use plastics and their effect on polluting the Oceans. The children were given an opportunity to visit the pool to reflect on this image and then given an opportunity to express their thoughts in writing.
On Wednesday we had an Active Travel breakfast where the children in KS2 were encouraged to come to school without a car, enjoying the benefits of walking, cycling and scooting to school. In return for choosing 'active travel' children enjoyed a healthy and nutritious breakfast including homemade smoothies, and plenty of other goodies, along with fruit, juices and yogurts.
The children were also encouraged to ‘bling’ their bikes and scooters that day and were awarded prizes for the best 'bling' including a cycle helmet, back packs, cycle bells and hi-viz jackets.
Well done to the winner Cam H in Class RJ whose bike represented the continents of the world to highlight the need to save endangered species with the beautiful snow leopard decorating his handle bars. The runner up was Ella W in Class AB for her imaginative scooter decoration - unfortunately Ella was unable to collect her prize on the day but was represented by Olivia B in Class AB.
All the children who enterred the competition were awarded a small prize.
On Thursday we had an Assembly lead by Ian Freemantle and Frances Eggbear from Saltford Fairtrade to promote fairtrade at school using educational materials from the fairtrade site.
On Friday Year 4 visited the Saltford Water Recycling Centre in Mead Lane. The children were given a tour of the works as well as carrying out an investigation activity whilst there.
Children will be writing a pledge of one thing tht they will try to do to help ‘our world’.
Mr Jenkins said, "The children across the school really took a great interest in all the interesting and enjoyable activities we discussed with them this week, including recycling, climate change and fair trade among other things. I would like to thank the parent volunteers who walked with us and helped the children at the Recycling Centre. Finally we would like to thank James Lovell and Gillian Smith from Wessex Water and Ian Freemantle and Frances Eggbear from Saltford Fairtrade for working with us on this themed week and for making it a very special experience for the children."
Ofsted visit 15th May
On 15th May we welcomed Ofsted Inspector, Mrs Wendy Marriott, for the day. We were pleased to be able to share with her all that makes our school the special place that it is. We are delighted that the final report recognises all the excellent work going on here at Saltford Primary.
We have maintained our status as a ‘good’ school. The grading cannot be changed as a result of a one-day inspection. Therefore we are very pleased that the inspector recognised that, since our last inspection in May 2013, we have
‘demonstrated strong practice and marked improvement in specific areas’.
As the inspector recognised that the school has improved significantly overall since our ‘good’ grading she has recommended a further section 5 inspection.
Mrs Sage has thanked all the parents, our fantastic children and our dedicated staff for their hard work and commitment. This has all contributed to making Saltford School an outstanding place for learning, working and succeeding.
The inspector recognised the considerable strengths of the school but also recognised the improvement plans we have in place and the positive impact these will continue to have. This demonstrates that we know and understand our strengths and areas to continue to improve.
We are especially proud of the many positive comments that included:
‘Together with your senior leadership team and skilled governing body, you have accomplished the school’s aim of bringing about high-quality leadership and teaching.’
‘You now have a skilled and effective team of subject leaders across the full range of national curriculum subjects.’
‘The standard of pupils’ reading and writing is high and supports their good access to learning in other subjects.’
In maths: ‘Pupils’ work and visits to classes now show that teachers’ consistently high expectations and very effective teaching strategies have rectified the weakness in problem solving…’
The children and staff were amazing ambassadors. A particular highlight was the confidence with which the children spoke to the inspector, explaining how we keep them safe and them knowing who they can speak to should they need help.
We were also overwhelmed by the positive response to the parental survey. One parent echoed the view of others by saying: ‘In my opinion Saltford is an exceptional school.’
Mrs Sage has pledged to parents that we will continue to focus on raising standards and ensuring that children who attend Saltford School are given the very best education. To that end, parents have been sent a letter asking them to complete a questionnaire for parents that will inform school's direction. Also, we would like to remind parents that you can share your thoughts about our school with Ofsted at any time by going to Parent View.
Louis Nicholson-Pallett off to Oxford
A former pupil of Saltford School, Louis Nicholson-Pallett (2001 - 2008) has graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in History from Royal Holloway College, London and will be off to Oxford in September to undertake a Masters at Queen's College. Louis thanks all his former teachers at Saltford for embedding a love of learning at an early age. Congratulations Louis from all the staff at Saltford Primary School.
Interest in Chemistry starts at Primary School
Will Loney, a pupil at Saltford School from 2004 - 2011, has just been awarded a first in his Masters Degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol. Will developed a love of learning at Saltford School and went on to achieve fantastic GCSE and A level grades at Wellsway School. Well done Will, your former teachers are very proud of you.