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Welcome back to the new school year
Welcome back to the new school year

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. 

Operational plan

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.

At-a-glance

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.

Swimming

We're delighted to be offering swimming lessons in September. Please see full current swimming information here.

Class information

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. 

School lunches

The menu for the autumn term is already available here. Please see our Office section for information on costs, how to pay and how to order your child's lunches.

Uniform

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.

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Swimming 2021
Swimming 2021

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 

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Good luck and au revoir
Good luck and au revoir

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.

Sketches https://youtu.be/YuiY05eJpgM

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.

Y6 leavers' service 2021

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Sports activity day 2021

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.

EYFS first sports day: video link is https://youtu.be/_g8v9c2SxG4 or view the PDF file here.

KS1 sports day: video link is https://youtu.be/F5iV3d8J2o8 or view the PDF file here.

Years 3 & 4 sports day: video link is https://youtu.be/UIopiePZFEk or view the PDF file here.

Years 5 & 6 sports day: video link is https://youtu.be/ZQT-JfxqBjY or view the PDF file here.

Year 6 special compilation: video link is https://youtu.be/UdNNjIeNmWw

Whole school sports day: video link is https://youtu.be/4BCbga0jr5c or  view the PDF file here.

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Zane's golfing success

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.

Zane golfing success

Keep putting in the practice, Zane!

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