Local potter comes to visit Year 1
We welcomed Yvonne Halton, a local potter, into school to work with some of our Year 1 children.
She demonstrated how to make a variety of woodland animals using clay and discussed several useful techniques. The children then chose their favourite animal and produced some amazing results.
Thank you to Yvonne for giving up her time and for her inspiration and encouragement. Thank you to Mrs Hayden for arranging this exciting activity for the children.
KS1 at the castle
On Wednesday and Thursday KS1 visited Chepstow Castle for a day to wind up our castle topic from last term. The children were treated with a tour led by a real archer - who told us many gruesome tales - and explored the castles and grounds in our groups.
After lunch, we enjoyed watching a brilliant archery demonstration and explanation of archery in medieval times. We were amazed by the speed of the arrows! A huge thank you to the parents who came with us and to Mrs Hayden who organised such an exciting and informative trip. 12.04.18.
Penguins and seals steal the show
The Bumble Bees and Butterflies had a fantastic day at Bristol Zoo on Monday 5th February.
As well as seeing the penguins and seals they also had a very informative lesson all about animals that live in polar regions. You can see from these pictures how much we all enjoyed the trip.
Thank you very much to all the parents and staff who came along to support the trip.
Spotlight on local history at Saltford School
The first week of February was History Matters Week at school. As part of the week each class in KS1 and KS2 went to the Saltford Heritage Centre, next to St. Mary's Church. Whilst there, we carried out various activities including looking at historical artefacts found in and around the Saltford area, sketching, finding facts and completing quizzes. We also had an opportunity to visit the Church itself and to explore it in more detail.
We would like to express our huge thanks to Phil Harding and Andrew Stainer from the Saltford Environment Group (SEG) and their colleagues for taking the time to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the children over the three days. It is really appreciated.
The children certainly came back to school enthused and with a much better awareness of the long history of Saltford and the surrounding area.
Performance and talk by author and poet John Agard
As part of the Bath Children’s Literature Festival we have organised a visit for our Year 6 children to attend one of the exciting events at The Guildhall on 5th October 2017. The day will include transport to and from Bath and entry to a talk and performance by author and poet John Agard .
We will be leaving school at 10.45 and returning to school at approximately 1.15pm. The children will need to wear their school uniform and bring a packed lunch with them to eat on our return to school. We would be very grateful for parental help on this visit – please indicate on the comments section of the School Gateway if you are able to help. Mr Styles and Mr Godwin.
Learning about food and farming
To support our ‘Food and Farming’ topic all the children in Key Stage One have the opportunity to visit Warleigh Lodge Farm. They will learn about the day to day running of a farm, visit and feed the animals, participate in harvest activities and navigate their way round the farm. Class RH will visit on Monday 25th September Class NJ will visit on Tuesday 26th September Class SEH will visit on Wednesday 27th September and Class ED will visit on Friday 29th September.
Please refer to the letter that was sent home for full details.
Classes RJ and ESPN receive a visitor
Classes RJ and ESPN had a visit from Mrs Thornhill on Tuesday. Mrs Thornhill is the neighbour of Mr Jenkins and had come in to talk to the children about her experiences of being a child during World War II.
She was born in 1934 and grew up in a little village near Crewe in Cheshire. The children were shown photographs of Mrs Thornhill during the war (including a photograph of a VE Party in her street) and letters she had written to her father who was a regular in the Army but stationed overseas. Although she was not evacuated herself, the village and her family did take in evacuees who then attended her local school. Mrs Thornhill then answered questions put to her by the children about her experiences. Mr Jenkins said, "The children were given a valuable insight into how growing up in wartime Britain was so different from growing up here today. I would like to thank Mrs Thornhill for taking the time to come in to talk to the children about her experiences when she was a similar age to them. Mrs Thornhill commented to me afterwards how well behaved and engaged the children were." July 2017.
Bringing our World War II topic to life
On Wednesday and Thursday Years 3 & 4 (Classes ESPN, RJ NB & HR) visited STEAM (The Museum of the Great Western Railway) in Swindon as part of their World War II topic.
The children took part in different activities including an air raid and an evacuation experience. To add to the experience the children dressed up in 'authentic' World War II clothing, carried their own gas mask and box and brought a packed lunch based upon food eaten in the 1940's. They even wore an evacuation label on their clothing!
Mr Jenkins commented, "The quality of the workshops was excellent and provided a fantastic experience for the children with opportunities for drama and role play. They really enjoyed and benefitted from the day as it brought our exciting World War II topic to life!”
Thank you to Mr Jenkins for organising this exciting visit, to all the Lower Key Stage 2 staff for accompanying the children and all the parent helpers who came on the visit and for entering into the spirit of the day by dressing up in 1940's style clothes as well. 30.06.2017.
Our Years 1 and 2 enjoy the ducks and otters
Years One and Two had an amazing time at Slimbridge this week, and learnt a lot for our science topics too. The children particularly enjoyed visiting the otters and watching them twirl around while they were getting fed! Everyone loved feeding the birds and some of the cheeky ducks even nipped their fingers!
Thank you to all the parents who came to help us on the trip, to Miss Jupp for organising the visits and all the KS1 staff who helped on both days. 30.06.17.