Information for parents in the event of Covid-19 at school
Please read on for information about procedures that will apply in the event of a confirmed case or an outbreak of Covid-19 in our school community. This information has been updated for September 2021.
Please see the Remote education news item for full information about how remote education will be offered for any Saltford School children who are required to remain at home because of Covid-19.
For the latest government information and guidance for parents and carers of children attending early years settings, schools and colleges during the coronavirus pandemic, please see: 'What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges'. For all government information about Covid-19 please see www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Any updates in the form of letters to parents will be posted here.
- At-a-glance operational plan summary from September 2021
- the current operational plan with details about daily routines for playtimes, lunchtimes, equipment use and communication with school
- a summary of our contingency plans for a Covid-19 outbreak
- Guidance from B&NES regarding a negative PCR test result following a positive lateral flow test result October 2021
In the case of illness, suspected or confirmed Covid-19
If your child is unwell and unable to attend school, please ensure you telephone and leave a message on the absence line before 8:45am on the first day your child will not be in school. If your child has symptoms of Covid-19, please keep them home and get them tested.
You need to inform us if a child has tested positive for Covid-19:
- If you receive a positive test result during school hours (8am - 4pm on school days) then please telephone the school office and speak to one of the team. 01225 872185.
- If you receive a positive test result outside of school hours, please report it using this online form and Mrs Sage or one of the office team will contact you. The form is here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=FU48tNJMtUmhKRQyRYFNOtF6I-R52W5EtxGo7hDZii5UNlNYV1lITFpSNlE0RlZGQ1YxWUxWSEg2OC4u
You will be asked the date your child was last in school as Test and Trace then trace close contacts in the previous 48 hours. This will help us to support track and trace to identify close contacts and ensure the class teacher is alerted that your child is self-isolating for ten days and will be in touch to set school-work - in this case we will know your child is absent for ten days and you would not need to ring in every day as noted above.
Please refer to this quick guide for parents and carers which is a helpful chart of what actions to take in different situations and how to judge when your child should return to school.
Changes to contact tracing in the new school year
One of the main changes for this new school year is that school will not be involved with contact tracing. Now NHS Test and Trace will work with the positive case to identify close contacts. From 16th August 2021, children under the age of 18 years old will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. Instead, Test and Trace will work with parents, carers or guardians to inform the child that they have been in close contact with a positive case and advise a PCR test is taken.
New self-isolation rules
There is no self-isolation unless you have confirmed Covid-19; if a member of staff or a pupil is identified as a Close Contact of someone with Covid-19, they do not need to self isolate, as long as they are either under 18 / double vaccinated / do not have symptoms of Covid.
If you live with someone who develops symptoms or who tests positive, you do not need to self isolate, as long as you are either under 18 / double vaccinated / do not have symptoms of covid. This means that children do not have to stay at home if a parent or sibling has symptoms or a positive result, and staff do not need to stay at home if the people they live with have symptoms or a positive result.
In all the above cases, NHS Test and Trace will contact you to tell you that you are a Close Contact, and they will advise you to take a PCR tests as soon as possible and advise that you:
- Wear a mask in enclosed spaces (school staff, primary aged pupils not compulsory)
- Limit contact with clinically extremely vulnerable people
- Take lateral flow tests twice a week (adults and older children)
As long as you don’t develop symptoms or test positive, you should observe these measures for 10 days after your last contact with the covid case, but you may continue to attend school, even while waiting for your PCR test result. Close Contacts are people who have “mixed closely” with the person who has covid. This could mean:
- In the same class
- A friendship group at break time or lunch time
- A sports team
- An after-school club group
Contingency plan in case of a Covid outbreak
Please see this summary of our contingency plans that will be put into place in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak. It shows what the response will be to escalating numbers of Covid cases within school.
If my child usually has a free school meal
- School plans to support children who would normally receive a benefit-related free school meal. Individual families will be contacted by the school where this is applicable.
- Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who receive a 'universal free school meal' will unfortunately not be eligible for extra support.
If my child is self-isolating and it is difficult for me to get other children to school
- Parents, carers and guardians are responsible for ensuring regular attendance and that includes making sure that their children can still get to school. This case is treated the same as a sibling being ill under normal circumstances.
- If you are having difficulties, please contact the school to discuss your circumstances.
- Work will be provided only for the child who is self-isolating. See the Remote education news item for full information. Siblings are required to attend school as normal to access their education.
We would like thank families for their understanding and continuing support. Throughout the planning process the safety of children and adults has been our overriding concern.
All our planning has been done in conjunction with the other primary schools in our partnership and we have followed the Futura Learning Partnership's risk assessment process in doing so. Our risk assessment has been reviewed and approved by the partnership board.
Online provision for Saltford School children learning at home
During periods of self-isolation or national lockdown, it is important that children have support to continue their education while they are at home, as long as they are well enough to do so.
For full details of our remote education offer please see the following:
- Visual overview of the whole remote learning provision PDF document
- Our commitment for remote and blended learning PDF document
- Our plan for individual, whole class or whole school remote learning provision PDF document
- Detailed remote learning plan for 2021 – 22 PDF document
- Q&A document here for more detailed information about what parents and carers can expect from remote education if government restrictions require entire cohorts to remain at home.
Please follow the links below to find three daily lessons to support your child's learning at home. Children can then share what they do via Tapestry or Seesaw. The login details remain the same as before. Please contact us if there are any issues with this.
Please see communications sent to parents/carers with regard to our use of Microsoft Teams for live meet ups. Instruction document can be found here.
Oak National Academy
These are free online lessons across a variety of UK school curriculum subjects. Please choose the appropriate year group and then select the day of the week.
BBC TV and Bitesize online
The BBC has added curriculum-based television programming to its online offering to support families during the latest lockdown. Programming for primary aged children will be on CBBC between 9am and 12pm every weekday. The Bitesize daily lessons will also be shown on the Red Button service on TV.
Please see the following links for how to access the online BBC content:
Online learning resources for children of all ages on the BBC Bitesize website.
All Bitesize daily lesson episodes will be available on catch-up, on demand on iPlayer.
Virtual curriculum page
On the virtual curriculum page we have put together some additional ideas and activities to support your child's learning at home in each of the subject areas. This can be used independently or as directed by your child's class teacher. The resources from this page, and any linked websites, will complement any in-school teaching or remote learning.
Stay safe online
Please get familiar with our online safety advice here for up to date help with keeping safe online. This includes information on a wide range of apps and devices including gaming platforms. It's also important to keep a balance between screen time and other activities. See our PE virtual curriculum page for plenty of ideas for getting away from your screen.
Win inclusion on the school menu and an entry in the Zest cookbook
This is a great competition to think about over the October half term. Children from Futura schools are invited to get busy in your kitchen and develop a recipe using your favourite flavours. Recipes will be featured on the school menu, and included in a new cookery book that will be published by our in-house catering company, Zest. The book should be available to buy from early December (just in time for Christmas).
We need healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner or desert. Each meal must feed 4 people and meet one of the healthy criteria:
Natural alternatives to sugar • Low salt • Reduced fat content.
All entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 1st November with the subject ‘cookbook’. Please submit a completed entry form, available here in MS Word format and here in PDF format.
Please watch this video to find out more, bearing in mind the revised deadline date: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwz64F8RxZQ
Supporting Bath City Farm and the Send a Cow project
This year, we were pleased that the children were able to come together to celebrate the Harvest. We hope you enjoy the following videos which capture some of the spirit of our Harvest Festival 2021.
EYFS and KS1 harvest celebration
Instead of asking for food donations, we invited the infants to bring a £1 donation to school for Bath City Farm. We have longstanding links to this local charity which focuses on providing education, conserving the environment and supporting people who are facing adversity in their lives. We were pleased to send them £157 to support this good work.
In school we sang songs to celebrate the harvest and some Y2 children read harvest prayers:
To view in full screen, please go directly to YouTube: https://youtu.be/svuRIZ_n8vY
KS2 African harvest celebration
This year KS2 performed an African Harvest with songs and poems from Africa. Instead of asking for food donations, we wanted to support the Send a Cow Harvest in Africa. Please see here for more information: sendacow.org/get-involved/organisation/harvest/. There is also a video you might like to watch: youtu.be/_HXYhqclSI0. We were pleased to raise £146 for this local charity.
Here are the KS2 children performing their African themed songs and poems, as well as the traditional opening and closing hymns:
To view in full screen, please go directly to YouTube: https://youtu.be/l7amEGhG1gA
Signed shirt and photos for our football enthusiast
Many congratulations to Robyn in Willow class who is now the very proud owner of Ellen White’s football shirt!
Football fan Robyn travelled with her Bath City football team to watch the Lionesses, England women’s national team, play North Macedonia in Southampton in September. England won convincingly beating the opposition 8-0 with Ellen scoring twice. At the end of the match Robyn was thrilled when Ellen responded to her request for her shirt and even signed it for her!
How exciting for you, Robyn. We hope you continue to be inspired by Ellen's sporting achievements.
Monthly chance to buy pre-loved uniform and tasty cakes
The PTA class cake sales which have proved such a popular fund-raising event in previous years are resuming this year. The PTA will also be selling nearly new school uniform at very attractive prices. We hope it will be convenient to have the two sales on the same day.
The money raised from each cake sale goes to that class who can then choose the toys and games they would like for their classrooms, so please support your class.
Friday 24th September: Year 6
Thursday 21st October (Friday 22nd is INSET): Year 1
Friday 26th November: Year 3
Friday 14th January: Year 2
Friday 11th February: Year 5
Friday 11th March: Year 4
Friday 6th May: Reception
Classes are paired in year groups for the sales which take place monthly on a Friday outside the Year Four classrooms from 3.15 – 3.30 pm.
For the uniform sales, you may wish to wear a mask in the hall. There will be signposting to the entry door (opposite the Rainbow Room) and exit door (opposite Class GD/Butterflies).
Online meetings for the new school year
We are holding welcome meetings for each year group via Zoom starting at 6pm so that parents can meet the class teacher and talk through the year ahead. Everyone has been emailed the meeting ID and passcodes (please call the office on 01225 872185 if you did not receive them).
The dates for the meetings are:
Y6 Tues 7th Sept
Y5 Weds 8th Sept
Y4 Thurs 9th Sept
Y2 Mon 13th Sept
Y1 Tues 14th Sept
Y3 Thurs 16th Sept
The presentations from the meetings, as well as the usual class letters and subject overviews, can all be found on your child's class page.
All the information you need for a confident start on Monday 6th September
We hope you have had a lovely break over the summer.
There is a lot to look forward to in the forthcoming year, and we especially welcome all our new starters in EYFS Butterfly and Bumblebee classes. We will be sending out regular news in our weekly newsletters and we encourage parents to follow us on Twitter for quick updates, pictures and videos of the many exciting activities that are happening regularly around school.
Please see below a few reminders of the practicalities of coming in to school well prepared to make the most of the learning day.
Please read the current operational plan which includes details about daily routines for playtimes, lunchtimes, equipment use and communication with school.
If we are required by the government to change any aspects of this plan, parents will be contacted directly by the school, either by text or email. You may wish to read this summary of our contingency plans which shows where a reintroduction of further safety procedures might be required in the event of escalating cases of Covid.
The operational plan is summarised in this at-a-glance sheet which highlights where procedures will be changing from last term and where they will be staying the same.
Drop-off and pick-up routines
This guide to dropping off and picking up your child/ren contains lots of detail about daily routines and routes to and from school. We are aiming to minimise congestion around the school site as we head into the autumn/winter months so please do check the relevant page for your child's class.
Please note: children must be in their classrooms by 8.50am. School ends at 3.15pm for Years 1 – 6 and 3.10pm for Reception classes.
Reception families have been contacted individually with starting and ending times for their introductory transition sessions.
We're delighted to be offering swimming lessons in September. Please see full current swimming information here.
The classes page of the website contains all the class-related information you need from September. This includes information on the term's topics, homework, swimming and PE arrangements. Classes are now known by their tree names.
Please check all uniform requirements here, including how to purchase uniform and PE wear bearing the school logo.
Covid guidance for parents
Our news item 'Covid guidance for parents' contains useful up-to-date information and links for parents regarding procedures that apply in the event of a Covid case in our school community.
Swimming from September 2021
Swimming for term 1 will start week commencing 13th September for all years except Reception. The current timetable is here .
Helpers needed for this activity
Volunteers are essential to support this activity and we would be very grateful if you could consider if you are able to help. All volunteers are required to hold a school DBS certificate. Anyone who has helped with this activity previously does not need to reapply for a DBS, but if you do not hold a current DBS with this establishment, it needs to be organised prior to your volunteering. If this applies to you, please contact the school office for further information as soon as possible.
If you are signed up to help, or are wondering what is involved with regard to safety, please read the current guidelines for swimming helpers here.
Electronic sign-up and privacy
There is an electronic sign-up sheet for each class which shows the number of helpers required and how many spaces are available. This uses a volunteer sign up website https://volunteersignup.org which our PTA has used previously for sign up to help with fundraising for school events. When you offer to help you will be asked for your first and last name, email address and phone number. You cannot proceed without this. Personal details are not used for anything other than running the site. The website’s privacy notice is available here: volunteersignup.org/legal/privacy
Quick links to helper sign-up sheets
CE Apple Class: Tues 10.30–12noon https://volunteersignup.org/M88RK
RH/SEH Pear Class: Tues 1.30–3pm https://volunteersignup.org/CK478
NJ Palm Class: Tues 9.00–10.30am https://volunteersignup.org/3Q9B7
MN Cherry Class: Weds 9.00–10.30am https://volunteersignup.org/KJQC8
CM Sycamore Class: Mon 1.30–3.00pm https://volunteersignup.org/PPJPX
ES/MFB Lime Class: Thurs 1.30–3.00pm https://volunteersignup.org/LED8K
RJ Maple Class: Thurs 10.30–12 noon https://volunteersignup.org/CYQXF
PN Willow Class: Thurs 9.00–10.30am https://volunteersignup.org/7MJYF
JSB Elm Class: Fri 9.00–10.30am https://volunteersignup.org/7KMJ9
AB Horse Chestnut Class: Fri 10.30–12 noon https://volunteersignup.org/FX7D4
NS Ash Class: Mon 10.30–12.00 noon https://volunteersignup.org/YJBDQ
JG Oak Class: Mon 9.00–10.30am https://volunteersignup.org/R3X98
Using Seesaw for home learning
What is Seesaw?
We are very pleased to have Seesaw as an important tool for us to provide education for our children when remote learning is required.
Seesaw is a secure online learning environment for children that provides a platform for communication between children, parents and school. It supports creative learning by enabling use of photos, videos, drawing and notes.
All families will have received an introductory letter that outlines what teachers and parents can expect from this new platform, how to get started and how any privacy and safeguarding concerns are covered.
How does it work?
When you first activate your account, you should see your child in their current class. Your teacher will respond to anything you post with a like or a comment. Please be aware teachers are all in school teaching during school hours so will not be able to respond straight away. Any work needed will be assigned to your child for them to complete and submit. Seesaw tasks may include special projects and different challenges.
We will suggest ways to respond but if you work in a different way, please do submit your work in this format. We appreciate not everyone will have access to/want to work on devices all the time.
Help for parents
You can see an introductory guide for parents here and watch the video that Miss Davis has made to help parents through using Seesaw for the first time:
Best wishes to our Year 6 leavers
We are sorry to say goodbye to our Year 6 leavers but we have every confidence that they will make the most of their next stages.
We have known most of the children for seven years. It has been a real pleasure to be part of their lives for so many years and we are immensely proud of their achievements, not least the way they have coped with the challenges that the pandemic has thrown up. Unfortunately, some of our Year Six children have had to self-isolate due to a positive Covid case and were not able to join us for the final three days of school. This is a huge disappointment for them and us and they are in our thoughts.
Here we share with you some of the video and photo highlights of their last few days in primary school.
Leavers' service https://youtu.be/hNT5lVyq9Ug where our Year Sixes share their special memories from their time at Saltford School.
Come Alive Dance https://youtu.be/9YSVKwK6Q-I
School's Out https://youtu.be/j1samikvyvE
We're Staying Home (Year Sixes in Isolation) https://youtu.be/xH6-FezZcQc
Reception photos of our Year Sixes, seven years ago https://youtu.be/PEGoWvhj12Q
We wish all our Year 6 and their families every happiness in the years to come and hope you will keep in touch, as we love to see news of their continuing successes at secondary school and beyond.
We are sorry that parents could not spectate and participate in the usual way this year. We hope you get a sense of the day from the following photo and video collections. They are presented in PDF or video format. Many thanks to our official photographer, Mrs Dixon.
Year 6 special compilation: video link is https://youtu.be/UdNNjIeNmWw
Spraying away at school
On Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Year 5 were joined by a graffiti artist who ran an exciting workshop.
This end of year treat followed our graffiti project in Year 5 English. It was a great opportunity for the children to learn more about the positives of graffiti and to show their artistic talents.
They each tried their hand at using spray paint to create their own name and then used stencils to create some original artwork. All of the children produced brilliant work which they’ll be able to take home to remember the experience by.
A big thank you to Mr Boyle and Mr Bowkett for organizing, and Steve from Graffarty for a wonderful couple of days.
MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON...
Well done Zane
We're proud of Zane in class JSB as he has been making great progress playing golf.
He recently won the Roger Christian Trophy at Knowle with 44 points (pictured below) and then another competition with 47 points! His handicap on the yellow tees has reduced to 17 and, to top it off, he has been picked to represent the Somerset Under 12’s.
Keep putting in the practice, Zane!
How to be your most awesome self!
We were very excited to be able to give the children a “Day of Fun” to mark the end of what has been another challenging year for all. With grateful thanks to the PTA, we were incredibly lucky to have Super Pirates visiting school on Thursday 15th July to spend the day helping the children to be “the most awesome version of themselves” through play and having fun.
What a day of fun it was! The Super Pirates were every bit as awesome as they promised and the children had a whale of a time in the craft area, disco dancing and playing on the huge range of inflatables.
Back in class the children continued with their fun with a range of activities including junk modelling, origami bookmarks, lego, flour stress balls and a whole range more. What a great way to end the year.
Thanks to Mrs Nethercott for coordinating the whole day. We hope you can see from the photos just how much fun we had.
Summer fair for children July 16th
This year, all the children and staff enjoyed a scaled down version of our ever popular Saltford School Summer Fair. Each year group had the opportunity to try their hand at some traditional fair games, win some prizes, take their pick from the tombola, enjoy their chosen snack and make some craft. 50 lucky raffle ticket holders won a selection of summer hampers made up from all the generous donations collected from our Mufti Day earlier in July.
Our Year 6 children offered ideas for the stalls, crafts and snacks and did a wonderful job of running all the stalls for the other year groups. They showed fantastic maturity, independence and leadership and should feel very proud of themselves.
The annual school fair is traditionally our biggest PTA fund raiser and we would like to thank all our parents for supporting this event and for all the additional donations. Before all the expenses have been counted, it looks as if the fair and raffle combined have raised around £4,000 which is an amazing amount.
This year’s event was organised by a team of parent volunteers and we offer our thanks to Ciara Fraser, Ruth Presswood, Jody Sparey, Suzanne Young, Liz Sypko, Ali Williams, Emma Willett, Rebecca Knight, James and Amanda Hawkins, Becki Sumsion, Janet Allen, Amy Andrews, Rajinder Boucher, Laura Licata, Helen Sampson-Jones, Gemma Ker-Bridge, Amy Harvey, Miranda Gillard, Caroline Riddle and Samantha Mercer for their hard work in making the event such a success.
All children were also given an enamel ‘Saltford Stood Together’ pin badge as a commemorative token of the exceptional circumstances of Covid-19 and a small thank you from the school for their resilience over the past 2 years.
Battle archery and bespoke sports skills coaching
Y6 had two exciting activity days as we neared the end of term and the end of their time at primary school.
Our two classes alternated between the two activities. On one of the days we welcomed two sports coaches from Up and Under Sports and on the other we visited a battle archery centre.
On the sports activity day, the first Dan, an international basketball player, taught the children lots of new skills and techniques to improve their game. They then took part in an inter-class basketball tournament. In the afternoon, the second Dan took over and the children enjoyed participating in lots of team ball games. They had great fun trying out new games and some really impressive teamwork. Many thanks to Up and Under Sports for providing the sports coaches and well done to the children for keeping going despite the odd rain shower!
On the other day, we walked to the battle archery centre, next to Avon Valley park. Battle archery is an exciting, fast-paced team archery game, using foam tipped arrows. The children wore masks and arm protectors. They played humans and zombies, battle royale, hunger games and shot the hat off Mr Godwin/Mr Styles. Unfortunately, the children were not able to shoot the hat off Mr Godwin as they seemed to be aiming more for his body and head! By the end of the session, the Y6s had mastered the use of a bow and arrow, and had learned how to work strategically as a team. Well done to all the children, and thank you to all the staff who came along to assist. The children had a great time.
MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON...
Congratulations to Ewan in Class JG who has been selected to represent Triathlon England South West Region at the British Triathlon Inter Regional Championships 2021 being held in August and September at Mallory Park Leicestershire.
He will also get a great opportunity in August to attend a South West team training weekend in Devon before the racing starts.
He recently came 2nd in both the Cotswold Lake 62 and Bowood Triathlons which were qualifying races for the team. Keep going, Ewan. We're looking forward to seeing what you can do next!
Year 5 visits resume
At Saltford School we value our links within the community. We have strong links with Kingfisher Lodge Care Home in Saltford and, prior to COVID, some year 5 children would visit the home to do arts and crafts and other creative activities with the residents.
Now that Kingfisher Lodge are allowed to have visitors to their garden, the project has started up again. Early in July, Miss Jupp and a group of children from year 5 visited the residents at Kingfisher Lodge. The children had the opportunity to do some painting with the residents and talk to them about their lives and favourite memories.
The group were all extremely positive and kind to the residents and enjoyed getting to know them and asking them questions. Miss Jupp is looking forward to continuing with this project next year.
Well done Fred
Fred from Class PN has been selected to join the playing squad for the 2021-2022 season for the Bath and Wiltshire District Team.
The try outs for school-aged children were held in June in Bath, arranged by the Bath & Wiltshire School Sports Trust. Fred's trial was attended by around 100 applicants so he definitely had to show his skills to stand out. The coaching programme aims to use sport as a medium to propel talent and build character. It can take participants all over the world playing football and learning for the future.
Fred will be involved in training and social events and certain trips and tours as well as a variety of fixtures and tournaments. He is looking forward to joining the other members of the squad at the annual pre-season trip to Bideford, Devon on Friday 27th to Sun 29th August .
We look forward to hearing all about his experiences during the next school year. Well done, Fred.
A taste of Italy for a brand new fundraising night from the PTA
Tuesday 6th July saw Italy arrive in Saltford in the form of Pizza Night! Nearly 200 kits were sold for families to enjoy making and eating their pizzas. A big thank you to Stella Events for free use of their fridges and making the wonderful tomato based sauce and gluten free dough!
We would like to thank Saltford Kitchens and SBS Design and Build, Kings Antiques and Collectables and Dixons Plumbing and Heating for sponsoring the event and supporting the PTA and the school during a difficult year for fundraising. It is most appreciated!
The event raised over £900 which is an amazing amount of money so thanks to everyone who was involved in organising and everyone who supported the event! It is clear that lots of fun was also had in the process. Thanks to everyone who has shared their photos with us… here are some budding chefs:
Heartfelt thanks from school
We are very sorry to say goodbye to two of the PTA's active members, Ruth Presswood and Suzanne Young, whose youngest children will be moving on to secondary school in September.
Their contributions have been invaluable. Funds raised can be counted and the benefits to the school are clear but we are also very thankful for their personal commitment, positive attitude and openness with the school. Thank you both very much.
Ruth and Suzanne have written a letter which we would like to share:
“After ten years on the PTA committee we are sad that our journey with Saltford School has come to an end as our youngest children leave year 6 next month. Between us we have been part of the planning team or organised the summer fairs along with many other events of the last decade. By being on the PTA it has allowed us to get to know the teaching body as well as the school site and now as we leave we have left a lasting legacy that not only our children have enjoyed but future children will also.
We have helped fund interactive white boards, new computer suites, iPads, school books, swimming pool renovations, secret gardens, playground equipment, activity days, speakers brought in, equipment for classrooms and outdoor areas, the list goes on. It is by helping to raise these funds as part of the PTA team that the children have enjoyed these luxuries in the school and these have enhanced their education and learning over the years.
Sadly the last 18months have not given us as many opportunities to raise funds for the school but hopefully in September many of you will join the PTA to help with the fundraising that is so important in these times. You’ll make friends all around the school and your days at Saltford with your children are that much richer by knowing you are doing something great.
Have a great summer and hopefully we will be able to pop along to the larger events to say hello to familiar faces we have got to know over the last ten years.
Ruth Presswood & Suzanne Young”
Prizes to be won!
This virtual balloon race, took off at12pm on the 2nd June from Westminster Abbey. The race was real but totally online. Balloons cost £3 each and the race was based on real time weather patterns.
Being totally virtual, it has many advantages; you could decide on your balloon's thickness, how full they are, how they are decorated and, of course, it is kinder to the environment than a race with real balloons.
The PTA winners are in! They all travelled over 51km, with Milo's winning balloon travelling a circuitous 51.74km to end up north of Chelmsford near Great Waltham.
The winners have been awarded their certificates and WH Smith vouchers from the PTA:
- 1st place, Milo B in class MN
- 2nd place, Ruby S in class ED
- 3rd place, Maya Y in class NS.
There were great prizes to be won from the organisers and from the PTA – double chances!
Eco Racing Prizes are:
- 1st £500
- 2nd Apple iPad
- 3rd 10 x £10 book tokens
PTA prizes are 3 x £15 WH Smiths vouchers for the 3 furthest-travelled PTA balloons.
This year we have not been able to hold any in-person events so have had to find new ways to raise money for the school.
Full race guide can be found here: https://ecoracing.co/site/page?view=how-it-works.
You can download the PTA poster here.
Ted is shining a light on coeliac
Ted from Class RJ has committed to cycling 50km in support of the #ShineALightOnCoeliac campaign. He wants to raise awareness and funds that will help support children and young people living with coeliac disease. The campaign is organised by Coeliac UK.
Ted says that since his diagnosis he misses lots of food that he used to love but, most of all, he misses eating party foods at friends' birthday parties.
He’s now almost half way through his 50k cycling challenge with riding to and from school this week, and has already smashed his £150 fundraising target but is still hoping for more. He is very grateful for all the support so far, but if anyone else would like to support him his page is https://coeliacuk.enthuse.com/pf/ted-flynn.
Well done Ted. We're proud of your positive attitude.
EYFS had a wonderful time at Forest School on Friday. From learning about birds to toasting marshmallows and swinging in the hammocks – they loved every minute! Lots of children said their favourite part was the fire and eating s'mores!
We're on our way to the Olympics
This is a fun activity for the whole school community to join in with. To celebrate the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we're encouraging our families to get active with the virtual Travel to Tokyo challenge. This is Team GB and ParalympicsGB’s free programme for children aged 5–11 and their families.
Can we meet the challenge and travel the full 47,349km together?
Here's the latest progress update from 20th June:
Hurray! All teams have now completed their journey to Tokyo, covering a massive 230,141km in distance with 5148 hours of activity! The PTA has raised £432 and has sold 72 medals. What a phenomenal effort from all involved! Medals will be handed out through school.
Record your activity
In school, we all belong to one of four ‘Travel to Tokyo’ teams (Butterflies & Bumblebees, KS1, LKS2, UKS2). We will be making a 47,349 km virtual journey to reach Tokyo in time for the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Games on Friday 23rd July. At home, all you need to do is get active as a family and record your activity on this easy-to use Log Activity page.
You can get started by trying some fun Travel to Tokyo activity ideas. All the physical activity the children and their families do will count towards their team’s journey. You don’t need lots of equipment or space – playing in the park or having a dance off to your favourite song – if it gets your heart pumping, it all counts!
You can keep track of your team's progress on our School Dashboard to see our journey across the world! We will update the children in our weekly assemblies on their progress and their current location as we travel round the world.
Raise funds for school
The PTA are hoping that we can raise some much-needed funds at the same time. These always go towards projects that enhance school life for all our children.
As a special token to remember taking part in the Get Set Tokyo Challenge the PTA has designed a special medal. This can be purchased for £1.75 using the PTA's online website. Medals are available to purchase from Friday 7th May until Monday 21st June. They will be handed out by class teachers in July. The medals come complete with a ribbon in Team GB colours and engraved with Saltford School on the back. Please refer to the Facebook group page Saltford School's Get Set Tokyo Challenge 2021 here for more details and a picture of the medal.
The PTA has set up a fundraising page so you can ask your friends and relatives to sponsor your activities. Follow the link here: crowdfunding to Saltford School PTA as part of the Virtual travel to Tokyo! on JustGiving.
Year 6 press for action
While Year 6 were studying Climate Change earlier in the year they decided to write to world leaders to persuade them to take more action. The children wrote to a wide variety of people, from the Queen to local MPs (and even their teacher).
A few months later, during lockdown, they received this reply from Buckingham Palace and, at the end of April, this one came from Downing Street. Both say how impressed they are about how much the children care about climate change and talk about what is being done to help.
The Downing Street letter recommended looking at the following link for a guide to some steps that we can all take to do our bit on climate change: https://together-for-our-planet.ukcop26.org/.
Saltford children support good causes
We would like to say a massive "well done" to the children who have been thinking about the needs of others and how they can help.
In class CM Morwenna and Elowen have cut their hair off to donate to The Little Princess Trust. This charity uses the hair donations to make wigs for young people who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other conditions. They are following the great example of their classmate Clara and of Sienna in class NJ.
In Year 4, Anselm has won a team fundraiser trophy. Along with his sister and two other children he walked/cycled 875 miles in one month and raised £445.00 for Team Bath Swimming Club.
Their website says “There are two challenges that teams of four are undertaking over a five-week period – either running or walking the equivalent of the 876-mile distance between John O’Groats and Land’s End or the 300-mile width of the United Kingdom.”
He has been given a Headteacher’s Award.
Fundraising for NHS Charities Together
Aimee in class CM was recently awarded a prestigious ‘Shining Light’ award from B&NES Council which recognises community heroes in Bath and North East Somerset who went the extra mile to help others during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Aimee was chosen as one of the twelve winners for her brilliant fundraising efforts for the NHS. She created a beautifully illustrated e-bookcalled ‘The Very Hungry Honeybee’ in January with the aim of raising £100 by her eighth birthday.
She was inspired in part by the Thursday claps for key workers and her classmate’s own fundraising initiative, saying "I loved it on a Thursday when everyone was out in their streets clapping on our key workers, so I thought why not write and illustrate a book that people could read to show their love and appreciation for our hardworking keyworkers."
On receiving the award, Aimee said ‘WOW WOW WOW. £870 pounds + £116 Gift Aid for our amazing NHS.
I am blown away by all your kind donations from friends, family and the Great British public and their generosity!’
Her Mum added ‘a big thank you to Saltford Primary School. Aimee loves Saltford Primary School. ❤️’.
If you would like to support Aimee's fundraising and request a copy of the book, please visit her JustGiving page here: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheVeryHungryHoneyBee.
Spectacular entries are in!
We asked all children to decorate a wooden spoon – SPECTACULARLY!
Before the end of term, children were given a wooden spoon to take home in their reading folders, to be decorated over the Easter holidays. They could be made into a spectacular character or just decorated with some sparkle and flair. Prizes were donated by the PTA and the competition was free to enter.
Please enjoy the fabulous pictures below. Congratulations to everyone who took part. The winners are:
Bumblebee class: Larissa and Seth, Butterfly class: Scarlett and Amila.
Class CE: Christina and Rowan, Class RH: Austin and Evelyn, Class NJ: Barnaby and Summer-Louise, Class MN: Seb and Abigail.
Class CM: Morwenna and Elowen and Stanley, Class ESST: Cora and Billy, Class RJ: Emily and Charlie, Class PN: Kai and Reggie, Class JSB: Megan and Nia, Class AB: Peter and Teairra, Class NS: Ella and Maya, Class JG: Niamh and Zara.
As visitors are unable to come into school to see the display, we are sharing it virtually here. We hope to be able to take the display boxes into the hall for the children to get the opportunity to see each other’s creativity once the competition has closed.
Talented David appears on local radio
David S from class RJ, was recently interviewed and also played guitar on local radio station KTCRfm. He talked about learning guitar during lockdown and his love of the Beatles, and played several Beatles songs live on air, accompanied by his teacher Nick Pallett.
David told us that he had to hold the microphone very close to his mouth and that the experience was amazing. He particularly enjoyed listening to himself on the radio when it was aired on the Thursday. What a great experience.
The fabulous picture shows drawings by pupils who attend their clubs of the teachers who have kept them safe. We will hang this up in the school to remind us all how much we have achieved together.
We were delighted to announce the winners of the PTA #Winterwatch photography competition. We had over 160 photos for our judge Peter Travers to pick the winners from. The entries were extremely varied and beautiful. They certainly met the original brief which was "to take a photo of something that catches your eye, something of natural beauty" inspired by BBC Winterwatch.
Prizes were awarded to first and second place in categories EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2. Each first and second place winner received a certificate and a personalised mug with their image printed on, kindly funded by the PTA. Winners were as follows:
EYFS first place Annie H, second place Larissa T; KS1 first place Imogen D, second place Piper W; Lower KS2 first place Emily T, second place Cody W; Upper KS2 first place Cam H and second place Pippa S.
We would like to thank everyone who made the effort to enter the competition, Ruth Presswood for organising it and Peter Travers for judging.
Here are the winners and their lovely photos:
As a Church school, our celebration of the major Christian festivals is an important part of our community life.
Our normal tradition is for the younger children to make their Easter bonnets at home and then show them to the older children with a lovely Easter parade. As this is not practical this year, they will be making their hats as a school activity. We would still love to see any bonnets made at home and celebrate them in class so please keep an eye on Tapestry for details of how to do this.
We would like as many children as possible from all years to make an Easter garden to display at our Easter service on Wednesday 31st March. The display of these Easter gardens at the front of the hall helps us to focus on the story of Jesus' crucifixion and Resurrection.
Children can bring in their Easter gardens from Wednesday 24th March, taking them to their classroom in the first instance with their name and class clearly marked on it. After the Easter service we will arrange for the children to collect their gardens from the Hall.
You can use a plastic tray or dish, seed tray etc. to make your garden in. Soil, card, paper, sand can all be used for the base of the garden. They can be as creative as they like. There needs to be a little hill with three crosses, a cave beneath for the tomb and something to represent the stone that was rolled away.
Here are some ideas of the kind of thing you might be able to make:
Fundraising for his Captain Tom challenge
Elliot in Class JSB is writing 100 poems for his Captain Tom challenge which is to do 100 of something to raise funds. Elliot has chosen to support the Alzheimer's Society
Not only is he writing 100 poems in different styles, he is turning them into an online experience by using Scratch. We're really proud of what he's achieved so far. He reached the halfway point on March 1st with a great poem about daffodils.
If you're intrigued by titles such as "Ode to a Zombie" and "Don't get Poo on your Shoes", take a look at some of his poems here: scratch.mit.edu/projects/494495593
If you'd like to support Elliot and his cause, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/penny-pledges.
Well done Elliot.
From New Zealand to Saltford
During the first lockdown, Jaz (Class NS) and Jess (Class RJ) wrote to the Prime Minister of New Zealand to say how impressed they were with the way she handled the Coronavirus and what a fantastic role model to women she was. They made her a Hama bead heart which they enclosed with the letter.
They were delighted to receive this reply, with an extra hand written note.
Well done Jazz and Jess for taking the initiative and taking an international interest.
Raising funds and awareness for Julian House
We are hoping for good weather on Friday 5th March. Isaac from Class RJ and his Dad are taking part in the Big Bath Sleep Out on Friday night to support Julian House. They are sleeping in the garden without a tent and will have to build a shelter to sleep in. This is to raise funds and awareness for men and women who have to sleep outside every night.
Well done Isaac for thinking about others and taking action in this way.
If anyone would like to sponsor Isaac, please use this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/m-seymour1.
Come rain, come shine, let's zumba
Morwenna and Elowen from Class CM have been doing an hour of zumba every day to raise money for Wallace & Gromit's Grand Appeal for the Bristol Children's Hospital. They are approaching their target of 50 zumbas!
Well done girls for your commitment to this great cause. You can donate to their JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Marie-Blatchford?utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=Marie-Blatchford&utm_campaign=pfp-email&utm_term=5370a54f328e41b48875715a4940f84e.
Supporting the Little Princess Trust
Sienna in Class NJ, has decided to raise money for the charity the Little Princess Trust which supports children who have cancer.
She will be cutting off about 12 inches of her lovely, long hair and donating it to the charity, where it will be used to make wigs for children that have lost their hair during cancer treatment. Sienna said "I am cutting my hair for charity to raise money for children with cancer. I feel excited to donate my hair for other children who need it more than me."
We are very proud of Sienna for deciding to do this and for thinking of other children who are going through a really difficult time.
If you would like to donate to the cause, here is the link to her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sarah-O-brien26
Poetry and sculpture to enhance the forest
Isla in class PN and her Dad, Robin, have been commissioned to create collaboratively a sculpture for the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.
They thought up ideas, visited the site, wrote a proposal together and won the commission based on their joint ideas.
It's Isla's first proper sculpture / art commission and daughter and father are taking it very seriously. We hear she is super excited! We are super-proud.
See lots more information and a lovely picture in this article: www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk/father-and-9-year-old-daughter-win-south-west-sculpture-award/
Bookmark competition… prizes to be won!
World Book Day at Saltford School
We've been celebrating the importance of books in a variety of ways this year.
All children will receive their digital voucher on Tapestry or Seesaw. It can be redeemed up until 28th March. There are also free audiobooks available until 28th March from www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/.
There are live events available through the World Book Day website, and in Reception and KS1 we'll be participating in 'Share a Story Corner'.
Can you work out the Masked Reader? Watch the video below to see if you can work out who is The Star, The Football, The Croissant, The Alien and The Burger as they read you a blurb from one of their favourite books.
It's Day Two of The Masked Reader. Who is behind the coffee cup, smiley face, tree, fried egg, toadstool and cupcake?
It's Day Three of The Masked Reader. Can you guess the identity of The Love Heart, The Sunshine, The Birthday Present, The Bunch of Flowers and The Cool Kid?
Please see our World Book Day summary here.
Bookmark design competition.
In celebration of World Book Day we launched Saltford School’s bookmark design competition with prizes of a £10 book token!
We thank Mr B’s Emporium of reading delights for their kind donation of the prize vouchers.
The winners are: Freddie A (RH), Larissa T(Bumblebees), Claudia G (CM) and Maya A (JSB) . All winners will receive their bookmark vouchers. Liv R (MN) deserves a special mention for her detailed drawings of the characters from the BFG.
Thank you to all those who entered, we really hope you enjoyed participating. We would like to give special thanks to Garry Abson, Jen Faulkner and Kate Simants for taking the time to judge the competition, to Miss Davis for helping to coordinate and of course to Mr B’s Book Emporium for kindly donating the book vouchers. The school would especially like to thank Laura Tallo for organising this wonderful competition.
Bringing Reception together at the South Pole
All our Reception children were invited to join together from school and from home to party like a penguin. We had been busy preparing by doing penguin-related work such as making fact files, penguin models and penguin hats. When it came time to party, Mrs Browne led all the fun for us! We did penguin dancing, penguin egg transportation and fish blowing games and some ribbon dancing to make the southern lights!
We were very glad to hear from some parents how much the children had enjoyed the party. Comments from key worker parents included:
‘Ahhh so lovely to see them all enjoying themselves. Thank you so much, L has been so engaged in this topic, so excited about today.’
Messages also came from parents with children at home: ‘We all enjoyed watching the children have a little fun this afternoon. Thank you!’ ‘E really enjoyed the penguin party this afternoon, especially seeing all the teachers and her friends’.
'Exploring reliability in the online world'
On this year's Safer Internet Day, the call goes out to everyone to join together and play their part in creating a better internet for everyone, and especially for younger users.
Safer Internet Day this year is Tuesday 9th February and the theme is 'An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world'. Each year Safer Internet Day is the biggest celebration of online safety in the UK. As a result of Safer Internet Day
- 77% of young people said they felt more confident about what to do if they were worried about something online.
- 78% said they know what to do if they, or someone they know, are targeted online because they are different in some way.
- 19% said they spoke to someone about something that had been worrying them online.
EYFS and KS1 will be learning about Detective Digi Duck. The aim is to encourage young children to start thinking about online content and help them understand that what they read or see online might be true, untrue, or simply someone's opinion.
KS2 will also be looking at what and who to trust online. They will focus on making sensible decisions online and how to check whether a source is trustworthy. Here is the link to the Virtual Assembly for KS2
BBC are broadcasting a live lesson on Tuesday 9th February.
BBC Own It App: The app features a special keyboard which appears wherever a keyboard would normally surface and offers in-the-moment help and adivce on what a child is typing. It recognises if the child is typing something which might be upsetting to a recipient, if a a child types personal details and can even recognise language that might suggest a child is in trouble and offers them advice.
NSPCC have useful information on their website on how to keep safe online during the pandemic.
Here is a link to some videos for each age group to help them recognise reliability online.
Here are some additional online safety home materials:
You will find our February safety newsletter in the online safety section of the school website, which will give you further practical help and support and a special online safety newsletter for Safer Internet day here
Our online safety page contains lots of useful links for parents and children. Let's keep the conversation going all year.
Tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore
In response to Captain Sir Tom Moore's 100 challenge, Year 6 set a goal of completing 100 skips each in 5 mins.
The challenge took place on 10th February with 25 children from Y6 who were in school so the class target was 2500 skips in 5 minutes. We managed an amazing 5317 skips.
Well done year 6 for an amazing effort.
Special menu and pancake races on 11th February
As Shrove Tuesday falls during half term this year, on 16th February, we celebrated early. We designated Thursday 11th February as our pancake day in school. We hope you enjoy the pictures below. We are hoping to get many more pictures of children tossing pancakes at home that we can add to this gallery.
Traditional Pancake Race Thursday 11th February
Lent is the period of six weeks 40 days (not including Sundays) leading up to Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar. In western Christian churches, the day before Lent starts is Shrove Tuesday. This is also known as Pancake Day. This year, because of half term, we are going to mark this both at home and school on Thursday 11th.
This day was traditionally the last chance to use up the foods Christians would not be eating during Lent. Some Christians choose to give up something they really enjoy such as cakes or chocolate. As is our tradition, children can bring in a pan and a pancake (in a tied named carrier bag) and we will hold pancake events on the playground for FS/KS1 and KS2 pupils following all Covid safety precautions. It would be lovely to see children based at home joining in if they can, either by cooking pancakes or by flipping them with their pans in the garden. We would love you to send us your pictures.
For people who care about the environment and nature
Congratulations to Seb in Year 2 for being awarded a green Blue Peter badge for writing a poem called 'The Last Fish'. He recieved a letter from all the presenters and the Blue Peter editor praising his 'cleverly written and beautifully illustrated' poem.
The poem was intended to make people think about what could happen if we keep polluting our oceans.
Here is Seb with his badge and his headteacher award sticker.
Well done Seb; we're all very proud of you.
Sit back, relax and enjoy!
EYFS and KS1 are proud to present 'The Very Hopeless Camel' this year. Of course, we could not put on the usual stage performance but we are pleased to be able to create a video of this entertaining show so that families can still enjoy this Saltford tradition.
Congratulations to our wonderful EYFS and KS1 Classes for their incredible Nativity 'The Very Hopeless Camel'. What wonderful acting from our Year 2 children, super singing and performance from our Year Ones and amazing EYFS Angels. Please find below the links to the performances for the different classes for you to watch at home. We hope you enjoy them.
As with all of our performances, please do not post the videos or links onto your own social media.
The Very Hopeless camel, Group 1, starring classes GD, RH and NJ
To view directly on YouTube for a full-screen experience, please use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBmJb7EOseY&feature=youtu.be
The Very Hopeless camel, Group 2, starring classes ED, CE and MN
To view directly on YouTube for a full-screen experience, please use this link: https://youtu.be/okzTIRnm2_8
A huge thank you must go to the EYFS/ KS1 Team for all their work leading the children with their acting, singing and dancing and organising the costumes. Thanks also go to Ollie Weaver from WMAT for some of the filming and editing and to Miss Davis for her scriptwriting.
Here's are some stills from the filming:
Our KS2 children and staff have been hard at work on this year's Christmas performance of 'Christmas Around the World'. Despite the challenges that this year has presented, the children have really risen to the occasion and done a brilliant job of singing, acting and dancing. We have put this together into a video which we are sure you will enjoy.
As with all of our performances, please do not post the videos or links onto your own social media.
If you would like to see the video in full screen, please go direct in YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=Uh_0GDk9cH0&feature=youtu.be
We thank the Year 6 children for their performances, Mr Styles for his great work on the script and green screen magic, and Mr Weaver who came to film us. We also thank all the KS2 staff for their hard work and creativity in making sure that this year's Christmas production was as special an occasion as it always is.
We thank also all of the Year 4 and 5 classes who worked hard on their performances and the staff for all the props and rehearsals.
Class CM have been exploring Christmas traditions in Germany and have made biscuits for our own German market stall display. We have learned to sign the popular carol Silent Night.
Class PN have been exploring Christmas traditions in Mexico. We have discovered that the story of the Nativity is central to their celebrations. We have learnt a traditional Christmas song called 'Mi Burrito Sabanero' which tells the story of the journey to Bethlehem made by the donkey. In class, we have made our own maracas, Mexican stars and piñatas to celebrate the festivities. We hope you enjoy our song!
Class ESST have been learning about Christmas in Sweden. We have made Swedish decorations and learnt a lovely song about Santa Lucia. She was a lady who took food to the poor in the evenings, wearing candles in her hair in order to be able to see and still carry more food. At Christmas in Sweden, girls dress up as Lucia and boys sometimes accompany her dressed as Star Boys (representing the 3 Kings who visited Jesus) with tall white hats and carrying a star.
Class RJ have chosen Australia as their country and the song 'Aussie Jingle Bells'. It is the summer time in Australia at Christmas and therefore it is very different from Christmas in Britain. The weather is very hot and children are more likely to have a BBQ, seafood and go to the beach or swim in the pool, than have a roast dinner and sit by the fire. They would also be dressed in shorts, T-shirts and flip flops rather than in woolly jumpers, scarves and coats on Christmas Day.
Tune in for her prize winning story on Friday 11th December
Congratulations to Oona in class CM who has won the Keynsham Winter Festival writing competition with her story ‘Santa and the Penguins’. As well as receiving a prize, Oona was excited to hear that her story will feature in the Keynsham virtual Winter Festival and that she will be able to read it out on local radio station KTCR FM!
As part of the Keynsham Winter Festival, the story has been read and filmed by a Dickensian Character, to be broadcast on Friday 11th December at 6pm. You can watch this live on Friday11th December and any time after that on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/hpcZUyON_Q8.
Also, parts of the story will be hidden in shop windows after 11th December around the town to form a trail, that everyone can follow.
Well done Oona; we hope you enjoy all these special experiences.
Working together to keep improving
We know that a positive relationship between our families and the school is the very best foundation for your child's school experience. We encourage the children to work and learn together and, in the same spirit, we actively seek to engage with parents in order to continue improving our school.
We have recently had three vacancies for parent governors and we are grateful to the five parents who would like to stand for election. All candidates have prepared a statement that has been sent to all parents and every parent has the right to vote in the ballot.
Our document on the role of a parent governor helps to define the special role of parent governors.
Parent governors are required to bring a parental perspective to the issues raised in meetings. In all other respects they participate as other governors in the running of the school. See our Governors section for full information.
Parent voice group
This new initiative for 2021 seeks to reintroduce a scheduled opportunity for parents to join discussions with governors and the Headteacher about a variety of ideas. This is to replace the Parents' Forum which has seen dwindling participation recently.
In the Parent Voice Group (PVG) the focus will be around social and academic issues specific to our school. Termly meetings will include issues/questions brought by parent representatives. It is also an opportunity for us to seek parental response to any new developments. We might also, for example, express our appreciation of parental help and involvement, and parents might tell us what things they like, what is going well and areas to develop. We envisage that meetings would last about an hour and a set of agreed minutes would be circulated to all parents.
We are currently seeking two parent representatives per class to join the new PVG. Initially these representatives would serve for the rest of the academic year. If you have children in different year groups, please state which class you would like to represent or whether you do not mind representing either. If you are interested, please fill in this online form by Friday 11th December.
Watch it streaming on Saturday and Sunday 7 – 8pm
Children in our Reception classes were invited by Bath & Wells Church Diocese to take part in a special nativity event organised by South West Carols.
Our Reception children were ready, willing and able to act out part of the nativity story to a narration. This was produced and filmed in the school hall by Mrs Browne and the Reception teachers and staff, following all covid-related safety procedures.
This first ever such event is a celebration of all the good things that take place at this wonderful time of year and the reasons why we celebrate. It includes a great selection high quality musical performances from diverse artists and participation from schools all over the South West. It also promises interviews, stories and fun moments to make you laugh out loud. The nativity was streamed on Saturday and Sunday December 5th and 6th.
You can see the Saltford children in action below or if you would like to see in full screen, please watch on YouTube at youtu.be/6Zz5cIjTgPg
You can also watch the whole South West Carols show on YouTube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oHF8H9cOg8
Christmas trail in the school garden
The children are looking forward to getting out in the school garden for a special Advent nature trail which will be led by Reverend Daile.
Years 3 & 4 head outside
Years 3 and 4 welcomed SG Forest school to Saltford at the end of November to give the children a hands-on experience of life in the Stone Age.
The children had the opportunity to strike flint, build dens, grind wheat and make pots as they discussed the key question, "Were the people living in the Stone Age super-heroes?" After the experience, they decided that yes, to be able to survive without any of today's luxuries, they were!
A huge thank you to Tim and Jane from SG Forest School for bringing the Stone Age to life for us.
United against bullying
Our equalities team lead the activities as part of national anti-bullying week beginning 16th November.
This year's theme was 'United Against Bullying' and is part of the ongoing work of the Anti-Bullying Alliance who provide lots of useful resources for parents and children online.
Children were encouraged to wear odd socks to school on the Monday to show their support and they responded in great numbers. Why wear odd socks? It's about celebrating individuality and appreciating that we are all unique.
Here are Class PN and Frankie & Freddie from Class ESST showing off their odd socks to support anti-bullying
All classes participated in activities and discussions about bullying and thinking about ways to stop bullying from happening. All the children at Saltford School regularly discuss bullying in their classes throughout the year but the purpose of this week is to raise its profile even more. In class we look at different types of bullying, how to help if you think someone is being bullied or what to do if you think you are being bullied.
Here are some examples of the lovely work Class ESST did on the part they would play in stopping bullying
E-team and Miss Jupp are also there to support all children across the school who need extra support.
We're proud of our published author
Theo in Y6 has contributed a page to 'Rosa's Footprint', a children's book by Devon author Jo Earlam. Theo's page is called 'Theo's fossil-tastic facts'. This was part of the 'Think Footprint' project which encouraged children to think about the footprint they leave behind.
Mr Styles said 'it's really lovely for him to be able to use his passion this way'.
Theo has brought in a special copy of the book for the school, signed by Jo Earlam and by him. He did a fantastic Q&A session with his class and the book will be passed to other classes before going into the school library.
Theo also attended the book launch where he was presented with a signed copy of the book, a certificate and a 3D printed model of the footprint which was found in Sidmouth around which the book was based.
Here is Jo Earlam's Facebook video featuring Theo:
Our own Mrs Harding has her memoir published
Congratulations to Diane Harding, who lives in Saltford and was Secretary at Saltford School for twenty years, on having her memoir ‘Always in the Dark’ published by BLKDOG Publishing.
Born in Cape Town, at the age of fourteen she moved to England after her father secured a transfer with Cadbury’s. She knew her upbringing was a weird one and it was only after her mother’s death that she discovered a wealth of staggering information and that her childhood had been filled with secrets and scandal. Diane knew from a tender age that she would one day write a book, a promise she made to her mother, and telling her story has allowed her to put the record straight.
Her book is available from Waterstones and Amazon.
Macmillan fundraising goes ahead
Not to be deterred when her family's usual fundraising coffee morning couldn't take place, enterprising Anna from Year 1 decided to host an outdoor cake sale on her driveway.
She raised an impressive £78.20 for Macmillan cancer support by selling cupcakes, cookies, fudge and shortbread. Well done Anna!
Using collage to depict birds
Free, engaging digital book festival for all
This year Bath Children’s Literature Festival has joined forces with other brilliant festivals from around the world to create the Reading is Magic Festival. It is a free, inclusive, and engaging digital book festival for schools and families! The festival will be taking place from 27th September – 2nd October.
For more information about the festival and to purchase any books that will be read visit www.readingismagicfestival.com.
A letter from Buckingham Palace
Aimee in year 3 was excited to receive a letter from Buckingham Palace which she brought in to share with her class.
She was thanked on behalf of The Queen for being such a caring great-granddaughter and also received two photographs of The Queen, one for her great grandfather and one for herself>
Everything you need for a smooth return to school
We are very much enjoying welcoming everyone back to school including all our new starters in Reception and other years.
For parents of children starting in Reception there is a wealth of extra information in our 'Starting school in 2020' section. All Reception parents have also received a letter detailing the attendance routine for their child.
Thorough planning is required to make sure that we comply with Government guidelines and do our best to alleviate any concerns that children or parents may be feeling. By the new school year, some children will have been away from the classroom for six months but we want to reassure them that, although different in some ways, school will still be a place where they will be cared for and have fun.
All parents have already received email from school confirming all the arrangements for their child, from Reception to Year 6. Please find copies of all these documents below. They contain full detail of procedures and expectations for September.
September update letter to parents: a reminder to parents of the procedures for September, including an update on face coverings and extra links to 'back to school' preparation resources (also included below on this page).Sept letter to parents Saltford primary.pdf
Letter to parents with final plans: Saltford Letter to parents re Sept plans_primary FINAL.pdf is a detailed overview covering information such as our induction day, reopening date and where to access our full risk assessment. It addresses queries about organising siblings in different zones. It is essential that we reduce ‘traffic’ on our school site and that parents model social distancing to the children when accessing the school site.
Full operating procedures for coming back to school in September: Saltford Primary School Oct opening procedures FINAL.pdf has full details on staffing, behaviour, circulation around school, wrap-around care, clubs, play, uniform, home equipment, school resources, food & drink, hygiene arrangements, cleaning arrangements, first aid & sickness, use of PPE, attendance, parental contact, dropping off and picking up, the curriculum and pastoral support.
Saltford's welcome back to school e-booklet to share with your child: online at https://online.pubhtml5.com/qxmbh/pgrw/ or as a PDF file here.
Public Health England booklet about preparing to go back to school: Returning to primary school; what parents need to know
Government information and practical guidance for getting your child ready to return to school: Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.
In order to accommodate a full timetable, and to ensure minimal contact between groups, we will create four 'phase bubbles' of Reception / Year One &Two / Year Three & Four and Year Five & Six. Classes will remain separate from each other for the majority of the day. We will bring phases together for periods of time, for example, playtimes, lunchtimes, wrap around care etc. We will mitigate this risk by practising social distancing and have high expectations for hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and increased cleaning.
We feel it is important to allow sufficient time to ensure that the children understand the new procedures and systems that will be in place for their safety, in line with the advice from Public Health. To this end, we will be providing one-day induction sessions for them over the first two days of term (Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September) and then all children and staff will be in full time from Monday 7th September.
Over the induction days, Years 1 – 6 will be coming in for one full day with staggered times and entrances; Reception children will have separate arrangements. All parents are being kept fully informed of the arrangements for their child(ren). All arrangements are outlined in this letter from Mrs Sage of 9th July. Please read on for more details.
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September
Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September are both INSET days which will be used for staff training and planning in preparation for the start of term
Thursday 3rd September, years R, 1, 3 and 5 only
Year 1 from 8:45am – 3pm, entering and exiting via the main field gate.
Year 3 from 8:45am – 3pm, entering and exiting via the Claverton Road entrance.
Year 5 from 9am – 3:15pm, entering and exiting via the field gate adjacent to Tiddlers Nursery.
Reception parents have details about their child's arrangements.
Friday 4th September, years R, 2, 4 and 6 only
Year 2 from 9am – 3:15pm, entering and exiting via the main field gate.
Year 4 from 9am – 3:15pm, entering and exiting via the Claverton Road entrance.
Year 6 from 9am – 3:15pm, entering and exiting via the field gate adjacent to Tiddlers Nursery.
Reception parents have details about their child's arrangements.
If you have children in different age groups please drop your youngest child at their entrance and then accompany your eldest child round to their entrance. Years 5 and 6 will be entering the gate adjacent to Tiddlers nursery unaccompanied.
The situation regarding the wearing of face coverings has changed and the government has issued new guidance to schools. The general advice is still that the government does not recommend that face coverings should be worn in primary schools because the measures in place provide sufficient protection and coverings have the potential to impact negatively on learning. It is still the case that children over the age of 11 are required to wear a face covering on public or school transport. We will of course keep this situation under review and take immediate action should the situation change.
Due to distancing requirements it is not going to be possible to provide the usual cooked school meal service in September. However, our catering staff have already adapted while school was open during lockdown and can offer a full packed lunch for the usual school dinner price of £2.60. Please see the menu for September here.
The process for booking school dinners is unchanged: free school meals are available to Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 under the Universal Free School Meals scheme and to those eligible for benefits-related free school meals; Years 3 – 6 may purchase a lunch in the normal way through School Gateway. Please see the-office/#school-dinner-service for full details
In case of illness in children or adults
Guidance has been issued to the entire school community. Here, anyone affected must stay at home if they (or their family members) have any of the following symptoms: a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. OR they have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 7 days. Those affected must follow government stay at home guidance as follows https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance.
Temperature testing is not recommended on its own. Guidance states that it is not a reliable method for identifying coronavirus. Our procedure will be that If anyone in the school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow ‘stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate for at least 7 days and should arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). Other members of their household (including any siblings) should self-isolate for 14 days from when the symptomatic person first had symptoms.
Please see the operating procedures document here for further detail.
We would like thank families for their understanding and continuing support as we all get used to these changes. Throughout the planning process the safety of children and adults has been our overriding concern.
All our planning has been done in conjunction with the other primary schools in our trust and we have followed the trust’s risk assessment process in doing so. Our risk assessment has been reviewed and approved by the trust board and is available on the WMAT website.
School tour dates announced
We are proud of our school and welcome prospective new parents and children to see the school in action on one of the following tours:
- Monday 21st September 2020 1.30 pm
- Wednesday 23rd September 2020 9.30 am
- Wednesday 23rd September 2020 11 am
- Thursday 24th September 2020 1.30 pm
- Tuesday 6th October 2020 9.30 am
- Friday 9th October 9.30 am
- Monday 12th October 1.30 pm
- Monday 19th October 2020 1.30 pm
Tours are guided by our Head Teacher, Mrs Sage and usually last about an hour. Tours will be in small groups and will follow all the Covid related procedures. You will see the school as it really is and have the opportunity to ask plenty of questions.
To book your place or to register your interest for a different date, please contact the school office by e-mail: email@example.com
Public health information
Test and trace service
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions.
People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.
Please see further information on the NHS Test and Trace service here: www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-nhs-test-and-trace-service and all government information on getting tested here: www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested
Please see below further information from Public Health B&NES. If you have any questions regarding this information please email the B&NES Public Health Team at Public_health@bathnes.gov.uk.
Procedures in the case of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19
The following charts from Public Health B&NES set out the procedures that will be followed if there is a suspected or confirmed case of Covid 19 in a school, including contact details for testing and reporting:
Covid 19 testing for the under 5s
Following the extending of Covid19 testing to under 5s, please see the following frequently-asked questio.
Covid 19 FAQ
Regarding the extending of Covid19 testing to under 5s, here are some answers to frequently asked questions, from the Department of Health and Social Care:
- Why could Under 5s not be tested up until now?
- It was necessary to review and validate the existing supply of testing swabs in order to ensure that they could be clinically approved for the testing over Under-5s. This has now been complete and the extension of eligibility is now appropriate.
- Aren’t the testing swabs used for adults unsafe for Under-5s?
- We have followed updated clinical guidance throughout on the suitability of testing swabs for use on children under the age of 5. This is being supplemented by updated instructions for parents and guardians of those under 5.
- Why are Scotland and Wales not able to test Under5s:
- Testing eligibility is the responsibility of each individual Devolved Administration.
- Will it hurt/cause them harm?
- It is possible that children may experience some mild discomfort, but it should not hurt.
- Who carries out the test?
- Children under 5 must have the test performed by a parent or guardian.
- How do I book a test for my under 5 child?
- You can ask for a test online at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
- We'll ask you:
- how you want to get the test – you may be able to choose between driving to a regional testing site or getting a home test kit
- for details such as your name, mobile phone number and address
- The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre is available to assist eligible individuals through the process of booking and taking a test for Coronavirus. The Call Centre handles all enquiries about the testing process, from how someone books an appointment, to what they do upon receipt of their result.
- The Coronavirus Testing Call Centre can be contacted on 119 between 7am and 11pm.
- The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 119.
- How will their results be shared?
- When a child takes a test, their parent/guardian will be told how results will be passed to them. This may be by email or by text or both. We are aiming to return results within 48 hours of tests taken at regional test sites and 72 hours for home tests.
B&NES leader impressed by our progress
On Wednesday 29th April, Mr Boyle was invited, on behalf of Saltford School, to talk about the work we have been doing on sustainable travel and to showcase the work of our fantastic Green Team.
The local council’s Sustainability Team wanted to give Will Godfrey, the new Chief Executive of Bath and North East Somerset Council, a ‘tour’ of the work going on in B&NES and to hear about some of the work happening to tackle the Climate Emergency. In the presentation, Mr Boyle explained the exciting events and ongoing activities our wonderful children and staff are doing at school to protect the environment and preserve our beautiful world for generations to come.
The chief executive, Will Godfrey, and the council members were hugely impressed by the fantastic work happening at Saltford School and thanked the children and staff for their amazing efforts. It was remarked that it sends out a hugely positive message.
A huge well done to all the wonderful children and staff of Saltford School for an amazing team effort. You can read Mr Boyle's full report here to see how all the activities we do at school add up to making a real difference to our environment.
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.